Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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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:
5,189
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
18.62%
 
 
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368
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Photo of jwinship83
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle drank from a standard american pint glass.

A- this one pours out a translucent red colored body with a large fluffy eggshell colored head on top. the head takes it time falling and leaves behind large globs of lacing.

S- sweet caramel malts and grapefruit like hops. theres also a definite spiciness form the rye.

T- caramel and rye malts start this one off. the malted rye is underdone if anything. not as spicy as i would have liked. a strong grapefruit hop finish.

M- medium bodied and well carbonated. no complaints.

D- i would like to try this one with an amped up amount of rye. another solid year round beer from founders. i like they date their bottles, i just with they would make it a little easier to find and read. oh well, freshness usually isnt an issue with them around here anyways.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a MTH Snifter Glass.

A- One finger off white head dissipates quickly to a nice sticky collar around the glass, dark amber color, decent carbonation.
S- Nice hoppy profile, pine, grapefruit, rye, spice, malt base.
T- Very similar to the aroma, pine, slight citrus taste, nice bitterness to this beer, rye is present, grapefruit, slight malt backbone to balance it out.
M- Medium mouth feel, I had this one other time and I remember there being a bigger bit to this beer, mouth feel felt a little under carbonated on the initial taste. Dry finish.
O- Decent beer, I feel like I might have drank a bad bottle because I remember this being a lot better, either that or my palate has changed tremendously since the first time I drank this. Other than that still a solid beer from founders.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle at 41 F poured into a pint glass. If there's a bottle code, I don't see it. Bought in Texas, shipped to Washington.

Pours slightly hazy, reddish, little head, almost no visible carbonation unless you move it around a little. Smell is slightly piney, slightly citrusy. Slight spiciness that I attribute to the rye.

Taste is rye spiciness, piney hops. Lots of bitterness. Plays nicely with the rye. Slight creamy flavor. Nothing blowing me away, but a nice, well-integrated flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and soothing. Overall, nice beer. I like it.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber colored with a bit of a red tint. A thin off white wisp of a head covers most of the top of this beer. Good clarity. I get a nice combo of rye and pine like hops in the nose. The front of the palate I get more of the rye and then a nice bit of bitterness from the hops kick in and remain in the aftertaste. The beer has some moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thick reddish mahogany with solid tan head. Hops, pepper notes from the rye, and sweet malts on the nose. Taste is bittering hops up front and on the sides mingling with the rye giving it that zing of white pepper and an even body. Malt sweetness on the back makes it nicely rounded with bittering hops coming through on the aftertaste. Many love this brew, I personally love rye brews, yet the hops are a bit strong to my liking. Hop heads dream.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a hazy reddish-orange with thick, pillowy off-white head that lingers for entire glass and leaves excellent lacing. Plenty of carbonation in this one, as I had to pour in three shifts to avoid overtopping. Had the pleasant aroma of citrus (grapefruit), more similar to an APA or even IPA. Flavor was a mixture of the citrus and some caramel malt. As the beer warmed, the alcohol slowly crept in to nicely add to the flavor. Mouthfeel was slightly spicy, and the aftertaste was more of the citrus.

A good, smooth, tasty beer.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Founders Red's Rye IPA, 6.6% ABV, 70 IBU, style is Rye Beer. Pours thin and medium red with a finger of white foamy head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing. Nose is roastiness, taste is roasted rye and a bit of sweetness, not as bitter as I had expected. OK mouthfeel. Not my favorite style, but is decent, and refreshing. Wouldn't seek another out, though wouldn't turn one down.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance

A non-transparent deep & dark honeyed amber

Nose

Raw honey, medium roasted maly, sugar, pear, apple, banana

Palate

Initial honey and malt with big rye flavor followed by citrus and a hoppy finish. Butterscotch, medium mouthfeel and alcohol comes through rather strong for only being 6.6%

Overall

Big flavor- and slightly balanced. It is certainly easily drinkable and the flavor does go well with the alcohol flavor that comes through.

-BeerandwhiskeyHQ.com

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Photo of TLove
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to a glass tumbler.

This beer was quite good. A strong rye that is not overly concerned with the typical rye accompaniments of caraway seed, clove, and root vegetables. This one instead possesses a pine and citrus flavors that highlights the subtleties of the grain rather than dries it out.

There is a definite floral component to the beer too, one which balances the strong flavors of grapefruit and caramel. The red rye color and finish are really noteworthy, as the creamy head lasted until I finished the beer and washed away the graininess in the finish. The hop structure was clean and the carbonation soft (not too dry). Likely used a very acidic, soft water to break down the rye as well as they did.

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Photo of tylernim
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Deep orange to red complexion. Slight orange to the head forming up to about a half inch.

