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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94
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Reviews: 1,647
Hads: 5,046
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
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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 nortmand
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep mahogany red. Absolutely gorgeous. Bit of tan foam and accompanying lace.
Smells like a nice, bitterly rich rye bread with a side of grapefruit. Very nice.
Tastes salty sweet up front, with a tart bitterness, followed by a round, sweetness. Ends lightly bitter, not overpoweringly so. Could use a bigger maltiness, or more rye flavor. I just love rye so much.
Rich, delicious mouthfeel, with a supporting bubbliness.
Very drinkable. Get this if you can. (468 characters)

Photo of blitz134
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish, garnet color with a voluptuous light tan head. A bit cloudy, but the bottle was inadvertantly stored on its side during chilling, so that might lead to some of the haziness. Head stays 'til the bottom. Great looking brew.

A strongly hopped beer with lots of citrus grapefruit and some lemon grass as well in the nose. Taste is a solid hit of rye throughout. Initially a dark rye bread taste compliments a subtle bit of sweet caramel malts. Finish is dry rye and hop bitterness. Some floral hops come through just before the finish and add a bit of character to this very dry, rye beer. I'd like to see some more sweet malt flavor in this to counteract some of the rye. A good flavor, but not as well balanced as some other rye's I've had. Edit: As I approach the bottom the overwhelming rye flavor has turned me off to this beer. Its decent but needs something to balance this out.

Mouthfeel is fairly full bodied, and finishes dry. Drinkability is okay, a bit unblanced which detracts from its drinkability. I'd just like to see some more malt character. (1,084 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby twist-off bottle.

Appearance: Deep copper/amber pour that is slightly cloudy. A fluffy dusty off-white head forms. Lovely lacing clings to the glass. A few hop floaties in it but not much. The head retention throughout the entire beer is stunning. Lacings throughout the entire session make for an impressive looking brew.

Smell: Wonderful light citrus and pine notes. A touch of grass and maybe some bready notes mixed in there too. This smells like an APA or maybe a lighter IPA (looks like one too).

Taste: Hop bitterness up front. More towards the pine resin and grapefruit end of things. Finishes very nice with a wheat bread and slightly malty finish. No alcohol noted and definitely nothing off. Wonderful balance of hops and grain.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy, fluffy with a clean finish.

Drinkability: Man, what a great beer! Probably more geared towards the hop heads but this grain base and aftertaste just really round out the experience. I have to admit, whenever I see "rye beer" I think of some nastly ol' dry rye toast. However, both renditions from Founders (red and black) have truly been an enjoyable experience. Seek out and enjoy. Outstanding for sure! (1,207 characters)

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what an exceptional brew!

The pour is good but unassuming - the beer is a deep amber brown with a sticky dirty tan head which lasts throughout the glass.

The smell is very, very inviting - some very strong citrus hops notes with a very distinct grain as well. It's a very clean smell - there's nothing heavy or cloying suggested in the nose.

At first all you taste is the hops - there's a very present citrus hop note of grapefruit rind. Fortunately it's not an over-the-top smack in the face, it's actually a very skillfully balanced flavor. Once you've gone past the citrus there are some very nice grain notes - mostly a roasted grain with that golden-brown toast flavor and a light touch of rye as a balance note. Then by the end of the sip you're back to the hops, a mixture of citrus and fresh cut grass - very green and fresh tasting.

Mouthfeel is very good - this is a medium bodied brew with a bit of thick feel on the tongue but there's quite a bit of large carbonation bubbles to clear the palate at the end of each sip. Light bitterness at the end to crisp up the experience; a good way to end each drink.

All in all a very experience - it hits all the notes I look for in an excellent beer. It's very well balanced and obviously the work of a craftsman who's proud of their work. Now all I have to do is work out a regular trading route so I keep this in permanent rotation!

[Many thanks to TikkiGodxxx for including this one in the trade - this is an outstanding brew!] (1,506 characters)

Photo of Brian700
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep red/amber color with a light tan head about an inch high. The smell was mostly hops with a hint of pine. The taste was supprisingly bitter. There seems to be a significant amount of hop addition to beginning stage of this beers creation. They are very noticable in the flavor and more subtle in the aroma. The taste is great. There is also some malty sweetness with a crisp alcohol finish. Moderate carbonation and full body. This is a very drinkable beer. I should have bought the lot. I highly recommend it. (533 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07/13/05- Received via trade with Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Copper colored pour, huge and I mean huge fat large bubbled head which literally took up a third of my glass. Very nice lacing as an added bonus.

