Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

1,665 Reviews
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,665 | Ratings: 5,221
Photo of iuhoosier336
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first beer from Founders I've had. I've heard great things about the brewery so I was excited to try this one. Poured from a bottle into a normal pint glass it has a nice head and a dark red hue.

The taste is strong on hops. Strong. Followed by the rye. The ABV is 6.8 but its hard to tell. A great beer for a hot day.

 332 characters

Photo of michaelbutler
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Red's Rye PA

12 oz bottle poured to pint glass

A: Cloudy dark coppery-amber, foamy head, nice lacing
S: Very hoppy, pine and citrus
T: Citrus-grapefruit, a bit spicy, dry and bitter finish
M: Full body, moderate carbonation
D: Very balanced, drinkable beer for those who like a bitter dry bee

 313 characters

Photo of eonbluekarma
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured nice and copper like a red. The smell is great. Flowery, yet sweet, with a hint of earthy rye. I think it might be one of the best smells from a beer that I've experienced. The taste is just as complex. A slight carbonation gives was to a great mix of hop, malt and rye. Overall, this is one of my favorites. Love the uniqueness of Rye IPA's.

 349 characters

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

I love a good Rye IPA and this is one which defines the genre. Full bodied and spicy the way a RyePA should be. Pours a deep golden with spicy, earthy hop notes bubbling up from the depths. Taste is like a rollercoaster of flavor, so complex and rich. Like the Sam Adams commercials say of Jim Koch, I practically chew this brew. Overall one of my favorites.

 364 characters

Photo of rattech
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A deep dark red with a one inch head forms. The color of this beer could pass for brown, though it has a good red note. It certainly looks appealing.

Smell: It smells hoppy, I detect quite a bit of citrus and pine. I did not expect this beer to smell so hoppy, it certainly isn’t unappealing, just surprising.

Taste: Bitter, malty, not nearly as sharp as I thought it would be based on the smell. The bitterness fades part way into the beer, yielding a nice malty sweetness. I honestly have no clue what to make of the beer, the taste is subtly different from most things I have had in the past. It reminds me a bit of Stone’s Arrogant Bastard ale.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and fairly carbonated. The mouthfeel is quite nice.

Drinkability: Goes down fairly nice, I honestly drank it faster then I thought I would. The fact that I am unsure of what to expect from this beer really indicates to me that I should try it again later.

 988 characters

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

Pours mostly amber with a little red,nice little redish copper head that dissipates quickly,no mistake this beer is a rye from the smell and taste malt and rye and nice hop balance,it reminds me of the caraway seed in a loaf of rye bread,not overpowering but wanting another slice,this is an easy drinker and a solid rye

 320 characters

Photo of Jeebs
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a coppery red with two fingers of creamy off white head. The head dissipates relatively slow leaving great lacing down the entire glass.

S: There is a huge aroma to this beer! Starts out with a large amount of piney hops followed by some malt and rye.

T: Piney hops up front mixing with slightly sweet malts and rye and finishes with some citrus rind. As the beer the warms the rye really seems to come alive. This is a very flavorful beer that makes me want to keep coming back for more.

M: Medium bodied with excellent carbonation.

D: This is a very drinkable beer that I will definitely be purchasing again.

 623 characters

Photo of poibag808
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a 12oz bottle in a local 4 local beer trade. It pours a nice dark apricot body with a creamy head. Great lacing on the grass. It didtnt produce a strong aroma like I expected but you get nice hoppy/tropical fruits. It has a nice smooth mouth feel that is mildly hoppy upfront, but you get a spice from the rye towards the end that highlights the hops. Im not a big fan of rye beers but I love this beer. I wish I could get it locally.

 443 characters

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

From notes taken on 9/5 at Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop:

Appearance - Amber, dark rust. One finger head that dissipates to light lace on top. The head leaves a trail on the glass as you go. Sticky Icky!

Smell - Big citrus up front, most noticeably pink grapefruit. Very light malt on the nose, smells more like caramelized sugar to me.

Taste – Bam! Smooth citrus is met with that spicy rye note. Just like the nose, it reminds me of pink grapefruit in the summer and the rye carries me over to fall. The rye provides that little kick which evens the whole beer out. Very smooth, very drinkable.

Mouthfeel – Carbonation is perfect and for this medium bodied beer. The hops and rye leave the mouth dry, begging for more.

Overall – Great Rye Pale Ale. Lots of smooth hops with a bit of spicy rye. Delicious!

 818 characters

Photo of Bartrob6
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Nice deep red color. Only reason I didn't give it a 5 is that there was alot of sediment in this bottle ( and the last one I drank). big huge head on this beer from lots of carbonation.

Nice smell. Alot of american hops. Caramel aroma balances it out nicely.

