Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Red's Rye IPAFounders Red's Rye IPA
5,239 Ratings
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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Ratings: 5,239 |  Reviews: 1,668
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of ryanflc
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tballz420
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Small cream colored head on top of a hazy amber body. A bit of a lace trail. Loads of malt on the nose. Some bitter hops. Rye malt on the taste, a bit of a bitter hop background. Bit of a metallic hint. Thin and watery mouth. Kind of an interesting beer, pretty good overall.

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Photo of bobhits
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours, well....guess what red! The body is rather hazy, to the point I was a bit surprised given the style and brewers weird desire to make beers clear. Good lacing and head retention though over a huge head on this one.

Good citrus grape fruit hops on a plate of yeasty bread. Nothing intense here but does the job.

Small complaint then on the the massive praise! The rye that is spoken of doesn't really get into the picture as much as I'd want or expect. I don't get that rye bitterness, no peppery flavor, none of those things I'd generally expect. Instead we've got a wonderfully hop forward beer with a biscuit and dense body that gives it an impressively balanced flavor without turning the sweetness up. I should point out this is where the rye is working, but it seems to have gotten things right here. Some caramel flavors are what give this one enough sweetness to get past the bready and biscuit like backing.

Firm body with plenty of smooth carbonation make this one extremely drinkable and very enjoyable.

I'm not sure I'd seek this one out, but where available it is an almost must have from time to time. I hear so much love for Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but frankly those people must not have access to this one.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BostonHops
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a murky amber tone with a bit of an orange glow to it when held against the light. finger of beige head is showing pretty decent retention; some lacing.

nose is a nice medley of citrus hops, sweet malts, and a distinct rye character. flavor profile roughly breaks down along the same lines: hops (citrus/grapefruit), malt (sweet/caramel), and the the interplay of rye and some subtle spice notes. has a dry finish. really pretty tasty.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with carbonation decidedly on the low side; still, a drinkable, enjoyable beer in my book.

originally reviewed: 10-24-2010

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of botham
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a stange. pours a crystal clear, very deep amber/red color, with a substantial orangish head after a hard pour. delicate lacings ring the glass.

smells of spicy rye, with some notable hop aroma as well. no malt to speak of, probably overpowered by the spices here. very dry-smelling, with almost a coniferous character, reminicent of gin.

tastes of spiced rye up front, with the character of an ale following close behind. great concentration and balance here, though somewhat restrained when compared to the aroma.

aftertaste is semi-dry, and of left over spice. no bite though. interesting.

mouthfeel is somewhat thin and watery, but does not take away from the flavors and aromas at play here.

drinkability is good. a couple of these would go down easy, and leave the drinker with a thirst for more, all while not overwhelming the palate. overall this is a very well balanced beer that will take any palate for a ride. the aroma and the taste do not relate completely, but that adds to the interesting nature of the brew. cheers!

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Reddish-bronze in color with minimal head and sticky lacing

S- Some piney hop notes with a roasty zing underneath the hops

T- Some piney floral hops mixed with some roasted malt. The alcohol is well hidden. Pretty delicious

M- pretty full mouthfeel that has good balance and carbonation

D- Great tasting brew that stands out because of its unique style. Try one!

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of FickleBeast
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pour is reddish amber with two fingers of foam that clings to the glass as it recedes. Thick bubbles of foam remain on the surface.

Smell is fantastic, overwhelmingly hoppy, bitter grapefruit.

Hops dominate the flavor of this beer, both up front and with a strong, lingering hoppy bitterness. There is a solid malt backbone, but this is in no way sweet - the hops really overpower the malt (in a good way).

The mouthfeel is viscous with a long lingering bitterness. This is a very good beer - I wish I had purchased more than a single bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 5,239 ratings
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