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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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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 08/13/13 at 50 degrees into regular pint glass
Aroma of pine and rye
Head average (3 cm), creamy, off white, slowly diminishing
Lacing good, multiple rings > 1 cm wide with mostly small bubbles
Body medium amber, clear
Flavor begins spicy with a hint of hop pineness, slowly fades to a slight bitterness; no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, slightly oily, carbonation soft.

Evan though this is 8 months old, it is still flavorable, with the rye predominating. The reduced presence of hops could be because of the age of the beer.

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Photo of GinjaSlice
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: great dark red amber color with good clarity has a nice off white head and excellent lacing
S: very citrusy and fruity smell at first followed by some rye and caramel malt
T: Very much like the smell good citrusy hops at first balanced by some sweet malt background and a spicy rye after taste. Damn good beer
M: great mouthfeel just the right amount of carbonation.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle at 41 F poured into a pint glass. If there's a bottle code, I don't see it. Bought in Texas, shipped to Washington.

Pours slightly hazy, reddish, little head, almost no visible carbonation unless you move it around a little. Smell is slightly piney, slightly citrusy. Slight spiciness that I attribute to the rye.

Taste is rye spiciness, piney hops. Lots of bitterness. Plays nicely with the rye. Slight creamy flavor. Nothing blowing me away, but a nice, well-integrated flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and soothing. Overall, nice beer. I like it.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says Bottled 08/19/13...huh? This just came out this month.

A- Pours a very reddish light brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Large clots of semi-resilient lacing.

S- Has that usual spicy rye aroma with some grassy hops behind it. Notes of caramel and sweet bread. Also slightly nutty.

T- Moderately bitter with some more spicy rye notes. Toasty, tangy and just a tad sweet. Very drinkable too with a lingering hop flavor.

M- Tingly and slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A RIPA fully realized. However they've honed this recipe is very impressive since a lot of Rye beers miss the mark for whatever reason. This one has a good balance and the flavors aren't overly accentuated.

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Photo of Emnmarko
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/11/13 Enjoyed 2/22/14

A- This is a dark amber colored brew. Clear with good carbonation. A fluffy light, off white two finger head slowly recedes to leave a tight cap and ample lacing. Looks like it's rightfully named Red's Rye.

S- A floral citrus aroma grabs my attention first. Grapefruit, orange and lemon.

T- A malt backbone balances the hop profile here which has a more bitter earthy pine feel than when observed in the nose. A peppery note helps the bitter hop aftertaste linger on.

M- Lighter bodied than expected. Easy to drink. Leaves a light waxy feeling.

O- Founders makes some of my favorite brews and and this one is no slouch. Well balanced including an interesting hop transformation from nose to mouth. I typically enjoy rye IPA's and this one rates up there with the best.

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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 BeerFMAndy
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
70 IBU's 6.6% ABV, Bottled on 01/09/14

A - Red's shocking clarity not only showcases the brilliant copper-hued amber color but also the carbonation, streaming from the glass' nucleation point to it's luscious cream head. Great retention supported by the aforementioned carbonation eventually leads to haphazard webbing on the pint making this one sexy beer!

S - Floral and earthy hop aromatics comprised of rustic dry leaf and flower pedals still allow the spicy rye to shine through as both co-exist, blanketing the malty, bread-like base.

T - Plenty of rye adds a sharp and up-front spiciness that lingers throughout the entirety of the beer while toasted biscuit and wheat bread cust backs up the still-present hop blast. though fairly absent in aroma, grapefruit rind emerges in flavor with lingering earthy undertones and floral notes.

M - The smooth malt base provides nice structure and body, offsetting the sharp rye, which adds a gritty texture and spice that lingers on the tongue with the beer's impressive 70 IBUs. The bitterness and carbonation in this beer would act in perfect tandem to cleanse the palate and compliment food pairings.

O - Once labeled Red's Rye PA, the addition of one single letter suits the beer a little more. Red's Rye IPA is a hop-and-rye forward beer that doesn't focus directly on one ingredient or the other but melds the two in harmony as grapefruit, earthy, and floral attributes blend with the spicy rye over biscuity, bready malt for a superb balance considering it's listed IBUs. At a fair 6.6%, this full-flavored beer packs a wallop without walloping the imbiber; one hell of a combination!

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Photo of Act25
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Founders leads the category again. A beer you will be glad you sampled.

A: pours a deep burgundy/ amber color with lasting rocky head formation, retention, and lacing. Beauty.

S: front is grapefruit, orange zest, herb, and lemon on a bed of caramel malt and evergreens. Want more of it.

T: Starts like the smell, but intense: bold front of grains, rye, and dominant, juicy tropical hop flavors: Grapefruits orange zest, and pineapple flavor compliment the more background grainy, bready flavors. Amber, candied caramel balanced with piney, long, long bitter tingling finish.

