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

The beer pours a hazy amber color. The head is frothy, and very thick. The smell is of caramel malt, citrus hops, and a hint of bread. The taste is somewhat creamy. There is an earthy, malt spicy flavor to the beer. The rye plays a good part with this being amber with an orange tint and the earthy spicy malt character. Mouthfeel is medium, not a lot of carbonation. As far as drinkability yeah I could see having a few of these.

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Photo of PTMcB
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber colored with light head. The head shows up late but quickly recedes. A nice display.

S - Caramel and hops. You can really smell the pale ale part of this drink.

T - Bread like notes with caramel. A generous amount of hops with a sweet bitter ending.

M - High carbonation with a light body.

D - Founders got it right with this mixture. A lot of taste, but you can easily down 1-3 of these to relax. A beer I will look foward to having many times in the future.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stein.

A: Pours a nice garnet red with a two finger head.

S: Hops, rye and caramel.

T: The hops hit you first; piney and citusy. The rye follows, sour and muted grain. Tasty!

D: Very drinkable! It has a crisp sneaky taste and a sneaky ABV.

Overall: A great example of the style. A classic and another home run from Founders. I'ts about tied with Cane and Ebel for the title of best rye beer in my book. Great brew!

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Samuel Adam's Perfect Pint. A beautiful opaque orange with a foamy head and good lacing, quite lovely.

The smell is of grapefruit/citrus hops and perhaps a mild biscuity malt. The hops dominate the taste. If I use my imagination there might be a background of rye somewhere, but honestly the hops dominate this ale. The rye probably has an effect on the taste but it's not dramatic. I put it into the pale ale category rather than a rye ale. While the hops are big and delicious it's a balanced brew, reminding me a little of a toned down Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster. The taste really comes into its own as the beer warms. The malts are more present and flavorful.

It's medium on the palate with perfect carbonation. It's hard to drink only one Red's Rye Pale Ale and anything that follows other than another Red's has a tendency to be disappointing.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured with a hazy orange color and a small, short-lived head. It had aice aroma that blends a spicey character from the rye with citrus from the hops.

The taste is very bitter with a complex of malt flavors. The rye is very nice but the bitterness is somewhat harsh and very forward. It limited my interest in finishing this beer and interfered with the otherwise nice complexity of the malts and hop flavors.

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

*review from notes on 4/21/10*

Bottled on date: 3/30/10

Deep amber body with a solid 1/2 inch of light tan head and nice retention - really nice looking beer! Lots of floral and citrus hops in the nose, maybe a hint of rye as well. I get alot of hops upfront in the taste, which gets balanced out quickly with a nice dose of malt and spicy rye, and a somewhat bitter finish. Medium bodied and decent carbonation, I did get a bit more heat than I would expect from a beer of this ABV percentage.

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

Poured into a regular pint glass.

A - Poured hazy brown with medium head that slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Citrus hops upfront with floral and roasted malts hints towards the end.

T - Very hoppy and bitter to start with with some earthy and floral flavors towards the finish. Rye flavor is almost non-existent.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Very enjoyable beer that I would definitely recommend but I would call it an IPA instead of rye beer.

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Photo of Prostman81
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one hell of a good beer. Perfect IPA character in my opinion by offering a crisp, hoppy flavor with terrific aroma. Love the red color and slightly tan head. I think the packaging on this beer should be changed, because I've seen this before in the store and have just walked on by. Man am I glad I finally stopped and grabbed a sixer. Kudos to Founders for putting together a beer that follows the West Coast example of hoppiness and ABV, while using unique ingredients over your run of the mill IPA. I can't see how anyone wouldn't like this beer.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a very nice deep red with a nice fluffy head that had good retention, and left nice lacing on the glass. There were also quite a few carbonation bubbles to look at. The smell was that of rye and breadiness. There were also notes of cirtus, grapefruit, and some malty toastiness. This beer was nice and hoppy with a nice amount of bitterness. I thought this was a nicely balanced beer. The taste also included some citrus, nice amount of rye, and some lemon zest. The mouthfeel was good. It coated the mouth nicely, and had a medium body with nice carbonation. The drinkability was good as well. I think I could keep drinking these all night. I really enjoyed this beer. Another fine Founders beer. Keep up the good work guys. Cheers.

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Photo of mjrod2142
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. draft pint served at American Craft in Brooline, MA

When the glass was put down in front of me, I first noticed the beer's beautiful and deep red color. Big bubbles raced up to a thin, yet creamy head that remained firm.

