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 atis
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber with large rich slightly tan head that fades to patches, almost no lacing. Aroma is spicy grapefruit hops, bits of pine and citrus.

Taste is complex bittery hops, fruit with bits of sweetish, caramel-like rye towards the finish, bittery pine aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with mild and pleasant alcohol warming, feel of oily texture in the mouth.


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Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Founders' Red's Rye PA poured a great red color with a one and a half finger white head of tiny bubbles. The smell was a great combination of rye and hops. The rye aroma was very inviting, and even more intriguing coming from this red brew. The floral and citrus hops gave the nose a distinctive IPA bouquet. The taste was an incredible combination of base and adjunct malts up front with a robust hop finish. The malts approach with a rich sweetness and the distinct taste of rye. As the malt mellows the hops take over with floral notes on the tongue and a touch of spiciness toward the back of the throat. The aftertaste is hoppy but nice. This beer finishes clean and does not leave the mouth sticky making it very drinkable, but beware of the 6.6% ABV. This drinkable beer can add up fast! Red's Rye PA is a fantastic new take on the classic IPA; rye beers are so few as it is, so coupling the unique taste of rye with the punch of an IPA makes for a unique, enjoyable, beer experience. Cheers!

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorites from these guys so far. The beer pours a rich hazy amber with a thick white head that coats the walls of the glass. The nose is somewhat spicy, and the citrus character of the hops are well balanced with a strong malt backbone. The flavor is amazing. Citrusy, spicy, and floral at the same time, with a very nice malt profile. The finish is malty, with hints of caramel. Mouthfeel is good, but I would have expected a bit more viscosity from this style.
It is one of the most drinkable beers I have had in some time. A six-pack would not last too long in my house.

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Photo of Spidey13
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Red's Rye P.A. pours pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a small white head. The nose is big and hoppy; full of grapefruit and grass and caramel and bread crust and yummy.

The flavor starts out sweet with toasty notes with some fruitiness - something in there reminds me of strawberry jam. This is all followed by a big, spicy hop punch with all kinds of hoppy/grapefruit flavors, which leads to a nice smooth bitterness that lingers for a good while and is welcome to do so.

Overall, this beer freaking rocks and I may need to make sure I have some in my fridge at all times.

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

12oz bottle in Sam Adam's glass

A: Dark red, a little bit of orange color,hazy, pours with a thick off-white head that drops but never disappears, leaves a bit of lace.
S: Hops, lots of piney hops, maybe a little citrus.
T: Again, lots of hops combined with some malty/caramel sweetness. Like an over the top APA. The grapefruit from the hops becomes more obvious as it warms up. The rye doesn't come across as spicy (covered by the hops?), it is more in the mouthfeel.
M: There is a creaminess here that I assume comes from the rye, the carbonation is high enough so it doesn't come across as thick. There are enough hops to leave an "oiliness" on the tongue.
D: This is a very good beer, no problem reaching for a 2nd or 3rd. I would like more rye in the flavor, but it adds a depth to the mouthfeel that makes this different from a APA/IPA. I really like this beer, will definitely purchase again. Worth trying.

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Photo of cullen0013
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Nonic glass.

A - murky copper color, one finger off white head, leaves a thin layer on top which leaves sea foam lacing on the glass as you drink.

S - Strong, rye/whiskey scent

T - Heavy hop character, bitterness present and very enjoyable, reminiscent of a straight IPA but not nearly as pronounced.

M - Carbonation is fairly heavy and tingles and effervesces on the tongue.

D - Not too bitter, not too potent. You can enjoy this one all night.

One of my favorites. A nice treat. A solid beer from a solid brewer.

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

A- Deep cooper color topped with a thick off white head. Head is long lasting and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Strong nose of grapefruit and pine hops. Notes of rye and spice as well.

T- Starts off sweet with a definite rye taste, then the hops kick in, a strong mix of pine and grapefruit. Hops trade back and forth between sweet and bitter, very nice balance. The rye comes back for the finish along with a little bit of spice and some alcohol heat. Finish has a lingering note of hops but not oily, just a nice final note.

M- Medium in body and good carbonation. Finish is dry with a lingering hop aftertaste.

D- Very drinkable and at 6.6% ABV not overly strong. The alcohol shows up at the finish with some heat.

Well balanced rye IPA not the best I've ever had but close.

