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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,823 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,823
Reviews: 1,636
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 264
Gots: 391 | 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 trbergman
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a beautiful garnet color with one finger of sticky off-white head.

S - Packed with hops. Resiny pine with citrus zest also present. Some sweet malts are in the background and I also get a hint of sourdough bread aroma.

T - Hoppy but well balanced. I let the beer warm quite a bit before pouring and I think this really brings out the qualities of the rye. It's bready, earthy, and satisfying. Hop flavor tastes more piney that citrusy to me, and there's plenty of hop bitterness in the long, delicious finish.

M - Rich, chewy, and pleasantly astringent.

D - It may be a touch too alcoholic to session, but otherwise I'd say the beer is spot on in this category. Very good.

trbergman, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful reddish amber with a thin tan head.

S - Red's Rye has a really strong, sweet, vibrant aroma to it.

T - Sweet sweetness. Roasted malt, mildly piney. Crisp. Citrusy, of course the rye adds a nice spicy layer.

M - Medium bodied, sort of creamy, mild carbonation

D - Delicious. I've said it before, but I've yet to try a Founders beer that I don't absolutely love.

HeyItsChili, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of Hophead101
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

drank at home on 10.13.08, got in trade from mikereaser. poured from bottle into wide mouth glass.

looked good pouring out of the bottle even before it got into the glass. good brown copper color. small off white head, left almost immediately. great smell. nice mild hop aroma and rye smell. not overpowering, very nice, almost buttery smell. subtle notes of pine and evergreen.

nice crisp flavor. good balance of hops and rye flavors blend very well together. gives a nice creamy even coated mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Hophead101, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coppery color and a cloudy consistency. There was a good half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Smelled of hops, mild malts, and some citrus.

T: A nicely balanced taste of vibrant hops, mild malt and some grapefruit. The rye element, never overpowers the others, as it does in some beers.

M: A nicely carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer, to be sure. It goes down easy and is pretty lively.

avalon07, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of HopHeadLouie
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful reddish copper brew with caramel malt fruity sweet bread on the nose. Well balanced grapefruit with a kiss of pine on the buds. Malt came through first and foremost and bitter hoppy aspect devolved over a few sips. Mouthfeel is dusty and dry, but I mean that in a good way. Very nice! Yes, very nice!

HopHeadLouie, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of msante79
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Pours deep reddish amber with off white head. Good lacing. Aroma is hops, rye, caramel malt, and citrus. Flavor is hops, caramel, malt, rye, dark fruits and light citrus. Mouthfeel is perfect for a rye beer with good carbonation. Finishes nice with good malt profile and balance. A delicious brew.

msante79, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose is highly ale-yeast fruity and powdery. Some roasted malt and touch of hop.

Pours with massive head - rocky peak thrice as tall as the beer. Rusty amber color, hazy. Nice sediment on bottom.

First sip showcases spicy herbal hops and rye on a malty bed. Tart, good dose of residual sugar. Good hop bitterness. Fruity sweet with touch of honey. Lemongrass/perfume hop splash. Finishes bitter and leafy.

Over-carbonated. Every careful pour leaves me way more head than I need and there's plenty of carbonation to.

MrHungryMonkey, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of praufs01
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy reddish brown, with a pillowy off white head.

Aroma - Sweet pink grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied brew with light carbonation that feels very silky on the palate.

Taste - Very light pink grapefruit taste on a nice malty backbone.

Overall - I've never had a Rye beer that was this good. It's very smooth with characteristics of an IPA but different enough to make you appreciate that it is a Rye beer.

praufs01, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of kzoobrew
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt red orange color. Off white head is not large but does manage to stick around quite well. Patches of lacing left.

Big hoppy fruity smell right off the bat. There is some spicy earthiness under the fruit aroma.

Spiciness from the rye and the bite of the hops hit upfront. definite tobacco like qualities click as well. Slight fruitiness and some earthy flavors rounds it out.

Fairly smooth, medium body. Finishes dry. Medium carbonation suits well.

Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Solid brew.

kzoobrew, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of bbothen
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a frothy 2 finger deep off white head.

Smells of toasted grains, caramel malt, sweet, citrus hops, fruity. Nice.

Bitter bite up front, flowery, herbal, citric hops, sweet caramel maltiness, spicy rye like finish.

Smooth, moderately carbonated, medium bodied, lingering dry finish.

No worries having several in a sitting.

A solid & quite tasty brew right here. Unique flavors that work well.

bbothen, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of kinger
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopped like an APA with an incredible dryness, one fine brew. Hoppy aroma half pine, half grapefruit and citrus. Nice amber pour huge off white head that stays around 1/2" in thickness, lots of web-like lacing. Dry finish, very full and satisfying on the palate. Good all around flavor lots of malts, the strength of the hops seems to mask the flavor of the rye at first but eventually the rye is detected. Real good malt presence, great beer.

kinger, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of mnj21655
3.18/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle.

