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Arcadia Sky High Rye - Arcadia Brewing Company

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472 Ratings
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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 14
Gots: 14 | 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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oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

05-27-2010 00:47:14 | More by oberon
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%

12 oz. bottle. 2010 edition.

Slightly cloudy golden peach body. Finger of creamy, dense, off-white head. Great lacing and retention. Spicy nose features plenty of citrusy, piny hops. Nice dose of cookie malt and some spicy rye bread.

Toasted rye bread malts up front. Slightly sweet fruit and a bit of cookie malt settle in. Big, spicy, herbal hop bitterness takes over mid-palate. Notes of citrus rind, pine sap, and mint. Aspirin-like bitterness in the finish, with residual fruit and spicy rye malt. Medium-bodied with a slightly creamy feel. Dry finish. Very nice and a perfectly hoppy summer quencher.

05-10-2010 00:06:58 | More by alexgash
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enfield249

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%

A - Cloudy golden color. Not much head.

S - Citrus, light malt, clean.

T - Lots of grapefruit, slightly sweet.

M - Sharp, slightly cloying. Bitterness stays with you.

D - I could really suck these down. Good drinking beer. Tastes great, seems light at first, but really sticks with you. Lots of hop flavor.

05-07-2010 01:18:18 | More by enfield249
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.9%

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.

04-21-2010 17:05:26 | More by tigg924
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josefnewsong

New York

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%

A - bright golden orange color with some chill haze present, two fingers of white frothy head that leaves thick froth-lace
S - not too much rye here, just hints...hops and bready malt
T - hop bitterness up front, sweet bready malts in the back, only a hint of rye in the middle...the malt backing is about as significant as it gets...taste's more like a straight up IPA than most Rye Beers I've had
M - hops tingle the tongue and give way to very thick, chewy malts that slide down nicely...full-bodied and very enjoyable
D - this is a reeeally well-balanced beer, I just wanted more rye flavor. If this was a straight up IPA I might have rated it higher overall. Very drinkable, I would have another.

03-15-2010 23:02:00 | More by josefnewsong
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into a chalice at the Map Room.

The beer pours a murky gold with a light tan head. Ok retention and lacing.

The aroma is a mixture of rye with some hops. The taste is very similar a nice rye peppery aftertaste with some nice bitterness.

The feel is ok, ok drinkability.

03-08-2010 03:11:10 | More by jrallen34
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jcnd9803

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%

A - Clear, copper color. It had a small, foamy, thick, tan head that left sticky rings of lace.

S - Definitely the rye is font and center, with a backdrop of caramel malt and grassy hops.

T - A nice spicy, hoppy and bitter taste. Great rye and caramel flavors.

M - Crisp and dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a great beer and actually rather sessionable. I'm ready for another!

03-06-2010 01:22:15 | More by jcnd9803
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ottovon

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

A: pours a nice light coppery color. no haze.

S: smells of citrusy hops, bready malt, and it smells a little sweet. a very nice aroma.

T: very crisp and clean. a nice hop flavor. bready malt. some nice rye spiciness. some bitterness in the finish.

M: it has a nice body. medium mouthfeel.

D: very drinkable. wish i had more.

02-02-2010 05:10:51 | More by ottovon
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.7/5  rDev 0%

Pours a pale golden colour with beige head, medium-thick but retaining well. Made of small bubbles and leaves gorgeous lace behind. Body is still, but with a nice haziness to it. Not sure if it's exemplary for the style - as I'm not au fait with the style - but looks very good as a beer.

Nose is very hoppy. Lots of passionfruit seed, some pineapple, citrus and guava on there. Yeah, lots of fruit. Some notes of cakey malt behind, but not much complexity. Smells very bitter, possibly too much. Fruit is there but it's obviously hoppy fruit, needs more malt to balance it.

Taste is interesting. Notes of steamed pudding on the front that pervades through to the back. Slight musk on there and marshmallow notes. Fair starchiness in the malt. Hoppiness is prominent from just beyond the start, very floral and slightly piney, but not too bitter. Has a harsh resiny hit on the mid and finishes almost vinous, with a distinct woody character, quite fresh. Definite passionfruit note and some bread dough late. Definitely IPA-esque, but a real crisp lager character to it as well. Finish trails off a bit, but overall interestingly tangy.

Mouthfeel is dry on the back, a bit harsh for the most part. Not a big fan.

Not the best beer I've had, but certainly holds its own.

01-07-2010 03:18:03 | More by laituegonflable
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.18/5  rDev +13%

Pours a very light, slightly cloudy yellow colour, slightly burnished at the edges, with a very full, heavy and frothy head of white foam. I was expecting something darker from a rye beer, but only having had two before, I'm not sure I've got a lot to judge it on. Lacing is superb though, and the head in general is excellent, so overall it's a very nice looking beer. Just not what I was expecting. But everything straight this is a really excellent looking beer.

Light lagery hops on the nose. Quite sharp and clean, with some metallic notes and a good cleanliness that strikes through crisp and clear. Really, it's a very sharp but pure pils-style nose. Nothing cloying, sweet or heavy about it. Very nice.

