Arcadia Sky High Rye - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Sky High RyeArcadia Sky High Rye

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85
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Reviews: 197
Hads: 524
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 14
Gots: 34 | 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 schoolboy
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of Forb
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of coldriver
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of tone77
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of plfahey
4.61/5  rDev +21.6%
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. (1,298 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of climax
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (999 characters)

Photo of madeofsteel
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear golden pour with a huge billowy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Rye, citrus and piney hops. A bit of a floral character.

T: Tastes pretty much like a mid-range citrus/piney IPA. There is just a touch of rye spiciness in there.

M: Mid-range, lots of carbonation.

O: Your basic IPA with just a slight edge from the rye. Not really a "rye beer" in my opinion. (382 characters)

Photo of gmfessen
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a lightly hazy, golden wheat color with a thin, soapy white head. The nose is of rye, slightly sour and spicy which complement the spicy hops nicely. Flavor is similar to the nose with the hop bitterness stepping up quite a bit. The mouthfeel is light in body with a viscous carbonation and slick finish. Overall, a decent beer, probably a good representation of the style. (423 characters)

Photo of minterro
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

single bottle from Spartan Spirts in East Lansing for only 2.02 out the door.

A & S: grainy malts and floral hops. Not much smell in my bottle but for some reason my gf’s beer smelt way better. 3 finger super fizzy head that falls at a moderate rate and becomes foamier in the process. The head is retained very well during the consumption and lacing is very good for any style and especially for rye beers. Interesting “lazy” straw colored beer, with some unfiltered specs at the bottom.

T & M: Nice bitterness in the finish along with good bready tones. Great floral and citrus hops in this one (in my option its never a bad thing to hop almost any style). Medium carbonation that tingles the tongue, medium bodied.

O: overall is a good rye. I would recommend this beer to anyone and I would have to say this is my favorite arcadia beer to date. (857 characters)

Photo of troysoy2
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. It has an attractive orangish hue with visible bubbles rising to the top. The impressive, fluffy off-white head retains pretty well. Leaves foamy lacing behind.

Smells like your standard pale ale, but with the slightest hint of citrusy fruit in the background.

Taste is pretty nice, with that extra bit of spiciness on the front, which I guess may have to do with the Rye used in the brewing process. There's also a little sourness and citrus in there, towards the middle, and on the end, you're left with a bitter, dryness. The mouthfeel is a bit prickly, and maybe a bit thicker than expected, but not enough so to detract from its drinkability.

Overall, I like it. It has just that little something to distinguish it from a normal IPA. I think I should try to seek out some more RyePA's so that I have something to compare this to. (863 characters)

Photo of fsvan
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Hazy, murky golden. Big 2 fingers of sticky head. Nice lacing.

S- Piney hops. Spiciness from the rye. Not a huge nose, but nice.

T- An almost equal nice of peppery rye, piney hops, with a bitter citrus hop finish.

M- Medium bodied. Coats the mouth nicely.

O- A pretty good rye beer. Not spectacular, but I'd buy these every now and again if they were in market. (400 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Tangy in a way that reminds me of a Saison. Fairly bitter, full of the sourish cereal flavors of rye. Attractive golden color in the tall tulip with a nice creamy head. One nice feature is a warm malty taste, but that yields to the very long bitter taste that continues to rule the aftertaste. Decent mouthfeel with the fine carbonation.

This makes me think of Surly Fest, with the buckwheat taste and the dominating hops. This one has kind of a winey flavor, and rather too much acidity. Rye fiends may like to try it, but there is not much to balance the austere flavors that turn harsh after half a glass. (609 characters)

Photo of katan
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a pint

A- pours a deep golden color. Light pearly white head formation. Very opaque.

S- strong rye, chocolate and grain. Light citrus hopping.

T- starts off lightly malty with rye and some nutty malt flavors. mid stream gets a bit more hoppy. A solid bitter finish and more grainy rye flavors.

M- thick and solid mouthfeel. A little bit sticky. Carbonation is solid but balanced.

O/d. Decent drinkability. Moderate abv. A bit filling. A more winter style beer. (487 characters)

Photo of pBRale
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 9-14-11

Appearance: Hazy deep gold with two-finger mostly white head that settles slowly and has decent retention.

Smell: Smells like a hop wonderland: mostly citrus (especially grapefruit) and piney hops, with a hint of floral. Not picking up much in the way of malts on the nose.

Taste: Pine, citrus, and floral tastes, along with a malt backbone that maintains a nice balance. Delicious, with lots of great grapefruit taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, mild carbonation, smooth creamy finish. Good feel but nothing exceptional.

