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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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93
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4,892 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,892
Reviews: 1,640
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 283
Gots: 422 | 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 seaoflament
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jay23 for sending this beer.

Pours a reddish color with a finger or so of white foam. Presents a very good lacing and retention.

Smells of caramel malt and juicy grapefruit. Mostly caramel, grapefruit/citrus and bitterness, simple yet very well done.

Tastes like an IPA with some rye in the finish. Good malt presence and some grassy and citrus hops in the finish, followed closely with some bitterness. I detect some bitter orange flavors as the beer begins to warm up. I like this one.

Photo of jera1350
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep slightly cloudy brownish orange. Nice frothy two finger head. Great lacing.

Smells of hops, citrus, toasted malt and some tobacco.

Nice bite from the hops, but also a large amount of roasted malt. Some citrus and a little spice. Caramel/toffee comes through as well.

Good mouthfeel. Smooth, medium carbonation. This is a upper medium bodied beer. Leaves a nice hop aftertaste.

Drinkability is very high. Great balance in this beer. Hoppy and malty altogether. Very tasty.

This is a great all around beer. If you like hops,it's here. If you like malt, it's here. Citrus, check. Very well done beer. This is my second beer of this style and I must say, they are very underated. Give it a whirl!

Photo of cullen0013
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Nonic glass.

A - murky copper color, one finger off white head, leaves a thin layer on top which leaves sea foam lacing on the glass as you drink.

S - Strong, rye/whiskey scent

T - Heavy hop character, bitterness present and very enjoyable, reminiscent of a straight IPA but not nearly as pronounced.

M - Carbonation is fairly heavy and tingles and effervesces on the tongue.

D - Not too bitter, not too potent. You can enjoy this one all night.

One of my favorites. A nice treat. A solid beer from a solid brewer.

Photo of hero27
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Hazy rust color..incredibly dense off-white head is less than a finger tall, but sits on top of the brew forever, leaving streams of lacing down the side of the glass.
Great rye aroma & flavor (a really underrated ingredient in beer, imho). I love the rye taste combined with the hops..there are also some definite fruit undertones present as well. The thick malt base holds everything together very well and remind me of carmelized brown sugar. Similar to Terrapin's Rye Pale ale, with a bit more fruit flavor added. For me, I'm not sure you can go wrong throwing hops & rye together..so I really enjoyed this brew from Founders.

Photo of jsanford
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into my New Belgium globe on 5/25/10

A - Copper penny with a creamy thin head. Good lacing.

S - Grapefruit, bit of honey. Resin. Spicy pepper.

T - Bitter citrus peel hops. Nice caramel malt and rye spiciness.

M - Medium body, great carbonation. Crisp!

D - Love it, could easily drink a few in a sitting. One of the staples in my fridge, one of the best from Founders. Great beer!

Photo of FirstMan
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Julio's in Westboro. Happy to see they were carrying Founders, although no Breakfast stout. Boo hoo.

Beautiful reddish brown coloring with a very slight foggyness. This is clearly an unfiltered beer as well. Little bits of stuff floating around in there. I even poured carefully to keep the bottom out. Not a huge head, but enough to leave a gauze across the top and ring around the edges. A few fingers of lacing.

Nose is big time hops. Crisp and floral with a warm maltiness underneath. Brown sugar hints linger in the nose. While the hops present themselves right of the bat, a little more sniffing reveals a great deal more complexity.

Honestly the taste is the opposite of the nose. A full sweetness presents itself right off in the creamy round mouthfeel. This opens up elegantly into the hop floral bitterness that hits a high and then mellows into a wonderfully balanced warmth and cleanness. Finally at the end a subtle ghost of smokiness wisps in and disappears. Lingering light bitterness in the mouth for quite a while.

Very very good. I'd love to have this on tap. It's probably extraordinary.

Photo of Genghis22
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a super thick looking amber. Agressive pour yielded about 4 fingers of light tan head. Great lacing.

S - Spicy, hoppy, bitter. Smells like other Rye pale ales I've had. Liek your normal piney IPA with a certain extra little something. Cannot wait to taste this.

T - First taste is sweet and malty. The hops and rye kick in pretty quickly after that! Yee haw! Bitter, grassy and spicy, but all kept in check by the generous malt base. This is one tasty brew. Touches of bitter grapefruit and floral hops on the back of the tongue. There is not a strong aftertaste as the malts re-appear, and balance everything back out.

M - Chewy, oily and delicious. Low carbonation, but that may be due to my agressive pour. Overall, very satisfying.

D - I am a big fan of RPAs, and this beer is no exception. It is hoppy, spicy, flavorful and satisfying. The abv is low enough to have a few of these in a session, and the alcohol is completely hidden in the taste. If only Founders was available in CA, this bad boy would be making frequent appearances in my fridge!

