Michelob Pale Ale (2009)

Michelob Pale AleI’ve been sitting on the two Michelob reviews of beers I received way back in August because—well, frankly, I got behind and they got lost in the shuffle. Time to remedy that.

Michelob Pale Ale is a beer I’ve reviewed before, and I found it okay but not great. It’s a 5.2% alcohol beer from Anheuser-Busch.

Appearance: Honey-colored amber and clear, a nice white head that reminds me of beaten egg whites (though it’s not that white).

Smell: Familiar and comfortable citrus aroma of Cascade hops… Cascade is like the “comfort” hop these days. Sweetly malty in the background.

Taste: Dry and spicy with hops—a bitterness that originates both from hops and the malts. There seems to be more of the sweetness in the flavor that I detected in the nose… it’s a toasted dry character.

Mouthfeel: Dry, and a bit puckery in the aftertaste—almost a coating in the mouth. Feels a bit thin to be called medium-bodied.

Overall: It’s okay… lacks some of the character I expect to see from beers these days.

On BeerAdvocate, it scores an overall grade of C+. On RateBeer, it scores 2.34 out of 5 and is in their 12th percentile.