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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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4,740 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,740
Reviews: 1,635
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 254
Gots: 375 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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 Lupe
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a big fluffy white head. Decent retention and some nice patches of sticky lace are left behind.

Massive aroma of juicy grapefruit and piney hops. Mild hint of spicy rye and sweet malt in the back.

Hoppy, but not overly bitter or sharp. Lots of herbal and floral flavors, citrus, and minty hops abound. Hops are nicely balanced by the malt sweetness and the spiciness from the rye add a nice kick. Finishes with a lingering herbal/floral hop flavor. No bad but the floral/herbal hop character of this beer is not my thing.

Medium in body, smooth and creamy. Tingles on the tongue between the carbonation and spice. Pretty good drinkability, but I wasn't digging the herbal and floral hop flavors.

Lupe, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of jeremyd365
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight out of the tap into a regular pint glass, this brew poured deep, dark , cloudy red with a thick foam that stayed around through the whole drink. It smelled very floral and hoppy. It had a heavy body and tasted wonderfully of hops and some cirtus hints. It finished hoppy but barely bitter and would very drinkable. I really enjoyed this one and will have it again.

jeremyd365, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of bonbini26
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Tap Room at the Somerset Hills Hotel

A- Awesome head, the retention show its best by leaves lots of lace on the glass. Mildly hazed orangey brown color.

S- Big aroma of citrus & grapefruit and piney hop. spicy rye and a big juicy fruity maltiness in the back.

T&M- Oh so very smooth, thick malty body. The bitterness tingles with small sharp bites into the maltiness, big herbal, tobacco, pungent citrus and mint hop flavors flail about. Warming alcohol hits in the middle. Clean spiciness from the rye ... solid maltiness middle to end with a lingering sun-dried herbal hop flavor.

D- My oh my, this is one tasty treat. The rye and hops are great together, not too overpowering great balance, make sure you have this a spicy burger or some sharp cheddar

bonbini26, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of Nipitato
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Good glowing amber hue. No real head. Slightly opaque.

S: Sweet caramel malt aroma. Very nice sourish citrus rye or is it citrus hops aroma. Malt aroma is also sugary.

T: Good well balanced flavor. Biting grapefruit citrus. Sweet. Grapefruit taste is quite strong.

MF: Dry. Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

D, notes: This taste a lot like a west coast IPA. It tastes good but I can't really tell how this is different from an IPA.

Nipitato, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy reddish copper in color with a two finger head. Spotty lacing developed.

Smell: caramel and ripe fruit sweetness rises from the glass and is very pleasant.

Taste: caramel, rye, ripe red grapes, and a nice balancing bitterness are the most notable flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp at the start, much smoother at the finish. Relatively short aftertaste.

Drinkability: excellent afternoon beer that is perfect for a lazy day of hanging out and having some beers. This could be a session beer for me.

Gavage, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of slatetupelo
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark red copper with a one inch light tan head that looks really enticing. The head leaves a nice "sticky" lacing that remains throughout.

S - As soon as I popped the cap on this beer a very nice aroma was present, I had to take a second sniff. The aroma consists of rye, sweet fruits, and caramel malts.

T - I taste lots of earthy rye with some caramel malts and some fresh hops with the alcohol being very well hidden. The earthy rye dominates the taste, which is good since I've enjoyed other rye beers that I've tasted. The bitterness is very mild and mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body.

D - I could see myself downing a few of these with no trouble, it's a very enjoyable beer.

slatetupelo, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of ATPete
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz twist off bottle

A- pours a ruby brown color with nice vibrant red highlights. A decent white head forms and leaves a bit of sticky lace. No visible carbonation...is this the trend with Founders?

S- Fresh hops, sweet toasty malts, hints of cherry and apple and a nice rye spicyness about it.

T- Very fruity, malty/grainy/rye character at first, ripe fruit notes, good hop bitterness, citrus notes and sweet floral feel. A chocolatey aftertaste mixed with some hop bitterness upon the finish. Awesome.

M/D- Medium body, good over all complexity and a great amount of carbonation makes for another delicious, easy drinking session beer from Founders.

ATPete, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of Foxman
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy new-penny copper with orange highlights. A finger of pithy light tan head sinks to patchy surface foam. Chains of lacing link up along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, the grain is a mix of caramel malt and deli rye, both sweet and savory. The hops are pulpy and notable with orange and grapefruit. Fruit and flower hint mildly as well.

Upon tasting, the grain is simply sumptuous, again with sweet caramel and earthy, savory rye. The hops pop up and squirt orange, pine, and dusty dry grapefruit. Rye re-asserts with a tangy note that leads into a conforming, lightly baked biscuit toasty touch. The finish is a gradually building crisp bitterness that lingers in a very dry way. It has a very fetching balance of sass and pertinence, damn near the best of both worlds.

Light to medium bodied, it flows easily, moving along and closing with a gutsy, softly biting glow.

