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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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4,856 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,856
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 270
Gots: 398 | 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 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.

Photo of cabsandking
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy orange/red color with a slim beige head. The nose displays notes of bright fruits, grapefruit, faint rye, and estery alcohol. Rye flavors are of slightly peppery tones, musky, and earthy florals and balanced by variable sweet to dry waves. Toasted grains and toasted hops that displays citric acidity, mild tart, pithy, caramel, and brown sugar sweetness. The finish is of spices hops that stick to the palate and a rye character that is dry, earthy, and chary. Medium body and medium carbonation leaves an overall smooth mouthfeel, a creamy middle, and some cloying to boot. This brew is such a tasty treat that I like to have extras sitting fridge for whatever occasions.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

A - Poured a clear dark amber with ruby red highlights. A creamy off-white head burst onto the scene and left good lacing on the glass.

S - Nice aroma of bready malt and juicy/fruity hops. Hops are more of a background scent, with the bready notes taking over.

T - Malt is much more on the bready end than the sweeter side...very filling. Hops taste like that of an American Red Ale, but with a toned-down bitterness. Very refreshing, but not one to consume quickly...bread flavors come out much stronger as it warms.

M - Very creamy with a medium body...finishes with a subtle dryness that one would expect with such a bready beer. Some spices lingered with a faint whiff of alcohol.

D - Very enjoyable - would make for an excellent session beer, as it's one to be savored without worrying about excessive alcohol. Definitely recommend picking up a sixpack if you have the means.

Photo of ndekke39
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this from the distinctive Founder's 12 ozer that was bottled in September 2006. Pours a cloudy reddish-brown. Very small head but great retention. The flavors and aromas aren't as complex as I expected. Smells were dominated by the sweet hops; flavors featured mainly piny hops. These aspects of the beer were definitely good, although the beer seemed more like a great IPA than a Rye beer. Medium creaminess complements the tastes. Overall, another good beer from Founder's - I'd reach for it again, now that I know what to expect.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

a: poured a dark amber with about an inch and a half head the slowly went away. carbonation races up the side on the glass while drinking leaving a foamy trail.

s: citrus rinds indeed dominate the smell. i could not distinguish the smell of hops over the citrus.

t: starts off quite smooth with a bit of sweetness. but, once the liquid hits the back of the tongue it's all bitter and spices that lingers.

m: crisp, spicy and dry. once finished with a sip/drink, the after effect makes you want to take another sip/drink immediately. mouth gets very dry and spicy once finished.

d: nice brew in this style. overall a very tasty beer and a nice alternative to have in the fridge/cabinet next the ipa, dipa, and belgians.


Photo of david131
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A- The beverage took over 5 minutes to pour due to an immense amount of carbonation. Every beer from this 6 pack has done this to me. Kind of strange- considering that my friend has a newer batch that does not have excessive carbonation at all. Anyway, the beer looks amazing- fluffy white, think head, coppery, orange, luminescent... The sediment is very prevalent. Near the end of the pint, the sediment nearly covers the bottom of the glass.

S- The beer smells great as well. A lot of citrus, more of an orange rind than the actual meat of the fruit. Pretty bitter, most likely attributed to the rye and the hops. Very distinct smell. Mixed in with the bitterness and sourness is a sweet malt odor as well.

T- The first thing that hits you is the bitterness of the beer. Then the sweetness hits you. And much like the smell, the bitterness comes back and hits you in the face. I also keep getting orange rind out of this. Surprisingly complex.

M- Very dry. But oddly enough one of those beers you just want to keep in your mouth as long as possible.

D- The only thing hurting this drinkability is the dryness of the beer and the amount you want to savor the awesome beverage. Highly recommended, just be patient with the pour if you get a foamy batch.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an Imperial pint glass.
A - Deep amber, almost ruby in color with about two fingers of creamy white head that leaves a decent lacing with every sip.
S - Sweet malts, citrus(tangerine, orange) hop aroma, rye bread minus the caraway seeds, spicy and toffee-like.
T - Very pleasant citrus taste at first, followed by a great malty sweetness and a nice dry, bitter finish. That's when the rye flavor comes out.
M - Very smooth and creamy on the palate. Spicy on the tongue.
D - I could see myself enjoying this beer 3 or 4 at a time. One of my favorite rye beers. Seek it out and enjoy it. Cheers!

