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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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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 54
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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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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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 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 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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