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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Reviews: 203 | Ratings: 563
Photo of srv33
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber honey pour, little to no head. Slight lacing. Scent of apricot, wheat and vanilla. Taste isn't quite as complex as smell, taste strikes me as a light sessionable beer, tastes of balanced citrus light on the tongue and hints of agave. If only the taste was as complex as the scent.

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Photo of ruckus232
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Hazy golden color with maybe a fingers worth of head leaving only a little lacing.

Smell: Citrus scents with a little bit of a sweetness noticeable.

Taste: When you first take the sip there is a citrus bitterness and it almost seems like it will be a very bitter but it goes away and leaves a little bit of a sweetness. The bitterness returns as a slight aftertaste.

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

Had this on 2012-05-15 in Columbia, PA

A - Somewhat hazy gold with a 3/4-finger white head with mild lacing.

S - Sweet bready malt, hop floral and a touch of spice. Pleasant but not very strong.

T - Fairly hop forward grapefruit bitterness followed by some light rye bread sweet/sour, butterscotch. This tempers into a tart orange flavor before drying, where the lingering and significant hop bitterness reasserts itself. I don't get any noticeable rye flavor other than a touch of sourness.

M - Light-medium body and high carbonation. Not watery; there's some chewiness. Dries out a lot.

O - This is a good tasting IPA on the lowish ABV side. The flavor is interesting and there's more than enough hop bite for the style.

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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 soju6
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a fizzy head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of pine and rye grain with some spice and a hint of nut thrown in.

T: Starts with a nice tart nip followed with a blend of grain and mild spice. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Moderate body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. Nice balance.

O: Enjoyable beer, easy drinker. One of the better rye offerings I have tried.

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Photo of mtlasley
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Sky High pours a bright pale gold. There's a bright amber peeking through with a strong visible carbonation inside. The head is a stark white and comes to about 2 fingers. It's dissipates fast and the lacing is mild. It's an attractive brew. 3.5/5

Smell: The first thing I get is a strong hoppy scent. Grapefruit is on top with an orange scent peeking out. Not as floral as I like but layered and complex enough to satisfy. The rye scent here is light and is mingling with a strong bready, yeasty character. Being a rye fan, it's almost a let down There's a faint wheat scent lurking in the background too.3.25/5

Mouthfeel: The body here is light. The carbonation definitely plays well into this. Crisp and refreshing, the body dances so lightly, if you blink, you miss it.3/5

Taste: The hops hit you first with a combination of grapefruit on top, pine needle and orange coming in the back. As the beer crosses the center of the mouth, the bread and rye start to blossom. A yeasty flavor conceals most of the rye zing that I love about a RYE beer. Sadly, as soon as the rye starts to pop the hops rally back cradling a breadiness down the throat. The end is where I get the best mix of rye, bread and hops.3.5/5

Overall: A great beer in total but a let down for the rye fan in me. The hops seem to overbear the bready, rye characteristics in the beer. Still, the flavor is great and at 6%, a six pack goes down easy with company. A good induction to Arcadia. Can't wait to see what I find next.

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

It is always hard to do but I am trying to judge this beer based on the style even though the style is not one of my favorite. Lately I have developed a taste for some other styles I used to dislike,like Scottish, but this is still not working former.

Whatever hops are used bring in a bitter metallic taste and to a lesser degree aroma.

The brewlooks nice in the glass but a bit paler than I would expect. So I will continue to avoid these- at least Arcadias.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber hue with a tan head. Weak retention and lacing.

Smell: Spicy rye, piney hops, and mild malt backbone.

Taste: Spicy rye is overpowering in the taste with very little balancing from the malt. Hop bitterness comes forth but just pushes the spiciness further along in it's intensity.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated within a medium to full body. Robust.

Overall: Worthy of being bought but not my favorite rye beer.

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

First had: ?
I know I've had this before, but I'm not sure where or when. This review applies to a recent tasting on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA.

Poured golden yellow with a small white head; minimal retention and lacing. Aroma of grainy malts, herbal and citrus hop notes. The hops take a bit of the dominant lead in the taste, a decent mix of citrus, pine, and herbal profiles, overlaid on grainy malts, with a mild rye breadiness sneaking through. Medium body and pretty easily drinkable, even if there's nothing too amazing going on. Nice label on the bottles.

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Photo of xnicknj
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours a clear golden orange color with a thick crop of white head resting on top. Retains pretty well while leaving some patchy lacing on the glass.

Soft hop bitterness in the nose with some fruit sweetness. A dash of pineapple and bread with some faint buttyness. Rye spice is understated.

A little bitter and hoppy up front with some citrusy notes. Pineapple and orange with some sweet tones and a dash of rye. A bit bready and buttery in the malt backbone. Touches of caramel towards the finish, which is a little bitter.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. This is way understated on the rye presence, and the hints of butter don't really help either.

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

12 oz bottle pours a cloudy medium amber with weak head and lacing. Aroma of toffee, rye, spicey hops, and a hint of peppermint. Taste is bitter (but not particularly flavorful) peppery hops and sharp rye malt. Mouthfeel is thick with pasty and rather unpleasant aftertaste causing a post-sip grimmace with every drink. Don't see any date on the bottle so perhaps this is a little old - not really a fan of this.

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Photo of tone77
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy tannish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, some hops. Taste is good, citrus, hops, rye, all mixing well for a flavorful beer. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer worth seeking out.

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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 bashiba
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light and hazy golden/amber with a nice long lasting white head.

The smell is very light with a hint of grain and some light citrus hops.

The flavor has a tangy bit of rye with a bit of cereal malt quality, just a bit of lightly earthy and juniper. Flavors are nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel is light and just a touch resiny.

