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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,712 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,712
Reviews: 1,634
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 253
Gots: 364 | 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 taez555
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured very slightly reddish/tan body with a small off-white head.

Huge thick grainy rye and caramel malt nose with layers of fresh piney, citrusy hops. Beautiful hoppy nose, this is right up there with Bear Republic or SNBF.

Taste is medium bodied with a slightly grainy mouth-feel. Big malt taste, caramel, rye and some faint spices. Big resiny hops, citrus, peaches, black pepper, citrus peel and grapefruit. A slightly tannic and herbal tea like quality again with some peach tea like notes as well. Very bitter from start to finish with a long lingering bitterness in the finish.

A fantastic American Rye beer. I know it's 6.8%, but I could drink this all day long. More please.

taez555, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of bignick
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Bauer Wine and Spirits in Boston. Poured into a pint glass.

This beer poured an amber with dark sediment and a large head. It had a nice hop bite to it with a caramelly characted from the rye. It is pretty tasty, definitely. I still prefer Sixpoint Righteous Rye on tap at my local, but this is a very drinkable and tasty beer.

bignick, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of lou91
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders has to be one of the best at producing beer that smell and taste so good you forget about the alcohol. Red, opaque with lots of floaties. This rye is rich, silky, malty, caramel and hoppy and oh so drinkable. If this was available in California I would drink this on a regular basis. This is a rock solid red.

lou91, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer takes a few steps to pour, even with a very slow pour. Giant head. There's an amazing amount of frozen supended particles and a layer of clumpy sediment that finally falls to blanket the bottom of the the red auburn fog. Tight dense, cream-tan colored head is about four fingers above the rim of my glass. It is out of control but tantalizing. Aroma is loaded with sweet and sour fruits, mainly mellons but including various other fruits. Taste has a great smooth balance of juicy hops and grainy malts. Very abundant in flavor and smell. Slick smooth mouth with a boatload of dry yet juicy bitter hops that finish it off. Very drinkable aside from the amount of waiting invloved in pouring this. (I think the batch this was bottled from was packed with sediment.)

Very yummy in my tummy. Always good to have on hand.

tastybeer, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of wedge
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured *very* slowly, this beer has a deep red color with swirling sediment. A prodigious rocky head extends a half inch above the glass until it eventually calms down to a fluffy thick topping. Juicy aroma of melon-like fruits and fresh hops. Dry, flavorful hops balanced with a rounded sweet maltiness...even more fruit and an edgy rye finish. Rich, heavy medium body with a long, dry finish.

All kinds of fresh juicy flavor. I finally controlled the head on this one. A complex, crisp, cirtusy, crimson creation with character!

wedge, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany color, very cloudy with subtle carbonation. The wispy 1/2 inch of foam is light tan with nice retention. Good lacing. The smell is strong and pleasant, with a nose of robust floral hops, light caramel malt and mild alcohol. The taste is not very sweet, strong on hops and finishes with a bready finish and a hint of rye. Slightly sour overall, moderately bitter, but not overpowering on any level. Full body, somewhat thick with a nice coating ability and good smoothness. I definitely liked it, but I don't see it being a great session beer for some reason. I'm glad it made the 1800 mile trip down here though, and I will have another one soon...

bennetj17, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of shbobdb
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Oh man. This is a WONDERFUL beer.
It has everything you could possible want in a beer. It pours a deep ruby with a pleasant cream head.
The smell is mostly that of wonderfully citrusy hops. Mmmm. Then there is a touch of rye mixed in there too.
Oh man, and the taste is amazing. A strong blast of citrus followed by dark rye. Mmmmm, dark rye.
Man, I could drink this all day. Too bad it's 7%, or I would!

shbobdb, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of Tallboy
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: pours a dark amber brown with an average tan head.

Scent: at first I detected some lemon and lime. then some honey and oats, then came the rather distinct rye presence.

Taste: a bit of stout caramel at the jump but not to be outdone by the even sweeter malt,honey and strawberriess. there was also a nice earthy pine taste mixed with the rye and citrus that I realy liked...and made it so much more complex than what I am used too.

Mouthfeel: crisp and delightful for such medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I felt this was a remarkable first venture into the "Rye" beer category, score another win for Founders and me!!!

