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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours, well....guess what red! The body is rather hazy, to the point I was a bit surprised given the style and brewers weird desire to make beers clear. Good lacing and head retention though over a huge head on this one.

Good citrus grape fruit hops on a plate of yeasty bread. Nothing intense here but does the job.

Small complaint then on the the massive praise! The rye that is spoken of doesn't really get into the picture as much as I'd want or expect. I don't get that rye bitterness, no peppery flavor, none of those things I'd generally expect. Instead we've got a wonderfully hop forward beer with a biscuit and dense body that gives it an impressively balanced flavor without turning the sweetness up. I should point out this is where the rye is working, but it seems to have gotten things right here. Some caramel flavors are what give this one enough sweetness to get past the bready and biscuit like backing.

Firm body with plenty of smooth carbonation make this one extremely drinkable and very enjoyable.

I'm not sure I'd seek this one out, but where available it is an almost must have from time to time. I hear so much love for Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but frankly those people must not have access to this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

Hazy vibrant burnt red with a thick head. Very little movement with clinging bubbles and lacing.

Smells of fresh misty citrus with hints of peaches and mint followed by a unique bready sweetness.

Taste dives headfirst into citrusy sweetness with grain in perfect balance. Not quite as fruity as the nose but offering plenty of light, tart fruit flavors with muted rye. Ends with a mild bitterness.

Founder's never fails

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

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

Pours a deep amber with a huge light tan head. Good retention.

Great aroma. Nice hoppy tones showing mostly citrus. Kind of sweet and it has that rye bite.

Taste is really nice. A good hoppiness giving a nice citrus note. Not extremely bitter, well balanced. It's got that rye bite to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability is remarkably high. Beer is sessionable and has great flavor. Not as aggressive as say Hop Rod Rye.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Kromes
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy copper color with a thin line of off-white bubbles on top.

S: Floral hop aroma with a nice dose of rye and toasted malt.

T: Initial taste is grassy bitter hop and this mellows out into a sweeter toasted malt and rye flavor. The lingering hop bitterness mixes well with the rye.

M: Medium body and good carbonation.

O: It's a good beer, but I was hoping for a little more rye flavor. I think the intense hop takes away some of that. Still good stuff though.

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

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


A- dull reddish orange with a swamp water haze and little particles floating around. when held up to the light the color shines to a blazing red papaya flesh color. off white chunky gloopy head has superior retention and makes loads of sticky lace like hawaiian rock formations. it looks appealing, rich and extremely flavorful.

S- ahh the spicy sourness is what appeals most to me. it compliments the hops and transforms the flavor of the entire beer into something above spectacular. it's caramel and nutty, herbal and fruity, floral and earthy. such a complex aroma. i freakin love it. i guess a bit of barley is detectable along side the caramel and it just adds to the depth of this brew's aroma. citrus amarillo is the perfect dry hop to use here, i can't imagine anything better.

T- first sip is a burst of whole grain goodness and tangerine/lemon citrus with a good sour back-up from the rye. malty sweetness pushes through the fruity bitter defense and goes down at the 10 only to lose the ball and have it intercepted by the hops who take it all the way home! touchdown! toasted reubens with corned beef, a little cider vinegar tartness, dense resinous wood, fresh grains, tropical fruit, passionfruit, guava, and more citrus and rye sourness move into the finish. the sour drops out early leaving only a dry puckering lingering bitter that is just sublime.

MF- medium body and slightly over medium carbonation may give you a few burps but those damn things are almost as good as the beer itself. creamy and juicy at the same time, the generous hop bill feels like a solvent on the inside of my cheeks.

D- i am so unbelievably glad that i came across a six of this, it might be my new favorite beer in the world.

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3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

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3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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