Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Red's Rye IPAFounders Red's Rye IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,228
Reviews:
1,667
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
Wants:
389
Gots:
627
For Trade:
7
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Ratings: 5,228 |  Reviews: 1,667
Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a foamy one-finger head that left some nice lacing. There was also some sediment left at the bottom of the glass.

S - It smelled of hops and sweet fruits. Also, some floral notes.

T - It tasted of hops and grains. There was a caramel-like maltiness, too.

M - It was very crisp and medium-bodied.

D - This is a great beer. My first Founders beer and I think I'll have to try many more.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dmorgan310
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

More Midwest goodness from Tyson. Thanks, Ty.

Hazy in the glass, auburn-colored, almost opaque. Pours with two fingers of off-white head. Great retention and lace.

The nose is spicy and perfumey, rye at the forefront, backed by herbal and citrus hops. Sage, tangerine and mango come to mind. Caramel malt is present at a tasteful level.

The punchy bitterness is a surprise at first, but it melds nicely with the spicy rye, light caramel sweetness and herbal hop flavor. This has the bitterness of an IPA, but the flavor comes more from the earthy, spicy, slightly sour rye malt than it does from the hops. I get a bit of tropical fruit mid-palate, mango and pineapple. The finish is dry, bitter and lingering, almost excessively so, but it's not an astringent bitterness. Enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 8/19/2013. Pours lightly cloudy reddish orange color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, orange rind, caramel, floral, pine, spicy rye, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus hops with moderate caramel/rye malts; and great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, orange rind, caramel, floral, pine, spicy rye, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, citrus zest, caramel, floral, pine, rye, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance and complexity of citrus hop and moderate rye/caramel malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic rye pale ale! All around awesome complexity and balance of citrus/pineapple hops and moderate caramel/rye malts; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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

Bottle says 70 IBUS and 6.6% abv

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours only ¼ finger of slight tan head, fades down quick. Color is an amber hued caramel brown. Decent retention with some nice lace rings.

Aroma: Caramel malts, floral hops, bright citrus flavors, and a nice rye all around. I dig the rye

Taste: Wow, the rye is really present here. Big caramel malt flavor. Grapefruit and pineapple citrus blend well with the big floral hop taste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth and creamy for a beer so hoppy. It is a tad bitter though. Medium bodied with a great level of carbonation for the style. Ends with a rye/hoppy aftertaste, somewhat dry.

Overall, this is a pretty solid beer. I think I would definitely like to have this around for a hoppy session beer. Just a great drinking beer, at a great price, with a nice touch of rye that I really like.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Boone757
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A darkish copper color with a big off-white head.

S: Lots of citrus hops with a bit of pine in there as well. On further smells, the rye comes through.

T: Not as much of the rye as is present in the nose, but it's nicely there the entire time. Hops are good on top of the slightly-sweet malt.

M: Fairly thick and quite smooth.

D: Very drinkable. A solid beer that is very nice on a Fall day with the nice hops and the warming feeling of the slightly-spicy rye.

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Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a finger and a half of off-white foam that collapses quickly and degenerates into a this film of loose bubbles. The body is a slightly hazy, amber-brown color and the beer leaves light rings of lace on the glass as it is consumed.

S - Sweaty pine hop aromas blend with dark, bready malt and a strong dose of caramel.

T - Caramel and toffee malt up front with pine and grapefruit hops. More thick malt in the middle with lots of dark sugar and pithy grapefruit. The finish has a swelling hop bitterness that pushes back against the sweet malt and seems to actually become a bit harsh in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A pretty standard hoppy red ale. The aroma is very nice with lots of green, pungent hops and enough malt to to hint at the thick sugary character of the flavor profile. The caramel and toffee that dominate the malt character work nicely with the pine and grapefruit hops but never become excessive. My only complaint is the way the bitterness becomes sharp and almost overwhelming in the finish, to the point that some soapy notes linger on the palate after everything else fades away. This last impression kind of ruins the drinkability of an otherwise very nice beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firts of many Founders brews Iam gonna partake in over the next few days,pours a deep amver with a nice fluffy two finger head leaving a nice sheet of lace behind.Hops,hops and more cirus,piney hop with a little lemon wedge in there made me wanna tear into this one,I am almost at a lack of words on the flavors and refreshing complexities of this beer,spruce and piney hop with a nice firm nutty malt backbone finishing with a perfect tartness wich just caps this off making for the almost perfect rounded beer.Damn why did I pass this up in the past I will be bringing this home with me back to NC for sure.