Taste is also very clean and crisp, with an excellent straight push of light bitter hoppiness through the centre of the palate. Perhaps a slight tingle of spice around the edges, some phenols on the back, and a long, slightly dry, but refreshingly crisp and bitter finish. Mouthfeel is clean, but with almost no hint of carbonation.

This is an exceptionally clean and very drinkable beer. I'm very surprised, considering the style, but it presents itself like a really clean, crisp and exceptionally flavoursome lager, even though it's not. But there's a lot to like about that style, and this beer and its interpretation thereof. To be honest, I found this amazingly drinkable, crisp, refreshing and enjoyable. I'm a big fan.

01-06-2010 09:29:01 | More by lacqueredmouse
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured into nonic. Strong pour produces a quite sizable head, close to three full fingers. Retention is decent, but not spectacular. Thick and sticky lacing is left surrounding the glass.
Body is a clear sunny orange color.

Hop aroma is dominately earthy though whiffs of pine and citrus work their way into the mix. Caramel malt presence is not strong but sufficient to create a balance to the nose. The rye is not as strong as one may wish going into this beer, certainly does provide a nice spiciness.

Solid Pale Ale flavors with the complimentary rye. Bitterness is pleasant. Citric hops carry the majority of the hop flavor with a slight pininess developing soon there after. Good dose of earthy rye flavors really enhance the brew as a whole. Pale malt sweetness plays more of a supporting role. The balance between bitter, spicy and sweet make for a pleasant drinking experience.

Medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation. Arcadia tends to produce a creamier feel with there Pale Ales I have had recently which is very pleasant. Finish is just less than dry with some lingering sweetness and spice left clinging to the palate.

Very enjoyable beer. I am glad to have found this one stuck into a variety pack though would like to see it again in a larger format as a regular offering. Easy to drink, could go through multiples without any trouble. While not a world class ale, this is certainly one to sample given the opportunity.

01-02-2010 21:31:14 | More by kzoobrew
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

Thanks to kzoobrew for this extra!

Poured into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours about 1 finger of creamy white head. Fades down to a thin layer somewhat quickly. Leaves some pretty nice lace walls however. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: The first thing I get out of the aroma is bubblegum. Then they rye and hops kick in. Nice earthy hops with some caramel malts.

Taste: Very dry tasting. Lots of rye here. Lots of floral and grassy hop profile with biscuit flavored malts. Some light citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: Very dry and bitter. A medium body with a medium level of carbonation. Ends a little sticky and sweet.

Overall, not a bad beer at all. It wasn't as hoppy as I was expecting, but still decently hopped. Definitely worth a try if you have a chance.

12-15-2009 02:47:46 | More by mothman
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

Sunny tangelo with a fine yeasty haziness and several stately bubble streams. The antique white colored crown persists admirably and is doing a fine job decorating the glass with BB-shot lace. An impressive amount sticks in the end.

The nose is moderately American hoppy and doesn't have much rye character. For some reason, rye beer tastes more like rye when the darker malts are used. Either that or the brewer didn't go 'whole hog' on rye in the grain bill. Warming delivers a wonderful earthy spiciness... and a higher score.

Arcadia calls Sky High Rye a 'West Coast-Style Pale Ale' brewed with rye malt. And that is pretty much what it tastes like. Considering the fact that 55 IBUs were present right out of the hopper, it's too bad I didn't acquire this 12th Anniversary ale sooner. That said, it's still pleasantly bitter and hop flavorful.

The malt tastes mostly pale, with a helping hand from something toasted and a solid shot of rye-like earthy spiciness. At least one of the C-hops has to be present given the white grapefruit, lemon and pine that greets each mouthful. Malty sweet and hoppy bitter get along beautifully. This does not taste like beer that is past its prime. Not one little bit.

American pale ale is also an apt comparison where mouthfeel is concerned. SHR is at least medium for that style, has plenty of 'hang on', and has zesty carbonation that keeps the mouth party rollin' right along.

Rye malt and a generous amount of American hops, in the right hands, is an outstanding combination (as is Belgian yeast and a generous amount of American hops, but I digress). Arcadia Sky High Rye is tremendous beer that deserves to be brewed on a regular basis. To relegate it to 12th Anniversary, never-to-be-brewed-again status would be borderline criminal. Immoral at the very least.

12-12-2009 13:44:00 | More by BuckeyeNation
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden hue with a bubbly stark-white foam that fades pretty fast to a light sheen. Leaves tons of nice looking lace on the glass.

Nose is heavy on the rye; spicy and peppery. Also showcases plenty of fruity and citric hop aroma. Overall, a pretty clean smelling ale...bold and delicious.

Hops are juicy, bitter and have plenty of flavor. Rye accentuates the hops with a peppery kick. Not sure what the percentage of the malt bill the rye is for this beer, but it tastes like it is fairly high. Finishes very dry...resinous, bitter finish lingers awhile on the back of the tongue. Clean, easy drinking rye beer here, well done by the folks at Arcadia. I like the fact they did not go with an over the top alcohol bomb for an Anniversary ale.