Overall: Very good rye pale ale that is truly a delicious beer worthy of a taste by everyone. The beer has grown on me since the first time I had it. (704 characters)

Photo of WalterH
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep gold/pale amber into an English Dimpled Pint glass. Head was about 1/2 inch, and dissipated after a few minutes, though it left good lacing as the beer disappeared from the glass.

The aroma was estery and hoppy--no surprises there.

The taste had a strong hops flavor, though it was not very bitter by any measure. Initial tastes feel like any other ale, and there was some sweetness on the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium, and low carbonation made each drink of it rather smooth.

Overall, I would drink this again (and over most other ales I have tried). (569 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium chalice, this is a slightly hazy light orange-colored beer with a dens head. The nose offers bountiful citric hops and a light fruitiness, though I don't catch any rye notes--probably because of the hoppiness. Flavor is nice. Immediate grapefruit hoppiness and high bitterness gives way slowly to a lightly peppery rye taste. Yeasty fruitiness is present, but has a very light touch. Finish is dry.

Very drinkable beer. I could easily put back a few more of these in a session. (505 characters)

Photo of NotMyRealName
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I was vacationing in Michigan, I tried a lot of local micro beer. And Sky High Rye was one of the best finds of the week. The hops kick you in the teeth. But in a good way. Even though this is a rye beer and not a porter, there's something about the flavor that's as bold and strong as the roast of a good porter. (318 characters)

Photo of lstokes
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale yellow with some haze and good lace. Sweet and hoppy--there's some citrus hop flavor, but overall it's sweet and kind of doughy. I'm not very impressed with the use of the rye--I want something spicier, earthier, more complex, and I'm mostly getting sweet malt and sweet rye sugars. The mouthfeel is pleasantly carbonated and filling, at least. We'll finish the six-pack but probably won't buy it again--there are better ryes for my taste. (450 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is an absolute gorgeous Sunday late afternoon here at the homestead and the temp is about 78 with a brillant breeze. Trying the Sky High Rye and it was a very good selection for this afternoon. The beer poured pale yellow with nice white head that is lacing quite well. The smell has a mix of fresh pine and citrus. Neither is overpowering and genuinely subtle. The taste is very good. Starts with a bitter citrus/grapefruity taste then finishes off the pallet very clean. The mouthfeel is good, some may be put off by the grapefruit bitter start, but those that like a decent west coast pale wont mind a bit. I could session this...the real question is could you! (667 characters)

Photo of MeisterBurger
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich golden hue topped by a bone white, 1/4" head that retains and lays down some nice lacing.

Aroma is very piney. Like cactus and a freshly cut aloe vera plant and pumpernickel with a light fruitiness underneath.

The taste is similar, very grassy and plant like. Like cactus and bitter spruce with a prickly pine and spice that lingers in the finish. Toasted, pale malts and rye bread. The spiciness of the rye is light, but it works well with the piney hops with just a hint of malt sweetness to balance things out.

Mouthfeel is medium with lively carbonation at play.

Yeah. I really dig this beer. Very interesting. It's got a lot of complex hop flavour. Highly drinkable stuff. (694 characters)

Photo of JeffMcAwesome
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To be honest, the reason I bought this beer was that I thought the bottle would look awesome in my bottle collection. I was very pleasantly surprised that it actually tasted good.

Poured into a pint glass, it leaves a large white head, with big bubbles. The head sticks around for most of the time it takes to finish the beer, and leaves some nice lacing the whole way down. It has a clear golden color that deceive you into thinking that there won't be much in the way of hops.

The nose gives lie to that assumption, as you get a strong whiff of floral hops. Smell is somewhat fruity, but not in an artificially flavored Fruity Pebbles way.

I'm struggling to taste the rye that is advertised on the bottle, but at this point, I don't really mind. You get a strong hops, not what I expected, but a pleasent surprise. Strong floral hops make this brew taste somewhere between a standard pale ale and an IPA. Interestingly, it doesn't have much of an aftertaste, making it quite drinkable.

Mouthfeel is good, with just the right amount of carbonation. It's not too heavy; I could see drinking quite a few of these in one session.

Overall, after buying this on a whim for the picture on the bottle (not the same one shown on the top of this page at the time of this review) I really liked this beer. If it didn't say that it was brewed with rye, I wouldn't know it. I suppose I probably couldn't pick out rye if I was given a lineup of grains to try, so that really wasn't an issue. (1,484 characters)

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