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Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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

A: Poured into my brand new Bucknell pint, go Bison! Pours a deep hazy brown orange in the middle with orange tinge on the side. A nice 2 fingers of white head that recedes into a nice layer on top. Decent lacing.

S: Hoppy, grapefruit. Smells good

T: Some nice hop bite at the front, some of that grapefruit in the nose, mellows out with some bready malts and then the rye kicks in. Spicy rye followed by a nice dry and bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium mouthfeel, with enough carbonation to keep it clean.

O: Another winner from Founders. Hoppy enough to make a fan of IPA's happy, but a nice change of pace with the rye thrown in there.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draught pour at Davis Beer Shoppe into a nonic pint. Pours a gorgeous amber brown with 1.5 fingers of high density light tan head that did not dissipate quickly and left a sheet of lacing. Nose was a little mute, sweetness possibly from caramel malt, spicy from the rye. Loved the taste, lots of spice with pleasant but not overwhelming hop character. Mouthfeel was very good, carbonation spot on, and the finish has a hint of bitterness in a sea of spicy. This is a great example of a red rye IPA done right! Really hoping to find it bottled at some point as I want lots more!

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Photo of Winston3737
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

My bottle was filled on 5.3.11. It has been stored at cellar temperature and is poured into a pint glass.

The beer is clear with a deep red hue. A thick head of tan foam fills the top of my glass. Some streams of rising carbonation can be seen rising within.

The beer has a simple yet strong aroma, full of bitter Amarillo hops. Behind this are some caramel scents.

The initial flavor is of Belgian sugars and caramel. Rye malts are then tasted, followed soon after by the hops. Their bitterness tends to dominate, although some caramel sweetness can still be detected. The hop oils and rye flavors linger on.

The beer is sightly sticky. The hops are oily. Together, these qualities provide for decent coating that packs in some bitter flavors.

A very good bitter rye beer. Certainly another fine Founders beverage, one worth seeking out.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-to-cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a 1-finger tan head. Nice retention with some good patchy lacing. Decent amount of carbonation bubbles.

S – Very layered and complex aroma with toasted and caramel malt, spicy rye, and a nice hop bouquet with tropical fruit, orange, floral, and marijuana notes. Smells very nice.

T – Starts off with sweet caramel malt, progresses to a spiciness and toastiness from the rye and malt, and finishes with a nice bitter zip from the hops with mostly citrus and floral flavors. A little bit of the rye spice continues to shine through at the end, as well.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and spicy mouthfeel, and a dry, bitter, and spicy finish. Floral and citrus hop bitterness and rye spice linger for a nice amount of time.

O – This is a really nice beer. It smells phenomenal with a great hop profile that is layered with toasted and sweet malt and spicy rye, and the taste follows this great aroma well. This is a very drinkable and tasty beer. Founders strikes again.

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

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Reddish brown, a bit darker than I expected, with some haze and a bit of visible carbonation. A flat brown head forms, but regresses fairly quickly.

S: Dark and bready, with pine & citrus hops, dark sweet malt.

T: Nice citrus/orange hops, sweet bread, toffee.

M: Nice medium to a bit heavy mouthfeel, good carbonation. Minimal alcohol presence. Finishes with a citrus pith hang.

O: This is different & tasty! Another good beer from Founders. Glad I have one more!

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

From Tony412

A- Pours a deep, rich Mahogany red into my Bruery tulip. A thick three finger tinted head floats and pops on the surface, and leaves a damn good amount of stickly lacing all over the glass.

S- Orange rind, grapefruit, pine needles, sweet bready malts, rye, caraway seeds, black peppercorns and Dole pineapple juice.

T- Sweet like pineapple, but with a tremendous bitter citrus punch! Spicy rye malts and zesty citrus dominate your tongue. Hints of peaches, grapefruit, pine sap, caramel, basil, thyme, and hints of honey.

M- Really bitter... strips the tongue and makes your teeth feel a little gritty. The sweetness hangs in the whole time, but this one is really about the citrus/pine needle bitterness. A really nice dryness and tingling carbonation. Very well done.

O- Very chewy, almost like you're eating NY style Jewish Rye bread. Nice blend of spiciness, bitter citrus and sweet caramel malts. Not a beer I would constantly seek out, but really glad I was gifted a bottle. Thanks Tony!

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

Pours a hazy light amber, very thin white head.

Smell, strong hops and grapefruit, with some early spring earthiness.

