Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,646
Hads: 5,044
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
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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 Franziskaner
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber colored with a bit of a red tint. A thin off white wisp of a head covers most of the top of this beer. Good clarity. I get a nice combo of rye and pine like hops in the nose. The front of the palate I get more of the rye and then a nice bit of bitterness from the hops kick in and remain in the aftertaste. The beer has some moderate carbonation. (352 characters)

Photo of deadchef
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

I'll admit this review might be biased but it's my favorite beer. I'm pissed though that it has become a seasonal beer instead of a yearly offering. Especially now it's in a four pack and costs more than it did when it was available as a sixxer. Wtf?!

A: beautiful red color with a just off white head.
S: heavy citrus hop aroma
T: heaven in a glass! Nicely hopped with plenty of malt backbone. Deceptively easy drinking.
M: perfectly carbonated. Perfect viscosity.
O: overall I find this the perfect beer! (538 characters)

Photo of surfcaster
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first year for this one-- now moved to a four pack format. Had it right at release and again last pm so a few weeks out.

A: Hazy dark orange pour-- LOTS of particles--with small head but lacing that stayed on the glass for the entire pour.

S: Hops--citrus/floral with the rye right in there--definitely an IPA first.

T: Hops are up front and bright. The rye is there with you and emerge after the hop blast. Then finishes with richness and the malt really comes through but an IPA all the way. Full flavor--this one does lose that super crisp bite as the one I had at release was brighter--but still solid a few weeks later. Finishes dry.

M: Mouthfeel is that of a "bigger beer" and I was actually surprised it was only 6.6% but very pleased with the sub 7 offering to let me have another.

O: Enjoyable and will definitely be one or two four packs a year. Little pricey at the 4 pack format but unique and very little out there is like it. Best right after release as many contend. (990 characters)

Photo of Joshpu
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle to a snifter.

A: Poured a clear amber with a small beige head. Average carbonation.

S: Citrus hops, toffee malts, rye. Smell reminds me of an imperial red ale.

T: Taste follows the nose well. Sweet/toffee and fruity at first, but finishes on a bitter note. I get the rye throughout, but more on the end.

M: Medium bodied. Goes down easily, average carbonation. I wouldn't really say it finishes dry, even though I was expecting it to, actually leaves my mouth watering.

Overall a solid beer, nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. The rye and hops complement each other well. Definitely reminds me of an imperial red ale, even though its only 6%. (683 characters)

Photo of DemoniChris
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip

A - Incredible deep ruby amber tones. Lives up to the name. About an inch of an off-white head. Very beautiful to look at!

S - Orange peel, lemon zest, breadiness, citrus hops. A bit of mango and pineapple in the background.

T - Spiciness, citra flavors, lots of orange. Mango, peach, pineapple, very slight rye characteristics. Nice dry finish and pleasant aftertaste. Bitterness lingers for a bit, but is not overbearing. Very well drinking beer.

M - Crisp, light-medium. Easy to drink, enticing.

O - This bottle is about 3 months old, but this beer is holding up quite nicely. I'm sure some of the hop flavors have dissipated, but it's still an amazing brew. I got a 4 pack for $8, so I can't complain. I'll keep buying these at that price! (778 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Guanabanas. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep red body. Not really transparent, although I can't tell because it's dark out. Big creamy head. Nice lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit hops, lots of caramel malt, and a distinct spicy rye character.

Taste - Grapefruit hops joined by some resiny pine. Rye is much more prominent. Spicy finish to the malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - A little heavy for me. Thick for the style. Creamy carbonation.

Overall - Great rye character, but its body made me struggle through the whole pint. (536 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour into snifter
A-amber color with a cream tan head
S-aromas of caramel, hops, citrus and piney
T-taste grapefruit bitter hops and some caramel malt
M-great bitterness with nice carbonation. Sticks to top of mouth
O-well balanced beer like an IPA dry hopped (259 characters)

Photo of schepelz
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into snifter

A - Deep dark amber in color. Almost a carmel color. Two finger white-tannish head

S - Citrusy hops. Getting some grapefruit and pine notes. Start to get hints of the rye aroma as well. As the beer warmed up, I started get some some sweeter notes as well

T - Just an abundance of different tastes that are dancing joyously across my palate. Almost starts out with a faint sweet caramelly malt. The hops take over and combine with a nice rye flavor to give it nice bitterness. Very Light citrusy, grapefruit notes

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. Left with a very pleasant dry bitterness

O - Really enjoyed this offering from Founders. Disappointed in myself for waiting this long to try this one. (739 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber, almost red in color. 1 finger creamy head. Nice sticky lacing.
S- Big sweet grapefruit, tropical fruits, rye, caramel/toffee, with some nice pine resin.
T- Caramel, roasted malts, grapefruit, tropical fruits up front, followed by a light bready character, nice pine resin, and a blast of orange. Strong flavors that blend beautifully.
M- Almost thick, oily body with crisp, cooling carbonation. Dry finish with very nice lingering bitterness/sweetness.
O- I really enjoyed this beer. The flavors blended beautifully and each category was well above average. I looked for rye in the taste, but couldn't really find it, but who cares? This was a damn good beer. (677 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep amber with a one-finger off white head.

