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 grayburn
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

She pours a slightly golden red with a white head that stays for the duration of the beer. The lacing is pretty heavy, excellent retention.
The smell is citrusy hops, a bit of rye malt, followed by some crisp pale malt. Alcohol is not present.
The taste is immediate hop bitterness balanced shortly by the crisp lighter malts and rye. Delicious balance.
The mouthfeel is perfect, crisp, refreshing, this is a perfect year round session beer. Easy drinking, decent alcohol content. This is a go to everyday beer.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red ruby colour with a small white head. Looks really good already.

The smell is citrus hops, grapefruits and lemons. As it warms up there's the sweetness of the rye comes through.

Tastes fruity like the smell, a little bit bitter with the citrus grapefruit and lemon. The rye is well balanced with the hops a little bit sweet then the bitterness kicks in.

This beer is medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall an excellent beer but in the rye beer stakes I think that bear republic's hop rod is a bit better. This beer is well balanced and very tasty, it would have been nice to have a bit more of a stronger rye flavour.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is yet another beer that just gets better and better with each sitdown with it. The first few bottles poured with a really huge head to the point where I had to wai ten minutes before I could drink the red liquid at the bottom. After I switched glasses, it poured much more smoothly, with less head, and a pleasing clear red. Lots of sediment lingered toward the bottom of the glass, which might turn off some people, but didn't seem to play a huge part in the overall experience. The first whiffs were of overwhelming cocoa and caramel, which was completely the opposite of what I was expecting. With some warming and spinning, I noticed a much more bitter smell, almost as if the initial sweetness was never really there. Taste was divine, with some crisp green apple tastes at the beginning, and some strong hops and rye towards the end, leaving a bitter taste on the palate. The hop/rye marriage gave it a really nice spicyness as well. Body was medium, and gained complexity as it swishes around in the mouth. As with nearly all Founders beers, theres a near perfect balance that has to be experienced to truly understand. Drinkability...I am pouring another one right now in the middle of is very easy to drink. In a previous review of the Black Rye, I asked myself which one I liked better. Now I have to say that this one gets my vote as the better of the two (though the Black Rye is matvelous as well). This is another example of why IMO Founders is one of the best breweries in the United States. Now if only I could get my hands on some Breakfast Stout during it's always brief stint on liquor store shelves in this state. Cheers

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Photo of ZSimon
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Richmond, VA.

Pours a crystal clear tawny brownish amber, with a stickiest-of-the-icky white head. Cascade grapefruit and a bit of doughiness hit first, followed by a rock solid malty backbone highlighted by a rye spiciness. Sticky, juicy hops hold on through the end, leaving a thick, lasting, bitter finish.

Red's Rye is one of the few brews that I'll go for virtually every time I see it available. A fantastic beer - with all due respect to Terrapin and Bear Republic, this one is the benchmark for world-class rye pale ales.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz twist off bottle, which I of course opened with an opener.

Appearance: Slighlty hazy orange-red with a big puffy off white head that leaves ridiculous lacing.

Smell: Real hoppy. Sweet candied citrus and sweet malt. Like a big IPA or even a barleywine.

Taste: Sweet and malty with big hops flavor though not overly bitter. The rye is spicy and a little sour. Very complex and still balanced. It finishes pretty clean leaving a sweet malty aftertase with a little spice from the rye.

Mouthfeel: Very full. Almost chewy. Nice and creamy. This feels like a really big beer.

Drinkability: This thing smells, tastes, and feels like an imperial something, but at just 6.8%, it makes a nice daily drinker. We drank a bunch of these on the beach a few weeks ago. Very refreshing, so delicious.

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Photo of deereless
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A thick rocky head from a medium pour, lots of foam which clings to the sides of the glass, a very clear amber to ruby color - 4.50, S: Citrusy and piney, a strong but not overwhelming sweetness the smells like overripe plums, definite spiciness on the nose, one of the most inviting and smooth aroma profiles I've experienced in some time - 4.75, T: Wonderful hop bite which is balanced nicely with a solid malt profile, a little zing - possibly from the rye, some caramel flavors and slightly toasty, grapefruit on the palate as well, quite dry - 4.75, M: Extremely smooth mouth feel which translates to a beer which seems to linger on the tongue - 5.00, D: This is one heck of a drinkable beer, edges into the territory of IPA while being an exceptional example of an amber (albeit a hoppy one), I will seek this beer out again - 5.00

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Photo of TaylorT
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
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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Photo of spark3148857
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Founders:

Ap: Clear mahogany with an off-white creamy one finger head.

