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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Ratings: 4,857
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
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Gots: 402 | FT: 8
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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 Viggo
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third times the charm! Finally get my hands on a non-infected bottle of this stuff. Thanks to Lexx for picking this up on her way through MI.

Pours a hazy rusty orange/red, thick off white head forms, lots of lace spots, good retention, solid ring on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty, lots of toffee, spice, orange and citrus, nice balance, and a good sweet rye kick to it. Taste is very malty, some orange/lemon zest, toffee, tart rye, touch of chocolate, very dry finish, assertive bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, nice balance, rye makes the finish almost puckeringly dry. Not the freshest bottle, will have to try again when I see a fresh batch, but still pretty damn good.

Photo of botham
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a stange. pours a crystal clear, very deep amber/red color, with a substantial orangish head after a hard pour. delicate lacings ring the glass.

smells of spicy rye, with some notable hop aroma as well. no malt to speak of, probably overpowered by the spices here. very dry-smelling, with almost a coniferous character, reminicent of gin.

tastes of spiced rye up front, with the character of an ale following close behind. great concentration and balance here, though somewhat restrained when compared to the aroma.

aftertaste is semi-dry, and of left over spice. no bite though. interesting.

mouthfeel is somewhat thin and watery, but does not take away from the flavors and aromas at play here.

drinkability is good. a couple of these would go down easy, and leave the drinker with a thirst for more, all while not overwhelming the palate. overall this is a very well balanced beer that will take any palate for a ride. the aroma and the taste do not relate completely, but that adds to the interesting nature of the brew. cheers!

Photo of mdm46410
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Three Floyds Brewpub, and served in a pint glass. This beer poured a dark amber color with a thick, creamy looking tan head that slowy faded away. Some thick, chunky lacing was left on the sides of the glass. The aroma was made up of sweet caramel along with some strong citrus hop notes. A touch of rye malt was also present. The flavor was very robust with a good amount of malt showing up right away, then finishing with a lasting piney bitterness. The mouthfeel was medium to full-bodied with minimal carbonation and some light warming alcohol. Very tasty. I can’t wait to have some more of this!

Photo of gotweid
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Superb brew. Pour slowly or else be prepared to wait a while for the head to dissipate. Pours a very dark amber red with a great, rich, forever frothy very off-white head that lasts all the way down. Lacing is also heavy and has excellent retention. A very dark resin slips out of the bottle if held long enough. One of the best looking brews I have had, honestly. Smell is of strong hops with a very sweet citrus twang. Very tempting. This is an excellent, full bodied, complex brew. Rye malt is powerful, so are the hopps. There is citrus here and something else that I can't pinpoint within the hopps that make this hop heavy beer extremely well balanced, smooth and enjoyable. The ABV of 6.8% is easily disguised by the complex flavors. This is a home run by Founders. A must try for all that appreciate great a great brew.

Photo of marcobrau
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle of Red's Rye looks beautiful when poured, with a rocky off-white head of foam with sugar-spun lace sticking to the side of the glass. It is indeed a red ale, with a wonderful candied orange hop nose (at least at first) mixed a touch of pine. Later on, this beer starts smelling like a bit like a wood shop (think: sawdust). It is very mellow at first, before the caramel malt flavors get coated with spicy hops and a touch of roastiness. The bitterness is very assertive and almost overcomes the palate, crowding out the other flavors. I would call this a Rye IPA for sure and one that is all about the hops. I couldn't detect the flavor of rye at first (too much hop flavor got in the way), but as this ale warmed up I was able to pick up a definite rye spiciness. The mouthfeel is smooth, but the body is a bit thin. (This actually makes the beer dangerously quaffable.) I would definitely drink this again if I was in the mood for an almost menacingly bitter, hoppy red rye ale.

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

12 oz. bottle, courtesy of the Walnut Liquorette, in Walnut, CA,

A: Dark red/amber, with a thick, white head, which recedes to nothing after a long period of time.

S: Lots of hops, very citrusy, some pine, and a lot of spiciness, some Christmas-style spices abound, like allspice and cardamom.

