Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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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Ratings: 5,236 |  Reviews: 1,668
Photo of surlytheduff
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 12/2010, drank from large tulip. The beer poured a rich a rich cloudy amber, with two fingers of off cream colored head. There was moderate head retention, and as it receded it left clingy chunks of foam along the side of the glass.

The smell was malty sweet and floral with grapefruit notes. The sweetness carried through to the taste. There was some light spiciness from the rye, and a nice hoppy bitterness to it. There was a medium body to it, with a good amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

This is a very pleasant, refreshing and quite drinkable beer.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Liquid is clear amber/copper with a big foamy head.

Smell: There's the rye, it's a bit earthy, along with citrus hop and orange peels, and lightly sweet caramel malt.

Taste: Bitterness of citrusy hop on the tongue is nicely balanced by light caramel sweetness. The rye elements are there as well, more assertive on the finish, adding dry, earthy notes, that go par and parcel with the barley and hop, overall flavor is excellent.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, medium body.

Drinkability: This is one of the best examples of a rye beer I've had, the rye elements here work well with belgian malts and whatever hop they used. Very good. Drinkability is very high.

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Photo of tsatem
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Overly aggressive pour yields a big three finger orange tinged head. Body is a copper/somewhat bright burnt orange color. Some haziness. I really like the color of the head, not quite your typical off-white IPA head. Great lacing as I continue to drink.

S: Citrus and spice come through right away. The spice leads into and blends with the rye, which isn't flashy or immediately apparent, but really becomes the dominant overall smell. The hops are trying to show off, but the rye knows it has them beat. I like how the hop spice and rye spice blend together and really bring the other characters of the two smells together.

T: Way maltier than the smell at first taste. The rye becomes more of a bready malt here. The hop bitterness is secondary up front, which is backward from the smell but works great. Again, I love the rye/hop interplay, which is working in kind of the opposite way here. A lot of rye spiciness in the finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel, really nothing too out of the ordinary here.

D: I thoroughly enjoy how these flavors work together. They blend so nicely while being distinguishable at the same time, and result in an excellently balanced beer. I could drink another one (or more) to continue exploring this.

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Photo of Marty30
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.Served at about 45 degrees.

A. Nice clear burnt orange body with 1 inch off white head. Very little carbonation.Good lacing.

S. Grapefruit is the first thing I smell, followed by bread and grains.Smell is not very strong or complex.

T. Taste is like the smell very bitter all the way through on this one.

M. Mouth is nice medium feel that stings the tounge a bit, pretty smooth.

D. At 6.6 ABV I could drink a sixer no problem.Very bitter.

Overall I enjoyed this beer don't think I would buy a case but definatly another 6er. This is my first rye beer, alot like an IPA. I would recommend this brew. Another good offering from founders

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Photo of PhatAtUT
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into wide flute. thanks to smakawhat for this extra.

A: hazy red orange.little head or lacing, but a good looking beer none the less.

S: smells hoppy-sweet. a little caramel-y.very aromatic. impressed.

T: sweet on the front end. slight citrus notes. bitter on the back end. very nice balance. dry finish. quite tasty.

M: not too thin. not too chewy. nice feel. a little sticky on the finish.

D: easy to drink. very enjoyable overall. would certainly drink again and could see it being in the rotation if available in my area.

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Photo of sleazo
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at DBA Manhattan

A_Pours a reddish brown with a rocky light tan head. Nice sticky lacing and above average retention.

S_Clean smelling, a nice mix of toasted malt and hop. Similar to a good APA

T_Very hoppy up front. Pine shows through but there is also a hint of fresh cut grass. The malt comes next, slightly sweet with a minor bread note. The Rye comes through right before the finish as a nice spicy highpoint. The finish is very dry.

M_Thicker bodied with an aggressive carbonation (on the verge of too much carb) Slightly sticky.

D_Drinks like a good IPA with a slight spicy note. Reminiscent of Hop Rod Rye.

