Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Red's Rye IPAFounders Red's Rye IPA
5,239 Ratings
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 deadonhisfeet
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ruby-amber with a slight cloudiness and 3 finger-widths of frothy head. Wonderful subtle aroma of fresh oranges and grapefruits.

The name of this beer (``Rye PA'') serves as an appropriate pun. Nicely balanced flavor that tilts ever so slightly towards the hops. Nobody who came to this party makes a spectacle of themselves, but the rye hangs around to help clean up a bit after everyone else has gone home. As a fan of rye whiskey, I wouldn't mind a little more rye spiciness. What's there is very subtle.

This is one of my favorite beers and I will definitely buy this again (soon and often). Wonderful flavor, spot-on balance, and very easy to drink. This is why we drink craft beers. I could drink this every day.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red's Rye pours a beautiful burnt orange sienna body with a huge chunky billowing tan head that stands strong and leaves chunks of lacing. The look is like none other. Unfiltered and cloudy as well.

The aroma is pungent hops that impart a grapefruit nose along with plenty of sweet malt.

The taste is quite bitter, but balanced well with loads of malt. The finish brings forth the rye spice character. I am gonna guess Amarillo was used in this brew.

The mouthfeel is quite full with carbonation on the low side. This doesn't bother me too much.

This is by far one of the best somewhat easily available rye beers out in the market and I thoroughly enjoy it.

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Photo of Mojo
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer. Pours a dark amber, almost orange in tint, with a small head and some lacing. Smell is pleasant and it has a wonderful mouthfeel. Taste is fairly complex with a hint of sweetness progressing to a bitter rye flavor on the backend. Worth a taste for sure!!!

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Photo of Jenkster4
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a copper-ish brown, pretty cloudy, and not much on the head, nice lacing.

Nose: Has a nice hop profile, floral, slight citrus. Getting some bready malts, caramel, and a little toffee, and a bit of spice in the mix.

Taste: Get a lot of the characters that you pick up on the nose. I got the sweet malts along with some of the caramel up front, and some of the hops on the backside. It finishes with a hop bitterness then a roasted toffee sweetness on the very back of the tongue.

Mouth: Medium bodied, pleasant, semi creamy, yet smooth.

Overall: I liked this one a lot. Just another solid beer from Founders. You can pretty much expect a solid brew from them every time. Yes indeed I would buy this again... and again.

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Photo of Crundy
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very pleasant orange deep amber color, off white head and sticky lacing.

S: lots of piney and citrus hops and strong rye aroma.

T: Lots of rye up front, bitter piney and floral hops, subtle minor sweetness from the malt backbone.

M: very dry but smooth and crisp and well carbonated. medium bodied and it had a subdued bitter aftertaste that was no unpleasant.

O: great beer, I've heard nothing but good things about Founder's beers and this one did not disappoint. I had this beer with wood oven baked pizza and it paired very nicely.

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Photo of bahumutx
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice dark red with a nice head and very good lacing.

Smell: Smells of rye and hops. A very interesting and unique smell.

Taste: First taste to hit the tongue is that of rye. It slightly tastes like you are biting into a piece of rye bread. I can also taste a slight fruit taste and it also has a slight hop bite to it. It finishes with a slight malt taste.

Mouthfeel: Great Mouthfeel. Somewhat chewy but also smooth. Very unique but great mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

This is my first rye beer and I like this style. Yet another fine offering from the folks at Founders. I have yet to be disappointed by one of their brews. Keep up the great work!!!

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Photo of Phocion
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle courtesy of Tosque. Poured into a pint glass, dark red with a stubborn finger of frothy off-white head.

I'm not too familiar with rye beers, so I'm not exactly sure how this one's supposed to smell/taste. The nose reminds me more of an IPA or even a double. Very strong earthy hops with just a hint of grapefruit and a dab of caramel malts.

Whoa. Hops seem a bit more tamed down than in the nose now that the spiciness of the rye is a little more prevalent. As before, healthy caramel malty background.

