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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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4,854 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,854
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 271
Gots: 397 | FT: 8
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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:
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 Absumaster
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is reddish brown, I expected it to be more red given the name. It has a thin head which sticks to the glass with every sip.

Smell relies strongly on the burned, black malts, this is a very overpowering smell and almost pushes the bitterness and hops away. After getting used to this I get some resinous hops and a slight maltiness. It also has some ripe apples in the smell.

Taste is burned like black malt, and now the bitterness is able to overpower this burned taste. The rye is there and is a little oily and husky. Actually the bitterness is very much upfront and has a citric hoppy taste, that is also piny and oily. I never tasted a beer with Amarillo hops and I am not sure if this is a typical US hop. For me this beer is out of balance and too bitter, my mouth gets numbed after a few sips. Mouthfeel is a little sticky and lingering bitter.

Photo of xav33
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Founders Red's Rye
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in a shaker
Recent brewing (Winter '07?), blushed 04/07

Poured a murky ruddy brown with a large rocky mostly to fully lasting light brown head with fair lacing.

Smelt of strong caramel and grapefruit.

Taste was upfront strong bitter spruce and grapefruit rind with light sweet citrus and caramel followed by a harsh bitter spruce and leafy on a long finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, oily, lively carbonated and strongly astringent.

Overall, a ballsy amber with lots of hops flavoring.

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

Pours a brownish amber color, a bit of haze, a with a nice thick head on top.

Aroma is quite fruity, almost like fruit punch and also with a bit of pine from the nose. This sure smells nice.

Beer has a nice tart bready rye quality. Mouthfeel is quite nice, very full especially on the front end and the finish. Finish itself is crisp, dry, and bitter. Interesting and tasty beer.

Founder's has done an excellent job with this one. Very well done use of rye. It's quite interesting, and enjoyable. Not quite on par with Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye, but that's not a knock at all on this one.

Thanks for throwing this in as a great extra brandoman63.

Photo of uwmgdman
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This rye ale pours a clear amber-red with a moderate off-white head. The head diminished to a thin skim with some lacing. The aroma is highly hoppy and high citrus, with a little bit of fruity and sweet. The taste is initially rather bitter, pleasantly so, with a high citrus hop flavor. Toward the swallow a little bit of sweetness emerges and the finish is then dominated by a lingering hop flavor and bitterness. The finish is crisp, but I can’t really pick out the rye between the immense hop presence and seemingly fair amount of crystal malt. Overall this is a tasty brew, I would put it into the IPA realm, similar in some ways to SN Celebration Ale. The aroma and hop flavor are my favorite very fresh and inviting. The color of the beer is also very nice. I’ll buy this one again.

Photo of vwcraig
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bonus bottle from Yinzer. Thanks, Mark

Deep ruby colored into a goblet with a small cap of off-white head. Continuous rising bead all the way through and some lacing left behind. Mostly floral hoppiness, maybe a grapefruity hop smell somewhere in the back but mild. Smells alot to me like Bell's Two Hearted. Floral notes also in the taste with a very bitter hop bite. Bitterness felt throughout entire mouth, possibly one of the most bitter hoppy beers I've ever had. Medium bodied with prickly carbonation felt on tongue. Drinkability was only affected for me by the huge bitterness in the aftertaste. An excellent offering from Founders that I may have to try again since Founders is finally allowed in Pennsylvania.

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

This beer pours a slightly cloudy, darkish red, with only a little head that doesn't hang around long. The smell is nice, ripe hops and some grain. This is a medium bodied beer with a moderate amount of carbonation. The taste is strongly hoppish with a sweet grain. You can taste the oils and embers of the hops and it is very pleasant. The only downside is that the after taste is a bit too strong, too much of a bite, and the middle and end aren't that distinguishable. What you taste on the front end is what is there at the end, which makes it anything but complex. This is a fine beer and very enjoyable, though. L'Chaim

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

After learning Founders is now distributing in Pennsylvania, I had to open up my only Founders beer I have left in my fridge - my first taste of Red's Rye.

APPEARANCE: Pours a hazy reddish amber with a small head despite a turbulent pour. It leaves a small collar but large patching across the surface. Some good lacing is present.

SMELL: Big citrusy hop aroma, but with a nice maltiness to back it. Accompanying the hops is a spicy sweetness implying there will be a huge hop flavor to this beer.

TASTE: And I was wrong... kind of. I expected that sweetness to carry over into the taste, but it doesn't. And that's a good thing. The maltiness really shines here, and that's where the rye shows itself as a real winner. The hops aren't far behind, and as far as I'm concerned the hop flavors in this are just about perfect. Spicy and citrusy and just the right amount of bitterness.

MOUTHFEEL: Maybe a bit undercarbed and leaves a little stickiness in your mouth. Not bad though.

