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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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Reviews: 1,662 | Ratings: 5,199
Photo of BamaViper1
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

This beer pours deep amber topped with a half-inch off-white head. That head dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing is left on the edge of the glass.

Upon inhaling, one is met with immediate hop presence peppered with lemon/grapefruit citrus. There is a little hint of banana fruitiness that hits right before the smell of rye and malt.

A wonderfully hop-filled nose compliments the rye and malt backbone of this beer. Grass and citrus are present as well with a light fruit, slightly alcohol-filled, rye finish that goes on and on.

In the mouth, this beer has a light-medium body with just the right bit of carbonation to make the hops pop. A light film at the end allows the finish to go on forever.

This beer is very drinkable; it's light enough to keep you coming back and complex enough to make each sip very interesting. Overall, a quality beer from Founder's. Get you some Red's RyePA ASAP.

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Photo of kalkavekkian
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This my favorite from founders! A deep red-burnt orange that is great looking. Thick head that lasts to the end with smooth soft lacing.Smells of fruits and malt with mild hops. Taste is awesome and not overly hopped with a slightly bitter finish. Extremely well balanced flavor overall. Some grassy tones. Creamy and smooth on the palate. Drinkability is amazing, in fact i gotta go get me another out of the fridge! One of the best from founders!

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Photo of deBeers
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from my cold cellar drank mostly out of a wine glass.

Suttle artwork which melds with the actual color of the beer which is a beautifully dark ruby red. Generous off-white head with good retention, nice lacing and progressive carbonation (with small bubbles) when swirled are part of what this makes this a lovely offering from Founders.

Smells heavily of grapefruit and hints of rye. Tastes tart, bittersweet, like a great pink grapefruit. Yum, a new breakfast beer on Sundays with grapefruit? :0

Wow! The pink grapefruit smell and taste is incredible. Smooth, tart, yet crisp and creamy mouthfeel makes this definately worthwhile to seek out more.

Great beer! Share with friends or try one for yourself...also a big thanks to warriorsoul for getting this brew to me! First time for this style as well.

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Photo of dizknee24
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Weizenbob for this one!

A hazy dark rediish amber color with very tight head and good lacing.

S Hops are really apparent here. As soon as the bottle opens the aroma fills your nose.

T Pine and Citrus with a good amount of rye taste. Very good.

M a bit thin for my liking but nothing short of good.

O overall this was awesome. I love Rye beers and this one did not dissapoint.

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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 Aleks_P
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from bottle, copper/amber color with a cm white head. Beer is transparent, don't see a lot of bubbles or anything.

Smell: Lot of pine and citrus scents, very appealing.

Taste: First thing I notice is the bitterness, almost tart beer but in a good way. After that initial sharp flavor I get a heavy grapefruit taste with some pine flavor. Hops permeate every phase of this beverage.

Mouthfeel: Feels relatively light at first, but not heavily carbonated. Very, very dry beer, gets drier after the sip and leaves quite a bit of residual bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall: Good beer, interesting. I like how the beer changes from first sip to middle to aftertaste, and there are a lot of interesting and strong flavors that work well together.

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Photo of fightingwords
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 12oz bottle into a standard US pint glass

A--copper and hazy. think alabama clay. just slighly off-white head. good retention, pretty sticky. spot on head for an IPA.

S--good citrus and dirty hops out front, but as the beer warmed there were some grainy-rye smells that i would have expected from this type of beer. good stuff.

T--great malts and rye grain. a little metallic, but nothing outside the style for me. hops were sharp, bitter and somewhat floral on the palate. not as much earth as the nose made me think would show.

M--pretty crisp given how prevalent the hops are, just a touch oily and finishes quick

D-- very

Overall -- very pleased with this beer, didnt blow me away, but i dont think it was supposed to. just a really good take on some classic flavors. not too challenging, and exciting to try.

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Photo of GDMFSOB
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a beautiful beer this pours out. Rusty orange-tinged, copper appearance with a buttery, off-white head that just never fades. Strong hops on the nose with some warm, peach fuzz that mellows the hop burn. The piney hops and rye make this a deliciously bitter brew. However, the estery fruit characteristics make it sweet and smooth going down. I'm gonna polish off this sixer without a problem and I might even go get another before the night is through. Pick this up, you won't be dissapointed.

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Photo of HombreWing
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

IMO, A red ale style more than rye

Eyes: Red and bright...I love red ales

Nose: Out of the fridge it was caramel malt notes and the hops.
After sitting some 30min. the rye shows and compliments the fading hops.

