Arcadia Sky High Rye - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 14
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
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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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a hazy dark straw color. I thought I detected some sediment in the glass. It has an IPA-like nose of grapefruit, orange, floral, and pine.

Nice taste. Very slight biscuit-like flavor followed by a nice hoppy bitterness. Perhaps it was a bit over-hopped. I taste the herb notes of the hops, but I didn't detect any spiciness from the rye at all. I'd probably rate this beer higher if it was simply called ``Sky High Pale Ale'' instead of ``Sky High Rye Pale Ale''. Overall, a very nice beer, but there are better beers of this style out there.

By the way, I notice that my bottle has a different label than the one posted here. Mine has a bunch of airplanes on it. I'm not sure if mine is old or the one in the picture is.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazed peach-like color with a clingy one finger white head that left one full ring of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Aromas have a real grapefruit hoppiness to it mixed with a juicy,gummy, fruitiness.Flavors are a mix of tartness from the rye and a hefty dose of resinous,citric hop,there is a juicy fruitiness more malt imparted, underneath the tartness.Its a refresher with a nice mix of citric hop,rye tartness,a fruity malt,nice job.

Photo of tectactoe
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, hazy, orange-brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: citrus hops and rye

Taste: orange, floral hops, some rye, and lemon

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet start with a bitter middle that gets less bitter on the finish

Drinkability: This is a decent beer, but I do not get as much of a rye taste here as I do in other rye beers. It is ok and if you like bitter beers, pick this up. However I have had better in the style.

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 dogfishandi
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pulled from fridge, allowed to warm a bit. bottled on 07/07/10 stamped on bottle. poured into a standard pint.

pours out a super cloudy golden yellowish color with a one finger of fluffy white head. great sticky lace, and great retention. small bits of sediment. looks like a darker hefe.

mostly oily resinous hops in the aroma. citrus and tropical fruits with some light piney notes. balanced by a nice bready malt. a hint of rye somewhere in there as well.

an explosion of bright resinous oily hops. mostly grapefruit citrus and tropical fruits. a nice bready malt tries to balance, but the hops rule here. just a light rye like spiciness in the background, the spiciness hits more after the sip. lots of lingering hop bitterness.

medium bodied, carbonation is feeling good. a nice drinkable offering for the hop heads alike.

overall: a great pale ale, the rye wasnt huge, but made for an even better pale ale. recommended IMHO and worth atleast a single bottle.

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

A - Poured into a mug, pours a golden color with a fluffy looking white head about 2 fingers high, with decent retention and some pretty lacing.

S - Fruity rye, citrusy hops. A bit piney.

T - The rye is a lot more noticeable than in the smell. Complements the hops quite nicely, giving this brew some added personality.

M - Very fine carbonation, sort of creamy, and the hops kind of stick inside your cheeks. Pretty smooth drinking for a pale ale.

O - By far the best I've had from this brewery, I'd buy it again if I could ever find a 6-pack instead of a sampler with mediocre brews.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a clouded copper golden hue with a bright white off head. Fine scattered lacing forms nicely. Aroma is pungent citrus and pale malts, a touch of fruitiness pretty solid smell. Flavor has a touch of sourness but it works the pale ale brings bitter pelletized hops coating the palate. Spicy peppery rye flavor with citrus hops blasting through it kind of works. Mouthfeel is all about the bitterness and hops interplaying with the malted rye and barley. Carbonation is tight bubbled, medium bodied slightly slick with hop oils. Drinkability overall is pretty solid a bit unbalanced in the hop direction but I'm actually enjoying a bit of rough unrefined hops.

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 FrognutUnl
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is Arcadia's 12th Anniversary Brew.

A - Golden in color,crystal clear, with a three finger head. Good retention with a fair amount of lacing.

S - Yeasty with fruity apricot and notes of banana notes.

T - Light, citrus fruits give way to mildly sweet bananas and dried apricots with notes of pepper. Moderate bitterness. Very crisp and clean.

M - Light to medium in body. Moderate carbonation.

D - This, their 12th anniversary brew, is light, refreshing, and fairly complex. I would certainly recommend this to anyone who was looking for a great summertime brew. The only problem I can find is that this is not summer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip)

A- This beer has a crystal clear apricot hued body with a sticky snow white head that leaves sheets of register marks that last for the full beer. There is a snow glow of tiny bubbles swirling around the beer before rising to the top.

