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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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4,701 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,701
Reviews: 1,633
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 249
Gots: 360 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle server in a Pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful amber color which is clear in the beginning but that becomes cloudy in the end. Some particles can be seen floating around. Forms a huge and big bubbled yellow head. Excellent retention and tons of soapy lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Sweet, grainy and quite lemony in the nose. Strong notes of malts and rye. Brown sugar, orange peel with some peppery notes. Tropical fruits. Earthy yeasts

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of caramel malts and rye. Strong notes of citrus fruits (grapefruit, orange and lemon). Brown sugar. Spices: A bit peppery in the mouth too. Delicious 70 IBUs bitterness. Light notes of pine. Earthy yeasts in the very end

M: Medium, smooth body. Good carbonation. Herbal and lemony aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Absolutely delicious PA. My 7th Founders which gets an above 4 evaluation. What else can I say about this brewery?

eduardolinhalis, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of chilidog
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good label goes with this beer as the bottle shows the scetch of a hazy man, Red.
The beer pours a hazy rusty red that looks rich with a off-white head that maintains a thin appearance. Lace is plenty, leaves a thick, ring over-lapping look all glass long. Very nice.
Aroma is a hit as soon as the bottle is opened, citric hop. That citric is carried over to the taste along with pine, grapefruit and a good dose of rye malt. The mouthfeel reflects the blast of hop while leaving a hop oil feel. Drinkability is good for its crisp, near red IPA can get.

chilidog, Jan 15, 2005
Photo of koopa
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Buyrite Liquors.

Appearance: Orangish Red body with lots of shine to it and a stupendous light brown head that had a ridiculous amount of retention and lots of lacing. Its a fantastic looking brew.

Smell: A large amount of rye, some hoppiness, and a strong malt backbone create a delightful nose that you just want to waft and waft!

Taste: This is one smooth rye beer. Huge malt profile that is caramel like but not overly sweet in any way. Resinous and a touch minty.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth med-full bodied brew with a desirably long finish.

Drinkability: No problems getting this one down despite how big it is.

This is one of the best rye beers I've ever had. Seek it out. Another winner from Founders.

koopa, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice crimson red color. The carbonation really came on, even while I poured gently. 2 inches off white foam, left crazy lacing, settled to a nice thick chunky coating. Earthy, spicy nose. The rye definitely comes through....spicy crispness. This is a seriously hoppy beer. Bitter, with some sour citrus notes. Clean finish, makes it very appealing. Fairly highly carbonated. Adds to a prickly, spicy mouthfeel backed up by solid malt. This is unique and tasty as hell.

ILiveOffHops, May 29, 2006
Photo of Mavigo
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

A: pours a clear orange amber color, with a minimal off white head with small amounts of lacing.

S: Smells, sweet, malty, can pick up a little hops, grainy

T: Tastes real good, pretty bitter but not over bearing, really gives me that rye bread taste, as it should, I can also say its pretty sweet tasting as well, has hops but not overbearing as well.

M: Medium carbonation, a tolerable amount, very smooth and crisp, its refreshing with a light after taste.

O: Its another great beer from Founders, Its unique, refreshing, good buy

Mavigo, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of jlh8643
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with no date into an imperial pint glass. An off white rocky head just explodes immediately from the initial pour. It takes several attempts to pour most of the bottle into my glass while trying to leave the majority of the sediment in the bottle. Lots of hop particles and other matter are bottled along for the ride. A deep, hazy, copper body that emits a very floral, resiny perfume with grapefruit aromas. Slightly spicy too. Lace just clump on the side of my glass as I drink. The hops are mainly the focus in the body. Citrus and spicy. Not sure if the spicy part is the hops or the rye but the mouth feel is medium. Finishes somewhat soft with lingering bitterness. A great drinker and fairly complex.

jlh8643, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of THECPJ
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 1/18/2011

A: hoppy, citrus, hint of rye

Ap: orange-brown with 1 finger tan head, minimal lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, crisp, clean, dry

Af: hoppy bitterness, hints of rye, lingers on the tongue, slight citrus

O: well balanced, easily drinkable


THECPJ, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of dmfrench
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Piney, buttery, DIPA-like brew with a hint of peppery rye.

