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

Pours mostly amber with a little red,nice little redish copper head that dissipates quickly,no mistake this beer is a rye from the smell and taste malt and rye and nice hop balance,it reminds me of the caraway seed in a loaf of rye bread,not overpowering but wanting another slice,this is an easy drinker and a solid rye

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Photo of Jimbo87
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks good in a pint glass.

Smells grainy and lighty/moderately hoppy.

this is one of the few beers for me that tastes better than it smells. I can't pretend that i would have identified rye as an ingredient from the taste, but there is something in this taste that is slightly different from most pale ale type beers, and it could be partly the rye.

mouthfeel's fine. very drinkable.

a solid brew. I wish it weren't so expensive (around $13/four-pack here)

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

A - Nice head that fades to a film of bubbles. Amber colored with hints of lighter red.

S - Clean. Crisp. Perfect blend of hops/malt. Not overly citrusy. Maybe piney...spicy

T - Sweet at first. Reminds me of iced tea that you make from the powder. Odd comparison, I know, but that's what comes to mind. Perhaps it's lemon that I'm picking up on. Very notable caramel flavor. All this is chased by a punchy lasting bitterness. Hop flavor in balance, perhaps overwhelmed by malt. Definitely an IPA. Has characteristic "old beer" flavors from oxidation as well, but not awful.

M - sweet, medium body. Medium-high carbonation.

D - a fine tasty beer. Maybe could use a bit more hop flavor. Nice though.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into the pint glass

a-deep copper amber color...1/4 inch off white head that faded quickly but did leave behind some nice lacing...carbonation is visible

s-malty sweetness up front leads into some heavy floral and citrus hop notes...the spiciness from the rye really lends a hand here as well....

t-grapefruit starts this off then the malts come in followed by the spiciness from the rye...finishes a bit dry and bitter

m-semi oily and definitely resiny....carbonation is acceptable...does make the mouth a little dry though

d-could have quite of few of these if it didnt make me even thirstier after every sip...

another solid beer from the folks at founders...

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Photo of Reaper16
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive reddish brown with a fluffy, off-white head. The foam dissipates more quickly than I expected, but the notching from the lacing is very nice.

Imagine a neophyte ordering this, thinking "Rye beer. This will be malty, for sure!" They smell the beer and get punched in the nostrils by the hops. Pine -- astringent pine, at that -- is all up in the nose of this beer. Resins and a faint tobacco aroma waft around the breadiness.

The hops are the imminent flavor of this beer. DANK hops splash around the balanced malt. Once you get used to the hops, the rye makes itself known. They rye imparts a rounded quality to the drink... I don't know how else to describe it. Its almost as if the rye body is more naturally suited for balancing a heavy load of hop flavors than a typical malt body. Tannic and resiny, full of the deep, must hop flavor that only committed hopheads can appreciate; this beer has a lot going for it. A delight.

Smooth mouthfeel with some creaminess to the finish. The rye body is doing a lot of positive things here. The carbonation level is just right to prep the palate for the next, dank sip. The smoothness and balance, along with the general tastiness, make this a very drinkable beer. I would love to quaff on a sixer of this all day.

I've heard this described as a pale ale with rye, but what I had on tap was certainly more of a rye IPA. Regardless, the rye characteristics balanced the heavy hops well and added only positive things to the drinking experience. Simply put: its really good. A beer that deserves regular fridge time.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up because I love the stuff that these guys produce and this was available via the single bottle up in Totowa. Sure enough, this was another winner by them and maybe the best Rye Beer that I've ever had. Even though it's still freezing out, this is very good for this time of the year and I could easily see myself enjoying this during the warmer weather months!

This had a great pour to it - a nice frothy head, small and beautiful bubbles on the level of a good west coast Pale Ale, and a dark-amber like hue with a nice level of cloudy radiance to it. There could have been a bit more lacing, but that was about the only shortfall to this beer. The taste was beautifully balanced with the hops having a light, grapefruit and citrus zest to them and the rye being present but not enough to weigh everything down. This is not a floral hoppiness but rather, it's a bit more earthy with just a hint of caramel underneath everything. As odd as the combination of tastes is here, this is extremely drinkable and neither too heavy nor too light on the palate!

