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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94
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Reviews: 1,646
Hads: 5,043
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 320
Gots: 509 | 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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Reviews: 1,646 | Hads: 5,043
Photo of kbeals
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I never thought I'd say this, but this beer had way too much head. It took nearly ten minutes to pour the beer into the glass since I had to keep waiting for the head to die down. The color is nice though, a deep golden amber color. A lot of lacing obviously. Smell was very malty, a hint of sweetness to it, not really impressive though. Taste was about the same. A little more of a grainy taste to it, overall the taste was pleasing. The beer was somewhat carbonated, pretty smooth and not too full. I probably wouldn't drink more than one or two of these in a night though, I don't think it's really my style of beer. (620 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Dark amber/copper with a generous tan head that hangs around for 5+ minutes leaving a lumpy film on the top with nice lacing.

Smells strongly of floral citrusy hops. I'm reminded of Bell's Two Hearted and Sierra Nevada's Celebration. I like it, but was expecting more rye in the nose.

As in the nose, hops dominate. Still wanting more rye. There's some there, but you really have to search for it over a few sips. Very dry finish.

Nice full mouthfeel. Almost weighted like a good stout. Not a lot of carbonation, but the rush of hops takes its place.

This is a very tasty and drinkable beer. It lacks the presence of rye I was looking for in both taste and aroma, unlike the Black Rye, but its still damn tasty. (750 characters)

Photo of rembrant
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The look is primo,a reddish amber,textbook 2 finger head with good froth and lacing.

Aroma Good. Interesting hops blend with a bit of fruit,grain.

Flavor, Hops have a bit more nip than expected,a familiar hop taste not unlike Sierra PA I am otherwise not noticing a lot of flavors from malts or Rye Holding it in the mouth I can find a touch of pale and caramel malts but from Founders,I kind of expected more,more complexity,more zip. As a "Hoppy" this can't match recent brew's I had from Victory or Bell's

Odd...I drank it mostly from a mug, took the last inch from the bottle and that final sip seemed to have the missing malts and flavors. Was I supposed to shake well before serving?

Mouth....Density + sparkle are about right Hops linger but are not complex,not evolving much. Tasty but below expectations

Drinkable? Yes It's a pretty good beer but there's many PA's equal or better in the price range. Yesterday..had my first KBS and....OMG.
I expected Founders to bring a top PA,but gimme a Sierra, A Mirror Pond,a Burning River,or better yet a Yakima Twilight. (1,075 characters)

Photo of Lauthaha
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 4 ounce taster.

Appearance: It looks good. Dark amber hue speckled with carbonation. Just a tinge of red to it. Moderate-to-heavy lacing as the head recedes. I feel like I will enjoy this one.

Smell: It holds its own. Slightly pungent with a very detectable bitterness. Good rye, good hops. Very little sweetness to the scent. It's above average.

Taste: The large part of the taste is bitter. Slight caramel flavor to it. Citrus and spice notes are present, but are not strong enough to ruin the drink. Aftertaste is strong with this one, and leaves your mouth feeling a bit dry, leading to another sip. :-) I'm happy that the sweetness does not overpower with this one.

Mouthfeel: Very prickly, but in a good way. It stays light on the tongue with active carbonation that doesn't detract from your ability to savor the taste.

Drinkability: It's a little bitter, and definitely too heavy to be considered for a session beer. However, its flavor and bite are good enough to warrant a future purchase or two. It's a good beer to taste, and certainly holds its own. I could drink this on a weekly basis.

All in all, this beer is pretty much a standard rye beer. For what it is supposed to do, it does well. Not my favorite style of beer, but I have nothing really negative to say about it. Give it a try, only you can decide for yourself. *Shrug* (1,386 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Lager Glass]

The pour was a murky medium reddish brown with an average (1-2 finger) light cream colored pillowy head that had good retention and excellent sheeting of sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a dark bread malt, floral hops and a sweaty yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (grapefruit), rye and a mild sweet fruity ester.

