Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

5,228 Ratings
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 WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Deep mahogony red body, nearly caramel one finger head. A bit of lacing as the head dissipates. Sour apple and citrus hop (70 IBU's quite apparent) and rye on the nose, as well as the flavor. Dry and spicy with milky malt. Classic founders smoothness, wet, crispy, drinkable.

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Photo of kainzlpi
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of RuckusDu
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer oured about a finger of head into my Boulevard tulip. A little cloudy body that is brown with only ths slightest reddness to it. Head is a big bouble light tan.

S - Like a good sweet IPA or DIPA. Smooth hops and honey.

T - Pretty good flvors of hops and rye which are well balanced. It's good.

M - Medium body with stronger carbonation. Does not add or take away from anything in this beer.

O - It is a decent beer, but nothing really stands out. Drinkable, but not something I need to seek out again.

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Photo of TheYeagermeister
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A--Cloudy amber with an off white head. Does not have too great of retention but sports a nice lacing on the glass.
S--Big on the amarillo hops, piney and resiny, and dark rye bread, faint caramel, toffee.
T--Much less hoppy than the smell. Classic belgian spice flavors up front--maybe plum or some sort of mild dark fruit, clove, candy sugar, caramel, then thick rye bread, then the hops cut through finish ever so delicately and refreshingly. Cleanly, crisply, beautifully.
M--Chewy and yummy.
Overall, this rocks this little Texas girl's world. Shout out to OsNJCB for hooking me up with this one.

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Photo of BigAlofOrion
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Anything
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of closisinthehouse
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of fchicken
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of funkel81
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Mudawg
2/5  rDev -52.3%

Photo of Roger415
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of JustinMatthew
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of TomRB
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of MSandahl23
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of AlphaKing414
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of BeerMark
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Red's Rye Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company is a welcome addition here in Alabama. It's color is dark amber with a beige head. The smell is pine, hops, and rye. The taste is fantastic. It's a well balanced beer that has equal parts sweet malt and hop bitterness. Will be in heavy rotation at my house. This beer has made me want to try other rye beers. Keep the great beers coming to Alabama.

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Photo of littlelorib
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2/06/12 according to stamp on bottle.

Appearance: red amber, slightly cloudy, very little head. Smell is hoppy with lots of grapefruit. Taste is wonderful - grapefruit with little spicy hints. Just the right amount of carbonation.

This is a winner in my house.

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Photo of C63AMG
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 1/17/2012

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark amber to garnet red in color with some very light visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a couple of small thin patches and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: The smell of the rye is very detectable in this beer even through the fairly intense citrus/orange hop aromas.

T: Very much follows the smell of the beer, there is quite a bit of the rye spiciness that I would expect followed by the citrus/orange hops. The hop bitterness is not too intense and pairs nicely with the rye spiciness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: This is a very pleasant drinking beer that could easily be a session beer for me. I enjoy the aromas and the flavor of this beer quite a bit. Definitely one to get another time.

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

bottled on 02/22/12.

poured into tulip.

Appearance: medium red bodied beer with 2 fingers of head. Decent thick lacing on side of this beer.

Smell: The spicines of the rye is noticed first with pine and citris hops to compliment. Nice smelling brew.

Taste: Fairly similiar to the nose. The rye is up front and it seems to mellow the bitterness of the hop profile. Piney, grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and floral notes from the hops. Little bit of caramel, biscuits and breadiness in the malt profile. I would say the bitterness is just below a moderate bitterness. The beer finishes clean with a mild rye and citrus aftertaste that does not stick around very long. Really great balance between the rye and the hops.

Mouthfeel: Low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer is crisp and refreshing.

Overall: You just can't go wrong with a Founders beer. It well balanced with the rye and hop profile that its best attribute in my opinion. Its another great option for a hot weather beer that will keep me drinking local brew!

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Photo of Beerchaeology
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of hansgruber
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. What I assume is the born on date printed on the shoulder is “02/22/12.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a tulip. The Founders website calls the color “crimson” and I agree. (I do not think I have ever used “crimson” to describe a beer, but it is a fitting word.) One finger of bubbly, eggshell-colored head dissipated fairly quickly to leave a bubbly ring around the edge and a thin lacing.

Smell: I immediately caught a whiff of grapefruit when I popped the cap. Once in the glass, the grapefruit becomes part of a mouthwatering balance. Team Hops features grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Commanding point and controlling the offense is sweet caramel, while pine provides an outside threat. This is definitely sweet caramel’s team, though, as it forms the foundation of the overall aroma. Rye spice may be the sixth man, but I really do not smell it.

Taste: The bitterness I was expecting did not materialize. In its place, though, is an adequate hoppy bite. Much like the smell, the balance is superb. Caramel provides a thick and solid base for the grapefruit, orange, and lemon citrus, and everything is garnished with a little pine. There is a little hint of pumpernickel breadiness, but other than that I really cannot detect the rye; it does not register for me (or I have no clue what I am tasting). A little bitterness lingers in the mouth for a while but it is far from overpowering.

Drinkability: A solid brewski. Enough said.

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Photo of mbs11
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of GregBlatz
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy copper orange. Head is over 1/2" thick and the bubbles are very tight and compact. It laces as it falls.

S - The spicy rye aroma is very apparent. Very strong fruity esters. Hop aroma is more citrus than floral, like oranges.
Smells sweet and sticky.

T - Very sweet malt and earthy rye. Hop bitterness is strong and plays nice with the sweet malt. Hop flavor is also aggressive. Very fruity.

M - This is a thick chewy beer. Medium carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth.

O - Wow, what a great beer. One of my favorites.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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