Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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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"

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Photo of ZachMcGinn
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In terms of India Pale Ale's this beer is not overly bitter. A very nice red color lives up to the name and its welcoming aroma of peaches leads to an easy drink, especially for fans of bitter beers. For those trying to delve into the IPA world this is a good place to start.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
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 lochef81
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a deep mahogany color with a very small Head that lasts just a minute or so. The aroma is all rye, malt, and spice. There is little to no hint of hops or of the ipa qualities of this beer. It's Sips dry and a little rough with a bit of alcohol bite on the tail end. The body is a bit thin for this type of ale. The flavor is definitely rye and a lot of malt. Almost more like a porter than an ipa. There is virtually no hoppiness at all. Overall this is a very good beer (still rarely disappointed by Founders). It's just not what I expect from a rye ipa. Hits on the rye notes but not on the ipa ones.

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Photo of bobhits
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours, well....guess what red! The body is rather hazy, to the point I was a bit surprised given the style and brewers weird desire to make beers clear. Good lacing and head retention though over a huge head on this one.

Good citrus grape fruit hops on a plate of yeasty bread. Nothing intense here but does the job.

Small complaint then on the the massive praise! The rye that is spoken of doesn't really get into the picture as much as I'd want or expect. I don't get that rye bitterness, no peppery flavor, none of those things I'd generally expect. Instead we've got a wonderfully hop forward beer with a biscuit and dense body that gives it an impressively balanced flavor without turning the sweetness up. I should point out this is where the rye is working, but it seems to have gotten things right here. Some caramel flavors are what give this one enough sweetness to get past the bready and biscuit like backing.

Firm body with plenty of smooth carbonation make this one extremely drinkable and very enjoyable.

I'm not sure I'd seek this one out, but where available it is an almost must have from time to time. I hear so much love for Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but frankly those people must not have access to this one.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a thick, cream colored head.

Aromatic flowery hops in the nose, juicy pink grapefruit, rye spiciness, pine.

It doesnt' taste as good as it smells to me. Lighter bodied with spicy bread notes that muddle slighty with the citrusy hops. Finishes with a lingering hop bite. Has a nice gulpable quality.

Overall, a nice beer, but not something i'm going to drink often.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, giving a great copper/orange body. Faint cream head with bubbles that disappear slowly, with minor retention. Bottled Oct 25th 2010.

Great simple whiff on the nose of sweet grapefruit, nice and subtle, somewhat dry also. Not much else to speak of though, feels like a citrus IPA is coming.

And with that it feels and tastes like one too. Typical hop and grapefruit associated with an IPA in finish, palate and mouthfeel. I was expecting something a little more unique for a Rye beer but this is still tasty. However, it feels like just another good solid American IPA instead of something distinct. Can't say I am blown away by it either so I am going to probably never desire this again.

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Photo of carln26
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Mahogany color, mildly hazy with a fluffy tan head, that leaves a delicate lace on the side of the glass. Subtle nose, with hints of citrus grapefruit and a light herbal quality from the hops. Slight nuttiness from the rye malt. Just a light caramel hint on the finish. The taste is lively and fresh. I notice the nutty character of the rye immediately. This is followed by mild green apple, with a grapefruit hoppy finish. Nice dry bitterness. The mouth feel is slick, just a little sweet. Good drinkability. Overall, very nice beer.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
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 Ehrnstrom
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: beautiful amber brown color with moderate head that dissipates quickly.

smell: clean, crisp hop and pine smell.

taste: delicious IPA flavor that is accented by the rye addition. Sweet initial taste followed by a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

mouthfeel: nothing too extravagant here. The reason I graded this down was not because RRPA disappoints in this area, but simply because it doesn't really add anything particularly interesting.

overall: simply put, a great, refreshing beer that can easily be enjoyed with a variety of meals or by itself on a summer day. As far as rye ales are concerned, this is definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of nhindian
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

A - Pours a ruddy orangish brown with about a finger's worth of tan head. Pretty good retention, and you can you see a lot of carbonation gathering around the edges of the glass. Lacing is very nice as well, with thin wisps of foam sticking all over.

S - A heaping dose of spice and malts flood the nose immediately, much more than the hops at first. Caramel malts and toffee straight away. Earthy rye spice with a touch of bitterness. The finish has a nice amount of bitter, grapefruit hops that last long afterward.

