Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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93
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Ratings: 5,022
Reviews: 1,656
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 315
Gots: 492 | FT: 8
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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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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice very slightly fogged amber with ruby hints when held to light. Minimal tan head does not stay long at all. Nose is nice and fruity with a decent amount of sugar/candy in the mix as well. Flavor is pretty robust. I guess the rye really comes into effect here and gives a fairly bodied experience. Seems like the profile is mostly of wood. Nice and hearty really. Feel is good on the liquid and the carbonation is fairly full. Smooth and drinkable, but slightly more of a sipper than one to pound down.

Photo of Slatetank
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap @ Al's of Hampden, served chilled in a standard pint

A- The color is deep tarnished copper w/ thick 1/2 inch of light tan, a good amount of clarity for a hoppy rye w/ some spotty lace collecting w/ a tight bead

S - The smell is full of citrus notes w/ juicy orange and lots of grapefruit w/ slight grassiness and subtle caramel fruitiness w/ light toasted note

M - A strong bitter quality in the feel is complimented by rye spice and moderately high carbonation giving a slight sharp edginess on the palate which is pleasant w/ a dry acidic finish

T - The flavor has a sweet grassy taste w/ bitter citrus flavors from the hops and slight aspirin tinge of Amarillo w/ mild grapefruit edge and light tannic rind notes w/ moderate acidity. The malt adds nice contrast w/ mild toasted rye accents and the grassy hop taste plays of the spice in the rye malt w/ mild woody tinge in the peripheral. The gentle bitter decline and tangerine notes in the finish are very pleasant w/ a dry leafy end

D - I LOVE this rye - the hoppiness fits the style well and compliments the hop profile is great with just enough spice to keep you coming back - drinks very smoothly for such a bitter ale - wonderful - Kudos Founders!

Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful orange amber in the wine glass. Hoppy nose. Creamy and rich mouth feel with plenty of malt. Hops are big and aromatic but leave a pleasant rather than painful trail of bitterness. I'm an Amarillo hop fan if that's what these are. The malt gives a good balance.

One of the best rye beers I've had, up there with Hop rod Rye. Red's is not as sweet, not as strong, but gives a big rich cornucopia of flavors.

Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, no freshness date.

A- Awesome head, the retention show its best by leaving big sticky patches of off-white lace on the glass. The center part of the head is a multi-sized bubbly mass of a plateau. Mildly hazed orangey brown color.

S- Big aroma of ruby red grapefruit and evergreen hop. Kiss of spicy rye and a big juicy fruity maltiness in the back.

T&M- Oh so very smooth, thick malty body. The bitterness tingles with small sharp bites into the maltiness, big herbal, tobacco, pungent citrus and mint hop flavors flail about. Warming alcohol hits in the middle. Clean spiciness from the rye ... solid maltiness middle to end with a lingering sun-dried herbal hop flavor.

D- My oh my, this is one tasty treat. The rye and hops complement each other well. Paired well with some aged Irish cheddar cheese.

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

Another stellar beer from Joe1510, I owe ya big, ein prosit to Joe!

Pours orange/caramel with 3+ fingers pf sand colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Peppery rye, caramel & citrus hops

T: Peppery rye, citrus grapefruit & caramel up front. Dryness, biscuitty malt, & more spicy rye as this warms. Finishes crisp with nice biscuitty malt

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation & great balance

Drinks very easy the crispness keeps the ABV in check. I could happily session on this, in the upper echelon of rye ales I've had!

Photo of Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: ?
Review from recent tasting at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Slightly hazy pour, a medium brown/amber color with a finger or so of foamy white head; decent retention and lacing. Pine and citrus in the nose, stone fruits, bready malts and rye notes. Good mash of all those components in the taste, bready malts, caramel, stone fruits and citrus, pine bitterness, and a mildly sour twinge. Medium body, well-balanced, a very nice drink overall, and a great, easily-obtainable selection from Founders.

