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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,917
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
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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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Photo of rugerj
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a deep copper color with some ruby highlights. A thin head pours on top which fades to nothing. Some lacing left in glass. Smell is of hops and spicy rye; some sweet toasty malt notes are also present. Taste is malt sweetness followed by an earthy spiciness from the rye. Nice balance of hop flavors follows as beer is swallowed, finish is slightly sweet. Mouth feel is good and creates a pleasant fullness.

A good beer if you like rye ales, there is a delicate balance of hops and malt to blend with the rye. No one flavor is overpowering making this a smooth drinker.

Photo of iuhoosier336
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first beer from Founders I've had. I've heard great things about the brewery so I was excited to try this one. Poured from a bottle into a normal pint glass it has a nice head and a dark red hue.

The taste is strong on hops. Strong. Followed by the rye. The ABV is 6.8 but its hard to tell. A great beer for a hot day.

Photo of Bartrob6
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Nice deep red color. Only reason I didn't give it a 5 is that there was alot of sediment in this bottle ( and the last one I drank). big huge head on this beer from lots of carbonation.

Nice smell. Alot of american hops. Caramel aroma balances it out nicely.

Good taste from the american hops and is about perfect bitterness. Not as much rye flavor in this beer as i was expecting. I want more of that.

Mouthfeel is the worst part of this beer in my opinion. Overcarbonated to me. Maybe this is causing me to not get as much of the rye flavor?

Drinkability is good but the carbonation problem is what makes it suffer!

Photo of sohio
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Founders Red's rye ale

Serving: Bottle

Poured into a St. Bernadus Tulip

Founders Red's Rye Ale pours a cloudy red with a nice lush, creamy head. This is my fourth, and I can see a nice sticky ring around the glass of every drink I've taken. Very impressive.

Smells like fresh, fruity hops. You just want to dive into it.

You take a drink, and it just coats your tounge with a hop bite, then bites back with a peppery rye feel. Feels great going down.

This is truly a beer to be savored, Founders once again has set the standard.

Photo of Sean9689
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light brown/dark red with a cream colored head which quickly vanishes leaving behind some lacing along the sides. Nice nose of hops is the first thing I get, not too much, just right. Some citrus/floral notes follow. Medium in body and perfect carbonation in the mouth, very nice. I enjoy this beer...looking forward to another trip to the store to purchase several more.

Photo of prototypic
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant copper color with deep red highlights. It's a little cloudy. A relatively modest vanilla colored head caps it off. It didn't stick around long and left light, spotty lace on the glass. That aspect was a little disappointing, but the color is excellent. Very good overall.

Red's Rye is a nice smelling beer. It features nice citric hop aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango initially. Smells like a healthy amount of caramel malts is present. Generally, I'm not a fan of that, but this is not your ordinary IPA. I know, it's a Rye Beer. But, are you getting a whiff of the hops? There's some very faint grain and earthy notes in the background. No alcohol is noted. Really impressive...especially for a...cough...Rye P.A.

The flavor profile is equally impressive. I've enjoyed quite a few of these over the past couple of years and am every bit as impressed today as I was way back when (if not moreso). Citric hops strike the palate with full force up front. They're sweet and have a very impressive dry, bitter flavor. It has a nice, sweet caramel malt backbone, but it doesn't do much to dissipate the excellent hop flavor. Grainy notes and a spicy flavor (attributable to the rye) emerge and add quality depth and complexity. Red's Rye is flat out delicious beer. Alcohol is very well masked. The finish is spicy, bitter, and a little dry.

The body is medium, very smooth, and imminently satisfying. Carbonation is light and gives it a very nice, smooth feel. It doesn't quite reach a creamy or lush level, but it's close. Damn close. Drinkability is very high. I absolutely love the flavor of this beer and this bottle's disappearing way too fast. 6.8% abv isn't too intimidating either. Where's more when I need it?

Founder's brews incredibly good beer and Red's Rye is one of many fine examples. Can they do anything wrong? The spicy rye flavor of this beer works like a charm with its (many) characteristics reminiscent of an IPA. This isn't Founders best beer by any means, but it's damn good. If you haven't tried this by now, you're missing out. Go find a few bottles.

Photo of skizziks
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour only gives a 1/2 inch of solid tan head, fine with a few large bubbles. Quickly recedes to a variable skim and leaves plenty of lace on the glass. The beer itself is a clear coppery amber.

Aroma is full of grapefruit and tangerine from plenty of American hops. Malt is right up there with the hops, prominently throwing out caramel and just a bit of rye spiciness. Esters are low and alcohol makes itself known, but is not at all boozy or distracting. Overall aroma is very inviting, suggests sweet juicy deliciousness.