S - Hops come across right away. Some fruit notes follow.

T - The hops come through up front as expected. Apricot along with other syrupy fruity notes. Sweet malt flavors as well.

M - Light. Pretty pleasant overall. Good carbonation.

D - If I were more into the taste I could definitely stick with this one all night.

This beer was strikingly similar to Flying Dog's Raging Bitch. I'm not convinced they aren't the same beer actually. That being said, this one is a bit more malty, while The Bitch has a bit more hop to it.

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Photo of granger10
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer looked exactly like the Imperial IPA from Founder's on the pour. Crimson red in color with a one inch tan head that had good retention. Smell is very bready and somewhat sweet. The taste was sweet upfront with a caramel flavor, the top has a rye base to it and was quite thick, the finish was hoppy but not really bitter. Quite a thick and complex beer with some bold flavors but not overly sweet or bitter. A good beer to try at Founders but there are better choices at their brewery.

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Photo of TasteTester
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Good red, dark coloring. Little to no head. Lite lace, not lasting.

S-Very earthy and grainy. Rye malts apparent.

T-Not overly impressed, have had much better red ales, though pleasing to the pallete.

M-Tingly and warm, with a semi-sweet after-bite.

D-Not something I would sit down and have a few of. Definately a one or two beer kind of night.

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Photo of kbeals
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I never thought I'd say this, but this beer had way too much head. It took nearly ten minutes to pour the beer into the glass since I had to keep waiting for the head to die down. The color is nice though, a deep golden amber color. A lot of lacing obviously. Smell was very malty, a hint of sweetness to it, not really impressive though. Taste was about the same. A little more of a grainy taste to it, overall the taste was pleasing. The beer was somewhat carbonated, pretty smooth and not too full. I probably wouldn't drink more than one or two of these in a night though, I don't think it's really my style of beer.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Dark amber/copper with a generous tan head that hangs around for 5+ minutes leaving a lumpy film on the top with nice lacing.

Smells strongly of floral citrusy hops. I'm reminded of Bell's Two Hearted and Sierra Nevada's Celebration. I like it, but was expecting more rye in the nose.

As in the nose, hops dominate. Still wanting more rye. There's some there, but you really have to search for it over a few sips. Very dry finish.

Nice full mouthfeel. Almost weighted like a good stout. Not a lot of carbonation, but the rush of hops takes its place.

This is a very tasty and drinkable beer. It lacks the presence of rye I was looking for in both taste and aroma, unlike the Black Rye, but its still damn tasty.

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Photo of rembrant
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The look is primo,a reddish amber,textbook 2 finger head with good froth and lacing.

Aroma Good. Interesting hops blend with a bit of fruit,grain.

Flavor, Hops have a bit more nip than expected,a familiar hop taste not unlike Sierra PA I am otherwise not noticing a lot of flavors from malts or Rye Holding it in the mouth I can find a touch of pale and caramel malts but from Founders,I kind of expected more,more complexity,more zip. As a "Hoppy" this can't match recent brew's I had from Victory or Bell's

Odd...I drank it mostly from a mug, took the last inch from the bottle and that final sip seemed to have the missing malts and flavors. Was I supposed to shake well before serving?

Mouth....Density + sparkle are about right Hops linger but are not complex,not evolving much. Tasty but below expectations

Drinkable? Yes It's a pretty good beer but there's many PA's equal or better in the price range. Yesterday..had my first KBS and....OMG.
I expected Founders to bring a top PA,but gimme a Sierra, A Mirror Pond,a Burning River,or better yet a Yakima Twilight.

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 4 ounce taster.

Appearance: It looks good. Dark amber hue speckled with carbonation. Just a tinge of red to it. Moderate-to-heavy lacing as the head recedes. I feel like I will enjoy this one.

Smell: It holds its own. Slightly pungent with a very detectable bitterness. Good rye, good hops. Very little sweetness to the scent. It's above average.

Taste: The large part of the taste is bitter. Slight caramel flavor to it. Citrus and spice notes are present, but are not strong enough to ruin the drink. Aftertaste is strong with this one, and leaves your mouth feeling a bit dry, leading to another sip. :-) I'm happy that the sweetness does not overpower with this one.

Mouthfeel: Very prickly, but in a good way. It stays light on the tongue with active carbonation that doesn't detract from your ability to savor the taste.

Drinkability: It's a little bitter, and definitely too heavy to be considered for a session beer. However, its flavor and bite are good enough to warrant a future purchase or two. It's a good beer to taste, and certainly holds its own. I could drink this on a weekly basis.

