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

A: Pours a coppery red with two fingers of creamy off white head. The head dissipates relatively slow leaving great lacing down the entire glass.

S: There is a huge aroma to this beer! Starts out with a large amount of piney hops followed by some malt and rye.

T: Piney hops up front mixing with slightly sweet malts and rye and finishes with some citrus rind. As the beer the warms the rye really seems to come alive. This is a very flavorful beer that makes me want to keep coming back for more.

M: Medium bodied with excellent carbonation.

D: This is a very drinkable beer that I will definitely be purchasing again.

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Photo of poibag808
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a 12oz bottle in a local 4 local beer trade. It pours a nice dark apricot body with a creamy head. Great lacing on the grass. It didtnt produce a strong aroma like I expected but you get nice hoppy/tropical fruits. It has a nice smooth mouth feel that is mildly hoppy upfront, but you get a spice from the rye towards the end that highlights the hops. Im not a big fan of rye beers but I love this beer. I wish I could get it locally.

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Photo of SGDJosh
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken on 9/5 at Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop:

Appearance - Amber, dark rust. One finger head that dissipates to light lace on top. The head leaves a trail on the glass as you go. Sticky Icky!

Smell - Big citrus up front, most noticeably pink grapefruit. Very light malt on the nose, smells more like caramelized sugar to me.

Taste – Bam! Smooth citrus is met with that spicy rye note. Just like the nose, it reminds me of pink grapefruit in the summer and the rye carries me over to fall. The rye provides that little kick which evens the whole beer out. Very smooth, very drinkable.

Mouthfeel – Carbonation is perfect and for this medium bodied beer. The hops and rye leave the mouth dry, begging for more.

Overall – Great Rye Pale Ale. Lots of smooth hops with a bit of spicy rye. Delicious!

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Photo of Bartrob6
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Nice deep red color. Only reason I didn't give it a 5 is that there was alot of sediment in this bottle ( and the last one I drank). big huge head on this beer from lots of carbonation.

Nice smell. Alot of american hops. Caramel aroma balances it out nicely.

Good taste from the american hops and is about perfect bitterness. Not as much rye flavor in this beer as i was expecting. I want more of that.

Mouthfeel is the worst part of this beer in my opinion. Overcarbonated to me. Maybe this is causing me to not get as much of the rye flavor?

Drinkability is good but the carbonation problem is what makes it suffer!

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Photo of RockerD
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby red grapefruit color into glass. Hard to see through this one despite being a red.

Dark raisin and currant scents soar over the bread/wheat base scents.

Tastes of citrus bread, apple raisins and burnt orange... but really good burnt orange like an roasted orange.

This beer feels so amazing in your mouth. Really really great mouthfeel. It's just a dance party of a beer.

All the great complexities of this beer gives it subsequent drinkability! Brilliant!!!

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Photo of Dibujob
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! I'm not overly familiar with Founders, but after trying their Breakfast Stout I had to give this beer a shot. It's absolutely delicious.

Appearance- A gorgeous burnt orange-red with a gentle layer of foam that quickly dissipates

Aroma- An appealing hop scent is immediately evident.

Taste- A hop-heads dream, the 70 IBUs dominate the taste but not too overpowering. The malts definitely make a statement but they're clearly in the background.

Mouthfeel- Gentle carbonation, very pleasant.

Drinkability- I could drink this all night, it is pure ambrosia!

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Photo of ZSimon
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Richmond, VA.

Pours a crystal clear tawny brownish amber, with a stickiest-of-the-icky white head. Cascade grapefruit and a bit of doughiness hit first, followed by a rock solid malty backbone highlighted by a rye spiciness. Sticky, juicy hops hold on through the end, leaving a thick, lasting, bitter finish.

Red's Rye is one of the few brews that I'll go for virtually every time I see it available. A fantastic beer - with all due respect to Terrapin and Bear Republic, this one is the benchmark for world-class rye pale ales.

