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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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4,823 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,823
Reviews: 1,636
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 264
Gots: 391 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.60% ABV

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"

(Beer added by: Todd on 02-22-2004)
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Punisher, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of jwhancher
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great lacing hits the side of the glass. Seems mostly a ruby red.

Smells spicy, piney, and pepper-like due to the strong hop aroma. Has some residual sugar aromas, yet they're quite pleasant. Smells a bit sticky sweet due to the hopping.

Tastes very even balanced with some great malt backbone. When it's cold the hops seem to be in the background. Tad sweet with some bready & slight biscuit notes. I think I get some rye but it doesn't seem to be the real headliner here.

Tastes medium full with nice carbonation, a dry then semi-sweet finish, and nice hop bitterness.

Overall, an excellent beer. Glad to have tried this and believe this further solidifies Founders as an awesome brewery.

jwhancher, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Mojo
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer. Pours a dark amber, almost orange in tint, with a small head and some lacing. Smell is pleasant and it has a wonderful mouthfeel. Taste is fairly complex with a hint of sweetness progressing to a bitter rye flavor on the backend. Worth a taste for sure!!!

Mojo, Jul 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

heytomcat, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of PEBKAC
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another big thank you to Leftmindedrighty. You never know what you got till you pop the cap & get brushed back by what you assumed was a mild-mannered beer.

First thing noticed, floaties! Brown spotting coming through the quarter-inch tapioca-colored head. I couldn't see past the fog, but it was as brown as a well greased leather baseball mitt. Not entirely sexy, but just like mixing any leftovers you can find into your 3am omelet, you know it'll at least taste interesting.

I'll say this, it smells sandy. Like a dusty graham cracker. Like it's been crumpled up & spread across something wet, like another one of your messed up Jello experiments. You fiend. You can't tell what kind of Jello it is, but you figure it has to be peach or one of those other funny sparking flavors, because it's a little sharp. The bitterness smells intense, like pungent grass clippings.

Taste is all hops & twigs & bark up front, along with a little sweet-n-sour thing playing along. After it splashes down, it goes straight to the bakery with some dusty crust & a cornmeal-like sweetness. I coughed a little.

A little thicker then I had expected. Almost hearty, with the carbonation giving it almost a gritty feeling. A little slick, like greasy, cold chicken soup. Don't choke on a noodle. :P

PEBKAC, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of Act25
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Act25, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Atomicskis5, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of ChadQuest
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easily one of the better pale ales in the country, and i hadn't pick any up till now, wow.
redish amber clear body with a robust head.
The Rye really comes through with it's signiture spicy and course presence, and the hops lean to the piney side, but this isn't a beer that attacks with hops, just very well balanced.
On the heavy side of body for a Pale Ale, with a creamy low-mid carb bite.

ChadQuest, Dec 11, 2010
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

ROBSTARR, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of mdwalsh
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A reddish brown, sort of tawny color. Two finger head that's generating some big bubbles then bursting and collapsing. Some decent carb coming off the side of the glass, not much real active carb on the bottome. Translucent.

S: When I first poured my glass the space was immediately filled with a sweet, malty smell, then some hops. Digging in, there are more hops, citrusy ones. There is an altered malty smell, whch I am going to attribute to the Rye, though I've never had a rye before. However, once I start to drink, a much more piney hop smell comes through. Much much more. And I don't like it.

T: I'm getting lots of flavor going on here. The rye, which I recognize more from eating it -such as with dinner last night- provides a very interesting note. The hops are in the taste as well, but not as much as in the nose. I get some fruitiness, sweetness, just a little bit of everything. I think this could be a great beer to compliment to food.

M: Slightly rich, but not overly thick. Not fizzy or flat, just pretty good.

D: Too many flavors here to drink a lot of it, I need a break after one.

mdwalsh, Jul 30, 2009
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

einman, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of lic217
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

lic217, Feb 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

scottDC, Jul 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

dtx00, Oct 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

berley31, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of beerme626
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from Lexington's Liquor Barn, into a weizen glass.

A: A rich, deep red, but with a slight one-finger head that disappears quickly, with only a light film on top. Still a beautiful color.

S: Strong rye, noticeable hops.

T: The sour rye is clear, and balanced decently by the hoppy flavor of a pale ale, but I wasn't blown away

M: Stickier than I would have liked. Not as tingly as many other pale ales I've had, including Hop Rod Rye

O: It was good, but not the best rye beer out there, even from my limited experience. Still, founder's is never a bad choice.

beerme626, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Dirty25, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a good feeling about this beer when I cashed out at the store. The guy says, "You had this before? Cuz it is amazing!" I had high hopes from that point on. The beer pours out a cloudy, amber-brown with a big head that lasts.

The smell is one of the biggest high points. So hoppy and sweet it almost makes me drool. Citrus and grassy notes come through as well. The taste, well it does not disappoint. The first thing you notice is how dry this beer is. I love that. Dry IPA's and Triples are among my favorites. The rye lends some great sour notes that really fit in with the whole beer. Well balanced and explosive in the mouth.

I love this beer. Great flavors that are big but still easy to drink.

CharlesRiver, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of DoctorDog
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into an Sam Adams Boston Lager Pint Glass.

A- Slightly cloudy amber. Pours with massive, thick tan head, which fades very slowly into a solid cap. Incredible retention. Incredible sticky lacing.

S- Grapefruit and pine dominate the initial rush. Spicy, herbal notes dominate as the beer settles and warms slightly.

T- Orange peel, grapefruit and spicy herbal hoppiness strike first, followed by a nicely balancing layer of malty sweetness.

M- Moderately high carbonation. Medium feel. Goes down smoothly.

D- Quite good. Moderate range ABV%, with great appearance, aromas, and flavors make this one that you would be happy to quaff several of.

Future outlook: After being disappointed by Founders Centennial IPA yesterday, this was quite the redemption. I'll be more than happy to have this again.

DoctorDog, Apr 02, 2009
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1.5/5  rDev -64.1%

jp312, Sep 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

alexsergio, Apr 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

capnamerica, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

nineworldseries, Jun 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Schmuckles, Aug 26, 2012
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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