Ar: Floral and citrusy (grapefruit) with a peppery spice from the rye.

Ts: Rich caramel malts take a backseat to the hops on the middle of the palate. A nice rye peppery spice is well balanced.

Mo: Exceptional.

Ov: This is a great Rye PA and while SN RR is really enjoyable I definitely prefer Red's Rye. Grapefruit notes from the Amarillo hops blend perfectly with the spice of the rye and rich caramel malts.

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Photo of biggred1
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, hazy copper with blonde highlights when held to the light. Small creamy tan head that leaves beautiful fine lace behind. The nose is citrusy hops, caramel and caraway seeds perfectly blended together. Rich spicy flavors blend together nicely, grapefruity hops, rye, toffee and caramel malt in perfect harmony. Medium bodied slick hop oil mouthfeel with bright carbonation. Dry, almost salty lingering bitterness in the finish. Great stuff.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish amber with a cream colored head.

Smells of rye, grapefruit, and a slight floral bouquet.

A nice burst of fresh fleshy grapefruit, followed by a bitter rye punch in the back of the mouth. There is an elusive malt backbone in the background holding the deliciousness together. This is an excellent beer full of flavor that leaves your mouth yearning for more.

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Photo of number1bum
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerTruth for this one.

Pours a somewhat hazy reddish amber with a huge beige colored head. Head fills the glass instantly and makes for a careful pour. Head is foamy and patchy as it recedes.

Smell is primarily very aromatic hops, a lot like an IPA. Lots of citrus notes, a bit of pine, and some caramel malt sweetness too.

Taste, in a word, is immaculate. Awesome grapefruit hop flavor up front is like I'm eating a fresh ruby red. Juicy is the best way I can describe it, with tons of hop flavor showcased from first sip through the finish. There's some pine hop flavor, as well, and some caramel malt sweetness. I don't get much rye flavor until a little spicy grain note at the finish along with a mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a good level of carbonation and it's very smooth overall.

This is a great beer. Thanks to Adam for hooking me up, and I definitely have to find some more of this and get it in the fridge.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Californians like me don't get the opportunity to see Founders sold in our stores, but I purchased a bottle of their Red Rye at Charles Street Liquor (Boston) on Christmas Eve. It made a good last-minute gift, but how does it taste? Let's find out, on to the beer:

From the short stubby bottle and into a stange in goes, the beer rests in my glass a cloudy red color, a few shades from being orange. The aroma is very pleasant, kind of a mix of a pale ale and red ale. It teases the nose with gooey caramel and cookie. Add some chocolate and it would be Twix! Hops are mild and brings a juicy tropical flavor. Okay, enough teasing, I want to taste it now...

Folks, we have a winning taste! It starts sweet and hoppy before the rye kicks in. Tastes very similar to the smell I described. There's a party going on in my mouth! It's so damn smooth and tasty that I wish I could have regular access to this gem. It's heavy enough to please big palates, yet seems light enough to have everyday. The end is quite dry, meaning you can start the whole cycle sooner.

The experience is over, but the impression lives on. The only other helpful information I have on this beer is to get a bottle as soon as you see one.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great lacing hits the side of the glass. Seems mostly a ruby red.

Smells spicy, piney, and pepper-like due to the strong hop aroma. Has some residual sugar aromas, yet they're quite pleasant. Smells a bit sticky sweet due to the hopping.

Tastes very even balanced with some great malt backbone. When it's cold the hops seem to be in the background. Tad sweet with some bready & slight biscuit notes. I think I get some rye but it doesn't seem to be the real headliner here.

Tastes medium full with nice carbonation, a dry then semi-sweet finish, and nice hop bitterness.