S- This beer has a herbal skunky hops, that are a pleasant skunk almost cat pee aroma. This is followed by a woody pine resin hop finish which is softer and has a note of spice like pepper to it. Overall it is a bit soft especially compared to the taste.

T- The tangy citrus note to the big green hops has more of a funk dark green flavor to it with a slight sweetness of pale malt underneath. There is a fruity almost bubble gum flavor to the malt that has a yeast quality to it. The spicy rye note comes through as the beer warms and compliments the hops and the malt with a little snap.

M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with a creamy texture and no alcohol heat.

D- This beer has some good big hops with some nice depth and a bit of unique complexity around the hops. It is easy to drink and pretty tasty.

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 Magpie14
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: nice tangerine and golden colors within. Lacing is rather nice with a fine coating of spiderwebs at the upper third of the glass. The bleached white head existed only for a few dying moments

S: full of pale malts and some hops, nothing in the way of rye though. A very nice earthy and sweet whiff is developing. Even the hop whiffs are pretty laid back. It is somewhat mildly spicy in the nose

T: the palate unlocks a hardworking drinker. Mild is the best superlative I can think of to describe this brew. And I mean mild in the sense of incredibly quaffable. Toasted rye and pale malts kiss each sip and wash down with a bite of hoppy grapefruits and pine needles. Just a solid brew

M: a nice splash of carbonation keeps things interesting and moving along. For the flavors the feel is right on

D: keep these coming. One of my favorites form Arcadia

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

On tap at Hopcat. Hoppy beer, lighter in color than I would expect. Not much of a rye edge.Bitter astringency, malt not really coming through to help balance and drying finish. Ok mainly because its fresh, could be a tad better with food. Certainly not a sessionable.An odd one.

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

It is an absolute gorgeous Sunday late afternoon here at the homestead and the temp is about 78 with a brillant breeze. Trying the Sky High Rye and it was a very good selection for this afternoon. The beer poured pale yellow with nice white head that is lacing quite well. The smell has a mix of fresh pine and citrus. Neither is overpowering and genuinely subtle. The taste is very good. Starts with a bitter citrus/grapefruity taste then finishes off the pallet very clean. The mouthfeel is good, some may be put off by the grapefruit bitter start, but those that like a decent west coast pale wont mind a bit. I could session this...the real question is could you!

Photo of plfahey
4.61/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance-Muddy golden brown color and somewhat hazy. A bit lighter than I'd expect. Moderate sticky white head with good lacing.

Aroma-Fruity, nutty rye notes, with slight butter caramel, toffee, and hints of raisins and almonds. Herbal, spicy hops dovetail with the zesty, spicy rye notes.

Flavor-Spicy, raisin studded rye bread with walnut and almond overtones and a drizzle of dark caramel. Additional prune and fig dark fruit notes with orange citrus and piney/spicy hop notes. Moderate to moderately high hop bitterness adds a refreshing edge to the flavor. Pepper and caraway meld in the finish, giving the overall impression of a spiced holiday fruit cake. Complex, multi-faceted, and delicious.

Mouthfeel-Medium full, chewy body from Rye, with soft, moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy on the palate.

Easily one of the best rye beers I've ever had. Complex aroma and flavor, fantastic mouthfeel, and just all around fantastic. A beer to be sought out.

NOTE: I just had Sky High Rye again recently and I'm assuming that the bottle I rated was a little bit old because the hops on the bottle I'm having now is much hoppier. Not bad, just different, though I think I like this one a touch better when the hop character is slightly subdued.

Photo of 33nickadams
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a really good lookin' brew. Nice lacing all the way down the glass. Its golden yellow and and transparent. Good citrus smell that is barely there. I really like the fruityness along with the dry finish. It has a slight bitterness as well with a light mouthfeel. I was really surprised by this one and I think this is could be a great session brew even at 6%. I will pick this one up again.

Photo of jables7
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- a good amber color with decent head retention.

S- the hops are pretty straight forward and the rye announces itself without question.

T- the taste sticks pretty close to the smell. good balance for a brew of this style.

M- coats your entire palate. if the rye taste isn't your thing you will absolutely hate this beer.

O- solid beer. a slight step below others of this particular style (most notably Founder's Red's Rye) but generally a balanced delicious choice.

Photo of jmerloni
4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - An unbelievably perfect yellow-amber color, hazy in the middle, with unfiltered parts floating around everywhere. This is an epic looking beer.

