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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,914
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 287
Gots: 438 | 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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Photo of philbe311
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of rich thick lush tan head... Impressive head retention is noted as the head bounces back and forth with each and every sip... Beautiful golden bronze color... Only the slightest bit of carbonation... Foam clings to the glass the entire way down and doesn't fade on bit...

S - The hop profile hits the nose first... Biscuit... Rye... Caramel...

T - Similar to the nose, the hops hits the palette first (Chinook & Saaz???)... The rye quickly asserts itself and battles with the caramel malt backbone for supremacy... It's a wonderful interplay that provides tons of complexity... The malt fades and the rye aftertaste lingers, in an enjoyable way, for quite a while... Once it dissipates there's one more faint burst of hops...

M - Rich and thick, but not heavy... Near perfect balance... Consistent beginning to end...

D - Superb beer in all aspects... This is a fantastic brew that I would have no problem drinking year round...

Photo of chaz410
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this great bottle from Brawleys in charlotte nc.
Pours a dark redish brown. Nice little amber head.
Smell is full of rye and malt with some subtle bitter hops.
Taste is heavey on the rye malt, delicious, sweet roasted flavor and some good complex hop finishes. Mostly pine and floral hints in the hops

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

Pours a hazy dark copper, with a thin light tan head.
Spicy aromas hit first. Has the aroma of rye bread. Rye and grassy hops dominate with some nice bready and carmel malts. Strawberries and watermelon come through too. Quite complex.
Spicy flavors too. Rye and grassy hops dominate the flavors. Some mascerated strawberries come in too as in the aroma. Very interesting.
Nice mouthfeel. A little watery, but also a little sticky.
Very drinkable. Great flavors and a decent enough ABV make this a solid drinker.
A very good beer that I look forward to getting more of when Founder's finally comes to GA.

Photo of popery
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to deliriumfest for this one.

Excellent, excellent beer. It's almost painful to get a beer this good in a trade. Founders is beginning to seem like one of my most wished for breweries to expand their distribution to California. I realize that craft beer is still a relatively small market, and, perhaps, any one are can only sustain a certain number of breweries, but, damn it, it's still frustrating. I need a job that let's me travel into other distribution areas. Ok, that's enough digression. This beer is a red amber liquid with a nice head. It's relatively clear and glows when backlit. Good looking beer, but this beer does a lot of things right. The smell is a lot hoppier than I was expecting. There are some big pine and citrus hop aromas on this one with an underlying spiciness. The flavor is not the overwhelming rye-ness that I was expecting. The slightly sour rye notes are there, but they don't dominate. There's wonderful sweet malt and bitter hops. Everything works in balance and in a complementary fashion. The feel is refreshing yet full, but the rye just pushes the whole package over the edge from great to exceptional. Red's Rye is a very, very well-crafted beer.

Photo of PirateUlf73
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

A: Nice clear, reddish-amber color and dense off-white head. Retained well and laced very nicely. I'm a sucker for a good red color.

S: Very spicy rye nose dominates. Also picked up hints of toasted barley and a bit of hop earthiness. It's almost like smelling a loaf of rye bread, fresh out of the oven.

T: Again, intense rye spiciness, but nicely complimented by a toasty malt character and a bit of earthy, grassy hop flavor. Almost like an IPA or an English bitter in character. Very nice.

M: This is where this beer really shined for me. The medium body was silky smooth, the carbonation was perfect, and the finish was about as clean and neutral as I've ever tasted in a beer. Very well constructed!

D: A sure pick for a session rye. Goes down smooth and leaves one wanting more.

I was a little apprehensive about this one at first, it being the latest wild card in my latest mixed sixer. Upon review however, it may just be the best of the bunch! This brew has totally changed my view on what rye beer can be. I would highly recommend this to anyone who appreciates good beer.

Photo of grayburn
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

She pours a slightly golden red with a white head that stays for the duration of the beer. The lacing is pretty heavy, excellent retention.
The smell is citrusy hops, a bit of rye malt, followed by some crisp pale malt. Alcohol is not present.
The taste is immediate hop bitterness balanced shortly by the crisp lighter malts and rye. Delicious balance.
The mouthfeel is perfect, crisp, refreshing, this is a perfect year round session beer. Easy drinking, decent alcohol content. This is a go to everyday beer.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Color is on the redder side of amber. Not much head, no more than a finger, but still nice thick rings of lacing.

