Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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

12oz bottle into a tulip.

color is a gorgeous, deep, hazy copper with orange highlights shining through. a perfect pour gets me a finger of off white head and a bunch of sticky lacing.

smells deliciously fruity. grapefruit, apricot, fresh cut grass and maybe a little berry.

taste wise this has sort of a toasty malt thing up front followed by a bit of sour. some fruity notes pop up with a bit of spice then an almost puckery bitterness kick in and lingers. really well done.

mouthfeel seems light for a beer with so much flavor happening.

most founders beers are so good that they make you want to drink more, this is no exception. highly recommended.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Brilliant,rusty crimson coloring with two fingers of durable off-white head that sticks around before revealing lacing that is equally as determined.

A-Amarillo hops are obviously present.Big grapefruit,baked sugar maltiness and subtle rye notes.

T-Grapefruit again followed by that earthy rye spiciness.Awesome!

M-Crisp,pleasantly unctuous and medium bodied.

D-I have to admit that I dig the rye a good deal,so I might be biased,but I consider this a highly sessionable beer

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

A - An absolutely brilliant mulchy red that is hazy glows. Head is minimal but sticks around a while and adds substance to each sip.

S - Hops, wood, pine, a tiny bit of molasses malt.

T - Oh dear god this is one of the most refreshing beers you will ever find. WOW! So fresh tasting, like it came straight from the field. Bready, rye, cherry wood, lemon rind, cedar, and minimal malt.

M - Hands down the crispest beer that I have ever encountered. An absolutely phenomenal dry finish. Carbonation is medium and perfectly so.

D - One of the most drinkable beers I've ever come across. One of those beers that I just want to drink more and more of. PERFECT to session with basically any time of year. So crispy and delicious. Damn near perfect.

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Photo of ballz50401
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 4/20/10 haha) into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Pours a reddish/copper with high carbonation and a nice sticky light tan head. Lots of citrus in the nose from the Amarillo hops with a good mix of caramel malts. Lots of doughy rye malts ride the palate with a nice spicyness at the end. Very full mouthfeel with a smooth chewy texture. This is a very good overall beer that I will have to get more of next time.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Jeff for throwing this my way.

Poured this into my tulip. Pours a nice ruby color with patches of visible carbonation that look great. A rocky off white head sits atop this beer at about two inches! Huge! Sticky lacing all along. The nose is full of citrus with a the hint of rye. The front-runner on this is a big sweet pink grapefruit smell. Great citrus flavor with a bit of hop bittering for the finish. A little bit spicy though. I immagine that is due to the rye. Overall though this taste great. A really nice mouth feel to this one. Good carbonation and a medium body. Not bad to drink but I think it is a bit spicy so that brings it down for me a bit.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Who's Red? Probably some filthy Commie... This beer pours a clear ruby-amber topped by nearly two fingers of ecru froth. The nose comprises pine needles, tangelos, creamy caramel, and a touch of peppery rye. The taste kicks up the rye a great deal, though it is still not allowed to take any position of preeminence. Instead, it shares the spotlight in a vigorous tango with hop elements that themselves gracefully combine the talents of pine and ruby red grapefruit. It's quite a dance, particularly set against the backdrop of sweet caramel. The body is a fluffy medium, with a light carbonation and a very creamy feel. This beer begs to be continually consumed and returned to. Thankfully I've got the rest of this growler to help me with that...

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Photo of colts9016
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this from a recent BIF. Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A good one finger foamy creamy head that is light tan in color. The color of the beer is a medium copper with reddish orange hues. The clarity of the beer is hazy. There is some effervescence in the body of the beer. the head has good retention and is leaving some lacing on the glass.

Nose: A rich grainy aroma with rye notes. There are some phenols, grapefruit, pine, and floral esters. In the background of the beer there is a sublte sweetness.

Taste: A very flavorful rye taste supported by malt, and barley. Other notes in the beer is grapefruit, pine, floral esters, phenols, solvents, and a subtle sweetness in the background.

The mouth feel is dry, astringent, and carbonated.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This is a good beer with rich and flavorful flavor. There is a lot going on in this beer, it is complex but simple. Well done, Founders.

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Photo of BrewsBrother
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a polished copper color with a nice rich creamy head.

S: Smells of the rye base malts and a citrus and piney hit of the dry hopping.

T: The hops were perfect in the beginning and on the finish but the taste was rounded out by the perfect balance of rye maltyness.

M: The carbonation allows the beer to roll around your tongue and gives this Rye PA a nice full body.

D: I don't know if I am still into session drinking IPAs but if I were this would be the one I start with. The balance makes it easy to drink.

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

Thick white foam, orange body.

Aroma is of citrus and piney hops. Then comes a malt scent...but I can also get a spice note, which seems to be from the rye that has been used in this beer.

