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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,892
Reviews: 1,640
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
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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:
Beer added by: Todd on 02-22-2004

Brewed with four varieties of Belgian caramel malts and 100% Amarillo hops.
70 IBU

Formerly called "Founders Red's Rye PA"
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Photo of poibag808
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a 12oz bottle in a local 4 local beer trade. It pours a nice dark apricot body with a creamy head. Great lacing on the grass. It didtnt produce a strong aroma like I expected but you get nice hoppy/tropical fruits. It has a nice smooth mouth feel that is mildly hoppy upfront, but you get a spice from the rye towards the end that highlights the hops. Im not a big fan of rye beers but I love this beer. I wish I could get it locally.

Photo of BB1313
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle reads 6.6 % abv, no date. Pours a beautiful hazy auburn w/ great head and lacing. Smell is not overpowering but fragrant of citrus that I love. There's a good amount of caramel malt, but the hops shine through. Amarillo dominates. This beer is so crisp and refreshing, every sip got bigger. I could drink a few of these. Founders never dissapoints and really nailed this rye brew. Perfectly executed!

This beer is a must try and can definitely hang with all of your favorite American IPAs. I definitely don't drink this beer as much as I should. This beer is special!

Photo of Reaper16
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive reddish brown with a fluffy, off-white head. The foam dissipates more quickly than I expected, but the notching from the lacing is very nice.

Imagine a neophyte ordering this, thinking "Rye beer. This will be malty, for sure!" They smell the beer and get punched in the nostrils by the hops. Pine -- astringent pine, at that -- is all up in the nose of this beer. Resins and a faint tobacco aroma waft around the breadiness.

The hops are the imminent flavor of this beer. DANK hops splash around the balanced malt. Once you get used to the hops, the rye makes itself known. They rye imparts a rounded quality to the drink... I don't know how else to describe it. Its almost as if the rye body is more naturally suited for balancing a heavy load of hop flavors than a typical malt body. Tannic and resiny, full of the deep, must hop flavor that only committed hopheads can appreciate; this beer has a lot going for it. A delight.

Smooth mouthfeel with some creaminess to the finish. The rye body is doing a lot of positive things here. The carbonation level is just right to prep the palate for the next, dank sip. The smoothness and balance, along with the general tastiness, make this a very drinkable beer. I would love to quaff on a sixer of this all day.

I've heard this described as a pale ale with rye, but what I had on tap was certainly more of a rye IPA. Regardless, the rye characteristics balanced the heavy hops well and added only positive things to the drinking experience. Simply put: its really good. A beer that deserves regular fridge time.

Photo of delta490
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, slightly cloudy red, drifting towards brown. A thick creamy light tan head lasts throughout the beer and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is soft, but not lacking in character, with distinct hops notes of floral and citrus. The taste is excellent, with strong malt flavors balanced superbly by the hops and with a nice peppery notes on the finish provided by the rye. The body is just the right weight and there is a wonderful silky feeling and crisp finish. This is a great rye IPA.

Photo of boomer31
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Reddish hue and cloudy, dark tan head that sticks to the glass

S - Fruit and pine hops up front with a hint of rye. Not as much rye as Summits Rye PA, much more balanced.

T - Huge hop pine forefront with a touch of dry rye malt. A touch of sweetness lingers on the toungue

M - Nice high carbonation and chewy mouthfeel

D - Nice hoppy beer but approachable. The sweetness blends well with the rye malt and hops to make this beer extremely drinkable. Great session beer for a hop head

Overall this is fantastic session beer that balances sweet malts, bitter hops and a dry characteristic. Very nice

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Slightly hazy amber with one-finger, off-white, fizzy head that lasted a couple minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Vivid lemon and pine. Rye.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Citrus and pine hops. Spice and sour Rye.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp.

O: Solid Rye beer. The smell stood out the most to me. Very nice.

Photo of bnuttz
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nicely carbonated crimson color. A dirty tan head form and leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass. The smell of this brew is great. Citrus and pine all the way, a very noticable northwestern hop profile. The taste is very piney, as to be expected from the smell. Some caramel peaks through and tries to add some balance. The rye is definitely present giving the ever famous rye taste and mouthfeel. Overall a fantastic beer. Glad I saw this stuff here in Miltown last week, knowing I dont have to go to Madison for this stuff brings a smile to my face. Simply put a fantastic beer. Much thanks to Skidz for the sample.

Photo of Duster72
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby with lots of sediment from 12oz bottle into tulip glass. Huge tan head with brown speckles takes several minutes to subside. Looks like the top of a root beer float. Head leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is sweet rye. Taste is rye with sweet citrus hops and carmel malts. HInt of bitter at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Very drinkable. Will buy more of these next time. Excellent beer!

