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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Red's Rye IPAFounders Red's Rye IPA

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4,823 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,823
Reviews: 1,636
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 264
Gots: 391 | 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 allergictomacros
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light haze in a red liquid. Thick, creamy tan head.

S - Strong pine hops, some toastiness and a light sulphurous touch.

T - Fruity, with a piney hop and solid bitterness. Lots of fruit and a hard-to-place raw herbal flavour which I take to be the rye.

M - Medium body with a bit of a chewy feel. Carbonation is a bit prickly.

D - I'm no rye expert, so I can't comment on the rye-ness of this. OVerall though, a fairly drinkable, full flavoured ale. A bit raw tasting maybe, but seems to work.

allergictomacros, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz from Aqsprint.. thanks a bunch.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

1" head.. long lasting.. very pretty lacing.. brew is hazy dark amber.

Nose is American hops with some spiciness.. piney and citrus with a good malt backbone.

Flavor is more spicy.. alot of toasty malt and more than enough hoppiness.. grapefruit and abundant toasty malts.. slight caramel and enough sweetness to tie everything together.. very smooth and very rich.. the body is a medium with a little bit of slickness... carbonation is light to ad to the overall very drinkablity.. Better than I remember my prior bottles.. A good example of how a unordinary malt can add alot to a brew.. pretty damn good.. I would certainly buy it if it was available.

Another nice brew from Aqsprint ... thanks Jon.


JohnGalt1, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of william5586
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Rich amber color. Decent sized head which left lacing all down the glass.

S: some grapefruit, hoppy smell, and spices.

T and M: Very smooth at first. Can taste some grapefruit, then spices dominate followed by alcohol and a bitter hop finish that lingers.

D: More bitter than i expected, but this is the first Rye beer that I have tried so I read the description of the style and tried to write my review with that in mind. I would like to get one or two other rye's and see how this stacks up to them.

william5586, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of MSchae1017
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 12oz Bottle.

The beer pours a brilliant amber with a creamy tan head that holds fantastically and laces well. The smell is of caramelized sugar, citrusy & piney hops, and spicy grains. The taste is fantastic, spicy rye, floral, citursy, spicy, and piney hops. The flavor also has plenty of caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is creamy and medium-full. Overall, fantastic beer, i could drink this all the time.

MSchae1017, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red's Rye pours a deep, nebulous red with a giant frothy head and some vile lacing. Smell is of spicy rye and sweet malt with some herbal, floral, and fruity hops. Chewy mouthfeel, smooth, and creamy. Spicy initial taste which leads into a sweet, mellow maltiness. The hop bitterness is strong but it isn't enough to overpower the malt. The finish is long, and the presence of alcohol increases as the beer warms.

HopHead84, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of jeffmonarch
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Great reddish brown with a thick off white head that leaves a nice lace around the glass as it dissipates.

S - Strong hop smell. Slightly sweet. Want to say it is a piney hop.

T - Wow! That's right in your face strong hops. Really crisp and definitely a piney hop. It is also a little sweet.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer.

jeffmonarch, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of ruckzuck
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - seriously red body with a ridiculous head! Thick and frothy head. Intense. Awesome lacing

S - spicy rye, some serious citrus from the hops, and some ABV actually

T - spicy rye again. Much more pronounced hop presence. Citrus rocking the house with the IBU's kicked up

M - medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Goes down pretty enjoyably

D - wow, my friend from Chicago brought me this and it rules. It's nice to see something that can hold a candle to Terrapin Rye for once. Highly enjoyable. Would certainly drink more if I could afford it

ruckzuck, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of MusicaleMike
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I reviewed this beer the other night while listening to Luigi Dallapiccola's "Canti di prigionia" which is this ridiculously difficult atonal choral piece from about 1940. Atonal music has been warming up to me more recently, and coincidentally so has rye beer. This is definitely the beer to try if one is warming up to the style. I poured this one into my Michelob Amber Bock glass.
No freshness date.

A: Beautiful beer! The body is a cloudy orange-red sunset in the desert...I am getting carried away. The orange tinted tan head head is full and sticky, leaving some respectable lacing before dying to a thin layer.

S: Also, a beautiful smell! I am getting whiffs of cotton candy, melon, berry and citrus hops. The smell is just saturating. It is soaked with pungent hop aromas. It also smells incredibly sweet, as one could tell by the cotton candy aroma coming out of the glass.

T: The sweet smell that I was getting out of the beer is surprisingly absent in the taste. In its place is an assertive spice that is attributable to the rye bill (and maybe a bit by the hops). The hops definitely do their job in bumping up the IBUs. Very bitter aftertaste, strongly hopped. The alcohol also kicks the flavor a few times.

M: Light-medium body with minimal carbonation, however not flat. The mouth is left with a slight hop bruise after the first few sips, but they do not dry out the tongue as I have sometimes experienced with "big hop" beers.