Tastes of piney and citrusy hops. The malt backbone is spiced with the rye profile. Bitterness from the hops is good, but the rye-based malt backbone is just great. Love it

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth, mid-level carbonation. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber with a ruby hue, and a patchy, off-white head. Thin lacing.
Smell is bready malts, rye, and hops. Some fairly subtle notes of caramel, with some ample notes of pineapple and citrus. Not overly complex, but what is there is excellent.
Taste is bready malts which quickly become crackery and carry about halfway through. Some rye and assertive, grassy/piney hops. Pineapple, citrus. Finish is slightly bitter, with a touch of malts and rye.
Mouthfeel is fairly crisp, with a slightly sticky finish. Light-to-medium body.
Drinkability is very good. Tastes so great, and makes me ilfing.

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Photo of airohead2001
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light red with a fluffy 2 finger head. No lacing, but excellent head retention.

S - Maltiness and hops blended together very well.

T - Good, but the malts actually overpower this one. Especially after drinking fresh Blind Pig on the same night, Red Rye is certainly lacking the hop profile I was hoping it would have.

M - Good mouthfeel - nice carbonation and not too thick.

D - A drinkable beer, but just not that outstanding in my opinion. This would be a nice session beer, but I wouldn't particularly seek it out when there are so many other good pale ales and IPAs out there.

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Photo of DocTheDJ
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tops out as one of the best beers I have ever had! Dark chocalate brown with a small head, smells of bourbon, a dash of malt, chocalaty for sure, making me very hoppy! Smooth rich and goes down fast! I'ld write a review about its taste but all the ground has been covered on this one. Outstanding!!! I need not say more!

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass:

This beer pours a beautiful deep red brown color with almost crystal clarity. great head retention and nice lacing down the glass. Smells like a spicy IPA with some nice caramel malt undertones and spicy piney hops. Great floral aroma as well. Taste is on point with typical founders hops. Nice spicy character, would pair well with bbq ribs and burgers. rustic rye component gives a nice earthy undertone. Nice carbonation and coats the palate well with a great aftertaste that lingers. Drinkability is high on this one as its not only delicious but well made and enjoyable.

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Photo of Surly87
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful copper-amber color with a half-inch off white head. Good retention.

Citrusy aroma with a hint (just a hint) of some kind of spice (perhaps from the rye?).

Seems very well balanced between a bit of caramel maltiness, an explosion of bold hoppy bitterness, a hint of citrus, and a bit of spice presumably from the rye.

Very smooth. Interesting brew. I think I'll have to pick up another.

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

Pours a beautiful red amber with tan head. Great lacing throughout, with dimples clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell is great combination of some of the better PAs with an unmistakable hint of rye.
Taste is as good as any pale ale. Great citrus,pine,and bitterness. Mouthfell is reminiscent of SN Celebration Ale.

The rye really imparts a great additional smell and taste with this beer, kind of bready.

This is my first rye beer and I am very impressed.

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Photo of silentjay
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a bubbly amber/copper with a big light khaki head that stays for a while and leaves remnants on the glass. a nice looking beer.

smell starts with toast and caramelly malt coming through as well as a bit of rye and peppery spice. piney and citrus hops are there as well.

taste is of bitter hops first, spice next, sweetness comes in next and it finishes a bit dry and spicy. hops are of citrus rind with little pine. malt is unmistakeably of dark rye toast with a bit of burnt caramel and cereal.

medium bodied with low-to-ample carbonation. a bit of an oily feel left in the mouth pairs oddly with a bit of a dry, spicy aftertaste, nice.

drinks really well. a bit of alcohol can be detected but its overshadowed by the plethora of flavors going on here. not as hop-forward as the 70 IBU designation would imply, but still plenty hoppy. a good brew, and one that will find its way into my glass when Im in the mood.

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

Pours a pretty amber brown color with a pillowy tan head that slowly settles leaving a sheet of lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite hoppy, with grapefruit and pine standing out. There is a touch of pepper and candied fruit. The taste is of a solid bready malt with some light caramel notes. This is followed by a grapefruit forward hop profile which also has notes of pepper and candied tropical fruit. There is some nice balance between the malt and hops; everything comes together for a nice spicy profile. Red's Rye is moderate to full bodied with tingly carbonation; finishes with a hoppy bitterness and dry. A hoppy rye brew that is supported by bready malt. Nothing is over the top but there are some big flavors. Very well made.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass form a 12oz bottle. A thick, 2 finger, bone head formed on top of the clear, burnt orange/amber body. The head dissipated slowly, leaving behind tons of lace.

The nose has lots of piney hops sitting on top of a charred caramel backbone. Lots of grainy malts in the background...

The hops hit the palate first and take hold. The bitterness fades in the middle, giving way to a sweeter caramel flavor. The finish finds the hops reemergence and the bitterness lasts until the aftertaste. Very well balanced between piney resin and burnt malt flavors.

Medium mouth feel, oily but somewhat creamy with moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable...a super example of the style. Tasty and refreshing...definitely one to keep stocked!

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