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Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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93
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1,662 Reviews
Founders Red's Rye IPAFounders Red's Rye IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,662
Ratings:
5,181
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
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Photo of turbotype
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

served in a chilled, but not frosted pint glass. poured out sort of thick looking. reddish hue, cloudy. Formed a medium head that settled to a film. streaked the sides of the glass. Smell was great. Citrus of an unknown variety, pine, black pepper. Truly a treat to my nostrils. Taste was surprising. I'm an oddball. I do not typically enjoy rye, RIPA's. This brew was a pleasant surprise. Earthy, hops, gentle bite of citrus during the drink, with a hint of bitterness in the finish. Otherwise dry. Mouthfeel was above average. some carbonation. Outstanding rye beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 8/19/2013. Pours lightly cloudy reddish orange color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, orange rind, caramel, floral, pine, spicy rye, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus hops with moderate caramel/rye malts; and great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, orange rind, caramel, floral, pine, spicy rye, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, citrus zest, caramel, floral, pine, rye, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance and complexity of citrus hop and moderate rye/caramel malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic rye pale ale! All around awesome complexity and balance of citrus/pineapple hops and moderate caramel/rye malts; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of SFNC
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear burnt orange in to a Dogfish head tulip. Moderate foam that left nice streaks down the side of the glass. It smells spicy with the hops giving off a citrus/pine scent undercut by the rye and a slight caramel note. The taste is full. The hops and rye mingle nicely and are balanced nicely by the toasty malt base. The aftertaste is a peasing bitterness that brings the next sip in quick succession. Low to medium carbonation suits the taste well. Overall, a very good offering from Founders.

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured Red's Rye PA into a pint glass.

A - The brew pours a amber color with a half finger of off white head.

S - Getting some light grapefruit, light sweet fruits smell in there as well. Different for sure.

T - Spicy grapefruit notes, light hop flavors. On second taste you really tell this a rye beer with the unusual spicy flavor.

M - Medium mouthfeel, with medium carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, just not sure I dig the style. Cheers.

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Photo of Aleks_P
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from bottle, copper/amber color with a cm white head. Beer is transparent, don't see a lot of bubbles or anything.

Smell: Lot of pine and citrus scents, very appealing.

Taste: First thing I notice is the bitterness, almost tart beer but in a good way. After that initial sharp flavor I get a heavy grapefruit taste with some pine flavor. Hops permeate every phase of this beverage.

Mouthfeel: Feels relatively light at first, but not heavily carbonated. Very, very dry beer, gets drier after the sip and leaves quite a bit of residual bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall: Good beer, interesting. I like how the beer changes from first sip to middle to aftertaste, and there are a lot of interesting and strong flavors that work well together.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a tawny copper red. One inch foamy beautiful head, great lacing down the glass. Looks like an IPA already, rather than a rye beer.

Smells very pungent- earthy, grassy, pine, some grapefruit, along with some spicy rye flavors. Not much malt flavor coming through in the aroma, no matter.

Tons of great flavors to taste here- the aforementioned piney earthy bitterness, plus some bitter citrus (grapefruit), some sweeter fruit flavors (orange), plus some raw spicy flavors from the rye. Strong malt backbone- toasted bread and caramel. Finishes dry even with the strong malt character.

Full bodied, crisp, dry mouthfeel. Bitterness lingers on the tongue for a while.

Other than Harvest Ale, this is Founders' best hoppy brew. Love it.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (08/13/13)

A: Deep amber mahogany color with decent lacing and a thin film head.

S: Lots of malt and rye. Pine on the back end. Caramel sweetness too.

T: Rye IPAs are a difficult thing to do good. I feel that rye and hops are antagonistic, which is what makes it so hard. It is quite tricky to balance the flavors of those two. The malt and rye are quite complementary and even a bit overpowering. The hops are only present with pine flavors that only really come through at the end and finish with the aftertaste. The malt is predominant with a rye tinge.

