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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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93
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4,701 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,701
Reviews: 1,633
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 249
Gots: 360 | 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 Higravity
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a terrific Rye beer. Founders took a great base red wheat ale and added some really good Rye flavor to it.

A beautiful red coloring gives a nice off white head that gives up some nice lacing too. It smells of sweet caramel deep cooked caramel malts with a playful hops citrus and floral aorma. A good wheat flavor covered with the slight apples spice of rye meeting the sweetness of the long boiled malts. The citrus hops cut straight though the blend of maltyness and add a great balance to the flavor. Lovely mouthfeel and pretty drinkable as in I wish I had more.

Higravity, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of BrewMaster
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Big, fluffy, creamy, tan head with excellent retention. Very sticky with nice lacing. The beer is a tawny red color with a slgiht haze to it.

Smell: Sweet fruit nose with a pine hop scent following. Lots of fresh pine in the nose makes it smell even sweeter and earthy.

Taste: Very strong hop flavor that is almost medicinal in flavor. Strong pine flavor but not too bitter. The hop flavor is like licking a Christmas tree but luckily the sweetness of the malt adds nice balance and character. The malt is very faint and has to battle with the hops to get noticed. The rye makes a quick appearance in the middle of the beer with a sour husk flavor. Sweet and fruity but not very deep. The hop flavor is not very bitter and makes for a nice clean hop flavor. The end is long and sweet with lingering pine flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, not very sticky. Despite the strong hop flavor it is very comfortable on the palate.

Drinkability: All around a tasty and good beer. Sweeter and hoppier than I expected but they match well. Nice hop flavor without being painfully bitter.

BrewMaster, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah buddy. Good suds. Poured out to a medium red color with a nice off-orange head. Rings of lace were present and dense. Nice. Aromas of hops, floral notes, sourness and some malt made the mouth water in anticipation of what was to come. Taste was solid and full; flavors of cooked malts, strong hops and bread notes fused together in beer bliss. A medium bodied mouthfeel fit this brew well. A good level of drinkability, I could have this on a regular basis and enjoy the hell out of it every time. Recommended. Special Thanks to sopor for the sample.

Frozensoul327, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of UnionMade
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Initially pours a gorgeous coppery orange until the end, where all the yeast sitting on the bottom of the bottle proceeds to dump out and join the party. Clouds things up quite a bit. Not really a problem for me. I could use the vitamins. A vigorous pour generates a full plume of creamy colored head, which settles into an even, filmy mist. Nice sticky lacing, as i expect from this brewery.
The aroma is hops front and center. Citrusy and floral, namely orange, grounded by a softened, caramel malt base. Some toasty cereal grain and a doughy yeast quality. Pretty clean, kinda Sierra Nevada-esque, especially with the big hop nose.
The flavor opens with pale and crystal malt flavor, softer and a bit grainier with the rye, hops right on it's heels. Initially a citrusy orange and lemon feel, moving into a less gentle grapefruity finish. The hopping is quite bold, especially for a red ale. Malt flavor is somewhat blurred and lost beneath the hop attack, but maintains a mild caramelized sweetness. A bit of yeasty doughiness. Some flowery bitters, especially in the aftertaste. Fairly full bodied, with a modest carbonation level. Goes down damn smooth. The alcohol is a bit higher than I'd like for a "drinkin' beer", but it's a good brew for a short, hoppy session. Just what I'd expect from these folks.

UnionMade, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of far333
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out the color of a penny that's aged a bit - dark copper with some ruddy highlights. Head rises a bit to orangey peaks, and then disappears. Aroma is invitingly hoppy, with slight nuances of understated sweet fruits mixed in with malty sweetness. Flavor is initially hoppy, with some bitter pine and tangy grapefruit hints. Finishes crisp, with a lingering aftertaste that smacks of fresh tingly grapefruit. Another tasty beer sent my way from BuckeyeNation.

far333, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a vibrant yet hazy reddish amber; hops emanate in the aroma, with a touch of sweet, biscuity malt. Very well balanced, malty and dry initially with a touch of sweetness to balance the mildly bitter hoppy finish. Cracker like biscuit flavors add to the dry mouthfeel, and herbal seedy rye bread is detectable as well. One of the few rye beers I've had that balances the rye malt and hops so nicely. Sweet malt 'twang, dry hop finish. Oh yeah. Founders does it again. Please please pleeease start distributing in PA. Every beer I've had the pleasure of sampling from this fine brewery is stellar.