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Photo of vitrael
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours cloudy copper with a thin film of white head that quickly dissipated. Minimal lacing.

S: Big kick in the nose of sweet floral and fruity hop aromas. Light undertones of breadiness... must be the rye.

T: Same hop flavors re-assert themselves, sweet floral and fruity hops with a big caramelly malt background. Despite clocking in at 70 IBUs the bitterness is very minimal, showing up in the finish along with some earthy rye flavor. I was surprised the Rye flavors were not more pronounced--you could've fooled me and told me this was all barley. But the flavor is still excellent.

M: Smooth and light, a very crisp beer that I could drink fast. Average carbonation.

D: Dangerous.

Another treat from founders. I think I already prefer it to their standard IPA and it's at least on a par with Double Trouble.

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Photo of foogerd
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Caramel/amber with a flash of orange, toffee colored head. Head is packed closely, died down and created some nice lacing around the glass.

S- Sharp warm citursy hops lots of spice, freshly ground pepper, toasted malts.

T- Huge juicy hops, grapefruity and citrus. A dry bitterness from the hops. Tingling spiciness throughout. Plenty of malt backing.

M- Feels big,thick, and foamy.

D- Full of taste and drinkability, you'll want to stock up on this one.

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Photo of Damian
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank on-tap at Foundry on Elm, Somerville, MA
Served in a pint glass

Beautiful, orangey-crimson body with a near two-finger head of bubbly, light tan froth. A drippy latticework of lacing trickled down the top quarter of the glass.

Tons of bright, citrusy hop notes came through in the aroma. Orange peel was most apparent. Crisp and juicy. Slightly sweet with just a bit of twang from the rye.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose, yet drier and more bitter. A touch of maltiness appeared up front before the hops took over. Crisp, citrusy, West Cost style hops dominated. Pithy notes of grapefruit and orange rind were quite noticeable in the hop profile. Spicy in the center with subtle indications of rye. Oily, resiny notes of pine sap came through in the finish.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied yet smooth and frothy with a fine, zippy effervescence.

Drinkability was where this beer seemed to falter. As much as I respect the style, the combination of dry, bitter hops and sour rye notes was a bit too much for me to handle. If you are a fan of Hop Rod Rye and other super hoppy rye beers, you will likely enjoy this as well.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This pours a very appealing red amber copper color with a huge 6cm foamy tan head. The head fades to a fluffy cap and a ring, but not without leaving plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smell: grapefruit and tangerine hops, some spicy bitterness, and lots of rye. Some caramel as well.

Taste: A brief moment of caramel sweetness followed by a burst of juicy grapefruit hops. A bitterness grows, gaining some supporting citrus hoppiness and spice before meeting a dry, bitter rye head on. The finish is long and dries out my tongue. It cleans up nicely, though, not leaving that much of a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: There is great balance between the dryness in the rye and the juicy hop feel. Ultimately I think the rye wins. A fair amount of hop resin remains behind the lips after each sip. This is still very creamy and smooth, with medium carbonation and a medium to full body.

Drinkability: Rye does interesting and wonderful things to beer, and this is no exception. The balance of wet, juicy hops and rye is amazing. Founders executes well, and this is welcome anytime in my fridge.

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Photo of matjack85
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this squatty 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.89. No freshness date.

The beer poured a slightly hazed reddish bronze color that produced only a ½ finger of off white head. Even though the head was small and didn't last very long, it still managed to leave some decent lacing.

Big hoppy nose - lots of grapefruit and rye.

Hoppy, spicy, and sweet all at once. The caramel malts, spicy rye, and bitter grapefruit flavors are in perfect balance. Delicious!

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Medium to full bodied.

It's a little heavy to drink 6 of them at once, but I sure wouldn't mind another one. The 6.6% alcohol is well hidden, increasing the drinkability.

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Photo of Auracom
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle on February 2nd, 2011 in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Slightly murky reddish-brown coloring with a one-finger white, foamy head.

