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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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Reviews: 1,649
Hads: 5,076
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 336
Gots: 540 | 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: 1,649 | Hads: 5,076
Photo of ColdPoncho
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 05/03/2011

A - pours a clear ruby/amber body with a huge eggshell head.

S - light citrusy hops, some lightly roasted malts, bit of spicy rye.

T - Kind of malty, bland hop and rye profile. Sweet fruity flavors. Need to try this a bit fresher.

M - smooth, sharp carbonation, medium-thin body.

O (D) - it's decent, will have to try it fresher.

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Photo of sleazo
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at DBA Manhattan

A_Pours a reddish brown with a rocky light tan head. Nice sticky lacing and above average retention.

S_Clean smelling, a nice mix of toasted malt and hop. Similar to a good APA

T_Very hoppy up front. Pine shows through but there is also a hint of fresh cut grass. The malt comes next, slightly sweet with a minor bread note. The Rye comes through right before the finish as a nice spicy highpoint. The finish is very dry.

M_Thicker bodied with an aggressive carbonation (on the verge of too much carb) Slightly sticky.

D_Drinks like a good IPA with a slight spicy note. Reminiscent of Hop Rod Rye.

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Photo of NODAK
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong notes of grapefruit on the notes. Big hoppiness definitely shows through. A bit of pine resin as well. Slick.

Taste is much of what one would expect in an IPA. Big notes of pine are pervasive all over in the body. Grapefruit hops show on the finish. Lingering bitterness hangs around after the swallow.

Pretty good IPA all around. Not too aggressively bitter but it doesn't lack punch. Heavy on the pine and pretty clean.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of JayAre46
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - a deep copper ruby transparent color with a solid off white head that shows amazing retention.

A - get a lot of caramel sweetness, touches of cinnamon, hoppy scents are there and i now i know i let this one sit too long, or maybe the faded hops have really let the malts come through. because it still has a great aroma amongst the caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, the rye characteristics are there but not huge.

T - the rye is much more prevalent in the taste, much less sweet malts, and the hops come up but not abundant by any means, i get the cinnamon again along with the caramel sweetness but everything is so subtle i know i need to get this one again.

M - a bit thin up front, medium to light bodied, light carbonation. this body is the weakest point for the beer to me, it is very drinkable and is easy but founder has done much better with this aspect.

O - decent brew but the complex aroma led me to high hopes the taste didn't match to my surprise, with that being said i know this isnt the most fresh offering so ill take that into consideration. huge rye fan and always try something when i see the word rye. this beer is just not big enough for it to be great to me, and no bigger doesn't mean better to me but i feel this way with this one.

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Photo of rlshep
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Citrus fruit, mangos, grapefruit, a hint of pine.

Appearance: Pours short one finger off-white head, dissipates quickly. Some lacing. Orangish amber color. A lot of particles floating in it, my fault didn't realize it was bottle-conditioned.

Flavor: A lot of grapefruit up front. Spiciness comes in as a secondary flavor. Earthy notes, especially in the aftertaste. Very high bitterness. Somewhat astringent.

Mouthfeel: Very dry. Medium low mouthfeel. Alcohol evident.

Overall: Not bad, but not feeling it. Too much bitterness and high astringency for my tastes.

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Photo of Hamsteroceros
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH tulip.

A- Literally my favorite color of beer- Deep reddish-copper. Solid 1+ inch head that laces well.

S- SO crisp. I get super-fresh pine and orange with a hint of dry malt at the end of each sniff. Smells like a very solid IPA.

T- Less rye than I would have expected... Excellent balance of malt and hops. Lacking the rye "zing" I was hoping for. Otherwise, again, VERY solid (I)PA.

M- Medium-bodied yet (again) SO crisp. Effervescence is almost too much. I almost wish it were more flat and syrupy.

