Red's Rye IPA
Founders Brewing Company

Red's Rye IPARed's Rye IPA
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Ranked #6
Ranked #1,584
4.2 | pDev: 10.48%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Red's Rye IPARed's Rye IPA
Notes: 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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4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium-dark copper color with a foamy head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is sweet with a hint of caramel. Tastes starts out slightly spicy and finishes with a good hoppy bitterness. Good mouth feel.

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dd53grif from Michigan, May 23, 2020
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4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my all time favorite beer, not necessarily because it's the best beer I've ever had, but for many reasons including sentimental ones, so I will try to view this as objectively as I can.

Poured from a Michigan exclusive release can into an IPA glass.

Color is deep caramel/red tones. Head is darker than a typical IPA and sticks to the glass like glue

Smell is peppery and malty, slightly sweet. Pleasant, not overly intrusive.

Taste follows the nose but much, much stronger. Peppery bite up front, followed by the sweet from the red ale characteristics. Finish is a lingering rye pepper flavor. Excellent and memorable.

Medium bodied, smoother than you would expect mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a delicious beer that is also interesting to drink. I'm so glad that they are packaging this beer again after a long hiatus, and consider myself lucky to be a Michigan native so that I can get this beer easily.

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Chris_Durand from Michigan, Apr 30, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can courtesy of Whyteboar. According to the stamp on the can, this was canned on "03.09. 200019034." Apparently, Founders has an in-house time machine, and this beer was retrieved from the era the Dune books are set in.

Poured into a Mad Bomber IPA glass, this had a nice, but, fluffy, beige colored head that sat on top of a dark copper, slightly red colored beer with some nice clarity. Said head took a long time to drop and left lots of lace behind.

Peppery, spicy Amarillo hop and rye malt notes greeted the workers at my olfactory. Some sweet, bready malt notes as well.

Taste is spicy and peppery up front. Earthy, Rye malt flavor comes to the fore especially at the fadeout. Fairly good-sized, bready malt backbone to this, which isn't surprising given it's midwest DNA, but is not sufficiently massive to be disturbing to a PNWer like me!

Medium bodied, with an almost creamy mouthfeel.

Really like this. If it were local to me I'd have it in my fridge on a regular basis. Thanks, Whyteboar!

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woemad from Washington, Apr 12, 2020
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From old, undated notes. Had this on draft.

Murky orange rust hue.

Tan head; minimal lace.

Skunky weed & grapefruit nose; hint of caramel.

Thick mouthfeel.

Grapefruit with a hint of caramel; viscous but enjoyable.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Aug 23, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Now I'm trying to figure out a blind tasting, courtesy of a @foundersasap in our NBS BIF #9

I am a little baffled by this one.
It's a garnet tinged amber color. Light sandy head that rises a finger or so, loosens up, and quickly recedes. (I'm assuming it would have a little more head retention had I opened earlier).
Really pretty color.
Smells of rye, some earthy hops, and a hint of caramel malt.
Taste is rye, buckwheat, a tad of pine resin, with a gentle almost floral honey note. Also a smooth pepper note peeks in.
Mouthfeel is slightly less than medium. Low carbonation. Finish is a tad slick.
Overall, I'm guessing a rye IPA, or an Amber ale with some rye in the mix.
So what is it?

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2beerdogs from California, Apr 14, 2019
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4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear deep red with short head but substantial. Very good lacing. Slight sweet citrus smell but my cold beer didn't have much aroma. Taste was outstanding, prominant smokiness cuts the hops bite and alcohol. Very well balanced.

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Jimmy_Mac from Arizona, Feb 21, 2019
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5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding! This one is worth a six pack if you can find it, IPAs done by founders across the board is so worth it. This is one beer that is unique and checks all the IPA boxes along the way.

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JimboBrews54 from Michigan, Dec 24, 2018
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes 10/31/11: Pours a hazy amber producing 2 fingers of beige head. It leaves nice lacing as it recedes. Aroma is spicy rye, brown sugar and caramel balanced with the hops. Taste is sweet, spicy rye, caramel malt, toffee, with earthy herbal, grapefruit, pine and grass hints. It has a fine bitter/spicy finish. Complex.

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3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The rye element is certainly present but the malt buries it just a little bit - it is very biscuity upfront with the rye peeking through towards the end. I feel like it is more of an Red IPA with a rye note than a rye-forward beer.

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Oct 16, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap pour at Buster's on 28th (Mpls MN)
Amber brown colored body. One finger tan head. Leaves a few thin rings of lacing.
Not much aroma, mostly rich malt.
The taste is where this beer really shines. Combines the rich malt, solid floral hops, and the spice from the rye. Solid combination of flavors.
Medium, creamy mouth feel.
When distributed in a bottle, this was my favorite rye IPA. It is always a treat when this can be found again, and here it is presented on tap at the very friendly Buster's on 28th. Kudos to the brewer and to the server.

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4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep rich red appearance with nice white head that disipates quickly. Aroma is very mild. Taste is also very mild with only a hint of hops. In general great mild flavor and refreshing.

