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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
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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.16/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

no freshness date

a: Pours a hazy dark orangeish amber with thick frothy head that slowly settles leaving cream colored lacing clinging to the side of my glass.

s: The hops give off some strong grapefruit aromas as well as the typical herbal notes. Finally, there is a slight spicy character that I assume is due to the rye.

t: Sweet malt and citrusy hops contribute to an IPAish taste, but with an interesting twist to it that I assume is do to the rye.

m: Very smooth with a chalky, dry finish. Has a thick, creamy texture.

d: Its different from the other beers I've had, I don't know if its the rye or something else. Certainly unique and I like it. I only have one bottle, but if I had more, I would definitely try another and try to get a better grasp of its flavor and aroma which are both similar to an ipa, but a little different. I wouldn't call it a session beer, but I wouldn't shy away from seconds either.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of rand
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to pint glass

A: Blood-orange in color, slightly opaque, little head with little lacing.

S: Nice bouquet of candied orange and caramel. Fresh floral hops abound. Yeasty, kind of biscuit-y. Fairly complex nose, not what I was expecting.

T: More hop-forward than the nose, with the earthy, tea-like hops and the front of the sip. Notes of orange follow, a little lemon zest. The caramelly notes of the malt blend nicely with the rye, almost like sweet, multigrain bread. Alcohol is apparent but just. The hops keep their bitter punch until the end, surprising for this style, finishing bitter-sweet. Really delicious.

M: Medium bodied, with an oily-slick complexion. Not sure if it's the rye character playing tricks on me, but there's a chewiness to the beer that you wouldn't expect from the body.

This beer is outstanding. I got this bottle about 4 or 5 months ago, placed it in the back of my fridge and forgot about it. Its still tastes completely fresh and delicious, all of the flavors blending nicely.

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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. 70 IBU's, 6.6% abv.

Appearance: Perfect 2 fingers of tan head. Amber/red body with good carbonation. Good head retention. Awesome lacing from the top of the glass to the bottom. The appearance of the beer can't be much better.

Smell: Great citrusy grapefruit hop aroma backed by caramel malt sweetness. Smells like some of the more delicious IPA's and IIPA's that I've had. Little bit of mintiness.

Taste: Rye gives it a nice herbal spiciness. Hops provide grapefruit flavor and a nice bitter finish.

What an amazing beer.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in the cellar for a while. I thought I'd had it before so I was setting it aside to work through some other new to me beers. Turns out I was wrong. What a treat this was!

A - rich auburn color, medium sized white frothy head
S - solid whack of citric hops with a wry rye under tone (couldn't resist the pun)
T - there's no doubt this is a hoppy beer. I like the interplay between the citric hops, caramel malts and subtle rye influence. It plays out nicely across the tongue.
M - medium bodied, resiny and crisp.
D - paired with a spicy sezchuan stir fry. Wonderfully tasty and perfect with my spicy dinner!

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured with a massive 4F of fluffy, sea foam head sitting on the deepest of amber colored body - heavy chill haze. Tons of lacing.

The smell was nothing but fresh cut pink grapefruit... it dominated any/everything else which might be in there. Ok, touch of sweet spices comes thru as it warms.

Fresh grapefruit carries thru into the flavor, with a little piney and minty hop thrown in for good measure. Light amount of sweet bread maltyness helps to keep this from being too astringent.

Wow, what a smooth MF for such a sharp flavor. Oily smooth in the mouth, with a good crisp bite in the finish.

I would gladly have 2-3 of these in a row without getting tired of them. Very nicely balanced and finished.

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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled Dec 15, 2009. Pours amber with red highlights, one-finger off-white head that retains a cap and leaves some sticky lacing.

Aroma is quite hoppy citrus, pine, and an earthiness with some caramel malt underneath.

Flavor starts with pine, earthy hops, great malt balance in the middle, I can really taste the rye here, with a finish that starts dry but has some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a bit oily, moderate to high carbonation.

Quite tasty, recommended.

Finished my last of my first 6-pack last night and bumped the score up a bit. This is really a fantastic Rye Pale Ale, the best I've had outside of Terrapin Rye-Squared. Hop heads would love this one, very hoppy and man that rye malt works really well here to balance things out.

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4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Liquid is clear amber/copper with a big foamy head.

Smell: There's the rye, it's a bit earthy, along with citrus hop and orange peels, and lightly sweet caramel malt.

Taste: Bitterness of citrusy hop on the tongue is nicely balanced by light caramel sweetness. The rye elements are there as well, more assertive on the finish, adding dry, earthy notes, that go par and parcel with the barley and hop, overall flavor is excellent.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, medium body.

Drinkability: This is one of the best examples of a rye beer I've had, the rye elements here work well with belgian malts and whatever hop they used. Very good. Drinkability is very high.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Founders event at the Cloverleaf Tavern. It was served in a Palm tulip.

Red's Rye Pale Ale arrives ruby red in the glass, with a bit of clarity and some lighter red highlights. Almost two fingers of foam crowns the beer, and while it fades quickly at first, the last third or so hangs on for a while. There's definitely some lacing left clinging to the glass, but I'd classify it as spotty. The nose is disappointingly mild, but a bit of caramel plays off spicy grapefruit notes as aromas from the hops and rye meld together. The beer's a little more robust once it hits my palate. A prominent caramel note greets me, before a mild bitterness segues nicely into the spicy touch from the rye. The hoppy finish has some citrus, but also a more dank, pine-y aspect to it. The body is just too chewy for my taste, and as a result the carbonation struggles to cut through it all and make an impression. Red's Rye PA is a decent offering, but doesn't quite measure up to the quality of most Founders brews.

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4.6/5  rDev +10%
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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of IBUnit63
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep crimson color. Thin yet staunch head with nice lacing.

Sweet malt/rye profile. A little caramel and maybe cinnamon? Hop bitterness provides a nice cold sensation on the nose.

A little sweet butterscotch in the first couple of sips, with a heavy alcohol presence for the style - almost a little barleywine-ish? A little bitter aftertaste. Opens up to reveal a good bitter hop profile with good rye backbone.

Coats the mouth nicely. As this opens up the balance improves well.

Overall, an easy-drinking sessionable effort. Very well done.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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