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

Appears a clouded amber red with a large beige head, large bubbles with scant lacing all around my pint glass. Aroma is wonderful with spicy rye edges and pine and citrus hop layers built around the bready malt base very nicely blended. Smell is really piercing with the sharp rye and alpha acids from the hops it really tickles the nose hairs. Flavor is great with upfront bitterness spicy bready malt layers touch of caramel and biscuit tones with a current of hop flavor including citrus peel, pine cones, and herbs. Touch of alcohol in the finish but it's hard to say where the abv is at in this one. Mouthfeel is medium bodied creamy oily textured and evenly carbonated not bad at all. Drinkability is great one of those beers that is definitely case worthy, I wish I had another to follow this one.

Photo of kojevergas
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz/355 ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. This is me first Founders beer ever. I'm really excited to say the least. Acquired at Ramirez Liquor in Los Angeles a few days ago. I was surprised to see Founders offered here, and I knew I had to pick one up. Cost was something ridiculous like $6.00, but I'd never seen Founders in California (or Colorado, for that matter). Bottled 01/17/2012. No best before date.

Not paired with food.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Expectations are through the roof given Founders' reputation and this beer's current ratings.

A: Pours a half finger head of dark white (...) colour, nice cream, nice thickness, and above average (~3 minute) retention. Pretty good lacing as it recedes. Colour is a semitransparent caramel-copper. Non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appealing for the style.

Sm: Marvelous hops: floral more than bittering, with slight hints of piney, oily, and citrusy hops. Caramel and cream are present. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Clean malts. Very fresh and pleasant. Quite inviting, though rye doesn't come through even when I really search for it. I suppose rye isn't all that aromatic anyway. A mild strength aroma, and quite a nice one. I'm excited to try it.

T: Everything the aroma promised in terms of hops is here on the open and through the midpoint, and it's quite a nice greeting indeed. The hop bitterness is mitigated nicely by the floral hop character alongside the clean malts and caramelization. Rye underlies but isn't dominant. Indeed, malts rather than rye seem to comprise the foundation. For a beer based on rye, the rye is surprisingly subtle and doesn't coarsen the mouthfeel or dry it out hardly at all. Impressive indeed, though I'd be interested to see the grain bill. Certainly some barley or oats has to be present to smoothen it out. Red apple adds a well-executed extra dimension to the flavour profile. A tasty little beer. Nice subtlety, though I wouldn't call it complex. The hop and malt layering is rather impressive. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Delightfully smooth and wet for a rye beer. A touch too thin. Too smooth on the finish; it should be a touch dryer to coax out the next sip. Slightly heavy on the palate; I prefer pale ales to be a bit lighter, but this one has a higher ABV.

Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV and style. Hides its above average ABV well. It's rare a rye beer is so drinkable - to the point where I doubt the grain bill is honestly dominated by rye. In any case it's a tasty flavourful brew that really works as a pale ale. So far, Founders is living up to its reputation. If this is one of their normal offerings, I can't wait to try their more hyped brews.

B

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Blooming red in color, hazy appearance, nice slab of creamy-toned foam sits above.
Nice hops, rich maltiness, very bright and vibrant, lively and luscious.
Taste: big buckets of yum. tingly, delcious hops on the palate, warm, full, jam-packed with flavor. Very nice, full of fruit and malt. Incredibly smooth.
doesn't taste like any rye beer I've ever had, the hops are on the top, and the malt is so ...so, everything.
this is damned nice, and would be an a shoo-in as a regular in my fridge, were I able to purchase it locally...full-bodied, with a soft, lush fruity finish. silky.
And I think I said "yum" already...I'll say it three times, then you know it's true.
Yum.

much thanks to micro for the bottle!

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

Pours a brownish amber with a slight cloudiness. Good head that did not translate into lace on the glass.

I love the smell of fresh hop, particularly after it has been added to the wort after it has cooled. This is an excellent example of dry hopping. The malt is present but muted.

This is a predominately dry beer. While the malt is present, there is absolutely no sweetness. The hop bitterness quickly takes over and lasts long after the swallow. The body is wonderfully full and the carbonation is perfect.

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 08/21/10 notes. Got a bottle at Monk's Cafe in Philly.

a - Pours a dark amber color with 2 inches of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, floral hops, soap, and caramel malts.

t - Tastes of bitter citrus and grapefruit hops, bready malts, caramel malts, and fruity malts.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good rye beer. Lots of hops in the nose, but more malts in the taste. Would have again.

Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark red with haze. Nice complete, yellowish head, small bubbles, cover the beer in a thick layer. Alcohol and strong aroma of hops. Almost pine like aroma. Familar, think Rogue Yellow Snow. Interesting flavor, the rye no doubt. How much rye was this made with? Very dominant rye flavor. Almost no aftertaste. Very smooth, a nice drink. Slow to drink, probably due to the lateness and my current "state."

Photo of jwc215
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper/mahogany with a rich head that settles to a lasting cover. Concentric rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of a huge amount of citrus and some pine with a caramelish, rye, bready backing. This is one amazing aroma.

The taste matches it well - bitter citrus and resiny pine with a sweet balance and rye dryness. The flavor is very delicious with an amazing bittersweet balance. Long, long finish.

It has a smooth, firm medium body.

This has alcohol? Covered very, very well. This just disappears. Very hoppy, but shows a nice malt base. Great use of rye. Unique and very well done.

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 8/19/2013. Pours lightly cloudy reddish orange color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, orange rind, caramel, floral, pine, spicy rye, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus hops with moderate caramel/rye malts; and great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, orange rind, caramel, floral, pine, spicy rye, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, citrus zest, caramel, floral, pine, rye, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance and complexity of citrus hop and moderate rye/caramel malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic rye pale ale! All around awesome complexity and balance of citrus/pineapple hops and moderate caramel/rye malts; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of orangesol
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours deep amber orange, with a few ruby undertones, with a nice pillow of one finger tall off-white head leaving thick rings of lacing down the glass.

S - Lots of strong citric hops up front mix well with the spicy rye and caramel malt core. Hard to tell if it is an IPA or a Rye beer. Very nice.

T - Plenty of strong citric hops dominate the start and linger long thru the finish. The lightly toasted caramel malt, biscuity rye, and dulled citric fruits offer some contrast to the strong hop presence as best they can. Finish is a mix of bready rye and hop bitterness, lingering for some time.

M - Medium-heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice smooth feel with plenty of lingering rye and dulled hop bitterness in the finish.

D - Not too bad. I enjoyed this one but the overall bready feel really brought the drinkability down a few notches. I felt like I ate half a loaf of hoppy bread after only one glass.

Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle.

Pours clear mahogany in color with a nice head that has moderate duration.

M: smooth, with excellent carbonation.

S: sweet malt and resiny hops; just a little spiciness from the rye.

T: could be adequately described as an American IPA with an additional spicy rye component.

O: A very bold and spicy PA. Much closer to an IPA than some others in this class, such as Terrapin's fine Rye Pale Ale. Well crafted!

Photo of WesWes
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful malt scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and rye malts. It's sweet with a peppery rye aroma as well as some mild hop scents. The taste is good. It has a spicey flavor that boasts of hops and rye as well as some burnt toffee. It goes down smooth and finishes with a dry bitter hop bite. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's got a unique flavor that I really enjoy.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 1/17/2012

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark amber to garnet red in color with some very light visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a couple of small thin patches and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: The smell of the rye is very detectable in this beer even through the fairly intense citrus/orange hop aromas.

T: Very much follows the smell of the beer, there is quite a bit of the rye spiciness that I would expect followed by the citrus/orange hops. The hop bitterness is not too intense and pairs nicely with the rye spiciness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: This is a very pleasant drinking beer that could easily be a session beer for me. I enjoy the aromas and the flavor of this beer quite a bit. Definitely one to get another time.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RBlaszak for sending this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is strong rye with some orange citrus notes. There is no doubt that this beer has a lot of rye in it. The flavor is rye with a lot of hop character. I get some pine, orange citrus and pineapple, as well as some toffee. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good beer.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a cloudy amber color, also has a slightly ruby red color. Smallish head, but very nice sheets of lacing down the sides.

S: Lots of grapefruit upfront from the hops. It has a spicy finish form the rye. Very nice.

T: Spicier than the nose. Has a hop kick upfront and then there is a combination of malt and the spices. Leaves a bitter flavor on the tongue.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Goes down smooth, very drinkable. Overall a very nice beer. Even though its a rye beer, the spiciness was a little surprising.

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

Bottle says 70 IBUS and 6.6% abv

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours only ¼ finger of slight tan head, fades down quick. Color is an amber hued caramel brown. Decent retention with some nice lace rings.

