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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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4,860 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,860
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 273
Gots: 404 | 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:
Brewed with four varieties of Belgian caramel malts and 100% Amarillo hops.
70 IBU

Formerly called "Founders Red's Rye PA"

(Beer added by: Todd on 02-22-2004)
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Photo of PirateUlf73
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

A: Nice clear, reddish-amber color and dense off-white head. Retained well and laced very nicely. I'm a sucker for a good red color.

S: Very spicy rye nose dominates. Also picked up hints of toasted barley and a bit of hop earthiness. It's almost like smelling a loaf of rye bread, fresh out of the oven.

T: Again, intense rye spiciness, but nicely complimented by a toasty malt character and a bit of earthy, grassy hop flavor. Almost like an IPA or an English bitter in character. Very nice.

M: This is where this beer really shined for me. The medium body was silky smooth, the carbonation was perfect, and the finish was about as clean and neutral as I've ever tasted in a beer. Very well constructed!

D: A sure pick for a session rye. Goes down smooth and leaves one wanting more.

I was a little apprehensive about this one at first, it being the latest wild card in my latest mixed sixer. Upon review however, it may just be the best of the bunch! This brew has totally changed my view on what rye beer can be. I would highly recommend this to anyone who appreciates good beer.

Photo of grayburn
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

She pours a slightly golden red with a white head that stays for the duration of the beer. The lacing is pretty heavy, excellent retention.
The smell is citrusy hops, a bit of rye malt, followed by some crisp pale malt. Alcohol is not present.
The taste is immediate hop bitterness balanced shortly by the crisp lighter malts and rye. Delicious balance.
The mouthfeel is perfect, crisp, refreshing, this is a perfect year round session beer. Easy drinking, decent alcohol content. This is a go to everyday beer.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Color is on the redder side of amber. Not much head, no more than a finger, but still nice thick rings of lacing.

Aroma reminds me of an IPA, with some spicy rye tossed in...big hops on the nose, grapefruit and floral notes.

Spicy rye and hops. Good bready malt backbone. Slightly dry finish. Medium body, some thickness. Very smooth. Tasty.

Photo of dakid618
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a murky red color with a half finger of light tan frothy head that leaves thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell is pretty mild but a balance of citrus hop smell and biscuitlike smell, I can't tell which is more dominant. Taste is instant rye/wheat flavor immediatly followed by smooth Amarillo hops and malt. Taste is strong but not overpowering. Medium bodied mouthfeel that coats the tongue with rye flavored goodness. Very drinkable, I session this beer at my favorite beer bar often. This has been my go-to beer lately on draft but have had this bottle in my fridge to review and they taste very similar. This is my second favorite beer to eat spicy foods with(second only to alpha king) and truly a treat when you want a flavorful beer that doesn't destroy your pallate. Quite simply a great beer from a great brewery.

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

A- Pours a light tan colored head 1 inch in height. The head seems to display a nice retention. The body is a hazy dark red/amber color. As the head recedes, I can a nice ringing lace coating parts of the glass.

S- Bits of spicy rye, nice floral hop aromatics with notes of grapefruit and pine. The malt profile is nice and buttery with caramel and some butterscotch.

T- Starts out with some excellent spicy rye, some nice malt backing it up with some buttery caramel and the finish transitions into some very nice big hoppiness, nice and dry and semi-astringent. Also on the finish is a hint of green apple skins along with the nice hop dryness.

M- Low carbonation is suitable as per style. The dry finish is great.

D- I was a little underwhelmed with this beer. It was good but not great. I will probably try this again sometime, but it's not something I'll actively seek out.

Photo of zerofear13
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the recommendation from a friend in B.A.R. 6. Poured out a rich amber color, sort of this maroon-ish brown. Quite attractive. Smell didn't really hit with much. Sort of a malty sour smell, but not in a bad way. Taste was quite good. Dull piney/floral hops. Good malt profile. A little on the bready, dry side, but it didn't run the drinkability or the overall mouthfeel. Overall, not that complex of a brew. Simple but well done. Had I not known any better, I would've classified it as an amber, just on color and malt tastes. Give this a try if you see it, and I get the feeling this is one of those beers that is much, much better on tap. As I've seen my friend order one at a bar once, and it looked amazingly fresh.