IrishRedRock, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of fingolfin72
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color- rich, red mahogany with a tall, palomino-colored, persistent head.

Nose- cedar, brandy, raisins

Palate- big flavor, but with a very nice dry quality. A bit of a bitter bite on the finish. It's velvety and mouthfilling, and the flavors rouse when you swish it around. I taste cedar, mineral, brandy, and maybe a hint of sherry sweetness. There is just the faintest note of raisins or prunes lurking in the long finish.

fingolfin72, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours an attractive, cloudy, dark amber with a finger of khaki head and some lacing. Smell is quite floral and hoppy, some bitter rye, and light fruit. Tastes like a sweet, bitter IPA mixed with a scotch ale. Floral hops up front, some sweet malt, and citrus rounding it out. Mouthfeel is rich like Dirty Bastard, which this also reminds me of. This was pretty tasty, not as much rye as I would have guessed, which was nice cuz I really don't like rye so much. A hoppy, sweet, tasty brew. Founder's you never disappoint me.

Golden2wenty1, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to warriorsoul for including this in a trade. Another fine beer.

The appearance is a dark brick with an off-white head that falls to a tall ring surrounded by lace. Smell is malty rye with hop notes, very inviting. The taste is cracked black pepper, citric acid, and fizzy carbonation. The rye shines through along with the hops. Mouthfeel is medium and at times feels full. Very nice for either a red ale or a rye beer. Easy to drink. Pushing 7% ABV, I'd recommend pairing this with some munchies, like a buttery cheese to keep it all in perspective.

pentathlete, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of battlekow
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red's Rye looks and smells like an IPA, a cloudy reddish-brown with a white head, with a robust nose of citrusy hops. There may be some pepperiness to the hop scent as well, or that may be the rye. Tastes malty for a bit before the hops kick in, with a nice rye aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, and overall I would say that Red's Rye is pretty much a smooth, easy-drinking pale ale.

Red's Rye and Black Rye are nothing like each other.

battlekow, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single

appearance: pours a rich and deep dark red, with a creamy tan and red tinted head that laces quite well

smell: sweet roasted malts, citrus hops, sweet fruits (apples and plums perhaps), hints of rye

taste: quite tasty! very sweet fruity malts, sweet rye bread which is a nice touch, hop tingle is present as well. Very earthy, style quite comparable to an APA in my opinion

mouthfeel: quite creamy, medium bodied, hop bitterness in the aftertaste

drinkability: quite drinkable

yet another solid offering from Founders...Michigan breweries rule

dirtylou, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of sopor
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So I thought the black rye was very stout-like, well this to me is very IPA like, except maybe it's a India Red Rye Ale. Hmm... maybe not. Either way, this beer is great in my book as I am a hophead and the Rye compliments the hops very well in my opinon!

Clear red amber with a finger of creamy head that dissipates rather slowly. Smells of rye and crisp herbal hops.

Very light caramel and toasty malt flavors quickly taken over by powerful bitter hops and rye. Slight sweetness grows as the beer gets warmer.

Moderate body, very pleasurable with delicate and almost refreshing carbonation. Not a session brew, too big, but very tasty. I like this beer a lot!

sopor, Sep 24, 2005
Photo of Px2GrafX
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

presentation: short stubby 12oz. bottle with an old paper-colored label. an illustration of an old einstein-lookin' guy on the front. "red's rye" and "red ale made with rye" printed in black across the label in an artsy script font. founders logo is very small on top of the label. no abv or freshness date displayed.

appearance: pours a hazy red-brown with nice bright red highlights in a pint glass. head is a very tight light reddish-tan half inch. i poured vigorously to get some more head, but this half-inch lasted forever! pillowy with nice lacing. bubbles rise through the brew constantly.

smell: first whiff is of citrus and floral hops. grapefruit and a tad spicy. some sweet malty undertones as well. more sweet fruit as the beer warms.