Tastes is bold grapefruit, slight hint of coriander, and very well hopped up.

Mouth-feel, good carbonation combine with a great bitter end.

Overall - Wonderful, get some of this one fresh and it won't disappoint...if you like grapefruit, it is seriously a gulp-able brew.

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

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is slightly murky (chill-hazed, perhaps?); reddish-orange-amber in color with a 1/2-finger beige head. Some lace left behind.

S: Yummy nose. Brown-sugar. Honey-drizzled grapefruit. Candied orange peel. Tropical fruit. Citrusy hops. Nice blend between sweetness and citrusy-bitterness.

T: Follows the nose. Immediate impression is caramel malt with citrusy hops over top. Rye is evident at the back of the sip as a slightly spicy bite. Finishes dry, with a lingering bitterness and lingering rye spicy bite. Nicely balanced all around.

M: Medium-weight, with a good creamy feel to it.

D: Excellent. Goes down real easy.

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

having some fresh founders brew on this beautiful friday night in cuse. Bought this from the first spot in Syracuse to land this amazing brewrey! So glad they are here

A- Red's is a big time amber body with a burst of carbonation ripping through the bottle as speckled lacing clips to the sides of my glass. Totally looks like an amber red ale with a hearty and glowing presence involved with the glass

S- BIG flavors pushing out exponential piney hops that mesh to some good caramel and peppery rye scents. This is big time mouth watering scent that makes you want to dive in and come back for another whiff. To be honest, I never had this brew until it came to cuse. What a great scent

T- caramel candy is pierced with a hoppy flavor of pine needles. Major bitterness.... and I mean major! The flavors are able to partner together and make a fantastic taste profile.

M- carbonated and ever lasting with sticky flavor all over. Very hearty and fulll

O- I think the truth must be told with this tasting... Founders is that good when it comes to interpretation of their styles! This Rye beer is so good with the classifications of hoppy flavors. What a brewery, what a beer.. glad you are here founders (finally)

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Photo of clvand0
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a tall head that has decent retention and leaves nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is very hoppy - citrus hops. I didn't get much rye in the nose, but there was a lot of hop there to cover it up. The flavor was very nice. Lots of hop flavors with a strong rye and caramel backing. Very smooth. Moderate body and great drinkability. Nice.

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

Pours a ruby-orange colour, with a 1/2" slightly tinted red head.

Smell is big piney hops, with a nice malt backbone, some rye. Oatmeal cookie, dark fruits, a bit of alcohol. Smells delicious!

Mouthfeel is immediately evident. A great pillowy mouthfeel, with a soft, smooth texture reminiscent of Three Musketeer filling, drifting down sooo smoothly. Excellent.

Taste is some hops up front, immediately balanced with a great malty,carmelly taste. Spice, Dark fruit, rye and toffee are evident as it morphs back into a smooth, tugging hop bitterness.

Drinkability-ABV a little too high to be sessionable. The flavour is big, although is masterfully balanced.

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

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of citrus hops and rye spice

T - Just like the smell citrus hops upfront with a spicy rye finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I think this is my favorite rye beer now this stuff is awesome tastes great this is a beer that I would try to drink all night worth getting your hands on to try

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

I got this beer in a trade with HopHobo.

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

A - cloudy, red/amber color with a tan head that thinned to a layer and left some good lacing.

S - hoppy pine scent with a malty sweetness.

T - very good tasting beer, hoppy bitterness dominates but there is a point when the rye malt flavor surfaces before a bitter finish.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - I enjoyed this sample very much and would love to have more.

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

on tap at pope in philly

Pours a mostly clear brilliant auburn color with some reddish hues. A froth of beige head retains well and leaves curtains of lace on the glass.

Strong scents of invigorating grapefruit hops with floral edges. Some hints of rye with caramel malt and bitterness.

Very hoppy and bitter up front with dryness on the tongue. Grapefruit and orange juiciness create a dynamic hop profile. Some bready malt with caramel and a strong rye presence (THANK YOU). Slight sweetness throughout the middle. Finishes long, bitter, and dry.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation, sticky and dry on the palate. This is one of, if not my favorite rye beers where you can actually taste the rye presence amidst the other flavors. Another awesome beer from Founders.

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Photo of larryi86
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear dark red with a one finger off-white head.

S- A nice mix of citrus, bitter, and floral hops, with hints of spices.

