Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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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 woodychandler
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My dream afternoon - a holiday spent drinking rye beers. I must continually thank Sopor for turning me on to the style. It was truly an epiphanic moment when we were sitting at Founder's and he was explaining what rye imparts to a beer and the light bulb came on.

This began with a good, medium-tan head, but it didn't last and became just a light coating on top of the beer. The color was a reddish-orangish color with a slight cloudiness. The nose was both hoppy and spicy, like pepper. The mouthfeel was medium to thick with a huge mix of flavors on the tongue. Malty sweetness, hoppy bitterness and a peppery bite, all on the palate. The finish had that characteristic bite of rye, making it the lingering, prevalent taste. I'd drink this on a regular and continuing basis, if it were available in my area.

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Photo of Cresant
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this 12 oz. into a pint glass. Copper/amber body was clouded with tiny particulates. 1-2 fingers of off-white lumpy head faded to a collar and sheets of lace.

Smell was very nice. Citrus hops met with spicy grains. Bread and pine needles.

Taste was complex, balanced. Peppery. Grapefruit rinds mingle with grain sweetness. No single component overwhelms the presentation here. Very nice.

Mouthfeel was zesty, mildly prickly, medium bodied. Perfectly carbonated.

A new beer to add to my list of favorites. Very nice.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

This rye beer poured a clear, dark, red, coppery color with creamy, tan foam that persisted and coated the glass. The smell was rich, spicy rye goodness with other malt and hops in the nose as well. The taste was bitter hops combined with rye malt in good balance. The mouthfeel was almost dry but with a touch of sweetness. It was smooth with medium body and good carbonation. The hops built to the finish, and the malt lingered on the palate in the aftertaste. This was a very nice rye IPA. (Thanks to Warriorsoul for this one.)

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle hand picked by Shbobdb, (Another winner, Do they ever stop coming?) oh aah poured to my pint glass.
The liquid is an astonishing Red Copper, color with excellent carbonation. The head is a work of art, 2 fingers thick, off white color, and an outstanding lace.

The smell is big IPA like, with fresh rye bread.

The taste is very good, Nice rye bread lightly toasted malt and a great hoppy taste, in fact this is the way big hops should be done. Big Taste but smooth and mellow.

Mouthfeel is real good, quite pleasant in all the right places.

The drinkability is high, Excellent! Balance is flawless. O how I wish I could but this here. Thank you Shbobdb, Excellent pick! Prosit und Zum Wohl! MK

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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 garymuchow
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been holding onto this for awhile and it's lost nothing in quality.
Primary aroma is of hops, especially a grassy, slightly citrus aroma. Very nice. Slight malt quality noted, not necessarily rye, but more of a dull barley.
Nice amber of brown/red/orange. Not particularly clear. Smallish head, tan with minimal stamina leaving a ring and some spotty lacing.
Rich and heavy character. Malt starts out with both barley (sweet) and rye (spicey) flavors. Then hops kick in with significant bitterness and bite, and grassy flavors. All blends well at first and throughout the middle, but hops dominate the finish, which is bitter, sour, and somewhat dry.
Quite heavy mouthfeel, that's also thick, almost chewy and syrupy. Rather smooth and flattish carbonation which is fairly soft.
Nice well rounded beer. Hops may be a bit overbearing (thus minimizing the rye character), but I like hops, so it's no big deal.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark copper color with red highlights throughout. Nice frothy one finger cream colored head. Decent retention.
S: Big citrus hop notes are the first noticeable aromas with a sharp pine in the background that tingles the nostrils.
T/M: Citrus and pine notes are the most dominant hop flavors. Good sweet caramel malt. Bitterness isn't too powerful, but right on and lingers for awhile. Caramel malt presents itself a bit syrupy. Blasts of both hops and malt--hops being dry, malt being thick and wet. Slick through the mouth with a biting bitterness and dry finish. Carbonation is right on--fizzy on the sides of the tongue.
D: Another winner from Founders. Highly drinkable and refreshing. I will have this again.

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

Founders Red's Rye
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a crimson red with tan colored highlights. Nice looking head on top that leaves awesome patterns of sticky lacings.

Pleasant aroma with strong whiffs of pine and citrus hop bombs and faint caramel sweetness.

Sugary sweet with strong caramel swirl flavors coming through up front. Hints of freshly sliced apples and Georgia peaches. A tad nutty and bready which adds to the overall mouthfeel quality. The sip finishes with an incredible hop presence of grapefruits and pine cones.