T: Very tasty, a definite RyePA, though it hits you with spiciness first from the rye, with some anise and allspice, the hops are quite piney, some citrus such as grapefruit and orange are there as well, along with some lemon that adds to the complexity of this rye beer, very interesting.

M: Smooth, robust, piney and resiny, quite oily, with a fair amount of warming alcohol, which contributes a bit of a solventy character to the mouthfeel, though this is a minor flaw, in my honest opinion.

D: A great beer by Founders, incredibly drinkable, even with the high ABV, I just wish that they distributed to my area, so it wouldn't be such a hassle to obtain this great beer.

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

Re-review on 2/11/09. Original 7/31/07 review at bottom.
Poured from a 12oz bottle that I brought back from Indy into a pint glass. Notch in lower left of label but no way to tell what that means. It was a cloudy reddish orange color with tons of yeast bits floating around. No carb and slow sliding lace. It had an average size light beige head that slowly settled into a thin foam and thick collar.

The aroma had plenty of hops (unlike my original review). Citric, spicy with caramel and rye malt. Good aroma. Dry. The taste was good. Nice hop base with a not too bitter finish. Dry in taste as well. Only had a few ryes but I like the taste characteristics on them. They fall between session beers and one a time hop bombs for me. Have a couple and get good flavor and then move onto a session. Mouthfeel was good. The dry finish added something. Could have used a tad more carbonation though.

Overall, a solid beer. Highly recommend especially if you are looking to try a rye beer since great example of the style. If avail here, it would be worthy of a sixer or two a year for sure.

****Original 7/31/07 review***
all 4.0's
Poured from a 12oz bottle with a notch on label but no clear indication of what it means (I got in a trade so no idea on age of beer). Was a cloudy reddish orange color. It had a good light beige head that stuck around as a thin film with a little lacing. The smell was very malty with some hops but not as much as I read in other reviews (could be freshness issue). The taste was hoppy which was odd since not much hop aroma. Didn't really like it after the 1st couple drinks but then it hit its stride and grew on me. Need to try again when I know it's fresh but I could see drinking this one every once in a while (if avail here which it's not). Overall, a good beer that I'll try again but for now it's a once a year beer when I go home to Indy to see the folks. (4, RB, T, O)

Photo of Risser09
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass

Appearance: Pours a reddish brown color with some opacity. Eggshell head rises to 1.5 inches and slows to the miniscus. Some lace is left behind.

Smell: Hops are the overwhelming aroma. Maltiness and alcohol are also in there. Lots of berry-like aromas too.

Taste: Hoppy up front with a strange flavor as well. It's a bready one, so maybe it's the rye flavor coming through. The beer tastes like an organic spelt bread I've had from Le Bus bakery in philadelphia. It's an herbal flavor, with lots of earth tones. Mushrooms, corn sugar, black tea, maybe some capers. This is incredibly complex.

Mouthfeel: Chewy anbd breadlike. Amazingly refreshing despite the heavy flavors. Wow. Again, liek the Rubaeus, I am surprised at the alcohol content of this beer. There is a tinge, but it is compimentary with the heavy flavors.

Drinkability: Awesome. This is the second rye beer I have experienced, and it is amazing. I could drink this anyday, in every season. I wonder what the percentage of rye used in the mash was. Overall, awesome.

Photo of rallison
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: This bottle has aged for about 1/2 a year. I had most of the six pack (purchased at Lone Hill - thanks Stan for carrying it!) fresh - let's see how a slightly aged version compares.

Pours a slightly cloudy copper color with a nice, fluffy 2 finger off-white head. Smells of caramel and toffee with some tasty, woody hops. Still smells excellent!

On to taste.. Still very good. An excellent caramel/toffee malt base is present, as I remember from the fresh bottles. The woody hops are still pretty fresh, and quite evident. This is complemented by the rye in this beer so well. Everything takes on a somewhat woody character, which is nice. Rye + hops = good times. The flavors may be slightly muted compared to fresh, but it is still an excellent, excellent beer.

The mouthfeel is just right. Nicely carbonated with just the right richness.

Drinkability is also excellent.

Highly recommended. The perfect example of how to do a rye beer. Go and buy this. And enjoy.

