Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

5,228 Ratings
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 cdkrenz
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me begin this review by clarifying the following. The bottle I picked up has 70 IBUs and an ABV of 6.6%.

A - Beautiful light reddish brown body with a handsome head of medium tan and super stamina.

S - The aromas of plum, banana, sweet malt, grapefruit, and a subtle hint of alcohol make for a nearly perfect scent.

T - Grassy-grapefruit hops fill in throughout leaving little for any other flavors to venture an attepmt. However, they do and they release a slight bready flavor and a hinting at peach.

M - Thick, chewy and packed tight with sticky.

~ This is a great beer. It is one I will be picking up again in the near future. It has a mildness that most IPAs lack which is why I think the RPA is now going to be the sought after style of my up and coming brews.

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Photo of michaelbutler
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Red's Rye PA

12 oz bottle poured to pint glass

A: Cloudy dark coppery-amber, foamy head, nice lacing
S: Very hoppy, pine and citrus
T: Citrus-grapefruit, a bit spicy, dry and bitter finish
M: Full body, moderate carbonation
D: Very balanced, drinkable beer for those who like a bitter dry bee

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

Ah yes, Founders. They have become one of my favorite breweries. While they might not be the most experimental brewery and they dont have many beers that have people waiting in line to buy they consistently pump out awesome stuff.

A- Really nice lacing. Wow. The lace here is perfect. Velvety looking sheets crawl all over my perfect pint glass. The head never really goes away, it sticks around in a thick lily pad. The color is equally brilliant. Its basically clear, deep deep red with highlights of burnt orange. Lots of life in the way of effervescence driven by the laser etching in my glass.

S- Two words: Hops, Rye. Nice juicy citrus hops. Grapefruit and pineapple all over. Amarillo is the shit! Its backed up lovely by snappy rye. It brings lots of spice and grain.

T- Malty, grainy and spicy up front. It breaks into a bitterness that is the result of the team of rye and Amarillo hops. Finishes loaded with citrus rinds.

M- Super super dry. A bit thin from time to time but the nice crisp dryness and prickly carbonation makes up for it.

D- Nice and refreshing for those who like a very spicy, bitter and dry beer.

Seriously, does Founders have anything on the shelves thats not a solid A!?

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Photo of DuffManOhYeah
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a gem from Founders. I've had it both from bottle and on tap, and I prefer on tap. I could drink this beer every day and be happy. It goes perfectly with anything cheesy.

A- A beautiful deep amber red with an off-white head that fades fairly quickly. Hold it up to the light and bask in its clarity. I'd love to paint my walls this color

S- Very hoppy, as it is a pale ale, with some fruity grapefruit undertones, and, of course, spicy rye

T- You're first hit by the bitter hops but it quickly smoothens out as the alcohol warms you. The rye leaves a spicy after taste that beckons you for another sip

M- Has a very dry aftertaste and the spicy rye slightly tingles the palate. Very smooth all-around

D- Highly drinkable and enjoyable. Goes well with virtually any situation. The best balance between rye and hops I've ever had in any beer.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From notes on 5/29/10.

pours a rich red with a thin white head.

med body, clean tasting with an unfiltered/ oily mouth-feel with mild carbonation.

Nice rye presence upfront with notes of caramel. Solid citrus hop presence throughout (grapefruit and candied orange).

finishes clean with a nice bite and lingering flavors.

Overall great balance between the hops and malt, great rye presence and amazing mouth-feel.

Wish I could have had it on tap, but unfortunately Taco Mac blew the keg and I had to get it in the bottle.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a thin tan head that doesn't retain particularly well. The aroma has fresh and juicy hop notes upfront, along with rye, caramel, citrus, toasted bread and a little alcohol. The flavor is similar to the aroma with piney and citrusy hop notes initially, along with some caramel, rye bread, brown sugar, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, and drinkability is pretty good. A very tasty and intensely bitter rye beer, but the fresh flavor/aroma of the hops really help this beer stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of herman77
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber with a little light brown mixed in. Beige fluffy and stick looking head. Ever so slight haze. Nice small bubble/sticky lacing

S: I mainly get a carmel malt nose. A touch of subdued grapefruit hop. Was expecting a little more in this department.

T: Carmel maltiness and a touch of sweetness to start, then a sharp, hop bitter bite comes through. Rye spiciness is evident near the finish. Its odd because there is a decent amount of hops and rye spice to this, but its still very smooth. Can really taste the rye in the finish as it mellows out nicely over time. Love the balance on this, sweet, hoppy and a tad spicy.

M/D: Medium to light body, average carbonation. A little tickle on the tongue, but that could be from the rye. Very good drinkability, well balanced and tasty, goes down too fast!

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Photo of claminat420
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a transparent slight dark amber color with a off white tannish colored head. medium lacing.

S- citrusy with a light caramel hint.

T- same as smell but alil dry and crisp on the palate.

M- medium bodied. good carbonation.

D- on my 4th out of the 6pack right now and i'm still going.