S - Light grapefruit and pine. Some slight caramel sweetness.

T - Sweet malts right upfront followed by a good amount of citrusy/piney hops. Rye presents a good amount spice in the finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Nice mouthfeel with slightly dry finish.

O - Excellent rye infused beer. Another winner from Founders. (386 characters)

Photo of turbotype
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

served in a chilled, but not frosted pint glass. poured out sort of thick looking. reddish hue, cloudy. Formed a medium head that settled to a film. streaked the sides of the glass. Smell was great. Citrus of an unknown variety, pine, black pepper. Truly a treat to my nostrils. Taste was surprising. I'm an oddball. I do not typically enjoy rye, RIPA's. This brew was a pleasant surprise. Earthy, hops, gentle bite of citrus during the drink, with a hint of bitterness in the finish. Otherwise dry. Mouthfeel was above average. some carbonation. Outstanding rye beer. (568 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 8/19/2013. Pours lightly cloudy reddish orange color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, orange rind, caramel, floral, pine, spicy rye, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus hops with moderate caramel/rye malts; and great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, orange rind, caramel, floral, pine, spicy rye, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, citrus zest, caramel, floral, pine, rye, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance and complexity of citrus hop and moderate rye/caramel malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic rye pale ale! All around awesome complexity and balance of citrus/pineapple hops and moderate caramel/rye malts; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,367 characters)

Photo of SFNC
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear burnt orange in to a Dogfish head tulip. Moderate foam that left nice streaks down the side of the glass. It smells spicy with the hops giving off a citrus/pine scent undercut by the rye and a slight caramel note. The taste is full. The hops and rye mingle nicely and are balanced nicely by the toasty malt base. The aftertaste is a peasing bitterness that brings the next sip in quick succession. Low to medium carbonation suits the taste well. Overall, a very good offering from Founders. (513 characters)

Photo of fitrock2112
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured Red's Rye PA into a pint glass.

A - The brew pours a amber color with a half finger of off white head.

S - Getting some light grapefruit, light sweet fruits smell in there as well. Different for sure.

T - Spicy grapefruit notes, light hop flavors. On second taste you really tell this a rye beer with the unusual spicy flavor.

M - Medium mouthfeel, with medium carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, just not sure I dig the style. Cheers. (446 characters)

Photo of Aleks_P
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from bottle, copper/amber color with a cm white head. Beer is transparent, don't see a lot of bubbles or anything.

Smell: Lot of pine and citrus scents, very appealing.

Taste: First thing I notice is the bitterness, almost tart beer but in a good way. After that initial sharp flavor I get a heavy grapefruit taste with some pine flavor. Hops permeate every phase of this beverage.

Mouthfeel: Feels relatively light at first, but not heavily carbonated. Very, very dry beer, gets drier after the sip and leaves quite a bit of residual bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall: Good beer, interesting. I like how the beer changes from first sip to middle to aftertaste, and there are a lot of interesting and strong flavors that work well together. (767 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a tawny copper red. One inch foamy beautiful head, great lacing down the glass. Looks like an IPA already, rather than a rye beer.

Smells very pungent- earthy, grassy, pine, some grapefruit, along with some spicy rye flavors. Not much malt flavor coming through in the aroma, no matter.

Tons of great flavors to taste here- the aforementioned piney earthy bitterness, plus some bitter citrus (grapefruit), some sweeter fruit flavors (orange), plus some raw spicy flavors from the rye. Strong malt backbone- toasted bread and caramel. Finishes dry even with the strong malt character.

Full bodied, crisp, dry mouthfeel. Bitterness lingers on the tongue for a while.

Other than Harvest Ale, this is Founders' best hoppy brew. Love it. (802 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (08/13/13)

A: Deep amber mahogany color with decent lacing and a thin film head.

S: Lots of malt and rye. Pine on the back end. Caramel sweetness too.

T: Rye IPAs are a difficult thing to do good. I feel that rye and hops are antagonistic, which is what makes it so hard. It is quite tricky to balance the flavors of those two. The malt and rye are quite complementary and even a bit overpowering. The hops are only present with pine flavors that only really come through at the end and finish with the aftertaste. The malt is predominant with a rye tinge.

M: Quite thin overall but with a slight prickle at the end.

O: I don't know what to say here. It is good, almost great, but I feel that it isn't missing something. (772 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a dark ruby red tint. Fair head that laces well but fades fairly quickly. Light medium body with a hoppy nose. The rye flavor tends to be overpowered by the hops, assuming a more background presence in the flavor profile. A bit less hops would improve the balance and bring the rye more forward. Slight, but pleasant, hop bitterness as an aftertaste while the rye becomes more pronounced. Another excellent Founder’s product. (444 characters)

Photo of rodlavers
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 vintage, think the bottle says 08/28/13. Grapefruit red/amber in color, clear, thin tanish head, reduces quickly leaving ring around the edge.

