Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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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 suretolose
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass it is a deep amber almost brown color. It has a creamy head that disapates slowly.
It smells of hops and orange and a light hop aroma.
Tastes great. I get a slight carmel coffee flavor with orange mixed in.
Overall I would say this is one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and has a thin white head. There is a moderate level of carbonation.
S: There is a light aroma of citrusy and piney hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, hoppy flavors and bitterness dominates the taste but these are in no way overpowering because they are nicely balanced by the underlying caramel and rye malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate. It is rather refreshing and there is some dryness in the finish.
D: This beer is very drinkable and is also quite sessionable.

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Photo of beerphan
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> sa taster glass
no date

Pours a clear deep red with orange blonde highlights. A huge orange julius crown rest atop, before slowly fading down to a solid film a dish suds. Patchwork candied lace lines the glass. Carbonation appears mild, but steady.

Nose: Hoppy citrus, caramel, earthy

Candied fruit hoppiness, with a solid rounded malt back. Full creamy mouth with a bitter kick. Well balanced with tons of sweetness and floral hops. Spicy rye finish with loads of stinging bitterness that lays on the tongue begging you to take another sip.

Would make a wonderful session brew, wish I had more than 2. Danka Huff!

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Photo of Lolli1315
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A ruby red appearance, slightly hazy. Not quite a finger of head that holds generally well. Sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Huge notes of grapefruit apparent followed by an earthy hop smell. A spiciness mingles in between the hop aromas as a malty sweetness

T- Immediate hop bitterness and resins that quickly turns to a mesh of both a malty sweetness and a spicy rye flavor. Returns to a bitter hop taste as the spiciness lingers.

M- Medium body with crisp carbonation, very refreshing.

D- Easy drinkability and nice for a sunny day. Also, this is a nice switch up for someone seeking a bitter beer but wanting to step outside the traditional I.P.A.

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Photo of Genghis22
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a super thick looking amber. Agressive pour yielded about 4 fingers of light tan head. Great lacing.

S - Spicy, hoppy, bitter. Smells like other Rye pale ales I've had. Liek your normal piney IPA with a certain extra little something. Cannot wait to taste this.

T - First taste is sweet and malty. The hops and rye kick in pretty quickly after that! Yee haw! Bitter, grassy and spicy, but all kept in check by the generous malt base. This is one tasty brew. Touches of bitter grapefruit and floral hops on the back of the tongue. There is not a strong aftertaste as the malts re-appear, and balance everything back out.

M - Chewy, oily and delicious. Low carbonation, but that may be due to my agressive pour. Overall, very satisfying.

D - I am a big fan of RPAs, and this beer is no exception. It is hoppy, spicy, flavorful and satisfying. The abv is low enough to have a few of these in a session, and the alcohol is completely hidden in the taste. If only Founders was available in CA, this bad boy would be making frequent appearances in my fridge!

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Photo of carlborch
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliant red-amber-mahogany. A 1.5 inch, creamy, creamy, tan head forms. Totally inviting! The initial nose suggests spice and a heavy dose of flavoring hops. The body is medium and the palate is immediately hit by a wallop of bittering hops that cleanses and lingers very nicely. Thick, distinct lace forms. Nice malt notes, however, the rye is evident and produces a very clean, delicious spiciness. The carbonation is delicate. Should try this ale with my next Reuben or Pastrami on rye. This ale is definitely moreish!

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Photo of claytri
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a dark amber with a tan head. The aroma was of floral hops and rye malt. The taste had hops and rye up front with a malty cherry hint in finish. The feel was light and dry. A very well put together rye beer. Such strong tastes that I'm not sure I would drink more than 1 or 2 at a sitting.

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Photo of chefkevlar
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured into my favorite drinking glass

Appearance: Amber redish/brown, about 1/3 in of off-white head, lots of small bubbles clinging to the side of the glass

Smell: Reminds me of caramel and candied orange

Taste: Citrus at first, the some spice/toasted bread and finished with a nutty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very rich mouthfeel

Drinkability: I found this very drinkable and a nice departure from the IPA's I normally drink

Serving type: single bottle, wish I had got a couple more

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

I had this on tap @ Al's of Hampden, served chilled in a standard pint

A- The color is deep tarnished copper w/ thick 1/2 inch of light tan, a good amount of clarity for a hoppy rye w/ some spotty lace collecting w/ a tight bead

S - The smell is full of citrus notes w/ juicy orange and lots of grapefruit w/ slight grassiness and subtle caramel fruitiness w/ light toasted note

M - A strong bitter quality in the feel is complimented by rye spice and moderately high carbonation giving a slight sharp edginess on the palate which is pleasant w/ a dry acidic finish

T - The flavor has a sweet grassy taste w/ bitter citrus flavors from the hops and slight aspirin tinge of Amarillo w/ mild grapefruit edge and light tannic rind notes w/ moderate acidity. The malt adds nice contrast w/ mild toasted rye accents and the grassy hop taste plays of the spice in the rye malt w/ mild woody tinge in the peripheral. The gentle bitter decline and tangerine notes in the finish are very pleasant w/ a dry leafy end

D - I LOVE this rye - the hoppiness fits the style well and compliments the hop profile is great with just enough spice to keep you coming back - drinks very smoothly for such a bitter ale - wonderful - Kudos Founders!