D: It is exciting to drink. Wonderful introduction to rye beers for me. Founder's treats it more like an IPA, but with this rye character, there is something different than other IPAs.

MusicaleMike, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours a red, amber body with a small, off-white head with nice retention and lacing along the side of the glass all the way to the finish.

S: A bittersweet and spicy smell, typical of a nice, rye beer.

T: A strong, dry bitter, rye taste with a strong and slightly sour aftertaste. An earthiness was evident as well in the aftertaste that did well to compliment the taste.

M: A fairly decent mouthfeel that was pretty good and full-bodied.

D: Ok dirnkability overall, Decent combination of mouthfeel and taste. Pretty good beer overall; a nice session beer, but nothing too impressive.

maddogruss, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of Yesac
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on trade from jwinship83 - thanks!!

A - Pours translucent orange/copper in color. Thin off white head that stays.

S - I can detect some hops, and another smell that I can't recognize.. I'm guessing that is the rye. Also hints of cherry.

T - Malty dominance, bitter and dry with early undertones. Slight alcohol burn.

M/D - Medium bodied and the after taste isn't bad. Leaves a good coating on the palate. Easy drinker.

Complex and unique, but to bitter(rye?) for me.

Yesac, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of FrognutUnl
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a single finger cream colored head that fades into a thin coating on the surface. The nose yields a nice lemon almost grapefruit like aroma. The taste is much the same as the nose with the addition of a slightly sweet maltiness. It is medium in body and carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid brew.

FrognutUnl, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

It pours a clear reddish gold with a huge billowy head of foam.

The smell is of...whoah..fruity and citrusy and earthy malty..very nice!

The taste has big grapefruit flavour up front but then I can taste the rye and some earthy malt and other fruit, maybe orange, it all comes across as *very* tasty. Wow. I'm bigtime digging the flavours here.

Mouthfeel is medium and very smooth, the carbonation is medium, and it finishes witha nice snap of citrus and rye.

Drinkability, despite the abv, is very good. This is another Founders brew that I'd like to revisit. No doubt about it! I love how the rye is so noticeable here as it makes this brew so crisp and easy drinking..Btw, the second pour gets a bit cloudy and overall, the head retention is *awesome* as is the lacing.

Bottom line: This is an *awesome* brew! It is probably the best of the style that I have ever tasted!

Bitterbill, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark and hazy amber/dark red color with a nice two finger head that sticks around for quite a while, becomes rocky and fades after several minutes leaving some nice lacing. Nice floral and citrus hop aroma backed up by a nice caramel malt sweetness in the nose. Taste follows suit. Plenty of crisp rye flavors, a healthy bit of citrus rind bitterness, sweet in the middle, and dry on the finish. Incredibly silky and smooth on the tongue. Hopppy, semi-sweet, very well balanced and an always welcome edition of spicy rye malt. Very nice brew.

KeefD, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of stumac
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

when poured, it looks just like apple juice with a nice off white head with slight lacing. it smells of rye, citrus hops, grapefruit, hints of lemon, subtle sour red apple. the taste is red apple, rye, citrus hops, grapefruit, mellow lemons, caramel malts. medium to full bodied, medium carbo. A great rye beer!

stumac, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy red, leaning a little towards orange. Big sticky bubbly light beige head.

Light intensity bakery aroma. Lots of yeast, a little bit of sweet.

Big burst of semi-sweet malt kicks off the taste, followed by coarse rye, and then a huge splash of juicy and earthy hops.

Smooth and full, almost chewy, mouthfeel. Nice drinkability though no lawnmower beer.

A rye beer for those who don't like rye beers...and those that do. The rye is one ingrediant, not the solo star, but a featured performer. Definitely worth a try.

RonfromJersey, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of Brew33
4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had heard great things about this beer but had never tried it until recently.

This beer is wonderful. I can't think of too many beers I have had that I like more. It is butter smooth. Extremely well balanced, crisp, flavorful, perfectly hopped. Wow, what a beer. It is pretty complex for an IPA.

I wasn't expecting this beer to be so hoppy but being a bit of a hop head I throughly enjoyed it. This beer may have a recurring role in my beer fridge.

Brew33, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of julian
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Founders brew thanks to Raccoon84 who provided this as a generous extra! :)

A: pours a cloudy dark brown color with orange hues and a thin layer of lightly tan colored head that quickly disappears leaving a sole bubble island in the center.

S: medium-strong hoppy citrus aroma of grapefruit and oranges. very mildly alcoholic.

T&M: starts off with enough carbonation to make this a crisp drinking beer. Taste is smooth, consisting of prominent citrusy hops, a somewhat sweet malty taste on the mid palate, and a nice fruity dry rye taste on the finish that has a smooth and somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Great balance.

