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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Red's Rye IPAFounders Red's Rye IPA

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4,269 Ratings

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Ratings: 4269
Reviews: 1610
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with four varieties of Belgian caramel malts and 100% Amarillo hops.
70 IBU

Formerly called "Founders Red's Rye PA"

(Beer added by: Todd on 02-22-2004)
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Photo of tone77


3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 13:27:43 | More by tone77
Photo of CortexBomb


3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out hazy amber with a moderate 1.5 inch off-white head...there aren't any noticeable particles floating in the beer but it does have a nice sheen. Nose is mainly a hoppish/floral aspect...it reminds me strongly of an IPA, sort of in the style of Two-Hearted by Bell's but not quite as over the top.

Flavour up front is a nice hit of rye (as would be expected) the hops come in softly up front, but then start to make a return during the middle...they aren't overwhelming though, which is s a good thing (TM). A nice dominant kiss goodbye on the part of the hops at the end as well. The finish leaves a strong taste on the back of the tongue. This isn't bad...sort of an IPA made with rye more or less.

Mouth is full, but not remarkable. I wouldn't expect more with an IPAish style. Drinkability is good.

My only real knock on this beer is my main knock with many of these lighter summer offerings, lack of depth. But the beer is good for what it is. No complaints. A quality summer style quaffer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 02:55:08 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of Yesac


3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on trade from jwinship83 - thanks!!

A - Pours translucent orange/copper in color. Thin off white head that stays.

S - I can detect some hops, and another smell that I can't recognize.. I'm guessing that is the rye. Also hints of cherry.

T - Malty dominance, bitter and dry with early undertones. Slight alcohol burn.

M/D - Medium bodied and the after taste isn't bad. Leaves a good coating on the palate. Easy drinker.

Complex and unique, but to bitter(rye?) for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 20:39:19 | More by Yesac
Photo of AgentZero


3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Reddish amber beer that has a uniform haze to it. Egg-shell head rose up a finger and dissipated to a cresent of cap/ring on one side. Thick and chaotic stings left on the sides giving this a somewhat gothic look in the low light.

S - Amarillo hops, caramel, crystalized malts and some rye. A hop forward rye beer, and it's a good combination.

T - Sweet crystal malt and caramel backbone. Typically soft citrus amarillo is soured and bittered with the combination of the rye. Rye really comes through stong on the end, souring and resiny on the end.

M - Medium bodied with a little bit of a syrupy feel. Carbonation is a little harsh.

O - Not a bad beer, interesting flavor and easy to get down. Would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 03:50:29 | More by AgentZero
Photo of wcintula

New York

3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am excited to try this since I haven't had a rye since Mild Winter. Pours a rich copper/amber with specks and a sizable tan head that leaves great lacing. The smell is strong on the hops, grapefruity, mingled with a sweet malt aroma, with a soft wave of rye following. Nice and bitter but I have a hard time detecting the rye amongst the very strong hopping. Smooth body amongst crisp carbonation, refreshing in it's own. This beer is great, can satisfy many a hophead, but I want more rye.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 06:17:36 | More by wcintula
Photo of Meerkey


3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Finger of white-ish head. Muddy light brown with some orange and gold in it.

S: Lots of citrus hops -grapefruit. Faintly sweet. Pleasant enough.

T: Very hoppy. More grapefruit. Bitter and drying. Maybe a tiny hint of grain - rye? So little I can't really tell if it's there.

M: Carbonated and a little dry finish. Alright; nothing to get excited about.

O: Not a bad beer. It tastes ok, but it's just not doing it for me right now. Can't really recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 01:18:34 | More by Meerkey
Photo of DarthKostrizer


3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Orange copper color with a 1/4 inch off white head and no real retention

Smell: Lots of floral hops upfront with just a hint of caramel in the background

Taste: For me the taste was a bit interesting. The way the floral hops blended with the rye wasn't bad but it didn't quite work for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation with a bit of hop sting on the finish

Overall: The beer wasn't bad and I seem to be in the minority on this one but the beer just didn't work for me

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 00:11:38 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a bottled-on date of June 2010 - unbelievable! I bought this a few months back from a UK web-shop, and am not impressed by the age of this beer. More than 2 years old! I'll think twice before I give them my money in the future. With that caveat stated I'm still going to review this, as I don't think I'll be coming across it again soon.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A hazy reddish-amber hue with plentiful carbonation. Produces a massive head of creamy off-white foam with superb retention; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Aroma of grainy caramel malt with notes of earthy yeast, mild rye, seeds, bread and stewed hops. Decent complexity, but little hop character to be discerned.

