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Divided Sky Rye IPA | 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Divided Sky Rye IPADivided Sky Rye IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer brings together tow of our favorite ingredients; hops and rye - serious hops up front provide a pungent, floral, and citrus character. We use centennial, Columbus, and Cascades in this hop lovers dream. The rye provides a slightly spicy flavor and a full mouth-feel. Divided Sky pours straw in color with notes of tangerine, grapefruit, and pine. Drink fresh!

Added by JoEBoBpr on 12-21-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
405
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
25.84%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
72
For Trade:
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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 405
Photo of sneth019
4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

found this gem in cans at a local establishment in St. Louis after sampling the best the Tap list had to offer. This beer was magical, BA score doesn't do it justice. Super hoppy, buttery with a little rye sprinkled in for good measure. Was out there for NCAA wrestling nationals and had quite a few of these. Need less to say if the rest of 4 hands are this good I am a fan for life. Also, the label is killer. well done.

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Photo of Totalpackage411
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this at a cool Oyster Bar in St. Louis. This beer was very sweet and had an excellent taste. It was almost fruity in flavor with a nice hoppy finish.

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Photo of BurtStL6
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very very tasty, I don't know why so many of 4 hands beers look like watered down Mountain Dew but do are the good, this beer also has enough head to perfectly fill a pint glass to the brim.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy light brown in appearance. A thin layer of foam across the top of the glass. The nose is a fantastic blend of piney aroma hops with a twist of rye. I'll be honest, it smells amazing! Very light in terms of mouthfeel. Pine like hops on the forefront and followed by that slight tickle of rye on the tongue. Well executed. The best offering thus far by this brewery and many of theirs are good.

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Photo of DIM
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This golden, straw colored brew has a slight haze to it. It was served to me with a thick creamy head, that never really faded and left solid sheets of lace in its wake.

s: Fresh floral hops with some pithy citrus. Grapefruit in particular. Rye bread and some sugar cookied.

t: Huge, fresh hops pummel the palate with flowery grapefruit rind and some aspirin bitterness. Some earthy rye bread and sweet sugar cookies manage to peek through.

m: Full bodied for sure, but soft and creamy at the same time.

o: God damn but this is some good beer! Never heard of the brewery but I enjoyed the hell out of my two pints tonight. One of the best rye IPAs I've tried.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It's odd with 4 Hands BC - we get distribution here in PA, but it is scattered to the point that I CAN find some in PHL, some in LNC & still others were returnees with me from CHI. I dig the graphics on the CANs & I am anxious to CANduct a horizontal tasting/review of their CANned beers. When it is over, if you know of a CAN of theirs that I missed, let me know.

From the CAN: "Food Pairings[:] Blue Cheese[,] Spicy Food".

I Crack!ed it open & performed a gentle Glug to get things started. This raised a finger of soapy, tawny head with limited retention. Color was solidly Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose held a cool mintiness which I could not attribute to either the hops or the rye. Either way, my mouth was beginning to water. I am like Pavlov's dog(s) when it comes to AIPAs, especially when CANfronted with so many other styles. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was a cool CANbination of pine resin & black pepper! Yes! They really did not need to tell me that rye was involved since it has such a great taste in both beer (especially AIPAs) and whiskey. I have a LOT of Rye Whiskey here at Chez Woody and it is my express elevator to Perdition. I adore that wintergreen & black pepper taste that rye imparts and it was in its full glory in this beer! Finish was dry, cool, delicious. I would absolutely fill a cooler with this at any time of the year! I now need to go score some more.

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Photo of AdamAlway
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear orange with a light amber touch. Very light and bubbly white head.

S: Pine and grapefruit dominate the slightly sweet smell. A little bit of hops, malt and other tropical scents are also present.

T: Mostly tropical flavors up front that transition to a moderately bitter, earthy middle. Finishes strong with a blast of pine and hops and a strong spike of bitterness that lingers on the back of the tongue and throat.

F: Medium body and carbonation. Quite dry that makes you really look forward to the next sip.

