Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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Red's Rye IPARed's Rye IPA
5,256 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 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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Photo of fastsrt
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

draft pour in a pint shaker glass.

A: deep amber reddish, creamy head.

S: hoppy citrus, malts

T: snappy hops, finished by malts that add a sweet yet spicy character

M: smooth, not heavy, satisfying.

D: would be able to drink a few of these without to much trouble.

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Photo of Beerasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, amber color with a modest head, but a nice, lasting lace ring around the glass. Retains islands of head throughout. Big hop and floral aroma to start.

Starts out a tad sweet and finishes with a nice bitterness, not overpowering. Given the strong hop aroma I was expecting a lasting bitterness, but that is not the case at all. All around a great taste.

Mouthfeel is right down the middle, not too light, not too thick, leaving a little film on the tongue.

Drinkability is outstanding and like many Founders brews, iit is a regular resident in my fridge.

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Photo of ramseye4
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date, poured into a Bear Republic pint glass. Pours a cloudy orange color with a massive and fluffy orange head. Specks of lacing down the side of the glass, good retention. Lots of hops in the nose, with rye spiciness. Loads and loads of rye hit first in the taste, with some piney hops and bready malt. Mouthfeel is a bit thin feeling, extremely high carbonation. Drinkability is great, the tasty rye and light mouthfeel make this one I could drink a few of in a sitting,

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

12oz single bottled 12/13/10, reviewed 2/17/11.

Pours cloudy amber, not much head but some lasting lacing. Carbonation visible.

Smells like citrus hops, with a spicy rye character beneath.

Taste is a very good combination of citrus/pine hops and rye malt character. They complement each other well, as both are bitter in a different sort of way. The hops kind of win out, though. Taste is sweet up front but finishes quite dry and lastingly bitter. The flavor is complex, and despite a non-excessive ABV, this isn't a refreshing, crisp and quick drinker.

Mouthfeel is medium and a bit oily, not watery. Leaves a coating on the mouth.

Haven't had many rye beers, but this one has me interested in trying more.

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Photo of turfy
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a Duvel tulip, with a deep amber red color and a half finger of creamy off white head.

S - Nice hoppy grapefruit smell along with caramel malt sweetness

T - Great balance! A hoppy bite that hopheads will enjoy along with the proper amount of malty sweetness. Tastebuds seemed to detect a touch of peach in the flavor.

M - medium mouthfeel and stickiness, along with moderate carbonation

D - Most excellent! Not really a session beer but a great tasting, high quality brew from Founders. Liked this one a lot.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip. From notes

A - Medium amber, off white to cream coloured head, good lacing

S - Grapefruit hops, grassy and grains. Some caramel malt comes through as well

T - Predominantly the citric hops (grapefruit and orange) but the rye graininess of it is hidden more than I expected in the back palate. The caramel malt was also back there and gave it a nice sweetness in the end

M - Crisp, dry, medium

D - A pretty easy beer to drink, nice flavours.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden amber red with perect 1/2 inch of fine deep cream foam...

S- Spicy, malty, sweet. Nice bitter grapefruit punch.

T- Interesting and complex. A strange bitterness.

M- Nice mouthfeel with ordinary bubbly... however a nice coating from the hops.

D- "Sessionable" compared to the others... Quite palatable and enjoyable!

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Photo of veinless
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shoutout to my main man Buddha22 for this, got it in a trade with him. Poured a deep cherry mahogany, with about a half-finger of white head on top that dissipated quickly, leaving decent lacing in the drink and on the glass.

Smells candy-like, with licorice and some sweet spice intermingled with caramel malt and tropical mango hops.

Taste follows with sticky sweetness balanced by the hops in the background which offer up mango once again, and finish the beer bitterly and cleanly. Distinct malt taste is pleasantly weighted with pine. Lots of licorice-like sweetness initially as well. The herbal hoppy finish perfectly sets up the next sip, enhancing the drinkability significantly.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, with the end, as mentioned earlier, herbally clean. Approaches thin at times, but flirts with the line well, offering up a delectably light yet full-bodied texture. Drinkability is flawless, finish + start = a great mixture of palate cleansers + sensitizers that can't be topped. Nothing is too strong, nothing is too weak; there is nothing left to be said I guess. Top, top beer, regardless of style.

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Photo of notalagerlugger
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed from the bottle and loved it on tap.
A- great auburn color nice head
S- grapefruit and light spice
T - the rye give this beer a different flavor a good acidity and spice. The Amarillo hops give a citrus and pine flavor. This IPA is the beer I use to judge other IPA's. It is very hoppy and not to heavy on the malt. The beer is not a red beer it is named a guy named Red that is why it is called Red's Rye PA. I did not buy it when I first saw it because I thought it was a malty red.
M - good medium feels like beer
D - good on hot days served about 50 degrees great with BBQ. I drink some every month.

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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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Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 5,256 ratings