Arcadia Sky High Rye - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 13
Gots: 17 | 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 jlindros
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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 +11.1%
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 +8.4%
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 +7%
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 +3%
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
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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
3.65/5  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
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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
3.55/5  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 -5.7%
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
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
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
3.28/5  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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.48/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

Photo of BierFan
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of JRed
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of GregoryVII
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of Magpie14
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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

Photo of bierenutz
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of semibaked
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Arcadia Sky High Rye from Arcadia Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.