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 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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Photo of TonyReaves
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got a bomber on sale- impulse buy next to the cash register. I was a little worried about freshness, since there was no date on this bottle. But I love rye beer, so I couldn't pass it up.

Beautiful deep golden color. Unfiltered- particulates floating around. I love an unfiltered ale, and with rye and wheat beers it's a must.
Smells like piney/floral American hops. Hoppier than I expected, which is good.
I saw someone describe this as a summer beer, so I was expecting something light like Red Hook's Sun Rye. This is closer to Hop Rod, but not as bitter. Still, piney/floral hops hit, followed by a rye-heavy maltiness and a smooth finish. A little bit of alcohol in the end.
Mouthfeel is smooth, but somewhat dry with good carbonation.
Drinkability is decent. At 6% abv, it's not too strong, but this is bitter enough that I'd probably follow it with something milder rather than a second one of these.
It's a shame this is just a limited-run anniversary ale. Definitely one of the best Arcadia ales I've had.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Nice, rich gold color. Medium white head sticks around well. Aroma is lots of hops and tangy rye.

Really enjoyed the solid flavor of this beer. Nothing extreme, but nice and bitter, more so than 55 ibu would indicate. Really tastes like an IPA, with the rye adding a lot to the tangy, citrusy flavor characteristic of the style. Also has a spicy note, kind of like white pepper. Bitter medicinal aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very good, full with medium-low carbonation. Goes down easily, and not too strong at 6 percent.

Got this for 2.99 a bomber. Needless to say, I'll be back for more.

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Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and rye malt scent along with a nice complimentary hop aroma. The hops and rye work well together with this one. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth pale and rye malt flavor that's light with just enough malt character. It's a hoppy beer, but just like the rye, it's in moderation. This is a tastey beer that stays within itself and doesn't go into the extreme category. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a sessionable rye ale. It's spicey, but not too spicey; an easy drinker.

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

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet oranges, tropical fruits, and citrus hops. Flavor of nice hop oils, a touch of grainy notes (probably only because I'm concentrating on finding them!) with a light bitterness in the finish. Very nice beer and yeah, it's definitely more of an IPA than a specialty grain, but in any case, definitely a hidden gem.
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

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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 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 lamarr04
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear orange with persistent one inch head

S: citrus and spicy hop aroma, also a faint note of caramel

T: rye bitterness both at the beginning and end of the sip, bitter hops and malt backbone that is present but takes a back seat to the bitterness. although the malt becomes sweeter and more noticeable as the beer warms.

M: medium body and crisp carbonation. rye lends lingering quality to mouthfeel, almost a lingering dryness

D: nice flavor, medium body and decent carbonation mean this beer was a relatively easy drink. not a beer a could pound back but certainly not a sipper.

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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 tmoneyba
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft sample at MBGF Summer08.

Poured hazy copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted and produced excellent lacing. Moderate rye & floral hoppy aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Moderate bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

My expectations where met and I hope this was not a one off.

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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 mjd83goblue
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 12th Anniversary release

Pours a hazy golden. Smell contains a bit of spice and hops, some banana(?) with a grassy pilsner-like quality.

Taste is rye all over. Just like eating a slice of fresh bread. Nicely hopped, but they are the supporting cast here. (unlike, say, Founders Red's Rye). Finishes with a black pepper tickle.

Slightly dry, and surprising crisp. Would make a nice addition to a June BBQ in lieu of the usual selection of very average summer wheat beers. Hope there's still some available then, I think it would hold up that long. Then again, $7/bomber isn't really meant for summer sessions...

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

This is Arcadia's 12th Anniversary Brew.

A - Golden in color,crystal clear, with a three finger head. Good retention with a fair amount of lacing.

S - Yeasty with fruity apricot and notes of banana notes.

T - Light, citrus fruits give way to mildly sweet bananas and dried apricots with notes of pepper. Moderate bitterness. Very crisp and clean.

M - Light to medium in body. Moderate carbonation.

D - This, their 12th anniversary brew, is light, refreshing, and fairly complex. I would certainly recommend this to anyone who was looking for a great summertime brew. The only problem I can find is that this is not summer.

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

Fairly clear (maybe a bit of haze) and golden in colour. There was a fine, off-white cap with a rocky collar after the pour. Nice lacing. Hoppy aroma, plenty of pine and grapefruit pith, with bready malts in the background. Moderate bitterness, very fruity, more citrus and pine from the hops, plus some crackery and bready malt, rye. Lingering hop bitterness and spice. Texture was alright, average carbonation, between light and medium bodied. Pretty good overall.

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Arcadia Sky High Rye from Arcadia Brewing Company
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