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 josefnewsong
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - bright golden orange color with some chill haze present, two fingers of white frothy head that leaves thick froth-lace
S - not too much rye here, just hints...hops and bready malt
T - hop bitterness up front, sweet bready malts in the back, only a hint of rye in the middle...the malt backing is about as significant as it gets...taste's more like a straight up IPA than most Rye Beers I've had
M - hops tingle the tongue and give way to very thick, chewy malts that slide down nicely...full-bodied and very enjoyable
D - this is a reeeally well-balanced beer, I just wanted more rye flavor. If this was a straight up IPA I might have rated it higher overall. Very drinkable, I would have another.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into a chalice at the Map Room.

The beer pours a murky gold with a light tan head. Ok retention and lacing.

The aroma is a mixture of rye with some hops. The taste is very similar a nice rye peppery aftertaste with some nice bitterness.

The feel is ok, ok drinkability.

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Photo of jcnd9803
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear, copper color. It had a small, foamy, thick, tan head that left sticky rings of lace.

S - Definitely the rye is font and center, with a backdrop of caramel malt and grassy hops.

T - A nice spicy, hoppy and bitter taste. Great rye and caramel flavors.

M - Crisp and dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a great beer and actually rather sessionable. I'm ready for another!

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Photo of ottovon
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a nice light coppery color. no haze.

S: smells of citrusy hops, bready malt, and it smells a little sweet. a very nice aroma.

T: very crisp and clean. a nice hop flavor. bready malt. some nice rye spiciness. some bitterness in the finish.

M: it has a nice body. medium mouthfeel.

D: very drinkable. wish i had more.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden colour with beige head, medium-thick but retaining well. Made of small bubbles and leaves gorgeous lace behind. Body is still, but with a nice haziness to it. Not sure if it's exemplary for the style - as I'm not au fait with the style - but looks very good as a beer.

Nose is very hoppy. Lots of passionfruit seed, some pineapple, citrus and guava on there. Yeah, lots of fruit. Some notes of cakey malt behind, but not much complexity. Smells very bitter, possibly too much. Fruit is there but it's obviously hoppy fruit, needs more malt to balance it.

Taste is interesting. Notes of steamed pudding on the front that pervades through to the back. Slight musk on there and marshmallow notes. Fair starchiness in the malt. Hoppiness is prominent from just beyond the start, very floral and slightly piney, but not too bitter. Has a harsh resiny hit on the mid and finishes almost vinous, with a distinct woody character, quite fresh. Definite passionfruit note and some bread dough late. Definitely IPA-esque, but a real crisp lager character to it as well. Finish trails off a bit, but overall interestingly tangy.

Mouthfeel is dry on the back, a bit harsh for the most part. Not a big fan.

Not the best beer I've had, but certainly holds its own.

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

Poured into nonic. Strong pour produces a quite sizable head, close to three full fingers. Retention is decent, but not spectacular. Thick and sticky lacing is left surrounding the glass.
Body is a clear sunny orange color.

Hop aroma is dominately earthy though whiffs of pine and citrus work their way into the mix. Caramel malt presence is not strong but sufficient to create a balance to the nose. The rye is not as strong as one may wish going into this beer, certainly does provide a nice spiciness.

Solid Pale Ale flavors with the complimentary rye. Bitterness is pleasant. Citric hops carry the majority of the hop flavor with a slight pininess developing soon there after. Good dose of earthy rye flavors really enhance the brew as a whole. Pale malt sweetness plays more of a supporting role. The balance between bitter, spicy and sweet make for a pleasant drinking experience.

Medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation. Arcadia tends to produce a creamier feel with there Pale Ales I have had recently which is very pleasant. Finish is just less than dry with some lingering sweetness and spice left clinging to the palate.

Very enjoyable beer. I am glad to have found this one stuck into a variety pack though would like to see it again in a larger format as a regular offering. Easy to drink, could go through multiples without any trouble. While not a world class ale, this is certainly one to sample given the opportunity.

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kzoobrew for this extra!

Poured into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours about 1 finger of creamy white head. Fades down to a thin layer somewhat quickly. Leaves some pretty nice lace walls however. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: The first thing I get out of the aroma is bubblegum. Then they rye and hops kick in. Nice earthy hops with some caramel malts.

Taste: Very dry tasting. Lots of rye here. Lots of floral and grassy hop profile with biscuit flavored malts. Some light citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: Very dry and bitter. A medium body with a medium level of carbonation. Ends a little sticky and sweet.

Overall, not a bad beer at all. It wasn't as hoppy as I was expecting, but still decently hopped. Definitely worth a try if you have a chance.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sunny tangelo with a fine yeasty haziness and several stately bubble streams. The antique white colored crown persists admirably and is doing a fine job decorating the glass with BB-shot lace. An impressive amount sticks in the end.

