Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

5,224 Ratings
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 +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of dasenebler
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark amber, with ruby red hints. Great retention. Nose is of woody spiciness and piney hops.

Flavor has a bitter bite, leaning towards spicy, woody hops. I swear there's some Simcoe in there. Rye is a nice touch. Surprisingly a bit sweet and malty in the residual end, especially as it warms. The Amarillo dry-hopping has clearly faded since this was bottled in '09, though some slight perfume lingers. Mouthfeel is medium-full with medium carbonation.

Hard to find any major fault with this beer. Very drinkable for such a bitter, flavorful brew.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of beerdrifter
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Save-On, a great beer store in Mentor Ohio. Clear copper pour with quickly fading head and decent lacing. Nice big earthy, herbal nose with hints of toffee, caramel, citrus and rye. The taste is very unique and has a lot going on. The bitterness of the hops hits you first, but is nicely offset by a solid roasty, caramel malt backbone. Hints of tea, pine, grass, resin, toffee, and of course rye. The rye really comes to the forefront as it warms. Great chewy and resiny mouthfeel makes this quite drinkable for me. The spicy rye bitterness is there from start to finish. Only my second experience with Founders, but they're two for two so far! May have just taken over first place with me for Rye PA's.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of dbossman
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy and quite red; there is a minimal head with fairly quick dissipation; the lacing is good though

S: The aromas are citrusy/hoppy/grapefruit, but overwhelmingly the grapefruit shines through; there is something here that reminds me of a new toy--plasticy and fresh--this sounds bad, but actually I love it balanced with the grapefruit hops aroma

T: Hoppy up front, but the citrus and grapefruit flavors persist to create a balance on the back end of the tongue; there is a small malt presence that also comes out in the back side of the mouth; of course the rye flavors are also here and they are complemented by the previous mentioned flavors

F: A bit carbonated up front and the beer seems to dissipate fairly quickly but most of the flavors, luckily, stay on the tongue

D: While fairly hoppy and a little strong this beer is quite drinkable; actually kind of nice summer session beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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1.75/5  rDev -58.2%

Photo of Fcolle2
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light brown in color with a slight tint of red and a light tan frothy head that's has good retention.

Rye is detectable in the nose along with Carmel bready malt and some spicy hops. Smells fairly well balanced.

Wow, very mellow for a rye ale, lots of rye flavor with none of the bite that usually accompanies it. Malt is also present and had a nice bready quality to it. Slight spicy hop mild bitterness compliments the malt nicely.

Mouthfeel is great. Crisp and refreshing, not too think and very slight resins oils from the hops.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

A: Pours a dark copper color with red highlights throughout. Nice frothy one finger cream colored head. Decent retention.
S: Big citrus hop notes are the first noticeable aromas with a sharp pine in the background that tingles the nostrils.
T/M: Citrus and pine notes are the most dominant hop flavors. Good sweet caramel malt. Bitterness isn't too powerful, but right on and lingers for awhile. Caramel malt presents itself a bit syrupy. Blasts of both hops and malt--hops being dry, malt being thick and wet. Slick through the mouth with a biting bitterness and dry finish. Carbonation is right on--fizzy on the sides of the tongue.
D: Another winner from Founders. Highly drinkable and refreshing. I will have this again.

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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- A thin, tan head quickly settles into a nice lacing that leaves lots o' sticking to the side of the glass. The beer was a cloudy copper color with light carbonation.

S- It smells a lot like an American IPA. There were floral and grassy hop aromas mixed with the rye scent.

T- It had a nice "dry" flavor. Robust hop tones of grapefruit and pine with a rye flavor that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

M- Quite clean. The flavor doesn't really linger past the dry finish.

D- I could easily down a couple of these in a sitting.

Overall- I was quite cautious going into this drinking. I had all but convinced myself that I didn't care for the style. However, this goes to show that it's not a bad idea to come back and give something another try.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Tballz420
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Small cream colored head on top of a hazy amber body. A bit of a lace trail. Loads of malt on the nose. Some bitter hops. Rye malt on the taste, a bit of a bitter hop background. Bit of a metallic hint. Thin and watery mouth. Kind of an interesting beer, pretty good overall.

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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