Smell- Grapefruit and pine hops control the scene here. Maybe a bit of toasted malt in the background with a tiny touch of rye as well.

Taste- This one is a nicely well balanced brew. The hops are definitely there, but they aren't harshly in your face like some other brews. These hops are fruit and pine flavored and are soooo smooth. Toasted malt is lightly added as well as a small touch of rye.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and a bit chewy. Medium carbonation level. Easy drinking beer to be sure.

Drinkability- Right up there with Hop Rod Rye in my book. Another fine beer to add to the "session" list. Damn, that's right...I can't get this on the west coast :( Thanks much Jetsbeer! (970 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice reddish to orange color. Reminds me of a burning sunset. Nice aroma-quite floral and a nice soft hoppiness to it. Bitter flavor upfront. I dont get the rye really. I think the bitterness could be toned down a touch and maybe bring the crispness of the rye thru a little more. Good body. Overall a drinkable beer. Considering the bitterness it was actually quite refreshing. Worth a shot. Thanks to crjmellor for the sample. (433 characters)

Photo of macpapi
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a somewhat murky reddish-copper color, with a light head. Not totally opaque, and the carbonation to glass bottom is easily observed. It has a deep malty aroma, with heavy hints of citrus--almost like grapefruit. Also present is a tinge of caramel or chocolate. Tastewise, it has a malty, full-bodied flavor with a bit of a rye kick for a pleasant aftertaste. There are definite citrus flavors as well. Red's Rye is full, but smooth, and surprisingly easy to swallow, despite its being so sharp going down. Overall, I would say that this is a beer that is eminently enjoyable, but only when sipped slowly in order to understand its true complexity. Definitely worth drinking again and again.... (711 characters)

Photo of blackthistle
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle w/ twist-off cap; $1.79 for single bottle; no freshness date

Pours a brilliantly clear ruby color with a nice tan head of tight creamy bubbles that produce beautiful lacing right down to the bottom of the glass. Malty sweet smell with some caramel overtones followed by a citrus-like hops aroma. This medium bodied ale's flavor profile is dominated by a citrus hops flavor and bitterness, but with enough of a caramel-like malt sweetness to back up all that hops. Also some spicy notes probably from the use of rye as well as from the hops. Not typical of a lot of rye beers, but quite refreshing and enjoyable. (634 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Heavy fogged over bottle brown with a scarlet glow. Big, yellow cigarette stained cap of foam. Resides down slowly to a slim mushroom cap and the lacing is amazing with tons sticky snowflake sheeting.

Solid hoppy aroma of raw, fresh, green, floral hop cones. Leafy with a grapefruit mush and floral sweetness twisted in with airy pine. Tilted towards a pungent edgeyness and floating behind it is a welcome toasty breadyness.

Toasty and hoppy flavors build and place all sorts of fun intricacies within a toasty rye bread caked with torn and tatteredly taken from the vine, hop cones. Great little slips of lightly souring bitterness revealing parched white grapefruit, leafyness abounds, bits of pine tar, and fine tuned dryness carrying into the finish with a caring of character. Subtle grassy spice, mint, and smoked leafyness engages some areas of the finish as it evolves.

Slippery, yet set with a bold rich intensity in a medium body feel with very controlled toasty tones and heavy hop handedness. Fluffy textured with hops, smooth, warm, and toasty. Oh...and damn yummy! Another fine addition to the Founders family. Unbelievably delicious and drinakable. Enjoy. (1,180 characters)

Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've tried this beer twice now, once on tap at the brewery in Grand Rapids, MI; and once out of the bottle, back home in NC. I fell in love with the one on tap.

The beer pours a brilliant ruby red, which isn't too surprising given its name. The creamy off-white head accentuates the red beer underneath. And it stays there throughout your beer experience.

Wow...the aroma! Grapefruit and more grapefruit, followed by hints of malt and the malty sweetness. What an inviting aroma, and what made it better was that it was unexpected. I didn't know what I'd get for aroma with a rye beer.

