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

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5,214
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4.19
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10.5%
 
 
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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep orange hue with a moderate haze and two fingers of frothy tan foam atop. Quite nice.

Smell: caramel malt and citrus hops hit you in a big way right away. There's not a lot of nuance in the mix, but it's basic and very well done.

Taste: very good malt flavor with lovely citrusy hops; those Amarillos work great here. It's almost like a light-alcohol version of a strong-ale formula. Malt is caramelly without being overly bready or biscuity; it's actually quite delicious.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation. It's alright, though not particularly creamy.

Overall: a very tasty beer. I'd like maybe a little more body or carbonation, but overall quite good. I'd gladly have this again.

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

Fiery rust and Tuscan clay - Red's Rye integrates dark browns with bright reds and has tawny orange act as intermediary. A very worn, off-white patch of head is sandblasted across the top and manages to imprint a minimal number of tiny marks of lace as it sinks. Its complexion is pressed with a light haze although it shines with resilience when held into the light. This is among the most astonishing blends of colour I've witnessed in a beer.

Sweet, roasty malts and bitter, citric hops are presented as different sides of the same coin. The aroma is an illustrious display of vibrant, resinous and fruity lupullin but doesn't compromise an ounce of its thick, chewy maltiness. There's caramel and grapefruit; beers that are both *this* hoppy and *this* malty always impress me. It's like the insides of the kiln meet the fresh air of the forest. I'm already foaming at the mouth...

The very first sip made me start to convulse, as if I was part of a mystic, enchanting ritual where I became possessed by some sort of hop deity. (I'm not kidding, my limbs flailed!) Each following sip would prolong the trance. Notes of grain husks, toasted bread, charred grapefruit, grilled melon, pine sap and dark caramel all linger with resounding flavour. Each sip is sufficient to fill your mouth with enough flavour to last for a long period of time.

This may have an extra little bit of alcohol and bitterness but it's every bit as refreshing (if not more) than any of it's lower strength, lesser IBU peers. In fact, it does them one better by being more filling, too. The Belgian caramel malts really do impart a sweet richness which, right on cue, is quickly crushed by the pounding citrus of an Amarillo dry hop. This is lightly spicy, pleasantly citric, deliciously sweet, agreeably toasty and gratifyingly hoppy.

I don't know who Red is, but I like his Rye ale. He obviously shares my affliction for hops and my taste for well crafted, well rounded beer. This offering is deserving of its reputation and then some! If only the people of Grand Rapids knew how lucky they were. And I'm lucky too; after two trades turned up infected bottles of this stuff, I have BuckeyeNation to thank for finally hooking me up with a good sample... actually, a great sample!

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

Pours an almost clear, ruby-amber color that shows rich copper-orange highlights when held up to the light. The head is frothy, rocky, initially a finger thick and a full tan color with a bit of an amber tinge. The aroma is quit hoppy; a mix of herbal notes, pine and citrus. I get aromatic notes of candied orange peel, and grapefruit; both of which come to dominate the aroma after a bit.

The taste has a sharp hoppiness to it that carries through almost to the end, but actually mellows and becomes a lingering, smooth, sweet citrus note and a bright bitterness. This is definitely hop dominated, but there is a malt character here, which, through its caramel notes, helps to accentuate the fruity citrus character of the hops. As the beer warms up it begins to pick up some minty menthol like notes in the finish. I can't say that the rye is really noticeable here; perhaps it adds a bit to the body of the beer and it seems to make it have a head with more staying power. As with many of the so called "rye" beers this is a hop bomb; don't get me wrong, I definitely am enjoying this beer, but I am curious as to what the rye is really adding.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz from Aqsprint.. thanks a bunch.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

1" head.. long lasting.. very pretty lacing.. brew is hazy dark amber.

Nose is American hops with some spiciness.. piney and citrus with a good malt backbone.

Flavor is more spicy.. alot of toasty malt and more than enough hoppiness.. grapefruit and abundant toasty malts.. slight caramel and enough sweetness to tie everything together.. very smooth and very rich.. the body is a medium with a little bit of slickness... carbonation is light to ad to the overall very drinkablity.. Better than I remember my prior bottles.. A good example of how a unordinary malt can add alot to a brew.. pretty damn good.. I would certainly buy it if it was available.

Another nice brew from Aqsprint ... thanks Jon.