Tongue: One of the best reds ales to get the caramel malts and spicy hops right w/o it coming off as to bitter/grainy/nutty which in most cases happens IMO. Again caramel when first opened and the rye shows after some breathing time.

Texture: Almost full bodied with that rye and caramel....niiice

Mouth happiness: pint after pint after pint A sessionable beer for me

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Photo of winegourmet76
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, the Red's Rye. Had this while traveling in Illinois. I was plannning on smuggling a 4pk of FBS instead, but picked up a single of this the night before and fell hard for. The color was a perfect auburn, nice head, but the nose, ah, the rye funk. The flavor threw me for a minute because it was one of my first rye beers, but I fell for that funkiness.

I couldn't put my finger on the fruit component, until I had a second bottle days later and was smacked in the face with the grapefruit. I am hoarding two bottles that are left. Reminds me of a mix of Hop Rod Rye and Hop Stoopid, and anything that tastes like the lovechild of those two beers HAS to be good. Thank you, Founders.

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Photo of berliner07
4.89/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had one to try. Then another. Then another. Wow this beer is delicious. Bit west coast hop profile on the nose. Pine, citrus, wonderful. Sip starts with that flavor, then transitions into the wonderful taste of the rye, which is big but still spicy. Great mix of spice and sweet. Hops carry the whole time. Nice clean finish for such a crazy beer. Really just wonderful.

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Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Yuengling draft glass

A- Poured a dark murky amber color with a soapy, light beige one-finger head.

S- Terrific nose on this one. Grapefruit, orange, floral notes, pine, and a little malt are all mixed together harmoniously.

T- Grapefruit up front, followed by pine, grapefruit rind, toasty malt, and some of the rye. The rye gives it a sort of spiciness and sourness. Little bit of bitterness on the finish. Good stuff.

M- Smooth, medium-bodied beer. Pretty standard for the ABV and style.

O- This is a solid beer. Founders makes good ones and this is no exception. This isn't up there with Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye, but if you want a good rye, can't go wrong here.

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Photo of exposd
2.05/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This brew offers lots of malt, hops, rye, and some grapefruit, but just a little too much bitterness especially on the after taste. The bitterness almost leaves a flavor that makes the beer unenjoyble and I am a big IPA drinker so I am usually used to this... This one just doesn't do it for me like the other Founders IPAs do.

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Photo of shortbus7
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Beer has a brownish orange tint to it. Very much like dirty water. Appetizing. Beer is very foggy, can not see through the glass. A very small head was formed with a thin lacing becoming stable around the edges of the glass.

A: Very hoppy smell with a hint of citrus, grapefruit is the big one here. A very appealing smell.

M: Very creamy with a medium to light body. A good level of carbonation.

T: A very strong citrus hop taste comes through initially with a small amount of malt at the end. The hops also stick around for the aftertaste.

O: A very good beer that fits this style perfectly. Founders did it again. I would definitely recommend this beer.

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Photo of tboom29
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is poured a hazy brown/red into my pint (the Old English pint glass). The full, lingering head was impressive.

The nose was nice and sweet, and hoppy. This has a really complex nose, full of citrus and almost a candy sweetness. I sort of get a hint of coconut even.

This is another big hoppy beer. There is alot of hop oil/esthers throughout the mouth. There is a hoppy spiciness, but it's also slightly sweet as well. There is a peachy/citrusy flavor througout. The hops are definitely king here, but it is mellowed quite nicely by the maltiness of the brew. The mouthfeel is smooth, slightly viscous, however there is a bite to it that sets it apart from other hoppy beers.There is an alcohol presence, but it is not over done.

This is another great beer from Founders. Real nice.

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Photo of vitrael
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours cloudy copper with a thin film of white head that quickly dissipated. Minimal lacing.

S: Big kick in the nose of sweet floral and fruity hop aromas. Light undertones of breadiness... must be the rye.

T: Same hop flavors re-assert themselves, sweet floral and fruity hops with a big caramelly malt background. Despite clocking in at 70 IBUs the bitterness is very minimal, showing up in the finish along with some earthy rye flavor. I was surprised the Rye flavors were not more pronounced--you could've fooled me and told me this was all barley. But the flavor is still excellent.

M: Smooth and light, a very crisp beer that I could drink fast. Average carbonation.

D: Dangerous.

Another treat from founders. I think I already prefer it to their standard IPA and it's at least on a par with Double Trouble.