The nose is moderately American hoppy and doesn't have much rye character. For some reason, rye beer tastes more like rye when the darker malts are used. Either that or the brewer didn't go 'whole hog' on rye in the grain bill. Warming delivers a wonderful earthy spiciness... and a higher score.

Arcadia calls Sky High Rye a 'West Coast-Style Pale Ale' brewed with rye malt. And that is pretty much what it tastes like. Considering the fact that 55 IBUs were present right out of the hopper, it's too bad I didn't acquire this 12th Anniversary ale sooner. That said, it's still pleasantly bitter and hop flavorful.

The malt tastes mostly pale, with a helping hand from something toasted and a solid shot of rye-like earthy spiciness. At least one of the C-hops has to be present given the white grapefruit, lemon and pine that greets each mouthful. Malty sweet and hoppy bitter get along beautifully. This does not taste like beer that is past its prime. Not one little bit.

American pale ale is also an apt comparison where mouthfeel is concerned. SHR is at least medium for that style, has plenty of 'hang on', and has zesty carbonation that keeps the mouth party rollin' right along.

Rye malt and a generous amount of American hops, in the right hands, is an outstanding combination (as is Belgian yeast and a generous amount of American hops, but I digress). Arcadia Sky High Rye is tremendous beer that deserves to be brewed on a regular basis. To relegate it to 12th Anniversary, never-to-be-brewed-again status would be borderline criminal. Immoral at the very least.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden hue with a bubbly stark-white foam that fades pretty fast to a light sheen. Leaves tons of nice looking lace on the glass.

Nose is heavy on the rye; spicy and peppery. Also showcases plenty of fruity and citric hop aroma. Overall, a pretty clean smelling ale...bold and delicious.

Hops are juicy, bitter and have plenty of flavor. Rye accentuates the hops with a peppery kick. Not sure what the percentage of the malt bill the rye is for this beer, but it tastes like it is fairly high. Finishes very dry...resinous, bitter finish lingers awhile on the back of the tongue. Clean, easy drinking rye beer here, well done by the folks at Arcadia. I like the fact they did not go with an over the top alcohol bomb for an Anniversary ale.

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Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden/yellow color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, rye, slight grain, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Rye Beer. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, slight rye, slight sweet malt, hint of alcohol, and slight citrus. Overall, a good blend, body, and appearance.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow - I have a pretty low view of Arcadia, as they've been mixed at best for me so far. However, this is potentially the best brew of theirs I've picked up. Excellent look - copper color with a big slightly off-white head that leaves excellent lacing. Looks as good as a rye beer can. Nose is big - rye, hops, some citrus fruitiness. Very nice. Flavor is likewise. Big dirty hops all over the place, rye infused throughout, and some milder dry fruitiness. Balances nicely with a quieter slightly roasted caramel malt. Feel is good, fine for the style. This is a tasty beer, one of the best I've had from Arcadia. Not quite at a Founders Red Rye level, but not too far off.

D'Vinos/22 oz/$6

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Photo of adamette
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Poured from tap at the brewery 10 15 09 into a clean, clear glass.

A Translucent light brown body with minimal head. 3.0

S Rye bitterness, good smell, appropriate to style. 3.5

T Rye, barley and hops bitterness really comes through into the taste. This is a potent rye beer though. 3.5

M Moderate feel, thickened by hops, rye tastes. 3.5

D Fair to good drinkability, 3.5

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Photo of Reneejane
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a gold colored almost amber ale with a white head. The aroma was definitely hoppy. The taste was very crisp with the hops adding a bitterness. The finish was surprisingly quite clean and with a lingering hopiness. I took off a little on taste because there is no real rye character to this beer. Most of the flavor is the hops. Nevertheless, this is a great offering and very drinkable.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$3.99 for a 220z bomber. 55 IBU. 6.0% ABV. Obviously brewed with rye in addition to pale malts, but no info is found on their website regarding hops, etc.

Pours out to a slightly hazy orangeish golden, forming a small head with good lacing and adequate retention. The carbonation level is pretty low and takes a vigorous pour to muster any head. The aroma is nice...hoppy mango & pine, with sweet cake-like grain husk and a little pineapple when swirled. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth for a ryePA, with more flavor than it's medium body would have you think. There is a pilsner-esque finish and a potent piney bitterness which hang around for quite a while in the aftertaste, throwing the tropical fruits out of balance. I certainly wouldn't be able to tell this was brewed with rye, because any subtlety of the rye is overpowered by hops. Consider this an IPA by any other means.

A decent brew. Better than some of the other Arcadia's I've had (many of them plagued by oxidation). Cleanly fermented. Not unique at all, but for $3.99, would appeal to the IPA lovers out there.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a hazy gold with a thin white head that quickly dissipated. Some citrusy hops and a little rye spice in the aroma. Also some sweet malt. Pretty good amount of hop bitterness upfront. Not a lot of malt there, I found it a little thin. Drying finish from the hops. Not bad, but nothing special.