The flavor matches the aroma with the grapefruit/citrusy notes. (These are BIG notes!) But there is a malt presence, especially as it warms some...but mine was gone before I could let it warm too much.

A medium "plus" mouthfeel. There is some chewiness to this beer. You know that you're not drinking a 4.5% beer!

Overall a real winner. Try it over the July 4th weekend as part of your RED, White and Blue theme.

(If I were rating the bottled version, it would still be 4-plus; but if you can get this on tap, do it!!) (1,123 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rye, eh? Wasn’t fond of it, but never had the style before, so a straight-forward review is in order. Started with a hazy, murky brown/red pour with tan head. Not bad at all. Aroma was floral and hoppy, which came thru on the taste along with some citrus and, I guess, rye. Full bodied, rich, and carbonated. Too bitter & sour for my tastes, but I read this is the characteristics of the style. (395 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.73/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a five-finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving a good lace. Clear red/amber color. Hoppy/malty nose. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Starts hoppy and the hops dominate and leave a lingering bitter aftertaste. Expecting something a little more mellow. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma. (328 characters)

Photo of connecticutpoet
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a lovely clear red beer with a one finger foamy head. Certainly lived up to its name.

Aroma was of pine and rich medium caramel malts, with hints of rye bite. Well balanced.

Taste was of very bitter pine, with a subdued malt backbone, and an afterbite from the rye.

Mouthfeel was quite good for the style, although there was a little room for improvement. Overall I liked this beer, it was a good one. (419 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Founder's, to cherish. I like rye, and combined with a hopped up beer, you got a bold satisfying beer. Rye, full citrus mouthfeel and some lovely bitter aftertaste. Genuine red colour, head with initial hop bubbles. I would drink this on a regular basis. Delicious 3 weeks later. (288 characters)

Photo of Realale
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep red with mahogany overtones. Extremely fine beige head sits and stays, leaving excellent lacing. Beautiful beer.

Pine, pink grapefruit and orange zest lead on the nose. A very full and complex hop presence without becoming cluttered. As it warms the malt comes through sweet and strong. This example is not sporting as much spiciness as others I've had.

Medium full in the mouth with a nice balance struck between the massive hoppiness and the sweet malt. Layers of complexity in both major components. The citric, piney, leafy hop notes are all there, and all distinct. As are the bready, toffeed, slightly toasty malt notes. Finish is long and lingering, though ends a touch sweet for me.

Very nice mouthfeel due to moderate carbonation that does not over-emphasize the hops. Very drinkable for its strength and hop level, though the sweetness on the death gets to me after a couple. Another very good offering from Founder's, though I prefer the Black Rye. (973 characters)

Photo of OldSock
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation and Appearance – 12ozer with a sort of creepy red charcoal face on it. In my pint glass it’s a beautiful clear rusty brown beer that has a thin white head and sticky lacing.

Smell – Good floral hop nose as well as some rye sourness. It’s a clean aroma, fresh, sweet and juicy like freshly picked fruit.

Taste – Unlike any beer I have had, it’s like biting into a fresh grapefruit it’s sweet and sour and juicy. Good citrus hop flavor and bitterness come through at the end and linger just a bit after you swallow. Other than the rye there is little flavor from the grains, but with all that’s going on I don’t miss the grains even a little.

Mouthfeel – Medium-light mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Creamy and smooth, it slides down without offering any resistance.

Drinkability and Notes – Slides down easy, really fantastic beer. The only other rye beer I have had is the Black Rye, the two beers are as different as night and day. The Black Rye is a better showcase for the flavor of rye, but this beer is far superior in taste and drinkability. A definite must buy for anyone, a new favorite for me. (1,144 characters)

Photo of Gritsak
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- dark copper body with nice thick off-white head. head sticks around and laces nicely

S- smells of sweetness, grapefruit and clover.

T- absolutely amazing taste. hoppy at the front leading to extreme smoothness then bitterness again at the end.very complex flavoring all which blend together perfectly to make it a very smooth and balanced overall taste.

M- nice medium body. not to thick but a chewy presence that suits the beer well.