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Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle.

Pours clear mahogany in color with a nice head that has moderate duration.

M: smooth, with excellent carbonation.

S: sweet malt and resiny hops; just a little spiciness from the rye.

T: could be adequately described as an American IPA with an additional spicy rye component.

O: A very bold and spicy PA. Much closer to an IPA than some others in this class, such as Terrapin's fine Rye Pale Ale. Well crafted!

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Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love Founders, and despite this is available around here, it came as an extra from msulinski in a great trade, so who can knock extras, especially Founders!

A: Pours frothy 1 finger fluffy head that sticks around for a while, over a very clear dark rye-ish orange toasty amber color.

N: Mostly just hops! Some fresh strong hop aromas, perhaps Simcoe style with high alpha. Some rye goodness (I'm a big rye whisky fan so this is great!) A slight crystal malt.

T: Rye right away! The rye is pretty present. There is also some darker malts, crystal perhaps. Some more bitter hops, but not too heavy, adds some spicy chewy hop characteristics. A nice bitterness from the combination of rye and hops.

M: Semi thick with good carbonation.

F: Finishes dry and bitter, both accent each other. The rye flavor also lingers for a bit and seems to lead to this fruit punch like flavor as it fades. It has a spicy almost quality as well, like spicy spicy. Bitterness lingers but it's nice. This is actually a really enjoyable beer for a rye whisky fan, and it has a lot of great qualities.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, hops, spice and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel; a strong hops bitterness and a background of rye and spices. There's a very hearty malt character that brings good substance to the beer. The after-taste is hoppy and bitter.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, I had heard this beer was similar to an IPA and that it was highly acclaimed but I was still surprised at how much I liked it. This is a beer that I could drink several of over the course of an evening.

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

Bottle 1/17/2012

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark amber to garnet red in color with some very light visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a couple of small thin patches and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: The smell of the rye is very detectable in this beer even through the fairly intense citrus/orange hop aromas.

T: Very much follows the smell of the beer, there is quite a bit of the rye spiciness that I would expect followed by the citrus/orange hops. The hop bitterness is not too intense and pairs nicely with the rye spiciness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: This is a very pleasant drinking beer that could easily be a session beer for me. I enjoy the aromas and the flavor of this beer quite a bit. Definitely one to get another time.

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

Pours amber red with a medium sized whiteish head and little lacing. Fairy strong aroma of hoppy citrus and faint rye malt.

Tastes of malty rye and spices up front that quickly melds into a nice hop bitterness with a nice creamy body. Strong aftertaste of rye, hops, and pine.

I found this to be quite drinkable and really enjoyed the quick transition on the palate from this one, as it made it for a quite interesting and ejoyable beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful orange amber in the wine glass. Hoppy nose. Creamy and rich mouth feel with plenty of malt. Hops are big and aromatic but leave a pleasant rather than painful trail of bitterness. I'm an Amarillo hop fan if that's what these are. The malt gives a good balance.

One of the best rye beers I've had, up there with Hop rod Rye. Red's is not as sweet, not as strong, but gives a big rich cornucopia of flavors.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours crimson red with a one inch tan head that lingers and leaves some rings. Bready aroma and floral. Mild sweetness with caramel malt and rye spiced flavor.

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

First had: ?
Review from recent tasting at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Slightly hazy pour, a medium brown/amber color with a finger or so of foamy white head; decent retention and lacing. Pine and citrus in the nose, stone fruits, bready malts and rye notes. Good mash of all those components in the taste, bready malts, caramel, stone fruits and citrus, pine bitterness, and a mildly sour twinge. Medium body, well-balanced, a very nice drink overall, and a great, easily-obtainable selection from Founders.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 5,228 ratings.
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