O: Makes we think of sitting out in the mountains on a nice cool summer evening with one of those tropical drinks with a little umbrella in it. Only better because I don't really like tropical drinks. This was a great extra to receive. I really enjoyed the earth and tropical mix.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a beautiful clean copper pour with a perfect 2 fingers of head. barely any lacing, which is weird for an ipa and especially one with rye!

smells of pine, grapefruit, garlic/herbs..this is a wonderfully fresh smelling hop bomb!

the taste is sweet up front with an herbal fresh cut grass like flavor.. then comes a nice spicy bitterness of grapefruit peel.. a very awesome flavor profile, but really all just hops! i get a slight hint of what would be the rye malt, but the hops are way forward in this one.. and well, hey - i'm not about to complain!

medium body with moderate amount of carbonation. surprisingly refreshing for a hop bomb of an ipa. i wouldn't mind trying a less fresher bottle to see the effect of the actual grain bill on the palate! definitely a solid beer by a brewery i've never heard of up until now.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a a slightly hazy orange with half an inch of off-white head that fades down to a thin blanketing. The nose is subtle with a bit of malt, sweet citrusy hops, and rye (only after a big inhalation). The taste is sweet followed by a vengeful bitterness reminiscent of grapefruit rind and lemon peel. It's medium bodied with a lingering bitterness and rye spice. This beer is a delicious rye IPA with great hop and rye characteristics.

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Photo of BalancingBrooms
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured with a small white head that doesn't really stick around. pine and floral hops on the nose. big burst of citrus and floral notes up front followed by a spicy and caramel rye that melts or morphs into a dry tangerine ending. feel is a little thin but not watery. overall a really nice rye ipa. Local for me and excited to share as im a sucker for rye

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tulip

"Ahhh, divided sky, the wind blows high."

Pours a slightly hazy bright orange with a fluffy bone white cap. Recedes slowly, and leaves little chunks of lace clinging to the glass.

The nose has the overly dry, herbal aroma from the rye, with some juicy, citrus poking through. Clean biscuit malt holding down the back end.

Herbal, rye notes up front mix with pine resin for a dry, earthy intro while juicy tropical fruits emerge nicely mid-palate. Tangerines, mango, papaya, and white grapefruit lend a juicy, flavorful contrast to the dry notes from the rye. The finish is mildly bitter and builds with each sip, which is always the sign of a well-crafted IPA.

The feel is right on point. Medium body, even carbonation. I wouldn't have figured this to be 6.5%, it drinks super easy.

This is well made rye IPA. Super clean, well-crafted. Definitely ranks up near the top of my rye IPA list. Great balance of dry rye and juicy fruits with a sturdy, light malt bill.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at bainbridge barrel house in philly - served in pint

Hazy copper pour with some golden hues and a frothy, khaki colored head on top. Thick retention with sticky, webbed lacing on the glass while drinking.

Plenty of juicy hops and rye spice in the nose with moments of citrus peel and fruit. Scents of malty sweetness, caramel and soft warmth.

Bitter, spicy bite on the tongue up front with rye spice and a formidable hop profile. Flavorful hoppiness, grapefruit pith and a dash of pine. Medium malt backbone with toasted bread and persistent rye spice. Finishes bitter and dry.

Medium body, well carbonated, sticky and lingering on the tongue. A quality IPA with a welcome addition of rye spice - will definitely drink again. I'm glad to see more of their beer hitting Philly, so keep it coming 4 Hands.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured this American style Rye IPA from a bottle into a pint glass. This one poured a thick white head, clear amber color, excellent retention and excellent lacing left on the glass. The aroma consisted of spicy rye and floral hops. Smells wonderful. Medium bodied, this IPA has a foundation of spicy rye, bitter hops dominate the flavor profile. Hints of sweet carmel are present as well. Overall, very nicely balanced- not outstanding but a heavy dose of both rye and hops.

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Photo of russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed & pretty much gushing straw color with crazy amounts of pearl colored head. Never cleared up, crazy head retention & lacing

S: Peppery & floral notes, grassiness & breadiness

T: Follows the nose, nice malty sweetness up front, grapefruit & pineyness as well. Dryness, more grapefruit, breadyness, plus peppery rye as this warms. Finishes with grapefruit, peppery rye, pine, caramel & woody dryness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, nice balance

Easy to drink, some rough edges, but a nice rye slanted IPA & one I would buy again if in sixer format

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Photo of shand
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA Redbird. Divided Sky pours golden with a huge white head that retains for an eternity. The aroma is a bit muted, some rye tones creep up behind some non-descript hops. The taste is very nice, it's got an upfront big floral hop that blends very nicely with the rye flavors. The mouthfeel is lighter and moderately carbonated, and the drinkability is great. Overall, Divided Sky is a great rye IPA that I could see being an easy local favorite if I was in St. Louis.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap a hazy yellow gold with two fingers of white head. Nice lacing left behind.

