Arcadia Sky High Rye | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Sky High RyeArcadia Sky High Rye

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Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of Sjsupolo
4.73/5  rDev +26.1%
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!

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Photo of plfahey
4.61/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - An unbelievably perfect yellow-amber color, hazy in the middle, with unfiltered parts floating around everywhere. This is an epic looking beer.

S - Delicious rye aroma. Herbs in here as well. Coriander, sage - almost smells saison-ish.

T - Rye and barley all the way, with some mild spice. Really good. Hops are bitter.

M - Medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. Dry dry dry.

D - Awesome beer. I will get this again soon. This will be a go-to beer from summer through fall.

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Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a vibrant citrusy hop with a spicy rye aroma.

The taste was upfront citrusy and peppery with a biscuity and spicy rye backbone.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a delicious hop forward rye beer. Smooth and complex on cask.

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Photo of ordybill
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of JeffMcAwesome
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of Brads757
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
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

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Photo of GRPunk
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- A moderate pour left a 1-finger, fluffy, white head that had some real staying power and left awesome sticky rings on the side of the glass. The body was a nice, hazy, golden-orange with medium carbonation.

S- Distinctly rye. I'm sure there are additional aromas in there, but I'm not picking them up (maybe some grassy or floral tones?). That's not necessarily a bad thing here.

T- The taste was a nice combination of rye and grassy hops. The two flavors are very complimentary. The malts come off as a little sweet and grainy and provide a nice balance to bitter and slightly sour flavors provided by the rye and hops.

M- The body was nice and full with a lighter, smooth level of carbonation. There was a real bite from the hopping and rye flavors.

D- This is an easy drinker. The rye isn't so overdone to become overwhelming. Much like a well-balanced IPA, I could drink a bunch in a single sitting.

Overall- I had a taster of this at the Grand Rapids Brew Ha-Ha and had to get pick up a bomber. It's one of Arcadia's better beers and I would love to see something like it in either a regular or seasonal offering. I am perplexed as to why this would be categorized as an APA and not either a rye or roggenbier

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Photo of NotMyRealName
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My original CAN review, dtd 20 June 2013 follows & trumps all:

Another6Pack had told me about a year ago that this beer was going to be CANned and when I got out to such was the case. I then made sure to hit the Beer Cave at D's Six Pax & Dogz in Regent Square and lo and behold ... there they were! The CANQuest (TM) is alive and well, friends!

From the CAN: "Unfiltered. Unpasteurized. Uncompromised."; "Handcrafted and C[AN]ned by Arcadia Brewing Company Battle Creek, Michigan".

I am unsure about the message of the label art. Is this beer going to get me sky high or am I just looking to get bombed? Either way, a good time seems to be on the way!

My Crack and inverted Glug almost caused an overflow of the glass! I have gotten pretty good at knowing when to back off, but this was a near-miss. Color was a deep-gold with NE-quality clarity and loads of CO2 bubbles in evidence. Not only did I end up with two fingers of foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention, but it looked like meringue! This is getting to be like beer porn. Just beautiful. I was asked during Beer School about the necessity of deCANting the beer and my response was along the lines of how will you be able to see and smell the beer otherwise? The lacing that began to appear as it fell was magnificent. Nose had that pleasant black pepperiness that rye imparts and now my mouth was watering. Mouthfeel was medium and the combined bite of the hops with the rye lit into my poor, bruised tongue like a jackhammer tearing into macadam. The tears that began to roll down my cheeks were of joy with a little bit of pain. I LOVE rye beer and have ever since Sopor turned me onto some of his homebrew about seven years ago in Grand Rapids, Michi[CAN] during my visit. Speaking of lacing and jackhammers, that was what it was going to take to remove from the glass as I drank it down. Finish was smoooth, slightly minty, still peppery and I felt like I could use it as mouthwash. Get some this summer, put it in a cooler, take it to the beach, camping, wherever and you CAN thank me later.