Photo of jdg204
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been on quite a Founders kick lately, with both Breakfast and Impy Stouts being huge hits. Red's Rye seems to be the next best available, so I was ready to give it a shot!

A: Medium amber color with a significant head that displays good retention and lacing.

S: Piney and slightly sour (due to the rye), with some underlying peach aromas.

T: Opens with an immediate bitter, sour rye and grapefruit pith aspect, with the peach slightly peaking through underneath. The aftertaste was a decent but the bitter/ sourness got a bit too much of the upper hand.

M: Medium bodied, a touch thick, and fair carbonation

D: Another really solid offering from Founders. May not be my favorite sytle but this is pretty impressive. Probably more of a Red than a Rye (I think it's closest comparable is Red Rocket by Bear Repub), but it does a good job of stretching the style (into IPA territory) while still staying true. Not quite up to par with their Stouts, but worth a shot if you're looking for something original.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a regular pint glass. Not sure how old this bottle is though.

A- Red's comes out of the bottle pouring a not deep red but slight red with copper mixed in as well. A pretty slow pour yeilded me four fingers of beige head so i took a break. When i got back the head faded but left the best looking lace patterns i've seen that were bumpy resembling a mountain range.

S- Red's gives off the expected rye scents backed by hop scent(amarillo) and malt sweetness. Some ripe fruits seem to make their mark also. This one is on the pungent side.

T- The rye is up front as well as the hop's which tell's me i picked up a fresh bottle thankfully. A bit of graininess as well as well as a good amount of caramel from the malt varieties. All in all a well rounded beer.

M- This is only a bit less than a medium mouthfeel as well as ample carbonation probably too much. The rye flavor and slight bitterness from the hops is felt throughout. A slighty off setting aftertaste with some sour twang, again only slighty.

D- A great offering from founder's that i'm glad is available year round at a nice price. Will get again in future, maybe bring a case to a party to turn some new converts. Not a session beer but good for a few. I just wish founder's had freshness dates.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice ruby color with two fingers of white head.

Scent of hops, rye, and ripe fruit. A balanced and bitter scent, I like it.

Taste of strong rye, hops, ripe fruit, and grass. The rye flavor is a little strong to have multiple glasses of this in one session, but I will enjoy that one glass while it is there.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation.

Photo of TheDoorman
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy amber complexion with quickly dissipating head, minimal lacing. Aroma is a burst of citric hops up front, with a slightly spicy, earthy background. Palate is a toasted rye malt complimented by the persistent hops. Slightly medicinal and herbal. Light, smooth and oily with an astringent finish. A really very nice brew. My only critique is that the hops could be a touch more balanced between the aroma and the taste. The hop blast up front is not matched in the palate. But this is a really really good beer, a nice uniqueness to it with the rye spice, and well rounded in every respect.

Photo of jera1350
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep slightly cloudy brownish orange. Nice frothy two finger head. Great lacing.

Smells of hops, citrus, toasted malt and some tobacco.

Nice bite from the hops, but also a large amount of roasted malt. Some citrus and a little spice. Caramel/toffee comes through as well.

Good mouthfeel. Smooth, medium carbonation. This is a upper medium bodied beer. Leaves a nice hop aftertaste.

Drinkability is very high. Great balance in this beer. Hoppy and malty altogether. Very tasty.

This is a great all around beer. If you like hops,it's here. If you like malt, it's here. Citrus, check. Very well done beer. This is my second beer of this style and I must say, they are very underated. Give it a whirl!

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

A - Slightly hazy reddish copper color. Off-white head that laces everywher on the glass.

S - Big aroma of hops and rye.

T&M - Heavy body. Mildly sweet flavor with underlying herbal flavors. Slightly bitter with a big lingering dryness from the hops and rye.

Very good beer. Founders is great. Every style I've tried by them, I would get again!