Malt and caramel aromas up front, with light citrus hops, and of course a bit of rye, as well.

Taste is similar, but also sweet and a bit tangy. Very caramely, sort of like caramel candied apple, or something like that.

Feel is my favorite feature here. It's smooth but also crisp and refreshing, nicely balanced carbonation.

Overall, wonderful beer. Great substitute for your SNPA, or the like. Red's Rye is a step up, for sure, in complexity, but a logical next step for those seeking to branch out and try some more unique pale ales. Cheers. (698 characters)

Photo of ausch30
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really outstanding take on an IPA. Keep in mind I just drank a Sculpin before this which I consider one of the best IPA's there is. The Rye just adds a little something, a little breadyness, a little something different...but still really good. It has all the aromas you expect from a great IPA, Grapefruit, Mango, Pine. The malt bill seems much higher than a typical IPA so you get a really good malt sweetness to counter the bitter hops. Dry finish only leaves you wanting another sip. If you haven't had it, try it. (518 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep red mahogany color, finger of off white head with nice lacing
S - tropical fruits, grapefruit, some floral smells, caramel malt in the background, pine
T - piney, grapefruit, floral hops, caramel malt, rye
M - light medium mouthfeel, alc covered, hoppy piney aftertaste w that nice caramel taste a red ipa should have
O - great american red ale. I love Founders (370 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single at the Downtown Wine and Gourmet in Harrisonburg, VA on 9-19 for $3.99. Bottled on 8-13-13.

Beer poured copper with a nice white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is citrus city with hints of caramel malt and rye.

Taste has a nice caramel malt backing with a nice citrus and rye spiced finish.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, medium bodied, and refreshing.

Overall this is an excellent beer, i have found i really enjoy rye infused brews...definitely try it if you have the chance! (521 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep copper with some mahogany, ruby, and tangerine accents. Solid light tan head of 1.5 fingers with nice staying power. Impressive lacing that coats the glass. One of my favorite styles when it comes to appearance.

S- Intense orange citrus. Some mango is not to be outdone. Touch of breadyness and grain, but the hops do most of the talking. More spry than most of the beers I have had of this style. Hints of medicinal herbs.

T- Sweet and hoppy up front with the citrus and earthy line. Finds a nice balance with the rye addition in the mid to back end. Toasted bread that is almost charred, but spot on for the profile. Covers so many aspects and flows so well. The rye really gives it a "raw" character that helps it to stand out from many other reds and pales.

M- Light carbonation, mid body that is about right, touch of dryness. Some booze could be detected, but I think its more of the sweetness level of this one coming through.

O- creamy, juicy, hops, spice, toasted character...this one has it all, and it finds a way to come together at the right time. One of my favorite of the style.

Bottled 8-11-13
Consumed 9-24-13
$11.99 for a 6pk (1,165 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Murkey and hazy maroonish red color with copper highlights. A tan colored head that built one finger tall with low retension. As the foam fell it left a dusting on top with some larger bubbles on the edge of the glass.

S: Moderate grapefruit and dank pine hop aroma when first poured, but it disipates quickly giving way to the spicey, earthy rye and malt aroma. As it warmed up even more malt was apperant, toasty and somewhat toffee like.

T: A firm flavorful piney bitterness on the first. Other hop flavors follow through till the end in the way of danker grapefruit and citrus. The spicey rye flavor emphasises the bitterness making it seem more dry and bitter than the aroma would lead. caramel and breadcrust malt flavors also comethrough and clean neutral fermentation.

M: A very dry finish with low/mild carbonation make it very drinkable dispite the BU and ABV level.

O: Complex hop and malt flavors in great synergy with a nice dry finish. I just wish the hop aroma would stick around longer, maybe its fighting with the rye. Great beer either way. (1,066 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 8/11/13.

Poured into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: Deep clear amber, inch tall off-white head receded slowly to heavy surface foam and quite a bit of variegated lacing.

s: Pretty intense pine/citrus. 70 IBUs is suggested before any drinking occurs.

t: Plenty of pine hops bitterness over a sweet light malt base. Very tasty. Bitterness lingers on the tongue but not irritatingly so.

m: Light to moderate, almost fluffy smoothness. Nice!

o: Glad I finally latched onto a fresh bottle. The one I had last Spring was probably six months old by the time it got to my mouth. Hoppy yes! Wonderfully sippable. Like drinking pine sap if it was good beer. Now I get its popularity.

UPDATE 7/14/14: Had a bottle I bought on the cheap at Spirit Haus in Amherst about ten days ago. It was dated 8/13/13! Too weak to see with the naked eye in normal light in the store. It's smooth but not all that hoppy. Very good, but not great. Worth what I paid ($2). (981 characters)

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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