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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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4,653 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,653
Reviews: 1,631
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 241
Gots: 343 | 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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Photo of jmich24


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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

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


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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

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


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.


04-19-2008 00:41:33 | More by drunkmonk
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

03-26-2008 03:51:47 | More by Slynger
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

11-23-2011 22:20:09 | More by GodOfBeer
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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!

09-25-2011 03:01:01 | More by Durge
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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...

06-09-2008 21:33:38 | More by Foxman
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

04-29-2008 01:49:16 | More by GJ40
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

06-27-2008 01:46:52 | More by ColForbinBC
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

10-29-2011 20:36:51 | More by match1112
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

10-08-2010 05:42:30 | More by BamaViper1
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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!

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