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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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4,920 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,920
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 287
Gots: 441 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 02-22-2004

Brewed with four varieties of Belgian caramel malts and 100% Amarillo hops.
70 IBU

Formerly called "Founders Red's Rye PA"
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Photo of number1bum
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerTruth for this one.

Pours a somewhat hazy reddish amber with a huge beige colored head. Head fills the glass instantly and makes for a careful pour. Head is foamy and patchy as it recedes.

Smell is primarily very aromatic hops, a lot like an IPA. Lots of citrus notes, a bit of pine, and some caramel malt sweetness too.

Taste, in a word, is immaculate. Awesome grapefruit hop flavor up front is like I'm eating a fresh ruby red. Juicy is the best way I can describe it, with tons of hop flavor showcased from first sip through the finish. There's some pine hop flavor, as well, and some caramel malt sweetness. I don't get much rye flavor until a little spicy grain note at the finish along with a mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a good level of carbonation and it's very smooth overall.

This is a great beer. Thanks to Adam for hooking me up, and I definitely have to find some more of this and get it in the fridge.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders- Red Rye

12 oz bottle purchased from Capone's- Norristown, PA

A- Golden reddish brown with a small sticky head.
S- Strong pine hops with rye/ carraway seeds.
T- Strong carraway seed rye flavored malt hits you at first followed by a pungent pine and oily green hops.
M- Strong dominating flavors in the first few sips but this mellows out and finishes big and chewy.

Overall- Boy, this was good! 6 of these would be quite an evening!

Photo of soupyman10
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice medium amber color with an inch and a half of white-tan head, nice and frothy, that takes its time dissolving and leaves great lacing. Nose is all spicy hops. Nice toffee malt comes through as well. Taste is excellent, and very well balanced. Fruity hops up front, then nice toffee malt. Smooth ending, fruity and spicy hops in the end. Breadiness and grapefruit at very states too. Body is crazy thick and creamy. Very good carbonation. I really love this beer - great flavor and totally unique. One of my faves from the always good Founders.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in the cellar for a while. I thought I'd had it before so I was setting it aside to work through some other new to me beers. Turns out I was wrong. What a treat this was!

A - rich auburn color, medium sized white frothy head
S - solid whack of citric hops with a wry rye under tone (couldn't resist the pun)
T - there's no doubt this is a hoppy beer. I like the interplay between the citric hops, caramel malts and subtle rye influence. It plays out nicely across the tongue.
M - medium bodied, resiny and crisp.
D - paired with a spicy sezchuan stir fry. Wonderfully tasty and perfect with my spicy dinner!

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

A- This beer is absolutely beautiful. Uniformly translucent mahogany body with 2 finger thick creamy off-white head. Head has great retention and eventually fades to a thick collar. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Wonderful bouquet of citrus and floral hops upfront with a big caramel malt and rye background. Smells wonderful and I could not wait to taste it.

T- The first taste was full of bittering hops. I could also detect a wonderful balance of flavor but the first few sips were too bitter for me. After a few sips the bitterness almost faded completely away. Initial taste of big grapefruity citrus and floral hops with a solid sweet caramel malt and sour rye backbone. The hop taste fades for the finish and the caramel malt and rye are showcased. What lingers is medium residual hop bitterness and sweet caramel malt.

M- This mouthfeel is great! Medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy and goes down easy.

D- This became more and more drinkable as I finished my glass. This was my first rye beer and a very well done ale all around. I am looking forward to trying other oferings from founders.

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

Poured from a bottle notched on the lower label at one month in so I'll say July/Aug born on date. Picked this guy at the local bottle shop for $3. So far, Founder's has given me a fine brew in all of my reviews. Let's see how this one rates.

A-One finger head, dark red in color and lots of bubbles's rising. The size of the bubble's varies which is a little unusual. Nice lacing on sides.

S-Sweet malts grab the nose. Some hints of chocolate also are around. I got so close to this one I got some in my nose and spilled it on my pants a little. Darn it.

T- My initial taste reminds me of an amber, almost like a Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale. Definitely lots of Rye abound. Also, hints of chocolate. Hops also are pretty good. Alcohol comes alive towards the end. Very good.

