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Arcadia Sky High Rye - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 479
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 14
Gots: 16 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: FrognutUnl on 01-11-2009)
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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 TasteTester
4/5  rDev +8.1%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of bashiba
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

bashiba, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Holland, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of buddyvelt
4/5  rDev +8.1%

buddyvelt, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +8.1%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Gtg642
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Gtg642, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of climax
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one presents a murky gold color. The eggshell white head is pretty modest but a film holds atop fairly well. Some leopard spots of lace remain as I drink.

Right off the bat while it's still well-chilled, I don't get much rye in the nose at all. The hop aromas, on the contrary, are quite sharp. Bold floral and citrus notes dominate. A bit of bready malt, diacetyl, and butterscotch strive for balance, but lack the intensity to do so.

The spicy and slightly sour flavor hints at the rye a bit more, especially as it warms. The hop kick still overpowers the malt with bold grapefruit and herbal flavors.

Carbonation is very crisp, quite sharp as it hits the tongue. The medium body has a nice chewy character. The finish is on the dry side making it pretty easy to take down.

I can't find any blurb on the bottle or website to catch what the intention is here. IBU's must be pretty high, because the fleeting sweetness is shoved aside by an assertive floral and resiny citrus character.

climax, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of RudiNicole
4/5  rDev +8.1%

RudiNicole, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of PaBeerLover
5/5  rDev +35.1%

PaBeerLover, Nov 30, 2011
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.

madeofsteel, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Dope
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear golden pour with a huge billowy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Rye, citrus and piney hops. A bit of a floral character.

T: Tastes pretty much like a mid-range citrus/piney IPA. There is just a touch of rye spiciness in there.

M: Mid-range, lots of carbonation.

O: Your basic IPA with just a slight edge from the rye. Not really a "rye beer" in my opinion.

Dope, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Agold
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Agold, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of waiting4lunch
3/5  rDev -18.9%

waiting4lunch, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Another6Pack
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Another6Pack, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of FedExPope
3/5  rDev -18.9%

FedExPope, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of KGarrett
4/5  rDev +8.1%

KGarrett, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of gmfessen
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a lightly hazy, golden wheat color with a thin, soapy white head. The nose is of rye, slightly sour and spicy which complement the spicy hops nicely. Flavor is similar to the nose with the hop bitterness stepping up quite a bit. The mouthfeel is light in body with a viscous carbonation and slick finish. Overall, a decent beer, probably a good representation of the style.

gmfessen, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of brewpubbung
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

brewpubbung, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of minterro
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

single bottle from Spartan Spirts in East Lansing for only 2.02 out the door.

A & S: grainy malts and floral hops. Not much smell in my bottle but for some reason my gf’s beer smelt way better. 3 finger super fizzy head that falls at a moderate rate and becomes foamier in the process. The head is retained very well during the consumption and lacing is very good for any style and especially for rye beers. Interesting “lazy” straw colored beer, with some unfiltered specs at the bottom.

T & M: Nice bitterness in the finish along with good bready tones. Great floral and citrus hops in this one (in my option its never a bad thing to hop almost any style). Medium carbonation that tingles the tongue, medium bodied.

O: overall is a good rye. I would recommend this beer to anyone and I would have to say this is my favorite arcadia beer to date.

minterro, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of troysoy2
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

troysoy2, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of fsvan
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Hazy, murky golden. Big 2 fingers of sticky head. Nice lacing.

S- Piney hops. Spiciness from the rye. Not a huge nose, but nice.

T- An almost equal nice of peppery rye, piney hops, with a bitter citrus hop finish.

M- Medium bodied. Coats the mouth nicely.

O- A pretty good rye beer. Not spectacular, but I'd buy these every now and again if they were in market.

fsvan, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Tangy in a way that reminds me of a Saison. Fairly bitter, full of the sourish cereal flavors of rye. Attractive golden color in the tall tulip with a nice creamy head. One nice feature is a warm malty taste, but that yields to the very long bitter taste that continues to rule the aftertaste. Decent mouthfeel with the fine carbonation.

This makes me think of Surly Fest, with the buckwheat taste and the dominating hops. This one has kind of a winey flavor, and rather too much acidity. Rye fiends may like to try it, but there is not much to balance the austere flavors that turn harsh after half a glass.

mactrail, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of katan
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a pint

A- pours a deep golden color. Light pearly white head formation. Very opaque.

S- strong rye, chocolate and grain. Light citrus hopping.

T- starts off lightly malty with rye and some nutty malt flavors. mid stream gets a bit more hoppy. A solid bitter finish and more grainy rye flavors.

M- thick and solid mouthfeel. A little bit sticky. Carbonation is solid but balanced.

O/d. Decent drinkability. Moderate abv. A bit filling. A more winter style beer.

katan, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of pBRale
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 9-14-11

Appearance: Hazy deep gold with two-finger mostly white head that settles slowly and has decent retention.

Smell: Smells like a hop wonderland: mostly citrus (especially grapefruit) and piney hops, with a hint of floral. Not picking up much in the way of malts on the nose.

Taste: Pine, citrus, and floral tastes, along with a malt backbone that maintains a nice balance. Delicious, with lots of great grapefruit taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, mild carbonation, smooth creamy finish. Good feel but nothing exceptional.

Overall: Very good rye pale ale that is truly a delicious beer worthy of a taste by everyone. The beer has grown on me since the first time I had it.

pBRale, Sep 23, 2011
Arcadia Sky High Rye from Arcadia Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 479 ratings.