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Photo of BenJames1984
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For the longest time, I always strolled past this beer in the cooler at my local and went straight for the Centennial IPA. Now that I've had it, I can't get enough. On with the review!

Appearance- A beautiful ruby, with some orange hues. Thin white head which lingers right on the surface, leaving a nice lacing.

Aroma- Hops. A nice, crisp, hoppy scent reaches out to the nose.

Taste- The caramel malts are there, but very subtle. The hops dominate the palate, and the 68 IBUs are present. Awesome.

Mouthfeel- A little bite, with medium carbonation. Not too overwhelming.

Drinkability- I could definitely drink a sixer of this in an evening.

One of Founder's best.


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Photo of plinythethirsty
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Red's Rye pours with a thick foamy head that laces the glass nicely as you drink it down. Its reddish color is pleasant to the eye. It smells like honeyed licorice.
Chilled, or cold,* you experience a bitter hops taste that is augmented by a generous, but not cloying, sweet malt flavor. I found it to be richer and more complex than most IPA's (perhaps as a result of the rye). Well worth a taste by those who love American IPA's. It could become a favorite.

*Served warm, the heavy, licorice taste can overwhelm.

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

A--Cloudy amber with an off white head. Does not have too great of retention but sports a nice lacing on the glass.
S--Big on the amarillo hops, piney and resiny, and dark rye bread, faint caramel, toffee.
T--Much less hoppy than the smell. Classic belgian spice flavors up front--maybe plum or some sort of mild dark fruit, clove, candy sugar, caramel, then thick rye bread, then the hops cut through finish ever so delicately and refreshingly. Cleanly, crisply, beautifully.
M--Chewy and yummy.
Overall, this rocks this little Texas girl's world. Shout out to OsNJCB for hooking me up with this one.

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Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_greg
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a very good IPA. The touch of rye made it very enjoyable. You could smell the rye and it had a dark apple juice color. The hop and rye taste with a pleasant bitter after taste. It was also pretty smooth for an IPA. I would this to anyone.

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Photo of liquidnoise
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A word of advice. Drink this one warm. When I first had this, I thought it was overrated, bitter crap. But luckily, my last bottle warmed up a bit and that's when it came alive. As it warms up, it gets a LOT better. This one's like coffee. Wasn't meant to be cold. I'll review this assuming you drink it slightly below room temperature.

It pours out red. The head is a little darker than normal.

Smells like rye bread.

The taste is bitter, in a good way, and tastes like bread with a little bit of alcohol.

Very drinkable, but if I haven't said it enough, wasn't meant to be cold. I reccomend storing it at room temp, and putting in the fridge for 10 minutes before drinking.

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Photo of twoheadedboy
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nicely carbonated, poured a deep amber/dark honey hue. Smell was sweet, with fruity hops and some dry breadiness.

Taste was a bit understated, the fruity bitterness of the hops is noticable but not noteworthy. Finishes extremely light but with an underwhelming dry aftertaste. The roasted, bready malt quality I got from the smell wasn't significant.

Overall a decent brew, but didn't quite live up to the expectations I had following my experiences with their good scotch ale and fantastic porter.

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Photo of Ehrnstrom
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: beautiful amber brown color with moderate head that dissipates quickly.

smell: clean, crisp hop and pine smell.

taste: delicious IPA flavor that is accented by the rye addition. Sweet initial taste followed by a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

mouthfeel: nothing too extravagant here. The reason I graded this down was not because RRPA disappoints in this area, but simply because it doesn't really add anything particularly interesting.

overall: simply put, a great, refreshing beer that can easily be enjoyed with a variety of meals or by itself on a summer day. As far as rye ales are concerned, this is definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of dick783
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 12 bottle at 50deg into a snifter. This bottle makes a loud pop when the cap comes off, pretty nuts. The color is a nice copper red with a thick, billowy cream colored head that ever so slowly fades.

