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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,579 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 4,579
Reviews: 1,630
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 227
Gots: 320 | 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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blackie

California

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

re-reviewed 4/7/10, new scores, old review left intact below

a: deep copper in color, capped with a modest white head

s: pale malt body with sweet-spicy rye and light caramels, really nice grapefruit hop aroma

m: medium body and carbonation, clean and drying finish

t: clean pale structure with a nice rye and caramel current balancing a mostly dry body with mild sugars, full citrus hop flavor with an appropriately strong bitterness - leaning grapefruit

d: nicely balanced beer with a good finish, easy drinkability

single from Lost Dog, Arlington

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4.5/4/3.5/4/4

appearance: The pour gives a 1" khaki colored head that gradually falls back, leaving a decent layer of carbonation on top. The beer is a medium chestnut brown in color.

smell: Nutty toasted malts and a big evergreen hop aroma. Hints of tropical fruits (especially citrus) and a slight woodiness.

mouthfeel: The carbonation level is around a high medium, and the body a light medium.

taste: Lightly nutty malts, a touch of rye (I would not pick it out if I didn't know it was there), and a big hop flavor upfront. Moderately sweet on the tongue with more than enough hop bitterness...a very hop forward red rye and a little unbalanced. Very ryePA like.

drinkability: easy

single bottle purchased at Woodman's in Madison

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 22:39:01 | More by blackie
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klewis

Ohio

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

A: Pours a reddish copper with a two-finger frothy head. Good head sustenance and lacing.

S: Strong aroma of rye with plenty of hop aroma.

T: A full taste with plenty of rye flavor, but not over the top. The grainy taste from the rye is balanced nicely with strong hop flavor and bitterness. Almost like a rye IPA.

M: Medium-full body with moderate carbonation and a bone-dry finish.

D: I'm not a huge fan of rye, but this is definitely an enjoyable and well-designed beer. Not a session in my book, but a nice beer to things up.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 22:21:43 | More by klewis
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Brent

Kentucky

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

The rye character was deftly integrated into the flavor profile of a an amber ale - a nice bit of spicy punch to the hops, with underlying malt sweetness that balanced well. The ruby-red color is certainly eye-catching, and the beer overall grabbed my attention right away. Perhaps my favorite from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 13:07:42 | More by Brent
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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

A: Redish-caramel with a creamy, off-white head. Good retention, great lace.

S: American hops (pine & citrus), toffee, rye bread and a hint of cotton-candy, fruity esters.

T: Plenty of hop flavour (citrus, pine, and a little aspirin in the finish), but the malt does hold it's own (toffee, rye bread, hints of raisin/prune). Strong bitterness, but it's very pleasant. Definitely more American hop flavour than rye.

M: Moderate to full body (slightly acidic/prickly), moderate carbonation.

D: Plenty of hop flavour and bitterness, a delight for the hop head. Alcohol could certainly be trouble.

Thanks for picking this up Eric!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 22:20:47 | More by Derek
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hoffman

Nebraska

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

Pours up with a tan/mocha head that sticks and sticks with the pint glass served to me at the Landmark 1850 in MKE. Color is a deep maroon/dark brown with faint carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. The nose is highly hopped, grapefruit and citrus, some piney notes... but a lot of organic....dry and musty grains as well. The flavor is somewhat like a smooth barleywine...very dry with dark fruity base and nicely hopped. There is however a definite rye flavor in the back of this one that gives it a character all it's own. A distinct flavor....like I have had it before....but I have not had "it" before. The mouthfeel is creamy and well carbonated. Overall a damn drinkable brew...Try one...on tap if you can.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2006 03:42:43 | More by hoffman
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GDMFSOB

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a beautiful beer this pours out. Rusty orange-tinged, copper appearance with a buttery, off-white head that just never fades. Strong hops on the nose with some warm, peach fuzz that mellows the hop burn. The piney hops and rye make this a deliciously bitter brew. However, the estery fruit characteristics make it sweet and smooth going down. I'm gonna polish off this sixer without a problem and I might even go get another before the night is through. Pick this up, you won't be dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 22:10:22 | More by GDMFSOB
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CraftAle

Michigan

4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is as expected, a "reddish" amber. Rye adds a pleasant "sour taste", but the main taste is bitterness from start to finish. Body is medium; could be a touch fuller. An excellent ale for those willing to try something different!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 20:37:27 | More by CraftAle
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

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

Poured from a 12oz fatsy bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to flyingbison for this one. Beer is brownish ruby red with a light brnze colored head that has nice retention and great lacing.

