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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: 60 | 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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Photo of DelMontiac
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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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 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 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 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 Taste_Buds
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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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 shand
4.09/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of draheim
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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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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 GossageBrewery
4.13/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Awilson2s
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of oscaryuengel
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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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 mdcrouser
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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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 facundoCNB
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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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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Photo of mikeborglum
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Rye IPA is one of my favorite styles. I love the taste and the feel you get with these beers. This one is good but not my favorite. It is a good quality beer, but the Hop Rod Rye by Bear Republic is my standard for this style and Divided Sky does not live up to that level of sweet rye taste, creamy feel and hops of a good IPA.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. No freshness info, and it says to "drink fresh". Hmmm. Phish is a pretty awful band, but I'll try not to let it sway my opinion of the beer. There are lots of poorly named beers out there.

A: Light color, opaque body. Nice head, with a strong pour. Good retention and. Lots of bubbles floating up to the top.

S: American hops, I detect the centennial in there. Citrus, rye malt. Nice aroma.

T: Bitter hop bite, but not too strong. Sour grapefruit notes. Rye flavor lingers around a while. Pretty good balance.

M: Well-carbonated, light bodied for the style. A little watery.

O: Solid offering from this STL brewery. Not special enough to set it apart from its many peers though.

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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 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 Vonerichs
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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