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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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4,552 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,552
Reviews: 1,629
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 223
Gots: 311 | FT: 9
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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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4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Explosive, rocky, thick rusty tan head lords over a burnt orange-red body. Nose is largely pine and citrus (orange-lemon) hops (Amarillo, yes). Singed caramel and rum raisin malt background barely penetrates. Those hops kick off the palate with a delightfully acidic and citrus bitterness. Slightly sugary, scorched caramel and rummy malt follow. Hop bitterness pervades and makes for a tapey, pine resin finish. Medium body. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 01:34:35 | More by alexgash
Photo of blitheringidiot


3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Froth bomb exploder! Bottom notches on the label.

Poured with a huge beige bowl shaped foamy head cap after the bottle foamed up leaving dripping lace in the glass.

Strange almost stout like aroma. Red apple and a follow through of rye bread.

First swigs: Brisk rye, bright residual sweetness, tangy copper metallic twinge, red apple malt backing. Powdery flour. Dry bitter peanut shell finish.

Feel is frothy. Old bottle? Not sure. Lingering sizzle in the finish.

Last swigs: Picked up a red ale and a pinch of rye. Might need to try again.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 13:48:36 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of phisig137


4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in September, this pours a dark red amber color, with a one finger head. Solid retention falls slowly, leaving behind thick gobs of intricate lace. Looks quite nice.

Aroma is beautifully hopped. Very floral, and slightly citric, the hops really shine here. Slight amount of rye can be detected in the nose, but not a whole lot. Minor alcohol presence as well.

Wow. Amazing interplay between the hops and rye here, with niether overshadowing the other. Slightly malty sweet up front, and finishing with a very smooth bitterness. I can't believe how well the rye and hops integrate into the beer. Beautifully balanced, and quite complex for a red/rye beer. Without a doubt the best Rye beer I've had... even Hop Rod Rye, which I love to death. Mouthfeel is full and smooth. Drinkability is decent, but I don't want this to be gone. Since I can't get anymore here, I'm going to savor it.

Big thanks to Kyle for bringing these down to me on a recent trip. After tasting two beers from Founders, I need to have more. Great beer, and incredibly well made. I can't wait to have more of them. Founders, start shipping to VA!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 23:53:24 | More by phisig137
Photo of pmcadamis


4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Murky brownish amber brew that is almost strawberry when held to the light. This one has a nice one finger eggshell head with nice sticky lace and good retenttion. A good swirl can bring back the one finger head easily.

Smells citric and astringent like an IPA, but much more unique. It's not the typical grapefruit citrus of and IPA, but much more green and tart smelling. I'm reminded of rhubarb, under-ripe strawberries, and green apples.

Very citric and tart on the palate at first, then a very sweet and unique flavor that reminds me of a subdued roggenbier washes over the tongue. At first sip, this is similar to an IPA, but then the roggenish rye flavor makes itself known and lets you know that this is not an ordinary brew. Hints of overripe / rotten apples, green apples, and rhubarb. Very sweet and sour at the same time.

Mouthfeel is creamy, refreshing, and medium in body with a very dry almost sour-pucker finish. Keeps you sucking your teeh to get every last drop of that awesome tartness.

I could session this brew easily! The unique flavor has a novel and complex character, and I love the tart sour aftertaste. I remember eating rhubarb straight from my grandma's garden (often overindulging until I got the runs) and this one reminds me of that flavor.
I later noticed that this is my 100th review, and what a damn fine brew to have on such a momentous occasion!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 14:22:29 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of BeerBelcher


5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't usually buy multi-packs of craft beer...usually I buy single-serve bottles, or I buy at stores where I can mix-and-match my own six-packs. That said, I'm on my third six pack of Red Rye in the past few months. I had the good fortune to attend GABF this year, and spent a lot of time unsuccessfully searching for rye beers that are its equal (HeBew Rye PA is also very good). Great Lakes Nosferatu is also reminiscent of this beer, but I like Red Rye better.

Appearance is a deep-red with attractive white lacing. Aroma is pleasant hop odor with a significant prediction on the citrus flavors to come. Flavor is great - hop heavy, citrusy, the rye delivers big-boy malt flavor, yet Red Rye is well-balanced.

