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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Red's Rye IPAFounders Red's Rye IPA

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4,269 Ratings

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Ratings: 4269
Reviews: 1610
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: two finger off white head with nice lacing on a murky, crimson and garnet body.

S: citrus, hops and caramel Malts.

T: Nice musty and mild citrus hop flavor with nice rye note in the finish. Strong sweet caramel malt in the background.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body. Very smooth.

Overall this beer is very drinkable and an excellent rye beer. Flavor of a rye IPA and the smoothness and malt background and smoothness of a red ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 23:22:24 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of OWSLEY069


4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange-ish/ copper color with a reddish hue, with a small off white head. In the aroma, dry rye-ish grapefruit. In the taste, a small grapefruit presence with a dry rye maltiness. A smooth and light mouthfeel with a dry grapefruity ryeness in the aftertaste. Dry rye and a grapefruitiness mix, best red I think I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 17:43:35 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of tavernjef


4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Heavy fogged over bottle brown with a scarlet glow. Big, yellow cigarette stained cap of foam. Resides down slowly to a slim mushroom cap and the lacing is amazing with tons sticky snowflake sheeting.

Solid hoppy aroma of raw, fresh, green, floral hop cones. Leafy with a grapefruit mush and floral sweetness twisted in with airy pine. Tilted towards a pungent edgeyness and floating behind it is a welcome toasty breadyness.

Toasty and hoppy flavors build and place all sorts of fun intricacies within a toasty rye bread caked with torn and tatteredly taken from the vine, hop cones. Great little slips of lightly souring bitterness revealing parched white grapefruit, leafyness abounds, bits of pine tar, and fine tuned dryness carrying into the finish with a caring of character. Subtle grassy spice, mint, and smoked leafyness engages some areas of the finish as it evolves.

Slippery, yet set with a bold rich intensity in a medium body feel with very controlled toasty tones and heavy hop handedness. Fluffy textured with hops, smooth, warm, and toasty. Oh...and damn yummy! Another fine addition to the Founders family. Unbelievably delicious and drinakable. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2005 01:03:22 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark coppery amber, almost mahogany, with a fine-bubbled beige head. Aroma is strongly hoppy with a firm evergreen overtone. Flavor is richly hoppy and evergreen, just slightly bitter and subtly different from a traditional IPA. Texture is ragged, edgy and quite tingly.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2010 19:14:14 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coppery color and a cloudy consistency. There was a good half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Smelled of hops, mild malts, and some citrus.

T: A nicely balanced taste of vibrant hops, mild malt and some grapefruit. The rye element, never overpowers the others, as it does in some beers.

M: A nicely carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer, to be sure. It goes down easy and is pretty lively.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 16:08:02 | More by avalon07
Photo of Bitterbill


4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

It pours a clear reddish gold with a huge billowy head of foam.

The smell is of...whoah..fruity and citrusy and earthy malty..very nice!

The taste has big grapefruit flavour up front but then I can taste the rye and some earthy malt and other fruit, maybe orange, it all comes across as *very* tasty. Wow. I'm bigtime digging the flavours here.

Mouthfeel is medium and very smooth, the carbonation is medium, and it finishes witha nice snap of citrus and rye.

Drinkability, despite the abv, is very good. This is another Founders brew that I'd like to revisit. No doubt about it! I love how the rye is so noticeable here as it makes this brew so crisp and easy drinking..Btw, the second pour gets a bit cloudy and overall, the head retention is *awesome* as is the lacing.

Bottom line: This is an *awesome* brew! It is probably the best of the style that I have ever tasted!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 23:29:16 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of largadeer


4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More Midwest goodness from Tyson. Thanks, Ty.

Hazy in the glass, auburn-colored, almost opaque. Pours with two fingers of off-white head. Great retention and lace.

The nose is spicy and perfumey, rye at the forefront, backed by herbal and citrus hops. Sage, tangerine and mango come to mind. Caramel malt is present at a tasteful level.

The punchy bitterness is a surprise at first, but it melds nicely with the spicy rye, light caramel sweetness and herbal hop flavor. This has the bitterness of an IPA, but the flavor comes more from the earthy, spicy, slightly sour rye malt than it does from the hops. I get a bit of tropical fruit mid-palate, mango and pineapple. The finish is dry, bitter and lingering, almost excessively so, but it's not an astringent bitterness. Enjoyable stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 00:09:36 | More by largadeer
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle without a freshness date. Pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a bit of a reddish tint. Foam is thick, creamy and long-lasting and the lacing is plentiful. A very nice looking beer.

