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 bowersdm
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass

A - Red like color with 3.5cm of light tan head. Beautiful.

S - grapefruit and a slight spicyness from the hops, rye, pumpernickel bread, caramel malt.

T - very, very weak. some caramel malt, a touch of rye, and the slightest hint of hops.

M - really, really watery

D - this beer had a very weak flavor and a watery feel to it. I could easily put down a bunch of this if I wanted to.

The smell of this beer promised so many things that the taste could not deliver on. I can understand why the hops diminished with age, but malt was barely noticeable as well.

Note: I think this a seasonal brew, so it may have been sitting on the store shelf for a long time in less than optimal condition.

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Photo of Mudpuppet
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Poured on tap at Sunset into a tulip glass. Pours an amber red with a .5" head. Some lacing as you drink the beer down.

S- This is a pretty hoppy beer. Mostly citrusy NW hops I think. They really overpower anything else in the nose.

T- Pretty much the same as the nose. Quite hoppy for a rye. I have to admit I wish more of the rye came through in this beer.

M- Nice strong carbonation for this beer. Medium thick body.

D- If it wasn't for the hops this would be an easier drinker. I think it is more difficult to drink b/c of them. Overall a pretty tasty brew but I wish I could taste more hops.

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Photo of katan
3.49/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Same as the other reviewers - not sure if this is its own distinct beer.

12 oz into a pint

A - I guess the name red just isn't a nickname - it has an amber red hue - almost brown in some places. Head formation is very strong, retained - off white color. Light carbonation, no hazing.

S - A sweet malt note with just only a light background of rye astringency. Some american hops notes are present, mainly in its grapefruit form.

T - Starts off rather light flavored, subdued with only a little sweetness. Mid-stream starts to show some bitter balance, and just a wee bit of rye. Finishes with a nice sweet hop bite, grapefruit and orange. Aftertaste returns to a little bit of sweetness.

M - Moderate body - not thin but not syrup. Carbonation bite is non-existent. Alpha acids do leave behind a nice oily texture on the tongue.

D - Moderate drinkability. I think the alcohol in this beer could sneak up on you, and the rye/hop edge is a bit bothersome over time. Moderate to low "fillingness".

A solid rye beer - not my favorite. I somewhat wish they would have dialed back the hopping to let more rye shine through.

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Photo of turnblom79
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer looked great in the glass with a nice amber color, but upon drinking I was a little disappointed. It tasted and had a mouthfeel of a watered down IPA with some of the hop flavor cut out. Definitely not for someone who is looking for a good hop flavor in an IPA.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red amber with hints of burnt orange and holds a finger of fluffy head. Nose has grapefruit pith upfront along with pine resin, light malt sweetness to go along with some spicy grain. The taste has some a nice malty richness to go along with rye bread, citrus and pine forest. Finishes with a touch of resin and pretty dry and bitter on the finish compared to the malt upfront. Pretty straightforward beer, definitely good but not really that special.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heard some good things about this so figured I'd give it a try. 12oz bottle...

A: Deep ruby red / copper blend with a small 1/2 white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: Earthy hops upfront blended with some citrus and bready rye. Good.

T: Kind of interesting flavors. Starts off bready followed quickly and sharply by an aggressive metallic hop flavor. Hint of rye blend in. It's earthy but kind of metallic earthy. Ok.

M: Leaves some good flavors on the palate. Medium body. Good.

D: Once you get past the metallic taste, it goes down easy. Decent.

All in all, this is an ok brew. Nothing more. Just ok. I've tried some of this style before and thought others were better. I had high hopes but was left disappointed. Not worth your time. Good to try once if you have access, but that's all.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had no idea what this beer had to offer and had never thought about buying it. It was offered at a beer tasting by Founders and was surprised to find it tasted like your standard pale ale. It even had a little bit of a sweet fruit taste and certainly no rye taste. I guess I would just call this good but not great.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A touch over average, but just, this poured a lovely red bronze colour with a snow white head that lasted all of 25 seconds. The smell was mostly unsweetened grapefruit juice, pine resin, and damp earth, and in that order. Probably a healthy dose of cascade or centennial present here. Taste is more of the same with the unsweetened citrusy note taking the lead. The rye is mildly noticeable on the finish, but to me, this was mostly hops. Mouthfeel was smooth and pleasant, and with very little carbonation, this was an easy drinker. Certainly not sensational, but most assuredly better than average. Many thanks to Ding for the chance to enjoy this one.
Blessed Be

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Photo of kaips1
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
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

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Photo of bort11
3.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Hobgoblin tall shaker glass. Off white head leaves some spotty lacing around the glass. Color is a reddish orange, with very active carbonation.

