Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

5,230 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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Photo of ChugginOil
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Reddish-bronze in color with minimal head and sticky lacing

S- Some piney hop notes with a roasty zing underneath the hops

T- Some piney floral hops mixed with some roasted malt. The alcohol is well hidden. Pretty delicious

M- pretty full mouthfeel that has good balance and carbonation

D- Great tasting brew that stands out because of its unique style. Try one!

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Photo of KevChiTown
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of marine1975
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Tertullian007
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of FickleBeast
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pour is reddish amber with two fingers of foam that clings to the glass as it recedes. Thick bubbles of foam remain on the surface.

Smell is fantastic, overwhelmingly hoppy, bitter grapefruit.

Hops dominate the flavor of this beer, both up front and with a strong, lingering hoppy bitterness. There is a solid malt backbone, but this is in no way sweet - the hops really overpower the malt (in a good way).

The mouthfeel is viscous with a long lingering bitterness. This is a very good beer - I wish I had purchased more than a single bottle.

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Photo of straightlambic
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of chcfan
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of ChrisPro
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle tasted blind on 4/9/10.

Pours dark orange with great frothy cream head.

Super fruity grapefruit aroma, then caramel and a hint of rye.

Sweet treacle, then a bitter rye finish.

Very lively carb on the tongue.

Easily one of the best ryes I've had.

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Photo of bobhits
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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Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of fmccormi
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

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

Photo of Troville1990
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of davet100
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ruckus232
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of jhlosito75
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of puck1225
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(From notes taken at the Hop Cat in Ann Arbor.) Poured from draft into a pint glass, a clear golden red with excellent head and lacing. It has a sweet floral smell. The taste has a ice spicy hoppiness that gives this beer a rich taste and feel. Red ales and rye beers are both favorites and this is a great beer!

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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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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of dbc5
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | 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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Photo of litheum94
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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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 5,230 ratings.
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