As much as I enjoy good deli rye bread, this is indeed the finest use of the grain. The sharp tang joins the glassy hops to blend into a very refreshing and graciously drinkable quench-fest. The long finish keeps the rye on the palate, just the quality you want if your goal is to really enjoy this beer. Simply said, this is a do over, and over, and over, and...

Foxman, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
"Red Ale Made With Rye" on the front logo sticker...
Pours a ruby-red, crimson-colored hue with very minimal lacing...
Aroma rendolent of amber grains, rye, ripe fruits, and a touch of cream...
Rye dominates the taste, with a strong suggestion of amber, red grains, caramel, vanilla, and a hint of bread and butter essences...
Excellent depiction of the style... up there with Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye, but with a stronger suggestion of "red ale"...
Creamy, rich, tasty mouthfeel with a very good level of drinkability to match, and, like most Founder's brews, the alcohol is near-impossible to detect...
Good stuff...

dsa7783, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of jkrich
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with an interesting and strange face of an old man on the label. No freshness found.

The ale poured a slightly hazy, reddish and copper color; a nice off-white head settled down to a film on top leaving elegant lacing on the glass.

When I opened the bottle, I smelled a very unique aroma of citrusy hops and rye, with the rye seeming to overtake the hop aroma. Unfortunately, most of the aroma was lost once I poured the ale into a nonic pint glass. Still, that first sniff from the bottle was amazing.

The taste begins with a straight forward hop bitterness, but unlike most domestic hoppy ales the citrus or pine flavors are overcome by the strong rye flavors. The addition of rye gives it is very crisp and refreshing taste; very unique, but I have not had much experience with tasting rye beers.

An almost full-bodied beer that leaves a satisfying rye bitterness on the tongue with moderate carbonation.

It is difficult to believe this ale is 6.8 percent alcohol as it is such a refreshing, smooth ale. This ale is appropriate for any time of the year. I would love to have this on tap at its most fresh.

jkrich, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of kleffman
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a taster glass with a dark copper and red color, slight head. Tropical fruit hops, sweet malt aromas and flavors. Floral and nice spicy characteristics. Very balanced and easy to drink. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and good carbonation level. Would love to be able to buy this beer or find it on tap.

kleffman, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of BigMike
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle.

An orange brownish coloring with about 1 finger of thick creamy head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is very strong of fruit,pine, grapefruit.

Taste mirrors the smell. Strong hints of grapefruit and pine.
Spice, malts and hops are very present with the hoppyness winning out.

This beer is crisp and very flavorful and extremely delicious.

An excellent beer that makes me want to crack another!

BigMike, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of ajmoody76
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this in a mix a six. 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint. one finger off white head. nice lace. red/brown color. clear. looks good.

hoppy nose. fruit and spice. no of odors.

good hop crispness. sweet and spicy. balance may favor the hops- but it really works. sweet fruit aftertaste.

adequate carbonation. mid body. i like this beer. i would drink again. this could be a session beer. good rye.

ajmoody76, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear amber color with a nice thick white head that left good lacing. Looks really nice.

S- Pine and citrus hops jump right out at me. Then maybe if I search for it a bready and rye malts comes to me.

T- Very good! Nothing over powering here. Follows the nose really well. Very well balanced.

M- Medium to thick in body. Very smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Very impressed with this brew. Easy to drink and will come back for more.

nrbw23, May 31, 2008
Photo of hopflop
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a six of this for my birthday.

Pours a nice copper reddish color with a nice head

The smell is tasty rye with caramel malts and a big citrus hops aroma

The mouth full is a little lite. Has a great citrus hops flavor that hits first and with a nice malt balance and finishes with a bitter rye flavor that gets left in your mouth. Very tasty brew.

This is a great summer time beer, that is a easy drinker. Would love to get my hands on some more.

hopflop, May 28, 2008
Photo of MrMonkey
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AdamB84 for the chance to try this great brew!

Pours a dark reddish amber with a one-finger tan head that fades to a thin cap. Lots of lacing/sheets left behind.

Smell is sweet caramel malts, toffee, and lots of citrus hops: orange juice, lemon zest and grapefruit.

Taste is sweet bread and caramel malt up front, followed by a peppery spiciness before some floral and citrus hops and a long bitter, dry finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Very crisp and smooth with medium carbonation.

Overall, a well balanced beer that is very drinkable. ABV not noticeable. Really wish I had more of these waiting for me in the fridge.

MrMonkey, May 18, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another stellar beer from Joe1510, I owe ya big, ein prosit to Joe!

Pours orange/caramel with 3+ fingers pf sand colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Peppery rye, caramel & citrus hops

T: Peppery rye, citrus grapefruit & caramel up front. Dryness, biscuitty malt, & more spicy rye as this warms. Finishes crisp with nice biscuitty malt

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation & great balance

Drinks very easy the crispness keeps the ABV in check. I could happily session on this, in the upper echelon of rye ales I've had!

russpowell, May 17, 2008
Photo of rocknhocky
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the moment I cracked the cap, WOW what a great smell. It immediately got me interested. Very light, yet rich. Almost a citrus smell though it could have just been the alcohol. Very high marks from the get go.