T - Unlike the somewhat fragmented aroma, the taste consolidates all the individual characteristics together without muddling them. Overall, it's fairly bitter, but it has a nice transition from caramel and sweeter malts, to a gritty rye spice, to the citrus hops. Finish is spicy and bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy with good carbonation. A bit heavy at times but bursting with flavor, if not a touch bitter.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. Smooth drinking and a nice flavor, but the bitterness tends to overshadow the tastier parts of this beer and tends to imbalance it a little. I feel the rye is well-integrated as well and adds a nice kick to the pale side of this beer.

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Photo of grandq
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Old review recently discovered on the ol' cpu:

Redish orange, the exact color of my living room walls if I could only find the name of the paint shade. warm and inviting, some floaties beckoning. Nice sized white head, leaving slowly subsiding lacing

spicy rye, biscuit malt and hop

surprisingly complex flavor - light caramel sweetness and faint citrusy hop evolves into hazelnut before giving way to the sourness of the rye. Out of all the rye beers I've had, I feel this showcases the namesake ingredient like no other, but the upfront rye hurts the drinkability a teensy bit - not sure the hops effectively balance out the sweet and sour notes. As this warms, a maltier presence emerges to help out though

a bit dry for my liking, could use a little deviation from the amarillo hops. Still this grows on me with every sip. Nice, not sure I'd session it, but I'd be happy with ordering one if on tap.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 05/03/2011

A - pours a clear ruby/amber body with a huge eggshell head.

S - light citrusy hops, some lightly roasted malts, bit of spicy rye.

T - Kind of malty, bland hop and rye profile. Sweet fruity flavors. Need to try this a bit fresher.

M - smooth, sharp carbonation, medium-thin body.

O (D) - it's decent, will have to try it fresher.

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Photo of sleazo
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at DBA Manhattan

A_Pours a reddish brown with a rocky light tan head. Nice sticky lacing and above average retention.

S_Clean smelling, a nice mix of toasted malt and hop. Similar to a good APA

T_Very hoppy up front. Pine shows through but there is also a hint of fresh cut grass. The malt comes next, slightly sweet with a minor bread note. The Rye comes through right before the finish as a nice spicy highpoint. The finish is very dry.

M_Thicker bodied with an aggressive carbonation (on the verge of too much carb) Slightly sticky.

D_Drinks like a good IPA with a slight spicy note. Reminiscent of Hop Rod Rye.

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Photo of NODAK
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong notes of grapefruit on the notes. Big hoppiness definitely shows through. A bit of pine resin as well. Slick.

Taste is much of what one would expect in an IPA. Big notes of pine are pervasive all over in the body. Grapefruit hops show on the finish. Lingering bitterness hangs around after the swallow.

Pretty good IPA all around. Not too aggressively bitter but it doesn't lack punch. Heavy on the pine and pretty clean.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Packaged in a 12 oz amber stubby twist off bottle
Served at fridge temp about 35F
Malty and hoppy aroma at the bottle neck
Pours with a thick body, producing a 1/2" light tan head which persists for a while then falls gracefully back, leaving fine bubbles on the surface.
Appearance: Dark orangeish red, hazy, floating flakes, leaves an excellent lace.
Taste: Moderately assertive bitterness from first taste until the somewhat dry finish. Malty, rich, sharp and a bit sweet flavored, excellent balance.
As it warms, loses balance and sharpness, bitterness stands out.
Drinkability: Very good balance between sharpness from rye, maltiness from darker grains and generous hopping. Highly recommended for hop heads and those who like maltiness that finishes dry rather than cloying.

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Photo of JayAre46
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - a deep copper ruby transparent color with a solid off white head that shows amazing retention.

A - get a lot of caramel sweetness, touches of cinnamon, hoppy scents are there and i now i know i let this one sit too long, or maybe the faded hops have really let the malts come through. because it still has a great aroma amongst the caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, the rye characteristics are there but not huge.

T - the rye is much more prevalent in the taste, much less sweet malts, and the hops come up but not abundant by any means, i get the cinnamon again along with the caramel sweetness but everything is so subtle i know i need to get this one again.

M - a bit thin up front, medium to light bodied, light carbonation. this body is the weakest point for the beer to me, it is very drinkable and is easy but founder has done much better with this aspect.

O - decent brew but the complex aroma led me to high hopes the taste didn't match to my surprise, with that being said i know this isnt the most fresh offering so ill take that into consideration. huge rye fan and always try something when i see the word rye. this beer is just not big enough for it to be great to me, and no bigger doesn't mean better to me but i feel this way with this one.

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Photo of rlshep
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Citrus fruit, mangos, grapefruit, a hint of pine.