Good taste from the american hops and is about perfect bitterness. Not as much rye flavor in this beer as i was expecting. I want more of that.

Mouthfeel is the worst part of this beer in my opinion. Overcarbonated to me. Maybe this is causing me to not get as much of the rye flavor?

Drinkability is good but the carbonation problem is what makes it suffer!

 656 characters

Photo of RockerD
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby red grapefruit color into glass. Hard to see through this one despite being a red.

Dark raisin and currant scents soar over the bread/wheat base scents.

Tastes of citrus bread, apple raisins and burnt orange... but really good burnt orange like an roasted orange.

This beer feels so amazing in your mouth. Really really great mouthfeel. It's just a dance party of a beer.

All the great complexities of this beer gives it subsequent drinkability! Brilliant!!!

 477 characters

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

WOW! I'm not overly familiar with Founders, but after trying their Breakfast Stout I had to give this beer a shot. It's absolutely delicious.

Appearance- A gorgeous burnt orange-red with a gentle layer of foam that quickly dissipates

Aroma- An appealing hop scent is immediately evident.

Taste- A hop-heads dream, the 70 IBUs dominate the taste but not too overpowering. The malts definitely make a statement but they're clearly in the background.

Mouthfeel- Gentle carbonation, very pleasant.

Drinkability- I could drink this all night, it is pure ambrosia!

 563 characters

Photo of ZSimon
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Richmond, VA.

Pours a crystal clear tawny brownish amber, with a stickiest-of-the-icky white head. Cascade grapefruit and a bit of doughiness hit first, followed by a rock solid malty backbone highlighted by a rye spiciness. Sticky, juicy hops hold on through the end, leaving a thick, lasting, bitter finish.

Red's Rye is one of the few brews that I'll go for virtually every time I see it available. A fantastic beer - with all due respect to Terrapin and Bear Republic, this one is the benchmark for world-class rye pale ales.

 564 characters

Photo of BenJames1984
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For the longest time, I always strolled past this beer in the cooler at my local and went straight for the Centennial IPA. Now that I've had it, I can't get enough. On with the review!

Appearance- A beautiful ruby, with some orange hues. Thin white head which lingers right on the surface, leaving a nice lacing.

Aroma- Hops. A nice, crisp, hoppy scent reaches out to the nose.

Taste- The caramel malts are there, but very subtle. The hops dominate the palate, and the 68 IBUs are present. Awesome.

Mouthfeel- A little bite, with medium carbonation. Not too overwhelming.

Drinkability- I could definitely drink a sixer of this in an evening.

One of Founder's best.


 678 characters

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

Founders Red's Rye pours with a thick foamy head that laces the glass nicely as you drink it down. Its reddish color is pleasant to the eye. It smells like honeyed licorice.
Chilled, or cold,* you experience a bitter hops taste that is augmented by a generous, but not cloying, sweet malt flavor. I found it to be richer and more complex than most IPA's (perhaps as a result of the rye). Well worth a taste by those who love American IPA's. It could become a favorite.

*Served warm, the heavy, licorice taste can overwhelm.

 525 characters

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

A--Cloudy amber with an off white head. Does not have too great of retention but sports a nice lacing on the glass.
S--Big on the amarillo hops, piney and resiny, and dark rye bread, faint caramel, toffee.
T--Much less hoppy than the smell. Classic belgian spice flavors up front--maybe plum or some sort of mild dark fruit, clove, candy sugar, caramel, then thick rye bread, then the hops cut through finish ever so delicately and refreshingly. Cleanly, crisply, beautifully.
M--Chewy and yummy.
Overall, this rocks this little Texas girl's world. Shout out to OsNJCB for hooking me up with this one.

 602 characters

Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_greg
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a very good IPA. The touch of rye made it very enjoyable. You could smell the rye and it had a dark apple juice color. The hop and rye taste with a pleasant bitter after taste. It was also pretty smooth for an IPA. I would this to anyone.

 274 characters

Photo of liquidnoise
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A word of advice. Drink this one warm. When I first had this, I thought it was overrated, bitter crap. But luckily, my last bottle warmed up a bit and that's when it came alive. As it warms up, it gets a LOT better. This one's like coffee. Wasn't meant to be cold. I'll review this assuming you drink it slightly below room temperature.

It pours out red. The head is a little darker than normal.

Smells like rye bread.

The taste is bitter, in a good way, and tastes like bread with a little bit of alcohol.

Very drinkable, but if I haven't said it enough, wasn't meant to be cold. I reccomend storing it at room temp, and putting in the fridge for 10 minutes before drinking.

 688 characters

Photo of twoheadedboy
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nicely carbonated, poured a deep amber/dark honey hue. Smell was sweet, with fruity hops and some dry breadiness.

