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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,649
Hads: 5,080
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 337
Gots: 539 | 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:
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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Reviews: 1,649 | Hads: 5,080
Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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Photo of billab914
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly shaped glass. Poured a dark caramel, almost copper color. It had a very nice dense and rocky head to start with, which also lasted pretty well into drinking it. Some nice layers of lacing were left as I drank it as well.

The aroma is a great mix of hoppy, citrus, grapefruit flavors, bready, spicy rye, and sweet caramely, malt. Very good aroma, everything seems to mix so well.

The taste has a nice amount of citrusy, grapefruit hops to it. The rye is particularly nice and comes through with a bready spice. It also has a pretty big malty, caramel base for all of these wonderful flavors. Like the nose all the flavors work so well together and make for a fantastic tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is great, I really love this beer. This is one of those can drink any time beers. This is one of a few that is on my regular purchase list. Great beer overall.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My dream afternoon - a holiday spent drinking rye beers. I must continually thank Sopor for turning me on to the style. It was truly an epiphanic moment when we were sitting at Founder's and he was explaining what rye imparts to a beer and the light bulb came on.

This began with a good, medium-tan head, but it didn't last and became just a light coating on top of the beer. The color was a reddish-orangish color with a slight cloudiness. The nose was both hoppy and spicy, like pepper. The mouthfeel was medium to thick with a huge mix of flavors on the tongue. Malty sweetness, hoppy bitterness and a peppery bite, all on the palate. The finish had that characteristic bite of rye, making it the lingering, prevalent taste. I'd drink this on a regular and continuing basis, if it were available in my area.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, giving a great copper/orange body. Faint cream head with bubbles that disappear slowly, with minor retention. Bottled Oct 25th 2010.

Great simple whiff on the nose of sweet grapefruit, nice and subtle, somewhat dry also. Not much else to speak of though, feels like a citrus IPA is coming.

And with that it feels and tastes like one too. Typical hop and grapefruit associated with an IPA in finish, palate and mouthfeel. I was expecting something a little more unique for a Rye beer but this is still tasty. However, it feels like just another good solid American IPA instead of something distinct. Can't say I am blown away by it either so I am going to probably never desire this again.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy reddish copper in color with a two finger head. Spotty lacing developed.

Smell: caramel and ripe fruit sweetness rises from the glass and is very pleasant.

Taste: caramel, rye, ripe red grapes, and a nice balancing bitterness are the most notable flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp at the start, much smoother at the finish. Relatively short aftertaste.

Drinkability: excellent afternoon beer that is perfect for a lazy day of hanging out and having some beers. This could be a session beer for me.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a regular pint glass. Not sure how old this bottle is though.

A- Red's comes out of the bottle pouring a not deep red but slight red with copper mixed in as well. A pretty slow pour yeilded me four fingers of beige head so i took a break. When i got back the head faded but left the best looking lace patterns i've seen that were bumpy resembling a mountain range.

S- Red's gives off the expected rye scents backed by hop scent(amarillo) and malt sweetness. Some ripe fruits seem to make their mark also. This one is on the pungent side.

T- The rye is up front as well as the hop's which tell's me i picked up a fresh bottle thankfully. A bit of graininess as well as well as a good amount of caramel from the malt varieties. All in all a well rounded beer.

M- This is only a bit less than a medium mouthfeel as well as ample carbonation probably too much. The rye flavor and slight bitterness from the hops is felt throughout. A slighty off setting aftertaste with some sour twang, again only slighty.

D- A great offering from founder's that i'm glad is available year round at a nice price. Will get again in future, maybe bring a case to a party to turn some new converts. Not a session beer but good for a few. I just wish founder's had freshness dates.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Guanabanas. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep red body. Not really transparent, although I can't tell because it's dark out. Big creamy head. Nice lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit hops, lots of caramel malt, and a distinct spicy rye character.

Taste - Grapefruit hops joined by some resiny pine. Rye is much more prominent. Spicy finish to the malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - A little heavy for me. Thick for the style. Creamy carbonation.

Overall - Great rye character, but its body made me struggle through the whole pint.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Californians like me don't get the opportunity to see Founders sold in our stores, but I purchased a bottle of their Red Rye at Charles Street Liquor (Boston) on Christmas Eve. It made a good last-minute gift, but how does it taste? Let's find out, on to the beer:

From the short stubby bottle and into a stange in goes, the beer rests in my glass a cloudy red color, a few shades from being orange. The aroma is very pleasant, kind of a mix of a pale ale and red ale. It teases the nose with gooey caramel and cookie. Add some chocolate and it would be Twix! Hops are mild and brings a juicy tropical flavor. Okay, enough teasing, I want to taste it now...

Folks, we have a winning taste! It starts sweet and hoppy before the rye kicks in. Tastes very similar to the smell I described. There's a party going on in my mouth! It's so damn smooth and tasty that I wish I could have regular access to this gem. It's heavy enough to please big palates, yet seems light enough to have everyday. The end is quite dry, meaning you can start the whole cycle sooner.