This is a bit strong at 6.60% ABV but I could easily see myself having a few of these in a session. It's not terribly complex but this is a good example of a beer not needing to be full of hops or having a ton of flavors in order to be great. Simpler can be better and this is a great example of how enjoyable a well-crafted beer can be. A must for any hophead looking for a more sublime drinking experience.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy amber brown, with three fingers of off-white head, with fantastic lacing. The smell was dominated by pink grapefruit and orange peel; very pungent. The taste was much more complex...starting with malty, toffee, caramel, earthiness which dissolved to a nice citrus fruit/malt balance, and then finishing with soft citrus. Creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Very little evidence present of caraway/rye, but nonetheless a very sessionable and tasty brew.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle without a freshness date. Pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a bit of a reddish tint. Foam is thick, creamy and long-lasting and the lacing is plentiful. A very nice looking beer.

Smell is nearly heavenly with ample amounts of bright citric hops and spicy rye notes. There are some caramel and toasty malts in the background, but the hops and rye are the main attraction.

This beer does a great job of showcasing both hop flavor and bitterness. Floral, grassy and grapefruit hoppiness play nicely with the zesty, pepper and bread-loaf rye flavors. There is a touch of sweetness in there to help smooth things out a bit. The mouthfeel and body on the beer are just about right for the style and I'll be damned if Red's Rye is not far from chuggable. Drinkability is through the roof. I dont think I could ever get sick of drinking this brew and am very sad this is the last of a six pack I got for Christmas...thanks Dad! Unbelievable beer, great job (as usual) Founders.

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

Red's Rye pours a beautiful burnt orange sienna body with a huge chunky billowing tan head that stands strong and leaves chunks of lacing. The look is like none other. Unfiltered and cloudy as well.

The aroma is pungent hops that impart a grapefruit nose along with plenty of sweet malt.

The taste is quite bitter, but balanced well with loads of malt. The finish brings forth the rye spice character. I am gonna guess Amarillo was used in this brew.

The mouthfeel is quite full with carbonation on the low side. This doesn't bother me too much.

This is by far one of the best somewhat easily available rye beers out in the market and I thoroughly enjoy it.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Lets start with the head.... I poured this baby somewhat lightly and there was about a 1/4" of mountainous head domed above the rim. Big bubbles, small bubbles.... bubbles o plenty. An off white head rests proudly atop a beautiful hazy red ale. The laser etched bottom sends lanes of carbonation racing to meet up with the rest of the trapped bubbles at the bottom of what seems to be a never dying pile of head. The lacing shows evidence of the beer levels before i took my last few quaffs. The sweet grain and rye spiciness combine with the citrus minty hops witch are coating my tongue as I type. The thought of another sip is satisfying only reminding me the end of this glass is nearing. Aroma, taste and aftertaste compliment each other well giving this ale a three ring show.

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Photo of HopOverdose
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked a single of this up at Martha's Vinyard in Grand Rapids, Mi.

A - Pours a nice reddish haze with a still settling sediment. Only about a 1 finger head on this one that actually, opposing to other reviews, only lasts a short time.

S - The nose on this one isn't too strong but when held long enough you can really pick out the hops and rye.

T - The Rye blends nice on the front with a piney citrus that fades into a more noticeable rye flavor that last until the finish. Not much bitterness here.

M - I think this one has a little too much carbonation for the flavor it packs. It tingles the tongue. Very light feeling in the mouth.

D - Drinkability is good. It gives you a very warm feeling right at the end of every sip. I was able to consume one faster than the usual ale. This goes great with bread and gouda cheeese. I look forward to drinking more of these.

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Photo of thedrewski86
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, left a finger and a half of off-white head, loose bubbly lacing going down. Smell is rye, hoppy, raw grain. Taste is superb. Lots of rye and hop, some citrus action going on. Mouthfeel is thin to medium. Mild carbonation. I like this, I could drink a few of these.

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

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

Has a very obvious grapefruit nose. With some slightly different maltiness that I am going to have to attribute to the Rye. If you rub it in your palm and then smell it (little trick a friend taught me), it has a very obvious rye aroma.

