Divided Sky Rye IPA - 4 Hands Brewing Co.
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.91/5 rDev +1%
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.
01-17-2014 06:29:25 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
3.1/5 rDev -19.9%
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.
08-15-2013 03:38:41 | More by Beaver13
4.49/5 rDev +16%
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.
06-30-2013 19:10:04 | More by Franziskaner
3.03/5 rDev -21.7%
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.
12-27-2013 04:32:14 | More by WoodBrew
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
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
10-02-2013 04:12:33 | More by russpowell
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
10-25-2012 12:33:50 | More by Vonerichs
Divided Sky Rye IPA from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.