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 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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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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Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 5,270 ratings