I skimmed the reviews for this beer and was surprised to see that so many others described strong, pleasant aromas. I picked up little to no noticeable aroma other than the slightest hint of rye. Maybe my senses were shot from the Founders Breakfast Stout I had prior?

The taste had a delicious hoppiness that was just bitter enough without being too bitter. A nice hint of rye was backed up by the flavors of a good red ale. It made me think of a higher-end Killian's with more hoppy flavor. I'm not sure if that's what the brewers were going for...maybe my palate was just shot. The creamy and full mouthfeel went down pleasantly and was very enjoyable. I highly recommend.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a rich ruby red with two fingers of creamy beige head.

Smell -- Bursting with citrus hops up front, along with pine forest, spicy rye and toasted malt.

Taste -- Grapefruit pith, pine resin, and lots of rye character: earthy, spicy, slightly toasted. Finish is citrus pith and celery.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full with medium-to-mild carbonation.

Drinkability -- A great APA with solid rye character. Nice contrast from the traditional APA. Must try.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. 08/03/10 bottled date on neck. Have had this countless times, but finally got around to reviewing it formally.

(A)- Pours a clear yet fairly dark amber hue. Produced a perfect sized fluffy white head with great retention behind it. Tons of sticky lacing left behind as it clung to the sides of the glass not wanting to dissipate.

(S)- A wealth of aromas. A dry nuttiness with an even drier subtle lemon and grapefruit citrus. A nice spice from the rye; bready.

(T)- A really nice malt profile of caramel with a dry nutty/caraway seed(rye) spice. A good; balancing hop presence with hints of lemon.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Has a good complex feel of malt,rye, and citrus hops. Lightly bitter.

(D)- A great rye beer. Not my favorite style, but I always would reach for this one. Most tend to be over-done in the rye smell and flavor department, but this one is nicely balanced. Would not expect anything less from Founders.

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Photo of amyhran
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer! I mean, I basically love every beer Founder's has ever produced, but Red's especially.

A-Really nice deep copper. White head with good retention
S-Bitter hops is most prominent. Sweet, spice rye lingers in the nose
T-Incredible. Bitter, earthy, hops with hints of lemon and wood. Sweet, spicy rye follows and finishes with lingering taste of dark bread
M-Crisp, not overly carbonated
D-Could have 10

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Photo of vandemonian
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a red colour with a good, long-lasting head. The smell is hoppy with a hint of breadiness.

The first thing you taste is fruity hops. The aftertaste comes on slowly and doesn't have much bitter kick. The rye is noticeable here. This beer has good carbonation and so it has some volume in the mouth. A very nice brew.

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

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a murky amber tone with a bit of an orange glow to it when held against the light. finger of beige head is showing pretty decent retention; some lacing.

nose is a nice medley of citrus hops, sweet malts, and a distinct rye character.

flavor profile roughly breaks down along the same lines: hops (citrus/grapefruit), malt (sweet/caramel), and the the interplay of rye and some subtle spice notes. has a dry finish. really pretty tastey.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with carbonation decidedly on the low side; still, pretty drinkable in my book. enjoyable beer.

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Photo of tylernim
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Deep orange to red complexion. Slight orange to the head forming up to about a half inch.

S - Hops come across right away. Some fruit notes follow.

T - The hops come through up front as expected. Apricot along with other syrupy fruity notes. Sweet malt flavors as well.

M - Light. Pretty pleasant overall. Good carbonation.

D - If I were more into the taste I could definitely stick with this one all night.

This beer was strikingly similar to Flying Dog's Raging Bitch. I'm not convinced they aren't the same beer actually. That being said, this one is a bit more malty, while The Bitch has a bit more hop to it.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$1.50 / ea.

A: Hazy deep copper body topped with a big rocky tan head of excellent retention that leaves thick creamy lace and the cover is like looking down at the clouds.

S: Grapefruit citrus hits the nose immediately, followed by spicy bread character with hints of maple and raisin. Complex, interesting, and appealing.

T: Spicy and bready. Strong malt character with a toasted quality that gives way pine hops. Well balanced, and a very palatable aftertaste.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Rounded smoothness compliments of the hop oil, but a noticeable carbonic bit that helps the maintain a crisp quality.

D: Wonderfully drinkable from start to finish and beyond. Great flavor, and crisp, clean finish.

O: Very good selection from a great brewery. One of my favorite session beers.

