Founders Red Rye vs Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by BerlinBomber, Jan 6, 2013.

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  1. BerlinBomber

    BerlinBomber Initiate (141) Nov 19, 2011 Connecticut

    Thoughts on these 2 beers - my two cents they are very different, but to me Founders is the better beer
  2. strangebrew321

    strangebrew321 Disciple (313) Feb 18, 2009 Indiana
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    Founders for the win. Too bad they won't be bottling anymore of it. I've been getting my fill of Red's before it's gone.
  3. Roger85

    Roger85 Devotee (414) Aug 24, 2012 Illinois
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    They're still going to bottle it- it's just going to be a seasonal release now.
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  4. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,808) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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  5. beaker30

    beaker30 Initiate (0) May 22, 2010 Indiana

    I haven't had the Founders. But that Ruthless Rye...yummmmmmmm. I'll try the Founders this year too.
  6. mscott1975

    mscott1975 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I'm s huge fan of both, but Red's is fantastic. So balanced. It will now be available seasonally in 4 packs.
  7. BerlinBomber

    BerlinBomber Initiate (141) Nov 19, 2011 Connecticut

    Ruthless has an weird after taste
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  8. incapacitant

    incapacitant Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 New York

    Founders. Drinking an 11/28/12 bottling as I type this (last batch until September?)
  9. jminch

    jminch Disciple (399) Jul 17, 2011 Ohio
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    I prefer SN, guess I'm in the minority here. I only tried Founders once, maybe it wasn't a fresh six pack.
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  10. deuce9259

    deuce9259 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2011 Ohio
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    Founders. All day.
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  11. brewtaster

    brewtaster Initiate (73) Sep 20, 2008 Indiana

    What! they are not bottling it anymore? Founders Red's Rye PA has got to be one of the best brews ever. Why are they discontinuing bottling? Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye is good but Founders in my opinion is definately the winner.
  12. BerlinBomber

    BerlinBomber Initiate (141) Nov 19, 2011 Connecticut

    My batch Is 12/5/12
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  13. HopDiggityDawg

    HopDiggityDawg Initiate (159) Nov 3, 2010 North Carolina
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    Red's Rye is going to be seasonal?
    Deuce9259, I saw what you did there, well played sir.
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  14. mrhartounian

    mrhartounian Aspirant (206) Nov 23, 2009 Massachusetts

    Can't you just say that you prefer Founders? Is one really "better" than the other?
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  15. hardy008

    hardy008 Poo-Bah (1,969) Jan 12, 2008 Minnesota

  16. BMMillsy

    BMMillsy Poo-Bah (2,310) Feb 16, 2012 Florida
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    Please see profile picture.

    I think I got a bad bottle of Ruthless when I had it, maybe not fair. It honestly tasted like licking a dusty car seat bottom.
  17. rolandboy

    rolandboy Initiate (0) Oct 11, 2012 Michigan

  18. ja1022

    ja1022 Initiate (163) Sep 27, 2009 Indiana

    Honestly, not even close for me. In fact I think Red's Rye is very under appreciated for how good it is.
  19. CUE45

    CUE45 Initiate (0) Jul 29, 2008 Virginia
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    +15 on the Founders. I really wasn't a fan of Ruthless other than the art work for the bottle/packaging.
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  20. Roeters

    Roeters Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2007 Michigan

    I have to say Founders Red's Rye, one of my favorite beer from them.
  21. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Poo-Bah (2,723) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland
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    This kind of thread again? :stuck_out_tongue:

    Anyhoo, Red's Rye easily. Ruthless Rye tasted like little more than Torpedo with a bit of spiciness to it.
  22. TheSixthRing

    TheSixthRing Poo-Bah (2,409) Sep 24, 2008 California

    I liked both about the same. I found the Founders was more sessionable, though less interesting than Sierra's Ruthless. Of course, we're talking a Rye PA vs a Rye IPA, so while it's not quite apples to oranges, it's at least grapefruits to tangerines.
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  23. wiscokid920

    wiscokid920 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2011 Wisconsin

    I'd have to go with Ruthless Rye based on the wow factor I had after first having it....mabye that's because it was early on in my craft beer experience but I distinctly remember being blown away by it! I have had Red's Rye as well, phenomenal, but as far as a beer I distinctly remember the edge goes to Ruthless!
  24. wiscokid920

    wiscokid920 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2011 Wisconsin

    As TheSixthRing points out, We are dealing with Rye PA vs Rye IPA and as far as my tastebuds go I prefer IPAs thus Ruthless!
  25. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    I am with you. Red Rye is great for sure, but Ruthless Rye is a excellent.
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  26. sullenbee

    sullenbee Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 Michigan


    Straight from the source, and oh so delicious. The winner in my book.
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  27. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Poo-Bah (2,717) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire
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    Fresh Founders RR for me. Not that I am dogging Ruthless.
  28. CBlack85

    CBlack85 Crusader (703) Jul 12, 2009 South Carolina
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    I thought Ruthless Rye was pretty good, but not spectacular. There is something about Reds Rye that just completely turns me off. I have tried it on several occasions and have never been able to get through a bottle, just not for me I guess. As far as rye beers go Cane & Ebel is my favorite...
  29. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    Have to say Ruthless Rye.
  30. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    How did I know you'd be from California. :wink:
  31. klaybie

    klaybie Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2009 Illinois

    Founders. But I will be buying Ruthless Rye, it's good and will be more available than Founder's until September.
  32. Bblumoehr

    Bblumoehr Aspirant (228) Jun 26, 2012 New Jersey

    Founders is just so good
  33. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Ruthless by a mile. I really wanted to like Reds Rye but just didn't. I only had one 6 pack of it compared to many Ruthless Ryes and I found it to have a not great aftertaste. It was a fresh batch, but maybe there was something else wrong with it. Long story short, Ruthless was perfect and delicious every time
  34. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    So by your logic I guess I can assume you vote for Founders?
  35. elNopalero

    elNopalero Poo-Bah (2,647) Oct 14, 2009 Texas
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    I'm not often in Michigan but when I am I drink Red's Rye.

    That said, I drank my fair share of Ruthless while it was in season last year and I have a feeling I'll do the same again.
  36. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Devotee (464) Apr 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Neither, both leaving me wanting more.
  37. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,560) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    Founders by a landslide, IMO. Ruthless Rye isn't bad, but Red's Rye PA is very special..
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  38. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    Never had Ruthless Rye.
  39. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    You should try it. It's good. :slight_smile:
  40. dcloeren

    dcloeren Defender (629) Sep 15, 2010 Texas
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    Wasn't a big fan of Ruthless.... Reds Rye PA is fantastic! Wish I could get some on the reg.
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