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:
5,188
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
18.62%
 
 
Wants:
368
Gots:
604
For Trade:
7
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Photo of CortexBomb
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out hazy amber with a moderate 1.5 inch off-white head...there aren't any noticeable particles floating in the beer but it does have a nice sheen. Nose is mainly a hoppish/floral aspect...it reminds me strongly of an IPA, sort of in the style of Two-Hearted by Bell's but not quite as over the top.

Flavour up front is a nice hit of rye (as would be expected) the hops come in softly up front, but then start to make a return during the middle...they aren't overwhelming though, which is s a good thing (TM). A nice dominant kiss goodbye on the part of the hops at the end as well. The finish leaves a strong taste on the back of the tongue. This isn't bad...sort of an IPA made with rye more or less.

Mouth is full, but not remarkable. I wouldn't expect more with an IPAish style. Drinkability is good.

My only real knock on this beer is my main knock with many of these lighter summer offerings, lack of depth. But the beer is good for what it is. No complaints. A quality summer style quaffer.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Orange copper color with a 1/4 inch off white head and no real retention

Smell: Lots of floral hops upfront with just a hint of caramel in the background

Taste: For me the taste was a bit interesting. The way the floral hops blended with the rye wasn't bad but it didn't quite work for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation with a bit of hop sting on the finish

Overall: The beer wasn't bad and I seem to be in the minority on this one but the beer just didn't work for me

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Photo of Yesac
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on trade from jwinship83 - thanks!!

A - Pours translucent orange/copper in color. Thin off white head that stays.

S - I can detect some hops, and another smell that I can't recognize.. I'm guessing that is the rye. Also hints of cherry.

T - Malty dominance, bitter and dry with early undertones. Slight alcohol burn.

M/D - Medium bodied and the after taste isn't bad. Leaves a good coating on the palate. Easy drinker.

Complex and unique, but to bitter(rye?) for me.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a red wine glass. seemed appropriate based on the color.

pours a deep brownish amber with as much beige head as you want. i stopped pouring to limit it at three inches; it falls with nice lacing into foamy peaks and valleys. dark sediment dots the base. beautiful appearance.

aroma does hint at rye, dominated by a malty, bready sweetness. rich, peppery, full-bodied aroma, with hints of sweet, juicy grapefruit.

taste disappoints slightly from the beautiful appearance and aroma. malty flavors with a gently bitter aftertaste. hints of the citrus flavors from the aroma in the aftertaste as well. overall, far more pedestrian that the pour and aroma would indicate.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I didn't know what I was tasting with this one. Lot's of everything, I guess. Didn't seem very balanced and the hops lingered intensely many minutes after I drank it. Don't get me wrong, this is a real good beer. Almost like a hopped up, double American red, is how it tasted to me. Nice rye, grainy taste, I did enjoy that and some sweet malty caramel and juicy, juicy fruits, were a joy. Just a little unbalanced for a Founder's.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip. Murky reddish copper body with a one inch khaki head that settles to a cap and ring. Patchy lacing throughout the drink. Aroma is grapefruit, herbal hop, rye spice, and caramel malt. Taste is light malty sweetness all the way through, piney and floral bitterness, spicy rye bite, and some citrus fruit. Medium body, creamy texture, moderate carbonation, and a bitter spicy finish.

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Photo of nomad
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber with rosy tints on the edges, this shows a slight haze and lumpy, rolling hills of a head. Looks like Swiss cheese and leaves plenty of of clumpy lace on a tulip glass.

Smells of caramel and pine with a small peppery presence. The pine fades quickly to an overbearing ogre of caramel.

Since an amber ale with rye is a fairly de rigueur recipe for homebrewers, especially a certain famous "Denny" recipe, this beer suffers in comparison. So many people have done this on a non-commercial level, many with great success, that I'll be heretical in calling this no better than those. A straight line of caramel, rye spiciness, then hop balance. Has the pepper but not quite the oiliness and calvados-like notes that rye can impart. The brick of caramel also tames the rye as well as the purported 60 IBU's. In all, not terribly different from the brewpub amber ale craze of many years back but a little funkified to interest the beer enthusiast.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a russet-amber colour, slight dark tinge to it. Head is lacklustre with some nice trails of lace. Not much else to report.

Smell is sugary; nice and complex with malty toffee, raisins and sherry notes. Not hugely aromatic, but nice complex sweetness with a touch of hop resin for grounding.

Taste is a bit blarey; lots of malt on there with a huge flavour development, just earthy sweetness for the majority. Touch of toffee with figs and candied orange peel on there. Robust resinous hop late adds quite a bitterness that is almost phenolic in the way it dominates and subjugates the sweet palate. Not bad, but not a great synergy between the elements.