This beer is a solid, whole package kinda beer and nicely crafted. Every aspect of this beer is represented well - malts, hops and Rye character. Reminds me of the Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, which is another personal favorite. Yet another excellent beer from Founders.

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Photo of olacub
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, rich amber color with a big, pillowy head. Great lacing.

S: Citrus, a hint of sweet bread and caramel.

T: A terrific blend of sweet malt and citric hops. Neither seems to dominate - they stay wonderfully balanced throughout.

M: Rich, thick mouthfeel.

D: I could have a few of these. Full-flavored, yet smooth.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a head massive enough to be called gigantic. Body is crimson orange. Nose is sharp pine mingled with orange and grapefruit. Taste starts with pine, moves to grapefruit, then segues into caramel. Very nice. Mouth is big and burly. If I could get this without trading I would certainly do so. A winner of a beer.

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Photo of tboom29
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is poured a hazy brown/red into my pint (the Old English pint glass). The full, lingering head was impressive.

The nose was nice and sweet, and hoppy. This has a really complex nose, full of citrus and almost a candy sweetness. I sort of get a hint of coconut even.

This is another big hoppy beer. There is alot of hop oil/esthers throughout the mouth. There is a hoppy spiciness, but it's also slightly sweet as well. There is a peachy/citrusy flavor througout. The hops are definitely king here, but it is mellowed quite nicely by the maltiness of the brew. The mouthfeel is smooth, slightly viscous, however there is a bite to it that sets it apart from other hoppy beers.There is an alcohol presence, but it is not over done.

This is another great beer from Founders. Real nice.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

re-reviewed 4/7/10, new scores, old review left intact below

a: deep copper in color, capped with a modest white head

s: pale malt body with sweet-spicy rye and light caramels, really nice grapefruit hop aroma

m: medium body and carbonation, clean and drying finish

t: clean pale structure with a nice rye and caramel current balancing a mostly dry body with mild sugars, full citrus hop flavor with an appropriately strong bitterness - leaning grapefruit

d: nicely balanced beer with a good finish, easy drinkability

single from Lost Dog, Arlington


appearance: The pour gives a 1" khaki colored head that gradually falls back, leaving a decent layer of carbonation on top. The beer is a medium chestnut brown in color.

smell: Nutty toasted malts and a big evergreen hop aroma. Hints of tropical fruits (especially citrus) and a slight woodiness.

mouthfeel: The carbonation level is around a high medium, and the body a light medium.

taste: Lightly nutty malts, a touch of rye (I would not pick it out if I didn't know it was there), and a big hop flavor upfront. Moderately sweet on the tongue with more than enough hop bitterness...a very hop forward red rye and a little unbalanced. Very ryePA like.

drinkability: easy

single bottle purchased at Woodman's in Madison

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Photo of klewis
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish copper with a two-finger frothy head. Good head sustenance and lacing.

S: Strong aroma of rye with plenty of hop aroma.

T: A full taste with plenty of rye flavor, but not over the top. The grainy taste from the rye is balanced nicely with strong hop flavor and bitterness. Almost like a rye IPA.

M: Medium-full body with moderate carbonation and a bone-dry finish.

D: I'm not a huge fan of rye, but this is definitely an enjoyable and well-designed beer. Not a session in my book, but a nice beer to things up.

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Photo of Brent
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The rye character was deftly integrated into the flavor profile of a an amber ale - a nice bit of spicy punch to the hops, with underlying malt sweetness that balanced well. The ruby-red color is certainly eye-catching, and the beer overall grabbed my attention right away. Perhaps my favorite from this brewery.

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

A: Redish-caramel with a creamy, off-white head. Good retention, great lace.

S: American hops (pine & citrus), toffee, rye bread and a hint of cotton-candy, fruity esters.

T: Plenty of hop flavour (citrus, pine, and a little aspirin in the finish), but the malt does hold it's own (toffee, rye bread, hints of raisin/prune). Strong bitterness, but it's very pleasant. Definitely more American hop flavour than rye.

M: Moderate to full body (slightly acidic/prickly), moderate carbonation.

D: Plenty of hop flavour and bitterness, a delight for the hop head. Alcohol could certainly be trouble.

Thanks for picking this up Eric!

