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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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:
5,199
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
Wants:
374
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,662 | Ratings: 5,199
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip. From notes

A - Medium amber, off white to cream coloured head, good lacing

S - Grapefruit hops, grassy and grains. Some caramel malt comes through as well

T - Predominantly the citric hops (grapefruit and orange) but the rye graininess of it is hidden more than I expected in the back palate. The caramel malt was also back there and gave it a nice sweetness in the end

M - Crisp, dry, medium

D - A pretty easy beer to drink, nice flavours.

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

12oz. bottle into Dogfish Head specialty pint glass on 12/9/07.

A - Poured a cloudy reddish brown with pretty small beige head. Small bubbles permeated the thick-looking body. Head mostly diminished and left minimal lacing around the glass, reminiscent of leopard spots, if you can imagine.

S - Grainy with a burnt buscuity malt aroma and some caramel sweetness is balanced by moderate herbal and earthy hops with some resin and smokey undertones. Slight alcohol tinge is also present. A hint of vanilla creeps out as the liquid warmed up.

T - Starts off with a good balance of malts and hops, but the hops win out in the end. Finishes with herbal hops and some resin. Burnt biscuity malt flavors come out a bit more as it warmed up, as well as some vanilla notes.

M - Medium body with a slick, oily texture and lightly fizzy carbonation. Finish was a bit metallic and bitter on the tongue.

D - Quite a hoppy red ale with lots of flavors and pretty complex hop profile. The rye presence is quite subtle. Good balance of malt and hops at the start, but hops linger for a bit longer, resulting in a moderately bitter finish.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Red tinted - amber body with a small white head on top

S - Piney-citrusy hop aroma. Smells a bit spicy.

T - A big pine and citrus hop flavor up front before finishing a bit smoother. Not much lingering bitterness. A spicy rye flavor lingers as well.

M - medium body, average carbonation, very slight stickiness

D - Pretty drinkable. The rye gives it a spicy tinge but this beer doesn't have a lingering bitterness. A solid beer worth trying but I don't see how it is in the top 100.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a very nice reddish brown color with a fluffy 2 finger head taht slowly settles and leaves a nice lace as it goes down. Fruity floral hop aroma fills my noise as I take my first sniff. An interesting first taste as the rye used gives a different type of taste compared to the usual malt profile. Nice an smooth subtle sweetness then gives way to a nice hop bite that lingers. Some citrus rind type bitterness along with fruit and floral. Pretty tasty! Nicely balanced. Medium mouthfeel. Minimal alcohol notes.

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Photo of blitz134
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish, garnet color with a voluptuous light tan head. A bit cloudy, but the bottle was inadvertantly stored on its side during chilling, so that might lead to some of the haziness. Head stays 'til the bottom. Great looking brew.

A strongly hopped beer with lots of citrus grapefruit and some lemon grass as well in the nose. Taste is a solid hit of rye throughout. Initially a dark rye bread taste compliments a subtle bit of sweet caramel malts. Finish is dry rye and hop bitterness. Some floral hops come through just before the finish and add a bit of character to this very dry, rye beer. I'd like to see some more sweet malt flavor in this to counteract some of the rye. A good flavor, but not as well balanced as some other rye's I've had. Edit: As I approach the bottom the overwhelming rye flavor has turned me off to this beer. Its decent but needs something to balance this out.

Mouthfeel is fairly full bodied, and finishes dry. Drinkability is okay, a bit unblanced which detracts from its drinkability. I'd just like to see some more malt character.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beautiful ruby red. Lacing is nice and thick. I wish there was a bit more head to this. Still good though.

Smell: Very rustic. Rye grain and metallic mineral water (in a good way). Some caramel notes as well. Pretty faint though, but still enjoyable.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pretty decent balance between sour rye and sweet caramel in the background. A bit one note to some maybe, but this definitely high lights good notes. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with slightly above average carbonation.

Drinkability: Kind of a hybrid session and sipper. Pretty versatile.

Overall: Definitely better for rye fans.

