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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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4,817 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,817
Reviews: 1,636
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 264
Gots: 391 | 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)
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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice 1 1/4 finger head with a cloudy red color.

Smell is of nice toasty malts with a caramel malt sweet smell as well. Hops come through just slightly. A bit of grapefruit provides the fruity estery notes to the beer.

Taste is a mix of thick caramel malts with a nice toasty maltiness and just enough of a hop bitterness to balance. The rye lends itself perfectly to the malting with a slight slight sourness. This combines with a a lot of grapefruit flavor. Grapefruit always seems to have this slight bitterness which I find here as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. With toasty malts in a red ale I like a crisp carbonation, it seems to go well with the style.

This is a very fine red ale. I know it is a rye beer, but it's sort of a red ale made with rye in my eyes. Anyways, it's very sessionable.

jasonjlewis, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap at Hopleaf, pours a dark copper amber, with a half inch head that settles to a steady film and some nice stringy lacing. The aroma is a little weak, but some nice hops are goin on here, fruity and juicy, with some sweet malt and just a tinge of rye, probably. Wouldn't have caught it without rye in the name.

Tasty tasty taste, the hops in high regard here, almost bitingly bitter right away (but I like it!) and the rye is nice, then settles to a sweetly malty thing, lots of Belgian caramel malts supposedly used here are used quite well. The mouth is smooth, good body and carbonation. In all, not quite spectacular, but damn tasty and a fine brew.

objectivemonkey, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz stubby brown bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Pours a rich reddish ambery orange with a two inch head that settles into a half inch cap with a thick ice cream float looking head. Pouring the last bit of yeast into the glass gives it a nice ruddy brown hazy with some glorious looking blood orange highlights with some good amounts of lacing going all the way down the glass.

S: Has to be one of my favorite smelling beers of all time, one snif of this is just heaven, like Hop Rod Rye it is something I do not think can be improved upon in any way. Wonderful bouquet of floral and citrusy hops with a solidly sweet rye maltiness, a hop lovers dream with a good backing malt sweetness.

T/MF: Sweet and bitter brought together. At once sweet on the tip of the tongue then wonderfully bitter and fruity at the back and sides of the mouth. Grapefruit rimmed with sugar and orange juice on the side, resiny pine with a slightly nutty finish. Rye is quite noticeable and imparts that kind of flavor on this beer that is basically impossible to describe, suffice to say its tastes fantastic. Carbonation is just right, feels at once sliky and gritty and rests on the lighter side of medium bodied. The finish on this beer is its only weakness and leaves the mouth the slightest bit chalky. Edit: after another go around with this beer that aftertaste is gone and only laves a nice sticky hop goodness on the tongue, just and amazing beer, one that I should keep in the fridge at all time because I love it so much.

D: Drinkability is out of this world, the look the smell, the feel and the taste of this beer are enough to make you feel guilty about something. Most of the time I tend to find Founder's beers to be a bit off in the flavor department, I don't really enjoy the hop profiles in their beer, they taste almost metallic oftentimes. But this beer, this I am a fan of, I huge flag waving fanboy to be exact. Excellent, excellent beer.

bluemoonswoon, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with 2 fingers of white head. Stratagraphic lacing from the top down. Nice deep reddish amber color.

S: A nice mix of the rye and hops with some malt

T: Again it is the rye and hops playing back and forth that makes this interesting. Probably the hoppiest rye beer I have had. Also one of the most noticeable rye flavors as well.

M: Nice creamy mouthfeel.

D: Wish this were available closer. Would love to always have a six pack of this in the fridge.

aerozeppl, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of tpd975
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful copper red color with a nice one finger head that settles nicely. No lace.

S: Hop aromas are a bit more muted on draft than from the bottle. There is still a nice dose of hops though with hints of pine and spicey rye.

T: Nice balance of biscuit malt and hops. The hops are mostly pine with hints of spice from the rye.

M: Medium in body fairly dry throughout.

D: I liked it in a bottle and I like it on draft. Founders make some real good brews.

tpd975, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There was a thin beige head that formed as I poured this beer into my glass. The color was a deep amber with major orange highlights. A very hazy beer indeed with only spotty lacing left behind in the glass.

