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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

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

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"

Added by Todd on 02-22-2004

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was a little skeptical after I bought the sixer from Ryan and Casey's in Greenfield; bottles had a little dust on them. Not to worry though. Beer proved to be outstanding.

Poured a serious beep and frothy red, yeast setting nicely in the bottom of a wedding gift type beer mug, that really does not get much use.

Smell is very fruity. I am detecting serious fruits, in particularity plums and orange/grapefruit. Very nice!

Taste is magnificent. Reminds me of why I drink craft beer. Hops all over the place. Very sharp acidic citrus taste, bitter aftertaste, but I like it.

A pretty serious beer, definitely not a session beer, but at this point of the night it’s disguising itself as something different. I really dig this beer. Characteristics abound in this one. Get it if you can.

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Photo of numenor1
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Founders beer and first rye beer

Beautiful amber red, a bit hazy with a very nice head that maintains til the end leaving clumps all along the way. Smells of massive hops and i've baked a few rye loaves in the past, definitely smells of rye. Up front are bready malts on the tongue and then citrusy hops intermingle with the rye all across the palate. The rye flavor is quite pronounced and excellent. Very bready too, just like a big hunk of rye (no caraway seeds!). Very very nice. Ends very dry with hops and spiciness slowly fading away. I love this beer. Mouthfeel is quite full with low to moderate carbonation. This is highly drinkable.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one amazing beer. Thanks go out to my co-worker, Joe, for sharing this with me.

Pours to a really dark red amber color, almost brown, with a thin white head that sticks around for quite a long while. The words I've used to describe the color of this beer simply don't do it justice.

The smell is very bubblegum hoppy with a well blended malt backbone. Smells like amarillo. Very citrusy and sweet.

The taste is perfect. I've been craving this taste since the last time I had a Gumballhead. This is even better than that, even, though not QUITE as refreshing. Has a bitter malt to it, from the rye perhaps, complimented well by the juicy amarillo hop flavor.

The mouthfeel is a bit odd. Very thick, chewy, and grainy, but still seems to be plenty light and refreshing. I only wish this beer were available here in Iowa, because I would drink the crap out of it.

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Photo of tjthresh
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap the the brewery.
All american hops. Pungant and resiny. Clear copper/red with tan head and fab lacing. Big hop flavor with rye spicyness. Caramel, and good bitterness. Quite dry and refreshing. My first founder’s beer every. Pretty happy so far.

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Photo of murrayswine
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into my HB stick.

The head is thick and lacey with an ultra-white, soft cotton top. The beer is an awesome deep caramel-amber with a slight haze.

The aroma was very strong with deep citrus tones, bold hops and a sharp sourdough.

The taste comes on like a 2-ton hammer. The first sip is all hops, but not overwhelming, it's complex with multiple layers. The tasting yielded hints of cashew, points of sweet cream, and a medium body finish.

I downed three bottles of this stuff with ease, this beer is fantastic!

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Photo of Fugazme
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very, very deep amber... near brown. 1/2 inch, creamy white head. Tiny bubbles that last. good legs and lacing.

Huge aroma. First whiff was grapefruit, hops and strawberry. Second whiif I picked up a touch of lavender, apricot, peach, maybe coriander. Very, very nice aroma. I verbally said, "Wow," and no one was around.

Taste is hoppy, but balanced. Smooth. very nice on the palate. I taste the strawberries I smelled... a touch of honey and a touch of caramel.

Founder's needs to find a way into the Nebraska market.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beers arrived on the bar with a slight haze and an amber ruby color. The head was white and lasted very well to lace the glass.

The aroma was a very strong citrusy and rye aroma which was floral. The aroma contained a nice caramel component which lingered with the hops in the nose.

The flavor was bitter with a strong rye presence and a hoppy and citrusy hop flavor with grapefruit and floral. The beer was well balanced with the rye flavor, the bittering and the malt.

The finish was dry with a lasting rye and bittering long and pleasant into the afteraste. The body was just above medium but not quite medium full and well done. A great and hoppy rye beer with some well achieved complexity.

Pints, yes S, at Come Back Inn in Madison, WI at the Pre-Great Taste Founders Party.

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Photo of rabidawg
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous ruby with a massive soft and meringue-like head that settled to a thin cap lasting the glass through. Slightly cloudy from yeast sediment.

Smell: Spicy and hoppy, with a huge noseful of rye and a dose of juicy, citrusy hops. Sweet malt and a celery-like character.

Taste: Nice and creamy in the mouth, with that characteristic rye bite. This is the best (commercial) example of a highly-hopped rye beer I've had. Wonderful mixture of sweet malts, slightly spicy and stalky rye, and the perfect blend of juicy hops to dry things out nicely in the end. Excellent beer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful blood red color with a creamy reddish-white head. The aroma is huge. It hits you the second you open the bottle, and never leaves. Citric hops and complex malt tones battle it out to perfection. The taste is hoppy with a strong malt backbone. It's almost like a good IPA, but with rye. The mouthfeel is medium-thick bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is an awesome brew. I can not conceive how this beer could be made any better than it already is.

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Photo of bashiba
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy shade of red with a thick creamy white foam with great lacing.

Smelled of bitter rye notes mixing in with some nice hop odor.

Taste was great, a nice toasty bready rye taste up front mixing with a very potent bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel was full with a super dry finish.

Drinkability on this great beer is great! This one is going to have some staying power in my fridge.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love rye beers. So unique. I always see good reviews of this on here and I've never been able to find it until last night, on the bottle list at the Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston. Nice amber color, murkier than average, with a huge bright white rocky head that sticks around for a while and leaves excellent lacing on the glass. We're talkin a ring after every sip here. I like it. Spicy hops, spicy rye smell. Taste is just perfect with the rye. Like a nice well balanced, though hoppy red ale, but with the added complexity of rye. I can't get enough of that rye taste in beers, and I really think every brewery should release a beer in this classic style. There really aren't that many that I can think of. It really adds a lot, though it's so simple, to what would otherwise be your average ale. If you haven't had a beer brewed with rye before, or you haven't had this particular beer, I definately urge you to go seek it out. Their black rye is just as good, if not better. Cheers.

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Photo of mynie
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice pour. Deep ruby color, hazy, with a tight two-finger head.

Hoppy smell. Grapefruits and yeast. Dougy yeast. Nice.

Foamy, yeasty taste starting out. The hops, though strong, aren't harsh--they come in as citrus and grapfruit. It ends on more dry yeast. Bready. There's a great dry aftertaste, too. Complex and very, very good.

Honestly, I've never had a rye beer before, so I didn't know what to expect. I doubt they're all this good!

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Photo of nortmand
4.65/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of blitz134
3.73/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
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!]

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Photo of Brian700
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of macpapi
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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....

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Photo of blackthistle
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
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!!)

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Photo of Vancer
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,660 ratings.