Michelob Rye P.A. | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Rye P.A.Michelob Rye P.A.

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Missouri, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
For Rye PA, our unique twist on a pub staple, we added malted rye to the popular India pale ale style. The rye malt gives the ale a distinctive malt profile with a hint of spiciness.

50 IBU

Added by Bitterbill on 09-20-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of 757beerbeer559
4.43/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer set it off for me on the hunt for RYE IPAs. Not that wasn't already looking for this flavor for a while. I bought this at a flea market, maybe not the best place to buy. I was aged. It had a long time to sit where it may have been sitting till I rescuced it, HA! Lets being, off the bat it had the smell of time on its hand. You can taste it a little of it too. The body was a great color of amber and it was cloudy. The head was great lacy rings, After each drink a ring.Nice.
I have to have one that has not sat there like this one did, becuase I think I would have more to say. Very good beer.

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Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There appears to be no freshness date only an odd bottle number. (09217 VC74)

Appearance: The body has a bright or new coopery color with good clarity. Its head is bright white and of an average two finger size. The head has good retention and make for some cool sticky lace rings on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma is very bready and spicy (rye like) with a light citrus hop aroma.

Taste/Palate: There is a good medium body on which there are notes of bready and light caramel maltiness. The rye does add its own touch of spice as well. This is all backed up and balanced by a modest addition of citrus hops and bitterness. Its carbonation is active and gives the texture a nice drinkable and cleansing feel.

Notes: There's not much I can say, other than it's a good solid and quaffable beer from Anheuser Busch.

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Photo of BruChef
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought this was an impressive beer, not even because it was an offering from Michelob, this beer holds it's own against any quality craft micro-brewed beer, but what a great combination of flavors as well. The color is an inviting orange/light copper hue and it retained 3/4 of an inch of thick head with some nice lacing to boot. The smell is d(rye), citrusy and hoppy with some caramel essence. The flavor is big in this beer: caramel and hops in the fore front with some citrus-hop like nuances mid swallow and ending with a complimenting, bready rye finish. Over all a really solid beer. Really enjoyed this one. Keep up the good work Michelob!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light coppery brown color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, some citrus, some spice and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of rye malts and grain followed by mildly sweet flavors of caramel, spices and a little citrus. The hops presence is notable but it's weak for the style. The malt character is hearty and there's a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are several other beers with rye malts that I would choose first.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice looking beer. A copper coloured, deep copper. Tons of lacing down the glass. Smells of some type of minty hop, not overwhelming, but a bit noticeable. Very spicey taste..cannot quite pinpoint it. Taste is good but flavor a bit off. An interesting beer, nonetheless that I would like to try again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, amber-orange color with a small, thin, off-white head of foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of biscuity malt, caramel and some spice.

T - It tasted of some sweet bready/biscuity malt and rye. It had a mild citrusy bite. The heavy dose of malt makes it taste like a hoppy amber or malty pale ale.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a nice brew. It has some hop bite and a good backbone of rye and malt.

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Photo of Jayli
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a nice deep, dark, clear amber color with a one finger of offwhite creamy head. Head retains nicely and leaves wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of light citrusy hops, rye, and some bready notes.

T: Taste starts with a hint of caramel malt that lends to a mixture of rye and bready notes. Finish has a bit of citrusy hop bite to it.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy body.

D: This is an ok beer. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. This would be a nice alternative when out at the bars where only macros are served.

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Photo of Brettster
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a slightly off white head with good lacing. Smells like hops and spice and citrus.

Does not taste too bad. Decent balance between hop bitterness and sweetness. Doesn't quite stand up to the other micro versions but a valiant effort.

Pretty drinkable but could use a little more kick.

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Photo of WJVII
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Again from the variety 12 pack from Michelob...
Poured into a pint glass this brew has a wonderful candy red amber color with a 1 finger off white head that when settled left nice lacing on the glass. The aroma of this brew is very subtle. It has mild aroma of yeast, some citrus, and a little burnt malt. The aroma is quite surprising. There is a mild bitterness to the front, but then a smooth caramel flavor takes over and then there is a hint of the rye malt in the finish. The sweetness of the caramel malt in this brew makes it. There is a great balance here however I do not see being able to drink more than one or two because of the hop and rye flavors being dominant in the after taste. Interesting brew though, worth a try.

