Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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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 MichPaul
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

OK, I'm a Founders man through and through and Red's does it for me every time!
This beer has just the right amount of bitterness to satisfy a hophead, but tame enough for just about anyone.
I enjoy this beer when I want something right in the middle of the bitterness range.
GREAT Summer beer to enjoy with a burger fresh off the grill or when you're chillaxin with a bag of chips watching the game.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottle poured into a pint glass

appearance- a dark red/orangish color. has a very thin white head that fades pretty quickly and leaves a lacing along the top and the sides. quite bubbly.

smell- pine, fruit and some malts. the piney flavor is the strongest.

taste- piney/citrusy hops, some fruity notes along with malt. finishes off with a very subtle rye taste. very complex flavor.

mouthfeel- lighter feel and quite carbonated. a little sticky but not overly. it is quite drinkable.

overall- quite a good beer. very complex and equally drinkable. the flavors are all balanced and nothing overpowers the drink. definitely a great buy for the ~10.50 i paid for a 6-pack.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Norse Bar. A dark copper color, aroma of sweet malts and slightly citrusy hops. Taste is similar, though there's a stronger sweetness, especially in the finish. Texture is amazing, thick and creamy. I am sorry that this is no longer available in bottles. It's great to find it on tap but I wish this were a year-round beer in bottles.

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Photo of rousee
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good reason for loving rye beers. Cherry-cranberry amber color. No head, slight lace. They have a sketch of some guy on the bottle who I assume is Red--he looks like a maniac like myself.

Smell and taste are apple cider-ish musty malt but musty in a good way. Exceptional in fact. Yes, you can also taste but not smell the rye elements. This dances on the tongue and is still smooth as far as mf and drinkability are concerned.

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Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_jess
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Got this on-tap in a tall glass. It was a beautiful, clear, reddish, amber brown with a slight off-white head.

S: It smelled of rye and hops right away - earthy, bitter, a little citrusy-sweet.

T: Prevalent rye taste. Malty and hoppy. Dry. A bit of earthy spice. Delicious.

M: Medium bodied. Very smooth with a little fizziness.

O: Love this beer. Big fan of the delicious rye taste and the delicious smoothness. One of my new favorites.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unusual and very well done.
Pours a dark red amber with a half finger head that takes a long time to melt to a sticky lacing that covers the entire top.
Aroma is bready yeast, a little amber malt and a snappy rye spice.
Taste is amber malt first then a wonderful spicy rye that is like 10 times as spicy as a wheat...followed with a citrus hop that never gives in entirely to the rye spice.
I like this.
Pretty beer...fantastically complex mix...ends dry in the mouth so you want another sip and don't get sticky full.
Mmmm....I like it.
It is so hard to find a rye beer on the west coast. Thank goodness for trades. Thanks Dave.

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Photo of russpowell
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another stellar beer from Joe1510, I owe ya big, ein prosit to Joe!

Pours orange/caramel with 3+ fingers pf sand colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Peppery rye, caramel & citrus hops

T: Peppery rye, citrus grapefruit & caramel up front. Dryness, biscuitty malt, & more spicy rye as this warms. Finishes crisp with nice biscuitty malt

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation & great balance

Drinks very easy the crispness keeps the ABV in check. I could happily session on this, in the upper echelon of rye ales I've had!

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was a little skeptical after I bought the sixer from Ryan and Casey's in Greenfield; bottles had a little dust on them. Not to worry though. Beer proved to be outstanding.

Poured a serious beep and frothy red, yeast setting nicely in the bottom of a wedding gift type beer mug, that really does not get much use.

Smell is very fruity. I am detecting serious fruits, in particularity plums and orange/grapefruit. Very nice!

Taste is magnificent. Reminds me of why I drink craft beer. Hops all over the place. Very sharp acidic citrus taste, bitter aftertaste, but I like it.

A pretty serious beer, definitely not a session beer, but at this point of the night it’s disguising itself as something different. I really dig this beer. Characteristics abound in this one. Get it if you can.

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Photo of umustdrink
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to kssweene for this

A - Deep red, amber almost purple color. Rocky light brown head, settles and stays at a quarter inch. Lots of lacing, sticks in big sheets.

S - Citrusy, not piney, hops nicely balanced with very spicy, peppery rye malts. Very faint cayenne pepper scent you can feel at the back of your nose.

T - Very similar to the smell but the pepperyness in the malts come through much sweeter and softer.

M - Crisp and clean feeling beer. Consistency and carbonation are both medium.

D - Really great drinking beer with a fair alcohol content, so awesome drinkability/sessionability. Definitely right on for its rating.