The experience is over, but the impression lives on. The only other helpful information I have on this beer is to get a bottle as soon as you see one.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, courtesy of the Walnut Liquorette, in Walnut, CA,

A: Dark red/amber, with a thick, white head, which recedes to nothing after a long period of time.

S: Lots of hops, very citrusy, some pine, and a lot of spiciness, some Christmas-style spices abound, like allspice and cardamom.

T: Very tasty, a definite RyePA, though it hits you with spiciness first from the rye, with some anise and allspice, the hops are quite piney, some citrus such as grapefruit and orange are there as well, along with some lemon that adds to the complexity of this rye beer, very interesting.

M: Smooth, robust, piney and resiny, quite oily, with a fair amount of warming alcohol, which contributes a bit of a solventy character to the mouthfeel, though this is a minor flaw, in my honest opinion.

D: A great beer by Founders, incredibly drinkable, even with the high ABV, I just wish that they distributed to my area, so it wouldn't be such a hassle to obtain this great beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear reddish orange color with a huge bubbly off white head that persists forever. Smells of spice, and pine, with bits of citrus and caramel coming off of the edges. The taste follows the aroma to a tee.Medium to thin body with a moderate level of carbonation and a watery resinous mouthfeel. This is a nice beer, it smells great! For my tastes I would have liked a hint more body though.

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Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a lesson in the flavors of rye. Fruity yet dry. Delicous but strange. i'll have to try this again.

At first sip it reminded me of Hop Rod Rye, but I guess I need to try more rye beers. The beer tasted of apples and fruit punch with dry grainy edge of the rye. Some citrus hops joined in, and all in all I had an interesting drink.
Give it a try if you can find it.

Thanks to Norkyorksammy for the trade!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Copper/orange in color, with a bubbly head which mostly diminishes.

Smells of floral hops.

Tastes unique. Hoppy, thats for sure, but also a grainy spice in there too, to compliment the fruity hop/malt interaction.
Mouthfeel is smooth and makes me want another sip.

This may be the best rye beer Ive had. If you want a RYE-P.A. this is as good as any.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely delicious beer from Founders. If this was in my back yard it would be my staple beer. Pours reddish orange with litttle head and some spotty lacing. Smell is of slightly sweet malt and some spicy rye as well as citrusy hops. Nicely balanced and very appetizing. The taste is magnificently balanced and proof that non-extreme beers can be astoundingly good. Very nice blend of rounded malt, slightly spicy rye, citrusy/piney hops, and some fruity/bubblegum like esters. No one flavor components dominate, they just form a harmonious quartet. Beautifully drinkable wwith a smooth but slightly spicy mouthfeel. Delicious.

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Photo of liamt07
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery, 12oz into a tulip. Bottling date is smudged off the neck.

Deep reddish mahogany, with a cream coloured head. Nice retention and a good bit of lace. Nose has loads of caramel malts, some citrus, spicy hop qualities. A bit of bready character. Taste has bitter citrus, light spice, very nice fruity hop character and some toasty bread notes. Medium feel, medium low carbonation - delightful feel. Moderate bitterness. A very nice rye pale.

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Photo of corby112
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden orange/amber color with golden burnt orange hues when held to a light and a two finger off-white head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with hints of earthy pine, citrus rind, rye and caramel malt. Slightly toasted with hints of biscuit and a good balance of sweet rye and fresh hops in the nose.

Full boded for the style with lots of dank, resinous oily hops countered by a slightly toasty, sweet malt backbone. Nice hop presence up front with a good balance of earthy,dry bitterness and sweet citrus flavor. Hints of grapefruit and orange peel as well as some earthy pine. The malt backbone is sweet with a prominent rye character as well as hints of subtle caramel, biscuit and toffee. Really well balanced, refreshing and insanely drinkable with a slight dry finish.

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Photo of Zorro
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz bottle Sampled through the efforts of Boxing Day BIF and Pentathlete.

Pours a deeply red colored ale with a tan head. The shade here is so dark that I could almost call this reddish brown.

The smell is quite hoppy and aromatic. There is a base slightly sour scent of rye here that is complimented by the hops. Hop aromas are anchored by a basic oak aroma with citrus and pine on top with a spicy edge.

Taste is dry and woody at the beginning. Malt and hop flavors kick in here at about the same time. There is a faint sour twang here with mostly woody hops as the main flavor. Strongly flavored but mellow too. Malt flavor stays restricted to dark sugar and a bit of caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

A very drinkable beer for those who like them dry and hoppy. Nothing at all is bad about this beer, the only thing that would prevent sessioning all night is the above 5% alcohol level. A very mellow beer I can recommend.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red's Rye pours a deep, nebulous red with a giant frothy head and some vile lacing. Smell is of spicy rye and sweet malt with some herbal, floral, and fruity hops. Chewy mouthfeel, smooth, and creamy. Spicy initial taste which leads into a sweet, mellow maltiness. The hop bitterness is strong but it isn't enough to overpower the malt. The finish is long, and the presence of alcohol increases as the beer warms.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from New Beer Distributors in NYC, brought back to Sydney and opened with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a hazy reddish orange colour, with a crackling large bubbled head of yellow-white foam. Some speckled lacing, but minimal body. Some film across the top of the glass as well. Fine carbonation. Looks decent enough, but missing something.