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a clouded amber red with a large beige head, large bubbles with scant lacing all around my pint glass. Aroma is wonderful with spicy rye edges and pine and citrus hop layers built around the bready malt base very nicely blended. Smell is really piercing with the sharp rye and alpha acids from the hops it really tickles the nose hairs. Flavor is great with upfront bitterness spicy bready malt layers touch of caramel and biscuit tones with a current of hop flavor including citrus peel, pine cones, and herbs. Touch of alcohol in the finish but it's hard to say where the abv is at in this one. Mouthfeel is medium bodied creamy oily textured and evenly carbonated not bad at all. Drinkability is great one of those beers that is definitely case worthy, I wish I had another to follow this one.

Photo of nickd717
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review notes transcribed from April 2009.

12oz bottle purchased from BeerGeek.biz. Shipping was damn expensive so I'm glad it was good!

Really nice reddish color with a tan head and great retention/lacing.

Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, rye, and some hops.

Flavor is like a RyePA, sweet bready, ryey (not a word, I know) malt, honey, spices, and citrusy hops. Really tasty.

Medium body with a creamy palate.

Very drinkable. I look forward to trying this again for sure. Maybe the best rye beer I've had.

Photo of KMcG
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 2/25

Off-white head dissipates as quickly as it is poured. The color is sort of an iced tea brown with a tinge of red amber. There is a nice lace topping the beer that hangs on to the glass a tad.

The aroma is more on the rye side with hops present but difficult to really identify. The hop character on the nose is more citrus than floral.

The taste is nicely balanced with citrus hops of grapefruit and a distinct rye backing, which mixes in the finish with some bitterness from the hop, as a slight biscuity chewiness. When it warms it seems to get sweeter like brown sugar.

Overall, this a fine IPAish beer. The rye is a nice compliment to the grapefruity hops. The carbonation is light and could be a bit more.

A great beer that I will have again.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured it into a tulip and had a nice foamy two finger head with a lot of lacing left behind. The body is a nice reddish hue and clear.

What a nice hop scent on this one... bitter grapefruit and pine hops smack me in the nose and then a nice sweet-spice combo to finish it off.

I expected this beer to be good, but damn this is better than I expected. It's a remarkable balance of citrus grapefruit, pine, and an earthy spice all backed by a nice sweet malt. The rye is a sidekick to the hops and a great one at that. There's a fresh bitterness to it all.

Mouthfeel is clean, fresh, and creamy. Carbonation is light but crisp. The finish is a little mouth puckering and dry.

I could drink these all night. ABV is respectable but not one that's going to knock you out after a few. The taste makes me want to take huge gulps and not put it down.

Photo of BeerSox
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz twist-off into pint glass.

With an aggressive pour I was able to yield about a one finger head, light tan in color. As it settles it leaves a solid wall of lacing in its place, and eventually turns into a thin cap. Solid lacing along the glass.

Lots of citrus, a little bit of the ubiquitous grapefruit, and maybe a bit of lemon-orange. The citrus mixes nicely with the rye malt, which is a little more tart than wheat or barley.

Lots of the sharp hops in the flavor as well, giving a spicy citrus flavor, and a good amount of bitterness, which is accentuated by the dryness of the rye. The hops also provide a bit of an herbal flavor. Full bodied.

Quite an enjoyable Rye Ale. Slightly tart in the flavor, a good amount of hops, and balanced. Recommended.

Photo of berkey
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A surprise extra off my wants list from a generous trader. 12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

The body of this beer is a very dark and slightly cloudy auburn color. Even with a cautious pour this forms a large and fairly persistent tan head.

Big pine-y and bitter hops and spicy rye aromas are no surprise but I'll admit the rye character jumps to the forefront more than I expected based on my previous rye beer experiences.

First sip and again I'm taken back by the clarity with which the rye is shining though. While this beer is hoppy and bitter enough to keep most hop heads on board they did a great job making the spicy and vaguely tangy rye characteristics the star of this brew. Really quite enjoyable.

Balanced flavors along with the medium body and ABV are begging me to drink this faster. I'm honestly a little upset that only half a glass is left. If this comes in 22oz bottles I'll post an ISO ASAP.

Overall I'm very impressed with this one. Although they're sometimes excellent, many other well known American brews that use rye are essentially American IPA's with rye thrown in to up the complexity. While not quite as hop forward as something like Hop Rod Rye, the way the rye is so skillfully showcased really makes this a special beverage. This would definitely be a regular in the fridge if I could find it locally.

Photo of Mosley1212
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Bay01 for sending this as an extra in our trade. Thanks, Matt! Poured from the bottle into my DFH Signature glass.

A--Poured a rich ruby color with a small, off-white head that dissipated immediately. Not much retention throughout.

S--Grains. Rye is strong and rich. There's a slight caramel/malty finish on the nose.

T--Bitter rye on the tongue. The alcohol is slight, but burns nonetheless. There's a bit of carbonation on the tongue, and slight watery taste.

M--Light bodied, tiny bit of carbonation. Watery feel.

O--This is a good example of the style, but it is not my favorite. I would certainly never pass it up, but I won't be seeking it out.

Photo of rsyberg01
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S - 12 oz. bottle Aug. Notch.

A - Pours a deep copper with an offwhite head. Inviting.