DRINKABILITY: Very good. Perfect for drinking all night, and the 6.8% allows for it. Overall, the hoppiness of this beer is great, but it overwhelms the rye a bit, though. Still pretty impressive.

Founders in PA? This will be great. Though I prefer the Black Rye, I look forward to picking up some of it and this beer as well whenever I'm out shopping.

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

This beer pours a murky dark amber color with a decent beige head that leaves a lot of lacing as the beer is consumed.

aroma is very pleasant, citrus hops and toasted bread malt. probably the best aspect of this beer.

taste is very dry with a strong hop presence and fairly well balanced malt backbone. This tastes pretty much like a good IPA.

ovearall this is a very tasty beer that i would definitely drink again, not sure what distinguishes it from most IPA's though.

Photo of ggaughan
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a bright amber color with a massive and I mean massive thick foamy head into my pint glass. The head was so thick and foamy that it reminded me of the head on a root beer float. After giving the head some time to subside, I took a wiff and the nose was pleasingly hoppy. The taste was of rye and malts with a good peppery taste on the tongue. Very interesting beer.

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

Thanks to Vancer for this brew.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber red color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger creamy off-white head, lots of nice sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is of malts, hops, nice touch of rye and caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, nice touch of caramel, and slightly bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice rye beer, I think my first.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a lovely red-orange hue. One finger khakli colored head that leaves decent lace in it's wake.

S: Spicy and tangy rye, with grapefruit from the amarillo hops, and a malty sweetness.

T: See everything above. Tart, spicy, and puckery bitterness from the use of rye malt and liberal hopping.

M: Dry, bitter, and very sticky. Very long spicy finish.

D: Incredibly refreshing! A perfect "anytime of the year" beer.

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

This beer pours a deep copper with a yellowish head. A nice looking beer, its head is a bit frothy and clingy and tends to fade a bit. This beer carries a hefty Amarillo hop aroma that really pulls through. In my opinion this beer is not as balanced as advertised. It is very good and very drinkable but certianly balanced toward the bitter quite well. I was hoping for the belgian crystal malt to shine thorugh a bit more as the malt character is rather muted. Aside from that, it has the ability to encourage the next quaff. The rye does lend a spicy character that blends well with the hop bitterness. The body of the beer is moderate to low, quite drinkable.

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

12oz. bottle poured reddish orange color with a nice frothy head that sticks to the glass. Smells of a light citrus hops and some malt. Taste has some citrus and floral hop flavors along with some yeast and malt. The feel is light with a bit of creamy thickness to it. This brew is another excellent drinker from Founders but has that bottle conditioned yeast flavor that I'm not a big fan of.

Photo of Duster72
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby with lots of sediment from 12oz bottle into tulip glass. Huge tan head with brown speckles takes several minutes to subside. Looks like the top of a root beer float. Head leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is sweet rye. Taste is rye with sweet citrus hops and carmel malts. HInt of bitter at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Very drinkable. Will buy more of these next time. Excellent beer!

Photo of
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Slightly hazy, copper colored liquid. Medium size, rocky, light tan head. Decent lacing.

Aromas of grass, caramel and grapefruit. Peaches and other fruits (melons?). Fruit scents increased as temperature went up.

Rye, for sure, helped with overall bittering. Grass, lingering in aftertaste. Bit of caramel, very subdued. Peaches and pepper at finish.

Medium in body. Medium + in carbonation. Dry.

Very enjoyable, a nice session beer but for the ABV. Very fruity with some warmth. Rye there, but mellow, nicely balances the sweet components of the beer.

Photo of udubdawg
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

pours a slightly hazed reddish orange color. Head is a quite thick light tan that rapidly subsides, but a thin layer is retained throughout most of the glass. Lots of sticky lacing. Some sediment made it to the glass, but it settles out rapidly.

Nose is full of citrus and pine needles. Sweet fruitiness and rye bread present behind the hops. Simply mouth-watering.

Bittersweet grapefruit is right up front in the flavor, with the rye bread again following behind and a lingering bitterness. Other than the grapefruit the fruit flavors were most suggestive of apple and lemon. Dries the palate a bit and leaves a spicy memory, and begs for another sip - who am I to argue?

relatively full-bodied beer, with oily hop notes coating the mouth. Crisp and extremely drinkable. I'm rapidly running out of this fine beer, and sadly it isn't available within hundreds of miles.
Don't underestimate the flavor - if you like hops, and are intrigued about how a bit of rye spiciness adds to it, you can't do much better. Few beers more tasty have ever crossed my lips.

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

A word of advice. Drink this one warm. When I first had this, I thought it was overrated, bitter crap. But luckily, my last bottle warmed up a bit and that's when it came alive. As it warms up, it gets a LOT better. This one's like coffee. Wasn't meant to be cold. I'll review this assuming you drink it slightly below room temperature.

It pours out red. The head is a little darker than normal.

Smells like rye bread.