Smell is nearly heavenly with ample amounts of bright citric hops and spicy rye notes. There are some caramel and toasty malts in the background, but the hops and rye are the main attraction.

This beer does a great job of showcasing both hop flavor and bitterness. Floral, grassy and grapefruit hoppiness play nicely with the zesty, pepper and bread-loaf rye flavors. There is a touch of sweetness in there to help smooth things out a bit. The mouthfeel and body on the beer are just about right for the style and I'll be damned if Red's Rye is not far from chuggable. Drinkability is through the roof. I dont think I could ever get sick of drinking this brew and am very sad this is the last of a six pack I got for Christmas...thanks Dad! Unbelievable beer, great job (as usual) Founders.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 01:25:10 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
70 IBU's 6.6% ABV, Bottled on 01/09/14

A - Red's shocking clarity not only showcases the brilliant copper-hued amber color but also the carbonation, streaming from the glass' nucleation point to it's luscious cream head. Great retention supported by the aforementioned carbonation eventually leads to haphazard webbing on the pint making this one sexy beer!

S - Floral and earthy hop aromatics comprised of rustic dry leaf and flower pedals still allow the spicy rye to shine through as both co-exist, blanketing the malty, bread-like base.

T - Plenty of rye adds a sharp and up-front spiciness that lingers throughout the entirety of the beer while toasted biscuit and wheat bread cust backs up the still-present hop blast. though fairly absent in aroma, grapefruit rind emerges in flavor with lingering earthy undertones and floral notes.

M - The smooth malt base provides nice structure and body, offsetting the sharp rye, which adds a gritty texture and spice that lingers on the tongue with the beer's impressive 70 IBUs. The bitterness and carbonation in this beer would act in perfect tandem to cleanse the palate and compliment food pairings.

O - Once labeled Red's Rye PA, the addition of one single letter suits the beer a little more. Red's Rye IPA is a hop-and-rye forward beer that doesn't focus directly on one ingredient or the other but melds the two in harmony as grapefruit, earthy, and floral attributes blend with the spicy rye over biscuity, bready malt for a superb balance considering it's listed IBUs. At a fair 6.6%, this full-flavored beer packs a wallop without walloping the imbiber; one hell of a combination!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 00:08:34 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of bluejacket74


4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the Red's Rye pours a red/orange color with a small off-white head. It has more of a citrusy and less of a floral hop smell to the beer. The beer definitely has a strong flavor to it. It tastes like citrusy (grapefruit) hops, with some spicyness from the rye, with a bitter finish to it with the aftertaste lingering for a while. There's a good bite to this beer. It has a medium mouthfeel with some pretty good body to it. I'm not exactly a hophead, but I found this beer to be pretty enjoyable. I guess I like the bitter hoppy bite this beer has! I'd recommend it to others to try, and I would drink this again given the opportunity (I only bought a single bottle of this).

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 23:58:41 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of DrDemento456


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - It pours ruby read in color with fluffy white head and great carbonation throughout.

S - Mostly of bready malts and hops with slight sour rye smell.

T - Overall well balanced. Starts bready with smooth rye grain taste finishing with a balanced hoppy bitterness. Great!

M - Medium bodied and flavors are constant in this beer.

D - Overall I enjoyed this about the same as Hot Rod Rye from bear republic but it was defiantly more hoppy which I loved more. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 19:54:39 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of ZAP


4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an awesome beer....the amarillos are put to good use as this has a fantastic juicy citrus aroma..sweet citrus...almost like citrus style candies....I've been smelling this for about 2 minutes straight and I can detect a slight spicy rye note as well but it is very, very subtle...

The taste is where the rye really adds an awesome dimension to this very hop forward juicy ale..but its not just the rye..there is some real multidimensional character to this beer...light notes of caramel as well....finishes spicy and somewhat dry.

This is a great beer. Had this with a BBQ last week and I ended up drinking three of them because they were sliding down so much...I just couldn't put the glass down....tonight as I review it I have similar thoughts....great beer....I have the new Tyranena Rye Bitter woman and I am saving the last one of these to try side by side with that one..

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 03:07:20 | More by ZAP
Photo of DefenCorps


3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip

A: Deep red slightly hazy body with a thick, puffy head.

