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Arcadia Sky High Rye - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 488
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: FrognutUnl on 01-11-2009)
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Photo of cpetrone84
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

cpetrone84, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of bushbeer75
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

bushbeer75, Aug 16, 2010
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...

DerBayer, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of Morey
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Morey, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of ralree
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

ralree, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of morimech
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

morimech, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bobby for sending this one back to me while he was out at RBSG.

A: The pour is a sort of hazy golden straw color with a big white head.

S: The nose is pleasantly hoppy with lots of nice citrus and pine notes and a bit of rye. A good blend of malt and hops, but definitely leaning toward the hop influence.

T: A very bright citrus flavor with lots of lemons and grapefruits. A moderately bitter piney quality and nice undertones of rye and sweet malt.

M: The body is a bit on the light side. Fairly well carbonated, too.

D: This was a really easy drinking and refreshing beer, and was well appreciated after having a few heavier beverages during the day.

womencantsail, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Dark gold pour, about a finger and a half of whitish head. Retention is not bad.

Pretty piney aroma. Hint of citrus, smaller hint of malt/caramel. Faint soap smell as well.

Taste is pretty hoppy as well. Piney resin and a much smaller amount of grapefruit. The rye just adds a hint of spiciness. Finishes with a fine hop bitterness.

Medium/light body, the rye doesn't seem to add as much as in other rye beers I've had. Not hard to drink at all. Still, this was pretty much just a pale to me. Worth trying though anyway.

Bung, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.48/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean yellow/ orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, a really faint rye note. In the taste, a sweet rye maltiness, almost fruity. A smooth and light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry fruitiness in the aftertaste. Quite thin and not much in aroma.

OWSLEY069, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of BierFan
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy pale amber with one finger of off-white head. Good lacing.

Smell and Taste: Rye and citric hops. My only wish is that it had a more fruity hop presence.

Will not buy again since how I can pick up Founder's Reds Rye, a superior rye pale ale, for the same price.

BierFan, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of JRed
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bubbly amber-orange with frothy head that sticks around for a while. Strong aroma of hop bite, floral notes, citrus rind and rye. Hop bitterness upfront with citrus rind notes and some hop resin. Dry bitterness finishes up the drink. Light in body with medium carbonation.

JRed, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of GregoryVII
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass with a straw color and a 1/4 inch of head. The scent was grassy and citrusy hops with a touch of earthy goodness. A crisp, gently spicy rye note was in there as well, with a bit of malty, bready whiffs.

The flavor is sharp and spritzy up front. Bright flavors of citrus, pineapple along with slightly darker notes of rye come through quite well. Pronounced grassy hop flavors as well with some malt balance in the backend. The finish was actually sweeter than what I expected it to be. The body was medium and the beer was well carbonated.

GregoryVII, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of Magpie14
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: nice tangerine and golden colors within. Lacing is rather nice with a fine coating of spiderwebs at the upper third of the glass. The bleached white head existed only for a few dying moments

S: full of pale malts and some hops, nothing in the way of rye though. A very nice earthy and sweet whiff is developing. Even the hop whiffs are pretty laid back. It is somewhat mildly spicy in the nose

T: the palate unlocks a hardworking drinker. Mild is the best superlative I can think of to describe this brew. And I mean mild in the sense of incredibly quaffable. Toasted rye and pale malts kiss each sip and wash down with a bite of hoppy grapefruits and pine needles. Just a solid brew

M: a nice splash of carbonation keeps things interesting and moving along. For the flavors the feel is right on

D: keep these coming. One of my favorites form Arcadia

Magpie14, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of bierenutz
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Whole Foods.
A-Hazy orange color with a minimal head as expected with a tap pour and some lacing.
S-Piney hops with nice aroma of citrus fruits including grapefruit, lemon and orange. It also has a faint sweet smell, but I would not peg it at honey.
T-It has a roasted malty hoppy taste with quite of bit of bitterness, but at the swallow is some sweetness. The finish, though, is definitely dry and bitter and remains as an aftertaste for a while.
M-Medium body and carbonation. Nice lingering aftertaste of the hops.
D-Very nice summer time drinking beer. Definitely something to stock up on for this time of year.

bierenutz, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of semibaked
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a great hazy bright orange with a thin layer of white head that produces really nice lacing throughout drinking.

S - Big hops, lemon and orange notes, great pine, and rye. Awesome combination!

T - The taste has more of a hop bitterness, pine and rye flavors than the citrus notes that were smell.

M - Light to Medium bodied, piney resin, and good carbonation.

D - This is a very solid Rye IPA/Rye beer, nice subtle rye flavor along with great hop flavor. It is also light and refreshing and a terrific offering from Arcadia. Give it a try!

semibaked, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from trade. no date on bottle; notching scheme unused. tasted in early/mid-june 2009.

golden honey color w/ orangey amber tones. clear on first pour. 2-finger off-white head, slowly recedes to constant 2+mm layer. great lacing!

aroma: lemon and grapefruit zest. hint of pine. gentle caramel malt underneath, but a bit weak. trace of apple esters.

taste: fresh citrusy, piney hops, w/ crisp, bold, yet not too resinous bitterness. toasted, lightly caramelized malt is there as a small counterweight, but remains a bit dominated. still, the crispness of the hops is pleasant.

medium body, smooth with light resins and a crisp carbonation that keeps it drinkable.

not too exciting, but very easy drinking.

tai4ji2x, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

oberon, May 27, 2010
Photo of alexgash
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

alexgash, May 10, 2010
Photo of enfield249
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

enfield249, May 07, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

tigg924, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of josefnewsong
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

josefnewsong, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

jrallen34, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of jcnd9803
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

jcnd9803, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of ottovon
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ottovon, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

laituegonflable, Jan 07, 2010
Arcadia Sky High Rye from Arcadia Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.