The taste is bitter, in a good way, and tastes like bread with a little bit of alcohol.

Very drinkable, but if I haven't said it enough, wasn't meant to be cold. I reccomend storing it at room temp, and putting in the fridge for 10 minutes before drinking.

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

Pours a pretty, hazy, dark reddish amber with a 2 finger tan head that fades quickly leaving good lacing.
The smell is a very aromatic grapefruit hops plus a slight sweetness.
The taste is a bit of sweet malt up front and finishes with a bitter bite at the end.
Mouthfeel starts with carbonation on the tip of the tongue and has a medium body.
It's a nice, easy drinking beer that is gone before you know it.

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

Pours a dark hazy reddish color, small 1 finger white head that doesnt stick around very long (probably due to an unusually slow pour.) Great oily lacings all around my cup as I drink. Smells of sweet citrus hops, very overpowering thats really I can smell. Taste of grapefruit all the way on this one, impressive. Medium bodied with a great mouthfeel, low carbonation, and a nice tart pine aftertaste. The balance is superb in this brew, not too sweet not too bitter, great overall, exceptionally smooth. I could definetely have a few of these.

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

Pours amber red with a medium sized whiteish head and little lacing. Fairy strong aroma of hoppy citrus and faint rye malt.

Tastes of malty rye and spices up front that quickly melds into a nice hop bitterness with a nice creamy body. Strong aftertaste of rye, hops, and pine.

I found this to be quite drinkable and really enjoyed the quick transition on the palate from this one, as it made it for a quite interesting and ejoyable beer.

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

A: Has a clear, dark amber, orange color with a hint of gold towards the bottom. Small, clumpy, off white head rests on top. Leaves nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Woah.. hops. Strong grapefruit leads the smell with some sweet malts and hints of rye. Pretty awesome.

T: Rye makes more of a presence here than the smell, along with those strong citrus hops. Mmmm.. Sweet caramel-like malts lend there hand to balance this puppy out. Ends bitter, dry, and leaves a taste of grains in the mouth. Niiice..

M: Medium body with a nice medium carbonation, fits well.

D: A nice, well made beer. I enjoyed this. Very drinkable and very tasty. If I ever found this again, I'd be sure to pick up a sixer.

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

A- Thin off white head on a light cloudy red body.
S- Big grapefruit and tangerine hops come through. Light rye hints in the back along with a malt body.
T- Follows the smell pretty closely. Has a bit bigger rye flavor to it though. The rye along with the grapefruit linger strongly in the aftertaste. Has a nice bitterness to it and is very dry. It is more of a grapefruit rind that comes off strong.
M- Medium to full body with medium carbonation.
D-It is good. I don't think I would hunt for one but if I saw it I would pick a couple up.

Photo of BMoney575
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 3-6-07

Pours a fire-red color with a huge white head that leaves an equal amount of lacing. I'm a little turned off by the amount of floaters.

Smells like hops. Floral, fruity, very good.

Taste is great! The rye flavor adds a character I've not seen in other beers. Strong grapefruit, pine, the hops dominate this beer.

Mouthfeel is very good, thick and resiny the hop flavors last forever.

Drinkability is also very good, the great flavor combined with the reasonable ABV make it easy to have several of these.

Overall a fantastic brew. For anyone who likes hops, this beer is a must-taste. I keep a couple of these on hand at all times.

Photo of rattech
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A deep dark red with a one inch head forms. The color of this beer could pass for brown, though it has a good red note. It certainly looks appealing.

Smell: It smells hoppy, I detect quite a bit of citrus and pine. I did not expect this beer to smell so hoppy, it certainly isn’t unappealing, just surprising.

Taste: Bitter, malty, not nearly as sharp as I thought it would be based on the smell. The bitterness fades part way into the beer, yielding a nice malty sweetness. I honestly have no clue what to make of the beer, the taste is subtly different from most things I have had in the past. It reminds me a bit of Stone’s Arrogant Bastard ale.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and fairly carbonated. The mouthfeel is quite nice.

Drinkability: Goes down fairly nice, I honestly drank it faster then I thought I would. The fact that I am unsure of what to expect from this beer really indicates to me that I should try it again later.

Photo of OStrungT
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a rusty brownish orange color, with a thick, fluffy tan head. The creamy head fades very slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a crisp hop aroma. It smells slightly citrusy. It has a grainy peppery aroma from the rye. I smell a nice sweet caramel malt aroma also.

This beer has a nice piney flavor. It has a slighty citrusy hop flavor as weel. It is mildly sweet, with some caramel flavor. I taste some peppery flavors from the rye.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a slightly perrery and piney aftetaste. It is carbonated just right.

I think this beer might makde a decent session beer. It in not overly high in alcohol, and it is not overly aggressive.

Overall: Thanks go out to ggaughan for this great beer. I really like it, and would definately drink it again if I ever get the chance.

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,854 ratings.