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Photo of Lupe
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a big fluffy white head. Decent retention and some nice patches of sticky lace are left behind.

Massive aroma of juicy grapefruit and piney hops. Mild hint of spicy rye and sweet malt in the back.

Hoppy, but not overly bitter or sharp. Lots of herbal and floral flavors, citrus, and minty hops abound. Hops are nicely balanced by the malt sweetness and the spiciness from the rye add a nice kick. Finishes with a lingering herbal/floral hop flavor. No bad but the floral/herbal hop character of this beer is not my thing.

Medium in body, smooth and creamy. Tingles on the tongue between the carbonation and spice. Pretty good drinkability, but I wasn't digging the herbal and floral hop flavors.

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Photo of antique
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rather nice amber with orange hues that poke through when held up to light. A nice head gives way to a filmy lacing that retains throughout the drink, though it does seem a bit oily.

Smells of pine and hops, with a good deal of citrus here and there too. Not too out of the ordinary for a pale ale.

Mouthfeel is smooth as butter, which strikes immediately, despite the good amount of carbonation. The hops are fairly mild for a pale ale, but linger nicely and that pine smell really delivers in the taste. Big citrus hit and some maple backbone work well with the hints of rye in the head. It finishes a bit malty, but it all works well; it's a refreshing drink above all. It's pretty well balanced as well--sharp and crisp, but there are plenty of fairly complex flavors buried beneath the lid, and each sip seems to accentuate some quality of it above another you'd noticed earlier, which will really keep you coming back.

Overall it's certainly one of the better APAs I've had, but there isn't anything really BIG about it to me, other than its rock solid flavors and the smooth delivery. Nevertheless, recommended, and another deserved checkmark on the Founders Reports Card.

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Photo of sellmeagod
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A strong and full flavored bitter beer that goes down easily as well.

Some citrus smells, and of course the hops are present too. The pun-name, as cute as it is, betrays the seriousness that is obviously going on here.

The taste is an extreme mixture of many powers: grapefruit, rye, hops, some malt. The taste dies fairly quickly with nothing but a bit of bitterness in the end.

Goes down like swimming in your esophagus, although the 6.6 abv maybe is a bit low.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
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 bunnyhustle
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass and after pouring a thrid of the bottle the head overtook the glass. Massive thick, rocky head with lots of lacing. Hazy and rusty, off-white head. Smell was a bit strong of a sweet caramel with some hops, almost barleywine-ish. Taste was comlex. Some caramel, little hops, malt, some toasted grain and other earthy flavors. Fuller mouthfeel, smooth and somewhat velvety. Overall a good beer but somethinga about it just didnt hit home for me.

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Photo of PerHops
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice reddish amber color with a thin white head. Smell is great. Fresh lemons, grapefruit, rye spiciness and pine. Taste has a lot of spice, but is balanced very well with the citrusy hops and bisquity malt. Extremely well balanced and very easy to drink. Nice carbonation and a good overall drinkability. This is a style that doesn't necessarily impress me most of the time, but this is a very good one.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear with an amber body. The head is a finger high and a golden, tan color, but it dissipated somewhat quickly.

S: hits you up front with some massive citrus notes. It's like you are in a sea of oranges. There is a hint of the malt in the aroma as well. A bit of bready aroma.

T: there is some upfront bitterness followed by citrus and a bit of caramel. Really nothing bind blowingly new, but then again it is a pale ale. The balance however is not what I expected from a pale ale. The balance is too hop forward for me, when it comes to pale ales.

M: a little bit lower carbonation than I expected. Medium bodied but the low cabonation makes it feel thinner than it should.

D: the hop assualt seems a bit on the strong side for a pale ale and there is a lack of malty goodness to back it up. This lack of balance, while dilicous, hurts drinkability. I honestly liked this beer more than the grade reflects.

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Photo of papat444
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with my wife and used some in our shrimp for supper.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottled 04/25/11.

Appearance: 2 fingers worth of creamy foam with an orange body with slight red tinges. Coats the sides of the glass well.

