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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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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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  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of zhanson88
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a copper color with 1" of white head. Great lacing, and pretty good retention. Moderate carbonation is apparent in this beer.

Smell: Smells of bready malts, slight spiciness, and both citrus and piney hops. Good smell, very aromatic.

Taste: Malts are bready and a light spiciness from the rye is apparent and very nice. Adds another dimension to this beer. Hops are both piney and citrusy, and add some bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Just under medium bodied, with a moderate amount of fine carbonatioin. Very smooth. I've been meaning to try this beer forever, but just hadn't gotten around to it. Glad I did this time. It's a pretty solid brew that differentiates from your run of the mill IPA.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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

Pours a deep red and sits with a dirty head of foam. No lacing.

Smells of floral hops with hints of rye. Sweet caramel and toffee begin to sneak out too the nose as it warms up.

Taste follows aroma, particularly the hops. Man oh man the hop bill is great. The malts keep the front of the tongue occupied while the bitters throw a party on the back. Not quite a clean finish, but the aftertaste is kind of pleasant.

Medium-body is a slightly undercarbonated. This lends to the lacking finish. However, the balance and fg make up for the lost ground.

Overall, I love this beer. It's drinkable and delicious.

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4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
bottled 05/16/2011 @ 15:02

A: Pours a murky day copper color, the color of a dark apple cider, with 1.5 fingers width of light khaki colored head that has good retention. Leaves only very slight lacing.

S: Lots of sweetness on the nose, caramel malt plus the rye character give it a sweet bread aroma. There are noticeable citrus hop characters as well, orange and grapefruit, plus a very subtle piney hop aroma. Very nice

T: Towards the beginning of the drink the flavor profile is dominated by sweet caramel malts, with a generic bitterness to balance it out. As the beer warms, more flavors start to come out, including orange, apple, and pear. The fruity character lingers for a long time in the aftertaste. The taste doesn’t blow me away but it is quite good. I appreciate the multiple flavor layers, and how they all come together to balance out quite nice. Sweet malts up front with a hop bouquet on the backend, plus a spike of rye as well.

M/D: So smooth, but at the same time has a prickly bite to the mouth feel. Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation, incredible easy to drink. Finishes very dry, a bit too much, but otherwise great mouthfeel and drinkability.

O: Overall, a pretty fine beer that I would enjoy more often if it were available in my area.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice reddish amber color with a thin white head. Smell is great. Fresh lemons, grapefruit, rye spiciness and pine. Taste has a lot of spice, but is balanced very well with the citrusy hops and bisquity malt. Extremely well balanced and very easy to drink. Nice carbonation and a good overall drinkability. This is a style that doesn't necessarily impress me most of the time, but this is a very good one.

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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%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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

Bottled August 30, 2011.

Dark copper in colour. with a finger-width of off-white head. Moderate retantion and a bit of lacing.

The rye is noticeable in the scent, and results in a slightly peppery smell. Hops are there as well, some pine and a bight. pineapple citrus. All nice but not particularly strong.

Taste follows the nose quite faithfully. Rye is prominent and results in a bready flavour. Hoppy bitterness surrounds the rye, with mouthfuls of citrus, particularly grapefruit. Finish is fairly bitter. Pretty nice blend of the rye and hop flavours.

Medium bodied, a nice chewy feel. Moderate to high carbonation.

Overall, quite enjoyable. I have not had many rye beers but this goes down very nicely.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 5,228 ratings.
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