Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

5,224 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 match1112
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: cloudy amber with a finger worth of white head that recedes rather quickly.

s: floral bouquet of citrus and pine hops. malt and a little peppery spice.

t: hops with a little malt and rye in the mix.

m: bitter, medium body good carbonation so you know it's alive and not flat.

o: one of founders best and hard for anybody to beat this when it comes to rye beer.

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Photo of Kranders
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another beer I opened and the sent filled the room. There was quite the yeasty-rye aroma. A nice color, and what a taste. Super-rye flavor, with just the perfect hint of hops. Enough to taste it, but not overwhelmingly so. Just a fantastically solid brew from Founders, per usual.

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Photo of phiberoptik
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a distinctive amber red with slight haziness and a mild off white sudsy head.

Smells of light peppery spice, sweet maltiness, as well as some piney and citrus hoppiness.

Lots of good flavors. Piney hops along with some bitter citrus right up front. The spiciness of the rye comes through nicely with the hops, followed by a pronounced caramel maltiness and a slightly bitter, clean finish.

Very balanced medium to full bodied ale with great mild carbonation.

This is very tasty and at least my bottle tastes noticeably better than it smells. The color and taste explain why this is a benchmark for this style of beer.

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Photo of indesertum
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

amber color. head retention is ok. aroma is nice and spicy. cloves maybe. tastes kind of like rye bread. the malt character is quite different from any amber ales or ipas i've had. quite pleasant. nice hoppiness (balanced bitters at the end. nice aromas up front). carbonation is low. finish is medium. nice. but i have a feeling my bottle might be a little low. a stronger carbonation wouldve made this a much more pleasant experience

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Photo of GreenPea
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, what a nice pleasant beer that has no flaws to speak of. I will never be able to review a beer in the same professional manner as some of you but I can tell you this. Try this one and it will speak for itself.

Founders is simply an amazing brewery that has mastered their craft. This beer is no exception. From the nose to the lacing and down the hatch this one has it all.

Red ruby grapefruit with hints of cut grass and lemon zest dominate the nose. The pallet is clean and crisp.

The first thing I did after trying this is jump on the PC to see if this was seasonal or year round. Thankfully this is a year round beer.

I will leave it to the pro's to break it down structurally and simply say, this jewel is beautiful.

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Photo of nataku00
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a muddy bronze color with a half a finger of tan colored soapy head. Head leaves some light spots of lacing on the glass that slides back into the beer eventually, receding to a thin collar of bubbles and a lightly hazy surface. Really hazy, but some very active carbonation right at the edge of the glass rising quickly.

Nose is a good amount of grapefruit and orange, with a good spicy rye presence, cardamom and peppery. Nice caramel malt backbone that complements the other aromas.

Follows the nose, some light grapefruit bitterness first, then a bit of the rye flavors, spicy, bready, peppery. Finishes dry with some light spiciness and bitterness that lingers a little.

Light to medium body with a lot of small bubble carbonation that is prickly on the tongue. Easy drinking and tasty rye beer. One of the better ones that I've tried.

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Photo of mechamifune
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red/amber color. Appears somewhat murky (though there is no setiment or anything of that nature). A slight khaki head develops and fades quickly. Lacing and carbonation evident.

Smell is citrusy hops and a somewhat spicy element that is common to a lot of rye beers. Overall very pleasant and the fact that it features one of my favorite hop varietals helps a lot.

Taste is in line with smell. Hoppy but not overtly bitter and the rye helps a lot with that. The elements are blended together very nicely and the taste stays consistant throughout the glass.

Mouthfeel is great for the style. The right combination of crisp/smooth. Despite a lot of flavor this is very easy to drink.

Overall this is my favorite beer of the very general "rye" style, though really this could be thought of as an IPA more than anything else. Another great job by founders and one of my personal go-to, easy to get beers for hoppy styles along with 2hearted and Hop Notch.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from FluffyMcTingle; thank you! Bottled in May, 2011.