M: Quite thin overall but with a slight prickle at the end.

O: I don't know what to say here. It is good, almost great, but I feel that it isn't missing something.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice amber red with a finger of off-white foam.

Spicy rye, caramel, toffee, light citrus, and some candied sugar sweetness.

Citrusy, caramel, bready malt sweetness, and rye spiciness.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, interesting, bitter, dry finish.

Overall, definitely one of my favorite rye beers. Well done.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a dark ruby red tint. Fair head that laces well but fades fairly quickly. Light medium body with a hoppy nose. The rye flavor tends to be overpowered by the hops, assuming a more background presence in the flavor profile. A bit less hops would improve the balance and bring the rye more forward. Slight, but pleasant, hop bitterness as an aftertaste while the rye becomes more pronounced. Another excellent Founder’s product.

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Photo of rodlavers
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 vintage, think the bottle says 08/28/13. Grapefruit red/amber in color, clear, thin tanish head, reduces quickly leaving ring around the edge.

Malt and caramel aromas up front, with light citrus hops, and of course a bit of rye, as well.

Taste is similar, but also sweet and a bit tangy. Very caramely, sort of like caramel candied apple, or something like that.

Feel is my favorite feature here. It's smooth but also crisp and refreshing, nicely balanced carbonation.

Overall, wonderful beer. Great substitute for your SNPA, or the like. Red's Rye is a step up, for sure, in complexity, but a logical next step for those seeking to branch out and try some more unique pale ales. Cheers.

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Photo of ausch30
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really outstanding take on an IPA. Keep in mind I just drank a Sculpin before this which I consider one of the best IPA's there is. The Rye just adds a little something, a little breadyness, a little something different...but still really good. It has all the aromas you expect from a great IPA, Grapefruit, Mango, Pine. The malt bill seems much higher than a typical IPA so you get a really good malt sweetness to counter the bitter hops. Dry finish only leaves you wanting another sip. If you haven't had it, try it.

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Photo of ISmith87
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep red mahogany color, finger of off white head with nice lacing
S - tropical fruits, grapefruit, some floral smells, caramel malt in the background, pine
T - piney, grapefruit, floral hops, caramel malt, rye
M - light medium mouthfeel, alc covered, hoppy piney aftertaste w that nice caramel taste a red ipa should have
O - great american red ale. I love Founders

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Photo of arizcards
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single at the Downtown Wine and Gourmet in Harrisonburg, VA on 9-19 for $3.99. Bottled on 8-13-13.

Beer poured copper with a nice white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is citrus city with hints of caramel malt and rye.

Taste has a nice caramel malt backing with a nice citrus and rye spiced finish.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, medium bodied, and refreshing.

Overall this is an excellent beer, i have found i really enjoy rye infused brews...definitely try it if you have the chance!

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep copper with some mahogany, ruby, and tangerine accents. Solid light tan head of 1.5 fingers with nice staying power. Impressive lacing that coats the glass. One of my favorite styles when it comes to appearance.

S- Intense orange citrus. Some mango is not to be outdone. Touch of breadyness and grain, but the hops do most of the talking. More spry than most of the beers I have had of this style. Hints of medicinal herbs.

T- Sweet and hoppy up front with the citrus and earthy line. Finds a nice balance with the rye addition in the mid to back end. Toasted bread that is almost charred, but spot on for the profile. Covers so many aspects and flows so well. The rye really gives it a "raw" character that helps it to stand out from many other reds and pales.

M- Light carbonation, mid body that is about right, touch of dryness. Some booze could be detected, but I think its more of the sweetness level of this one coming through.

O- creamy, juicy, hops, spice, toasted character...this one has it all, and it finds a way to come together at the right time. One of my favorite of the style.

Bottled 8-11-13
Consumed 9-24-13
$11.99 for a 6pk

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Photo of guityler83
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Murkey and hazy maroonish red color with copper highlights. A tan colored head that built one finger tall with low retension. As the foam fell it left a dusting on top with some larger bubbles on the edge of the glass.