Aroma: Caramel malts, floral hops, bright citrus flavors, and a nice rye all around. I dig the rye

Taste: Wow, the rye is really present here. Big caramel malt flavor. Grapefruit and pineapple citrus blend well with the big floral hop taste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth and creamy for a beer so hoppy. It is a tad bitter though. Medium bodied with a great level of carbonation for the style. Ends with a rye/hoppy aftertaste, somewhat dry.

Overall, this is a pretty solid beer. I think I would definitely like to have this around for a hoppy session beer. Just a great drinking beer, at a great price, with a nice touch of rye that I really like.

Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard 12oz brown stubby founders bottle. Poured into a snifter this brew appears a fairly clear burnt copper to orange color. A proud finger of yellowish stained head sits atop the brew composed of rather large bubbles. Bubbles of carbonation rise to the surface in support of the well retaining cap. As the head slowly fades it leaves spots and patches of lacework clinging to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is bright with fruity and floral notes. Quite juicy smelling with pleasant hop character that has a toasty grain base and presents a slight mineral touch. Some alcohol makes itself known right away in the aroma with an accenting fruity ester component and slight tingle to the back of the nose. A faint touch of stinky cheese and a catty aspect that only emerges once this brew warms up.

The taste is toasted bready grain which provides a mild sweetness before becoming dominated by resinous hops. Herbal bitterness resonates throughout the mouth with a touch of minerals, pine, cheese and bitter fruit rinds. Alcohol is fairly evident with a fusel touch of warmth down the back of the throat. The alcohol flavoring is equally matched and paired against the toasted grain and bitterness of the hops. All in all a very sound brew.

This is medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Easy drinking with a nice toasted grain flavor backing instead of the typical sweet caramel malt undertones. I felt both the bitterness of this "pale" and alcohol hit home a little harder than what was listed on the label but no complaints here.

Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07/13/05- Received via trade with Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Copper colored pour, huge and I mean huge fat large bubbled head which literally took up a third of my glass. Very nice lacing as an added bonus.

Smell- Grapefruit and pine hops control the scene here. Maybe a bit of toasted malt in the background with a tiny touch of rye as well.

Taste- This one is a nicely well balanced brew. The hops are definitely there, but they aren't harshly in your face like some other brews. These hops are fruit and pine flavored and are soooo smooth. Toasted malt is lightly added as well as a small touch of rye.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and a bit chewy. Medium carbonation level. Easy drinking beer to be sure.

Drinkability- Right up there with Hop Rod Rye in my book. Another fine beer to add to the "session" list. Damn, that's right...I can't get this on the west coast :( Thanks much Jetsbeer!

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear, ruby-amber color that shows rich copper-orange highlights when held up to the light. The head is frothy, rocky, initially a finger thick and a full tan color with a bit of an amber tinge. The aroma is quit hoppy; a mix of herbal notes, pine and citrus. I get aromatic notes of candied orange peel, and grapefruit; both of which come to dominate the aroma after a bit.

The taste has a sharp hoppiness to it that carries through almost to the end, but actually mellows and becomes a lingering, smooth, sweet citrus note and a bright bitterness. This is definitely hop dominated, but there is a malt character here, which, through its caramel notes, helps to accentuate the fruity citrus character of the hops. As the beer warms up it begins to pick up some minty menthol like notes in the finish. I can't say that the rye is really noticeable here; perhaps it adds a bit to the body of the beer and it seems to make it have a head with more staying power. As with many of the so called "rye" beers this is a hop bomb; don't get me wrong, I definitely am enjoying this beer, but I am curious as to what the rye is really adding.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper hued, slightly hazy with a 1/2 inch head that recedes somewhat quickly, leaving a nice lace ringlet around the glass.

S: Fresh hops and rye. Shocker.

T: Great fresh taste with a nice balance of malts and hops. The rye aspect of this beer is a pleasant surprise to the palate, as the nose leads you to believe this would be an IPA. I wish the rye/hop balance did not favor the hops so heavily, as the rye component is being overshadowed. There is a bitter hop finish and lingering hop aftertaste, with no astringency.

M & D: Really smooth and easy to drink. This would make a great session/summer beer.

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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