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
Reviews:
1,665
Ratings:
5,221
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
Wants:
385
Gots:
622
For Trade:
7
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Reviews: 1,665 | Ratings: 5,221
Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with subtle carbonation bubbles rising to meet the 1/4" of frothy head which quickly fades to a thin lacing. Nice citrusy, floral aroma in the nose with just a hint of peppery rye. Very complex taste; bitter with piny hops with a hint of citrus fruit, strong malt character that is a combination of biscuits and pepper from the rye. Faint alcohol esters are noticeable as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, and refreshing.

Very complex beer here. The rye is noticeable but this is definitely closer to an IPA than an all out rye ale with the intense hop character. Nice twist on an IPA though. A must try for all hop heads.

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

Pours a nice very slightly fogged amber with ruby hints when held to light. Minimal tan head does not stay long at all. Nose is nice and fruity with a decent amount of sugar/candy in the mix as well. Flavor is pretty robust. I guess the rye really comes into effect here and gives a fairly bodied experience. Seems like the profile is mostly of wood. Nice and hearty really. Feel is good on the liquid and the carbonation is fairly full. Smooth and drinkable, but slightly more of a sipper than one to pound down.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, giving a great copper/orange body. Faint cream head with bubbles that disappear slowly, with minor retention. Bottled Oct 25th 2010.

Great simple whiff on the nose of sweet grapefruit, nice and subtle, somewhat dry also. Not much else to speak of though, feels like a citrus IPA is coming.

And with that it feels and tastes like one too. Typical hop and grapefruit associated with an IPA in finish, palate and mouthfeel. I was expecting something a little more unique for a Rye beer but this is still tasty. However, it feels like just another good solid American IPA instead of something distinct. Can't say I am blown away by it either so I am going to probably never desire this again.

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Photo of jwc215
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper/mahogany with a rich head that settles to a lasting cover. Concentric rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of a huge amount of citrus and some pine with a caramelish, rye, bready backing. This is one amazing aroma.

The taste matches it well - bitter citrus and resiny pine with a sweet balance and rye dryness. The flavor is very delicious with an amazing bittersweet balance. Long, long finish.

It has a smooth, firm medium body.

This has alcohol? Covered very, very well. This just disappears. Very hoppy, but shows a nice malt base. Great use of rye. Unique and very well done.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Blooming red in color, hazy appearance, nice slab of creamy-toned foam sits above.
Nice hops, rich maltiness, very bright and vibrant, lively and luscious.
Taste: big buckets of yum. tingly, delcious hops on the palate, warm, full, jam-packed with flavor. Very nice, full of fruit and malt. Incredibly smooth.
doesn't taste like any rye beer I've ever had, the hops are on the top, and the malt is so ...so, everything.
this is damned nice, and would be an a shoo-in as a regular in my fridge, were I able to purchase it locally...full-bodied, with a soft, lush fruity finish. silky.
And I think I said "yum" already...I'll say it three times, then you know it's true.
Yum.

much thanks to micro for the bottle!

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Photo of Tone
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color with some suspended yeast. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells hops, a general sweetness, a grainy characteristic that I'm assuming is rye, and some alcohol. Fits the style of a Rye beer. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly chewy with an average carbonation level and a noticeable dryness associated. Tastes of hops up front, some ginger, very slight alcohol, then strong rye, and finishes with a rye flavor and strong dryness. Overall, this is a pretty darn good rye beer and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Duff27
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin light tan head atop a dark hazy amber beer. Poor head retention, good lacing.

S- Smells wonderful. Sweet. Rye notes.

T- "Rich, earthy, complex". Finishes a mix between the sweetness of the rye and hops!

M- Creamy, good carbonation.

D/O- Another treat from Founders. I'd place Two Brother Cane and Ebel in the same category and prefer that but would rate this right below it....great beer overall though.

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

07/13/05- Received via trade with Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Copper colored pour, huge and I mean huge fat large bubbled head which literally took up a third of my glass. Very nice lacing as an added bonus.

Smell- Grapefruit and pine hops control the scene here. Maybe a bit of toasted malt in the background with a tiny touch of rye as well.

