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Divided Sky Rye IPA - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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87
very good

317 Ratings
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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 50
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: 317 | Reviews: 50
Reviews by Florida9:
Photo of Florida9
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Mostly clear copper in color. Forms a moderate creamy white head that leaves a shit-ton of lacing on the way down.

S: Aroma is fairly muted, but I am able to pull some notes of caramel malts mixed with primarily citrus hops and some pine hops to a lesser extent.

T: Moderate, dry caramel malts. A bit of peppery rye. Grapefruit and citrus pith. Finish is a bit thin and watery, but does offer up some more toasty rye flavor.

M: On the thinner side of medium; a bit thin for the style. Moderate bitterness. Good carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer. Not a great beer, either, but didn't have any problems killing off a growler.

More User Reviews:
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 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 Franziskaner
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy light brown in appearance. A thin layer of foam across the top of the glass. The nose is a fantastic blend of piney aroma hops with a twist of rye. I'll be honest, it smells amazing! Very light in terms of mouthfeel. Pine like hops on the forefront and followed by that slight tickle of rye on the tongue. Well executed. The best offering thus far by this brewery and many of theirs are good.

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 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 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 Vonerichs
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light copper body with an inch of white head and nice spotty lacing... poured into a tulip.

The smell is bready with some light citrus tones.

The hops are grapefruit and orange and it has a pretty strong biscuit malt holding it together with a faint rye finish.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp with good body.

Overall, I was pretty impressed with my first beer from 4 hands.

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 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 shand
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA Redbird. Divided Sky pours golden with a huge white head that retains for an eternity. The aroma is a bit muted, some rye tones creep up behind some non-descript hops. The taste is very nice, it's got an upfront big floral hop that blends very nicely with the rye flavors. The mouthfeel is lighter and moderately carbonated, and the drinkability is great. Overall, Divided Sky is a great rye IPA that I could see being an easy local favorite if I was in St. Louis.

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 drdiesel9483
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Full lacing but when it comes to taste, smell and feel it was kind of lacking anything great.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap a hazy yellow gold with two fingers of white head. Nice lacing left behind.

Aroma of rye, malty grains, tobacco, and herbal notes.

The taste was big on the rye with a touch of grapefruit and caramel malts. Bitter note to the finish. Even though it was just 6.5% abv, it had a boozy bite.

Lighter bodied with a sharp carbonation.

This was definitely a rye IPA with extra emphasis on the rye. Recommended for sure.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 GossageBrewery
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured this American style Rye IPA from a bottle into a pint glass. This one poured a thick white head, clear amber color, excellent retention and excellent lacing left on the glass. The aroma consisted of spicy rye and floral hops. Smells wonderful. Medium bodied, this IPA has a foundation of spicy rye, bitter hops dominate the flavor profile. Hints of sweet carmel are present as well. Overall, very nicely balanced- not outstanding but a heavy dose of both rye and hops.

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 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 draheim
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a really big pint glass @ Llewellyn's in Wildwood. Pours a clear coppery amber w/ a 1-finger head, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is a blend of floral and citrusy hops and vaguely spicy rye malt. Smells good but a little muted. Might not be super fresh.

Taste is hoppy up front, backed up by the dry spicy biscuity flavor of the rye malt. Finishes bitter.

Mouthfeel is crisp and drinkable, refreshing.

Overall a solid, enjoyable rye IPA but not a beer I'd go out of my way to try again.

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Divided Sky Rye IPA from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.