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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Red's Rye IPAFounders Red's Rye IPA

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4,916 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,916
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 287
Gots: 439 | FT: 8
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 02-22-2004

Brewed with four varieties of Belgian caramel malts and 100% Amarillo hops.
70 IBU

Formerly called "Founders Red's Rye PA"
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Photo of aubuc1
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle (unknown date) poured in to a shaker pint glass.

Pours a hazy light brown with a thick off white head.

Piney hoppy sweet smell. Seems pretty simple but precise.

Taste is very hoppy, but not too bitter. Very nice. Much like it smells, but fuller. Slightly chalky.

Good mouthfeel and the crisp hoppiness makes it extremely drinkable.

One of the best of this style I have had.

Photo of Pencible
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a dark, clear copper with light tan head. It smelled fairly bland, like standard copper and pine hops with some caramel malt and a hint of rye. It tasted like strong bitter pine hops, with some copper hops and caramel malt, and a bit of rye spiciness. It was slightly thick with mild carbonation, and a lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this was surprisingly a hop bomb without as much rye as expected. Nice flavor, albeit very bitter and not as unique as I hoped. Good body and hides alcohol well, but lasting bitterness makes this more of a sipping beer. I'd like to try this side by side with Hop Rod and Rye Squared. On its own, I thought it was enjoyable but nothing too exciting.

Photo of Buebie
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown stuby 12 oz twist off into a pub glass. The color is a redish copper, transparent. Produceing a 1 inch tan head. Receeding to leave a thin cap and smallish lace.

Aroma of juicy greapefruit hops, rye spice, caramel malty sweetness, toasted whole grain bread.

Taste is prodiminatly grapefruit and pine hops with plenty of malt to back. Buttered caramel rolls. Mouthfeel is slick and creamy, carbonation present throughout, but laid back. Finishing clean and crisp with a modest linger of pine.

Delicious brew! Goes down really easy.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Copper/orange in color, with a bubbly head which mostly diminishes.

Smells of floral hops.

Tastes unique. Hoppy, thats for sure, but also a grainy spice in there too, to compliment the fruity hop/malt interaction.
Mouthfeel is smooth and makes me want another sip.

This may be the best rye beer Ive had. If you want a RYE-P.A. this is as good as any.

Photo of asabreed
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Redder copper with decent retention and a head that plays with the just-above body in a nice way.

Smell: Rye IPA? Sweeter malt flavors. Fruit and citrus. Balanced and good overall.

Taste: Again, I don't get much rye. I love rye bread, but here it's a lot of sweetness and bitter and citrus hops with a fair amount of fruit esters, apple, citrus, and a bit of bread. Long, good, sweet and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and well-carbonated. A pleasure with great creaminess.

Drinkability: Solid all around. Founders again. Could easily drink more than one.

Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant chestnut with a crazy big head of mountainous, ecru foam. The retention is ridiculous, and because of my terrible pouring (and probably the fact that I pryed the cap of with a bottle opener, not realizing it was a twist off--it made a huge sound), I couldn't get the whole bottle in the glass for a good number of minutes.

The aroma is malt, rye, and alcohol with a touch of hops.

Huge blast of caramel on the palate. Notably roasty and hoppy, leaving a thick, resinous aftertaste. Big chewy body.

This is a tasty beer, and I'd love to have more, but it is a bit filling.

Photo of JonMich13
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap 5/13 at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte. Got it free as my birthday beer.

A = Dark amber and clear with a light off white head. Good lacing throughout.

S = Lovely citrusy hop aroma.

T = Very nice citrus grapefruit hop with some sweet malt backbone. Excellent bitter finish with a little spicy kick and warming alcohol. Extremely tasty and well balanced.

M = Medium with some coating hop oiliness. Moderate carbonation allows the flavors to be in the forefront.

D = Extremely drinkable. Tasty and pleasing on the palate.

Excellent offering from Founders. I'm in love with their stouts and wanted to see how they performed in other areas. Very nice.

Photo of Proteus93
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My last bottle out of 12 I had brought home (half were Red's Rye, the others were the more recently labeled Red's Rye PA).

A: Pours a deeper amber hue, with a puffy white head that's a little short but retains well. Strings of lace drape down the glass as it goes down.

S: A nice balance of hop and malt aromas, with a little touch of rye adding a pleasant touch. It's actually rather delicate and subtle, at least moreso than I was expecting.

T: Flavour and mouthfeel are where this beer shines. Some pungent, spicy and herbal hops with a nice kick from the rye towards the finish, which lingers a bit with the hoppiness. Body is kinda medium with just enough carbonation to keep it interesting... it's very suitable for the flavours, and allows them to develop in the mouth with each sip.

D: A solid, tasty offering. It's very enjoyable, with just a little alcohol warmth adding to it. Fortunately, I can pick it up locally now and look forward to having it more often!

Photo of gameface23
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky copper with chunks of yeast cake sinking to the bottom. The head is meringue-like with soft peaks on the top. It's long lasting and leaves great lacing.

