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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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4,920 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,920
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 288
Gots: 441 | 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:
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stein.

A: Pours a nice garnet red with a two finger head.

S: Hops, rye and caramel.

T: The hops hit you first; piney and citusy. The rye follows, sour and muted grain. Tasty!

D: Very drinkable! It has a crisp sneaky taste and a sneaky ABV.

Overall: A great example of the style. A classic and another home run from Founders. I'ts about tied with Cane and Ebel for the title of best rye beer in my book. Great brew!

Photo of shredder83
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of ant880
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of zenwatts
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my New Holland Pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown with a light tan head of two fingers. Head drops, leaving a wisp of foam and some lacing.

Aromas of pink grapefruit hops, spicy caramel malt background.

Flavors of spicy rye malt with an overbite of firm bitterness from citric hops, emphasis on pink grapefruit and grapefruit zest. finish is long with bitter grapefruit lingering.

Mouthfeel is medium with a mouthcoating hop bitterness and a good level of carbonation.

Overall a fantastic brew. Hops overwhelm the rye component a little, but overall a good match.

Photo of EasyReader
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of donniecuffs
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy amber brown, with three fingers of off-white head, with fantastic lacing. The smell was dominated by pink grapefruit and orange peel; very pungent. The taste was much more complex...starting with malty, toffee, caramel, earthiness which dissolved to a nice citrus fruit/malt balance, and then finishing with soft citrus. Creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Very little evidence present of caraway/rye, but nonetheless a very sessionable and tasty brew.

Photo of BodiesLexus
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of MrBoh
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of rand
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to pint glass

A: Blood-orange in color, slightly opaque, little head with little lacing.

S: Nice bouquet of candied orange and caramel. Fresh floral hops abound. Yeasty, kind of biscuit-y. Fairly complex nose, not what I was expecting.

T: More hop-forward than the nose, with the earthy, tea-like hops and the front of the sip. Notes of orange follow, a little lemon zest. The caramelly notes of the malt blend nicely with the rye, almost like sweet, multigrain bread. Alcohol is apparent but just. The hops keep their bitter punch until the end, surprising for this style, finishing bitter-sweet. Really delicious.

M: Medium bodied, with an oily-slick complexion. Not sure if it's the rye character playing tricks on me, but there's a chewiness to the beer that you wouldn't expect from the body.

This beer is outstanding. I got this bottle about 4 or 5 months ago, placed it in the back of my fridge and forgot about it. Its still tastes completely fresh and delicious, all of the flavors blending nicely.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.01/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a wine glass.
A beautiful copper amber color with a thick creamy head. Reminiscent of a Guinness

The aroma is spicy hops and a big malt that creates a slight alcohol finish

The taste is reminiscent of a Scottish style. The hops and the rye create a consistent bitter that lingers on the tongue. The lack of definition in the taste makes me want a different beer as I expected a little hop taste. I will admit that a slight pine hop flavor shows but weak at best


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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish with some suspended yeast and a minimal white head that recedes fairly quickly.

Smell: Strong biscuity hops just punched me in the face!

Taste: Follows the nose perfectly, but with just enough malt backbone to balance this out. This hop pr

Mouthfeel: Full mouthfeel for the style despite the low abv.

Overall: Founders just does the right thing, can't knock this beer, even if it's not my favorite style. Then again, I could say that about most of their beers.

Photo of HumphreyLee
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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 EPICAC
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd been eyeing a six-pack of Founder's Red's Rye at Downtown Wine & Spirits for awhile. I picked one up tonight along with a few other beers. The beer had warmed sufficiently by the time I got home. I served it in my NERAX pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep red-orange with good clarity. A massive uncontrolable beige-brown head eventually fades to a thin constant layer. Fluffy lace coats the inside of the glass.

Smell: Floral hops dominate the aroma. Upon swirling sweet fruity and malty aromas appear, including berries and caramel.

Taste: Persistent hoppy bitterness is evident throughout. Sweet caramel malts appear in the center. The finish is slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel: Tingly-carbonation, smooth, medium-bodied and oily.

Drinkability: Very tasty.

Overall: Red's Rye is well-balanced. The hops are balanced well by sweet malts, but aren't overpowered.

Photo of phingdong
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Michaeldmanley
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Skidz
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out amber brown and sits burnt amber in the glass with a large, light tan head. Keeps a good skim on the surface and coats the glass with boatloads of lacings, huzah! A dandy of a beer to hold in front of you.

Smells rich and citrusy with oranges, grapefruit, lemon and lime. Apricots run around the sides with hits of peach and apple as well. Any sign of maltiness is completly dominated by these rich, citrus hop aromas. I'm going to enjoy this.

Tastes initally malty, with nice hints of caramel, but is soon pushed aside by a sharp intrusion of hop flavors. Full, pine cone flavors are accompanied by notes of grapefruit rind and lime. Nice toasty flavor appears as hop flaovrs mellow out and brings with it a nice, light flavor of rye. Finish is well bittered and boasts more citrus and pine flavors and a nice lingering hint of rye.

Crisp and refreshing in the mouth. Nice, lively carbonation in a medium body. Well done, Founders. You had me at "Centennial." I could drink this beer all day and all night. I absolutely adore the blend of citrusy hops and light rye flavor. This beer, along with it's Founders bretheren will find their way into my fridge on a frequent basis....oh baby.

Photo of Dithyramb
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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