Aroma is citrus hops. And I assume rye. Smells like other Ryes I have had. I love that aroma and really cant expain it in words. Well one: Awesome. Lots of grapefruit and grassy notes.

Wonderfully hoppy flavor. But also balanced with a generous amount of maltiness. Caramel malts. But, being as this is a red and not a paler beer, I would have liked to see more caramel or roastiness.

Body is nearly perfect. Not too chewy or thin; a perfect beer on a hot summer NC day. I could drink a 6er of this, but alas, I have only two :( Whoever Red is, I like his style!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 18:54:53 | More by SaCkErZ9
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Crosling

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark red, with a full head of white foam. Sweet caramel and floral hops in the nose. Flavor is hoppy and malty and dry, with a light Belgian malt twist. Good dry hoppiness and distinct rye character. Sorry, I don’t feel like discussing the beer further.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 14:20:13 | More by Crosling
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carln26

Missouri

3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Mahogany color, mildly hazy with a fluffy tan head, that leaves a delicate lace on the side of the glass. Subtle nose, with hints of citrus grapefruit and a light herbal quality from the hops. Slight nuttiness from the rye malt. Just a light caramel hint on the finish. The taste is lively and fresh. I notice the nutty character of the rye immediately. This is followed by mild green apple, with a grapefruit hoppy finish. Nice dry bitterness. The mouth feel is slick, just a little sweet. Good drinkability. Overall, very nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2006 00:04:26 | More by carln26
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DuqTroops

Texas

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

Appearance - amber red in color, little head atop the body - it was tannish in color.

Smell - lots of hops! smells as if they were american hops too. some citrusy aromas are sensed here.

Taste - I can taste the rye in this with a good amount of hops. Hops were not overwhelming like in the smell.

Mouthfeel - very easy to drink. love it.

Drinkability - only have 1 six pack, but i am going to find more.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 19:15:08 | More by DuqTroops
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bozebus17

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque rudy orange. This beer has an enormous and rocky tan head that holds on all the way down. This one is truly a sight to behold.

When I smell this beer what I most pick out is brown sugar. I'm not sure exactly what it comes from and I have never noticed it from a beer before. I also detect the scent of bakery bread. It is quite pleasing and furthers the excitement that comes before the first sip.

Upon the first sip I am hit with an enormous amount of flavor. It is rich, creamy, and delicious. I am reminded of sourdough bread as I quaff this nicely crafted brew.

It feels very full and creamy. This goes down smooth and easily.

This is truly an exceptional beer and another reminder that I need to explore Founders more often. A definite regular in my fridge, I could drink this beer everyday (and sometimes do).

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 00:45:50 | More by bozebus17
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Founders squat fattie into a tumbler. As the name implies it's a reddish color, kind of burnt copper with a huge and thick and durable foam. The smell is hops, I'd call it an IPA from the smell alone. But I don't know the actual aroma or taste of rye...

The taste is hoppy and spicy, with a really thick mouthfeel. Kind of reminds me of DFH 90 minute at about 1/2 strength in flavor.

Really nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 01:02:11 | More by TurdFurgison
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lflesh

California

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

thanks to SwillinBrew for this one. i thought i was done with reds. this is a damn tasty brew. im tasting some caramel, hops and other goodness. it is a very refreshing beer. i would like to try more from Founders. i think the key is the rye. i like 'hop rod rye' from Bear Republic a lot... this is not as hoppy but a good beer none the less. give it a try if this is your style.

music: wolfmother

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 04:51:56 | More by lflesh
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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

Served in a pint glass, the Red's Rye pours a red/orange color with a small off-white head. It has more of a citrusy and less of a floral hop smell to the beer. The beer definitely has a strong flavor to it. It tastes like citrusy (grapefruit) hops, with some spicyness from the rye, with a bitter finish to it with the aftertaste lingering for a while. There's a good bite to this beer. It has a medium mouthfeel with some pretty good body to it. I'm not exactly a hophead, but I found this beer to be pretty enjoyable. I guess I like the bitter hoppy bite this beer has! I'd recommend it to others to try, and I would drink this again given the opportunity (I only bought a single bottle of this).

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 23:58:41 | More by bluejacket74
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

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

I'd been eyeing a six-pack of Founder's Red's Rye at Downtown Wine & Spirits for awhile. I picked one up tonight along with a few other beers. The beer had warmed sufficiently by the time I got home. I served it in my NERAX pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep red-orange with good clarity. A massive uncontrolable beige-brown head eventually fades to a thin constant layer. Fluffy lace coats the inside of the glass.

