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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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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 UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Up from Jacksonville FL and stopped in at the brewery.

A: half finger head on a clear golden with very slight amber hue body.

S: candied orange, syrup, floral and pungent hops

T: the rye comes through nicely in the finish. Up front resin, tart citrus and earthy hops dominate. The caramel malt base is a mild contributor.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is a decent beer. The rye is well applied and it's nicely hopped. This one isn't very complex but it's still memorable for the rye presence and how well it's applied.

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

a very good ipa. pours on the darker side for an ipa with a nice tint of red in there and a 1 inch lasting white head. smells quite spicy from the rye malts, which are very forward in both the smell and the taste. a little aroma of burning toast as well before the hops come in. high alpha wast coast varieties seems to be whats going on here. the taste gives that away, lots of resiny hops imparting slight bitterness and some fruity flavors to the beer. its balanced well with the rye malt. this is a pretty big beer. feel is good, just enough carbonation and a squarely medium body. 5 of these might be too many, but 2 or 3 is just perfect.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bailey's Range in St. Louis. 7/2/12

A - Poured a clear, copper color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, grapefruit and roasted malt. Some caramel aromas, too.

T - It tasted of sweet citrus and tart grapefruit. Good toasty malt flavor with sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a good rye IPA. 4 Hands has made another good.

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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 russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at TJ'S Everyday. My 1st 4 hands beer since they sprang up in Philly after a successful launch during beer week 2012.

4 Hands Divided Sky is a nice looking amber shaded beer with some faint red spots poking out towards the sides. Bright looking with an off tan foam up above that left minor clinks on the glass. The scent is nice and pungent, spicy hop notes, some faint pale malt notes while the rye builds as the glass warms, pleasant smelling beer here with a dab of caramel to even all things out. This is a nice Rye based IPA, not the most aggressive I have had but a nice mix of earthy hop flavor, spicy rye notes, caramel and some malt backing. Reminds me of an amber mixed in with some dank hops and rye malt. Feel is below medium bodied with light carb, not terribly bitey on the tounge. I had two pints of this so that speaks for itself, Divided Sky is drinkable as all get out.

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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 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 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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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 xnicknj
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tulip

"Ahhh, divided sky, the wind blows high."

Pours a slightly hazy bright orange with a fluffy bone white cap. Recedes slowly, and leaves little chunks of lace clinging to the glass.

The nose has the overly dry, herbal aroma from the rye, with some juicy, citrus poking through. Clean biscuit malt holding down the back end.

Herbal, rye notes up front mix with pine resin for a dry, earthy intro while juicy tropical fruits emerge nicely mid-palate. Tangerines, mango, papaya, and white grapefruit lend a juicy, flavorful contrast to the dry notes from the rye. The finish is mildly bitter and builds with each sip, which is always the sign of a well-crafted IPA.

The feel is right on point. Medium body, even carbonation. I wouldn't have figured this to be 6.5%, it drinks super easy.

This is well made rye IPA. Super clean, well-crafted. Definitely ranks up near the top of my rye IPA list. Great balance of dry rye and juicy fruits with a sturdy, light malt bill.

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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 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 cosmicevan
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of flexabull
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of DIM
4.44/5  rDev +15%
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.

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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 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 JoEBoBpr
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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