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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick

Founders Red’s Rye P.A.
Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan
$9.99/six-pack; also available on draft at select beer bars.

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Profile: The recent arrival of Founders in the Atlanta market has been greeted with excitement by beer lovers enamored of the Michigan brewery’s big, bold beers, such as Breakfast Stout. But the relatively more sessional Red’s Rye P.A. has been really a nice surprise. At 6.6% alcohol by volume, with a floral grapefruit aroma and a serious rush of hop bitterness, Red’s isn’t exactly wimpy. But the luscious caramel malt flavor creates a perfect balance, while rye malt adds a spicy note. The red color and creamy tan head complete the picture of an elegant and very drinkable American ale.

Pair with: The combo of bright hop and deep malt flavors make for a very food friendly beer. Red’s is a natural for spicy, complex foods, including Asian and Mexican, but it also would work well with sharp cheese, deli sandwiches, grilled meats and barbecue.

17 comments Add your comment

If it were not Sunday.....

January 24th, 2010
12:11 pm

I would go buy some, however, the state of Georgia won’t allow Sunday sales……

The Other Matt

January 24th, 2010
12:29 pm

All of Founders’ beers are excellent- I especially enjoy the Rye P.A. and the Backwoods Bastard.

btownsend

January 24th, 2010
12:42 pm

It’s on draft at several places around town, where you can buy it by the pint and drink it today. Strange state law that.

kp

January 24th, 2010
1:05 pm

I agree with you on Red’s Rye being more sessional, but the Backwoods Bastard is my favorite of the first wave. Looking forward to KBS hitting town soon.

kp

January 24th, 2010
1:08 pm

I agree with you on Red’s Rye being more sessional, but the Backwoods B-stard is my favorite of the first wave. I’m most looking forward to KBS showing up soon.

MNelson

January 24th, 2010
3:53 pm

Thanks for the quick review of this. I’m looking forward to Founders’ lineup being in Atlanta. Does anyone have other Founder’s favorites other than Rye PA and KP’s Backwoods…?

mekon

January 24th, 2010
5:13 pm

Ooh, sounds good. I hadn’t heard of Founders until now. I hope they’re cheaper than Bell’s; I love that we’re getting all these new brews, but at the price they’re selling Expedition Stout it’s cheaper to drive out of state to get some.

btownsend

January 25th, 2010
9:35 am

Kentucky Breakfast Stout. Yum.

sir tom

January 25th, 2010
11:10 am

Great – I’ve had their breakfast stout, but not this one from Founders. I like your description, I am going to pick some up, thanks!

Fred

January 25th, 2010
11:16 am

Everyone seems pretty crazy about this brewery, and I am definitely one of them. The every time somebody bashes my home state of MI, I point to the outstanding beers that come from there. The economy is in the toilet for just about everyone that isn’t operating a micro-brewery. It is time for everyone to add the Great Lakes State to the list of great brewing regions in America.

Adam

January 25th, 2010
3:25 pm

The Red Rye is easily the most interesting ’session’ beer I’ve had in years! The new Double Trouble ain’t too shabby either.

Also of note, Sierra Bigfoot just hit the GA shelves today…

The Other Matt

January 25th, 2010
5:04 pm

Drinking a Red’s Rye right now with some spicy Indian lentil stew- yummy!

I have never had the KBS- the “regular” Breakfast Stout is mighty good, cannot wait to try the bourbon barrel aged version, sounds great.

Carl Perkins

January 25th, 2010
6:51 pm

I really liked the Red’s and also the Centennial IPA. I know people are crazy about the Breakfast stout, but that one didn’t knock me out. The Porter was okay too, but when it comes to porter/stout I’m still a huge fan of Red Brick’s double chocolate oatmeal.

Jason

January 26th, 2010
7:14 pm

Just drank a glass of the Dirty Bastard. Nice and dry Scotch Ale but with a kick at 8.5%. Reminded me of The Terrapin Scotch Ale from the Summer.

RustyDiamond

February 3rd, 2010
9:08 am

Really surprised with this offering from Founders. For some reason, I thought it was “just another” red ale until I saw the 70 IBUs on the label. The rye and the Amarillo play so nicely together, making this a joy to drink 1 or 6 of.

Bill Plott

February 3rd, 2010
1:25 pm

Thanks for reviewing. I’ll put this on my list next trip to Atlanta and Green’s.

Donald

February 5th, 2010
8:46 am

Reds Rye is the Sleeper hit of the Founders Brand – Top 3 Rye Beers out there.