Pours a cloudy reddish brown with excessive amounts of thick yet pillowy off-white head that exhibits remarkable retention. Aroma is mostly spicy rye with some pleasant piney hops and a bit of fruitinesses. Taste is relatively straight forward, its pretty much just rye and bitterness with some thrown in for good measure in the finish. Mouthfeel is ok, medium body and moderate carbonation. Drinkability isn't all that great. I really didn't find this very enjoyable, it seemed a bit harsh overall.

mnj21655, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of kkipple
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders hit our state recently and I've been putting a hurt on my wallet picking up their product... I recall having this beer at Dark Lord Day and being impressed... let's see if that is still the case.

Pours a fine looking weighty, lazy dull copper. A full sticky white head lolls about on the top, subsides slowly, and leaves some lace hanging around. Pretty.

Smell is good: Grainy, slightly rough sugars, wet citrus hop, rye spice and complexity. Touch of orange. Basic, but well done.

Man, this is one easy drinking rye beer... typical (and required) rye spiciness is blended with a tasty, complex malt bill and some juicy, (yet restrained) hop bitterness. The finish is slightly dry and deliciously hoppy-sweet. Citrus and a hint of pine linger on the palate. This is well made.

As for mouthfeel, this hits all the right notes - the full body, creamy character, and mid-low carbonation means you can toss this back pretty easily. I know I sure did. To top it all off this is 6.8%? Hmm....

Red's Rye is an exceptional, easy drinking rye beer and one of my new favorites. If you like this style at all you owe it to yourself to try this.

kkipple, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Deep rusty red/brown under a big, fluffy slightly off white head. Nice lace and retention.

S: Big hop aroma, pine and grapefruit. Some caramel and toasted malt in the background.

T: Nice hops again, a bit more subtle. Bitter finish is mixed with some sweetness. The ever slightest of drying quality gets you coming back for more.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is just right, slightly creamy. Very nice drinkability. An excellent beer. I'm continually impressed with the Founders offerings, good to have them in NC>

NCSUdo, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Copper/red with a slight haze. Three fingers of off white head rise with great retention, leaving some great lace. Thick cap persists.

S - Floral/piney and slightly earthy/spicy hops hit immediately. Citrus peel is in there as well with some honey-like sweetness creeping in from the malt.

T - An earthy grapefruit flavor comes on quickly with a mild backing sweetness. A definite hint of spiciness (I assume from the rye) kicks in as well before a coarse bitterness hits. Pleasant floral flavors accompany the bitterness. Finish is semi-dry with earthy bitter notes lingering.

M - Soft carbonation with a slick, medium body.

D - An enjoyable hopped up brew. A little strong, but there's a great harmony of flavors going on here. The best I've had from Founders so far.

PatrickJR, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of YankChef
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip

Appearance: slight amber with a strong cranberry juice red nice foamy thick head.

Aroma: Sweet, juicy pine big time hops and sweetness. Pineapple, rose water

Taste: Slightly sweet and juicy upfront and on the finish, all hops, hops and delicious hops in between. Almost tastes fruity from a lot of the notes, berry and maybe some peach.

Overall: absolutely delicious and clearly deserves its rating as the number one rye beer. If you havent had it, TRY IT

YankChef, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of FrothHead
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not too much fancy-pantsy beer judge talk here. Just my opinion.

The label - the freaky hobbit dude reminds me of Harry Potter at age 80!

OK, the beer. If you love hops balanced by a little caramel malt, this is heaven!

S- note the citrus (grapefruit)

T- The grapefruit comes through on the front of the tongue and lingers (melding with the hops bitterness in the finish.)

Enjoy the caramel malt (present but reticent) in the middle.

Finish with faint memory of malt fading into hop bitter that lingers on the back of the tongue.

This is one of my session beers. OK, I'm a hophead!

FrothHead, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of Natural510
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crimson red with thick, dense foam which slowly dissipates into a thin layer of lacing.
Smells sweetly malty with a bang of citrus hops.
Sweet, orange-marmalade flavor from the malt is complemented by the resinous bite from the hops. Hops are of course noticable, but not overdone. Extremely well-balanced with a dry finish.
Nice reverberation from the hops in the mouth, crisp & satisfying.
Fine example of a rye beer; perhaps not as innovative as it is balanced, but that's jsut fine by me.

Natural510, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12-ounce stubby bottle, decorated with the visage of some freaky-looking old Hobbit dude, poured into my Tyler's shaker pint glass yields a rich, dark bronze body alive with active carbonation and loaded to the gills with tiny particulates suspended in the soluton. The drink is crowned with a huge 3 fingers of pale beige foam the consistency of Cool Whip, and that shock of creamy head never quits, instead valiantly fighting deflation with the determined desperation of an Alamoan going tooth-and-nail with Santa Ana and his chicos. The cap recedes ever so slowly, leaving soft, foamy peaks atop a solid puck of foam, and the resultant copious lacing is fat, creamy, and presented in 3 dimensions.