Tastes of caramel malt with a yeasty character and a bitter finish. Notes of caramel, grain, rye bread, earthy yeast, faint citrus and stewed hops. Slightly sweet and mildy spicy. A dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with decent body. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of sweet, grainy malt, yeast and bitter hops.

Tasty, though almost certainly too old to be in tip-top condition. The rye comes through well, lending a grainy, bready character to the beer. Plenty of yeast presence (presumably due to age). Hops are rather muted, although a considerable bitterness remains. A rather nice brew, but I'm sure a fresh example would be even better. Well worth trying, and I'll grab another if I get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 00:04:38 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of ShreddedThumb


3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 22:57:28 | More by ShreddedThumb
Photo of nomad


3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber with rosy tints on the edges, this shows a slight haze and lumpy, rolling hills of a head. Looks like Swiss cheese and leaves plenty of of clumpy lace on a tulip glass.

Smells of caramel and pine with a small peppery presence. The pine fades quickly to an overbearing ogre of caramel.

Since an amber ale with rye is a fairly de rigueur recipe for homebrewers, especially a certain famous "Denny" recipe, this beer suffers in comparison. So many people have done this on a non-commercial level, many with great success, that I'll be heretical in calling this no better than those. A straight line of caramel, rye spiciness, then hop balance. Has the pepper but not quite the oiliness and calvados-like notes that rye can impart. The brick of caramel also tames the rye as well as the purported 60 IBU's. In all, not terribly different from the brewpub amber ale craze of many years back but a little funkified to interest the beer enthusiast.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2005 13:56:46 | More by nomad
Photo of bigdeuce


3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I didn't know what I was tasting with this one. Lot's of everything, I guess. Didn't seem very balanced and the hops lingered intensely many minutes after I drank it. Don't get me wrong, this is a real good beer. Almost like a hopped up, double American red, is how it tasted to me. Nice rye, grainy taste, I did enjoy that and some sweet malty caramel and juicy, juicy fruits, were a joy. Just a little unbalanced for a Founder's.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 21:51:49 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of kenito799

New York

3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Albert Einstein's deranged brother peering from the label.

Really nice dark reddish amber with a persistent tan head, leaves lots of lacing along the glass.

Aroma is a surprising hop wallop, giant grapefruits rolling through a pine forest.

Lots of bitter aromatic hops start to finish, with a toasty, dry, tangy malt. IMO this is too much a super hoppy IPA made with rye, I would like to enjoy the rye more with perhaps less of a hopslam. As an IPA the malt is too dry. Nevertheless this is enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 03:29:39 | More by kenito799
Photo of berpwillie


3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a copper brown color with good off white frothy head, good lacing, and lively carbonation. sweet bread caramel like smell. taste was much the same with some bitter grass hints. thin slick texture and a light body. pretty harsh bitter bread like finish with an average flavor duration. good brew but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 14:04:35 | More by berpwillie
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose is highly ale-yeast fruity and powdery. Some roasted malt and touch of hop.

Pours with massive head - rocky peak thrice as tall as the beer. Rusty amber color, hazy. Nice sediment on bottom.

First sip showcases spicy herbal hops and rye on a malty bed. Tart, good dose of residual sugar. Good hop bitterness. Fruity sweet with touch of honey. Lemongrass/perfume hop splash. Finishes bitter and leafy.

Over-carbonated. Every careful pour leaves me way more head than I need and there's plenty of carbonation to.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 01:38:03 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of Mit

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark red with a decent head.

S-Very hoppy..not unpleasant at all. You can smell the nutty character in the bouquet.

T-Very hoppy initially with the nuttiness and rye flavors coming through at the end.

M-I was surprised at how thin this beer felt given it's hoppiness and higher abv.

D-It's very drinkable...I made the mistake of bottle drinking a couple of these and for some reason that amplified the rye/nutty characteristics and made it un pleasant. Out of the glass it was stellar.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 17:41:05 | More by Mit
Photo of TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep reddish brown color with a thick unrelenting yellowish white head with a ton of lacing. Smells of hops and rye. Tastes of piny hops, rye, and a little caramel malt in there. Bitterness is just right. Mouthfeel is medium with a good carbonation. Drinkability is medium as well. Best Founder's beer to date.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 04:27:19 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of AgentMunky


3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass.

A: Finger of tight head. Beer is sort of ugly; muddy brown, translucent but very murky. Orange hints. Scattered lace.

S: Clean, hoppy, and dry. Lots of citrus, very pleasant.

T: Hrm. A good pale ale, but nothing special. Hops are slightly metallic/astringent and rye spiciness is nowhere to be found, save perhaps on the drying aftertaste. I wonder if I got a bad bottle -- no visible best before date. There is a heavy amount of citrus on the maintaste.

