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Arcadia Sky High Rye - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 14
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: FrognutUnl on 01-11-2009

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Photo of SickGnar
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Large rocky bone white head with a lightly orangey, slightly tawney, golden copper. A rich color brew with nice stick and stay, really great lacing. Detracted a bit by some odd floaties that accompany some hazy.

S: Doughy and bready with some toastyness & mild caramel that contributes to a sweetness that also also seems to have some estery sources. Hops come in at a nice level and also go a fruity route with some juicy tangerine.

T: Spicy both from rye and hops. There are definitely some citrus American hops in this but also some spicy varieties. Brew opens with a big dose of fruity/juicy tanergerine and zesty citrus that quickly turns spicy and even a bit spicy. Hops fade into the slightly stronger doughy, chewy malts that have a robustly spicy and bready rye aspect that flabs all over other flavor notes and nearly hides a soft and light caramel sweetness. As malts fade in the finish grapefruit rind and a touch of pine come out and linger in a resiny way.

M: Just over medium body with firm but not fizzy carbonation. Comes across as creamy, yet edgy. Like a block with the sharp corners rounded off and sanded down. Sounds funny, but somehow it really complements the rye spice.

D: Super nice and enjoyably different, Juicy and spicy. Everything plays well together in this juicy pale with a firmly spicy character. Has a west coast character to the hops, but not hop dominated like quite a few rye beers. The relatively restrained hops really let the spicy rye show through. As do the relatively pale malts. It does lack the pumpernickel / dark rye bread notes sometimes found in darker rye beers. Not a big deal, this one just goes a different direction, and it still does have a generally multi-grain doughy backbone. Very nice.

Photo of birchstick
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy dark yellow with a nice looking head. The bottle has a pretty awesome label

S - citrus hops dominate the nose. Tucked behind it are some spicy and bready malts. I also got a little soap.

T - a nice spritzy lemon/citrus flavor dominates the palate, just as in the nose, that leaves a rind taste in your mouth. The bready malts are there, along with a subtle spiciness. Much lighter in the flavor than I was expecting (I was hoping for some more rye spiciness), but good nonetheless...

M - medium body with a lot of carbonation

D - I have been wanting to try this for almost a year now. I am glad I got a fresh bottle of it today. If I want a rye beer, I probably won't return to this; however, if I want a nice, refreshing beer, this is a no brainer.

Photo of dfillius
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of white head with good retention. Dark golden liquid is hazy due to yeast from the bottom. It's still good-looking and not muddy.

S: Bright citrus hops fade to sweet biscuity malt.

T: Strong on malt, very high in rye flavor. Bitter compliment is nice and stays till the end. Tastes like an ESB or an EPA. It gets more bitter as the pint progresses, seeming more like an EIPA or an APA. Very tasty, alcohol is hidden.

M: High rye content leaves an oddly thin mouthfeel. A tad warming on my esophagus later on, not that that would be mouthfeel necessarily. Full feeling despite odd thinness noted earlier.

D: I'd love another. I would order another and probably buy six. Glad to see that it's a regular! (bottle I enjoyed was an anniversary beer)

I enjoyed this at the brewery as well. My favorite of their hoppy beers and right up there with Cereal Killer.

Photo of mdagnew
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle bought online from Beersofeurope.co.uk

Poured a light mahogany red colour with a brown tinge... Creamy tan head poured thick and foamy and faded to a nice thin layer...

Aroma - Nice bready malts, some roastiness, light caramel sweetness, earthy, brown sugar, faint trace of spicy rye, some floral notes, grassy hops, grapefruit fruitiness, some pine...

Taste - Lightly toasted malts followed by spicy rye notes, fresh bread, toffee, citrus fruits (oranges and grapefruits), piney and grassy hops, marmalade, slightly nutty...

Feel - Quite smooth with only a slight sharpness. Fairly drinkable for 6%

Overall - A pretty good Rye beer.. recommended...

Photo of MNJR
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance is not great: murky and cloudy with a dull yellow/amber color. Smells good: fresh, hoppy, clean lemon, citrus rinds and a hint of spice. Tastes very good. The rye gives it a pepper kick which is nicely balanced and complimented by sweet lemon and tangerine with a smooth, creamy feel. I would not tire of this after three or four bottles. Good stuff. Very nice mouthfeel, rich and rewarding. Dryness settles in for the aftertaste, a small bit of chalkiness, but not a deal breaker.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours tupelo honey yellow with egg white carpet that puckers, trailing speckles. Orange candy (and rind, as it warms) hops nose with slight sweet rye. Sweet and sour grainy tang with some papaya, then resiny grapefruit skin and cedar chip hops. Biting bitterness. Long clove oil finish. Sticky, medium, burn at the end.