Burps have a nice rye taste with a bit of grapefruit. lol ;)

Finish lasts a LONG time and has a nice rye flavor to it.

As it's warming the aromas are getting more intense (and more yummy). This is very drinkable, I could definitely drink lots of these, very flavorful/tasty but not like getting punched in the face. Just got a "mmmm that's tasty" out of me.

This definitely brings the thunder (to use a Gary Vaynerchukism).

Seriously (although it's kind of funny) this is probably one of the best burping beers ever, it tastes almost better to me when I burp then when I first drink it. Just for that I think it deserves a high taste and drinkability score.

As I drink that last few sips, when it had really warmed up this is really really tasty. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of jsh420
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottled 10/28/09

pours ruby orange with a pillowy 1.5 finger head that fades into chunks and left lacing down th glass

smell is huge of grapefruit and some peach next to sweet carmel malts

taste is much of the same - those grapefruit hops the malts and rye are not as sweet as the nose - it has more spice -no muddy flavors very clean

mouthfeel is a medium body beer with good carbonation - a very juicy smooth brew

drinkabiltity is scary since it is almost 7abv and i want to drink the whole sixer

i have been enjoying this beer for a few years now and it never gets old - hands down this and 2bros cane & ebel are the best rye beers out there - go seek them out

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

I guess I lost my review of this awhile back. I'm not sure how/when, but I just happened to come across this beer and realized my review is missing. Here it is again...

A: The pour is a hazy amber/red color with a fluffy off-white head which sticks around for awhile and has some nice lacing.

S: A very nice grapefruit and pine hop aroma. It goes quite well with the spiciness of the rye and the mildly sweet caramel aroma.

T: The bitterness of the grapefruit and pine, once again, blends well with the rye and sweet malts in the beer. The citrus is definitely the more prominent of the hop qualities and works incredibly well with this beer.

M: The carbonation level is moderate and the body is full.

D: Founders can do no wrong in my eyes and this beer is just another reason why. A really good RyePA.

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

Red's Rye has a reddish orange body with about a finger of off-white head. The head is thick and creamy with good retention and some nice lacing.

The aroma is packed with hops that are followed by some caramel malt. I think I can pick up a touch of spicy rye, but I might just be trying to hard to find it. Either way, Red's Rye smells a lot like an IPA.

The flavor is still packed with slightly bitter, grapefruit-flavored, American hops. The caramel malt also makes an appearance. However, the rye makes a significant contribution to the flavor of Red's Rye, adding a great spicy taste and making the beer pretty good.

The mouthfeel is good; medium bodied, moderately carbonated, but with a long finish that really helps to bring out the rye.

Red's Rye is pretty drinkable. Overall it is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky red-brown color with a large tan head which settles into a persistent sudsy layer.

Big earthy rye scent and caramel malt. The hops also contribute some floral character. Very pungent.

Lots of rye flavor and earthy tones, along with burnt brown sugar. Hops are more reserved but contribute a little pine and a long, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is a slightly syrupy and under-carbonated for a beer advertised as a pale ale.

Not bad, there just wasn't much about this beer that stood out. Good, but this wasn't one of the better rye beers I've had, nor one of the better P.A.s.

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

Poured into a tulip.

A: Creamy, off-white head that is long lasting with both big and small bubbles. Lacing was left behind from the head only. The hazy body is a rich, rusty, coppery color.

S: Beautiful malt-forward character. Toasted caramel and grains of rye and oats create a wonderful combination of sweet, creamy and lightly sour aromas. The malt bill is more impressive than the hop bill, but the hops are nothing short of impressive either. Not in an abundant way, though the hops have an average presence, but more in a delicate compatible way. Mostly herbal, citrus & pine, with the citrus being orange, and topped off with strong grassy hop aroma as well. A perfect compliment to the malt profile. The yeast is light and leafy.

T & M: Alcohol is light on the palate and is overshadowed by the dark fruits, cantelope, vanilla, nutmeg, pepper & wood. Balance is maintained by the restrained sweet, acidic and bitter flavor qualities. The mouthfeel is in the same octave: medium body and above average carbonation.

