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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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93
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4,499 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,499
Reviews: 1,627
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 216
Gots: 291 | FT: 10
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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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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
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Appears a slightly cloudy orange amber with red highlights. An aggressive pour yielded a rocky off-white head topped off at just under a two fingers and left sticky lacing down the glass.

Rye with grapefruit, pine needles, and clean pale malt. Not an overly bold nose and not very deep. But what it does, it does well.

A bright bitter hop character of pine needles and grapefruit balanced out with an earthy, grainy rye flavor and very clean, slightly sweet pale malts.

Alcohol is extremely well-hidden. Medium body with a chewy hop presence and little carbonation.

You would never know this guy is clocking in at just under 7%. A great beer for this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 01:46:52 | More by ColForbinBC
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match1112

Illinois

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

a: cloudy amber with a finger worth of white head that recedes rather quickly.

s: floral bouquet of citrus and pine hops. malt and a little peppery spice.

t: hops with a little malt and rye in the mix.

m: bitter, medium body good carbonation so you know it's alive and not flat.

o: one of founders best and hard for anybody to beat this when it comes to rye beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 20:36:51 | More by match1112
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BamaViper1

Alabama

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

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

This beer pours deep amber topped with a half-inch off-white head. That head dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing is left on the edge of the glass.

Upon inhaling, one is met with immediate hop presence peppered with lemon/grapefruit citrus. There is a little hint of banana fruitiness that hits right before the smell of rye and malt.

A wonderfully hop-filled nose compliments the rye and malt backbone of this beer. Grass and citrus are present as well with a light fruit, slightly alcohol-filled, rye finish that goes on and on.

In the mouth, this beer has a light-medium body with just the right bit of carbonation to make the hops pop. A light film at the end allows the finish to go on forever.

This beer is very drinkable; it's light enough to keep you coming back and complex enough to make each sip very interesting. Overall, a quality beer from Founder's. Get you some Red's RyePA ASAP.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 05:42:30 | More by BamaViper1
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

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

A delightfully hoppy rye beer, both in aroma and taste. Brilliant reddish amber - in a good way - with pleasant levels of head and carbonation.

Aroma has tropical fruits with resin highlights, while the flavours balance hops against a stiff caramelized rye & malt backbone. The alcohol is dangerously hidden, with little to no burn - just a delightfully bitter finish.

An excellent beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 01:11:57 | More by hopsolutely
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dchester

Pennsylvania

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

Great appearance. The head-to-beer contrast is quite beautiful with nice lacing. First thing you smell is grapefruit and slightly burnt caramel. To me, the taste is in-line with the aroma - very citrusy, fruity and crisp, with that backing of malt. This beer is very smooth with a nice hit of hoppy bitterness at the top of your mouth as it goes down.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 23:50:34 | More by dchester
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Ruger

Kentucky

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

A - Pours a beautiful copper red, with a cream white head and moderate lacing.

S - Strong hops, and citrus and finishes with a nice malt presence.

T - Wow, tastes just like grapefruit juice I love it! Along with other citrus fruits and pine. Sweet and bitter very tasty.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 01:55:20 | More by Ruger
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Hypersomnia

New Jersey

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

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

Has a very obvious grapefruit nose. With some slightly different maltiness that I am going to have to attribute to the Rye. If you rub it in your palm and then smell it (little trick a friend taught me), it has a very obvious rye aroma.

Burps have a nice rye taste with a bit of grapefruit. lol ;)

Finish lasts a LONG time and has a nice rye flavor to it.

As it's warming the aromas are getting more intense (and more yummy). This is very drinkable, I could definitely drink lots of these, very flavorful/tasty but not like getting punched in the face. Just got a "mmmm that's tasty" out of me.

This definitely brings the thunder (to use a Gary Vaynerchukism).

Seriously (although it's kind of funny) this is probably one of the best burping beers ever, it tastes almost better to me when I burp then when I first drink it. Just for that I think it deserves a high taste and drinkability score.

As I drink that last few sips, when it had really warmed up this is really really tasty. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 01:43:01 | More by Hypersomnia
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Surly87

Minnesota

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

Pours a beautiful copper-amber color with a half-inch off white head. Good retention.

