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 BattleRoadBrewer
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Packaged in a 12 oz amber stubby twist off bottle
Served at fridge temp about 35F
Malty and hoppy aroma at the bottle neck
Pours with a thick body, producing a 1/2" light tan head which persists for a while then falls gracefully back, leaving fine bubbles on the surface.
Appearance: Dark orangeish red, hazy, floating flakes, leaves an excellent lace.
Taste: Moderately assertive bitterness from first taste until the somewhat dry finish. Malty, rich, sharp and a bit sweet flavored, excellent balance.
As it warms, loses balance and sharpness, bitterness stands out.
Drinkability: Very good balance between sharpness from rye, maltiness from darker grains and generous hopping. Highly recommended for hop heads and those who like maltiness that finishes dry rather than cloying.

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Photo of rsyberg01
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S - 12 oz. bottle Aug. Notch.

A - Pours a deep copper with an offwhite head. Inviting.

S - Citrus, grapefruit, rye, hoppy notes surrounding all of the scents. Grassy and a little alcohol hint. Very Nice.

T - Bready, citrusy, rye is a big player, bitter hops and grassy notes. Absolutely Delicious.

M - Smooth and creamy with a dry crisp finish. Dude, this beer is great.

D - I could drink this stuff all damn day.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
1.21/5  rDev -71.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12oz. bottle thanks to nflmvp

Pours a very hazy reddish-brown with a mountainous tan head that breaks the plane of the glass, but eventually thins. Thick, sticky lacing on the glass. Some thick brown yeast floating on top of the head. Contaminated?

Smell is funky yeast. I suspect that this bottle has been compromised.

Taste is all funky yeast with a very sour hop flavor. Definite contamination.

Very disappointed that my first experience of this beer was a contaminated bottle. It has definitely been plagued by the grand funk of death.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark rusty red with a large creamy peach fuzz colored head that lasts forever. Huge carbonation bubbles slowly pop and leave a chunk of lace on the surface of the brew.

LOTS of Amarillo hops with some doughy yeast and a little sour rye smell.

The amarillo hops really complement the sour tones from the rye very well. There's a little heat from alcohol and a spicyness from the rye. Fantastic beer. I wish I could go to the store and pick this one up daily.

Many thanks go out to trbeer for the opportunity to have this delicious libation.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful deep red amber color into a stange glass served at a MacNivens restaurant in Indianapolis. Creamy head that left nice, thick lacing all the way down the glass.

A bit hard to determine aromas in the bar atmosphere, but it was slightly fruity with hints of pumpernickel bread.

Taste was exceptional. Awesome combination of malts and hops, perfectly balanced. Slight rye presence in the background.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, one of the most drinkable beers I've had. This was an exceptional beer and lived up to the hype. An excellent choice.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unusual and very well done.
Pours a dark red amber with a half finger head that takes a long time to melt to a sticky lacing that covers the entire top.
Aroma is bready yeast, a little amber malt and a snappy rye spice.
Taste is amber malt first then a wonderful spicy rye that is like 10 times as spicy as a wheat...followed with a citrus hop that never gives in entirely to the rye spice.
I like this.
Pretty beer...fantastically complex mix...ends dry in the mouth so you want another sip and don't get sticky full.
Mmmm....I like it.
It is so hard to find a rye beer on the west coast. Thank goodness for trades. Thanks Dave.

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Photo of Malted
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a barley wine glass.

A six pack of any Founder’s beer is a night or three of pure pleasure I am finding.

Appearance: On the brown side of red. For a purported red beer this beer is actually pretty brown with red in its deepest hollows. Has a medium head that sticks around pretty well.

Aroma: Pure perfect hop/malt bliss. Something about rye beers really seems to facilitate a great balance between hops and malt, perhaps I am just drinking the right rye beers.

Taste: More of the same with a great combination of malt and hops. The finish is a little watery, but has a kick of hop bitterness to end.