Very smooth and creamy with a nice medium-bodied feel. Definitely a high drinkability and I would absolutely recommend this to anyone. My second experience with Founders and they are definitely shaping up into one of my favorite Midwestern breweries.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip aug22 2010

A a hazy ruby red with plenty of carbonation floating up to a two finger tan head that slowly falls to a 1/2in film leaving several partial rings of lace

S some citrus plenty of caramels and some spicy rye malt with some floral hops

T flavors mimic the smell quite well but with a little more to it, some burnt sugar and a bready aspect that works quite well for it, some sweetness and just a hint of booze

M thicker then I would have guessed and fairly bitter, I knew I drank a real beer because I could taste it well after finishing the last drop

D such a well rounded beer and quite easy to drink, I would love to drink this again and will if I get the chance

another thanks to irishkyle21 for sending this one my way, I regret giving the second bottle to a friend before tasting it, I may have been selfish had I'd known how much I would've enjoyed, that's OK though my mother always told me to share the love

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Photo of becktone
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 9-1-09

Eye: All in all you really can't ask for more from this one in terms of appearance. Aptly named this one is red in color with orange and yellow hues. A bit hazy with moderatly acitve carbonation. Head is just off white and is creamy with nice retention and size, about a finger's width. Nice lacing too, sheets with rings where the beer comes to rest between sips.

Nose: That familiar aroma of citrusy grapefruit comes through quite upfront in this one. Behind that there is some graininess. Not the same as what I'd usually describe as grainy though. Some general spiciness too. I think that these two in combination is actually the rye. Just different overall, I mean that caramel aroma is there, that is easy, but the rest of it is unfamiliar...gotta be the rye. All in all real nice.

Tongue: Very clean overall with some dry character. These are characteristics of the rye I'm thinking. Hop bitterness is there, countering the sweet malty charcter of this brew. Spiciness from rye adds depth. Bitterness lingers, pretty characteristic for an APA. All in all a great brew.

Feel and Drinkability: Creamy mouthfeel, carbonation is in check and it just goes down smooth. This one is easy to drink and I can see myself going after another sixer of this easily and in the near future. Body is medium-light helped by carbonation which gives it a lighter feel than what it actually has. Finishes clean and semi-dry. Bitterness lingers. Rye character lingers at the end too, hard to say what its like, but I know that it is different than any kind of flavor you get from barley. Very nice all in all.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap @ Al's of Hampden, served chilled in a standard pint

A- The color is deep tarnished copper w/ thick 1/2 inch of light tan, a good amount of clarity for a hoppy rye w/ some spotty lace collecting w/ a tight bead

S - The smell is full of citrus notes w/ juicy orange and lots of grapefruit w/ slight grassiness and subtle caramel fruitiness w/ light toasted note

M - A strong bitter quality in the feel is complimented by rye spice and moderately high carbonation giving a slight sharp edginess on the palate which is pleasant w/ a dry acidic finish

T - The flavor has a sweet grassy taste w/ bitter citrus flavors from the hops and slight aspirin tinge of Amarillo w/ mild grapefruit edge and light tannic rind notes w/ moderate acidity. The malt adds nice contrast w/ mild toasted rye accents and the grassy hop taste plays of the spice in the rye malt w/ mild woody tinge in the peripheral. The gentle bitter decline and tangerine notes in the finish are very pleasant w/ a dry leafy end

D - I LOVE this rye - the hoppiness fits the style well and compliments the hop profile is great with just enough spice to keep you coming back - drinks very smoothly for such a bitter ale - wonderful - Kudos Founders!

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Photo of spointon
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz short brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This beer poured a deep reddish copper color with an enormous off-white head that shrank slowly leaving a soapy sheet of lacing down the glass. This beer was seriously carbonated!

S= I sensed aromas of piney hops, tons of rye, maltiness, and a bit of alcohol.

T= This beer was a taste explosion! Perceived bitterness up front (probably from the nose) followed by the malty/spicy rye blast. It had a relatively dry and alcohol laden finish.

MF= I enjoyed the high carbonation levels found here as well as the relatively heavy mouthfeel.