Smell: Floral hops dominate the aroma. Upon swirling sweet fruity and malty aromas appear, including berries and caramel.

Taste: Persistent hoppy bitterness is evident throughout. Sweet caramel malts appear in the center. The finish is slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel: Tingly-carbonation, smooth, medium-bodied and oily.

Drinkability: Very tasty.

Overall: Red's Rye is well-balanced. The hops are balanced well by sweet malts, but aren't overpowered.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 00:56:02 | More by EPICAC
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maundythirsty

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a reddish cola color with little head. Has much the same sweet grain with a touch of berries smell that comes with Founders Dirty Bastard, but withless of the smoky bit and free from the twinge of rubbing-alcohol. Very nice.

Hop bitterness is right up front in the mouth, mildly piney. Great toasted grain flavor that finishes on a rye note not quite sharp enough to cover in mustard and ham.

That's beer. Very smooth on the tongue with sparky carbonation. Fills the mouth well, and with its well rounded flavor is a beer I will enjoy for a long time to come.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 00:12:03 | More by maundythirsty
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Dubbercody

Washington

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

Bottle from FrozenSoul327- THANKS Erik!!

Pours a beautiful red color with nice creamy head. Head disapates quite quickly leaving sturdy lacing on glass

Hoppy smelling beer with a lot less hops in the intitial taste than I was expecting. More malt up front with a hop tingle to finish off the swallow. Spicy but doesn't coat the tongue, it's more of a clean hop spice.

Excellent beer I wish I could get in the NW.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2006 04:00:06 | More by Dubbercody
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mentor

Colorado

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

Bottle provided by deejaydan as part of BIF33. I've really enjoyed this beer each time I've had it, thanks for the opportunity! Pours a strong two finger head over a murky brown rust liquid. Smells rye musky with grassy hop co-ho, tangerine, and mild grapefruit pith. Some oranges float on fruity esters.

Tastes caramel and rye musky. Hop bitter is in line with the malt and works well with the rye edge. Tangerine hop flavor with modest lemon and orange. Gently caramel. Gentle alcohol gives the citrus an aromatic ride. Dry finish keeps the md-thick body from hanging. Modest carbonation despite the strong head.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2006 04:07:55 | More by mentor
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Franchise

Oregon

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

This beer poured highly carbonated, actually over flowed out of the bottle, then took about 20 minutes to finally pour into the glass. The head is light brown thick and frothy like whipped egg white. The body has yeast floating around the red-orange body and looks wonderful. The smell is funky, rye, caramel, light citrus hops, and a powdered drink mix aroma. The taste is syrupy upfront with a bitter hop bite that is followed by a smooth blast of sweetness leaving a bready like quality in the finish. This is a wonderful brew that has alot going on def going to go back to this brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 22:23:06 | More by Franchise
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wingman14

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an redish orange with a white head. Smell was good with a nice hop aroma mixed with some fruityness in there. This had a bitter bite with plenty of hop and citrus notes. The rye came through but not as powerful as one would think. A decent balance, the mouthfeel was good, but had plenty of bite and kick to it. A long lingering aftertaste mixed of many flavors. A good offering from founders, but rated lower consider I had this one after trying other founders beers.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2006 02:39:47 | More by wingman14
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Avagadro

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the first Founder's beer that I truly loved. Poured from a bottle kept in an igloo cooler about 5 minutes ago. The Head started off very nice, and there is still a nice layer of head on the top. Served in a tankard, just because this is what I always drink Red's with, I like the open top to smell all of the gopodness. Appearence is amazing. mix crimson with burnt umber and you have this beers color. Not a cloudy beer. Head is a light latte color. Aroma is citusy-hoppy. Most likely due to centennial hops, which I believe is used in a lot of Founder's brews. Taste is to die for. Citrusy-hoppy just as the aroma forshadowed. very slight tinge of drynedd that you can only notice if you really look for it. Taste is dominated by hops, but the flavors of rye and toasted malt (?) are present too. Thick and chewy mouthfeel which is very enjoyable. Drinkability is through the roof. I've purchased countless six packs of this beer, and will probably keep buying it untill I die, or untill Founder's goes under, whichever comes first (hopefully me dieing is first because it would be a sad life in MI without Founder's) I suggest going out and getting this beer as soon as possible, not just as single, I'm talking like a kegs worth.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 04:10:27 | More by Avagadro
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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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