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Arcadia Sky High Rye - Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia Sky High RyeArcadia Sky High Rye

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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of jwc215


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a thin, lasting white head. Wispy lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus, with a touch of bread pale malt. Rye is subtle.

The taste is of bitter citric fruits with a sweet kiss of malt. Rye gives a mint spiciness in the dry finish. Leans hoppy, but stops just short of IPA category.

Medium carbonation with a medium, smooth body.

This is a nice, hoppy, but balanced, American Pale Ale with a touch of rye.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 20:29:08 | More by jwc215
Photo of BeerKangaroo


4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my haulback from Michigan:

Into a pint glass:

A: super light golden orange colored body leaving a nice foamy two finger white head, a lot of ringy light foamy lacing appears. The body is too hazy for any carbonation to be seen.

S: hops and rye up front with some nice citrus in the background.

T: pretty much the same with a super nice sweet spicy aftertaste

M: light to medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. A bit of a dry finish and a pretty drinkable beer.

O: I'm quite impressed, "rye beers" are growing on me. However, I will say this because of the hops and citrus coming is as they do, this could be borderline IPA, perhaps. No worries, I would still have this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 00:05:11 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours hazy orange with a thin ring of sticky foam. Aroma is citrus hops and a bit of spiciness. Smells quite nice.

First sip has a substantial hop flavor and robust bitter finish. Spicy rye flavor comes through as well. This is a very flavorful beer. Malt is in background but provides a munich-like sweetness to the brew.

This is borderline IPA in my opinion, but that is a good thing. Nice robust hoppy flavor complemented by the spicy rye. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 21:17:00 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of mazingblue


3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I dont get to try many Ryes, so I picked this up in a mix-and-match sixer (no telling how long it has been on the shelf).
Appearance - lighter in color than I thought it would be for a Rye (appricot color, hazy, not clear).
Smell - I smelled some kind of spice, orange/tangerine which was light, and a small amount of hops...not a lot of the bisquit/bread like some of the others have mentioned. Is the spice coriander...?
Taste - pretty bitter, spicey, and a touch of the orange/tangerine.
Mouthfeel - went down fairly smooth with some lingering electricity in my mouth. Not the best taste, but I have a hard time disliking most beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 01:00:40 | More by mazingblue
Photo of barnzy78


3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours golden, nice clarity, with a thin white head that leaves limited lacing on the glass. Aromas are spicy, floral hop, biscuity. Tastes are well rounded with grapefruit zest, spicy rye, floral hop, biscuity malt. Mouth-feel is medium, moderate carbonation, tingly on the tongue, finishes semi-dry. Overall, well balanced with nice accentuation of both rye and hops. This is one that I tend to grab every now and then.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 02:56:07 | More by barnzy78
Photo of SometimesIfart


3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a lager glass. Pours a dark gold with a. one finger head. Carbonation bubbles continue to rise along with some odd black floaters coming from the bottom. Leaves a great amount of lacing. Smells of very odd hops and dark bread, along with some medium malt and toasted caramel. Smells weird. Tastes like a weak IPA with a goood amount of malt and hops and a huge hit of dark bread along with some obvious spices. The mouthfeel keeps all mentioned flavors but it allows a tingling spicy sensation to come through and it sticks around even minutes after the beer is finished. Overall, it was a pretty interesting beer although not something that I would prefer. The spice was just weird and it kind of ruined the beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 00:21:17 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this up in Totowa yesterday, seeing that this was a Rye Beer and I hadn't had one of these in a long time. While nothing about this stood out, this was better than I expected and went down fairly easily. The bitterness was easy to enjoy and there was enough to like here that I'm glad that I have more of these in my fridge downstairs!

The pour to this was nice, with a golden hue that shone a bit and head that filled up the remainder of my pint glass. Not a lot of nose here and ditto for the lacing but the taste had a lot going for it. Lots of rye to be sure, along with a good amount of earthy bitterness, citrus zest, and straw. The mouthfeel was similar to honey and a slight metallic edge stood out in the back. It had been a while since I enjoyed a beer that was so easygoing without being light in taste and body.

The alcohol was nearly unnoticeable as well, making this a great beer to enjoy during a Summer drinking session. Lots of Ryes may be rated higher than this but few are as accessible as this one. This is worth seeking out during the waning warm weather months, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 06:35:52 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of GR_Rick


4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed July 13, 2012. Bottle dated 3/27/12 (3.5 months old)

I'm reviewing this using Founders Red's Rye PA as my baseline for Rye beers.

A: Pours a nice hazy golden orange with a 1/4" cream colored head.

S: Smells sweeter than I would've expected.. I get almost exclusively citrus with just a bit of spice.

T: Taste is spicier than the nose suggests on the front, then turns nice and sweet. Mild to moderate hop bitterness doesn't hit until after the swallow, and then lingers just enough to make you want the nice sip.

M: Nice, moderate mouthfeel to start, which got a little thin as I was swirling it around the glass. Lesson learned.