Pours a rust, burnt orange, red color with a light khaki-colored head. About two centimeters of foamy bubbles form during the pour, and large strands/patches of sticky lacing cling to the glass as the level subsides. The ruby hues in this one are gorgeous. The aroma is of rye, ample caramel malt, grapefruit, orange, and some faint herbal notes. The caramel really shines through in the nose, reminiscent of a malty amber. The taste is similar, but with an added emphasis on the citrus, especially at the end. The rye is balanced well with the caramel flavors, and some muddled herbal undertones round it out nicely. Mouthfeel is exceptional; smooth going down, crisp on the tongue, and a finish that leaves you wondering if you really did just take a drink. Certainly one that keeps you coming back, and just a great beer overall.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inviting tawny red color, & the beer retains a carbonated head quite well. The aroma is incredible - bright fruity hops, creamy caramel, malt sugar, and a savory undertone. The taste is very complex - it thrilled my tastebuds! The flavor begins sweet and spicy all at once. It's fresh towards the middle and fades to a dry and pleasant bitterness - leaves one wanting more. Light mouthfeel. Compares very favorably to other Rye beers.

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Photo of mattboyer182
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - light brown, burgundy and see through. Thin white head.

S - a nice light floral hop smell . Just delicious.

T - good hops up front and Mellows into a grassy earthy tone.

M - medium bodied and medium carbonation.

O - awesome beer! I love rye in beer

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Photo of rangel2
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sucks I have to preface this in every review, but whatever, I'm colorblind. To me it appears hazy golden. But please seek other reviews than mine for appearance.

Smell is bitter, pearish, definitely rye.

Taste is more of the same. A hard bitter intro that gives way to a quick malty/rye backdrop, followed by a thinning, lingering bitterness. Citrus is there, as are light apricot and faint bitter green apple notes. In my opinion more of a rye IPA than a pale. But it's divine, one of Founder's best -- much better than Centennial, which is still very good.

Had this one with a mushroom reuben, and it worked wonderfully. The carbonation is so-so, as is the head, a little less than one finger, but the malt, hops and rye work in wonderful harmony here.

While everyone else is caught up in the CBS chaos, I'll happily stick to Red's Rye, if and when, because I always do, need my Founder's fix.

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Photo of pigc
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark ruby red color with two finger head that seems to last forever.

S - Grapefruit, some citrus, pine.

T - Starts out with some bitter piney hops and finishes with a slightly malty rye finish.

M - Medium with abundant carbonation.

O - Great rye beer with a nice hop bite. Not too complex but this is a solid beer with emphasis on the bittering hops. Just enough malt backbone to smooth things out nicely.

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

thanks to HopDiggityDawg for a great trade

Pours a nice dark amber, not cloudy but definitely opaque. Off white head that lasts and lasts. Nose is really nice, lots of citrus and a touch of pine. A hint of rye spiciness and a surprisingly strong malt backbone. As it opens up I get a touch of earthiness, it actually reminds me of a McDonald's hashbrown. Taste is strongly bitter but not overpowering. It is balanced with spice and a small amount of caramelly malt. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style, good carbonation. Overall a really tasty brew I will definitely seek this one out wherever I am.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a MTH Snifter Glass.

A- One finger off white head dissipates quickly to a nice sticky collar around the glass, dark amber color, decent carbonation.
S- Nice hoppy profile, pine, grapefruit, rye, spice, malt base.
T- Very similar to the aroma, pine, slight citrus taste, nice bitterness to this beer, rye is present, grapefruit, slight malt backbone to balance it out.
M- Medium mouth feel, I had this one other time and I remember there being a bigger bit to this beer, mouth feel felt a little under carbonated on the initial taste. Dry finish.
O- Decent beer, I feel like I might have drank a bad bottle because I remember this being a lot better, either that or my palate has changed tremendously since the first time I drank this. Other than that still a solid beer from founders.

