Michelob Rye P.A. | Anheuser-Busch

Michelob Rye P.A.Michelob Rye P.A.
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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
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 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 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 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 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 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 Bitterbill
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Fall/Winter sampler pack(bottle code 09217 vc 64), it pours a bright amber red with a 2 finger head of billowy foam. It's a nice looking brew.

The smell is light with notes of some meek citrus, some good fruity tones, a nice caramel maltiness, and a bit spicy that I'm guessing is from the rye.

The taste is bigger than the nose and in a good way. Plenty of hop bitterness with some grass and light citrus, some mild malt of the sweet variety and a touch of earth, and some good spiciness from the rye. I don't think the rye is as obvious as in other brews of the ilk that I've had but it is there and adds a nice dimension to the whole drinking experience.

It has a good medium mouthfeel and the carbonation isn't all cranked up at all; I'd say it's on the light side of medium. Head retention was very good but not much lacing.

Drinkability? There are 2 more bottles of the stuff in that pack and I'll enjoy drinking them. This is a tasty brew and I'll go so far to say that this is the best 12oz bottle of a Michelob beer I've had to date. Good job!

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Photo of Brad007
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild amber color with a two-finger head into my glass that leaves some lacing along the edges.

Sweet with only a hint of spicy rye in the nose. Somewhat creamy as well. A bit unimpressive for the style.

Taste is full of spicy rye and a slight hint of grassy hops. Somewhat creamy as well. It's actually pretty respectable.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering spiciness and slight creaminess. Throw in a slight reminder of the grassy hops and it all makes for a halfway decent mouthfeel.

Not bad at all. The rye is there and the hops are, though they seem muted in the nose. Drinkable.

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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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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 Vancer
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the fall Michelob sample pack. Label notes she be 5.9%. Good start.

Very nice pour into the Corsendonk tulip - clear deep mahogany amber with a thick ivory head. Sticky Brussels lace all the way down.

Surprising caramel and toffee in the aroma. Subtle light notes of woody pine in the quaff. Rye also makes a light appearance in the finish. IPA hops are mellowed down, which could have made a better showing.

Still a semi-tasty brew, it's just done in the standard AB method of easy going versus big and bold. That said, if this was available in a sixer, I'd grab one once in awhile.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 jwinship83
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the mixed 12 pack. this one is actually the deciding factor on why i bought it. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a dark amber colored body with a small off white colored head. the head quickly becomes no more than a skin on top of my glass and leaves behind spotty lacing.

S- this starts off with caramel malts and a spiciness from the rye. a little bit of bread in here as well. the finish is hoppier than i was expecting. pine and grapefruit mostly.

T- the rye comes through a lot stronger in the taste than the nose, which is a good thing. nice and spicy. theres also subdued bready malts. the finish is a nice and bitter blast of grapefruit and pine with a little bit of orange.

M- medium bodied with a nice low level of carbonation.

D- easy to finish. i really enjoyed this one a lot more than i was expecting to. my favorite busch product for sure. check this out if you get the chance.

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Photo of grahamboudreaux
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

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