Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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Red's Rye IPARed's Rye IPA
5,256 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 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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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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Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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