B: Great body - creamy, rich, full, and malty. As one review wrote: " beer fills the mouth with an expanding, frothy feel."

Very lively, top of class, must try, original yet not fussy.

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

deep clean mahogany, soapy disparate head that disappears pronto. smell - massive amarillo hops and a candy-sweet caramel/syrup. taste - malty caramel, with big puckering rye flavor and some sweet citra-hop notes. shockingly thin and less malty than i anticipated since i've had this beer before while in a non-review mode (the bottle may have been a little old). mmm tasty!! founders can do no wrong! ;)

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Photo of Scrapss
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Turbinator with about 1.5 years on the bottle. Aging has considerably helped IMO.

A: Deep ruddy with frothy white 1 finger head. 1/2 finger stays all the way through. semi-lively carbonation.

S: Definitely a malty and spicy rye. The hops are mild and are not interfering with the rye.

T: Spicy notes, some very indistinct sour rye. VERY light malt and hop notes...the hops are definitely of the gentle noble variety if I had to guess. spicy, spritely tongue sensations.

M: creamy. medium full. Smooth and succint. balanced finish with malt and carb playing with bitterness nearly perfect ways. Not hot or boozy.

O: I want more...so smooth, velvety, spicy, dry, all the notes I like in rye whisky but toned down a bit.

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Photo of lochef81
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a deep mahogany color with a very small Head that lasts just a minute or so. The aroma is all rye, malt, and spice. There is little to no hint of hops or of the ipa qualities of this beer. It's Sips dry and a little rough with a bit of alcohol bite on the tail end. The body is a bit thin for this type of ale. The flavor is definitely rye and a lot of malt. Almost more like a porter than an ipa. There is virtually no hoppiness at all. Overall this is a very good beer (still rarely disappointed by Founders). It's just not what I expect from a rye ipa. Hits on the rye notes but not on the ipa ones.

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Photo of THE-DUDE
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a great beer! Deep amber color, grainy sweet carmelized malty smell, and tastes of earthy grains, slightly citrus with a hint of dry hops. Very enjoyable, improves dramatically as it warms. Continues to reveal new subtle flavors with each drink.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle server in a Pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful amber color which is clear in the beginning but that becomes cloudy in the end. Some particles can be seen floating around. Forms a huge and big bubbled yellow head. Excellent retention and tons of soapy lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Sweet, grainy and quite lemony in the nose. Strong notes of malts and rye. Brown sugar, orange peel with some peppery notes. Tropical fruits. Earthy yeasts

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of caramel malts and rye. Strong notes of citrus fruits (grapefruit, orange and lemon). Brown sugar. Spices: A bit peppery in the mouth too. Delicious 70 IBUs bitterness. Light notes of pine. Earthy yeasts in the very end

M: Medium, smooth body. Good carbonation. Herbal and lemony aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Absolutely delicious PA. My 7th Founders which gets an above 4 evaluation. What else can I say about this brewery?

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce pour on tap at 4th Avenue Pub in Brooklyn.

The pour was a mix of red and orange with a bright red highlight when held up to the light. The body was cloudy. The lacing was fantastic as it clung to the glass like a spiderweb.

The smell was hop forward with lots of lemon and tropical notes plus the usual pine. I did get to much of the spice or rye.

The taste was just like the aroma. Very nice. Lots of bitter grapefruit and lemon. The bitter hops are very present as well. The rye was kind of subdued.

The mouthfeel was nothing spectacular but by no means bad. I actually wanted another as soon as I was done. My only complaint was the bitter dry finish. Damn tasty though.

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Photo of tviz33
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a dark and murky amber body with a short tan head.

S- This is the first beer in a long time that made me say "holy fucking shit." Really outstanding and different. It's pretty sweet-smelling with a little pine and grapefruit, but it unmistakably smells like cranberry juice with a little tomato juice mixed in. Maybe a little peppercorn too.

T- The rye flavors come first, sort of pepper-like. The piney hop flavors balance this quite well.

M- Medium body, medium amount of carbonation, and kind of creamy.

O- This thing is a treat. Exceeded all expectations.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber colored with a bit of a red tint. A thin off white wisp of a head covers most of the top of this beer. Good clarity. I get a nice combo of rye and pine like hops in the nose. The front of the palate I get more of the rye and then a nice bit of bitterness from the hops kick in and remain in the aftertaste. The beer has some moderate carbonation.

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Photo of deadchef
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

I'll admit this review might be biased but it's my favorite beer. I'm pissed though that it has become a seasonal beer instead of a yearly offering. Especially now it's in a four pack and costs more than it did when it was available as a sixxer. Wtf?!