Taste- This one is a nicely well balanced brew. The hops are definitely there, but they aren't harshly in your face like some other brews. These hops are fruit and pine flavored and are soooo smooth. Toasted malt is lightly added as well as a small touch of rye.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and a bit chewy. Medium carbonation level. Easy drinking beer to be sure.

Drinkability- Right up there with Hop Rod Rye in my book. Another fine beer to add to the "session" list. Damn, that's right...I can't get this on the west coast :( Thanks much Jetsbeer!

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Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark red with haze. Nice complete, yellowish head, small bubbles, cover the beer in a thick layer. Alcohol and strong aroma of hops. Almost pine like aroma. Familar, think Rogue Yellow Snow. Interesting flavor, the rye no doubt. How much rye was this made with? Very dominant rye flavor. Almost no aftertaste. Very smooth, a nice drink. Slow to drink, probably due to the lateness and my current "state."

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

This beer pours a beautiful ruby red/amber into your glass with a one finger cream colored head that laces the glass. Based on the aromas this beer gives off, if I didn't know any better I'd guess this was an IPA and not a PA. It begins bitter before ending sweet and malty. It has excellent flavor which tends to be more on the malty side. The hops aren't as big of a characteristic as they could be. It is sweet and has a "different" accent to it as well, I'm guessing that's the rye. It drinks very crisp and has good carbonation. It's between light and medium in body and drinks well. It's very good for the style and an exceptional brew.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a tawny copper red. One inch foamy beautiful head, great lacing down the glass. Looks like an IPA already, rather than a rye beer.

Smells very pungent- earthy, grassy, pine, some grapefruit, along with some spicy rye flavors. Not much malt flavor coming through in the aroma, no matter.

Tons of great flavors to taste here- the aforementioned piney earthy bitterness, plus some bitter citrus (grapefruit), some sweeter fruit flavors (orange), plus some raw spicy flavors from the rye. Strong malt backbone- toasted bread and caramel. Finishes dry even with the strong malt character.

Full bodied, crisp, dry mouthfeel. Bitterness lingers on the tongue for a while.

Other than Harvest Ale, this is Founders' best hoppy brew. Love it.

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

Appearance: hazy reddish copper in color with a two finger head. Spotty lacing developed.

Smell: caramel and ripe fruit sweetness rises from the glass and is very pleasant.

Taste: caramel, rye, ripe red grapes, and a nice balancing bitterness are the most notable flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp at the start, much smoother at the finish. Relatively short aftertaste.

Drinkability: excellent afternoon beer that is perfect for a lazy day of hanging out and having some beers. This could be a session beer for me.

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

Thanks to Vancer for this brew.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber red color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger creamy off-white head, lots of nice sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is of malts, hops, nice touch of rye and caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, nice touch of caramel, and slightly bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice rye beer, I think my first.

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Photo of liamt07
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery, 12oz into a tulip. Bottling date is smudged off the neck.

Deep reddish mahogany, with a cream coloured head. Nice retention and a good bit of lace. Nose has loads of caramel malts, some citrus, spicy hop qualities. A bit of bready character. Taste has bitter citrus, light spice, very nice fruity hop character and some toasty bread notes. Medium feel, medium low carbonation - delightful feel. Moderate bitterness. A very nice rye pale.

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Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a lesson in the flavors of rye. Fruity yet dry. Delicous but strange. i'll have to try this again.

At first sip it reminded me of Hop Rod Rye, but I guess I need to try more rye beers. The beer tasted of apples and fruit punch with dry grainy edge of the rye. Some citrus hops joined in, and all in all I had an interesting drink.
Give it a try if you can find it.

Thanks to Norkyorksammy for the trade!

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Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, rye. Taste is somewhat bitter, spicy, hops, rye, a bit of citrus, very dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a solid beer.

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

Poured in to a Duvel snifter

A - Very dark amber, almost brown. Small amount of white head.

S - Bitter grapefruit hops with some pine notes in the background balanced by a spicy malt backbone. There is also some peach and tangerine notes.

T - Bitter citrus hops and peppery/spicy malt backbone. Grapefruit, tangerine, pine.

M - Light body, very low carbonation. A little bit of chew.

D - An excellent RPA. Could easily drink a few of these in one sitting. One of my favourite beers.

