Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

5,228 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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Photo of MaxOhle
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Pours a cloudy reddish with a decent head.

Citrus hops in the aroma, with a bit of rye.

Citrus and rye are the dominant flavors as well. Nearly an IPA, but balanced with rye and caramel malt flavors. Flavorful.

Mouthfeel full and carbonated.

Worth seeking out. I think I prefer Double Trouble to this, but this is interesting and a quality beer.

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Photo of AnalogErik
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of korguy123
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes

A- Murky dark copper/brown pour. Zero head just a thin with ring around the rim and lacing is non-existent.

S- Candied sugar and grapefruit up front, caramel and toffee with a slight vanilla note in the background.

T- Floral hops, caramel and slight candied sugar. Bitterness makes my mouth water but not complaining. Slight bitter dry aftertaste.

M- Thin to medium bodied. Juicy at first with a quick dry finish.

O- I want to like rye beers, and some just aren't my thing. But I think I found one that I'd definitely get again.

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Photo of McNazz
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of scottiethebody
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of NickSMpls
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of jbeervt
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

Photo of MasterRigger
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BigJim5021
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours somewhere in the spectrum between burnt orange and brown with a beige head. Nice and hazy with some sediment swimming around in the glass. Gobs of lacing.

The aroma smacks you around with some big, piney hops. The equally strong malt backbone brings up the rear with the smell of sweet caramel malts.

Flavor is big ol' evergreen style hops, but the malt and rye make this stuff impossibly smooth. The balance struck between the two sides of the coin is really remarkable. It's probably the best interplay of big hops, big malts and a nice dose of rye that I've had in a rye ale. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. As previously stated, this shit is smoother than Billy Dee Williams. The body is robust and the finish is dry.

Drinkability punches its way through the roof. Yeah, it's near 7% so it's not quite sessionable, but who gives a damn? This is just a top-notch beer that begs to be drank.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beautiful ruby red. Lacing is nice and thick. I wish there was a bit more head to this. Still good though.

Smell: Very rustic. Rye grain and metallic mineral water (in a good way). Some caramel notes as well. Pretty faint though, but still enjoyable.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pretty decent balance between sour rye and sweet caramel in the background. A bit one note to some maybe, but this definitely high lights good notes. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with slightly above average carbonation.

Drinkability: Kind of a hybrid session and sipper. Pretty versatile.

Overall: Definitely better for rye fans.

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Photo of IPAIsaac
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Dodo2step
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Al's of Hampden

A- a murky dirt red color. Minimal head but it sticks to the side of my pint glass. light amber color as well.

S- Oh my this is a citrus hop punch and it smells just like a grapefruit hop. Its like i am holding it in my hand. There is also some caramel malts and rye bread.

T- The rye is evermore present in the taste than in the smell. Quite a sweet tasting rye as well. that could be because of the citrus hops. The caramel malt gives a nice complement to this beer. Gorgeous flavor!

M- dry and sweet. Crips and smooth. Feels like biting into a grapefruit with some rye bread on the back end.

D- great sessionable beer. i could drink this all day. It goes down easy and is worth every penny!

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Photo of EJJ1848
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

Founders hit our state recently and I've been putting a hurt on my wallet picking up their product... I recall having this beer at Dark Lord Day and being impressed... let's see if that is still the case.

Pours a fine looking weighty, lazy dull copper. A full sticky white head lolls about on the top, subsides slowly, and leaves some lace hanging around. Pretty.

Smell is good: Grainy, slightly rough sugars, wet citrus hop, rye spice and complexity. Touch of orange. Basic, but well done.

Man, this is one easy drinking rye beer... typical (and required) rye spiciness is blended with a tasty, complex malt bill and some juicy, (yet restrained) hop bitterness. The finish is slightly dry and deliciously hoppy-sweet. Citrus and a hint of pine linger on the palate. This is well made.

As for mouthfeel, this hits all the right notes - the full body, creamy character, and mid-low carbonation means you can toss this back pretty easily. I know I sure did. To top it all off this is 6.8%? Hmm....

Red's Rye is an exceptional, easy drinking rye beer and one of my new favorites. If you like this style at all you owe it to yourself to try this.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A--Caramel brown color with half finger of head when poured in my 16 oz. snifter. Spotty lacing.

S--Tropical fruits dominate. This is like a mix of a Belgian Tripel and and IPA. Very crisp and refreshing nose.

T--Not quite as good on the palate, a little too dry of a finish but still a pleasant taste. Malty with a subtle piney hop background.

M--On the thin side and too dry, average

D--Nice beer, but nothing that stands out to me. I would drink this any time it was offered, but won't be buying it again

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Photo of theminutemen
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of clager
5/5  rDev +19.3%

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

Pour red as the name implies (actually ruby) with a nice white head, solid lacing. Smell is intensely hoppy, very much like an IPA. Again, taste is also hoppy, but not as bitter as the hop profile would make you think. pretty good balance in the flavor. Hops are on the fruity side. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slightly creamy. Very good brew from Founders as usual. Took me a while to finally sit down with one of these, but glad I did.

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Photo of robear
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of geexploitation
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This Founders offering pours a bright brown amber with substantial head that never leaves. Aroma is big and spicy, with some citrusy hops and piney notes as well. Thankfully, you can smell the malt backing for all of those hops. On the palate, this big, smooth beer starts off with exploding bitterness, then shifts to some sourness at the mid palate. The finish and "burn" at the end seem like classic rye to me. Overall, this is a wonderful beer that is unique, interesting, and tasty to boot. Very well done.

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

From tap at Hopleaf, pours a dark copper amber, with a half inch head that settles to a steady film and some nice stringy lacing. The aroma is a little weak, but some nice hops are goin on here, fruity and juicy, with some sweet malt and just a tinge of rye, probably. Wouldn't have caught it without rye in the name.

Tasty tasty taste, the hops in high regard here, almost bitingly bitter right away (but I like it!) and the rye is nice, then settles to a sweetly malty thing, lots of Belgian caramel malts supposedly used here are used quite well. The mouth is smooth, good body and carbonation. In all, not quite spectacular, but damn tasty and a fine brew.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 5,228 ratings.
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