A: beautiful red color with a just off white head.
S: heavy citrus hop aroma
T: heaven in a glass! Nicely hopped with plenty of malt backbone. Deceptively easy drinking.
M: perfectly carbonated. Perfect viscosity.
O: overall I find this the perfect beer!

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Photo of surfcaster
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first year for this one-- now moved to a four pack format. Had it right at release and again last pm so a few weeks out.

A: Hazy dark orange pour-- LOTS of particles--with small head but lacing that stayed on the glass for the entire pour.

S: Hops--citrus/floral with the rye right in there--definitely an IPA first.

T: Hops are up front and bright. The rye is there with you and emerge after the hop blast. Then finishes with richness and the malt really comes through but an IPA all the way. Full flavor--this one does lose that super crisp bite as the one I had at release was brighter--but still solid a few weeks later. Finishes dry.

M: Mouthfeel is that of a "bigger beer" and I was actually surprised it was only 6.6% but very pleased with the sub 7 offering to let me have another.

O: Enjoyable and will definitely be one or two four packs a year. Little pricey at the 4 pack format but unique and very little out there is like it. Best right after release as many contend.

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Photo of Joshpu
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle to a snifter.

A: Poured a clear amber with a small beige head. Average carbonation.

S: Citrus hops, toffee malts, rye. Smell reminds me of an imperial red ale.

T: Taste follows the nose well. Sweet/toffee and fruity at first, but finishes on a bitter note. I get the rye throughout, but more on the end.

M: Medium bodied. Goes down easily, average carbonation. I wouldn't really say it finishes dry, even though I was expecting it to, actually leaves my mouth watering.

Overall a solid beer, nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. The rye and hops complement each other well. Definitely reminds me of an imperial red ale, even though its only 6%.

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Photo of DemoniChris
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip

A - Incredible deep ruby amber tones. Lives up to the name. About an inch of an off-white head. Very beautiful to look at!

S - Orange peel, lemon zest, breadiness, citrus hops. A bit of mango and pineapple in the background.

T - Spiciness, citra flavors, lots of orange. Mango, peach, pineapple, very slight rye characteristics. Nice dry finish and pleasant aftertaste. Bitterness lingers for a bit, but is not overbearing. Very well drinking beer.

M - Crisp, light-medium. Easy to drink, enticing.

O - This bottle is about 3 months old, but this beer is holding up quite nicely. I'm sure some of the hop flavors have dissipated, but it's still an amazing brew. I got a 4 pack for $8, so I can't complain. I'll keep buying these at that price!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Guanabanas. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep red body. Not really transparent, although I can't tell because it's dark out. Big creamy head. Nice lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit hops, lots of caramel malt, and a distinct spicy rye character.

Taste - Grapefruit hops joined by some resiny pine. Rye is much more prominent. Spicy finish to the malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - A little heavy for me. Thick for the style. Creamy carbonation.

Overall - Great rye character, but its body made me struggle through the whole pint.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour into snifter
A-amber color with a cream tan head
S-aromas of caramel, hops, citrus and piney
T-taste grapefruit bitter hops and some caramel malt
M-great bitterness with nice carbonation. Sticks to top of mouth
O-well balanced beer like an IPA dry hopped

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Photo of schepelz
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into snifter

A - Deep dark amber in color. Almost a carmel color. Two finger white-tannish head

S - Citrusy hops. Getting some grapefruit and pine notes. Start to get hints of the rye aroma as well. As the beer warmed up, I started get some some sweeter notes as well

T - Just an abundance of different tastes that are dancing joyously across my palate. Almost starts out with a faint sweet caramelly malt. The hops take over and combine with a nice rye flavor to give it nice bitterness. Very Light citrusy, grapefruit notes

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. Left with a very pleasant dry bitterness

O - Really enjoyed this offering from Founders. Disappointed in myself for waiting this long to try this one.

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Photo of tmm313
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber, almost red in color. 1 finger creamy head. Nice sticky lacing.
S- Big sweet grapefruit, tropical fruits, rye, caramel/toffee, with some nice pine resin.
T- Caramel, roasted malts, grapefruit, tropical fruits up front, followed by a light bready character, nice pine resin, and a blast of orange. Strong flavors that blend beautifully.
M- Almost thick, oily body with crisp, cooling carbonation. Dry finish with very nice lingering bitterness/sweetness.
O- I really enjoyed this beer. The flavors blended beautifully and each category was well above average. I looked for rye in the taste, but couldn't really find it, but who cares? This was a damn good beer.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep amber with a one-finger off white head.

S - Light grapefruit and pine. Some slight caramel sweetness.

T - Sweet malts right upfront followed by a good amount of citrusy/piney hops. Rye presents a good amount spice in the finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Nice mouthfeel with slightly dry finish.

O - Excellent rye infused beer. Another winner from Founders.

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