The aroma was absolutely wonderful and quite assertive. Excellent mix of both some spicy rye goodness and some floral hops. I was surprised by this aroma and found it to be quite pleasing. There was a nice roasted quality that you could sense behind the hops floral tones that took center stage.

The flavor was really excellent. A nice roasted malt (caramel) flavor that was immediately followed by a perfect balance of hop bitterness. There were perhaps some toffee (burnt toast but good, not bad) and grapefruit notes.. But the aroma and taste of the hops always took me back to floral or herbal thoughts. The ending was certainly a little spicy and crisp which I believe is due to the rye.

Mouth feel is medium bodied yet big with the nice balance of flavor that stays with you. The finish is slightly dry but flavor sticks with you as you savor the recently swallowed sip.

I am really a fan and will be back for more of this beer.

Reagan1984, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of klintok21
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, I just went out and tried one tonight after reading the reviews on here. Well, I must say a well-crafted beer, the rye was just to strong for my taste! Otherwise, good looks, pretty easy drinkability with little carbonation, but one was plenty for me, doubt I will try it again as I just couldn't get into the rye, but if you like that kind of thing, you'll probably love this, give one a try!

klintok21, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a marmalade orange-copper glow sitting somewhere between a barleywine and double IPA. Gorgeous thick fluffy head dies fairly quickly, leaving sheets of lace on the glass.

Hops and rye mingle beautifully in the nose...you get a lot of each, neither stepping on the other. An earthy, harmonious aroma nearly beyond compare.

I'm in luck...the flavor mirrors the aroma. It's striking how insanely tasty and satisfying this beer is, but also how simple. If I said it tasted like rye and hops, you might think it an overly obvious and useless description. But that's it! Hops definitely take the lead, but the spicy, husky, distinctive rye isn't far behind. There's no reason to embellish with all kinds of clever interpretations...it is what it is, and it's damn good. Leaves a leafy, kind of raw bitterness in the finish, pleasant and hardly intrusive.

Feels slick and only medium-bodied, with a quick drying that keeps you reaching for the glass.

One of Founders' best, and one of their most simple. This went down frighteningly quick. Almost too drinkable, but with a beer this tasty and this sensible of an ABV, there's really no such thing. Seek it out.

Metalmonk, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of hooliganlife
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. poured a deep amber with a sticky head.

S: a slight hoppy scent, mildly floral.

T: a smooth amber but with a bite. the rye tickles your mouth through and through. rye flavoring lingers for a bit.

M: not as watery and thin as most ambers, this one has some body to it. One of the reasons i like it so much.

D: i could easily session this. it is hands down the best rye beer and the best amber i have had yet. i keep trying too find a rye that beats it. so far, no one comes close.

hooliganlife, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to OHLRangers for supplying a couple bottles of Red's Rye.

Pours a really opaque reddish brown with a tan/yellow/off-white head. It clears up just a bit as it warms.

The smell right off the bat is hoppy. But after a second it's overwhelmed by this toasty, rich caramel malt. But there's an undeniable greenery of hops in there too.

The taste starts out indiscernible as the prickly carbonation really prevents you from getting any sort of strong flavor, but then transitions to a flavor of a toasted malt and alcohol combination. Interestingly, it ends pretty juicy. There might be a citric hop bite in there.

The feel is really prickly with fine carbonation- almost creates sort of a sting. I think this beer would benefit from a bit less. I think the key is not serving this one too cold. As for any Rye in it... I don't know.. but it was good anyway.

MiScusi, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of Kendo
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is slightly murky (chill-hazed, perhaps?); reddish-orange-amber in color with a 1/2-finger beige head. Some lace left behind.

S: Yummy nose. Brown-sugar. Honey-drizzled grapefruit. Candied orange peel. Tropical fruit. Citrusy hops. Nice blend between sweetness and citrusy-bitterness.

T: Follows the nose. Immediate impression is caramel malt with citrusy hops over top. Rye is evident at the back of the sip as a slightly spicy bite. Finishes dry, with a lingering bitterness and lingering rye spicy bite. Nicely balanced all around.

M: Medium-weight, with a good creamy feel to it.

D: Excellent. Goes down real easy.