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Photo of GregSVT
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Stella glass

A: Pours a hazy amber with a big off-white head that slowly fades leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is almost like an IPA with a lot of citrusy/grapefruit hops and pine.

T: The taste is lots of grapefruit and citrus at the forefront and then it gradually finishes with a slight spicey bitterness. Not sure if the spicey factor is from the rye or the hops but it's good.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied. The oily hops leave a nice coating in the mouth.

D: This is very drinkable and if I could get it in TX I'd stock up.

High scores but this is one of the better rye beers I've had so far and the hoppy flavors are outstanding. Founders continues to amaze me with their solid brews.

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Photo of ufotofuturo
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Creamy, awesome mouthfeel, with a thick, tenacious head. Pleasing amber color, although I personally prefer a much darker-looking beer. Smooth, subtle, hoppy taste, colored primarily with hints of nut and citrus. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, but it doesn't quite have me jumping out of my chair. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Spiekerbox
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Red-brown with a thick, relatively large off-white head

S- Citrus hoppy with some nuttiness and sweetness

T- Some hop flavor initially then the with the nutty, rye sweetness coming out later with a nice bitterness at the finish.

M - Medium to big body with a creamy texture, carbonation works well with the beer and the alcohol presence is minimal for the level of ABV that this beer has.

D- Great drinkability but it takes time to drink, the flavor was a different style and combination that I have ever had before but the flavors complimented each other well. It is always nice to have a nice hoppy beer with something a little different to it, will have to try out some other Rye beers in the future.

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Photo of BigIrishman
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark ruby with 1 finger fluffy white head.

Smell: Wow, you can really smell the the amarillo hops. Citrus is literally bursting from this brew. The citrus subsides to a nice malty goodness.

Taste: The citrus hops are in complete harmony with the spicy rye characteristics. The sweetness also is combated by a nice bitter finish to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and creamy with a relatively heavy body.

Drinkability: The hoppiness in this beer is perfectly balanced with the spiciness of the rye. Palate fatigue is not an issue and I can keep on craving this all night, excellently put together beer.

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Photo of Mit
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark red with a decent head.

S-Very hoppy..not unpleasant at all. You can smell the nutty character in the bouquet.

T-Very hoppy initially with the nuttiness and rye flavors coming through at the end.

M-I was surprised at how thin this beer felt given it's hoppiness and higher abv.

D-It's very drinkable...I made the mistake of bottle drinking a couple of these and for some reason that amplified the rye/nutty characteristics and made it un pleasant. Out of the glass it was stellar.

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Photo of klkatz
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of all, I want to know more about Red. Is he the guy smirking at us on the bottle? Was it his idea to add Rye to the IPA recipe?

The color is a dark, reddish/light mahogany - I think I poured it absent mindedly because I didn't get much head. What I did get was a silky/filmy, very thin head. The heaviness of the brew adds to it's lack of visibility (this to me is a good thing.) I'm expecting a heavy mouthfeel.

The aroma is hoppy, but not overwhelming. citrusy/grapefruit... some might say floral. It's very pleasing for those that like the hops. You can sense the nuttiness in the nose too.

The taste is very curious. It's hoppy upfront, a very tasty, pleasing bitter going down and a hint of nuts and rye at the end.

the mouthfeel is decent. The taste sticks with you, and the body is well balanced and thick. You get a sense of this when noticing the visibility through the beer.

Drinkability is above average. The taste is interesting and may take some time for the novice. It's hoppy and bitter. It's going quite well with my corned beef sandwich.

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

appearance: Beautiful dark copper. Nice, creamy head.
smell: grapefruit, which according to Founder's WS is due to the Amarillo dry hop.
taste: Definitely serious hop bitterness and again to quote the WS, "a spicy crisp finish".
mouthfeel: nice and silky.
drinkability: Goes down fast and easy. Very nice brew.

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Photo of traviserickson
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

note: I had this side by side with the Founders Centennial IPA, so my review may be skewed (I favor the IPA over the Rye PA).

A: Similar to the founders Centennial, with an avg. head. Amber in color with minor lacing.

S: More hop presence than expected. Toasty malts with intense citrus and grapefruit aroma. No yeast smell, very crisp.

T: Does not taste as hoppy as it smells. Rye is not to prominent. Very well balanced with perfect carbonation.

