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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93
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5,019 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,019
Reviews: 1,656
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 313
Gots: 491 | 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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Ratings: 5,019 | Reviews: 1,656
Photo of Mit
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark red with a decent head.

S-Very hoppy..not unpleasant at all. You can smell the nutty character in the bouquet.

T-Very hoppy initially with the nuttiness and rye flavors coming through at the end.

M-I was surprised at how thin this beer felt given it's hoppiness and higher abv.

D-It's very drinkable...I made the mistake of bottle drinking a couple of these and for some reason that amplified the rye/nutty characteristics and made it un pleasant. Out of the glass it was stellar.

Photo of microbrewlover
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a red/ copper color with a mild off white head and moderate lacing. There is heavy carbonation and the brew is mostly see-through.

The smell is strong on rye, grapefruit, orange and pine. There is a strong sweet malt backbone with a hint of caramel. There is also a hint of tobacco taste.

The taste starts with rye and grapefruit then moves to tobacco then finishes with pine. There is a strong sweet malt/caramel backbone which is present from beginning to end.

The mouthfeel is smooth but also a little chewy. There is a pine resin left on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall, this is a well balanced rye beer. It is not as heavy on the rye and peppery spices as other rye's I have had but the strong sweet malt backbone makes up for that. It could be said that this is a rye IPA for those who don't like to be overwhelmed by rye.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose is highly ale-yeast fruity and powdery. Some roasted malt and touch of hop.

Pours with massive head - rocky peak thrice as tall as the beer. Rusty amber color, hazy. Nice sediment on bottom.

First sip showcases spicy herbal hops and rye on a malty bed. Tart, good dose of residual sugar. Good hop bitterness. Fruity sweet with touch of honey. Lemongrass/perfume hop splash. Finishes bitter and leafy.

Over-carbonated. Every careful pour leaves me way more head than I need and there's plenty of carbonation to.

Photo of Klym
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a stone nonic. Thanks to Cavery for the share.

A: Poured a still and mostly transparent amber with an unusually large bubbled frothy head. Rorschach lacing.

S: Wow this smells out-of-this-world delicious. Wonderful rye character with a delicious citrus/pine hop presence. Tropical fruits give a great background. I want this beer.

T: No!! Hits with bitterness that quickly gets medicinal, and mellow to allow in some of the sweeter citrus and tropical fruits but the medicinal bitterness still lingers. What an incredible let down.

M: There's no good mouthfeel for aspirin. But, medium body with medium carbonation.

O: I'm hoping there's something wrong with my bottle or something and I can retry this and get the nose to be the mouth on this one. As it is, though, the bitterness is near-impossible to get past to find some enjoyment in this beer.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very deep and dark burnt amber and ruby, forms a finger and a half of lightly tan head.
S - Hops, grapefruit and a malty breadyness due in part to the rye addition within this brew.
T - Bitter hops and bready malts. Rye is pushing it, you'd have to really hunt for it. Drinks more like a hop dominant, bitter red ale.
O - A very good IPA, not great, but very good.
V - Bought as a single, unsure of value.

Photo of bjoyce12
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great color, substantial head on pour. Beautiful appearance. Taste was disappointing. The bottle I obtained had a very distinct rye taste and smell. If you like rye, this one's for you. It comes as advertised; it's not called "Red's Rye" for nothing. I was hoping for some sweet undertones, maybe a little burnt sugar to offset the rye, but not to be.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a russet-amber colour, slight dark tinge to it. Head is lacklustre with some nice trails of lace. Not much else to report.

Smell is sugary; nice and complex with malty toffee, raisins and sherry notes. Not hugely aromatic, but nice complex sweetness with a touch of hop resin for grounding.

Taste is a bit blarey; lots of malt on there with a huge flavour development, just earthy sweetness for the majority. Touch of toffee with figs and candied orange peel on there. Robust resinous hop late adds quite a bitterness that is almost phenolic in the way it dominates and subjugates the sweet palate. Not bad, but not a great synergy between the elements.

Not quite as full in the body as I expected given the nose, feels a little bit fizzy in the mouth.

Enjoyable beer, but just reminds me, really, of better beers in the same vein.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass.

A: Finger of tight head. Beer is sort of ugly; muddy brown, translucent but very murky. Orange hints. Scattered lace.

S: Clean, hoppy, and dry. Lots of citrus, very pleasant.

T: Hrm. A good pale ale, but nothing special. Hops are slightly metallic/astringent and rye spiciness is nowhere to be found, save perhaps on the drying aftertaste. I wonder if I got a bad bottle -- no visible best before date. There is a heavy amount of citrus on the maintaste.

M: Not particularly spritzy or memorable.

