Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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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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Photo of Cheesemoose
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz into a pint glass.

Poured a bright amber, with great clarity and a few good fingers of head. Head dissipates, with a bit of film. Lacing is pleasant, showing a great retention throughout.

Hops are at the forefront, though the rye spice does come through slightly. Grapefruit and piney.

Bright hop bite, grapefruit, not a hop monster, but a pleasant bite in the beginning. The hops return in the end, giving a nice resurgence of grapefruit and spiciness. The rye does a good bit of balancing, as the rye spice bridges the hops and malt. Malts are rather sweet, caramel in nature, and are most present through the mid-swallow.

Creamy mouthfeel, almost slides down the gullet. The ABV leaves you wanting more.

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

Pours a crimson copper color with ruby flarings and a two-finger, creamy tan head that dots the glass with lace. Big aromas of grapefruit and juicy tropical fruit punch.

Opens seriously bitter with a blast of citrus hops and suggestions of grapefruit pith. Moves into a deftly balanced, rich caramel malt middle. Crisp mouthfeel. Medium bodied with expressive carbonation. Rye character begins to emerge. Finishes grainy with a scratch of spiced rye on the back of the throat.

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

Pours cherry garnet with a creamy white head that trails rings. Supersweet pomegranate and strawberry (Simcoe?) nose. Caramel and slight toast for malts with a bit of rye spice, then big juicy tropical fruit jam hops (Centennial, at a guess.) Tingly finish, bitter linger. Medium, sticky, creamy, with a warming burn.

Finally, a rye I like. Quite surprised to find this is all Amarillo; the malts are giving some deep fruit in that case. (Is that normal for Belgian malts?)

Big juicy red - a bit thin and burny, but close to a classic.

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

This beer was poured into a tall tulip glass. I have only had a small amount of experience with Rye PAs, but I have heard
many good things.

A: It has a deep amber color. Almost brick like. Not much transparency to the beer at all. About an inch of cream
colored head that is fairly long lasting. The lacing remains pretty well throughout the drink.

S: There is strong scent of rye when you first pour it, but this is much more prevalent when the head is fully developed.
There is also a touch of hazlenut scent in the background, as well as some mildly bitter hops. Unlike the rye scent,
theses two become more apparent as the head disappears.

T; The nose tastes of mildly bitter hops, which lingers on the front of the tongue. This taste accentuates as you hold it
on your tongue. As you finish the beer, the other flavors blossom. The first stage of the finish tastes of sweet rye and
hazlebut flavors, which only lasts for a few seconds. Then the hops come back into the focus, and lasts for the rest of the taste. This prevailing taste encourages you to taste that next sip and even integrates with the nose as you sip the beer again. The hops also leave a tingling flavor on the lips. This is not to say that the bitterness is overly powerful. Subtleness is the main aspect of the hops in this beer; it does not dominate the beer, but only linger in the background and provide balance.

M: This carbonation goes perfect with the beers sweetness and bitterness. It leads to a smooth drink with a medium body.
The carbonation even helps bring out the subtlety of the hops.

D: With the medium body and only subtle bitterness, this beer is highly drinkable. It would be a great beer to ease into IPAs for a new advocate. The bitterness is not overpowering, and the sweetness will keep those new guys interested. I do not think I could drink a lot of these throughout the night, because the flavor is rather intense, but this does not hurt the overall rating of the beer.

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

Poured into a true Guinness pint.


Poured a two-fingered, billowing head that reminds one of grandma's lemon meringue. Consistent lacing throughout, of which, the thought of stickiness excites the hopes of mouthfeel. The color is of liquid grapefruit...deep and hazy w/ active carbonation. Jimi are you with me? Grapefruit haze all in my brain...


A picnic in a glass! Bready and fruity...oops, I had to sneak a sip (I'm such a sinner)... the citrus aroma peeks over the maltiness, but, wait, THE HOPS! I've just been sucker-punched in the olfactory! This will be a treat.


Lucy in the Sky! This is what bong water should taste like. Sweet and Resinous, with a citrus and hop-packed, round-house kick to the "buds". Always at the forefront, the rye, you spicy devil, is king.


A medium carbonation keeps those dancing bears moving on your tongue. A gentle chewiness with silky smooth syrupy goodness brings me "love and happiness"... bount, chicka, bount bount...


