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Arcadia Sky High Rye - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Sky High RyeArcadia Sky High Rye

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197 Reviews
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Reviews: 197
Hads: 535
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 20.27%
Wants: 14
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 197 | Hads: 535
Photo of DrDemento456
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Rockin full 1+ inch of head atop of some clear bright yellow beer. Mild carbonation bubbles float to the top.
S - Not very much rye or pale malts, just some hops and sweeter malts. Very mild if anything.
T - Has some rye tones but they don't play well with the hops making for a medicinal bitter finish. The overall taste isn't bad, crisp, sweet, and other than the finish not bad.
M - Light to medium body not bad.

Overall not a bad rye ale, the actual aspect is quite hidden and after a few sips it really starts to be more of an enjoyable pale ale. Not bad.

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Photo of jkeefe1800
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured the can into a regular pint glass. Poured a slightly hazy gold color appealing to the eye for sure. Aroma came across as slightly spicy, not as much as i expect from a rye but it was definetely noticeable, light floral and citrus notes are also present. Flavor was hop forward with those floral notes coming back into play, rye became noticeable towards the end, was really looking forward to much more of a rye flavor. Finish is slightly bitter and citrus.
Overall solid beer as a whole, would drink it again, but not what I have come to expect from a rye.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear yellowish copper with good carbonation and okay head. Smells mostly of lemon & citrus hops with an underlying spiciness I'm assuming is from the rye. I don't get a lot of straight up rye aroma but I think it adds a little complexity with the hop notes. Tastes is much of the same as the aroma. Lots of citrus hops upfront with some spiciness. Decent amount of bitterness is there, but I get sort of a long pronounced sweet lemony taste. Would prefer a tad more dryness, but then again, that's how I personally like my beers. A great summer beer. Pretty easy drinking and something you would want on a nice warm day. A very solid beer. Would try this one again.

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Photo of smooth_aleing
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Gets big points just on the head alone. Pours a gigantic head, that settles to an incredible frothy peak. Rich amber color, with good lacing. The nose is complex, good hop kick with a nice rye undertone, with hints of citrus. Nose is suggestive of taste, with good amount of hops and nice bitterness. The rye is certainly there, which I like, and makes its presence known towards the end, a nice lingering coating on the tongue. Mouthfeel is decent, warm and hazy with decent carbonation, slight milkiness. Overall, very good, especially if you're a fan of rye beers.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured this Rye Beer from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a hazy golden color , produced a excellent white head, very nice retention and left excellent lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of citric and piney hops and spicy rye. Medium bodied, there was a nice average amount of spicy rye and a crisp lemon and grapefruit citric flavor. Not over the top, very easy to drink and would make an excellent session beer.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed faded gold color with a tall sticky white head. Lots of spicy rye on the nose with a good dose of dank hops.

Very spicy, on the heavier side of being medium bodied. Creamy body, Rye flavor throughout. Malt barely comes through showcaseing the rye and a spicy herbal hop note. Some citrus notse as well. Oddly a lot of detectable alcohol. I'm not a fan of rye beers but this one actually isn't too bad. Still a little too much rye for me but otherwise pretty decent besides the overy boozey and spicy back end.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A shiny, golden color as it hits the glass, with some light orange tints bordering the edges. Nice clarity throughout the beer, save for a minor chill-like haze in the dense center. A big bubbled, off-white head forms slowly as the carbonation bubbled trudge from the bottom of the glass to the top. The aroma gives off a kind of "sweaty" vibe on the first take. Going back again, I'm smelling a lot of "green" and vegetal hops; light, wet, mildly floral. Some bitter grapefruit peel makes its way in with a drying finish that I'm assuming is from the rye, though there isn't much actual rye aroma being picked up. Just an assortment of garden-basket hops and citrus peels.

