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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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93
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4,559 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,559
Reviews: 1,630
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 226
Gots: 314 | FT: 9
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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:
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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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish, brown pour with thin lacy head

S - Citrusy and hoppy with a hint of grain

T - Initial only citrus taste leads to more balanced citrus, hops and rye

M - Medium body, medium carbonation and medium crispness

D - Well balanced Rye... have had more extreme rye's but this one is nice and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 15:22:06 | More by rfgetz
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youngblood

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber/copper with a large white head. Leaves lace as the beer disappears.
S - Lots of hops, predominantly grapefruit and lemon. Some sweetness hidden underneath too. Very nice.
T - Lots of fruit here. Again strong grapefruit, some pear, very fresh fruits. Some spice and sweetness going on also. Very very complex. Leaves an almost apple resin on the way out.
M - Slightly chewy and sticky. Leaves mouth slightly dry.
D - Very drinkable. No reason one can't have several of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 13:26:32 | More by youngblood
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com

Poured a light mahogany red colour with a brown tinge... Creamy tan head poured thick and foamy and faded to a nice thin layer...

Aroma - Nice bready malts, some roastiness, light caramel sweetness, figs, brown sugar, faint trace of rye, slight floral notes, citrusy hops, grapefruit fruitiness, some pine...

Taste - Lightly toasted malts followed by nice spicy rye notes, fresh bread, toffee, citrus fruits (oranges and grapefruits), piney and grassy hops, marmalade, slightly nutty, bitter aftertaste...

Feel - Quite smooth with only a slight sharpness. Medium body. Incredibly drinkable for 6.8%....

Overall - An excellent and supremely well balance brew... definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 10:23:00 | More by mdagnew
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a dark hazy red amber with two fingers of creamy beige head. Lacing was present but light.

Aroma is very enticing. Sweet and malty. Another reviewer had mentioned root beer and I have to agree. That's a great way to describe it.

A nice medley of citrus hops, sweet biscuity malts and a sharp bitterness at the end. Nicely balanced.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Terrific and very drinkable beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 00:50:52 | More by Monkeyknife
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jmich24

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Duvel Tulip Bottled 5-13-11

A: Dark ruby red, one big finger light tan head sticky lacing nice head retention.
S: Big citrus hops, touch of spicy ryeness. Sweet carmel malts
T: Complex flavor thanks to the rye and sweet carmel malt. Big citrus hop. Nice lingering bitterness.
M: Big creamy mouthfeel for an IPA/Rye ale. Finished bitter and wet.
O: Overall this is an excellent beer. Complex malts bill, big citrus hoppiness. The rye and amarillo has a place in my heart.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 01:39:29 | More by jmich24
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Mauerhan

California

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a standard pint glass. pours a cloudy amber hue. has a nice creamy head that retains quite well. slight lacing.

has a nice smell to it. I smell some citrus, some earthiness, but alot of hops and some malts.

taste is good. very good. a very well balanced beer. from the initial sweetness through to the bitter bite to the beautiful aftertaste. i love the way this beer tastes.
i get alot of the maltiness and hops. although its from a entirely different brewery and style it seems like a cousin to pliny the elder.

beer is very smooth. nice amount of carbonation. and with an aftertaste that leaves you coming back for more again and again i think that they have a winner with this one.

solid A

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 05:46:03 | More by Mauerhan
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HeyItsChili

China

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful reddish amber with a thin tan head.

S - Red's Rye has a really strong, sweet, vibrant aroma to it.

T - Sweet sweetness. Roasted malt, mildly piney. Crisp. Citrusy, of course the rye adds a nice spicy layer.

M - Medium bodied, sort of creamy, mild carbonation

D - Delicious. I've said it before, but I've yet to try a Founders beer that I don't absolutely love.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 01:23:56 | More by HeyItsChili
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jjhbrfdds

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours mostly amber with a little red,nice little redish copper head that dissipates quickly,no mistake this beer is a rye from the smell and taste malt and rye and nice hop balance,it reminds me of the caraway seed in a loaf of rye bread,not overpowering but wanting another slice,this is an easy drinker and a solid rye

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 16:11:59 | More by jjhbrfdds
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Atlas1

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this beer a while back, after my wife brought several Founders bottles back with her from a trip to Michigan. Didn't have time to type in my review that day, but was able to jot down a few notes for posterity. Here they are...

Red's Rye appears a dark orange/red color, with yellowish hues at the base of the glass. There is a nice range in colors here. Thin head with good retention, and some lace. The nose is very fresh, bursting with piney hops and strong citrus. The taste presents a buttery peppercorn sensation, with the rye much more noticeable in the aftertaste than on intake. Also, there are both heavy hop and caramel malt notes here. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but also crisp, with a dry finish.

