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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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4,920 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,920
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 287
Gots: 441 | 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 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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange with a big fluffy head. Tons of lace in this one.

Can't really get any malt out of this. It is a very strong scented grapefruit/pine bomb.

Big bold flavors here. Citric hops, sweet fruit, toasty grain, a spicy bite, and a level of creaminess that I can't quite put my finger on. Alcohol is present in the taste, but comes in goes in the waves of flavor.

Nice and chewy, really great body in this one, but not to the point where you have to take small sips. Alcohol hit me a little on this one, so I don't think this would be a 3 in a row type of beer -- but you'd be tempted to have more than one if available. This is a really great beer.

Photo of duffextracold
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

beautiful burnt orange color, small head with sticky lacing. there's what look like floaties, but they're just stuck in suspension, like in jello.

smells very nice. sweet and malty, caramel malts, a hint of citrus, a bit fruity, lots of hop aroma.

tastes like a DIPA, without the over the top bitterness, in fact, not very bitter at all. just a bit on the sweeter side, but still extremely well balanced. a hint of spicyness at the end.

medium body, chewy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. this stuff just rolls around in my mouth.

overall drinkability is very good! very well balanced, tastes great. I will definitely try some more of this.

thanks donkeyrunner

Photo of stewart124
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge head on this ruby red colored rye beer. Looks fairly clear. The head is nice and sticky and it's already sticking to the glass and this eventually leaves whisps of lace along the sides.

Nice amounts of citrus (grapefruit in particular) and pine come through in the nose. Very pleasant aroma without overpowering.

Whoa! Very delicious! Nice blend of spice, caramel and a chewy backbone that makes this a treat to drink. After the initial gulp I am still tasting a bold spiciness and pine that lingers on the back of my tongue and tickles my stomach. I cannot say enough about the spice. It just blends so well and adds a great deal of spunk to this beer. 'Did I just say spunk?'

The mouthfeel is creamy and just goes down so smooth. Who would have thought that adding rye to citrusy American pale ale would turn out so well? Founders just makes such a delicious rendition of this rye beer.

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

A- Had on tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. Served in an American Pint glass. Deep, transparent red with a 1-finger tan head. Head faded, and left light lacing.

S- Sweet malts first, and then the hops hit my nose. This beer smells like a hop bomb.

T- More balanced than I suspected. Malts display themselves first and transition smoothly into strong hop flavor. Not very bitter. Rye spiciness is notable as a dimension of the hop finish.

M- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Very smooth.

D- I could drink this all night. Balanced flavor and a moderate amount of alcohol make this super-sessionable. If you got the money I guess.

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

Pours a ruby-orange colour, with a 1/2" slightly tinted red head.

Smell is big piney hops, with a nice malt backbone, some rye. Oatmeal cookie, dark fruits, a bit of alcohol. Smells delicious!

Mouthfeel is immediately evident. A great pillowy mouthfeel, with a soft, smooth texture reminiscent of Three Musketeer filling, drifting down sooo smoothly. Excellent.

Taste is some hops up front, immediately balanced with a great malty,carmelly taste. Spice, Dark fruit, rye and toffee are evident as it morphs back into a smooth, tugging hop bitterness.

Drinkability-ABV a little too high to be sessionable. The flavour is big, although is masterfully balanced.

Photo of bort11
3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Hobgoblin tall shaker glass. Off white head leaves some spotty lacing around the glass. Color is a reddish orange, with very active carbonation.

Smell is a lot more citrusy than some other ryes. Not a lot of malt character. Taste is also pretty hoppy. Sort of comes off like an APA, but does have some rye finish.

Mouthfeel is lighter and has a dry pucker to the end. I'm not overly wowed by this one.

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

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours a very hazy dark copper bordering on brown, with a nice, rocky off-white head that eventually fades into a creamy cap.

Nose is floral, citrus and spicy pine notes, a bit of sweet rye.

Taste is sweet up front - lots of spicy rye, slightly toasty, rich, bit of caramel underneath the rye, with a spicy, resiny hop note that sits lightly on top of the malt without dominating, until it really comes out to shine right before the finish. Finish is long, lightly bitter, but with the spicy rye hanging around as well.

Mouthfeel is creamy, just enough carbonation bite to let you know it's there, medium-full body. Very nice beer, and one I could drink for an entire chilly night.

Photo of scooter231
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish brown with lovely tannish head and good lacing. Quite dark.

Nose is malty, bready, and bitter. It's kind of mild, but it's pleasant.

Taste... wow. Bitter but not painful, no back of the jaw pain at all. Bready, biscuity, and... sour near the end. Not in a bad way, just a nice citrusy sourness that adds a whole new dimension to the flavor. Sweet, bitter, biscuit, sour. Complex. Every sip is a whole flavor experience.

Mouthfeel is full and oily. A weee bit too frothy and light, but besides that, I dig it. Overall this is... really, really nice. I could see myself being in the mood for this, often. And shelling out cash for this, often. Oh come to Florida, come to Florida!

Photo of bowersdm
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass

A - Red like color with 3.5cm of light tan head. Beautiful.

S - grapefruit and a slight spicyness from the hops, rye, pumpernickel bread, caramel malt.

T - very, very weak. some caramel malt, a touch of rye, and the slightest hint of hops.

M - really, really watery

D - this beer had a very weak flavor and a watery feel to it. I could easily put down a bunch of this if I wanted to.

The smell of this beer promised so many things that the taste could not deliver on. I can understand why the hops diminished with age, but malt was barely noticeable as well.

Note: I think this a seasonal brew, so it may have been sitting on the store shelf for a long time in less than optimal condition.

Photo of cvfish
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
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
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
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
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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
4.85/5  rDev +16%
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.

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,920 ratings.