S: Moderate grapefruit and dank pine hop aroma when first poured, but it disipates quickly giving way to the spicey, earthy rye and malt aroma. As it warmed up even more malt was apperant, toasty and somewhat toffee like.

T: A firm flavorful piney bitterness on the first. Other hop flavors follow through till the end in the way of danker grapefruit and citrus. The spicey rye flavor emphasises the bitterness making it seem more dry and bitter than the aroma would lead. caramel and breadcrust malt flavors also comethrough and clean neutral fermentation.

M: A very dry finish with low/mild carbonation make it very drinkable dispite the BU and ABV level.

O: Complex hop and malt flavors in great synergy with a nice dry finish. I just wish the hop aroma would stick around longer, maybe its fighting with the rye. Great beer either way.

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Photo of scotorum
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 8/11/13.

Poured into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: Deep clear amber, inch tall off-white head receded slowly to heavy surface foam and quite a bit of variegated lacing.

s: Pretty intense pine/citrus. 70 IBUs is suggested before any drinking occurs.

t: Plenty of pine hops bitterness over a sweet light malt base. Very tasty. Bitterness lingers on the tongue but not irritatingly so.

m: Light to moderate, almost fluffy smoothness. Nice!

o: Glad I finally latched onto a fresh bottle. The one I had last Spring was probably six months old by the time it got to my mouth. Hoppy yes! Wonderfully sippable. Like drinking pine sap if it was good beer. Now I get its popularity.

UPDATE 7/14/14: Had a bottle I bought on the cheap at Spirit Haus in Amherst about ten days ago. It was dated 8/13/13! Too weak to see with the naked eye in normal light in the store. It's smooth but not all that hoppy. Very good, but not great. Worth what I paid ($2).

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of the classic brown stubby bottle with "BOTTLED 08/11/13" marked clearly on the curve between the body and the neck. Poured into a 16 oz standard tumbler glass from Founders. Re-reviewing, as the last time I had this beer, I don't believe it was fresh, and it certainly tastes different now.

Appearance - Strong pour yields a light cinnamon-sugar colored head of about a finger and a half thick. Creamy, with some pocking as the larger bubbles burst. The head sits atop a jewel-like combination of amber-orange and garnet red. Translucent and easy to see through, with no haze whatsoever. Retention is good, eventually dissipating to a rim of light foam around the edge of the glass and lacing is wispy and faint, but quite sticky in the places on the glass that it lingers.

Smell - This is the biggest difference so far in comparison to the older bottle. A rich tapestry caramel sweetness and bright, citrusy hops that give the distinct impression of grapefruit, but also contain some aromatic floral notes. The slightly sour element of rye is also a faint hint in the background.

Taste - The hop profile isn't as in your face at this point, but that seems appropriate. Here, the sourness from the rye, which is different than the puckering effect of "sour" beers, is on full display, with a bit of heft and spiciness coming through as well. Balancing with the heft of the rye are the bitter profiles of the hops, some faint burnt caramel sweetness, and some notes of citrus rind and dandelion.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and slightly chewy, with moderate--but on the light side--carbonation that provides a slightly biting but pleasant mouthfeel. Faint lingering bitterness on the finish.

Overall, this is one of, if not THE best rye beers available. It might be my favorite beer from Founders as well. Complex and balanced as well as highly drinkable. Enough body to stand up to colder weather and heartier foods, but refreshing enough to fit in with hot weather and light foods as well.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 8/13. Consumed on 9/5. 12 oz. bottled poured into an IPA glass.

A - Deep ruby with readily apparent carbonation. Gentle pour yields almost non-existent head. Slight lacing on edges of glass with some very light foam in center of glass from carbonation. Lacing on glass disappears as beer recedes.

T - Not surprisingly, smells distinctly of rye. Also, reminds me of a good sherry.

