Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company
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3.88/5 rDev -7.4%
*review from notes on 4/21/10*
Bottled on date: 3/30/10
Deep amber body with a solid 1/2 inch of light tan head and nice retention - really nice looking beer! Lots of floral and citrus hops in the nose, maybe a hint of rye as well. I get alot of hops upfront in the taste, which gets balanced out quickly with a nice dose of malt and spicy rye, and a somewhat bitter finish. Medium bodied and decent carbonation, I did get a bit more heat than I would expect from a beer of this ABV percentage.
11-07-2010 00:53:01 | More by prdstmnky
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
Appearance: Big, fluffy, creamy, tan head with excellent retention. Very sticky with nice lacing. The beer is a tawny red color with a slgiht haze to it.
Smell: Sweet fruit nose with a pine hop scent following. Lots of fresh pine in the nose makes it smell even sweeter and earthy.
Taste: Very strong hop flavor that is almost medicinal in flavor. Strong pine flavor but not too bitter. The hop flavor is like licking a Christmas tree but luckily the sweetness of the malt adds nice balance and character. The malt is very faint and has to battle with the hops to get noticed. The rye makes a quick appearance in the middle of the beer with a sour husk flavor. Sweet and fruity but not very deep. The hop flavor is not very bitter and makes for a nice clean hop flavor. The end is long and sweet with lingering pine flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, not very sticky. Despite the strong hop flavor it is very comfortable on the palate.
Drinkability: All around a tasty and good beer. Sweeter and hoppier than I expected but they match well. Nice hop flavor without being painfully bitter.
11-01-2005 04:34:25 | More by BrewMaster
4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. What I assume is the born on date printed on the shoulder is “02/22/12.”
Appearance: Straight pour into a tulip. The Founders website calls the color “crimson” and I agree. (I do not think I have ever used “crimson” to describe a beer, but it is a fitting word.) One finger of bubbly, eggshell-colored head dissipated fairly quickly to leave a bubbly ring around the edge and a thin lacing.
Smell: I immediately caught a whiff of grapefruit when I popped the cap. Once in the glass, the grapefruit becomes part of a mouthwatering balance. Team Hops features grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Commanding point and controlling the offense is sweet caramel, while pine provides an outside threat. This is definitely sweet caramel’s team, though, as it forms the foundation of the overall aroma. Rye spice may be the sixth man, but I really do not smell it.
Taste: The bitterness I was expecting did not materialize. In its place, though, is an adequate hoppy bite. Much like the smell, the balance is superb. Caramel provides a thick and solid base for the grapefruit, orange, and lemon citrus, and everything is garnished with a little pine. There is a little hint of pumpernickel breadiness, but other than that I really cannot detect the rye; it does not register for me (or I have no clue what I am tasting). A little bitterness lingers in the mouth for a while but it is far from overpowering.
Drinkability: A solid brewski. Enough said.
03-29-2012 04:01:09 | More by TheQuietMan22
3.98/5 rDev -5%
Appearance: Very hazy red/amber hue with a one finger foamy off-white head.
Aroma: Bready malt notes along with that classic peppery rye smell. Some sweet/citrusy hop profiles as well.
Taste: Spicy rye and earthy hops hit the tongue right away and make themselves known. Citrus flavors in the second half and a nice dry peppery finish. 6.6% ABV sounds about right and 70 IBUs is a little bit of a stretch but very nicely done.
Mouthfeel: A tad below medium bodied with average carbonation and good drinkability.
Final Thoughts: Just a straight up good beer and great example of the style. Would I drink it again? Sure.
12-19-2012 01:07:18 | More by JamesMN
4.36/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
05-03-2014 19:17:22 | More by delta490
4.25/5 rDev +1.4%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A- Nice ruby red with brown tint throughout. Solid two finger off-white head formed, leaving beautiful lacework throughout.
S- Great mix of aromas. Fresh hops with some sweetness of citrus fruit is clearly evident. Also can smell a sugary malt backbone at the end.
T- The rye and hops were a great mix. Throw in a sweet grapefruit flavor and you have a solid tasting brew.
M- Medium bodied with some carbonation. Went down very smoothly.
D- This is definitely a beer that can be drank all night.
Overall, very happy that I decided to purchase a bottle of this. Will have to invest in a 6-pack sometime soon.
12-13-2008 20:11:52 | More by rhinos00
4.58/5 rDev +9.3%
OK, I'm a Founders man through and through and Red's does it for me every time!
This beer has just the right amount of bitterness to satisfy a hophead, but tame enough for just about anyone.
I enjoy this beer when I want something right in the middle of the bitterness range.
GREAT Summer beer to enjoy with a burger fresh off the grill or when you're chillaxin with a bag of chips watching the game.
02-18-2012 01:19:00 | More by MichPaul
4.47/5 rDev +6.7%
A-Red Brown, very slight haze. 3/4 inch of off-white head, fell in about 2 minutes to a tall collar and bubbly coat. Didn't leave much lace behind
S-Ruby red grapefruit, piney hops, caramel malt, biscuit malt. Spicey grains. there is a doughy bread quality.
T-Pine and grapefruit hops abound, malty ans spicye grains. Caramel sweetness balances out the hopa nd spiciness of the rye. Has a long bitter/sweet finish.
M-Medium body, chewiness, creamy body with a tingle of carboantion.
D_very good, I only have one bottle and wich I had more.
Overall-This beer is definitely the best rye beer I've had and is a fantastic beer in any category.
11-15-2007 22:13:54 | More by jackorain
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
Thin off-white head that leaves bountiful lace. The aroma is a tropical fruit melange. And some of that resiny taste in the background. The taste follows suit to an extent. You've got your tropical fruit blend. But also some sweet marmalade like tones. The bitterness is sharp, yet clean. And there's a dulled spiciness present that is a contribution from the rye rather than alcohol I believe.
08-24-2010 23:38:44 | More by Anthony1
4.15/5 rDev -1%
Poured into a regular pint glass.
A - Poured hazy brown with medium head that slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing around the glass.
S - Citrus hops upfront with floral and roasted malts hints towards the end.
T - Very hoppy and bitter to start with with some earthy and floral flavors towards the finish. Rye flavor is almost non-existent.
M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.
D - Very enjoyable beer that I would definitely recommend but I would call it an IPA instead of rye beer.
11-04-2010 14:48:25 | More by taigor
4.4/5 rDev +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!!!
07-28-2012 04:06:03 | More by Mojo
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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