Mouth Feel: Somewhat watery in mouth feel as well as flavor. Not as creamy as I suppose I would prefer, although its slight wateriness adds to its drinkability.

Drinkability: As I alluded to in the mouth feel section, this beer is pretty damn drinkable. It has everything I would want in a session beer, lots of flavor, great balance, and a mouth feel that is not too heavy.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy redish orange with a half inch head that lasts a while and leaves decent lacing.

Aromas of sweet caramel malt, fruit, and citrusy hops.

Taste is of citrusy hops. A little pineapple, and red apples present as well. There is also a lingering rye bitterness in the aftertaste.

Pretty drinkable. A solid beer.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish brown with a 1” head that dies down a bit to ¼” and remains. It has got a light hoppy aroma with hints of roasty sweetness.

A medium bodied brew that hits the palate running with a nice roasty start and ending with a nice bit of citrusy hops. A nicely balanced brew with a polite dry finish.

Quite drinkable – thank goodness I have another one

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

First off, this is one of my favorite beers. It is ridiculously tasty and drinkable, they go down sooo smoooth.

Pours a dark copper color with a good, solid off white head that sticks around. Decent lacing to speak of.

Smell is of sweet malts, caramel/toffee, very citrusy hops, juicy, grains..etc So good.

Taste is magnificent as well. Very juicy, citrusy, sweet malts, caramel flavors, rye/grains, nice hop finish but not very dry, mildly tropical even in the sweetness. When I speak of sweetness, I am no way talking about the cloying sweetness of some brews. This sweetness is a very juicy sweetness that is wonderfully balanced out by the citrusy hops. What a beer...and 6.8% abv?! Who knew?!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slippery on the tongue, not too carbonated.

VERY drinkable. Despite the abv%, this beer is one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had. It is just so damn tasty!

Hats off to Founders...again and again.

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

Explosive, rocky, thick rusty tan head lords over a burnt orange-red body. Nose is largely pine and citrus (orange-lemon) hops (Amarillo, yes). Singed caramel and rum raisin malt background barely penetrates. Those hops kick off the palate with a delightfully acidic and citrus bitterness. Slightly sugary, scorched caramel and rummy malt follow. Hop bitterness pervades and makes for a tapey, pine resin finish. Medium body. Nice.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Froth bomb exploder! Bottom notches on the label.

Poured with a huge beige bowl shaped foamy head cap after the bottle foamed up leaving dripping lace in the glass.

Strange almost stout like aroma. Red apple and a follow through of rye bread.

First swigs: Brisk rye, bright residual sweetness, tangy copper metallic twinge, red apple malt backing. Powdery flour. Dry bitter peanut shell finish.

Feel is frothy. Old bottle? Not sure. Lingering sizzle in the finish.

Last swigs: Picked up a red ale and a pinch of rye. Might need to try again.

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Photo of phisig137
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in September, this pours a dark red amber color, with a one finger head. Solid retention falls slowly, leaving behind thick gobs of intricate lace. Looks quite nice.

Aroma is beautifully hopped. Very floral, and slightly citric, the hops really shine here. Slight amount of rye can be detected in the nose, but not a whole lot. Minor alcohol presence as well.

Wow. Amazing interplay between the hops and rye here, with niether overshadowing the other. Slightly malty sweet up front, and finishing with a very smooth bitterness. I can't believe how well the rye and hops integrate into the beer. Beautifully balanced, and quite complex for a red/rye beer. Without a doubt the best Rye beer I've had... even Hop Rod Rye, which I love to death. Mouthfeel is full and smooth. Drinkability is decent, but I don't want this to be gone. Since I can't get anymore here, I'm going to savor it.

Big thanks to Kyle for bringing these down to me on a recent trip. After tasting two beers from Founders, I need to have more. Great beer, and incredibly well made. I can't wait to have more of them. Founders, start shipping to VA!!!

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Murky brownish amber brew that is almost strawberry when held to the light. This one has a nice one finger eggshell head with nice sticky lace and good retenttion. A good swirl can bring back the one finger head easily.

