jcweaver (770) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours amber with a small, white head. Aroma of light caramel malts and a touch of citrusy hops. Flavor is a balance of light caramel malt and some citrusy hops. Surprisingly decent.
seymour (2121) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Tasted bottle from mix pack into standard pint glass. Clear, pale golden color with medium off-white foam. Aromas of faint, oxidized hops aroma, a hint of grain. Flavors were weak as well: just a bit of bread, caramelized brown sugar, hops bitterness. Fermentation wasn’t as clean as lager, but not as much fruit and body as you want from an ale either. The brewers make a point of distinguishing it as an English Pale Ale, as opposed to the more aggressive American Pale Ale style, but this is a weak and watered-down interpretation no matter what. ronaldtheriot (2019) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Michelob Pale Ale has a thick, creamy, off-white head with an orange tinge and a clear golden-orange appearance, with lots of bubbles streaming up. Lots of thick lacing is left behind. The aroma is mostly bready barley malt and a faint spice. Taste is initially malt, but then a fairly strong hop bitterness kicks in and lasts throughout the sip. Mouthfeel is light, and Michelob Pale Ale finishes refreshing and semi-dry. I hate to see that this one was discontinued, because I really enjoyed it. I must have gotten the last batch, because this tasted fresh.
SanfordBrewer (1610) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Translucent copper with a thin white head, wlajwl (7201) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Aroma: bready caramel malt, and cascade hops.
Taste: crisp malt, minerality, and cascade hops.
Not adjuncty, but has an unpleasant harshness.
Strong dry hopped flavor and aroma, not a lot else. Seems more like a APA, but needs a lot more to be that, as opposed to a EPA.
BDawg82 (74) - Jackson, Mississippi, USA - JAN 29, 2011
I have to say, this is a bit of a departure for Michelob, as it seems that when it comes to any "specialty" varieties they produce, they have a tendency to be a bit heavy-handed with characteristics that would be immediately considered. Not so with their Pale Ale. There is almost no aroma to speak of, but does foreshadow a bit of the kind of sweet malty character of this relatively bland offering. Really, the dull malt flavoring is its primary feature, with a thin palate, standard brownish copper appearance, and surprisingly clean finish. Not bad, not good. Disappointing as I was either looking to love or hate it, but does not inspire any extremes one way or the other. Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Was pretty disappointed in this. Can’t really tell you what I tasted because there wasn’t much taste. It had a faint hop aroma.. possibly citrus but the taste was pretty watery. r464 (2377) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Extremely weak for a "pale ale", this is a disappointment in a bottle. Nearly no hops present at all. Watery start that builds to a mediocre finish. benpickens (544) - Camarillo, California, USA - SEP 8, 2010
It looks good, smells good. And, at first, I thought it was good. But teh finish was somehow off - bitter but not in a good and pleasant way. I tried not to be subceptible to the animus folks feel towards the brewing giants. Interestingly, you would think all that money would allow them to make a superior beer - if they wanted to. arminjewell (9725) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Pours nice amber with white head, aroma is touch of hops, touch of caramel malt. Taste is some earthy hops, leading into a bit of caramel, finishing a touch bitter. The tastes are all there for a english-style pale ale, but everything is really subdued.