A: Pretty hazy copper/orange body with a persistent two finger cream white head. Lacing everywhere.

S: Sharp, potent, citrus hops with a firm, sweet, and very buttery caramel malt foundation. Perhaps I can smell a bit of rye spiciness, but it may just be because I expect it to be there. All in all, much like a DIPA nose.

T: Quite flavorful for 6.6%! Hops are very resinous, much more piney than the nose, and fill the mouth completely. The malt profile is a bit dryer than the nose suggested, with more of a biscuit feel than caramel. Diacetyl is present, but not as much as was in the nose. I can definitely taste the rye pepperiness, but I wish it was more. Finish is on the resinous hops, and is medium length.

M: Fairly strong carbonation, resinous and sticky, a hair grainy, and perfectly weighty for a sub double. This is not a double; it's not going to feel like one.

D: Not much out of place to detract... high honors.

dmfrench, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of Biggness
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap @ Sunset Grill & Tap. It pours a dark amber with a 2 fingered white head with very nice lacing. The smeel was very nice and hoppy, with a very nice malt base to it. The flavor followed suit, a very nice balance between the two and its alwasy nice what flavors the rye adds to beeds. This beer was nicelt carbonated and the mouthfeel was good and a drinkable brew, but not an all nighter.

Biggness, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Act25
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Founders leads the category again. A beer you will be glad you sampled.

A: pours a deep burgundy/ amber color with lasting rocky head formation, retention, and lacing. Beauty.

S: front is grapefruit, orange zest, herb, and lemon on a bed of caramel malt and evergreens. Want more of it.

T: Starts like the smell, but intense: bold front of grains, rye, and dominant, juicy tropical hop flavors: Grapefruits orange zest, and pineapple flavor compliment the more background grainy, bready flavors. Amber, candied caramel balanced with piney, long, long bitter tingling finish.

B: Great body - creamy, rich, full, and malty. As one review wrote: " beer fills the mouth with an expanding, frothy feel."

Very lively, top of class, must try, original yet not fussy.

Act25, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of drizzam
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the bottle into a clear pint glass. I'll start out by saying the head is phenomenal...2 fingers of fluffy off-white head that maintains forever! The brew is a clear amber/red color.

S - Caramel malt and slight grapefruit esters seem to dominate the nose. Smells like this one could be a hoppy number as well.

T - The hops I got in the nose are definitely abundant. Spicy rye and hop notes with some citrus in the background. Some decent complexity to this one.

M & D - Creamy and thick bodied. Leaves a bit of a hoppy ending lingering on the tongue. 6.8% ABV is well masked. This is an excellent brew...Founders has yet to disappoint me. Anyone who loves IPA's will love this brew (even though it's a Rye). One I will recommend to my friends!

drizzam, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of dkeramaty
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If I can say one thing about Founder's, they do hops right. I love this beer. Appearance is a nice deep red/amber hue (it is a red ale) with a nice off white head, decent retention, and lacing. The aroma was enough for me to know that this beer was going to taste good. I am guessing that it was dry-hopped as it has that nice floral piney hop aroma that I crave. Taste is well balanced with a good malt backbone to follow up the hoppiness. My taste buds are not discerning enough to tell what the rye was doing here but an excellent beer none the less.

dkeramaty, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of iGulp
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a newly tapped keg. The beer poured well with a nice firm head. Overall color was reddish-brown and nice clear viscous, semi-translucent appearance. Easy roll and good mouth feel. Balanced hop taste and a bit of very light sweetness as the beer temperature rose during drinking. Very smooth and balanced taste. Initial heavy hop feel from first sip, faded and became more balanced with subsequent tasting. The smell was average, non-floral and simple. However, the taste offset the nose and delivered a solid IPA taste without an after-taste. A solid beer!

iGulp, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of patre_tim
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange brown like apple cider, highly unfiltered and opaque, lots of bubbles on the glass, 2 finger yellowish head.