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Photo of carlborch
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliant red-amber-mahogany. A 1.5 inch, creamy, creamy, tan head forms. Totally inviting! The initial nose suggests spice and a heavy dose of flavoring hops. The body is medium and the palate is immediately hit by a wallop of bittering hops that cleanses and lingers very nicely. Thick, distinct lace forms. Nice malt notes, however, the rye is evident and produces a very clean, delicious spiciness. The carbonation is delicate. Should try this ale with my next Reuben or Pastrami on rye. This ale is definitely moreish!

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Photo of tviz33
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a dark and murky amber body with a short tan head.

S- This is the first beer in a long time that made me say "holy fucking shit." Really outstanding and different. It's pretty sweet-smelling with a little pine and grapefruit, but it unmistakably smells like cranberry juice with a little tomato juice mixed in. Maybe a little peppercorn too.

T- The rye flavors come first, sort of pepper-like. The piney hop flavors balance this quite well.

M- Medium body, medium amount of carbonation, and kind of creamy.

O- This thing is a treat. Exceeded all expectations.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a lovely red-orange hue. One finger khakli colored head that leaves decent lace in it's wake.

S: Spicy and tangy rye, with grapefruit from the amarillo hops, and a malty sweetness.

T: See everything above. Tart, spicy, and puckery bitterness from the use of rye malt and liberal hopping.

M: Dry, bitter, and very sticky. Very long spicy finish.

D: Incredibly refreshing! A perfect "anytime of the year" beer.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After having this on tap at the brewpub I had to pick up a six of it. Now that I only have one bottle left I wish I would have got a case, damn this is some tasty stuff. Dark reddish color with a decent tan head. Rings of lacing were left by the floating mound of foam that remained. Quit a hoppy nose with citric and some floral hops jumping out with a nice crisp rye undertone. Light sweet caramel maltiness is there as well. Hops and rye are quite an appetizing combination. Flavor is similar with a nice hop bite to start is off. Plenty of rye and malt to balance out the bitterness. Light caramel, grapefruit and a bit of pine hops all blend together nicely over the rye. Bitter hoppy rye finish. Damn this is some tasty and smooth stuff. Really creamy medium body. Goes down oh so smooth with a light prickliness from the hops. This would be a staple in the fridge if I could get it locally. Almost like a Hop Rod Rye junior. Great stuff.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a great looking, slightly hazy, reddish brown color with a thick off white head that never completely disapears. Has really good lacing as well.

Smell: hops, plums and apples, bubblegum and rye. Very nice.

Taste: You get the rye right up front, with nice malts, pretty strong citrusy hops, and a slight apple taste . Finshes a bit bitter, but that suites this beer just fine.

This is my first beer from Founders, and I'm quite impressed.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

acquired from mikeyv35 in a trade. thanks again Mike!

A - tawny body w/ a perfedt 2 finger biege crown w/ excellent retention

S - sweet caramel malt, spiced pumpernickle bread, and tons of hops. if this tastes like it smells smells, than we could be on to something wonderful here...

T - yup, just like the aroma, incredibly bitter and spicy with very noticable spicy rye flavor. excellent!

MF - perfect amount of carbonation on this full-bodied delight.

D - very high but i cannont imagine having more than 24 oz. in a single session. outstanding flavor, but it could be an overload to the senses after 2. that being said i wish i had more to keep on-hand for when the mood strikes for another. damn you Founders, bring your nectar to the Mile High City!

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at The Bleeding Deacon in St. Louis.

A - Pours a nice dark amber color with awesome ruby hints. There is a nice 0.5 inch off white head. Great hearty looking beer.

S - Rye apice and malt sweetness come up first then a nice and strong piney and hop resin aroma. Great grain bill on the nose. I absolutely love the bottled version and this draft doesn't fall far behind.

T & M - The taste is amazing. Wonderful spicy rye notes, sweet barley malt mixed in with some nice rye bread notes. Then the hops kick in. Awesome pine and resin notes with some slight citrus notes that give it a clean hop finish. The pine aspect of it still let's it be nice and sticky. This is by far one of my favorite beers. I love the complexity and simplicity at the same time and feel that its an underrated Founders offering. This is on par with Hop Rod Rye if not better. The body is nice and light and refreshing with perfect carbonation.

D - Delicious and well crafted flavors all around. One of the better offerings from an amazing brewery.

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Photo of jampics2
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

@Winking Lizard. Super duper fresh 18oz pour into my take the glass home Founders oversized pint glass.

Looks great, amber body with an eggshell head.

Smell is a citrus explosion. Tons of orange and grapefruit plus some spicey rye. Just a perfect amount of rye vs hops.

Taste amazing, almost perfect. Great grapefruit hops, moderate bitterness, and a huge rye presence that breaks up the hop party and injects a wonderful element.

Mouthfeel is great - perfect carb enhances the hops and spicey rye, touch creamy feel.