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Photo of Drew966
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Michelob Rye P.A. pours a copper color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is a little hoppy and a bit spicy. The flavor is mostly hoppy, but the rye is noticeable. This is a decent beer, kind of a nice twist on an IPA (although it's kind of on the wimpy side to be an IPA, probably more of a pale ale). Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel copper hue with a kahki tan head leaves speckled lacing down the sides of my imperial pint glass. Aromatics have an earthy herbal green tea leaf nose with some sweet bready biscuit and caramel presence to it. Spicy rye as well adds to the most complex brew yet from AB. Flavor has a spicy malt driven caramelized pale ale. Hops aren't citrusy more along the earthy herbal tea edge. This works quite well with the caramel and spicy rye additions, pretty impressive session ale too bad you have to buy a 12 pack of other Michelob brews. Carbonation levels are moderate not overly done boy is light to medium with no stickiness maybe a slight layer of hop oils. Overall drinkability is solid flavorful lower alcohol and impressive flavors from the big boys.

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Photo of becktone
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes 1-25-10

Eye: Body is crystal clear and dark copper with orange and red hues. Head formation and retention is nice holding at a creamy 3/4 finger. Looks quite nice, better than I expected. Sheets of lace with rings forming where previous beer leves were.

Nose: Good backbone on this beer. The beer is nicely balanced between hop and malt character. Caramel tones easily come out, hops are there to contrast the sweet tones from malt. Piney hop character. This little flyer that came with the 12 pack states that its got cascade in it, and it is cascade hops, just not the classic citrusy notes that you usually get from them. Aroma could be a bit more potent.

Tongue: After the aroma I'm expecting this beer to be somewhere inbetween an APA and an EPA. Bitterness is right upfront and is nicely balanced with the sweetness. In the finish some grassy/woody bitterness comes in...nice bitterness, toned down and not to up in your face. Rye malt does lend some spicy undertones as well as an overall dry feel to the beer. Some grainy undertones to the malt. All in all a nice beer.

Feel and Drinkability: Rye gives a general dry feeling to the beer, but it really doesn't finish dry. Light in body with appropriate levels of carbonation. This is an easy drinker and is quite decent for the price. Not bad at all. For the price, got this 12 pack for nine dollars, its probably the best deal out there. I mean you can't even get Bud for nine dollars a twelve pack. Give it a shot...for the money, I don't think it disappoints. When strapped for cash and still wanting a good beer, this may just be the way to go.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden-amber body with one and one-half fingers of bone white foam; nice lacing stemming from decent duration. I have to hand it to some of the recent AB beers I've tried--they're nice looking. Decent hop aromas on the nose--a bit of citrus, primarily bitter, with a bit of trademark sweet corn malt. Overall, decent smell.

Decent taste, too. Moderate bitterness, more hops than malt--which is just fine by me given AB's excessive reliance on corn malt. Not bad, and more complex than I expected. Not a bad hop tongue, either--could be heavier, but nice.

A pleasant surprise, Rye P.A. is one I won't turn down. A worthy effort from AB, above average.

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Photo of Goliath
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a half inch off white head. There is good head retention and some foamy lacing.

The aroma is ok. There's a light citrus hop presence with a bit of sweet grain.

The taste is ok. There's a light hop bitterness with a bit of a phenolic quality. I get some raw grain, but I don't get much of a rye feel.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample, fine bubbled carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. The beer isn't awesome, but it's solid enough. The flavor profile is fine, and the ABV is easily managed which makes for an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Overlord
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to love this, but I only just liked it. I am irritated by the packaging. I actually like the three other beers in the box, but I'd prefer to just pick out the ones I want, thanks.

Pours a golden orange. Big white foam head. Looks pretty.

Smells like spicy, bready malt ... is that the rye ... and a more floral than expected hop. Maybe a bit of pine in the nose.

Not a particularly hop forward brew. For some reason I thought it was a rye ipa, but it's actually a pale ale. Some pine, a bit of citrus, that weird spicy bready malt, and a bit of a metallic aftertaste. Not sure what that is.

Decent. No real need to revisit. The Dunkelweisse remains the best of the Michelob "craft" lineup, though this was fairly good.

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Photo of loveingminor
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a Michelob variety pack on sale at a local beer distributor (it was 10 bucks off!) This is one of its constituents.

Poured slightly darker than an average pale ale, which makes sense since its a Rye-PA, not an IPA.

Does not have a strong enough taste in my mind, compared to an IPA.

Would have a second.

On an side-note: the case was worth it.

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Photo of brownbeer
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours transparent amber with a healthy off-white head. A little too dark for a pale in my opinion.

Fairly weak, grainy malt with a hint of rye spice, caramel is in there somewhere, and a light hoppy citrus.

Not much rye flavor and it's maltier than it is hoppy, maybe a touch of nuttiness. Good medium body with mildly spicy rye in the dry finish.

