Arcadia Sky High Rye - Arcadia Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 468 | Reviews: 193 | Display Reviews Only:
4.65/5 rDev +25.7%
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.
12-18-2011 21:49:36 | More by plfahey
4.53/5 rDev +22.4%
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.
07-11-2011 03:42:39 | More by jmerloni
4.47/5 rDev +20.8%
Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.
The smell featured a vibrant citrusy hop with a spicy rye aroma.
The taste was upfront citrusy and peppery with a biscuity and spicy rye backbone.
The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.
Overall a delicious hop forward rye beer. Smooth and complex on cask.
01-26-2009 15:13:33 | More by plaid75
4.4/5 rDev +18.9%
To be honest, the reason I bought this beer was that I thought the bottle would look awesome in my bottle collection. I was very pleasantly surprised that it actually tasted good.
Poured into a pint glass, it leaves a large white head, with big bubbles. The head sticks around for most of the time it takes to finish the beer, and leaves some nice lacing the whole way down. It has a clear golden color that deceive you into thinking that there won't be much in the way of hops.
The nose gives lie to that assumption, as you get a strong whiff of floral hops. Smell is somewhat fruity, but not in an artificially flavored Fruity Pebbles way.
I'm struggling to taste the rye that is advertised on the bottle, but at this point, I don't really mind. You get a strong hops, not what I expected, but a pleasent surprise. Strong floral hops make this brew taste somewhere between a standard pale ale and an IPA. Interestingly, it doesn't have much of an aftertaste, making it quite drinkable.
Mouthfeel is good, with just the right amount of carbonation. It's not too heavy; I could see drinking quite a few of these in one session.
Overall, after buying this on a whim for the picture on the bottle (not the same one shown on the top of this page at the time of this review) I really liked this beer. If it didn't say that it was brewed with rye, I wouldn't know it. I suppose I probably couldn't pick out rye if I was given a lineup of grains to try, so that really wasn't an issue.
08-13-2011 00:46:23 | More by JeffMcAwesome
4.4/5 rDev +18.9%
Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.
A- A moderate pour left a 1-finger, fluffy, white head that had some real staying power and left awesome sticky rings on the side of the glass. The body was a nice, hazy, golden-orange with medium carbonation.
S- Distinctly rye. I'm sure there are additional aromas in there, but I'm not picking them up (maybe some grassy or floral tones?). That's not necessarily a bad thing here.
T- The taste was a nice combination of rye and grassy hops. The two flavors are very complimentary. The malts come off as a little sweet and grainy and provide a nice balance to bitter and slightly sour flavors provided by the rye and hops.
M- The body was nice and full with a lighter, smooth level of carbonation. There was a real bite from the hopping and rye flavors.
D- This is an easy drinker. The rye isn't so overdone to become overwhelming. Much like a well-balanced IPA, I could drink a bunch in a single sitting.
Overall- I had a taster of this at the Grand Rapids Brew Ha-Ha and had to get pick up a bomber. It's one of Arcadia's better beers and I would love to see something like it in either a regular or seasonal offering. I am perplexed as to why this would be categorized as an APA and not either a rye or roggenbier
02-15-2009 20:08:50 | More by GRPunk
4.4/5 rDev +18.9%
When I was vacationing in Michigan, I tried a lot of local micro beer. And Sky High Rye was one of the best finds of the week. The hops kick you in the teeth. But in a good way. Even though this is a rye beer and not a porter, there's something about the flavor that's as bold and strong as the roast of a good porter.
08-26-2011 23:23:14 | More by NotMyRealName
4.4/5 rDev +18.9%
22oz bottle poured into 10oz fancy glass(what my local beer bar had). Pours deep golden with a half finger of white soapy head. Smells a little wheaty but mostly a light citrus hop smell. Taste is a wonderful balance of hops. Light dry mouthfeel consistent with most APAs. Very, very drinkable. Do not pass this up. Great beer for the value($5/bomber)
04-11-2009 01:08:40 | More by dakid618
4.38/5 rDev +18.4%
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.
06-20-2013 23:40:11 | More by woodychandler
4.38/5 rDev +18.4%
On tap at Hop Cat in Grand Rapids, MI on 11/29/08. Listed as "Sky High Rye" on the beer board.
A - Medium hazy golden/amber body with moderate amount of carbonation and creamy white head that yielded lots of sticky lace around the glass.
S - Sweet, fruity and citrusy nose with an apparent rye character and plenty of caramel malt. Traces of grapefruit as well as apple and other "tree fruit" were also present.
T - Opens with a surge of fruity and citrusy hops with a prevalent rye presence and sweet caramel malts to balance out the flavor profile.
M - Medium bodied with soft mouthfeel and just the right amount of carbonation. This has a pleasant crisp, fruity hop bite in the finish. Dryness is quite subtle for a rye beer.
D - This is an extremely well-balanced rye beer with a savory hop presence and plenty of sweet malty goodness. There's definitely some West Coast action happening with the hops. Simply one of the best rye beers I've had!
02-24-2009 12:57:35 | More by ffejherb
4.36/5 rDev +17.8%
Bottle poured at The Chop House in A2. Pours hazy yellow with some sediment and large creamy white head. Smell lacks rye, but definite hop influence with a light sweet citrus. Hops are up front on the flavor with some beautiful combination of lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, and light pale malt sweetness follows. Not a lot of rye in this one, but an excellent IPA nonetheless. Highly recommended.
05-03-2012 19:59:17 | More by BMMillsy
Arcadia Sky High Rye from Arcadia Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.