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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,947
Reviews: 1,643
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 294
Gots: 461 | 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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Ratings: 4,947 | Reviews: 1,643
Photo of brewdoc75
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Founder's beer, but definitely not my last.

A: Lovely amber color w/ brown and orange hues. Creamy white head sits atop and dwindles down to a dusting as I drink.

S: Did someone say "Amarillo" hops? This may be the most grapefruity beer I've ever smelled. Hops are the majority of the nose, but I do get a faint spicy breadiness from the rye. Maybe some fruitiness too.

T: More of that grapefruit hoppy flavor. This rounds out with a nice fruity element. The hops end a bit grassy, but are very nice. The malts are solid with some slight caramel sweetness and a hint of spiciness from the rye. I would have like a bit more maltiness. The hops are definitely the flavor mongerers in this beer.

M: Creamy but crisp. Bitter, but smooth. Body is just light enough to make this beer really drinkable.

D: This is an excellent beer. It was definitely worth the $8.99 for the sixer. It does an excellent job of showcasing the amarillo hop. Now that we have Founders in Minnesota, I'll be drinking this for quite a while.

Photo of caskstrength
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful red. White head.

Piney/citrus smell. Very Furious-like.

Taste is crisp, bright, hops and pine/citrus. Excellent. Not thick at all. IPA instead of DIPA, and IPA instead of rye-beer for sure. Aftertaste is a little less dry, a little less bitter, a bit of spice, just enough sweetness to compliment everything going on. Mouthfeel a bit thicker than expected but not heavy, and the spicy sweetness, although subtle, lingers appropriately on the tongue.

Easy to drink. Very easy to drink.

I wonder how much Furious owes to Red's Rye. A deliberate similarity? Coincidence? I don't really care. Red's is really good.

Highly recommended. I will say this: Red's Rye, to my palate, falls off fast, so I only choose it if I know it's really fresh.

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

Bottle to pint glass.

Slightly hazy red orange color. I love the color on this one. I don't know this Red character, but I like him already. A lively carbonation, and a decent tan head that just does not go away. Literally, the head lasted the entire drink, maybe 10 to 15 minutes. Impressive lacing as well.

The nose on this one is strong citrus fruits. I love it already. Grapefruits and a piney hop character hook you from the get go. There is also a caramel tone to it, as well as the rye.

Taste is everything I hope it would be. A Rye IPA. Hmm. If this were a style in itself, I would be a huge fan. I love the combination of the citrus grapefruit and the piney hop bitterness. No too much rye here, but thats ok. I think if rye were more prominent it would take away from the IPA base. I think this should be categorized as an IPA, rather than a Rye beer, but I'm still a huge fan.

Smooth and sharp, I like the carbonation bite it has. Very smooth and silky. I love the drinkability too. For a cheaper brew, this is an amazing deal. Boy am I glad Founders made it to Minnesota.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Founders Red's Rye pours a dark copper with a thick three-finger head. Thick rings of lace are left on the glass.

The smell and taste are earthy, with a flowery smell followed by the taste of wood and grass. As it warms, there's a sweet caramel finish that complements a bitter and dry feel.

Founders Red's Rye is a beer's beer, with deep foamy good looks, and a flavor that balances sweet and bitter. The perfect start to Memorial Day weekend.

Photo of bsp77
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear orange-red with small head and some lacing. Love the color.

Smell: Very tart grapefruit with some spiciness and slight alcohol. Very noticeable smell.

Taste: Very interesting - tart, bitter and spicy, in that order. Definite grapefruit flavor with a bitter and pepper aftertaste. There is a subtle malt balance; the label says it is Belgian and I can see that. I expected a little more noticeable Rye spiciness, but this is one of the strangest, most fascinating beers I have had in awhile, and that definitely counts for something.

Feel: Nice smooth medium to full body with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: One of the most strangely alluring beers I have ever had. Wasn't sure I liked it at first, but now that I am finishing the glass, I am crushed.

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

Appearance is quite good, very sticky and thick looking. A bit of head and no lacing.
Smell and taste are fairly similar, very complex malt character, caramel and biscuity. There is a firm blast of hops that accent the clove spices very well. Not as much of the rye as I was expecting.
Mouthfeel is oily and heavy.
Drinkability is very good for the style. Not myfavorite style but this was a good one.

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.

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