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Divided Sky Rye IPA - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Divided Sky Rye IPADivided Sky Rye IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

315 Ratings
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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 11
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JoEBoBpr on 12-21-2011

This beer brings together tow of our favorite ingredients; hops and rye - serious hops up front provide a pungent, floral, and citrus character. We use centennial, Columbus, and Cascades in this hop lovers dream. The rye provides a slightly spicy flavor and a full mouth-feel. Divided Sky pours straw in color with notes of tangerine, grapefruit, and pine. Drink fresh!
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Ratings: 315 | Reviews: 49
Photo of larryarms847
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light golden amber yellow-orange with a very thin layer of straight white foam that leaves sticky lacing.

Bright citrus aroma namely grapefruit and orange is complimented by a spicy rye and fresh pine aroma as well.

The citrus becomes much more toned down in the flavor, but is still present. In flavor, the rye presents a much more noticeable quality and adds a gentle spiciness.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, rye spiciness, and bitter citrus.

Overall, I wasn't extremely impressed with this brew, but I thought the rye aspect made this interesting enough to make this extremely drinkable.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Terrific balance of bitter hops and spicy rye notes. Centennial comes thru in waves. Cracked pepper finish. Maybe light, but easy to polish off a glass or 3. Fantastic one to seek out if new to the style and want a solid example

Photo of jhartley
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden orange body, thick 1 finger head. Leaves a small amount of lacing in the glass.
Nice tropical fruit aroma with some spiciness and a little dankness.
Tastes phenomenal! I typically like beer with rye added in, it gives a nice spicy almost pepper like addition to it. Tropical fruits up front dank spice on the finish.
Only downside to me is the thinness on the end, it has a nice refreshing bite to it, but just at the end it's almost too light. There is a lingering bite to it that is nice.
Overall this is a decent rye IPA and one I will definitely have more of in the future!

Photo of JimPolster
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Meh not the best plenty worse. Appreciate the rye in the mix

Photo of maximum12
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ryanfolty for hauling this back from the far Midwest for an in-person hand-off. 12 oz. can with some Thomas Covenant-style graphics. Best by 5/4/15 stamped on the can bottom, so I’m clear for the best possible experience.

The pour is startlingly clear, close to perfectly clear, light amber. Mild head that I have to pull a sleight of hand trick to get into a 12 ½ ounce glass. Aroma is a bit shy, with light spicy rye & a malty sub-plot. As it warms, citrus becomes more prominent.

Divided Sky Rye IPA – the Russian judge isn’t going to like this one. The rye really bounces off the canines here, a blast of spiciness that hits me right between the gums of the front teeth. Hard bitterness spins the wheel into borderline dank territory, with a spittoon of citrus, weird bit of old bubblegum. Long drawl of caramel winds right into the end. A bit thin, but that feeds into its strength as something I’d like to sip while tending the grill. You know, if any vague warmth ever arrives in this god-forsaken latitude.

A good beer. If it gets warm by 5/3/15, I’m going to shotgun the last of these out on the deck, on my back, staring up at the sun. There is still a sun, right?

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, no apparent freshness date
A - amber body with a creamy ivory head that dissipates to a foam rather quickly while leaving some lacing on the glass
S - fruity, spicy & earthy rye, faint grass
T - bitter and hop forward with grass, pine, grapefruit, biscuity malt with the earthy and spicy rye adding extra complexity
M - medium body, finishes bitter and very dry
O - pretty good rye IPA, but doesn't stand out amongst the crowd.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the can in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Doesn't that mean rain's a-comin'? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises ruby red grapefruit zest, caramel, light rye spice, and a bit of pine resin. The taste holds notes of resin, grapefruit rind, light caramel, and spicy greens. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice RIPA, nothing exactly special, but something I wouldn't really mind having again.

Photo of warrendietrich2001
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into tulip glass.
Very little white head. No lacing. Very carbinated.
It came out clear with a light gold color.
Very strong smell. I have never smelled an IPA like this must be the rye. I would say overall smell is sweet.
Tasted a little harsh at first but no over taste. I think the rye stands alone in this beer.
A bit on the watery side but easy going down.
Pretty basic beer that did not really stand out. Not bad just not great.

