Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Red's Rye IPAFounders Red's Rye IPA
5,239 Ratings
Founders Red's Rye IPAFounders Red's Rye IPA

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with four varieties of Belgian caramel malts and 100% Amarillo hops.
70 IBU

Formerly called "Founders Red's Rye PA"

Added by Todd on 02-22-2004

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Photo of PHKrames
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up the founders variety case, this has to be one of the best out there. First up is the Red's Rye PA

Poured from the bottle to pint glass, appears an amber with coppery hues and nice creamy head that dissipated but laced well.

Smell is a kick of piney/citrusy hops with the soury scent of the rye with a hint of caramel sweetness.

Taste is a great blend of caramely malt and rye front with the hop flavor not as potent as the scent but a great blend.

Mouthfeel is great, well balanced, flavors hit the top of the tongue well and the carbonation is just enough throughout.

This is a highly drinkable beer, just a bit to bitter for more than 2 or 3, but great tasting, done very well.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

wow, the best rye i have ever come across. deep, hazy amber/ reddish brown. i normally don't really care about the head on a beer but the head on this is this off-white, craggy monstrosity that does not want to go away. the lacing is like a wall on the glass. there honestly was a ring of head sub-structure-a suspended ring of head an inch below the water line. have never seen anything like this. a ring of head inside the fucking beer an inch down from the top. wtf? nutty, roasty/spicy, citric, dark fruit, bread in the nose. light initial malt sweetness is quickly taken over by supporting abundant hop bitterness and roasted/spicy malt flavors. hops are pronounced. long finish. mouthfeel is medium, creamy, and nicely carbonated. complex enough to leave you wanting more and not too high of an abv.

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Photo of italianstallion
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ncstateplaya
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A brilliant red pour with a nice tannish head, great contrast to the color of the beer. I could never write up a review without mention of the label. "Red" is one cooky looking old man who I would love to sit around the table with, share some of "his" beer, and indulge in his stories. But back to the brew, there is plenty of lace in the glass that accentuates this premier beer.

Smell: The hoppy aroma is bright and refreshing. Grapefruit rushes your senses and makes your mouth water with anticipation.

Taste: The grapefruit is first and foremost, but maybe that is a direct result of being so aromatic. The hoppy bitterness perfectly matches the crisp and tartness of the grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Wow, this beer is full of carbonation and extremely crisp, biting the tip of your tongue. A medium bodied ale whose carbonation lasts from the beginning of the first sip, all the way through the tasting experience, down to your stomach.

Drinkability: This beer is extremely refreshing. And even with all of the carbonation, I drink the piss out of this beer and don't feel gaseous, bloated, or full. I really enjoy ryes, and this is my favorite bottled rye so far.

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Photo of beerme626
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Lexington's Liquor Barn, into a weizen glass.

A: A rich, deep red, but with a slight one-finger head that disappears quickly, with only a light film on top. Still a beautiful color.

S: Strong rye, noticeable hops.

T: The sour rye is clear, and balanced decently by the hoppy flavor of a pale ale, but I wasn't blown away

M: Stickier than I would have liked. Not as tingly as many other pale ales I've had, including Hop Rod Rye

O: It was good, but not the best rye beer out there, even from my limited experience. Still, founder's is never a bad choice.

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Photo of PeterOSU
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zrbeer1579
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A nice crimson-amber with a half finger tan head, some lacing.

Aroma: Grapefruit, slightly floral, some sweet malt and some rye spiciness

Taste: Similar to the smell. Grapefruit hops, caramel sweetness, rye and its spiciness and also some light breadiness. The hop bitterness in the finish lingers and is quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Median bodied, Carbonation seems right on. Slight dry finish. Smooth and very easy to drink.

Overall: A great rye ale. Great balance. Very to easy to drink as I said. I would recommend this beer to anyone. A damn tasty brew.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of daledeee
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A nice six pack. Available to me when I went to Illinois

Pours a nice ruddy brown with a creamy head and good lacing.

Nose is hops spice and grapefruit.

Taste is really nice with good strong hop profile, grapefruits and spice. A hint of malt and a sweet finish.

Really creamy mouth feel, which is a favorite.

Easy to drink and very good offering.

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Photo of ballz50401
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 4/20/10 haha) into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Pours a reddish/copper with high carbonation and a nice sticky light tan head. Lots of citrus in the nose from the Amarillo hops with a good mix of caramel malts. Lots of doughy rye malts ride the palate with a nice spicyness at the end. Very full mouthfeel with a smooth chewy texture. This is a very good overall beer that I will have to get more of next time.

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Photo of steelerguy
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy dark amber with ruby tones around the edge. Low carbonation and smallish head that fades to a covering leaving a good it of lacing.

S - The rye really comes though along with some roasted malts. A bit of grassiness along with some citrus and fruit from the hops. Complex and awesome.

T - There are a lot of IBUs in this beer but all that malt, with the sweetness of the rye balance it out perfectly. Good hop flavor, a good bit of citrus along with some floral/sweet type flavors. Again, great complexity and flavor.