taste: strong grapefruity hop flavors and lightly bitter. spicy bready flavors from the rye and maybe some from the hops. nice sweet fruity flavors as the brew warms. maybe some peaches. some tongue coating resins. wow, hops and rye flavors mix very well. super tasty. finish is lightly bitter and oddly sweet. nice hoppy and spicy aftertaste.

mouthfeel: crisp, but a nice medium body. carbonation is excellent as well. rolls around nicely, but leaves a resin on your tongue. swallow is surprisingly just average.

drinkability: good drinkability. very tasty and aromatic. finish and aftertaste are no match for the sipper. alcohol is well hidden.

overall: what can i say? i like it. a lot. very tasty brew. a lot like an apa but with a delicious spicy rye kick. easy session brew. i received this in a trade, and i wish i had a lot more.

Px2GrafX, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of ClearDog
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an imperial pint glass.

I'm a big fan of the Founder's Centennial IPA so I thought I'd give some of their other brands a try.

Appearance -- Nice deep dark red in color. Pours a foamy one finger head.

Smell -- Smells like roasted malts at first, very sweet and pleasant, but I can also smell hints of aromatic hops.

Taste -- I like it. I'm getting the bitterness of the hops a little more than the sweetness of the malt. It's a pleasant taste and reminds me of an IPA.

Mouthfeel -- Creamy: Medium feel to it. It really wonders around your mouth.

Drinkability -- Very drinkable indeed. I'm going to plug this one to my friends. I'll most likely pick this one up on a regular basis.

ClearDog, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of bahumutx
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice dark red with a nice head and very good lacing.


Smell: Smells of rye and hops. A very interesting and unique smell.


Taste: First taste to hit the tongue is that of rye. It slightly tastes like you are biting into a piece of rye bread. I can also taste a slight fruit taste and it also has a slight hop bite to it. It finishes with a slight malt taste.


Mouthfeel: Great Mouthfeel. Somewhat chewy but also smooth. Very unique but great mouthfeel.


Drinkability: Very drinkable.

This is my first rye beer and I like this style. Yet another fine offering from the folks at Founders. I have yet to be disappointed by one of their brews. Keep up the great work!!!

bahumutx, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of RedHaze
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a great looking, slightly hazy, reddish brown color with a thick off white head that never completely disapears. Has really good lacing as well.

Smell: hops, plums and apples, bubblegum and rye. Very nice.

Taste: You get the rye right up front, with nice malts, pretty strong citrusy hops, and a slight apple taste . Finshes a bit bitter, but that suites this beer just fine.

This is my first beer from Founders, and I'm quite impressed.

RedHaze, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was a little skeptical after I bought the sixer from Ryan and Casey's in Greenfield; bottles had a little dust on them. Not to worry though. Beer proved to be outstanding.

Poured a serious beep and frothy red, yeast setting nicely in the bottom of a wedding gift type beer mug, that really does not get much use.

Smell is very fruity. I am detecting serious fruits, in particularity plums and orange/grapefruit. Very nice!

Taste is magnificent. Reminds me of why I drink craft beer. Hops all over the place. Very sharp acidic citrus taste, bitter aftertaste, but I like it.

A pretty serious beer, definitely not a session beer, but at this point of the night it’s disguising itself as something different. I really dig this beer. Characteristics abound in this one. Get it if you can.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of numenor1
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Founders beer and first rye beer

Beautiful amber red, a bit hazy with a very nice head that maintains til the end leaving clumps all along the way. Smells of massive hops and i've baked a few rye loaves in the past, definitely smells of rye. Up front are bready malts on the tongue and then citrusy hops intermingle with the rye all across the palate. The rye flavor is quite pronounced and excellent. Very bready too, just like a big hunk of rye (no caraway seeds!). Very very nice. Ends very dry with hops and spiciness slowly fading away. I love this beer. Mouthfeel is quite full with low to moderate carbonation. This is highly drinkable.

numenor1, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of CortexBomb
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out hazy amber with a moderate 1.5 inch off-white head...there aren't any noticeable particles floating in the beer but it does have a nice sheen. Nose is mainly a hoppish/floral aspect...it reminds me strongly of an IPA, sort of in the style of Two-Hearted by Bell's but not quite as over the top.

