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

Enjoyed out of the classic brown stubby bottle with "BOTTLED 08/11/13" marked clearly on the curve between the body and the neck. Poured into a 16 oz standard tumbler glass from Founders. Re-reviewing, as the last time I had this beer, I don't believe it was fresh, and it certainly tastes different now.

Appearance - Strong pour yields a light cinnamon-sugar colored head of about a finger and a half thick. Creamy, with some pocking as the larger bubbles burst. The head sits atop a jewel-like combination of amber-orange and garnet red. Translucent and easy to see through, with no haze whatsoever. Retention is good, eventually dissipating to a rim of light foam around the edge of the glass and lacing is wispy and faint, but quite sticky in the places on the glass that it lingers.

Smell - This is the biggest difference so far in comparison to the older bottle. A rich tapestry caramel sweetness and bright, citrusy hops that give the distinct impression of grapefruit, but also contain some aromatic floral notes. The slightly sour element of rye is also a faint hint in the background.

Taste - The hop profile isn't as in your face at this point, but that seems appropriate. Here, the sourness from the rye, which is different than the puckering effect of "sour" beers, is on full display, with a bit of heft and spiciness coming through as well. Balancing with the heft of the rye are the bitter profiles of the hops, some faint burnt caramel sweetness, and some notes of citrus rind and dandelion.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and slightly chewy, with moderate--but on the light side--carbonation that provides a slightly biting but pleasant mouthfeel. Faint lingering bitterness on the finish.

Overall, this is one of, if not THE best rye beers available. It might be my favorite beer from Founders as well. Complex and balanced as well as highly drinkable. Enough body to stand up to colder weather and heartier foods, but refreshing enough to fit in with hot weather and light foods as well. (2,007 characters)

Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 8/13. Consumed on 9/5. 12 oz. bottled poured into an IPA glass.

A - Deep ruby with readily apparent carbonation. Gentle pour yields almost non-existent head. Slight lacing on edges of glass with some very light foam in center of glass from carbonation. Lacing on glass disappears as beer recedes.

T - Not surprisingly, smells distinctly of rye. Also, reminds me of a good sherry.

T - Well balanced hops and caramel malts. Spicy bitterness... not a cold weather beer, but good on an autumn night. Tobacco, oatmeal, molasses, and alcohol notes. Little bit of tart. Nice finish, long lingering taste.

M - Well carbonated. Feels clean and crisp on tongue initially and then yields a luxurious foam after warmed.

O - A beer to drink slow and savor. Another great Founder's product. Wish it was still year round. Get it while you can... (846 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle

Bottling date of 8/11/13 printed on the neck of the glass.

A- Pours a clear dark red color with faint orange hues and a nice off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma features that unique spiciness from the rye that I have learned to love in rye beers with a nice dose of hops to complement the malt in the nose.

T- The rye makes it presence felt again in the taste with that unique flavor. The malt and hops complement each other perfectly in the taste. There is some sweetness up front but the finish is rather dry.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Red's Rye PA from Founders is an excellent rye beer that is highly recommened. (736 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. tulip.

pours a dark cloudy red brown with a good inch and a half white head. smell is quite hoppy with some good rye notes. the taste hits you with the rye up front and follows with some hops but mostly your typical APA flavors. not as hoppy as the nose. good drinkability, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall a real easy drinking rye pale. recommended. (405 characters)

Photo of emyers
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poureed into a Founders snifter. Bottled on date 8/11/13.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. Solid lacing.

Smell: Big citrus hop aroma blends very nicely with a bold spicy rye malt presence. Caramelized sugar and a touch of pine in there as well.

Taste: SImilar to the smell, but amplified. Rye spice and bold citrus presence from the Amarillo hops make a great combination. Excellent balance between the hops and the malt - this really is able to showcase the rye while the citrus hops add another level of flavor. Finishes on the bitter side. To me, this is what a rye pale ale is supposed to taste like.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Goes down easy.

Overall: Back in my craft beer infancy, this was the first rye beer I ever had, and I have to say it still exemplifies everything a good rye PA should be. This is the the measuring stick that I use to judge all other rye beers. (963 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a deep ruby red color that is clear.

