Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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Red's Rye IPARed's Rye IPA
5,262 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 mvanaskie13
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up the founders variety case, this has to be one of the best out there. First up is the Red's Rye PA

Poured from the bottle to pint glass, appears an amber with coppery hues and nice creamy head that dissipated but laced well.

Smell is a kick of piney/citrusy hops with the soury scent of the rye with a hint of caramel sweetness.

Taste is a great blend of caramely malt and rye front with the hop flavor not as potent as the scent but a great blend.

Mouthfeel is great, well balanced, flavors hit the top of the tongue well and the carbonation is just enough throughout.

This is a highly drinkable beer, just a bit to bitter for more than 2 or 3, but great tasting, done very well.

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Photo of david18
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Below is a recent review of the draft version I had of this a little bit ago:

Man do I love this brewery. Just about everything I've had from here I've loved. This was no exception. A really good IPA with all the aspects of rye that you would expect: spiciness, bitter, great! Dark brown color, low carbonation, light colored head, great aroma and the bitterness was very pronounced but not overwhelming.

A very good beer that I'll have again.


I had this on cask at George Keeley's on Manhattan's upper west side. I'm not a huge fan of cask versions but I always try them and this was better than most. Surprisingly good carbonation, nice flavor, not too warm. If you see it, get it.

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

pours a copper brown color with good off white frothy head, good lacing, and lively carbonation. sweet bread caramel like smell. taste was much the same with some bitter grass hints. thin slick texture and a light body. pretty harsh bitter bread like finish with an average flavor duration. good brew but nothing special.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Founder's beer I've had that I somehow forgot to review and I have a good theory as to why I forgot to review these Founder's beers- they didn't last long enough to be reviewed.
If rye beer wasn't its own style I would classify this one as a kick ass IPA with hearty rye flavors within, along the lines of Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye.
The pour is pretty gorgeous and perfect. Mountainous, fluffy off-white head that leaves sheets of lacing as the head recedes. The body is a slightly hazy, seductive amber/red body; very knockout-in-a-red-dress sort of phenomenon.
The scents are pretty killer. Rich, spicy lemon hop aromas dive through your nostrils into your skull. Flavors have the same hop, loving brutality with a malty rye body to balance the experience.
The rye in this, for my taste, takes just a little bit away from the drinkability, as compared to some of the IPAs that I could drink for days without hesitation. As it stands Rye PA is hella drinkable and worth revisiting again and again.

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Photo of jal30
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass and boy did it look beautiful! Gorgeous copper in color with some brightness and a nice head. Smelled like heaven. Tons of hops in the nose, pine... grapefruit... caramel... rye. Awesome. Tasted pretty darn amazing as well--a beer crafted for me it seems as I love rye beers and all their spiciness, and yet I crave the hop assault of the DIPA. This was both, and yet strangely drinkable. I wouldn't want to drink them all night, but I'd like to have two or three a night pretty much every night of the week! Hops hops hops and rye (obviously) with just enough countering malt character to go down real smooth. Nice carbonation. Give me more! Love this one even more than the Centennial, and you can't compare it at all to the Breakfast Stout (the other Founders' I've tried), but everything I've had from them is phenomenal. Tastes a lot like Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye, which is a great thing and each are one of my favorite brews. Wish there were more "RyePA"s out there as good as these ones. Awesome stuff.

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

A: looks nice. Dark orange or a copper with a nice size head.

S: fair hops then followed by a nice rose scent.

T: nice hop character here. Hint of beady rye and a pleasnt floral clean finish.

M: I know this is not supposed to a really big red so the mouthfeel fits the style and size of the beer. light to medium and very drinkable.

D: really nice session beer. I wouldnt mind having another one.

Thoughts: Im pretty sure I have never had a bad or even average beer from Founders. I might be byased on this review. Everytime I have a Founders beer I think I already give it the benefit of the doubt. Probably not the best thing but w/e they rock.

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Photo of nickd717
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review notes transcribed from April 2009.

12oz bottle purchased from Shipping was damn expensive so I'm glad it was good!

Really nice reddish color with a tan head and great retention/lacing.

Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, rye, and some hops.

Flavor is like a RyePA, sweet bready, ryey (not a word, I know) malt, honey, spices, and citrusy hops. Really tasty.

Medium body with a creamy palate.

Very drinkable. I look forward to trying this again for sure. Maybe the best rye beer I've had.

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright reddish copper with a nice dense off-white head. Strong citrus/pine hop aroma with a healthy touch of rye and caramel malt. Flavor has lots of pine and citrus, biscuit and caramel maltiness, a touch of dark fruit, a bit floral, and a dry bitter finish. Kind of tastes like a heavily American hopped ESB. Medium to full body that has a nice creamy texture to it.

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Photo of bound4er
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been dying to try this beer and it did not disappoint.

A. One finger off white head sits atop a hazy, orange/red liquid giving way to lots of carbonation bubbles. The head never disappears - it stays about 1/4" thick to the end of the glass.

