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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,557 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 4,557
Reviews: 1,629
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 226
Gots: 313 | FT: 9
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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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SacoDeToro

California

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a hazy copper with a nice tight head. The aroma wafting off was of citrusy hops - possibly centennial and/or chinook...

The flavor of this beer starts bold and is dominated by citrusy and grapefruity bittering hops. A full, but not overy dextrinous malt follows with a spicy and peppery finish. The crisp and clean yeast used help accentuate the inherent spiciness of the rye and hops used.

The mouthfeel was medium, but just a tad undercarbonated for my tastes. Then again, this beer might come across as too sharp if they were to kick up the CO2.

The drinkability was very good. The beer is full on flavor, but not too heavy of a mouthfeel to make you quit after just one. It'd be pretty easy to down a few of these tasty brews consecutively.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2006 04:50:56 | More by SacoDeToro
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hero27

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Hazy rust color..incredibly dense off-white head is less than a finger tall, but sits on top of the brew forever, leaving streams of lacing down the side of the glass.
Great rye aroma & flavor (a really underrated ingredient in beer, imho). I love the rye taste combined with the hops..there are also some definite fruit undertones present as well. The thick malt base holds everything together very well and remind me of carmelized brown sugar. Similar to Terrapin's Rye Pale ale, with a bit more fruit flavor added. For me, I'm not sure you can go wrong throwing hops & rye together..so I really enjoyed this brew from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 22:44:33 | More by hero27
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WeisGuy

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - deep red color, small head that left little to no lacing, lots and lots of huge chunks, more than I think should have been there

s - spicy, citrusy hoppy bitterness, could detect the alcohol and the rye also

t - lots of bitterness with some hints of citrus and piney hops in there, malted rye, and spice, alcohol in with the bitterness on the finish

m - the chunkies tainted this beer, I actually had to strain it because I was basically having to chew with every drink, I don't mind a few big chunks, but this was ridiculous...must have gotten a bad bottle

d - I'm not a huge rye beer fan, but this one had a good taste, probably wouldn't drink more than one though

I thought this was a good beer apart from the chunkage. Unfortunately, that just tainted it a bit for me.

New review - 12-29-06

Totally different experience this time with this brew. Got a good bottle this time and there was no ridiculously huge chunkies. Great taste with the rye and hoppy bitterness being in perfect harmony. Good mouthfeel without all the sediment. Highly drinkable as well. Huge jump in rating for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 19:02:28 | More by WeisGuy
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ILiveOffHops

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice crimson red color. The carbonation really came on, even while I poured gently. 2 inches off white foam, left crazy lacing, settled to a nice thick chunky coating. Earthy, spicy nose. The rye definitely comes through....spicy crispness. This is a seriously hoppy beer. Bitter, with some sour citrus notes. Clean finish, makes it very appealing. Fairly highly carbonated. Adds to a prickly, spicy mouthfeel backed up by solid malt. This is unique and tasty as hell.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 04:09:26 | More by ILiveOffHops
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AltBock

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle with a weird funky label. The label had a picture of a red old man with disheveled hair and with big thick glasses giving the drinker this dead stare. To me he looks like a mad scientist that does human experiments and is looking at his next prey. There is no freshness date but there is a notch on the main label and if you know how to read it, that will tell you a date, I guess? For this beer I had to break out my old American pint glass.

Appearance: When poured into my Beck's American pint glass, the beer was a really nice crimson red with a head of tan colored foam that was smaller than 1 inch. It was disappointing to see that it dissipated away fast leaving just a few rings and no sticky tan lace around the glass. At least the color of the beer was nice.

Smell: One of the best aspects of this beer! When I twisted the cap off, this nice spicy hops aroma comes pouring out. After I poured it, the aroma were these spicy piney hops mixed in with citrus fruits, with the grapefruit being the most predominate in the citrus fruits. If that wasn't enough, there was another wave of aromas after that. That consisted of some malt and with just hint of juicy fruits behind that. Excellent aroma!!!!

Taste: I thought that since that this beer was brewed with generous amounts of malted rye, that this beer would just taste like malted rye all over. That's not true with this beer. I noticed up front there was plenty of bitter piney hops and citrus fruits. After that was the trace of sweet malts and the spiciness of rye at the very end. Basically I found this taste to be very bitter with plenty of spiciness at the end.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel sure does bite, with those bitter piney hops and the spiciness of the rye. That aftertaste sure does linger on after a while.