Not quite as full in the body as I expected given the nose, feels a little bit fizzy in the mouth.

Enjoyable beer, but just reminds me, really, of better beers in the same vein.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass.

A: Finger of tight head. Beer is sort of ugly; muddy brown, translucent but very murky. Orange hints. Scattered lace.

S: Clean, hoppy, and dry. Lots of citrus, very pleasant.

T: Hrm. A good pale ale, but nothing special. Hops are slightly metallic/astringent and rye spiciness is nowhere to be found, save perhaps on the drying aftertaste. I wonder if I got a bad bottle -- no visible best before date. There is a heavy amount of citrus on the maintaste.

M: Not particularly spritzy or memorable.

O: Maybe this beer was over-hyped for me, but I don't find anything exceptional here. Still, it's a good enough beer, and I'd be keen to try another one to see if this was a one-off poor experience. In its current form, not recommended.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose is highly ale-yeast fruity and powdery. Some roasted malt and touch of hop.

Pours with massive head - rocky peak thrice as tall as the beer. Rusty amber color, hazy. Nice sediment on bottom.

First sip showcases spicy herbal hops and rye on a malty bed. Tart, good dose of residual sugar. Good hop bitterness. Fruity sweet with touch of honey. Lemongrass/perfume hop splash. Finishes bitter and leafy.

Over-carbonated. Every careful pour leaves me way more head than I need and there's plenty of carbonation to.

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Photo of Klym
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a stone nonic. Thanks to Cavery for the share.

A: Poured a still and mostly transparent amber with an unusually large bubbled frothy head. Rorschach lacing.

S: Wow this smells out-of-this-world delicious. Wonderful rye character with a delicious citrus/pine hop presence. Tropical fruits give a great background. I want this beer.

T: No!! Hits with bitterness that quickly gets medicinal, and mellow to allow in some of the sweeter citrus and tropical fruits but the medicinal bitterness still lingers. What an incredible let down.

M: There's no good mouthfeel for aspirin. But, medium body with medium carbonation.

O: I'm hoping there's something wrong with my bottle or something and I can retry this and get the nose to be the mouth on this one. As it is, though, the bitterness is near-impossible to get past to find some enjoyment in this beer.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very deep and dark burnt amber and ruby, forms a finger and a half of lightly tan head.
S - Hops, grapefruit and a malty breadyness due in part to the rye addition within this brew.
T - Bitter hops and bready malts. Rye is pushing it, you'd have to really hunt for it. Drinks more like a hop dominant, bitter red ale.
O - A very good IPA, not great, but very good.
V - Bought as a single, unsure of value.

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Photo of bjoyce12
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great color, substantial head on pour. Beautiful appearance. Taste was disappointing. The bottle I obtained had a very distinct rye taste and smell. If you like rye, this one's for you. It comes as advertised; it's not called "Red's Rye" for nothing. I was hoping for some sweet undertones, maybe a little burnt sugar to offset the rye, but not to be.

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Photo of oregonskibum
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Nice bright, amberish orange color. 1/2 inch white head that held nicely in the glass.

S: Hops take center stage. Citrus, grapefruit. Some spiceness, I assume from the rye. But not overpowering. Nice.

T: Strong hops up front, basically continuing from the smell. But then the rye kicks in. Rye mixes with the malts to produce a really bready flavor, kind of like eating a piece of rye toast. Then the bitterness comes back on the finish. Seems a little harsh.

M: Medium carbonation, mouth feel a little heavy for the style, in my opinion. Coats the tongue just a little more than desired.

D: Not a bad rye, but not the best example of the style either. It held a lot of promise, but the taste just doesn't hold up to the smell. I won't have a problem drinking the other one received in trade, but likely won't seek this one out again either.

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Photo of harrymel
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to Czock75 for this one!
Bottled 11/16/10
Poured to NB Globe on 1/20/11

A: Ruby-orange, this beer is lovely to look at. Excellent clarity. Nice sticky bubbles remain on glass far past the origin of application.

S: Although I find Amarillo to be pleasant in more subdued situations, this one matches the blend of malts quite well. I sense grapefruit, orange rind and lemon zest on this one. Very distant scent of body odor.

T: Good, bitter backbone lend itself well to the balance of the malts. Very grapefuity. Continue to sense a bit of B.O. application on this one. Not particularly off-puting, but nonetheless, it makes me sit the fence on the taste here. Still has a nice, saltwater effervescence on the end.

