Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Red's Rye IPAFounders Red's Rye IPA
BA SCORE
90.6%
Liked This Beer
4.2 w/ 5,235 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,164
Reviews:
1,668
Ratings:
5,235
Liked:
4,741
Avg:
4.2/5
pDev:
10.48%
Alströms:
4.41
 
 
Wants:
392
Gots:
631
Trade:
7
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,235 |  Reviews: 1,668
Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Who's Red? Probably some filthy Commie... This beer pours a clear ruby-amber topped by nearly two fingers of ecru froth. The nose comprises pine needles, tangelos, creamy caramel, and a touch of peppery rye. The taste kicks up the rye a great deal, though it is still not allowed to take any position of preeminence. Instead, it shares the spotlight in a vigorous tango with hop elements that themselves gracefully combine the talents of pine and ruby red grapefruit. It's quite a dance, particularly set against the backdrop of sweet caramel. The body is a fluffy medium, with a light carbonation and a very creamy feel. This beer begs to be continually consumed and returned to. Thankfully I've got the rest of this growler to help me with that...

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Deep mahogony red body, nearly caramel one finger head. A bit of lacing as the head dissipates. Sour apple and citrus hop (70 IBU's quite apparent) and rye on the nose, as well as the flavor. Dry and spicy with milky malt. Classic founders smoothness, wet, crispy, drinkable.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper hued, slightly hazy with a 1/2 inch head that recedes somewhat quickly, leaving a nice lace ringlet around the glass.

S: Fresh hops and rye. Shocker.

T: Great fresh taste with a nice balance of malts and hops. The rye aspect of this beer is a pleasant surprise to the palate, as the nose leads you to believe this would be an IPA. I wish the rye/hop balance did not favor the hops so heavily, as the rye component is being overshadowed. There is a bitter hop finish and lingering hop aftertaste, with no astringency.

M & D: Really smooth and easy to drink. This would make a great session/summer beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear reddish orange color with a huge bubbly off white head that persists forever. Smells of spice, and pine, with bits of citrus and caramel coming off of the edges. The taste follows the aroma to a tee.Medium to thin body with a moderate level of carbonation and a watery resinous mouthfeel. This is a nice beer, it smells great! For my tastes I would have liked a hint more body though.

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Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of dfhhead25
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange body, nice and clear. Random slow rising bubbles. Thin layer of head.

S - Certain citrus nose on this beer. Definite grapefruit meat and some bitter peel. A hoppy touch.

T - First thing to hit the palate is the hop hop flavor. Sweet crisp hop charachter, not to warm or floral. A nice backdrop of grapefruit and warm grains. Slight alcohol presence but a smooth and mellowed effect.

M - Very clean mouthfeel with a refreshing flow of flavor, carbonation and smoothness.

O - Don't think rye bread, think actual rye making out with hops and sweating citrus. A really refreshing beer, akin to the effect tasty double IPAs have on me.

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Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Standard 12oz brown stubby founders bottle. Poured into a snifter this brew appears a fairly clear burnt copper to orange color. A proud finger of yellowish stained head sits atop the brew composed of rather large bubbles. Bubbles of carbonation rise to the surface in support of the well retaining cap. As the head slowly fades it leaves spots and patches of lacework clinging to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is bright with fruity and floral notes. Quite juicy smelling with pleasant hop character that has a toasty grain base and presents a slight mineral touch. Some alcohol makes itself known right away in the aroma with an accenting fruity ester component and slight tingle to the back of the nose. A faint touch of stinky cheese and a catty aspect that only emerges once this brew warms up.

The taste is toasted bready grain which provides a mild sweetness before becoming dominated by resinous hops. Herbal bitterness resonates throughout the mouth with a touch of minerals, pine, cheese and bitter fruit rinds. Alcohol is fairly evident with a fusel touch of warmth down the back of the throat. The alcohol flavoring is equally matched and paired against the toasted grain and bitterness of the hops. All in all a very sound brew.

This is medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Easy drinking with a nice toasted grain flavor backing instead of the typical sweet caramel malt undertones. I felt both the bitterness of this "pale" and alcohol hit home a little harder than what was listed on the label but no complaints here.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a clouded amber red with a large beige head, large bubbles with scant lacing all around my pint glass. Aroma is wonderful with spicy rye edges and pine and citrus hop layers built around the bready malt base very nicely blended. Smell is really piercing with the sharp rye and alpha acids from the hops it really tickles the nose hairs. Flavor is great with upfront bitterness spicy bready malt layers touch of caramel and biscuit tones with a current of hop flavor including citrus peel, pine cones, and herbs. Touch of alcohol in the finish but it's hard to say where the abv is at in this one. Mouthfeel is medium bodied creamy oily textured and evenly carbonated not bad at all. Drinkability is great one of those beers that is definitely case worthy, I wish I had another to follow this one.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of BEER88
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90.6% out of 100 with 5,235 ratings
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