This make me want to do the Humpty Hump. Can I have a case delivered to my doorstep ever other week?

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Photo of KAP1356
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Founder's pint glass. Tasted on 10/8/2010; from notes...

A - Pours a cloudy reddish, amber color. Creamy 1 finger eggshell white head forms; nice retention and really nice lacing.

S - Big citrus hop aroma right up front with grapefruit and peach being the most notieceble notes. Nice spicy dry aromas from the rye as well. Very nice.

T - Flavor of grapefruit citrus hits fight up front and then more bitterness than I would have guessed. Slightly spicy and a nice malt flavor follow. The rye kind of keeps itself in the background

M - Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Clean and quite refreshing.

D - Very drinkable, refreshing beer. I put several of these away after the first one. Nicely done beer.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Reddish-bronze in color with minimal head and sticky lacing

S- Some piney hop notes with a roasty zing underneath the hops

T- Some piney floral hops mixed with some roasted malt. The alcohol is well hidden. Pretty delicious

M- pretty full mouthfeel that has good balance and carbonation

D- Great tasting brew that stands out because of its unique style. Try one!

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Photo of Shrews629
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy, hazy, reddish to burnt orange in color with dark yellow/gold highlights around the edges. Beautiful white, thick, creamy head that had a negligible red tint to it. The head had tremendous retention with considerable lacing.

Smell - Nice, fresh, perfumy hops abound in the nose. Grapefruit, peach and a dry rye bread note come through solidly. Very well balanced. No alcohol coming out in the aroma, which is nice and non-distracting. Smells wonderful.

Taste - Grapefruit citrus at first and the bitterness is surprisingly tame for 70 IBU's. A good thing in my opinion. The rye hides in the background for a scant flavor. The bitterness is there, but it's not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel that was crisp and refreshing, clean and delicate. Only the most remote warmth, but I think that is perfect for this beer.

Drinkability - This is a very nice brew. The bitterness was delicate and fitting. This beer would be very special during the Spring of the year. Easily drinkable at 6.6 ABV. I could drink a few of these at one sitting easily. The head stayed around for the entire beer. Amazing!!!

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

Poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a cloudy amber color, also has a slightly ruby red color. Smallish head, but very nice sheets of lacing down the sides.

S: Lots of grapefruit upfront from the hops. It has a spicy finish form the rye. Very nice.

T: Spicier than the nose. Has a hop kick upfront and then there is a combination of malt and the spices. Leaves a bitter flavor on the tongue.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Goes down smooth, very drinkable. Overall a very nice beer. Even though its a rye beer, the spiciness was a little surprising.

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

A: crystal clear with an amber body. The head is a finger high and a golden, tan color, but it dissipated somewhat quickly.

S: hits you up front with some massive citrus notes. It's like you are in a sea of oranges. There is a hint of the malt in the aroma as well. A bit of bready aroma.

T: there is some upfront bitterness followed by citrus and a bit of caramel. Really nothing bind blowingly new, but then again it is a pale ale. The balance however is not what I expected from a pale ale. The balance is too hop forward for me, when it comes to pale ales.

M: a little bit lower carbonation than I expected. Medium bodied but the low cabonation makes it feel thinner than it should.

D: the hop assualt seems a bit on the strong side for a pale ale and there is a lack of malty goodness to back it up. This lack of balance, while dilicous, hurts drinkability. I honestly liked this beer more than the grade reflects.

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

Nicely carbonated, poured a deep amber/dark honey hue. Smell was sweet, with fruity hops and some dry breadiness.

Taste was a bit understated, the fruity bitterness of the hops is noticable but not noteworthy. Finishes extremely light but with an underwhelming dry aftertaste. The roasted, bready malt quality I got from the smell wasn't significant.

Overall a decent brew, but didn't quite live up to the expectations I had following my experiences with their good scotch ale and fantastic porter.

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

A: A ruby, dark copper color with a large fairly rocky orangey tan head. Slight haze. Great retention with spectacular lacing. Lot of dancing bubbles with each drink.

S: Citrusy American hops with a soft roundness and a juicy edge. Some caramelly and toasty malts hide in the background with a bit of sweetness & an faint nutty edge. Fairly bold and aromatic.