The taste was a malty bitter-sweet with a hint of caramel from the onset, progressing into a bold hoppy citrus bitter with a touch of rye and a mild sweetness at the end. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a slight citrus peel bitterness left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was right between light and medium in body with a dry and slightly oily texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this brewer never seem to disappoint, this was a nice hoppy brew with a slight doughy sweetness and just the right touch of rye...

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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 EgadBananas
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber with a finger of fluffy, bubbly off-white head. Abundant lacing, sticky and web-like.

Smell is bitter, oily, flowery, with a crumby, bready malt finish.

Taste is of oily pines, and stark bitterness. Undertones of malts add to even things out.

The feel is clean, and crisp, but leans a bit too much toward the thinner side of things. Maybe the Devil Dancer a while ago ruined me...

Good drinkability, well balanced, nice, refreshing and very satisfying. (469 characters)

Photo of rcusick
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle i've had in the fridge for about 3 months.

a-poured a beautiful, rich, clear dark red into a brooklyn brewery tulip but produced almost no standing head and quickly retreated to a thin layer of foam

s-the beer's smell is pleasant, crisp/piny, but not over powering

t-the taste is rich, surprisingly strong alcohol flavor (i find most founders brews dont taste as strong as they are), with a good bit of the spicyness that comes from the rye

m- similar to a typical pale ale, maybe a bit thicker, but not as much as i would expect from most rye ales

d- drinking the bottle is clearly not an issue, but not sure i would want to line a bunch of these up in a row for one sitting. (693 characters)

Photo of bkrueger
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Thanks to Zeller1 for sending this my way!

Appearance - Pours a quarter inch or so of bubbly off white head. Golden red, clear and clean. The head quickly goes down to leave lacing on the edges which sticks to the glass as the beer quickly loses a couple of inches.

Smell - Rye, burnt malts, hints of peppery spice, hops with sweeter tones of sugary caramel.

Taste - Smooth, creamy, and watery. Lots of cream to go with a balanced malt and hop combo. Malts are very present and give this a sweet texture and taste. Some piney bite gets in there but it is mostly the malts that carry the taste.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth. It has a good combination of all of the tastes and leaves a chewy texture of light bitterness on the edges of the tongue. It is easy to drink but could be crisper for my liking without such a sweet presence. The hops are there though, I'm just too used to our west coast IPA's/DIPA's.

Overall - Very easy to drink and I can imagine this would go great with a sandwich or some BBQ in the afternoon, especially if you had a keg. The rye really shows through and while I would probably drink a Hop Rod Rye instead, this is a very good offering. (1,193 characters)

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Got off work early, pumped....

First Founders review...

Appearance-Couldy. Amber body, towards the bottom a light translucent orange. 1/3 inch light brown head, big bubbles retain and nice lacing.

Smell-Sweet Caramel Malt, and some citrus hops. very pungent and inviting. Really looking forward to the first sip.

Taste-Caramel Malts followed by some citrus. Bitterness throughout. Finish was kind of watery and bitterness stays for a while, can pick up some rye. Kind of dissapointed after the first whiff.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied with medium carbonation, definitely would use more body.

Overall-Kind of pissed because It had a lot of promise, and is still a quality beer that I would absolutely drink again, just a little bit watery for me. Nonetheless, go get this beer if you can. (788 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pour is dark copper, slightly cloudy, denser murky white head. Nose is hopped up, light rye spice and juicy citrus and sticky piney hops. Taste is a bit less fresh hop, spice is mild with a more present malt body, biscuity and chewy, lighter carbonation, soft citrus and sticky pine, very creamy feel, soft body. (312 characters)

Photo of goatgoat
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the opportunity cmurren25.

Poured into a tulip. A nice ruby copper color with a frothy head that falls slowly. Nice sheeting lace.
Aroma is bready, spicy, earthy with a bit of citrus in the back. I'm not getting the kick of Amarillo I expected. Taste follows, with a nice bitter kick at the end.
Not as dry as I would like. It sticks around a little in the mouth. (375 characters)

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip. From notes

A - Medium amber, off white to cream coloured head, good lacing

S - Grapefruit hops, grassy and grains. Some caramel malt comes through as well

T - Predominantly the citric hops (grapefruit and orange) but the rye graininess of it is hidden more than I expected in the back palate. The caramel malt was also back there and gave it a nice sweetness in the end

M - Crisp, dry, medium

D - A pretty easy beer to drink, nice flavours. (469 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into Dogfish Head specialty pint glass on 12/9/07.