Citrusy aroma with a hint (just a hint) of some kind of spice (perhaps from the rye?).

Seems very well balanced between a bit of caramel maltiness, an explosion of bold hoppy bitterness, a hint of citrus, and a bit of spice presumably from the rye.

Very smooth. Interesting brew. I think I'll have to pick up another.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 00:38:19 | More by Surly87
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dakid618

Illinois

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a murky red color with a half finger of light tan frothy head that leaves thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell is pretty mild but a balance of citrus hop smell and biscuitlike smell, I can't tell which is more dominant. Taste is instant rye/wheat flavor immediatly followed by smooth Amarillo hops and malt. Taste is strong but not overpowering. Medium bodied mouthfeel that coats the tongue with rye flavored goodness. Very drinkable, I session this beer at my favorite beer bar often. This has been my go-to beer lately on draft but have had this bottle in my fridge to review and they taste very similar. This is my second favorite beer to eat spicy foods with(second only to alpha king) and truly a treat when you want a flavorful beer that doesn't destroy your pallate. Quite simply a great beer from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 22:47:00 | More by dakid618
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a dark golden orange/amber color with golden burnt orange hues when held to a light and a two finger off-white head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with hints of earthy pine, citrus rind, rye and caramel malt. Slightly toasted with hints of biscuit and a good balance of sweet rye and fresh hops in the nose.

Full boded for the style with lots of dank, resinous oily hops countered by a slightly toasty, sweet malt backbone. Nice hop presence up front with a good balance of earthy,dry bitterness and sweet citrus flavor. Hints of grapefruit and orange peel as well as some earthy pine. The malt backbone is sweet with a prominent rye character as well as hints of subtle caramel, biscuit and toffee. Really well balanced, refreshing and insanely drinkable with a slight dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 04:14:05 | More by corby112
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nrbw23

Ohio

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

A- Pours a clear amber color with a nice thick white head that left good lacing. Looks really nice.

S- Pine and citrus hops jump right out at me. Then maybe if I search for it a bready and rye malts comes to me.

T- Very good! Nothing over powering here. Follows the nose really well. Very well balanced.

M- Medium to thick in body. Very smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Very impressed with this brew. Easy to drink and will come back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2008 08:23:43 | More by nrbw23
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Holland

Illinois

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

A: it's red, yes. Nice color, one finger head, decent lacing and fine top stay throughout the drink.

S: floral hops, sweetness, citrus, bitter hops, pine, and some malt - I detect a small amount of rye

T: the rye and malt really come out near the end of the taste. First the hops and all those associated flavors with a bitter taste and some citrus and pine, then the rye takes over, and the malt finishes off.

M: medium bodied, medium carbonation after the initial smooth feeling. Just coats the tongue enough for the malt to stick for a nice aftertaste.

O: this is drinkable, delicious, and well crafted. It was $9 for a 6 pack in Michigan. I'll buy it again if I see it.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 01:26:01 | More by Holland
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hellcatsjg

Virginia

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

Appearance: Amber/light brown color. Pinky size head that reduces to the slightest of tan head as you go. What is left stays around though.

Smell: Spicy rye smell along with a citrusy hop aroma. Very pleasant.

Taste: Starts off with the hops in command. Very citrusy with a slight bitterness, along with a good sugary sweetness and perhaps a slight hint of caramels. As it warms, though, the rye makes an appearance. The spicy rye becomes more powerful as you go which makes for a nice complex taste.

Mouthfeel: Good medium thickness that you would expect here.

Drinkability: Surprisingly high. I thought this would be the type of beer I would try and just think was so-so from the name. What you get, though, is a tasty brew that rewards you as you go with a good change in taste after warming. Alcohol is not present at all which always adds to a beers drinkability. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 01:01:34 | More by hellcatsjg
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Dan3279

Ohio

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

I have had my eye on this beer for a long time and I jumped on the chance to drink this when I saw it on tap at the B Spot in Eaton.

