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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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very good

55 Reviews
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Reviews: 55
Hads: 373
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 26.42%
Wants: 14
Gots: 59 | 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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Reviews: 55 | Hads: 373
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow chalice: color is an opaque straw/gold, head is bright white, presents about 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to thin top with some lacing.

Smell is floral, fruity, solid citrus presence with a touch of rye malt earthiness.

Taste is a bit earthier and grainier than many ipas, obviously due to the rye malt, but a bit more citrus hops and presence, with some floral aromatics.

Mouthfeel is dry but not biting with a nice fuller presence than some ipas.

Overall, a good drinkable ipa, the rye is light but noticeable, in appearance and taste.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from gregwilsonstl, thanks for the opportunity!
Crystal clear light golden color, with a decent sized bubbly white head. Sweet caramel maltiness with some citrus and pine to counter. Light spicy earthy tones. Nice drinker, a bit on the sweeter side but quite flavorful.

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Photo of PhillyJ
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great intro into a rye ipa. Well crafted and tasty. You start craving the eye with every drink. Really enjoyable brew a great change of pace for the ipa lover. Wait till your third beer before you judge if your new to rye.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have to say that for what style of beer this is, it is very well made. Being a Rye IPA, it hits all the right notes of a nice piney and fruity IPA paired with the spiciness of Rye. With that said, this is something I am not a fan of. I do not care for Rye in my beer, even if it is in a nicely crafted IPA.

Will not revisit personally. But well worth a taste if you are a fan of the style.

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Photo of BurtStL6
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very very tasty, I don't know why so many of 4 hands beers look like watered down Mountain Dew but do are the good, this beer also has enough head to perfectly fill a pint glass to the brim.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden brown color with white head. Pine, rye spice, grapefruit notes, and grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more rye spice.

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Photo of dtumminelliob
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A pilsner-colored pour. It's very tasty, but a little light for the style. It could use either a bit more rye or a bit more hop. It drinks like an exceptionally good session IPA, but that's not really the goal of the style, so I had to downgrade it a little.

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Photo of Totalpackage411
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this at a cool Oyster Bar in St. Louis. This beer was very sweet and had an excellent taste. It was almost fruity in flavor with a nice hoppy finish.

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Photo of sneth019
4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

found this gem in cans at a local establishment in St. Louis after sampling the best the Tap list had to offer. This beer was magical, BA score doesn't do it justice. Super hoppy, buttery with a little rye sprinkled in for good measure. Was out there for NCAA wrestling nationals and had quite a few of these. Need less to say if the rest of 4 hands are this good I am a fan for life. Also, the label is killer. well done.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
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

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Photo of jhartley
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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!

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Photo of maximum12
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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?

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Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of BalancingBrooms
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
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

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Photo of dertyd
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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Photo of TheCondor
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

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Photo of HOP_KING
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

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

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

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.

Medium bodied, bitter, crisp and dry.

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.

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Photo of mschind
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Divided Sky Rye IPA from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.