Photo of farrago
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lazy head colored deep cream, lays thinly across the surface but takes awhile before it breaks apart, not much lacing. Dark burnt orange-red in color, slight haziness deepens the hue further, retains depth along the rims. Nose smells as caramelized as burnt, develops scents of brown sugar, white grapefruit pith, pine oil, apricot pit, flower water, on the whole never gets in your face, that grapefruit the most obvious element, more about keeping it all on the same page. In the mouth it's medium to full-bodied with a steady stream of carbonated pop and sizzle, very active presence. Spicy with a crisp graininess, the citrus a blend of white grapefruit, pink grapefruit and mandarin orange. The malt dimension leaner here, some brown sugar to toffee, appears to act more as a salve for the palate than source of flavor. Nicely floral with a credible level of apricot, peach fruit. Manages to create a unified, consistent presence without ever appearing to attract attention to itself. The finish is long, yet tactful. Never bitter but comes close in the name of refreshment. Pretty damn chuggable.

Photo of b3barron
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful rusty orange color with a one-finger off white hear. Some nice frothy lacing.

The first thing I get on the smell is grapefruit but there is also some herbal/medicinal hops present.

Hops taste a little more on the herbal side and the bitterness lingers throughout. Malt just barely keeps this in balance and the rye really rounds out this beer's flavor profile nicely.

Perfectly carbonated and drinkability is a strong point. I've had this on draft and it is sublime. I prefer this to Founder's Centennial IPA.

Highly recommended to those who like hops.

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

Pours a slightly hazy reddish-brown color with a 2-finger thick yellowish colored head that has pretty good retention leaving a nice layer of bubbles on the glass as it recedes.

Pretty strong aroma on this, picked up the smell from a few feet away. Quite a bit of yummy grapefruit hoppiness detected up front followed immediately by some grainy/rye aromas and somewhat fruity notes to round it out.

The flavor, while heavy with hops, is actually a delectable balance of initial herbal hop flavors followed by some pretzely, grainy flavors and hints of fresh fruits and slight diacetyl, finishing quite dry leaving a delicious, slightly spicy, bitter flavor on the palate.

Well it's official. I like Rye Beers. The medium body and decent carbonation make for a very nice mouthfeel, creamy and refreshing. A unique combination of flavors make this beer stand out in my mind.

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

Poured from tap into a nonic pint glass at TJs in Paoli.

A: A reddish copper with a nice one finger white fluffy head. Full wonderful glass lacing.

S: Citrus grapefruit with some piney earthy hops and sweet malts.

T: Very nice. Citrus grapefruit hops coupled with some pine and earth flavors and a nice sweet caramel maltiness that carries through mid taste. The rye really kicks in the back with a nice spicy tone that makes the bitterness linger on. Very good beer. The rye makes the flavors a bit "darker" than a normal IPA.

M: Medium with an oily coating feel and little alcohol feel.

D: High, this beer drinks very nicely and one could easily put away a few at a sitting.

Overall (this is a broken record now from me) another great beer from Founders. I had somehow alluded tasting this beer, but no more. A very nice drinkable hoppy red that I recommend to all.

Photo of TMB0424
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt orange/caramel tinted body with a large, foamy slightly off-white head. Head stuck around seemingly forever, leaving great lacing when it finally receded.

Aromas of bitter hops and citrus are in the forefront, backed by sweet malts, caramel, with some grains and a hint of the rye. Hops dominate, however... everything else is lurking in the background.

Taste is a lot like the smell. Citrus hops start it off, grapefruit-like, followed by the sweet caramel malts mixed with the rye - it has a fresh baked biscuit-y feeling to it. Finishes with the bitterness again. Complex.

Mouthfeel is oily and slick. Some sips had me thinking that the body was a little too light, however. Nothing too detrimental though. Definitely drinkable, at almost 7% it's easy to wack down more than a couple of these and fully enjoy doing so.

Photo of hwwty4
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Moshea for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard goblet. This beer pours a deep cherry brown with a big 3 inch head that left some serious lacing. The aroma is definitly more like a DIPA then anything. There is a good bit of grassy hops mixed with just an inkling of rye spiciness. The flavor is a spectacular example of what rye can do for a the flavor profile of a beer. The rye adds a glorious spiciness to what I would consider a good DIPA. With the rye, this mutates into a spectacular tasting beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light carbonation. In my honest opinion, Founders Red Rye is one of the most underated beers produced in the United States.

