Sky High Rye
Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ranked #180
Ranked #37,466
3.72 | pDev: 12.37%
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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Notes: This West Coast-style pale ale is brewed with 80% English barley malts and 20% rye malt. It boasts a massive floral aroma of resinous hops, contributing notes of lemons, peaches and pine needles and is anchored by the sweet malty flavors of toffee and freshly baked pumpernickel bread.
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blissfulNemo from Michigan

3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

use caution if you're opening from a can. this thing explodes like a grade school science experiment and you'll lose half the beer before getting a single sip for yourself. even after the initial mess, pouring one drop of this volatile beverage into a glass produces yet another metric ton of foam that cascades over the rim of any glass, no matter how tall.

overall, this has a pretty nice taste once it has finally been de-nuclearized. unfortunately, the mixture's unstable qualities left no carbonation in the glass once settled, so it felt flat.

Jun 20, 2019
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CaptainHate from Ohio

3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Received this as part of a raffle prize at a fundraiser I went to over the summer. Poured into a pint glass it had a huge head, so much so I had to work hard to keep it from spilling over. Color was a hazy slightly reddish yellow. Smell was earthy with a bit of floral hops. Taste followed the nose. Although this isn't my favorite style it was a good representative of it and reasonably enjoyable.

Oct 22, 2018
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DrMullet from Florida

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

Pours a hazy golden yellow with medium head and good lacing.
Smell is spice and a hint of coriander.
Taste is zesty rye, with some mild citrus and spice.
Sour and bitter

May 27, 2018
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sky High Rye pours a copper color, with a long lasting, lacing head. Nice dry aroma, lots of earthy and fresh hops. Flavor is bitter, lots of hops, finishes with a big dank flavor. Good body and flavor. Overall, its a very solid rye pale ale, strong flavors, good body.

Apr 08, 2018
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donspublic from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into tulip, massive 2 finger cream colored head, good retention and lacing. Hazy bright golden in the glass, has that NEIPA look going on. Smell is great, getting the lemon and peaches and just a really bright smell coming off this beer. There is some lingering pineapple in the background. Taste is really fruit forward on the front, getting orange, grapefruit, pineapple, peach on the front, and a spicy dry finish. ok this is really a solid beer. Part of my beer shipment, going to have to get the others in the fridge ASAP.

Dec 05, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. The appearance had 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. The smell had hops and rye up front with some nice citrus in the background. The taste was pretty much the same with a super nice sweet spicy aftertaste. On the palate, it sat at/about a light to medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. A bit of a dry finish and a pretty drinkable beer. Overall, I’m quite impressed and wouldn't mind being able to drink this one again.

Jun 27, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

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

12 ounce can into pint glass, no can dating. Pours moderate hazy/cloudy golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, pine, honey, light caramel, spicy rye, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate rye/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, pine, honey, light caramel, spicy rye, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus peel bitterness and rye spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, citrus peel, pine, spicy rye, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate rye/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero lingering hop/rye astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is a great rye pale ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate rye/bready malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the balanced bitter/spicy flavors. Very bright on hop flavors with great rye malt balance. Still tastes pretty fresh despite no can dating. A really enjoyable offering.

Feb 05, 2017
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This looks good initially, with a cloudy golden body but the head caps rather fast. Nose is spice and dark fruit and booze.

This has a very thick texture, like a much bigger beer. Definite earthy hops, spicy rye, and biscuit malt but the result is a little underwhelming. A little sweeter in the aftertaste than I would prefer.

Aug 14, 2016
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

2.94/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Arcadia's Sky High Rye Plae Ale pours a hazy yellow-orange color. The head is minimal, and recedes into nothingness. The aroma mild and bland with not much going on...maybe some malt, but it is really faint. The taste is a bit fuller than the aroma, but is still really mild. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation for a pale ale. Overall, this is a forgetable beer.

Jul 29, 2016
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jimboothdesigns from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass. Color is a nice golden straw color with a slight hint of copper. Amazed at how long the head has lasted. The smell is amazing and a sweet mix of rye and hoppy goodness. Taste is just as good. Creamy mouth feel and nice notes of spice and rye at the finish. Great job Arcadia!

Apr 06, 2016
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do_ob from Kentucky

4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can into a snifter. Hazy, vibrant gold in appearance topped with about 1.5 fingers of white, sticky foam. Slightly cloudy, but there is still pretty good clarity. Rye spice, earthy grass, citrus, and bready malt on the nose. Big notes of sweet citrus and grapefruit on the taste, accompanied by rye spice and heavy malt on the back end. Very well balanced, and fruitier than I would've guessed. Carbonated, creamy mouthfeel. The aftertaste is dry spice and bready malt.