The aroma has lots of citrus, orange, grapefruit, sweet caramel malt, and a bit of earthy pine.

The flavor follows with mostly pine and floral notes and then grapefruit bitterness on the end. There is a peppery spice from the rye along with a gentle sweetness.

Despite being bitter and hoppy, the beer is really well balanced. Just another phenomenal beer from Founders. (428 characters)

Photo of SavvyStudent
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Perfect Copper color that you think of when you hear Rye and pours with a slight head. Good clarity.
S: Really fresh citrus on the nose that you would not expect. Smells amazingly refreshing and not the traditional smell I would expect. Amazing surprise.
T: Clean, refreshing and precise. Not really tasting notes but this was so good i didn't want to take it slow enough to discern the details; it was awesome.
M: This is a little heavy on the palate and the only downside I see to this brew.
O: Founder's did it again with releasing this take on a rye PA. by far the most refreshing and crisp rye PA I have had. The only thing I wish is a little more predominant rye flavor but that discrepancy ends up being a strength in this offering. (743 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light brown in color with a slight tint of red and a light tan frothy head that's has good retention.

Rye is detectable in the nose along with Carmel bready malt and some spicy hops. Smells fairly well balanced.

Wow, very mellow for a rye ale, lots of rye flavor with none of the bite that usually accompanies it. Malt is also present and had a nice bready quality to it. Slight spicy hop mild bitterness compliments the malt nicely.

Mouthfeel is great. Crisp and refreshing, not too think and very slight resins oils from the hops. (542 characters)

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

Just illin low in my room at some hipster hotel outside of the Denver, CO airport.

Even though this son of a gun was bottled six months ago, hot diggity damn it still pops like Derek Jeter's ankle while trying to field a routine ground ball. Nice IPA textures with a smooth, red backbone that would make Lindsay Lohan's ginger rear end blush.

Yeah buddy. (357 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, rye. Taste is somewhat bitter, spicy, hops, rye, a bit of citrus, very dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a solid beer. (253 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, red orange color with a large yellow tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: peppery grain coupled with pine hops

T: earthy woody quality, pepper, oak, cinnamon, paprika, piney hops

M: medium body with good carbonation

O: a refreshing break from extreme hop, flavors meld to a nice balance (354 characters)

Photo of jroberts8811
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Transparent amber brown with a slight off-white head. light lacing, not much in the way of effervescence.

S: Strong hops on the nose, honey, caramel, floral, citrus

T: rye, malt, hops.

M: Medium bodied. crisp, easy to drink.

O: If you get a chance, please do try this one! (281 characters)

Photo of hopdaddy49
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am unfortunately going from memory. I would be all in favor of this beauty achieving year round status. The heartless bastards at Founders have made it a seasonal brew for some unknown an obviously insufficient reason. Had it on tap at Founders brew pub which was a slice of heaven, but by the bottle it is extremely close to fresh tap taste. Founders is awesome and I highly recommend this heavenly brew to just about anyone as the maltiness and hop finish are sublimely and superbly blended to achieve party in your mouth status...it is just about perfect for beer lovers of most types. Cheers (597 characters)

Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_greg
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a very good IPA. The touch of rye made it very enjoyable. You could smell the rye and it had a dark apple juice color. The hop and rye taste with a pleasant bitter after taste. It was also pretty smooth for an IPA. I would this to anyone.

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Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_jess
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Got this on-tap in a tall glass. It was a beautiful, clear, reddish, amber brown with a slight off-white head.

S: It smelled of rye and hops right away - earthy, bitter, a little citrusy-sweet.

T: Prevalent rye taste. Malty and hoppy. Dry. A bit of earthy spice. Delicious.

M: Medium bodied. Very smooth with a little fizziness.

O: Love this beer. Big fan of the delicious rye taste and the delicious smoothness. One of my new favorites. (444 characters)

Photo of rjp217
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A - Dark red, two finger head. Nice retention and quite a bit of lace around the glass

S - Rye and fruity malts. Some grapefruit and a little bit if spice. All goes very well together.