S: Sweet caramel malts with a nice rye touch. Slightly fruity - figs and plums. Hops are present with floral and pineapple notes. Delicious!

T: Taste is surprisingly muted and muddled. I really can't tell what's going on here - there's the malt and the rye but little else is immediately apparent. Maybe i need a fresher sample

M: Slightly over carbonated but otherwise, OK

D: Easy drinking, I wish i had more

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 03:19:30 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of gford217


4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle passed along by cedromar in the High Card BIF poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with orange tints. The head is massive and dense and hardly recedes at all leaving gobs of clumpy lacing. This is a damn fine looking beer.

S: Smell starts with a decent kick of citrus hops with grapefruit leading the way, but the rye presence is very evident in the nose on top of the sweet caramel malt backbone.

T: Taste also starts with citrus hops, and gives way to the sweet malts and rye. The finish actually has a pine hop bitterness that was not as evident in the aroma.

M: The mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy with really strong carbonation that brings out the hops and spices on the palate.

D: This is probably the best rye beer I've had and an extremely unique and tasty brew from Founders. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 23:40:10 | More by gford217
Photo of scruffwhor


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Poured into a pint glass which yielded a 1 and a half finger head. Coppery with some cloudy definition and overall medium amber color.

Smell- Like the hoppy, unrefined rye grain aroma. Almost smells like smells like mom is kneading homemade rye bread.

Taste- Hardly any malt presence. Definetly dominated by the hops balanced bitterness and thes rye's accentuation of that bitter note. Overall a bitter beer, but if you like IPA's, you will enjoy this beer.

Mouthfeel- Medium to light bodied, does leave a clinging aftertaste but nothing a hops fan couldn't appreciate.

Drinkability- If the alcohol contentwasn't so high this could be a good regular drinking beer. Or session beer, but other than that a good pint after pint beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 21:37:30 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of tone77


3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, rye. Taste is somewhat bitter, spicy, hops, rye, a bit of citrus, very dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 13:27:43 | More by tone77
Photo of flagmantho


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep orange hue with a moderate haze and two fingers of frothy tan foam atop. Quite nice.

Smell: caramel malt and citrus hops hit you in a big way right away. There's not a lot of nuance in the mix, but it's basic and very well done.

Taste: very good malt flavor with lovely citrusy hops; those Amarillos work great here. It's almost like a light-alcohol version of a strong-ale formula. Malt is caramelly without being overly bready or biscuity; it's actually quite delicious.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation. It's alright, though not particularly creamy.

Overall: a very tasty beer. I'd like maybe a little more body or carbonation, but overall quite good. I'd gladly have this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 20:39:44 | More by flagmantho
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap into a tulip at the map room...A dark amber pour, nothing of note...The aroma is strong, lots of hop present with a light malt caramel backbone, a rye accent finish...the taste is mostly hoppy but in a good way, does not let the rye dominate or really present, hoppy throughout. Really nice feel, bitter, easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2010 05:21:08 | More by jrallen34
Photo of cokes


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Earthen auburn shaded with a pock-scared tan cream residing above.
Reeks of hops, all full of pine tar, mint, and yellow grapefruit. The malts are also stinkin' with their brown sugared, caramel lean.
Begins with a distinct notion of toasted bread (ummm...make the rye bread, with it undercurrent of spice). Doughy and warm, leaking out towards maple and brown sugar, then just gelling as caramel. This bready caramel feature lingers through the lengthy middle and up until the onlaught of hops.

Then it's on.

Westside IPAs glare menancingly at this outsider for breaching their turf. Posing with its grapefruit and pine ho's. Throwing up mint leaf signs and rolling sticky ganj up in emptied cigars wrappers.

But this ain't no moutherfuckin' wannabe, player.
This is the real deal. The new deal. Struttin' wif pride and flashing the Founder's "F" to fools.

Step back.

Sturdy in it's pimpilicious build, big where it needs to be. Easy flowing, yet up in your grill with the hizz-nops when need be.

Fake-ass IPAs run and hide.

Representin' to tha fullest.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 22:36:08 | More by cokes
Photo of nickfl


3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a finger and a half of off-white foam that collapses quickly and degenerates into a this film of loose bubbles. The body is a slightly hazy, amber-brown color and the beer leaves light rings of lace on the glass as it is consumed.

S - Sweaty pine hop aromas blend with dark, bready malt and a strong dose of caramel.