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Rye, caramel, pine, bready, bitter, buttery

Photo of BalancingBrooms
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured with a small white head that doesn't really stick around. pine and floral hops on the nose. big burst of citrus and floral notes up front followed by a spicy and caramel rye that melts or morphs into a dry tangerine ending. feel is a little thin but not watery. overall a really nice rye ipa. Local for me and excited to share as im a sucker for rye

Photo of dertyd
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

divided sky rye ipa very malty upfront with a nice to citrus and grassy flavor followed by a pepper finish from the Rye I think what a nice I P A from 4hands brewing company the Rye really shine in this one

Photo of TheCondor
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up from Small Paul. Not expecting much, but maybe it will be good. Side poured with vigor from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Like the packaging, thats kind of cool. Pours a nice golden color with a small, one finger head that dissipates very quickly. Carbonation is evident throughout the drink, which I like. No lacing present

Smell - Exactly as the package describes. Very much a tangerine, grapefruit, citrusy bomb of hops in the nose. Quite an appealing nose.

Taste - Much like the nose, there is certainly a strong hop presence in this beer. Not much in the way of malts at all, a little hint of grains and rye but not much to balance the hops. The fruity hops come through strong in the middle of the drink and maintain throughout.

Mouthfeel - Its a little watery for my taste, I like my beers on the thick side. Finishes dry, clean, and bitter.

Overall - Its an OK beer. Nothing to make a special trip to the store over, I wouldn't buy it again. As a matter of fact, I didn't buy it to begin with, and I am glad. It isn't bad necessarily, but it isn't good. Just mediocre.

Photo of IPA1978
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid rye, dry spice and hops blend well.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%

LOOK: Pours with an immense head, but settles into a cloudy, deep straw colored brew. Lace is left ontop of lace due to a pretty carbonated specimen.

AROMA: Hops, weeds, rye, spice. bread, green apple.

TASTE: Hops, grain, spice, fruit, and definitely bitter. Has good IPA flavor and the rye intertwines nicely here.

FEEL: Medium to light bodied, after the initial gushing it settles nicely enough.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY: A good tasting beer but must be poured into the glass. Drinks smoothly and pretty easily. I would recommend this to IPA and rye beer fans alike.

Photo of HOP_KING
2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had it today, 3/21/14, for the first time in over a year. I can't believe that the same issue I had then with the beer I had now again.

Simply, it's not good. Very poor and thick after taste, with a similar smell that matches that taste. Nothing good about this beer especially compared to its peers.

Overall not impressed and there are many beers I'd choose first over this next time. I wish they would cure that poor after taste of their beers.

Photo of justintcoons
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Golden orange with 2+ fingers of creamy, fluffy off-white head. Hazy with excellent retention and low carbonation.

Nose
Tangerine, grapefruit, pine and lemon. Hints of mango and Fruity Pebbles.

Taste
Grapefruit zest, Fruity Pebbles and lemon pith. Underlying notes of biscuit and spicy rye. Finishes with florals and pine resin with additional notes of rye sticking around.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, bitter, crisp and dry.

Overall
The hops and rye are represented well along with a thin malt backbone. A nice Rye IPA as long as you like them bitter and dry.

Photo of mschind
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Light copper color, clear. Thin head, not much retention.

S- The rye and the hops really shine through. The earthy spice of the rye works well with the mild pine and citrus notes of the hops.

T- Starts bitter and finishes dry. Very clean, no discernible esters or phenols. The rye overwhelms any malty sweetness that might otherwise be present. Not a bad thing, this isn't a DIPA. The rye and hops are balanced and that just means this is a bit more bitter and dry than your standard IPA.

M- Medium to light body, no discernible alcohol.

O- This would make a good session beer at 6.5 ABV. Refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz (4 Hands comes in 4-packs now!?) brown bottle with the bottling date of 11 15 13 clearly stamped on the label. A two-month old rye IPA. Poured into the IPA-specific Spiegelau glass.

Appearance - Initially pours a translucent brassy orange color with a towering four-finger head the color of old parchment. Dense and thick microbubbles that gets a bit away from me as I'm pouring and threatens to spill over the edge of the glass. A flurry of carbonation bubbles ascent to the top--a very active beer. After the massive head dissipates a bit, I finish off the bottle, getting a little bit of the bottle conditioning sediment into the glass. The milkier orange-yellow of the sediment wafts down through the clearer liquid, reaching equilibrium at a hazy mango orange glow. As I drink the beer down, there is a mottling of suds around the side of the glass.