Smell is a lot more citrusy than some other ryes. Not a lot of malt character. Taste is also pretty hoppy. Sort of comes off like an APA, but does have some rye finish.

Mouthfeel is lighter and has a dry pucker to the end. I'm not overly wowed by this one.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark caramel color with a medium head that settles to a thin layer on top. Aroma is rich Cascades, lots of mandarin oranges with some amber malt.

Taste is more rich hops and mild pale malts. Plenty bitter, lots of bready rye malt flavor to back it up. Faint sweetness up front but finish and aftertaste is sticky, hoppy bitter. No trace of alcohol, well hidden despite being a bit higher than normal. I like the bitterness but it limits its drinkability (couldn't session this one).

Mouthfeel is almost hefty but not thick, has some texture to it. Not quite up there with a DIPA but it tends in that direction. Thanks to trbeer for sharing this one.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep reddish brown color with a thick unrelenting yellowish white head with a ton of lacing. Smells of hops and rye. Tastes of piny hops, rye, and a little caramel malt in there. Bitterness is just right. Mouthfeel is medium with a good carbonation. Drinkability is medium as well. Best Founder's beer to date.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice reddish to orange color. Reminds me of a burning sunset. Nice aroma-quite floral and a nice soft hoppiness to it. Bitter flavor upfront. I dont get the rye really. I think the bitterness could be toned down a touch and maybe bring the crispness of the rye thru a little more. Good body. Overall a drinkable beer. Considering the bitterness it was actually quite refreshing. Worth a shot. Thanks to crjmellor for the sample.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy auburn with small chunks even with a careful pour. I like my beers chunky, so it gets bonus points for that. The head is very large, stays and laces, but is just a little too foamy. Smell is dark caramel with American fruity hops. Reminds me of SNCA. Bready flavor with citric sizzle and solid bitterness that ends with that "twang" of rye. Cocoa too. Medium body is nice and soft on the tongue. Dry finish makes for easy drinking, easier than I usually find this combo of flavors to be. This is a nice beer, but this damn combo of fruity hops and toasted malt just does not work! Two great flavors that just don't belong together. Good beer, but not all that special. The rye doesn't make as much difference as all us beer geeks would like to believe.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Three finger head

Truthfully, I am puzzled. This really tasted like a quality IPA. I noticed it had the smoothness of a rye whiskey, but I could not notice the rye characteristics! The beer smelled like Founder's Centennial even! I plan to try more in this style, and pursue a draught offering of this beer. From there, I will see if "Rye Beer" is for me.

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured Red's Rye PA into a pint glass.

A - The brew pours a amber color with a half finger of off white head.

S - Getting some light grapefruit, light sweet fruits smell in there as well. Different for sure.

T - Spicy grapefruit notes, light hop flavors. On second taste you really tell this a rye beer with the unusual spicy flavor.

M - Medium mouthfeel, with medium carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, just not sure I dig the style. Cheers.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a muddy red/amber/brown with a small light brown head that's quite thin with light lacing. Nose is malty and sweet, the rye is there but not too in your face. A light hop floral note finishes it off.

Taste is really rye forward, it's got that bitter rye bite that's a bit almost minty. Theres a pretty solid bitterness from the hops as well that rounds it out nicely. Mouthfeel is nice and full.

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Photo of 3beerdudes
3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer dude #1 enjoyed the reddish hue described by beer dude #2. It was a very smooth yet hoppy flavor that was pleasing to the palate. Dude #2 dropped a chip in his beer giving it a rich and original flavor to and already enjoyable taste test. Dude #3 says "outstanding flavor."

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Photo of oregonskibum
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Nice bright, amberish orange color. 1/2 inch white head that held nicely in the glass.