S. Citrus hops and caramel malt breadyness with a hint of rye spiciness. Really nice nose that becomes even more aromatic as it warms.

T. Very tasty mix of citrus hops (tangerine and grapefruit) with cracker and rye malt goodness providing nice balance and flavor interest. Finishes with prickly bitterness that invites you back for another sip.

M. Smooth mouth feel in a medium bodied frame. Nicely carbonated.

D. For a year round offering, this is an excellent beer (Founders does the same thing with their Porter and IPA). It perfectly melds big, bold hops with a nice malt bill for excellent drinkability. Glad to have finally tried this - it will be part of my regular purchase rotation.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle drank from a standard american pint glass.

A- this one pours out a translucent red colored body with a large fluffy eggshell colored head on top. the head takes it time falling and leaves behind large globs of lacing.

S- sweet caramel malts and grapefruit like hops. theres also a definite spiciness form the rye.

T- caramel and rye malts start this one off. the malted rye is underdone if anything. not as spicy as i would have liked. a strong grapefruit hop finish.

M- medium bodied and well carbonated. no complaints.

D- i would like to try this one with an amped up amount of rye. another solid year round beer from founders. i like they date their bottles, i just with they would make it a little easier to find and read. oh well, freshness usually isnt an issue with them around here anyways.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap into a tulip at the map room...A dark amber pour, nothing of note...The aroma is strong, lots of hop present with a light malt caramel backbone, a rye accent finish...the taste is mostly hoppy but in a good way, does not let the rye dominate or really present, hoppy throughout. Really nice feel, bitter, easy to drink.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip. Pours a hazy amber with a consistent, half inch, off-white head composed of compressed, tiny bubbles below the surface of the cap. Head exhibits good retention with thick swaths and strands of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses sweet citrus notes on a toasted malt backbone with the merest suggestion of caramel. Taste is somewhat consistent with nose; however, sweetness is somewhat muted and an even bitterness comes out. Malt profile is a little more flat and earthy (the rye definitely makes itself known here) and finishes with a light, lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-light (closer to the lighter side of the spectrum) with a lively, semi-sparkling background carbonation. A solid beer with a great balance between malty and hoppy; sweet and bitter.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really am enjoying the beers I picked up in Michigan and especially the ones from Founders. Red's Rye pours with a small slightly off white head with some lacing. Has a orange ruby color to it.

Smells great, lots of pine, citrus, rye bread/crackers and even more hops!

Loads of hop bitterness on the tongue. Pine, citrus, caramel malts and once again more bitterness. This is a nice treat.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very bright crimson-amber color with a creamy, tan-colored head. Solid layer of steamed-milk-froth foam lasts for quite a while, and it lays down some nice rings of lace, as well. The color really is quite impressive.

S: Bouquet of citrusy hop aromas meld perfectly with a bold caramel malt presence. Rye isn't much of a player in the nose, but I'm not complaining. This smells like a big, bad beer even though it's only 6.6% ABV.

T&M: Delicious! Full-on grapefruit hop flavors are balanced wonderfully by rich, toasted caramel malt and spiced flavor from the rye. Finish lingers with some tingling spiciness that really makes you anticipate the next sip. Carbonation is light, with a somewhat full mouthfeel that works wonderfully. The more I drink, the better it gets. This truly is a great beer.

D: Delicious flavor, great body, but the higher ABV limits sessionability. Still, this is easily the best rye beer I've ever had, and would rank highly on the IPA scale if it were so classified. Fantastic job by Founders on this one.

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

A - Dark reddish brown. Huge head that stays for a while.
S - I could smell the hops and malt while its sitting two feet away from me. Smells like sweet mandarin oranges and tangerine.
T - Wow. This tastes like tangerine and rye. This is really flavorful. I love this beer. I feel like I'm drinking a spicy orangina with bitterness and yeast.
M - Medium
D - very drinkable.

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

A bottle with my dad on his birthday.

A- two good fingers of dense tan head from a hard pour. Rusty orange red in color with a bit of hazy.

S- citrus and a hint of pine with a distinct fresh baked rye bread. Hints of sweetness with caramel and sorgrum.

T- citrus and pine out front with grapefruits and orange peel. Hops flow into the rye and boy is it ever clearly defined. The rye bitterness really plays well with the bright and earthy hops. Caramel and some brown sugar round things out and complete the ride.

M- more then medium body and a pleasant mild carb that let's you enjoy and contemplate the layers of flavor.

D- this is an awesome brew. Excellent use of hops and rye. I would like to pair this up with a bunch of different stuff to see how it works.

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Photo of billab914
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly shaped glass. Poured a dark caramel, almost copper color. It had a very nice dense and rocky head to start with, which also lasted pretty well into drinking it. Some nice layers of lacing were left as I drank it as well.

The aroma is a great mix of hoppy, citrus, grapefruit flavors, bready, spicy rye, and sweet caramely, malt. Very good aroma, everything seems to mix so well.

