Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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Red's Rye IPARed's Rye IPA
5,270 Ratings
Red's Rye IPARed'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 titosupertramp
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber in color. Thin frothy head that quickly recedes to film w/ small bubbles around the edge of the glass. Very little lacing.

S: Sweet malts, pine and herbal hops.

T: Caramel malt starts things off and quickly moves to the bitter hops. Pine and slight citrus hops taste towards the end. Finishes with a dry, spicy rye taste.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation, dry. There's somewhat of a savory quality to this.

O: Very easy drinking despite the bitter and dry finish. Pretty good beer that I'm sure to drink again.

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Photo of dizknee24
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Weizenbob for this one!

A hazy dark rediish amber color with very tight head and good lacing.

S Hops are really apparent here. As soon as the bottle opens the aroma fills your nose.

T Pine and Citrus with a good amount of rye taste. Very good.

M a bit thin for my liking but nothing short of good.

O overall this was awesome. I love Rye beers and this one did not dissapoint.

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Photo of chilly460
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours cloudy amber, with a finger of rocky off white head. Decent layer of retention, and medium lacing.

S - Smells like citrus hops, with a spicy rye character beneath. Straightforward beer, but good.

T - Quite good combination of citrus/pine hops and rye malt character. They complement each other well, both are bitter but achieve different things. The citrus hops hit first, transferring to a bit of malt background, but then you get the earthy bitterness of the rye to finish the beer.

M - Mouthfeel is OK, medium body and carbonation, nothing spectacular.

O - One of the better rye beers I've tried, I like the big citrus profile and the "clean" taste of the rye. Could see picking a six pack of this up as my "go to" beer this summer.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-dark opaque reddish chestnut with a good amount of light tan head

S-definitely a lot of caramel malts and hops. it smells like a hoppy barley wine. the caramel smells really rich and sweet. has a good strength to it.

T-comes in with a large blend of caramel and hops and luckily this isn't a complete malt bomb like i find most barley wines to be (i realize this isn't a barley wine, but after the smell, i was prepared for one). it then gets a pretty strong bitterness to it that i'm not completely fond of. its a metallic bitterness. the after-taste is of high quality hops and caramel and then alas the rye flavor comes to play. its a good and strong after-taste. this is a fairly complex and well balanced beer, i expect nothing less from founders.

M-medium to high carbonation with a fairly crisp finish

D-well it doesn't exactly have the qualities to make this a great drinker. the tastes just aren't something i would want a lot of. i really wanted to try this, i'm glad i did, but it isn't something i need again.

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Photo of engagechad
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This bottle was a single purchase from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - fresh - poured into dfh snifter

Poured a nice ruby amber with a great head, easily agitated back to full head too. Moderate lacing and okay retention.
Smells awesome, big hops (centennial?) in the aroma and some spice from the rye.
Tastes of Sweet malts initially but is followed by very bitter hops for a well done balance, more to the bitter end with 70 ibus
Very good and easy drinking brew for the abv and overall I thought it was good. Not exactly the kind of beer I would seek out and buy again though. It's just not amazing

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Photo of jgreenearrow
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with 1/4" head. Significant lacing throughout the glass.

S: The smell of this beer is not terribly complex. Strong floral hop smell and some earthy rye and malt notes.

T: Sweet citrus and caramel flavors start the sip with malt and rye coming through in the middle. Strong floral hop flavors overtake the sweetness towards the middle of the sip and dominate in a dry finish.

M: This is a smooth, well carbonated beer that drinks easily.

D: This is a good, well balanced beer. The sweetness of the rye and malts comes through, but it's clear in the taste why they used a play on words in the name "Rye P.A." The hoppiness of an IPA is definitely present, combining with the rye and giving this beer a distinct flavor.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: 12/07/2010 @ 9:12 A.M. 70 IBUs. 12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Duvel Tulip.