Overall- for getting a botched 6 pack of two hearted i ran to the store looking for a hopped up beer and i decided on this. i was gonna go with the centennial which is classic but i tried this for the first time and i can't complain. i highly suggest any hophead to try this.

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Photo of IPASetter
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can see why this beer has such a high rating..bought it in a 12oz bottle and poured it into a pint glass. Great head on the beer that retained all the way through creating a great lacing on the glass. Not an overly hoppy beer but you know it is an IPA and a good one at that. Great balance of the flavors creates a high drinkable beer that I would definitely buy again.

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

12 oz brown bottle to an Imperial Pint

A: A standard pour resulted in a 2-finger cream colored cap that was well retained eventually reducing to a nice foamy cap. Clear and the color was a brilliant orange-brown. Spot lace clung to the glass.

S: Pine and grass hop dominates the smell, much like most IPA's. There was also faint caramel malt and citrus.

T: The spice from the rye was up-front which gave way to a more traditional IPA hop-finish. Hop charcter followed that of the aroma with pine being the most discernible flavor. The resiny hop lingered, but the flavor overall was crisp. As the beer warmend vanilla and caramel were more pronounced balancing the flavor quite well.

M: Moderate carbonation with a crisp moderately dry finish with some lupulin induced slickness. A chewy beer.

D: Great rye flavor without sacrificing the traditional IPA balance of malt and hop. A well rounded beer that I will purchase quite often.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an English pint glass at slightly warmer than fridge temperature. The beer pours a nice, white head that falls fairly soon to a thin film. Slight lacing. The beer itself is dark amber, showing fine suspended particles and moderate to heavy carbonation. The nose is pungent hops, spice and perhaps apple skin. The flavor is very hops forward, with sour fruit and a tartness that can only come from rye. There's a definite astringency to the finish, and a dryness on the back of the tongue. It presents as a full-bodied beer. Drinking several in a row might be a bit of a challenge, in large part due to the astringency of the finish. Overall, though, a very good beer and different from the norm.

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Photo of dkfick
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with very little head, but the head that does pour lasts. Deep red color.

Smells grapefruity and spicy.

Tastes bitter and citrusy with malt and rye.

Awesome beer. First had it on Draft, then saw it in the beer shop...Knew i had to get it...This is the review of the bottle I bought.

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Photo of BigDogMi
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one doesn't need it, but let me add my two cents to the growing accolades.

Poured from 12oz bottle into a 20oz pint glass.

A: Huge head, Lots of tiny bubbles, retention and lacing both long lived.

S: Grapefruit, spicy/pine, and sweet (hint of caramel maybe?)

T: Bitter up front, but mellows out almost immediately with a blast of many complex flavors, then finishes with slight bitter but doesn't linger. (very interesting and very good)

M: light to medium body and bubbles, bubbles, bubbles. But, as others have said: The heavy carbonation is a compliment here and not a turn-off.

D: While by the strictest definition this is not a session beer. In spirit and taste it is. I could and have drank these all night long. And will do so again.

I highly recommend this brew. I have shared Red's Rye with quite a few people (at least 10 people) both men and women and only one had less than great things to say about it. Everyone else said "Do you have any more?" That's 90% approval right there. What more can I say...

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Photo of jsanford
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into my New Belgium globe on 5/25/10

A - Copper penny with a creamy thin head. Good lacing.

S - Grapefruit, bit of honey. Resin. Spicy pepper.

T - Bitter citrus peel hops. Nice caramel malt and rye spiciness.

M - Medium body, great carbonation. Crisp!

D - Love it, could easily drink a few in a sitting. One of the staples in my fridge, one of the best from Founders. Great beer!

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Photo of JamisonM
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 13 oz tulip glass

A: head retention is crazy off white creamy head bubbles coming up from the side of the glass extremely small bubbles color is reddish amber what a fantastic color I am impressed, great lacing too!

S: fresh pine very green pine grapefruit hints of that rye

T: fresh pine grapefruit the rye mixes so well in this beer. some malt too, very enjoyable.

M: med mouth with high carbonation tiny bubbles sting the tongue and works very well in this beer.

D: 5 more please! yea drinkable for certain

thanks very much for wedge421 sending this beer my way. check him out on youtube beergeeknation very good video reviews

overall: well crafted very enjoyable brew I can see why founders gets so much hype the beer was almost perfect

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Photo of irisier
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a squat 12 oz brown bottle.

Appearance: Slightly hazed copper red with a tan head.

Smell: Very aromatic with grapefruit and other juicy citrus combined with some leafy hops smells. Somewhat sweet smelling.

Taste: Flash of mint right upfront that is quickly overwhelmed by an even oily hoppiness and smooth malts. Some grassy/leafy tastes come through and finishes with some nice biting citrus. A peppery grain taste lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a peppery bite from the rye.

Impressions: Tasty, I think this would be a good one to have with some savory snacks.