S - Malts, spices, definite rye. Slight fruit attribute.

T - Bread and malts all over the place. A little bitterness more on the backend of the drink. Some citrus (banana? maybe going out on a limb there). Slight alcohol heat.

M - Pretty damn good. Lower carbonation but good thickness and a bit chewy. Creamy might be a better descriptor than just smooth.

D - Yup, pretty nice. Definitely would rock it as a session beer. The rye was a new twist for me and I enjoyed it.

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

This beer pours a beautiful ruby red/amber into your glass with a one finger cream colored head that laces the glass. Based on the aromas this beer gives off, if I didn't know any better I'd guess this was an IPA and not a PA. It begins bitter before ending sweet and malty. It has excellent flavor which tends to be more on the malty side. The hops aren't as big of a characteristic as they could be. It is sweet and has a "different" accent to it as well, I'm guessing that's the rye. It drinks very crisp and has good carbonation. It's between light and medium in body and drinks well. It's very good for the style and an exceptional brew.

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Photo of BradDurbin89
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've become a big fan of Founders and have enjoyed Red's Rye on several occasions.

The beer has a good head and pours reddish in color. There is a light haze and it looks good.

Aroma is slightly sweet.

Big rye flavor and nice sweetness. But, the hoppiness is what makes the Red's Rye a great beer in my opinion. Great finish.

Overall, a really great beer.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, I may be slightly biased as I am growing very fond of rye beers.

Beer pours reddish in color. Good head retention which laces the glass on every sip. Light haziness that doesn't bother me a bit.

This could be young, or old, I really don't know how much of this beer the have and sell. But the aroma is sweet and boozy.

Taste is where it at. Really good flavor. Also everyone I was with enjoyed it as well which is a good sign. Rye flavor really shines, and the sweetness is right on point. Alcohol is nicely hidden in the flavors. Hoppiness is wonderful, American and citrusy. I really like this one.

Acidity might stand some tinkering, but really a great beer. I plan on getting this one again.

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Photo of TheBear11D
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Pours a clear amber red with a little orange and a thick foamy off-white head that lasted for a good while and left a whole new level of lacing.

Mouthwatering aromas! The caramel malts are picked up first, but are paired with citrus hops that blend quite well together.

This is delicious! Citrus hops hit first, but do not overwhelm the other flavors. The caramel malt mixed with spicy rye flavors kick in briefly after the hops and the combination of the flavors work into the aftertaste with the hops just barely standing out.

Medium body. At times thicker than others. Lively carbonation.

A wonderful beer with great flavor! I love that the flavors are distinct and have a delightful balance of hops and malt. This is a well crafted brew.

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Photo of Axic10
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber with a finger of off white head that quickly settles to a thin layer.

Smell: Very bright citrus and hoppy aromas mixed with malt and rye.

Taste: I get a lot more of the malt in the taste, bready malt and rye followed with bitterness from hops and even a hint of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a chewy feel.

Drinkability: A very under appreciated beer from Founders by me. I often overlook this for their other offerings, but this is a very solid rye based beer.

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Photo of Brunite
4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Color is a deep amber/bronze. The head is off-white and resulted in 2-3 fingers after an aggressive pour. There was about 1/2" lingering head that hung around in clumps like the residue in a milkshake. Lacing was average.

Smell: Nice hop aroma comes through immediately....grapefruit for sure. The IBU's are around 70 so you get the aroma you would expect. Also some malty sweetness evident as well as a bit of spiciness from the rye.

Taste: Outstanding! The balance is fantastic here. Obvious hop bitterness is balanced against malt and the rye adds a third dimension in taste. Very complex. Delicious! High IBU's balanced against malt & rye....nice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly chewy. Carbonation is spot on.

Drinkability: This is an outstanding beer in my book. The balance is so well done that these go down too easy. Alcohol is not ever noticed and 1 beer went down in 4-5 gulps. Delicious and drinkable.