Rye sourness plus the IBUs kills the drinkability - not more than one.

I want to like them, but still not feeling the love for rye beers.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a clouded copper golden hue with a bright white off head. Fine scattered lacing forms nicely. Aroma is pungent citrus and pale malts, a touch of fruitiness pretty solid smell. Flavor has a touch of sourness but it works the pale ale brings bitter pelletized hops coating the palate. Spicy peppery rye flavor with citrus hops blasting through it kind of works. Mouthfeel is all about the bitterness and hops interplaying with the malted rye and barley. Carbonation is tight bubbled, medium bodied slightly slick with hop oils. Drinkability overall is pretty solid a bit unbalanced in the hop direction but I'm actually enjoying a bit of rough unrefined hops.

Photo of TheSarge
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with lots of rich foam to make about a massive amount of white head. The body is light copper in color, and hazy.

A bit citrus in tbe nose, with some fruity esthers. There is a slight malty backbone of toffee character.

The taste is very citus too. I think the residual yeast gives off a sligth sour flavor, but there is a mild balance with a sweet caramel and grapefruit finish.

The brew is mildly carbonated, about full in body, and a bit dry in the finish. This is a great beer meant to be served at about 40F.

Photo of 3FaveryRogue
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been awhile since I've purchased an Arcadia product because their beers never much wowed me. 6 pack of this one, after I had seen it in bombers, was a little bit of a gamble.

[A] Sky high pours a somewhat lagery looking gold color. Beer is somewhat hazy, with a white head that recedes into a soapy ring atop the glass. Upon close inspection, there is miniscule sediment suspended throughout the beer. I'm thinking my pale ales are usually much clearer than this. 3/3.5

[S] My first impression of the nose on this beer was actually "Wow!". Contains a good amount of caramel and fruity esters, mixed with a dose of PNW pine and citrus. Rye, if at all, plays a subtle earthy note, and maybe spices the hops up a little bit. 8/4

[T] Where it matters: The beer begins with a rye bread, caramel, and zesty fruity taste. The malt doesn't really have time to set in before a spicy hop bite works its way into the palate. Yet finishing more caramel. Think this is in pretty good balance in the long rung. 8/4

[M] Finishes VERY dry and bitter. Lively body. Slightly prickly. Thin, and possibly a tad over carbed. As an APA, the hops on this almost become astringent; but I do enjoy them in the spotlight here. 4/3.5

[D] I could see myself having quite a few of these on a cold fall evening. Slightly reminiscent of New Belgium's Hoptober, but there are still significant differences. 4

[O] The gamble paid off. Can't ask much more from this beer for a 6er at the price. Not extremely intricate, but definitely satisfies its requirements. I personally prefer the artwork on the 12 oz bottles over the bomber. I think it would be a great move for Arcadia to step away from their poor, clashy, cartoonish style labels. 15

Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark gold color. There's a lot of clumpy yeast chunks in the broth. The head is modest but tight and lasting. Leaves slippery ring lace that drains back into the head after each sip.

The smell from the opened bottle reminded me of a dry, high-hopped brown ale. After it was poured into the glass, there was a tremendous amount of fresh, sweet raspberry aroma. Very odd contrast between the two whiffs.

The beginning has a touch of the said raspberry that is immediately subdued by a strong, dry-ish malt. That gives way to a solid bittering hop presence which lasts through the swallow, leaving a lasting aftertaste. Full bodied with an adequate small-bubbled carbonation level.

Photo of case4816
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very Cloudy and Translucent. Pale Yellow in Colour. Head was not very big, but lingered for quite a while and was very foamy.

S- Sweet, Very hoppy scent. Also a hint of light roasted malts (can really tell they're Rye). The Smell of the hops is very strong but does not mask everything. There is a slight hint of tropical fruit scent as well (mango's, Pineapple etc.).

T- Very light in the mouth. Hops are very intense, but blended well with the Rye. The sweet taste of the tropical fruits also comes through wonderfully in the front of the drink. There is a high amount of bitterness as well, which isn't necessarily a bad thing in the beer cause the sweetness counteracts it somewhat. Taste lingers for quite a while with a sweet-bitter feeling.

D- A very drinkable Beer indeed. Not the best, but the amount of hops in the beer along with the rye flavour is quite enjoyable and nice for a change.

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice creamy 1 finger head rises up in my tulip glass, fades slowly, and leaves a nice sticky lacing. The beer is super hazy with droplets of yeast suspended throughout, with a golden orange peach color.