D- I really enjoy this one. However, the rye factor only seems to give an otherwise solid IPA a crispness it otherwise might not have. That is, I was hoping for a rich, spicy character that I didn't find. That said, I'll certainly seek it out in the future.

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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 tdm168
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with subtle carbonation bubbles rising to meet the 1/4" of frothy head which quickly fades to a thin lacing. Nice citrusy, floral aroma in the nose with just a hint of peppery rye. Very complex taste; bitter with piny hops with a hint of citrus fruit, strong malt character that is a combination of biscuits and pepper from the rye. Faint alcohol esters are noticeable as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, and refreshing.

Very complex beer here. The rye is noticeable but this is definitely closer to an IPA than an all out rye ale with the intense hop character. Nice twist on an IPA though. A must try for all hop heads.

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Photo of Shumista
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap with lunch at Ashley's in Ann Arbor, my new favorite place in the whole world.

A- Hazy dark copper, brought to the table with no head to speak of on top.
S- Mostly just piney hops.
T- Bitter piney hops that are a bit thin in my opinion. Not much there to back them up, a little bit of rye and malt.
M- Medium bodied, pleasant mouthfeel.
D- Pretty good, I would have had a couple more if I was eating dinner instead of lunch. Went great with a burger and fries.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle tasted blind on 4/9/10.

Pours dark orange with great frothy cream head.

Super fruity grapefruit aroma, then caramel and a hint of rye.

Sweet treacle, then a bitter rye finish.

Very lively carb on the tongue.

Easily one of the best ryes I've had.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours a red, amber body with a small, off-white head with nice retention and lacing along the side of the glass all the way to the finish.

S: A bittersweet and spicy smell, typical of a nice, rye beer.

T: A strong, dry bitter, rye taste with a strong and slightly sour aftertaste. An earthiness was evident as well in the aftertaste that did well to compliment the taste.

M: A fairly decent mouthfeel that was pretty good and full-bodied.

D: Ok dirnkability overall, Decent combination of mouthfeel and taste. Pretty good beer overall; a nice session beer, but nothing too impressive.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brownish red with a great deal of light white foam, which leaves a thick layer on the glass. Nice aroma, malt, spice, maybe some fruit in there. Taste is a tad less impressive, mainly malt and a hint of rye, but not as much depth to the spices as the smell would suggest. Strong carbonation and a bitter aspirin aftertaste. Overall, not outstanding, but very solid and drinkable.

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Photo of engagechad
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This bottle was a single purchase from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - fresh - poured into dfh snifter

Poured a nice ruby amber with a great head, easily agitated back to full head too. Moderate lacing and okay retention.
Smells awesome, big hops (centennial?) in the aroma and some spice from the rye.
Tastes of Sweet malts initially but is followed by very bitter hops for a well done balance, more to the bitter end with 70 ibus
Very good and easy drinking brew for the abv and overall I thought it was good. Not exactly the kind of beer I would seek out and buy again though. It's just not amazing

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Photo of cnally
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scary label on this one. It stares at you when you drink it.

The beer poured a nice cloudy amber color, like apple cider. The head is a cinnamon-tan color with some good lacing as it dissipates.

Big hop scent with hints of cherry and grape.

The taste is very apple-infused initially. There is a rising bitterness, which fades into a big hop flavor and a spicy aftertaste. The rye, maybe it's because I know it's there--flavors the beer nicely.

Very creamy and bitey texture.

The beer is a heavy brick of a brew. Really not prudent to drink too much of this one. It's as filling as a milkshake.

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Photo of Beer_Runner
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No enjoy by date.
Slow pour into a standard pint glass.

A: No head. The beer is amber with a deep red hue and cloudy.

S: The aroma is organge peel and citrus with a sweet, bready malt underneath.

M: Medium body and smooth.

T: Rye spiciness and just a hint of citrus.

O: A very good rye beer. The touch of citrus helps bring out the spiciness of the rye. This creates an intense rye flavor. This is a good example of a rye beer for those who enjoy rye beer.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle drank from a standard american pint glass.

