Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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Red's Rye IPARed's Rye IPA
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4.18/5
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Red's Rye IPARed'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
Ranking:
#1,308
Reviews:
1,674
Ratings:
5,270
pDev:
10.53%
Bros Score:
4.41
 
 
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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2/5  rDev -52.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of the classic brown stubby bottle with "BOTTLED 08/11/13" marked clearly on the curve between the body and the neck. Poured into a 16 oz standard tumbler glass from Founders. Re-reviewing, as the last time I had this beer, I don't believe it was fresh, and it certainly tastes different now.

Appearance - Strong pour yields a light cinnamon-sugar colored head of about a finger and a half thick. Creamy, with some pocking as the larger bubbles burst. The head sits atop a jewel-like combination of amber-orange and garnet red. Translucent and easy to see through, with no haze whatsoever. Retention is good, eventually dissipating to a rim of light foam around the edge of the glass and lacing is wispy and faint, but quite sticky in the places on the glass that it lingers.

Smell - This is the biggest difference so far in comparison to the older bottle. A rich tapestry caramel sweetness and bright, citrusy hops that give the distinct impression of grapefruit, but also contain some aromatic floral notes. The slightly sour element of rye is also a faint hint in the background.

Taste - The hop profile isn't as in your face at this point, but that seems appropriate. Here, the sourness from the rye, which is different than the puckering effect of "sour" beers, is on full display, with a bit of heft and spiciness coming through as well. Balancing with the heft of the rye are the bitter profiles of the hops, some faint burnt caramel sweetness, and some notes of citrus rind and dandelion.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and slightly chewy, with moderate--but on the light side--carbonation that provides a slightly biting but pleasant mouthfeel. Faint lingering bitterness on the finish.

Overall, this is one of, if not THE best rye beers available. It might be my favorite beer from Founders as well. Complex and balanced as well as highly drinkable. Enough body to stand up to colder weather and heartier foods, but refreshing enough to fit in with hot weather and light foods as well.

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4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 8/13. Consumed on 9/5. 12 oz. bottled poured into an IPA glass.

A - Deep ruby with readily apparent carbonation. Gentle pour yields almost non-existent head. Slight lacing on edges of glass with some very light foam in center of glass from carbonation. Lacing on glass disappears as beer recedes.

T - Not surprisingly, smells distinctly of rye. Also, reminds me of a good sherry.

T - Well balanced hops and caramel malts. Spicy bitterness... not a cold weather beer, but good on an autumn night. Tobacco, oatmeal, molasses, and alcohol notes. Little bit of tart. Nice finish, long lingering taste.

M - Well carbonated. Feels clean and crisp on tongue initially and then yields a luxurious foam after warmed.

O - A beer to drink slow and savor. Another great Founder's product. Wish it was still year round. Get it while you can...

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle

Bottling date of 8/11/13 printed on the neck of the glass.

A- Pours a clear dark red color with faint orange hues and a nice off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma features that unique spiciness from the rye that I have learned to love in rye beers with a nice dose of hops to complement the malt in the nose.

T- The rye makes it presence felt again in the taste with that unique flavor. The malt and hops complement each other perfectly in the taste. There is some sweetness up front but the finish is rather dry.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Red's Rye PA from Founders is an excellent rye beer that is highly recommened.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. tulip.

pours a dark cloudy red brown with a good inch and a half white head. smell is quite hoppy with some good rye notes. the taste hits you with the rye up front and follows with some hops but mostly your typical APA flavors. not as hoppy as the nose. good drinkability, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall a real easy drinking rye pale. recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poureed into a Founders snifter. Bottled on date 8/11/13.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. Solid lacing.

Smell: Big citrus hop aroma blends very nicely with a bold spicy rye malt presence. Caramelized sugar and a touch of pine in there as well.

Taste: SImilar to the smell, but amplified. Rye spice and bold citrus presence from the Amarillo hops make a great combination. Excellent balance between the hops and the malt - this really is able to showcase the rye while the citrus hops add another level of flavor. Finishes on the bitter side. To me, this is what a rye pale ale is supposed to taste like.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Goes down easy.

Overall: Back in my craft beer infancy, this was the first rye beer I ever had, and I have to say it still exemplifies everything a good rye PA should be. This is the the measuring stick that I use to judge all other rye beers.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 5,270 ratings