The nose has some nice malts, lighter malts but plenty of them. Some fruit as well, bright fruit, peach, nectarine, juicy, etc. There's some nice hops as well, some fruity, citrus, spicy hops. In the background are hints of light spicy rye.

The taste is nice, clean and refreshing. It comes with hops right away, some nice spicy and fruity hops, a little citrus, tangerine, slight orange, juicy and tasty, some bitterness but not heavy bitter. It does get just slightly astringent. There's even a hint of a lemony hop flavor. There is also some light sweet malts, mostly pale malts. Also the definite rye flavor lightly spicy and a little fruity, but it's not a heavy rye, as it balances well with the hops. The rye dries it quite a bit, but the malts add just a touch of a nice sweet balance. AS it finishes the bitterness comes on a little stronger as well as the dryness. A slight sticky feel too from the residual malts.

The mouth is medium to lighter bodied with good carbonation.

It's pretty drinkable, given the decent rye content of it. It has a nice refreshing feel, but the bitterness and spicy rye kinda offset that to a nice medium.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A hazy auburn color with a bright thick off white heading. Fantastic retention with great lacing globs all the way down the glass.

Amazing floral aroma with a subtle earthiness. Slightest touch of spicey rye kicks in just to surfce.Not as much of a rye chracter as I would have liked.

Taste at first is all malt.Very crisp malts than a heavy green hop bitterness takes over which then turns to this incredible spicey maltiness. Nice balance of crisp malts and floral hops.

Mouth is smooth,bubbley and flat out green. Light medium body, amazing texture and a beautiful liveliness to this brew. Slight butteriness in the mouth.

A great beer not an all out assault with rye but a good tasting brew all together. Underrated in my mind.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark golden color. Not that much red in it which you usually see with rye beers. Poured with a finger of white head with really nice lacing.

S: Has that nice spicy breadiness that I look for in a rye ale. Nice amount of malt.

T: Nice rye profile. It really comes across nicely. Very nice sweetness as well. Little bit of caramel. Very malt forward. Finishes clean with a little bit of yeast.

M: Medium body. A little bit sticky. Low carbonation.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. I have been drinking quite a few rye pale ales this summer and have grown a nice taste for them. I think I might have to brew one soon.

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a case of this at Shangy's today just 'cause I'd promised myself I would buy the first thing I saw that I had never heard of.

Thank God it turns out to be pretty good. It would be a long, lonely case otherwise.

Pours a fairly clear reddish golden with a big fluffy, sticky head. The aroma is sweet, with that lovely sour rye sting contrasting with the malt. In there are citrusy hops providing a bridge between the sweet and sour. The flavor is quite rye-ish, but with a sweet malt backbone and a citrusy and floral hop feel, like a sweet and bitter citrus sorbet. There is a deep, citrus bitterness on the finish that is quite satisfying. The mouthfeel is fairly slick, but that lemony bitterness clings to the back of the mouth.

A very nice rye beer. Kind of a light-colored brother of Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye, which I hold up as the standard of the Rye Pale Ale style.

Photo of SmithwicksNut
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured into a tulip glass. A hazy orange hue with a fluffy two finger white head with wonderful lacing on the the glass.

S: Pale malt, fruity with a hint of rye. Sweet citrusy hop aroma.

T: Malty, fruity with a sharp rye taste. A good balance of all three with medium high carbonation.

M: a medium bodied beer with good carbonation.

D: This is a very good drinkable beer. It does have some legs to it (6%). It is very well balanced between malts, hops and rye. I was pleasantly pleased and throughly enjoyed this beer. I am a big fan of rye beers and this ranked right up there with my other favorite.

Photo of Lauthaha
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Clear golden color, just a touch of brown to it. Beautiful color. Head is very foamy, lacing is heavy all around, and carbonation is average.

Smell: Pumpernickel with a sort of earthy vibe to it. Like walking through an Irish forest after a fresh spring rain. The hop character is balanced with with the rye to the point that it is difficult to discern where one starts and the other ends.

Taste: Gentle at first, then heavy rye on the palate which is followed by some kind of fruity aftertaste. The sneak attack is very nice in this one. Tasty hops, I'm guessing the IBUs are around 50? But I can't find that info anywhere.

Mouthfeel: Matches with the taste; gentle at first, then a sharp bite which mellows into carbonated bliss. Rinses clean.

Drinkability: It's a good beer, but the sourness of the rye makes it unpalatable after ten sips or so. (In my opinion, anyway). Point blank: it is drinkable, but in moderation.

A good beer, glad it was included in my Arcadia variety pack. I would recommend it for perhaps the winter months, when the thick, bitter and sour flavor of the rye could be paired with actual pumpernickel and squash.

