Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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Red's Rye IPARed's Rye IPA
5,264 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 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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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade from starrdogg. Thanks man.

Pours almost a wine red with a thin head. A little bit of lacing. Pretty clear.

Aroma of mostly rye. Not alot of hop aroma. Decent aroma.

Taste is mostly rye. It's a good rye taste but I was hoping for more hop. A little bit of hop bite but mostly like a sierra nevada pale hop bite.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice carb and a nice dry flavor with the rye.

Overall if I had access to this beer all the time I would buy 6 packs but I don't so I don't think I will trade for it again. Good to try it though.

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

Served from 12oz to imperial pint glass. Bottled on 12/30/10

A- Light red and copper colored with a thin head that retains quite well. Bubbly lacing is about a finger and a half thick.

S - A little sweet carmel starts off then a hoppy middle. Finishes dry and the rye is all over it.

T - Earthy undertones gives way to hoppy bitterness. Big rye flavor again tastes like, well, rye bread.

F - Appears to be a little off balance with the carbonation a tad heavy.

D - I had a sixer but never went past 2 in one sitting. At first it appears almost session-able because it is quite smooth going down. However the dry finish lingers a bit. This beer would be great at lunch with a reuben or other deli sandwich.

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Photo of harrymel
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to Czock75 for this one!
Bottled 11/16/10
Poured to NB Globe on 1/20/11

A: Ruby-orange, this beer is lovely to look at. Excellent clarity. Nice sticky bubbles remain on glass far past the origin of application.

S: Although I find Amarillo to be pleasant in more subdued situations, this one matches the blend of malts quite well. I sense grapefruit, orange rind and lemon zest on this one. Very distant scent of body odor.

T: Good, bitter backbone lend itself well to the balance of the malts. Very grapefuity. Continue to sense a bit of B.O. application on this one. Not particularly off-puting, but nonetheless, it makes me sit the fence on the taste here. Still has a nice, saltwater effervescence on the end.

M: Good medium to full bodied ale. Enjoy the moderate carbonation that stings as it moves across the tongue. Above average for this mark.

D: Good beer, a bit too much going on in the bottle. Wish the amarillo's were balanced with something else. Will not seek out, but wouldn't turn down either.

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Photo of ztaylor1
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- the body is a beautiful amber, almost red. While the head is frothy and off white. Fairly hazy.

Smell- very heavy hops, leaning more towards citrus and floral. Some rye spiciness. Very IPA-like.

Taste- more like the perfectly balanced ipa than a rye pale. But absolutely exceptional. Citrus and floral notes hit a spicy biscuit malt wall. Fantastic

Mouthfeel- medium body with a prickly carbonation.

Drinkability- the full taste of this beer makes it a sipper. I wouldn't drink more than one. But its not difficult to drink by any means...

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep reddish brown color with a thick unrelenting yellowish white head with a ton of lacing. Smells of hops and rye. Tastes of piny hops, rye, and a little caramel malt in there. Bitterness is just right. Mouthfeel is medium with a good carbonation. Drinkability is medium as well. Best Founder's beer to date.

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

Reviewed from notes 1/18/2011

A: hoppy, citrus, hint of rye

Ap: orange-brown with 1 finger tan head, minimal lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, crisp, clean, dry

Af: hoppy bitterness, hints of rye, lingers on the tongue, slight citrus

O: well balanced, easily drinkable


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

A: Poured a very bright, extremely murky, red-orange (probably a bit more towards the orange side), with about a finger's worth of orange-white head that quickly dissipated.

S: Extremely floral, almost like a rose bush actually, with a very refreshing filtered water quality, and a good bit of that awesome characteristic rye pepperiness.

T: Extremely hoppy and flowery, but the spice from the rye cut through nicely, leaving a beer that was both tasty and refreshing. I think I got some pomegranate in the middle also, and a sort of gourmet pepper slapped the tongue on the finish.