S: Herbal & piney hops with some rye spice.

T: Starts malty, fruity, and hoppy and ends with a peppery rye kick.

M: Medium bodied. Nice.

D: I'd definitely drink a 6 pack of this.

Photo of weasbri
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful looking beer. Perfect coppery orange color, head retains very well, sticks to the glass all the way down.
Mostly hoppy nose, I do even get some grapefruit in there (I checked, I have a grapefruit in my kitchen).
Now I can taste a bit of rye in there. It's kind of strange, like a piece of rye bread with a big wallop of hops baked in, then put into liquid form. Lovely really.
Definitely seek this one out, well worth it. Glad that Founders is now available here in Virginia, looking forward to more of their stuff.

Photo of mhatters
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap into a tulip glass at TDR in Exton

Pours a bright copper with red and amber streaks. A decent off-white head.

Big fruity notes in the nose - grapefruit, pineapple, etc. Serious malt too. Hoppiness poking through the nose as well.

A blast of hops at the front, balanced well by sweet malts. The rye spice is there too. Dry, crisp, slightly bitter in a good way.

Medium-bodied, easy to drink, easy to drink. Well worth seeking out

Photo of Brad007
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a darkish-red color with a one-finger head into my glass. Nice hue here.

Aroma is spicy and full of grassy hops in the nose. Very inviting aroma and it reminds me of rye beers that I've homebrewed.

Taste is sweet and spicy and reminiscent of a slice of rye. Grassy hops shows up in the middle but they don't dominate the palate, allowing the rye to shine through more.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering spicy rye and grassy hops. Very nice overall feeling to this beer. Enjoyable as well.

I love this beer. It reminds me of why I have homebrewed several rye beers. There's just something about the flavors and the mouthfeel that keeps me coming back. This is certainly a marvelous professional example of the style.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy red amber. Great color. About a half inch of head with decent lacing.

S- Sweet, citrusy hops. Smells like a good IPA actually.

T- Piney and bitter hops dominate. Also a sweetness in the background (rye, probably). Delicious. Good profile of piney and some citrus hops. The rye is very pleasant. A little caramel finish. I like it.

M- Carbonated and medium-light bodied. Moves things along for drinkability.

D- Could have a few of these definitely. I would make a session out of this.

Photo of atpben
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Charlotte Flying Saucer two days ago. Review is from notes taken there. Presented in a pint glass with appearence of hazy dark amber color. It had an amzing aroma with a combination of caramel, citrus, pines, and brown sugar. Taste is excellent too with great balance. The hops were really well balanced with hints of caramel. Pretty well carbonated with a nice crisp finish. Such a great session beer. Another good one from Founders. Looking forward to going to their brewery in May.

Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pure copper with a cream head that persists that leaves a little lacing.

S: The citrusy/spicy combination hits you hard but that is what I've come to expect from rye beers. There are faint floral tones in the back.

T: The taste doesn't stray far from the nose. Dominate citrus/spice hop rye goodness that ends crisp.

M: Medium body, balanced carbonation. While the flavor is strong it isn't harsh going down.

D: This is nice and drinkable. One that I would include in a tasting to expand one's knowledge of what is out there. I love this one in the realm of rye beers.

Photo of kels
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is such a perfect go-to beer for any occasion, meal, etc. Really well-balanced and refreshing. I'm surprised it took me this long to review it. Review on a bottle-pour into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lovely orangey-red, almost rusty-colored moderately clear beer with a huge 2 1/2 rocky tan head that's a mix of thick froth and pockets of bubbles. Lacing is sticky and huge throughout the entire drink.

Smell: Light grainy maltiness comes through the big citrusy hop presence.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is bursting with bitter, sticky citrus - like grapefruit and lime rind. A solid chewy, but not sweet malt backbone comes through. The alcohol is present, but I have to look for it. The flavors are very well balanced. The hops aren't overpowering, but definitely announce their presence while being evened out by the nice maltiness. Mouthfeel is wonderful - the retained head lends creaminess and the carbonation of the beer makes it moderate and refreshing.

Drinkability: Definitely high. I really enjoy this beer because it packs a lot of flavor and really nice feel without being overpowering or unbalanced.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A darkish copper color with a big off-white head.

S: Lots of citrus hops with a bit of pine in there as well. On further smells, the rye comes through.

T: Not as much of the rye as is present in the nose, but it's nicely there the entire time. Hops are good on top of the slightly-sweet malt.

M: Fairly thick and quite smooth.

D: Very drinkable. A solid beer that is very nice on a Fall day with the nice hops and the warming feeling of the slightly-spicy rye.

Photo of br3wmeister
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium sized fluffy off white head rises from a copper colored beer. Good retention and nice lacing.

S- Spicy and grassy aromas come through heavy initially. Little oak makes a presence int he nose along with some sweet malt and citrus hops.