Tallboy, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of jlh8643
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with no date into an imperial pint glass. An off white rocky head just explodes immediately from the initial pour. It takes several attempts to pour most of the bottle into my glass while trying to leave the majority of the sediment in the bottle. Lots of hop particles and other matter are bottled along for the ride. A deep, hazy, copper body that emits a very floral, resiny perfume with grapefruit aromas. Slightly spicy too. Lace just clump on the side of my glass as I drink. The hops are mainly the focus in the body. Citrus and spicy. Not sure if the spicy part is the hops or the rye but the mouth feel is medium. Finishes somewhat soft with lingering bitterness. A great drinker and fairly complex.

jlh8643, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of francisweizen
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from a fresh bottle obtained in a trade. I've also had this one on tap several times in Boston and in Grand Rapids and it doesnt dissapoint. This one is a dark amber colour with a dishwater coloured head that lasts for a while. Aromas are all fresh, floral hops and a nice malty edge with hints of rye to round it out in the background. The taste is hoppy as all get out in typical founders style, I do find them a bit one dimensional in their hop profiles just like FFF, but with beers this good...who cares! The rye is their too and it swirls together with a nice light caramel-like malt flavor. This one is pretty resiny as well providing the end user with nice hop burps. Mouthfeel is slightly abrasive in a good palate smacking way and drinkability is way up there.

francisweizen, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of UncleFlip
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a coulple O bottles of this in separate trades. Thanks, folks!

Very strong tan head fills my pint glass almost to the top. It's falling slowly, and there's a bit of very hazy light brown-peach liquid under. Held up to the light, the liquid's red qaulities come alive, wth more range emerging, as well.

Smell is lovely. Hops hit right up fornt, followd quickly by a sweet maltiness and a ht of rye rght at the end, combined with hops.

Wowza. Nice. The hop flavour builds as it goes along, with a noted woody rye kick from iddle to end. Nicely done.

Carbonation is just a touch high for me, and hits at the front of the tongue and in the throat. Liquid is medium.

Easy drinker, with enough complexity to get your attention. Well done, Founder's.

Be well
-UF

UncleFlip, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ohhh. Mmm. Wow. Mmm.

An incredible sensory journey, with a supernatural interaction of flavors dominated by hops, barley, and rye, not necessarily in that order. The rye flavor here is more pronounced than any other rye beer i've ever had. Always dominating in the finish.

Man i wish i'd had a Rueben with this.

Divine offering from Founders. Will they ever expand down South?

Bonhoeffer, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a good feeling about this beer when I cashed out at the store. The guy says, "You had this before? Cuz it is amazing!" I had high hopes from that point on. The beer pours out a cloudy, amber-brown with a big head that lasts.

The smell is one of the biggest high points. So hoppy and sweet it almost makes me drool. Citrus and grassy notes come through as well. The taste, well it does not disappoint. The first thing you notice is how dry this beer is. I love that. Dry IPA's and Triples are among my favorites. The rye lends some great sour notes that really fit in with the whole beer. Well balanced and explosive in the mouth.

I love this beer. Great flavors that are big but still easy to drink.

CharlesRiver, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of DeaconBluez
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled through trade with northertimber.
poured red copperish color with orange with sunset colored edges. tan/half finger head.
this has nice has a nice hoppy smell with hints of nice crisp fruit.
the flavor follows the smell. great taste. there almost seems like there are hints of apples and strawberries.
carbonation is a bit high, but the hoppiness balances out well. this would be great sessional beer. many thanks norhtertimber

DeaconBluez, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of dick783
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 12 bottle at 50deg into a snifter. This bottle makes a loud pop when the cap comes off, pretty nuts. The color is a nice copper red with a thick, billowy cream colored head that ever so slowly fades.

S: Apple skins are everywhere in this. Just juicy smelling. I pick up some good aroma from the hops that gives it almost a forest full of pine trees smell, not over powering but relaxing.

T: Good flavor in this beer. You can taste the rye, but more so is that apple peel taste. It made it from the smell to my mouth and i love it. Alot more bitterness than in most Red Ales, but its good.

M: The carbonation is high but works well with the taste of this. Has a medium mouthfeel, not watery but not syrupy either.

An excelent beer, probably the best red I've had yet. Tough to come by though as we dont get Founders here in Rochester. I'll have to keep an eye out for it when I travel.

dick783, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of bruachan
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

at the lizard

i'm in love with the black rye so i was excited to give the red one a taste

pours a garnet with amber highlights and a feeble head (could be the glass, i suppose). NW hop aroma...smelled like someone had actually put hop pellets into my glass. i'm not sure if i would have picked up on the rye if i didn't know to look for it; subtle, but i did find it

medium mouthfeel

not what i had hoped for given my afinity for the black one

bruachan, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of allengarvin
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a chimay chalice. Lovely blood-orange color, very hazy, with an offwhite head. Good coating along the glass. Strong citrus-hop smell, full and aromatic. Huge burst of hop flavor, lemon-grass, citrus, spicy... forcibly drying the beer from start to finish. Rye flavor is restrained, or perthaps just hard to find beyond all the hops. Lingering finish. Body is full, though slightly waterty.