M: Not too bitter or sweet. The carbonation was prickly, and the rye attached itself the alcohol granules and didn't let go. The spice from the rye reminded me a really fine gourmet cake icing.

D: I've always considered this to be one of my "go-to" brews available in my area. This is a craft beer lovers "candy beer" for sure!

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Photo of mikeaji
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first taste of Founders Brewing and I must say I am impressed. I am usually bound to buy the typical Belgium Trippel's and Quad's, but this bottle struck my eye at Total Wine. The beer pours a nice red color, and it tastes fantastic. The carbonation is not overpowering and you can taste the Rye and hops. A well balanced beer that I see myself buying in the future. I definitely recommend this beer to anyone.

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

Pours a bright, hazy amber with a reddish tinge. Thin white head. Smells of piny hops and black pepper spice. Faint malt sweetness quickly gives way to faint citrus and piny, herbal hops with a huge pepper character. Maybe a little woody? This beer is a total spice bomb. Alcohol is well-hidden. Fair carbonation, very smooth. Extremely enjoyable.

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

red's rye
bottled 1/6/11, just 8 days ago!

a 4-4.5 slightly hazed ruddy peach, short head leaves only a ring and not nearly as much lace as expected--certainly not as much as its closest competitor in my fridge, hop rod. another bottle, though, has left some of the prettiest lacework i've seen, including tiny figurines holding hands near the top of the glass. that's got to be good for a high score.

s 4 i appreciate rye and citrus hops, but it's not nearly as bold as i was hoping for, particularly given the freshness. ok, in fairness, it was too cold at first. now getting some sort of juicyfruit essence.

t 4 the rye is around and m 3.5-4 feels dry and chalky. and thin. maybe there's actually too much rye for my taste in here? nah, just not enough hops and malt! at least the carbonation is fairly creamy.

d 4-4.5 i cracked open a hop rod for comparison and it sucked--finally too elderly i'm afraid. will need to get fresher hop rod and redo.

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

Poured into dimple glass from bottle. Pours a cloudy ruby color with some floaties. The decent size beige head is mostly lasting. Aroma is caramel with pine and citrus hops. Flavor begins with sweet malts but finishes with a well balanced bitterness from the pine/citrus hops. medium bodied. The finish is rather dry.

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

A- Pours a copper color with a small, off white head.

S- Lots of caramel malt, huge hop notes and rye.

T- A nice malty backbone that is intermingled with rye and balances out a fairly significant hop load.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D- This was an excellent brew that I wish was available locally.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear red/amber in color. Almost orange decent amount of white lacing.
S-Nice and crisp. picked up some pine and a hint of Citrus.
T-Well balanced between the hops and the rye.
M-Medium Body. Goes down very smooth
D-Surprisingly very drinkable. Never really enjoyed a rye beer, but this one definitely makes me think twice about the style. I can't really get over the drinkability. I guess that is why it is near the best rye beer.

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

Appearance- pour very rddish orange with a decent amount of head. A bit murky. Great lacing

Smell- lots of hops on the nose. Some malt background, specifically rye hints coming through.

Taste- some great hop flavors first and foremost with a solid rye backbone. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel- a thicker ipa feel with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- nicely drinkable for a hoppy beer. Finished a glass with no difficulty

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

appearance: clear reddish amber with lightt lacing.

smell: Generous clean hop aroma.

taste: Slight sweetness followed by bright hop bitterness. Just the right amount of carbonation

mouthfeel: well balanced. Does'nt seem sticky or cloying.

drinkability: very refreshing when your in the mood for something light.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper/amber, clear, active, modest head falls fast and leaves just some spots of lacing.

Piny, citrusy and floral hops that are not bashful at all. A bit grainy, but not a lot of malt character evident early. Later, the malty base and light sweetness protrude into the mix, as well as some faint alcohol. ...Gets better, stronger and more complex as time goes by.

