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 JRed
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bubbly amber-orange with frothy head that sticks around for a while. Strong aroma of hop bite, floral notes, citrus rind and rye. Hop bitterness upfront with citrus rind notes and some hop resin. Dry bitterness finishes up the drink. Light in body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of GregoryVII
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass with a straw color and a 1/4 inch of head. The scent was grassy and citrusy hops with a touch of earthy goodness. A crisp, gently spicy rye note was in there as well, with a bit of malty, bready whiffs.

The flavor is sharp and spritzy up front. Bright flavors of citrus, pineapple along with slightly darker notes of rye come through quite well. Pronounced grassy hop flavors as well with some malt balance in the backend. The finish was actually sweeter than what I expected it to be. The body was medium and the beer was well carbonated.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: nice tangerine and golden colors within. Lacing is rather nice with a fine coating of spiderwebs at the upper third of the glass. The bleached white head existed only for a few dying moments

S: full of pale malts and some hops, nothing in the way of rye though. A very nice earthy and sweet whiff is developing. Even the hop whiffs are pretty laid back. It is somewhat mildly spicy in the nose

T: the palate unlocks a hardworking drinker. Mild is the best superlative I can think of to describe this brew. And I mean mild in the sense of incredibly quaffable. Toasted rye and pale malts kiss each sip and wash down with a bite of hoppy grapefruits and pine needles. Just a solid brew

M: a nice splash of carbonation keeps things interesting and moving along. For the flavors the feel is right on

D: keep these coming. One of my favorites form Arcadia

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

I had this on tap at Whole Foods.
A-Hazy orange color with a minimal head as expected with a tap pour and some lacing.
S-Piney hops with nice aroma of citrus fruits including grapefruit, lemon and orange. It also has a faint sweet smell, but I would not peg it at honey.
T-It has a roasted malty hoppy taste with quite of bit of bitterness, but at the swallow is some sweetness. The finish, though, is definitely dry and bitter and remains as an aftertaste for a while.
M-Medium body and carbonation. Nice lingering aftertaste of the hops.
D-Very nice summer time drinking beer. Definitely something to stock up on for this time of year.

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Photo of semibaked
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a great hazy bright orange with a thin layer of white head that produces really nice lacing throughout drinking.

S - Big hops, lemon and orange notes, great pine, and rye. Awesome combination!

T - The taste has more of a hop bitterness, pine and rye flavors than the citrus notes that were smell.

M - Light to Medium bodied, piney resin, and good carbonation.

D - This is a very solid Rye IPA/Rye beer, nice subtle rye flavor along with great hop flavor. It is also light and refreshing and a terrific offering from Arcadia. Give it a try!

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from trade. no date on bottle; notching scheme unused. tasted in early/mid-june 2009.

golden honey color w/ orangey amber tones. clear on first pour. 2-finger off-white head, slowly recedes to constant 2+mm layer. great lacing!

aroma: lemon and grapefruit zest. hint of pine. gentle caramel malt underneath, but a bit weak. trace of apple esters.

taste: fresh citrusy, piney hops, w/ crisp, bold, yet not too resinous bitterness. toasted, lightly caramelized malt is there as a small counterweight, but remains a bit dominated. still, the crispness of the hops is pleasant.

medium body, smooth with light resins and a crisp carbonation that keeps it drinkable.

not too exciting, but very easy drinking.

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

Poured a hazed peach-like color with a clingy one finger white head that left one full ring of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Aromas have a real grapefruit hoppiness to it mixed with a juicy,gummy, fruitiness.Flavors are a mix of tartness from the rye and a hefty dose of resinous,citric hop,there is a juicy fruitiness more malt imparted, underneath the tartness.Its a refresher with a nice mix of citric hop,rye tartness,a fruity malt,nice job.

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

12 oz. bottle. 2010 edition.

Slightly cloudy golden peach body. Finger of creamy, dense, off-white head. Great lacing and retention. Spicy nose features plenty of citrusy, piny hops. Nice dose of cookie malt and some spicy rye bread.

Toasted rye bread malts up front. Slightly sweet fruit and a bit of cookie malt settle in. Big, spicy, herbal hop bitterness takes over mid-palate. Notes of citrus rind, pine sap, and mint. Aspirin-like bitterness in the finish, with residual fruit and spicy rye malt. Medium-bodied with a slightly creamy feel. Dry finish. Very nice and a perfectly hoppy summer quencher.

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Photo of enfield249
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy golden color. Not much head.

S - Citrus, light malt, clean.

T - Lots of grapefruit, slightly sweet.

M - Sharp, slightly cloying. Bitterness stays with you.

D - I could really suck these down. Good drinking beer. Tastes great, seems light at first, but really sticks with you. Lots of hop flavor.

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Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, hazy, orange-brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: citrus hops and rye

Taste: orange, floral hops, some rye, and lemon

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet start with a bitter middle that gets less bitter on the finish

Drinkability: This is a decent beer, but I do not get as much of a rye taste here as I do in other rye beers. It is ok and if you like bitter beers, pick this up. However I have had better in the style.

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