Not a bad easy drinking rye, Like drinking a tangy Pale Ale.

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Photo of climax
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one presents a murky gold color. The eggshell white head is pretty modest but a film holds atop fairly well. Some leopard spots of lace remain as I drink.

Right off the bat while it's still well-chilled, I don't get much rye in the nose at all. The hop aromas, on the contrary, are quite sharp. Bold floral and citrus notes dominate. A bit of bready malt, diacetyl, and butterscotch strive for balance, but lack the intensity to do so.

The spicy and slightly sour flavor hints at the rye a bit more, especially as it warms. The hop kick still overpowers the malt with bold grapefruit and herbal flavors.

Carbonation is very crisp, quite sharp as it hits the tongue. The medium body has a nice chewy character. The finish is on the dry side making it pretty easy to take down.

I can't find any blurb on the bottle or website to catch what the intention is here. IBU's must be pretty high, because the fleeting sweetness is shoved aside by an assertive floral and resiny citrus character.

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

A - Poured into a mug, pours a golden color with a fluffy looking white head about 2 fingers high, with decent retention and some pretty lacing.

S - Fruity rye, citrusy hops. A bit piney.

T - The rye is a lot more noticeable than in the smell. Complements the hops quite nicely, giving this brew some added personality.

M - Very fine carbonation, sort of creamy, and the hops kind of stick inside your cheeks. Pretty smooth drinking for a pale ale.

O - By far the best I've had from this brewery, I'd buy it again if I could ever find a 6-pack instead of a sampler with mediocre brews.

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

A: A clear golden pour with a huge billowy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Rye, citrus and piney hops. A bit of a floral character.

T: Tastes pretty much like a mid-range citrus/piney IPA. There is just a touch of rye spiciness in there.

M: Mid-range, lots of carbonation.

O: Your basic IPA with just a slight edge from the rye. Not really a "rye beer" in my opinion.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a lightly hazy, golden wheat color with a thin, soapy white head. The nose is of rye, slightly sour and spicy which complement the spicy hops nicely. Flavor is similar to the nose with the hop bitterness stepping up quite a bit. The mouthfeel is light in body with a viscous carbonation and slick finish. Overall, a decent beer, probably a good representation of the style.

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Photo of minterro
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

single bottle from Spartan Spirts in East Lansing for only 2.02 out the door.

A & S: grainy malts and floral hops. Not much smell in my bottle but for some reason my gf’s beer smelt way better. 3 finger super fizzy head that falls at a moderate rate and becomes foamier in the process. The head is retained very well during the consumption and lacing is very good for any style and especially for rye beers. Interesting “lazy” straw colored beer, with some unfiltered specs at the bottom.

T & M: Nice bitterness in the finish along with good bready tones. Great floral and citrus hops in this one (in my option its never a bad thing to hop almost any style). Medium carbonation that tingles the tongue, medium bodied.

O: overall is a good rye. I would recommend this beer to anyone and I would have to say this is my favorite arcadia beer to date.

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Photo of troysoy2
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. It has an attractive orangish hue with visible bubbles rising to the top. The impressive, fluffy off-white head retains pretty well. Leaves foamy lacing behind.

Smells like your standard pale ale, but with the slightest hint of citrusy fruit in the background.

Taste is pretty nice, with that extra bit of spiciness on the front, which I guess may have to do with the Rye used in the brewing process. There's also a little sourness and citrus in there, towards the middle, and on the end, you're left with a bitter, dryness. The mouthfeel is a bit prickly, and maybe a bit thicker than expected, but not enough so to detract from its drinkability.

Overall, I like it. It has just that little something to distinguish it from a normal IPA. I think I should try to seek out some more RyePA's so that I have something to compare this to.

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Photo of fsvan
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Hazy, murky golden. Big 2 fingers of sticky head. Nice lacing.

S- Piney hops. Spiciness from the rye. Not a huge nose, but nice.

T- An almost equal nice of peppery rye, piney hops, with a bitter citrus hop finish.

M- Medium bodied. Coats the mouth nicely.

O- A pretty good rye beer. Not spectacular, but I'd buy these every now and again if they were in market.

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Photo of mactrail
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Tangy in a way that reminds me of a Saison. Fairly bitter, full of the sourish cereal flavors of rye. Attractive golden color in the tall tulip with a nice creamy head. One nice feature is a warm malty taste, but that yields to the very long bitter taste that continues to rule the aftertaste. Decent mouthfeel with the fine carbonation.

This makes me think of Surly Fest, with the buckwheat taste and the dominating hops. This one has kind of a winey flavor, and rather too much acidity. Rye fiends may like to try it, but there is not much to balance the austere flavors that turn harsh after half a glass.

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

22oz bottle into a pint

A- pours a deep golden color. Light pearly white head formation. Very opaque.

S- strong rye, chocolate and grain. Light citrus hopping.

T- starts off lightly malty with rye and some nutty malt flavors. mid stream gets a bit more hoppy. A solid bitter finish and more grainy rye flavors.

M- thick and solid mouthfeel. A little bit sticky. Carbonation is solid but balanced.

O/d. Decent drinkability. Moderate abv. A bit filling. A more winter style beer.

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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 WalterH
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep gold/pale amber into an English Dimpled Pint glass. Head was about 1/2 inch, and dissipated after a few minutes, though it left good lacing as the beer disappeared from the glass.

The aroma was estery and hoppy--no surprises there.

The taste had a strong hops flavor, though it was not very bitter by any measure. Initial tastes feel like any other ale, and there was some sweetness on the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium, and low carbonation made each drink of it rather smooth.

Overall, I would drink this again (and over most other ales I have tried).

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Arcadia Sky High Rye from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 563 ratings.
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