Drinkability: Much better than what I expected from this beer! If I ever want to be kicked again with spicy hops and rye, I'll make sure to pick up this! Another great treat from Founders!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 03:07:48 | More by AltBock
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This Founders offering pours a bright brown amber with substantial head that never leaves. Aroma is big and spicy, with some citrusy hops and piney notes as well. Thankfully, you can smell the malt backing for all of those hops. On the palate, this big, smooth beer starts off with exploding bitterness, then shifts to some sourness at the mid palate. The finish and "burn" at the end seem like classic rye to me. Overall, this is a wonderful beer that is unique, interesting, and tasty to boot. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 02:47:59 | More by geexploitation
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from a trade with mlh1227.

A - 1" dense khaki head. Very good retention and holds out well at 1/4". Red / cherrywood hue. Nice lace all the way down.

S - Serious hops for a red ale. Big grapefruit / pine aroma. The hops definitely jump out first, but there is a nice caramel malt undertone.

T - Toasted malt followed by an almost IPA like hop kick. Piney hops. Mild chocolate earthy malt in finish. I have only had one bottle of each, but this reminds me a lot of Troegs Nugget Nectar. Excellent and full of flavor.

M - Full bodied, rich, creamy mouthfeel.

D - Very nice drinkability. As far as the rye goes, I am still not that acquainted with the flavor that rye imparts on the beer. I have only had 3 rye beers at the most. I can tell you that this beer and this brewery (after 2 samples - this one and Centenial IPA) kicks ass. Thumbs up to mlh1227!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 01:14:18 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, no freshness date.

A- Awesome head, the retention show its best by leaving big sticky patches of off-white lace on the glass. The center part of the head is a multi-sized bubbly mass of a plateau. Mildly hazed orangey brown color.

S- Big aroma of ruby red grapefruit and evergreen hop. Kiss of spicy rye and a big juicy fruity maltiness in the back.

T&M- Oh so very smooth, thick malty body. The bitterness tingles with small sharp bites into the maltiness, big herbal, tobacco, pungent citrus and mint hop flavors flail about. Warming alcohol hits in the middle. Clean spiciness from the rye ... solid maltiness middle to end with a lingering sun-dried herbal hop flavor.

D- My oh my, this is one tasty treat. The rye and hops complement each other well. Paired well with some aged Irish cheddar cheese.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 19:01:20 | More by Jason
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Westsidethreat

California

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: HUGE head! I had to stop pouring or I would have had an overflow. Tight bubbles show that the tan head is going the distance. Any filtration here? Hard to say...Looks like they just left it alone. Amber copper body with scores of micro bubbles rising to the surface.

S: Aroma reminds me of fruity pebbles...seriously. Notes of toasted rye and pine resin.

T: Distinct amber sweetness with an even distincter rye aftertaste. Very pronounced, very original. More piney resin flavors come thru as the beer warms with a bitterness that takes the forefront.

M: Bit prickly but nothing obtrusive.

D: Darn fine. As the last sip goes down, my mouth taste like I've been chewing on grapefruit. Darn fine.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 03:05:48 | More by Westsidethreat
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trep

West Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh wowzer.

I wasn't expecting a ton from this beer as I hadn't done any research on it, but it's nice to be pleasantly surprised.

Pours a reddish brown, below a creamy mocha colored head. Leaves lacing down the sides of the pint glass.

Oh, if only I had a snifter for this one. Incredible aroma. Sweet hop flavor, reminds me of the smell of a fruit salad. Smells like grapefruit, honeydew, canteloupe, and a light malt aroma in the background. The only thing I've smelled that's better than this one is Goose Island IIPA and these two are basically in a league of their own.

Nice hop bite initially then fades into a sweet malt finish. Grapefruit juice and piney hops dominate this brew. I think i'm in love. So crisp, so juicy and finishes with a nice roasted malt aftertaste.

The only department I feel this beer is lacking is the mouthfeel. I think it could be a tad thicker. A little too thin for a beer as complex as this.

If it were readily available I could drink this beer day in and day out. Red's Rye reminds me so much of Arrogant bastard. From the fruit-juicy hop sweetness, to bitter, to sweet malt, to a quite pleasant aftertaste this brew is truely world-class. Very under-rated and under-hyped in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 00:29:04 | More by trep
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Redrover

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a pint of this at Kellehers Irish Pub in Peoria.

Served in a Guiness style pub glass, the beer was reddish gold with a smallish white head.

Nice nose of floral hops, sweet grains and honey.