T - Caramel and toffee malt up front with pine and grapefruit hops. More thick malt in the middle with lots of dark sugar and pithy grapefruit. The finish has a swelling hop bitterness that pushes back against the sweet malt and seems to actually become a bit harsh in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A pretty standard hoppy red ale. The aroma is very nice with lots of green, pungent hops and enough malt to to hint at the thick sugary character of the flavor profile. The caramel and toffee that dominate the malt character work nicely with the pine and grapefruit hops but never become excessive. My only complaint is the way the bitterness becomes sharp and almost overwhelming in the finish, to the point that some soapy notes linger on the palate after everything else fades away. This last impression kind of ruins the drinkability of an otherwise very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 04:46:37 | More by nickfl
Photo of champ103


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear reddish/orange color. At first a two finger off-white head forms with good retention. The foam slowly recedes to leave a little lace.
S: Floral hops up front. Juicy grapefruit, orange, and apples. Light spice from the rye, and a little sweetness.
T: Juicy and chew fruity hops. Grapefruit again. Floral, grass, and tea like. A great fruity spicy flavor from the rye as well, and a substantial malt sweetness to balance everything out.
M/D: A medium body that is crisp, dry and refreshing. There is some fusel alcohol here. That and the almost 7% alcohol makes this a little harder to session than I would like.

A great beer. More of an IPA with a little rye, but still a really good rye beer. Something I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 18:15:26 | More by champ103
Photo of blackie


4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

re-reviewed 4/7/10, new scores, old review left intact below

a: deep copper in color, capped with a modest white head

s: pale malt body with sweet-spicy rye and light caramels, really nice grapefruit hop aroma

m: medium body and carbonation, clean and drying finish

t: clean pale structure with a nice rye and caramel current balancing a mostly dry body with mild sugars, full citrus hop flavor with an appropriately strong bitterness - leaning grapefruit

d: nicely balanced beer with a good finish, easy drinkability

single from Lost Dog, Arlington


appearance: The pour gives a 1" khaki colored head that gradually falls back, leaving a decent layer of carbonation on top. The beer is a medium chestnut brown in color.

smell: Nutty toasted malts and a big evergreen hop aroma. Hints of tropical fruits (especially citrus) and a slight woodiness.

mouthfeel: The carbonation level is around a high medium, and the body a light medium.

taste: Lightly nutty malts, a touch of rye (I would not pick it out if I didn't know it was there), and a big hop flavor upfront. Moderately sweet on the tongue with more than enough hop bitterness...a very hop forward red rye and a little unbalanced. Very ryePA like.

drinkability: easy

single bottle purchased at Woodman's in Madison

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 22:39:01 | More by blackie
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Founders squat fattie into a tumbler. As the name implies it's a reddish color, kind of burnt copper with a huge and thick and durable foam. The smell is hops, I'd call it an IPA from the smell alone. But I don't know the actual aroma or taste of rye...

The taste is hoppy and spicy, with a really thick mouthfeel. Kind of reminds me of DFH 90 minute at about 1/2 strength in flavor.

Really nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 01:02:11 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of woosterbill


3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A straight, slow pour results in a deep reddish-brown body topped by an inch of creamy tan foam that even looks a little pinkish itself. Strong retention and plenty of lacing make this a great looking beer all around.

S: Spicy, piney hops really jump out right away, and remain the dominant aroma throughout. There's also some caramel malt and a nice dose of distinctive rye sharpness. Quite nice.

T: The hops and rye really join forces to create a powerful wave of spicy bitterness. A little bit of malt sweetness tries to make an inroad halfway through, but the hops close it out with an intensely bitter finish. It's both intense and enjoyable, but there's a rather pronounced alcohol note on the aftertaste - far, far more than I'd expect from a beer under 7%. It's really, really tasty up to a point, but the finish just keeps bugging me.

M: Slick medium body with moderate, sharp, late-arriving carbonation. Not bad at all, but not as smooth as I'd like.

D: Not bad for the style, I suppose, but I really wish there were less noticeable booze.

Notes: This is a beer with lots of great things going on, but it just doesn't come together IMO. I'd never turn one down, but I certainly don't think it fits in well with most of the other Top 100 brews. If I didn't know it was the strength of a single IPA, I'd think it was just a thin American Barleywine - it's that hot. Founders makes a bunch of world class beers, but this isn't quite one of them.


Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 01:11:41 | More by woosterbill
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New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 00:32:08 | More by johnnnniee
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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