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Arcadia Sky High Rye - Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia Sky High RyeArcadia Sky High Rye

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BA SCORE
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428 Ratings
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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%


Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: FrognutUnl on 01-11-2009)
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mooseisloose

Florida

3.53/5  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.

Serving type: can

04-19-2014 20:01:29 | More by mooseisloose
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msquared36

Ohio

3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: can

03-22-2014 01:05:31 | More by msquared36
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: can

01-21-2014 15:38:29 | More by LambicPentameter
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elNopalero

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 02:36:36 | More by elNopalero
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.99/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: can

11-14-2013 01:20:53 | More by chinchill
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: can

11-08-2013 22:42:35 | More by StoutHunter
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 17:44:36 | More by MikeWard
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DJScroggins

Illinois

3.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 01:55:21 | More by DJScroggins
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Huffs

New York

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: can

08-04-2013 21:51:43 | More by Huffs
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 10:53:48 | More by micromaniac129
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Samp01

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 19:07:34 | More by Samp01
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 21:18:43 | More by DavoleBomb
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 22:17:34 | More by SportsandJorts
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Serving type: can

06-20-2013 23:40:11 | More by woodychandler
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This is a very clear, transparent yellow color...gold tints, that carries a thin white head. Pine and wood smell...hops. I didn't get a grain, rye scent in the brew, but it did show up later, in the taste. Moderate sweetness, balanced with a strong hop bitterness. Lots of fleshy fruit in the taste. Lingering bitter hop finish and a firm body.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 01:09:13 | More by Suds
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Rockin full 1+ inch of head atop of some clear bright yellow beer. Mild carbonation bubbles float to the top.
S - Not very much rye or pale malts, just some hops and sweeter malts. Very mild if anything.
T - Has some rye tones but they don't play well with the hops making for a medicinal bitter finish. The overall taste isn't bad, crisp, sweet, and other than the finish not bad.
M - Light to medium body not bad.

Overall not a bad rye ale, the actual aspect is quite hidden and after a few sips it really starts to be more of an enjoyable pale ale. Not bad.

Serving type: can

05-26-2013 05:06:11 | More by DrDemento456
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jkeefe1800

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured the can into a regular pint glass. Poured a slightly hazy gold color appealing to the eye for sure. Aroma came across as slightly spicy, not as much as i expect from a rye but it was definetely noticeable, light floral and citrus notes are also present. Flavor was hop forward with those floral notes coming back into play, rye became noticeable towards the end, was really looking forward to much more of a rye flavor. Finish is slightly bitter and citrus.
Overall solid beer as a whole, would drink it again, but not what I have come to expect from a rye.

Serving type: can

05-25-2013 03:44:40 | More by jkeefe1800
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear yellowish copper with good carbonation and okay head. Smells mostly of lemon & citrus hops with an underlying spiciness I'm assuming is from the rye. I don't get a lot of straight up rye aroma but I think it adds a little complexity with the hop notes. Tastes is much of the same as the aroma. Lots of citrus hops upfront with some spiciness. Decent amount of bitterness is there, but I get sort of a long pronounced sweet lemony taste. Would prefer a tad more dryness, but then again, that's how I personally like my beers. A great summer beer. Pretty easy drinking and something you would want on a nice warm day. A very solid beer. Would try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 17:04:56 | More by jwhancher
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smooth_aleing

New York

3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Gets big points just on the head alone. Pours a gigantic head, that settles to an incredible frothy peak. Rich amber color, with good lacing. The nose is complex, good hop kick with a nice rye undertone, with hints of citrus. Nose is suggestive of taste, with good amount of hops and nice bitterness. The rye is certainly there, which I like, and makes its presence known towards the end, a nice lingering coating on the tongue. Mouthfeel is decent, warm and hazy with decent carbonation, slight milkiness. Overall, very good, especially if you're a fan of rye beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 02:22:51 | More by smooth_aleing
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured this Rye Beer from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a hazy golden color , produced a excellent white head, very nice retention and left excellent lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of citric and piney hops and spicy rye. Medium bodied, there was a nice average amount of spicy rye and a crisp lemon and grapefruit citric flavor. Not over the top, very easy to drink and would make an excellent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 23:14:29 | More by GossageBrewery
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed faded gold color with a tall sticky white head. Lots of spicy rye on the nose with a good dose of dank hops.