D- im on my first beer of the six back and i cant want to drink another. im going to limit myself to 1-2 at a time so i can continue to enjoy it.

overall- ive seen this in local stores for quite sometime but just decided to try it out and im glad i did. sticks out from any other brew ive had. i cant wait to try the black rye (779 characters)

Photo of Sycodrummer
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass yielding about 1 finger of head atop a very nicely colored amber beer. Some mild lacing down the glass during the sample and no outright signs of streaming carbonation.

Smell was intensly hoppy and a little fruitty. Alcohol could also be detected. Overall the smell reminded me very much of Arrogant Bastard.

Taste, like the smell, was very hoppy upfront and as a result each sip had a crisp bitter bite to it. Some fruitiness but not overly so. A distinct dryness to each sip that was overall very refreshing. Alcohol present, but not especially detectable, enough to think (if you didn't already know) that it was slightly higher ABV than what one might be usd to.

Moderate to light on the palate with ample carbonation.

A very easy and refreshing beer to drink. Nice and crisp and not overpowering with any one flavor or with the alcohol. (899 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a tall head that has decent retention and leaves nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is very hoppy - citrus hops. I didn't get much rye in the nose, but there was a lot of hop there to cover it up. The flavor was very nice. Lots of hop flavors with a strong rye and caramel backing. Very smooth. Moderate body and great drinkability. Nice. (369 characters)

Photo of PatYoda
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is one hell of a beer. The first thing that hits you when you take a sip is the heavenly creaminess. I once heard someone wonder outloud if the brewer for Founders might be God himself, and I really believe it after trying some of their other offerings and especially this one! The creaminess is out of this world, but it's not all this beer has to offer. The appearance is perfect - crystal clear amber with the nicest head and lacing you can ever ask for. Smell is full of juicy citrus hops and rye spiciness. Taste is total tropical fruit meltdown balanced perfectly by clean tasting creamy malt. The rye spiciness hits at the end, though a sour flavor never comes up. A moderate bitterness is also there. Incredible!

Edit: This beer is much better on tap than in the bottle. Bottled review is forthcoming. (822 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderately thick, foamy, dark cream colored head leaves strings of lace as it slowly fades. An almost hazy, ruby tea colored beer. Solid citrusy grapefruit hop aroma. Fairly sweet malty flavor up tastes like a red ale and rye. It's quickly joined by some chewy grapefruity hops that become mildly bitter towards the end. A tasty hopped up red ale. Thanks to Malty for this crazy bottle. (386 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.36/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

totally creepy old guy on the label. that and the old-skool cursive reminds me of a stephen king book. pours a dark amber with cloudy head reduction. thin twirly columns of bubbles from the bottom up. smell is citrus hops like an IPA. lots of black pepper and currant in the rear. surprising as i expected vanilla malty rye aromas. regardless, smells fresh and tangy. rye adds a smoky bitterness to the already dry hop fruits and culminates in a double IPA mouthfeel clone. a minute or two later, the rich aftertaste finally dissipates. the creamy woody aspects of the rye appear in the last legs of the finish.. capping the whole experience off with a satisfying lemon butter and orange creamsicle.

the whole experience is good for a few sips, then settles into an average bitterness. good overall, unique for the style but average for a hoppy ale. (853 characters)

Photo of Gaisgeil
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is one heck of a rye beer!

Pours a deep red in color with a light tan head with great retention. This one paired well with BBQ chicken! Smell is quite hoppy, floral and citrusy. Taste is quite similar with that distinctive rye tone to it. A nice blend of hop bite and malt sweetness. Very refreshing and medium-light in body. I think I could drink quite a lot of this!

Slàinte! (393 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single from Picadilly in Champaign. No freshness dating or born on date. Again, interesting and eye-catching labeling from Founder's. Yes, they make good beer, but they do their best to make sure you try it.

Pours a muted red with brown highlights. Pretty two fingered tan head. Eventually dissipates to super sticky ring with excellent retention.

Nose full of citrusy hops mixed with a bit of spice and caramel malts.
Mmm, the tropical fruit hop laden mixture is creamy smooth. Spicy mix in the beginning and middle. Mid to full flavored, finishing spicy, sweet, and bitter.
Very drinkable. This stuff could get me in trouble. (653 characters)

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,647 ratings.