O: A very nice beer. I'm not big on bitterness, but like a nice "bite", which is why I think I've liked the rye beers I've had. Not too hoppy or bitter but that rye gives just a little spiciness. Very good beer that I'll definitely have again. Overall, was on-par with the Founders, and I think I may actually like this a little better as it's a little more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 00:38:08 | More by GR_Rick
Photo of jhartley


3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on June 30,2012. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Digitized code on the bottom of the bottle.
Cloudy murky yellow orange body with a thin barely 1/2 finger head. Tons of bubbles streaming off the bottom. Smells of a light orange/citrus, couldn't pick up on too much else. Tastes of a dank orange, some rye malts and bitters on the tip of the tongue. Leaves the mouth with a dryness and seemed to be fairly thin. Overalll a decent rye beer, but not one I would seek out again. At least this one did not have a ton of floaties like the other 2 I have had from Arcadia. This was a gift from a friend.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 22:52:43 | More by jhartley
Photo of srv33


3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber honey pour, little to no head. Slight lacing. Scent of apricot, wheat and vanilla. Taste isn't quite as complex as smell, taste strikes me as a light sessionable beer, tastes of balanced citrus light on the tongue and hints of agave. If only the taste was as complex as the scent.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 22:55:41 | More by srv33
Photo of ruckus232


4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Hazy golden color with maybe a fingers worth of head leaving only a little lacing.

Smell: Citrus scents with a little bit of a sweetness noticeable.

Taste: When you first take the sip there is a citrus bitterness and it almost seems like it will be a very bitter but it goes away and leaves a little bit of a sweetness. The bitterness returns as a slight aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 01:23:37 | More by ruckus232
Photo of Tucquan


3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-05-15 in Columbia, PA

A - Somewhat hazy gold with a 3/4-finger white head with mild lacing.

S - Sweet bready malt, hop floral and a touch of spice. Pleasant but not very strong.

T - Fairly hop forward grapefruit bitterness followed by some light rye bread sweet/sour, butterscotch. This tempers into a tart orange flavor before drying, where the lingering and significant hop bitterness reasserts itself. I don't get any noticeable rye flavor other than a touch of sourness.

M - Light-medium body and high carbonation. Not watery; there's some chewiness. Dries out a lot.

O - This is a good tasting IPA on the lowish ABV side. The flavor is interesting and there's more than enough hop bite for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 09:09:23 | More by Tucquan
Photo of BMMillsy


4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured at The Chop House in A2. Pours hazy yellow with some sediment and large creamy white head. Smell lacks rye, but definite hop influence with a light sweet citrus. Hops are up front on the flavor with some beautiful combination of lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, and light pale malt sweetness follows. Not a lot of rye in this one, but an excellent IPA nonetheless. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 19:59:17 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of soju6


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a fizzy head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of pine and rye grain with some spice and a hint of nut thrown in.

T: Starts with a nice tart nip followed with a blend of grain and mild spice. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Moderate body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. Nice balance.

O: Enjoyable beer, easy drinker. One of the better rye offerings I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 11:01:46 | More by soju6
Photo of mtlasley


3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Sky High pours a bright pale gold. There's a bright amber peeking through with a strong visible carbonation inside. The head is a stark white and comes to about 2 fingers. It's dissipates fast and the lacing is mild. It's an attractive brew. 3.5/5

Smell: The first thing I get is a strong hoppy scent. Grapefruit is on top with an orange scent peeking out. Not as floral as I like but layered and complex enough to satisfy. The rye scent here is light and is mingling with a strong bready, yeasty character. Being a rye fan, it's almost a let down There's a faint wheat scent lurking in the background too.3.25/5

Mouthfeel: The body here is light. The carbonation definitely plays well into this. Crisp and refreshing, the body dances so lightly, if you blink, you miss it.3/5

Taste: The hops hit you first with a combination of grapefruit on top, pine needle and orange coming in the back. As the beer crosses the center of the mouth, the bread and rye start to blossom. A yeasty flavor conceals most of the rye zing that I love about a RYE beer. Sadly, as soon as the rye starts to pop the hops rally back cradling a breadiness down the throat. The end is where I get the best mix of rye, bread and hops.3.5/5

Overall: A great beer in total but a let down for the rye fan in me. The hops seem to overbear the bready, rye characteristics in the beer. Still, the flavor is great and at 6%, a six pack goes down easy with company. A good induction to Arcadia. Can't wait to see what I find next.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 04:06:32 | More by mtlasley
Photo of schoolboy


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is always hard to do but I am trying to judge this beer based on the style even though the style is not one of my favorite. Lately I have developed a taste for some other styles I used to dislike,like Scottish, but this is still not working former.

Whatever hops are used bring in a bitter metallic taste and to a lesser degree aroma.

The brewlooks nice in the glass but a bit paler than I would expect. So I will continue to avoid these- at least Arcadias.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 20:23:52 | More by schoolboy
Photo of Forb


3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber hue with a tan head. Weak retention and lacing.

Smell: Spicy rye, piney hops, and mild malt backbone.

Taste: Spicy rye is overpowering in the taste with very little balancing from the malt. Hop bitterness comes forth but just pushes the spiciness further along in it's intensity.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated within a medium to full body. Robust.