Rye steps right up in the flavor and provides a complimentary bitterness that seamlessly melds with the already massive hop bitterness. Citric aspects of the hops are less prominent in the flavor and the malt provides a complex of toast and caramel. Finishes dry with lingering rye. Hops gradually saturate the tongue as any good IPA should.

Somewhat slick in the mouth, the carbonation fluffs it up a bit and gives an overall impression of creaminess. The rye bites a little but there is no astingence. This is obviously a pretty big, complex and bitter beer and as such can only be so drinkable. Founders has made the best of it and this is a beer which is very inviting if a little overwhelming. Another awesome beer from Founders. A real treat.

Photo of sarahspat
4.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all-time favorite beers. I've easily drank over 50 pints of it at Founders over the course of the past two years (this is a very conservative estimate). Because human beings brew Red's Rye, it varies from batch to batch (same goes for all of Founders' beers, really). Sometimes it is more hoppy than others. There have been times, my dear friends, when this beer tasted just like eating the ripest, juiciest grapefruit you have ever seen (this was my favorite batch). Actually, Red's Rye was probably the first serious craft beer I ever appreciated. It has a very special place in my heart.

Down to business:
Served to me on tap at Founders on 4-8-09. The liquid is a very dark ruby red with just a bit of a white head, which dissipates quickly and doesn't leave any lacing. Floral, citrus, candied pineapple and rye notes comprise the nose. As for the taste, spicy rye definitely takes center stage in this batch. Delicious! I also appreciate roasted characteristics, and my old friend Mr. Grapefruit, who becomes more talkative as he warms up to you (do you see what I did there?) The citrus hops and the spicy rye make a great combination. The mouthfeel is medium thick with moderate amounts of carbonation. The flavors are some of the most powerful I've tasted in a non-imperial brew. However, despite its very strong flavors, this beer is quite drinkable. This is a very tasty brew indeed... Amazing, even.

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

Pours a cloudy reddish with a decent head.

Citrus hops in the aroma, with rye.

Citrus and rye are the dominant flavors as well. Nearly an IPA, but balanced with rye and caramel malt flavors. Flavorful.

Mouth felll full and carbonated.

Worth seeking out. I think I prefer Double Trouble to this, but this is interesting and a quality beer.

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

A: I think my plumbing has a problem, this pours a murky brown rusted hue with an intense and fluffy beige 2-finger head. Steady lacing.

S: Heavy on the malts, and then heavy on the hops, slightly peppery rye bites at the end.

T: Hop heavy, pine mingled with grapefruit ctirus. Malts work in there, fairly balancing, sort of reminds me of wee heavy malts. Again, at the end there is a spicy rye character.

M: Medium bodied with a good creamy factor.

D: Founders just produces good stuff, straight up. Would love to have this on tap.

Photo of youngblood
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber/copper with a large white head. Leaves lace as the beer disappears.
S - Lots of hops, predominantly grapefruit and lemon. Some sweetness hidden underneath too. Very nice.
T - Lots of fruit here. Again strong grapefruit, some pear, very fresh fruits. Some spice and sweetness going on also. Very very complex. Leaves an almost apple resin on the way out.
M - Slightly chewy and sticky. Leaves mouth slightly dry.
D - Very drinkable. No reason one can't have several of these.

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

Red Rye is a clear copper color witha bountiful beige head that lasts a long time. It has a pleasant hoppy aroma and also some caramel malt in the nose. It has lots of hop flavors and some spicyness as well as some sweet caramel malt. There is also an orange rind flavor in it. It has a full bodied taste and is very drinkable.

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

Fiery rust and Tuscan clay - Red's Rye integrates dark browns with bright reds and has tawny orange act as intermediary. A very worn, off-white patch of head is sandblasted across the top and manages to imprint a minimal number of tiny marks of lace as it sinks. Its complexion is pressed with a light haze although it shines with resilience when held into the light. This is among the most astonishing blends of colour I've witnessed in a beer.

Sweet, roasty malts and bitter, citric hops are presented as different sides of the same coin. The aroma is an illustrious display of vibrant, resinous and fruity lupullin but doesn't compromise an ounce of its thick, chewy maltiness. There's caramel and grapefruit; beers that are both *this* hoppy and *this* malty always impress me. It's like the insides of the kiln meet the fresh air of the forest. I'm already foaming at the mouth...

The very first sip made me start to convulse, as if I was part of a mystic, enchanting ritual where I became possessed by some sort of hop deity. (I'm not kidding, my limbs flailed!) Each following sip would prolong the trance. Notes of grain husks, toasted bread, charred grapefruit, grilled melon, pine sap and dark caramel all linger with resounding flavour. Each sip is sufficient to fill your mouth with enough flavour to last for a long period of time.