M - Moderate body, would like a bit more carbonation to clean it up a bit at the end to get you ready for the next sip.

O - This is what I would call a complex beer, I can see it pairing with so many foods. This is a great beer that I wish just looked a touch better.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a coulple O bottles of this in separate trades. Thanks, folks!

Very strong tan head fills my pint glass almost to the top. It's falling slowly, and there's a bit of very hazy light brown-peach liquid under. Held up to the light, the liquid's red qaulities come alive, wth more range emerging, as well.

Smell is lovely. Hops hit right up fornt, followd quickly by a sweet maltiness and a ht of rye rght at the end, combined with hops.

Wowza. Nice. The hop flavour builds as it goes along, with a noted woody rye kick from iddle to end. Nicely done.

Carbonation is just a touch high for me, and hits at the front of the tongue and in the throat. Liquid is medium.

Easy drinker, with enough complexity to get your attention. Well done, Founder's.

Be well

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Photo of dsa7783
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
"Red Ale Made With Rye" on the front logo sticker...
Pours a ruby-red, crimson-colored hue with very minimal lacing...
Aroma rendolent of amber grains, rye, ripe fruits, and a touch of cream...
Rye dominates the taste, with a strong suggestion of amber, red grains, caramel, vanilla, and a hint of bread and butter essences...
Excellent depiction of the style... up there with Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye, but with a stronger suggestion of "red ale"...
Creamy, rich, tasty mouthfeel with a very good level of drinkability to match, and, like most Founder's brews, the alcohol is near-impossible to detect...
Good stuff...

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Photo of --Dom--
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a hazy ruby-tobacco. 1 finger off white head, good lacing. Smells of syrupy malt and piney hops.

Amazing flavor. Smooth to start out with, earthy pine hop flavors along with a sweet malty backbone. The finish is slightly more bitter than the start with the hops coming forward toward the end. Just delicious.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy and thick, not in a bad way though. Carbonation is medium. Overall I really enjoyed this beer. The harshness of the rye is held in check by the other flavors. I'm glad I got it and will probably be picking up a sixer of it in the near future.

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Photo of climax
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a rich red color. It's cloudy with a modest head that fades to leave a chronic ring around the edge and a patch of bubbles on top.

The nose oozes malted milk balls, cocoa, and dark rye bread. This isn't a half rye beer, this is a rye beer. The citrus tang from the hops is assertive and plays with the aforementioned flavors very politely. This is gonna be a heavy hitter.

The rye isn't quite up front and center, but it blends a spicy yet sweet malt character with a very assertive pine and grapefruit hop bill. The rye malt brings incredible warmth and balance to an already solid IPA. The finish is bitter and lingers long and obvious.

The body is on the medium side, and creamy from beginning to end. The carbonation is crisp and sharp, adding a little drama to an otherwise smooth feel.

Anyone looking for a solid IPA spiced up with a confident malt profile, give it a shot.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a dark red color with one finger soapy off-white head. Left minimal lace

S- Huge grapefruit aroma, sweet tropical fruits, pine, breadiness, caramel. Very astringent and sweet aroma. This beer smells amazing.

T- Sweet grapefruit and floral notes. Bready and caramel notes with a spicy finish. An intensely bitter beer, high astringency, and sweet hop presence

M- High carbonation, tongue tickling, smooth, finishes dry

O- This beer has an amazing aroma and maybe the best aftertaste of any beer I have ever had, this beer stays with you. Really great beer.

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Photo of BBP
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a brownish orange color. Slight head which settles down into a thin film that remains for the duration of the drink. Good lacing.

S- Tons of citrus hops here. No noticeable rye. Very powerful scent which seems like it would belong more to a DIPA than a rye beer.

T- The taste is more like an IPA than a rye beer from my experience. The hops seem to be the focus while the rye seems like a subtle nuance. It adds some spice and heat to the beer, but not a very significant amount. Caramel malt is on par with the rye. That being said both are considerably small flavors when matched with the citrus and pine in the hops.

M- Pretty creamy. Leaves a slightly dry and slightly sticky finish. Carbonation seemed slightly overdone, but wasn't offensive. Medium body.

D- Pretty solid drinkability. I could either toss a few of these back or take my time and enjoy one. It's a well crafted brew with no real flaws.

The only thing actually bugging me about this beer is the classification. As much as there's rye in it, I think it should be in the IPA category. The amount of rye I tasted was pretty slim, or perhaps buried beneath all the hops. I need to try another bottle or two to see if mine is off, but it seems like an IPA with a touch of rye added.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber with a ruby hue, and a patchy, off-white head. Thin lacing.
Smell is bready malts, rye, and hops. Some fairly subtle notes of caramel, with some ample notes of pineapple and citrus. Not overly complex, but what is there is excellent.
Taste is bready malts which quickly become crackery and carry about halfway through. Some rye and assertive, grassy/piney hops. Pineapple, citrus. Finish is slightly bitter, with a touch of malts and rye.
Mouthfeel is fairly crisp, with a slightly sticky finish. Light-to-medium body.
Drinkability is very good. Tastes so great, and makes me ilfing.

