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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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4,855 Ratings

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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)
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Photo of kleffman
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a taster glass with a dark copper and red color, slight head. Tropical fruit hops, sweet malt aromas and flavors. Floral and nice spicy characteristics. Very balanced and easy to drink. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and good carbonation level. Would love to be able to buy this beer or find it on tap.

Photo of BigMike
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle.

An orange brownish coloring with about 1 finger of thick creamy head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is very strong of fruit,pine, grapefruit.

Taste mirrors the smell. Strong hints of grapefruit and pine.
Spice, malts and hops are very present with the hoppyness winning out.

This beer is crisp and very flavorful and extremely delicious.

An excellent beer that makes me want to crack another!

Photo of ajmoody76
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this in a mix a six. 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint. one finger off white head. nice lace. red/brown color. clear. looks good.

hoppy nose. fruit and spice. no of odors.

good hop crispness. sweet and spicy. balance may favor the hops- but it really works. sweet fruit aftertaste.

adequate carbonation. mid body. i like this beer. i would drink again. this could be a session beer. good rye.

Photo of nrbw23
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear amber color with a nice thick white head that left good lacing. Looks really nice.

S- Pine and citrus hops jump right out at me. Then maybe if I search for it a bready and rye malts comes to me.

T- Very good! Nothing over powering here. Follows the nose really well. Very well balanced.

M- Medium to thick in body. Very smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Very impressed with this brew. Easy to drink and will come back for more.

Photo of hopflop
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a six of this for my birthday.

Pours a nice copper reddish color with a nice head

The smell is tasty rye with caramel malts and a big citrus hops aroma

The mouth full is a little lite. Has a great citrus hops flavor that hits first and with a nice malt balance and finishes with a bitter rye flavor that gets left in your mouth. Very tasty brew.

This is a great summer time beer, that is a easy drinker. Would love to get my hands on some more.

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

Thanks to AdamB84 for the chance to try this great brew!

Pours a dark reddish amber with a one-finger tan head that fades to a thin cap. Lots of lacing/sheets left behind.

Smell is sweet caramel malts, toffee, and lots of citrus hops: orange juice, lemon zest and grapefruit.

Taste is sweet bread and caramel malt up front, followed by a peppery spiciness before some floral and citrus hops and a long bitter, dry finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Very crisp and smooth with medium carbonation.

Overall, a well balanced beer that is very drinkable. ABV not noticeable. Really wish I had more of these waiting for me in the fridge.

Photo of russpowell
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another stellar beer from Joe1510, I owe ya big, ein prosit to Joe!

Pours orange/caramel with 3+ fingers pf sand colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Peppery rye, caramel & citrus hops

T: Peppery rye, citrus grapefruit & caramel up front. Dryness, biscuitty malt, & more spicy rye as this warms. Finishes crisp with nice biscuitty malt

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation & great balance

Drinks very easy the crispness keeps the ABV in check. I could happily session on this, in the upper echelon of rye ales I've had!

Photo of rocknhocky
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the moment I cracked the cap, WOW what a great smell. It immediately got me interested. Very light, yet rich. Almost a citrus smell though it could have just been the alcohol. Very high marks from the get go.

Beautiful color with a relatively thin head for this rye, which dissipated fairly quickly. First impression of taste: nice in the mouthfeel, with a bit of bitterness on the tongue after. It was a pleasant beer to sit and enjoy.

Photo of kbeals
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I never thought I'd say this, but this beer had way too much head. It took nearly ten minutes to pour the beer into the glass since I had to keep waiting for the head to die down. The color is nice though, a deep golden amber color. A lot of lacing obviously. Smell was very malty, a hint of sweetness to it, not really impressive though. Taste was about the same. A little more of a grainy taste to it, overall the taste was pleasing. The beer was somewhat carbonated, pretty smooth and not too full. I probably wouldn't drink more than one or two of these in a night though, I don't think it's really my style of beer.

Photo of iconoklaztor
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red color with vertually no head. The smell is almost all rye and that of rye bread. Duh.

The taste is nice and balanced and has a nice rye finish. I'm thinking this is a little cold and would be a lot more full when it warms up. I'll wait till the end to elaborate.

It is better at a warmer temp.