The taste has a nice amount of citrusy, grapefruit hops to it. The rye is particularly nice and comes through with a bready spice. It also has a pretty big malty, caramel base for all of these wonderful flavors. Like the nose all the flavors work so well together and make for a fantastic tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is great, I really love this beer. This is one of those can drink any time beers. This is one of a few that is on my regular purchase list. Great beer overall.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark orange/red in hue. Large head after pouring. Body is translucent and pretty dark. Head leaves tons of gooey and bubbly lacing scars.

S-Ripe ruby red grapefruits. A bit piney too. Hops are very noticeable. Well defined malt background. The rye is also set to a perfect tone. It isn't too spicy which I enjoy.

T-Spicey rye, a nice hop spectrum and some pretty rich maltiness too. Quite nice. Balance with malt and hop but the hop wins out. Rye bread sandwich with hops stuffed between the two slices of bread.

M-Creamy with a medium body. Very drinkable. The bitter hops and rye linger pleasantly on the tongue.

D-One of the best Rye-inspired beers in the world. Founders never misses when it comes to hops, and this is no different.This is an awesome beer that is unique and obviously worth trying. Unfortunately, this beer degrades quickly and the drop-off is big; so drink this ASAP because it becomes a different beer after a few short months.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle tasted blind on 4/9/10.

Pours dark orange with great frothy cream head.

Super fruity grapefruit aroma, then caramel and a hint of rye.

Sweet treacle, then a bitter rye finish.

Very lively carb on the tongue.

Easily one of the best ryes I've had.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty red-amber color, topped by a small, creamy white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Nice aroma of sweet caramel malt, sharp hops, and a good dose of tropical fruit.
Palate is well-balanced between sweet caramel and amber malt and tangy, grapefruity hops, with a nice spicy character from the rye. Finish is sharply bitter, a pleasantly acrid character overpowering the citrusy notes that come out up front.
Body is just right, a medium character that is not too thick or syrupy. The rye provides a bit of a lightening effect, making it almost silky. An excellent, highly-hopped rye beer.

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Photo of joshstevens87
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a muddy reddish orange with about an inch of light tan head
S-citrusy hops with a nice note of caramel and spicyness in the malt
T-a nice blend of citrus hops and a spicy malt with notes of caramel and toffeea real large palate of flavors going on
M-medium body with a shy carbonation but is very full and smooth
D-this beer is delicious a great blend of hops and malt that can be enjoyed all night

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Photo of scottyshades
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a semi transparent/ slightly hop-hazed dark orange color. The head is thick and frothy, retention is awesome

S: Rye, caramel, toffee, chocolate (fudge), and loads of awesomely fresh hops. The hops are earthy, floral, and really have an awesome aroma. Thought I would see more with 70 IBUs, but oh well.

T: Really defined first you get some grassy/earthy/bitter hops right off the bat, then mid-palate you find the caramel, toffee, fudge, and chocolate, and finally end-palate you get the rye. Amazingly balanced and delicious. Slight bready/biscuity notes as well, along with a metal note?

MF/D: Prickly carbonation, with a bready/biscuity side as well. The finish is bittersweet hops and rye.

Notes: Founders never disappoints me....ever. This is no exception.

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Photo of NealVsBeer
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep caramel color with two-finger head which leaves thick lacing around the glass

S - Rye, hops, malts, and citrus

T - Hoppy taste, but nicely balanced by the rye and roasted malts.

M - Medium-bodied, flavorful and well-carbonated.

D - Very impressed with this beer. Flavorful and not too heavy. Makes me want more!

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is hazt apple cider golden orange. Even with a quiet pour the light beige head towers over five fingers. Thick sticky lace everywhere.

The aroma is no surprise, rye. Lots of citrus and pine. A solid bready sweetness comes in as well. Like a loaf of rye bread dipped in hops.

The flavor is full on rye bread mixed with toffee and caramel. Lots of citrus but not bitter at all. It almost has a porter quality to it.

Medium to full body with surprisingly mild carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall a splendid beer. Has this many times on tap and always loved it. This is my first bottle but certainly not my last.

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Photo of caddybuyer
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A-Pretty, ruddy amber with a thick eggshell head that settles nicely.

S-Sweet pink grapefruit, a hint of pine resin, and some pungent caramel malts in the background. Heavenly.

T-Bitter hops start the palate with malts kicking in midrange, but initially not quite getting the balance. Bitter hops predominate in the astringent finish. The sweet citrus hops that seem so up front in the nose never make it to the palate, which is a shame, as this brew seems somewhat one dimensional, but a deep dimension it is. Creamy and satisfying, as it warms, there is a nice interplay between hop and malt with the rye backbone asserting itself without overpowering the brew.

M-Medium and creamy, with balanced carbonation

D-Another very drinkable beer from which is very different when it is allowed to warm a bit. Also, I might add, a hell of a value...I expected this to be offered in a 4 pack for the price of the 6 pack that it comes in.

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Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 5,262 ratings