Arcadia Sky High Rye - Arcadia Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.2/5 rDev +13.2%
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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1.8/5 rDev -51.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2014 02:16:53 | More by maximum12
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2014 22:21:37 | More by barczar
3.94/5 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.
Serving type: can
06-20-2014 00:33:17 | More by scratch69
3.96/5 rDev +6.7%
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
Serving type: bottle
06-11-2014 01:27:30 | More by brentk56
Arcadia Sky High Rye from Arcadia Brewing Company
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