Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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Red's Rye IPARed's Rye IPA
5,269 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 theghost3
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to vinyljunkie for this. The bottle says "Red's Rye P.A." & the abv is listed as 6.6 percent, but I think this is just the most up-to-date version of Red's Rye.

Pours a hazy, reddish deep copper with a 1-finger sunflower yellow head. Moderate lacing.

The smell is immediately piney & grapefruity hops, followed by some sweet malty aromas. The taste is sour from the rye & grapefruit, along with some spiciness but no sweet malts in the flavor to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth, thicker than I expected.

This is a very drinkable beer. It's full-flavored, and its sour & spicy flavors go really well with peppery food.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark red with haze. Nice complete, yellowish head, small bubbles, cover the beer in a thick layer. Alcohol and strong aroma of hops. Almost pine like aroma. Familar, think Rogue Yellow Snow. Interesting flavor, the rye no doubt. How much rye was this made with? Very dominant rye flavor. Almost no aftertaste. Very smooth, a nice drink. Slow to drink, probably due to the lateness and my current "state."

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a dark copper color that was fairly clear with a modest head with some good lacing.

Smell: Fantastic aroma. I could distinguish the rye, the hops, and seemingly some fruit smell. Quite a mix, and quite inviting.

Taste: This is quite bitter (in a good way) with some mild fruity taste that is nicely subdued. Had a very solid kick in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A fair body from the carbonation, but I wouldn't call it a full body.

Drinkability: Excellent. This is a beer that I could drink consistently and often. Well worth a try.

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

Brought back by my dad from his trip to KC.

Pours a copper color with a moderate head. Plenty of lacing along the side of the glass.

The rye is VERY apparent in the nose. Also traces of orange peel.

Taste starts off with the rye and evolves into a more IPA style with the hops becoming more prevalent. Ends bitter, hoppy, and piney, like an IPA.

A full-bodied beer that is very drinkable. My first Founders, and it did not disappoint.

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

A - Poured from the bottle into a clear pint glass. I'll start out by saying the head is phenomenal...2 fingers of fluffy off-white head that maintains forever! The brew is a clear amber/red color.

S - Caramel malt and slight grapefruit esters seem to dominate the nose. Smells like this one could be a hoppy number as well.

T - The hops I got in the nose are definitely abundant. Spicy rye and hop notes with some citrus in the background. Some decent complexity to this one.

M & D - Creamy and thick bodied. Leaves a bit of a hoppy ending lingering on the tongue. 6.8% ABV is well masked. This is an excellent brew...Founders has yet to disappoint me. Anyone who loves IPA's will love this brew (even though it's a Rye). One I will recommend to my friends!

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

acquired from mikeyv35 in a trade. thanks again Mike!

A - tawny body w/ a perfedt 2 finger biege crown w/ excellent retention

S - sweet caramel malt, spiced pumpernickle bread, and tons of hops. if this tastes like it smells smells, than we could be on to something wonderful here...

T - yup, just like the aroma, incredibly bitter and spicy with very noticable spicy rye flavor. excellent!

MF - perfect amount of carbonation on this full-bodied delight.

D - very high but i cannont imagine having more than 24 oz. in a single session. outstanding flavor, but it could be an overload to the senses after 2. that being said i wish i had more to keep on-hand for when the mood strikes for another. damn you Founders, bring your nectar to the Mile High City!

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

Pours a cloudy, bright copper with about a half an inch of white head.
Smell has some rye hop notes on it, with some small bitter malts.
Taste is heavily ryed. Definitely not a classic taste, but interesting profile of bitter and rye bread.
Finish is ok but the after-taste is interesting.
Drinks ok, this is such a different taste with my first experience with rye beer. It has smooth parts though.

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Photo of mwa423
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is very red and clear. One half finger of head quickly dies down to lacing. Smell is all rye and citrus hops. The taste is an excellent blend of of rye and hops that create a complex flavor that is a pleasure to drink.

The mouthfeel and drinkability is such that you could sip and enjoy it or pound it on a hot summer day

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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Red-amber, good head.

Smell: Big grapefruit aroma.

Taste: Dry grapefruit bitterness is the main thrust of this beer, a hint of rye peeks through at times.

Drinkability: Tastes like an IPA, drinks like an IPA.

Picked up a single to try this, as Founders makes some excellent beers. Not as much rye flavor as I was expecting, this reminded me more of a IPA that was shifted to the bitter side. Hopefully someday I can try their Black Rye.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says 70 IBUS and 6.6% abv

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours only ¼ finger of slight tan head, fades down quick. Color is an amber hued caramel brown. Decent retention with some nice lace rings.

Aroma: Caramel malts, floral hops, bright citrus flavors, and a nice rye all around. I dig the rye

Taste: Wow, the rye is really present here. Big caramel malt flavor. Grapefruit and pineapple citrus blend well with the big floral hop taste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth and creamy for a beer so hoppy. It is a tad bitter though. Medium bodied with a great level of carbonation for the style. Ends with a rye/hoppy aftertaste, somewhat dry.

Overall, this is a pretty solid beer. I think I would definitely like to have this around for a hoppy session beer. Just a great drinking beer, at a great price, with a nice touch of rye that I really like.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark copper gold with a thin tan head on top. Little retention, but there is plenty of lacing all over the glass. Smells of sweet sugary malts, rye bread, and citrus hops. Very nice smelling beer.

The mouth is decent with a good amount of carbonation and crispness. This is a very good beer. Big malty sweetness starts the beer off, but this gives way to a nice mellow bitterness. Lots of caramel, bitter rye, and finishes toasty and bready. I dig this. I guess there's a a Red's Rye and a Red's Rye P.A., I wonder how different they are. Recommend.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. This is my first 6-pack encounter with Founders.

A-Slightly hazed bright copper beer. Tan head, big and fluffy off the pour, with healthy retention and surprisingly-strong lacing.

S-Citrusy hops, bright and strong.

T-Slight citrus is quickly overtaken by an herbal and resinous hoppiness, pairing nicely with the rye spiciness. Malt foundation is nutty, bready, and slightly spicy. Aggressive hop bitterness provides a very pleasant balance.

M-Medium body is propelled forward by the thick hops. Carbonation is a strudy and appropriate medium-level.

D-Very drinkable. That simple. I'm glad that Founders is now available in the Twin Cities, as this brew is delicious. I look forward to further encounters with this brewery.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This fine brew pours a deep copper/red to brown with a thin; light tan head packed with dense carbonation bubbles patiently subsiding to almost no lacing.

The piney hops immediately assert themselves while the rye and citrus follow close behind.

Big hop bitterness on the palate, more rye than the aroma, tea-like spice qualities, and faint citrus.

Medium body with perfect hop bite, and medium carbonation.

This is one tasty brew, and with a relatively low abv, it can be enjoyed in multiples. This is not a style I am terribly familiar with, but the RyePA was excellent in all aspects.

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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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Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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