S: Hops take center stage. Citrus, grapefruit. Some spiceness, I assume from the rye. But not overpowering. Nice.

T: Strong hops up front, basically continuing from the smell. But then the rye kicks in. Rye mixes with the malts to produce a really bready flavor, kind of like eating a piece of rye toast. Then the bitterness comes back on the finish. Seems a little harsh.

M: Medium carbonation, mouth feel a little heavy for the style, in my opinion. Coats the tongue just a little more than desired.

D: Not a bad rye, but not the best example of the style either. It held a lot of promise, but the taste just doesn't hold up to the smell. I won't have a problem drinking the other one received in trade, but likely won't seek this one out again either.

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Photo of harrymel
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to Czock75 for this one!
Bottled 11/16/10
Poured to NB Globe on 1/20/11

A: Ruby-orange, this beer is lovely to look at. Excellent clarity. Nice sticky bubbles remain on glass far past the origin of application.

S: Although I find Amarillo to be pleasant in more subdued situations, this one matches the blend of malts quite well. I sense grapefruit, orange rind and lemon zest on this one. Very distant scent of body odor.

T: Good, bitter backbone lend itself well to the balance of the malts. Very grapefuity. Continue to sense a bit of B.O. application on this one. Not particularly off-puting, but nonetheless, it makes me sit the fence on the taste here. Still has a nice, saltwater effervescence on the end.

M: Good medium to full bodied ale. Enjoy the moderate carbonation that stings as it moves across the tongue. Above average for this mark.

D: Good beer, a bit too much going on in the bottle. Wish the amarillo's were balanced with something else. Will not seek out, but wouldn't turn down either.

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Photo of berpwillie
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a copper brown color with good off white frothy head, good lacing, and lively carbonation. sweet bread caramel like smell. taste was much the same with some bitter grass hints. thin slick texture and a light body. pretty harsh bitter bread like finish with an average flavor duration. good brew but nothing special.

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Photo of sevenarts
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, rich amber with a modest off-white head and just a bit of lacing left behind.

S: Sweet caramel malt with an edge of rye spiciness and some hoppy pine/citrus notes.

T/M: Well-rounded and balanced flavor with hoppy, juicy grapefruit, mild caramel maltiness, and a good amount of rye spice and pepper. Nice creamy mouthfeel is the beer's best attribute.

O: A fine, tasty rye ale with a good balance of flavors. Really drinkable and nice without being super-strong.

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Photo of Mit
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark red with a decent head.

S-Very hoppy..not unpleasant at all. You can smell the nutty character in the bouquet.

T-Very hoppy initially with the nuttiness and rye flavors coming through at the end.

M-I was surprised at how thin this beer felt given it's hoppiness and higher abv.

D-It's very drinkable...I made the mistake of bottle drinking a couple of these and for some reason that amplified the rye/nutty characteristics and made it un pleasant. Out of the glass it was stellar.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a red/ copper color with a mild off white head and moderate lacing. There is heavy carbonation and the brew is mostly see-through.

The smell is strong on rye, grapefruit, orange and pine. There is a strong sweet malt backbone with a hint of caramel. There is also a hint of tobacco taste.

The taste starts with rye and grapefruit then moves to tobacco then finishes with pine. There is a strong sweet malt/caramel backbone which is present from beginning to end.

The mouthfeel is smooth but also a little chewy. There is a pine resin left on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall, this is a well balanced rye beer. It is not as heavy on the rye and peppery spices as other rye's I have had but the strong sweet malt backbone makes up for that. It could be said that this is a rye IPA for those who don't like to be overwhelmed by rye.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose is highly ale-yeast fruity and powdery. Some roasted malt and touch of hop.

Pours with massive head - rocky peak thrice as tall as the beer. Rusty amber color, hazy. Nice sediment on bottom.

First sip showcases spicy herbal hops and rye on a malty bed. Tart, good dose of residual sugar. Good hop bitterness. Fruity sweet with touch of honey. Lemongrass/perfume hop splash. Finishes bitter and leafy.

Over-carbonated. Every careful pour leaves me way more head than I need and there's plenty of carbonation to.

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