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Arcadia Sky High Rye - Arcadia Brewing Company

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518 Ratings
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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 14
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: FrognutUnl on 01-11-2009

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Ratings: 518 | Reviews: 198
Photo of BobMessina
2.89/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No flavor in the finish besides some saltiness.

Photo of Dwbrju2
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hard to mix a rye with fruity American hops. Tend to cancel one another. However this one had a nice aroma/taste.

Photo of Brads757
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into pint glass

Look: Pale, fine head.
Aroma: citrus, somewhat sour
Taste: bitter, clearly a rye, delicious
Mouthfeel: tart, thorough bitterness, stays with you.
Overall: an unexpected winner. I hope they continue to brew

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Hazy light sunset orange body. Fizzy white head with light vertical lines of lacing? Interesting.

Aroma: Cardboard dryness, faint sweet fruits on the back end.

Taste: Very dry and bitter up front, lots of pine and wood notes. The finish has some fruit sweetness of pear and apricot.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry.

Overall: A bit too bitter for me to want to session, but there is a nice balance between the bitter and sweet. Not bad.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Nose: rye spice, spicy malt, pine and citrus.
Bright gold under a 2: rocky head that slowly dissipates to a film. Lacy
Palate: spice, rye, light malts, piney grapefruit rind bitterness on the finish.
Medium full body, medium carbonation. Dry and refreshing.
While definitely not a roggenbier, it has a nice malt emphasis.

Photo of mmva321
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stange.

A: Pale and murky yellow body that has some carbonation and not an insignificant amount of sediment. There is a rocky white head that goes on forever and leaves foamy lacing. It's a little too much. Nothing wrong here, but nothing inviting or appealing either.

S: Very faint. I get a little rye and a little hops. Not much else.

T: I get a little grimace from the flatness of the aftertaste. However, it is a strong taste. Rye, hops and a little citrus. Not bad, but that aftertaste...

M: My favorite part of this beer is the feel. Begins full and well carbonated and ends with a stark dryness. The transition between the two is arresting.

O: A pretty below-average beer that has a good feel and is thankfully not offensive but just bland, making it drinkable and an alright slot filler in a pick-six.

Photo of maximum12
1.85/5  rDev -50%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to NJB145 for this extra that arrived in a recent box, furthering my quest to try every bottled/canned/Nalgened rye around. Today the U.S., tomorrow the world. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is an even, pale yellow that one can see shadows through, but no detail. Mild carbonation. Nose evokes the breezes of a Brussels dubbel more than a rye: sweet, sugary, with a mild pat of orange-inflected spice. Rye Dubbel? That sounds like a fine idea.

Sky High Rye teases with a unique nose then hands me the Arcadia let-down. The rye up front is bowled over rudely by a linebacker of sharp, pungent, something... hops? I believe it is the hops, gone dank & turning into some kind of medicinal penicillin. Maybe it'll clear up those ear sores? Hard to get past, but there's earthiness, maybe a touch of caramel. Mouthfeel is irrelevant, because I'm struggling to get past the four ounce mark.

Four it is. Arcadia's barrel-aged program (barring the excellent Shipwreck Porter) seems to be OK, but I haven't had a 'regular' beer from them I would care to tongue again. Rye is a terrible thing to waste: drain pour.

Photo of barczar
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden with a lingering, frothy ivory head.

Aroma is slightly soapy, peppery, and rye spicy.

Flavor reveals floral hops, with a bitter, peppery, finish. The malt backbone is lightly toasted, with sweet hints of caramel.

Though rye spiciness is evident, it doesn't overpower. Very drinkable.

Photo of scratch69
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I poured a can into a pint glass.

Appearance- Slightly hazy golden color with two fingers worth of foamy head. The heads lingers for a few minutes then slowly fades to a half inch cap and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Grapefruit hop aroma with a hint of spiciness.

Taste- Moderate grapefruit and grassy hop bitterness with some rye spiciness and a hint of caramel malt sweetness. It has just enough of a hop presence for flavor but not so much as to be overpowering. The slight spiciness and sweetness add a nice twist.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Crisp with a dry finish.

Overall- A good thirst quenching beer. This is one of the better rye beers that I've tried and worth having again.

Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: An impressive pour, with a foamy meringue of a head that squats atop the cloudy goldenstraw colored liquid

Smell: Gently spicy with a hint of lemon

Taste: Opens biscuity, with a citrusy mix of lemon and white grapefruit developing; in the middle, the peppery and spicy tones from the rye take the beer in another direction; a hint of sweetness underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I found myself pleasantly surprised by this beer; the rye was handled deftly and added a nice angle to the other tones

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a nice golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades rather fast leaving a decent leave of foam on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is light overall with some hints of a mainly a bready smell along with a bit of a citrus hoppy smell. Some other light peppery rye smalls are there as well with just a hint of pine.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and light rye taste mixed with a tangerine sweetness and some grapefruit upfront. There is a little bit of caramel that is later lost as it is buried by more citrus tangerine and grapefruit hop. All the while the rye builds a bit with it bringing along with it some lighter hop flavors of pine. In the end, with the bittering of the grapefruit hop and the moderateness of the rye flavors, one is left with a somewhat moderately fruity, bready rye, and decently bittered grapefruit hop taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Both are rather nice for the mix of rye bread flavors as well as the hops and makes for a nice easy drinker.

Overall – A rather easy drinking sweeter and more moderate rye brew. A nice one to try if you get a chance.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool looking can. Much better that many beers are now in can. More convenient. That said let's give a whirl. Psst goes the top and I get a citrusy hops smell. Pours into a handy glass to a deep yellow with a very large-and-in-charge off white head. On the taste this brew starts with a great heavy mouthfeel upfront with contrite bitterness of hops that dominates. There is some malt in the background but this brew is primarily scotch like hops with a thick malt base. Not complex, but a very tasty brew for the hophead.

Photo of msquared36
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bright yellow in color with a little haze. About a inch of foam on a moderate pour.

Bright tropical fruit scent. As it warms, yeasty scent becomes noticeable.

Predominant taste is resin. In fact, it's rather one dimensional.

For all the foam and lacing, the mouthfeel is very thin and watery.

I think the beer would benefit from a little sweetness. It's drinkable, not interesting enough to drink more than one.

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz can with no discernible dating anywhere to be found. Not sure if it's been rubbed off or just never existed in the first place. Around the top of the can it reads "Unfiltered. Unpasteurized. Uncompromised." Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.

Appearance - An aggressive pour almost gets away from me and builds to a two-and-a-half finger head that threatens to spill over the side of the glass. Head is rich and foamy, the color of eggshell, with some big, sudsy bubbles intermittently placed. As the beer sits, the foam leaves pocking and ample lacing rings along the side of the glass as it slowly begins to dissipate, but never completely goes away. The body is a bright cloudy yellow, with significant evidence of particulate floating in suspension. I don't mind cloudiness, but I'm not wild about the floaties.

Smell - Brings to mind the aromas of Belgian witbiers, with gentle spice and coriander, alongside a slight hint of spiciness from the rye and more biscuity tones from the pale malts used. I'd be curious to know the % of rye used, because it's hard to pull out of this beer. The hop presence is polite and unassuming, predominantly floral characteristics rather than the more astringent/pungent notes that you get from citrus/fruity hops.

Taste - Again, like the taste there are some notes that remind me of the witbier style, with some spiciness that reminds me more of coriander and sage than it does rye, but as it warms, the rye sourness becomes more evident, as does the bittering aspect of the hops. It actually turns what I thought was going to be a pretty simple and straightforward beer into one with a good measure of complexity.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, light-to-medium bodied and with ample carbonation. FInish is slightly bitter and lingers on the tongue.

Overall, a really interesting and different take on the style. Rye beers seem to come in all sorts of shapes and sizes--on one end of the spectrum, you have darker, richer barrel-aged beauties like Boulevard's seasonal Rye-on-Rye. Or you have awesomely hoppy takes like Founders Red's Rye. Then there is this one--a very pale and aromatic rye beer that calls to mind characteristics of Belgian witbiers. All I know is that I seem to like them in all their various forms, and Sky High Rye is no different. It's a great summertime rye beer, both because of the light character and the fact that it comes in cans.

Photo of elNopalero
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2014 Update:
This pours a light straw-tan color. There’s a touch of bready rye aroma on it that’s light and pleasing. The rye character comes across as I smell it and taste it. There's a hint of hops and a light bitterness. Easy going rye ale. Not bad, but nothing stands out either.

This pours a murky golden-tan straw color with a lot of foam. Foamy head retains its shape after a few minutes have passed.
Light hop character with some orange aroma.