This beer is delicious. It goes down easier than its 6.8% ABV might suggest, but its also a very complex beer. Both sweet and savory, this brew deserves your complete attention. The folks at Founders have delivered another fantastic creation.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 21:15:09 | More by Atlas1
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kels

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is such a perfect go-to beer for any occasion, meal, etc. Really well-balanced and refreshing. I'm surprised it took me this long to review it. Review on a bottle-pour into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lovely orangey-red, almost rusty-colored moderately clear beer with a huge 2 1/2 rocky tan head that's a mix of thick froth and pockets of bubbles. Lacing is sticky and huge throughout the entire drink.

Smell: Light grainy maltiness comes through the big citrusy hop presence.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is bursting with bitter, sticky citrus - like grapefruit and lime rind. A solid chewy, but not sweet malt backbone comes through. The alcohol is present, but I have to look for it. The flavors are very well balanced. The hops aren't overpowering, but definitely announce their presence while being evened out by the nice maltiness. Mouthfeel is wonderful - the retained head lends creaminess and the carbonation of the beer makes it moderate and refreshing.

Drinkability: Definitely high. I really enjoy this beer because it packs a lot of flavor and really nice feel without being overpowering or unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 20:14:14 | More by kels
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Copper/orange in color, with a bubbly head which mostly diminishes.

Smells of floral hops.

Tastes unique. Hoppy, thats for sure, but also a grainy spice in there too, to compliment the fruity hop/malt interaction.
Mouthfeel is smooth and makes me want another sip.

This may be the best rye beer Ive had. If you want a RYE-P.A. this is as good as any.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 16:06:58 | More by Stinkypuss
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appears a cloudy deep copper amber color. 1/2" of white head that sticks around. great lacing.

smells of a little rye and citrusy hops. taste follows suite and is well balanced with malt, rye, and hops.

very smooth mouthfeel, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 03:37:29 | More by jmdrpi
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GRPunk

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- A thin, tan head quickly settles into a nice lacing that leaves lots o' sticking to the side of the glass. The beer was a cloudy copper color with light carbonation.

S- It smells a lot like an American IPA. There were floral and grassy hop aromas mixed with the rye scent.

T- It had a nice "dry" flavor. Robust hop tones of grapefruit and pine with a rye flavor that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

M- Quite clean. The flavor doesn't really linger past the dry finish.

D- I could easily down a couple of these in a sitting.

Overall- I was quite cautious going into this drinking. I had all but convinced myself that I didn't care for the style. However, this goes to show that it's not a bad idea to come back and give something another try.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 22:25:19 | More by GRPunk
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drunkmonk

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of DavidEddie. Thanks Dave

Reddish orange, with a nice creamy off white head. Nice spicy citrus and some floral aromas mixed with a bready malt background. Flavor is a fantastic balence of citrus hop bitterness and sweet malted rye. Finishes a small bit bitter and a small bit sweet, very crisp. Ethanol is not a factor here, this stuff goes down nice and easy. Balence is what this ale is all about. This might be my new favorite rye ale.

Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 00:41:33 | More by drunkmonk
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 8/19/2013. Pours lightly cloudy reddish orange color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, orange rind, caramel, floral, pine, spicy rye, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus hops with moderate caramel/rye malts; and great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, orange rind, caramel, floral, pine, spicy rye, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, citrus zest, caramel, floral, pine, rye, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance and complexity of citrus hop and moderate rye/caramel malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic rye pale ale! All around awesome complexity and balance of citrus/pineapple hops and moderate caramel/rye malts; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 05:50:04 | More by superspak
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littlelorib

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2/06/12 according to stamp on bottle.

Appearance: red amber, slightly cloudy, very little head. Smell is hoppy with lots of grapefruit. Taste is wonderful - grapefruit with little spicy hints. Just the right amount of carbonation.

This is a winner in my house.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 00:08:38 | More by littlelorib
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Buebie

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown stuby 12 oz twist off into a pub glass. The color is a redish copper, transparent. Produceing a 1 inch tan head. Receeding to leave a thin cap and smallish lace.

Aroma of juicy greapefruit hops, rye spice, caramel malty sweetness, toasted whole grain bread.

Taste is prodiminatly grapefruit and pine hops with plenty of malt to back. Buttered caramel rolls. Mouthfeel is slick and creamy, carbonation present throughout, but laid back. Finishing clean and crisp with a modest linger of pine.

Delicious brew! Goes down really easy.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 19:44:47 | More by Buebie
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garcia2a

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great taster for the July Fourth. This poured a deep ruby color with light carbonation. The beer has a wonderfully big head that was retained for the entire drinking period.