O: Maybe this beer was over-hyped for me, but I don't find anything exceptional here. Still, it's a good enough beer, and I'd be keen to try another one to see if this was a one-off poor experience. In its current form, not recommended.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I didn't know what I was tasting with this one. Lot's of everything, I guess. Didn't seem very balanced and the hops lingered intensely many minutes after I drank it. Don't get me wrong, this is a real good beer. Almost like a hopped up, double American red, is how it tasted to me. Nice rye, grainy taste, I did enjoy that and some sweet malty caramel and juicy, juicy fruits, were a joy. Just a little unbalanced for a Founder's.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip. Murky reddish copper body with a one inch khaki head that settles to a cap and ring. Patchy lacing throughout the drink. Aroma is grapefruit, herbal hop, rye spice, and caramel malt. Taste is light malty sweetness all the way through, piney and floral bitterness, spicy rye bite, and some citrus fruit. Medium body, creamy texture, moderate carbonation, and a bitter spicy finish.

Photo of nomad
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber with rosy tints on the edges, this shows a slight haze and lumpy, rolling hills of a head. Looks like Swiss cheese and leaves plenty of of clumpy lace on a tulip glass.

Smells of caramel and pine with a small peppery presence. The pine fades quickly to an overbearing ogre of caramel.

Since an amber ale with rye is a fairly de rigueur recipe for homebrewers, especially a certain famous "Denny" recipe, this beer suffers in comparison. So many people have done this on a non-commercial level, many with great success, that I'll be heretical in calling this no better than those. A straight line of caramel, rye spiciness, then hop balance. Has the pepper but not quite the oiliness and calvados-like notes that rye can impart. The brick of caramel also tames the rye as well as the purported 60 IBU's. In all, not terribly different from the brewpub amber ale craze of many years back but a little funkified to interest the beer enthusiast.

Photo of kenito799
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Albert Einstein's deranged brother peering from the label.

Really nice dark reddish amber with a persistent tan head, leaves lots of lacing along the glass.

Aroma is a surprising hop wallop, giant grapefruits rolling through a pine forest.

Lots of bitter aromatic hops start to finish, with a toasty, dry, tangy malt. IMO this is too much a super hoppy IPA made with rye, I would like to enjoy the rye more with perhaps less of a hopslam. As an IPA the malt is too dry. Nevertheless this is enjoyable to drink.

Photo of CortexBomb
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out hazy amber with a moderate 1.5 inch off-white head...there aren't any noticeable particles floating in the beer but it does have a nice sheen. Nose is mainly a hoppish/floral aspect...it reminds me strongly of an IPA, sort of in the style of Two-Hearted by Bell's but not quite as over the top.

Flavour up front is a nice hit of rye (as would be expected) the hops come in softly up front, but then start to make a return during the middle...they aren't overwhelming though, which is s a good thing (TM). A nice dominant kiss goodbye on the part of the hops at the end as well. The finish leaves a strong taste on the back of the tongue. This isn't bad...sort of an IPA made with rye more or less.

Mouth is full, but not remarkable. I wouldn't expect more with an IPAish style. Drinkability is good.

My only real knock on this beer is my main knock with many of these lighter summer offerings, lack of depth. But the beer is good for what it is. No complaints. A quality summer style quaffer.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Orange copper color with a 1/4 inch off white head and no real retention

Smell: Lots of floral hops upfront with just a hint of caramel in the background

Taste: For me the taste was a bit interesting. The way the floral hops blended with the rye wasn't bad but it didn't quite work for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation with a bit of hop sting on the finish

Overall: The beer wasn't bad and I seem to be in the minority on this one but the beer just didn't work for me

Photo of Yesac
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on trade from jwinship83 - thanks!!

A - Pours translucent orange/copper in color. Thin off white head that stays.

S - I can detect some hops, and another smell that I can't recognize.. I'm guessing that is the rye. Also hints of cherry.

T - Malty dominance, bitter and dry with early undertones. Slight alcohol burn.

M/D - Medium bodied and the after taste isn't bad. Leaves a good coating on the palate. Easy drinker.

Complex and unique, but to bitter(rye?) for me.