A good hoppy beer, but I was hoping the rye would be more prominant.

allengarvin, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from deejaydan as part of the WTF ASAP BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head above the slightly cloudy red brew. Foamy head lasts well, with heavy lacing. Aroma is light dark fruit, but dominated by piney hoppiness. Taste reflects the nose almost exactly, but with some alcohol warming in the close. Mouthfeel is extra smooth from the rye, and drinkability is good as well. All around enjoyable brew.

ppoitras, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of Calico
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an absolutely huge head. Good clarity. A nose of maple and cherry. Hits the palate at first with pleasing sharp hop notes. Alcohol warmth is almost immediately apparent.

The rye makes for a good dry taste, and malt adds a roundness to the flavor. Rye notes and hops balance the maltiness perfectly. Very bright, sparkly mouthfeel, and yet a smooth drinking beer.

Calico, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of Zorro
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz bottle Sampled through the efforts of Boxing Day BIF and Pentathlete.

Pours a deeply red colored ale with a tan head. The shade here is so dark that I could almost call this reddish brown.

The smell is quite hoppy and aromatic. There is a base slightly sour scent of rye here that is complimented by the hops. Hop aromas are anchored by a basic oak aroma with citrus and pine on top with a spicy edge.

Taste is dry and woody at the beginning. Malt and hop flavors kick in here at about the same time. There is a faint sour twang here with mostly woody hops as the main flavor. Strongly flavored but mellow too. Malt flavor stays restricted to dark sugar and a bit of caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

A very drinkable beer for those who like them dry and hoppy. Nothing at all is bad about this beer, the only thing that would prevent sessioning all night is the above 5% alcohol level. A very mellow beer I can recommend.

Zorro, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of n8tron
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, WOW. I had know idea what to expect from this beer. I picked it out randomly believe it or not, cause I had never seen it before. It sat in my fridge for over a month before I finally tried it. I was nervous as I had never had a "rye" beer. This beer goes down like cool-aid. Its got a smooth but very flavorful sweet taste. Its like a tamed down IPA but packed full with taste. This is my favorite beer so far.

n8tron, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of delicious
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 fl. oz. bottle with a great label of an old man drawn in conté crayon.

Dark amber body with large, flakey suspended particulate matter and a foamy yellowish head — the color of aged lace.
The nose is fruity and bready ... strawberries? The rye definitely adds something to the flavor, though I'm not confident I could pick it out in a blind tasting. My father bakes a Jewish rye, and I'm reminded of it. This beer has a great balance; it starts flavorfully malty and transitions smoothly into a bitter finish. I get some strawberries in the taste, too.
This beer is easy to drink, and the complexity keeps you sipping and smiling.

delicious, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of Prufrock
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a red wine glass. seemed appropriate based on the color.

pours a deep brownish amber with as much beige head as you want. i stopped pouring to limit it at three inches; it falls with nice lacing into foamy peaks and valleys. dark sediment dots the base. beautiful appearance.

aroma does hint at rye, dominated by a malty, bready sweetness. rich, peppery, full-bodied aroma, with hints of sweet, juicy grapefruit.

taste disappoints slightly from the beautiful appearance and aroma. malty flavors with a gently bitter aftertaste. hints of the citrus flavors from the aroma in the aftertaste as well. overall, far more pedestrian that the pour and aroma would indicate.

Prufrock, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of scruffwhor
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Poured into a pint glass which yielded a 1 and a half finger head. Coppery with some cloudy definition and overall medium amber color.

Smell- Like the hoppy, unrefined rye grain aroma. Almost smells like smells like mom is kneading homemade rye bread.

Taste- Hardly any malt presence. Definetly dominated by the hops balanced bitterness and thes rye's accentuation of that bitter note. Overall a bitter beer, but if you like IPA's, you will enjoy this beer.

Mouthfeel- Medium to light bodied, does leave a clinging aftertaste but nothing a hops fan couldn't appreciate.

Drinkability- If the alcohol contentwasn't so high this could be a good regular drinking beer. Or session beer, but other than that a good pint after pint beer.

scruffwhor, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle.

Pours a hazed red/copper with a rocky, irregularly shaped tan head. The froth is long lasting and clingy.

Nice fat citrus smells in the nose, along with pungent herbs, sweet malts, and a hint of booze.

Round and juicy mouthfeel with a great creaminess from the hearty head and just right carbonation. Hops take the show at the top, brash and resinous, grapefruit and herbal. The malts are sweet and full, with a snap of black pepper like spiciness that fades with the hops in the finish. Alcohol is hardly noticable.

What a great beer! Why did I only get a six pack? I shouldn't have shared so much.

Shultzerdugen, Dec 09, 2005
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,712 ratings.