0verall: Easy to drink, very sessionable beer. For the money, I'd stick with the Founders Centennial.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: nice lacing and reddish amber color

smell: good whif of citrus and pine

taste: this is more of an imperial red. lots of caramel and tons of hops. IPA strenght with solid citrus flavor

mouthfeel: full bodies for style

drinkability: solid taste but a little heavy for style. great flavor though

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Photo of HopNuggets
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Pours a deep crimson red, but not much head. What there is of a covering does leave some lacing down the glass.

S - Grapefruit upfront with some piney hops followed by a toffee or caramel hint from the malts.

T - Bitter grapefruit all over the palette a hint of toffee that is once again overpowered by more grapefruit that leaves your cheeks puckered but does have a very crisp finish almost spicy on the tongue as an aftertaste.

M - Quite light mouthfeel, very smooth, with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Very drinkable if you are into IPAs and you can definitely feel all 70 IBUs.

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Photo of jampics2
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

@Winking Lizard. Super duper fresh 18oz pour into my take the glass home Founders oversized pint glass.

Looks great, amber body with an eggshell head.

Smell is a citrus explosion. Tons of orange and grapefruit plus some spicey rye. Just a perfect amount of rye vs hops.

Taste amazing, almost perfect. Great grapefruit hops, moderate bitterness, and a huge rye presence that breaks up the hop party and injects a wonderful element.

Mouthfeel is great - perfect carb enhances the hops and spicey rye, touch creamy feel.

Drinkability is exceptional. I could drink this by the keg (in fact, this is the next 1/6bbl I'll be seeking for the kegerator). Amazing beer from Founders and perhaps the best rye IPA out there.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz, pilsener, bottled on 02/25/10. This bottle notes 6.6% abv rather than the 6.8% listed here and 70 rather than 68 IBUs.

Burnished copper, deep amber approaching red. Off-white half inch head that falls to a handsome cap quickly.

Grapefruit and lemon peel and a very earthy aroma. Very slight tropical fruits.

Almost gritty piney grapefruit and lemon peel and pith. There is an extra earthy spice which must be the rye, accompanied by light caramel malts. Moderately bitter with an interesting edge over other pale ales. Some alcohol when it's warm.

Very soft but not flat. Very nice in the mouth.

I'd be happy to have local access to this rye pale ale. It keeps the taste buds kicking, I like it.

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Photo of Cannabinaceae
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one of my favorites. It pours a beautiful copper, amber color with a small head that dissipates pretty quickly. The smell is my favorite part of this beer. It is a delicious hoppy, fruity, floral smell that just begs you to take a nice gulp. The flavor matches the smell, with fruity, citrus-y hops on front end that are rounded out with a really unique and delicious rye taste.
This beer is also very drinkable for 6.5+ and could easily be a session beer. This may not be for everyone, but in my opinion this is a unique and delicious creation from Founders(which is rapidly becoming a favorite brewery of mine).

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint.

A- A finger-high, off-white head sits atop a beautiful transparent amber-copper color. Head sticks around and leaves some beautiful lacing as well.

S- Some sweetness hides behind the primary hop smell of pine and citrus. The spicy rye is more muted than expected but still there in the background.

T- Citrus-based hops dominate with some of the spicy rye the nose suggested. Maybe just a hint of malt sweetness in the background.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation, somewhat creamy on the tongue.

D- This beer is delicious. Drink it. Love it. Repeat. It is truly a hop-bomb but a hop-bomb to love. More drinkable than expected.

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

12oz bottle, served in a Founders pint glass

A - lots of billowing loose and bubbly light khaki foam, sticks out of the top of the glass. lacing already, leaving a thin film all the way down. the beer is slightly cloudy, burnt amber colored.

S - lots of rye, spicy but balanced nicely by a seemingly large amount of caramel, brown sugar. hops bring some bitterness behind the rye spice, really opening up the nose. other notes of fruit (apricots), vanilla, grapefruit. very nice.

T - starts off a bit sweet before the rye punches you right in the mouth. caramel and malt provide the base for a ridiculous amount of spice before hops join in for an extra punch. noted grass, pine, tobacco, orange, bread...quite earthy, natural and comforting.

M - incredibly creamy with a nice lively carbonation. for as slick as it is going down, the flavors leave the mouth just slightly prickly and tingly, aided by a very minor burning alcohol.

D - fantastic representation of the style. not modest, shy or graceful, just straight to the point and gets the job done. this would be great paired with a whole slew of foods. a king among rye's!

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked one up at the brewery, pours a very dark red with a decent amount of foam. Smells very fruity in a good way, but the taste doesn't quite match it. Still tastes good with a bitter hop kind of finish to it. A very sessionable beer overall. Glad I finally got to try this one.

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