D: Great drinkability. Wish I could get 6 packs of these in the NW...

julian, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of birchstick
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a darker amber with a nice, one-finger head
S - malts and a strong dose of fruity hops
T - a little bit of toasty and caramel malt, which is followed by a pronounced hops and ends with a bitter, rye finish. Based on the nose, I expected this to be sweeter than it was; however, this was still delicious.
M - excellent mouth feel, full, smooth, and well-carbonated
D - this is a solid beer. Nice balance and easy to take down. Makes for a great staple in the refrigerator.

birchstick, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of Mauerhan
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a standard pint glass. pours a cloudy amber hue. has a nice creamy head that retains quite well. slight lacing.

has a nice smell to it. I smell some citrus, some earthiness, but alot of hops and some malts.

taste is good. very good. a very well balanced beer. from the initial sweetness through to the bitter bite to the beautiful aftertaste. i love the way this beer tastes.
i get alot of the maltiness and hops. although its from a entirely different brewery and style it seems like a cousin to pliny the elder.

beer is very smooth. nice amount of carbonation. and with an aftertaste that leaves you coming back for more again and again i think that they have a winner with this one.

solid A

Mauerhan, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of association330
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a wonderful, deep red-orange with a fluffy, one-finger head that very gradually settles to a thin cap with a narrow ring of foam. Nice rings of lacing sheet the glass.

S - Earthy and mild floral hop, caramel malts, a note of alcohol, and a definite grapefruit presence. Smells a lot like a DIPA, actually.

T - A kiss of malt sweetness comes through clearly at first, while spicy rye, sour grapefruit, and a touch of alcohol dominate the middle of the palate. There is a solid, but not overwhelming hop bitterness & sour grapefruit essence on the swallow, and a moderate, floral hop aftertaste lingers.

M - Quite carbonated at first. In fact, the prickliness tones down the up-front flavor profile a little too much for the first 15 minutes or so of sipping. Otherwise medium-boded and pleasant.

D - Very palatable and flavorful. A tad rich, but not so much that it would qualify as a dessert beer. I could easily drink a couple bottles in a sitting.

Yet another excellent Founders' brew, though I think it's going to be tough for them to top that Breakfast Stout of theirs.

association330, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of cnally
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scary label on this one. It stares at you when you drink it.

The beer poured a nice cloudy amber color, like apple cider. The head is a cinnamon-tan color with some good lacing as it dissipates.

Big hop scent with hints of cherry and grape.

The taste is very apple-infused initially. There is a rising bitterness, which fades into a big hop flavor and a spicy aftertaste. The rye, maybe it's because I know it's there--flavors the beer nicely.

Very creamy and bitey texture.

The beer is a heavy brick of a brew. Really not prudent to drink too much of this one. It's as filling as a milkshake.

cnally, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of Phocion
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle courtesy of Tosque. Poured into a pint glass, dark red with a stubborn finger of frothy off-white head.

I'm not too familiar with rye beers, so I'm not exactly sure how this one's supposed to smell/taste. The nose reminds me more of an IPA or even a double. Very strong earthy hops with just a hint of grapefruit and a dab of caramel malts.

Whoa. Hops seem a bit more tamed down than in the nose now that the spiciness of the rye is a little more prevalent. As before, healthy caramel malty background.

Very smooth and creamy with a nice medium-bodied feel. Definitely a high drinkability and I would absolutely recommend this to anyone. My second experience with Founders and they are definitely shaping up into one of my favorite Midwestern breweries.

Phocion, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of Ryanbob
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is amber with great two finger head. Nice lacing as well. This is one of the most fragrant beers i've sniffed. Fruity, faint citrus, hoppy, perfumy aroma. You can taste mild citrus hops, tangy malts with some orange, minimal dried fruit, grains. Mouthfeel is an exceptional creamy thick feeling. This beer has a nice hoppy finish that doesn't overpower the grains, but definitely balances out the semisweet malts. I first had this at Bukowski's in Boston and then got some to review. If I could get this in austin I would drink it often. What is it about Michigan? They an make an interesting beer!

Ryanbob, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this right after I had the Upper Canada Light Lager (which had a lot of flavor for a Light Beer but...) you can imagine the adjustment. Right from the first second I smelled a strong sharp hoppy aroma. Cloudy brown color with a moderate head. Quite strong rye flavor with a hoppy bite to it. Spicy, sour and a little sweet. This is a nice beer.

changeup45, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark copper in color with huge thick frothy head. Slowly fades away leaving sheets of lace. Unbelieveable looking beer.

S - Huge citrusy hop aroma of grapefruit. Sweet malts lingering below but the hops are the dominant aroma. Almost no hint of the rye spice which is dissapointing. Smells very DIPAish, which I love, but would like some rye.

T - Very dry sweetness initially quickly overcome by a juicy hopiness. The spiciness definitely comes through in the taste at about the same time as the hop juice. Finishes rather dry with a somewhat grainy taste.

M/D - Medium bodied with a very dry finish. Damn tasty beer with a nice mix of hop bitterness and rye spiciness.

ckeegan04, Aug 22, 2008
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