Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

5,234 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 FirstMan
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Julio's in Westboro. Happy to see they were carrying Founders, although no Breakfast stout. Boo hoo.

Beautiful reddish brown coloring with a very slight foggyness. This is clearly an unfiltered beer as well. Little bits of stuff floating around in there. I even poured carefully to keep the bottom out. Not a huge head, but enough to leave a gauze across the top and ring around the edges. A few fingers of lacing.

Nose is big time hops. Crisp and floral with a warm maltiness underneath. Brown sugar hints linger in the nose. While the hops present themselves right of the bat, a little more sniffing reveals a great deal more complexity.

Honestly the taste is the opposite of the nose. A full sweetness presents itself right off in the creamy round mouthfeel. This opens up elegantly into the hop floral bitterness that hits a high and then mellows into a wonderfully balanced warmth and cleanness. Finally at the end a subtle ghost of smokiness wisps in and disappears. Lingering light bitterness in the mouth for quite a while.

Very very good. I'd love to have this on tap. It's probably extraordinary.

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Photo of ampersandrew
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Genghis22
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a super thick looking amber. Agressive pour yielded about 4 fingers of light tan head. Great lacing.

S - Spicy, hoppy, bitter. Smells like other Rye pale ales I've had. Liek your normal piney IPA with a certain extra little something. Cannot wait to taste this.

T - First taste is sweet and malty. The hops and rye kick in pretty quickly after that! Yee haw! Bitter, grassy and spicy, but all kept in check by the generous malt base. This is one tasty brew. Touches of bitter grapefruit and floral hops on the back of the tongue. There is not a strong aftertaste as the malts re-appear, and balance everything back out.

M - Chewy, oily and delicious. Low carbonation, but that may be due to my agressive pour. Overall, very satisfying.

D - I am a big fan of RPAs, and this beer is no exception. It is hoppy, spicy, flavorful and satisfying. The abv is low enough to have a few of these in a session, and the alcohol is completely hidden in the taste. If only Founders was available in CA, this bad boy would be making frequent appearances in my fridge!

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Photo of puck1225
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(From notes taken at the Hop Cat in Ann Arbor.) Poured from draft into a pint glass, a clear golden red with excellent head and lacing. It has a sweet floral smell. The taste has a ice spicy hoppiness that gives this beer a rich taste and feel. Red ales and rye beers are both favorites and this is a great beer!

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Photo of maundythirsty
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a reddish cola color with little head. Has much the same sweet grain with a touch of berries smell that comes with Founders Dirty Bastard, but withless of the smoky bit and free from the twinge of rubbing-alcohol. Very nice.

Hop bitterness is right up front in the mouth, mildly piney. Great toasted grain flavor that finishes on a rye note not quite sharp enough to cover in mustard and ham.

That's beer. Very smooth on the tongue with sparky carbonation. Fills the mouth well, and with its well rounded flavor is a beer I will enjoy for a long time to come.

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Photo of dick783
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 12 bottle at 50deg into a snifter. This bottle makes a loud pop when the cap comes off, pretty nuts. The color is a nice copper red with a thick, billowy cream colored head that ever so slowly fades.

S: Apple skins are everywhere in this. Just juicy smelling. I pick up some good aroma from the hops that gives it almost a forest full of pine trees smell, not over powering but relaxing.

T: Good flavor in this beer. You can taste the rye, but more so is that apple peel taste. It made it from the smell to my mouth and i love it. Alot more bitterness than in most Red Ales, but its good.

M: The carbonation is high but works well with the taste of this. Has a medium mouthfeel, not watery but not syrupy either.

An excelent beer, probably the best red I've had yet. Tough to come by though as we dont get Founders here in Rochester. I'll have to keep an eye out for it when I travel.

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Photo of deBeers
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from my cold cellar drank mostly out of a wine glass.

Suttle artwork which melds with the actual color of the beer which is a beautifully dark ruby red. Generous off-white head with good retention, nice lacing and progressive carbonation (with small bubbles) when swirled are part of what this makes this a lovely offering from Founders.

Smells heavily of grapefruit and hints of rye. Tastes tart, bittersweet, like a great pink grapefruit. Yum, a new breakfast beer on Sundays with grapefruit? :0

Wow! The pink grapefruit smell and taste is incredible. Smooth, tart, yet crisp and creamy mouthfeel makes this definately worthwhile to seek out more.

