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Arcadia Sky High Rye - Arcadia Brewing Company

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492 Ratings
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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 14
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: FrognutUnl on 01-11-2009)
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5/5  rDev +35.1%

PaBeerLover, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +35.1%

Another6Pack, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of plfahey
4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

plfahey, Dec 18, 2011
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.

jmerloni, Jul 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

dmorley21, Jan 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

ROBSTARR, Jan 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

NIURicky, Apr 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

vodkammunion90, Feb 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

CorneliusBunker, Oct 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

sixerofelixir, Feb 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

MisterMagoo, Apr 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

JillHaas, Jul 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

whartontallboy, Jan 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Dapperticus, Jun 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

mishtif, Apr 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Conniehophead, Jan 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

bhwk, Jan 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

ToddGingerich, Aug 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

PatGreer, Aug 28, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev +21.1%

Eddyfunt, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

plaid75, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of JeffMcAwesome
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

JeffMcAwesome, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of GRPunk
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

GRPunk, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of NotMyRealName
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

NotMyRealName, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of dakid618
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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)

dakid618, Apr 11, 2009
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Arcadia Sky High Rye from Arcadia Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.