Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Red's Rye IPAFounders Red's Rye IPA
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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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Ratings: 5,235 |  Reviews: 1,668
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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Photo of rfgetz
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish, brown pour with thin lacy head

S - Citrusy and hoppy with a hint of grain

T - Initial only citrus taste leads to more balanced citrus, hops and rye

M - Medium body, medium carbonation and medium crispness

D - Well balanced Rye... have had more extreme rye's but this one is nice and drinkable.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cinnamon-colored with a smallish head

Spicy, fruity complex aroma wafts out of the glass

Taste & Mouthfeel
Unique spice weaving throughout the flavors; starts with fresh fruit and then ends with a nice piney hop finish, which is amplified by the rye spiciness; good caramel malt underpinning it all, though it's not a even split between malts and hops--hops and rye spice dominate the profile here; good and complex; oily texture on a medium-to-full body

Founders Red's Rye lives up to the hype. It's a big, flavorful, complex beer and one I plan to enjoy many, many more times in the future.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Al's of Hampden

A- a murky dirt red color. Minimal head but it sticks to the side of my pint glass. light amber color as well.

S- Oh my this is a citrus hop punch and it smells just like a grapefruit hop. Its like i am holding it in my hand. There is also some caramel malts and rye bread.

T- The rye is evermore present in the taste than in the smell. Quite a sweet tasting rye as well. that could be because of the citrus hops. The caramel malt gives a nice complement to this beer. Gorgeous flavor!

M- dry and sweet. Crips and smooth. Feels like biting into a grapefruit with some rye bread on the back end.

D- great sessionable beer. i could drink this all day. It goes down easy and is worth every penny!

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

Really good!! My first Rye Beer. Red's Rye tastes like a "balanced" IPA with rye replacing the usual caramel malts. Pours a clear amber with a big pillowy white head with good retention and pronounced lacing.

Smell is of hops but you can also get a hint of the rye as well.

Taste is very good...once again a plus IPA with a twist (rye instead of caramel malts). The hops taste is pronounced and oily like fresh hops. The rye cuts the bitterness, but unlike the usual malts, rye is a little bitter itself.

Mouthfeel is rich. The oiliness of the hops is a plus as well.

Drinkability is very good. Considering the abv, three of these would make a good session.

I will definitely get this one again.

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Photo of katan
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Same as the other reviewers - not sure if this is its own distinct beer.

12 oz into a pint

A - I guess the name red just isn't a nickname - it has an amber red hue - almost brown in some places. Head formation is very strong, retained - off white color. Light carbonation, no hazing.

S - A sweet malt note with just only a light background of rye astringency. Some american hops notes are present, mainly in its grapefruit form.

T - Starts off rather light flavored, subdued with only a little sweetness. Mid-stream starts to show some bitter balance, and just a wee bit of rye. Finishes with a nice sweet hop bite, grapefruit and orange. Aftertaste returns to a little bit of sweetness.

M - Moderate body - not thin but not syrup. Carbonation bite is non-existent. Alpha acids do leave behind a nice oily texture on the tongue.

D - Moderate drinkability. I think the alcohol in this beer could sneak up on you, and the rye/hop edge is a bit bothersome over time. Moderate to low "fillingness".

A solid rye beer - not my favorite. I somewhat wish they would have dialed back the hopping to let more rye shine through.

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Photo of smithflipper
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a lovely caramel/ red colour with a nice strong head.

loads of fruity hops up front, plenty of citrus witha big caramel malt aroma coming through.

frsh fruity hops, then a lovely smooth sweet malt flavour coming through to finish off. just the right amount of bitterness to make you come back for more.

very tasty and interesting

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A--Caramel brown color with half finger of head when poured in my 16 oz. snifter. Spotty lacing.

S--Tropical fruits dominate. This is like a mix of a Belgian Tripel and and IPA. Very crisp and refreshing nose.

T--Not quite as good on the palate, a little too dry of a finish but still a pleasant taste. Malty with a subtle piney hop background.