S: Rye, hops, citrus hops, molassis, fresh cut grass, fresh garden herbs, feels like I’m about to take a fresh healthy drink like wheat grass juice.

T: Grain, malt, molassis, fresh grass, citrus hops, rye, dull bitter linger at the end. Some qualities such as the breadiness remind me of barley wine, it has a slight sweet undertone, and really does taste like fresh squeezed juice of some herb or grass. Phenominal job on this beer.

M: Medium bready body, medium carbonation.

O: Great beer. Love the freshness, uniqueness, balance, herbal healthy quality, the label, the company, the colour, etc. Great by itself, it would go well with Scottish oat cakes and whipped butter.

patre_tim, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep red body topped with a creamy white (almost off white) head. Very good head retention, which stays with the beer the whole time. There is tiny lacing that clings to the glass.

S: Sharp Amarillo hops on the nose. Also, there's a lot of rich full malt in there. The rye is very noticeable. Grapefruit is also very prevalent.

T: The first thing I noticed was the rye. Then the rest of the malts came later. All the while, intertwined with the bittering hops. It's very well balanced though.

M: It’s a full, rounded ale. It fills you palate and lingers for a bit, but not in a bad way. For a hoppy rye, it has a rather easy after taste.

D: This beer is very drinkable. This would be a great tailgate companion on a brisk day.

MicroBeerMan1980, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of williamjbauer
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle server in nonical glass

A- murky copper amber with 1 finger bubbly ecru head with good retention and moderate lacing

S- hops heaven chiefly pine, grapefruit, and a bit of herbal and grassy notes

T- holy crap this beer is bold. Grapefruit bitter and sour kicks you in the balls but notes of mint, meadow grasses, and earthy herbal spice sooth you off to nirvana. Great rye kick and perfect touch of etoh.

M - full body, moderate carbonation, smooth.

O - one of the best and most unique rye beers I have tried this year. What a great surprise. Founders does it again!

williamjbauer, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of mikeaji
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first taste of Founders Brewing and I must say I am impressed. I am usually bound to buy the typical Belgium Trippel's and Quad's, but this bottle struck my eye at Total Wine. The beer pours a nice red color, and it tastes fantastic. The carbonation is not overpowering and you can taste the Rye and hops. A well balanced beer that I see myself buying in the future. I definitely recommend this beer to anyone.

mikeaji, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of dbossman
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy and quite red; there is a minimal head with fairly quick dissipation; the lacing is good though

S: The aromas are citrusy/hoppy/grapefruit, but overwhelmingly the grapefruit shines through; there is something here that reminds me of a new toy--plasticy and fresh--this sounds bad, but actually I love it balanced with the grapefruit hops aroma

T: Hoppy up front, but the citrus and grapefruit flavors persist to create a balance on the back end of the tongue; there is a small malt presence that also comes out in the back side of the mouth; of course the rye flavors are also here and they are complemented by the previous mentioned flavors

F: A bit carbonated up front and the beer seems to dissipate fairly quickly but most of the flavors, luckily, stay on the tongue

D: While fairly hoppy and a little strong this beer is quite drinkable; actually kind of nice summer session beer.

dbossman, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of wspscott
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adam's glass

A: Dark red, a little bit of orange color,hazy, pours with a thick off-white head that drops but never disappears, leaves a bit of lace.
S: Hops, lots of piney hops, maybe a little citrus.
T: Again, lots of hops combined with some malty/caramel sweetness. Like an over the top APA. The grapefruit from the hops becomes more obvious as it warms up. The rye doesn't come across as spicy (covered by the hops?), it is more in the mouthfeel.
M: There is a creaminess here that I assume comes from the rye, the carbonation is high enough so it doesn't come across as thick. There are enough hops to leave an "oiliness" on the tongue.
D: This is a very good beer, no problem reaching for a 2nd or 3rd. I would like more rye in the flavor, but it adds a depth to the mouthfeel that makes this different from a APA/IPA. I really like this beer, will definitely purchase again. Worth trying.