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a ruby-amber color with an off-white, bubbly head. Smell is dominated by spicy hops. Taste boasts the same spicy hops with a smooth finish, alcohol is hidden well. Beer is medium bodied with a creamy consistency and not very much carbonation. This is a tasty beer and is thus very drinkable. I would recommend this beer.

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a foamy one-finger head that left some nice lacing. There was also some sediment left at the bottom of the glass.

S - It smelled of hops and sweet fruits. Also, some floral notes.

T - It tasted of hops and grains. There was a caramel-like maltiness, too.

M - It was very crisp and medium-bodied.

D - This is a great beer. My first Founders beer and I think I'll have to try many more.

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

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours with a finger worth's of brownish head. Lacing is minimal, a few spots here and there upon swirling. Body is a strinking brownish haze of amberish red. Imparts the idea of the beer being composed of rye malts very well.

Smell: Some citrus malts reveal themselves up front, a little grapefruit, a little tangerine. Fruit punch, caramel and very light toffee notes, and a rye aroma that marries to the hops very nicely, for a sort of spiced quality. Light indistinguishable grains.

Taste: Fruit punch again, probably a result of the hops, which are subdued enough to create such an impression. Wait, did I say subdued? I guess that's not such an accurate description, because the next perceptible flavors are definitely citrusey. Orange mostly, maybe a little lemoney pine afterburn. The rye is there, awashing through the nose toward the end of a taste. A little alcohol perceptible on the tongue after swallowing, but generally pretty mild stuff in that regard.

Mouthfeel: As other reviewers have said: "spicy." Prickles the tongue ever so lightly, and the hops and rye sort of tease the roof of your mouth in a spiced-like quality. Very pleasant and interesting.

Drinkability: Overall a very good offering. It does remind one of Hop Rod Rye a bit, but the hops are far more subdued here to let the rye shine through. This brew conveys a sense of richness, but with some conservatism. A fine job by Founders.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a hazy reddish-orange with thick, pillowy off-white head that lingers for entire glass and leaves excellent lacing. Plenty of carbonation in this one, as I had to pour in three shifts to avoid overtopping. Had the pleasant aroma of citrus (grapefruit), more similar to an APA or even IPA. Flavor was a mixture of the citrus and some caramel malt. As the beer warmed, the alcohol slowly crept in to nicely add to the flavor. Mouthfeel was slightly spicy, and the aftertaste was more of the citrus.

A good, smooth, tasty beer.

Photo of Tyrawlings
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. snub nose bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep amber color with a one finger off white head. Head dissipates quickly into a thin sticky lacing that clings to the glass.

S: Earthy! Wet pine forest. Caramel or toffee. Rye bread.

T: First sip reveals a light citrus hop bite with piney residue. Caramel malt presence is follwed by a tea like or herbal blast to the palate. This brew finishes with a soft rye bite on the tongue.

M:Thick and creamy. Smooth as silk. Slight carbination. Dry.

D: This is a very original beer. A bit too rich for a six pack in one evening but a nice change of pace indeed. A highly recommended elixir for those willing to try something different!

Photo of AndoBrew
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*i did not mind it would not drink again*

app: looks like plain jane misses Q. a bit dirty looking.

smell: smells like a dipa, very hop foward with a sweet nut malt backing.

taste: taste like a run o the mill good dipa, nothing special at all nothing bad at all. all the standard hop and malt flavor placements. this leans toward the hop side a bit (other than some of the new dipa's that are malt favored) hops are mostly citrus and the hiddin malts are ... slightly sweet chewy ones?

mf: normal. not bad or good.

drinkable?: maybe as can be, i have had a dance or two with more drinkable dipa's.

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

Thanks million to ClockworkOrange for hooking me up with this beer via his stop at Capones Restaurant in Noristown.

Thanks also to sopor for turnning woodychandler onto rye beers as he has now passd the love on to me. I am trying to put my hands on all the rye beer I can and this is one of the bet so far.

Appearance: Pours a luminous amber with a big off white head an loads of sticky patchy lacing linung the walls of my glass.

