Michelob Rye P.A. | Anheuser-Busch

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

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 54
Reviews by acsprouse:
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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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 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 Jason
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Beautiful dressing of lace left on the glass, left after each sip as well. Clear brassy hue, nice glow to this beer when put to the light. Faint orangey and minty hop aroma, bready and a little spicy from the barley and rye respectively. Tamed carbonation brings smoothness to the table, medium bodied. Malt sweetness with a hit of caramel soon get swept off the palate by a one two combo of hop bitterness and rye spiciness. A bready malt flavor and herbal hop flavor are what is left in the semi-dry after taste.

Good drinking yet in the gray area of Pale Ales to IPAs, in this industry one breweries IPA would be like an other breweries Pale Ale. Good balance here with more than enough rye to make it noticeable and the hops keep it interesting.

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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 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 tempest
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pulled out of a Michelob Variety pack and was pleasantly surprising. Clear orange-amber without any head retention. Smells like sweet caramel with a hint of rye bread. The flavor kicks off with the same candy bread but is quickly followed up with citrus rind and earthy grapefruit. Mixed in is a dry, herbal rye grain taste that lingers into a dry, bitter finish. This isn't bitter enough to be an IPA like the label suggests, but it's a very tasty rye pale ale. I especially appreciate the long-lasting hops and rye aftertaste - very unusual for an A-B brew.

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Photo of mdvatab
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of uziangis
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of alleykatking
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a clear copper/amber color. 1 1/2 finger white head dies down to nothing in a matter of seconds after it reached its peak. Good lacing left on the glass.

S- This has a light smell to it when it comes to being a RyePA. Big sweet malts that I associtate with most domestic beers. There is some rye in the nose of this beer but it seems more settle then what it should be. There is also light piney hops in this as well.

T- There is a nice piney bitter hop kick in the front of this beer. The rye I think could be a little more in the middle of the beer where the sweet malts kind of take over everything for a second. The rye comes back in the end of the beer and ends on a bitter rye taste.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. The carbonation on this beer is a little too much I think and makes this have a BMC feel to it. The rye leaves a good bitterness on the palate and also in the aftertaste.

D- This is a drinkable beer which I don't mind but well...it's only really drinkable because of the BMC aspect of it. I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out but if given to me I'll gladly drink it.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a frothy tan head that falls to a 1/4 inch patchy layer and good lacing. Color is bright copper-brown. Aroma is a nice blend of American "C" Hops and slightly toasty malt. Flavor is mostly the hop flavor and bitterness with malt and dry rye playing backup. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate. Overall, a good beer.

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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 jsh420
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours dark copper orange with a big 2+ finger head that left rings down the glass

smell of citrus hops and what to me are english pale malts but i think thats the rye

taste is ok - again to me it taste more like a EPA - it has that tang that reminds of english pales have(london pride) - dont get the citrus taste that was in the nose - still good place between the malts and hops

mouthfeel is good - plenty of carbonation without over doing it for a light body beer

drinkability is ok - i doubt i will ever buy this beer again on its own (came in a sampler mix 12) but has ok flavor and is easy drinking

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Photo of matjack85
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this single 12 oz brown bottle at Binny's in Plainfield, IL for $1.49. No freshness date anywhere on the bottle.

The beer pours a clear amber/bronze color with a 1½ finger ivory colored head that lasts a long time and leaves lots of nice lacing on the glass.

This has a really nice smell of citrus and floral hops along with sweet scents of toffee and caramel. Then add to that the smell of spicy rye in the background and you have a really nice smelling beer.

While the rye was in the background during the smell, it definitely makes its way to the forefront in the taste. Spicy rye and bitter hops dominate. There is a sweet caramel malt presence for some balance but this is a very spicy, bitter beer.

The nouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium with high carbonation to keep it spritzy. It leaves a very bitter and alcoholic aftertaste.

If you like regular APA's and IPA's then you will probably find this one very drinkable. Congratulations to Michelob for finally making a beer that's not bland.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 10-22-09
Served cold from a bottle to a glass

A - light reddish/tan color, very little carbonation, very little foam, not enough to measure

S - Strong malt smell with a sweat fruitiness followed by pine/evergreen

T - First taste is pretty bitter but does mellow after a few seconds but then the aftertaste is still bitter

M/D - gritty but smoothes over I think it is a good beer to share with others, I could only do one then move on. I do believe that it was a good attempt by Michelob

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Photo of Proteus93
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised to see this being an offering in the latest Michelob variety packs.