Overall: I've already said it. This on is in my top 10 for sure. Very drinkable...great taste...great balance...keeps you coming back. Definitely my top Rye beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- A deep reddish amber brew that pours into a one finger head that recedes into a patchy froth and leaves a nice layered lacing.

S -- Citrus rind, mango, apricot, pineapple, subtle malt background.

T -- Earthy, floral hops, citrus rinds, grainy rye character that shows more in a bitterness than a breadiness. Very subtle malts, but still balanced very nicely.

M -- Full bodied and well carbonated, drying yet refreshing.

D -- Yet another solid offering from the brewers at Founders. Well constructed and worth a try.

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Photo of boyfromthenorth
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Can't stand rye. why, why, why put rye in a beer. So , I was wrong. Wonderful beer. Might be my favorite beer from Founder. Really the best rye beer I'v every had.

Had this in a bar that didn't seem like they would have a micro but they had Red's Rye so boy was I happy when I found this.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, giving a great copper/orange body. Faint cream head with bubbles that disappear slowly, with minor retention. Bottled Oct 25th 2010.

Great simple whiff on the nose of sweet grapefruit, nice and subtle, somewhat dry also. Not much else to speak of though, feels like a citrus IPA is coming.

And with that it feels and tastes like one too. Typical hop and grapefruit associated with an IPA in finish, palate and mouthfeel. I was expecting something a little more unique for a Rye beer but this is still tasty. However, it feels like just another good solid American IPA instead of something distinct. Can't say I am blown away by it either so I am going to probably never desire this again.

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Photo of mbusster88
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle dated 10/23/10.

A: Pours amber color with good thick white head. Great carbonation on the glass and a nice looking beer.

S: Really nice hop and rye aroma in this one. Good character to the smell really gives a hint as to what the flavors will be. Great fresh aroma and good earthy type notes.

T/M: This beer is really nice, great hop bitterness and dryness. But also a wonderful amount of rye and earthy characters. This one is really well put together and tastes great.

D: Very good overall beer. Love the play between the rye and hop character and balance.

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Photo of itsmemandave
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Dark, red amber with almost no head whatsoever.

B) Strong grapefruit that sticks. Mild spice, lovely rye at the end, but mostly grapefruit here.

C) Tastes like it smells; mostly grapefruit with a bit of rye, and a spicy background. Not a bready rye at all. More grainy.

M) Medium and then some for sure. A bit more dense than I would expect.

D) Surprisingly unsessionable. This is a heavy beer given its roots. A great experience, but I stopped at two with a sixer available.

A very enjoyable beer, but not world class. Perhaps my expectations were too high. I don't get as much rye as I'd like. It's a very enjoyable and dry-enough grapefruit beer.

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Photo of HOPPYKC
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. No botttled on or bb date available on the bottle.

A- The red brew thsat poured is amazing. Bright red with almost a copper color that pours. A good inch and a half to 2"s of head that died down a little quickly. A little hazy to see through but not completely opaque.

S- The rye is definatly a little different than the smell of the centennial. It gives a little bit more fruit flavor and definitely has a bit more balanced flavor overall.

T- Taste is overall quite great. It gives a balanced flavor that is very hard to find. The hops and citrus ( lemon and orange and grapefruit) balance well with the hops which are malted so well.

M&D- This is a bit thicker than the centennial. It gives a nice mouth feel and definitely makes you feel like its a beer. I would recommend this beer to everyone. It incorperates everything an IPA would have but add's a bit more with the rye.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A dark, amber, red color. With a name of Red rye, go figure. Has a ton of head, and amazing lace retention on the glass. Foamy!

S - Hops and spices, oh my.

T - Big rye flavor, combined with hop bitterness. A great combo.

M - Medium bodied, and well carbonated.

D - As high as it gets. Very well balanced, and tasty. I have not been able to find it in stores here in Atlanta, but I am keeping my eyes open.

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