S - Delicious rye aroma. Herbs in here as well. Coriander, sage - almost smells saison-ish.

T - Rye and barley all the way, with some mild spice. Really good. Hops are bitter.

M - Medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. Dry dry dry.

D - Awesome beer. I will get this again soon. This will be a go-to beer from summer through fall.

Photo of bashiba
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light and hazy golden/amber with a nice long lasting white head.

The smell is very light with a hint of grain and some light citrus hops.

The flavor has a tangy bit of rye with a bit of cereal malt quality, just a bit of lightly earthy and juniper. Flavors are nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel is light and just a touch resiny.

Not a bad easy drinking rye, Like drinking a tangy Pale Ale.

Photo of output01x
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger bright white head that slowly recedes to a thick, clumpy dusting. The body is a hazy golden straw color with a few slow moving carbonation bubbles. Good amounts of lacing cling to the glass like graffiti.

Grainy and bready rye is the main aroma here, as expected. However, a sweet lemon pineapple citrus character also has a strong presence. A little spiciness is detected in the background.

Light but sweet malt is immediately detected with a great earthy breadiness from the rye. A lemon zest flavor hides in the background and helps to complement the other flavors. A dry, spice aftertaste finishes each sip. The flavors here are far from bold and pronounced. Instead they are mellow and balanced, making for a very drinkable and refreshing taste.

Light bodied with slight carbonation, this beer flows over your tongue and washes down your throat with ease. The nice, light body makes this beer very refreshing and practically gulpable. Unfortunately, the lack of carbonation gives this beer a sticky mouthfeel after each sip and allows the flavors to last a little too long in my opinion. A little more carbonation would have made this beer exceptional.

Photo of bbkd3b
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank six of these over the course of six days. Managed to get quite a deal on the pack.

Consistently pours a golden body with a lot of shine. A nice amount of white foam bubbled up to top off the glass, then stuck around for a short while. No lacing left behind, but otherwise it's a decent looker. Tones of grassy hops and a smack of rye make up the majority of the scent. No question about what style this sucker is - a lot of grains without much else going on. Maybe a touch of floral scents.

Sharp carbonation against the tongue initially hides quite a strong combination of flavors. Grassy tones with a big kick of grains shock the tongue. Its hard to adjust at first, but as the beer warmed, so did my attitude towards it. Bit of a dry finish makes it a slower drinking kind of brew. Nice, medium body really compliments the flavors.

Overall/notes - Continues my impressions of Arcadia's beers. Consistently decent, but never wowing. The rye is there for sure, but it lacks a lot else to accompany it. One night a cooked up some brats that I ate with a side of black pepper parmesan bread. That definitely tasted the most pleasant of the bunch. Give it a whirl!

Photo of morimech
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with excess of two fingers of white head. The head has very good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. The label makes a claim of rye pale ale. I have a hard time picking up any rye in the aroma and flavor and that hurts the score of an otherwise fine tasting pale ale. What I do pick up is some citrus hops and pale malt in the aroma and flavor. Missing the spicey charactor of the rye malt. The body is on the lighter side but does not feel thin and has very good carbonation that keeps things lively. After drinking copious amounts of Founder's and Summit's spectacular rye ales, this is no where in contention. Do not fear the rye. Kind of surprised by the 6% ABV as well.

Photo of alleykatking
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. Little half finger head that fadecd almost right away leaving very little lacing that slides down the glass when drank.

S- Had to really try to smell the aromas with this one. I think this has faded a little bit. Good citrus undertones now followed by a almost wheaty (bready) aromoa. I can detect a little rye in this but overall I have to try to get anything from the aroma.

T- Good malt upbring with a tinge of citrus hops in the forefront of the beer. The rye hits about middle of the beer and sours everything out a little bit. Interesting balance and a slight sour hop ending. This drinks kind of like a pale ale/wheat hybrid with a hint of rye in it. I enjoy it actually quite well. Nice and interesting beer.

M- Lighter mouthfeel to it. I wish there was a little more carbonation to it but overall the beer is flawless in this department. The rye and hops stick to the tounge leaving a nice sour rye flavor lingering wanting to make you take another sip.

D- This beer with even as much age on it as I tried is still good. Nothing over the top but yet nothing that is making you not want to drink it. A nice beer from Arcadia which I normal do not really enjoy as a brewery. Good job guys!

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Arcadia Sky High Rye from Arcadia Brewing Company
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