D= I was blown away by this beer. Maybe I didn't go into it expecting enough, but this is a big beer. My only real critique is that it is a bit overcarbonated - and that's saying something from a guy who loves high Belgian carbonation levels! Highly recommended.

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Photo of GregoryVII
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ruby amber color, brilliant hue, catches the light and uses it to illuminate itself from within. Moves like a light syrup, licking the sides of the glass, decent head. Sweet malty scents with hops coming over the top, more subtle on top of the sweet. Smell of freshly mowed lawn, zest of pine, leaves, maple syrup. An almost toasty flavor on the first sip, malt and rye, beautiful together. The rye is crisp and refreshing, lingers on the tongue. The bitter and the sweet rejoice in this beer. This beer is an Indian summer in a bottle. It is a crisp, delightful experience.

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Photo of Franz4
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @ Dewey's Pizza (from notes)

A- very nice deep ruby red color, head settled by the time it got to my table.

S- Lots of "pizzeria" smells in this place, so difficult to place a review here, but what I could tell, I liked.

T- Tasted very nice, I'm a little leary of rye beers, but this one was very well balanced.

M- nice, well balanced carbonation that left a nice tingle in the back of the mouth.

D- Very drinkable, very surprising beer, really loved it and would have it again.

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Photo of numenor1
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Founders beer and first rye beer

Beautiful amber red, a bit hazy with a very nice head that maintains til the end leaving clumps all along the way. Smells of massive hops and i've baked a few rye loaves in the past, definitely smells of rye. Up front are bready malts on the tongue and then citrusy hops intermingle with the rye all across the palate. The rye flavor is quite pronounced and excellent. Very bready too, just like a big hunk of rye (no caraway seeds!). Very very nice. Ends very dry with hops and spiciness slowly fading away. I love this beer. Mouthfeel is quite full with low to moderate carbonation. This is highly drinkable.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Founder's beer I've had that I somehow forgot to review and I have a good theory as to why I forgot to review these Founder's beers- they didn't last long enough to be reviewed.
If rye beer wasn't its own style I would classify this one as a kick ass IPA with hearty rye flavors within, along the lines of Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye.
The pour is pretty gorgeous and perfect. Mountainous, fluffy off-white head that leaves sheets of lacing as the head recedes. The body is a slightly hazy, seductive amber/red body; very knockout-in-a-red-dress sort of phenomenon.
The scents are pretty killer. Rich, spicy lemon hop aromas dive through your nostrils into your skull. Flavors have the same hop, loving brutality with a malty rye body to balance the experience.
The rye in this, for my taste, takes just a little bit away from the drinkability, as compared to some of the IPAs that I could drink for days without hesitation. As it stands Rye PA is hella drinkable and worth revisiting again and again.

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Photo of ryantho00
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2/6/12, printed on bottle.

This brew pours a nice sandy maroon color, and a 2 finger that's slightly sandy orange in appearance, nice retention of the frothy head, thick lacing down the side of the glass throughout the drink.

Good nose; I like the grapefruit and citrus front mixed with some sweet grain, some spice (pepper).

This has a wonderful taste all the way through. Great bitter fruit and hop (deep hop, similar to double trouble and the centenial in a way, amarilo hop? Not completely confident on my hop varieties yet, but recognize some different hops), wonderful malt presence as a medium or carrier throughout the brew, really really nicely done on the malt characteristics, not overpowering on the rye eihter, superbly balanced. I do get a little caramel taste, more deep hops, smooth hops (amarilo? someone please correct me if I'm wrong), crispness from the rye and a great balance of rye, hops, and malt. Great mouthfeel, almost a creaminess to the drink, (pour vigirously and you'll get a really nice creaminess).

All in all, wonderful as usual from the masters at Founders.

Just a testiment to the microbrew revolution!!! HA HA Founders Nation???

Definatly going to enjoy this one again, Cheers!!

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy copper/caramel color with ruby red hues from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label. The bottling date was printed on the neck of the bottle.

Nice two finger off-white colored head that stays. Very good head retention with excellent lacing.