Taste was a bit understated, the fruity bitterness of the hops is noticable but not noteworthy. Finishes extremely light but with an underwhelming dry aftertaste. The roasted, bready malt quality I got from the smell wasn't significant.

Overall a decent brew, but didn't quite live up to the expectations I had following my experiences with their good scotch ale and fantastic porter.

 501 characters

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

appearance: beautiful amber brown color with moderate head that dissipates quickly.

smell: clean, crisp hop and pine smell.

taste: delicious IPA flavor that is accented by the rye addition. Sweet initial taste followed by a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

mouthfeel: nothing too extravagant here. The reason I graded this down was not because RRPA disappoints in this area, but simply because it doesn't really add anything particularly interesting.

overall: simply put, a great, refreshing beer that can easily be enjoyed with a variety of meals or by itself on a summer day. As far as rye ales are concerned, this is definitely worth checking out.

 650 characters

Photo of dick783
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 12 bottle at 50deg into a snifter. This bottle makes a loud pop when the cap comes off, pretty nuts. The color is a nice copper red with a thick, billowy cream colored head that ever so slowly fades.

S: Apple skins are everywhere in this. Just juicy smelling. I pick up some good aroma from the hops that gives it almost a forest full of pine trees smell, not over powering but relaxing.

T: Good flavor in this beer. You can taste the rye, but more so is that apple peel taste. It made it from the smell to my mouth and i love it. Alot more bitterness than in most Red Ales, but its good.

M: The carbonation is high but works well with the taste of this. Has a medium mouthfeel, not watery but not syrupy either.

An excelent beer, probably the best red I've had yet. Tough to come by though as we dont get Founders here in Rochester. I'll have to keep an eye out for it when I travel.

 913 characters

Photo of koolchas
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

a: poured a dark amber with about an inch and a half head the slowly went away. carbonation races up the side on the glass while drinking leaving a foamy trail.

s: citrus rinds indeed dominate the smell. i could not distinguish the smell of hops over the citrus.

t: starts off quite smooth with a bit of sweetness. but, once the liquid hits the back of the tongue it's all bitter and spices that lingers.

m: crisp, spicy and dry. once finished with a sip/drink, the after effect makes you want to take another sip/drink immediately. mouth gets very dry and spicy once finished.

d: nice brew in this style. overall a very tasty beer and a nice alternative to have in the fridge/cabinet next the ipa, dipa, and belgians.


 784 characters

Photo of quad07
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber color with a slight red cast to it. Head is small with a mild milky off white cream texture. Left a milky ring in the glass with each sip. It actually tastes a little like toasted dark rye bread. Six of these would be plenty in one evening. I really liked it and will buy it again.

 300 characters

Photo of applky
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Great-looking beer with a huge, voluminous, light red head. Pour slowly. Deep red, hazy body with bits of sediment from the brewing process. A very raw, wild looking beer.

As noted, sharp citrus in the nose with that wonderfully caustic, sour rye aroma. Suggestions of malt that bear themselves out in the taste.

Citrusy and bitter when it hits your tongue, and that rye sourness comes in very soon after. This is an incredibly sour, bitter, and malty beer. It finishes a bit wetter than other beers in the same style, which I think suits the beer very nicely. Its haziness and crazy head make it seem like a very wild beer -- in contrast to other rye beers like Sixpoint's Righteous Ale that seem a little more refined.

I found this beer to be a sipper, but if you slurp down Brettanomyces for breakfast, lunch, and dinner you might be inclined to empty your glass a bit more quickly (obviously this beer isn't a Brett beer, but it's still very sour). Overall, an incredibly satisfying beer from Founders.

 1,009 characters

Photo of EJNibs
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a 20oz. imperial pint glass

A: Beautiful deep reddish-brown, slightly more golden near the bottom. Two fingers of head that took almost two minutes to dissipate, leaving a thick, tenacious lacing that clings 'til long after the beer is gone.

S: A nice nose, but nothing special. Good harmony between hops and malt, but no particularly intriguing hop or malt aromas. The balance is nice, but perhaps at the loss of a more robust nose/more outstanding floral or citrus notes.

T: Again, similar to the nose, nice balance between hops and malt, though certainly a little more hop dominance than in the bouquet. The rye is subtle, and the finish is dominated by the hops.

M: Medium body, very fitting of the style. Not too full, but has some substance to it.

D: Wonderfully smooth for a beer this hoppy. The hop bitterness doesn't predominate so as to curtail the drinkability. What? Mine's already gone; must be good.

Overall: Nice "Rye P. A." Not my favorite beer, but probably my favorite rye. Admittedly, I usually don't like rye beers too much, but this one isn't dominated by the rye and strikes a nice balance with the hops. If you see it and like rye or hops, or even aren't totally turned off by hops, give it a shot

 1,246 characters

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 5,221 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.