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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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4,924 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,924
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 289
Gots: 442 | 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:
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 Truh
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Told I had an acerbic wit with this one on 5/7/2005. 12-oz. bottle gifted from Warriorsoul poured in a shaker glass.

Clinging futon, summer weight, of filmed head that sticks a good bit, laces nicely too. Glowing, practically neon, red hue with haze but still a great deal of ascending action keeping things interesting on the eye. Very hoppy on the nose, and I begin to wonder if rye has some green characteristics to it; some graduated malt essence and a core of white pepper seeps through the hairs. Very smooth, almost silky mouth feel of hop oil riding in a side car to the lemon, rose hip and ginger ale sweetness, although I would almost say it had a lemon grass aspect as well.

Completely gratifying pour with a wonderful medium body to it, perhaps imparted by the rye? What does the rye do? Time to try the black rye!

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

12 oz single purchased at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a nice caramel color with an absolute HUGE amount of head. It took me about 10 minutes to finally be able to get the entire bottle poured. The large fluffy tan head stuck all over the sides of the glass. Picture perfect beer.

S: Huge aroma that consists of caramel malts, rye, and a nice dose of hops. It smells as good as it looks. Is this a rye beer or an IPA?

T: Its not quite as bitter as I expected based on the aroma. The hops are really overwhelmed by the rye and other malts. A very tasty brew, but the flavor doesn't wow me like the appearance and the aroma.

M: A medium body brew with a good carbonation level. The rye tickles the tongue just a bit giving it some extra in mouth interest.

D: This beer packs a punch even though the ABV is not really high. Its just a big full flavored beer.

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.
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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 atpben
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Charlotte Flying Saucer two days ago. Review is from notes taken there. Presented in a pint glass with appearence of hazy dark amber color. It had an amzing aroma with a combination of caramel, citrus, pines, and brown sugar. Taste is excellent too with great balance. The hops were really well balanced with hints of caramel. Pretty well carbonated with a nice crisp finish. Such a great session beer. Another good one from Founders. Looking forward to going to their brewery in May.

Photo of drizzam
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan, a little yellow tint, very little head. There was a ton of sedimate in bottle also.

Smell - Smells like a rye. Hops and malts are there. Got some spices there also

Taste - Wow, nice hop/rye flavor. There is a fairly strong alcohol taste present which i didnt expect being 6.6%. The rye mixeds so well with the hops, you really get the taste the whole time. Nice

Mouthfeel - Great combination really kicks up your taste buds. The mouth, tounge and palette gets a great workout. The taste does last for a bit but doesnt ruin mouth.

Drinkabilty - GReat beer. One of the best ryes out there. Not quite the hop rye killer that hoprod is but very nice and smooth. I really like how the hops and rye work with eachother to create this great beer, i could drink a few of these in one sitting.

Photo of JonMich13
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap 5/13 at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte. Got it free as my birthday beer.

A = Dark amber and clear with a light off white head. Good lacing throughout.

S = Lovely citrusy hop aroma.

T = Very nice citrus grapefruit hop with some sweet malt backbone. Excellent bitter finish with a little spicy kick and warming alcohol. Extremely tasty and well balanced.

M = Medium with some coating hop oiliness. Moderate carbonation allows the flavors to be in the forefront.

D = Extremely drinkable. Tasty and pleasing on the palate.

Excellent offering from Founders. I'm in love with their stouts and wanted to see how they performed in other areas. Very nice.

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

this beer pours a reddish amber color with a tan head that leaves a nice bit of lace on the side of the glass. the aroma brings a goodly bit of malt and peppery rye almost overshadowing the citrus hops. the taste reflects the aroma with a bit of fruity sweetness, before the peppery and citrus finish. very nice mouthfeel for a rye, not overpoweringly heavy, so a very good drinkable rye p a....

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

Pours a clear, dark coppery amber, almost mahogany, with a fine-bubbled beige head. Aroma is strongly hoppy with a firm evergreen overtone. Flavor is richly hoppy and evergreen, just slightly bitter and subtly different from a traditional IPA. Texture is ragged, edgy and quite tingly.

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.

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,924 ratings.