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.

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Photo of Brent
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad as a pale ale, but I was let-down that the rye really does not shine through in this beer. It lacks that spicy bite that rye can lend, and, had the label not noted it as a rye beer, I don't think I would have known otherwise. Decent balance of hops and malt, with a long bittering finish.

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

Cloudy and golden brown. A small amount of head that lingers for the majority of the beer. The nose is has a lot of bitter rye bread. Not much hops but a large amount of bready and caramel malt character. The taste has the rye coming through upfront but that bitter rye is balanced with a lot of caramel malt flavors and some citrus, somewhat floral, hops to finish it off. A sweet and medium malty body. Nice balance of volatile malt flavors and hops.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank six of these over the course of six days. Managed to get quite a deal on the pack.

Consistently pours a golden body with a lot of shine. A nice amount of white foam bubbled up to top off the glass, then stuck around for a short while. No lacing left behind, but otherwise it's a decent looker. Tones of grassy hops and a smack of rye make up the majority of the scent. No question about what style this sucker is - a lot of grains without much else going on. Maybe a touch of floral scents.

Sharp carbonation against the tongue initially hides quite a strong combination of flavors. Grassy tones with a big kick of grains shock the tongue. Its hard to adjust at first, but as the beer warmed, so did my attitude towards it. Bit of a dry finish makes it a slower drinking kind of brew. Nice, medium body really compliments the flavors.

Overall/notes - Continues my impressions of Arcadia's beers. Consistently decent, but never wowing. The rye is there for sure, but it lacks a lot else to accompany it. One night a cooked up some brats that I ate with a side of black pepper parmesan bread. That definitely tasted the most pleasant of the bunch. Give it a whirl!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a wine glass. Beer is yellow and hazy with an average head a a little lacing on the glass.

Aroma equals herbal, grassy, mild citrus, a little pine.

Flavor equals average yeastiness, some herbal spice, a little hoppiness, moderate bitterness, thin bodied, easy drinking, decent summer lawnmower beer.

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

Grabbed this at Drake's Party Store in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Fills the glass with a cloudy, medium gold. 1-2 finger loose white head. Retaining well with lacing. Peppery spiciness, touches of lemon, herbal in the nose. Pepper crackery maltiness, lightly citrusy hopped. Clean, medium level of bitterness and a medium finish that lets some of the lemon hops drag on. Medium-light bodied with a moderately-high level of carbonation.

Personally, I enjoy the spiciness from the rye, the extra body it lends and the bitterness that seems to balance well. I'd recently brewed a rye beer myself and can learn a thing or two from this example.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

While I'm here, I might as well have some cask-conditioned goodness, right? This bit thereof pours a clear pale straw (the closest thing to a yellow crayon I've ever seen sit in a glass) topped by a finger of bright cream-white foam. The nose comprises sharp pine, leek, caramel, grapefruit, light lemon zest, and light fennel. The taste holds notes of pine, lemon rind, mild leek, light caramel, rye spice, orange rind, and a very light twist of lime. Something about the citrus combination and the bitterness at the end, I think, but this just does not sit well on my tongue. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a nearly non-existent carbonation (cask, remember?) and a smooth, creamy feel. Overall, I'm not entirely a fan of this beer. I don't think the rye was employed all that well, and the flavor combinations didn't really work.

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

This pours a clear, pale gold with a one finger, tightly bubbled white head with spotty lace. On the nose there are notes of pale and some caramel malts, some grapefruit, and a spicy undertone of rye. I wish the rye was more prominent, but I think Arcadia was going for a pale ale with rye, not a rye beer with hops. In the mouth the rye is a bit less shy, asserting itself as a main component of the malt bill rather than an addition. Its spice mixes in well with the pale and possibly caramel malt. The grapefruit and citrus flavors are mellower here but stick around in a nicely medium finish. The body is medium and it drinks quite easily.

Overall, this is a fine brew, not my favorite rye but not too far off the mark altogether. I guess I wish there were just more of everything, but then the drinkability would suffer.

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Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange-golden color. It's not a yellowish gold but one with hints of red. Good retention.

No surprise on a rye grain aroma. Sky High has a light malt aroma from the pale malts.

This pale has a crisp citrus taste. It also has a cereal taste that reminds me of wheat beer. A pretty tasty cross of a pale ale with a grainy or bready beer.

Sky High is lighter bodied, has a crisp feel, and goes great with meals. Good drinkability. A good brew from B.C.