Aroma reminds me of an IPA, with some spicy rye tossed in...big hops on the nose, grapefruit and floral notes.

Spicy rye and hops. Good bready malt backbone. Slightly dry finish. Medium body, some thickness. Very smooth. Tasty.

Photo of dakid618
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a murky red color with a half finger of light tan frothy head that leaves thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell is pretty mild but a balance of citrus hop smell and biscuitlike smell, I can't tell which is more dominant. Taste is instant rye/wheat flavor immediatly followed by smooth Amarillo hops and malt. Taste is strong but not overpowering. Medium bodied mouthfeel that coats the tongue with rye flavored goodness. Very drinkable, I session this beer at my favorite beer bar often. This has been my go-to beer lately on draft but have had this bottle in my fridge to review and they taste very similar. This is my second favorite beer to eat spicy foods with(second only to alpha king) and truly a treat when you want a flavorful beer that doesn't destroy your pallate. Quite simply a great beer from a great brewery.

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

A- Pours a light tan colored head 1 inch in height. The head seems to display a nice retention. The body is a hazy dark red/amber color. As the head recedes, I can a nice ringing lace coating parts of the glass.

S- Bits of spicy rye, nice floral hop aromatics with notes of grapefruit and pine. The malt profile is nice and buttery with caramel and some butterscotch.

T- Starts out with some excellent spicy rye, some nice malt backing it up with some buttery caramel and the finish transitions into some very nice big hoppiness, nice and dry and semi-astringent. Also on the finish is a hint of green apple skins along with the nice hop dryness.

M- Low carbonation is suitable as per style. The dry finish is great.

D- I was a little underwhelmed with this beer. It was good but not great. I will probably try this again sometime, but it's not something I'll actively seek out.

Photo of zerofear13
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the recommendation from a friend in B.A.R. 6. Poured out a rich amber color, sort of this maroon-ish brown. Quite attractive. Smell didn't really hit with much. Sort of a malty sour smell, but not in a bad way. Taste was quite good. Dull piney/floral hops. Good malt profile. A little on the bready, dry side, but it didn't run the drinkability or the overall mouthfeel. Overall, not that complex of a brew. Simple but well done. Had I not known any better, I would've classified it as an amber, just on color and malt tastes. Give this a try if you see it, and I get the feeling this is one of those beers that is much, much better on tap. As I've seen my friend order one at a bar once, and it looked amazingly fresh.

Photo of jdg204
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been on quite a Founders kick lately, with both Breakfast and Impy Stouts being huge hits. Red's Rye seems to be the next best available, so I was ready to give it a shot!

A: Medium amber color with a significant head that displays good retention and lacing.

S: Piney and slightly sour (due to the rye), with some underlying peach aromas.

T: Opens with an immediate bitter, sour rye and grapefruit pith aspect, with the peach slightly peaking through underneath. The aftertaste was a decent but the bitter/ sourness got a bit too much of the upper hand.

M: Medium bodied, a touch thick, and fair carbonation

D: Another really solid offering from Founders. May not be my favorite sytle but this is pretty impressive. Probably more of a Red than a Rye (I think it's closest comparable is Red Rocket by Bear Repub), but it does a good job of stretching the style (into IPA territory) while still staying true. Not quite up to par with their Stouts, but worth a shot if you're looking for something original.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a regular pint glass. Not sure how old this bottle is though.

A- Red's comes out of the bottle pouring a not deep red but slight red with copper mixed in as well. A pretty slow pour yeilded me four fingers of beige head so i took a break. When i got back the head faded but left the best looking lace patterns i've seen that were bumpy resembling a mountain range.

S- Red's gives off the expected rye scents backed by hop scent(amarillo) and malt sweetness. Some ripe fruits seem to make their mark also. This one is on the pungent side.

T- The rye is up front as well as the hop's which tell's me i picked up a fresh bottle thankfully. A bit of graininess as well as well as a good amount of caramel from the malt varieties. All in all a well rounded beer.

