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Founders Rye - tasting help

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by LeRose, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. LeRose

    LeRose Advocate (725) Massachusetts Nov 24, 2011 Verified

    I am starting to fall in love with Founders...Backwoods Bastard was awesome and Curmudgeon is growing on me like a rash! Just finished the only bottle I have and I want another one NOW :-((

    Picked up a bottle of red rye tonight on the way home, but realized this is a new style for me and I have no idea what rye tastes like. What are things to look for? Understand it is similar to wheat beers - is that true? So maybe some spice notes on the finish?

    Seeking a little guidance, oh wise ones!
  2. Tastes like delicious. Bitter but amazingly balanced. If you do not like IPAs you may not like it. However, it could be a gateway to them.
  3. ZPag

    ZPag Aficionado (115) New York Dec 3, 2012

    I wouldn't say it is similar to wheat beers. You have never had rye bread? Because all rye beers taste like that. It is a bit bitter almost sour tasting. I tend to shy away from rye beers, because I hate rye bread and really I hate the grain as a whole. However I know tons of people who love founders Red Rye.
  4. LeRose

    LeRose Advocate (725) Massachusetts Nov 24, 2011 Verified

    Ok...Gives me a start. Don't mind rye bread, and Ruination was an OMG beer and moment, so I am OK with IPA. The wheat beer comment I found on the Internet, right next to the French model...figured it might not be totally accurate.
  5. A bottle opener.
    Drink that sombitch!
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  6. Ri0

    Ri0 Poobah (1,155) Wisconsin Jul 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    I had Reds Rye and liked it. Can I expect to enjoy Ruthless Rye? Sorry to thread jack.
  7. LeRose

    LeRose Advocate (725) Massachusetts Nov 24, 2011 Verified

    Got that part down, bro! Official antique bottle opener found while rebuilding my kitchen, and official WalMart oversized stemless white wine glasses...damned l'il woman used all the good Mason jars for jalapeño jelly....just joking, mostly...but I liked those Mason jars...

    I don't like knowing too much about what to expect, but on a new style I like at least a vague notion of what I am in for. I wouldn't want to "judge" it poorly because I don't understand the basic idea, yeah? It's all good...it will be in my belly tomorrow night. If I can wait that long... Like the coin in Pirates of the Caribbean...the beer...it calls to me...
  8. BeerNDoggerel

    BeerNDoggerel Savant (455) Illinois Mar 13, 2011 Verified

    If you like IPAs, you'll love Red's Rye P.A.

    The Rye simply adds a complementary spiciness to the hops.

    Just enjoy. This beer is the stuff.
  9. jhartley

    jhartley Poobah (1,330) Florida Aug 22, 2010 Beer Trader

    It's just a great IPA with rye, not too bitter, actually I found it a bit "sweet" as far as IPAs go. It sucks that this won't be bottled any more.
    Why wait until tomorrow? No need to procrastinate. ;)
  10. Steimie

    Steimie Advocate (590) Michigan Jan 7, 2012

    Drink the godforsaken beer. Don't ask others what you can expect. Drink it and form your own opinion.

    If you really must know what others think of it, there are 209 reviews here:
  11. LeRose

    LeRose Advocate (725) Massachusetts Nov 24, 2011 Verified

    Yep. Will form my own opinion no matter what. I just saw comments about rye taste. If it is a rye bread type taste I get that. Never worked with the grain itself before, just was wondering. Like I know what crystal malt tastes like since I have used it before. As long as it don't taste like pastrami too, should be cool.
  12. BeerNDoggerel

    BeerNDoggerel Savant (455) Illinois Mar 13, 2011 Verified

    Excuse me?
  13. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Advocate (510) Missouri Sep 14, 2011

    Overthinking this bud. Won't know what it tastes like until you taste it. Why let us influence your perception?
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    BEERMILER12 Champion (970) Maine Sep 11, 2010 Verified

  15. rolandboy

    rolandboy Savant (250) Michigan Oct 11, 2012

    it will still be bottled...just going to seasonal 4 packs.
  16. jhartley

    jhartley Poobah (1,330) Florida Aug 22, 2010 Beer Trader

  17. champ103

    champ103 Champion (965) Texas Sep 3, 2007 Beer Trader

    And a doughy, biscuit, bready character. Though many examples are so hopped up you can't really get that part.
  18. LeRose

    LeRose Advocate (725) Massachusetts Nov 24, 2011 Verified

    You are right... And I guess it was silly to ask, thinking about it.

    But hey - it looks like I should go buy the rest of it, too! If I don't like it (which I highly doubt) I can always hold it hostage!
  19. BeerNDoggerel

    BeerNDoggerel Savant (455) Illinois Mar 13, 2011 Verified

  20. BruChef

    BruChef Savant (315) New York Nov 8, 2009

    I would describe it as somewhat fruity and bitter in the way the pith from a lemon would be. Spicy, but not in terms of heat from capsacin, more like earthy spicy similar to black pepper and celery seed. And since rye is sometimes used in conjunction with caraway rye, it can taste slightly almost licorice like as in fennel seed.
  21. Daktah

    Daktah Savant (320) Illinois Apr 13, 2011

    Same here. Bad news, but having just experienced some "out-of-code" RRPA I can understand the move - did not have the same taste at all. Stinks that the price isn't going to decrease with the bottle count.
  22. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (770) Illinois Apr 8, 2010 Beer Trader

    As Billy Madison would say..."JUST DO IT!!!!"