I could smell the hops and rye from the moment I cracked the bottle open. There is a very nice balance in the aroma between the hops and the spicy rye. Hints of roasted malts come through between the hop and rye aroma.

In terms of taste, this beer has a strong malt backbone. The hop bitterness and citrus taste with the rye spiciness are balanced very well by the malts. This is a very good example of a perfectly balanced beer. Good mouthfeel and easy to drink.

Overall, a really good example of a rye beer. Definitely worth a try if you enjoy rye beers and comes highly recommended.

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Photo of OriginalWayOut
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChugginOil
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Reddish-bronze in color with minimal head and sticky lacing

S- Some piney hop notes with a roasty zing underneath the hops

T- Some piney floral hops mixed with some roasted malt. The alcohol is well hidden. Pretty delicious

M- pretty full mouthfeel that has good balance and carbonation

D- Great tasting brew that stands out because of its unique style. Try one!

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Photo of kirok1999
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Thick and cloudy dark red with a minimal head and slight lacing.

S- Fruity hops, citrus, slight malt sweetness. Hops dominate with pine and grassy notes too.

T- Hops come on strong first, rye appears in the middle and balances the hops nicely. Just enough malt to balance the hop/rye notes. Very well crafted.

D- Very smooth and creamy with a low enough ABV to make a nice session. Some nuts and cheese make a great pairing.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jay23 for sending this beer.

Pours a reddish color with a finger or so of white foam. Presents a very good lacing and retention.

Smells of caramel malt and juicy grapefruit. Mostly caramel, grapefruit/citrus and bitterness, simple yet very well done.

Tastes like an IPA with some rye in the finish. Good malt presence and some grassy and citrus hops in the finish, followed closely with some bitterness. I detect some bitter orange flavors as the beer begins to warm up. I like this one.

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Photo of jera1350
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep slightly cloudy brownish orange. Nice frothy two finger head. Great lacing.

Smells of hops, citrus, toasted malt and some tobacco.

Nice bite from the hops, but also a large amount of roasted malt. Some citrus and a little spice. Caramel/toffee comes through as well.

Good mouthfeel. Smooth, medium carbonation. This is a upper medium bodied beer. Leaves a nice hop aftertaste.

Drinkability is very high. Great balance in this beer. Hoppy and malty altogether. Very tasty.

This is a great all around beer. If you like hops,it's here. If you like malt, it's here. Citrus, check. Very well done beer. This is my second beer of this style and I must say, they are very underated. Give it a whirl!

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Photo of cullen0013
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Nonic glass.

A - murky copper color, one finger off white head, leaves a thin layer on top which leaves sea foam lacing on the glass as you drink.

S - Strong, rye/whiskey scent

T - Heavy hop character, bitterness present and very enjoyable, reminiscent of a straight IPA but not nearly as pronounced.

M - Carbonation is fairly heavy and tingles and effervesces on the tongue.

D - Not too bitter, not too potent. You can enjoy this one all night.

One of my favorites. A nice treat. A solid beer from a solid brewer.

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Photo of hero27
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Hazy rust color..incredibly dense off-white head is less than a finger tall, but sits on top of the brew forever, leaving streams of lacing down the side of the glass.
Great rye aroma & flavor (a really underrated ingredient in beer, imho). I love the rye taste combined with the hops..there are also some definite fruit undertones present as well. The thick malt base holds everything together very well and remind me of carmelized brown sugar. Similar to Terrapin's Rye Pale ale, with a bit more fruit flavor added. For me, I'm not sure you can go wrong throwing hops & rye I really enjoyed this brew from Founders.

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Photo of jsanford
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into my New Belgium globe on 5/25/10

A - Copper penny with a creamy thin head. Good lacing.

S - Grapefruit, bit of honey. Resin. Spicy pepper.

T - Bitter citrus peel hops. Nice caramel malt and rye spiciness.

M - Medium body, great carbonation. Crisp!

D - Love it, could easily drink a few in a sitting. One of the staples in my fridge, one of the best from Founders. Great beer!

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