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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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1,652 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,652
Hads: 5,094
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 18.62%
Wants: 342
Gots: 552 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 1,652 | Hads: 5,094
Photo of Scrapss
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Turbinator with about 1.5 years on the bottle. Aging has considerably helped IMO.

A: Deep ruddy with frothy white 1 finger head. 1/2 finger stays all the way through. semi-lively carbonation.

S: Definitely a malty and spicy rye. The hops are mild and are not interfering with the rye.

T: Spicy notes, some very indistinct sour rye. VERY light malt and hop notes...the hops are definitely of the gentle noble variety if I had to guess. spicy, spritely tongue sensations.

M: creamy. medium full. Smooth and succint. balanced finish with malt and carb playing with bitterness nearly perfect ways. Not hot or boozy.

O: I want more...so smooth, velvety, spicy, dry, all the notes I like in rye whisky but toned down a bit.

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Photo of lochef81
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a deep mahogany color with a very small Head that lasts just a minute or so. The aroma is all rye, malt, and spice. There is little to no hint of hops or of the ipa qualities of this beer. It's Sips dry and a little rough with a bit of alcohol bite on the tail end. The body is a bit thin for this type of ale. The flavor is definitely rye and a lot of malt. Almost more like a porter than an ipa. There is virtually no hoppiness at all. Overall this is a very good beer (still rarely disappointed by Founders). It's just not what I expect from a rye ipa. Hits on the rye notes but not on the ipa ones.

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Photo of THE-DUDE
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a great beer! Deep amber color, grainy sweet carmelized malty smell, and tastes of earthy grains, slightly citrus with a hint of dry hops. Very enjoyable, improves dramatically as it warms. Continues to reveal new subtle flavors with each drink.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle server in a Pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful amber color which is clear in the beginning but that becomes cloudy in the end. Some particles can be seen floating around. Forms a huge and big bubbled yellow head. Excellent retention and tons of soapy lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Sweet, grainy and quite lemony in the nose. Strong notes of malts and rye. Brown sugar, orange peel with some peppery notes. Tropical fruits. Earthy yeasts

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of caramel malts and rye. Strong notes of citrus fruits (grapefruit, orange and lemon). Brown sugar. Spices: A bit peppery in the mouth too. Delicious 70 IBUs bitterness. Light notes of pine. Earthy yeasts in the very end

M: Medium, smooth body. Good carbonation. Herbal and lemony aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Absolutely delicious PA. My 7th Founders which gets an above 4 evaluation. What else can I say about this brewery?

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce pour on tap at 4th Avenue Pub in Brooklyn.

The pour was a mix of red and orange with a bright red highlight when held up to the light. The body was cloudy. The lacing was fantastic as it clung to the glass like a spiderweb.

The smell was hop forward with lots of lemon and tropical notes plus the usual pine. I did get to much of the spice or rye.

The taste was just like the aroma. Very nice. Lots of bitter grapefruit and lemon. The bitter hops are very present as well. The rye was kind of subdued.

The mouthfeel was nothing spectacular but by no means bad. I actually wanted another as soon as I was done. My only complaint was the bitter dry finish. Damn tasty though.

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Photo of tviz33
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a dark and murky amber body with a short tan head.

S- This is the first beer in a long time that made me say "holy fucking shit." Really outstanding and different. It's pretty sweet-smelling with a little pine and grapefruit, but it unmistakably smells like cranberry juice with a little tomato juice mixed in. Maybe a little peppercorn too.

T- The rye flavors come first, sort of pepper-like. The piney hop flavors balance this quite well.

M- Medium body, medium amount of carbonation, and kind of creamy.

O- This thing is a treat. Exceeded all expectations.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of deadchef
5/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

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Photo of surfcaster
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Joshpu
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
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%.

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Photo of DemoniChris
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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

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Photo of schepelz
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of tmm313
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of turbotype
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of SFNC
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of Aleks_P
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.77/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of rodlavers
4.19/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,652 ratings.