Michelob Rye P.A. | Anheuser-Busch

Michelob Rye P.A.Michelob Rye P.A.
66 Ratings
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 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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Photo of wahhmaster
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween-branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick foamy head that dissipates slowly leaving considerable lacing on the glass.

Smell: Slightly hoppy with a bit of graininess to it as well.

Taste: Pretty tasty. Starts with a slightly earthy hoppy bitterness. Finishes with a kind of weird grainy spiciness (I assume that this is the rye). Overall, pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a relatively dry finish.

Drinkability: A good IPA and a great effort considering this comes from Michelob. While most of Michelob's offerings are sub-par, this one is actually quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Macado's "Halloween 2009" branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber color with a very large slightly tan head that stays for a very long time and leaves lots of lace. Many bubbles rising from the bottom.

Smell: Bready malts, cascade hops, rye.

Taste: Begins sweeter, with a rye finish rounded out by pretty strong bitterness and breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish.

Drinkability: A very good beer by AB's standards. This one's definitely worth a shot.

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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 Ricochet
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark amber with little head and slight lace, but what is there is staying. Little carbonation. Smells good. Yeah, too simple. Smells of a generic pale ale, with a little rye. Meh. Mouth was creamy with a good amount of bitterness at the end.

Taste? A healthy amount of bitterness and grapefruit from the hops and rye malts to round it out. Nothing more, nothing less. Wow. This is actually a pretty decent pale ale.

Oh, it's not an IPA but what's in a name. I appreciate the stronger flavor from rye and hops from AB. I'd pick this for price over some beers costing a few $$ more a 6'er.

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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 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 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 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 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 almychristopher
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a crystal clear amber color with a nearly tan head that recedes slowly leaving lace on the glass. the aroma presents a nice grassy citrus hop aroma backed nicely by the rye malt. the taste comes through with the hops and the rye nicely leaving a clean dry finish. the medium body and good co2 make this an easy drink.

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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 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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