T - WOW, amazing. So so smooth, nice thick malts. Very creamy with bits of hop and bitterness. Also a little bit of warmth to end it. Unique and eye opening.

M - Agreed with previous reviews, this beer feel so silky and smooth. Velvety smooth with tiny bits of carbonation.

O - This beer it utterly awesome. The rye and hops blend amazingly well together to give a unique treat. So smooth and sweet, I am super impressed. (660 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, New York.

Poured a deep copper, almost red hue with a two finger frothy off white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured waves of piney, citrus, herbal and tropical hops atop a clean grainy malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront piney and herbal hop assault that begrudgingly gave way to spicy rye malt and round crystal malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a brawny full bodied hop bomb. Very nicely made. (523 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottling date is stamped on the neck as "01/09/13."

Pours a thickened, reddish amber color complete with a full finger of bone white head. Head retention is pretty damn good, especially considering the older age, which is expected as always from Founders' consistent quality. Not much lacing or residual sugar sticking to the glass. Not many bubbles rise to the top, although carbonation seems plentiful with the retention. Pretty viscous and thickened, almost to the point of being bready. Truly eye candy, and I'm already expecting a lot here.

The rye is fully up front here, in an almost crackly, spicy manner, but it is backed up by a sharp sweetness from the malts, almost in the sense that you get in barleywines as soon as the hops start to break up. In fact, there's barely any hoppy or astringent sensation to speak of other than a temporary sharp sweetness as well as a bit of booziness. Honey and light caramel prevail, and the rye and cracked toasted barley flavors, almost resembling wheat, linger on top. The alcohol becomes progressively sharper, as does the rye. Not much fruitiness to speak of - although the spiciness and floral phenols are undeniable. Feels a bit empty, but for its age, has held up well.

The initial flavor consists of a rush of slightly old yet nevertheless robust flavors of rye, breadiness, toasted barley cereal notes, and pungent earthiness combined with the honey and floral flavors. Some light characteristics of caramel, toffee, and maybe, just maybe, slight apricots. Again, not much fruitiness prevails, but it terms of showcasing the malts and rye, it truly shines. Absolutely bready and chewy in mouthfeel, as well as flavor. Very earthy, combining dank mineral sensations with dustiness, as well as slightly oily, resinous sensations from the sugars and whatever is left from the hops. Crackly, slightly astringent, but very well balanced.

This is a real treat to drink, and actually goes down quite easily in spite of any thickness. At this point, I'm not so set on Founders' hop-focused beers, but their maltier offerings are fantastic. This may be old at this point, but it's still drinking amazingly well. I love the spiciness imparted by the rye, as well as the earthiness, rather than excessive sweetness, on part of the predominant malts. Would love to try this fresh, but it seems to be good any time. Truly ahead in the style! (2,443 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark brown color with reddish-amber highlights. Not a great color, but the head retention was excellent and it left lacing all the way down the glass. Could see mild carbonation when I held the glass up to the light.

S - Comparable to a Ruthless Rye (which I love). Very clear rye smell with a nice piney hops kick.

T - It's rye through and through, with malty sweetness in the center and piney hops on the finish. Nice spiciness. Really tasty.

M - A different feel to this one. It's not really carbonated or heavy bodied, but this beer is more like silk, which is a nice contrast to the hops and rye. The beer sort of glides through your mouth - excellent contrast.

O - I could probably be a little more generous here. This is the best I've had from Founders - all of the features complement each other and it is a pleasure to drink. Perfect for this cold, rainy afternoon. (890 characters)

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

Appearance: Hazy tarnished copper in color, with a massive, dense and persistent tan head, which retains quite well. Thick glass-coating lace adorns the walls of the chalice.

Aroma: Bold citrus hops vie with lots of sweet rye in the nose, with a respectable portion of dark caramel as well.

Taste: Opens with a profound grapefruit and hop presence, but the rye and dark caramel shine as well. While the hops dominate the taste throughout, the malt backbone holds its own very well. Finishes with a late surge of pine tar hops, but the rye manages to shine on.

