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Red's Rye by Founders Brewing Company
Rye Beer
6.60 % ABV

Serious hop bitterness, along with an unyielding grapefruit bouquet from the Amarillo dry-hop, balances the malty richness of four varieties of imported Belgian caramel malts. Pours a spectacular crimson with a creamy tan head. A generous addition of rye malt accentuates a spicy, crisp finish. 

Review by everetends on 11/08/11  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 9 14 3 7 2011
12 oz bottle from my Founders welcome pack. Served up in a standard pint.

A: Pours up a rich, amber color, more red hues than anything. Held to the light, more brown and red hues come through. Lazy carbonation moving through the clear body. The pour got me a finger of off white head that falls to a solid but thin top cap. Spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Smell is very hoppy. Getting a lot of grapefruit and lemon notes. There is also an earthy note which I imagine is the rye, but it is impossible to distinguish with all these hops pushing through. Touch of caramel malt. Still, the hops dominate and it is quite nice.

T: Hops yet again dominate. Abrasive grapefruit, almost like chewing the skin of the grapefruit. Rye tried to push and shove its way into the picture but it just has a muted, two bit appearance. There is a lingering medicinal flavor that lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with a medium mouthfeel. Sorry to report that it comes across watery at times. Finishes incredibly dry. No abundance of alcohol heat. Aftertaste is that grapefruit skin and medicinal note.

OA: I really want to like this beer but i am afraid I am bit disappointed. It just comes across as an almost IPA rather than a rye pale ale. The rye seems to be an afterthought and really doesn't have the billing status the name implies. Its good, but I was hoping for more of a spicy rye presence to counter all the citrus, abrasive hops. Now that I know what to expect, I'll have more, but I was disappointed by the expectations the name gave me.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by RedHaze on 07/30/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 2010
Pours a great looking, slightly hazy, reddish brown color with a thick off white head that never completely disapears. Has really good lacing as well.

Smell: hops, plums and apples, bubblegum and rye. Very nice.

Taste: You get the rye right up front, with nice malts, pretty strong citrusy hops, and a slight apple taste. Finishes a bit bitter, but that suites this beer just fine.

This is my first beer from Founders, and I'm quite impressed.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Ricarrdo on 02/28/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2010
This is a very nice beer from Founder’s – it pours a reddish amber color – like a red ale, but you immediately get a heady hops aroma as soon as the fairly substantial head starts to dissipate. While Founder’s says this beer has a malt backbone, it is very much a hop beer. The Rye (I saw somewhere it is brewed with 18% rye? but not sure on this) also gives it a nice balance you don’t always get with malt and hops.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 12/26/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2009
I hope this isn’t related to RedruM. Poured about a mostly amber color with some brownish red hues. A good clarity with very small bubbles and great head retention. Left ample white lacing on top as well.

The smell is rather hoppy and somewhat spicey. Some lemon mixed with grapefruit hops giving it a medium sour nose appeal. The malt is basic and detectable but has an edginess to it with some earthy and pepper aromas.

The taste is hoppy with a great mix of malt backing. The initial taste as good bitterness flavor that is heightened and balanced well with the rye bite. The rye taste continues through the tasting but the bitterness is slowly replaced with more of an herbal and somewhat citrus mix. The malt is limited but balanced very well. Overall the malt, bitterning hops, and finishing hops are very well balanced.

The body has more medium feel then high. Good amount of carbonation that isn’t too overpowering, but does assist in the rye/bitterness bite. A very easy beer to drink and the extra bite goes a long way in flavor.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 03/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2009
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 10-13-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

Big thanks to Jay23 for sending this beer.

Pours a reddish color with a finger or so of white foam. Presents a very good lacing and retention.

Smells of caramel malt and juicy grapefruit. Mostly caramel, grapefruit/citrus and bitterness, simple yet very well done.

Tastes like an IPA with some rye in the finish. Good malt presence and some grassy and citrus hops in the finish, followed closely with some bitterness. I detect some bitter orange flavors as the beer begins to warm up. I like this one.

Served In: Bottle

Review by tavernjef on 03/06/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 18 5 10 2008
Heavy fogged over bottle brown with a scarlet glow. Big, yellow cigarette stained cap of foam. Resides down slowly to a slim mushroom cap and the lacing is amazing with tons sticky snowflake sheeting.

Solid hoppy aroma of raw, fresh, green, floral hop cones. Leafy with a grapefruit mush and floral sweetness twisted in with airy pine. Tilted towards a pungent edgeyness and floating behind it is a welcome toasty breadyness.

Toasty and hoppy flavors build and place all sorts of fun intricacies within a toasty rye bread caked with torn and tatteredly taken from the vine, hop cones. Great little slips of lightly souring bitterness revealing parched white grapefruit, leafyness abounds, bits of pine tar, and fine tuned dryness carrying into the finish with a caring of character. Subtle grassy spice, mint, and smoked leafyness engages some areas of the finish as it evolves.

Slippery, yet set with a bold rich intensity in a medium body feel with very controlled toasty tones and heavy hop handedness. Fluffy textured with hops, smooth, warm, and toasty. Oh...and damn yummy! Another fine addition to the Founders family. Unbelievably delicious and drinakable. Enjoy.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 0
A - Pours a clean and clear dark amber colored body. Loads of tiny bubbles rising to the top of the glass. Big, two finger head is tan, clumpy from the top, but soapy looking from the sides. Great retention and big time lacing.

S - Loads of citrusy hops. Grapefruit, tangerine, and a touch of lemon. Light caramel malts and obvious rye backtones.

T - Starts of with obvious rye malts, but quickly moves into the hops. Lemon hops to start, then grapefruit and orange. Finishes smooth with a lemony twang. Little to no bitterness, just lots of hoppiness.

M - Medium full bodied. Smooth and creamy carbonation.

D - This is simply a great beer. It's been a while and I forgot how much I like it. I need some more.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 0
Again, thanks to Nucular George for this one. Pours a nice orange color with a hint o red in it. Nice sized foam head that lasted a while. Smell is very good, malty with something else that I can’t pt my finger on, Very good none the less. This makes the third rye that i have tried, and maybe the best. These are fast becoming a beer high I my list of ones to sample. Very solid flavor, with a hint of hops. Could really put these down easily. Thanks again NG :banned:

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 12/01/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 10 17 2 8 0
Dark copper/red color. Smell is slight citrus hops. Taste is citrus and pine hops but balanced by the rye, caramel and malts. Only slight bitterness.

Feel is blasted by the carbonation. Actually seemed somewhat "fizzy". That feel killed most any other feel.

Certainly a good beer from Founders despite the high carbonation. Good balanced beer, but hides the rye somewhat.

Served In: Pint Glass

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