M- Pretty much carbonation on this one. Hops kind of numb your throat at the end.

D- Another unbelievable beer from Founder's. Do they make anything not awesome? The high ABV would lower the drinkability of this fine brew. However, I could drink this one all night. Will definitely be buying more of this one.

Cheers Friends,

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Props to atsprings for the hook-up.

Pours a gorgeous ruby-red hue with copper creeping in around the edges. Some tiny, dark yeast particles are stratified throughout the ale, giving it a somewhat clouded appearance. Up top, a thick, tan head floats effortlessly for quite some time, leaving some clumped lacing around the top of the glass.

Wafts of orange peel hit the nose first, followed by tons of rye, hops, grapefruit, and a touch of vanilla. A nice balance of biscuity, caramel malts rounds out the aroma.

The taste is that of semi-salty hops with lots of spiced rye, a hint of banana, more citrus, and more hops. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, with a medium body and a spot-on carbonation level. Packs quite a bitter finish as well. This is a well made beer, no doubt about it. It could use a bit of something more in the flavor department, but that's just me nit-picking, as it's extremely well rounded w.r.t. everything else. Nice job, Founder's.

Photo of hellcatsjg
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber/light brown color. Pinky size head that reduces to the slightest of tan head as you go. What is left stays around though.

Smell: Spicy rye smell along with a citrusy hop aroma. Very pleasant.

Taste: Starts off with the hops in command. Very citrusy with a slight bitterness, along with a good sugary sweetness and perhaps a slight hint of caramels. As it warms, though, the rye makes an appearance. The spicy rye becomes more powerful as you go which makes for a nice complex taste.

Mouthfeel: Good medium thickness that you would expect here.

Drinkability: Surprisingly high. I thought this would be the type of beer I would try and just think was so-so from the name. What you get, though, is a tasty brew that rewards you as you go with a good change in taste after warming. Alcohol is not present at all which always adds to a beers drinkability. Very good beer.

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

Pours a cloudy amber-red color with a full finger light tan head that's wispy and fades quickly to narrow sheets of lacing. The smell of rye gets me a dry nutty malt character. Medium bodied, the mouth feel is adequately carbonated with a tingle of bitterness up front that finishes with a dry and subtle grainy note that lingers appropriately. Full flavored, the taste is uniquely rye, with the same spicy nutty character as the nose. A really nice drinker. I've really had some great experiences with rye this year.

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

Dark red body with a off white head.Citrus,"spray starch" smell to it and some pineapple.Grapefruit taste then some nice malts.Bittering hops are there as well.Creamy mouthful,good beer and a great hoppy beer.I dont know where the "spray starch" smell and taste comes from but it sorda distracts from the overall taste and smell of the beer.You should try it.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a caramel orange with a thin tan head that leaves sticky lacing on the sides and some lace floating on top.

S - Bold citrus and piney hops along with a big dose of spicy rye.

T - Spicy rye with citrus, grapefruit and piney hops followed by enough caramel sweetness to stand up to the hop/spice. The rye and hops combine to form a slight medicinal taste but it is not unpleasant.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Dry finish.

D - The ABV sneaks up on you with this one. I have bought this beer for years and am just reviewing it now because it manages to disappear out of my fridge before I even realize it.

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

Pours a dark amber / brown color with a thick and puffy white head. Leaves layers along the glass as the session goes by. Malty smell with caramel layers, and a nice hoppy scent. The taste is very malty as well with great balance of they rye, and hops. Mouthfeel is not really existent, and makes for a smooth drink.

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

Had this on tap at the Founders brewpub. It had a bright amber red body with a one finger white head. The aroma is aroma is very hoppy and spicy with a good rye character. The hop aromas are very citrusy. The flavor matches the aroma with strong citrus notes and rye spiciness. The rye is a bit more subdued than I would have guessed from the aroma but the hop flavor is almost so intense that it creates a muddled taste. A pretty good beer all around though.

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
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
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
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
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
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
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
4.43/5  rDev +6%
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
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
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
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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