There’s an evident hop-bite and rye zestiness on this with a nice filling effervescence that tapers into a bit of a spicy finish. Anywhere else but in Michigan and I’d applaud this brew.

Photo of chinchill
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Undated 12 oz can purchased near brewery about 3 months ago and kept refrigerated.
Pours golden with a small, partially durable head.

Smells spicy and floral, rather as expected. But the flavor clearly reveals wild yeast. Unintentional I believe. So much for unpasteurized in this case. The farmhouse effects actually fit somewhat well with the spicy rye/hop profile and don't completely ruin the beer, but it certainly doesn't taste like it should.

Feel: medium-light body is properly carbonated but a bit harsh.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a can of Arcadia's Sky High Rye a couple weeks ago for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. It's been a while since I've had this beer and since it's in cans now I thought I would revisit it, plus I've been in the mood for Rye Beers lately, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date. Poured from a 12oz can into an imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks pretty nice, it's got a nice look to it and I think it looks better than the bottle did. It poured a lightly hazy golden yellow color that took on more of a golden orange color when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy and slightly creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left lots of sticky lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of rye up front that impart a nice earthy and spicy rye aroma followed by some malts that impart a bready, grainy, and caramel malt like aroma. Up next comes the hops that impart a citrus hop aroma along with a slight soapy aroma, but it's the floral hops that seem to sticking out the most and they seem to overpower the rye just a little. There's also a farmhouse funk aroma that seems out of place and it reminds me a little of some Brewery Vivant beers. The aroma was decent, but I thought the floral hops were a little too dominating and the farmhouse aroma felt a little out of place..

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some rye up front that barely comes through enough and it impart a somewhat lighter earthy and spicy rye flavor. Up next comes the malts which impart a somewhat lighter amount of grainy and bready flavors with caramel malts still seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes that weird farmhouse yeast flavor that almost reminds me a little of brett and it's still similar to some Brewery Vivant beers and it's followed by some hops with some earthy and citrus rind hop flavors and the floral hops still stick out the most but they don't dominate this beer like they did in the aroma and they impart a lighter amount of medium bitterness, with a light rye, floral hop, citrus hop and farmhouse yeast like aftertaste. The taste isn't bad, but I don't think it's what it's meant to be, the farmhouse yeast flavor isn't all that unpleasant, but it just feels out of place in this beer.

M- fairly smooth, pretty crisp, really dry, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but it wasn't the truest to style.

Overall this beer left me a little confused, I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it and I thought it wasn't that true to style with the farmhouse yeast aspect and the floral hops covering up most of the spicy and earthy rye flavors that I was looking forward to. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was fairly smooth, not overly bitter and not too filling, but the flavor didn't do the best job at holding my attention because it just left me feeling confused about it. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it was a damn good looking beer with some really nice head and lacing. What I liked the least about this beer was the funky farmhouse aspect, it was bad, but it was unwanted in this beer and it didn't work that well with the rye flavors. I would buy a can of this again if i knew it was fresh, I'm wondering if I got an off can or they changed the recipe, i'm just not sure what's going on with this brew and I don't think I would recommend it as it is. All in all i'm still confused about this beer, I generally like those funky farmhouse flavors, but it just felt out of place in this beer and it didn't work as well with the other flavors as it does in most Farmhouse Ales, this may be why you don't hear of many Rye Farmhouse Beers. Better luck next time Arcadia, this brew just left me puzzled and nothing else.

Photo of MikeWard
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into standard pint glass. Bottled on date of 05/20/13, so pushing towards 5 months old.

Poured a hazy yellow body with a thick & fosmy 1-1 1/2 head. Head retained well, and left some thick. though uneven lacing. good amount of small carbonation bubbling.

Not much on the nose, some fruit, and a faint whiff of spices.

Taste was really nice. I do enjoy rye beers, though ones that have faded are really bland. This has held up well. Getting a piney, resinous, spicy taste from the rye coating the tongue. Sharp tingling around the edge of the tongue. Delicious.

Mouth was a bit above medium, quite a dry finish too.

Overall, was pleasantly surprised by this brew. Arcadia makes some pretty good, though not spectacular beers, and I was a bit concerned by the age on this one, but it holds up very well. Looking forward to trying another.

Photo of DJScroggins
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy. Golden. Finger and half of head that faded quickly. Slight carbonation visible. Solid ring of lacing.

