Red's Rye IPA
Founders Brewing Company

Red's Rye IPARed's Rye IPA
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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Rye Beer
Ranked #7
Ranked #3,385
4.18 | pDev: 10.53%
Feb 13, 2022
Feb 22, 2004
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 by ryand14 from Michigan on Feb 13, 2022
4.21 by Plonk from Alabama on Dec 04, 2021
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4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Whyteboar from Michigan

Astounded that I have not reviewed this yet. It is the single beer that I have never fell out of favor with. Others come and go as tastes change but this one always hits the sweet spot for me.
Pours a lovely burnished red and sports a manilla colored head for a little while.
The aroma is hoppy and malty and just an ideal combination of these.
The taste is where this really shines. Crisp is the word- such a balanced layering of flavors from spices to caramel to citrus and a refreshing bitterness to finish the sip.
The feel is ideal for the style, I am not sure it can be improved.
OA, it’s always on draft around W Michigan which is good as they seldom bottle or can it as it looses flavor quickly. Or so they say. I’d rather drink an older container of this than not drink it at all.
Really good beer!

Nov 11, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by NCSapiens from Indiana

Pretty good rye IPA. Dark amber color with ample white head. Rye flavored IPA with nice flavor profile and few off-putting flavors. Overall eminently drinkable—not too bitter for an IPA, not too sweet. Well rounded and well crafted.

Nov 02, 2021
4.42 by Meddwol from Michigan on Oct 17, 2021
4.25 by jacobk1997 from Georgia on Jul 05, 2021
3 by jkermitj from Mississippi on Jun 10, 2021
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5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Dangerfield from Indiana

Best beer I've ever had!

May 17, 2021
4.35 by Metalgod666 from Michigan on May 06, 2021
4 by eameslover from Michigan on Apr 28, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Sigmund from Norway

355 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.6%, 70 IBUs. Reddish brown colour, big and lasting off-white head. Nice aroma of floral and citrussy hops (dry hopped with Amarillo), also sweetish notes of caramel and orange marmalade. The flavour has also notes of orange marmalade and caramel malts, but is not extremely sweet. There is a distinct hoppy bitterness towards the end, with grapefruity and resinous notes, lasting through the long aftertaste. Good stuff.

Apr 17, 2021
4 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin on Mar 18, 2021
4 by Sinister from New York on Feb 21, 2021
4.18 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois on Feb 15, 2021
4.06 by Archfiend from Illinois on Sep 28, 2020
3.76 by Raime from Korea (North) on Jun 20, 2020
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4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dd53grif from Michigan

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.

May 23, 2020
3 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on May 13, 2020
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4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Chris_Durand from Michigan

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.

Apr 30, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by woemad from Washington

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!

Apr 12, 2020
4.3 by Valdez_Mescalito from Michigan on Mar 31, 2020
4.24 by Calraven from Michigan on Mar 22, 2020
4.23 by Buck_Jones from Michigan on Mar 21, 2020
4.43 by eljabak from Michigan on Mar 19, 2020
3.98 by Ssitron from Michigan on Mar 13, 2020
4 by doctorgary from New York on Mar 10, 2020
4 by Seal4676 from Michigan on Jan 01, 2020
3.75 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 02, 2019
3.9 by neliam24 from New York on Dec 02, 2019
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

Aug 23, 2019
3.94 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Aug 07, 2019
4.56 by Rubezahl from Pennsylvania on Jul 09, 2019
4.21 by ian_graf from Minnesota on Jun 02, 2019
3.98 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia on Apr 25, 2019
3.85 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Apr 24, 2019
3.5 by brandoneast from Texas on Apr 24, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by 2beerdogs from California

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?

Apr 14, 2019
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3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by MercInc from Wisconsin

Sheesh I should have left this rating as original. as I was going over my notes from earlier.

Apr 02, 2019
3.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Mar 14, 2019
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4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Jimmy_Mac from Arizona

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.

Feb 21, 2019
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