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Photo of deereless
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A thick rocky head from a medium pour, lots of foam which clings to the sides of the glass, a very clear amber to ruby color - 4.50, S: Citrusy and piney, a strong but not overwhelming sweetness the smells like overripe plums, definite spiciness on the nose, one of the most inviting and smooth aroma profiles I've experienced in some time - 4.75, T: Wonderful hop bite which is balanced nicely with a solid malt profile, a little zing - possibly from the rye, some caramel flavors and slightly toasty, grapefruit on the palate as well, quite dry - 4.75, M: Extremely smooth mouth feel which translates to a beer which seems to linger on the tongue - 5.00, D: This is one heck of a drinkable beer, edges into the territory of IPA while being an exceptional example of an amber (albeit a hoppy one), I will seek this beer out again - 5.00

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very deep red color with a smooth medium size head.

S- Smells very fresh, possibly cascade and amarillo hops with a slight caramel undertone. The rye flavor is also present.

T- Very nice refreshing taste. Crisp hop flavor with a nice malty fullness.

M- A smooth clean mouthfeel, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D- Very drinkable beer, almost too drinkable. I could drink far too many of these in one session.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A reddish brown, sort of tawny color. Two finger head that's generating some big bubbles then bursting and collapsing. Some decent carb coming off the side of the glass, not much real active carb on the bottome. Translucent.

S: When I first poured my glass the space was immediately filled with a sweet, malty smell, then some hops. Digging in, there are more hops, citrusy ones. There is an altered malty smell, whch I am going to attribute to the Rye, though I've never had a rye before. However, once I start to drink, a much more piney hop smell comes through. Much much more. And I don't like it.

T: I'm getting lots of flavor going on here. The rye, which I recognize more from eating it -such as with dinner last night- provides a very interesting note. The hops are in the taste as well, but not as much as in the nose. I get some fruitiness, sweetness, just a little bit of everything. I think this could be a great beer to compliment to food.

M: Slightly rich, but not overly thick. Not fizzy or flat, just pretty good.

D: Too many flavors here to drink a lot of it, I need a break after one.

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Photo of whynot44
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, bright copper color with decent foamy off-white head that lingers and produces some nice lacing.

The Aroma is pine and citrus with a caramel malt backdrop that's really nice.

The taste follows the aroma with pine resin and grapefruit but adds some spicy peppery notes from the rye with plenty of nice caramel malts for balance.

Medium bodied, very drinkable.

All together an excellent brew, very nice any time but especially for a cool fall day.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Small cream colored head on top of a hazy amber body. A bit of a lace trail. Loads of malt on the nose. Some bitter hops. Rye malt on the taste, a bit of a bitter hop background. Bit of a metallic hint. Thin and watery mouth. Kind of an interesting beer, pretty good overall.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler picked up at Founders.

A perfectly balanced and drinkable beer. This is an IPA made with rye. A great mix of the bitter hops flavors and the sweeter caramel/rye flavors makes this probably one of the best beers I've had from Founders, at least of the sessionable non-overpowering variety. Medium bodied and exceptionally drinkable. Not overly intense or complex flavors, but delicious.

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Photo of kegger22
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy red with a huge head that takes a while to go down. A mildly citrus aroma. Once again, citrus was up front in taste. Red's left me that bitter grapefruit skin aftertaste (not a complaint). Feel was nothing remarkable, still some carbonation left after all the bubbly head at the start. Several of these would go down well, especially on a hot, summer day. Good beer, very solid brewers at Founders.

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Photo of Florida9
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany in color. Clear. A measly little white colored head rises to the top, but soon dissipates to nothing.

S: Rye. Rye is quite evident. Spicy hops and pepper.

T: A very noticeable spiciness along with roasted malts and peppery hops resulting in a long, lingering finish.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Clean and crisp.

D: Certainly a quality beer and very drinkable. I was expecting a bit more hop character out of this beer, but the rye is front and center on this one. I'm not saying that as a criticism (after all, this is a rye beer), I was just expecting more interplay with a heavy hand of hops. Otherwise, a very good beer.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a whim. Let's do it!

A- Pours a great deep amber red. A tan head is here and is not going anywhere. Very dense.

S- Rye, hop oil. Mmmmm.

T- Great. Crisp, the hops and rye do wonders together. A nice blend here. Husky rye spice with peppery hops. Very good craft beer.

M- Fantastic, crisp, dynamic, deep in range.

D- Moderately high to very high. Clean, great flavors make this beer a treat. Going to buy a case of this for sure.

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Photo of Atricapilla
4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Founders finally made it to Central PA!

Pours a luxurious copper/burnt orange with a hazy, foamy thick head. The beer has a resiny and hoppy aroma, a little more spruce like than piney...Taste is a good balance of malt, rye and hops. Slightly sweet initially, with a good bitterness following. I think this is their best beer!