A - Poured a cloudy reddish brown with pretty small beige head. Small bubbles permeated the thick-looking body. Head mostly diminished and left minimal lacing around the glass, reminiscent of leopard spots, if you can imagine.

S - Grainy with a burnt buscuity malt aroma and some caramel sweetness is balanced by moderate herbal and earthy hops with some resin and smokey undertones. Slight alcohol tinge is also present. A hint of vanilla creeps out as the liquid warmed up.

T - Starts off with a good balance of malts and hops, but the hops win out in the end. Finishes with herbal hops and some resin. Burnt biscuity malt flavors come out a bit more as it warmed up, as well as some vanilla notes.

M - Medium body with a slick, oily texture and lightly fizzy carbonation. Finish was a bit metallic and bitter on the tongue.

D - Quite a hoppy red ale with lots of flavors and pretty complex hop profile. The rye presence is quite subtle. Good balance of malt and hops at the start, but hops linger for a bit longer, resulting in a moderately bitter finish. (1,131 characters)

Photo of jpmclaug
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Red tinted - amber body with a small white head on top

S - Piney-citrusy hop aroma. Smells a bit spicy.

T - A big pine and citrus hop flavor up front before finishing a bit smoother. Not much lingering bitterness. A spicy rye flavor lingers as well.

M - medium body, average carbonation, very slight stickiness

D - Pretty drinkable. The rye gives it a spicy tinge but this beer doesn't have a lingering bitterness. A solid beer worth trying but I don't see how it is in the top 100. (533 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a very nice reddish brown color with a fluffy 2 finger head taht slowly settles and leaves a nice lace as it goes down. Fruity floral hop aroma fills my noise as I take my first sniff. An interesting first taste as the rye used gives a different type of taste compared to the usual malt profile. Nice an smooth subtle sweetness then gives way to a nice hop bite that lingers. Some citrus rind type bitterness along with fruit and floral. Pretty tasty! Nicely balanced. Medium mouthfeel. Minimal alcohol notes. (523 characters)

Photo of blitz134
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish, garnet color with a voluptuous light tan head. A bit cloudy, but the bottle was inadvertantly stored on its side during chilling, so that might lead to some of the haziness. Head stays 'til the bottom. Great looking brew.

A strongly hopped beer with lots of citrus grapefruit and some lemon grass as well in the nose. Taste is a solid hit of rye throughout. Initially a dark rye bread taste compliments a subtle bit of sweet caramel malts. Finish is dry rye and hop bitterness. Some floral hops come through just before the finish and add a bit of character to this very dry, rye beer. I'd like to see some more sweet malt flavor in this to counteract some of the rye. A good flavor, but not as well balanced as some other rye's I've had. Edit: As I approach the bottom the overwhelming rye flavor has turned me off to this beer. Its decent but needs something to balance this out.

Mouthfeel is fairly full bodied, and finishes dry. Drinkability is okay, a bit unblanced which detracts from its drinkability. I'd just like to see some more malt character. (1,084 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beautiful ruby red. Lacing is nice and thick. I wish there was a bit more head to this. Still good though.

Smell: Very rustic. Rye grain and metallic mineral water (in a good way). Some caramel notes as well. Pretty faint though, but still enjoyable.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pretty decent balance between sour rye and sweet caramel in the background. A bit one note to some maybe, but this definitely high lights good notes. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with slightly above average carbonation.

Drinkability: Kind of a hybrid session and sipper. Pretty versatile.

Overall: Definitely better for rye fans. (612 characters)

Photo of Lupe
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a big fluffy white head. Decent retention and some nice patches of sticky lace are left behind.

Massive aroma of juicy grapefruit and piney hops. Mild hint of spicy rye and sweet malt in the back.