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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 OttoPeeWee
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first beer from Arcadia and my first rye beer. I am kind of tired of every american beer being over the top with hops. Don't get me wrong this is not a bad beer, it's just not balanced. Another beer in the mad arms race over how much hops can you add to a beer before your taste buds can't recognize the taste.

The beer is golden with decent head and good lacing. The smell as you can imagine is floral, grapefruit and grass. The taste is way too bitter. I can barely taste the malt and what I do taste has a funk off flavor. Why put rye in a beer that you can't taste the malt?

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Photo of Jayli
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 5/24 poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a one finger of sudsy bone white head. Head recedes immediately leaving little spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is fruity - lemony citrus and mango, rye, and breadiness.

T: Taste starts with bready, grainy notes to it. Lemon citrus mingled with a good dose of rye come in through the middle. Finish has a pineapple, mango, fruitiness that really caught me off guard at first.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, slightly oily body to it.

O: Goes down somewhat easy, tasty, not too filling, nice kick, good representation of style. I must admit, my first pint I didn't think that I cared for this beer. However, by the second pint I was digging it. A decent beer if you like rye beers.

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Photo of output01x
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger bright white head that slowly recedes to a thick, clumpy dusting. The body is a hazy golden straw color with a few slow moving carbonation bubbles. Good amounts of lacing cling to the glass like graffiti.

Grainy and bready rye is the main aroma here, as expected. However, a sweet lemon pineapple citrus character also has a strong presence. A little spiciness is detected in the background.

Light but sweet malt is immediately detected with a great earthy breadiness from the rye. A lemon zest flavor hides in the background and helps to complement the other flavors. A dry, spice aftertaste finishes each sip. The flavors here are far from bold and pronounced. Instead they are mellow and balanced, making for a very drinkable and refreshing taste.

Light bodied with slight carbonation, this beer flows over your tongue and washes down your throat with ease. The nice, light body makes this beer very refreshing and practically gulpable. Unfortunately, the lack of carbonation gives this beer a sticky mouthfeel after each sip and allows the flavors to last a little too long in my opinion. A little more carbonation would have made this beer exceptional.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fascinating pale ale that employs a simple grain bill that's accentuated by rye, and without the influence of darker malts. Still the combinatio of hops and rye make for a heightened citrus/spicy/earthy experience.

Pale golden and carrying a signature 'dry-hopped' haze, the beer has a visual weight that's topped with a fluffy white and airy head. With good retention and lace, the beer begins to look like well made America wheats or hefeweizens.

Citrusy, pungent, and spicy- the beer's malty backbone is clean with light breads and cracker character. The rye contributes an earthy spicy aroma that seems somewhat English in character. Hop aroma of white grapefruit or grapefruit rind gives a very sharp, leafy, grassy element to the nose. Without esters or phenolics, the beer has a simple and crisp aroma.

Crisp malt flavors carry over from the nose, and with a doughy, light bread taste that carries that earthy rye flavor throughout. Very sharp hops give vibrant grapefruit zest flavor early and through mid palate, but turns decidedly bitter and bitey in finish. Exacerbated by the pungent and spicy rye, the beers bitter finish is likely a result of both the grain and hops.

Creamy textures of barley and rye are carried by airy carbonatoion that lifts the hops and sweetness from the tongue and ushers into the finish. Finishing with an earthy mint-like alcoholic evaporation and crisp dryness, the hops give off a medium astringency late that weaves in and out of the hop bitterness.

A nice American pale ale that puts its thumbprint on flavor with the earthy rye character and fresh hop bitterness.

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Photo of Cresant
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. Bottled on 1/31/11. The body was a hazy yellow gold. There was a bright white head which left whisps of lace. The heavy cap remained.

The smell was spicy. Rye, grain. Syrupy malt aroma.

The taste was spicy too. The crisp hops work well with the spiciness. Finishes dry. Very flavorful. One of my favorite rye beers and a pleasant surprise.

The mouthfeel was smooth at the beginning and finished coarse. Medium body.

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

Had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A. Gold and semi-opaque. Very bubbly. Small bubbles. Solid head and lacing.
S. Has a strong fruity (citrus/pineapple) scent and wheat.
T. Very nice fruity taste. The rye doesn't really come through, to be honest. But it has a nice smooth taste. To be honest, has a bit of an IPA taste to it.
M. Nice carbonation and refreshing.
D. Very refreshing.

