Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

5,227 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

Bottle picked up at Table and Vine in Springfield, Bottled 01/03/12, Enjoyed 01/26/12
A: Clear ruby-red color, nice off-white head that leaves very nice lacing.
S: Sweet grapefruit jumps off this thing. While I love tropical hop flavors and they are so hot right now, this thing really makes me realize how beautiful just simple grapefruit can be. It really smells both juicy and bitter and epitomizes American C hops. I know this is amarillo dry-hopped, but I throw amarillo in there with cascade and centennial. After I calm down from the grapefruit the rye is certainly there as is an herbal edge to the hops.
T: This beer offers a legit hop onslaught. Sweet hop flavors pound the palate. Grapefruit and a little hop funk kick in. The rye is there but is subdued by the hops. The rye is most prevalent on the finish and lingers with the citrusy hop oils. The beer stays very dry through-ought. I certainly taste the rye but not really any other malt characteristics. It finishes very dry but not overly bitter.
M: Mouth feel is beautiful. I would say it is on the fuller side for a 6.6% IPA/ Rye Beer. The malt backbone gives it lots of body but is not that present in the taste. Just the way I like my hoppy beers.
O: Overall, insane beer. Loaded with hops but not overly bitter. The rye plays second fiddle to the hops perfectly. One of the most drinkable really hoppy beers I have ever had.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured unto a pint.

Appearance: Semi cloudy amber with a 1/4" orange tinted white head.

Smell: Scent of hops, comes off pretty sharp if you ask me. Only problem is it leaves your nose as quick as it comes in.

Taste: Malty feel, tastes the way real beer should taste. Bitter, but flavor is amplified of wheat, hops and rye.

Mouth: Medium body, but not the smoothest.

Overall: Not a bad beer at all, actually it's pretty damn good. I love how well constructed and flavorful it is. Pleasure to have, keep drinking....Salud!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a rich amber color, noticeably effevescent, and solid one finger head. Excellent retention and beautiful creamy lacing all over the side of the glass.

Smells like it should- malty with a sharp rye scent along with some hops.

Tastes great- smooth with subtle notes of rye and hops. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is a little bit lacking but by no means poor. It is a LITTLE watery (not too much so!) with light to medium carbonation and a little oiliness from the hops.

Overall a very enjoyable session ale- one I will definitely buy more of when I'm back in Ohio!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

A - Nice hazy amber orange color; Nice head and great lacing

S - Citrus and Pine, spice, and biscuity malts

T - Nice crisp bitterness, a mild spice, and citrusy grapefruit

M - Smooth, good carbonation, medium light body

Overall - I've had this beer many times...always best fresh and on draft. From the bottle it can be very good if fresh. Hoppy, spicy, very nice rye ipa. Good stuff. Definitely gift it a try.


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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of soju6
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a burnt orange color with a small off-white head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of rye, citrus, grain and bit of malt sweetness. There are also traces of spice and herb in the background.

T:Taste of citrus with some mild sweetness. A mixture of spice and herbs with a grainy texture. A distinct bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp smooth and refreshing.

O: Goes down easy. Interesting beer with a unique character. Well worth a try.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Ruby/amber colored beer with a fairly sustained, thick, one-finger khaki-colored head.

S: Nose is nice and complex. It's hoppy, earthy, a bit spicy, malty...a lot going on. Very nice.

T: Also has an equally complex taste. It's fairly hoppy up front, smacking the palate with pine and grapefruit. The beer switches gears a bit and turns really earthy and malty. Finally, the rye spice peaks through at the end and leaves a bitter, spicy, rye aftertaste. Very tasty.

M: Mouthfeel is appropriately thick and smooth. Goes down nice and easy. No issues here.

O: Certainly the epitome of the style. Looks good, nose is amazing, taste is nice and complex, and mouthfeel is good. This one is a classic. I really judge all rye beers against this one. A think a bit more of caramel malt sweetness would really put it over the top, though.

Nonetheless, a great treat.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 5,227 ratings.
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