A: It pours a hazy red color with a finger of slightly off-white head that recedes to the edges quickly but holds and laces well there.

S: Floral and piney hops, grapefruit, apricot, papaya, and coriander. The rye-ness comes out more as the beer warms.

T: Spicy hoppiness, juicy citrus, caramel, rye bread, and a dry, peppery aftertaste. It's like a weaker version of Lenny's R.I.P.A.

M: The body is medium with above average carbontion and some palate stickiness.

D: It is a fantastic variation of the I.P.A; one of my favorite go-tos.

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

Bottle purchased in Chicago burbs. No bottle date

A- hazy golden amber with 2 finger off white head that left solid and thick lacing

S- light fresh rye and piney hops lead and sweet malt follows

T- hops pull forward, but the bready malt is close behind. Not quite as defined as others in the style, but quite nice

M- nearly perfect. So full with just enough carbonation to accent the pine

D- overall a solid beer. I could drink several in a sitting. I'd love to get this by me, especially on tap!

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Photo of kaips1
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into a pint glass

a-dark red, nice whitish 2 finger head, almost dark brown right under the head
s-very citrusey and spicey
t- very hoppy and dry and bitter and spicey from the middle to the end of the drink
m-very lively and and light
d- drinkable but not too many for me

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

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours deep amber orange, with a few ruby undertones, with a nice pillow of one finger tall off-white head leaving thick rings of lacing down the glass.

S - Lots of strong citric hops up front mix well with the spicy rye and caramel malt core. Hard to tell if it is an IPA or a Rye beer. Very nice.

T - Plenty of strong citric hops dominate the start and linger long thru the finish. The lightly toasted caramel malt, biscuity rye, and dulled citric fruits offer some contrast to the strong hop presence as best they can. Finish is a mix of bready rye and hop bitterness, lingering for some time.

M - Medium-heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice smooth feel with plenty of lingering rye and dulled hop bitterness in the finish.

D - Not too bad. I enjoyed this one but the overall bready feel really brought the drinkability down a few notches. I felt like I ate half a loaf of hoppy bread after only one glass.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at The Bleeding Deacon in St. Louis.

A - Pours a nice dark amber color with awesome ruby hints. There is a nice 0.5 inch off white head. Great hearty looking beer.

S - Rye apice and malt sweetness come up first then a nice and strong piney and hop resin aroma. Great grain bill on the nose. I absolutely love the bottled version and this draft doesn't fall far behind.

T & M - The taste is amazing. Wonderful spicy rye notes, sweet barley malt mixed in with some nice rye bread notes. Then the hops kick in. Awesome pine and resin notes with some slight citrus notes that give it a clean hop finish. The pine aspect of it still let's it be nice and sticky. This is by far one of my favorite beers. I love the complexity and simplicity at the same time and feel that its an underrated Founders offering. This is on par with Hop Rod Rye if not better. The body is nice and light and refreshing with perfect carbonation.

D - Delicious and well crafted flavors all around. One of the better offerings from an amazing brewery.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap last night at Canary Sq in JP. Served in a standard pint glass. Dark shady orange colored body. Thin white head. Smell was very floral and citrusy. I liked the flavor very much. Not as hoppy or bitter as I was expecting. Hints of lemon and grapefruit along with fresh hop flavors. Very crisp mouthfeel, with a smooth body. Very easy beer to drink. The more rye beers I try, the more I like them. Add this one to the list of winners.

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

A deep, dark, hazy amber with egg white foam on top that builds to almost half an inch and slowly falls back to a film and thick ring.

You really need to strain to get any rye due to the hops taking charge. Grapefruit and pine point to the Pacific Northwest...I wouldn't even venture a guess, as I'd bet there are a few varieties in here. Even though the rye is subdued, it does work well with the hops.

The rye is more assertive on the tongue right off and lasting into the wash. The hops hit the top of mouth, in back of course. The hops don't taste nearly as fresh as they smelled. The pine seems too much like pine tar and the citrus, in the form of white grapefruit, is still present and it lingers along with the rye.