Hoppy, but not overly bitter or sharp. Lots of herbal and floral flavors, citrus, and minty hops abound. Hops are nicely balanced by the malt sweetness and the spiciness from the rye add a nice kick. Finishes with a lingering herbal/floral hop flavor. No bad but the floral/herbal hop character of this beer is not my thing.

Medium in body, smooth and creamy. Tingles on the tongue between the carbonation and spice. Pretty good drinkability, but I wasn't digging the herbal and floral hop flavors. (737 characters)

Photo of antique
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rather nice amber with orange hues that poke through when held up to light. A nice head gives way to a filmy lacing that retains throughout the drink, though it does seem a bit oily.

Smells of pine and hops, with a good deal of citrus here and there too. Not too out of the ordinary for a pale ale.

Mouthfeel is smooth as butter, which strikes immediately, despite the good amount of carbonation. The hops are fairly mild for a pale ale, but linger nicely and that pine smell really delivers in the taste. Big citrus hit and some maple backbone work well with the hints of rye in the head. It finishes a bit malty, but it all works well; it's a refreshing drink above all. It's pretty well balanced as well--sharp and crisp, but there are plenty of fairly complex flavors buried beneath the lid, and each sip seems to accentuate some quality of it above another you'd noticed earlier, which will really keep you coming back.

Overall it's certainly one of the better APAs I've had, but there isn't anything really BIG about it to me, other than its rock solid flavors and the smooth delivery. Nevertheless, recommended, and another deserved checkmark on the Founders Reports Card. (1,190 characters)

Photo of sellmeagod
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A strong and full flavored bitter beer that goes down easily as well.

Some citrus smells, and of course the hops are present too. The pun-name, as cute as it is, betrays the seriousness that is obviously going on here.

The taste is an extreme mixture of many powers: grapefruit, rye, hops, some malt. The taste dies fairly quickly with nothing but a bit of bitterness in the end.

Goes down like swimming in your esophagus, although the 6.6 abv maybe is a bit low. (466 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A--Caramel brown color with half finger of head when poured in my 16 oz. snifter. Spotty lacing.

S--Tropical fruits dominate. This is like a mix of a Belgian Tripel and and IPA. Very crisp and refreshing nose.

T--Not quite as good on the palate, a little too dry of a finish but still a pleasant taste. Malty with a subtle piney hop background.

M--On the thin side and too dry, average

D--Nice beer, but nothing that stands out to me. I would drink this any time it was offered, but won't be buying it again (511 characters)

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass and after pouring a thrid of the bottle the head overtook the glass. Massive thick, rocky head with lots of lacing. Hazy and rusty, off-white head. Smell was a bit strong of a sweet caramel with some hops, almost barleywine-ish. Taste was comlex. Some caramel, little hops, malt, some toasted grain and other earthy flavors. Fuller mouthfeel, smooth and somewhat velvety. Overall a good beer but somethinga about it just didnt hit home for me. (466 characters)

Photo of PerHops
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice reddish amber color with a thin white head. Smell is great. Fresh lemons, grapefruit, rye spiciness and pine. Taste has a lot of spice, but is balanced very well with the citrusy hops and bisquity malt. Extremely well balanced and very easy to drink. Nice carbonation and a good overall drinkability. This is a style that doesn't necessarily impress me most of the time, but this is a very good one. (404 characters)

Photo of OnThenIn
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear with an amber body. The head is a finger high and a golden, tan color, but it dissipated somewhat quickly.

S: hits you up front with some massive citrus notes. It's like you are in a sea of oranges. There is a hint of the malt in the aroma as well. A bit of bready aroma.

T: there is some upfront bitterness followed by citrus and a bit of caramel. Really nothing bind blowingly new, but then again it is a pale ale. The balance however is not what I expected from a pale ale. The balance is too hop forward for me, when it comes to pale ales.

M: a little bit lower carbonation than I expected. Medium bodied but the low cabonation makes it feel thinner than it should.

D: the hop assualt seems a bit on the strong side for a pale ale and there is a lack of malty goodness to back it up. This lack of balance, while dilicous, hurts drinkability. I honestly liked this beer more than the grade reflects. (924 characters)

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