Photo of Prufrock
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a red wine glass. seemed appropriate based on the color.

pours a deep brownish amber with as much beige head as you want. i stopped pouring to limit it at three inches; it falls with nice lacing into foamy peaks and valleys. dark sediment dots the base. beautiful appearance.

aroma does hint at rye, dominated by a malty, bready sweetness. rich, peppery, full-bodied aroma, with hints of sweet, juicy grapefruit.

taste disappoints slightly from the beautiful appearance and aroma. malty flavors with a gently bitter aftertaste. hints of the citrus flavors from the aroma in the aftertaste as well. overall, far more pedestrian that the pour and aroma would indicate.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a bottled-on date of June 2010 - unbelievable! I bought this a few months back from a UK web-shop, and am not impressed by the age of this beer. More than 2 years old! I'll think twice before I give them my money in the future. With that caveat stated I'm still going to review this, as I don't think I'll be coming across it again soon.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A hazy reddish-amber hue with plentiful carbonation. Produces a massive head of creamy off-white foam with superb retention; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Aroma of grainy caramel malt with notes of earthy yeast, mild rye, seeds, bread and stewed hops. Decent complexity, but little hop character to be discerned.

Tastes of caramel malt with a yeasty character and a bitter finish. Notes of caramel, grain, rye bread, earthy yeast, faint citrus and stewed hops. Slightly sweet and mildy spicy. A dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with decent body. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of sweet, grainy malt, yeast and bitter hops.

Tasty, though almost certainly too old to be in tip-top condition. The rye comes through well, lending a grainy, bready character to the beer. Plenty of yeast presence (presumably due to age). Hops are rather muted, although a considerable bitterness remains. A rather nice brew, but I'm sure a fresh example would be even better. Well worth trying, and I'll grab another if I get the chance.

Photo of Marty30
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.Served at about 45 degrees.

A. Nice clear burnt orange body with 1 inch off white head. Very little carbonation.Good lacing.

S. Grapefruit is the first thing I smell, followed by bread and grains.Smell is not very strong or complex.

T. Taste is like the smell very bitter all the way through on this one.

M. Mouth is nice medium feel that stings the tounge a bit, pretty smooth.

D. At 6.6 ABV I could drink a sixer no problem.Very bitter.

Overall I enjoyed this beer don't think I would buy a case but definatly another 6er. This is my first rye beer, alot like an IPA. I would recommend this brew. Another good offering from founders

Photo of wcintula
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am excited to try this since I haven't had a rye since Mild Winter. Pours a rich copper/amber with specks and a sizable tan head that leaves great lacing. The smell is strong on the hops, grapefruity, mingled with a sweet malt aroma, with a soft wave of rye following. Nice and bitter but I have a hard time detecting the rye amongst the very strong hopping. Smooth body amongst crisp carbonation, refreshing in it's own. This beer is great, can satisfy many a hophead, but I want more rye.

Photo of AgentZero
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Reddish amber beer that has a uniform haze to it. Egg-shell head rose up a finger and dissipated to a cresent of cap/ring on one side. Thick and chaotic stings left on the sides giving this a somewhat gothic look in the low light.

S - Amarillo hops, caramel, crystalized malts and some rye. A hop forward rye beer, and it's a good combination.

T - Sweet crystal malt and caramel backbone. Typically soft citrus amarillo is soured and bittered with the combination of the rye. Rye really comes through stong on the end, souring and resiny on the end.

M - Medium bodied with a little bit of a syrupy feel. Carbonation is a little harsh.

O - Not a bad beer, interesting flavor and easy to get down. Would drink again.

Photo of Meerkey
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Finger of white-ish head. Muddy light brown with some orange and gold in it.

S: Lots of citrus hops -grapefruit. Faintly sweet. Pleasant enough.

T: Very hoppy. More grapefruit. Bitter and drying. Maybe a tiny hint of grain - rye? So little I can't really tell if it's there.

M: Carbonated and a little dry finish. Alright; nothing to get excited about.

O: Not a bad beer. It tastes ok, but it's just not doing it for me right now. Can't really recommend.

Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, rye. Taste is somewhat bitter, spicy, hops, rye, a bit of citrus, very dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a solid beer.

Photo of kristen56
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Great color: dark, redish amber color. White head thats moderately thin. Scents of hops came through right away. It definitely has some fruit notes as well. It has a light earthy taste as well. Almost more like grass as opposed to those heavy earth tones. The hops taste lingers yet it finishes off nicely. Very flavorful and a great overall IPA.

Photo of wingman14
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an redish orange with a white head. Smell was good with a nice hop aroma mixed with some fruityness in there. This had a bitter bite with plenty of hop and citrus notes. The rye came through but not as powerful as one would think. A decent balance, the mouthfeel was good, but had plenty of bite and kick to it. A long lingering aftertaste mixed of many flavors. A good offering from founders, but rated lower consider I had this one after trying other founders beers.

Photo of tykees88
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- dark brown red. red tinted white head. lacing very nice.

S- hops, and more and more hops. Followed by a peppery smell with rye.

T- taste is hop front and a strong pepper hop finish. The middle is a wet rye bomb.

M- wet damp carbonated alright.

O- it's alright. maybe rye beers aren't my thing. it's ok, won't drink it again though

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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