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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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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 66
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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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 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 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 KI9A
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear, medium amber. Decent head, fair retention. nice lace windows.

S: Sweet malts, some piney hops, slight rye.

T: Decent hops up front, bitter. Nice sweet malt & rye backbone.

M: Lighter body that the taste would lead you to believe. Needs more.

D: I can session this beer. Not sure if there were other choices, if I would buy again. But, for a macro, I'm impressed.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Wheelinb
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper color with a thick foamy head. Big hop smell with a lot of pine and citrus. Big bold flavor as well. A nice departure from what they normally do. I hope bite up front and then the rye flavors make themselves known. Very light aftertaste makes this very drinkable. Nicely done. Keep moving in this direction please.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is quite a nice-looking beer, a clear amber with torrents of fine bubbles rising into a thick, stodgy, yellowed ivory head. Very pleasant nose as well, dominated by brown sugar and cinnamon, spicy and bready from the combination of rye, caramel malts, and hops. There is an old-world, almost Belgian quality to its aroma of dark, booze-stewed fruit and wintry spice. I am reminded of a Christmas cake. The delicate spice of rye carries is also noticeable in the flavor - but unfortunately, there isn't much nuance or impact beyond that. Even so, this is a pleasant, well-balanced, medium-bodied quaffer. I'd buy it again - especially considering it's less than $1 a bottle!

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