D: The flavor and balance make for a wildly drinkable rye beer. This one should not disappoint.

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Photo of goblet
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a good looking bottle and label image ,after popping the cap and pouring it into a glass here is what i got.

a brick red hue with a light tan froth head that has good retention time .tiny bubbly carbonation and a bit cloudy make for an appealing ale .

a hoppy citrus, pine blast like grapefruits and fresh cut pine tree branches along with rye and a deep malt aroma .clean and refreshing.

a bitter hops flavor that make your taste buds scream for the next sip,very tasty .its got the bark and the bite.rye and malts that say respect..!!

a medium body feel with a shape bitter finish a little spice lingers on the palette also.

a great ale, founders brewers know what there doing and this is a fantastic example of the brews that thay are capable of. highly drinkable ,enjoy ,,cheers.

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

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a think lacy off white head. The nose is full of sweet citrus hop aroma. The taste is semi-tart citrus hop bitterness with subtle vinous characteristics and a well balanced malt backbone. The body is mildly heavy with moderate carbonation levels and is very drinkable. The finish fades gently with tart hop bitterness and sweet vinous qualities. Ends with a gentle warming sensation.

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Photo of champ103
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear reddish/orange color. At first a two finger off-white head forms with good retention. The foam slowly recedes to leave a little lace.
S: Floral hops up front. Juicy grapefruit, orange, and apples. Light spice from the rye, and a little sweetness.
T: Juicy and chew fruity hops. Grapefruit again. Floral, grass, and tea like. A great fruity spicy flavor from the rye as well, and a substantial malt sweetness to balance everything out.
M/D: A medium body that is crisp, dry and refreshing. There is some fusel alcohol here. That and the almost 7% alcohol makes this a little harder to session than I would like.

A great beer. More of an IPA with a little rye, but still a really good rye beer. Something I would recommend.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours clear deep burnt orange.

big fluffy tan head that leave chunky lacing.

nose is piney citrus shot off the bow before your first sip.

Taste is solid from top to bottom with big chewy malts that support a huge grapefruit and pine resin slam. Lingering hop oil slick that keeps on killing ducks and otters.

mouth feel is full and juicy

drinkability good but not a session ale for me, you dont need more than a couple.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.58/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was gasoline colored and did have a pretty nice head. The color of the head was a light tan. The beer had a truly hoppy smell to it. And The beer had a truly hoppy taste to it also. It reminded me of eating a cypress tree. I will not buy again

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Photo of MOShepp
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One inch light tan medium dense head. Nice copper color.

Big aroma of grapefruit, my guess is lots of dry hopping went into this one. Some spicey notes present, but malts are well hidden.

Taste of toffee and a slight nutiness that is quickly absorbed by the blast of hops. Big citrus, mostly grapefruit followed by peppercorns. Nice spiciness from the rye and I would guess some Columbus hops. Bitterness lingers for a good 30 seconds.

Prickly on the tongue, but not spritzy, it's from the spicey pepper character. Nice and interesting brew.

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Photo of EJNibs
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a 20oz. imperial pint glass

A: Beautiful deep reddish-brown, slightly more golden near the bottom. Two fingers of head that took almost two minutes to dissipate, leaving a thick, tenacious lacing that clings 'til long after the beer is gone.

S: A nice nose, but nothing special. Good harmony between hops and malt, but no particularly intriguing hop or malt aromas. The balance is nice, but perhaps at the loss of a more robust nose/more outstanding floral or citrus notes.

T: Again, similar to the nose, nice balance between hops and malt, though certainly a little more hop dominance than in the bouquet. The rye is subtle, and the finish is dominated by the hops.

M: Medium body, very fitting of the style. Not too full, but has some substance to it.

D: Wonderfully smooth for a beer this hoppy. The hop bitterness doesn't predominate so as to curtail the drinkability. What? Mine's already gone; must be good.

Overall: Nice "Rye P. A." Not my favorite beer, but probably my favorite rye. Admittedly, I usually don't like rye beers too much, but this one isn't dominated by the rye and strikes a nice balance with the hops. If you see it and like rye or hops, or even aren't totally turned off by hops, give it a shot

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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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