Overall, this one pleasantly suprised me. I'm not the biggest fan of rye-based ales, but the balance between the spice and fruit made this one of the better ones I've had.

Mar 26, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky orange-light brown color with a small white head. The aroma is full of hops and citrus. The taste is full on citrus, hops and rye. An excellent rye beer.

Dec 22, 2015
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Sjsupolo from Connecticut

4.73/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a kickass rye beer. While most don't taste well as you hit the second bottle; this one stays strong when you have your second. No quick joy followed by disappointment. This beer is steady the whole way. I've had a vast amount of Rye beer--and this one is tops!

May 17, 2015
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Brads757 from New York

4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into pint glass

Look: Pale, fine head.
Aroma: citrus, somewhat sour
Taste: bitter, clearly a rye, delicious
Mouthfeel: tart, thorough bitterness, stays with you.
Overall: an unexpected winner. I hope they continue to brew

Jan 24, 2015
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Hazy light sunset orange body. Fizzy white head with light vertical lines of lacing? Interesting.

Aroma: Cardboard dryness, faint sweet fruits on the back end.

Taste: Very dry and bitter up front, lots of pine and wood notes. The finish has some fruit sweetness of pear and apricot.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry.

Overall: A bit too bitter for me to want to session, but there is a nice balance between the bitter and sweet. Not bad.

Oct 04, 2014
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Nose: rye spice, spicy malt, pine and citrus.
Bright gold under a 2: rocky head that slowly dissipates to a film. Lacy
Palate: spice, rye, light malts, piney grapefruit rind bitterness on the finish.
Medium full body, medium carbonation. Dry and refreshing.
While definitely not a roggenbier, it has a nice malt emphasis.

Sep 16, 2014
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mmva321 from Missouri

3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stange.

A: Pale and murky yellow body that has some carbonation and not an insignificant amount of sediment. There is a rocky white head that goes on forever and leaves foamy lacing. It's a little too much. Nothing wrong here, but nothing inviting or appealing either.

S: Very faint. I get a little rye and a little hops. Not much else.

T: I get a little grimace from the flatness of the aftertaste. However, it is a strong taste. Rye, hops and a little citrus. Not bad, but that aftertaste...

M: My favorite part of this beer is the feel. Begins full and well carbonated and ends with a stark dryness. The transition between the two is arresting.

O: A pretty below-average beer that has a good feel and is thankfully not offensive but just bland, making it drinkable and an alright slot filler in a pick-six.

Aug 03, 2014
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maximum12 from Minnesota

1.85/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to NJB145 for this extra that arrived in a recent box, furthering my quest to try every bottled/canned/Nalgened rye around. Today the U.S., tomorrow the world. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is an even, pale yellow that one can see shadows through, but no detail. Mild carbonation. Nose evokes the breezes of a Brussels dubbel more than a rye: sweet, sugary, with a mild pat of orange-inflected spice. Rye Dubbel? That sounds like a fine idea.

Sky High Rye teases with a unique nose then hands me the Arcadia let-down. The rye up front is bowled over rudely by a linebacker of sharp, pungent, something... hops? I believe it is the hops, gone dank & turning into some kind of medicinal penicillin. Maybe it'll clear up those ear sores? Hard to get past, but there's earthiness, maybe a touch of caramel. Mouthfeel is irrelevant, because I'm struggling to get past the four ounce mark.

Four it is. Arcadia's barrel-aged program (barring the excellent Shipwreck Porter) seems to be OK, but I haven't had a 'regular' beer from them I would care to tongue again. Rye is a terrible thing to waste: drain pour.

Jul 29, 2014
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barczar from Kentucky

3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden with a lingering, frothy ivory head.

Aroma is slightly soapy, peppery, and rye spicy.

Flavor reveals floral hops, with a bitter, peppery, finish. The malt backbone is lightly toasted, with sweet hints of caramel.

Though rye spiciness is evident, it doesn't overpower. Very drinkable.

Jul 04, 2014
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scratch69 from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I poured a can into a pint glass.

Appearance- Slightly hazy golden color with two fingers worth of foamy head. The heads lingers for a few minutes then slowly fades to a half inch cap and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Grapefruit hop aroma with a hint of spiciness.

Taste- Moderate grapefruit and grassy hop bitterness with some rye spiciness and a hint of caramel malt sweetness. It has just enough of a hop presence for flavor but not so much as to be overpowering. The slight spiciness and sweetness add a nice twist.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Crisp with a dry finish.