Aroma of rye, malty grains, tobacco, and herbal notes.

The taste was big on the rye with a touch of grapefruit and caramel malts. Bitter note to the finish. Even though it was just 6.5% abv, it had a boozy bite.

Lighter bodied with a sharp carbonation.

This was definitely a rye IPA with extra emphasis on the rye. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to jhighlandbrewing for tossing me this extra and the matching tulip! popped on 7/21/91 divided sky and opened the bottle.

a - brew poured a classic murky orange with a massive frothy head that was extremely milkshake like in nature. coated the glass. murky to the light.

s - clean, crisp with nice sweaty hopping and a good dosing of flax like rye.

t - zing. rye rye rye my baby.

m - really grainy and rye heavy. a bit dry. the head froths in my mouth in a similar way that a pliny's head froths around.

o - overall much like the giant country horns in the 7/21/91 divided sky, rye is center stage blasting away. would love to check out the ipa without the rye too...as a fan of the style, this was nice to check out.

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Photo of PhillyJ
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great intro into a rye ipa. Well crafted and tasty. You start craving the eye with every drink. Really enjoyable brew a great change of pace for the ipa lover. Wait till your third beer before you judge if your new to rye.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at TJ'S Everyday. My 1st 4 hands beer since they sprang up in Philly after a successful launch during beer week 2012.

4 Hands Divided Sky is a nice looking amber shaded beer with some faint red spots poking out towards the sides. Bright looking with an off tan foam up above that left minor clinks on the glass. The scent is nice and pungent, spicy hop notes, some faint pale malt notes while the rye builds as the glass warms, pleasant smelling beer here with a dab of caramel to even all things out. This is a nice Rye based IPA, not the most aggressive I have had but a nice mix of earthy hop flavor, spicy rye notes, caramel and some malt backing. Reminds me of an amber mixed in with some dank hops and rye malt. Feel is below medium bodied with light carb, not terribly bitey on the tounge. I had two pints of this so that speaks for itself, Divided Sky is drinkable as all get out.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Slightly hazy body that is a golden color with a small orange hue. Big 3-finger off-white head that has good retention leaving a bit of lacing.

Nice hop aroma - pine resin and grass. A bit of citric notes follow, but very little malt or rye in the aroma.

The flavor is a nice bump up from the aroma. Plenty of pine and citrus hop flavors that combine nicely with the spicy rye. Solid malt backbone brings it all together.

Medium mouthfeel and no notice of the alcohol. Overall, a very good Rye IPA. Would definitely seek this out again, and might consider buying it regularly if available in bottles or cans.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. No freshness info, and it says to "drink fresh". Hmmm. Phish is a pretty awful band, but I'll try not to let it sway my opinion of the beer. There are lots of poorly named beers out there.

A: Light color, opaque body. Nice head, with a strong pour. Good retention and. Lots of bubbles floating up to the top.

S: American hops, I detect the centennial in there. Citrus, rye malt. Nice aroma.

T: Bitter hop bite, but not too strong. Sour grapefruit notes. Rye flavor lingers around a while. Pretty good balance.

M: Well-carbonated, light bodied for the style. A little watery.

O: Solid offering from this STL brewery. Not special enough to set it apart from its many peers though.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a Light copper color. Taste was super heavy on the hops. Rye comes in late and works to round off the edge towards the end of a tasting experience that is otherwise typical of a nice, modern, hopped up ipa.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bailey's Range in St. Louis. 7/2/12

A - Poured a clear, copper color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, grapefruit and roasted malt. Some caramel aromas, too.

T - It tasted of sweet citrus and tart grapefruit. Good toasty malt flavor with sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a good rye IPA. 4 Hands has made another good.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very good ipa. pours on the darker side for an ipa with a nice tint of red in there and a 1 inch lasting white head. smells quite spicy from the rye malts, which are very forward in both the smell and the taste. a little aroma of burning toast as well before the hops come in. high alpha wast coast varieties seems to be whats going on here. the taste gives that away, lots of resiny hops imparting slight bitterness and some fruity flavors to the beer. its balanced well with the rye malt. this is a pretty big beer. feel is good, just enough carbonation and a squarely medium body. 5 of these might be too many, but 2 or 3 is just perfect.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden brown color with white head. Pine, rye spice, grapefruit notes, and grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more rye spice.

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Divided Sky Rye IPA from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
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