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Photo of mikeriley
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly murky copper with an inch or so of fluffy, off white head; the head mostly dissipates, but a few islands of suds stick around til the very end. Smells of piney, resinous hops with some bready malts underneath. The bread and caramel start to poke through as it warms...

Taste is heavy on the West Coast hops up front, but studious sipping reveals quite a bit going on. A sturdy malt base sits right on the middle of the palette, occasionally peaking it's head out from under the layers of hops. The rye adds a slight bite, and there's a subtle boozy complexity beneath it all.
Mouthfeel is medium, a little prickly from the hops and rye, slightly sticky. Finishes long and bitter, leaves you wanting another sip.

A damn nice beer; quite balanced for such a hoppy brew, there's plenty of complexity to keep you interested while still being easy to drink.

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Photo of climax
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a rich red color. It's cloudy with a modest head that fades to leave a chronic ring around the edge and a patch of bubbles on top.

The nose oozes malted milk balls, cocoa, and dark rye bread. This isn't a half rye beer, this is a rye beer. The citrus tang from the hops is assertive and plays with the aforementioned flavors very politely. This is gonna be a heavy hitter.

The rye isn't quite up front and center, but it blends a spicy yet sweet malt character with a very assertive pine and grapefruit hop bill. The rye malt brings incredible warmth and balance to an already solid IPA. The finish is bitter and lingers long and obvious.

The body is on the medium side, and creamy from beginning to end. The carbonation is crisp and sharp, adding a little drama to an otherwise smooth feel.

Anyone looking for a solid IPA spiced up with a confident malt profile, give it a shot.

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass. High expectations for this beer.

A: Nice bright copper, small off-white head that recedes to a ring.

S: Caramel malt, piney hops, and an earthy rye in the nose. Quite pleasant blend of these smells.

T: Rich caramel malt. Some hoppy resins, and a burst of spicy rye. Mixed well with no overly dominant flavor, but definitely distinguishable as the rye comes in after the bitter hops.

M: Very creamy, even with the lighter body. Not overly carbonated or crisp, very drinkable.

D: This one lives up to the hype of being a simple, delicious, rye-forward beer. At 6.6% it's impressive in flavor and body.

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Photo of guitarsnbeer
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this rye beer into my new and engraved snifter (after a tragic and early loss of my previous one 2 months ago). Has deep notes of ruby red/dark orange with a finger of froath that subsides slightly and good sheets of lace.

The smell is very pleasant and inviting with hints of caramel, rye, a rustic, slightly bitter hop presence and overall quite intersting.

Whoa! Spicy spicy, the rye really takes the center stage but subtle notes of caramel malts and fresh hops all add to what is a well thought out and well made tasty brew.

Overall I've enjoyed this beer and would consider having another go with it. Would be a great beer to have next to a nice rye whiskey.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.01/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a wine glass.
A beautiful copper amber color with a thick creamy head. Reminiscent of a Guinness

The aroma is spicy hops and a big malt that creates a slight alcohol finish

The taste is reminiscent of a Scottish style. The hops and the rye create a consistent bitter that lingers on the tongue. The lack of definition in the taste makes me want a different beer as I expected a little hop taste. I will admit that a slight pine hop flavor shows but weak at best


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Photo of laituegonflable
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a russet-amber colour, slight dark tinge to it. Head is lacklustre with some nice trails of lace. Not much else to report.

Smell is sugary; nice and complex with malty toffee, raisins and sherry notes. Not hugely aromatic, but nice complex sweetness with a touch of hop resin for grounding.

Taste is a bit blarey; lots of malt on there with a huge flavour development, just earthy sweetness for the majority. Touch of toffee with figs and candied orange peel on there. Robust resinous hop late adds quite a bitterness that is almost phenolic in the way it dominates and subjugates the sweet palate. Not bad, but not a great synergy between the elements.