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Photo of injuredreserve
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber with a nice fluffy head.

S: Hop, Hops with only faint Rye/Malt undertones.

T: Boom.... Hops, Bitterness, Rye Zing its all there and works perfectly.

M: Med body, nice carbonation..

D: Very drinkable, could easily throw a few back. Cant wait ti get more.

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Photo of dfillius
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Every time I've had this beer on tap, I've loved it, each time in the bottle, it leaves me wanting. Here's a fresh bottle, consumed 2 months after bottling. Poured into a pint.

A: Aggressive pour yields 2/3 finger of tight reddish-tan head with great retention. Hazy reddish-amber liquid. Very pretty.

S: Pineapple, mango, tropical fruit! Man Candy. Some toffee biscuit. Slight booze is the only negative.

T: A bit of "under the house" funkiness. Hoppiness is not as strong an I'd like. Malt and alcohol flavors dominate with brandy and bruised fruit. Another miss out of the bottle :-(

M: Definitely bitter, and very much so! West Coast IPA-worthy. A bit warm.

D: I'd order another pint, but this bottle seems past despite being only 2 months old.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the appearance of this beer is a rusty, redish brown, color. It smells of aroma hops i almost wanna say they used a bittering hop, such as chinook, as the aroma hop. lots of nasty bitter hops, i love it. I smell a mild tea aroma to. The taste is of nasty bittering hops....if you are a hop head like me you will love it...if you are not i assure you this beer is not for you. A creamy mouthfeel. The drinkability of this beer is not so much, as it is 6.8% abv>>>>This is one of my favorite beers. I get it about once a month from columbus, GA. Because they do not offer this beer in my area.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan, a little yellow tint, very little head. There was a ton of sedimate in bottle also.

Smell - Smells like a rye. Hops and malts are there. Got some spices there also

Taste - Wow, nice hop/rye flavor. There is a fairly strong alcohol taste present which i didnt expect being 6.6%. The rye mixeds so well with the hops, you really get the taste the whole time. Nice

Mouthfeel - Great combination really kicks up your taste buds. The mouth, tounge and palette gets a great workout. The taste does last for a bit but doesnt ruin mouth.

Drinkabilty - GReat beer. One of the best ryes out there. Not quite the hop rye killer that hoprod is but very nice and smooth. I really like how the hops and rye work with eachother to create this great beer, i could drink a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of BuckyFresh
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a beautiful clear ruby with a tan one-finger head. Retention is good and there is some superb sticky lacing left behind. Not much carbonation rising up from the bottom.

Smell: Wonderful floral hop aroma. Hops are more sweet and fruity than bitter and mix with malty goodness and a touch of rye. Getting a little bit of yeast as well.

Taste: Very smooth texture and not quite as sweet as the smell would indicate. Resiny hop bitterness and citrus fruits greet you up front, with the spicy rye not far behind. The alcohol is detectable mid-sip, but the finish is fairly crisp and dry. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very creamy. Good hop bitterness and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Hides the ABV well, and is definitely a beer I could have more than one of. Very balanced, with a complex flavor/aroma combo.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint.

A: Pours a deep reddish color with some gold and orange highlights. A smallish head from a semi-aggressive pour. Retention is poor.

S: Smells of sweet carmel. Sticky, resiny hops. Citrus and pine with some spicy rye.

T: Nearly identical to the aroma, plus of a hefty dose of bitterness. The
addition of rye to this APA really adds tremendous depth and complexity.

M: Smooth and soft. Leaves a little slickness behind.

D: Interesting and it goes down easy.

This beer deserves the high marks it receives. Founders is as good as any brewery in America. They certainly know how to do big limited release beers but their everday, bread and butter offerings are the real treasures.

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Photo of armock
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of citrus hops and rye spice

T - Just like the smell citrus hops upfront with a spicy rye finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I think this is my favorite rye beer now this stuff is awesome tastes great this is a beer that I would try to drink all night worth getting your hands on to try

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Photo of kbutler1
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a very nice reddish brown color with a fluffy 2 finger head taht slowly settles and leaves a nice lace as it goes down. Fruity floral hop aroma fills my noise as I take my first sniff. An interesting first taste as the rye used gives a different type of taste compared to the usual malt profile. Nice an smooth subtle sweetness then gives way to a nice hop bite that lingers. Some citrus rind type bitterness along with fruit and floral. Pretty tasty! Nicely balanced. Medium mouthfeel. Minimal alcohol notes.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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