I also recently scored a bottle at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop & so I have the opportunity to review it (today is Sa, 27 Febrewary 2016) from a bottle as follows:

From the bottle: "Est. 1996".

I am coming to embrace the Pop!ping of the cap on these bottles, especially the freshest ones. It provides me the opportunity to utilize an aggro pour & really get things going. Did I mention that I am coming to despise bottles, especially screw-top ones? Smert botylok, as my Russian pals might say! It did not die, but instead, came roaring out of the bottle to create three-plus fingers of dense, rocky, eggshell-white head that not only hung around but left amazing lace in its wake. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose smelled of freshly-squeezed grapefruit & black pepper! No wonder that I am such a fan of the style. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was at once both bitter and spicy. The hops gave it a very citrusy grapefruit bitterness while the rye lent it a black pepper spiciness. Just imagine putting black pepper on your morning grapefruit. Whee! The finish was dry, but more thanks to its inherent spiciness than the yeast's interaction with the available sugars. Good stuff.

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Photo of dakid618
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into 10oz fancy glass(what my local beer bar had). Pours deep golden with a half finger of white soapy head. Smells a little wheaty but mostly a light citrus hop smell. Taste is a wonderful balance of hops. Light dry mouthfeel consistent with most APAs. Very, very drinkable. Do not pass this up. Great beer for the value($5/bomber)

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Photo of ralree
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful gold color, 2 fingers of fluffy head, great retention and lacing!

S: Nice strong grain - the rye comes through nicely. Nice sweet backing with lots of nice bitter hops. I can't wait.

T: Rye and hops are really nice and strong. This is a rather sweet beer, with brown sugar coming through evenly. The alcohol is a bit noticeable, but doesn't drive me away.

M: Nice oily texture, non-astringent, medium-light body. Good carbonation.

D: Goes down very easily, especially when chilled.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hop Cat in Grand Rapids, MI on 11/29/08. Listed as "Sky High Rye" on the beer board.

A - Medium hazy golden/amber body with moderate amount of carbonation and creamy white head that yielded lots of sticky lace around the glass.

S - Sweet, fruity and citrusy nose with an apparent rye character and plenty of caramel malt. Traces of grapefruit as well as apple and other "tree fruit" were also present.

T - Opens with a surge of fruity and citrusy hops with a prevalent rye presence and sweet caramel malts to balance out the flavor profile.

M - Medium bodied with soft mouthfeel and just the right amount of carbonation. This has a pleasant crisp, fruity hop bite in the finish. Dryness is quite subtle for a rye beer.

D - This is an extremely well-balanced rye beer with a savory hop presence and plenty of sweet malty goodness. There's definitely some West Coast action happening with the hops. Simply one of the best rye beers I've had!

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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 hosehead83
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Orange/gold in color, with a nice, two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Perfumy whiff of citrussy hops and spiciness
Taste-Juicy white grapefruit, spicy rye, zesty, snappy hops. Very flavorfull and well-balanced. Pale malts lend a bit lighter, refreshing quality to this tasty brew. A great match for spicy or full-flavored cuisine. Highly recommended. Get some!!

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Photo of Gruntlumber
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of sedimentary floaties. Is that a plus or negative on appearance? Other than that, thumbs up all the way. Extremely fresh, hop bite lingers on the tongue, no off flavors. Just superb hoppy goodness. Rye is very smooth, but of course alcohol content is restrained, so it's not like drinking a DIPA. Calling this a session beer would result in quick drunkenness, but it sure goes down nicely.

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Photo of pBRale
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear yellow/orange color with a foamy white head that left a sheeting of lace inside the empty glass.

S - strong citrus hop aroma, not that there's anything wrong with that.

T - bitter hoppy blasts throughout with enough malt sweetness to balance things out before finishing somewhat dry and bitter.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - a good tasting beer that's easy to drink, nice.

