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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1/5  rDev -70.9%

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1.25/5  rDev -63.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of grahamboudreaux
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

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 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 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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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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 Mitchster
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of the mixed Michelob 12 pack for $14.99. Brewed with 2-row pale, caramel barley and rye. Hopped with Columbus and Cascade. 50 IBU, OG=14.8, 5.9% ABV.

Pours out to a clear dark copper, forming a light yellow poofy head with average retention and OK lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is of a light caramel malt body, a clean ferment, with lightly herbal hops that aren't as strong as one would expect for an IPA. No resinous, piney, or skunky character. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, lighter bodied than most IPAs, with an average feel. Not exceptionally smooth, but not bad either. The taste opens with a nondescript hoppy bitterness, some slightly fruity esters of fermentation, a decent malt body, and is followed by a moderate bitterness. The Cascade hops definitely stands out with their signature flavor. Aftertaste is mild for IPAs, not a hop bomb by any standard.

This is decent. Kudos to AB for brewing decent beers aside from their macro-brew lineup. I hope they continue to do so, as the price point is a good bargain considering the quality.

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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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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is a fairly average amber with a decent white head. Aroma is not strong but fairly hoppy and has a firm malt/rye component. Flavor is only somewhat hoppy, mainly malty and rye-ish, not really like an IPA at all, and only slightly bitter. Texture is fairly tingly. OK, but not worth seeking out.

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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 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 mwa423
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As a sucker for all beers made with rye, I had to pick up even the Michelob interpretation of this as a part of the fall sampler pack.

A - Pours a very clear amber with a very small amount of head. The clarity is almost shockingly good, though considering how clear everything else they make is, it makes it less surprising.

S - Not a lot to the smell, really only the same bitter malty flavor I associate with most michelob products with a hint of hallertau? hops.

T - Noticeable portion of hops which is a welcome change for Michelob. This is well balanced and I am sure some would say that this is a good example of a well balanced and simple IPA. I would say that because I got this mixed pack for $10 it's a great thing to have around a party to introduce people better stuff than BMC...even though it is BMC.

M/D - Mouthfeel is on the weak side, but that almost adds to the drinkability. I would say that this is on par with every other Mich product (except for Mich Ultra...ugh) in that it's good to see some experimentation, but real craft beers have nothing to fear.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of WesWes
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pale and Carapils malt scent along with a light rye spiciness. The hop character is mild at best. The taste average. It has a weak and watery pale, crystal, bisquit, and rye malt flavor. It's bitter, but nothing over the top. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good try for AB, but they need to be a bit more adventurous.

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Photo of budgood1
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out a clear auburn colour with a smallish thin tan head. it does leave some nice lacing, though. the aroma is sweetly malty...toffee, caramel a hint of spice and a hint of ripe red fruit. strangely i get little in the way of big hop whiffs. the flavour profile picks things up a just a little bit with a nicely spiced conglomeration of sweet maltiness and obvious rye. this leads into a soft wave of hoppiness that just barely creeps into IPA territory. the hop bill lends itself more spice and bitterness than actual flavour, but melds nicely with whatever balance the brewmasters were trying to accomplish. the whole body and mouthfeel aspect falls a bit short here...medium bodied at best and a mouthfeel that is coarse from the bittering and seemingly watery at times. drinkability is pretty good...i'm thinking that some bar food or pub grub would match well...spicy fare like buffalo wings or jalapeno poppers.

a nice attempt by AB to "spice" things up a bit and push the boundaries a little.

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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 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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