Divided Sky Rye IPA | 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Divided Sky Rye IPADivided Sky Rye IPA

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

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!

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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 412
Photo of SDHuntley
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Golden color. Fine white head. Dry finish to my palate. Bitter at the end. I bought a six pack of cans. Great can art. Very unique. I moved to Kansas City from the east coast and am enjoying the beer varieties here. This one included.

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

12 oz can poured into a shaker, the beer is a chill hazed copper with a semi-dense off-white head.

It has a nice aroma of pine, a bit of spice and a hint of caramel.

The taste tracks the smell. It is nicely bitter with pine notes, that rye spice notes and semi-sweet malts. It is nicely balanced and I think easily sessionable given the nice facets of this beer.

The mouth is oily and coating.

My second different beer from this brewery, and it won't be the last! glad I picked up a 6 pack!

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A thanks goes out to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, citrus. Taste is smooth and balanced malts and hops, some citrus, rye, bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A straw color with a touch of gold. Nice frothy white head. Pleasant but not overpowering juicy citrus aroma. A creamy mouthfeel, with a taste of citrus and slightly spicy rye, though it's not super prominent given its name. I have seen this around for quite a while and was curious about it because I like rye beers. Reviews were mixed but suggested it was my kind of beer: I love malty IPAs. But when I went to buy it, I saw that we were approaching the enjoy by date. Bought it anyway. Enjoyed it but the hops were seriously muted. I suspect that when fresh, this is a beauty. But based on what I drank, it's a pretty good beer that I will buy again only if it's fresher.

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Photo of Mateo2699
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a clear orange, very light Amber with foamy white head.
Smell is fantastic when it warms. Initially pine takes over, with plenty of wet tropical notes. Mango, papaya and melon.
Taste doesn't carryover with the fantastic tropical notes. More biscuit maltiness with some slight hop resin.
Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, very dry.

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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 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 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 mvanaskie13
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow chalice: color is an opaque straw/gold, head is bright white, presents about 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to thin top with some lacing.

Smell is floral, fruity, solid citrus presence with a touch of rye malt earthiness.

Taste is a bit earthier and grainier than many ipas, obviously due to the rye malt, but a bit more citrus hops and presence, with some floral aromatics.

Mouthfeel is dry but not biting with a nice fuller presence than some ipas.

Overall, a good drinkable ipa, the rye is light but noticeable, in appearance and taste.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from gregwilsonstl, thanks for the opportunity!
Crystal clear light golden color, with a decent sized bubbly white head. Sweet caramel maltiness with some citrus and pine to counter. Light spicy earthy tones. Nice drinker, a bit on the sweeter side but quite flavorful.

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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 JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have to say that for what style of beer this is, it is very well made. Being a Rye IPA, it hits all the right notes of a nice piney and fruity IPA paired with the spiciness of Rye. With that said, this is something I am not a fan of. I do not care for Rye in my beer, even if it is in a nicely crafted IPA.

Will not revisit personally. But well worth a taste if you are a fan of the style.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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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 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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Photo of dtumminelliob
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A pilsner-colored pour. It's very tasty, but a little light for the style. It could use either a bit more rye or a bit more hop. It drinks like an exceptionally good session IPA, but that's not really the goal of the style, so I had to downgrade it a little.

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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 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 larryarms847
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light golden amber yellow-orange with a very thin layer of straight white foam that leaves sticky lacing.

Bright citrus aroma namely grapefruit and orange is complimented by a spicy rye and fresh pine aroma as well.

The citrus becomes much more toned down in the flavor, but is still present. In flavor, the rye presents a much more noticeable quality and adds a gentle spiciness.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, rye spiciness, and bitter citrus.

Overall, I wasn't extremely impressed with this brew, but I thought the rye aspect made this interesting enough to make this extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Terrific balance of bitter hops and spicy rye notes. Centennial comes thru in waves. Cracked pepper finish. Maybe light, but easy to polish off a glass or 3. Fantastic one to seek out if new to the style and want a solid example

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Photo of jhartley
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden orange body, thick 1 finger head. Leaves a small amount of lacing in the glass.
Nice tropical fruit aroma with some spiciness and a little dankness.
Tastes phenomenal! I typically like beer with rye added in, it gives a nice spicy almost pepper like addition to it. Tropical fruits up front dank spice on the finish.
Only downside to me is the thinness on the end, it has a nice refreshing bite to it, but just at the end it's almost too light. There is a lingering bite to it that is nice.
Overall this is a decent rye IPA and one I will definitely have more of in the future!

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Photo of maximum12
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ryanfolty for hauling this back from the far Midwest for an in-person hand-off. 12 oz. can with some Thomas Covenant-style graphics. Best by 5/4/15 stamped on the can bottom, so I’m clear for the best possible experience.

The pour is startlingly clear, close to perfectly clear, light amber. Mild head that I have to pull a sleight of hand trick to get into a 12 ½ ounce glass. Aroma is a bit shy, with light spicy rye & a malty sub-plot. As it warms, citrus becomes more prominent.

Divided Sky Rye IPA – the Russian judge isn’t going to like this one. The rye really bounces off the canines here, a blast of spiciness that hits me right between the gums of the front teeth. Hard bitterness spins the wheel into borderline dank territory, with a spittoon of citrus, weird bit of old bubblegum. Long drawl of caramel winds right into the end. A bit thin, but that feeds into its strength as something I’d like to sip while tending the grill. You know, if any vague warmth ever arrives in this god-forsaken latitude.

A good beer. If it gets warm by 5/3/15, I’m going to shotgun the last of these out on the deck, on my back, staring up at the sun. There is still a sun, right?

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Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, no apparent freshness date
A - amber body with a creamy ivory head that dissipates to a foam rather quickly while leaving some lacing on the glass
S - fruity, spicy & earthy rye, faint grass
T - bitter and hop forward with grass, pine, grapefruit, biscuity malt with the earthy and spicy rye adding extra complexity
M - medium body, finishes bitter and very dry
O - pretty good rye IPA, but doesn't stand out amongst the crowd.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the can in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Doesn't that mean rain's a-comin'? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises ruby red grapefruit zest, caramel, light rye spice, and a bit of pine resin. The taste holds notes of resin, grapefruit rind, light caramel, and spicy greens. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice RIPA, nothing exactly special, but something I wouldn't really mind having again.

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into tulip glass.
Very little white head. No lacing. Very carbinated.
It came out clear with a light gold color.
Very strong smell. I have never smelled an IPA like this must be the rye. I would say overall smell is sweet.
Tasted a little harsh at first but no over taste. I think the rye stands alone in this beer.
A bit on the watery side but easy going down.
Pretty basic beer that did not really stand out. Not bad just not great.

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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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Divided Sky Rye IPA from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
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