Smell - A nice mix of citric and tropical fruit aromas. Bright clementine and red grapefruit flesh, along with some hints of mango and cantaloupe. Some white bread and buttery biscuit lay down a foundation under the complex mix of phenols. At the end is a hint of black peppercorn and wild ginger.

Taste - Like the smell, big juicy fruit notes up front, but then there is a semisweet caramel element that compliments the grapefruit zest and bitterness from the hops. The rye characteristics are more prominent here as well with that bready sourness you get from rye bread. Some peppery spice as well, but on the finish, the bittering elements take hold drying it out a bit.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with lots of active, but not overpowering carbonation. Less chaotic than soft drink CO2 for certain. Juicy and smooth, with a lingering bitterness on the aftertaste.

Overall, I didn't really have any expectations coming in to this, but I'm very pleased. 4 Hands makes some excellent beer, and this one is no different. The rye characteristics weren't terribly overt, but they certainly helped the body. I will certainly continue to buy this brew with some frequency.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unfortunately I think the bottle my neighbor picked up was a bit over primed and it affected everything...taste, scent, mouthfeel, etc. The beer poured a hazy orangish yellow with foamy big head that did not leave much lacing. The scent carried some citrus and pine....but mostly that overprimed blah. The taste was more malty that hoppy....meaning there was a sweetness that was trying to balance the hop. The mouthfeel was medium in body and the had big carbonation. Overall it was ok...I would definitely try it again if given the chance.

Photo of DelMontiac
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 bottle dated 10/31/13 from a mixed six a friend picked out for me at Trader Joe's.

Poured into a pint glass - honey/straw hues with two fingers of real thick sticky off-white head. Head never completely melts and marks the glass with each sip.

Aromas of grapefruit, fresh cut pine, orange peel, all up front. Some damp earth, sweet caramel malt, and bread dough underneath.

On the tongue it's tangy grapefruit, orange peel, and pine needle. Sweet bread dough with a lingering bitterness and peppery rye bite in the after.

Medium-full sticky and oily feel. Great velvety carb.

My first beer from 4 Hands. A very good Rye IPA. They've got my attention. Need to try more from these guys.

Photo of flexabull
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of abrand, thanks again!

Pours a bright and hazy gold color with a big white head.

Aromas are of hard candy sweetness, light resin, and sweet citrus.

Taste falls off a bit after the pleasant nose. Beer seems heavy handed on the rye. Spicy up front, dry, and bready. Finish is also dry, and really bitter. But the hops don't add a whole lot except bitterness and some faint grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is pretty full and crisp, with nice snappy carbonation.

Overall a pretty simple but above average rye IPA. Really needs some more hop flavors other than the pretty strong bitterness though.

Photo of russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed & pretty much gushing straw color with crazy amounts of pearl colored head. Never cleared up, crazy head retention & lacing

S: Peppery & floral notes, grassiness & breadiness

T: Follows the nose, nice malty sweetness up front, grapefruit & pineyness as well. Dryness, more grapefruit, breadyness, plus peppery rye as this warms. Finishes with grapefruit, peppery rye, pine, caramel & woody dryness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, nice balance

Easy to drink, some rough edges, but a nice rye slanted IPA & one I would buy again if in sixer format

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and rye flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid rye presence that is slightly better in the smell.

Photo of Beaver13
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a huge creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is rye malts with some sweet bread and not a lot of hop.

The flavor is sweet bready malt with spicy rye and peppery grassy hops with a good amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

Overall, a decent rye IPA. The rye is prominent with good bitterness but not a lot of hop flavor.

Photo of Taste_Buds
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light amber/gold with about 2 fingers of ivory head.

Aroma: Semi pungent earthy tones, with slight citrus notes.

Taste: Large hop profile upfront, with a noticeable lingering bitterness and slight peppery rye bite.

Feel: Medium-light consistency.

Overall: Pleasant appearance/aroma, semi overpowering rye presence, however easily drinkable 6.5% Room for improvement but job well done.

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Divided Sky Rye IPA from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.