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

A ruby amber color, brilliant hue, catches the light and uses it to illuminate itself from within. Moves like a light syrup, licking the sides of the glass, decent head. Sweet malty scents with hops coming over the top, more subtle on top of the sweet. Smell of freshly mowed lawn, zest of pine, leaves, maple syrup. An almost toasty flavor on the first sip, malt and rye, beautiful together. The rye is crisp and refreshing, lingers on the tongue. The bitter and the sweet rejoice in this beer. This beer is an Indian summer in a bottle. It is a crisp, delightful experience.

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Photo of urwithdave
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes. I drank this from a snifter.

A- pours copper in color. A fingers worth of creamy head that has pretty good retention. Moderate lacing left behind.

A- floral hops with tropical fruits. There is a nut or toffe smell present also.

T- hops are up front and in your face. Not overly bitter though. Sweet caramel malts and a bit of rye to finish things off. Thr rye wasn't as prevelant as I had anticipated , but I still really liked the brew.

M- medium bodied but really coats the pallate. Has a nice crisp finish. The hops stick with ya for a bit.

D- I could have easily polished a few more of these off.

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

Picked up a sixer of this at From the Vine on my last visit. I find myself getting more and more into rye beers lately and this came with the recommendation of fellow BA's.

Appearance- Pours a nice ruddy bronze out of the bottle with a solid finger and a half of creamy, slightly tan head. Pretty good retention on the head, with it eventually dying back to a sheet across the top. A solid amount of lacing left as well.

Smell- Wow, very hoppy for a beer billed as a rye pale ale. A big punch of grapefruit and resin on the nose, along with some spicy notes from the rye, and a touch of malt showing though as well. A very nice hop profile though, I must say.

Taste- Juicy, piney hops up front on the palate. Followed closely by the rye spiciness and some sweet bready caramel maltiness thereafter. Really quite hoppy and spicy despite the sweet malt, which here I actually enjoyed as a finish on the palate for the style. Very nice and goes down easy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel was plenty substantial and very well carbonated. Really thought this one went down easy as well, had a couple without a problem. Great combination of flavor.

Overall, I really enjoyed this and will be having it again. If you're into rye beer, get ahold of this one.


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Photo of kranker23
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a deep copper red color with two fingers of foam. Foam hangs around for a while, leaves no lacing

Smell - A floral hoppy aroma, lacking the sticky pine hop nose. The nose is overall light with a slight spiciness coming onto the scene late.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Full bodied, and it seems as if the rye is present right from the beginning both in the heavier body weight and the spiciness that attacks the tongue. The hops don't come on for a second or two and make their presence known on the mid pallet, but when they come they are well balanced and linger pleasantness. I detect a slight graininess in this beer that is perhaps is the presence of the rye.

Overall - This beer is a little too strong, and probably slightly too complex, to be a session beer. That being said it is a wonderfully balanced rendition of an increasing segment of pale ales. I would definitely buy another six pack of this and drink it with dinner.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice dark amber color with a decent amount of carbonation. I smell nice sweet malts with bitter hops following. This one has a very fruity taste to it. I taste apricots (as it also reminds me of DFH's Aprihop). This one has a nice, thick mouthfeel with slight chewiness. Very refreshing. I find this one a little more enjoyable than Centennial IPA, although both are great beers.

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

Consumed during the penultimate episode of Lost.

A. Pours a sunburnt orange with a creamy tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a good coat of lacing on the cup.
S. Upfront carmel malt character with a good balance of hops.
T. Pine and citrus hoppiness along with a sweet malty flavor and some residual spiciness. Hop aftertaste sticks around for a long time.
M. Thick mouthfeel with a good level of carbonation.
D. More balanced and drinkable than many IPAs. The sweet and spicy malt character really shines through to make this a pleasant drink.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap March 2010. Was the 'keep the glass' draft special at Winking Lizard that month. Served in a really cool hops bud-laden glass with Red's logo on it. Review from notes..

A 'dark' IPA, pours with an instantly sticky head. Very unique color, sort of a tarnished ruby. Taste is round and dense. Elegant, mega-hoppy front with a finish that unfortunately hits a dry brick wall. Well worth a try.

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Photo of BB1313
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle reads 6.6 % abv, no date. Pours a beautiful hazy auburn w/ great head and lacing. Smell is not overpowering but fragrant of citrus that I love. There's a good amount of caramel malt, but the hops shine through. Amarillo dominates. This beer is so crisp and refreshing, every sip got bigger. I could drink a few of these. Founders never dissapoints and really nailed this rye brew. Perfectly executed!

This beer is a must try and can definitely hang with all of your favorite American IPAs. I definitely don't drink this beer as much as I should. This beer is special!

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

Poured in to a Duvel snifter

A - Very dark amber, almost brown. Small amount of white head.

S - Bitter grapefruit hops with some pine notes in the background balanced by a spicy malt backbone. There is also some peach and tangerine notes.

T - Bitter citrus hops and peppery/spicy malt backbone. Grapefruit, tangerine, pine.

M - Light body, very low carbonation. A little bit of chew.

D - An excellent RPA. Could easily drink a few of these in one sitting. One of my favourite beers.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 5,228 ratings.
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