Edit: After drinking some more, I have to say this is best fresh. Still excellent, but the flavors are definitely a bit more muted than fresh. Since I never reviewed this here fresh, the numbers are overall. Aged about 1/2 a year, the overall would probably be about a 4.2.

Photo of Backer2004
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed this one at bukowski's tavern in boston. $5.50 for a bottle. pours nice copper ale and wow, what a great smell of fresh rye right away. great balance, do not notice the hops or alcohol. not for novices to enjoy. one of the best, if not the quintessential rye beer.

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

The beer pours a nice red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful malt scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and rye malts. It's sweet with a peppery rye aroma as well as some mild hop scents. The taste is good. It has a spicey flavor that boasts of hops and rye as well as some burnt toffee. It goes down smooth and finishes with a dry bitter hop bite. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's got a unique flavor that I really enjoy.

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

Poured a medium garnet red color with modearet off-white head. Nice lacing present.
Smell is very strong for piney, grassy hops.
Taste follows through on the hop character, with strong piney, grassy tastes, and a distinct absence of any malt or rye flavors.
Finishes austerely dry.
A very enjoyable beer, but more like an IPA.

Photo of scott
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been drinking these for some time now, and cannot believe I haven't reviewed it yet.
Dark, hazy amber with medium-light head and little retention or lace.
Where the appearance doesn't completely awe you, the nose punches you into submission. Aggressively floral, agressively hoppy, followed by a nice sweet aroma.
An easy drinker, this has complexity but doesn't not fail to merely refresh. Medium-bodied, this starts dry and finishes very quickly.
Bitter, to say the least, but has balance & focus. Highly recommended.

Update: This is one of the better beers I've ever encountered and had the pleasure of knowing. Sublime. This is so near perfect, I'd like to know what perfect is...

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

Poured from the bottle a dark hazy red amber with two fingers of creamy beige head. Lacing was present but light.

Aroma is very enticing. Sweet and malty. Another reviewer had mentioned root beer and I have to agree. That's a great way to describe it.

A nice medley of citrus hops, sweet biscuity malts and a sharp bitterness at the end. Nicely balanced.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Terrific and very drinkable beer!

Photo of Applesauce1
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a sixer of this at the Holiday Market in Royal Oak, MI while visiting Greg the Egg.

Appearance: dark amber color with a few particles floating around; nice 3/4" head on the pour
Smell: hops; raisins....maybe some root beer smell too?? this one seems a little different
Taste: nice flavor; hops, some caramel malt, and raisins
Mouthfeel: medium bodied
Drinkability: could do two in a night, probably not back to back though

Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brownish amber with a slight cloudiness. Good head that did not translate into lace on the glass.

I love the smell of fresh hop, particularly after it has been added to the wort after it has cooled. This is an excellent example of dry hopping. The malt is present but muted.

This is a predominately dry beer. While the malt is present, there is absolutely no sweetness. The hop bitterness quickly takes over and lasts long after the swallow. The body is wonderfully full and the carbonation is perfect.

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

If I can say one thing about Founder's, they do hops right. I love this beer. Appearance is a nice deep red/amber hue (it is a red ale) with a nice off white head, decent retention, and lacing. The aroma was enough for me to know that this beer was going to taste good. I am guessing that it was dry-hopped as it has that nice floral piney hop aroma that I crave. Taste is well balanced with a good malt backbone to follow up the hoppiness. My taste buds are not discerning enough to tell what the rye was doing here but an excellent beer none the less.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. bottle, thanks to a trade, poured a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a true auburn red with at least 3-fingers of steady, spongy head, a dusty tan color. Very slow to recede, the head leaves a sticky lace that all but conceals every trace of clear glass. Abundant rising carbonation, just a fine-looking beer.

S: Huge grain aroma, sweet and malty. Loaded with caramel and fragrant Amarillo hops (admittedly one of my favorites...)

T: Has a toasted grain, thick caramel, mildly biscuit maltiness, hops that are both spicy and pithy and a surprisingly floral, effervescent tea-like quality. Finish is bitter and dry.

M: Crisp mouthfeel, with a pretty heavily-carbonated medium body. A little oily/slick clinging bitterness, too.

D: Overall, a winner, one I'd love to have again. Superbly balanced, nice flavors and enticing aroma. Definitely recommended.