T - Well balanced hops and caramel malts. Spicy bitterness... not a cold weather beer, but good on an autumn night. Tobacco, oatmeal, molasses, and alcohol notes. Little bit of tart. Nice finish, long lingering taste.

M - Well carbonated. Feels clean and crisp on tongue initially and then yields a luxurious foam after warmed.

O - A beer to drink slow and savor. Another great Founder's product. Wish it was still year round. Get it while you can...

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Photo of cjgator3
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle

Bottling date of 8/11/13 printed on the neck of the glass.

A- Pours a clear dark red color with faint orange hues and a nice off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma features that unique spiciness from the rye that I have learned to love in rye beers with a nice dose of hops to complement the malt in the nose.

T- The rye makes it presence felt again in the taste with that unique flavor. The malt and hops complement each other perfectly in the taste. There is some sweetness up front but the finish is rather dry.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Red's Rye PA from Founders is an excellent rye beer that is highly recommened.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. tulip.

pours a dark cloudy red brown with a good inch and a half white head. smell is quite hoppy with some good rye notes. the taste hits you with the rye up front and follows with some hops but mostly your typical APA flavors. not as hoppy as the nose. good drinkability, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall a real easy drinking rye pale. recommended.

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Photo of emyers
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poureed into a Founders snifter. Bottled on date 8/11/13.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. Solid lacing.

Smell: Big citrus hop aroma blends very nicely with a bold spicy rye malt presence. Caramelized sugar and a touch of pine in there as well.

Taste: SImilar to the smell, but amplified. Rye spice and bold citrus presence from the Amarillo hops make a great combination. Excellent balance between the hops and the malt - this really is able to showcase the rye while the citrus hops add another level of flavor. Finishes on the bitter side. To me, this is what a rye pale ale is supposed to taste like.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Goes down easy.

Overall: Back in my craft beer infancy, this was the first rye beer I ever had, and I have to say it still exemplifies everything a good rye PA should be. This is the the measuring stick that I use to judge all other rye beers.

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Photo of dar482
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a deep ruby red color that is clear.

The aroma has lots of citrus, orange, grapefruit, sweet caramel malt, and a bit of earthy pine.

The flavor follows with mostly pine and floral notes and then grapefruit bitterness on the end. There is a peppery spice from the rye along with a gentle sweetness.

Despite being bitter and hoppy, the beer is really well balanced. Just another phenomenal beer from Founders.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Perfect Copper color that you think of when you hear Rye and pours with a slight head. Good clarity.
S: Really fresh citrus on the nose that you would not expect. Smells amazingly refreshing and not the traditional smell I would expect. Amazing surprise.
T: Clean, refreshing and precise. Not really tasting notes but this was so good i didn't want to take it slow enough to discern the details; it was awesome.
M: This is a little heavy on the palate and the only downside I see to this brew.
O: Founder's did it again with releasing this take on a rye PA. by far the most refreshing and crisp rye PA I have had. The only thing I wish is a little more predominant rye flavor but that discrepancy ends up being a strength in this offering.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light brown in color with a slight tint of red and a light tan frothy head that's has good retention.

Rye is detectable in the nose along with Carmel bready malt and some spicy hops. Smells fairly well balanced.

Wow, very mellow for a rye ale, lots of rye flavor with none of the bite that usually accompanies it. Malt is also present and had a nice bready quality to it. Slight spicy hop mild bitterness compliments the malt nicely.

Mouthfeel is great. Crisp and refreshing, not too think and very slight resins oils from the hops.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just illin low in my room at some hipster hotel outside of the Denver, CO airport.

Even though this son of a gun was bottled six months ago, hot diggity damn it still pops like Derek Jeter's ankle while trying to field a routine ground ball. Nice IPA textures with a smooth, red backbone that would make Lindsay Lohan's ginger rear end blush.

Yeah buddy.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,662 ratings.
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