The taste contains a little bit of alcohol warmth, despite being only 6% ABV - not necessarily a bad thing, however. It's backed with a white pepper-like, earthy spice - lots and lots of bready and spicy, dry rye. For being so present on the palate, I'm surprised it didn't show more in the nose. The big hop character is back, this time, a bit more leafy and ashy, even with some mild pine needle flavor to them. A dry bitterness strikes about halfway through and carries into the aftertaste. Very light on the citrus flavors overall, maybe a bit of orange zest and grapefruit pith - things tend to stay a bit bitter. The pale malts add a light touch of sweetness, but that's about all they do. Any flavors they contribute seem to get washed out by the rye. The finish is dry and spicy with lots of rye and some mild, earthy hops. Thin-medium body with medium carbonation; slick and wet mouth feel.

Decent rye beer, though nothing to write home about. The most upsetting thing about it was the aroma. Just didn't do much for me; didn't really care for the hop profile it was giving off, and the rye was surprisingly muzzled. Overall, not a bad choice, but there are many others in this department I'd reach for before this one.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you want a rye, you've got a rye.

Had this one straight out of a bottle, as I got it at Green Dot Stables in Detroit. $3 for it. Since I had it out of the bottle, passing up the appearance.

Smell and taste/feel: Rye. Touches of some sweetness to balance out the bitterness of the rye. Medium carbonation with a medium feel. Great example of the style, though this isn't my bag. I like a rye that tastes like Smitten Golden Rye by Bell's. Still, this is one I'd have again ... especially if I weren't four beers deep beforehand.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: A pale pumpkin orange pour coloring shows a fine mist of both effervesce and suspended material. A golden-tan head is only skim worthy quickly parting ways to a polished surface. No window dressing.

S: Aroma of tangerine peels and fresh lemon highlights. A hint of fresh orange juice and dry rye bread.

T: Dry orange and a bit watery upfront in terms of flavor. Dry hops of citrus-orange do kick in on the trail end but only may seem significant due to the weak opening. The rye is present but ony slightly, in terms of dry peppery bready hints. Nice hop presence, a bit of spicy bite.

M: Some tingle from carbonation, medium body could use some tightening up.

O: Overall a good dose of hops with only subtle rye highlights. Dry finish. If you are looking for something in terms of rye presence you might be a bit let down. This seems to be a pale ale first sublimented with a minimal rye percentage of the bill. Dry hops are nice with a moderate appeal. Again expect more of a pale ale going in and you;ll find this of moderate enjoyment. Since this is labeled as a rye beer and not a pale ale i will judge and rate as a rye but consider the extra influence of the hops.

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Photo of claspada
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a small white sticky bubbley head that recedes to leave some solid lacing on the glass.

Aromas begin with solid citrus and pine and slightly spicy hops. Really pretty hop forward but as it warms you get some light pale/bready and some of the rye maltiness as well but not as much as I was hoping for.

The tastes begin with the burst of citrus hops once again with some intermingling floral and pine hops again. The piney, resiny bitterness emerges more and more as it warms and overhwelms most if any of the pale/rye malt flavors. The hints of rye malt really aren't enough to be advertised as a Rye beer.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a medium amount of a carbonation. Finish is increasinly bitter to an IPA level for sure.

Overall this beer kind of underwelmed me. While it's not a bad beer it just lacks any real Rye character that I look for in my Rye beers. Comes across as just an average IPA and really is forgettable in the scheme of good hoppy beers these days.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into flying dog chalice.

A: slightly hazed blonde ale. bright white head is bubbly and big. retention is great. as is the lacing. super sticky. a light body for a rye, but solid looking brew non the less.

S: black pepper. lemon. sweet grain mixes with fruity hop aroma that is pretty appealing.

T: spicy body thanks to the rye gets really bubble-gummy towards the finish. body is a tad bit thin, in my opinion, wouldnt hate for more or a rye presence.

M: carb is tingly and refreshing. light/medium body. certainly doesnt drink like a 6%'er.

D: pretty solid brew. like i said, wouldnt hate for some more body, but otherwise i dont really have any complaints. worth trying for fans of rye beers.

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Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of mazingblue
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of GR_Rick
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of jhartley
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of srv33
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of ruckus232
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of mtlasley
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Arcadia Sky High Rye from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.