A- this one pours out a translucent red colored body with a large fluffy eggshell colored head on top. the head takes it time falling and leaves behind large globs of lacing.

S- sweet caramel malts and grapefruit like hops. theres also a definite spiciness form the rye.

T- caramel and rye malts start this one off. the malted rye is underdone if anything. not as spicy as i would have liked. a strong grapefruit hop finish.

M- medium bodied and well carbonated. no complaints.

D- i would like to try this one with an amped up amount of rye. another solid year round beer from founders. i like they date their bottles, i just with they would make it a little easier to find and read. oh well, freshness usually isnt an issue with them around here anyways.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a MTH Snifter Glass.

A- One finger off white head dissipates quickly to a nice sticky collar around the glass, dark amber color, decent carbonation.
S- Nice hoppy profile, pine, grapefruit, rye, spice, malt base.
T- Very similar to the aroma, pine, slight citrus taste, nice bitterness to this beer, rye is present, grapefruit, slight malt backbone to balance it out.
M- Medium mouth feel, I had this one other time and I remember there being a bigger bit to this beer, mouth feel felt a little under carbonated on the initial taste. Dry finish.
O- Decent beer, I feel like I might have drank a bad bottle because I remember this being a lot better, either that or my palate has changed tremendously since the first time I drank this. Other than that still a solid beer from founders.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle at 41 F poured into a pint glass. If there's a bottle code, I don't see it. Bought in Texas, shipped to Washington.

Pours slightly hazy, reddish, little head, almost no visible carbonation unless you move it around a little. Smell is slightly piney, slightly citrusy. Slight spiciness that I attribute to the rye.

Taste is rye spiciness, piney hops. Lots of bitterness. Plays nicely with the rye. Slight creamy flavor. Nothing blowing me away, but a nice, well-integrated flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and soothing. Overall, nice beer. I like it.

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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 Brutaltruth
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thick reddish mahogany with solid tan head. Hops, pepper notes from the rye, and sweet malts on the nose. Taste is bittering hops up front and on the sides mingling with the rye giving it that zing of white pepper and an even body. Malt sweetness on the back makes it nicely rounded with bittering hops coming through on the aftertaste. Many love this brew, I personally love rye brews, yet the hops are a bit strong to my liking. Hop heads dream.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


A non-transparent deep & dark honeyed amber


Raw honey, medium roasted maly, sugar, pear, apple, banana


Initial honey and malt with big rye flavor followed by citrus and a hoppy finish. Butterscotch, medium mouthfeel and alcohol comes through rather strong for only being 6.6%


Big flavor- and slightly balanced. It is certainly easily drinkable and the flavor does go well with the alcohol flavor that comes through.


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Photo of TLove
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to a glass tumbler.

This beer was quite good. A strong rye that is not overly concerned with the typical rye accompaniments of caraway seed, clove, and root vegetables. This one instead possesses a pine and citrus flavors that highlights the subtleties of the grain rather than dries it out.

There is a definite floral component to the beer too, one which balances the strong flavors of grapefruit and caramel. The red rye color and finish are really noteworthy, as the creamy head lasted until I finished the beer and washed away the graininess in the finish. The hop structure was clean and the carbonation soft (not too dry). Likely used a very acidic, soft water to break down the rye as well as they did.

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Photo of tylernim
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Deep orange to red complexion. Slight orange to the head forming up to about a half inch.

S - Hops come across right away. Some fruit notes follow.

T - The hops come through up front as expected. Apricot along with other syrupy fruity notes. Sweet malt flavors as well.

M - Light. Pretty pleasant overall. Good carbonation.

D - If I were more into the taste I could definitely stick with this one all night.

This beer was strikingly similar to Flying Dog's Raging Bitch. I'm not convinced they aren't the same beer actually. That being said, this one is a bit more malty, while The Bitch has a bit more hop to it.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,649 ratings.