Overall, an excellent beer. Glad to have tried this and believe this further solidifies Founders as an awesome brewery.

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Photo of bzzpop
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

t/m- big hop flavor combined with a malty sweetness and balanced out by the sharp spice of the rye. great consistency, moderate carbonation with a slight heaviness from the malt. dryness on the tongue that usually follows with hoppy ipas not present here.

this beer is easy to drink but full of flavor, not overwhelmingly hoppy or alcoholic. strikes off in a different, refreshing direction from typical ipas.

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Photo of alkemy
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper color with a rich off white head. Lots of rye right off the bat. Floral hops and then some citrus. The rye was also the first taste on the palette. Lots of hops, again more floral than pine, and the citrus is just a hint. To me, this is definitely better than Hop Rod Rye. Then again, Hop Rod is considered an IPA and has less rye. This is superb, I could see this as a regular if it were more readily available. Oddly enough, I've rated a couple other offerings from Founders higher, but if I had to pick one of their beers to sit and drink all night this would be the one.

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Photo of NedShakeshaft
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first encountered this beer (and brewery!) at the Ballpark Brew Bash in Buffalo this September. I thought it was the best beer in the show. It made a huge impression on me despite being about the 30th sample of the day.

The complexity of this beer manifested itself right from the growler pour. The color is hard to describe; the body is all of brown, red, copper and gold in a misty swirl. The head was an inch thick tan/white that dissipated quickly to half that, then held its form.

Big fruity nose hits you right away, but underneath is some bready caramel malt and spice.

The rye malts and caramel hit you right away but are quickly balanced out by the citrusy hops. Finished sweet with the caramel and some of the fruit lingering. Just a tiny bit of orange peel-like bitterness helped it along. Outstanding.

Nice mix of body and carbonation. It certainly didn't taste all of its 6.6%.

I'm really impressed by this beer and will seek it often.

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Photo of Ryanbob
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is amber with great two finger head. Nice lacing as well. This is one of the most fragrant beers i've sniffed. Fruity, faint citrus, hoppy, perfumy aroma. You can taste mild citrus hops, tangy malts with some orange, minimal dried fruit, grains. Mouthfeel is an exceptional creamy thick feeling. This beer has a nice hoppy finish that doesn't overpower the grains, but definitely balances out the semisweet malts. I first had this at Bukowski's in Boston and then got some to review. If I could get this in austin I would drink it often. What is it about Michigan? They an make an interesting beer!

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful deep red amber color into a stange glass served at a MacNivens restaurant in Indianapolis. Creamy head that left nice, thick lacing all the way down the glass.

A bit hard to determine aromas in the bar atmosphere, but it was slightly fruity with hints of pumpernickel bread.

Taste was exceptional. Awesome combination of malts and hops, perfectly balanced. Slight rye presence in the background.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, one of the most drinkable beers I've had. This was an exceptional beer and lived up to the hype. An excellent choice.

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great looking poor. Dark golden red with a head that leaves lacing all the way down the glass. The smell is hoppy and you think you are getting another hop bomb of an IPA (not that this would be a horrible event by any means) but then you taste it and the rye comes out and mingles with the hops and it is fantastic. As it warms the rye starts to dominate and the beer changes a bit, but in a interesting way. Good at the beginning, good at the end, it is a tremendous brew. I'm getting a little tired of Founders just showing up with beer after beer and kicking butt and taking names. Seriously Founders, let some other breweries get a shot at the top of my ratings, it is embarassing. I feel like such a fan boy.

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Photo of Gritsak
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- dark copper body with nice thick off-white head. head sticks around and laces nicely

S- smells of sweetness, grapefruit and clover.

T- absolutely amazing taste. hoppy at the front leading to extreme smoothness then bitterness again at the end.very complex flavoring all which blend together perfectly to make it a very smooth and balanced overall taste.

M- nice medium body. not to thick but a chewy presence that suits the beer well.