The bouquet is a sublime mixture of grapefruit, sweet malt, balanced hops, spruce and tangy rye. This translated to an unusual taste. Nice rye and malt on the forefront, followed by sweetness. The ending is a spicy hit of bready tones and rye.

I found the mouthfeel to be kinda big, but the flavors keep the mouth occupied. I think that overall this was a wonderfully tasty beer, that while big, was balanced and primed the drinker for another. Will stop by Mr. Capone's and grab some more, but this time I'll save them for a cool October evening when I have some dried cherry wood in the fire pit.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 19:21:09 | More by garcia2a
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Slynger

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice raspberry amber color, with a creamy orange tinted lid.

Sweet caramel and big citrusy amarillo's. Delish, but not very rye smelling.

The taste is everything the scent suggests and more. Sweet fresh oranges and caramel, bitter rind and spicy rye. Medium-full body with lots of prickly-spicy carb.

Enjoy and don't pass by another excellent Founders offering. Definitely a fridge stocker, you will want to sip this sud regularly.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 03:51:47 | More by Slynger
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GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy copper/amber with a thin white head, lots of lacing and good retention.

Smells of piney, resiny hops with some toasted, caramel malts. Some sweet fruity aromas as well. Smells like an IPA with a touch of rye.

Wonderful loads of sweet, fruity, caramel malts balanced very nicely by spicey, resiny, piney hops. Nice and bitter, the hops definitely dominate the palate here. The rye isn't very noticeable, but it is there and I wouldn't know it if it wasn't labeled a rye beer.

That being said, overall this is a wonderful beer, a great Pale Ale indeed, they really need to get this stuff to Ontario.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 22:20:09 | More by GodOfBeer
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aubuc1

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle (unknown date) poured in to a shaker pint glass.

Pours a hazy light brown with a thick off white head.

Piney hoppy sweet smell. Seems pretty simple but precise.

Taste is very hoppy, but not too bitter. Very nice. Much like it smells, but fuller. Slightly chalky.

Good mouthfeel and the crisp hoppiness makes it extremely drinkable.

One of the best of this style I have had.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 22:01:36 | More by aubuc1
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Durge

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy deep orange brown colored brew with a healthy big bubbled off-white head and modest lacing. The aroma says cat piss hops, a little grassy citrus bite and a little caramel malt sweetness. The flavor brings sharp hop bite, lemon and grapefruit over what I find to be a proper rye bread touch. It’s finely but prominently carbonated in a medium-light bodied brew. Awesome!

Serving type: growler

09-25-2011 03:01:01 | More by Durge
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Foxman

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy new-penny copper with orange highlights. A finger of pithy light tan head sinks to patchy surface foam. Chains of lacing link up along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, the grain is a mix of caramel malt and deli rye, both sweet and savory. The hops are pulpy and notable with orange and grapefruit. Fruit and flower hint mildly as well.

Upon tasting, the grain is simply sumptuous, again with sweet caramel and earthy, savory rye. The hops pop up and squirt orange, pine, and dusty dry grapefruit. Rye re-asserts with a tangy note that leads into a conforming, lightly baked biscuit toasty touch. The finish is a gradually building crisp bitterness that lingers in a very dry way. It has a very fetching balance of sass and pertinence, damn near the best of both worlds.

Light to medium bodied, it flows easily, moving along and closing with a gutsy, softly biting glow.

As much as I enjoy good deli rye bread, this is indeed the finest use of the grain. The sharp tang joins the glassy hops to blend into a very refreshing and graciously drinkable quench-fest. The long finish keeps the rye on the palate, just the quality you want if your goal is to really enjoy this beer. Simply said, this is a do over, and over, and over, and...

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 21:33:38 | More by Foxman
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Anthony1

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin off-white head that leaves bountiful lace. The aroma is a tropical fruit melange. And some of that resiny taste in the background. The taste follows suit to an extent. You've got your tropical fruit blend. But also some sweet marmalade like tones. The bitterness is sharp, yet clean. And there's a dulled spiciness present that is a contribution from the rye rather than alcohol I believe.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 23:38:44 | More by Anthony1
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer on tap at Slow's BBQ in Detroit on a business trip. My buddy ordered one and liked it. After reading the description on the beer menu and smelling his, I had to try it.

It's got a brown / copper color with a small but effective head. The fruity, hoppy aroma really benefits from the dry hopping. The floral and fruity hop flavor dominates from start to finish. It's not bitter at all. There's a definite malt presence to balance the hops.

I'm not normally a big red fan but the hops really make this one. This is an extremely drinkable beer that I could enjoy all night long.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2008 01:49:16 | More by GJ40
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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