Overall: Worthy of being bought but not my favorite rye beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 19:38:18 | More by Forb
Photo of Rifugium


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: ?
I know I've had this before, but I'm not sure where or when. This review applies to a recent tasting on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA.

Poured golden yellow with a small white head; minimal retention and lacing. Aroma of grainy malts, herbal and citrus hop notes. The hops take a bit of the dominant lead in the taste, a decent mix of citrus, pine, and herbal profiles, overlaid on grainy malts, with a mild rye breadiness sneaking through. Medium body and pretty easily drinkable, even if there's nothing too amazing going on. Nice label on the bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 12:15:32 | More by Rifugium
Photo of xnicknj


2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours a clear golden orange color with a thick crop of white head resting on top. Retains pretty well while leaving some patchy lacing on the glass.

Soft hop bitterness in the nose with some fruit sweetness. A dash of pineapple and bread with some faint buttyness. Rye spice is understated.

A little bitter and hoppy up front with some citrusy notes. Pineapple and orange with some sweet tones and a dash of rye. A bit bready and buttery in the malt backbone. Touches of caramel towards the finish, which is a little bitter.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. This is way understated on the rye presence, and the hints of butter don't really help either.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 02:39:29 | More by xnicknj
Photo of coldriver


3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a cloudy medium amber with weak head and lacing. Aroma of toffee, rye, spicey hops, and a hint of peppermint. Taste is bitter (but not particularly flavorful) peppery hops and sharp rye malt. Mouthfeel is thick with pasty and rather unpleasant aftertaste causing a post-sip grimmace with every drink. Don't see any date on the bottle so perhaps this is a little old - not really a fan of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 00:09:35 | More by coldriver
Photo of tone77


4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy tannish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, some hops. Taste is good, citrus, hops, rye, all mixing well for a flavorful beer. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 17:34:52 | More by tone77
Photo of plfahey


4.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance-Muddy golden brown color and somewhat hazy. A bit lighter than I'd expect. Moderate sticky white head with good lacing.

Aroma-Fruity, nutty rye notes, with slight butter caramel, toffee, and hints of raisins and almonds. Herbal, spicy hops dovetail with the zesty, spicy rye notes.

Flavor-Spicy, raisin studded rye bread with walnut and almond overtones and a drizzle of dark caramel. Additional prune and fig dark fruit notes with orange citrus and piney/spicy hop notes. Moderate to moderately high hop bitterness adds a refreshing edge to the flavor. Pepper and caraway meld in the finish, giving the overall impression of a spiced holiday fruit cake. Complex, multi-faceted, and delicious.

Mouthfeel-Medium full, chewy body from Rye, with soft, moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy on the palate.

Easily one of the best rye beers I've ever had. Complex aroma and flavor, fantastic mouthfeel, and just all around fantastic. A beer to be sought out.

NOTE: I just had Sky High Rye again recently and I'm assuming that the bottle I rated was a little bit old because the hops on the bottle I'm having now is much hoppier. Not bad, just different, though I think I like this one a touch better when the hop character is slightly subdued.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 21:49:36 | More by plfahey
Photo of bashiba


3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light and hazy golden/amber with a nice long lasting white head.

The smell is very light with a hint of grain and some light citrus hops.

The flavor has a tangy bit of rye with a bit of cereal malt quality, just a bit of lightly earthy and juniper. Flavors are nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel is light and just a touch resiny.

Not a bad easy drinking rye, Like drinking a tangy Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 22:31:54 | More by bashiba
Photo of climax


3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one presents a murky gold color. The eggshell white head is pretty modest but a film holds atop fairly well. Some leopard spots of lace remain as I drink.

Right off the bat while it's still well-chilled, I don't get much rye in the nose at all. The hop aromas, on the contrary, are quite sharp. Bold floral and citrus notes dominate. A bit of bready malt, diacetyl, and butterscotch strive for balance, but lack the intensity to do so.

The spicy and slightly sour flavor hints at the rye a bit more, especially as it warms. The hop kick still overpowers the malt with bold grapefruit and herbal flavors.

Carbonation is very crisp, quite sharp as it hits the tongue. The medium body has a nice chewy character. The finish is on the dry side making it pretty easy to take down.

I can't find any blurb on the bottle or website to catch what the intention is here. IBU's must be pretty high, because the fleeting sweetness is shoved aside by an assertive floral and resiny citrus character.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 23:58:02 | More by climax
Photo of madeofsteel


4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a mug, pours a golden color with a fluffy looking white head about 2 fingers high, with decent retention and some pretty lacing.

S - Fruity rye, citrusy hops. A bit piney.

T - The rye is a lot more noticeable than in the smell. Complements the hops quite nicely, giving this brew some added personality.

M - Very fine carbonation, sort of creamy, and the hops kind of stick inside your cheeks. Pretty smooth drinking for a pale ale.

O - By far the best I've had from this brewery, I'd buy it again if I could ever find a 6-pack instead of a sampler with mediocre brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 23:02:07 | More by madeofsteel
Arcadia Sky High Rye from Arcadia Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.