A: Pours a copper hue, with a busy bubbling action that serves the head well. It forms about a finger worth of slightly rolling, rather creamy head, ever so slightly off-white. It laces nicely, and quite thoroughly over the glass walls.

S: The aroma is quite light, which is a little disappointing. The rye spiciness adds a nice warmth, though it would do well to be a little bolder, I think. Hops are more on the resinous, slightly pine-like side.

T: Flavour picks it back up a notch, a little delayed on the hops, but once the flavours all come together, it's an enjoyable experience. Leafy, and rather resinous, like the nose. The rye adds a nice touch, more of a balancing act of sorts. A strong point is in the bitter aftertaste, which lingers for quite some time. It's not enough to simply be a quaffer, and that's a positive point.

M + D: I tend to like rye ales with some really robust rye notes, so a personal leaning would tend to gravitate towards those examples. That said, this was crafted well, and has a definite balance. It's solid enough to hold its own, and makes a good addition to the variety packs it came in. Hopefully, it will manage to make itself into the regular line-up.

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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 turnblom79
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 0z bottle in to a pint glass.

A- Amber in color and clear. Dark yellow/ light brown head that disappears quickly.

S- Very mild smell, no overpowering hops or rye, although subtle hints of both.

T- The rye taste really complements the bitter hop taste that comes at the end of the drink. No fruitiness to the hops at all.

M- Lighter than expected, and very carbonated.

D- Definitely light enough to enjoy more than one, but probably not great for a session.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a Michelob Specialty Ales & Lagers pilsner glass.

Pours a nice, clear reddish-copper hue with a billowing head of off-white froth that settles slowly and leaves behind thick rings of lacing on the glass. Very attractive in appearance.

Nose is not nearly as attractive, with a very subdued piney hop presence and a faint whiff of fruitiness.

Body is medium-light, with just enough carbonation. The palate is certainly redeeming in spite of the lack of aroma: this is most definitely an American IPA, West Coast-style with a nice helping of bitterness and citrusy, piney, resinous hop notes. The hops do not overpower, though, as a soft malt base comes in to hold things in check, providing a sweet caramel flavor that combines near the back with a bit of spicy rye twang, though it is hardly noticeable and falls in amongst the hop notes as the long, dry, bitter, resiny finish sweeps things away.

Pretty darn drinkable and hardly a bad IPA, showing that the money from the big boys does sometimes lend itself to something halfway decent. Though the rye doesn't present itself quite as much as in other representations of the style, notably those from true craft breweries, it is nonetheless a tasty, quaffable IPA and certainly deserving of a spot in Michelob's annual lineup. When money is tight and the friends are coming over, this would make a cheap yet drinkable alternative to pricier, albeit craftier, craft beer.

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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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1/5  rDev -70.9%

Photo of Darugo
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Im not a big IPA fan but this one is different. I got the beer in the fall sample pack because I like the port and wheat beer. This one has a nice color and thick head. It smells of citrus and flowers. The first taste is not the bitter you would expect but darker. The finish is bitter on the back of the throat and lasting. Some malt flavor so I see myself drinking this one again.

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Photo of bmwats
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A: Dark amber, light brown. Pours into a foamy, 2 finger, off-white head. Settles slowly, leaving thick, sticky lacing on the sides of the glass, and little peaks and craters on the surface as it does. Eventually leaves a smooth layer of bubbly carbonation on the surface. More dry, sticky lacing remains on the sides of the glass as you drink it down.

S: Really tangy, pungent malt, and a little pine, freshly cut grass, and nuts.

T: Bitter and pungent. Has kind of a rubbery flavor, pine, and grass.

M: Starchy feel. Light body, but the bitter flavor really assaults the palette, and linger throughout the experience. Really dry finish.

D: The dry feel makes you pucker a bit, but it is a good sipping beer if you like a nice IPA.

Really solid atmosphere. Good appearance, and simple but really full nose. Flavor is not overly complex, but full and strong. Overall, this is a really nice quaff.

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Photo of aliving1
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Whiteweasel
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a bottle.

Appearance: Can't tell much, since it is in a translucent brown bottle, but it does have a nice head on top from what I can tell.

Smell: Very fragrant and floral. Hoppy, with the scent of something that must be rye

Taste: Very hoppy but has a strong malt presence as well. A little fruity with the taste of bread. Bittered, but not very powerfully. A rather lackluster IPA for what I'm perhaps used to. I was expecting more hops for my buck

Mouthfeel: Nice and crisp, little alcohol flavour, and a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Not too great, but I would pick this over most anything else macro. A surprisingly decent offering from "the great satan". Never judge a book by its cover! Although I wouldnt have more than one of these in a night unless that was all there was.

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