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
Ratings:
5,228
Reviews:
1,667
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
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390
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629
For Trade:
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Ratings: 5,228 |  Reviews: 1,667
Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Founder's, to cherish. I like rye, and combined with a hopped up beer, you got a bold satisfying beer. Rye, full citrus mouthfeel and some lovely bitter aftertaste. Genuine red colour, head with initial hop bubbles. I would drink this on a regular basis. Delicious 3 weeks later.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -28.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: two finger off white head with nice lacing on a murky, crimson and garnet body.

S: citrus, hops and caramel Malts.

T: Nice musty and mild citrus hop flavor with nice rye note in the finish. Strong sweet caramel malt in the background.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body. Very smooth.

Overall this beer is very drinkable and an excellent rye beer. Flavor of a rye IPA and the smoothness and malt background and smoothness of a red ale.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kzoobrew for sending this one!

Pours a hazy copper orange with a 1 inch puffy light tan head that settles to a thin cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruits and citrus zest and some rye/malt. Taste is of bitter citrus fruit, citrus zest, and a malt and rye backbone. Mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good rye beer with some very nice citrus aromas and tastes.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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

just a brilliant ipa, my first foray back into hops after a few months in europe. its sexy amber body and frothz white head indicate that its going to be fantastic, and it is. aroma is big west coast hops, fresh and piney, with a balanced amber malt profile and some clever rye spice. flavor is backed off a bit on the rye, much more hope forward, which is delicious. not sure the varieties, but its something high alpha. the rye malt gives the beer a nice little kick in the middle. mouthfeel is also excellent, its more than medium on the body, perfectly carbonated. this is one of the better red india pales out there. i could do a sixpack of this no problem. bravo!

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice looking reddish brown color. With a pretty good sized white head on top. The lacing is a little sticky and it also has a good retention. The smell of the beer had plenty of spicy rye mixing with floral hops. The taste of the beer was citrusy, bitter and spicy. It had a really nice drinkable mouthfeel and it went down really well. Overall it's. OT my favorite Founders brew but it's still pretty damn tasty.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The guy that runs the Lone Hill Liquor store in Glendora came over to drink with us last wednesday and brought a 6 pack of this stuff along with a few other select beers. Don't know much about rye beers but this was pretty good. I really enjoyed it.

It poured a great red color that was very clear and had a nice 3/4 inch head that had a very slight tan tint to it. Looked pretty sitting in my pint glass. Left a good amount of lacing in the glass. It smelled quite hoppy with some caramel malt smells coming out as I got to the bottom of the glass. The taste was that of a red ale and a lot of hops and some dryness that I imagine comes from the rye. Good balance, we all enjoyed it and agreed that it was worth having again. The mouthfeel was a bit fizzy without a lot of substance, still good but not quite like the ales that I'm used to drinking.

A good and drinkable beer and if I find it somewhere on tap I'll be sure to get a pint.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and has a thin white head. There is a moderate level of carbonation.
S: There is a light aroma of citrusy and piney hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, hoppy flavors and bitterness dominates the taste but these are in no way overpowering because they are nicely balanced by the underlying caramel and rye malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate. It is rather refreshing and there is some dryness in the finish.
D: This beer is very drinkable and is also quite sessionable.

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

Firmer malt and a spicy grain undertow allows this strongly bittered beer to resemble IPA, but with some balancing accessorizing. Founders is happy to allow the rye grain to heighten the sense of hop bitterness, even if malty compromises occur. A risk perhaps, but one worth taking.

Its handsome and masculine deep burgundy hues are quite suggestive of its toast, caramel and delicately pungent grain sweetness. But the dominant grapefruit, orange and pineapple hop character that wafts over the nose and early palate sing its American IPA praise.

In a bready-sweet body, the taste peppery taste of rye pierces through the sweetness and provides a husken toast flavor that's both hearty and spicy. While sweetness fades, armatures of honeycomb malt texture gives support to the hop onslaught to ensue. The quick taste of citrus peel and pith turns decidedly bitter in rapid succession. The steely caramel taste that's left balances the rye but doesn't interfere with the hops.

Raw and somewhat rustic in taste, it nearly earthen taste from rye and barley offers a moderate semblance of balance even though the ale's finish is malty-dry and deeply resinous with torn pine needles, evergreen and citrus. Both its medium body and Its long bitter-sweet finish is the perfect companion for American cheeseburgers.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz/355 ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. This is me first Founders beer ever. I'm really excited to say the least. Acquired at Ramirez Liquor in Los Angeles a few days ago. I was surprised to see Founders offered here, and I knew I had to pick one up. Cost was something ridiculous like $6.00, but I'd never seen Founders in California (or Colorado, for that matter). Bottled 01/17/2012. No best before date.