Photo of maundythirsty
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a reddish cola color with little head. Has much the same sweet grain with a touch of berries smell that comes with Founders Dirty Bastard, but withless of the smoky bit and free from the twinge of rubbing-alcohol. Very nice.

Hop bitterness is right up front in the mouth, mildly piney. Great toasted grain flavor that finishes on a rye note not quite sharp enough to cover in mustard and ham.

That's beer. Very smooth on the tongue with sparky carbonation. Fills the mouth well, and with its well rounded flavor is a beer I will enjoy for a long time to come.

Photo of dick783
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 12 bottle at 50deg into a snifter. This bottle makes a loud pop when the cap comes off, pretty nuts. The color is a nice copper red with a thick, billowy cream colored head that ever so slowly fades.

S: Apple skins are everywhere in this. Just juicy smelling. I pick up some good aroma from the hops that gives it almost a forest full of pine trees smell, not over powering but relaxing.

T: Good flavor in this beer. You can taste the rye, but more so is that apple peel taste. It made it from the smell to my mouth and i love it. Alot more bitterness than in most Red Ales, but its good.

M: The carbonation is high but works well with the taste of this. Has a medium mouthfeel, not watery but not syrupy either.

An excelent beer, probably the best red I've had yet. Tough to come by though as we dont get Founders here in Rochester. I'll have to keep an eye out for it when I travel.

Photo of deBeers
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from my cold cellar drank mostly out of a wine glass.

Suttle artwork which melds with the actual color of the beer which is a beautifully dark ruby red. Generous off-white head with good retention, nice lacing and progressive carbonation (with small bubbles) when swirled are part of what this makes this a lovely offering from Founders.

Smells heavily of grapefruit and hints of rye. Tastes tart, bittersweet, like a great pink grapefruit. Yum, a new breakfast beer on Sundays with grapefruit? :0

Wow! The pink grapefruit smell and taste is incredible. Smooth, tart, yet crisp and creamy mouthfeel makes this definately worthwhile to seek out more.

Great beer! Share with friends or try one for yourself...also a big thanks to warriorsoul for getting this brew to me! First time for this style as well.

Photo of AUTIGERS
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

apperance--this beer looks almost perfect--rich red, brown, small head... was looking forward to a bigger, taster head--but perfect lace

smell--rrryyyeee, my favorite, hops my second favorite

taste--piney hops, followed by a strong rye, finished with floral hops

mouthfeel--good, enjoyable body, with appropriate carbonation

overall-for me, perfect. I'm a big rye fan and any time that rye and hops work togehter in this way is very enjoyable

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - fairly dark brown color and very cloudy. Great head and good lacing.
Smell - strong spiced hop smell
Taste - weird to say but it taste like it looks. Sweet bitter spiced hop taste with a good amount of citrus in there. Has a good carmel malt backbone to give it the sweetness.
Feel - creamy with a medium body and medium high carbonation
Overall - great strong red eye ipa. Great mixtures of the 3. A lot to taste here.

Photo of JDizzle
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this many times and finally decided to review this.

A: Looks really solid for a Rye IPA. Deep amber color with a perky white head.

S: Booyah!! A blast of Rye, hops, citrus, and grapefruit. Mmmm

T: Probably the best rye IPA I have had. This one is hoppy beer with a nice rye spice and a decent malt backing. It has just enough malt to counter the massive hops on this one. The rye really stands out that no other rye beer I have had compares to.

M: Very carbonated with a medium mouthfeel. Bitter and a tad dry.

I will seek this time and again!

Photo of Andrew041180
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of dmamiano
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy reddish brown with a small tan head that has staying power. lacing left on the glass as the head fades.
Mixture of florals, citrus and spices dominate the nose. Nice lalt presence as well.
Earthy, bitter with a spicey backing character. Bitterness doesnt linger but leaves you wanting more.
Full; flavors. This beer tastes 'bigger" than it actually is.
Very nice

Photo of nickadams2
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Ruby red/amber with a thick off white head. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Floral hops and a little spice.

T_Floral,piny hops with a little citrus.Nice spicy,earthy tone to it. Rounded out by a touch of caramel malt.

M_A little thin. Slippery.

D_Very.

Photo of joel_bou
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first had this on tap at the Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis (see previous review). I stayed at a hotel around the corner from Princeton Liquors and stopped in a bought a six pack to take home to Seattle.

The smell and taste of the bottle version was slightly different than that of the tap. The bottle had a a distinct smell and taste of rye that sat well along side of the hop bitterness and slight malt backbone. I supposed the difference between the tap and the bottle in smell and taste I assuming was the difference in freshness. The fresher version has a more pronounced hop presence than the bottle.

