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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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94
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4,854 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,854
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 270
Gots: 397 | 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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Photo of Kinsman
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've only had this beer once before but have great memories of it so here we go with a proper review.

Crystal clear dark copper colored body with a light tan colored head bout 2 fingers thick that unfortunately faded quicker than I like.

Aroma is loaded with caramel and juicy malt sweetness but the hop aroma has certainly faded. Still some citrusy and piney hop aroma can be detected.

Taste is notably sweet with the loads of caramel malt but the rye cuts this with a spicier note. Hop bitterness is there but the flavor is lingering a bit. Unfortunately this bottle is 4 months old and look forward to finding a fresher batch next time I see it on the shelves.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit chewy with a thicker fuller bodied feel than I remember.

Overall, I'm really digging this beer. While I would love for this to be a bit fresher, it still taste great once the hops have faded a bit. Certainly I'll re-review if I get a fresh bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Davit
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Slynger
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice raspberry amber color, with a creamy orange tinted lid.

Sweet caramel and big citrusy amarillo's. Delish, but not very rye smelling.

The taste is everything the scent suggests and more. Sweet fresh oranges and caramel, bitter rind and spicy rye. Medium-full body with lots of prickly-spicy carb.

Enjoy and don't pass by another excellent Founders offering. Definitely a fridge stocker, you will want to sip this sud regularly.

Photo of Naugros
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep, dark, hazy amber with egg white foam on top that builds to almost half an inch and slowly falls back to a film and thick ring.

You really need to strain to get any rye due to the hops taking charge. Grapefruit and pine point to the Pacific Northwest...I wouldn't even venture a guess, as I'd bet there are a few varieties in here. Even though the rye is subdued, it does work well with the hops.

The rye is more assertive on the tongue right off and lasting into the wash. The hops hit the top of mouth, in back of course. The hops don't taste nearly as fresh as they smelled. The pine seems too much like pine tar and the citrus, in the form of white grapefruit, is still present and it lingers along with the rye.

The bitterness seems higher than 70 IBUs, but that may be due to rye giving some acrid flavor tones to the beer. It reduces the drinkability and those who are not lovers of strong IPAs will find this one a bit difficult to last through.

Photo of kirkse
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of beerme626
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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.

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1.5/5  rDev -64.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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