The bitterness seems higher than 70 IBUs, but that may be due to rye giving some acrid flavor tones to the beer. It reduces the drinkability and those who are not lovers of strong IPAs will find this one a bit difficult to last through.

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

Piney, buttery, DIPA-like brew with a hint of peppery rye.

A: Pretty hazy copper/orange body with a persistent two finger cream white head. Lacing everywhere.

S: Sharp, potent, citrus hops with a firm, sweet, and very buttery caramel malt foundation. Perhaps I can smell a bit of rye spiciness, but it may just be because I expect it to be there. All in all, much like a DIPA nose.

T: Quite flavorful for 6.6%! Hops are very resinous, much more piney than the nose, and fill the mouth completely. The malt profile is a bit dryer than the nose suggested, with more of a biscuit feel than caramel. Diacetyl is present, but not as much as was in the nose. I can definitely taste the rye pepperiness, but I wish it was more. Finish is on the resinous hops, and is medium length.

M: Fairly strong carbonation, resinous and sticky, a hair grainy, and perfectly weighty for a sub double. This is not a double; it's not going to feel like one.

D: Not much out of place to detract... high honors.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've only had this beer once before but have great memories of it so here we go with a proper review.

Crystal clear dark copper colored body with a light tan colored head bout 2 fingers thick that unfortunately faded quicker than I like.

Aroma is loaded with caramel and juicy malt sweetness but the hop aroma has certainly faded. Still some citrusy and piney hop aroma can be detected.

Taste is notably sweet with the loads of caramel malt but the rye cuts this with a spicier note. Hop bitterness is there but the flavor is lingering a bit. Unfortunately this bottle is 4 months old and look forward to finding a fresher batch next time I see it on the shelves.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit chewy with a thicker fuller bodied feel than I remember.

Overall, I'm really digging this beer. While I would love for this to be a bit fresher, it still taste great once the hops have faded a bit. Certainly I'll re-review if I get a fresh bottle.

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

Pour red as the name implies (actually ruby) with a nice white head, solid lacing. Smell is intensely hoppy, very much like an IPA. Again, taste is also hoppy, but not as bitter as the hop profile would make you think. pretty good balance in the flavor. Hops are on the fruity side. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slightly creamy. Very good brew from Founders as usual. Took me a while to finally sit down with one of these, but glad I did.

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Photo of corby112
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden orange/amber color with golden burnt orange hues when held to a light and a two finger off-white head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with hints of earthy pine, citrus rind, rye and caramel malt. Slightly toasted with hints of biscuit and a good balance of sweet rye and fresh hops in the nose.

Full boded for the style with lots of dank, resinous oily hops countered by a slightly toasty, sweet malt backbone. Nice hop presence up front with a good balance of earthy,dry bitterness and sweet citrus flavor. Hints of grapefruit and orange peel as well as some earthy pine. The malt backbone is sweet with a prominent rye character as well as hints of subtle caramel, biscuit and toffee. Really well balanced, refreshing and insanely drinkable with a slight dry finish.

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Photo of ken2cart1
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a a flute shaped pint glass

a-nice redish medium amberish color with a great frothy head

s- sweet caramel malt, fruity grapefruit hops

t-wow i love the pale dry malt profile from the rye.... light sweet pale malt but very tasty with a nice piney, fruity grapefruit taste.

m- smooth,dry, delicious

d- could drink a 12 pack..soo tastey and still light..very dry

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Photo of daledeee
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A nice six pack. Available to me when I went to Illinois

Pours a nice ruddy brown with a creamy head and good lacing.

Nose is hops spice and grapefruit.

Taste is really nice with good strong hop profile, grapefruits and spice. A hint of malt and a sweet finish.

Really creamy mouth feel, which is a favorite.