This may have an extra little bit of alcohol and bitterness but it's every bit as refreshing (if not more) than any of it's lower strength, lesser IBU peers. In fact, it does them one better by being more filling, too. The Belgian caramel malts really do impart a sweet richness which, right on cue, is quickly crushed by the pounding citrus of an Amarillo dry hop. This is lightly spicy, pleasantly citric, deliciously sweet, agreeably toasty and gratifyingly hoppy.

I don't know who Red is, but I like his Rye ale. He obviously shares my affliction for hops and my taste for well crafted, well rounded beer. This offering is deserving of its reputation and then some! If only the people of Grand Rapids knew how lucky they were. And I'm lucky too; after two trades turned up infected bottles of this stuff, I have BuckeyeNation to thank for finally hooking me up with a good sample... actually, a great sample!

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

12 oz. brown bottle with twist-off cap poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a gorgeous clear, deep reddish-amber, leaning more toward the red end of the spectrum than the amber. The thick beige pillow that tops the beer holds together well and leaves fat, chunky lace on the walls of the glass.

The nose consists mostly of floral hop notes; cherry-like fruity notes appear as well, along with some spicy notes from the rye which are rather subdued by the hops. A touch earthy.

Body is medium, with a rounded mouthfeel and a moderate-to-lively carbonation. Spicy rye notes, herbaceous hay and resiny flavors from the hops coat the tongue, with bitter resin on the back of the tongue, leaving behind a lingering dry, spicy bitterness.

Quite pleasant, with a great drinkability owing to the dryness imparted. A good balance of hops and rye, with the rye being balanced and not dominating the palate. Very good overall, and worthy of the praise I've heard of it.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber brew, cloudy, with semi-sticky off-white colored head. A big grapefruit aroma with floral hops and a little fresh fruit in the background. A big bodied brew. Fruit up front (apple and pear) leads to a chewy center. The finish has a nicely balanced floral and pine bitterness which lasts along with a little spice. This is a big and tasty rye beer. I really enjoyed it.

Photo of DoctorDog
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into an Sam Adams Boston Lager Pint Glass.

A- Slightly cloudy amber. Pours with massive, thick tan head, which fades very slowly into a solid cap. Incredible retention. Incredible sticky lacing.

S- Grapefruit and pine dominate the initial rush. Spicy, herbal notes dominate as the beer settles and warms slightly.

T- Orange peel, grapefruit and spicy herbal hoppiness strike first, followed by a nicely balancing layer of malty sweetness.

M- Moderately high carbonation. Medium feel. Goes down smoothly.

D- Quite good. Moderate range ABV%, with great appearance, aromas, and flavors make this one that you would be happy to quaff several of.

Future outlook: After being disappointed by Founders Centennial IPA yesterday, this was quite the redemption. I'll be more than happy to have this again.

Photo of RockerD
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby red grapefruit color into glass. Hard to see through this one despite being a red.

Dark raisin and currant scents soar over the bread/wheat base scents.

Tastes of citrus bread, apple raisins and burnt orange... but really good burnt orange like an roasted orange.

This beer feels so amazing in your mouth. Really really great mouthfeel. It's just a dance party of a beer.

All the great complexities of this beer gives it subsequent drinkability! Brilliant!!!

Photo of Strix
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy reddish with a decent head.

Citrus hops in the aroma, with a bit of rye.

Citrus and rye are the dominant flavors as well. Nearly an IPA, but balanced with rye and caramel malt flavors. Flavorful.

Mouthfeel full and carbonated.

Worth seeking out. I think I prefer Double Trouble to this, but this is interesting and a quality beer.

Photo of bamadog
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a trusty 16 oz. pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice deep amber color with moderate carbonation that looks uneven - some steady streams of tiny bubbles and random larger ones flying to the top. A 1 and 1/2 finger head is present at first and it's very rocky, quickly fafdes to rough and sticky looking lacing at the top. Leaving an oily foam on the sides of the glass as fades as well.

Smell: Hit right away with a powerful pungent bitterness on the opening of the bottle. Once it's gets poured it mellows considerably in its strength, but upon placing my nose in the glass the hops are once again attacking my senses. A very bitter presence, mostly piney with a fair amount of grapefruit-like citrus as well.

Taste: Very unique - this is my first rye beer and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. It is amazingly bitter, and once the bitterness fades just a little bit the rye taste is very present as well - almost a bit sour. It's got a malty backbone to it but fairly subdued -- really allowing the strength of the hops and rye to rule the flavor of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Oily and sticky - just about right for a style with this much hoppiness to it. Leaves a thick coating on the roof of the mouth and tongue.

