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 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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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just illin low in my room at some hipster hotel outside of the Denver, CO airport.

Even though this son of a gun was bottled six months ago, hot diggity damn it still pops like Derek Jeter's ankle while trying to field a routine ground ball. Nice IPA textures with a smooth, red backbone that would make Lindsay Lohan's ginger rear end blush.

Yeah buddy.

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Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, rye. Taste is somewhat bitter, spicy, hops, rye, a bit of citrus, very dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a solid beer.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, red orange color with a large yellow tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: peppery grain coupled with pine hops

T: earthy woody quality, pepper, oak, cinnamon, paprika, piney hops

M: medium body with good carbonation

O: a refreshing break from extreme hop, flavors meld to a nice balance

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Photo of jroberts8811
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Transparent amber brown with a slight off-white head. light lacing, not much in the way of effervescence.

S: Strong hops on the nose, honey, caramel, floral, citrus

T: rye, malt, hops.

M: Medium bodied. crisp, easy to drink.

O: If you get a chance, please do try this one!

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Photo of hopdaddy49
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am unfortunately going from memory. I would be all in favor of this beauty achieving year round status. The heartless bastards at Founders have made it a seasonal brew for some unknown an obviously insufficient reason. Had it on tap at Founders brew pub which was a slice of heaven, but by the bottle it is extremely close to fresh tap taste. Founders is awesome and I highly recommend this heavenly brew to just about anyone as the maltiness and hop finish are sublimely and superbly blended to achieve party in your mouth is just about perfect for beer lovers of most types. Cheers

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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 yeastlovehoppiness_jess
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Got this on-tap in a tall glass. It was a beautiful, clear, reddish, amber brown with a slight off-white head.

S: It smelled of rye and hops right away - earthy, bitter, a little citrusy-sweet.

T: Prevalent rye taste. Malty and hoppy. Dry. A bit of earthy spice. Delicious.

M: Medium bodied. Very smooth with a little fizziness.

O: Love this beer. Big fan of the delicious rye taste and the delicious smoothness. One of my new favorites.

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Photo of rjp217
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A - Dark red, two finger head. Nice retention and quite a bit of lace around the glass

S - Rye and fruity malts. Some grapefruit and a little bit if spice. All goes very well together.

T - WOW, amazing. So so smooth, nice thick malts. Very creamy with bits of hop and bitterness. Also a little bit of warmth to end it. Unique and eye opening.

M - Agreed with previous reviews, this beer feel so silky and smooth. Velvety smooth with tiny bits of carbonation.

O - This beer it utterly awesome. The rye and hops blend amazingly well together to give a unique treat. So smooth and sweet, I am super impressed.

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Photo of plaid75
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, New York.

Poured a deep copper, almost red hue with a two finger frothy off white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured waves of piney, citrus, herbal and tropical hops atop a clean grainy malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront piney and herbal hop assault that begrudgingly gave way to spicy rye malt and round crystal malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a brawny full bodied hop bomb. Very nicely made.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottling date is stamped on the neck as "01/09/13."

Pours a thickened, reddish amber color complete with a full finger of bone white head. Head retention is pretty damn good, especially considering the older age, which is expected as always from Founders' consistent quality. Not much lacing or residual sugar sticking to the glass. Not many bubbles rise to the top, although carbonation seems plentiful with the retention. Pretty viscous and thickened, almost to the point of being bready. Truly eye candy, and I'm already expecting a lot here.

The rye is fully up front here, in an almost crackly, spicy manner, but it is backed up by a sharp sweetness from the malts, almost in the sense that you get in barleywines as soon as the hops start to break up. In fact, there's barely any hoppy or astringent sensation to speak of other than a temporary sharp sweetness as well as a bit of booziness. Honey and light caramel prevail, and the rye and cracked toasted barley flavors, almost resembling wheat, linger on top. The alcohol becomes progressively sharper, as does the rye. Not much fruitiness to speak of - although the spiciness and floral phenols are undeniable. Feels a bit empty, but for its age, has held up well.

The initial flavor consists of a rush of slightly old yet nevertheless robust flavors of rye, breadiness, toasted barley cereal notes, and pungent earthiness combined with the honey and floral flavors. Some light characteristics of caramel, toffee, and maybe, just maybe, slight apricots. Again, not much fruitiness prevails, but it terms of showcasing the malts and rye, it truly shines. Absolutely bready and chewy in mouthfeel, as well as flavor. Very earthy, combining dank mineral sensations with dustiness, as well as slightly oily, resinous sensations from the sugars and whatever is left from the hops. Crackly, slightly astringent, but very well balanced.