I have a hard time finding fault with this beer (it is even a good value for craft beer); I will be drinking this for as long as they're making it. I can't think of a beer I'd recommend more highly.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 18:48:51 | More by BeerBelcher
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West Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass,a deep ruby red color,cloudy,with particles of yeast.The head was off-white to light tan. The head stayed with tiny strings of bubbles constantly rising to the top.
A hint of rye in the aroma,sweet caramel,bisquity,fruity,fresh and clean smelling also. A very good aroma.
The taste is friuty,sweet ,caramelly, roasted, citrusy,piney,with hints of chocolate and rye.The rye taste is in the background.Very complex and tastey.
The mouthfeel was medium to thick,cloying.A pronounced bittness,yet clean with a nice dryness.
This beer made my mouth water for more.Lots of flavor,surprising pleased about this beer.I want to drink more,I just don't know how many more I could drink.
Highly recommended beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 02:25:54 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burgandy copper color. Hazy. Very unique. Massive, thick, sticky head that never fully recedes. It just forms craters in the thick dense head. Very thick lacing.
Smells like a frest cut Christmas Tree. Mmmm!
The rye is very noticable and interplays with the massive amount of hops perfectly. Bitter, but it's a complex bitterness. It's more than just a hoppy bitterness, kind of like the rye adds to the bitterness. This is great stuff.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but chewy. This is one to savor in the mouth before swallowing.
Very drinkable and tasty.
Overall an excellent beer and the best rye beer I've had to date. I'm going to explore rye beers some more.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 02:51:12 | More by wcudwight
Photo of SethB2


4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a hazy cola-brown color with a massive and lasting oatmeal rocky head. Seriously. This thing has some staying power.

S - Yessir, this is indeed a Rye beer. No doubt about that. Typical grassy, pungent rye malt tones with a bit of bittering hops present. A little grainy with a tad bit of booze. As expected, not much sweet maltiness on the nose.

T - Roasted bitterness starts this off, setting the tone of a slight hoppy bite. This thing tastes nearly burnt, which really works well for it. Slight undertones of grape, but they don't break through the Rye very often.

M - Honestly, one of the best beers in the mouth I have ever sampled. Medium in body, but creamy and a tad chewy at the same time. And yes, I know that is an oxymoron. Very smooth.

D - Good stuff. I like this brewery a lot. Wish they would distribute in California.

Thanks to nucular george for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 01:14:26 | More by SethB2
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North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A touch over average, but just, this poured a lovely red bronze colour with a snow white head that lasted all of 25 seconds. The smell was mostly unsweetened grapefruit juice, pine resin, and damp earth, and in that order. Probably a healthy dose of cascade or centennial present here. Taste is more of the same with the unsweetened citrusy note taking the lead. The rye is mildly noticeable on the finish, but to me, this was mostly hops. Mouthfeel was smooth and pleasant, and with very little carbonation, this was an easy drinker. Certainly not sensational, but most assuredly better than average. Many thanks to Ding for the chance to enjoy this one.
Blessed Be

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 03:04:37 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of kirok1999


4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Thick and cloudy dark red with a minimal head and slight lacing.

S- Fruity hops, citrus, slight malt sweetness. Hops dominate with pine and grassy notes too.

T- Hops come on strong first, rye appears in the middle and balances the hops nicely. Just enough malt to balance the hop/rye notes. Very well crafted.

D- Very smooth and creamy with a low enough ABV to make a nice session. Some nuts and cheese make a great pairing.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 00:30:53 | More by kirok1999
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Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This ale poured a hazy ruby amber with a decent light tan coloured head. Its finely carbonated, and thin and elegant lacings are present.

Grapefruit hops, caramel, rye, and an earthy spiciness.

Yum yum yum. Gotta say i love rye. Think my first drink ever was a shot of cheap rye whiskey my dad gave us kids when my mom was away visiting her folks or something. Was probably ten or so at the time. Its been one of my favorite grains ever since. Nice blend of caramel malts, rye graininess and grapefruit and peppery hops.

Wonderfully balanced medium bodied ale. Nice balance between the malts and the almost chewy rye graininess, as well as as the hops, which add a prominent grapefruit resiny character, as well as a more subtle earthy peppery spiciness.