All in all, this beer is pretty much a standard rye beer. For what it is supposed to do, it does well. Not my favorite style of beer, but I have nothing really negative to say about it. Give it a try, only you can decide for yourself. *Shrug*

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep reddish amber in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thick collar; nice lacing;

S: grapefruit, floral, a little rye spiciness;

T: malty up front, hoppy at the end; starts with caramel, followed by a bit of rye spiciness; grapefruit becomes more prevalent at mid-palate and stays through the finish; mild bitterness at the finish that builds through the aftertaste;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: very nice; the rye spice is a nice lead-in to the hop bitterness;

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Photo of KajII
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Lager Glass]

The pour was a murky medium reddish brown with an average (1-2 finger) light cream colored pillowy head that had good retention and excellent sheeting of sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a dark bread malt, floral hops and a sweaty yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (grapefruit), rye and a mild sweet fruity ester.

The taste was a malty bitter-sweet with a hint of caramel from the onset, progressing into a bold hoppy citrus bitter with a touch of rye and a mild sweetness at the end. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a slight citrus peel bitterness left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was right between light and medium in body with a dry and slightly oily texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this brewer never seem to disappoint, this was a nice hoppy brew with a slight doughy sweetness and just the right touch of rye...

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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 EgadBananas
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber with a finger of fluffy, bubbly off-white head. Abundant lacing, sticky and web-like.

Smell is bitter, oily, flowery, with a crumby, bready malt finish.

Taste is of oily pines, and stark bitterness. Undertones of malts add to even things out.

The feel is clean, and crisp, but leans a bit too much toward the thinner side of things. Maybe the Devil Dancer a while ago ruined me...

Good drinkability, well balanced, nice, refreshing and very satisfying.

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Photo of rcusick
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle i've had in the fridge for about 3 months.

a-poured a beautiful, rich, clear dark red into a brooklyn brewery tulip but produced almost no standing head and quickly retreated to a thin layer of foam

s-the beer's smell is pleasant, crisp/piny, but not over powering

t-the taste is rich, surprisingly strong alcohol flavor (i find most founders brews dont taste as strong as they are), with a good bit of the spicyness that comes from the rye

m- similar to a typical pale ale, maybe a bit thicker, but not as much as i would expect from most rye ales

d- drinking the bottle is clearly not an issue, but not sure i would want to line a bunch of these up in a row for one sitting.

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Photo of bkrueger
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Thanks to Zeller1 for sending this my way!

Appearance - Pours a quarter inch or so of bubbly off white head. Golden red, clear and clean. The head quickly goes down to leave lacing on the edges which sticks to the glass as the beer quickly loses a couple of inches.

Smell - Rye, burnt malts, hints of peppery spice, hops with sweeter tones of sugary caramel.

Taste - Smooth, creamy, and watery. Lots of cream to go with a balanced malt and hop combo. Malts are very present and give this a sweet texture and taste. Some piney bite gets in there but it is mostly the malts that carry the taste.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth. It has a good combination of all of the tastes and leaves a chewy texture of light bitterness on the edges of the tongue. It is easy to drink but could be crisper for my liking without such a sweet presence. The hops are there though, I'm just too used to our west coast IPA's/DIPA's.

Overall - Very easy to drink and I can imagine this would go great with a sandwich or some BBQ in the afternoon, especially if you had a keg. The rye really shows through and while I would probably drink a Hop Rod Rye instead, this is a very good offering.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Got off work early, pumped....

First Founders review...

Appearance-Couldy. Amber body, towards the bottom a light translucent orange. 1/3 inch light brown head, big bubbles retain and nice lacing.

Smell-Sweet Caramel Malt, and some citrus hops. very pungent and inviting. Really looking forward to the first sip.

Taste-Caramel Malts followed by some citrus. Bitterness throughout. Finish was kind of watery and bitterness stays for a while, can pick up some rye. Kind of dissapointed after the first whiff.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied with medium carbonation, definitely would use more body.

Overall-Kind of pissed because It had a lot of promise, and is still a quality beer that I would absolutely drink again, just a little bit watery for me. Nonetheless, go get this beer if you can.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pour is dark copper, slightly cloudy, denser murky white head. Nose is hopped up, light rye spice and juicy citrus and sticky piney hops. Taste is a bit less fresh hop, spice is mild with a more present malt body, biscuity and chewy, lighter carbonation, soft citrus and sticky pine, very creamy feel, soft body.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the opportunity cmurren25.

Poured into a tulip. A nice ruby copper color with a frothy head that falls slowly. Nice sheeting lace.
Aroma is bready, spicy, earthy with a bit of citrus in the back. I'm not getting the kick of Amarillo I expected. Taste follows, with a nice bitter kick at the end.
Not as dry as I would like. It sticks around a little in the mouth.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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