T: Tawny robust maltiness. Medium caramel/crystal with a firm toasty aspect and a distinct nutty note. Layered in all this is a bready, rounded rye spice that grows as the fluid level drops. Just a step behind in order of appearance, but certainly not in amplitude - the hops. Grapefruit dominated American hops that focus on the fruit rather than the rind. Juicy character is especially pronounced up front while some rind does come in later. It gets a touch oily and then resiny in the lingering finish that also takes on some brief grassy / herbal notes.

M: A slight bit over medium body - it is attenuated but still has some dextrins. Average but fine grained carbonation. Finish is a touch drying, possibly due to the spicy rye character and the slight alcohol warmth that comes through as other aspects fade away in the finish. Sounds almost run of the mill, but comes across as nicely rich.

D: Robust all the way around, the color, the malts, the hops.... Actually leans on the hop angle of the P.A. part of the name a tad more than the Rye. But the rye does still come through. A bit too dark to really be called a pale. Verging toward an amber. Nothing wrong with any of this, it is one nice and tasty drinker.

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

this beer pours a reddish amber color with a tan head that leaves a nice bit of lace on the side of the glass. the aroma brings a goodly bit of malt and peppery rye almost overshadowing the citrus hops. the taste reflects the aroma with a bit of fruity sweetness, before the peppery and citrus finish. very nice mouthfeel for a rye, not overpoweringly heavy, so a very good drinkable rye p a....

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Photo of aval89
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wedge421 for this brew!

A: pours a nice copper color.. Nice full finger fluffy head.. Leaves a nice lace..

S: definitely get those amarillo hops! Citrus notes (mostly grapefruit), caramel malt, subtle spiciness from the rye. Reminds me of Arrogant Bastard.

T: has a spiciness upfront with small booze presence.. Then the grapefruit bitterness flavors pull through.. Caramel malts also come through.. Has a clean rye spiciness for the end. Also some more lemon/grapefruit bitterness & maybe some pine.

MF: well carbonated medium bodied brew.. Very smooth drinker..

D: a good easy drinker... Kinda impressed me.

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

Pours a deep amber red color with a thick soapy off-white head. Has an aroma of grapefruit, caramel, and rye, with hints of pint. Has a DIPA feel to it but with the rye flavor on the aftertaste. A nice creamy mouthfeel. Has a nice hop hit as well. Not a fan of Rye Pale Ales, but this one is very good. Not a surprise coming from Founders.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost red but a bit lighter, very nice white head leaves great lacing around the glass as the head decimates.

S: Sugary and lots of hops

T: The taste of this beer is exceptional! Lots of citrus hops with some grains,very bitter, but the sweetness takes that away at the tailend.

M: Very good mouthfeel, not to heavey not to light. Very pleasant. Smooth

D: Definitely a beer to drink about an hour after dinner, very filling but one of my favorites!

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

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Clear orange amber color. One finger of creamy beige head with average retention and some lacing.

4.5 S: Amarillo hops through and through and what an aroma they make. Tons of flowery, citrusy orange. Subtle earthy rye spiciness. Finally, healthy portions of crystal malts.

4.0 T: Taste gives a three pronged attack. Amarillo hops are orangy and herbal, caramel sweetness from the crystal malts, and rye earthy spiciness. The flavors go together well to a certain degree, but it seems like on some sips, the rye and crystal malts clash. Anyway, this is still solid. Good amount of bitterness.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth. Good here. Caramel and bitter aftertaste.

4.0 D: Solid beer, but something you have to be in the mood for in order to have a really enjoyable experience. That said, I might have given this a much higher score on another day, but it's hard to say for sure. Still, this is good enough anytime.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appears a cloudy deep copper amber color. 1/2" of white head that sticks around. great lacing.

smells of a little rye and citrusy hops. taste follows suite and is well balanced with malt, rye, and hops.

very smooth mouthfeel, very drinkable.

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Photo of Ninjabrew
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A real cool twist on one of my favorite styles. This is my first review but I have been with BA for awhile and figured I would start rating, so here it goes! No I have not read a single review on this yet, I may be off but it's how I see it.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber with a creamy 1/4" head that stays with it longer than you might expect.

Smell: Not the most pungent of beers I have ever tried but I think I detect some piney overtones, similar to a Scotch Ale.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Dry and balanced, it realy is quite good with hints of pine and some faint citrus that quickly is balanced with the rye.