Smell: Big bold aroma of hops and Rye. This beer is evidently Rye from the start and hoppy hoppy hoppy grapefuit lemon aroma and bread grain malts.

Taste: A very smooth start, it leads of with bready malts caramel and nuts and a dry rye attribute that quickly turns very bitter with citrus hops galore and then on the back end the rye snap that stings the uvula is back in full swing in this beer. The afterstaste is more than a flavor of rye it is an entire sensation of gye clingning to the wals of my mouth. DELICIOUS!

Mouthfeel:Thanks million to ClockworkOrange for hooking me up with this beer via his stop at Capone’s Restaurant in Norristown.

Thanks also to sopor for turning woodychandler onto rye beers as he has now passed the love on to me. I am trying to put my hands on all the rye beer I can and this is one of the bet so far.

Appearance: Pours a luminous amber with a big off white head an loads of sticky patchy lacing lining the walls of my glass.

Smell: Big bold aroma of hops and Rye. This beer is evidently Rye from the start and hoppy hoppy hoppy grapefruit lemon aroma and bread grain malts.

Taste: A very smooth start, it leads of with bready malts caramel and nuts and a dry rye attribute that quickly turns very bitter with citrus hops galore and then on the back end the rye snap that stings the uvula is back in full swing in this beer. The aftertaste is more than a flavor of rye it is an entire sensation of Rye clinging to the walls of my mouth. DELICIOUS! Long long after the beer has been swallowed I am still being reminded of it’s beautiful intense rye grain that is seemingly seeping out of my gums.

Mouthfeel: It has a thick full mouthfeel spicy and tingly on the palate and all the hop oils and bitterness interplay with the sweet dry malt ad alcohol in such a way that the beer feels big in the mouth and yet not cloyingly thick. Perfect, or darn close.

Drinkability: I hope to get my hands on a lot more of this beer and others like it. This is certainly a new pursuit of mine. This beer is not quite sessionable but two or three would go down quick and easy and then the palate would be down. If only I had a few more to test my hypothesis ;-)

Hope this is helpful.

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

This beer is a lesson in the flavors of rye. Fruity yet dry. Delicous but strange. i'll have to try this again.

At first sip it reminded me of Hop Rod Rye, but I guess I need to try more rye beers. The beer tasted of apples and fruit punch with dry grainy edge of the rye. Some citrus hops joined in, and all in all I had an interesting drink.
Give it a try if you can find it.

Thanks to Norkyorksammy for the trade!

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a tan two finger head with excellent retention, and excellent lacing. Body is pure copper. This is very beautiful to behold.

Smell - Spicy !! Spicy, floral, and citrusy fom the hops, which fill the nose, and spicy from the rye malt, which also gives a scent of rye bread. There is much caramel, and going back to the hops again, some pine.

Taste - just like the nose promises, there is a spicy tidal wave wash of floral and citrusy and piney hops infused with a spicy rye taste. There is also some sourness from the rye, in the same way that rye bread is sour tasting ( which is a good, very good sourness ), and much caramel. This is basically an AIPA with the addition of rye malt - which has the effect of both increasing the spiciness of the hops ( the Amarillo being the perfect choice ), and of providing a pleasant mild rye sourness to the malt - both at the same time. It seems inspired, tastes fantastic, and I love it.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, smooth, very slick from the hop oils.

Drinkability - this is excellent, truly original, inspired, and it's entirely sessionable.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is yet another beer that just gets better and better with each sitdown with it. The first few bottles poured with a really huge head to the point where I had to wai ten minutes before I could drink the red liquid at the bottom. After I switched glasses, it poured much more smoothly, with less head, and a pleasing clear red. Lots of sediment lingered toward the bottom of the glass, which might turn off some people, but didn't seem to play a huge part in the overall experience. The first whiffs were of overwhelming cocoa and caramel, which was completely the opposite of what I was expecting. With some warming and spinning, I noticed a much more bitter smell, almost as if the initial sweetness was never really there. Taste was divine, with some crisp green apple tastes at the beginning, and some strong hops and rye towards the end, leaving a bitter taste on the palate. The hop/rye marriage gave it a really nice spicyness as well. Body was medium, and gained complexity as it swishes around in the mouth. As with nearly all Founders beers, theres a near perfect balance that has to be experienced to truly understand. Drinkability...I am pouring another one right now in the middle of this....it is very easy to drink. In a previous review of the Black Rye, I asked myself which one I liked better. Now I have to say that this one gets my vote as the better of the two (though the Black Rye is matvelous as well). This is another example of why IMO Founders is one of the best breweries in the United States. Now if only I could get my hands on some Breakfast Stout during it's always brief stint on liquor store shelves in this state. Cheers