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Photo of hoffman
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours up with a tan/mocha head that sticks and sticks with the pint glass served to me at the Landmark 1850 in MKE. Color is a deep maroon/dark brown with faint carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. The nose is highly hopped, grapefruit and citrus, some piney notes... but a lot of organic....dry and musty grains as well. The flavor is somewhat like a smooth barleywine...very dry with dark fruity base and nicely hopped. There is however a definite rye flavor in the back of this one that gives it a character all it's own. A distinct I have had it before....but I have not had "it" before. The mouthfeel is creamy and well carbonated. Overall a damn drinkable brew...Try one...on tap if you can.

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Photo of GDMFSOB
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a beautiful beer this pours out. Rusty orange-tinged, copper appearance with a buttery, off-white head that just never fades. Strong hops on the nose with some warm, peach fuzz that mellows the hop burn. The piney hops and rye make this a deliciously bitter brew. However, the estery fruit characteristics make it sweet and smooth going down. I'm gonna polish off this sixer without a problem and I might even go get another before the night is through. Pick this up, you won't be dissapointed.

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Photo of CraftAle
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is as expected, a "reddish" amber. Rye adds a pleasant "sour taste", but the main taste is bitterness from start to finish. Body is medium; could be a touch fuller. An excellent ale for those willing to try something different!

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz fatsy bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to flyingbison for this one. Beer is brownish ruby red with a light brnze colored head that has nice retention and great lacing.

Aroma is citrus hops. And I assume rye. Smells like other Ryes I have had. I love that aroma and really cant expain it in words. Well one: Awesome. Lots of grapefruit and grassy notes.

Wonderfully hoppy flavor. But also balanced with a generous amount of maltiness. Caramel malts. But, being as this is a red and not a paler beer, I would have liked to see more caramel or roastiness.

Body is nearly perfect. Not too chewy or thin; a perfect beer on a hot summer NC day. I could drink a 6er of this, but alas, I have only two :( Whoever Red is, I like his style!

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Photo of Crosling
3.35/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark red, with a full head of white foam. Sweet caramel and floral hops in the nose. Flavor is hoppy and malty and dry, with a light Belgian malt twist. Good dry hoppiness and distinct rye character. Sorry, I don’t feel like discussing the beer further.

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Photo of carln26
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Mahogany color, mildly hazy with a fluffy tan head, that leaves a delicate lace on the side of the glass. Subtle nose, with hints of citrus grapefruit and a light herbal quality from the hops. Slight nuttiness from the rye malt. Just a light caramel hint on the finish. The taste is lively and fresh. I notice the nutty character of the rye immediately. This is followed by mild green apple, with a grapefruit hoppy finish. Nice dry bitterness. The mouth feel is slick, just a little sweet. Good drinkability. Overall, very nice beer.

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Photo of DuqTroops
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - amber red in color, little head atop the body - it was tannish in color.

Smell - lots of hops! smells as if they were american hops too. some citrusy aromas are sensed here.

Taste - I can taste the rye in this with a good amount of hops. Hops were not overwhelming like in the smell.

Mouthfeel - very easy to drink. love it.

Drinkability - only have 1 six pack, but i am going to find more.

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Photo of bozebus17
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque rudy orange. This beer has an enormous and rocky tan head that holds on all the way down. This one is truly a sight to behold.

When I smell this beer what I most pick out is brown sugar. I'm not sure exactly what it comes from and I have never noticed it from a beer before. I also detect the scent of bakery bread. It is quite pleasing and furthers the excitement that comes before the first sip.

Upon the first sip I am hit with an enormous amount of flavor. It is rich, creamy, and delicious. I am reminded of sourdough bread as I quaff this nicely crafted brew.

It feels very full and creamy. This goes down smooth and easily.

This is truly an exceptional beer and another reminder that I need to explore Founders more often. A definite regular in my fridge, I could drink this beer everyday (and sometimes do).

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

Poured from a Founders squat fattie into a tumbler. As the name implies it's a reddish color, kind of burnt copper with a huge and thick and durable foam. The smell is hops, I'd call it an IPA from the smell alone. But I don't know the actual aroma or taste of rye...

The taste is hoppy and spicy, with a really thick mouthfeel. Kind of reminds me of DFH 90 minute at about 1/2 strength in flavor.

Really nice.

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Photo of lflesh
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to SwillinBrew for this one. i thought i was done with reds. this is a damn tasty brew. im tasting some caramel, hops and other goodness. it is a very refreshing beer. i would like to try more from Founders. i think the key is the rye. i like 'hop rod rye' from Bear Republic a lot... this is not as hoppy but a good beer none the less. give it a try if this is your style.

music: wolfmother

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