Note: at $5 a bomber I will be enjoying quite a few more of these while it's around.
Happy 12th Anniversary Arcadia!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip)

A- This beer has a crystal clear apricot hued body with a sticky snow white head that leaves sheets of register marks that last for the full beer. There is a snow glow of tiny bubbles swirling around the beer before rising to the top.

S- This beer has a herbal skunky hops, that are a pleasant skunk almost cat pee aroma. This is followed by a woody pine resin hop finish which is softer and has a note of spice like pepper to it. Overall it is a bit soft especially compared to the taste.

T- The tangy citrus note to the big green hops has more of a funk dark green flavor to it with a slight sweetness of pale malt underneath. There is a fruity almost bubble gum flavor to the malt that has a yeast quality to it. The spicy rye note comes through as the beer warms and compliments the hops and the malt with a little snap.

M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with a creamy texture and no alcohol heat.

D- This beer has some good big hops with some nice depth and a bit of unique complexity around the hops. It is easy to drink and pretty tasty.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pulled from fridge, allowed to warm a bit. bottled on 07/07/10 stamped on bottle. poured into a standard pint.

pours out a super cloudy golden yellowish color with a one finger of fluffy white head. great sticky lace, and great retention. small bits of sediment. looks like a darker hefe.

mostly oily resinous hops in the aroma. citrus and tropical fruits with some light piney notes. balanced by a nice bready malt. a hint of rye somewhere in there as well.

an explosion of bright resinous oily hops. mostly grapefruit citrus and tropical fruits. a nice bready malt tries to balance, but the hops rule here. just a light rye like spiciness in the background, the spiciness hits more after the sip. lots of lingering hop bitterness.

medium bodied, carbonation is feeling good. a nice drinkable offering for the hop heads alike.

overall: a great pale ale, the rye wasnt huge, but made for an even better pale ale. recommended IMHO and worth atleast a single bottle.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22ozBottle. A nice copper/orange color with a two finger fluffy offwhite head,medium to light carbonation.Aroma of pine and toasted rye bread,a hint of pineapple . Big flavor, spicy dry toasted malt up front with a slightly citrusy finish,maybe grapefruit or pineapple,and then a little peppercorn note.Slightly bitter but quite balanced with all that is going on here. Very good offering and my new favorite from this brewer .

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Photo of BMoney575
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 12-27-08

Pours a crystal clear gold color with a foamy white head that sticks around forever.

Smell is lots of sweet rye and a good amount of light hops.

Taste is a great combination of rye and hops, very earthy and bitter. Not as sweet as you might expect, and very tasty.

Mouthfeel is just right, thick but with good carbonation.

Drinkability is very good, a little on the hoppy side but with no cloying sweetness.

Overall, a great and unique beer. A fantastic combination of malty and bitter that they should bottle all the time.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very light, slightly cloudy yellow colour, slightly burnished at the edges, with a very full, heavy and frothy head of white foam. I was expecting something darker from a rye beer, but only having had two before, I'm not sure I've got a lot to judge it on. Lacing is superb though, and the head in general is excellent, so overall it's a very nice looking beer. Just not what I was expecting. But everything straight this is a really excellent looking beer.

Light lagery hops on the nose. Quite sharp and clean, with some metallic notes and a good cleanliness that strikes through crisp and clear. Really, it's a very sharp but pure pils-style nose. Nothing cloying, sweet or heavy about it. Very nice.

Taste is also very clean and crisp, with an excellent straight push of light bitter hoppiness through the centre of the palate. Perhaps a slight tingle of spice around the edges, some phenols on the back, and a long, slightly dry, but refreshingly crisp and bitter finish. Mouthfeel is clean, but with almost no hint of carbonation.

This is an exceptionally clean and very drinkable beer. I'm very surprised, considering the style, but it presents itself like a really clean, crisp and exceptionally flavoursome lager, even though it's not. But there's a lot to like about that style, and this beer and its interpretation thereof. To be honest, I found this amazingly drinkable, crisp, refreshing and enjoyable. I'm a big fan.

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Arcadia Sky High Rye from Arcadia Brewing Company
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