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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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1,652 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,652
Hads: 5,094
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 18.62%
Wants: 342
Gots: 551 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 1,652 | Hads: 5,094
Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish amber with decent head. Despite it's light color, this thing pours nice and thick! Very surprised with the hefty body. Smells clean and piney typical of an IPA. Taste is wonderful. Nice clean and refreshing but not thin. Has wonderful mouthfeel and nice and creamy with no bitterness. A great fantastic beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Firmer malt and a spicy grain undertow allows this strongly bittered beer to resemble IPA, but with some balancing accessorizing. Founders is happy to allow the rye grain to heighten the sense of hop bitterness, even if malty compromises occur. A risk perhaps, but one worth taking.

Its handsome and masculine deep burgundy hues are quite suggestive of its toast, caramel and delicately pungent grain sweetness. But the dominant grapefruit, orange and pineapple hop character that wafts over the nose and early palate sing its American IPA praise.

In a bready-sweet body, the taste peppery taste of rye pierces through the sweetness and provides a husken toast flavor that's both hearty and spicy. While sweetness fades, armatures of honeycomb malt texture gives support to the hop onslaught to ensue. The quick taste of citrus peel and pith turns decidedly bitter in rapid succession. The steely caramel taste that's left balances the rye but doesn't interfere with the hops.

Raw and somewhat rustic in taste, it nearly earthen taste from rye and barley offers a moderate semblance of balance even though the ale's finish is malty-dry and deeply resinous with torn pine needles, evergreen and citrus. Both its medium body and Its long bitter-sweet finish is the perfect companion for American cheeseburgers.

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Photo of TheBrewLady
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I stared into that crazy old man face and found it impossible to resist. He either wants to show me his bird feeder collection, hand me a treasure map, or eat my soul.

Appearance: Opaque and deep amber with a thick and creamy tan head that lasts forever.

Smell: Guava, pineapple, strawberry, and grapefruit.When people say exotic tropical fruit, this is what that should mean. The pale ale part of this is also present with pine and caramel, but not enough to hinder or mask the delicious tropical bouquet. In short, this smells like paradise.

Taste: My first impression of this wasn't of a specific flavor, but was that of perfect balance instead. It's delicious and drinkable. The pine is more felt than tasted, which is a pleasant change, and lingers through the aftertaste. I get the tropical fruit smorgasbord toned by rye bread and wrapped up in an earthen caramel blanket.

Mouthfeel: This is full and well carbonated, but gets a little watery on the finish.

The Verdict: This is really well crafted, I love it and highly recommend you go find it asap. It's clear this was made with thoughtfulness, care, and love, just as I expect from Founders.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


A non-transparent deep & dark honeyed amber


Raw honey, medium roasted maly, sugar, pear, apple, banana


Initial honey and malt with big rye flavor followed by citrus and a hoppy finish. Butterscotch, medium mouthfeel and alcohol comes through rather strong for only being 6.6%


Big flavor- and slightly balanced. It is certainly easily drinkable and the flavor does go well with the alcohol flavor that comes through.


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Photo of delta490
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to DFH IPA glass

A - slightly hazed copper red. A frothy tan head has good staying power. Beautiful beer.

S - Red grapefruit, orange citrus zest, bready and spicy rye malt in the background. Brown rye bread aroma comes out more as it warms.

T - Fresh ruby red grapefruit, bittering citrus rind, pine comes in on the backend with a spicy bitterness. Strong rye malts create a sweet and spicy backing but the citrus hops dominate. Finishes long, bitter and dry.

M - Moderate carbonation, full medium body, dry on the finish.

Very nice beer. Refreshing with different characteristics. Rye IPAs don't always work but this one shines among its competitors.

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

This is a very unique beer that is excellent on occasion. This is certainly not a heavy beer, but for me it is difficult to drink a lot of these in one sitting. It is a very nice change in pace having a rye beer every once in while because of the flavor that it brings the table.

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Photo of kristen56
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of sonnens4
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber color, slight head-less than 1 inch, not crystal clear-not super very cloudy however

Smell: Caramel, malty, nutty

Taste: Malty, carmel, sweet, hop's

Mouthfeel: Filling, not overwhelming-not over carbonated, somewhat heavy but still delicate

Overall: Enjoyable with a lot of great qualities, well balanced, sweet but still has some bitter elements

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Photo of exposd
2.05/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This brew offers lots of malt, hops, rye, and some grapefruit, but just a little too much bitterness especially on the after taste. The bitterness almost leaves a flavor that makes the beer unenjoyble and I am a big IPA drinker so I am usually used to this... This one just doesn't do it for me like the other Founders IPAs do.

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Photo of KDKid
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red in colour. Thin, white head. This beer was once called a Rye Pale Ale. As much as I like IPA's, I wish it had remained as such. I feel it's a bit too bitter to be able to appreciate the rye in the recipe. I've had others that are more subtle. Maybe our friends south of the border are, in fact, too into their bitter beers. Still a very good beer, nonetheless. Good mouthfeel, just overpowered by the 70 IBU's.

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Photo of ZachMcGinn
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In terms of India Pale Ale's this beer is not overly bitter. A very nice red color lives up to the name and its welcoming aroma of peaches leads to an easy drink, especially for fans of bitter beers. For those trying to delve into the IPA world this is a good place to start.

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Photo of Jesswellick
2.51/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Medium mouth feel with malty hints. Very strong bitter notes that leave a not so enjoyable after taste. Has a very welcoming appearance and smell but was very thrown off by the flavor. Not my favorite beer to taste, but a decent IPA for what it's worth. Doesn't leave an enjoyable mouth feel and the bitter taste lacks enthusiasm.

