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Founders Red's Rye IPAFounders Red's Rye IPA
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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 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 flavors...at 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 Founders...one 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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Photo of mempath
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the second to sample from this already impressive variety...and worth the usual PA overcharge...

a little more sheetlike lacing than the centennial ipa....beautiful deep amber with a deep off-white head that stays awhile then settles into a thickish veneer.

nose is actually more like an ipa with big citrus, oily notes which translates exactly into the taste. not so much the camphor but more grapefruitiness. finishes a bit fast and dry. clean. though not as strong as the ipa, it's a bit more bitter...nice.

mouthfeel is not as luscious as i'd like, but really, the taste makes this really stellar. and drinkable. highly. at 6.6%...session with care. this would go well with casual but elegant 'pub' fare

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber with a finger of fluffy, bubbly off-white head. Abundant lacing, sticky and web-like.

Smell is bitter, oily, flowery, with a crumby, bready malt finish.

Taste is of oily pines, and stark bitterness. Undertones of malts add to even things out.

The feel is clean, and crisp, but leans a bit too much toward the thinner side of things. Maybe the Devil Dancer a while ago ruined me...

Good drinkability, well balanced, nice, refreshing and very satisfying.

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 4 ounce taster.

Appearance: It looks good. Dark amber hue speckled with carbonation. Just a tinge of red to it. Moderate-to-heavy lacing as the head recedes. I feel like I will enjoy this one.

Smell: It holds its own. Slightly pungent with a very detectable bitterness. Good rye, good hops. Very little sweetness to the scent. It's above average.

Taste: The large part of the taste is bitter. Slight caramel flavor to it. Citrus and spice notes are present, but are not strong enough to ruin the drink. Aftertaste is strong with this one, and leaves your mouth feeling a bit dry, leading to another sip. :-) I'm happy that the sweetness does not overpower with this one.

Mouthfeel: Very prickly, but in a good way. It stays light on the tongue with active carbonation that doesn't detract from your ability to savor the taste.

Drinkability: It's a little bitter, and definitely too heavy to be considered for a session beer. However, its flavor and bite are good enough to warrant a future purchase or two. It's a good beer to taste, and certainly holds its own. I could drink this on a weekly basis.

All in all, this beer is pretty much a standard rye beer. For what it is supposed to do, it does well. Not my favorite style of beer, but I have nothing really negative to say about it. Give it a try, only you can decide for yourself. *Shrug*

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Photo of larryi86
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear dark red with a one finger off-white head.

S- A nice mix of citrus, bitter, and floral hops, with hints of spices.

T- Hoppy and balanced with caramel malts and a hint of spices.

M- Nice medium body, smooth.

D- Another great beer from Founders. Easy to drink and leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of Sweasty
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red's Rye pours a hazed dark caramel color. Things are topped off by a healthy two fingers of bone white head. Head falls to a ring and leaves sticky lace down the glass. A nice beer to look at.

Moving onto the aroma. Malt strikes first. Sweet caramel dominates Some light baked bread notes back things up. A restrained touch of rye makes an appearance. Rye strikes a bit of a spice note. Citrusy, somewhat juicy, hops hit next. Citrus smells of grapefruit, with a light bit of tangerine/orange underneath.

The hops are bit more dominating on the palate. Bitter grapefruit hits first. Grapefruit notes turn a bit piney. The hops lend a bit of a drying quality mid way. A solid malt backbone rounds things out. Spiced caramel, with a hint of a sour edge, pop underneath the layers of hops. The rye is more pronounced near the end, lending the finish a touch of a rye bread quality. The finish has a drying hop quality inviting one to take another sip. Things end with a lingering herbal bitterness.

Red's Rye sits squarely in the middle of medium bodied. The carbonation is a light bit boisterous. It lends a bit of lifting, spritzy quality.

Red's Rye is one of the best rye beers I have tasted. Its also a nicely balanced IPA. The rye is present, but never overwhelming. The caramel malt, and citrusy hops strike a nice balance. The alcohol never gets in the way. The drying hop qualities make this more drinkable than it should be. I tip my hat to Founders for creating a tasty world class quaff.

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

Reviewed from notes on 8-1-10.

A: Pours an eye catching ruby-amber into my snifter. A light to medium pour yields no head, but a nice spider web of foam stays on top of the body. Some of the carbonation bubbles make their way slowly to the top, while other speed with reckless abandon. A good lacing is present in the form of small dots and long, wavy lines.

S: This is a supremely fresh and intoxicating bouquet. Notes of orange, orange peel, lemon, and lime marry wonderfully with a nice malt presence and the slightly spicy rye grains. This is one of those beers that as soon as I pop the cap, my nose is drawing the smell from the the bottle.