Drinkability: Very good, this being not an overly complex beer and so balanced you can hardly notice that it has 6.8% alcohol. I could drink more than a few of these at a time. I will definitely try this one again.

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Photo of ZSimon
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Richmond, VA.

Pours a crystal clear tawny brownish amber, with a stickiest-of-the-icky white head. Cascade grapefruit and a bit of doughiness hit first, followed by a rock solid malty backbone highlighted by a rye spiciness. Sticky, juicy hops hold on through the end, leaving a thick, lasting, bitter finish.

Red's Rye is one of the few brews that I'll go for virtually every time I see it available. A fantastic beer - with all due respect to Terrapin and Bear Republic, this one is the benchmark for world-class rye pale ales.

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

Strong notes of grapefruit on the notes. Big hoppiness definitely shows through. A bit of pine resin as well. Slick.

Taste is much of what one would expect in an IPA. Big notes of pine are pervasive all over in the body. Grapefruit hops show on the finish. Lingering bitterness hangs around after the swallow.

Pretty good IPA all around. Not too aggressively bitter but it doesn't lack punch. Heavy on the pine and pretty clean.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a muddy red/amber/brown with a small light brown head that's quite thin with light lacing. Nose is malty and sweet, the rye is there but not too in your face. A light hop floral note finishes it off.

Taste is really rye forward, it's got that bitter rye bite that's a bit almost minty. Theres a pretty solid bitterness from the hops as well that rounds it out nicely. Mouthfeel is nice and full.

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Photo of weizenbob
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce pry-top bottle (w/no freshness date) poured into a pint glass. A nice finger and a half head of frothy foam tops the brew and slowly settles about halfway, leaving heavy lacing down the side of the glass. The color of the brew is dark bronze. The head is tan and fluffy.

The scent is dominated by floral hops but the rye is definitely a major player as well. They're combining in a pleasant fruity aroma.

The first sip of this is hoppy, but not in a hop bomb sort of way. It hits with mild grapefruit and is carried by a strong but balanced spruce flavor. Rye finishes the effect quite nicely as the spruce and rye flavors cling to the palate. There is a fantastic balance between hops and malt in this brew.

The maltiness of Red's Rye feels really good in the mouth without being too heavy. Mild carbonation is pleasant and perfectly balanced with the maltiness.

The word balance keeps coming up as I describe each facet of this wonderful rye brew. It seems that a lot of care was taken by the brewers to balance each aspect of the drinking experience. Judged as an IPA it's fairly mellow, but that doesn't mean that it's not a full-flavored brew. I'm sure that I could put a couple of these away without much effort, but the 70 IBUs combined with the 6.6% ABV knock down the drinkability a smidge. However, Red's Rye is still well worth seeking out and highly recommended.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, first had this a few weeks ago at Monk's Cafe, loved it then, just picked up a case. Poured into a pint glass, clear reddish brown with a frothy creamy head, great retention and lacing. Smell of hop oils, rye and some sweet molasses and malt. The malt hits the tongue first setting the stage a wave of fruity hops, almost sweet, and then the rye balances it off with a deliciously fry finish that leaves me wanting to follow each sip with another bigger one. Fantastic beer, going to try and always have a few of these cold.

Another great offering from one of the finest breweries out there.

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Photo of mattgreger
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a redish, brown with a nice fluffy eggshell colored head. It dissipated pretty slowly and left a nice steady lace around the glass.

The first aroma on this brew is the nice citrus hops. Its followed by a roasted malt and floral hops smell in the middle of the aroma, and as it finishes on the nose, there is a deep rye and caramel smell that hits you.

This brew is nice and hoppy. Its bitter to start, with a nice floral hops and earthy buds to it as well. As you finish the drink you can get a nice taste of bready sweetness and caramel hops that give this brew a nice complexity. The rye flavor really suddle on this brew, and is almost not there. I did detect some at the end.

This is a medium bodied brew, with a high carbonation, that just gives this brew a nice cream texture as it goes down.
M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Very excellent brew, had great flavor and complexity that was great. The flavors mix well with the high carbonation to give this brew a nice bitter/sweet character. Only set back would be that this brew is more an IPA, then a rye, but im a fan of IPA's and of Founders, so not true points lost.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 5,230 ratings.
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