This is one tasty beer, and a must try for those who like things with rye, like beer, whiskey, or bread. Would make a great session brew on a cooler night when a bigger brew is needed, would also make a great crossover brew for someone who likes rye and can handle a little hops. Ill be drinking this one again soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 01:15:47 | More by demcorhip
Photo of macster


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a cloudy, opaque reddish orange hue under a huge, thick and frothy beige head. Superb head retention throughout with a trail of thick lacing. Pleasant, moderate aromas of pine needles, caramel , lemon rind, spices and rye toast meld together nicely. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a spritzy carbonation. Initial flavor seems dominated by the malts revealing a subdued caramel, toffee sweetness. This quickly transcends into a hefty hop and rye flavor profile showing off assertive notes of grapefruit, pine, rye seeds and spicy black pepper. Finish is a mouth-puckering combination of a chalky-like mineral dryness and hoppy bitterness which hangs on nicely. In the end a great balance of the malts, hops and rye to create a pleasurable, unique style.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 03:15:25 | More by macster
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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My dream afternoon - a holiday spent drinking rye beers. I must continually thank Sopor for turning me on to the style. It was truly an epiphanic moment when we were sitting at Founder's and he was explaining what rye imparts to a beer and the light bulb came on.

This began with a good, medium-tan head, but it didn't last and became just a light coating on top of the beer. The color was a reddish-orangish color with a slight cloudiness. The nose was both hoppy and spicy, like pepper. The mouthfeel was medium to thick with a huge mix of flavors on the tongue. Malty sweetness, hoppy bitterness and a peppery bite, all on the palate. The finish had that characteristic bite of rye, making it the lingering, prevalent taste. I'd drink this on a regular and continuing basis, if it were available in my area.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 18:16:08 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Cresant


4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this 12 oz. into a pint glass. Copper/amber body was clouded with tiny particulates. 1-2 fingers of off-white lumpy head faded to a collar and sheets of lace.

Smell was very nice. Citrus hops met with spicy grains. Bread and pine needles.

Taste was complex, balanced. Peppery. Grapefruit rinds mingle with grain sweetness. No single component overwhelms the presentation here. Very nice.

Mouthfeel was zesty, mildly prickly, medium bodied. Perfectly carbonated.

A new beer to add to my list of favorites. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 22:35:50 | More by Cresant
Photo of UncleJimbo


4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

This rye beer poured a clear, dark, red, coppery color with creamy, tan foam that persisted and coated the glass. The smell was rich, spicy rye goodness with other malt and hops in the nose as well. The taste was bitter hops combined with rye malt in good balance. The mouthfeel was almost dry but with a touch of sweetness. It was smooth with medium body and good carbonation. The hops built to the finish, and the malt lingered on the palate in the aftertaste. This was a very nice rye IPA. (Thanks to Warriorsoul for this one.)

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 04:41:32 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle hand picked by Shbobdb, (Another winner, Do they ever stop coming?) oh aah poured to my pint glass.
The liquid is an astonishing Red Copper, color with excellent carbonation. The head is a work of art, 2 fingers thick, off white color, and an outstanding lace.

The smell is big IPA like, with fresh rye bread.

The taste is very good, Nice rye bread lightly toasted malt and a great hoppy taste, in fact this is the way big hops should be done. Big Taste but smooth and mellow.

Mouthfeel is real good, quite pleasant in all the right places.

The drinkability is high, Excellent! Balance is flawless. O how I wish I could but this here. Thank you Shbobdb, Excellent pick! Prosit und Zum Wohl! MK

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 03:32:23 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great color, substantial head on pour. Beautiful appearance. Taste was disappointing. The bottle I obtained had a very distinct rye taste and smell. If you like rye, this one's for you. It comes as advertised; it's not called "Red's Rye" for nothing. I was hoping for some sweet undertones, maybe a little burnt sugar to offset the rye, but not to be.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 15:39:54 | More by bjoyce12
Photo of garymuchow


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been holding onto this for awhile and it's lost nothing in quality.
Primary aroma is of hops, especially a grassy, slightly citrus aroma. Very nice. Slight malt quality noted, not necessarily rye, but more of a dull barley.
Nice amber of brown/red/orange. Not particularly clear. Smallish head, tan with minimal stamina leaving a ring and some spotty lacing.
Rich and heavy character. Malt starts out with both barley (sweet) and rye (spicey) flavors. Then hops kick in with significant bitterness and bite, and grassy flavors. All blends well at first and throughout the middle, but hops dominate the finish, which is bitter, sour, and somewhat dry.
Quite heavy mouthfeel, that's also thick, almost chewy and syrupy. Rather smooth and flattish carbonation which is fairly soft.
Nice well rounded beer. Hops may be a bit overbearing (thus minimizing the rye character), but I like hops, so it's no big deal.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 18:58:38 | More by garymuchow
Photo of bjohnson


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark copper color with red highlights throughout. Nice frothy one finger cream colored head. Decent retention.
S: Big citrus hop notes are the first noticeable aromas with a sharp pine in the background that tingles the nostrils.
T/M: Citrus and pine notes are the most dominant hop flavors. Good sweet caramel malt. Bitterness isn't too powerful, but right on and lingers for awhile. Caramel malt presents itself a bit syrupy. Blasts of both hops and malt--hops being dry, malt being thick and wet. Slick through the mouth with a biting bitterness and dry finish. Carbonation is right on--fizzy on the sides of the tongue.
D: Another winner from Founders. Highly drinkable and refreshing. I will have this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 23:31:51 | More by bjohnson
Photo of Hibernator


4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Red's Rye
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a crimson red with tan colored highlights. Nice looking head on top that leaves awesome patterns of sticky lacings.