Smell: Hops, juicy fruit and a bit of bitterness.

Taste: A bit more malt than hops but the flavor is good. More grapefruit than tangerine.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, a lasting bitterness and a nice feel.

Overall: A good flavorful ale and though i would have preferred a more pronounced hop kick, it's worth trying for sure.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Comes in darker than red, light brown. 3/4" head with substantial retention. Aroma was not as hoppy as amarillos usually are, the rye tempered this a little methinks.

Taste was solid amount of rye, bready. Hopped up, but not into ipa territory I thought. Plenty of caramel and rye all over this. One of those 2nd tier rye hoppy beers for sure. Good, not great.

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Photo of drperm
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, red-copper umber with antique-white lacing.

Aroma: Citrus hops, hot malt, black pepper, and rosemary.

Taste: Smooth, yet bright. Slight metallic edge melds into a West-Coast hop joyride buckled in with a firm malt anchor. Nice and minerally.

Palate: Fairly typical with a mineral and bubbly scrub, and a slight creaminess at the end.

Overall: Not as stellar a pair with my grilled lamb loin with chanterelle gravy as I was hoping for, but not bad either! Terrific with roasted asparagus. This is a solid (if quite bright and extroverted) stand-alone brew; it would also (I imagine) be a hit with antipasto or cold-cut appetizer trays.

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Photo of r0nyn
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint. Courtesy of fellow BA infi.

Pours a burnt sienna hue, with just a bit of a cloudy character along with a half-inch white head that dissipates slowly, leaving stringy lacing. Big hop presence in the initial sniff, with a lot of pine notes and a smacking of fresh citrus. Some malts are detectable with subsequent whiffs, lending some sweet caramel nuances to the nose along with some subdued rye essences.

Bit of a bitter opening salvo greets the tongue at first sip, the hops really asserting themselves before allowing the other flavors to come out. There's a bit of zesty rye that comes through, along with some muted malt characteristics. Stays pretty bitter all the way through, even into the aftertaste. Perhaps too much so. Mouthfeel is good, with just the right amount of oomph, not too heavy, not too light. Very minimal carbonation. Finishes dry on the tongue.

On the whole, an interesting rye beer. Perhaps a bit too hop-forward for my liking. If there was a bit more balance to it, the other flavors could really come out and provide a counter to the bitterness, which came across as almost seething at times. I would probably revisit this beer given the chance, but I don't think I'd go out of my way for it.

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Photo of haddon
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is an amber/red color with a off-white head and has some lacing.

A pine hop aroma with rye spice and the mildly sweet caramel.

The bitterness of the grapefruit and pine blends well with the rye and sweet malts in the beer. I always seem to pick up the malt notes much more than the hops in red ryes.

The carbonation level is moderate and the body is medium to full.

Full disclosure: I am not a huge red rye fan but this is a very good example of the class. Founders always puts out quality beers.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from Merchant Fine Wine in Dearborn Heights, MI in March 2008- price not recorded.

Pours a big rich deep red-amber with only thin whisps of head. Big bubbles in the middle of the glass show its carbonation, and nice lacing on the sides.

Aroma is of rich solid hops, herbal and oily, some piney, and only hints of fruit.

In the flavor, I can actually taste rye- very much like rye bread with the little seedsbaked right in. The hops sit on it like a veggie sandwich. The hops burn the back of the throat a bit.

Paired with a chicken salad with Michigan cherries on ciabatta bread; this may have been a bit strong for the food, but it went OK.

I purchased this as a single on recommendation of the beerman there. I would not have gotten it otherwise (as neither red ales nor rye tend to excite me in the beer world), but this is a very good beer, and I have to thank the Merchant Beer Man!

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Photo of schwaeh
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This pours a dark murky amber color. Nice two finger white head that fades into a cap. A fair amount of sticky lace.

S: Smells very hoppy with lot of malt balancing things out. Lots of rye spice on the aroma. Sweet caramel malt stands along with the rye.

