Arcadia Sky High Rye - Arcadia Brewing Company
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4.2/5 rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Enjoyed out of a 12 oz can with no discernible dating anywhere to be found. Not sure if it's been rubbed off or just never existed in the first place. Around the top of the can it reads "Unfiltered. Unpasteurized. Uncompromised." Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.
Appearance - An aggressive pour almost gets away from me and builds to a two-and-a-half finger head that threatens to spill over the side of the glass. Head is rich and foamy, the color of eggshell, with some big, sudsy bubbles intermittently placed. As the beer sits, the foam leaves pocking and ample lacing rings along the side of the glass as it slowly begins to dissipate, but never completely goes away. The body is a bright cloudy yellow, with significant evidence of particulate floating in suspension. I don't mind cloudiness, but I'm not wild about the floaties.
Smell - Brings to mind the aromas of Belgian witbiers, with gentle spice and coriander, alongside a slight hint of spiciness from the rye and more biscuity tones from the pale malts used. I'd be curious to know the % of rye used, because it's hard to pull out of this beer. The hop presence is polite and unassuming, predominantly floral characteristics rather than the more astringent/pungent notes that you get from citrus/fruity hops.
Taste - Again, like the taste there are some notes that remind me of the witbier style, with some spiciness that reminds me more of coriander and sage than it does rye, but as it warms, the rye sourness becomes more evident, as does the bittering aspect of the hops. It actually turns what I thought was going to be a pretty simple and straightforward beer into one with a good measure of complexity.
Mouthfeel - Creamy, light-to-medium bodied and with ample carbonation. FInish is slightly bitter and lingers on the tongue.
Overall, a really interesting and different take on the style. Rye beers seem to come in all sorts of shapes and sizes--on one end of the spectrum, you have darker, richer barrel-aged beauties like Boulevard's seasonal Rye-on-Rye. Or you have awesomely hoppy takes like Founders Red's Rye. Then there is this one--a very pale and aromatic rye beer that calls to mind characteristics of Belgian witbiers. All I know is that I seem to like them in all their various forms, and Sky High Rye is no different. It's a great summertime rye beer, both because of the light character and the fact that it comes in cans.
Serving type: can
01-21-2014 15:38:29 | More by LambicPentameter
3.83/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
This pours a light straw-tan color. There’s a touch of bready rye aroma on it that’s light and pleasing. The rye character comes across as I smell it and taste it. There's a hint of hops and a light bitterness. Easy going rye ale. Not bad, but nothing stands out either.
This pours a murky golden-tan straw color with a lot of foam. Foamy head retains its shape after a few minutes have passed.
Light hop character with some orange aroma.
There’s an evident hop-bite and rye zestiness on this with a nice filling effervescence that tapers into a bit of a spicy finish. Anywhere else but in Michigan and I’d applaud this brew.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2014 02:36:36 | More by elNopalero
2.99/5 rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Undated 12 oz can purchased near brewery about 3 months ago and kept refrigerated.
Pours golden with a small, partially durable head.
Smells spicy and floral, rather as expected. But the flavor clearly reveals wild yeast. Unintentional I believe. So much for unpasteurized in this case. The farmhouse effects actually fit somewhat well with the spicy rye/hop profile and don't completely ruin the beer, but it certainly doesn't taste like it should.
Feel: medium-light body is properly carbonated but a bit harsh.
Serving type: can
11-14-2013 01:20:53 | More by chinchill
3.3/5 rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
I picked up a can of Arcadia's Sky High Rye a couple weeks ago for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. It's been a while since I've had this beer and since it's in cans now I thought I would revisit it, plus I've been in the mood for Rye Beers lately, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date. Poured from a 12oz can into an imperial pint glass.
A- The can looks pretty nice, it's got a nice look to it and I think it looks better than the bottle did. It poured a lightly hazy golden yellow color that took on more of a golden orange color when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy and slightly creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left lots of sticky lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.
S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of rye up front that impart a nice earthy and spicy rye aroma followed by some malts that impart a bready, grainy, and caramel malt like aroma. Up next comes the hops that impart a citrus hop aroma along with a slight soapy aroma, but it's the floral hops that seem to sticking out the most and they seem to overpower the rye just a little. There's also a farmhouse funk aroma that seems out of place and it reminds me a little of some Brewery Vivant beers. The aroma was decent, but I thought the floral hops were a little too dominating and the farmhouse aroma felt a little out of place..
T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some rye up front that barely comes through enough and it impart a somewhat lighter earthy and spicy rye flavor. Up next comes the malts which impart a somewhat lighter amount of grainy and bready flavors with caramel malts still seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes that weird farmhouse yeast flavor that almost reminds me a little of brett and it's still similar to some Brewery Vivant beers and it's followed by some hops with some earthy and citrus rind hop flavors and the floral hops still stick out the most but they don't dominate this beer like they did in the aroma and they impart a lighter amount of medium bitterness, with a light rye, floral hop, citrus hop and farmhouse yeast like aftertaste. The taste isn't bad, but I don't think it's what it's meant to be, the farmhouse yeast flavor isn't all that unpleasant, but it just feels out of place in this beer.
M- fairly smooth, pretty crisp, really dry, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but it wasn't the truest to style.
Overall this beer left me a little confused, I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it and I thought it wasn't that true to style with the farmhouse yeast aspect and the floral hops covering up most of the spicy and earthy rye flavors that I was looking forward to. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was fairly smooth, not overly bitter and not too filling, but the flavor didn't do the best job at holding my attention because it just left me feeling confused about it. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it was a damn good looking beer with some really nice head and lacing. What I liked the least about this beer was the funky farmhouse aspect, it was bad, but it was unwanted in this beer and it didn't work that well with the rye flavors. I would buy a can of this again if i knew it was fresh, I'm wondering if I got an off can or they changed the recipe, i'm just not sure what's going on with this brew and I don't think I would recommend it as it is. All in all i'm still confused about this beer, I generally like those funky farmhouse flavors, but it just felt out of place in this beer and it didn't work as well with the other flavors as it does in most Farmhouse Ales, this may be why you don't hear of many Rye Farmhouse Beers. Better luck next time Arcadia, this brew just left me puzzled and nothing else.
Serving type: can
11-08-2013 22:42:35 | More by StoutHunter
Arcadia Sky High Rye from Arcadia Brewing Company
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