Arcadia Sky High Rye | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Sky High RyeArcadia Sky High Rye

Brewed by:
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.

Added by FrognutUnl on 01-11-2009

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Ratings: 565 |  Reviews: 203
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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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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4.48/5  rDev +19.5%

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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Arcadia Sky High Rye from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 565 ratings.
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