4/3.5/4.5/4/4

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Photo of tobelerone
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber beer, modest head. Not super carbonated. Mildly aromatic. Delicious beer, hop details are somewhat muted but the bitterness remains, nicely, as well as the spicy rye notes. 2nd time I've had this beer and I suspect the bottle I'm reviewing is a bit longer in the tooth than my 1st. Feels boozier and maltier than the early example, lacking the subtleties that I loved so much the 1st time out. Gotta try a 3rd and see if first impressions - that this is one of the best beers I've had this year - were in fact accurate. Definitely worth trying and returning to.

Many reviewers noted the "two-finger head" on this beer, something that was notably absent on this bottle. Think I got an old one. Still good, but not as good as it should have been.

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

12 Oz bottle Sampled through the efforts of Boxing Day BIF and Pentathlete.

Pours a deeply red colored ale with a tan head. The shade here is so dark that I could almost call this reddish brown.

The smell is quite hoppy and aromatic. There is a base slightly sour scent of rye here that is complimented by the hops. Hop aromas are anchored by a basic oak aroma with citrus and pine on top with a spicy edge.

Taste is dry and woody at the beginning. Malt and hop flavors kick in here at about the same time. There is a faint sour twang here with mostly woody hops as the main flavor. Strongly flavored but mellow too. Malt flavor stays restricted to dark sugar and a bit of caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

A very drinkable beer for those who like them dry and hoppy. Nothing at all is bad about this beer, the only thing that would prevent sessioning all night is the above 5% alcohol level. A very mellow beer I can recommend.

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

The last of a 6 pack broght back by a friend from Michigan. Sorry to see it go...

The beer pours a reddish amber color with fair head retention and lacing. The beer smells pretty sweet and malty, but with some nice underlying rye and hoppy citrus. Smells pretty good in fact. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though the beer is decidedly on the hoppy side (which explains why I like the beer so much). The beer has a very nice bitter citrus bite to it, and comes across as crisp and clean. This beer is not the least bit heavy and is quite refreshing on the palate. It finishes very well, with a clean, light wash at the end. The beer is very drinkable with the abv. very well disguised (is it really 6.8% abv?).

Another solid beer from Founders. What a surprise. :-)

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, courtesy of the Walnut Liquorette, in Walnut, CA,

A: Dark red/amber, with a thick, white head, which recedes to nothing after a long period of time.

S: Lots of hops, very citrusy, some pine, and a lot of spiciness, some Christmas-style spices abound, like allspice and cardamom.

T: Very tasty, a definite RyePA, though it hits you with spiciness first from the rye, with some anise and allspice, the hops are quite piney, some citrus such as grapefruit and orange are there as well, along with some lemon that adds to the complexity of this rye beer, very interesting.

M: Smooth, robust, piney and resiny, quite oily, with a fair amount of warming alcohol, which contributes a bit of a solventy character to the mouthfeel, though this is a minor flaw, in my honest opinion.

D: A great beer by Founders, incredibly drinkable, even with the high ABV, I just wish that they distributed to my area, so it wouldn't be such a hassle to obtain this great beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 17, 2013.

The pour is a decent looking amber reddish-brown with a slightly cloudy mist and a long lasting beige-tan head.

The aroma espouses earthy hops and grainy malts in that order balanced with a sweetish tone.

The body is about medium but it has smooth when it coats the back of my throat.

The earthy hops are noticed up front in the taste like the aroma with a classic balance of grains moderating the overall flavor. There is a huge bitterness at the end. Rye PA's are not high on my style list but this was a fine example of it.

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

A: Redish-caramel with a creamy, off-white head. Good retention, great lace.

S: American hops (pine & citrus), toffee, rye bread and a hint of cotton-candy, fruity esters.

T: Plenty of hop flavour (citrus, pine, and a little aspirin in the finish), but the malt does hold it's own (toffee, rye bread, hints of raisin/prune). Strong bitterness, but it's very pleasant. Definitely more American hop flavour than rye.

M: Moderate to full body (slightly acidic/prickly), moderate carbonation.

D: Plenty of hop flavour and bitterness, a delight for the hop head. Alcohol could certainly be trouble.

Thanks for picking this up Eric!

