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

Picked up a sixer at Binny's/Clybourn. Oddly, bottle date seems to have disappeared from all of my bottles. Hmm...

Poured into Founders tulip. It pours a deep amber, with a nice (half inch) cream colored head. Can't see through this brew. The smell offer some bready malts, with a hint of rye spiciness. There is a bit of raisin smell to it. Taste is above average: for the most part, a very good pale ale, a bit of rye spiciness, and a lingering bitterness.

For the style, i'd put it above the SN & 3F versions, but not as good as the 2 Brothers. With the disappearing bottle date, i'm not sure how fresh this is. Looking forward to my trip to Founders in a few weeks, as this is one of my favorite Founders beers.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep orange to brown hue with a moderate haze and one finger of white froth, which lasted for almost 20 seconds.

Smell: Caramel malt and grapefruity citrus hops sets the message right away. Floral hop notes in the backbone of the scent.

Taste: Spiciness on the tongue with the first sip, (the rye?) firm malt flavor with strong citrusy hops; Malt is subtle in holding the whole hops in place. Bracingly nice, with the hops lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation makes this one a light liquid blanket. Quite nice and sophisticated.

Overall: Would revisit this one, happily.

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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep orange hue with a moderate haze and two fingers of frothy tan foam atop. Quite nice.

Smell: caramel malt and citrus hops hit you in a big way right away. There's not a lot of nuance in the mix, but it's basic and very well done.

Taste: very good malt flavor with lovely citrusy hops; those Amarillos work great here. It's almost like a light-alcohol version of a strong-ale formula. Malt is caramelly without being overly bready or biscuity; it's actually quite delicious.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation. It's alright, though not particularly creamy.

Overall: a very tasty beer. I'd like maybe a little more body or carbonation, but overall quite good. I'd gladly have this again.

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3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz/355 ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. This is me first Founders beer ever. I'm really excited to say the least. Acquired at Ramirez Liquor in Los Angeles a few days ago. I was surprised to see Founders offered here, and I knew I had to pick one up. Cost was something ridiculous like $6.00, but I'd never seen Founders in California (or Colorado, for that matter). Bottled 01/17/2012. No best before date.

Not paired with food.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Expectations are through the roof given Founders' reputation and this beer's current ratings.

A: Pours a half finger head of dark white (...) colour, nice cream, nice thickness, and above average (~3 minute) retention. Pretty good lacing as it recedes. Colour is a semitransparent caramel-copper. Non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appealing for the style.

Sm: Marvelous hops: floral more than bittering, with slight hints of piney, oily, and citrusy hops. Caramel and cream are present. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Clean malts. Very fresh and pleasant. Quite inviting, though rye doesn't come through even when I really search for it. I suppose rye isn't all that aromatic anyway. A mild strength aroma, and quite a nice one. I'm excited to try it.

T: Everything the aroma promised in terms of hops is here on the open and through the midpoint, and it's quite a nice greeting indeed. The hop bitterness is mitigated nicely by the floral hop character alongside the clean malts and caramelization. Rye underlies but isn't dominant. Indeed, malts rather than rye seem to comprise the foundation. For a beer based on rye, the rye is surprisingly subtle and doesn't coarsen the mouthfeel or dry it out hardly at all. Impressive indeed, though I'd be interested to see the grain bill. Certainly some barley or oats has to be present to smoothen it out. Red apple adds a well-executed extra dimension to the flavour profile. A tasty little beer. Nice subtlety, though I wouldn't call it complex. The hop and malt layering is rather impressive. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Delightfully smooth and wet for a rye beer. A touch too thin. Too smooth on the finish; it should be a touch dryer to coax out the next sip. Slightly heavy on the palate; I prefer pale ales to be a bit lighter, but this one has a higher ABV.

Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV and style. Hides its above average ABV well. It's rare a rye beer is so drinkable - to the point where I doubt the grain bill is honestly dominated by rye. In any case it's a tasty flavourful brew that really works as a pale ale. So far, Founders is living up to its reputation. If this is one of their normal offerings, I can't wait to try their more hyped brews.


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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 5,254 ratings
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