T- Citrus and pine kick up front then a spicy earthy presence with a hint of sweet the the hops come back with a nice dry bitter bit.

M- Mostly dry with a nice hop kick, good carbonation makes this a refreshing beer.

Overall this is one of the few rye beers I have had, and I really like it.

Photo of projectflam86
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours beautiful amber red/orange color with a huge creamy foam head that leaves spectacular lacing all the way down.

S- Strong floral citrus (ruby red grapefruit) hops complimented well by sweet malty rye scents.

T- Big grapefruit hop flavor with a nice sweet finish. The hop bitterness forms the initial taste but the sweet malt/rye backbone create a delicate balance that finishes smooth.

M- Smooth and thick with the decent amount of carbonation.

D- Well balanced and nicely complex. A smooth, bitter-sweet brew that is most certainly worth a try.

Photo of TheMistler
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bright and clear copper brown, with some red hues. Nice, roiling carbonation produces a big, vanilla head. Pretty nice retention, nice sticky lacing.

Rye is noticeable in the nose. Grapefruit. Caramel malt. Rye returns with some slightly spicy grain.

Grapefruit and caramel to the taste as well. Primarily citrus, but nicely balanced, with the caramel malts cutting the bitterness. Nice spicy rye melds in during the second half of the palate. Finish is slightly bitter, but mostly clean - I feel like I just drank some juice.

Amply carbonated. Feel is like a cracker - I get bread, but the CO2 and spice and feel also lend substantial crispness. Creamy towards the end. Medium body. Very drinkable, and nice.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent beer from my most recent trade. Thanks DoctorDog!
12 oz twist off.

A: Somewhat cloudy red/brown with a HUGE tan head about 2 inches thick, extremely dense and rocky. Excellent lacing as the head recedes down. Really great head retention on this one. I'm impressed thus far!

S: Grapefruit hops are huge kick in the nose, and are really all that is standing out right now, underlying tones of roasted malt, a little bit of sweetness in there too. Somewhat of a "sour" grain smell, definitely from the rye. Rye has always had a bit of a tang to it that I can't quite describe.

T: Big citrus hops, one of the most interesting malt characters in a beer, rye really imparts a new dimension. A few hints at whiskey and rye bread. Slightly tart. Malt bill hits towards the end, and it balances out the hops nicely. Lots of really nice things going on here.

M: DRY! Wow the notable rye dryness is right there, this one absolutely dries my mouth out. Slight alcohol heat, lots of lingering flavors here. Excellent.

D: I don't know about sessioning this beer. I could, but there are lots of really great things going on here. Excellent flavors, and mouthfeel. All the good things I'm looking for, except I think it'd be a bit of a shame to drink a lot of this. Excellent beer. Highly recommended.

Thanks Ben! This is a great beer. I'm jealous that you can get this!

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fatheads.

A: Pours a murky reddish amber color with a decent off-white foam head.

S: The smell of of floral hops, although the scent is not real prominent. It is there, but does not hit you like I thought it would. Can also make out some sweet malt scent, mostly rye and barley.

T: Nice and hoppy up front but smooth and sweet on the back-end. The hop flavoring is at the forefront and it really hits real. The rye and barley come in at the end which balances out the beer.

M: Pretty well carbonated, maybe too carbonated, which could detract from the flavor. Leaves a bitter yet sweet and spicy taste on the palate.

D: Really easy to drink, good hop flavor, perfect for a cool spring day.

Photo of robmpreston
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber / copper color with a small whiteish head. A bit of lacing.

S: Pretty much purely hop smell. Smells sweet.

T: Smacked in the face with hops with the rye taste on the backend.

M: Not too light, medium body with a nice texture.

D: Drinkability is high.

Photo of BeerSox
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz twist-off into pint glass.

With an aggressive pour I was able to yield about a one finger head, light tan in color. As it settles it leaves a solid wall of lacing in its place, and eventually turns into a thin cap. Solid lacing along the glass.

Lots of citrus, a little bit of the ubiquitous grapefruit, and maybe a bit of lemon-orange. The citrus mixes nicely with the rye malt, which is a little more tart than wheat or barley.

Lots of the sharp hops in the flavor as well, giving a spicy citrus flavor, and a good amount of bitterness, which is accentuated by the dryness of the rye. The hops also provide a bit of an herbal flavor. Full bodied.

Quite an enjoyable Rye Ale. Slightly tart in the flavor, a good amount of hops, and balanced. Recommended.

Photo of rugerj
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a deep copper color with some ruby highlights. A thin head pours on top which fades to nothing. Some lacing left in glass. Smell is of hops and spicy rye; some sweet toasty malt notes are also present. Taste is malt sweetness followed by an earthy spiciness from the rye. Nice balance of hop flavors follows as beer is swallowed, finish is slightly sweet. Mouth feel is good and creates a pleasant fullness.

A good beer if you like rye ales, there is a delicate balance of hops and malt to blend with the rye. No one flavor is overpowering making this a smooth drinker.

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