1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders Red's Rye IPAFounders Red's Rye IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,855 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,855
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 270
Gots: 398 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Founders Red's Rye IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,855 | Reviews: 1,637 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of cvstrickland
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12-ounce stubby bottle, decorated with the visage of some freaky-looking old Hobbit dude, poured into my Tyler's shaker pint glass yields a rich, dark bronze body alive with active carbonation and loaded to the gills with tiny particulates suspended in the soluton. The drink is crowned with a huge 3 fingers of pale beige foam the consistency of Cool Whip, and that shock of creamy head never quits, instead valiantly fighting deflation with the determined desperation of an Alamoan going tooth-and-nail with Santa Ana and his chicos. The cap recedes ever so slowly, leaving soft, foamy peaks atop a solid puck of foam, and the resultant copious lacing is fat, creamy, and presented in 3 dimensions.

The aroma is rich and rye-bready, with brown sugar syrup, a tickle of white pepper, and a rich, sticky bit of unsulphured molasses. Cool, minty caramels languish on a float bobbing in a sea of pithy, husky, crushed toasted pecan shells. The drink reeks of spicy, dusty, freshly-milled grain, toasted nut oils, and dark syrup.

The taste is toasty and succulent, with the representatives from the Aroma Component negotiating a somewhat hostile takeover of the matter at hand. Rich, grainy molasses, prickly toasted grain husks, and a note of hot, peppery spice rule the profile, but allow incursions from rogue elements of powdered-pecan-pith and cocoa dryness, and fall victim to a follow-on attack of full-bodied, darkly-caramelized sweet stickiness. A skinny, brave grassy hop note dodges the sweet, malty, grainy juggernaut of flavor and has a semi-dry last laugh at the burly, rye-soaked malt bill. Ha!

The drink is silky-smooth with a prickle of spice and toast that keeps the hardcore dark sweetness of Founders Red's Rye in check. On the full side of medium-bodied, the brew is soft on the palate, yet a bit chewy and gritty, but without a doubt entirely quaffable. Highly recommended.

Photo of Biggness
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap @ Sunset Grill & Tap. It pours a dark amber with a 2 fingered white head with very nice lacing. The smeel was very nice and hoppy, with a very nice malt base to it. The flavor followed suit, a very nice balance between the two and its alwasy nice what flavors the rye adds to beeds. This beer was nicelt carbonated and the mouthfeel was good and a drinkable brew, but not an all nighter.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my second single of Red's Rye because I enjoyed the first so much, but it was horrendously overcarbonated and I wanted to give it another chance for a proper review. Unfortunately, this second bottle was also overly carbonated. A cautious pour still resulted in my glass being filled 2/3 with foam and taking ages to die down. As such I will be detracting this aspect from the appearnce only. Aside from the huge amber shaded head the beer itself is a dark cloudy amber.

Smells of citrus bittering hops and accented by the rye, which gives a spicy feel. Sweet caramel smelling malt underpins the bitterness providing balance.

Taste is similar with the hops acting as the main vehichle of flavor as the rye provides a unique spin. This is balanced by a doughy, caramel sweetness. The individual flavors are well crafted, but it is the careful balance of each that really shines. As your palate is assaulted by the hop smash your mind moves to the rye spicing as the malt arrives to create a satiating filling feel and balance.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated as noted above, but remains medium bodied. Highly drinkable, but you may want to pour the second as you drink the first to let the foam monster subside.

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

Thanks to jwc215 for this one. That is amasing brew!
pours dark red/copper/orange colour with beautiful whte-ish head. Gorgeuos. Smell - citrusy hops, some raspberries, hint of rye. very nice deep smell. Taste - bready, hoppy with slight bitterness. Very balanced, very smooth, wonderful brew. it's drinkable too, I just can't get enough of it. In my this year's Top 5 for sure.

Photo of rtepiak
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i can safely say that i have never had a rye beer. this was quite a nice start. APA copper/amber color with a bit of murk. lace is there. good amount of head. smell is very cirtus ester. particularly grapefruit. some sweet some astrigent. very good blend. nice on the tongue. hop, fruity sweet, piney yet grainy. wonderful blend of grain and hop. wonderful use of fruit. great beer. will definately have again.

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

A: Rusty amber, hazy with fine particulate. A decent head forms on top, leaving a thin layer that laces the glass on the way down.

S: Sweet citrusy hopiness - almost candy-like.

T: Spiciness and hops is on-point, contributing nice piny flavors. A little caramel maltiness deep in the backbone helps balance the hoppy bitterness. Not extraordinarily unique but tasty for sure.

M: Slick with a hoppy bite and lingering tannin quality.

Photo of KC8LTL
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on nitro-tap at the Harvest Party in my Founders Harvest Pint Glass.

Served with about an inch of dark tan nitro-smooth foam with considerable staying power on top of a dark coppery beer itself. Unfortunately the head somehow seemed to limit the hop smell I was expecting. Nothing wrong or off, it just seemed tame. However, Nitro-tap makes it much smoother and creamier than I've had it before and definitely let the flavors blend more. As I said above, this was not a smack you in the face with hops beer, followed by a rye aftertaste. Instead they blended and grew as I enjoyed it. This is a beer to savor over a long time, not pour down.

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.

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.

4/3.5/4.5/4/4

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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...

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.

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,855 ratings.