The mouthfeel is a little thin however it is not a turn off.

Overall, a great beer however I dont know if I'm a big rye fan. I never got into rye whiskey and I dont know if I would like it all the time. Its enjoyable but in a really small quantity.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, hops, spice and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel; a strong hops bitterness and a background of rye and spices. There's a very hearty malt character that brings good substance to the beer. The after-taste is hoppy and bitter.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, I had heard this beer was similar to an IPA and that it was highly acclaimed but I was still surprised at how much I liked it. This is a beer that I could drink several of over the course of an evening.

Photo of GJ40
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer on tap at Slow's BBQ in Detroit on a business trip. My buddy ordered one and liked it. After reading the description on the beer menu and smelling his, I had to try it.

It's got a brown / copper color with a small but effective head. The fruity, hoppy aroma really benefits from the dry hopping. The floral and fruity hop flavor dominates from start to finish. It's not bitter at all. There's a definite malt presence to balance the hops.

I'm not normally a big red fan but the hops really make this one. This is an extremely drinkable beer that I could enjoy all night long.

Photo of mobyfann
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paid $1.79 for a single at Jungle Jim's...

The beer pours a clear amber color, with a large white head, excellent 1/4" head retention and a very nice cascading effect of lacing on the glass, beautiful! The smell gives notice to a fresh and strong amount of hops, other tones of smoky spice, like cumin exist in the smell.

The taste is cleansing to say the least! It starts off creamy from the existing head, delivery is a bit chewy due to its density, moderate notes of the hops and spice give way in the middle, moderate carbonation and an exceptionally clean aftertaste. The mouthfeel and drinkability receive top marks due to the perfect use of the head and lack of taste of alcohol, an incredible session beer, but half a six-pack will suffice.

Final Thought: Hands down, a world-class beer in the USA, and competes for that credibility globally, an impressive brew that is a hit on so many levels, I couldn't be more pleased!

Photo of jeonseh
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap today in a tulip glass at the Map Room.

A - A dark, hazy amber with hues of brown, orange, and amber all mixing through it. It was partly opaque as only a small bit of light actually got through. Had a nice one thumb head that stuck around rather well and left minimal lacing.

S - There is a big pine hops smell that was the first thing that I noticed. There was also a hint of caramel malt which came up and gave a forewarning that this was not just going to be some hop bomb. On the hop profile, also got a hint of candied orange peel and the odor of grapefruit as well.

T - First of all, have to say I was a bit surprised by how much hops was in this rye beer. The first thing that you get in this one was a big, yet not overpowering, of piney hops. This one was not overpowering for the simple reason that it had a sweet caramel malt backbone that kept this beer nicely balanced. The ending is back to the piney hops and even a bit of grapefruit.

MF - Actually has a rather nice MF as the carbonation prevents this beer from being cloying, which is sometimes a problem with beers that have a big malt backbone.

D - Overall, a great beer from founders that has a ton of flavor and was easy to drink. Could not even taste any of the alcohol and given that it was only 6.8% that does not make too much. I really liked this beer and was surprised by how much punch it has. Once again, Founder's has made a great beer that helps to blow us all away.

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

On-tap served into a pint glass.

A- Ruby red color, some mahogony and tan hues. Huge creamy head, lingering through the duration of the beer.

S- Smell was sweet and hoppy

T- Very hoppy for a rye beer and well-balanced with the sweetness of the caramel malts. The hops calmed down a bit halfway through and then this became extremely sweet with a nice bitter finish.

M- Creamy and medium bodied, nice full finish.

D- Awesome beer. Highly recommended. Quality stuff from Founders.

Photo of drunkmonk
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of DavidEddie. Thanks Dave

Reddish orange, with a nice creamy off white head. Nice spicy citrus and some floral aromas mixed with a bready malt background. Flavor is a fantastic balence of citrus hop bitterness and sweet malted rye. Finishes a small bit bitter and a small bit sweet, very crisp. Ethanol is not a factor here, this stuff goes down nice and easy. Balence is what this ale is all about. This might be my new favorite rye ale.


Photo of TasteTester
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Good red, dark coloring. Little to no head. Lite lace, not lasting.

S-Very earthy and grainy. Rye malts apparent.