Appearance: Pours short one finger off-white head, dissipates quickly. Some lacing. Orangish amber color. A lot of particles floating in it, my fault didn't realize it was bottle-conditioned.

Flavor: A lot of grapefruit up front. Spiciness comes in as a secondary flavor. Earthy notes, especially in the aftertaste. Very high bitterness. Somewhat astringent.

Mouthfeel: Very dry. Medium low mouthfeel. Alcohol evident.

Overall: Not bad, but not feeling it. Too much bitterness and high astringency for my tastes.

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Photo of Hamsteroceros
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH tulip.

A- Literally my favorite color of beer- Deep reddish-copper. Solid 1+ inch head that laces well.

S- SO crisp. I get super-fresh pine and orange with a hint of dry malt at the end of each sniff. Smells like a very solid IPA.

T- Less rye than I would have expected... Excellent balance of malt and hops. Lacking the rye "zing" I was hoping for. Otherwise, again, VERY solid (I)PA.

M- Medium-bodied yet (again) SO crisp. Effervescence is almost too much. I almost wish it were more flat and syrupy.

D- I really enjoy this one. However, the rye factor only seems to give an otherwise solid IPA a crispness it otherwise might not have. That is, I was hoping for a rich, spicy character that I didn't find. That said, I'll certainly seek it out in the future.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Guanabanas. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep red body. Not really transparent, although I can't tell because it's dark out. Big creamy head. Nice lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit hops, lots of caramel malt, and a distinct spicy rye character.

Taste - Grapefruit hops joined by some resiny pine. Rye is much more prominent. Spicy finish to the malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - A little heavy for me. Thick for the style. Creamy carbonation.

Overall - Great rye character, but its body made me struggle through the whole pint.

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Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with subtle carbonation bubbles rising to meet the 1/4" of frothy head which quickly fades to a thin lacing. Nice citrusy, floral aroma in the nose with just a hint of peppery rye. Very complex taste; bitter with piny hops with a hint of citrus fruit, strong malt character that is a combination of biscuits and pepper from the rye. Faint alcohol esters are noticeable as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, and refreshing.

Very complex beer here. The rye is noticeable but this is definitely closer to an IPA than an all out rye ale with the intense hop character. Nice twist on an IPA though. A must try for all hop heads.

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Photo of Shumista
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap with lunch at Ashley's in Ann Arbor, my new favorite place in the whole world.

A- Hazy dark copper, brought to the table with no head to speak of on top.
S- Mostly just piney hops.
T- Bitter piney hops that are a bit thin in my opinion. Not much there to back them up, a little bit of rye and malt.
M- Medium bodied, pleasant mouthfeel.
D- Pretty good, I would have had a couple more if I was eating dinner instead of lunch. Went great with a burger and fries.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle tasted blind on 4/9/10.

Pours dark orange with great frothy cream head.

Super fruity grapefruit aroma, then caramel and a hint of rye.

Sweet treacle, then a bitter rye finish.

Very lively carb on the tongue.

Easily one of the best ryes I've had.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours a red, amber body with a small, off-white head with nice retention and lacing along the side of the glass all the way to the finish.

S: A bittersweet and spicy smell, typical of a nice, rye beer.

T: A strong, dry bitter, rye taste with a strong and slightly sour aftertaste. An earthiness was evident as well in the aftertaste that did well to compliment the taste.

M: A fairly decent mouthfeel that was pretty good and full-bodied.

D: Ok dirnkability overall, Decent combination of mouthfeel and taste. Pretty good beer overall; a nice session beer, but nothing too impressive.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brownish red with a great deal of light white foam, which leaves a thick layer on the glass. Nice aroma, malt, spice, maybe some fruit in there. Taste is a tad less impressive, mainly malt and a hint of rye, but not as much depth to the spices as the smell would suggest. Strong carbonation and a bitter aspirin aftertaste. Overall, not outstanding, but very solid and drinkable.

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Photo of engagechad
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This bottle was a single purchase from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - fresh - poured into dfh snifter

Poured a nice ruby amber with a great head, easily agitated back to full head too. Moderate lacing and okay retention.
Smells awesome, big hops (centennial?) in the aroma and some spice from the rye.
Tastes of Sweet malts initially but is followed by very bitter hops for a well done balance, more to the bitter end with 70 ibus
Very good and easy drinking brew for the abv and overall I thought it was good. Not exactly the kind of beer I would seek out and buy again though. It's just not amazing

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 5,215 ratings.
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