T- Hoppy and balanced with caramel malts and a hint of spices.

M- Nice medium body, smooth.

D- Another great beer from Founders. Easy to drink and leaves you wanting more.

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

A - Pours a hazy copper orange. Head is over 1/2" thick and the bubbles are very tight and compact. It laces as it falls.

S - The spicy rye aroma is very apparent. Very strong fruity esters. Hop aroma is more citrus than floral, like oranges.
Smells sweet and sticky.

T - Very sweet malt and earthy rye. Hop bitterness is strong and plays nice with the sweet malt. Hop flavor is also aggressive. Very fruity.

M - This is a thick chewy beer. Medium carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth.

O - Wow, what a great beer. One of my favorites.

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

Bottle picked up at Table and Vine in Springfield, Bottled 01/03/12, Enjoyed 01/26/12
A: Clear ruby-red color, nice off-white head that leaves very nice lacing.
S: Sweet grapefruit jumps off this thing. While I love tropical hop flavors and they are so hot right now, this thing really makes me realize how beautiful just simple grapefruit can be. It really smells both juicy and bitter and epitomizes American C hops. I know this is amarillo dry-hopped, but I throw amarillo in there with cascade and centennial. After I calm down from the grapefruit the rye is certainly there as is an herbal edge to the hops.
T: This beer offers a legit hop onslaught. Sweet hop flavors pound the palate. Grapefruit and a little hop funk kick in. The rye is there but is subdued by the hops. The rye is most prevalent on the finish and lingers with the citrusy hop oils. The beer stays very dry through-ought. I certainly taste the rye but not really any other malt characteristics. It finishes very dry but not overly bitter.
M: Mouth feel is beautiful. I would say it is on the fuller side for a 6.6% IPA/ Rye Beer. The malt backbone gives it lots of body but is not that present in the taste. Just the way I like my hoppy beers.
O: Overall, insane beer. Loaded with hops but not overly bitter. The rye plays second fiddle to the hops perfectly. One of the most drinkable really hoppy beers I have ever had.

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

A: Poured a very bright, extremely murky, red-orange (probably a bit more towards the orange side), with about a finger's worth of orange-white head that quickly dissipated.

S: Extremely floral, almost like a rose bush actually, with a very refreshing filtered water quality, and a good bit of that awesome characteristic rye pepperiness.

T: Extremely hoppy and flowery, but the spice from the rye cut through nicely, leaving a beer that was both tasty and refreshing. I think I got some pomegranate in the middle also, and a sort of gourmet pepper slapped the tongue on the finish.

M: Not too bitter or sweet. The carbonation was prickly, and the rye attached itself the alcohol granules and didn't let go. The spice from the rye reminded me a really fine gourmet cake icing.

D: I've always considered this to be one of my "go-to" brews available in my area. This is a craft beer lovers "candy beer" for sure!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Founders Red Rye poured a dark amber color with a small head that went away rather quickly. It had a nice hoppy/malty smell to it. The taste was overall fantastic, it had a very nice combition of malts, and hops, and maybe a pine flavor as well. It had a very strong taste that lasted much after you finished this beer, and it was easy to drink too. Overall another fantastic beer from a fantastic brewer, would love to have this one again.

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

Hazy vibrant burnt red with a thick head. Very little movement with clinging bubbles and lacing.

Smells of fresh misty citrus with hints of peaches and mint followed by a unique bready sweetness.

Taste dives headfirst into citrusy sweetness with grain in perfect balance. Not quite as fruity as the nose but offering plenty of light, tart fruit flavors with muted rye. Ends with a mild bitterness.

Founder's never fails

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

A: Nice white head, cloudy when held to the light. I has a red tint to an amber color beer.

S: The hops aroma comes at you strong. The rye is slight under the hop aroma.

T: the taste reminds me of their pale ale with all the hops and the carmel malt taste. I didn't get much rye in the taste.

M: A medium bodied beer with medium carbonation.

O: A very good beer which ranks up there with all the other Founders beers. It is easy to drink a few of these and not get tired of it.

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

Pours a bright, hazy amber with a reddish tinge. Thin white head. Smells of piny hops and black pepper spice. Faint malt sweetness quickly gives way to faint citrus and piny, herbal hops with a huge pepper character. Maybe a little woody? This beer is a total spice bomb. Alcohol is well-hidden. Fair carbonation, very smooth. Extremely enjoyable.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 5,249 ratings
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