T-Not overly impressed, have had much better red ales, though pleasing to the pallete.

M-Tingly and warm, with a semi-sweet after-bite.

D-Not something I would sit down and have a few of. Definately a one or two beer kind of night.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from Merchant Fine Wine in Dearborn Heights, MI in March 2008- price not recorded.

Pours a big rich deep red-amber with only thin whisps of head. Big bubbles in the middle of the glass show its carbonation, and nice lacing on the sides.

Aroma is of rich solid hops, herbal and oily, some piney, and only hints of fruit.

In the flavor, I can actually taste rye- very much like rye bread with the little seedsbaked right in. The hops sit on it like a veggie sandwich. The hops burn the back of the throat a bit.

Paired with a chicken salad with Michigan cherries on ciabatta bread; this may have been a bit strong for the food, but it went OK.

I purchased this as a single on recommendation of the beerman there. I would not have gotten it otherwise (as neither red ales nor rye tend to excite me in the beer world), but this is a very good beer, and I have to thank the Merchant Beer Man!

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer in a trade with HopHobo.

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

A - cloudy, red/amber color with a tan head that thinned to a layer and left some good lacing.

S - hoppy pine scent with a malty sweetness.

T - very good tasting beer, hoppy bitterness dominates but there is a point when the rye malt flavor surfaces before a bitter finish.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - I enjoyed this sample very much and would love to have more.

Photo of triplecoil
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a tulip glass.

Pours a rich amber with red highlights and a fairly generous head that laves moderate lace. Nose is somewhat malty and spicy and big on the hops. Taste is earthy, sweet, bitter, and full of more hops. Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation and nice and full.

This is a quality beer. It's not something I prefer due to the big hop profile, but the base beer is quality. Bring the IBUs down and I would probably be a big fan.

Photo of Slynger
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice raspberry amber color, with a creamy orange tinted lid.

Sweet caramel and big citrusy amarillo's. Delish, but not very rye smelling.

The taste is everything the scent suggests and more. Sweet fresh oranges and caramel, bitter rind and spicy rye. Medium-full body with lots of prickly-spicy carb.

Enjoy and don't pass by another excellent Founders offering. Definitely a fridge stocker, you will want to sip this sud regularly.

Photo of montageman
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Beautiful red and cloudy with a sturdy 2 finger head that leaves a ton of lacing on the glass and on the surface of the beer.

S: Strong grapefruit, pine, and fruity aromas dominate. There is a definite sweetness as well.

T: Wow. This is excellent. Tart, sweet, and crisp. Citrus up front with a nice pronounced bread-like finish.

M: Lots of body here. Very good carbonation and a dense, creamy mouthfeel.

D: There is a strong bitterness here, but boy, is this one tasty beer. Don't know if I could drink this all night, but I could definitely build to this and end the night with it. Highest Recommendation.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish body with a small, white head.

Smell: Caramel malt nose marked by a distinct rye component and full hop notes of grapefruit.

Taste: Pleasing caramel maltiness with a very mild sweetness interrupted by a sharp, spicy rye jolt and held in its track by a firm bitterness and flavors of grapefruit pith. Spicy, raspy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's all kinds of okay! I'd go for another, really I would.

Photo of Mudpuppet
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Poured on tap at Sunset into a tulip glass. Pours an amber red with a .5" head. Some lacing as you drink the beer down.

S- This is a pretty hoppy beer. Mostly citrusy NW hops I think. They really overpower anything else in the nose.

T- Pretty much the same as the nose. Quite hoppy for a rye. I have to admit I wish more of the rye came through in this beer.

M- Nice strong carbonation for this beer. Medium thick body.

D- If it wasn't for the hops this would be an easier drinker. I think it is more difficult to drink b/c of them. Overall a pretty tasty brew but I wish I could taste more hops.

Photo of Tilley4
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really liked this brew...

Beautiful red coloring with a nice tan head..

Smells faintly hoppy but mostly earthy and maybe even a bit funky... I like...

Underlying hoppy bitterness on the front end gives way to a funkiness that makes this one a very unique drinking experience.. I loved this brew!!

Overall, everything about this one just begs me to drink more of it... Not conventional, but very intriguing..

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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