Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Red's Rye IPAFounders Red's Rye IPA
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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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.87/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is truly the gold standard for Rye PAs. First time reviewing. From a 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter for effect.

Pours a vibrant, hazed, dark reddish/copper. A stiff pour will produce a very dense, cream colored, two-finger head. Solid retention and some decent lacing.

The nose is wonderful rye spice and grapefruit hops. This is exactly what a Rye PA needs to smell like.

Tons of biscuit and spice from the rye upfront that almost instantly blends with fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. Some sweeter malts come up the middle lending balance. A pleasant rye aftertaste keeps you coming back for more. Insanely well balanced. For 6.6%, I don't see it getting better than this.

Medium in body, but on the heavier side for a PA. The rye gives it a nice chewiness. Ample carbonation helps lighten the load. Finishes very dry (with the amount of hops and rye this is no surprise). Super drinkable.

Overall this is my personal favorite of the Rye PAs, and objectively an exceptionally well crafted brew. The rye and grapefruity hops blend so well together it is almost like it's own flavor. Too bad Founders has a relatively small distribution area. If you are in that area and haven't yet tried this, shame. Try it! Cheers!

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3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into angled glass mug

A - cloudy red-orange body under several fingers of khaki head

S - hop spice and rye

T - sweetened malt, sweet fruits (apple/pear?), pine, spice, rye, bone dry finish; nice combination

M - slick medium body, low/medium carbonation

O - a decent rye beer; nice combination of hops and rye

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle server in nonical glass

A- murky copper amber with 1 finger bubbly ecru head with good retention and moderate lacing

S- hops heaven chiefly pine, grapefruit, and a bit of herbal and grassy notes

T- holy crap this beer is bold. Grapefruit bitter and sour kicks you in the balls but notes of mint, meadow grasses, and earthy herbal spice sooth you off to nirvana. Great rye kick and perfect touch of etoh.

M - full body, moderate carbonation, smooth.

O - one of the best and most unique rye beers I have tried this year. What a great surprise. Founders does it again!

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on May 23rd. Poured into a pint glass. There is a nice red, almost brown color. There is a small off-white head.

The aroma is full of hoppiness. Lots of melon, with a hint of bready malt.

The taste starts out with mild malt flavor. There is a lot of melon hop flavor here. The finish is nice and crisp, with a bitter hop bite.

This is medium bodied with smooth carbonation. A very good beer, that has just enough rye malt flavor to complement the hoppyness.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A rather unique look here. Very reddish brown a little hazy. Good creamy head.

S: Really the perfect smell. Lots of hops like an IPA but very bold. It's not really very floral as much as bitter. Hints of malt. Fruit notes as well. Very nice.

T: Wow, how this beer acts is insanely perfect. It's smooth then the hops hit but the bitterness is there and then it fades without a gross linger. The only reason it's a 4.5 and not a 5 is because of the complexity. It has some great bitter notes and hints of malt and other things but not really any other big flavors.

M: Sits smooth and with a medium body. Flavors really develop on the palate with the malt hitting first and then some bitterness.

Overall this is a must try. I remember grabbing this on tap at Founders and hating it because I was a beer noob. I couldn't handle the bitterness. I decided to grab a bottle down in SC... Sad that I moved away from Founders :'( ... and this second go at it really was impressive. It has all the hops of an IPA without the great amount of floralness. The way the beer handles on the palate is perfect. Certainly a must try.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 5,247 ratings
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