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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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4,854 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,854
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 270
Gots: 397 | FT: 8
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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 blackcompg
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours a finger of khaki head, body is a hazy red amber, decent lacing and a solid cap throughout.

Smell - Ripe peach and plum, pumpernickel, and big floral hops, smells delicious.

Taste - Wow, really big fresh rye/pumpernickel bread, bready malt, slight sweet/tartness of plum and peach skins, floral hops abound throughout the sip, and all of this riding a backbone of slight fruit sweetness and a whiff of toffee. Finish is dry pumpernickel crust and carraway.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, but not coating - full flavored, but still finishes clean and on the dry side, carb is medium but smooth, providing just enough cleansing and crispness to usher in the clean, dry finish.

Overall - This is such a great example of balance and complexity. Such a tasty brew, and available year-round. This is a must try, not too sweet, too tart, too bitter, too dry, too alcoholic (which is perfectly hidden) - this really is the best of all worlds, 2 thumbs way up :)

Photo of NEhophead
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz brown bottle served in a tulip.

Amber with oak and burgundy highlights. The head sits up about 2 inches high; dense foam that plasters the tulip's sides and rim leaving lacing with equal durability.

Sweet caramel aroma with notes of vanilla. Spicy rye; pumpernickel. A real nice blend of sweet and spicy aromatics. Faint hints of floral hops and a touch of mustiness.

Spicy rye up front over faint citrus, green apple, and floral notes from the hop character; rather complex. Over the active hop spice character is a pleasantly sweet, malt backbone: caramel with note of raising and fig. A full, clean bitterness is followed by a spicy citrus aftertaste.

A full, medium body. Active yet smooth in spots; very well balanced.

What a flavorful, unique offering. Great eye candy, great flavors, and a really good balance on a beer that would probably fit every season.

Photo of jmarklan
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a stunning light red, head has decent retention and leaves thick rings of lacing.

Smells of citric hops, caramel, and rye.

Taste: Heavy grapefruit and pine from the hops, caramel is present but isn't quite as prevalent as in the nose. The rye malt is present throughout and blends with the hop bitterness very nicely.

Feels light/medium bodied, a bit slick with the hop resin. Smooth. Despite the bitterness, this is very drinkable.

Overall: So this is a rye beer? What a treat. Another excellent beer from Founders.

Photo of Mistofminn
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass.

Slightly hazy red orange color. I love the color on this one. I don't know this Red character, but I like him already. A lively carbonation, and a decent tan head that just does not go away. Literally, the head lasted the entire drink, maybe 10 to 15 minutes. Impressive lacing as well.

The nose on this one is strong citrus fruits. I love it already. Grapefruits and a piney hop character hook you from the get go. There is also a caramel tone to it, as well as the rye.

Taste is everything I hope it would be. A Rye IPA. Hmm. If this were a style in itself, I would be a huge fan. I love the combination of the citrus grapefruit and the piney hop bitterness. No too much rye here, but thats ok. I think if rye were more prominent it would take away from the IPA base. I think this should be categorized as an IPA, rather than a Rye beer, but I'm still a huge fan.

Smooth and sharp, I like the carbonation bite it has. Very smooth and silky. I love the drinkability too. For a cheaper brew, this is an amazing deal. Boy am I glad Founders made it to Minnesota.

Photo of mikeriley
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly murky copper with an inch or so of fluffy, off white head; the head mostly dissipates, but a few islands of suds stick around til the very end. Smells of piney, resinous hops with some bready malts underneath. The bread and caramel start to poke through as it warms...

Taste is heavy on the West Coast hops up front, but studious sipping reveals quite a bit going on. A sturdy malt base sits right on the middle of the palette, occasionally peaking it's head out from under the layers of hops. The rye adds a slight bite, and there's a subtle boozy complexity beneath it all.
Mouthfeel is medium, a little prickly from the hops and rye, slightly sticky. Finishes long and bitter, leaves you wanting another sip.

A damn nice beer; quite balanced for such a hoppy brew, there's plenty of complexity to keep you interested while still being easy to drink.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 05/03/11

A: Pours a hazy golden orange/red with almost no head. Does manage to leave some decent lacing

S: A good dosage of hops along with a nice malty background and some spicy rye

T: Follows the smell, with some nice amarillo hops and spicy rye. Malts help to even this beer out and make it extremely balanced. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed

M: Medium body with fairly light carbonation

O: A great rye beer that truly proves that you can pull off both rye and aggressive hopping in the same beer. Check this out for sure if you can find it

Photo of Urbancaver
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- pour very rddish orange with a decent amount of head. A bit murky. Great lacing

Smell- lots of hops on the nose. Some malt background, specifically rye hints coming through.

Taste- some great hop flavors first and foremost with a solid rye backbone. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel- a thicker ipa feel with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- nicely drinkable for a hoppy beer. Finished a glass with no difficulty

Photo of ToddT
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep cooper color topped with a thick off white head. Head is long lasting and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Strong nose of grapefruit and pine hops. Notes of rye and spice as well.

T- Starts off sweet with a definite rye taste, then the hops kick in, a strong mix of pine and grapefruit. Hops trade back and forth between sweet and bitter, very nice balance. The rye comes back for the finish along with a little bit of spice and some alcohol heat. Finish has a lingering note of hops but not oily, just a nice final note.