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Radcpa from Washington, May 14, 2018
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3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nicely pleasantly surprised by this beer, tried on tap. Nice dark amber color with small amount of head, trace lingering lacing. Smells of floral hops, tastes of hops with some citrus, malt biscuit, faint hints of caramel. Thin mouthfeel with some mild carbonation throughout. An excellent easy-to-drink IPA.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Apr 26, 2018
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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mothership Series single from the source in Grand Rapids - cross border to Ontario and by plane in suitcase to Alberta. Totally worth the effort. Pours a clear deep reddish mahogany with off white head. Aroma citrus, spicy hops, rye. Taste is crisp, clean, spicy hoppy caramel malt, on bitter piney backing. Bitterness lingers with a full creamy mouthfeel, finishing crisp and clean.

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TooManyGlasses from Alberta (Canada), Apr 18, 2018
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4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler filled last night poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp. The beer pours bright reddish brown with khaki colored head. The head recedes to a cap and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma offers a hint of rye and some citrus. The taste is multifaceted rye ranging from spicy to caramel to bready. It's complex enough to seem like a different beer on sequential sips. Hop bitterness is there just for balance and perhaps lending a bit of citrus and pine. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, excellent. It's a shame this is draft only now outside the brewery. Very enjoyable. Recommended for fans of rye.

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jkblr from Indiana, Apr 08, 2018
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3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft, served in pint glass. Remembering a day later so...

Poured red, no surprise. Decent head.
Nose wasn’t real strong, but malts came through.
Taste is enjoyable. Nice hints of Rye. Rye spice and hop bitterness. Fairly crisp even with the malts tones. Some lingering bitterness but not overdone.
Good mouthfeel with malts adding depth. Not a stout, but not watery.
Overall a good beer worth trying. Was served ice cold. I Noticed the rye notes much more after warming a bit.

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Wolvmar from Michigan, Jan 28, 2018
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4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If only there were more IPAs of this type that hit the mark like Founders Red's IPA does. The caramel really jumps out on the nose and on the pallette. Lots of fruity hops on the nose. At 70 IBUs, this hits the sweet-spot on the pallette. Really really tasty.

On draft at the HopCat in DTW midtown.

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Roby923 from Alberta (Canada), Nov 25, 2017
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4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful hazy ruby red with an off white head. Smells of pepper, rye, hops, anise, and bread. Tastes of rye, anise, citrus, pepper, other spices, caramel, and some sweetness. Medium creamy body with medium carbonation. Overall an excellent rye beer by Founders.

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andrewh995 from Arizona, Sep 20, 2017
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3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic pint glass, the appearance was a sturdy burnt dark orange almost mahogany color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that glistened and slid off at a mild pace. Slight lace.
The aroma started florally sweet taking in the smooth caramel/toffee malt tones running through the overall nose and gathering in a touch of some spicy hops.
The flavor was moderately sweet with a nice floral to semi-rye like spiciness gliding into each other and to weave a really nice aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt just as good.
Some smoothness, but also enough harsh embrace - if anything nice balance.
Overall, really nice all around fairly easy drinking rye beer that is well worthy of coming back to.

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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rye IPA....nice, very nice. Dark caramel in color, a subtle nose, and yummy taste...a special Founders day at the local beer hut brought this to my attention and I'm very glad I tried and enjoyed...cheers!

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3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drinking this at Strange Brew in Allentown, PA. Just finished a SingleCut Softley Spoken Magic Spells, and to be honest, this one isn't working. The smell is by far the best part. It is like a floral bouquet. It smells so nice. The look is light and red, very transparent. The feel is like somewhat flat Coors Light. And the taste is pretty bitter after the DIPA I just had. I want to like it based on reviews, but am struggling to get past the bitter. I am probably not the best judge of IPAs.
But if you want to drink the best of the best, Strange Brew seems to always deliver. I am looking at Sole and Racer Cafe 15 on the menu...

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NotAnIPAFan from Pennsylvania, Apr 12, 2017
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3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't seen this in a couple or years, I'm afraid it's gone the way of Double Trouble and Devil Dancer.
L: Itsa copper color with a small off white head, minimal lacing.
S: Grapefruit, but not much.
T: Spicey, from the rye, some malt.
O: I really like this beer.

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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois, Mar 24, 2017
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4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

There is a strong smell and taste of grapefruit in the beer (even though no grapefruit is used). The rye adds a nice spiciness to the beer. This is a great beer to have on a hot day. I wish that this was still a year round offering.

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Terptwerp from North Carolina, Feb 21, 2017
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4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(From notes taken at the Hop Cat in Ann Arbor.) Poured from draft into a pint glass, a clear golden red with excellent head and lacing. It has a sweet floral smell. The taste has a ice spicy hoppiness that gives this beer a rich taste and feel. Red ales and rye beers are both favorites and this is a great beer!

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Photo of TaylorT
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am not typically an IPA fan, so take that for what it is worth. I like this beer becaus it is not overly hoppy, but enough to let you know it's an IPA. Smell is not overly dramatic, but not bad. Taste is where it shines. A malty IPA feel that isn't too hoppy to be a distraction. Floral citrus notes with just a touch of bitter sweet.

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TaylorT from Tennessee, Jul 21, 2016
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3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Founders Red's Rye IPA, 6.6% ABV, 70 IBU, style is Rye Beer. Pours thin and medium red with a finger of white foamy head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing. Nose is roastiness, taste is roasted rye and a bit of sweetness, not as bitter as I had expected. OK mouthfeel. Not my favorite style, but is decent, and refreshing. Wouldn't seek another out, though wouldn't turn one down.

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bbtkd from South Dakota, Jun 19, 2016
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