M- This is only a bit less than a medium mouthfeel as well as ample carbonation probably too much. The rye flavor and slight bitterness from the hops is felt throughout. A slighty off setting aftertaste with some sour twang, again only slighty.

D- A great offering from founder's that i'm glad is available year round at a nice price. Will get again in future, maybe bring a case to a party to turn some new converts. Not a session beer but good for a few. I just wish founder's had freshness dates.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice ruby color with two fingers of white head.

Scent of hops, rye, and ripe fruit. A balanced and bitter scent, I like it.

Taste of strong rye, hops, ripe fruit, and grass. The rye flavor is a little strong to have multiple glasses of this in one session, but I will enjoy that one glass while it is there.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation.

Photo of TheDoorman
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy amber complexion with quickly dissipating head, minimal lacing. Aroma is a burst of citric hops up front, with a slightly spicy, earthy background. Palate is a toasted rye malt complimented by the persistent hops. Slightly medicinal and herbal. Light, smooth and oily with an astringent finish. A really very nice brew. My only critique is that the hops could be a touch more balanced between the aroma and the taste. The hop blast up front is not matched in the palate. But this is a really really good beer, a nice uniqueness to it with the rye spice, and well rounded in every respect.

Photo of jera1350
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep slightly cloudy brownish orange. Nice frothy two finger head. Great lacing.

Smells of hops, citrus, toasted malt and some tobacco.

Nice bite from the hops, but also a large amount of roasted malt. Some citrus and a little spice. Caramel/toffee comes through as well.

Good mouthfeel. Smooth, medium carbonation. This is a upper medium bodied beer. Leaves a nice hop aftertaste.

Drinkability is very high. Great balance in this beer. Hoppy and malty altogether. Very tasty.

This is a great all around beer. If you like hops,it's here. If you like malt, it's here. Citrus, check. Very well done beer. This is my second beer of this style and I must say, they are very underated. Give it a whirl!

Photo of cdizinno
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy reddish copper color. Off-white head that laces everywher on the glass.

S - Big aroma of hops and rye.

T&M - Heavy body. Mildly sweet flavor with underlying herbal flavors. Slightly bitter with a big lingering dryness from the hops and rye.

Very good beer. Founders is great. Every style I've tried by them, I would get again!

Photo of farrago
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lazy head colored deep cream, lays thinly across the surface but takes awhile before it breaks apart, not much lacing. Dark burnt orange-red in color, slight haziness deepens the hue further, retains depth along the rims. Nose smells as caramelized as burnt, develops scents of brown sugar, white grapefruit pith, pine oil, apricot pit, flower water, on the whole never gets in your face, that grapefruit the most obvious element, more about keeping it all on the same page. In the mouth it's medium to full-bodied with a steady stream of carbonated pop and sizzle, very active presence. Spicy with a crisp graininess, the citrus a blend of white grapefruit, pink grapefruit and mandarin orange. The malt dimension leaner here, some brown sugar to toffee, appears to act more as a salve for the palate than source of flavor. Nicely floral with a credible level of apricot, peach fruit. Manages to create a unified, consistent presence without ever appearing to attract attention to itself. The finish is long, yet tactful. Never bitter but comes close in the name of refreshment. Pretty damn chuggable.

Photo of b3barron
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful rusty orange color with a one-finger off white hear. Some nice frothy lacing.

The first thing I get on the smell is grapefruit but there is also some herbal/medicinal hops present.

Hops taste a little more on the herbal side and the bitterness lingers throughout. Malt just barely keeps this in balance and the rye really rounds out this beer's flavor profile nicely.

Perfectly carbonated and drinkability is a strong point. I've had this on draft and it is sublime. I prefer this to Founder's Centennial IPA.

Highly recommended to those who like hops.

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

Pours a slightly hazy reddish-brown color with a 2-finger thick yellowish colored head that has pretty good retention leaving a nice layer of bubbles on the glass as it recedes.

Pretty strong aroma on this, picked up the smell from a few feet away. Quite a bit of yummy grapefruit hoppiness detected up front followed immediately by some grainy/rye aromas and somewhat fruity notes to round it out.

The flavor, while heavy with hops, is actually a delectable balance of initial herbal hop flavors followed by some pretzely, grainy flavors and hints of fresh fruits and slight diacetyl, finishing quite dry leaving a delicious, slightly spicy, bitter flavor on the palate.