M- Medium in body and good carbonation. Finish is dry with a lingering hop aftertaste.

D- Very drinkable and at 6.6% ABV not overly strong. The alcohol shows up at the finish with some heat.

Well balanced rye IPA not the best I've ever had but close.

Photo of biegaman
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fiery rust and Tuscan clay - Red's Rye integrates dark browns with bright reds and has tawny orange act as intermediary. A very worn, off-white patch of head is sandblasted across the top and manages to imprint a minimal number of tiny marks of lace as it sinks. Its complexion is pressed with a light haze although it shines with resilience when held into the light. This is among the most astonishing blends of colour I've witnessed in a beer.

Sweet, roasty malts and bitter, citric hops are presented as different sides of the same coin. The aroma is an illustrious display of vibrant, resinous and fruity lupullin but doesn't compromise an ounce of its thick, chewy maltiness. There's caramel and grapefruit; beers that are both *this* hoppy and *this* malty always impress me. It's like the insides of the kiln meet the fresh air of the forest. I'm already foaming at the mouth...

The very first sip made me start to convulse, as if I was part of a mystic, enchanting ritual where I became possessed by some sort of hop deity. (I'm not kidding, my limbs flailed!) Each following sip would prolong the trance. Notes of grain husks, toasted bread, charred grapefruit, grilled melon, pine sap and dark caramel all linger with resounding flavour. Each sip is sufficient to fill your mouth with enough flavour to last for a long period of time.

This may have an extra little bit of alcohol and bitterness but it's every bit as refreshing (if not more) than any of it's lower strength, lesser IBU peers. In fact, it does them one better by being more filling, too. The Belgian caramel malts really do impart a sweet richness which, right on cue, is quickly crushed by the pounding citrus of an Amarillo dry hop. This is lightly spicy, pleasantly citric, deliciously sweet, agreeably toasty and gratifyingly hoppy.

I don't know who Red is, but I like his Rye ale. He obviously shares my affliction for hops and my taste for well crafted, well rounded beer. This offering is deserving of its reputation and then some! If only the people of Grand Rapids knew how lucky they were. And I'm lucky too; after two trades turned up infected bottles of this stuff, I have BuckeyeNation to thank for finally hooking me up with a good sample... actually, a great sample!

Photo of droomyster
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark, hazy ruby red with a nice tan head. Smells like a sweet IPA: caramel covered apples and a candy tartness. Taste is well-balanced between a green apple bitterness, candy tanginess, and caramel sweetness. There's also a woody element that I find enjoyable. This is a very big and bold beer and I dig it, big time.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured with a massive 4F of fluffy, sea foam head sitting on the deepest of amber colored body - heavy chill haze. Tons of lacing.

The smell was nothing but fresh cut pink grapefruit... it dominated any/everything else which might be in there. Ok, touch of sweet spices comes thru as it warms.

Fresh grapefruit carries thru into the flavor, with a little piney and minty hop thrown in for good measure. Light amount of sweet bread maltyness helps to keep this from being too astringent.

Wow, what a smooth MF for such a sharp flavor. Oily smooth in the mouth, with a good crisp bite in the finish.

I would gladly have 2-3 of these in a row without getting tired of them. Very nicely balanced and finished.

Photo of Gtreid
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reveiw from notes 12/22/10. On-tap at Stubby's pub and grub, Milwaukee.

A: Clear red color. Pour produced 2 fingers of slightly off white head that left nice rings of lace.

A: Big time fresh hops. Citrusy and piney, with a strong enough malt backbone to give it some balance, and just a hint of spice from the rye.

T: Again more citrus, piney, and grassy hops. Grapefruit, orange, and tangerine, with pine sap. Caramel malt balances well. Finishes somewhat dry and bitter, but smooth.

M: Medium body, crisp and clean. Carbonation is spot on.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is dangerously high! Overall, this is one fantastic brew, just another reason why Founder's is at the top of the hill when it come to craft beer. Skal.

Photo of gmfessen
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a ruby-amber color with an off-white, bubbly head. Smell is dominated by spicy hops. Taste boasts the same spicy hops with a smooth finish, alcohol is hidden well. Beer is medium bodied with a creamy consistency and not very much carbonation. This is a tasty beer and is thus very drinkable. I would recommend this beer.

Photo of bound4er
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been dying to try this beer and it did not disappoint.

A. One finger off white head sits atop a hazy, orange/red liquid giving way to lots of carbonation bubbles. The head never disappears - it stays about 1/4" thick to the end of the glass.

S. Citrus hops and caramel malt breadyness with a hint of rye spiciness. Really nice nose that becomes even more aromatic as it warms.

T. Very tasty mix of citrus hops (tangerine and grapefruit) with cracker and rye malt goodness providing nice balance and flavor interest. Finishes with prickly bitterness that invites you back for another sip.

M. Smooth mouth feel in a medium bodied frame. Nicely carbonated.

D. For a year round offering, this is an excellent beer (Founders does the same thing with their Porter and IPA). It perfectly melds big, bold hops with a nice malt bill for excellent drinkability. Glad to have finally tried this - it will be part of my regular purchase rotation.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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?

Photo of chilidog
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of koopa
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Mavigo
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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

Photo of kplooki
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of jlh8643
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of THECPJ
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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


Photo of dmfrench
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Biggness
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Act25
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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