Photo of jspruit
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank right at Founders brewery on a beautiful sunny day. The pour on this is great with compact head on top of an amazing ruby red body-I dont think that I have seen many beers like this. Nice hoppy smell but not too overpowering with a bit of fruitiness maybe too. There isnt too much hoppiness in the taste but more of a malty taste, but all very clean and smooth. Unfortunately I cant comment too much more on this beer as I dont drink alot of rye beers so there may or may not be some of that in there too. I did enjoy this beer though and I will definitely have it again.

Photo of kenito799
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Albert Einstein's deranged brother peering from the label.

Really nice dark reddish amber with a persistent tan head, leaves lots of lacing along the glass.

Aroma is a surprising hop wallop, giant grapefruits rolling through a pine forest.

Lots of bitter aromatic hops start to finish, with a toasty, dry, tangy malt. IMO this is too much a super hoppy IPA made with rye, I would like to enjoy the rye more with perhaps less of a hopslam. As an IPA the malt is too dry. Nevertheless this is enjoyable to drink.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bozebus17 and Reed415 for this brew.

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into the 'special" Sam Adams glass.

Shows off a beautiful murky burnt amber with a fluffy one finger off-white head that dies down to a nice layer that stays throughout. Stickiness is crazy good, all over the glass for entire tasting. Almost a crystal like lacing that glistens. Smell is of a clean rye, but not overpowering at all. A very nice citrus/grapefruit hop blast as well. Mild coffee malt seems to balance this one out quite well. Taste was quite a surprise. So much smoother than I had anticipated. The powerful hop odor doesn't dominate the taste at all, and I love it, but the citrus is still there. Definite malt towards the end, so balanced. Drinkability is pretty high because it's so smooth and clean. I have yet to taste a beer like this, and I am so glad I have. Definitely seek this one out.

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

Many thanks to kssweene for this

A - Deep red, amber almost purple color. Rocky light brown head, settles and stays at a quarter inch. Lots of lacing, sticks in big sheets.

S - Citrusy, not piney, hops nicely balanced with very spicy, peppery rye malts. Very faint cayenne pepper scent you can feel at the back of your nose.

T - Very similar to the smell but the pepperyness in the malts come through much sweeter and softer.

M - Crisp and clean feeling beer. Consistency and carbonation are both medium.

D - Really great drinking beer with a fair alcohol content, so awesome drinkability/sessionability. Definitely right on for its rating.

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

Pours out a nice brown to amber orange with little suds.
Slight lacing.
Smell is hops and raisins and caramel malt.
Taste is weird. Bitter but clean and a little watery . I can't taste much here but the mouthfeel is the strangest I can remember having.
Aftertaste is nice here. Mellow bitterness that leaves a very and I mean VERY clean palate.
Drinkability would be great if I could get these everyday.
This is the most thirst quenching beer I think I have ever had.

Photo of beermanbrian
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very excited to see this one available in PA. Deep burgandy orange color with a sticky off white head. Rings of lace are left behind as you drink it. Smell is not what I expected but very nice. Tons of hops. Some fruity traces but I get more of an earthy tone than anything. Taste is all bitterness up front but it somehow manages to finish clean. I'm not sure where the rye comes in on this one but i really don't care. The hop oils are noticable in the mouthfeel. Very drinkable especially at the price i got it for. A well crafted brew and one of the better ones I've had in a long time. I will pick this one up whenever I see it.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

wow, the best rye i have ever come across. deep, hazy amber/ reddish brown. i normally don't really care about the head on a beer but the head on this is this off-white, craggy monstrosity that does not want to go away. the lacing is like a wall on the glass. there honestly was a ring of head sub-structure-a suspended ring of head an inch below the water line. have never seen anything like this. a ring of head inside the fucking beer an inch down from the top. wtf? nutty, roasty/spicy, citric, dark fruit, bread in the nose. light initial malt sweetness is quickly taken over by supporting abundant hop bitterness and roasted/spicy malt flavors. hops are pronounced. long finish. mouthfeel is medium, creamy, and nicely carbonated. complex enough to leave you wanting more and not too high of an abv.

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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