Flavour up front is a nice hit of rye (as would be expected) the hops come in softly up front, but then start to make a return during the middle...they aren't overwhelming though, which is s a good thing (TM). A nice dominant kiss goodbye on the part of the hops at the end as well. The finish leaves a strong taste on the back of the tongue. This isn't bad...sort of an IPA made with rye more or less.

Mouth is full, but not remarkable. I wouldn't expect more with an IPAish style. Drinkability is good.

My only real knock on this beer is my main knock with many of these lighter summer offerings, lack of depth. But the beer is good for what it is. No complaints. A quality summer style quaffer.

CortexBomb, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one amazing beer. Thanks go out to my co-worker, Joe, for sharing this with me.

Pours to a really dark red amber color, almost brown, with a thin white head that sticks around for quite a long while. The words I've used to describe the color of this beer simply don't do it justice.

The smell is very bubblegum hoppy with a well blended malt backbone. Smells like amarillo. Very citrusy and sweet.

The taste is perfect. I've been craving this taste since the last time I had a Gumballhead. This is even better than that, even, though not QUITE as refreshing. Has a bitter malt to it, from the rye perhaps, complimented well by the juicy amarillo hop flavor.

The mouthfeel is a bit odd. Very thick, chewy, and grainy, but still seems to be plenty light and refreshing. I only wish this beer were available here in Iowa, because I would drink the crap out of it.

neonbrown82, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of tjthresh
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap the the brewery.
All american hops. Pungant and resiny. Clear copper/red with tan head and fab lacing. Big hop flavor with rye spicyness. Caramel, and good bitterness. Quite dry and refreshing. My first founder’s beer every. Pretty happy so far.

tjthresh, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of murrayswine
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into my HB stick.

The head is thick and lacey with an ultra-white, soft cotton top. The beer is an awesome deep caramel-amber with a slight haze.

The aroma was very strong with deep citrus tones, bold hops and a sharp sourdough.

The taste comes on like a 2-ton hammer. The first sip is all hops, but not overwhelming, it's complex with multiple layers. The tasting yielded hints of cashew, points of sweet cream, and a medium body finish.

I downed three bottles of this stuff with ease, this beer is fantastic!

murrayswine, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of Fugazme
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very, very deep amber... near brown. 1/2 inch, creamy white head. Tiny bubbles that last. good legs and lacing.

Huge aroma. First whiff was grapefruit, hops and strawberry. Second whiif I picked up a touch of lavender, apricot, peach, maybe coriander. Very, very nice aroma. I verbally said, "Wow," and no one was around.

Taste is hoppy, but balanced. Smooth. very nice on the palate. I taste the strawberries I smelled... a touch of honey and a touch of caramel.

Founder's needs to find a way into the Nebraska market.

Fugazme, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beers arrived on the bar with a slight haze and an amber ruby color. The head was white and lasted very well to lace the glass.

The aroma was a very strong citrusy and rye aroma which was floral. The aroma contained a nice caramel component which lingered with the hops in the nose.

The flavor was bitter with a strong rye presence and a hoppy and citrusy hop flavor with grapefruit and floral. The beer was well balanced with the rye flavor, the bittering and the malt.

The finish was dry with a lasting rye and bittering long and pleasant into the afteraste. The body was just above medium but not quite medium full and well done. A great and hoppy rye beer with some well achieved complexity.

Pints, yes S, at Come Back Inn in Madison, WI at the Pre-Great Taste Founders Party.

GCBrewingCo, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of rabidawg
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous ruby with a massive soft and meringue-like head that settled to a thin cap lasting the glass through. Slightly cloudy from yeast sediment.

Smell: Spicy and hoppy, with a huge noseful of rye and a dose of juicy, citrusy hops. Sweet malt and a celery-like character.

Taste: Nice and creamy in the mouth, with that characteristic rye bite. This is the best (commercial) example of a highly-hopped rye beer I've had. Wonderful mixture of sweet malts, slightly spicy and stalky rye, and the perfect blend of juicy hops to dry things out nicely in the end. Excellent beer.

rabidawg, Aug 16, 2005
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,701 ratings.