In a blind test I would probably guess this is an amber ale. It lacks distinction and there's not much to get into. Pass.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.29/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red-amber with a rich, foamy head and nice lacing, this pale ale boasts of a fragrant hoppy aroma. Yum. Taste is a solid, bitter IPA with a strong rye spiciness - challenging and completely in line with what a sturdy IPA should be like. With the rye addition, this one's a real craft beer with higher aspirations. Superb.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- An agressive pour from the bottle yielded a 1.25 inch high creamy head, which slowly revealed some very nice lacing. The body was a well-carbonated, clear-filtered orange-amber. Impressive appearance.

S- Spicy rye and pale malt aromas seem nicely balanced with moderate high-alpha hops on the nose. Smells good, but it is metaphorically one-dimensional... nothing too impressive.

T- Generally tastes as anticipated. Spicy rye and pale malts are met with some high-alpha hops. The hop character is earthy and reminiscent of citrus rind. The finish lingers and is reminiscent of grapefruit pith.

M- Nice full body with a nice texture from being slightly underattenuated. A soft carbonation rounds-out an impressive mouthfeel with this offering from Michelob.

D- Not bad at all, although the flavor of grapefruit pith could become overpowering with time.

Note: Others that have reviewed this beer noted a lack of hopiness... and I found this bottle to be distinctly hoppy. Perhaps I had beer from another batch?

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Photo of rhinos00
2.87/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear, copper color. Produced a fingers width of white head that reduced to a thin layer on top of the beer.

S- Right at the front I was getting a bit of a metallic note that was not particularly welcomed. Aside from that, picked up some rye, faint hint of hops, and a light candied malt aroma.

T- Much like the aroma, the rye is upfront and lasts throughout. Midway through, some candy like malts are detectable leading the way to a miniscule amount of bittering hops. Has a semi-sweet finish with a considerable amount of rye.

M- Light bodied with good carbonation. Left the palate semi-dry.

D- Flavors were a little too one dimensional with the rye, making this one a little rough around the edges and unrefined. Was a little hard to go back for each sip.

Overall, not that great of a rye pale ale. They should have given up on the pale ale portion of this beer and just made it a straight rye beer.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass. Pours a clear dark amber with a white head that thins to a film and leaves a ton of lacing.

The aroma is very thin, which is disappointing for an american IPA. There is some hop aroma, and some alcohol aroma. Flavor is malty with some hop flavors and bitterness. The rye is there if you look for it, and is pretty interesting. But the hop flavor just isn't that great.

Carbonation is fine and overall it's a decent beer, it just doesn't stack up as an american IPA.

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Photo of number1bum
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with two fingers of beige head. Keeps pretty well, with a mostly full lace and a mess of stick on the sides.

Smells of toasty, biscuity malt with a bit of caramel and rye. Not much in the way of hops. Not a bad nose but given that I struggle to find much hop character; if I were rating this purely as an IPA it'd have to be lower, but it's not too bad in and of itself.

Ditto on the taste. I taste the rye for sure, and overall the malt base is toasty and biscuity as well as spicy. What I am missing though is hops; there is some earthiness and that's about it. I'd love some citrus character to complement that spicy rye. There is some hop bitterness in the finish but this is sorely lacking in hop flavor. Still, it is pretty tasty and although I think calling it a Rye IPA is a mistake, I won't knock it too much for that.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a nice creaminess to it. Has an oily quality and is pretty slick, with some hop bitterness and rye left on the palate in the finish.

As an IPA this is pretty mediocre because it's lacking in hop character, but it's not a bad beer. The rye is nice, and if there was some citrus hop flavor to go with it this could really be a solid beer. Drinks more like an English pale ale with rye flavor, and it's a pretty decent beer overall.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

well, this is the first ipa from A-B i think i've ever tried, so i'm not expecting alot, while their other michelob speciality beers have been decent, its going to be hard to do a good ipa, all be it a rye based ipa. its color is really great, a nice reddish amber color with a big head, cannot complain about the color. smell is very good too, has a roasted malt aroma as well as a nice hop aroma. taste is average, its more than bland, but not by much, its not much more than a rye flavored pale ale, but not a bad beer, just not what its advertised. mouthfeel and drinkability are ok as well.

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, not much else. Taste is also of hops, some notes of rye, finishing bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is not a bad effort at all.

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Photo of DoctorDog
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager Pint Glass.

A- Clear amber. Pours with 1+ fingers of off white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap.

S- Grainy and rye spiciness, with some unfortunately distinct metallic notes.

T- A smack of harsh rye bitterness, and a fair amount of unpleasant metallic flavor. Some light malty sweetness. Apparent from the first sip that finishing will be far more "chore" than "pleasure."

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium-light feel. A bit astringent.

D- Not so great. Flavor and aroma didn't cut it.

Future outlook: Meh....I hoped this would be better...but it just didn't pass....glad it was a cheap single sample, as I won't be revisiting.

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