Drinkability: Overall, a very nice beer that, from what I've read, represents the style well with its grainy rye presence. My personal taste is what's affecting the slightly lower rating that what I wanted to give it, but the rye flavor may be more of an acquired taste or matter of personal preference, but as mentioned, it does go down a bit sour and I haven't ventured into that realm as of yet. So here is where I'm leaving it. I'll likely try this beer again though because it is quite tasty and even a bit of a challenge to decipher all of the interesting flavors going on, so maybe my taste preference will even grow into its favor.

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

On-tap at Woody's City Market and reviewed from notes, served a nice crisp red with a decent off-white head. Aroma is citrus hops with a touch of rye. The taste is a nice balance of rye malts and citrus, slightly piney hops. The beer is medium bodied with decent carbonation. This is certainly one of Founders' best year-round beers.

Photo of turnblom79
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer looked great in the glass with a nice amber color, but upon drinking I was a little disappointed. It tasted and had a mouthfeel of a watered down IPA with some of the hop flavor cut out. Definitely not for someone who is looking for a good hop flavor in an IPA.

Photo of Tone
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color with some suspended yeast. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells hops, a general sweetness, a grainy characteristic that I'm assuming is rye, and some alcohol. Fits the style of a Rye beer. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly chewy with an average carbonation level and a noticeable dryness associated. Tastes of hops up front, some ginger, very slight alcohol, then strong rye, and finishes with a rye flavor and strong dryness. Overall, this is a pretty darn good rye beer and definitely worth a try.

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

pours a beautiful golden caramel copper hue, murky yet richly glowing, with a toasted caramel colored half-finger head of a thick chunky foam that slowly fades, leaving some descent lacing down the glass.

aroma echoes a rich ipa... strong caramely malts paired with some impressive green hopping. pine and herbal hop notes, with just a smidgen of spice. smells beautiful.

taste is even more impressive than the aroma, thanks to a healthy spicy rye that harmoniously intertwines within the rich caramel malt and fresh, piney hops, adding just enough unique spice. a bit of citrus, lemony and fresh. almost a lemon-pepper-rye thing goin' on. This is what I'd imagine a solidly Rye'd IPA would end up - clean, crisp, well defined, and anything but the usually muddled, murky mess that many rye IPAs try to pass as palatable.

Mouthfeel is solidly close to perfect. Carbonation is just a bit rough, although it does cut through the thick and almost syrupy body pretty nicely. Full, rich, yet vibrant and bright.

Delicious. The rye notes add to what seems like an impressive and balanced IPA at it's roots. which is how it should be. The rye notes are delicious and add depth and complexity that's unrivaled. Possibly one of my favorites that I've sampled from Founders.

Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great looking poor. Dark golden red with a head that leaves lacing all the way down the glass. The smell is hoppy and you think you are getting another hop bomb of an IPA (not that this would be a horrible event by any means) but then you taste it and the rye comes out and mingles with the hops and it is fantastic. As it warms the rye starts to dominate and the beer changes a bit, but in a interesting way. Good at the beginning, good at the end, it is a tremendous brew. I'm getting a little tired of Founders just showing up with beer after beer and kicking butt and taking names. Seriously Founders, let some other breweries get a shot at the top of my ratings, it is embarassing. I feel like such a fan boy.

Photo of schellsbeer
2.7/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A big thanks to Redboot for sending a bottle my way. Thanks buddy.

On to the review.

A - Ok. Thicker than I was expecting. A red brown color. Very little head. Was served around 44 degrees so right there on temperature. Huge chunks of yeast and material floating all around the beer even after it was poured very carefully into my glass. Never really settled to the bottom. Just kind of "weird" in my book. Reminded me of fresh maple syrup in color and consistency. Just average.

S - Hops are very present. I was wishing there was more of a Rye presence being picked up but there wasn't. I love Rye....that is why I was a little disappointed. Doesn't smell bad, once again different that I was expecting.

T - Average. Wish there was more of a Rye taste but instead loaded with hops. A milder bitter taste...almost sweet as the ale slides down the throat. Still can't get past the HUGE chunks of "stuff" that won't settle to the bottom. White to yellow mustard in color. Just not what I was again expecting. Nothing to write home about if that is what you are wondering.

M - Thick. Coating. Not Impressed. Covers the entire mouth and won't let go. Have to swallow several times to get everything to go down. Yeah....not so much to my liking. Sorry.

D - Nope. Not impressed. Thick. When I want a thick beer, get me a stout or a porter. Not a clean crisp rye beer. Won't search this one out again....unless I know that it is fresh.

Maybe I should go visit my buddy Karl and we could have one of these at Founders. Would probably taste much different.

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,917 ratings.