I would definitely keep this in my refrigerator if it were available in Washington state.

On another note, I would categorize this is an IPA rather than a rye beer. I assume the name of the beer is a play on words. It's like a little brother of HOTD Blue Dot, which is definitely considered a DIPA.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap served into a pint glass.

A- Ruby red color, some mahogony and tan hues. Huge creamy head, lingering through the duration of the beer.

S- Smell was sweet and hoppy

T- Very hoppy for a rye beer and well-balanced with the sweetness of the caramel malts. The hops calmed down a bit halfway through and then this became extremely sweet with a nice bitter finish.

M- Creamy and medium bodied, nice full finish.

D- Awesome beer. Highly recommended. Quality stuff from Founders.

Photo of TheYeagermeister
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A--Cloudy amber with an off white head. Does not have too great of retention but sports a nice lacing on the glass.
S--Big on the amarillo hops, piney and resiny, and dark rye bread, faint caramel, toffee.
T--Much less hoppy than the smell. Classic belgian spice flavors up front--maybe plum or some sort of mild dark fruit, clove, candy sugar, caramel, then thick rye bread, then the hops cut through finish ever so delicately and refreshingly. Cleanly, crisply, beautifully.
M--Chewy and yummy.
Overall, this rocks this little Texas girl's world. Shout out to OsNJCB for hooking me up with this one.

Photo of Thur123
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a mellow brownish orange with lots of bubbles and about a finger of off white head. The smell is a mellow spiciness and a kind of bready smell in addition to a juicy smelling hop profile below.

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The rye malt profile is great, it complements the hops nicely and has a complexity throughout the drink that changes from a soft bread flavor to a much sharper kind of spicy grain edge. The hops of the other hand are just really well balanced and perfectly involved in kicking this up. The hops are somewhat grassy but really kind of fruity and bitter at the end with an awesome finish. The mouth feel also kicks ass on this, very smooth and full.

Photo of DAllspaw
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful red amber with tan head. Great lacing throughout, with dimples clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell is great combination of some of the better PAs with an unmistakable hint of rye.
Taste is as good as any pale ale. Great citrus,pine,and bitterness. Mouthfell is reminiscent of SN Celebration Ale.

The rye really imparts a great additional smell and taste with this beer, kind of bready.

This is my first rye beer and I am very impressed.

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful golden caramel copper hue, murky yet richly glowing, with a toasted caramel colored half-finger head of a thick chunky foam that slowly fades, leaving some descent lacing down the glass.

aroma echoes a rich ipa... strong caramely malts paired with some impressive green hopping. pine and herbal hop notes, with just a smidgen of spice. smells beautiful.

taste is even more impressive than the aroma, thanks to a healthy spicy rye that harmoniously intertwines within the rich caramel malt and fresh, piney hops, adding just enough unique spice. a bit of citrus, lemony and fresh. almost a lemon-pepper-rye thing goin' on. This is what I'd imagine a solidly Rye'd IPA would end up - clean, crisp, well defined, and anything but the usually muddled, murky mess that many rye IPAs try to pass as palatable.

Mouthfeel is solidly close to perfect. Carbonation is just a bit rough, although it does cut through the thick and almost syrupy body pretty nicely. Full, rich, yet vibrant and bright.

Delicious. The rye notes add to what seems like an impressive and balanced IPA at it's roots. which is how it should be. The rye notes are delicious and add depth and complexity that's unrivaled. Possibly one of my favorites that I've sampled from Founders.

Photo of Blanco
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour red as the name implies (actually ruby) with a nice white head, solid lacing. Smell is intensely hoppy, very much like an IPA. Again, taste is also hoppy, but not as bitter as the hop profile would make you think. pretty good balance in the flavor. Hops are on the fruity side. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slightly creamy. Very good brew from Founders as usual. Took me a while to finally sit down with one of these, but glad I did.

Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle to an Imperial Pint
NFD

A: A standard pour resulted in a 2-finger cream colored cap that was well retained eventually reducing to a nice foamy cap. Clear and the color was a brilliant orange-brown. Spot lace clung to the glass.

S: Pine and grass hop dominates the smell, much like most IPA's. There was also faint caramel malt and citrus.

T: The spice from the rye was up-front which gave way to a more traditional IPA hop-finish. Hop charcter followed that of the aroma with pine being the most discernible flavor. The resiny hop lingered, but the flavor overall was crisp. As the beer warmend vanilla and caramel were more pronounced balancing the flavor quite well.

M: Moderate carbonation with a crisp moderately dry finish with some lupulin induced slickness. A chewy beer.

D: Great rye flavor without sacrificing the traditional IPA balance of malt and hop. A well rounded beer that I will purchase quite often.

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,892 ratings.