Pleasant aroma with strong whiffs of pine and citrus hop bombs and faint caramel sweetness.

Sugary sweet with strong caramel swirl flavors coming through up front. Hints of freshly sliced apples and Georgia peaches. A tad nutty and bready which adds to the overall mouthfeel quality. The sip finishes with an incredible hop presence of grapefruits and pine cones.

This beer is a solid, whole package kinda beer and nicely crafted. Every aspect of this beer is represented well - malts, hops and Rye character. Reminds me of the Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, which is another personal favorite. Yet another excellent beer from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 21:42:46 | More by Hibernator
Photo of olacub


3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, rich amber color with a big, pillowy head. Great lacing.

S: Citrus, a hint of sweet bread and caramel.

T: A terrific blend of sweet malt and citric hops. Neither seems to dominate - they stay wonderfully balanced throughout.

M: Rich, thick mouthfeel.

D: I could have a few of these. Full-flavored, yet smooth.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 18:56:32 | More by olacub
Photo of TheBungyo


4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a head massive enough to be called gigantic. Body is crimson orange. Nose is sharp pine mingled with orange and grapefruit. Taste starts with pine, moves to grapefruit, then segues into caramel. Very nice. Mouth is big and burly. If I could get this without trading I would certainly do so. A winner of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 08:24:30 | More by TheBungyo
Photo of tboom29


4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is poured a hazy brown/red into my pint (the Old English pint glass). The full, lingering head was impressive.

The nose was nice and sweet, and hoppy. This has a really complex nose, full of citrus and almost a candy sweetness. I sort of get a hint of coconut even.

This is another big hoppy beer. There is alot of hop oil/esthers throughout the mouth. There is a hoppy spiciness, but it's also slightly sweet as well. There is a peachy/citrusy flavor througout. The hops are definitely king here, but it is mellowed quite nicely by the maltiness of the brew. The mouthfeel is smooth, slightly viscous, however there is a bite to it that sets it apart from other hoppy beers.There is an alcohol presence, but it is not over done.

This is another great beer from Founders. Real nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 02:37:48 | More by tboom29
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

re-reviewed 4/7/10, new scores, old review left intact below

a: deep copper in color, capped with a modest white head

s: pale malt body with sweet-spicy rye and light caramels, really nice grapefruit hop aroma

m: medium body and carbonation, clean and drying finish

t: clean pale structure with a nice rye and caramel current balancing a mostly dry body with mild sugars, full citrus hop flavor with an appropriately strong bitterness - leaning grapefruit

d: nicely balanced beer with a good finish, easy drinkability

single from Lost Dog, Arlington


appearance: The pour gives a 1" khaki colored head that gradually falls back, leaving a decent layer of carbonation on top. The beer is a medium chestnut brown in color.

smell: Nutty toasted malts and a big evergreen hop aroma. Hints of tropical fruits (especially citrus) and a slight woodiness.

mouthfeel: The carbonation level is around a high medium, and the body a light medium.

taste: Lightly nutty malts, a touch of rye (I would not pick it out if I didn't know it was there), and a big hop flavor upfront. Moderately sweet on the tongue with more than enough hop bitterness...a very hop forward red rye and a little unbalanced. Very ryePA like.

drinkability: easy

single bottle purchased at Woodman's in Madison

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 22:39:01 | More by blackie
Photo of klewis


4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish copper with a two-finger frothy head. Good head sustenance and lacing.

S: Strong aroma of rye with plenty of hop aroma.

T: A full taste with plenty of rye flavor, but not over the top. The grainy taste from the rye is balanced nicely with strong hop flavor and bitterness. Almost like a rye IPA.

M: Medium-full body with moderate carbonation and a bone-dry finish.

D: I'm not a huge fan of rye, but this is definitely an enjoyable and well-designed beer. Not a session in my book, but a nice beer to things up.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 22:21:43 | More by klewis
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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