Kendo, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of Goliath
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a huge light tan head. Good retention.

Great aroma. Nice hoppy tones showing mostly citrus. Kind of sweet and it has that rye bite.

Taste is really nice. A good hoppiness giving a nice citrus note. Not extremely bitter, well balanced. It's got that rye bite to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability is remarkably high. Beer is sessionable and has great flavor. Not as aggressive as say Hop Rod Rye.

Goliath, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of spointon
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz short brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This beer poured a deep reddish copper color with an enormous off-white head that shrank slowly leaving a soapy sheet of lacing down the glass. This beer was seriously carbonated!

S= I sensed aromas of piney hops, tons of rye, maltiness, and a bit of alcohol.

T= This beer was a taste explosion! Perceived bitterness up front (probably from the nose) followed by the malty/spicy rye blast. It had a relatively dry and alcohol laden finish.

MF= I enjoyed the high carbonation levels found here as well as the relatively heavy mouthfeel.

D= I was blown away by this beer. Maybe I didn't go into it expecting enough, but this is a big beer. My only real critique is that it is a bit overcarbonated - and that's saying something from a guy who loves high Belgian carbonation levels! Highly recommended.

spointon, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of UA8
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep reddish color with a thick off-white head which settles out into heavy lacing that coats the glass

S- Light, mainly a light grapefruit hop and rye scent.

T- Nicely echos the nose with hops on the start rolling into malts with a faint rye finish.

M- Light bubbly and refreshing

D- Definitely a beer I could session on a porch in the summer. Very Refreshing with a decent hop presence and malt balance.

UA8, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of marcpal
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottled poured into tall cylinder glass. Happy to finally get a 6-pack of this here in Jersey.

A: Surprise, surprise- Crimson red with a thin off white head. Some carbonation and not much lacing.

S: Piney hops up front but the malt is clearly there. They rye bread aromas come out knowing what to anticipate here.

T: Different than the smell- more here of caramel malts, some alcohol, and citrus flavors. The rye and the bitterness are a flavorful combination. Far hoppier than I would guess for the style, but from this brewer shouldve have not been shocked. Grapefruit more than the earthiness in the aroma.

M: Creamy, very creamy. Oiliness from the hops stays on the tongue, lots of bitterness.

D: The bitterness grows through the beer and it fits right in Founders style. Alcohol is present but the tastiness makes this plenty drinkable. Popping a few not an issue.

This is a beer that surely got better the more you drank, a fine thing. Im far from an expert on rye beers, but if this epitomizes it, Ive got to try some others.

marcpal, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Wow this has to be overcarbonated. I poured it slow as possible at an angle and still ended up with a glass full of foam. I ended up having to pour it into two separate glasses. Pours dark copper with some particulate matter floating around. After the glass of foam finally settled down I was left with a giant solid mountain of very light tan foam that never really went away.

Aroma was spicy, citrusy, caramelly, and some earthy tones.

Flavors are first of spicy rye malt, then some caramelly sweetness, followed by a nice burst of spice and citrusy hops.

After it settled down the carbonation level didn't really seem so high, in fact it turned out to be pretty nice. Mouthfeel is medium, very crisp.

Despite the apparent carbonation problem, it turned out to be pretty good. Nice and crisp, spicy, with a good hoppy finish. Not one of my favorites, but it's good.

roadhouse, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of dbalsock
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Holy Crap could I have this all the time. It poured dark reddish brown into a pint glass with a two fingered vanilla head that would not go away except to leave some medium thick lacing. The smell was of grainy malts and floral hops and was very present. The taste was definitely filled with rye and balanced by the floral hops. It starts out with some caramel notions and then gets grainy rye style before ending with a nice bitter feel and some good hop taste. The mouthfeel is great as it is refreshing and perfectly bitter, making it extremely drinkable. This is a great rye.

dbalsock, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown in color with ruby highlights. Off white head sits atop. More hops than I was expecting in the taste, but that's a pleasant surprise. You don't get the rye until midway through the drink. It stays around on the finish as well. This is a very well done beer. There are some hop notes coming through on the finish as well. This beer is getting better and better with each sip. Cheers to Founders.