Easy to drink and very good offering.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reveiw from notes 12/22/10. On-tap at Stubby's pub and grub, Milwaukee.

A: Clear red color. Pour produced 2 fingers of slightly off white head that left nice rings of lace.

A: Big time fresh hops. Citrusy and piney, with a strong enough malt backbone to give it some balance, and just a hint of spice from the rye.

T: Again more citrus, piney, and grassy hops. Grapefruit, orange, and tangerine, with pine sap. Caramel malt balances well. Finishes somewhat dry and bitter, but smooth.

M: Medium body, crisp and clean. Carbonation is spot on.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is dangerously high! Overall, this is one fantastic brew, just another reason why Founder's is at the top of the hill when it come to craft beer. Skal.

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Photo of Avantyawn
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Founder's is one of my if not favorite breweries. I got this orphan at whole foods in a Double Trouble 4 pack, there was only one bottle, and against my better judgment I slipped it into the 4 pack just out of curiousity. The problem I think is that it was bottled 10/25 10010 and it is almost march. Not ancient, but for a hoppy beer I think it suffered from lack of freshness.

A: Nice deep red pour, ample head, lacing as beer goes down. Nice.

S: Caramel, mollasses and citrus at the close.

T: Ok, I think it is because this is not at the peak of freshness, but I am not crazy about the way this tastes. I have Hop Rod Rye and Nugget Nectar in the fridge, and this bottle doesn't taste in the same league as those hoppy red ales. All I taste is a thin bitter sourness with a semi sweet fruity caramel finish.

M: A bit thin for a red ale, especially the closing sip, bitter on the sides of my mouth.

D: With the taste being off, I don't want to drink another one of these. However, I bet if it were fresh it would be much more drinkable.

Knowing how amazing Founder's is, I am going to give this the benefit of the doubt that this just isn't right because of freshness issues. I'd love to rer-eview this from tap or a fresher bottle.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beautiful ruby red. Lacing is nice and thick. I wish there was a bit more head to this. Still good though.

Smell: Very rustic. Rye grain and metallic mineral water (in a good way). Some caramel notes as well. Pretty faint though, but still enjoyable.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pretty decent balance between sour rye and sweet caramel in the background. A bit one note to some maybe, but this definitely high lights good notes. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with slightly above average carbonation.

Drinkability: Kind of a hybrid session and sipper. Pretty versatile.

Overall: Definitely better for rye fans.

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Photo of jsdunlop
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky reddish brown, hazy with some sediment floating around. Monstrous thick, fluffy head that's tan in color.
S: Piney, spicy, dark fruit
T: Pine comes through first, leading the way. Biscuity malts with a caramel sweetness lead into the the abundance of spicy rye notes at midpalate, giving off a pepper/earth character. Hops allow for a balanced bitterness towards the finish, with some floral flavors peeking through. Ripened fruits seem to linger on the tongue, while a slight alcohol burn manages to massage the throat.
M: Fairly thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. A slick and oily feel is noted.
D: Complex, enjoyable and refreshing. Rye adds a nice kick to the hop character while the malts round out the brew with just the right amount of body and sweetness. Balanced, interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of coders11
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A wonderful clear amber with fairly light head

S- Sweet with a distinct hop aroma mixed with hints of caramel and malt

T- Starts will all hops and fades to a great malt balance towards the end. Finishes with malty sweetness.

M - There is a kind of stickyness or oilyness to this one, medium body with a bit of carbonation.

D - A wonderfully drinkable beer

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is pretty striking: beautiful clear copper with a stubborn three inch rocky head. Very impressive lacing as the beer disappears down the hatch.

On the nose you get spicy hops, some pepper, pine, lemon peel and light caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium with sprightly carbonation.

The taste isn't quite as complex as the nose. A little lemon, pepper and a pine-bitter finish, but not as much of the spicy complexity that I like from a rye beer. Still a fine, quaffable example of the style and well worth a try.

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