Mouth feel: Velvety and full, with a moderate sting of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Although I am not a rye beer partisan, it is difficult to overstate the quality of Founders Red's Rye PA. Those who declaim rye beers should try this before abandoning the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a stubby twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. (961 characters)

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Awesome label that extremely eye-catching graphics and font. Label gives a very small desc of beer, web info, small bit of brewery info. Neck label has Founders logo, web info, and ABV/IBU info. Bottled on date(11/21/12).

Appearance: I allowed this to warm for 10min before pouring into a 16oz snifter from its 12oz bottle. Poured out a cloudy ruby amber color with a 2 finger light tan head of medium density. Head retention was a 4min 8sec before fading to a thick coating and ring. Excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Aroma is dominated by ruby red grapefruit with a definite malty rye backbone. Slight resin aroma.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is initially of sweet ruby red grapefruit with a slightly herbal hop bite as well as some rye spiciness. A nice lightly toasted malt midpoint that sticks around to the finish. Finishes a bit herbal and slightly floral.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: A heavier medium bodied beer that is what I would call chewy. Extremely drinkable.

Overall/Comments: Wow. I was very impressed by this offering. Really great on the nose. The flavor profile is really great with rye being the perfect compliment for the sweet citrus hops. A mush try. Consumed 4/27/2013. Classified as a Rye Beer @ 6.6% ABV. (1,239 characters)

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

Poured into stange. Clear golden orange with a thick yellowish-white head, leaving tons of lacing all over the place. Smells an even blend of hops and malts, with some subtle graininess. Taste is some hops, with a wide spicy bready malt taste with barley and rye combining nicely. Mouthfeel is clear, full and smooth. Overall, I'm very pleased with my first rye beer. (367 characters)

Photo of Purp1eOne
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Amber with red highlight with a slight head

Smell: Nice fruity rye beer smell.

Taste:A well balanced unique rye bite where the dryness and spicy highlight standout.

Mouthfeel: Nice light hoppy/carbonated feel that goes down smooth.

Overall: I think this is a great beer glad I tried. Good hops and a little different from the norm. Will always have a cold one of these on hand. (420 characters)

Photo of Brabander
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this beer in a trade with Rohkey. Thanks Chris for this refresher!

Poured in my Struise glass this beer starts very well. Fluid a bit like darker tea and a nice broken white head with some very nice lacing. Pineapple in the nose, this is one hoppy bastard!

Mouthfeel is Ok but not spectacular. A very well made rye beer! (326 characters)

Photo of ShreddedThumb
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The Dorm Room Review

Blessed with a cornucopia of Founders' beers at my disposal, Red's Rye PA never found its way into my shopping cart. Now, it's been poured and ready to be scored.
This review was written while listening to: a live Melvins Lite live concert.

Poured into a blue solo cup (definitely planning on buying a snifter or a pint glass soon).

Appearance: Slightly reddish, mostly amber. Great frothy head.

Smell: Nice rye beer smell. The permeating rye scents coupled with some fruity additions really entice the drinker.

Taste: Imagine a craft beer-nerd scientist places a rye beer and an IPA in the Large Hadron Collider. In my mind, after a long period of pseudo-cosmic tribulation, Red's Rye PA starts dripping from the ceiling, at which point, Founders' flies all the way from Michigan to bottle the Higgs-Boson runoff. As amazing as that sounds, RRPA is sort of generic. The hoppy bitterness is there, and rye flavors certainly show up; however, I'm not blown away by either. Unfortunately, the pleasant tropical fruit aromas aren't apparent in the taste. Unlike Lagunitas' Brown Suggah, which had excellent fruity notes, Red's Rye PA wallows in mediocrity.

Mouthfeel: Light remnants of rye linger. Slight (and I mean SLIGHT) hop bitterness. Not bad.

Overall: I really wanted to like Red's Rye PA, and I certainly found enjoyment in the rye IPA; however, I feel that RRPA could be so much more, in terms of flavor. It looks nice, it smells great, but the taste leaves me expecting more. I would toss a few more tropical fruits into the mix. Since I'm only an hour or so away from the Founders' Brewhaus, breaking and entering doesn't seem half bad. (1,677 characters)

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,646 ratings.