Wow, really solid. The beer leads with a nice flowery bitterness followed by a fruity taste and sweet rye. This is just a great combination. The rye lingers with a bit of aromatic hops. There is some more bitterness late. Everything works well togehter.

This beer manages a crisp yet full mouth. Great session beer! Well done!!!

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2006 18:04:57 | More by Redrover
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Oxymoron

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I hope this isn't related to RedruM. Poured about a mostly amber color with some brownish red hues. A good clarity with very small bubbles and great head retention. Left ample white lacing on top as well.

The smell is rather hoppy and somewhat spicey. Some lemon mixed with grapefruit hops giving it a medium sour nose appeal. The malt is basic and detectable but has an edginess to it with some earthy and pepper aromas.

The taste is hoppy with a great mix of malt backing. The initial taste as good bitterness flavor that is heightened and balanced well with the rye bite. The rye taste continues through the tasting but the bitterness is slowly replaced with more of an herbal and somewhat citrus mix. The malt is limited but balanced very well. Overall the malt, bitterning hops, and finishing hops are very well balanced.

The body has more medium feel then high. Good amount of carbonation that isn't too overpowering, but does assist in the rye/bitterness bite. A very easy beer to drink and the extra bite goes a long way in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 16:43:55 | More by Oxymoron
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mattpetti

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this from a friend at work who said he had gotten it from someone else. So first i just want to say thanks to Mike for giving it to me. This is my first founders beer and i've heard they are reguarded very highly so i was excited to have this. Plus it is my first rye beer. It pours a semi cloudy amber color with a substantial head that doesn't want to go away. Lacing left a sold wall on my glass. The smell was of balanced floral, pine bitterness with solid underlying fruits (apricot, peach, grapefruit). There was some sort of different malt smell too which i guess i can attribute to the rye. The taste was great. It was came as a nice hop explosion up front then simmered into its separate fruit flavors, a slight kick of spice, and then ended with a lingering, semisour hop presence. I can only describe the mouthfeel as very coating. This beer doesn't let you miss much. After a short time this beer was gone and if i had more than one i would have had another. A great beer by founders. I can see why people like them so much

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 23:29:53 | More by mattpetti
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I didn't know what I was tasting with this one. Lot's of everything, I guess. Didn't seem very balanced and the hops lingered intensely many minutes after I drank it. Don't get me wrong, this is a real good beer. Almost like a hopped up, double American red, is how it tasted to me. Nice rye, grainy taste, I did enjoy that and some sweet malty caramel and juicy, juicy fruits, were a joy. Just a little unbalanced for a Founder's.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 21:51:49 | More by bigdeuce
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium amber color with a significant head that displays good retention and lacing

Smell: Piney and slightly sour, with some underlying caramel, peach and apricot aromas

Taste: Starts out with an immediate bitter piney, sour rye and grapefruit pith aspect, with the caramel, peach and apricot fruit flavors peaking through underneath; after the swallow, the fruitiness lingers but the rye and pithy bitterness re-asserts itself into a crescendo

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a touch thick; solid carbonation

Drinkability: This beer grows on you; I was not expecting the nature of the bitter flavors but really grew to enjoy them as I finished the bottle

Thanks, alaskaiscold

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 00:52:53 | More by brentk56
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a large tan head, fades fast, leaves great lace. Body is hazy and red, light bubbles.

Smell: Hops are very juicy and full up front, with a strong grainy presence. The rye makes it a little nutty and earthy. Very nice.

Taste: Strong hops are up front, sweet carmel as well. The rye does take over and give this beer a large grain component. The beer does have a very pleasing fruit presence that shows up late, but only adds to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, slight carbonation edge.

Drinkability: Versus the style of rye beer, I have to give it high marks for two reasons. I haven't had many rye beers, and this is a very delicious beer, no rough edges or let-down anywhere. Thanks to Tyrawlings for the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 01:17:42 | More by TastyTaste
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mcallister

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lovely dark reddish copper with a highly carbonated head that dissipated very quickly and left behind some nice sticky lacing.

Wonderful nose of hops, bread, toasty malt, with citrusy aromas.

A very good hop flavor that leaves a great mouthfeel paired with the rye component. Seems to ease the bitterness on the finish slightly but not overly so. Could seriously drink this beer all night. A decent complexity of all the ingredients although a little more rye could have been deserved but not necessarily needed.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 01:05:08 | More by mcallister
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I seem to have purchased a wildly over-carbonated bottle. The cap blew off with a tremendous "Pop!" Impossible to get a good pour, I am looking at more than half a pint of head.

