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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,855
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 270
Gots: 398 | 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 cvfish
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a great crimson copper color that produced a white fluffy head that retained well and left some nice lace

S - Aromas of subtle hops and malts with some citrus

T - Caramel malts and some citrus and hops bitterness, spicy rye

M - Smooth, light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

D - Good beer, the rye beers are different and exciting, and are great for those looking for a change

Photo of daliandragon
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've heard about this brewery years ago but they only started showing up regularly 'round these parts a few weeks ago. I picked this one up at the Cary Whole Foods today and have been looking forward to it.

The color is a murky brown with solid maroon and orange highlights. The head is tan and lasts only a short time with no lacing. The nose is something else altogether, with citrus and herb laden hops on top of a broad, earthy malt background. Quite excellent.

The taste also opens and closes with hops but rye spice and a mellow caramel malt make this one especially tasty. The texture is full and thick but goes down easy. At at dangerous 6.8, a sixer would get you pretty toasted pretty quickly. I think I'm going to buy a sixer, this is really good stuff.

Photo of CMW
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours a rich, deep copper color with brown highlights. A very large pillow-like head forms and the retention is quite good. As I work through this beer, I notice the lacing is massive. Huge soap-like presence decorating the entire glass. Carbonation is relatively high. So far, so good, this is exactly what I want my rye beer to look like.

S - This is definitely different than I expected. There is a heavy aroma of citrus fruits and candy. The hops are also very present and add a very earthy almost piney smell. I was not able to detect the rye in the nose. This smells more along the lines of a double IPA.

T - The first thing I tasted was a nice hint of caramel malt followed by some bitter citrus, possibly grapefruit. The rye is present and adds a complexity to the flavor. There is a slight hop bitterness in the clean and dry finish. There is a very small hint of alcohol in the finish and this increases as the beer warms.

This is a very nice offering from Founders. A good mix of sweetness and bitterness with a dash of rye mixed in. It is light bodied and somewhat less creamy than I would have expected. I would say this is a very sessionable beer and at 6.8% abv. I could get into some trouble.

Photo of applky
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Great-looking beer with a huge, voluminous, light red head. Pour slowly. Deep red, hazy body with bits of sediment from the brewing process. A very raw, wild looking beer.

As noted, sharp citrus in the nose with that wonderfully caustic, sour rye aroma. Suggestions of malt that bear themselves out in the taste.

Citrusy and bitter when it hits your tongue, and that rye sourness comes in very soon after. This is an incredibly sour, bitter, and malty beer. It finishes a bit wetter than other beers in the same style, which I think suits the beer very nicely. Its haziness and crazy head make it seem like a very wild beer -- in contrast to other rye beers like Sixpoint's Righteous Ale that seem a little more refined.

I found this beer to be a sipper, but if you slurp down Brettanomyces for breakfast, lunch, and dinner you might be inclined to empty your glass a bit more quickly (obviously this beer isn't a Brett beer, but it's still very sour). Overall, an incredibly satisfying beer from Founders.

Photo of Rainintheface
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy reddish orange with an off-white, nearly tan, head and ample carbonation

S: big citrus. grapefruit and orange, pine and underlying caramel

T: citrus, mainly grapefruit in tall order. a little orange peel and rye spiciness

M: Mouthfeel is outstanding. medium-full body with crisp carb and a spicy bite

D: Again, the word outstanding seems to fit.

Photo of kwakwhore
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red pour with orange accents. Colossal head takes up half the glass and recedes slowly. Off white, slightly orange in color with a peak of that remains while the head recedes and leaves amazing gobs of lace on the glass.
Initial blast of hoppy fragrance subsides quickly. I can't discern too much more after that.
Hops are the most prominent feature in the flavor, with a lean, very restrained malt profile and a dryish rye accent to balance things out. Very unique beer in this regard. The malt emerges a bit more as the beer warms, but it is still restrained.
Luxurious mouthfeel, one that you would expect from a much stronger beer.
I could drink a bunch of these. Extremely easy to drink. This is true drinkability despite what a certain mass marketed beer may claim.
A wonderful beer from a wonderful brewer.

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

Tap at the brew pub in Grand Rapids.

Poured rich red color with rocky medium head that lasted with good lacing.

Complex flavor of of sweet malt and hops.

Finish was long and tangy.

Another good brew and one of the original and still top rated beers for style.

Photo of roan22
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have bought many six-packs of this delicious beer before at Capone's.

Appearance: Pours a bright, true reddish color with a beige colored head. Nice lacing left on my glass. Nicely carbonated.

Aroma: Very citrusy and fresh.

Taste: Awesome hoppy blast from amarillo hops..that is what I notice the most. Also there is a nice coupling of rye spicy flavor and malts to give this ale a nice balance.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer goes down immensely easy, smooth, I can easily drink a few of these in a session, especially if I am not driving.

Overall, one of favorite beers I can regularly find and buy all year round.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founder's Red Rye, from Bruisin' Ales, Asheville, NC. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: A heavily hazed, dirty reddish-brown with an initial finger of bubbly, sticky tan head. The lacing it leads after it fades is moist but clingy, erratic, and patch-like, with occasional larger bubble-like formations popping up amidst blobs of more delicate sheet-like lace. Carbonation is plentiful and very fine-bubbled, creeping around the sides of the glass and up to the ring of tan foam. Very nice.