M--On the thin side and too dry, average

D--Nice beer, but nothing that stands out to me. I would drink this any time it was offered, but won't be buying it again

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks like some minor differences between this and Founder's Red's Rye so I'm reviewing here - Red's Rye P.A. is what the bottle states.

12oz pours a luxuriant burnt, golden orange with 2 fingers of caramel head that leaves rings of thick lacing down the glass. Dead on.

Nose is citrus fruits, a hint of pine resin, a slight spiciness.

This is a nicely balanced brew. Not too aggressive with the hops but a nice bite coupled with a spicy, sweet rye backdrop. Strands of sweet caramel malt, floral and citrus hops, spicy rye, follows through with a good dry bitterness. Active carbonation to form lacing but it doesn't feel on the heavy end of the carbonation spectrum.

Edit: As it warms it turns into a bit of a malty, syrupy mess.

A solid, well done beer.

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Photo of smibroncos
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured a tawny reddish copper, with a ruby brown two finger head. Generous lacing clings to the glass.

S. Malt, carmel, alcohal, hops

T. Malt flavor right off with a bitter hop finish. I could taste faintly the rye.

M. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated ale. slightly dry

D. Great beer I could have a few of these hanging out at Founders a great place to visit.

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

Founders never seems to disappoint. I love the rich copper color of this beer. You can smell the hops and while their is a big hop taste it is nicely balanced with a smooth caramel flavor to bring it all into balance. I could easily drink a whole lot of these at a setting. Nicely carbonated for solid body.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. An extra in a trade... from whom, I can no longer recall (insert embarrassed look). Thanks to the man I can't remember!

A: Pours an amber/ruby body with no head at all, just a light foam cap that quickly recedes into a light donut around the brew. Uh oh. There are some webs of lacing down the glass.

S: Lots and lots of citrus, leaning toward orange but having a slight grapefruit zest. Further sniffing reveals a strong characteristic red ale aroma of caramel, along with tobacco and floral hops. There is a spicy rye bite underneath it all, but it's not obvious at first.

T: A nice backbone of caramel malt with a little clove and tobacco up front. An orange zest and floral hop flavor dominates in the mid-taste, with some grapefruit in there as well. All those flavors recede in the finish in favor of a spicy rye bite.

M: Medium bodied, somewhat low carbonation, but it works for the style. More bubbles would probably overshadow the rye in the finish. I'm not sure if this was intentional or I got a low-carbonation bottle, but it's good.

D: Very drinkable. This has a very clean and solid flavor, and the ABV isn't too high, so it's possible to put back a couple of these. I'd love to have this again.

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Photo of BierFan
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. 70 IBU's, 6.6% abv.

Appearance: Perfect 2 fingers of tan head. Amber/red body with good carbonation. Good head retention. Awesome lacing from the top of the glass to the bottom. The appearance of the beer can't be much better.

Smell: Great citrusy grapefruit hop aroma backed by caramel malt sweetness. Smells like some of the more delicious IPA's and IIPA's that I've had. Little bit of mintiness.

Taste: Rye gives it a nice herbal spiciness. Hops provide grapefruit flavor and a nice bitter finish.

What an amazing beer.

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Photo of ZAP
4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an awesome beer....the amarillos are put to good use as this has a fantastic juicy citrus aroma..sweet citrus...almost like citrus style candies....I've been smelling this for about 2 minutes straight and I can detect a slight spicy rye note as well but it is very, very subtle...

The taste is where the rye really adds an awesome dimension to this very hop forward juicy ale..but its not just the rye..there is some real multidimensional character to this beer...light notes of caramel as well....finishes spicy and somewhat dry.

This is a great beer. Had this with a BBQ last week and I ended up drinking three of them because they were sliding down so much...I just couldn't put the glass down....tonight as I review it I have similar thoughts....great beer....I have the new Tyranena Rye Bitter woman and I am saving the last one of these to try side by side with that one..

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Photo of bboven
2.02/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Orange-copper hazy body with a half-finger of head that stays.

Rye spice initially, a lot of fruit and hot alcohol after that.