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Photo of DIM
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've loved this from the bottle, but this casked version "bombed with simcoe" was a completely different animal.

a: This was a cloudy golden caramel color and it was served to me with a small khaki colored head.

s: Lots and lots of grassy, oniony, unbelievably pungent hop goodness with some citrus in the back round. Some rye and a bit of caramel sweetness does manage to come through.

t: A deliciously unbalanced hop showcase. Tons of earthy, pungent, (kind of garlic-y and onion-y), and sort of citric hopliciousness just pounds the palate. Some rye spiciness and a trace caramel sweetness does come through, bur precious little.

m: Kind of a sticky body with gentle, creamy carbonation.

o: What a fun beer to have tried. I wouldn't choose it over the regular version everyday, but I'm really glad I had the chance to try it.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to GABF which starts tonight. I may not be able to attend but I can still have a great beer!

I picked up a sixer of this while in Ohio for my friend's wedding and brought a couple home to Colorado.

Specs on the 12oz. stubby bottle are a little different from the BA page: 70 IBUs and 6.6% ABV.

Served cool into my Buckeyes pint glass. Red's Rye P.A. is a hazy, not quite murky, redish brown beer with a thick cap of head that sticks around a nice long time.

Aroma is big on hops, as it should be, but definately with an East coast tilt to it. It smells both caramel sweet and barleywine bitter.

The flavor of this beer is fantastic. There's so much going on between the toasty, caramel malt backbone that just about has enough in it to stand up to the hops. Some nice spice from the rye but not too much. A great combination of earthy, grass, spicy hops along with a good amount of citrus and pine. Very well made beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus in body with low to medium carbonation. It has a pretty decent balance but leans towards the hoppy side. Starts sweet but finishes with a nice bitter kick.

Overall a pretty good IPA and great rye beer.
Founders, Bells, Great Lakes - If you're listening, we want you in Colorado!

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Photo of bashiba
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy shade of red with a thick creamy white foam with great lacing.

Smelled of bitter rye notes mixing in with some nice hop odor.

Taste was great, a nice toasty bready rye taste up front mixing with a very potent bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel was full with a super dry finish.

Drinkability on this great beer is great! This one is going to have some staying power in my fridge.

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Photo of mscudder
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - A rich amber with a thick off white head. Fair retention.

S - Rye, grapefruit and floral spices.

T - Bursting with rich grapefruit flavor. Begins with a strong bitterness that sinks into the sweetness of the fruit. It closes with a pinch of caramel. Excellent.

M - A nice malt backbone gives this beer something to lean up against. The carbonation is on point, complimenting all the flavors. The body is on the strong side of mild.

O - I am shocked that this is one of the last brews from Founders that has made it to my fridge. Bursting with almost chewy fruit and rye flavor, this is a must try.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

presentation: short stubby 12oz. bottle with an old paper-colored label. an illustration of an old einstein-lookin' guy on the front. "red's rye" and "red ale made with rye" printed in black across the label in an artsy script font. founders logo is very small on top of the label. no abv or freshness date displayed.

appearance: pours a hazy red-brown with nice bright red highlights in a pint glass. head is a very tight light reddish-tan half inch. i poured vigorously to get some more head, but this half-inch lasted forever! pillowy with nice lacing. bubbles rise through the brew constantly.

smell: first whiff is of citrus and floral hops. grapefruit and a tad spicy. some sweet malty undertones as well. more sweet fruit as the beer warms.

taste: strong grapefruity hop flavors and lightly bitter. spicy bready flavors from the rye and maybe some from the hops. nice sweet fruity flavors as the brew warms. maybe some peaches. some tongue coating resins. wow, hops and rye flavors mix very well. super tasty. finish is lightly bitter and oddly sweet. nice hoppy and spicy aftertaste.

mouthfeel: crisp, but a nice medium body. carbonation is excellent as well. rolls around nicely, but leaves a resin on your tongue. swallow is surprisingly just average.

drinkability: good drinkability. very tasty and aromatic. finish and aftertaste are no match for the sipper. alcohol is well hidden.

overall: what can i say? i like it. a lot. very tasty brew. a lot like an apa but with a delicious spicy rye kick. easy session brew. i received this in a trade, and i wish i had a lot more.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ruby-amber with a slight cloudiness and 3 finger-widths of frothy head. Wonderful subtle aroma of fresh oranges and grapefruits.

The name of this beer (``Rye PA'') serves as an appropriate pun. Nicely balanced flavor that tilts ever so slightly towards the hops. Nobody who came to this party makes a spectacle of themselves, but the rye hangs around to help clean up a bit after everyone else has gone home. As a fan of rye whiskey, I wouldn't mind a little more rye spiciness. What's there is very subtle.

This is one of my favorite beers and I will definitely buy this again (soon and often). Wonderful flavor, spot-on balance, and very easy to drink. This is why we drink craft beers. I could drink this every day.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 5,239 ratings
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