11-28-2009 00:20:51 | More by twiggamortis420
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Tone

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a clear, golden/yellow color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, rye, slight grain, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Rye Beer. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, slight rye, slight sweet malt, hint of alcohol, and slight citrus. Overall, a good blend, body, and appearance.

11-16-2009 23:22:38 | More by Tone
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%

Wow - I have a pretty low view of Arcadia, as they've been mixed at best for me so far. However, this is potentially the best brew of theirs I've picked up. Excellent look - copper color with a big slightly off-white head that leaves excellent lacing. Looks as good as a rye beer can. Nose is big - rye, hops, some citrus fruitiness. Very nice. Flavor is likewise. Big dirty hops all over the place, rye infused throughout, and some milder dry fruitiness. Balances nicely with a quieter slightly roasted caramel malt. Feel is good, fine for the style. This is a tasty beer, one of the best I've had from Arcadia. Not quite at a Founders Red Rye level, but not too far off.

D'Vinos/22 oz/$6

10-30-2009 01:37:55 | More by soupyman10
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adamette

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

Review from notes. Poured from tap at the brewery 10 15 09 into a clean, clear glass.

A Translucent light brown body with minimal head. 3.0

S Rye bitterness, good smell, appropriate to style. 3.5

T Rye, barley and hops bitterness really comes through into the taste. This is a potent rye beer though. 3.5

M Moderate feel, thickened by hops, rye tastes. 3.5

D Fair to good drinkability, 3.5

10-20-2009 02:38:40 | More by adamette
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Reneejane

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%

This was a gold colored almost amber ale with a white head. The aroma was definitely hoppy. The taste was very crisp with the hops adding a bitterness. The finish was surprisingly quite clean and with a lingering hopiness. I took off a little on taste because there is no real rye character to this beer. Most of the flavor is the hops. Nevertheless, this is a great offering and very drinkable.

09-22-2009 17:56:49 | More by Reneejane
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%

$3.99 for a 220z bomber. 55 IBU. 6.0% ABV. Obviously brewed with rye in addition to pale malts, but no info is found on their website regarding hops, etc.

Pours out to a slightly hazy orangeish golden, forming a small head with good lacing and adequate retention. The carbonation level is pretty low and takes a vigorous pour to muster any head. The aroma is nice...hoppy mango & pine, with sweet cake-like grain husk and a little pineapple when swirled. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth for a ryePA, with more flavor than it's medium body would have you think. There is a pilsner-esque finish and a potent piney bitterness which hang around for quite a while in the aftertaste, throwing the tropical fruits out of balance. I certainly wouldn't be able to tell this was brewed with rye, because any subtlety of the rye is overpowered by hops. Consider this an IPA by any other means.

A decent brew. Better than some of the other Arcadia's I've had (many of them plagued by oxidation). Cleanly fermented. Not unique at all, but for $3.99, would appeal to the IPA lovers out there.

09-11-2009 22:47:32 | More by Mitchster
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%

22oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a hazy gold with a thin white head that quickly dissipated. Some citrusy hops and a little rye spice in the aroma. Also some sweet malt. Pretty good amount of hop bitterness upfront. Not a lot of malt there, I found it a little thin. Drying finish from the hops. Not bad, but nothing special.

09-06-2009 18:31:05 | More by homebrewhawk
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david18

New York

3.2/5  rDev -13.5%

I actually thought this was a classic rye ale. The problem for me was there wasn't very much malt or hops. I like Rye IPA's or malty Ryes but this one really only tastes like rye. Light gold color. Good carbonation. Smell is a little mild but the taste is definitely Rye. Unique but could use more of something.

09-04-2009 20:43:42 | More by david18
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

08-09-2009 18:13:09 | More by Sammy
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

(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.

08-04-2009 14:11:47 | More by rhoadsrage
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jsh420

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

pours cloudy yellowish orange with a 2 finger head that left lacing all over the glass

smells of juicy grapefruit citrus hops and thats about it maybe some rye comes through but i dont pick it up everytime

taste is much like the smell but with the rye balancing well with the bitter juicy hops - alcohol is not hidden in this beer but works well - this beer reminds me of some Harvest APA's

mouthfeel is medium body medium carbonation - could use a bit more carbonation

drinkability is good but a bomber is all i will drink tonight of this one

07-29-2009 01:41:47 | More by jsh420
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skrib09

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%

light amber in color. hazy brew with a creamy looking, hop fueled, off-white head.

smell is citrusy, piney, and a bit wheaty. subdued but noticeable hop profile with a clean finish from the rye.

a little astringent, maybe resin hop flavors. pine and grapefruit with a hint of bitterness. floral and spicey in combination with a wheat or rye note.

great mouthfeel, relatively light. crispy at the end. drinkable at 6%.

07-24-2009 00:43:23 | More by skrib09
Arcadia Sky High Rye from Arcadia Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.