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Photo of phartman133
3.06/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a beer caramel in color. Once you bring it up to your nose you can smell hints of citrus. Once you taste this beer you can taste the hops as well as some slight citrus flavors. This also has a good amount of hops, but does have a very strong aftertaste.

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Photo of eepound2
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was poured from my growler into a regular pint glass. Pour was amber color with a little lightness to it, very nice. My pour had a fairly small white head. Smell as happy with some grapefruit and a little lemony. Taste was similar to that as it was flavorful and happy with a citrus kick but decently balanced. This was my first time having this beer and I was very happy with it. When available on tap, I will definitely get again. Solid brew from founders

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

Pours a hazy light amber, very thin white head.

Smell, strong hops and grapefruit, with some early spring earthiness.

Tastes is bold grapefruit, slight hint of coriander, and very well hopped up.

Mouth-feel, good carbonation combine with a great bitter end.

Overall - Wonderful, get some of this one fresh and it won't disappoint...if you like grapefruit, it is seriously a gulp-able brew.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 08/13/13 at 50 degrees into regular pint glass
Aroma of pine and rye
Head average (3 cm), creamy, off white, slowly diminishing
Lacing good, multiple rings > 1 cm wide with mostly small bubbles
Body medium amber, clear
Flavor begins spicy with a hint of hop pineness, slowly fades to a slight bitterness; no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, slightly oily, carbonation soft.

Evan though this is 8 months old, it is still flavorable, with the rye predominating. The reduced presence of hops could be because of the age of the beer.

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

A: great dark red amber color with good clarity has a nice off white head and excellent lacing
S: very citrusy and fruity smell at first followed by some rye and caramel malt
T: Very much like the smell good citrusy hops at first balanced by some sweet malt background and a spicy rye after taste. Damn good beer
M: great mouthfeel just the right amount of carbonation.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle at 41 F poured into a pint glass. If there's a bottle code, I don't see it. Bought in Texas, shipped to Washington.

Pours slightly hazy, reddish, little head, almost no visible carbonation unless you move it around a little. Smell is slightly piney, slightly citrusy. Slight spiciness that I attribute to the rye.

Taste is rye spiciness, piney hops. Lots of bitterness. Plays nicely with the rye. Slight creamy flavor. Nothing blowing me away, but a nice, well-integrated flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and soothing. Overall, nice beer. I like it.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says Bottled 08/19/13...huh? This just came out this month.

A- Pours a very reddish light brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Large clots of semi-resilient lacing.

S- Has that usual spicy rye aroma with some grassy hops behind it. Notes of caramel and sweet bread. Also slightly nutty.

T- Moderately bitter with some more spicy rye notes. Toasty, tangy and just a tad sweet. Very drinkable too with a lingering hop flavor.

M- Tingly and slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A RIPA fully realized. However they've honed this recipe is very impressive since a lot of Rye beers miss the mark for whatever reason. This one has a good balance and the flavors aren't overly accentuated.

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Photo of Emnmarko
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/11/13 Enjoyed 2/22/14

A- This is a dark amber colored brew. Clear with good carbonation. A fluffy light, off white two finger head slowly recedes to leave a tight cap and ample lacing. Looks like it's rightfully named Red's Rye.

S- A floral citrus aroma grabs my attention first. Grapefruit, orange and lemon.

T- A malt backbone balances the hop profile here which has a more bitter earthy pine feel than when observed in the nose. A peppery note helps the bitter hop aftertaste linger on.

M- Lighter bodied than expected. Easy to drink. Leaves a light waxy feeling.

O- Founders makes some of my favorite brews and and this one is no slouch. Well balanced including an interesting hop transformation from nose to mouth. I typically enjoy rye IPA's and this one rates up there with the best.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
70 IBU's 6.6% ABV, Bottled on 01/09/14

A - Red's shocking clarity not only showcases the brilliant copper-hued amber color but also the carbonation, streaming from the glass' nucleation point to it's luscious cream head. Great retention supported by the aforementioned carbonation eventually leads to haphazard webbing on the pint making this one sexy beer!

S - Floral and earthy hop aromatics comprised of rustic dry leaf and flower pedals still allow the spicy rye to shine through as both co-exist, blanketing the malty, bread-like base.

T - Plenty of rye adds a sharp and up-front spiciness that lingers throughout the entirety of the beer while toasted biscuit and wheat bread cust backs up the still-present hop blast. though fairly absent in aroma, grapefruit rind emerges in flavor with lingering earthy undertones and floral notes.

M - The smooth malt base provides nice structure and body, offsetting the sharp rye, which adds a gritty texture and spice that lingers on the tongue with the beer's impressive 70 IBUs. The bitterness and carbonation in this beer would act in perfect tandem to cleanse the palate and compliment food pairings.

O - Once labeled Red's Rye PA, the addition of one single letter suits the beer a little more. Red's Rye IPA is a hop-and-rye forward beer that doesn't focus directly on one ingredient or the other but melds the two in harmony as grapefruit, earthy, and floral attributes blend with the spicy rye over biscuity, bready malt for a superb balance considering it's listed IBUs. At a fair 6.6%, this full-flavored beer packs a wallop without walloping the imbiber; one hell of a combination!

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Photo of Act25
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

deep clean mahogany, soapy disparate head that disappears pronto. smell - massive amarillo hops and a candy-sweet caramel/syrup. taste - malty caramel, with big puckering rye flavor and some sweet citra-hop notes. shockingly thin and less malty than i anticipated since i've had this beer before while in a non-review mode (the bottle may have been a little old). mmm tasty!! founders can do no wrong! ;)

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,652 ratings.