Body, what there is of it, is reddish-brown. Head is incredibly massive, off-white to red-tinted tan. Little flecks of some reddish substance are visible in the head.

Nose is lightly sour malt and mildly hoppy.

Flavor is spicy malt. Caramel smoothness with a medium citrus hop finish. Very good and nicely bitter.

A nice drinkable rye brew. I like it and will pick up a sixer the next time I am in the store.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 21:43:46 | More by ghostwalker
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazed brownish red (dirty penny), with a titanic tan head. it usually doesn't do this, must be an odd bottle.
lots of light citrusy hops, not grapefruit more lemon, lime and orange. it's also got a harder metallic aspect that isn't exactly a metal smell, but is most closely approximated in that way. there is a dry clearly rye bread smell.
caramel and rye hit first, followed by a big dose of citrusy bitterness. pineapple, and apricot show up with that bitterness too.
medium body with very active delicately fizzy carbonation.
good drinkability, and a very solid IPA, the more rye beers i try the more i like rye beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 01:20:06 | More by kmo1030
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bearrunner44

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark-brown in color, with shades of burnt sienna. Craggy, cream-colored head.

Smell: Rich, toasty dark malts. Slight rye sourness, somewhat dry; similar to toasted rye chips. A touch of pine from the hops.

Taste: Dry, roasted barley up front. Bulky grain flavors saturate the palate. The middle brings a more creamy, slightly sweeter malt profile. Slight sourness from the rye is detectable, but the flavor remains bold, roasty and dry. Hop bitterness provides tightness to the finish, leaving a sharp and lingering pine taste on the tongue. The alcohol burns slightly on the way down.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a smooth and creamy composition.

Verdict: A rich, roasty, solid brew. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 03:38:46 | More by bearrunner44
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured very slightly reddish/tan body with a small off-white head.

Huge thick grainy rye and caramel malt nose with layers of fresh piney, citrusy hops. Beautiful hoppy nose, this is right up there with Bear Republic or SNBF.

Taste is medium bodied with a slightly grainy mouth-feel. Big malt taste, caramel, rye and some faint spices. Big resiny hops, citrus, peaches, black pepper, citrus peel and grapefruit. A slightly tannic and herbal tea like quality again with some peach tea like notes as well. Very bitter from start to finish with a long lingering bitterness in the finish.

A fantastic American Rye beer. I know it's 6.8%, but I could drink this all day long. More please.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 19:28:21 | More by taez555
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bignick

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Bauer Wine and Spirits in Boston. Poured into a pint glass.

This beer poured an amber with dark sediment and a large head. It had a nice hop bite to it with a caramelly characted from the rye. It is pretty tasty, definitely. I still prefer Sixpoint Righteous Rye on tap at my local, but this is a very drinkable and tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 18:01:49 | More by bignick
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lou91

California

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders has to be one of the best at producing beer that smell and taste so good you forget about the alcohol. Red, opaque with lots of floaties. This rye is rich, silky, malty, caramel and hoppy and oh so drinkable. If this was available in California I would drink this on a regular basis. This is a rock solid red.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 06:19:36 | More by lou91
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer takes a few steps to pour, even with a very slow pour. Giant head. There's an amazing amount of frozen supended particles and a layer of clumpy sediment that finally falls to blanket the bottom of the the red auburn fog. Tight dense, cream-tan colored head is about four fingers above the rim of my glass. It is out of control but tantalizing. Aroma is loaded with sweet and sour fruits, mainly mellons but including various other fruits. Taste has a great smooth balance of juicy hops and grainy malts. Very abundant in flavor and smell. Slick smooth mouth with a boatload of dry yet juicy bitter hops that finish it off. Very drinkable aside from the amount of waiting invloved in pouring this. (I think the batch this was bottled from was packed with sediment.)

Very yummy in my tummy. Always good to have on hand.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 01:21:24 | More by tastybeer
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wedge

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured *very* slowly, this beer has a deep red color with swirling sediment. A prodigious rocky head extends a half inch above the glass until it eventually calms down to a fluffy thick topping. Juicy aroma of melon-like fruits and fresh hops. Dry, flavorful hops balanced with a rounded sweet maltiness...even more fruit and an edgy rye finish. Rich, heavy medium body with a long, dry finish.

All kinds of fresh juicy flavor. I finally controlled the head on this one. A complex, crisp, cirtusy, crimson creation with character!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 02:56:20 | More by wedge
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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