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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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4,920 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,920
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 287
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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:
Beer added by: Todd on 02-22-2004

Brewed with four varieties of Belgian caramel malts and 100% Amarillo hops.
70 IBU

Formerly called "Founders Red's Rye PA"
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Photo of MSchae1017
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
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
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
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
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
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
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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
4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of Mauerhan
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a standard pint glass. pours a cloudy amber hue. has a nice creamy head that retains quite well. slight lacing.

has a nice smell to it. I smell some citrus, some earthiness, but alot of hops and some malts.

taste is good. very good. a very well balanced beer. from the initial sweetness through to the bitter bite to the beautiful aftertaste. i love the way this beer tastes.
i get alot of the maltiness and hops. although its from a entirely different brewery and style it seems like a cousin to pliny the elder.

beer is very smooth. nice amount of carbonation. and with an aftertaste that leaves you coming back for more again and again i think that they have a winner with this one.

solid A

Photo of association330
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a wonderful, deep red-orange with a fluffy, one-finger head that very gradually settles to a thin cap with a narrow ring of foam. Nice rings of lacing sheet the glass.

S - Earthy and mild floral hop, caramel malts, a note of alcohol, and a definite grapefruit presence. Smells a lot like a DIPA, actually.

T - A kiss of malt sweetness comes through clearly at first, while spicy rye, sour grapefruit, and a touch of alcohol dominate the middle of the palate. There is a solid, but not overwhelming hop bitterness & sour grapefruit essence on the swallow, and a moderate, floral hop aftertaste lingers.

M - Quite carbonated at first. In fact, the prickliness tones down the up-front flavor profile a little too much for the first 15 minutes or so of sipping. Otherwise medium-boded and pleasant.

D - Very palatable and flavorful. A tad rich, but not so much that it would qualify as a dessert beer. I could easily drink a couple bottles in a sitting.

Yet another excellent Founders' brew, though I think it's going to be tough for them to top that Breakfast Stout of theirs.

Photo of cnally
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scary label on this one. It stares at you when you drink it.

The beer poured a nice cloudy amber color, like apple cider. The head is a cinnamon-tan color with some good lacing as it dissipates.

Big hop scent with hints of cherry and grape.

The taste is very apple-infused initially. There is a rising bitterness, which fades into a big hop flavor and a spicy aftertaste. The rye, maybe it's because I know it's there--flavors the beer nicely.

Very creamy and bitey texture.

The beer is a heavy brick of a brew. Really not prudent to drink too much of this one. It's as filling as a milkshake.

Photo of Phocion
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle courtesy of Tosque. Poured into a pint glass, dark red with a stubborn finger of frothy off-white head.

I'm not too familiar with rye beers, so I'm not exactly sure how this one's supposed to smell/taste. The nose reminds me more of an IPA or even a double. Very strong earthy hops with just a hint of grapefruit and a dab of caramel malts.

Whoa. Hops seem a bit more tamed down than in the nose now that the spiciness of the rye is a little more prevalent. As before, healthy caramel malty background.

Very smooth and creamy with a nice medium-bodied feel. Definitely a high drinkability and I would absolutely recommend this to anyone. My second experience with Founders and they are definitely shaping up into one of my favorite Midwestern breweries.

Photo of Ryanbob
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is amber with great two finger head. Nice lacing as well. This is one of the most fragrant beers i've sniffed. Fruity, faint citrus, hoppy, perfumy aroma. You can taste mild citrus hops, tangy malts with some orange, minimal dried fruit, grains. Mouthfeel is an exceptional creamy thick feeling. This beer has a nice hoppy finish that doesn't overpower the grains, but definitely balances out the semisweet malts. I first had this at Bukowski's in Boston and then got some to review. If I could get this in austin I would drink it often. What is it about Michigan? They an make an interesting beer!

Photo of changeup45
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this right after I had the Upper Canada Light Lager (which had a lot of flavor for a Light Beer but...) you can imagine the adjustment. Right from the first second I smelled a strong sharp hoppy aroma. Cloudy brown color with a moderate head. Quite strong rye flavor with a hoppy bite to it. Spicy, sour and a little sweet. This is a nice beer.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark copper in color with huge thick frothy head. Slowly fades away leaving sheets of lace. Unbelieveable looking beer.

S - Huge citrusy hop aroma of grapefruit. Sweet malts lingering below but the hops are the dominant aroma. Almost no hint of the rye spice which is dissapointing. Smells very DIPAish, which I love, but would like some rye.

T - Very dry sweetness initially quickly overcome by a juicy hopiness. The spiciness definitely comes through in the taste at about the same time as the hop juice. Finishes rather dry with a somewhat grainy taste.

M/D - Medium bodied with a very dry finish. Damn tasty beer with a nice mix of hop bitterness and rye spiciness.

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

A: Poured a dark ruby-orange with a huge, frothy 3 finger medium beige head that displayed amazing retention. There was a slight haze and turbidity of small speckled bran colored yeastie floaties that were suspended about. The lacing was nothing short of excellent here leaving multiple concentric circles down the sides of the glass. Really nice.

S: The nose reminded me a little of an arrogant bastard with some pungent dried grapefruit and pine which is im guessing compliments of Chinook hops. There was a slight underlying caramel malt sweetness that sneaked through along with a noticeable aroma of dried rye bread.

T: For flavor the dry crisp nature of the rye really stood out here. The palate was dry overall with loads of rye and dry toasted caramel. There was some dried pine and dried grapefruit notes as well but was the rye that really stood out. A noticeable amount of alcohol was detected and perhaps only accented an otherwise really good flavor. The beer finished with the dry crisp nature you expect from rye with some lingering dry grapefruit.

M: medium full, dry with a pungent dried grapefruit hop lacing.

D: Drinkability was good, really liked this and easy to drink. Dry, bitter, crisp and everything you come to expect from a good rye beer. definitely one to consider.

Photo of xare
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely mahogany color with a tan head. Nice appearance.

Smell is of hops and a touch of rye... surprisingly good aroma.

Taste is citrusy with a touch of rye. Very nice palate combination and done well.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and finishes dry. Well done, especially as you can taste and feel the bitterness of the hops but they go away pretty quickly.

Drinkability is oddly enough, excellent for something that starts out as hot as this does. It simply increases the more you drink of this. At first, I wasn't impressed but the more I drank it, the easier it went down. Would recommend this beer but remind them to keep drinking it as it gets better the warmer it gets to a point.

Photo of halfP1NT
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed this on 6/11/08.

This beer pours a deep ruby brown. An aggressive pour yielded a one finger, off-white head. Some thin lines of lacing are left around the top of the glass.

Smell is earthy, citrus hops; definite orange and grapefruit presence, and some rye.

Taste is citrus hops and rye. Some malt backbone. Finishes dry.

Low to medium amount of carbonation. The overall drinkability is pretty good, although too much citrus hops tend to overwhelm my palate after awhile. But I can really enjoy sipping on one of these, the taste keeps me wanting another sip. Overall, another nice brew from Founders.

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,920 ratings.