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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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4,698 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,698
Reviews: 1,633
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 249
Gots: 357 | 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:
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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Photo of StlHopHead77
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Brilliant,rusty crimson coloring with two fingers of durable off-white head that sticks around before revealing lacing that is equally as determined.

A-Amarillo hops are obviously present.Big grapefruit,baked sugar maltiness and subtle rye notes.

T-Grapefruit again followed by that earthy rye spiciness.Awesome!

M-Crisp,pleasantly unctuous and medium bodied.

D-I have to admit that I dig the rye a good deal,so I might be biased,but I consider this a highly sessionable beer

StlHopHead77, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Schmuckles
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Schmuckles, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of bboven
1.98/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Orange-copper hazy body with a half-finger of head that stays.

Rye spice initially, a lot of fruit and hot alcohol after that.

Huge amount of oxidation overwhelms everything here. There are rye notes and some hop bitterness at the end, but all in all, very hard to swallow.

Moderate carbonation and pretty drying.

This tastes like someone's third batch of homebrew. I've heard a lot of great things about Founders and being a MI native I was very excited to see it in NC. I really hope this was just a bad batch, but it makes me wary of blowing another $10 on their beer.

bboven, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of Natural510
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crimson red with thick, dense foam which slowly dissipates into a thin layer of lacing.
Smells sweetly malty with a bang of citrus hops.
Sweet, orange-marmalade flavor from the malt is complemented by the resinous bite from the hops. Hops are of course noticable, but not overdone. Extremely well-balanced with a dry finish.
Nice reverberation from the hops in the mouth, crisp & satisfying.
Fine example of a rye beer; perhaps not as innovative as it is balanced, but that's jsut fine by me.

Natural510, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of maxcoinage
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

maxcoinage, May 08, 2013
Photo of tubeyes
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

tubeyes, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of EigenBeer
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

EigenBeer, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of DbbC
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

DbbC, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of Magpie14
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: glowing red and crimson color, fairly good head retention paired with filmy blobs of lacing

S: hops...pine, citrus and spicy grains with caramel sweetness

T: grassy, herbal, and spicy hops (hops: lemon, grapefruit, oranges), husky malts with a dab of sweet burnt sugars throughout. Great balance between sweet and hops...solid beer!

M: nice and refreshing, not the smoothest but on the brink (active carbonation). Oily hops linger with a dry grained sweetness

D: great! one of my all time favorite founders. Get a hold of this beer if you can

Magpie14, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of Hoagie1973
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Hoagie1973, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. 2 finger off white head. Very good head retention. Good lacing, nice collar. Dark grapefruit orange color.

S. Strong piney hop smell. Caramle malt sweetness.

T. Piney citrus hop flavor, nice rye taste. Biscuity malt flavor. Very balanced and smooth.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth.

D. Very drinkable. Great beer to drink a six pack of. Nice balance and flavor.

siradmiralnelson, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of pottergator
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

pottergator, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of oldedog
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

oldedog, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of ToddThompson
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

ToddThompson, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Punisher
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Punisher, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of Higravity
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a terrific Rye beer. Founders took a great base red wheat ale and added some really good Rye flavor to it.

A beautiful red coloring gives a nice off white head that gives up some nice lacing too. It smells of sweet caramel deep cooked caramel malts with a playful hops citrus and floral aorma. A good wheat flavor covered with the slight apples spice of rye meeting the sweetness of the long boiled malts. The citrus hops cut straight though the blend of maltyness and add a great balance to the flavor. Lovely mouthfeel and pretty drinkable as in I wish I had more.

Higravity, Nov 01, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Peyton5410, Mar 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

firstlighthiker, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of whitenads
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

whitenads, May 05, 2014
Photo of MrBoh
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

MrBoh, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of -NESTO-
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

-NESTO-, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of jemarent
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

jemarent, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4/5  rDev -4.5%

SaisonRichBiere, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Truh
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Told I had an acerbic wit with this one on 5/7/2005. 12-oz. bottle gifted from Warriorsoul poured in a shaker glass.

Clinging futon, summer weight, of filmed head that sticks a good bit, laces nicely too. Glowing, practically neon, red hue with haze but still a great deal of ascending action keeping things interesting on the eye. Very hoppy on the nose, and I begin to wonder if rye has some green characteristics to it; some graduated malt essence and a core of white pepper seeps through the hairs. Very smooth, almost silky mouth feel of hop oil riding in a side car to the lemon, rose hip and ginger ale sweetness, although I would almost say it had a lemon grass aspect as well.

Completely gratifying pour with a wonderful medium body to it, perhaps imparted by the rye? What does the rye do? Time to try the black rye!

Truh, May 07, 2005
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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