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a amber brown w/ small head and left lace patches down glass. A strong sweet malt smell of caramel and rye and a fruity, hoppy smell as well. Smooth and creamy, with caramel notes and some other sweetness; slightly sticky. There's a dry, citric hop flavor that passes over but it is balanced well and finishes dry and crisp. An easy to drink beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red's Rye pours a deep, nebulous red with a giant frothy head and some vile lacing. Smell is of spicy rye and sweet malt with some herbal, floral, and fruity hops. Chewy mouthfeel, smooth, and creamy. Spicy initial taste which leads into a sweet, mellow maltiness. The hop bitterness is strong but it isn't enough to overpower the malt. The finish is long, and the presence of alcohol increases as the beer warms.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.73/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a five-finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving a good lace. Clear red/amber color. Hoppy/malty nose. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Starts hoppy and the hops dominate and leave a lingering bitter aftertaste. Expecting something a little more mellow. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle

Bottling date of 8/11/13 printed on the neck of the glass.

A- Pours a clear dark red color with faint orange hues and a nice off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma features that unique spiciness from the rye that I have learned to love in rye beers with a nice dose of hops to complement the malt in the nose.

T- The rye makes it presence felt again in the taste with that unique flavor. The malt and hops complement each other perfectly in the taste. There is some sweetness up front but the finish is rather dry.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Red's Rye PA from Founders is an excellent rye beer that is highly recommened.

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

12oz Bottle - thanks to zacs for this one

Appearance – Hazy dark copper colour with a large size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation visible and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, brown sugar, rye

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, rye, and hops. There is also a little bit of a citric acid sourness and some notes of dark fruits. It finishes with a malty sweet aftertaste.

Overall – My bottle was a little out of date but I still enjoyed this beer. It's a god a big unique taste that keeps the beer interesting all the way through. I imagine I didn't get a whole lot of hop bitterness due to the age of the bottle, so I will surely revisit this beer again when I find it fresh.

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

A: Poured a dark ruby-orange with a huge, frothy 3 finger medium beige head that displayed amazing retention. There was a slight haze and turbidity of small speckled bran colored yeastie floaties that were suspended about. The lacing was nothing short of excellent here leaving multiple concentric circles down the sides of the glass. Really nice.

S: The nose reminded me a little of an arrogant bastard with some pungent dried grapefruit and pine which is im guessing compliments of Chinook hops. There was a slight underlying caramel malt sweetness that sneaked through along with a noticeable aroma of dried rye bread.

T: For flavor the dry crisp nature of the rye really stood out here. The palate was dry overall with loads of rye and dry toasted caramel. There was some dried pine and dried grapefruit notes as well but was the rye that really stood out. A noticeable amount of alcohol was detected and perhaps only accented an otherwise really good flavor. The beer finished with the dry crisp nature you expect from rye with some lingering dry grapefruit.

M: medium full, dry with a pungent dried grapefruit hop lacing.

D: Drinkability was good, really liked this and easy to drink. Dry, bitter, crisp and everything you come to expect from a good rye beer. definitely one to consider.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

It pours a clear reddish gold with a huge billowy head of foam.

The smell is of...whoah..fruity and citrusy and earthy malty..very nice!

The taste has big grapefruit flavour up front but then I can taste the rye and some earthy malt and other fruit, maybe orange, it all comes across as *very* tasty. Wow. I'm bigtime digging the flavours here.

Mouthfeel is medium and very smooth, the carbonation is medium, and it finishes witha nice snap of citrus and rye.

Drinkability, despite the abv, is very good. This is another Founders brew that I'd like to revisit. No doubt about it! I love how the rye is so noticeable here as it makes this brew so crisp and easy drinking..Btw, the second pour gets a bit cloudy and overall, the head retention is *awesome* as is the lacing.

Bottom line: This is an *awesome* brew! It is probably the best of the style that I have ever tasted!

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

Purchased from New Beer Distributors in NYC, brought back to Sydney and opened with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a hazy reddish orange colour, with a crackling large bubbled head of yellow-white foam. Some speckled lacing, but minimal body. Some film across the top of the glass as well. Fine carbonation. Looks decent enough, but missing something.

Nose is sharp and slightly resiny, with plenty of earthy hops, much in the woody, almost ashy east coast style rather than the fruity, citric west coast style. Hints of rye come through with touches of sourdough bread and hefty dark malt. Pretty tasty.

Taste is very good, with a lovely balance between nutty grains, a touch more of that slightly sour bread character and a robust bitterness on the back, which lingers into a woody, resiny finish. It's all really well balanced, so at different points along the palate different elements stand up and make their presence felt.

Really nice beer, and big when it comes to flavour. Plenty of complexity to make it interesting, and nicely balanced. It could actually show off the rye a little bit more, but that also might make it more gimmicky, rather than having everything integrated as it is right now.