Nose is sharp and slightly resiny, with plenty of earthy hops, much in the woody, almost ashy east coast style rather than the fruity, citric west coast style. Hints of rye come through with touches of sourdough bread and hefty dark malt. Pretty tasty.

Taste is very good, with a lovely balance between nutty grains, a touch more of that slightly sour bread character and a robust bitterness on the back, which lingers into a woody, resiny finish. It's all really well balanced, so at different points along the palate different elements stand up and make their presence felt.

Really nice beer, and big when it comes to flavour. Plenty of complexity to make it interesting, and nicely balanced. It could actually show off the rye a little bit more, but that also might make it more gimmicky, rather than having everything integrated as it is right now.

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Photo of biegaman
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fiery rust and Tuscan clay - Red's Rye integrates dark browns with bright reds and has tawny orange act as intermediary. A very worn, off-white patch of head is sandblasted across the top and manages to imprint a minimal number of tiny marks of lace as it sinks. Its complexion is pressed with a light haze although it shines with resilience when held into the light. This is among the most astonishing blends of colour I've witnessed in a beer.

Sweet, roasty malts and bitter, citric hops are presented as different sides of the same coin. The aroma is an illustrious display of vibrant, resinous and fruity lupullin but doesn't compromise an ounce of its thick, chewy maltiness. There's caramel and grapefruit; beers that are both *this* hoppy and *this* malty always impress me. It's like the insides of the kiln meet the fresh air of the forest. I'm already foaming at the mouth...

The very first sip made me start to convulse, as if I was part of a mystic, enchanting ritual where I became possessed by some sort of hop deity. (I'm not kidding, my limbs flailed!) Each following sip would prolong the trance. Notes of grain husks, toasted bread, charred grapefruit, grilled melon, pine sap and dark caramel all linger with resounding flavour. Each sip is sufficient to fill your mouth with enough flavour to last for a long period of time.

This may have an extra little bit of alcohol and bitterness but it's every bit as refreshing (if not more) than any of it's lower strength, lesser IBU peers. In fact, it does them one better by being more filling, too. The Belgian caramel malts really do impart a sweet richness which, right on cue, is quickly crushed by the pounding citrus of an Amarillo dry hop. This is lightly spicy, pleasantly citric, deliciously sweet, agreeably toasty and gratifyingly hoppy.

I don't know who Red is, but I like his Rye ale. He obviously shares my affliction for hops and my taste for well crafted, well rounded beer. This offering is deserving of its reputation and then some! If only the people of Grand Rapids knew how lucky they were. And I'm lucky too; after two trades turned up infected bottles of this stuff, I have BuckeyeNation to thank for finally hooking me up with a good sample... actually, a great sample!

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Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last of a 6 pack broght back by a friend from Michigan. Sorry to see it go...

The beer pours a reddish amber color with fair head retention and lacing. The beer smells pretty sweet and malty, but with some nice underlying rye and hoppy citrus. Smells pretty good in fact. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though the beer is decidedly on the hoppy side (which explains why I like the beer so much). The beer has a very nice bitter citrus bite to it, and comes across as crisp and clean. This beer is not the least bit heavy and is quite refreshing on the palate. It finishes very well, with a clean, light wash at the end. The beer is very drinkable with the abv. very well disguised (is it really 6.8% abv?).

Another solid beer from Founders. What a surprise. :-)

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark-reddish amber with an off white head. Nose was hops, rye and malt. Taste was medium bodied, caramel malt flavor with rye and hops. Very malty and chewy. Mouthfeel is chewy and coating. Very drinkableand tasty. Well done as usual by Founders.

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Photo of plaid75
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, New York.

Poured a deep copper, almost red hue with a two finger frothy off white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured waves of piney, citrus, herbal and tropical hops atop a clean grainy malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront piney and herbal hop assault that begrudgingly gave way to spicy rye malt and round crystal malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a brawny full bodied hop bomb. Very nicely made.

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

Thanks to Vancer for this brew.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber red color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger creamy off-white head, lots of nice sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is of malts, hops, nice touch of rye and caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, nice touch of caramel, and slightly bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice rye beer, I think my first.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a Duvel snifter

A - Very dark amber, almost brown. Small amount of white head.

S - Bitter grapefruit hops with some pine notes in the background balanced by a spicy malt backbone. There is also some peach and tangerine notes.

T - Bitter citrus hops and peppery/spicy malt backbone. Grapefruit, tangerine, pine.

M - Light body, very low carbonation. A little bit of chew.

D - An excellent RPA. Could easily drink a few of these in one sitting. One of my favourite beers.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,649 ratings.