This is a real treat to drink, and actually goes down quite easily in spite of any thickness. At this point, I'm not so set on Founders' hop-focused beers, but their maltier offerings are fantastic. This may be old at this point, but it's still drinking amazingly well. I love the spiciness imparted by the rye, as well as the earthiness, rather than excessive sweetness, on part of the predominant malts. Would love to try this fresh, but it seems to be good any time. Truly ahead in the style!

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark brown color with reddish-amber highlights. Not a great color, but the head retention was excellent and it left lacing all the way down the glass. Could see mild carbonation when I held the glass up to the light.

S - Comparable to a Ruthless Rye (which I love). Very clear rye smell with a nice piney hops kick.

T - It's rye through and through, with malty sweetness in the center and piney hops on the finish. Nice spiciness. Really tasty.

M - A different feel to this one. It's not really carbonated or heavy bodied, but this beer is more like silk, which is a nice contrast to the hops and rye. The beer sort of glides through your mouth - excellent contrast.

O - I could probably be a little more generous here. This is the best I've had from Founders - all of the features complement each other and it is a pleasure to drink. Perfect for this cold, rainy afternoon.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy tarnished copper in color, with a massive, dense and persistent tan head, which retains quite well. Thick glass-coating lace adorns the walls of the chalice.

Aroma: Bold citrus hops vie with lots of sweet rye in the nose, with a respectable portion of dark caramel as well.

Taste: Opens with a profound grapefruit and hop presence, but the rye and dark caramel shine as well. While the hops dominate the taste throughout, the malt backbone holds its own very well. Finishes with a late surge of pine tar hops, but the rye manages to shine on.

Mouth feel: Velvety and full, with a moderate sting of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Although I am not a rye beer partisan, it is difficult to overstate the quality of Founders Red's Rye PA. Those who declaim rye beers should try this before abandoning the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a stubby twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Awesome label that extremely eye-catching graphics and font. Label gives a very small desc of beer, web info, small bit of brewery info. Neck label has Founders logo, web info, and ABV/IBU info. Bottled on date(11/21/12).

Appearance: I allowed this to warm for 10min before pouring into a 16oz snifter from its 12oz bottle. Poured out a cloudy ruby amber color with a 2 finger light tan head of medium density. Head retention was a 4min 8sec before fading to a thick coating and ring. Excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Aroma is dominated by ruby red grapefruit with a definite malty rye backbone. Slight resin aroma.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is initially of sweet ruby red grapefruit with a slightly herbal hop bite as well as some rye spiciness. A nice lightly toasted malt midpoint that sticks around to the finish. Finishes a bit herbal and slightly floral.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: A heavier medium bodied beer that is what I would call chewy. Extremely drinkable.

Overall/Comments: Wow. I was very impressed by this offering. Really great on the nose. The flavor profile is really great with rye being the perfect compliment for the sweet citrus hops. A mush try. Consumed 4/27/2013. Classified as a Rye Beer @ 6.6% ABV.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into stange. Clear golden orange with a thick yellowish-white head, leaving tons of lacing all over the place. Smells an even blend of hops and malts, with some subtle graininess. Taste is some hops, with a wide spicy bready malt taste with barley and rye combining nicely. Mouthfeel is clear, full and smooth. Overall, I'm very pleased with my first rye beer.

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Photo of Purp1eOne
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Amber with red highlight with a slight head

Smell: Nice fruity rye beer smell.

Taste:A well balanced unique rye bite where the dryness and spicy highlight standout.

Mouthfeel: Nice light hoppy/carbonated feel that goes down smooth.

Overall: I think this is a great beer glad I tried. Good hops and a little different from the norm. Will always have a cold one of these on hand.

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Photo of Brabander
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this beer in a trade with Rohkey. Thanks Chris for this refresher!

Poured in my Struise glass this beer starts very well. Fluid a bit like darker tea and a nice broken white head with some very nice lacing. Pineapple in the nose, this is one hoppy bastard!

Mouthfeel is Ok but not spectacular. A very well made rye beer!

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Photo of ShreddedThumb
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The Dorm Room Review

Blessed with a cornucopia of Founders' beers at my disposal, Red's Rye PA never found its way into my shopping cart. Now, it's been poured and ready to be scored.
This review was written while listening to: a live Melvins Lite live concert.

Poured into a blue solo cup (definitely planning on buying a snifter or a pint glass soon).

Appearance: Slightly reddish, mostly amber. Great frothy head.

Smell: Nice rye beer smell. The permeating rye scents coupled with some fruity additions really entice the drinker.