M: Good medium to full bodied ale. Enjoy the moderate carbonation that stings as it moves across the tongue. Above average for this mark.

D: Good beer, a bit too much going on in the bottle. Wish the amarillo's were balanced with something else. Will not seek out, but wouldn't turn down either.

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Photo of berpwillie
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a copper brown color with good off white frothy head, good lacing, and lively carbonation. sweet bread caramel like smell. taste was much the same with some bitter grass hints. thin slick texture and a light body. pretty harsh bitter bread like finish with an average flavor duration. good brew but nothing special.

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Photo of sevenarts
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, rich amber with a modest off-white head and just a bit of lacing left behind.

S: Sweet caramel malt with an edge of rye spiciness and some hoppy pine/citrus notes.

T/M: Well-rounded and balanced flavor with hoppy, juicy grapefruit, mild caramel maltiness, and a good amount of rye spice and pepper. Nice creamy mouthfeel is the beer's best attribute.

O: A fine, tasty rye ale with a good balance of flavors. Really drinkable and nice without being super-strong.

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Photo of Mit
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark red with a decent head.

S-Very hoppy..not unpleasant at all. You can smell the nutty character in the bouquet.

T-Very hoppy initially with the nuttiness and rye flavors coming through at the end.

M-I was surprised at how thin this beer felt given it's hoppiness and higher abv.

D-It's very drinkable...I made the mistake of bottle drinking a couple of these and for some reason that amplified the rye/nutty characteristics and made it un pleasant. Out of the glass it was stellar.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a red/ copper color with a mild off white head and moderate lacing. There is heavy carbonation and the brew is mostly see-through.

The smell is strong on rye, grapefruit, orange and pine. There is a strong sweet malt backbone with a hint of caramel. There is also a hint of tobacco taste.

The taste starts with rye and grapefruit then moves to tobacco then finishes with pine. There is a strong sweet malt/caramel backbone which is present from beginning to end.

The mouthfeel is smooth but also a little chewy. There is a pine resin left on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall, this is a well balanced rye beer. It is not as heavy on the rye and peppery spices as other rye's I have had but the strong sweet malt backbone makes up for that. It could be said that this is a rye IPA for those who don't like to be overwhelmed by rye.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a muddy red/amber/brown with a small light brown head that's quite thin with light lacing. Nose is malty and sweet, the rye is there but not too in your face. A light hop floral note finishes it off.

Taste is really rye forward, it's got that bitter rye bite that's a bit almost minty. Theres a pretty solid bitterness from the hops as well that rounds it out nicely. Mouthfeel is nice and full.

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Photo of 3beerdudes
3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer dude #1 enjoyed the reddish hue described by beer dude #2. It was a very smooth yet hoppy flavor that was pleasing to the palate. Dude #2 dropped a chip in his beer giving it a rich and original flavor to and already enjoyable taste test. Dude #3 says "outstanding flavor."

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep reddish brown color with a thick unrelenting yellowish white head with a ton of lacing. Smells of hops and rye. Tastes of piny hops, rye, and a little caramel malt in there. Bitterness is just right. Mouthfeel is medium with a good carbonation. Drinkability is medium as well. Best Founder's beer to date.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice reddish to orange color. Reminds me of a burning sunset. Nice aroma-quite floral and a nice soft hoppiness to it. Bitter flavor upfront. I dont get the rye really. I think the bitterness could be toned down a touch and maybe bring the crispness of the rye thru a little more. Good body. Overall a drinkable beer. Considering the bitterness it was actually quite refreshing. Worth a shot. Thanks to crjmellor for the sample.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy auburn with small chunks even with a careful pour. I like my beers chunky, so it gets bonus points for that. The head is very large, stays and laces, but is just a little too foamy. Smell is dark caramel with American fruity hops. Reminds me of SNCA. Bready flavor with citric sizzle and solid bitterness that ends with that "twang" of rye. Cocoa too. Medium body is nice and soft on the tongue. Dry finish makes for easy drinking, easier than I usually find this combo of flavors to be. This is a nice beer, but this damn combo of fruity hops and toasted malt just does not work! Two great flavors that just don't belong together. Good beer, but not all that special. The rye doesn't make as much difference as all us beer geeks would like to believe.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle
Three finger head

Truthfully, I am puzzled. This really tasted like a quality IPA. I noticed it had the smoothness of a rye whiskey, but I could not notice the rye characteristics! The beer smelled like Founder's Centennial even! I plan to try more in this style, and pursue a draught offering of this beer. From there, I will see if "Rye Beer" is for me.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,662 ratings.
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