wspscott, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of Gmann
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty amber brown color with a pillowy tan head that slowly settles leaving a sheet of lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite hoppy, with grapefruit and pine standing out. There is a touch of pepper and candied fruit. The taste is of a solid bready malt with some light caramel notes. This is followed by a grapefruit forward hop profile which also has notes of pepper and candied tropical fruit. There is some nice balance between the malt and hops; everything comes together for a nice spicy profile. Red's Rye is moderate to full bodied with tingly carbonation; finishes with a hoppy bitterness and dry. A hoppy rye brew that is supported by bready malt. Nothing is over the top but there are some big flavors. Very well made.

Gmann, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of m2paulun
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Color is a nice copper/deep amber. A big fluffy head with great retention and lacing forms. Can not wait to try this beer.

S - Strong citrus and floral hop smell. Can definitely smell the rye as well.

T - A lot like the smell. Tastes of grapefruit citrus balanced with caramel malt. The rye comes through, but not too strong.

M - Has a medium body. The carbonation is medium. Nice and creamy.

D - Very easy to drink. The ABV is not too high. I could see myself drinking most, if not all, of the six pack. Compliments a summer day perfectly.

As I have said before, In my opinion Founders can do no wrong. Each new beer I try from them is excellent.

m2paulun, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of SpdKilz
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Beer Friday! A huge thanks to kzoobrew for this beer. Cheers friend!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a scarlet, hazy color. About two fingers worth of head are obtained that dissipate relatively quickly and leave moderate lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - This smells great! Took me by surprise. A definite hop, pine, and grapefruit nose in the forefront. This is followed by some light malt characteristic that has a scent of caramel and then behind that the distinct aroma of rye. There is an additional fragrance mixed in (a good one) that I just cannot put my finger on, but it is certainly welcomed in the mix.

Taste - An immediate bitter hop taste mixed with piney goodness. This is then smacked to the side by a relatively intense rye flavor that I enjoy. I've always been particular to rye bread (memories of a child) so this is right up my alley. Once the rye fades it becomes a hint more citrusy (unripe grapefruit) and then finishes with just a hint of malty caramel.

Mouthfeel - Moderate body, carbonation that has a nice bite to it, and finishes a bit dry.

Drinkability - Very much so. I am really liking how the flavors are mixing together. A very refreshing and tasty brew. I would defiantly have this in my weekend mix during the summer if I had my hands on it, to give me a break from all the D/IPA's I'd be drinking. Would buy again.

SpdKilz, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of lou91
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders has to be one of the best at producing beer that smell and taste so good you forget about the alcohol. Red, opaque with lots of floaties. This rye is rich, silky, malty, caramel and hoppy and oh so drinkable. If this was available in California I would drink this on a regular basis. This is a rock solid red.

lou91, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of Greywulfken
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep amber/amber brown beer didn't produce a head for me (?), but swirling the glass produces a beige finely bubbled foam

S: floral, herbal, woody; citrusy

T: hardy malt and bold hop flavors; some citrus, pine, and musk; rye in the background; rustic

M: bitter, rather full-bodied and chewy

O: another great beer from Founders (no surprise there) - satisfying, gratifying, hearty - truly a rye IPA.

Greywulfken, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of irishkyle21
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really am enjoying the beers I picked up in Michigan and especially the ones from Founders. Red's Rye pours with a small slightly off white head with some lacing. Has a orange ruby color to it.

Smells great, lots of pine, citrus, rye bread/crackers and even more hops!

Loads of hop bitterness on the tongue. Pine, citrus, caramel malts and once again more bitterness. This is a nice treat.

irishkyle21, Aug 15, 2010
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