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Photo of DeaconBluez
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled through trade with northertimber.
poured red copperish color with orange with sunset colored edges. tan/half finger head.
this has nice has a nice hoppy smell with hints of nice crisp fruit.
the flavor follows the smell. great taste. there almost seems like there are hints of apples and strawberries.
carbonation is a bit high, but the hoppiness balances out well. this would be great sessional beer. many thanks norhtertimber

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Photo of smallbatchbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a copper red with lush even head

S- A powerful mixture of spice pine and citrus

T- Full bodied with a slightly creamy texture. Full of citrus notes throughout the sip and finishes with a pleasant spice and a well rounded bitterness. I can't forget to mention the rye- with grapefruit notes the rye really pops. I'm halfway through the six pack tonight and every bottle seems to bring something out that I haven't yet discovered.

M- With its higher abv% one might expect this beer to have a thinner more 'alcoholic' quality. It's quite the opposite having a creamy mouthfeel with very little to no obvious presence of alcohol, even in the finish

D- I doubt I would have a problem drinking these one after the other but I have found myself enjoying each one on its own, as its own experience from first sip to the last grainy little sip at the bottom

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Photo of xrdsci
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, hazy amber with a reddish tinge. Thin white head. Smells of piny hops and black pepper spice. Faint malt sweetness quickly gives way to faint citrus and piny, herbal hops with a huge pepper character. Maybe a little woody? This beer is a total spice bomb. Alcohol is well-hidden. Fair carbonation, very smooth. Extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of sellmeagod
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A strong and full flavored bitter beer that goes down easily as well.

Some citrus smells, and of course the hops are present too. The pun-name, as cute as it is, betrays the seriousness that is obviously going on here.

The taste is an extreme mixture of many powers: grapefruit, rye, hops, some malt. The taste dies fairly quickly with nothing but a bit of bitterness in the end.

Goes down like swimming in your esophagus, although the 6.6 abv maybe is a bit low.

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

A: Orange/dark amber. Tad murky. small head. Good amount of lacing.

S: Floral hops. Toasted caramel malts. Lots of honey. orange peel. not getting the Rye but this is a huge and delicious bouquet.

T: All of the smells are there in the taste except maybe the orange. The rye does come through a little. Wow! this is delicious. Great balance of bitterness and sweetness. On the hoppier side for a Pale.

M: Outstanding. Thick and crisp. Perfect amount of carbonation.

O: Very good but I wish I could could taste the rye more.

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Photo of poop_brew
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Served from a bottle, but poured into a glass. A very very orange-red brew with a haze. Great color!

S: Hops Hops Hops! Hops, Caramel and Rye hit the nose with a wonderful combination.

T: A great crisp rye and hop explosion. A strong hop in the back of the throat in-between sips.

M: A smooth carbonation with a perfect mouthfeel. Tangy and pungent.

O: I love this beer. Happened to fall upon it without knowing much about its Beer Advocate ratings. But man this beer is real good. I love founders.

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Photo of aewinte1
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light brownish copper with thin 1" head
S- Smells of caramel and hops. Hops are pretty much the most distinct aroma, but they aren't that strong
T- WOW, the balance of this beer could be very close to perfect. Great caramel backbone with just enough hops to keep it balanced. Definitely not a hop bomb or anything that could be considered near one, but the hops are there and add a nice touch to the beer. The flavor ends with a nice rye flavor that is subtle at first but more apparent in the aftertaste. Alcohol is not even remotely present. Can't believe this beer is 6.8%.
M- For such a thin head, the carbonation is very crisp and apparent. A little oily, but not very much. Carbonation gives this beer an excellent crisp edge.
D- As I said earlier, this beer drinks like it has 3-4% alcohol. It is hidden very well. Could drink these all night long. Too bad I don't have regular access to it.

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Photo of evansrdbrew
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank on: 2/12/10

70 IBU's 6.6% ABV
12 oz. in pint glass

A= Beautiful 1/4" off-white head covering a slightly hazy copper-red colored brew. Continuous streams of CO2 bubbles. Nice lacey halo around rim.

S= Wonderful Grainy (granola) aroma, with a nice shot of piney citrus hops. Slight hint of sweetness on the nose.

T= Rye malt is definitely present and hints of toasted malt make it through the pine and citrus hop flavors. Great hop kick.

MF= Good weight in your mouth which leaves a nice coating on your tongue. Good sustained bitterness from those wonderful hops.

D= Great, leaves a nice aftertaste which brings you back agian and agian.

Overall, another delicious offering from Founder's. Love that bit of rye flavor and good hoppy bite.

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Photo of suretolose
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass it is a deep amber almost brown color. It has a creamy head that disapates slowly.
It smells of hops and orange and a light hop aroma.
Tastes great. I get a slight carmel coffee flavor with orange mixed in.
Overall I would say this is one of my favorite beers.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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