Smells understated. Light rye with floral hop undertones. Pick up on sweet maltiness as I come back to it.

Taste underwhelming on front. Some sweet maltiness on front. Some hints of rye in the middle. Fades to citrusy hops with some mild spice on the back end.

Medium body. Smooth on the tongue. Crisp carbonation.

There is nothing amazing about this beer. I find myself using the terms "mild" or "understated" when trying to describe it. A very inoffensive beer. I'm new to ryes, but I really feel like there's just not that much rye here to distinguish it from your average pale ale. Not something to go out of your way for, but certainly a good go to for a nice cold one on a hot summer evening.

Photo of Huffs
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, developed a nice, full head which lasted and laced well. Appearance was a golden straw with a slight cloudiness. Aroma was fruity and sweet with some floral notes. Nice grain taste with floral notes and some malt and hop on the back. Mouthfeel was creamy with a dry, slightly hop aftertaste.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a light amber color with a medium size head say a finger or two. Carbonation is gentle.
Aroma is mostly of caramel malts. I can't find any hop notes. And rye malts are absent too.
Taste is tart with hints of spicy rye malts. Hops are almost nonexistent. Some evidence of caramel malts.
Drinks dry and bitter.
This is my first truely rye beer. Most ryes come in the form of an IPA so I don't know what I'm drinking. I know this: put some rye in it next time.

Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange amber with a small slowly fading white head. Aroma and Taste s of rye, grains, biscuit malt with some floral citrus bitter hops. A medium body with mild carbonation on the palate. Finish is sweet biscuit malt, rye, grains with some floral citrus hops for balance. Overall a good solid brew.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.0 A: Moderately hazed yellow orange color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is about average and a good sized ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: The rye in this is potent and pleasurable. Earthy and spicy, it gives its distinct aroma. Flowery and herbal hops underneath. A touch of yeast and a moderate neutral malt sweetness.

4.0 T: Tastes as good as it smells. Pretty much the same flavors as in the nose. Earthy, spicy rye, bready yeastiness, mild bitterness, floral and herbal hops, and neutral malt sweetness. There's also a mild peachy fruitiness.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: Solid beer all around. Pick this up if you're a fan of rye.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: hazy dark yellow. A small white head that fades quickly.

Smell: weak. Grassy,rye. Too faint

Taste: strong grass, faint rye, some citrus

Mouthfeel: fairly light, slight bitterness

Overall: not horrible but nothing interesting or overly well done about it. I know some people are fans of Arcadia but there beers just don't hit it for me

Photo of woodychandler
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another6Pack had told me about a year ago that this beer was going to be CANned and when I got out to such was the case. I then made sure to hit the Beer Cave at D's Six Pax & Dogz in Regent Square and lo and behold ... there they were! The CANQuest (TM) is alive and well, friends!

From the CAN: "Unfiltered. Unpasteurized. Uncompromised."; "Handcrafted and C[AN]ned by Arcadia Brewing Company Battle Creek, Michigan".

I am unsure about the message of the label art. Is this beer going to get me sky high or am I just looking to get bombed? Either way, a good time seems to be on the way!

My Crack and inverted Glug almost caused an overflow of the glass! I have gotten pretty good at knowing when to back off, but this was a near-miss. Color was a deep-gold with NE-quality clarity and loads of CO2 bubbles in evidence. Not only did I end up with two fingers of foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention, but it looked like meringue! This is getting to be like beer porn. Just beautiful. I was asked during Beer School about the necessity of deCANting the beer and my response was along the lines of how will you be able to see and smell the beer otherwise? The lacing that began to appear as it fell was magnificent. Nose had that pleasant black pepperiness that rye imparts and now my mouth was watering. Mouthfeel was medium and the combined bite of the hops with the rye lit into my poor, bruised tongue like a jackhammer tearing into macadam. The tears that began to roll down my cheeks were of joy with a little bit of pain. I LOVE rye beer and have ever since Sopor turned me onto some of his homebrew about seven years ago in Grand Rapids, Michi[CAN] during my visit. Speaking of lacing and jackhammers, that was what it was going to take to remove from the glass as I drank it down. Finish was smoooth, slightly minty, still peppery and I felt like I could use it as mouthwash. Get some this summer, put it in a cooler, take it to the beach, camping, wherever and you CAN thank me later.

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Arcadia Sky High Rye from Arcadia Brewing Company
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