S - Citrus, grapefruit, rye, hoppy notes surrounding all of the scents. Grassy and a little alcohol hint. Very Nice.

T - Bready, citrusy, rye is a big player, bitter hops and grassy notes. Absolutely Delicious.

M - Smooth and creamy with a dry crisp finish. Dude, this beer is great.

D - I could drink this stuff all damn day.

Photo of DuffManOhYeah
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a gem from Founders. I've had it both from bottle and on tap, and I prefer on tap. I could drink this beer every day and be happy. It goes perfectly with anything cheesy.

A- A beautiful deep amber red with an off-white head that fades fairly quickly. Hold it up to the light and bask in its clarity. I'd love to paint my walls this color

S- Very hoppy, as it is a pale ale, with some fruity grapefruit undertones, and, of course, spicy rye

T- You're first hit by the bitter hops but it quickly smoothens out as the alcohol warms you. The rye leaves a spicy after taste that beckons you for another sip

M- Has a very dry aftertaste and the spicy rye slightly tingles the palate. Very smooth all-around

D- Highly drinkable and enjoyable. Goes well with virtually any situation. The best balance between rye and hops I've ever had in any beer.

Photo of JunkYardJake
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to pint glass.
I've been keeping an eye out for this one and finally scored some. So far, everything that I've tried from Founders has been great and Red's Rye is no exception. This beer works well on many levels. It has visual appeal with a deep red/amber color with a great off-white head that laced well. The nose is nice and hoppy with some malt and rye bleeding through. Palate is outstanding from start to finish. Spicy rye and bitter piney hops blast the taste buds and are complimented nicely by the flavorful caramel malts. Finish is semi-dry and very bitter. Overall, this is a well made brew that I could see going well a meal and one that I look forward to having again.

Photo of Purp1eOne
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Amber with red highlight with a slight head

Smell: Nice fruity rye beer smell.

Taste:A well balanced unique rye bite where the dryness and spicy highlight standout.

Mouthfeel: Nice light hoppy/carbonated feel that goes down smooth.

Overall: I think this is a great beer glad I tried. Good hops and a little different from the norm. Will always have a cold one of these on hand.

Photo of KeefD
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark and hazy amber/dark red color with a nice two finger head that sticks around for quite a while, becomes rocky and fades after several minutes leaving some nice lacing. Nice floral and citrus hop aroma backed up by a nice caramel malt sweetness in the nose. Taste follows suit. Plenty of crisp rye flavors, a healthy bit of citrus rind bitterness, sweet in the middle, and dry on the finish. Incredibly silky and smooth on the tongue. Hopppy, semi-sweet, very well balanced and an always welcome edition of spicy rye malt. Very nice brew.

Photo of PhageLab
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint.

A - Clear red oak coloration, sticky brownish head which rode all the way down. Nice lacing. Quite an attractive brew.

S - Brown sugar dominates the nose, with hints of cherries and malt coming through as well.

T - Much hoppier than I anticipated. Now I see the 70 IBUs on the bottle. Still, nicely balanced.

M - Light to medium body, sugary finish, mild carbonation level.

D - Superb. Much bigger and complex than it looked. A true wolf in sheep's clothing. Can't wait to enjoy another.

Photo of SGDJosh
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken on 9/5 at Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop:

Appearance - Amber, dark rust. One finger head that dissipates to light lace on top. The head leaves a trail on the glass as you go. Sticky Icky!

Smell - Big citrus up front, most noticeably pink grapefruit. Very light malt on the nose, smells more like caramelized sugar to me.

Taste – Bam! Smooth citrus is met with that spicy rye note. Just like the nose, it reminds me of pink grapefruit in the summer and the rye carries me over to fall. The rye provides that little kick which evens the whole beer out. Very smooth, very drinkable.

Mouthfeel – Carbonation is perfect and for this medium bodied beer. The hops and rye leave the mouth dry, begging for more.

Overall – Great Rye Pale Ale. Lots of smooth hops with a bit of spicy rye. Delicious!

Photo of hwwty4
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Moshea for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard goblet. This beer pours a deep cherry brown with a big 3 inch head that left some serious lacing. The aroma is definitly more like a DIPA then anything. There is a good bit of grassy hops mixed with just an inkling of rye spiciness. The flavor is a spectacular example of what rye can do for a the flavor profile of a beer. The rye adds a glorious spiciness to what I would consider a good DIPA. With the rye, this mutates into a spectacular tasting beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light carbonation. In my honest opinion, Founders Red Rye is one of the most underated beers produced in the United States.

Photo of beergod1
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a Beautiful crimson red with a creamy tan head. Nicely balanced with its hop bitterness and floral bouquet achieved from the dry hop. In the finish, the generous amount of malted rye used gives it a spicy crisp finish. This is better a little warmer, flavor bursts when around 46 deg. It's not a cloying rye, and the body is lighter than I though it would be...and not in a bad way. Drinkable, maybe not quite a session beer but I think I'll have another.

Photo of bigboobstracy69
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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