Smells citric and astringent like an IPA, but much more unique. It's not the typical grapefruit citrus of and IPA, but much more green and tart smelling. I'm reminded of rhubarb, under-ripe strawberries, and green apples.

Very citric and tart on the palate at first, then a very sweet and unique flavor that reminds me of a subdued roggenbier washes over the tongue. At first sip, this is similar to an IPA, but then the roggenish rye flavor makes itself known and lets you know that this is not an ordinary brew. Hints of overripe / rotten apples, green apples, and rhubarb. Very sweet and sour at the same time.

Mouthfeel is creamy, refreshing, and medium in body with a very dry almost sour-pucker finish. Keeps you sucking your teeh to get every last drop of that awesome tartness.

I could session this brew easily! The unique flavor has a novel and complex character, and I love the tart sour aftertaste. I remember eating rhubarb straight from my grandma's garden (often overindulging until I got the runs) and this one reminds me of that flavor.
I later noticed that this is my 100th review, and what a damn fine brew to have on such a momentous occasion!

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

I don't usually buy multi-packs of craft beer...usually I buy single-serve bottles, or I buy at stores where I can mix-and-match my own six-packs. That said, I'm on my third six pack of Red Rye in the past few months. I had the good fortune to attend GABF this year, and spent a lot of time unsuccessfully searching for rye beers that are its equal (HeBew Rye PA is also very good). Great Lakes Nosferatu is also reminiscent of this beer, but I like Red Rye better.

Appearance is a deep-red with attractive white lacing. Aroma is pleasant hop odor with a significant prediction on the citrus flavors to come. Flavor is great - hop heavy, citrusy, the rye delivers big-boy malt flavor, yet Red Rye is well-balanced.

I have a hard time finding fault with this beer (it is even a good value for craft beer); I will be drinking this for as long as they're making it. I can't think of a beer I'd recommend more highly.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass,a deep ruby red color,cloudy,with particles of yeast.The head was off-white to light tan. The head stayed with tiny strings of bubbles constantly rising to the top.
A hint of rye in the aroma,sweet caramel,bisquity,fruity,fresh and clean smelling also. A very good aroma.
The taste is friuty,sweet ,caramelly, roasted, citrusy,piney,with hints of chocolate and rye.The rye taste is in the background.Very complex and tastey.
The mouthfeel was medium to thick,cloying.A pronounced bittness,yet clean with a nice dryness.
This beer made my mouth water for more.Lots of flavor,surprising pleased about this beer.I want to drink more,I just don't know how many more I could drink.
Highly recommended beer.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burgandy copper color. Hazy. Very unique. Massive, thick, sticky head that never fully recedes. It just forms craters in the thick dense head. Very thick lacing.
Smells like a frest cut Christmas Tree. Mmmm!
The rye is very noticable and interplays with the massive amount of hops perfectly. Bitter, but it's a complex bitterness. It's more than just a hoppy bitterness, kind of like the rye adds to the bitterness. This is great stuff.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but chewy. This is one to savor in the mouth before swallowing.
Very drinkable and tasty.
Overall an excellent beer and the best rye beer I've had to date. I'm going to explore rye beers some more.

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Photo of SethB2
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a hazy cola-brown color with a massive and lasting oatmeal rocky head. Seriously. This thing has some staying power.

S - Yessir, this is indeed a Rye beer. No doubt about that. Typical grassy, pungent rye malt tones with a bit of bittering hops present. A little grainy with a tad bit of booze. As expected, not much sweet maltiness on the nose.

T - Roasted bitterness starts this off, setting the tone of a slight hoppy bite. This thing tastes nearly burnt, which really works well for it. Slight undertones of grape, but they don't break through the Rye very often.

M - Honestly, one of the best beers in the mouth I have ever sampled. Medium in body, but creamy and a tad chewy at the same time. And yes, I know that is an oxymoron. Very smooth.