The aroma is rich and rye-bready, with brown sugar syrup, a tickle of white pepper, and a rich, sticky bit of unsulphured molasses. Cool, minty caramels languish on a float bobbing in a sea of pithy, husky, crushed toasted pecan shells. The drink reeks of spicy, dusty, freshly-milled grain, toasted nut oils, and dark syrup.

The taste is toasty and succulent, with the representatives from the Aroma Component negotiating a somewhat hostile takeover of the matter at hand. Rich, grainy molasses, prickly toasted grain husks, and a note of hot, peppery spice rule the profile, but allow incursions from rogue elements of powdered-pecan-pith and cocoa dryness, and fall victim to a follow-on attack of full-bodied, darkly-caramelized sweet stickiness. A skinny, brave grassy hop note dodges the sweet, malty, grainy juggernaut of flavor and has a semi-dry last laugh at the burly, rye-soaked malt bill. Ha!

The drink is silky-smooth with a prickle of spice and toast that keeps the hardcore dark sweetness of Founders Red's Rye in check. On the full side of medium-bodied, the brew is soft on the palate, yet a bit chewy and gritty, but without a doubt entirely quaffable. Highly recommended.

cvstrickland, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of Biggness
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap @ Sunset Grill & Tap. It pours a dark amber with a 2 fingered white head with very nice lacing. The smeel was very nice and hoppy, with a very nice malt base to it. The flavor followed suit, a very nice balance between the two and its alwasy nice what flavors the rye adds to beeds. This beer was nicelt carbonated and the mouthfeel was good and a drinkable brew, but not an all nighter.

Biggness, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Jmamay22
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my second single of Red's Rye because I enjoyed the first so much, but it was horrendously overcarbonated and I wanted to give it another chance for a proper review. Unfortunately, this second bottle was also overly carbonated. A cautious pour still resulted in my glass being filled 2/3 with foam and taking ages to die down. As such I will be detracting this aspect from the appearnce only. Aside from the huge amber shaded head the beer itself is a dark cloudy amber.

Smells of citrus bittering hops and accented by the rye, which gives a spicy feel. Sweet caramel smelling malt underpins the bitterness providing balance.

Taste is similar with the hops acting as the main vehichle of flavor as the rye provides a unique spin. This is balanced by a doughy, caramel sweetness. The individual flavors are well crafted, but it is the careful balance of each that really shines. As your palate is assaulted by the hop smash your mind moves to the rye spicing as the malt arrives to create a satiating filling feel and balance.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated as noted above, but remains medium bodied. Highly drinkable, but you may want to pour the second as you drink the first to let the foam monster subside.

Jmamay22, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of Voonder
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jwc215 for this one. That is amasing brew!
pours dark red/copper/orange colour with beautiful whte-ish head. Gorgeuos. Smell - citrusy hops, some raspberries, hint of rye. very nice deep smell. Taste - bready, hoppy with slight bitterness. Very balanced, very smooth, wonderful brew. it's drinkable too, I just can't get enough of it. In my this year's Top 5 for sure.

Voonder, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of rtepiak
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i can safely say that i have never had a rye beer. this was quite a nice start. APA copper/amber color with a bit of murk. lace is there. good amount of head. smell is very cirtus ester. particularly grapefruit. some sweet some astrigent. very good blend. nice on the tongue. hop, fruity sweet, piney yet grainy. wonderful blend of grain and hop. wonderful use of fruit. great beer. will definately have again.

rtepiak, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of NCBeernut
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rusty amber, hazy with fine particulate. A decent head forms on top, leaving a thin layer that laces the glass on the way down.

S: Sweet citrusy hopiness - almost candy-like.

T: Spiciness and hops is on-point, contributing nice piny flavors. A little caramel maltiness deep in the backbone helps balance the hoppy bitterness. Not extraordinarily unique but tasty for sure.

M: Slick with a hoppy bite and lingering tannin quality.

NCBeernut, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of KC8LTL
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on nitro-tap at the Harvest Party in my Founders Harvest Pint Glass.

Served with about an inch of dark tan nitro-smooth foam with considerable staying power on top of a dark coppery beer itself. Unfortunately the head somehow seemed to limit the hop smell I was expecting. Nothing wrong or off, it just seemed tame. However, Nitro-tap makes it much smoother and creamier than I've had it before and definitely let the flavors blend more. As I said above, this was not a smack you in the face with hops beer, followed by a rye aftertaste. Instead they blended and grew as I enjoyed it. This is a beer to savor over a long time, not pour down.

KC8LTL, Oct 12, 2008
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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