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Photo of corby112
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden orange/amber color with golden burnt orange hues when held to a light and a two finger off-white head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with hints of earthy pine, citrus rind, rye and caramel malt. Slightly toasted with hints of biscuit and a good balance of sweet rye and fresh hops in the nose.

Full boded for the style with lots of dank, resinous oily hops countered by a slightly toasty, sweet malt backbone. Nice hop presence up front with a good balance of earthy,dry bitterness and sweet citrus flavor. Hints of grapefruit and orange peel as well as some earthy pine. The malt backbone is sweet with a prominent rye character as well as hints of subtle caramel, biscuit and toffee. Really well balanced, refreshing and insanely drinkable with a slight dry finish.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark-reddish amber with an off white head. Nose was hops, rye and malt. Taste was medium bodied, caramel malt flavor with rye and hops. Very malty and chewy. Mouthfeel is chewy and coating. Very drinkableand tasty. Well done as usual by Founders.

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

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. 08/03/10 bottled date on neck. Have had this countless times, but finally got around to reviewing it formally.

(A)- Pours a clear yet fairly dark amber hue. Produced a perfect sized fluffy white head with great retention behind it. Tons of sticky lacing left behind as it clung to the sides of the glass not wanting to dissipate.

(S)- A wealth of aromas. A dry nuttiness with an even drier subtle lemon and grapefruit citrus. A nice spice from the rye; bready.

(T)- A really nice malt profile of caramel with a dry nutty/caraway seed(rye) spice. A good; balancing hop presence with hints of lemon.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Has a good complex feel of malt,rye, and citrus hops. Lightly bitter.

(D)- A great rye beer. Not my favorite style, but I always would reach for this one. Most tend to be over-done in the rye smell and flavor department, but this one is nicely balanced. Would not expect anything less from Founders.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Comes in darker than red, light brown. 3/4" head with substantial retention. Aroma was not as hoppy as amarillos usually are, the rye tempered this a little methinks.

Taste was solid amount of rye, bready. Hopped up, but not into ipa territory I thought. Plenty of caramel and rye all over this. One of those 2nd tier rye hoppy beers for sure. Good, not great.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-deep amber clear body with good carbonation. The head is a thin film of off-white foam.

S- Nice floral hop nose with some sweet maltyness and a bit of spiciness from the rye.

T-Very nice grapefruit hops flavor that grows and grows. A nice hint of pale malt and just a bit of spiciness at the finish.

M-Smooth mouthfeel with a nice fizziness that gives it more body. no astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- Nice twist on a red ale. The rye is very subtle but it gives some balance to the nice hoppiness of the beer. The hops have good complexity and taste very crisp and clean.

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Photo of kscaldef
2.92/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Ruddy red. Pours with just a small topping of foam, dissipates within a few seconds to just a ring and some large bubbles.

S: Citrus hops, nice sweetness underneath, and a little dank pine on a swirl

T: Dominated by the malts here. Bready, with a heavy note almost like pumpernickel. Not what I usually think of in a rye beer, but it's interesting. Not getting much of the usual rye spiciness. Balanced bitterness in the finish, but not a lot of hops flavor.

M: Medium body, medium-high carbonation. A little heavy in the finish.

O: Seems like a fairly middle of the road beer to me. A bit too malt dominated, and the hops don't seem to compliment it all that well. Among the rest of Founder's offerings, I wouldn't particularly go after this one again.

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

A Simcoe dry-hopped cask (bombed with Simcoe hops as the notes say) at the General Sutter.

A: The ale is a dark, cloudy haze of a beer, a ruddy amber color. A thin head, larger bubbles with no action, screams 'cask'.

S: The nose, oh how the nose is divine. Simcoe is strong, perhaps there are a few cones left in the firkin! The simcoe is ridiculously strong, citrus with pine. Rye needs some time to emerge, bringing darker breads and anise along. A pleasure to sniff.

T: Suitable for my needs. The hops are strong but muted, primarily helping the aroma. The bitterness is present but has been smoothed out in the cask. It does deliver pine and citrus, almost tropical, throughout the glass. Rye, dark and bready, has pepper and anise and lingers nicely in my empty glass.

M: The mouthfeel is soft, hoppy but restrained in the cask. The nose is to-die-for and the flavor doesn't pull any punches.

O: Worthy of an epilogue. The highlight of the day, citrusy, rye-y, delicious. I'd love to see more of this.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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