Red's Rye IPA
Founders Brewing Company

Red's Rye IPARed's Rye IPA
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Rye Beer
Ranked #6
Ranked #1,710
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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JohnnyK from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Sep 14, 2013
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tectactoe from Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color with a sustaining off-white head. Smells like a basket full of dry rye and grains with a bunch of flowers spread on top. Citrus notes play on top of it and near the end as well. I'm also getting some biscuity tones, too, possibly from the yeast, heavy in the background. The taste is a nice mix of toasted rye and hops. The hops explode in the form of pine resin about halfway into the sip and the slight grapefruit-citrus hints leave a nice flavor on the tongue, too. The rye and malt flavor balances the hops and slight citrus sweetness very well - an acute dry, bread-like flavor to play alongside a bitter, piney, hop gash. As the beer warms up (especially near the end), the caramel toasted malt really starts to become pronounced. Medium mouth feel, slightly dry finish; a good amount of carbonation makes this beer very enjoyable to drink.

A nicely balanced beer with a nice touch of rye and hops. The rye adds a nice element of dryness that works extremely well with the citrus. A good red, a good IPA, and a good rye beer.

Oct 12, 2012
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ncbrewerbun from North Carolina

4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've tried this beer twice now, once on tap at the brewery in Grand Rapids, MI; and once out of the bottle, back home in NC. I fell in love with the one on tap.

The beer pours a brilliant ruby red, which isn't too surprising given its name. The creamy off-white head accentuates the red beer underneath. And it stays there throughout your beer experience.

Wow...the aroma! Grapefruit and more grapefruit, followed by hints of malt and the malty sweetness. What an inviting aroma, and what made it better was that it was unexpected. I didn't know what I'd get for aroma with a rye beer.

The flavor matches the aroma with the grapefruit/citrusy notes. (These are BIG notes!) But there is a malt presence, especially as it warms some...but mine was gone before I could let it warm too much.

A medium "plus" mouthfeel. There is some chewiness to this beer. You know that you're not drinking a 4.5% beer!

Overall a real winner. Try it over the July 4th weekend as part of your RED, White and Blue theme.

(If I were rating the bottled version, it would still be 4-plus; but if you can get this on tap, do it!!)

Jul 01, 2005
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Reddish brown, a bit darker than I expected, with some haze and a bit of visible carbonation. A flat brown head forms, but regresses fairly quickly.

S: Dark and bready, with pine & citrus hops, dark sweet malt.

T: Nice citrus/orange hops, sweet bread, toffee.

M: Nice medium to a bit heavy mouthfeel, good carbonation. Minimal alcohol presence. Finishes with a citrus pith hang.

O: This is different & tasty! Another good beer from Founders. Glad I have one more!

Aug 06, 2012
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AnthonyVincent from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Mar 06, 2013
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JohnQVegas from Tennessee

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours a very hazy dark copper bordering on brown, with a nice, rocky off-white head that eventually fades into a creamy cap.

Nose is floral, citrus and spicy pine notes, a bit of sweet rye.

Taste is sweet up front - lots of spicy rye, slightly toasty, rich, bit of caramel underneath the rye, with a spicy, resiny hop note that sits lightly on top of the malt without dominating, until it really comes out to shine right before the finish. Finish is long, lightly bitter, but with the spicy rye hanging around as well.

Mouthfeel is creamy, just enough carbonation bite to let you know it's there, medium-full body. Very nice beer, and one I could drink for an entire chilly night.

Feb 01, 2009
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Scrapss from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Turbinator with about 1.5 years on the bottle. Aging has considerably helped IMO.

A: Deep ruddy with frothy white 1 finger head. 1/2 finger stays all the way through. semi-lively carbonation.

S: Definitely a malty and spicy rye. The hops are mild and are not interfering with the rye.

T: Spicy notes, some very indistinct sour rye. VERY light malt and hop notes...the hops are definitely of the gentle noble variety if I had to guess. spicy, spritely tongue sensations.

M: creamy. medium full. Smooth and succint. balanced finish with malt and carb playing with bitterness nearly perfect ways. Not hot or boozy.

O: I want smooth, velvety, spicy, dry, all the notes I like in rye whisky but toned down a bit.