Beautiful color with a relatively thin head for this rye, which dissipated fairly quickly. First impression of taste: nice in the mouthfeel, with a bit of bitterness on the tongue after. It was a pleasant beer to sit and enjoy.

rocknhocky, May 16, 2008
Photo of kbeals
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I never thought I'd say this, but this beer had way too much head. It took nearly ten minutes to pour the beer into the glass since I had to keep waiting for the head to die down. The color is nice though, a deep golden amber color. A lot of lacing obviously. Smell was very malty, a hint of sweetness to it, not really impressive though. Taste was about the same. A little more of a grainy taste to it, overall the taste was pleasing. The beer was somewhat carbonated, pretty smooth and not too full. I probably wouldn't drink more than one or two of these in a night though, I don't think it's really my style of beer.

kbeals, May 16, 2008
Photo of iconoklaztor
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red color with vertually no head. The smell is almost all rye and that of rye bread. Duh.

The taste is nice and balanced and has a nice rye finish. I'm thinking this is a little cold and would be a lot more full when it warms up. I'll wait till the end to elaborate.

It is better at a warmer temp.

The mouthfeel is a little thin however it is not a turn off.

Overall, a great beer however I dont know if I'm a big rye fan. I never got into rye whiskey and I dont know if I would like it all the time. Its enjoyable but in a really small quantity.

iconoklaztor, May 16, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, hops, spice and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel; a strong hops bitterness and a background of rye and spices. There's a very hearty malt character that brings good substance to the beer. The after-taste is hoppy and bitter.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, I had heard this beer was similar to an IPA and that it was highly acclaimed but I was still surprised at how much I liked it. This is a beer that I could drink several of over the course of an evening.

TheManiacalOne, May 11, 2008
Photo of GJ40
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer on tap at Slow's BBQ in Detroit on a business trip. My buddy ordered one and liked it. After reading the description on the beer menu and smelling his, I had to try it.

It's got a brown / copper color with a small but effective head. The fruity, hoppy aroma really benefits from the dry hopping. The floral and fruity hop flavor dominates from start to finish. It's not bitter at all. There's a definite malt presence to balance the hops.

I'm not normally a big red fan but the hops really make this one. This is an extremely drinkable beer that I could enjoy all night long.

GJ40, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of mobyfann
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paid $1.79 for a single at Jungle Jim's...

The beer pours a clear amber color, with a large white head, excellent 1/4" head retention and a very nice cascading effect of lacing on the glass, beautiful! The smell gives notice to a fresh and strong amount of hops, other tones of smoky spice, like cumin exist in the smell.

The taste is cleansing to say the least! It starts off creamy from the existing head, delivery is a bit chewy due to its density, moderate notes of the hops and spice give way in the middle, moderate carbonation and an exceptionally clean aftertaste. The mouthfeel and drinkability receive top marks due to the perfect use of the head and lack of taste of alcohol, an incredible session beer, but half a six-pack will suffice.

Final Thought: Hands down, a world-class beer in the USA, and competes for that credibility globally, an impressive brew that is a hit on so many levels, I couldn't be more pleased!

mobyfann, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of jeonseh
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap today in a tulip glass at the Map Room.

A - A dark, hazy amber with hues of brown, orange, and amber all mixing through it. It was partly opaque as only a small bit of light actually got through. Had a nice one thumb head that stuck around rather well and left minimal lacing.

S - There is a big pine hops smell that was the first thing that I noticed. There was also a hint of caramel malt which came up and gave a forewarning that this was not just going to be some hop bomb. On the hop profile, also got a hint of candied orange peel and the odor of grapefruit as well.

T - First of all, have to say I was a bit surprised by how much hops was in this rye beer. The first thing that you get in this one was a big, yet not overpowering, of piney hops. This one was not overpowering for the simple reason that it had a sweet caramel malt backbone that kept this beer nicely balanced. The ending is back to the piney hops and even a bit of grapefruit.

MF - Actually has a rather nice MF as the carbonation prevents this beer from being cloying, which is sometimes a problem with beers that have a big malt backbone.

D - Overall, a great beer from founders that has a ton of flavor and was easy to drink. Could not even taste any of the alcohol and given that it was only 6.8% that does not make too much. I really liked this beer and was surprised by how much punch it has. Once again, Founder's has made a great beer that helps to blow us all away.

jeonseh, Apr 21, 2008
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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap served into a pint glass.

A- Ruby red color, some mahogony and tan hues. Huge creamy head, lingering through the duration of the beer.

S- Smell was sweet and hoppy

T- Very hoppy for a rye beer and well-balanced with the sweetness of the caramel malts. The hops calmed down a bit halfway through and then this became extremely sweet with a nice bitter finish.

M- Creamy and medium bodied, nice full finish.

D- Awesome beer. Highly recommended. Quality stuff from Founders.

DavidSeanNJ, Apr 20, 2008
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,740 ratings.