Must also note, that I had a cigar a little while before drinking this beer, so my taste palate is all over the place.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. It has a big fluffy 3-finger white head on it, that has excellent retention. The head left behind some nice lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of bready malts and some caramel sweetness. There is also some roastiness, as well as some grassy hops, citrus, a touch of spicy rye, and some floral notes.

T - The taste starts off with some lightly toasted malts and caramel sweetness. There is a nice citrus presence, and some nice earthy hop character. There is a bit of spiciness as well. The finish has a bit of lingering bitterness and some notes of bread.

M - This has a medium body and medium carbonation. It goes down easy, and has a smooth/slightly creamy quality to it. There are some spice notes that tingle the mouth, and a bit of bitterness that sticks to the palate.

O - This has pretty good drinkability. The flavor is nice, and I could easily drink a few of these in a sitting. Overall, I think this is a good beer, and I would try it again. I think it would be nice on a hot summer day.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation along with some miniscule particles floating in suspension. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down and left lacing on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose.
T: The initial taste has some notes of malty sweetness—this is quickly followed by spicy flavors from the rye and a light to moderate amount of bitterness from the hops. There are also some notes of citrus.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink because neither the flavors from the rye nor hops overpower the taste.

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Photo of jables7
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- a good amber color with decent head retention.

S- the hops are pretty straight forward and the rye announces itself without question.

T- the taste sticks pretty close to the smell. good balance for a brew of this style.

M- coats your entire palate. if the rye taste isn't your thing you will absolutely hate this beer.

O- solid beer. a slight step below others of this particular style (most notably Founder's Red's Rye) but generally a balanced delicious choice.

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Photo of 33nickadams
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a really good lookin' brew. Nice lacing all the way down the glass. Its golden yellow and and transparent. Good citrus smell that is barely there. I really like the fruityness along with the dry finish. It has a slight bitterness as well with a light mouthfeel. I was really surprised by this one and I think this is could be a great session brew even at 6%. I will pick this one up again.

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Photo of BB1313
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a bright hazy golden color w/ a nice white fluffy head and very sticky lacing. Great looking brew! Right off the bat, this one is very reminicsent to an IPA. Lots of hops in the flavors and aromas. I'm picking some orange, tangerine, and a slight amount of pine and resin. The rye is present, but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Overall this is a pretty refreshing beer.

It really didn't remind me too much of a pale ale, besides the light crispness to it. Nonetheless, it's a solid brew.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: From the tap it pours crystal clear, copper in color with a dense, creamy 1.5 finger head. Excellent, thick lacing.

S: Pine hops and caramel malts dominate with a hint of asiago cheese.

T: Pointed and coppery, this has a good hop bitterness with a grainy finish and a dry, earthy aftertaste. A hint of bananas and vanilla.

M: A nice, balanced cream feel rounds out the sharpness of the flavor. There is a grittiness to it that wakes you up.

D: A tasty brew, with a good balance, but the bold flavor may limit you to only 1 or 2.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottel into pint glass. cloudy straw color with a nice head that remains for the entore pint, leaving some nice lacing.

Hops on the nose, not too intense, perhaps muted by the rye. Very interesting taste, the usual hop and rye combine for a nice bitter bite, but I think I detect some Saaz hops in the finish, giving a nice crisp end to a very interesting beer.

I'll try this one again, as well as other brews from Arcadia.

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Photo of rousee
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The label on my bottle doesnt look like the pic here but thats okay. I dbl checked and this is definitely the same variety by these guys.I'm pretty sure they're new to the Boston mkt but I am glad to have another choice regardless.

Gold-amber pour-fairly small head, Earthy & woodsy nose. Seems like this one has more boozines than some of the other bottles I've tried. No matter--the rye taste is present in a good way and I think these guys are a pretty good upcoming brewery.

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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 scruffwhor
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice bubbling and a nice headdy foam after a two finger heads recedes to a thick film. The color is a strong bronze color with some nice brass notes.

The hops combine to make a spicey herbnal zest of an aroma. The lightly toasted mlats maybe give a soft aroma of water crackers.

The barely malts are a little sweet upfront, then spicey rye and citric hops add some astringent sweetness from the middle all the way to the finish.

This is a spicey, astringent beer, the rye adds that extra zest zest that sets it apart from an APA or AIPA.

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Arcadia Sky High Rye from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 566 ratings.
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