Drinkability is exceptional. I could drink this by the keg (in fact, this is the next 1/6bbl I'll be seeking for the kegerator). Amazing beer from Founders and perhaps the best rye IPA out there.

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Photo of Skidz
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out amber brown and sits burnt amber in the glass with a large, light tan head. Keeps a good skim on the surface and coats the glass with boatloads of lacings, huzah! A dandy of a beer to hold in front of you.

Smells rich and citrusy with oranges, grapefruit, lemon and lime. Apricots run around the sides with hits of peach and apple as well. Any sign of maltiness is completly dominated by these rich, citrus hop aromas. I'm going to enjoy this.

Tastes initally malty, with nice hints of caramel, but is soon pushed aside by a sharp intrusion of hop flavors. Full, pine cone flavors are accompanied by notes of grapefruit rind and lime. Nice toasty flavor appears as hop flaovrs mellow out and brings with it a nice, light flavor of rye. Finish is well bittered and boasts more citrus and pine flavors and a nice lingering hint of rye.

Crisp and refreshing in the mouth. Nice, lively carbonation in a medium body. Well done, Founders. You had me at "Centennial." I could drink this beer all day and all night. I absolutely adore the blend of citrusy hops and light rye flavor. This beer, along with it's Founders bretheren will find their way into my fridge on a frequent basis....oh baby.

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Photo of beerman207
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear reddish orange into the glass - leaves some of the best lace I've seen in a while.

S: Smells amazing right on the pour - big notes of citrus and rye. Wow.

T: The taste here is great as expected. I actually believe I can detect orange in here in addition to the strong citrus and rye presence. The sweet malt just balances this perfectly.

M: Very mild

D: Could drink this all night long. Wow. Simply amazing.

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Photo of iceburger97
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a golden color like an ipa. tastes outstanding with complex maltiness and a mild but noticeable sweet citrus flavor very drinkable although u might want to drink no more than 7. Mouthfeel was exceptional. Smell was that of grapefruit with floral character. Overall a nicely crafted beer, hard to find anything bad about it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

It pours a clear reddish gold with a huge billowy head of foam.

The smell is of...whoah..fruity and citrusy and earthy malty..very nice!

The taste has big grapefruit flavour up front but then I can taste the rye and some earthy malt and other fruit, maybe orange, it all comes across as *very* tasty. Wow. I'm bigtime digging the flavours here.

Mouthfeel is medium and very smooth, the carbonation is medium, and it finishes witha nice snap of citrus and rye.

Drinkability, despite the abv, is very good. This is another Founders brew that I'd like to revisit. No doubt about it! I love how the rye is so noticeable here as it makes this brew so crisp and easy drinking..Btw, the second pour gets a bit cloudy and overall, the head retention is *awesome* as is the lacing.

Bottom line: This is an *awesome* brew! It is probably the best of the style that I have ever tasted!

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Photo of madeofsteel
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date of 9-19-11

A - Pours a cloudy burnt red color with a cream colored head about a finger high, not much retention but some pretty lacing.

S - Citrusy hops and lots of grapefruit in the nose. Subtle malt presence and noticeable rye.

T - Initial taste is like sour grapefruit... yummy. There's a pretty noticeable hop character throughout, and the rye is there, too. Not overpowering the rest of it, but definitely makes itself known. This beer is just plain delicious.

M - Doesn't know whether to be bubbly or creamy. Sort of in the middle, with a very dry, hoppy finish.

O - I think I may have just found a new mainstay in my beer diet. It's relatively cheap, Michigan-made, and did I mention that it's DELICIOUS? Because that's kind of important.

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Photo of RappAttack
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: a hazy amber with a thin white head that makes a little island in the center of the liquid
S: smells of rye, a little tobacco, some grapefruit, some other fruitiness cant quit put my finger on it
T: wow, rye, spicy hop-ness along with the grape fruit backed by a sweet malty finish
M: good carbonation and med body makes this very enjoyable
O: I work a Total Wine and after passing this beer a million times walking up and down the isles, i finally decided to give it a try. Sure glad i did ill be picking up a couple sixers of this, this may be a new staple beer for me

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
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!!)

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Photo of wcudwight
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burgandy copper color. Hazy. Very unique. Massive, thick, sticky head that never fully recedes. It just forms craters in the thick dense head. Very thick lacing.
Smells like a frest cut Christmas Tree. Mmmm!
The rye is very noticable and interplays with the massive amount of hops perfectly. Bitter, but it's a complex bitterness. It's more than just a hoppy bitterness, kind of like the rye adds to the bitterness. This is great stuff.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but chewy. This is one to savor in the mouth before swallowing.
Very drinkable and tasty.
Overall an excellent beer and the best rye beer I've had to date. I'm going to explore rye beers some more.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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