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Photo of david18
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I actually thought this was a classic rye ale. The problem for me was there wasn't very much malt or hops. I like Rye IPA's or malty Ryes but this one really only tastes like rye. Light gold color. Good carbonation. Smell is a little mild but the taste is definitely Rye. Unique but could use more of something.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hopcat. Hoppy beer, lighter in color than I would expect. Not much of a rye edge.Bitter astringency, malt not really coming through to help balance and drying finish. Ok mainly because its fresh, could be a tad better with food. Certainly not a sessionable.An odd one.

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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 jsh420
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours cloudy yellowish orange with a 2 finger head that left lacing all over the glass

smells of juicy grapefruit citrus hops and thats about it maybe some rye comes through but i dont pick it up everytime

taste is much like the smell but with the rye balancing well with the bitter juicy hops - alcohol is not hidden in this beer but works well - this beer reminds me of some Harvest APA's

mouthfeel is medium body medium carbonation - could use a bit more carbonation

drinkability is good but a bomber is all i will drink tonight of this one

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Photo of skrib09
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

light amber in color. hazy brew with a creamy looking, hop fueled, off-white head.

smell is citrusy, piney, and a bit wheaty. subdued but noticeable hop profile with a clean finish from the rye.

a little astringent, maybe resin hop flavors. pine and grapefruit with a hint of bitterness. floral and spicey in combination with a wheat or rye note.

great mouthfeel, relatively light. crispy at the end. drinkable at 6%.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. Little half finger head that fadecd almost right away leaving very little lacing that slides down the glass when drank.

S- Had to really try to smell the aromas with this one. I think this has faded a little bit. Good citrus undertones now followed by a almost wheaty (bready) aromoa. I can detect a little rye in this but overall I have to try to get anything from the aroma.

T- Good malt upbring with a tinge of citrus hops in the forefront of the beer. The rye hits about middle of the beer and sours everything out a little bit. Interesting balance and a slight sour hop ending. This drinks kind of like a pale ale/wheat hybrid with a hint of rye in it. I enjoy it actually quite well. Nice and interesting beer.

M- Lighter mouthfeel to it. I wish there was a little more carbonation to it but overall the beer is flawless in this department. The rye and hops stick to the tounge leaving a nice sour rye flavor lingering wanting to make you take another sip.

D- This beer with even as much age on it as I tried is still good. Nothing over the top but yet nothing that is making you not want to drink it. A nice beer from Arcadia which I normal do not really enjoy as a brewery. Good job guys!

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Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw a $5.99 bomber of this in Springfield over the weekend, missed the Chciago market I guess, save for draft at a few places. This bottle is around 4-5 months old at this point, i'm guessing.

Poured out a hazy rusted orange with some suspended micro sediment contributing to the haze. A thin but creamy cap of foam rested on the surface, with a few spots of lacing. The aroma was slightly wheaty with some rye, but nothing very spicy or hoppy. Flavor had similarly begun to fade, it had a nice fullness to it with some bready notes and vague hop taste in the back. It didn't wow me, but the freshness may have been starting to fade a little. If you're holding on to one, drink it now... Wish they would have put out Hop Rocket again instead. EDIT 08/09 My prayers for Hop Rocket have been answered...Hallelujah!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled April 2009
A standard pour produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head that is long lasting and leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a clear, copper-gold color that gets a shade lighter when held up to the light. The aroma is definitely nicely hoppy with notes of tangerine, orange-zest and lychee being quite noticeable. The is a backdrop of toasty pale malt character, some grassy grain notes as well as a spicy whole grain character; this last is definitely nice as I like being able to smell the rye influence. The finish actually has quite a bit of grain character to it and can even drown out the hop notes at times.

A clean, ample, biting bitterness cuts through the palate here. There are hints of malt sweetness that accentuates a light hop fruitiness (some sweet citrus, lychee and a touch of tropical fruit notes). There is a nice level of spiciness here in the flavor that is a mix of piney, herbal hop notes and the spicy grain / rye flavors. This has a fairly light body, but has enough fullness to keep things in balance; it is definitely a quaffable brew though.

The hoppiness could be a bit fresher here, but it is still quite vibrant. I really like that the rye plays a noticeable role here, in both flavor and aroma. This is a nicely enjoyable beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a clear, bubbly, copper color with burgundy highlights. It had a small, foamy, thick, tan head that left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of rye, caramel malt and grassy hops.

T - It tasted hoppy and bitter. Great rye and caramel flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a really good brew. Seems more it should be classified as a rye beer instead of an APA.

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Arcadia Sky High Rye from Arcadia Brewing Company
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