D - Good stuff. I like this brewery a lot. Wish they would distribute in California.

Thanks to nucular george for the sample.

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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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Photo of kirok1999
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Thick and cloudy dark red with a minimal head and slight lacing.

S- Fruity hops, citrus, slight malt sweetness. Hops dominate with pine and grassy notes too.

T- Hops come on strong first, rye appears in the middle and balances the hops nicely. Just enough malt to balance the hop/rye notes. Very well crafted.

D- Very smooth and creamy with a low enough ABV to make a nice session. Some nuts and cheese make a great pairing.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This ale poured a hazy ruby amber with a decent light tan coloured head. Its finely carbonated, and thin and elegant lacings are present.

Grapefruit hops, caramel, rye, and an earthy spiciness.

Yum yum yum. Gotta say i love rye. Think my first drink ever was a shot of cheap rye whiskey my dad gave us kids when my mom was away visiting her folks or something. Was probably ten or so at the time. Its been one of my favorite grains ever since. Nice blend of caramel malts, rye graininess and grapefruit and peppery hops.

Wonderfully balanced medium bodied ale. Nice balance between the malts and the almost chewy rye graininess, as well as as the hops, which add a prominent grapefruit resiny character, as well as a more subtle earthy peppery spiciness.

This is one tasty beer, and a must try for those who like things with rye, like beer, whiskey, or bread. Would make a great session brew on a cooler night when a bigger brew is needed, would also make a great crossover brew for someone who likes rye and can handle a little hops. Ill be drinking this one again soon.

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Photo of macster
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a cloudy, opaque reddish orange hue under a huge, thick and frothy beige head. Superb head retention throughout with a trail of thick lacing. Pleasant, moderate aromas of pine needles, caramel , lemon rind, spices and rye toast meld together nicely. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a spritzy carbonation. Initial flavor seems dominated by the malts revealing a subdued caramel, toffee sweetness. This quickly transcends into a hefty hop and rye flavor profile showing off assertive notes of grapefruit, pine, rye seeds and spicy black pepper. Finish is a mouth-puckering combination of a chalky-like mineral dryness and hoppy bitterness which hangs on nicely. In the end a great balance of the malts, hops and rye to create a pleasurable, unique style.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My dream afternoon - a holiday spent drinking rye beers. I must continually thank Sopor for turning me on to the style. It was truly an epiphanic moment when we were sitting at Founder's and he was explaining what rye imparts to a beer and the light bulb came on.

This began with a good, medium-tan head, but it didn't last and became just a light coating on top of the beer. The color was a reddish-orangish color with a slight cloudiness. The nose was both hoppy and spicy, like pepper. The mouthfeel was medium to thick with a huge mix of flavors on the tongue. Malty sweetness, hoppy bitterness and a peppery bite, all on the palate. The finish had that characteristic bite of rye, making it the lingering, prevalent taste. I'd drink this on a regular and continuing basis, if it were available in my area.

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Photo of Cresant
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this 12 oz. into a pint glass. Copper/amber body was clouded with tiny particulates. 1-2 fingers of off-white lumpy head faded to a collar and sheets of lace.

Smell was very nice. Citrus hops met with spicy grains. Bread and pine needles.

Taste was complex, balanced. Peppery. Grapefruit rinds mingle with grain sweetness. No single component overwhelms the presentation here. Very nice.

Mouthfeel was zesty, mildly prickly, medium bodied. Perfectly carbonated.

A new beer to add to my list of favorites. Very nice.

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

12 oz bottle

This rye beer poured a clear, dark, red, coppery color with creamy, tan foam that persisted and coated the glass. The smell was rich, spicy rye goodness with other malt and hops in the nose as well. The taste was bitter hops combined with rye malt in good balance. The mouthfeel was almost dry but with a touch of sweetness. It was smooth with medium body and good carbonation. The hops built to the finish, and the malt lingered on the palate in the aftertaste. This was a very nice rye IPA. (Thanks to Warriorsoul for this one.)

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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