S: Apple skins are everywhere in this. Just juicy smelling. I pick up some good aroma from the hops that gives it almost a forest full of pine trees smell, not over powering but relaxing.

T: Good flavor in this beer. You can taste the rye, but more so is that apple peel taste. It made it from the smell to my mouth and i love it. Alot more bitterness than in most Red Ales, but its good.

M: The carbonation is high but works well with the taste of this. Has a medium mouthfeel, not watery but not syrupy either.

An excelent beer, probably the best red I've had yet. Tough to come by though as we dont get Founders here in Rochester. I'll have to keep an eye out for it when I travel.

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Photo of koolchas
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

a: poured a dark amber with about an inch and a half head the slowly went away. carbonation races up the side on the glass while drinking leaving a foamy trail.

s: citrus rinds indeed dominate the smell. i could not distinguish the smell of hops over the citrus.

t: starts off quite smooth with a bit of sweetness. but, once the liquid hits the back of the tongue it's all bitter and spices that lingers.

m: crisp, spicy and dry. once finished with a sip/drink, the after effect makes you want to take another sip/drink immediately. mouth gets very dry and spicy once finished.

d: nice brew in this style. overall a very tasty beer and a nice alternative to have in the fridge/cabinet next the ipa, dipa, and belgians.


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Photo of quad07
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber color with a slight red cast to it. Head is small with a mild milky off white cream texture. Left a milky ring in the glass with each sip. It actually tastes a little like toasted dark rye bread. Six of these would be plenty in one evening. I really liked it and will buy it again.

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Photo of applky
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Great-looking beer with a huge, voluminous, light red head. Pour slowly. Deep red, hazy body with bits of sediment from the brewing process. A very raw, wild looking beer.

As noted, sharp citrus in the nose with that wonderfully caustic, sour rye aroma. Suggestions of malt that bear themselves out in the taste.

Citrusy and bitter when it hits your tongue, and that rye sourness comes in very soon after. This is an incredibly sour, bitter, and malty beer. It finishes a bit wetter than other beers in the same style, which I think suits the beer very nicely. Its haziness and crazy head make it seem like a very wild beer -- in contrast to other rye beers like Sixpoint's Righteous Ale that seem a little more refined.

I found this beer to be a sipper, but if you slurp down Brettanomyces for breakfast, lunch, and dinner you might be inclined to empty your glass a bit more quickly (obviously this beer isn't a Brett beer, but it's still very sour). Overall, an incredibly satisfying beer from Founders.

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Photo of EJNibs
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a 20oz. imperial pint glass

A: Beautiful deep reddish-brown, slightly more golden near the bottom. Two fingers of head that took almost two minutes to dissipate, leaving a thick, tenacious lacing that clings 'til long after the beer is gone.

S: A nice nose, but nothing special. Good harmony between hops and malt, but no particularly intriguing hop or malt aromas. The balance is nice, but perhaps at the loss of a more robust nose/more outstanding floral or citrus notes.

T: Again, similar to the nose, nice balance between hops and malt, though certainly a little more hop dominance than in the bouquet. The rye is subtle, and the finish is dominated by the hops.

M: Medium body, very fitting of the style. Not too full, but has some substance to it.

D: Wonderfully smooth for a beer this hoppy. The hop bitterness doesn't predominate so as to curtail the drinkability. What? Mine's already gone; must be good.

Overall: Nice "Rye P. A." Not my favorite beer, but probably my favorite rye. Admittedly, I usually don't like rye beers too much, but this one isn't dominated by the rye and strikes a nice balance with the hops. If you see it and like rye or hops, or even aren't totally turned off by hops, give it a shot

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Photo of brandoncox
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy red amber color. Huge tan head, some lacing.
Appears to be sediment lofting throughout glass.

Smells like a traditional american IPA with caramel hints and dark malts, definitely some rye in there. A tangy wheat aroma also comes through.