Aroma: Heavily roasted, bready malts are large up front here, coupled with a decent array of leafy, herbal (minty), and citrusy (orange zest) hops and a healthy dose of spicy, earthy rye. Darker malts emerge as it warms, with hints of cocoa and caramel. The earthy, woody crispness of the rye really comes through in the finish of this one.

Taste: Very similar to the nose. Specifically, the malts are heavily roasted, with notes of sticky, doughy bread, caramel, light buttery notes, and faint coffee; the rye gives it an earthy character and crispness that begins to take shape about mid-sip and really comes into its own as it progresses into the finish; and the hops lend both a mild bitterness that again comes through mid-sip and melds seamlessly with the rye prickle nearer the finish as well as a few lightly tart, fruity, and minty hop flavors. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly smooth and even, crisp and full-bodied, both soft and silky but nonetheless firm and solid, with that good "hop protein" body, no doubt assisted by the rye.

Drinkability: One of the best if not the best rye beer I've ever tried. Everything melds very well here, with a handful of distinctly noticeable and enjoyable but nonetheless well-connected and mutually-supporting flavors and aromas. Not too terribly much wrong here - comes highly recommended.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy chestnut beer with a light tan dense head that leaves good lacing behind.

Smell: Clean, sharp, citrusy aromas, with a slight caramel graininess in the background and just a touch of dark chocolate.

Taste: Bitter; it's got nice mellow citrus hops and a mild rye spiciness and breadiness which balance well together.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with nice crispness.

Drinkability: Medium-high.

Conclusion: This is a nice, straightfoward, hoppy, rich Pale-Ale style beer with a good kick of rye spice and breadiness in the background.

Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: medium head that stays with dark red color. Can see carbonation constantly

Smell: hops, rye, a little grapefruit

Taste: Very bitter at first, some rye taste, a sweeter finish

Mouthfeel: very smooth throughout

Drinkability: I would have this again, but will not search it out. It is not a bad beer, but nothing jumped out at me either. I do like other Founder's ales better

Photo of LordofTime25
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a dark redish amber with a thick creamy off white head that lasts for the whole drink. Leaves great lacing!

Can smell a good hops and rye aroma with maybe a lttle citrus.

This really tsted like a pale ale with a slight rye taste. There was a sweetness to also maybe a honey or citrus.

Has a medium thick body with a good carbonation. Kinda creamy.

This beer was delious.

Photo of Poser
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper hue with a healthy white top. You can immediately smell the rye and citrus hops. Caramel is in the aroma a little but comes out strong in the taste. Crisp caramel and citrus with a rye texture that helps a bitter finish.

Just a tad bit astringent, but it's a good thing. Medium-bodied with complex textures.

Very impressive.

Photo of brewintheLou
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark amber. Started with a nice 2 finger head that went down to a thin, creamy layer. Left a solid lacing a down the glass.

I am not getting much smell other than a hint of rye.

Nice smooth rye taste with a nice hop bite finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little heavy. This is a very drinkable beer, like most rye beer I suppose.

Photo of midnite2sixman
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on draft at City Flats Hotel in Holland, Michigan.

Pours a nice caramel red with a touch of head. See through with a bit of darkness in the center.

Hops and rye are prominent. Maybe a little dried cherry and bread. Caramel and malts on the nose as well.

Taste is bitter with nice rye overtones that dominate the hop taste in a good way.

Mouthfeel leaves a minor bitter aftertaste. This one tastes big.

Drinkability: Founder's continues to impress me all the time and this is another big weapon in their arsenal of beer.

Photo of ngandhi
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was at Arcadia just a few hours before strolling into the back country forest preserve party that is the Founders Brewing Company brewpub. And Arcadia's rye might have just been the perfect primer for the Founders Rye, a beer I've had a few firkins of by the bottle and tap, but never one so close to the source. What amazes me still about the Founders Red's Rye is its insistence on freshness. Though a beer absolutely consumed by peppery, anisette hops, it verges on being a drinkable barleywine because the rye is so intense. This beer would only taste better with a corned beef shooter. Which is to say, you never see this much balance in what really amounts to a double IPA. But the graininess here provides great liquid-Jell-O-like texture and body, not to mention flavor, that makes the hops all the more interesting. It's as bitter as all get out, but maybe closer to Rogue's Old Crustacean than to something like 3F's Dreadnaught. I love that. I love that a beer can be this hoppy and still let the malt shine. Not more than five brewers in the world can balance the extremes this well, and none do it better than Founders.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.08/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an awesome looking, somewhat cloudy amber colour with a BIG frothy/chunky tan head that subsides somewhat quickly but leaves globs of residue on the glass. Great looking stuff.

The aroma has a sourness to it, along with a bit of sweetness from caramel and dark berries blended with some bread and hints of dirt. Not bad, but something just seemed a bit...off.