FtownThrowDown, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of garcia2a
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great taster for the July Fourth. This poured a deep ruby color with light carbonation. The beer has a wonderfully big head that was retained for the entire drinking period.

The bouquet is a sublime mixture of grapefruit, sweet malt, balanced hops, spruce and tangy rye. This translated to an unusual taste. Nice rye and malt on the forefront, followed by sweetness. The ending is a spicy hit of bready tones and rye.

I found the mouthfeel to be kinda big, but the flavors keep the mouth occupied. I think that overall this was a wonderfully tasty beer, that while big, was balanced and primed the drinker for another. Will stop by Mr. Capone's and grab some more, but this time I'll save them for a cool October evening when I have some dried cherry wood in the fire pit.

garcia2a, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of FreightTrain
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one tumbled out of my cooler and cracked open a little bit. Better drink it right away!

Pours a nice ruby/amber color with a big, even white head and quite nice retention.

Smell is a subdued combination citrus hops, sweet malts, and spicy rye.

Taste is delicious. Sharp but not overwhelming hops and rye upfront; smooth, slightly sweet and malty in the middle, and a rejoinder from the hops and rye at the end, ultimately coating the palate in a very tasty combination of the three. Gets spicier as it warms.

Mouthfeel is fairly full but there's quite a bit of carbonation as well, keeping it light and distributing the flavors. The consistency is very well suited to the taste and does an excellent job of letting the flavor meld and linger.

This beer is pretty big and juicy but it is also very delicious and balanced enough that I could (and certainly would) have more than one. Were this on tap near me, I would drink it often.

FreightTrain, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle passed along by cedromar in the High Card BIF poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with orange tints. The head is massive and dense and hardly recedes at all leaving gobs of clumpy lacing. This is a damn fine looking beer.

S: Smell starts with a decent kick of citrus hops with grapefruit leading the way, but the rye presence is very evident in the nose on top of the sweet caramel malt backbone.

T: Taste also starts with citrus hops, and gives way to the sweet malts and rye. The finish actually has a pine hop bitterness that was not as evident in the aroma.

M: The mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy with really strong carbonation that brings out the hops and spices on the palate.

D: This is probably the best rye beer I've had and an extremely unique and tasty brew from Founders. Highly recommended.

gford217, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper/mahogany with a rich head that settles to a lasting cover. Concentric rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of a huge amount of citrus and some pine with a caramelish, rye, bready backing. This is one amazing aroma.

The taste matches it well - bitter citrus and resiny pine with a sweet balance and rye dryness. The flavor is very delicious with an amazing bittersweet balance. Long, long finish.

It has a smooth, firm medium body.

This has alcohol? Covered very, very well. This just disappears. Very hoppy, but shows a nice malt base. Great use of rye. Unique and very well done.

jwc215, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of hopsleeroy
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Traded by Csmiley-Thanks Chris!

A-Little head, reddish, orange and cloudy
S-Slightly boozy, sweet malt, some pine flavor
T-More piney hops than expected, balances out with sweet malt. There is a little bit if a rye bread flavor which adds to the bitterness on the end.
M-Creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation
D-Above average and well crafted but I don't think I'm a huge fan of rye in beer so I wouldn't reach for too many more. Well crafted beer though

hopsleeroy, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Appears a slightly cloudy orange amber with red highlights. An aggressive pour yielded a rocky off-white head topped off at just under a two fingers and left sticky lacing down the glass.

Rye with grapefruit, pine needles, and clean pale malt. Not an overly bold nose and not very deep. But what it does, it does well.

A bright bitter hop character of pine needles and grapefruit balanced out with an earthy, grainy rye flavor and very clean, slightly sweet pale malts.

Alcohol is extremely well-hidden. Medium body with a chewy hop presence and little carbonation.

You would never know this guy is clocking in at just under 7%. A great beer for this time of year.

ColForbinBC, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of HumuloneRed
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle. Bought at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati, OH.

This beer pours a clear medium red/amber color with a thick off white head and thick sticky lacing.

Big citrus, earthy and malty sweet notes in the nose.

The flavor has a slight earthy bitterness followed by a citrus hop flavor balance by a big sweet malt/caramel backbone.

Very balanced and drinkable beer.

HumuloneRed, Jun 25, 2008
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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