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

The beer pours a nice red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful malt scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and rye malts. It's sweet with a peppery rye aroma as well as some mild hop scents. The taste is good. It has a spicey flavor that boasts of hops and rye as well as some burnt toffee. It goes down smooth and finishes with a dry bitter hop bite. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's got a unique flavor that I really enjoy.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Californians like me don't get the opportunity to see Founders sold in our stores, but I purchased a bottle of their Red Rye at Charles Street Liquor (Boston) on Christmas Eve. It made a good last-minute gift, but how does it taste? Let's find out, on to the beer:

From the short stubby bottle and into a stange in goes, the beer rests in my glass a cloudy red color, a few shades from being orange. The aroma is very pleasant, kind of a mix of a pale ale and red ale. It teases the nose with gooey caramel and cookie. Add some chocolate and it would be Twix! Hops are mild and brings a juicy tropical flavor. Okay, enough teasing, I want to taste it now...

Folks, we have a winning taste! It starts sweet and hoppy before the rye kicks in. Tastes very similar to the smell I described. There's a party going on in my mouth! It's so damn smooth and tasty that I wish I could have regular access to this gem. It's heavy enough to please big palates, yet seems light enough to have everyday. The end is quite dry, meaning you can start the whole cycle sooner.

The experience is over, but the impression lives on. The only other helpful information I have on this beer is to get a bottle as soon as you see one.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RBlaszak for sending this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is strong rye with some orange citrus notes. There is no doubt that this beer has a lot of rye in it. The flavor is rye with a lot of hop character. I get some pine, orange citrus and pineapple, as well as some toffee. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Copper/orange in color, with a bubbly head which mostly diminishes.

Smells of floral hops.

Tastes unique. Hoppy, thats for sure, but also a grainy spice in there too, to compliment the fruity hop/malt interaction.
Mouthfeel is smooth and makes me want another sip.

This may be the best rye beer Ive had. If you want a RYE-P.A. this is as good as any.

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Photo of dar482
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a deep ruby red color that is clear.

The aroma has lots of citrus, orange, grapefruit, sweet caramel malt, and a bit of earthy pine.

The flavor follows with mostly pine and floral notes and then grapefruit bitterness on the end. There is a peppery spice from the rye along with a gentle sweetness.

Despite being bitter and hoppy, the beer is really well balanced. Just another phenomenal beer from Founders.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely delicious beer from Founders. If this was in my back yard it would be my staple beer. Pours reddish orange with litttle head and some spotty lacing. Smell is of slightly sweet malt and some spicy rye as well as citrusy hops. Nicely balanced and very appetizing. The taste is magnificently balanced and proof that non-extreme beers can be astoundingly good. Very nice blend of rounded malt, slightly spicy rye, citrusy/piney hops, and some fruity/bubblegum like esters. No one flavor components dominate, they just form a harmonious quartet. Beautifully drinkable wwith a smooth but slightly spicy mouthfeel. Delicious.

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Photo of plaid75
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, New York.

Poured a deep copper, almost red hue with a two finger frothy off white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured waves of piney, citrus, herbal and tropical hops atop a clean grainy malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront piney and herbal hop assault that begrudgingly gave way to spicy rye malt and round crystal malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a brawny full bodied hop bomb. Very nicely made.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a regular pint glass. Not sure how old this bottle is though.

A- Red's comes out of the bottle pouring a not deep red but slight red with copper mixed in as well. A pretty slow pour yeilded me four fingers of beige head so i took a break. When i got back the head faded but left the best looking lace patterns i've seen that were bumpy resembling a mountain range.

S- Red's gives off the expected rye scents backed by hop scent(amarillo) and malt sweetness. Some ripe fruits seem to make their mark also. This one is on the pungent side.

T- The rye is up front as well as the hop's which tell's me i picked up a fresh bottle thankfully. A bit of graininess as well as well as a good amount of caramel from the malt varieties. All in all a well rounded beer.

M- This is only a bit less than a medium mouthfeel as well as ample carbonation probably too much. The rye flavor and slight bitterness from the hops is felt throughout. A slighty off setting aftertaste with some sour twang, again only slighty.

D- A great offering from founder's that i'm glad is available year round at a nice price. Will get again in future, maybe bring a case to a party to turn some new converts. Not a session beer but good for a few. I just wish founder's had freshness dates.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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