T: The taste is big caramel malt with some rye bite and spice. The hops are really earthy and grassy. The rye is prominent with the hops fading a bit. This one has a slight vegetal flavor that I'm not crazy about. Seems to get hoppier as it warms.

M: Medium body with some high carbonation. The rye and hop oiliness make this seem a bit bigger than it is.

O: I enjoyed this a lot more last time I had some. I looked all over the place to find some with bottle dates but the last shipment must have missed that step at Founders. A really hoppy interesting rye pale ale when fresh, decent at this age.

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Photo of Damian
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank on-tap at Foundry on Elm, Somerville, MA
Served in a pint glass

Beautiful, orangey-crimson body with a near two-finger head of bubbly, light tan froth. A drippy latticework of lacing trickled down the top quarter of the glass.

Tons of bright, citrusy hop notes came through in the aroma. Orange peel was most apparent. Crisp and juicy. Slightly sweet with just a bit of twang from the rye.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose, yet drier and more bitter. A touch of maltiness appeared up front before the hops took over. Crisp, citrusy, West Cost style hops dominated. Pithy notes of grapefruit and orange rind were quite noticeable in the hop profile. Spicy in the center with subtle indications of rye. Oily, resiny notes of pine sap came through in the finish.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied yet smooth and frothy with a fine, zippy effervescence.

Drinkability was where this beer seemed to falter. As much as I respect the style, the combination of dry, bitter hops and sour rye notes was a bit too much for me to handle. If you are a fan of Hop Rod Rye and other super hoppy rye beers, you will likely enjoy this as well.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A straight, slow pour results in a deep reddish-brown body topped by an inch of creamy tan foam that even looks a little pinkish itself. Strong retention and plenty of lacing make this a great looking beer all around.

S: Spicy, piney hops really jump out right away, and remain the dominant aroma throughout. There's also some caramel malt and a nice dose of distinctive rye sharpness. Quite nice.

T: The hops and rye really join forces to create a powerful wave of spicy bitterness. A little bit of malt sweetness tries to make an inroad halfway through, but the hops close it out with an intensely bitter finish. It's both intense and enjoyable, but there's a rather pronounced alcohol note on the aftertaste - far, far more than I'd expect from a beer under 7%. It's really, really tasty up to a point, but the finish just keeps bugging me.

M: Slick medium body with moderate, sharp, late-arriving carbonation. Not bad at all, but not as smooth as I'd like.

D: Not bad for the style, I suppose, but I really wish there were less noticeable booze.

Notes: This is a beer with lots of great things going on, but it just doesn't come together IMO. I'd never turn one down, but I certainly don't think it fits in well with most of the other Top 100 brews. If I didn't know it was the strength of a single IPA, I'd think it was just a thin American Barleywine - it's that hot. Founders makes a bunch of world class beers, but this isn't quite one of them.

Cheers!

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Photo of klintok21
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, I just went out and tried one tonight after reading the reviews on here. Well, I must say a well-crafted beer, the rye was just to strong for my taste! Otherwise, good looks, pretty easy drinkability with little carbonation, but one was plenty for me, doubt I will try it again as I just couldn't get into the rye, but if you like that kind of thing, you'll probably love this, give one a try!

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured with a hazy orange color and a small, short-lived head. It had aice aroma that blends a spicey character from the rye with citrus from the hops.

The taste is very bitter with a complex of malt flavors. The rye is very nice but the bitterness is somewhat harsh and very forward. It limited my interest in finishing this beer and interfered with the otherwise nice complexity of the malts and hop flavors.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle born on 12-14-11 from an awesome BA (thanks Aaron) poured into a crystal mug.

A: Amber/bronze color, ample off-white head is foamy and lacy.

S: Citrus, pine, rye, spice, hints of toffee and bready malt.

T: More pungent pine on the palette. Grapefruit, orange peel, moderate spicy rye presence and sweet malt backbone/finish.

MF: Medium feel but on the lighter side, dry finish.

O: Pretty nice rye beer but there are probably better options out there. Glad I got a chance to try it, cheers!

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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