Not paired with food.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Expectations are through the roof given Founders' reputation and this beer's current ratings.

A: Pours a half finger head of dark white (...) colour, nice cream, nice thickness, and above average (~3 minute) retention. Pretty good lacing as it recedes. Colour is a semitransparent caramel-copper. Non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appealing for the style.

Sm: Marvelous hops: floral more than bittering, with slight hints of piney, oily, and citrusy hops. Caramel and cream are present. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Clean malts. Very fresh and pleasant. Quite inviting, though rye doesn't come through even when I really search for it. I suppose rye isn't all that aromatic anyway. A mild strength aroma, and quite a nice one. I'm excited to try it.

T: Everything the aroma promised in terms of hops is here on the open and through the midpoint, and it's quite a nice greeting indeed. The hop bitterness is mitigated nicely by the floral hop character alongside the clean malts and caramelization. Rye underlies but isn't dominant. Indeed, malts rather than rye seem to comprise the foundation. For a beer based on rye, the rye is surprisingly subtle and doesn't coarsen the mouthfeel or dry it out hardly at all. Impressive indeed, though I'd be interested to see the grain bill. Certainly some barley or oats has to be present to smoothen it out. Red apple adds a well-executed extra dimension to the flavour profile. A tasty little beer. Nice subtlety, though I wouldn't call it complex. The hop and malt layering is rather impressive. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Delightfully smooth and wet for a rye beer. A touch too thin. Too smooth on the finish; it should be a touch dryer to coax out the next sip. Slightly heavy on the palate; I prefer pale ales to be a bit lighter, but this one has a higher ABV.

Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV and style. Hides its above average ABV well. It's rare a rye beer is so drinkable - to the point where I doubt the grain bill is honestly dominated by rye. In any case it's a tasty flavourful brew that really works as a pale ale. So far, Founders is living up to its reputation. If this is one of their normal offerings, I can't wait to try their more hyped brews.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium amber color with a significant head that displays good retention and lacing

Smell: Piney and slightly sour, with some underlying caramel, peach and apricot aromas

Taste: Starts out with an immediate bitter piney, sour rye and grapefruit pith aspect, with the caramel, peach and apricot fruit flavors peaking through underneath; after the swallow, the fruitiness lingers but the rye and pithy bitterness re-asserts itself into a crescendo

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a touch thick; solid carbonation

Drinkability: This beer grows on you; I was not expecting the nature of the bitter flavors but really grew to enjoy them as I finished the bottle

Thanks, alaskaiscold

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Photo of oline73
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear reddish amber color with a finger and a half of off white head and decent retention.

Smell: Some sweet malt up front with citrus peel hops and some rye spice.

Taste: Not as much malt presence as the smell would have suggested. I'm getting a bunch of rye and some citrus peel hops. The finish is bitter, but has enough malt to balance things out.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Always been a fan of this beer. I like the balance between rye and hops. I will definitely have another.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a rinsed Kentucky Tavern pub glass calmly enough for the first 3 seconds, then explodes upwards and out with foam. Probably lost a third of the bottle as it foamed over again on the second, very gentle pour. A puffy whipped meringue consistency on the surface, with sudsy bubbles building up underneath. Some unfiltered specks dot the foam also. Reminds me of root-beer float disasters as a kid.

Color is a dense, tawny orange-red, heavy with suspended particles. Crazy lacing, and weird deflated tentacles of foam floating on the surface.

Floral hop notes with a strong underlying spicy aromatics.

Rich flavor, reminds me of an ESB or Scotch ale with plenty of hops. Tea-like with a heavier body, light smoky notes, and dry herbal bitterness to a mellow degree. Big rye with alot of unique flavor. Not sure if I could have more than 2 pints, but it's a damn fine Rye beer.

$1.90 single from Archer in Chicago.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Tpaliga. Poured a cloudy deep brown color ale with a huge slightly off-white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of bitter hops is quite overpowering with some malt being noticeable. Taste is a mix between some caramel malt with some overpowering bitter and citrus hops. Rye is present though not overly noticeable. Body is above average with some low filtration, which is appreciated. While I did appreciated this beer I would have prefer less hops and a bit more rye.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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