Photo of gatornation
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a gem as with all of founders beers. pours a dark orange /carmel brown with a great hop/malt balance and the rye make it quite delicious like nothing ive had b4...with good lacing left behind. taste is earthy , ciitrus, pine and a little grapefruit. this is one tasty beer . its not one to drink 3 in a row but rotate 1 every couple of days. the beer is a treat as is their dirty bastard scotch ale...seek this one out it will not disappoint

Photo of BigJim5021
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours somewhere in the spectrum between burnt orange and brown with a beige head. Nice and hazy with some sediment swimming around in the glass. Gobs of lacing.

The aroma smacks you around with some big, piney hops. The equally strong malt backbone brings up the rear with the smell of sweet caramel malts.

Flavor is big ol' evergreen style hops, but the malt and rye make this stuff impossibly smooth. The balance struck between the two sides of the coin is really remarkable. It's probably the best interplay of big hops, big malts and a nice dose of rye that I've had in a rye ale. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. As previously stated, this shit is smoother than Billy Dee Williams. The body is robust and the finish is dry.

Drinkability punches its way through the roof. Yeah, it's near 7% so it's not quite sessionable, but who gives a damn? This is just a top-notch beer that begs to be drank.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Translucent caramel color with a HUGE foamy white head. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint it looks like a beer ice cream cone with a scoop of foam on top. Iceberg retention and a white squall of lace. Floaties. My only complaint is that it's too foamy and takes a couple pours to get the whole beer in the glass.

Smells of cider and toasty fall fruit malt with pungent grapefruit hops. Smell is very similiar to that of Celestial Seasonings Orange Mandarin Spice tea.

Tastes of fall fruit, light caramel and cider-like malts with smooth rye spice and woody/herbal hop. Grapefruit hops run amock. Mouthfeel is thick and full.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange with a big fluffy head. Tons of lace in this one.

Can't really get any malt out of this. It is a very strong scented grapefruit/pine bomb.

Big bold flavors here. Citric hops, sweet fruit, toasty grain, a spicy bite, and a level of creaminess that I can't quite put my finger on. Alcohol is present in the taste, but comes in goes in the waves of flavor.

Nice and chewy, really great body in this one, but not to the point where you have to take small sips. Alcohol hit me a little on this one, so I don't think this would be a 3 in a row type of beer -- but you'd be tempted to have more than one if available. This is a really great beer.

Photo of duffextracold
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

beautiful burnt orange color, small head with sticky lacing. there's what look like floaties, but they're just stuck in suspension, like in jello.

smells very nice. sweet and malty, caramel malts, a hint of citrus, a bit fruity, lots of hop aroma.

tastes like a DIPA, without the over the top bitterness, in fact, not very bitter at all. just a bit on the sweeter side, but still extremely well balanced. a hint of spicyness at the end.

medium body, chewy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. this stuff just rolls around in my mouth.

overall drinkability is very good! very well balanced, tastes great. I will definitely try some more of this.

thanks donkeyrunner

Photo of stewart124
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge head on this ruby red colored rye beer. Looks fairly clear. The head is nice and sticky and it's already sticking to the glass and this eventually leaves whisps of lace along the sides.

Nice amounts of citrus (grapefruit in particular) and pine come through in the nose. Very pleasant aroma without overpowering.

Whoa! Very delicious! Nice blend of spice, caramel and a chewy backbone that makes this a treat to drink. After the initial gulp I am still tasting a bold spiciness and pine that lingers on the back of my tongue and tickles my stomach. I cannot say enough about the spice. It just blends so well and adds a great deal of spunk to this beer. 'Did I just say spunk?'

The mouthfeel is creamy and just goes down so smooth. Who would have thought that adding rye to citrusy American pale ale would turn out so well? Founders just makes such a delicious rendition of this rye beer.

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

A- Had on tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. Served in an American Pint glass. Deep, transparent red with a 1-finger tan head. Head faded, and left light lacing.

S- Sweet malts first, and then the hops hit my nose. This beer smells like a hop bomb.

T- More balanced than I suspected. Malts display themselves first and transition smoothly into strong hop flavor. Not very bitter. Rye spiciness is notable as a dimension of the hop finish.

M- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Very smooth.

D- I could drink this all night. Balanced flavor and a moderate amount of alcohol make this super-sessionable. If you got the money I guess.

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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