Flavour continues the tart/sweet mixture of fruit and bread flavours from the rye, and also throws some unexpected smokiness into the mix. Strike that: it's not true smokiness, but a cross between that and what I would imagine a burnt piece of wood might taste like. It's not necessarily an out of place flavour, but it's not one hundred percent "right" for the flavour profile either. Didn't love said flavour, but also didn't hate it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chewy slickness to it.

I can't put my finger on this beer. Some sips I was of the mindset that it was a well crafted, interesting beer, but on others it seemed like a jumbled mess. Weird. I normally like rye in beers but wasn't completely convinced with this one. It's complex and caught my attention, but didn't make me completely enjoy the experience. Huh.

Photo of JRed
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, ruby colored ale with off white head with a little lacing left behind each sip. A mild and restrained scent of syrup, hops, grains, and pine notes. Delicious in taste: deep notes of grain, sprinkles of juice (some apple, some citrus), hop finish without the dry. Rich in taste and medium bodied. A great brew I will revisit many more times.

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

A rye take on one of my favorite styles. The head goes fast but the malt it their to stay. Thick and chewy, sappy and a bit of french toast. Dark fruits underly the hops; black cherry dipped in molasses and a bit of spicy caramel. Some wood floats atop on the high note accompanied by pine hops, tingling the wash down. Deep in potential, hiding many notes within the family to be revealed. A star addition to the hoppy red selection.

Photo of SmithwicksNut
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice white head, cloudy when held to the light. I has a red tint to an amber color beer.

S: The hops aroma comes at you strong. The rye is slight under the hop aroma.

T: the taste reminds me of their pale ale with all the hops and the carmel malt taste. I didn't get much rye in the taste.

M: A medium bodied beer with medium carbonation.

O: A very good beer which ranks up there with all the other Founders beers. It is easy to drink a few of these and not get tired of it.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 5/24/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown/amber with hardly any head. Aroma of piney and floral hops. Flavor is fairly hoppy and quite bitter. Some sweet malt (sort of a raisin taste) comes out as the beer warms. Didn't really get any rye. I expected this to be a little maltier actually. Mouthfeel is fairly thick and heavy. This beer reminds me of SN Celebration Ale. Interesting beer. I'd probably have this again, but I'm not in any rush.
6/4/7/3/14 (3.4/5)

Photo of orangemoustache
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt copper that illuminates a bright orange with fiery red highlights. The cap and lacing left behind are the best part of this beyond delicious looking brew. The cap is almost identical to that of a root beer float,the edges fall away at a snails pace leaving a mound of cream fluff suspended by strings of lacing that connect it to the walls of the glass. The nose smells very hoppy and sweet,with big grapefruit and pine sap notes. Some banana and malty bread crust on the tail. This is hoppy but not as hoppy on the pallet as the nose leads on,don't get me wrong there are plenty of hops. The rye adds just a touch of sourness and helps strengthen the malty bread crust undercurrent. A spiciness presents itself subtly and in the form of RYE which is awesome and lingering. The body is near perfection,very creamy with a moderately dry finish that keeps drying after the last swallow. I really didn't want to take the last sip of this beer and yet I couldn't look at the last swig for a moment longer. This Founders offering is outstanding.

Photo of waltonc
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange/red color with white cloud toilet paper poofy head.

S: Fresh hops and mild spiceage.

T: Sweet malts, spices, mellow citrus hops. I haven't had many rye beers, so I can't really pick out what part of this flavor constitutes rye.

M: Medium bodied with soft, but high, carbonation.

D: Yes, drinkable.

Photo of Magpie14
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: glowing red and crimson color, fairly good head retention paired with filmy blobs of lacing

S: hops...pine, citrus and spicy grains with caramel sweetness

T: grassy, herbal, and spicy hops (hops: lemon, grapefruit, oranges), husky malts with a dab of sweet burnt sugars throughout. Great balance between sweet and hops...solid beer!

M: nice and refreshing, not the smoothest but on the brink (active carbonation). Oily hops linger with a dry grained sweetness

D: great! one of my all time favorite founders. Get a hold of this beer if you can

Photo of ncstateplaya
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A brilliant red pour with a nice tannish head, great contrast to the color of the beer. I could never write up a review without mention of the label. "Red" is one cooky looking old man who I would love to sit around the table with, share some of "his" beer, and indulge in his stories. But back to the brew, there is plenty of lace in the glass that accentuates this premier beer.

Smell: The hoppy aroma is bright and refreshing. Grapefruit rushes your senses and makes your mouth water with anticipation.

Taste: The grapefruit is first and foremost, but maybe that is a direct result of being so aromatic. The hoppy bitterness perfectly matches the crisp and tartness of the grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Wow, this beer is full of carbonation and extremely crisp, biting the tip of your tongue. A medium bodied ale whose carbonation lasts from the beginning of the first sip, all the way through the tasting experience, down to your stomach.

Drinkability: This beer is extremely refreshing. And even with all of the carbonation, I drink the piss out of this beer and don't feel gaseous, bloated, or full. I really enjoy ryes, and this is my favorite bottled rye so far.

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,855 ratings.