Arcadia Sky High Rye - Arcadia Brewing Company
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Reviews by troysoy2:
4.08/5 rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured into a pint glass. It has an attractive orangish hue with visible bubbles rising to the top. The impressive, fluffy off-white head retains pretty well. Leaves foamy lacing behind.
Smells like your standard pale ale, but with the slightest hint of citrusy fruit in the background.
Taste is pretty nice, with that extra bit of spiciness on the front, which I guess may have to do with the Rye used in the brewing process. There's also a little sourness and citrus in there, towards the middle, and on the end, you're left with a bitter, dryness. The mouthfeel is a bit prickly, and maybe a bit thicker than expected, but not enough so to detract from its drinkability.
Overall, I like it. It has just that little something to distinguish it from a normal IPA. I think I should try to seek out some more RyePA's so that I have something to compare this to.
Serving type: bottle
10-21-2011 22:53:27 | More by troysoy2
More User Reviews:
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
3.83/5 rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
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
Arcadia Sky High Rye from Arcadia Brewing Company
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