Well it's official. I like Rye Beers. The medium body and decent carbonation make for a very nice mouthfeel, creamy and refreshing. A unique combination of flavors make this beer stand out in my mind.

Photo of Kadonny
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into a nonic pint glass at TJs in Paoli.

A: A reddish copper with a nice one finger white fluffy head. Full wonderful glass lacing.

S: Citrus grapefruit with some piney earthy hops and sweet malts.

T: Very nice. Citrus grapefruit hops coupled with some pine and earth flavors and a nice sweet caramel maltiness that carries through mid taste. The rye really kicks in the back with a nice spicy tone that makes the bitterness linger on. Very good beer. The rye makes the flavors a bit "darker" than a normal IPA.

M: Medium with an oily coating feel and little alcohol feel.

D: High, this beer drinks very nicely and one could easily put away a few at a sitting.

Overall (this is a broken record now from me) another great beer from Founders. I had somehow alluded tasting this beer, but no more. A very nice drinkable hoppy red that I recommend to all.

Photo of TMB0424
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt orange/caramel tinted body with a large, foamy slightly off-white head. Head stuck around seemingly forever, leaving great lacing when it finally receded.

Aromas of bitter hops and citrus are in the forefront, backed by sweet malts, caramel, with some grains and a hint of the rye. Hops dominate, however... everything else is lurking in the background.

Taste is a lot like the smell. Citrus hops start it off, grapefruit-like, followed by the sweet caramel malts mixed with the rye - it has a fresh baked biscuit-y feeling to it. Finishes with the bitterness again. Complex.

Mouthfeel is oily and slick. Some sips had me thinking that the body was a little too light, however. Nothing too detrimental though. Definitely drinkable, at almost 7% it's easy to wack down more than a couple of these and fully enjoy doing so.

Photo of hwwty4
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Moshea for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard goblet. This beer pours a deep cherry brown with a big 3 inch head that left some serious lacing. The aroma is definitly more like a DIPA then anything. There is a good bit of grassy hops mixed with just an inkling of rye spiciness. The flavor is a spectacular example of what rye can do for a the flavor profile of a beer. The rye adds a glorious spiciness to what I would consider a good DIPA. With the rye, this mutates into a spectacular tasting beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light carbonation. In my honest opinion, Founders Red Rye is one of the most underated beers produced in the United States.

Photo of gatornation
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a gem as with all of founders beers. pours a dark orange /carmel brown with a great hop/malt balance and the rye make it quite delicious like nothing ive had b4...with good lacing left behind. taste is earthy , ciitrus, pine and a little grapefruit. this is one tasty beer . its not one to drink 3 in a row but rotate 1 every couple of days. the beer is a treat as is their dirty bastard scotch ale...seek this one out it will not disappoint

Photo of BigJim5021
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours somewhere in the spectrum between burnt orange and brown with a beige head. Nice and hazy with some sediment swimming around in the glass. Gobs of lacing.

The aroma smacks you around with some big, piney hops. The equally strong malt backbone brings up the rear with the smell of sweet caramel malts.

Flavor is big ol' evergreen style hops, but the malt and rye make this stuff impossibly smooth. The balance struck between the two sides of the coin is really remarkable. It's probably the best interplay of big hops, big malts and a nice dose of rye that I've had in a rye ale. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. As previously stated, this shit is smoother than Billy Dee Williams. The body is robust and the finish is dry.

Drinkability punches its way through the roof. Yeah, it's near 7% so it's not quite sessionable, but who gives a damn? This is just a top-notch beer that begs to be drank.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Translucent caramel color with a HUGE foamy white head. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint it looks like a beer ice cream cone with a scoop of foam on top. Iceberg retention and a white squall of lace. Floaties. My only complaint is that it's too foamy and takes a couple pours to get the whole beer in the glass.

Smells of cider and toasty fall fruit malt with pungent grapefruit hops. Smell is very similiar to that of Celestial Seasonings Orange Mandarin Spice tea.

Tastes of fall fruit, light caramel and cider-like malts with smooth rye spice and woody/herbal hop. Grapefruit hops run amock. Mouthfeel is thick and full.

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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