T: Grapefruit-like hop bitterness grips the sides of my palate as soon as the beer hits it. That sweet orange, lemon, and lime flavor shuffles on the top of my tongue and the rye breadyness shows itself at the end of the sip, while the bittering hops clean the palate of the citrus sweetness. This is a delicious beer.

M: Medium-bodied for the style with a great puckering bitterness throughout. Just the right amount of creaminess tantalizes my mouth before the hops and rye dry my palate right out.

D: This is one of the best full-time offerings that I've ever had from any brewery. It strikes the perfect balance for a "Rye PA" for me. There is a copious amount of citrus hop flavor, nice barley and rye malt, and yeasty breadyness available to my mouth. Simply put, this is a great beer.

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Photo of nickydel
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Really impressed with this beer.
Dark, coppery red color, with a chucky thick head that stuck all over the glass. Smell was citrus, reminded me a strong grapefruit. Similar hoppy taste, except with a surprisingly prominent maltyness and of course the rye flavor. My first rye IPA, but my impression is that this beer was particularly well balanced and delicious!

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Photo of HosP
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

A - Poured copperish, light red color. Clear with nice one finger head.

S - Citrus hops with caramel malts. The hops came through a little more than the malts, but not by much.

T - Tough to tell what stands out more. The citrus hops, tasted pineapple or the bready malts. There was a good balance between the two, which made a nice drink. I was expecting more hop flavor.

M - Medium body with nice carbonation. A little bitter towards the end.

D - A good beer. For a rye beer, which I'm not a fan of, it tasted ok. I would pick a IPA or PA which has a little more flavor to it. Still though I wouldn't be opposed to drinking this.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has about four fingers of thick tan head that towers an inch over the glass, and a quite hazy brown colored body.

In the aroma the citrusy hops are detectable, bready and toasty malts, with an herbal finish.

In the taste it is very herbal, there is also a slight smokey flavor and the rye is detectable as well.

In the mouth feel it is very prickly with carbonation, a bit powdery from the excess yeast left over, and there is a mild burn in the end.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Founders Red Rye poured a dark amber color with a small head that went away rather quickly. It had a nice hoppy/malty smell to it. The taste was overall fantastic, it had a very nice combition of malts, and hops, and maybe a pine flavor as well. It had a very strong taste that lasted much after you finished this beer, and it was easy to drink too. Overall another fantastic beer from a fantastic brewer, would love to have this one again.

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Photo of seh410
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to randyjuke for this! Good beer, got me into hoppy amber ales which I now love

Appearance: Dark amber, bordering on reddish/brown... limited white bubbly head, but possibly because it is too cold. Looks pretty average.

Aroma: Piney and lemony hops mix with bready warmth. The rye is pretty clear in the nose and kind of sour. Maybe a little stone fruit in the back, apricot?

Taste/Mouthfeel: This is definitely a hoppy beer, but it is extremely balanced. The bitterness hits right in the front followed by caramelly malts. The rye comes on the backside and it spicy and a little sour. The mouthfeel is creamy but also carbonated enough to have a little bite to it.

Notes: This is good. Very balanced with a good hoppy taste. Glad to have been able to try it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - It pours ruby read in color with fluffy white head and great carbonation throughout.

S - Mostly of bready malts and hops with slight sour rye smell.

T - Overall well balanced. Starts bready with smooth rye grain taste finishing with a balanced hoppy bitterness. Great!

M - Medium bodied and flavors are constant in this beer.

D - Overall I enjoyed this about the same as Hot Rod Rye from bear republic but it was defiantly more hoppy which I loved more. Great beer.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Ruby red/amber with a thick off white head. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Floral hops and a little spice.

T_Floral,piny hops with a little citrus.Nice spicy,earthy tone to it. Rounded out by a touch of caramel malt.

M_A little thin. Slippery.


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Photo of steve8robin
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heard some good things about this so figured I'd give it a try. 12oz bottle...

A: Deep ruby red / copper blend with a small 1/2 white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: Earthy hops upfront blended with some citrus and bready rye. Good.

T: Kind of interesting flavors. Starts off bready followed quickly and sharply by an aggressive metallic hop flavor. Hint of rye blend in. It's earthy but kind of metallic earthy. Ok.

M: Leaves some good flavors on the palate. Medium body. Good.

D: Once you get past the metallic taste, it goes down easy. Decent.

All in all, this is an ok brew. Nothing more. Just ok. I've tried some of this style before and thought others were better. I had high hopes but was left disappointed. Not worth your time. Good to try once if you have access, but that's all.

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Photo of rdub
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a huge beer. Really liked the appearance of the copper color and one finger tan head. Smell was of hops, grapefruit, a bit of pine and other deliciousness. Taste was the same. I loved the hops and rye playing together nicely. Mouthfeel was medium as was the drinkability. This was big and bad in a good way.

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