Tastes bitter on the initial sip and washes with an earthy grain explosion on the palate.

Smooth body and medium carbonation.

Don't pass on this uniquely crafted brew. Complex but yet so original.

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Photo of gottajiboo2
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, a cloudy reddish amber liquid appeared, with a 1/4 inch of white foam.

Smell was very floral, almost like a bouquet of wild flowers on my grandmothers kitchen, of summers long ago. I swirled it around in the glass and to my surprise the smell was completely different than what I had first thought. I was at the beach and catching a whiff of a briny salt water pool.

Fortunately the taste was much better than a pool of briny salt water! It was a deliciously bitter and yet well balanced beer. A very good hoppy amber beer I'd say. Maybe my taste buds aren't as sharp as some, but I really didn't get much rye taste out of this beer.

Mouth feel was smooth and a bit dry. Not overly carbonated. Very drinkable beer. Hoped for more Rye flavor though.


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Photo of FarmHouseJam
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy reddish with a decent head.

Citrus hops in the aroma, with rye.

Citrus and rye are the dominant flavors as well. Nearly an IPA, but balanced with rye and caramel malt flavors. Flavorful.

Mouth felll full and carbonated.

Worth seeking out. I think I prefer Double Trouble to this, but this is interesting and a quality beer.

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Photo of rcusick
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle i've had in the fridge for about 3 months.

a-poured a beautiful, rich, clear dark red into a brooklyn brewery tulip but produced almost no standing head and quickly retreated to a thin layer of foam

s-the beer's smell is pleasant, crisp/piny, but not over powering

t-the taste is rich, surprisingly strong alcohol flavor (i find most founders brews dont taste as strong as they are), with a good bit of the spicyness that comes from the rye

m- similar to a typical pale ale, maybe a bit thicker, but not as much as i would expect from most rye ales

d- drinking the bottle is clearly not an issue, but not sure i would want to line a bunch of these up in a row for one sitting.

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

Bottle picked up at Table and Vine in Springfield, Bottled 01/03/12, Enjoyed 01/26/12
A: Clear ruby-red color, nice off-white head that leaves very nice lacing.
S: Sweet grapefruit jumps off this thing. While I love tropical hop flavors and they are so hot right now, this thing really makes me realize how beautiful just simple grapefruit can be. It really smells both juicy and bitter and epitomizes American C hops. I know this is amarillo dry-hopped, but I throw amarillo in there with cascade and centennial. After I calm down from the grapefruit the rye is certainly there as is an herbal edge to the hops.
T: This beer offers a legit hop onslaught. Sweet hop flavors pound the palate. Grapefruit and a little hop funk kick in. The rye is there but is subdued by the hops. The rye is most prevalent on the finish and lingers with the citrusy hop oils. The beer stays very dry through-ought. I certainly taste the rye but not really any other malt characteristics. It finishes very dry but not overly bitter.
M: Mouth feel is beautiful. I would say it is on the fuller side for a 6.6% IPA/ Rye Beer. The malt backbone gives it lots of body but is not that present in the taste. Just the way I like my hoppy beers.
O: Overall, insane beer. Loaded with hops but not overly bitter. The rye plays second fiddle to the hops perfectly. One of the most drinkable really hoppy beers I have ever had.

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Photo of Dudeletter
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders is a dangerous brewery out here. There are a few of their beers that are collectable; like their Canadian and their Kentucky Breakfast Stouts. Things where people will line up for hours and they will run out in half an hour. I hate this kind of thing with beer, however, that is another rant for another day. This makes me want to hate their beers and them for turning something which should be enjoyed into a pretentious fight. However, their core beers are really good. They have fought to take convention and turn the beers on their heads. There is a complex thought process that goes on here. The Rye Pale Ale is much more complicated than it sounds. The beer is ruby red and the maltiness is replaced with the sour spiciness of the Rye. The hops are bitter and the beer melds into unique perfection.


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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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