Jan 17, 2014
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beergod1 from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a Beautiful crimson red with a creamy tan head. Nicely balanced with its hop bitterness and floral bouquet achieved from the dry hop. In the finish, the generous amount of malted rye used gives it a spicy crisp finish. This is better a little warmer, flavor bursts when around 46 deg. It's not a cloying rye, and the body is lighter than I though it would be...and not in a bad way. Drinkable, maybe not quite a session beer but I think I'll have another.

Nov 22, 2009
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Sweetmambyjamby from Indiana

3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- dark brown red. red tinted white head. lacing very nice.

S- hops, and more and more hops. Followed by a peppery smell with rye.

T- taste is hop front and a strong pepper hop finish. The middle is a wet rye bomb.

M- wet damp carbonated alright.

O- it's alright. maybe rye beers aren't my thing. it's ok, won't drink it again though

Jul 04, 2011
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Jan 30, 2013
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy reddish-brown pour. Medium-sized off-white head with middle-ground lacing and retention. Not bad.

S: A bit of herbal hop and a bunch of biscuity malt. Maybe some spicy rye in there but it's very faint.

T: Herbal hop flavor up front that turns into ...rye bread. The malt and the rye mixed together to complete a pretty decent impersonation of rye bread. Spicy rye carries through to the aftertaste along with the herbal hops. Nice.

M: Medium body with a little bit of oil mouth-coating effect.

O: It's hard to classify this purely as a rye beer. It tastes more like someone mixed an APA and a rye beer together. Rye is a bit subdued compared to some rye beers (Sixpoint Righteous for example) but hops are more prevalent and this is also surprisingly light.

I gave this beer extra points in the overall category because while it's not particularly amazing in any one way, the combination really shines. Not too much spicy rye, not a hop bomb IPA. Not too wussy but not too heavy. Just all around well balanced and tasty. Sometimes it's hard to find good beers that aren't "extreme" in one way or another.

Jun 25, 2011
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kaips1 from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into a pint glass

a-dark red, nice whitish 2 finger head, almost dark brown right under the head
s-very citrusey and spicey
t- very hoppy and dry and bitter and spicey from the middle to the end of the drink
m-very lively and and light
d- drinkable but not too many for me

Mar 08, 2011
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NvMyBeer from Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%

Dec 21, 2011
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mjmadsen21 from Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.8%

Jan 17, 2012
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JRBecks from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Aug 06, 2012
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fitz284 from District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Sep 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Nov 10, 2012
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georgiaboy8686 from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Nov 10, 2013
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Devman171 from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Oct 20, 2014
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Parker9000 from Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Oct 16, 2013
KSMONHNYIL from Illinois

3/5  rDev -28.6%

Jun 24, 2014
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Khaack from New York

4.2/5  rDev 0%

Oct 28, 2014
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ypsifly from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Dark amber/copper with a generous tan head that hangs around for 5+ minutes leaving a lumpy film on the top with nice lacing.

Smells strongly of floral citrusy hops. I'm reminded of Bell's Two Hearted and Sierra Nevada's Celebration. I like it, but was expecting more rye in the nose.

As in the nose, hops dominate. Still wanting more rye. There's some there, but you really have to search for it over a few sips. Very dry finish.

Nice full mouthfeel. Almost weighted like a good stout. Not a lot of carbonation, but the rush of hops takes its place.

This is a very tasty and drinkable beer. It lacks the presence of rye I was looking for in both taste and aroma, unlike the Black Rye, but its still damn tasty.

Feb 15, 2005
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bassmantin from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice orange/red color. I intentionally limited the head because I know the head can build quickly on this one. The lacing is think and resilient.

The smell is incredible. It smells like a cross between an IPA and a barleywine. The taste confirms this. Sufficient bitterness to satisfy the most demanding hophead with a satisfying degree of sweetness that balances well with the hoppiness and is not overdone like some brews tend to do. Hints of grapefruit. The aftertaste lingers for quite some time. So satisfying.

Bottom line: This is one of my favorite beers. Enough hoppiness and at a reasonable price. Buy a six pack.

Oct 19, 2007
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erha2 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

May 30, 2012
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