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured it into a tulip and had a nice foamy two finger head with a lot of lacing left behind. The body is a nice reddish hue and clear.

What a nice hop scent on this one... bitter grapefruit and pine hops smack me in the nose and then a nice sweet-spice combo to finish it off.

I expected this beer to be good, but damn this is better than I expected. It's a remarkable balance of citrus grapefruit, pine, and an earthy spice all backed by a nice sweet malt. The rye is a sidekick to the hops and a great one at that. There's a fresh bitterness to it all.

Mouthfeel is clean, fresh, and creamy. Carbonation is light but crisp. The finish is a little mouth puckering and dry.

I could drink these all night. ABV is respectable but not one that's going to knock you out after a few. The taste makes me want to take huge gulps and not put it down.

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Photo of JohnWaynes44
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opaque dark red with a creamy, sticky head. Nose is very sweet, floral, corn grainyness if that's a word. Sugars permiate the palate, malty goodness coats the jaws, then a blast of smoky hops and esters, lingering bitterness daring you to put it down, which is difficult at best. Mouth is sticky and chewy. Alcohol is in the back of your mind, reminding you that a 6 of 6.6 that goes down this quickly should probably be accompanied by a pregnant yet nagging designated driver. I love this beer. First time in a bottle. I have enjoyed pitchers of this sweet nectar at Chumley's in Broad Ripple with Royce Peacock, but never in a bottle. It's good, and damn good.

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Photo of batty
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: frothy off-white head, dark amber, slightly cloudy beer. nice lace, decent retention.

S: some sweet and caramel malt, bit of grassy and earthy green hop notes, and definitely getting the rye on here as well. not quite as strong as i would like it, but solid.

T: wow, i wasn't sure what i was expecting, but gives a pretty punch. just a touch of sweetness before opening up and dominating with leafy hop flavor and bitterness, strong rye flavor too. good, but not as well balanced as i would like.. the back end really overwhelms the front of the beer.. not much of a front at all, really. rye+bitter sticks in the mouth pretty strongly.

M: think IPA

D: not that high, just a bit off balance for my taste. good, but i'd probably switch to something else pretty quick.

edit: MUCH different as it warms up.. I didn't realize but my fridge must be a tad cold - drinkability is high as warming, as is taste - really balances out the beer with a slight caramel note on the front. must note though, cold = eh. cellar temp = awesome.

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

On tap at the Dilly Deli. 10oz. Sample for $3. Even better on tap. The hops and rye really pop out when it's this fresh. Added bitterness is just perfect for this beer. Just an absolute gem. Probably their best beer. I only wish we would see more Founders kegs here in Cincinnati.

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Photo of Brenden
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a cloudy brownish-copper color with orange highlights. There's a nice cascading effect on the pour. A just off-white head is rocky and dense, leaving thick patches of lacing down the glass.
There's a huge pine and grapefruit hops base with a nice malt underneath. There's some citrus there and a nice spiciness as well, all behind light notes of rye that's at once assertive and mellow.
The taste really follows suit; big, bold, complex and balanced. A big hops presence is in union with a big malt backing and complimentary spice and citrus zest with a strong but nicely blending rye grains undertone. An earthy note pops up in here as well. The finish is lingering, dry and herbal.
Mouthfeel is as big, thick and bold as the flavor. There's an incredible mix of smoothness and crisp bite. Carbonation is moderate.
I knew this was supposed to be a good brew, but I didn't quite expect what I got from this. Founders does it again.

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

Poured a dark-reddish amber with an off white head. Nose was hops, rye and malt. Taste was medium bodied, caramel malt flavor with rye and hops. Very malty and chewy. Mouthfeel is chewy and coating. Very drinkableand tasty. Well done as usual by Founders.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Very dark amber almost brown. Nice cream white caremel head with some good sized bubbles and decent lace.

Smells Hoppy like an IPA with a hint of some extra hidden goodness.

And in the taste it is revealed. Rye. Very nice blend inside this liquid. Kudos to the brewer on this one. The warmer it gets the danker it is.

Such a good beer. Don't know why isn't more popular.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy golden brown with a half finger head.

S- Citrusy/piney hop aroma with some spicyness from the rye.

T- A light grainy sweetness is upfront but fleeting at best. The rye spicyness and the sharp, assertive hops compliment and balance each other out very well. The combination of the two is near seamless. Some more sweetness comes through toward the bready finish.

M- Solid medium body with nice carbonation.

D- I could go for this again.

A great way to shake up the sometimes boring and redundant pale ale category. I gotta try this with a fish fry.

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