Photo of silentjay
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a decently hazy copper with a decent head that retains and laces well.

some spice, rye toast, and plenty of hops in the aroma. a bit floral.

taste again, is a bit spicy and hoppy. floral, leafy hops cover up some rye toast that is present on the swallow. finishes with some citrus and a bit of peppery spice.

a bit thin and lager crisp mouthfeel with a heavy dose of carbonation and a touch of resin left on the palate.

drinks rather well. Nothing mind-blowing, but pretty solid. A good dose of hops, but not quite a Rye IPA. the Rye Pale Ale designation is pretty accurate. Not bad.

Photo of cbutova
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 07/07/10, pretty fresh I would say.

A- Hazy apricot orange with a one finger white head. The cap is made of very fine bubbles and retains fairly well. A very nice coat of fine lace.

S- Fruity hops upfront, a good deal of citrus and tropical peach notes. Some biscuity, caramel malt in the background. Good overall strength.

T- A good balance of hops and malt. Hops are fairly piney and floral here with some tropical fruit notes. The malt is biscuity, caramel and the influence of the rye is present. Does taste a bit medicinal at points, unfortunately.

MF- Very creamy, almost doesn't feel liquid at times. Carbonation is highly present and gives a nice sting to the palate. Fair bitterness is felt on the tongue.

DB- A good beer. The flavor and aroma fade a bit as you go on and lose some of their nice characteristics, like the tropical fruit. It doesn't become bad though, the caramel malt shines through more and more as it warms.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Smokin Joe's

A-pours a transparent yellow color with a pure white head.

S-the nose has a fair amount of grain up front and it seems to stay present throughout, the rye is there with notes of spice and a light citrus hop in the back.

T-light grain, much lighter than the nose, notes of caramel and a good bit of rye with a light spice. the hops are quite present as well, citrus and floral hops dominate the finish with virtually no bitterness.

M-a good feel with a medium body and actually a little chewy, well carbonated beer with a crisp slightly prickly finish.

D-this is a good beer, well balanced with the rye malts and the hop assertiveness, the spice characteristic is light and associated with the rye. the feel is nice and makes this a very good drink.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle

Arcadia Sky High Rye Ale poured a slight hazy orange gold color that produced a nice 1+ finger creamy off-white head with good lacing remaining as I consumed the ale. Aroma is of hops, with not much rye detected. Taste is more of the same, hops that are bitter and a little astringent with not much malt to help balance - a clean biting bitterness. The Ale has a medium body with a dry hoppy finish.

Sky High Rye had [much] more hops than I anticipated. I was hoping for more rye to come through...a little disappointing since it does have rye in its name.

Photo of DerBayer
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks very pretty in deep dark amber with a slight chestnut touch.

smells and tastes like a dry hoppy APA with a sour touch which must be from the rye. This adds a lot to drinkability and makes the beer a tad more refreshing.

In all i may want to drink this again but will i activelly pursue it...

Photo of Morey
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This fine ale pours copper-orange in color and has a somewhat hazy appearance. Nice white head with pretty good head retention.

The rye comes through nicely in the aroma, with the malts and mild hops backing things up.

Taste is a great mix of rye, hops, and malts making for slighty unique and very enjoyable beer.

Medium mouthfeel with a nice carbonation level.

I could easily drink this beer as a session on a brisk fall day while enjoying some football.

Morey's Bottom Line: A pleasant surprise. This and Hop Rocket are by far the best beers that Arcadia brews. Recommended.

Photo of ralree
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful gold color, 2 fingers of fluffy head, great retention and lacing!

S: Nice strong grain - the rye comes through nicely. Nice sweet backing with lots of nice bitter hops. I can't wait.

T: Rye and hops are really nice and strong. This is a rather sweet beer, with brown sugar coming through evenly. The alcohol is a bit noticeable, but doesn't drive me away.

M: Nice oily texture, non-astringent, medium-light body. Good carbonation.

D: Goes down very easily, especially when chilled.

Photo of morimech
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with excess of two fingers of white head. The head has very good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. The label makes a claim of rye pale ale. I have a hard time picking up any rye in the aroma and flavor and that hurts the score of an otherwise fine tasting pale ale. What I do pick up is some citrus hops and pale malt in the aroma and flavor. Missing the spicey charactor of the rye malt. The body is on the lighter side but does not feel thin and has very good carbonation that keeps things lively. After drinking copious amounts of Founder's and Summit's spectacular rye ales, this is no where in contention. Do not fear the rye. Kind of surprised by the 6% ABV as well.

Arcadia Sky High Rye from Arcadia Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.