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Michelob Rye P.A.Michelob Rye P.A.

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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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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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