Huge amount of oxidation overwhelms everything here. There are rye notes and some hop bitterness at the end, but all in all, very hard to swallow.

Moderate carbonation and pretty drying.

This tastes like someone's third batch of homebrew. I've heard a lot of great things about Founders and being a MI native I was very excited to see it in NC. I really hope this was just a bad batch, but it makes me wary of blowing another $10 on their beer.

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Photo of m2paulun
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Color is a nice copper/deep amber. A big fluffy head with great retention and lacing forms. Can not wait to try this beer.

S - Strong citrus and floral hop smell. Can definitely smell the rye as well.

T - A lot like the smell. Tastes of grapefruit citrus balanced with caramel malt. The rye comes through, but not too strong.

M - Has a medium body. The carbonation is medium. Nice and creamy.

D - Very easy to drink. The ABV is not too high. I could see myself drinking most, if not all, of the six pack. Compliments a summer day perfectly.

As I have said before, In my opinion Founders can do no wrong. Each new beer I try from them is excellent.

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Photo of oelergud
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stubby 12oz brown glass bottle with a twist off cap. The label shows an old, balding, bearded spectacle wearing man.
Copper ruby translucent body with a tan creamy head. Decent retention and lace.
Amazing dark spiced hoppy scent, lots of rye coming through. Very complex and inviting.
The flavor is very similar to the scent and just as delicious and complex. Pine hops, mulch malts, dark spices.
Medium body with a nice coating and the usual residual sugars making the lips stick.
Excellent drinkability.


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Photo of Sanford
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful red-amber with a thick creamy off white head. Initially the lacing that was left was pretty substantial and sticky, but I really like to swirl which reinvigorates the head, but removes the lace. I could just smell, sniff sniff, this beer. Grapefruit. Really intoxicatingly crisp citrusy grapefruit with a side of pine. On the palate, the rye adds a great spicy quality to the subtly sweet malt flavors. The hop bitterness helps to create a clean finish, and then lingers quite nicely. "Red's Rye" has a very nice mouthfeel that is at the same time smooth and a bit prickly from the carbonation. If the beer didn't smell so good, and have such a nice bitter aftertaste, I would have drank it faster.

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Photo of thain709
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark cooper body with a few reddish highlights...a small tan head...good lacing

S - Full of piney and citrus hops...mixed with the spiciness of the rye

T - Starts off a little sweet with the malts standing rolls into a blast of citrus hops...the rye adds that little something in the background that makes you want more...good balance and complexity

M - Medium bodied...smooth and creamy

D - This was my first experience with rye and I was very was like an IPA with an added kick...this was definitely enjoyable

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Photo of ballewblake
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle, poured into my Boulevard Pint glass.

Two finger cream head on initial pour, head drops low leaving great ropey lacing down the glass. Lacing is almost solid to the bottom, with heavy cream rings marking the swigs. Body is deep red in color, thick and dark letting very little light in. Nose is nice and floral, though I'm a bit congested so I'm fearing I'm not getting the best smells that I could. Bittering hops are noted as well as some pines notes. Body is super smooth, very easy to drink. Love me some rye beers and this is a great example in my book. A thick low lying head stayed with it to the end. Thanks to tatturbo for this one.

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

12oz. brown bottle served in a shaker pint. Pours a brilliant, reddish copper with about a finger of light tan head. Big piny hop aroma. Starts off with a solid malty base with some spicy rye. Great hop bite that is piny with some grapefruit. Long lingering finish with the hops. I'm glad this is available in my area now. This is a great beer.

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

A: Deep red or deep copper with a dense off white hed. Very pretty with a bit of crbonation.

S: Hints of rye with a nice hop flavour lingering in the background

T: Tasty red caramel maltiness with a spicy hop bite. Citrus hop flavour as well. The balance is great, which makes it incredibly tasty. There is also a slight tartness at the end.

M: Creamy and medium/full bodied

D: Yes sir, may I have another?

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90.6% out of 100 with 5,235 ratings
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