Very spicy, on the heavier side of being medium bodied. Creamy body, Rye flavor throughout. Malt barely comes through showcaseing the rye and a spicy herbal hop note. Some citrus notse as well. Oddly a lot of detectable alcohol. I'm not a fan of rye beers but this one actually isn't too bad. Still a little too much rye for me but otherwise pretty decent besides the overy boozey and spicy back end.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 23:08:31 | More by jtierney89
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A shiny, golden color as it hits the glass, with some light orange tints bordering the edges. Nice clarity throughout the beer, save for a minor chill-like haze in the dense center. A big bubbled, off-white head forms slowly as the carbonation bubbled trudge from the bottom of the glass to the top. The aroma gives off a kind of "sweaty" vibe on the first take. Going back again, I'm smelling a lot of "green" and vegetal hops; light, wet, mildly floral. Some bitter grapefruit peel makes its way in with a drying finish that I'm assuming is from the rye, though there isn't much actual rye aroma being picked up. Just an assortment of garden-basket hops and citrus peels.

The taste contains a little bit of alcohol warmth, despite being only 6% ABV - not necessarily a bad thing, however. It's backed with a white pepper-like, earthy spice - lots and lots of bready and spicy, dry rye. For being so present on the palate, I'm surprised it didn't show more in the nose. The big hop character is back, this time, a bit more leafy and ashy, even with some mild pine needle flavor to them. A dry bitterness strikes about halfway through and carries into the aftertaste. Very light on the citrus flavors overall, maybe a bit of orange zest and grapefruit pith - things tend to stay a bit bitter. The pale malts add a light touch of sweetness, but that's about all they do. Any flavors they contribute seem to get washed out by the rye. The finish is dry and spicy with lots of rye and some mild, earthy hops. Thin-medium body with medium carbonation; slick and wet mouth feel.

Decent rye beer, though nothing to write home about. The most upsetting thing about it was the aroma. Just didn't do much for me; didn't really care for the hop profile it was giving off, and the rye was surprisingly muzzled. Overall, not a bad choice, but there are many others in this department I'd reach for before this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 11:43:04 | More by tectactoe
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you want a rye, you've got a rye.

Had this one straight out of a bottle, as I got it at Green Dot Stables in Detroit. $3 for it. Since I had it out of the bottle, passing up the appearance.

Smell and taste/feel: Rye. Touches of some sweetness to balance out the bitterness of the rye. Medium carbonation with a medium feel. Great example of the style, though this isn't my bag. I like a rye that tastes like Smitten Golden Rye by Bell's. Still, this is one I'd have again ... especially if I weren't four beers deep beforehand.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 16:26:46 | More by Alextricity
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: A pale pumpkin orange pour coloring shows a fine mist of both effervesce and suspended material. A golden-tan head is only skim worthy quickly parting ways to a polished surface. No window dressing.

S: Aroma of tangerine peels and fresh lemon highlights. A hint of fresh orange juice and dry rye bread.

T: Dry orange and a bit watery upfront in terms of flavor. Dry hops of citrus-orange do kick in on the trail end but only may seem significant due to the weak opening. The rye is present but ony slightly, in terms of dry peppery bready hints. Nice hop presence, a bit of spicy bite.

M: Some tingle from carbonation, medium body could use some tightening up.

O: Overall a good dose of hops with only subtle rye highlights. Dry finish. If you are looking for something in terms of rye presence you might be a bit let down. This seems to be a pale ale first sublimented with a minimal rye percentage of the bill. Dry hops are nice with a moderate appeal. Again expect more of a pale ale going in and you;ll find this of moderate enjoyment. Since this is labeled as a rye beer and not a pale ale i will judge and rate as a rye but consider the extra influence of the hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 23:30:46 | More by beerthulhu
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claspada

New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a small white sticky bubbley head that recedes to leave some solid lacing on the glass.

Aromas begin with solid citrus and pine and slightly spicy hops. Really pretty hop forward but as it warms you get some light pale/bready and some of the rye maltiness as well but not as much as I was hoping for.

The tastes begin with the burst of citrus hops once again with some intermingling floral and pine hops again. The piney, resiny bitterness emerges more and more as it warms and overhwelms most if any of the pale/rye malt flavors. The hints of rye malt really aren't enough to be advertised as a Rye beer.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a medium amount of a carbonation. Finish is increasinly bitter to an IPA level for sure.

Overall this beer kind of underwelmed me. While it's not a bad beer it just lacks any real Rye character that I look for in my Rye beers. Comes across as just an average IPA and really is forgettable in the scheme of good hoppy beers these days.

Serving type: bottle

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Arcadia Sky High Rye from Arcadia Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.