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Divided Sky Rye IPA - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

Divided Sky Rye IPADivided Sky Rye IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

157 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%


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:
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!

(Beer added by: JoEBoBpr on 12-21-2011)
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HOP_KING

Illinois

2.89/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2014 02:37:43 | More by HOP_KING
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 19:46:28 | More by justintcoons
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mschind

California

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 21:14:29 | More by mschind
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 06:29:25 | More by LambicPentameter
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 04:32:14 | More by WoodBrew
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DelMontiac

Oklahoma

3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 00:31:37 | More by DelMontiac
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flexabull

California

3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 05:26:52 | More by flexabull
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 04:12:33 | More by russpowell
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 04:06:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 03:38:41 | More by Beaver13
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Taste_Buds

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 05:14:50 | More by Taste_Buds
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Franziskaner

Missouri

4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2013 19:10:04 | More by Franziskaner
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This golden, straw colored brew has a slight haze to it. It was served to me with a thick creamy head, that never really faded and left solid sheets of lace in its wake.

s: Fresh floral hops with some pithy citrus. Grapefruit in particular. Rye bread and some sugar cookied.

t: Huge, fresh hops pummel the palate with flowery grapefruit rind and some aspirin bitterness. Some earthy rye bread and sweet sugar cookies manage to peek through.

m: Full bodied for sure, but soft and creamy at the same time.

o: God damn but this is some good beer! Never heard of the brewery but I enjoyed the hell out of my two pints tonight. One of the best rye IPAs I've tried.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 01:28:40 | More by DIM
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shand

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 01:10:41 | More by shand
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draheim

Washington

3.89/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2013 20:31:09 | More by draheim
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at bainbridge barrel house in philly - served in pint

Hazy copper pour with some golden hues and a frothy, khaki colored head on top. Thick retention with sticky, webbed lacing on the glass while drinking.

Plenty of juicy hops and rye spice in the nose with moments of citrus peel and fruit. Scents of malty sweetness, caramel and soft warmth.

Bitter, spicy bite on the tongue up front with rye spice and a formidable hop profile. Flavorful hoppiness, grapefruit pith and a dash of pine. Medium malt backbone with toasted bread and persistent rye spice. Finishes bitter and dry.

Medium body, well carbonated, sticky and lingering on the tongue. A quality IPA with a welcome addition of rye spice - will definitely drink again. I'm glad to see more of their beer hitting Philly, so keep it coming 4 Hands.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2013 19:15:08 | More by xnicknj
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 20:38:51 | More by GossageBrewery
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Awilson2s

Missouri

3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden straw color with a frothy head that sticks to the glass
very floral smell with lots of aroma
lighter body than id prefer
Taste of Rye, Fruity and Citric hops leaves you with a drier bitterness

Overall good beer id defiantly get it again

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 01:01:07 | More by Awilson2s
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oscaryuengel

Missouri

3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - pours a corn, straw gold with a fairly consistent head of about 1/2 inch. Light for an IPA, hazy.

S - fair smell of rye and hops. Nothing out of the ordinary.

T - instant taste of rye with a hop bitterness that lasts throughout. Spice and floral characteristics of the beer are evident.

M - light-medium body that sticks to the tongue. Well carbonated.

O - a frothy rendition of the style with a strong, but not overpowering hop presence that nevertheless dominates the beer. I could do with a greater malt presence and more distinct hop aroma, but this is a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 00:44:45 | More by oscaryuengel
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cosmicevan

New York

4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to jhighlandbrewing for tossing me this extra and the matching tulip! popped on 7/21/91 divided sky and opened the bottle.

a - brew poured a classic murky orange with a massive frothy head that was extremely milkshake like in nature. coated the glass. murky to the light.

s - clean, crisp with nice sweaty hopping and a good dosing of flax like rye.

t - zing. rye rye rye my baby.

m - really grainy and rye heavy. a bit dry. the head froths in my mouth in a similar way that a pliny's head froths around.

o - overall much like the giant country horns in the 7/21/91 divided sky, rye is center stage blasting away. would love to check out the ipa without the rye too...as a fan of the style, this was nice to check out.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 02:05:10 | More by cosmicevan
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mdcrouser

Missouri

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An inch of chunky white head tops a nearly transparent golden-orange hue, bubbles of carbonation quickly streaming upwards. Leaves soapy lace behind.

Nice on the nose - Citrus, toast, some spice and a hint of Belgian yeastiness.

A balance of citrus and floral hops is pretty well done, delivering what would likely be an enjoyable IPA on their own. Probably too much rye though - I don't say that often. Though it doesn't deliver much spice, that characteristic rye earthiness is just too hard here - I'd enjoy it much more if it were in the background, providing a nuanced supporting role to the hops.

The rye is really drying, completely wicks any moisture from the tongue. It really rolls around in the mouth for a while afterwards too.

A good beer that could've been great - seems to try too hard to be what it wants to be, but doesn't need to be.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 02:53:16 | More by mdcrouser
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a a slightly hazy orange with half an inch of off-white head that fades down to a thin blanketing. The nose is subtle with a bit of malt, sweet citrusy hops, and rye (only after a big inhalation). The taste is sweet followed by a vengeful bitterness reminiscent of grapefruit rind and lemon peel. It's medium bodied with a lingering bitterness and rye spice. This beer is a delicious rye IPA with great hop and rye characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 23:25:57 | More by ThePorterSorter
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a beautiful clean copper pour with a perfect 2 fingers of head. barely any lacing, which is weird for an ipa and especially one with rye!

smells of pine, grapefruit, garlic/herbs..this is a wonderfully fresh smelling hop bomb!

the taste is sweet up front with an herbal fresh cut grass like flavor.. then comes a nice spicy bitterness of grapefruit peel.. a very awesome flavor profile, but really all just hops! i get a slight hint of what would be the rye malt, but the hops are way forward in this one.. and well, hey - i'm not about to complain!

medium body with moderate amount of carbonation. surprisingly refreshing for a hop bomb of an ipa. i wouldn't mind trying a less fresher bottle to see the effect of the actual grain bill on the palate! definitely a solid beer by a brewery i've never heard of up until now.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 04:35:05 | More by facundoCNB
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Slightly hazy body that is a golden color with a small orange hue. Big 3-finger off-white head that has good retention leaving a bit of lacing.

Nice hop aroma - pine resin and grass. A bit of citric notes follow, but very little malt or rye in the aroma.

The flavor is a nice bump up from the aroma. Plenty of pine and citrus hop flavors that combine nicely with the spicy rye. Solid malt backbone brings it all together.

Medium mouthfeel and no notice of the alcohol. Overall, a very good Rye IPA. Would definitely seek this out again, and might consider buying it regularly if available in bottles or cans.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 22:26:52 | More by FanofHefe
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a nice clear and bright orange copper color with a thin white head that is quite dense.

Aroma is of herbal and grassy hops. Quite intense dank and citrus notes with some nice malty and bready backbone.

Flavor starts off with some intense bitterness. Citrus coating hop juice. Nice rye spice notes mixed in with the intense hop notes. There is some bready notes in there as well but th intense bitterness rules. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a dry bitter finish.

Overall, pretty delicious IPA. Nice and herbal with good citrus bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 22:32:09 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Divided Sky Rye IPA from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.