Not quite as full in the body as I expected given the nose, feels a little bit fizzy in the mouth.

Enjoyable beer, but just reminds me, really, of better beers in the same vein.

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

A: Poured into my brand new Bucknell pint, go Bison! Pours a deep hazy brown orange in the middle with orange tinge on the side. A nice 2 fingers of white head that recedes into a nice layer on top. Decent lacing.

S: Hoppy, grapefruit. Smells good

T: Some nice hop bite at the front, some of that grapefruit in the nose, mellows out with some bready malts and then the rye kicks in. Spicy rye followed by a nice dry and bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium mouthfeel, with enough carbonation to keep it clean.

O: Another winner from Founders. Hoppy enough to make a fan of IPA's happy, but a nice change of pace with the rye thrown in there.

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

A cloudy deep orange brown colored brew with a healthy big bubbled off-white head and modest lacing. The aroma says cat piss hops, a little grassy citrus bite and a little caramel malt sweetness. The flavor brings sharp hop bite, lemon and grapefruit over what I find to be a proper rye bread touch. It’s finely but prominently carbonated in a medium-light bodied brew. Awesome!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from New Beer Distributors in NYC, brought back to Sydney and opened with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a hazy reddish orange colour, with a crackling large bubbled head of yellow-white foam. Some speckled lacing, but minimal body. Some film across the top of the glass as well. Fine carbonation. Looks decent enough, but missing something.

Nose is sharp and slightly resiny, with plenty of earthy hops, much in the woody, almost ashy east coast style rather than the fruity, citric west coast style. Hints of rye come through with touches of sourdough bread and hefty dark malt. Pretty tasty.

Taste is very good, with a lovely balance between nutty grains, a touch more of that slightly sour bread character and a robust bitterness on the back, which lingers into a woody, resiny finish. It's all really well balanced, so at different points along the palate different elements stand up and make their presence felt.

Really nice beer, and big when it comes to flavour. Plenty of complexity to make it interesting, and nicely balanced. It could actually show off the rye a little bit more, but that also might make it more gimmicky, rather than having everything integrated as it is right now.

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Photo of JayAre46
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - a deep copper ruby transparent color with a solid off white head that shows amazing retention.

A - get a lot of caramel sweetness, touches of cinnamon, hoppy scents are there and i now i know i let this one sit too long, or maybe the faded hops have really let the malts come through. because it still has a great aroma amongst the caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, the rye characteristics are there but not huge.

T - the rye is much more prevalent in the taste, much less sweet malts, and the hops come up but not abundant by any means, i get the cinnamon again along with the caramel sweetness but everything is so subtle i know i need to get this one again.

M - a bit thin up front, medium to light bodied, light carbonation. this body is the weakest point for the beer to me, it is very drinkable and is easy but founder has done much better with this aspect.

O - decent brew but the complex aroma led me to high hopes the taste didn't match to my surprise, with that being said i know this isnt the most fresh offering so ill take that into consideration. huge rye fan and always try something when i see the word rye. this beer is just not big enough for it to be great to me, and no bigger doesn't mean better to me but i feel this way with this one.

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Photo of schwaeh
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This pours a dark murky amber color. Nice two finger white head that fades into a cap. A fair amount of sticky lace.

S: Smells very hoppy with lot of malt balancing things out. Lots of rye spice on the aroma. Sweet caramel malt stands along with the rye.

T: The taste is big caramel malt with some rye bite and spice. The hops are really earthy and grassy. The rye is prominent with the hops fading a bit. This one has a slight vegetal flavor that I'm not crazy about. Seems to get hoppier as it warms.

M: Medium body with some high carbonation. The rye and hop oiliness make this seem a bit bigger than it is.

O: I enjoyed this a lot more last time I had some. I looked all over the place to find some with bottle dates but the last shipment must have missed that step at Founders. A really hoppy interesting rye pale ale when fresh, decent at this age.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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