The beer was served to me in a pint glass with a dark amber body and a two inch white head that left a nice lacing around the glass.

The aroma was solid with some strong citrus hops, rye spice notes and some malty sweetness.

This is a complex tasting beer with a lot going on. You got a lot of bitterness from the hops, then some spice notes from the rye and the sweetness of the malts. A lot of different flavors going on, but they are blended together so well.

The beer had a medium body with a decent amount of carbonation, easy drink and leaves a nice lingering after taste on the pallet.

Overall another solid offering from Founders, I am glad that this is an easy beer to get and I can find it whenever I'm in the mood for it. On a side note to me this almost comes off as a light version of Devil Dancer. That is not a knock on either beer because I really enjoy both of them but when drinking this beer it really reminds me of Devil Dancer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 00:27:12 | More by Dan3279
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macster

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a cloudy, opaque reddish orange hue under a huge, thick and frothy beige head. Superb head retention throughout with a trail of thick lacing. Pleasant, moderate aromas of pine needles, caramel , lemon rind, spices and rye toast meld together nicely. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a spritzy carbonation. Initial flavor seems dominated by the malts revealing a subdued caramel, toffee sweetness. This quickly transcends into a hefty hop and rye flavor profile showing off assertive notes of grapefruit, pine, rye seeds and spicy black pepper. Finish is a mouth-puckering combination of a chalky-like mineral dryness and hoppy bitterness which hangs on nicely. In the end a great balance of the malts, hops and rye to create a pleasurable, unique style.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 03:15:25 | More by macster
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Sweasty

Texas

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

Red's Rye pours a hazed dark caramel color. Things are topped off by a healthy two fingers of bone white head. Head falls to a ring and leaves sticky lace down the glass. A nice beer to look at.

Moving onto the aroma. Malt strikes first. Sweet caramel dominates Some light baked bread notes back things up. A restrained touch of rye makes an appearance. Rye strikes a bit of a spice note. Citrusy, somewhat juicy, hops hit next. Citrus smells of grapefruit, with a light bit of tangerine/orange underneath.

The hops are bit more dominating on the palate. Bitter grapefruit hits first. Grapefruit notes turn a bit piney. The hops lend a bit of a drying quality mid way. A solid malt backbone rounds things out. Spiced caramel, with a hint of a sour edge, pop underneath the layers of hops. The rye is more pronounced near the end, lending the finish a touch of a rye bread quality. The finish has a drying hop quality inviting one to take another sip. Things end with a lingering herbal bitterness.

Red's Rye sits squarely in the middle of medium bodied. The carbonation is a light bit boisterous. It lends a bit of lifting, spritzy quality.

Red's Rye is one of the best rye beers I have tasted. Its also a nicely balanced IPA. The rye is present, but never overwhelming. The caramel malt, and citrusy hops strike a nice balance. The alcohol never gets in the way. The drying hop qualities make this more drinkable than it should be. I tip my hat to Founders for creating a tasty world class quaff.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 01:23:19 | More by Sweasty
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rangerred

Tennessee

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a slightly hazy medium rust with a decent head that dissipates to a thin lacing on top of the beer. Good lacing clinging to the glass.

Aroma is very piny along with some caramel maltiness. Hops dominate, however.

The flavor is a wonderful piny hoppyness at first leading to nice malty notes. The spiciness from the rye is quite evident along with some caramel malt. A moderate bitterness is present throughout and lingers for awhile.

Overall this is a very nice beer. Everything is balanced and where it should be. Something I could drink over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 00:46:57 | More by rangerred
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Natural510

Ohio

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

Pours a crimson red with thick, dense foam which slowly dissipates into a thin layer of lacing.
Smells sweetly malty with a bang of citrus hops.
Sweet, orange-marmalade flavor from the malt is complemented by the resinous bite from the hops. Hops are of course noticable, but not overdone. Extremely well-balanced with a dry finish.
Nice reverberation from the hops in the mouth, crisp & satisfying.
Fine example of a rye beer; perhaps not as innovative as it is balanced, but that's jsut fine by me.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 12:30:19 | More by Natural510
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,499 ratings.