More citrusy and floray hoppy than malty, but the support is there balancing. Bitterness is medium, but kind of sharp, and light malty sweetness and grainy rye character emerge. Pretty wall balanced, but there is some lingering bitterness.

Well carbonated, medium body, dry character and bitter finish.

Smooth, easy drinking, bountiful hop character but not overly bitter. Interesting and creative. I like it.

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Photo of Hamsteroceros
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH tulip.

A- Literally my favorite color of beer- Deep reddish-copper. Solid 1+ inch head that laces well.

S- SO crisp. I get super-fresh pine and orange with a hint of dry malt at the end of each sniff. Smells like a very solid IPA.

T- Less rye than I would have expected... Excellent balance of malt and hops. Lacking the rye "zing" I was hoping for. Otherwise, again, VERY solid (I)PA.

M- Medium-bodied yet (again) SO crisp. Effervescence is almost too much. I almost wish it were more flat and syrupy.

D- I really enjoy this one. However, the rye factor only seems to give an otherwise solid IPA a crispness it otherwise might not have. That is, I was hoping for a rich, spicy character that I didn't find. That said, I'll certainly seek it out in the future.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep amber, clay red, big fluffy up and down 2 finger, incredible lacing incasing the pint glass.

S: pine, earth tones, hint of citrus, big malt, + punch of fresh rye

T: sweet malt, robust rye and citrus, big hop bitter finish, great balance. love the pine, firm earthy quality of the flavor combination.

M: medium body, good carbonation feel.

D: Interesting and different beer. This is a fine sipper or one could have more than a few. Just go easy on this monster flavor brew,. Another world class offering from Founders.

RUN, don't walk to get this beer!!

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

Poured into a Saint Arnold pint glass
Enjoyed with Tribepride
App - Beautiful red color
Smell - I wish they made a candle out of this. It smells of citrus and malt.
Taste - Delicious! I really like how smooth this beer tastes. The finish is superb.
Mouth - Enjoying that malt.
Drink - I like this beer; nonetheless, I could only do one of these at a sitting. I will be buying some more of this in the future.

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Photo of cetherid
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass


It's a hazy dark copper color. About 1 fingers worth of off-white head. A very nice looking beer. Pretty unique.


A nice malt aroma. Caramel, a little toasted malt perhaps a slight fruit note in there. Sweet smelling with some nice little spice.


sweet malts, notes of rye brea and some slight citrus rind. Some nice bitterness in there but the sweet malts really smooth it out.


medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Slightly bitter that lingers a little but gets smoothed out from the malts.


very high. ABV not to high and it's readily available. Might be one of the most sessionable rye beers I've had. Tastes great and not too expensive.

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

A. Pours the dull, hazy color of aged copper. Plenty of fluffy, off-white head with good retention.

S. Sharp and spicy citrus hop aroma at first followed by the sweet but dry malt. The hops smell so fresh it is almost like they are growing in the glass.

T. The dull malt flavor asserts itself up front but is quickly overtaken by the hops. The hop taste is sharp but dry and seems more like grapefruit than anything else but it has a slight grassy quality to it as well.

M. This beer has an even, solid mouthfeel, and good head retention. While it is satisfying, I would not go so far as to say it is chewy or thick. It could use more of the rye character.

D. Very good, but not incredible. I will reach for it again, but this is not an everyday beer for me.

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

A: Creamy head, with a few standout big bubbles reluctant to pop. Hazy copper/orange--can't see a thing through it. Lace sticks to the glass, no sliding at all.

S: Hops! Sweet and fruity. A little herbal. Some faint pine but the citrus dominates.

T: Hops! And juicy mangoes. Juicy, fresh mangoes. Good dose of malt too. Nice heavy hop that doesn't overwhelm the rest of the beer. Tangy with a malt follow through. Earthy yet fresh/crisp. Sweet and spicy. Very hoppy.

M: Medium sticky and fairly sharp carbonation.

Great ipa!

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Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 5,264 ratings