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Tpaliga. Poured a cloudy deep brown color ale with a huge slightly off-white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of bitter hops is quite overpowering with some malt being noticeable. Taste is a mix between some caramel malt with some overpowering bitter and citrus hops. Rye is present though not overly noticeable. Body is above average with some low filtration, which is appreciated. While I did appreciated this beer I would have prefer less hops and a bit more rye.

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Packaged in a 12 oz amber stubby twist off bottle
Served at fridge temp about 35F
Malty and hoppy aroma at the bottle neck
Pours with a thick body, producing a 1/2" light tan head which persists for a while then falls gracefully back, leaving fine bubbles on the surface.
Appearance: Dark orangeish red, hazy, floating flakes, leaves an excellent lace.
Taste: Moderately assertive bitterness from first taste until the somewhat dry finish. Malty, rich, sharp and a bit sweet flavored, excellent balance.
As it warms, loses balance and sharpness, bitterness stands out.
Drinkability: Very good balance between sharpness from rye, maltiness from darker grains and generous hopping. Highly recommended for hop heads and those who like maltiness that finishes dry rather than cloying.

Photo of rsyberg01
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S - 12 oz. bottle Aug. Notch.

A - Pours a deep copper with an offwhite head. Inviting.

S - Citrus, grapefruit, rye, hoppy notes surrounding all of the scents. Grassy and a little alcohol hint. Very Nice.

T - Bready, citrusy, rye is a big player, bitter hops and grassy notes. Absolutely Delicious.

M - Smooth and creamy with a dry crisp finish. Dude, this beer is great.

D - I could drink this stuff all damn day.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
1.18/5  rDev -71.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12oz. bottle thanks to nflmvp

Pours a very hazy reddish-brown with a mountainous tan head that breaks the plane of the glass, but eventually thins. Thick, sticky lacing on the glass. Some thick brown yeast floating on top of the head. Contaminated?

Smell is funky yeast. I suspect that this bottle has been compromised.

Taste is all funky yeast with a very sour hop flavor. Definite contamination.

Very disappointed that my first experience of this beer was a contaminated bottle. It has definitely been plagued by the grand funk of death.

Photo of timtheenchanta
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark rusty red with a large creamy peach fuzz colored head that lasts forever. Huge carbonation bubbles slowly pop and leave a chunk of lace on the surface of the brew.

LOTS of Amarillo hops with some doughy yeast and a little sour rye smell.

The amarillo hops really complement the sour tones from the rye very well. There's a little heat from alcohol and a spicyness from the rye. Fantastic beer. I wish I could go to the store and pick this one up daily.

Many thanks go out to trbeer for the opportunity to have this delicious libation.

Photo of doppelmeup
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful deep red amber color into a stange glass served at a MacNivens restaurant in Indianapolis. Creamy head that left nice, thick lacing all the way down the glass.

A bit hard to determine aromas in the bar atmosphere, but it was slightly fruity with hints of pumpernickel bread.

Taste was exceptional. Awesome combination of malts and hops, perfectly balanced. Slight rye presence in the background.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, one of the most drinkable beers I've had. This was an exceptional beer and lived up to the hype. An excellent choice.

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

Unusual and very well done.
Pours a dark red amber with a half finger head that takes a long time to melt to a sticky lacing that covers the entire top.
Aroma is bready yeast, a little amber malt and a snappy rye spice.
Taste is amber malt first then a wonderful spicy rye that is like 10 times as spicy as a wheat...followed with a citrus hop that never gives in entirely to the rye spice.
I like this.
Pretty beer...fantastically complex mix...ends dry in the mouth so you want another sip and don't get sticky full.
Mmmm....I like it.
It is so hard to find a rye beer on the west coast. Thank goodness for trades. Thanks Dave.

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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