Great beer! Share with friends or try one for yourself...also a big thanks to warriorsoul for getting this brew to me! First time for this style as well.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

apperance--this beer looks almost perfect--rich red, brown, small head... was looking forward to a bigger, taster head--but perfect lace

smell--rrryyyeee, my favorite, hops my second favorite

taste--piney hops, followed by a strong rye, finished with floral hops

mouthfeel--good, enjoyable body, with appropriate carbonation

overall-for me, perfect. I'm a big rye fan and any time that rye and hops work togehter in this way is very enjoyable

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - fairly dark brown color and very cloudy. Great head and good lacing.
Smell - strong spiced hop smell
Taste - weird to say but it taste like it looks. Sweet bitter spiced hop taste with a good amount of citrus in there. Has a good carmel malt backbone to give it the sweetness.
Feel - creamy with a medium body and medium high carbonation
Overall - great strong red eye ipa. Great mixtures of the 3. A lot to taste here.

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Photo of JDizzle
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this many times and finally decided to review this.

A: Looks really solid for a Rye IPA. Deep amber color with a perky white head.

S: Booyah!! A blast of Rye, hops, citrus, and grapefruit. Mmmm

T: Probably the best rye IPA I have had. This one is hoppy beer with a nice rye spice and a decent malt backing. It has just enough malt to counter the massive hops on this one. The rye really stands out that no other rye beer I have had compares to.

M: Very carbonated with a medium mouthfeel. Bitter and a tad dry.

I will seek this time and again!

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark brown color with reddish-amber highlights. Not a great color, but the head retention was excellent and it left lacing all the way down the glass. Could see mild carbonation when I held the glass up to the light.

S - Comparable to a Ruthless Rye (which I love). Very clear rye smell with a nice piney hops kick.

T - It's rye through and through, with malty sweetness in the center and piney hops on the finish. Nice spiciness. Really tasty.

M - A different feel to this one. It's not really carbonated or heavy bodied, but this beer is more like silk, which is a nice contrast to the hops and rye. The beer sort of glides through your mouth - excellent contrast.

O - I could probably be a little more generous here. This is the best I've had from Founders - all of the features complement each other and it is a pleasure to drink. Perfect for this cold, rainy afternoon.

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Photo of dmamiano
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy reddish brown with a small tan head that has staying power. lacing left on the glass as the head fades.
Mixture of florals, citrus and spices dominate the nose. Nice lalt presence as well.
Earthy, bitter with a spicey backing character. Bitterness doesnt linger but leaves you wanting more.
Full; flavors. This beer tastes 'bigger" than it actually is.
Very nice

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Photo of nickadams2
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Ruby red/amber with a thick off white head. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Floral hops and a little spice.

T_Floral,piny hops with a little citrus.Nice spicy,earthy tone to it. Rounded out by a touch of caramel malt.

M_A little thin. Slippery.


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Photo of joel_bou
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first had this on tap at the Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis (see previous review). I stayed at a hotel around the corner from Princeton Liquors and stopped in a bought a six pack to take home to Seattle.

The smell and taste of the bottle version was slightly different than that of the tap. The bottle had a a distinct smell and taste of rye that sat well along side of the hop bitterness and slight malt backbone. I supposed the difference between the tap and the bottle in smell and taste I assuming was the difference in freshness. The fresher version has a more pronounced hop presence than the bottle.

I would definitely keep this in my refrigerator if it were available in Washington state.

On another note, I would categorize this is an IPA rather than a rye beer. I assume the name of the beer is a play on words. It's like a little brother of HOTD Blue Dot, which is definitely considered a DIPA.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap served into a pint glass.

A- Ruby red color, some mahogony and tan hues. Huge creamy head, lingering through the duration of the beer.

S- Smell was sweet and hoppy

T- Very hoppy for a rye beer and well-balanced with the sweetness of the caramel malts. The hops calmed down a bit halfway through and then this became extremely sweet with a nice bitter finish.

M- Creamy and medium bodied, nice full finish.

D- Awesome beer. Highly recommended. Quality stuff from Founders.

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Photo of TheYeagermeister
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A--Cloudy amber with an off white head. Does not have too great of retention but sports a nice lacing on the glass.
S--Big on the amarillo hops, piney and resiny, and dark rye bread, faint caramel, toffee.
T--Much less hoppy than the smell. Classic belgian spice flavors up front--maybe plum or some sort of mild dark fruit, clove, candy sugar, caramel, then thick rye bread, then the hops cut through finish ever so delicately and refreshingly. Cleanly, crisply, beautifully.
M--Chewy and yummy.
Overall, this rocks this little Texas girl's world. Shout out to OsNJCB for hooking me up with this one.

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Photo of Thur123
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a mellow brownish orange with lots of bubbles and about a finger of off white head. The smell is a mellow spiciness and a kind of bready smell in addition to a juicy smelling hop profile below.