M: Not particularly spritzy or memorable.

O: Maybe this beer was over-hyped for me, but I don't find anything exceptional here. Still, it's a good enough beer, and I'd be keen to try another one to see if this was a one-off poor experience. In its current form, not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 01:13:39 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of laituegonflable


3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a russet-amber colour, slight dark tinge to it. Head is lacklustre with some nice trails of lace. Not much else to report.

Smell is sugary; nice and complex with malty toffee, raisins and sherry notes. Not hugely aromatic, but nice complex sweetness with a touch of hop resin for grounding.

Taste is a bit blarey; lots of malt on there with a huge flavour development, just earthy sweetness for the majority. Touch of toffee with figs and candied orange peel on there. Robust resinous hop late adds quite a bitterness that is almost phenolic in the way it dominates and subjugates the sweet palate. Not bad, but not a great synergy between the elements.

Not quite as full in the body as I expected given the nose, feels a little bit fizzy in the mouth.

Enjoyable beer, but just reminds me, really, of better beers in the same vein.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 01:46:32 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of sevenarts

New York

3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, rich amber with a modest off-white head and just a bit of lacing left behind.

S: Sweet caramel malt with an edge of rye spiciness and some hoppy pine/citrus notes.

T/M: Well-rounded and balanced flavor with hoppy, juicy grapefruit, mild caramel maltiness, and a good amount of rye spice and pepper. Nice creamy mouthfeel is the beer's best attribute.

O: A fine, tasty rye ale with a good balance of flavors. Really drinkable and nice without being super-strong.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 00:31:50 | More by sevenarts
Photo of microbrewlover


3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a red/ copper color with a mild off white head and moderate lacing. There is heavy carbonation and the brew is mostly see-through.

The smell is strong on rye, grapefruit, orange and pine. There is a strong sweet malt backbone with a hint of caramel. There is also a hint of tobacco taste.

The taste starts with rye and grapefruit then moves to tobacco then finishes with pine. There is a strong sweet malt/caramel backbone which is present from beginning to end.

The mouthfeel is smooth but also a little chewy. There is a pine resin left on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall, this is a well balanced rye beer. It is not as heavy on the rye and peppery spices as other rye's I have had but the strong sweet malt backbone makes up for that. It could be said that this is a rye IPA for those who don't like to be overwhelmed by rye.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 17:26:04 | More by microbrewlover
Photo of lackenhauser


3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice reddish to orange color. Reminds me of a burning sunset. Nice aroma-quite floral and a nice soft hoppiness to it. Bitter flavor upfront. I dont get the rye really. I think the bitterness could be toned down a touch and maybe bring the crispness of the rye thru a little more. Good body. Overall a drinkable beer. Considering the bitterness it was actually quite refreshing. Worth a shot. Thanks to crjmellor for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 01:07:20 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of Prufrock


3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a red wine glass. seemed appropriate based on the color.

pours a deep brownish amber with as much beige head as you want. i stopped pouring to limit it at three inches; it falls with nice lacing into foamy peaks and valleys. dark sediment dots the base. beautiful appearance.

aroma does hint at rye, dominated by a malty, bready sweetness. rich, peppery, full-bodied aroma, with hints of sweet, juicy grapefruit.

taste disappoints slightly from the beautiful appearance and aroma. malty flavors with a gently bitter aftertaste. hints of the citrus flavors from the aroma in the aftertaste as well. overall, far more pedestrian that the pour and aroma would indicate.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 04:28:50 | More by Prufrock
Photo of kingcrowing


3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a muddy red/amber/brown with a small light brown head that's quite thin with light lacing. Nose is malty and sweet, the rye is there but not too in your face. A light hop floral note finishes it off.

Taste is really rye forward, it's got that bitter rye bite that's a bit almost minty. Theres a pretty solid bitterness from the hops as well that rounds it out nicely. Mouthfeel is nice and full.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 01:30:01 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of fitrock2112


3.53/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 00:07:52 | More by fitrock2112
Photo of assurbanipaul


3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark caramel color with a medium head that settles to a thin layer on top. Aroma is rich Cascades, lots of mandarin oranges with some amber malt.

Taste is more rich hops and mild pale malts. Plenty bitter, lots of bready rye malt flavor to back it up. Faint sweetness up front but finish and aftertaste is sticky, hoppy bitter. No trace of alcohol, well hidden despite being a bit higher than normal. I like the bitterness but it limits its drinkability (couldn't session this one).

Mouthfeel is almost hefty but not thick, has some texture to it. Not quite up there with a DIPA but it tends in that direction. Thanks to trbeer for sharing this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2005 02:58:00 | More by assurbanipaul
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