Overall- A good thirst quenching beer. This is one of the better rye beers that I've tried and worth having again.

Jun 20, 2014
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: An impressive pour, with a foamy meringue of a head that squats atop the cloudy goldenstraw colored liquid

Smell: Gently spicy with a hint of lemon

Taste: Opens biscuity, with a citrusy mix of lemon and white grapefruit developing; in the middle, the peppery and spicy tones from the rye take the beer in another direction; a hint of sweetness underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I found myself pleasantly surprised by this beer; the rye was handled deftly and added a nice angle to the other tones

Jun 11, 2014
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a nice golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades rather fast leaving a decent leave of foam on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is light overall with some hints of a mainly a bready smell along with a bit of a citrus hoppy smell. Some other light peppery rye smalls are there as well with just a hint of pine.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and light rye taste mixed with a tangerine sweetness and some grapefruit upfront. There is a little bit of caramel that is later lost as it is buried by more citrus tangerine and grapefruit hop. All the while the rye builds a bit with it bringing along with it some lighter hop flavors of pine. In the end, with the bittering of the grapefruit hop and the moderateness of the rye flavors, one is left with a somewhat moderately fruity, bready rye, and decently bittered grapefruit hop taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Both are rather nice for the mix of rye bread flavors as well as the hops and makes for a nice easy drinker.

Overall – A rather easy drinking sweeter and more moderate rye brew. A nice one to try if you get a chance.

May 10, 2014
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mooseisloose from Florida

3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool looking can. Much better that many beers are now in can. More convenient. That said let's give a whirl. Psst goes the top and I get a citrusy hops smell. Pours into a handy glass to a deep yellow with a very large-and-in-charge off white head. On the taste this brew starts with a great heavy mouthfeel upfront with contrite bitterness of hops that dominates. There is some malt in the background but this brew is primarily scotch like hops with a thick malt base. Not complex, but a very tasty brew for the hophead.

Apr 19, 2014
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msquared36 from Ohio

3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bright yellow in color with a little haze. About a inch of foam on a moderate pour.

Bright tropical fruit scent. As it warms, yeasty scent becomes noticeable.

Predominant taste is resin. In fact, it's rather one dimensional.

For all the foam and lacing, the mouthfeel is very thin and watery.

I think the beer would benefit from a little sweetness. It's drinkable, not interesting enough to drink more than one.

Mar 22, 2014
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LambicPentameter from Nebraska

4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz can with no discernible dating anywhere to be found. Not sure if it's been rubbed off or just never existed in the first place. Around the top of the can it reads "Unfiltered. Unpasteurized. Uncompromised." Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.

Appearance - An aggressive pour almost gets away from me and builds to a two-and-a-half finger head that threatens to spill over the side of the glass. Head is rich and foamy, the color of eggshell, with some big, sudsy bubbles intermittently placed. As the beer sits, the foam leaves pocking and ample lacing rings along the side of the glass as it slowly begins to dissipate, but never completely goes away. The body is a bright cloudy yellow, with significant evidence of particulate floating in suspension. I don't mind cloudiness, but I'm not wild about the floaties.

Smell - Brings to mind the aromas of Belgian witbiers, with gentle spice and coriander, alongside a slight hint of spiciness from the rye and more biscuity tones from the pale malts used. I'd be curious to know the % of rye used, because it's hard to pull out of this beer. The hop presence is polite and unassuming, predominantly floral characteristics rather than the more astringent/pungent notes that you get from citrus/fruity hops.

Taste - Again, like the taste there are some notes that remind me of the witbier style, with some spiciness that reminds me more of coriander and sage than it does rye, but as it warms, the rye sourness becomes more evident, as does the bittering aspect of the hops. It actually turns what I thought was going to be a pretty simple and straightforward beer into one with a good measure of complexity.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, light-to-medium bodied and with ample carbonation. FInish is slightly bitter and lingers on the tongue.

Overall, a really interesting and different take on the style. Rye beers seem to come in all sorts of shapes and sizes--on one end of the spectrum, you have darker, richer barrel-aged beauties like Boulevard's seasonal Rye-on-Rye. Or you have awesomely hoppy takes like Founders Red's Rye. Then there is this one--a very pale and aromatic rye beer that calls to mind characteristics of Belgian witbiers. All I know is that I seem to like them in all their various forms, and Sky High Rye is no different. It's a great summertime rye beer, both because of the light character and the fact that it comes in cans.

Jan 21, 2014
Sky High Rye from Arcadia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 587 ratings