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The rye malt profile is great, it complements the hops nicely and has a complexity throughout the drink that changes from a soft bread flavor to a much sharper kind of spicy grain edge. The hops of the other hand are just really well balanced and perfectly involved in kicking this up. The hops are somewhat grassy but really kind of fruity and bitter at the end with an awesome finish. The mouth feel also kicks ass on this, very smooth and full.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful red amber with tan head. Great lacing throughout, with dimples clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell is great combination of some of the better PAs with an unmistakable hint of rye.
Taste is as good as any pale ale. Great citrus,pine,and bitterness. Mouthfell is reminiscent of SN Celebration Ale.

The rye really imparts a great additional smell and taste with this beer, kind of bready.

This is my first rye beer and I am very impressed.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful golden caramel copper hue, murky yet richly glowing, with a toasted caramel colored half-finger head of a thick chunky foam that slowly fades, leaving some descent lacing down the glass.

aroma echoes a rich ipa... strong caramely malts paired with some impressive green hopping. pine and herbal hop notes, with just a smidgen of spice. smells beautiful.

taste is even more impressive than the aroma, thanks to a healthy spicy rye that harmoniously intertwines within the rich caramel malt and fresh, piney hops, adding just enough unique spice. a bit of citrus, lemony and fresh. almost a lemon-pepper-rye thing goin' on. This is what I'd imagine a solidly Rye'd IPA would end up - clean, crisp, well defined, and anything but the usually muddled, murky mess that many rye IPAs try to pass as palatable.

Mouthfeel is solidly close to perfect. Carbonation is just a bit rough, although it does cut through the thick and almost syrupy body pretty nicely. Full, rich, yet vibrant and bright.

Delicious. The rye notes add to what seems like an impressive and balanced IPA at it's roots. which is how it should be. The rye notes are delicious and add depth and complexity that's unrivaled. Possibly one of my favorites that I've sampled from Founders.

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Photo of Blanco
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour red as the name implies (actually ruby) with a nice white head, solid lacing. Smell is intensely hoppy, very much like an IPA. Again, taste is also hoppy, but not as bitter as the hop profile would make you think. pretty good balance in the flavor. Hops are on the fruity side. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slightly creamy. Very good brew from Founders as usual. Took me a while to finally sit down with one of these, but glad I did.

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Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle to an Imperial Pint

A: A standard pour resulted in a 2-finger cream colored cap that was well retained eventually reducing to a nice foamy cap. Clear and the color was a brilliant orange-brown. Spot lace clung to the glass.

S: Pine and grass hop dominates the smell, much like most IPA's. There was also faint caramel malt and citrus.

T: The spice from the rye was up-front which gave way to a more traditional IPA hop-finish. Hop charcter followed that of the aroma with pine being the most discernible flavor. The resiny hop lingered, but the flavor overall was crisp. As the beer warmend vanilla and caramel were more pronounced balancing the flavor quite well.

M: Moderate carbonation with a crisp moderately dry finish with some lupulin induced slickness. A chewy beer.

D: Great rye flavor without sacrificing the traditional IPA balance of malt and hop. A well rounded beer that I will purchase quite often.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Save-On, a great beer store in Mentor Ohio. Clear copper pour with quickly fading head and decent lacing. Nice big earthy, herbal nose with hints of toffee, caramel, citrus and rye. The taste is very unique and has a lot going on. The bitterness of the hops hits you first, but is nicely offset by a solid roasty, caramel malt backbone. Hints of tea, pine, grass, resin, toffee, and of course rye. The rye really comes to the forefront as it warms. Great chewy and resiny mouthfeel makes this quite drinkable for me. The spicy rye bitterness is there from start to finish. Only my second experience with Founders, but they're two for two so far! May have just taken over first place with me for Rye PA's.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange brown like apple cider, highly unfiltered and opaque, lots of bubbles on the glass, 2 finger yellowish head.

S: Rye, hops, citrus hops, molassis, fresh cut grass, fresh garden herbs, feels like I’m about to take a fresh healthy drink like wheat grass juice.

T: Grain, malt, molassis, fresh grass, citrus hops, rye, dull bitter linger at the end. Some qualities such as the breadiness remind me of barley wine, it has a slight sweet undertone, and really does taste like fresh squeezed juice of some herb or grass. Phenominal job on this beer.

M: Medium bready body, medium carbonation.

O: Great beer. Love the freshness, uniqueness, balance, herbal healthy quality, the label, the company, the colour, etc. Great by itself, it would go well with Scottish oat cakes and whipped butter.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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