Taste: Imagine a craft beer-nerd scientist places a rye beer and an IPA in the Large Hadron Collider. In my mind, after a long period of pseudo-cosmic tribulation, Red's Rye PA starts dripping from the ceiling, at which point, Founders' flies all the way from Michigan to bottle the Higgs-Boson runoff. As amazing as that sounds, RRPA is sort of generic. The hoppy bitterness is there, and rye flavors certainly show up; however, I'm not blown away by either. Unfortunately, the pleasant tropical fruit aromas aren't apparent in the taste. Unlike Lagunitas' Brown Suggah, which had excellent fruity notes, Red's Rye PA wallows in mediocrity.

Mouthfeel: Light remnants of rye linger. Slight (and I mean SLIGHT) hop bitterness. Not bad.

Overall: I really wanted to like Red's Rye PA, and I certainly found enjoyment in the rye IPA; however, I feel that RRPA could be so much more, in terms of flavor. It looks nice, it smells great, but the taste leaves me expecting more. I would toss a few more tropical fruits into the mix. Since I'm only an hour or so away from the Founders' Brewhaus, breaking and entering doesn't seem half bad.

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Photo of Steamer
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber color and a nice light beige head. Strong piney hops smell, very clean. Bitter but not overpowering, a very clean hop forward taste, fades in the middle then a pleasantly bitter after taste returns, just what you'd expect. Mouth feel: Medium carbonation, dries you up nicely. Overall: Excellent Rye Pale Ale.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pour is dark copper, slightly cloudy, denser murky white head. Nose is hopped up, light rye spice and juicy citrus and sticky piney hops. Taste is a bit less fresh hop, spice is mild with a more present malt body, biscuity and chewy, lighter carbonation, soft citrus and sticky pine, very creamy feel, soft body.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden/red with a HUGE frothy white head. The head dissipates very slowly. Smells of citrus and tropical fruit with some rye. Taste follows the nose but with a more pronounced rye taste. Also has a bit of a sting from the hops at the end. Mouthfeel is pretty light and crisp. About average or just below average carbonation. Overall, this is pretty good. I wouldn't go around hunting it down, but it was nice to try.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours reddish brown, more red, with some foam. Little ring. Nice blends of caramel and rye. Both pop out. Light sweetness. Taste is a wall of hop that fades into a toffee sweetness. At the end, some bitter pops back up. Lots of rye in the blend. Well carbonated too. As with all Founders offerings, quite good.

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

I've had this beer 100 times, but never actually sat down to review it. That time has come, I finally took some notes for a formal review. Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a Sam Adams 12oz glass.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful amber color, pretty transparent, with very little head to speak of and little head retention. Leaves little lacing, and the guy on the front of the package reminds of someone that should be cruising around in an ice cream truck or a panel van. Kinda creepy.

Smell - Woody, earthy, with the rye adding a little pop to it. There is a hop presence in the nose and a slight maltiness as well. Sounds complex, but there really isn't that much to it.

Taste - A smooth and tasty brew. Definite hop character mixes with malty backbone. Rye provides some spiciness and zing, almost a tobacco-like flavoring. A unique brew, for sure. Well-balanced.

Mouthfeel - Leaves some hop bitterness on the palate, but nothing to really get excited about. Medium bodied, smooth and drinkable.

Overall - This is certainly a good beer, but not even close to the best Founders has to offer. I could name a half dozen Founders beers better than this, although it is certainly deserving of a try. It just doesn't strike me as a Beer of Fame, although it is. Most Beers of Fame really leave an impression, but this is mildly forgettable. Give it a shot, but I wasn't too wrapped up about it.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is another Founders beer to add to my list. It has an average appearance: dark copper in color beneath a moderate froth cap; there is some minor lacing along the glassrim, yet little carbonation present.

The nose is the usual in that there is a heavy pine scent with some wafting grass aroma. The palate detects subtle citrus in the initial taste, one which hesitates between a sweetness and outright bitterness. Once past the first sip, the scene changes as the dry rye comes onto the stage and steals the show with a arbitrary rush of toastiness. The mouthfeel is strangely buttery.

An interesting style for Founders: despite its’ average 6% abv., it comes across as somewhat heavy than the style would have you believe. While not big on rye, I could still recommend this for a single quaff. That is that for this.

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Photo of Suds
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber, hazy, and with a white soapy head. The beer has a clean aroma...some woody, earthy scents. Spicy hops, some malt. E rye does not come out in the smell as much as it does in the taste. Sweet up front, with lots of malt. Some softness and grain character. Wood and chaff. Firm body. Solidly good.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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