Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Red's Rye IPAFounders Red's Rye IPA
BA SCORE
90.6%
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4.18 w/ 5,236 ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,168
Reviews:
1,668
Ratings:
5,236
Liked:
4,742
Avg:
4.18/5
pDev:
10.53%
Alströms:
4.41
 
 
Wants:
393
Gots:
632
Trade:
7
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of the classic brown stubby bottle with "BOTTLED 08/11/13" marked clearly on the curve between the body and the neck. Poured into a 16 oz standard tumbler glass from Founders. Re-reviewing, as the last time I had this beer, I don't believe it was fresh, and it certainly tastes different now.

Appearance - Strong pour yields a light cinnamon-sugar colored head of about a finger and a half thick. Creamy, with some pocking as the larger bubbles burst. The head sits atop a jewel-like combination of amber-orange and garnet red. Translucent and easy to see through, with no haze whatsoever. Retention is good, eventually dissipating to a rim of light foam around the edge of the glass and lacing is wispy and faint, but quite sticky in the places on the glass that it lingers.

Smell - This is the biggest difference so far in comparison to the older bottle. A rich tapestry caramel sweetness and bright, citrusy hops that give the distinct impression of grapefruit, but also contain some aromatic floral notes. The slightly sour element of rye is also a faint hint in the background.

Taste - The hop profile isn't as in your face at this point, but that seems appropriate. Here, the sourness from the rye, which is different than the puckering effect of "sour" beers, is on full display, with a bit of heft and spiciness coming through as well. Balancing with the heft of the rye are the bitter profiles of the hops, some faint burnt caramel sweetness, and some notes of citrus rind and dandelion.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and slightly chewy, with moderate--but on the light side--carbonation that provides a slightly biting but pleasant mouthfeel. Faint lingering bitterness on the finish.

Overall, this is one of, if not THE best rye beers available. It might be my favorite beer from Founders as well. Complex and balanced as well as highly drinkable. Enough body to stand up to colder weather and heartier foods, but refreshing enough to fit in with hot weather and light foods as well.

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A - Deep ruby with readily apparent carbonation. Gentle pour yields almost non-existent head. Slight lacing on edges of glass with some very light foam in center of glass from carbonation. Lacing on glass disappears as beer recedes.

T - Not surprisingly, smells distinctly of rye. Also, reminds me of a good sherry.

T - Well balanced hops and caramel malts. Spicy bitterness... not a cold weather beer, but good on an autumn night. Tobacco, oatmeal, molasses, and alcohol notes. Little bit of tart. Nice finish, long lingering taste.

M - Well carbonated. Feels clean and crisp on tongue initially and then yields a luxurious foam after warmed.

O - A beer to drink slow and savor. Another great Founder's product. Wish it was still year round. Get it while you can...

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90.6% out of 100 with 5,236 ratings
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