D- im on my first beer of the six back and i cant want to drink another. im going to limit myself to 1-2 at a time so i can continue to enjoy it.

overall- ive seen this in local stores for quite sometime but just decided to try it out and im glad i did. sticks out from any other brew ive had. i cant wait to try the black rye

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Photo of Mister_Falcon
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass a thorough reddish amber color depending on the angle I hold it to the light. Not much head to speak of and what was there quickly dissipated without much trace.

Smells a tad hoppy and just a little malty with a touch of some other flavors I'm not totally qualified to describe.

Tastes fanatasic, everything I hoped for and more. Perfect balance of malt, hop and bitterness. No tacked on gimmicky flavor to finish it off. Just disappears down your throat leaving the sides of your tongue just a little bitter and begging for another sip of this exceptionally balanced beer. Not too watery and just crisp enough.

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Photo of reeder
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy brown. Not sure if this is usual for this style. Not bad, but not as appealing to me as a transparent amber would have been.

Ah, but the nose is fantastic. Sweet floral hops. A beautiful aroma that reminds me of my favorite IPAs.

The first taste is a perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness. Just the right dryness to make it refreshing. The rye gives it a slightly unique taste that sets it apart from the canonical west coast taste.

I really like this beer. It is very drinkable. At the same time it is complex and beautifully crafted.

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Photo of Grundle20
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in to a pint glass a minimal eggshell white head is produced. There's little retention and lacing to note. The beer is clear and bronzed copper in color.

I'm thinking this is one fresh six pack of this beer. The smell is potent and fantastic. Rich and sweet caramel malts are paired with very green smelling hops which lend a fruit punch like scent to the beer. There's underlying dry and raisin notes which are undoubtedly from the rye. Overall very well balanced and pleasing while reminding you that this is indeed a rye beer.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Again I think this is one of the more fresh six packs I've picked up in recent memory. To lead, there's some good crisp bitterness and piney hop flavor which moves in to some peppery dryness from the rye. There's just a touch of caramel malt sweetness but on the whole this beer drinks very dry, and crisp while keeping piney hops and rye as the stars of the show. The beer finishes dry and clean and begs for the next sip. This is the first beer in quite a while that has really wowed me.

The beer is perfectly mild and constantly refreshes the palate. It's good for extended drinking and would be superb with a meal. Highly drinkable.

Bottom Line:
The best rye beer I've had to date, and again probably the most impressive beer I've had in recent memory. It's perfectly balanced and quite refreshing.

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Photo of FrothHead
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not too much fancy-pantsy beer judge talk here. Just my opinion.

The label - the freaky hobbit dude reminds me of Harry Potter at age 80!

OK, the beer. If you love hops balanced by a little caramel malt, this is heaven!

S- note the citrus (grapefruit)

T- The grapefruit comes through on the front of the tongue and lingers (melding with the hops bitterness in the finish.)

Enjoy the caramel malt (present but reticent) in the middle.

Finish with faint memory of malt fading into hop bitter that lingers on the back of the tongue.

This is one of my session beers. OK, I'm a hophead!

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Photo of machostacos
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from stubby Founders bottle into a pint glass. Doing a side-by-side with He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's Rye DIPA (though I've had Red's Rye many times before!)

A: Ruby amber color (gorgeous), perfectly clear with a thin, somewhat soapy beige head that leaves a thin film and collar that hugs the edges of the glass. Thick, elegant lacing.

S: Very spicy and citrusy; I know this is dry-hopped with Amarillos and it's very evident from the pineapple and mango aromas. The rye is beautifully featured here in all its unique, spicy glory. Not much else is evident, but it's more than enough to get my mouth watering.

T: Just like the nose - very rye-spicy and citrusy. Plenty of juicy pineapple, mango, papaya, and other tropical fruits perfectly balanced by the spicy rye-forward malt backbone. Solid hop bitterness with a slightly bitter finish and lingering aftertaste. Exceptional balance. Absolutely delicious.

M: Quite full-bodied, a little creamy and chewy. Decently coating; sort of oily. Perfect level of carbonation.

O: This is simply a phenomenal Rye, and my favorite rye beer overall. It showcases every element and leaves me wanting little else from this brew. Founders simply can do no wrong. The He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's is another excellent Rye IPA, but Red's Rye came out on top. One of my all-time favorites!

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