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RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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In honor of our adventurous friends at Sky Dive Inc. in Hastings, Michigan, we crafted a truly adventurous brew in Sky High Rye. A West Coast-style Pale Ale with rye malt, Sky High Rye boasts a massive floral aroma of resinous hops. The hops contribute flavor notes of lemons, peaches, and pine needles, combined with the sweet, malty flavors of toffee and bread. Rye adds a pleasant peppery, spicy note like a fresh slice of pumpernickel bread. Very well-rounded and very drinkable, Sky High Rye will surely inspire adventure in all who taste it.
This West Coast-style Pale Ale is brewed with eighty percent English barley malts and twenty percent 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wmubronco1992 (660) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2009
Bottle - Pours an applie juice (not cider) color. Clear with an off white head that turned into a nice frothly cover. Very heavy lacing. Strong earthy aroma. Flavor of pine and grass. Very hoppy. Dry finish. Lingering IPA mouthfeel. Totally agree with everyone who said this felt more like an IPA. Iíve had a couple rye beers that I didnít care for however this was excellent. Didnít sense the rye at all. About the only thing bad I can say was clear vs cloudy. Regardless of the name this was an excellent beer that I hope to try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5387) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2009
By appearance this beer could pass for any of many premium lagers but is a bit cloudy with almost no carbonation. By aroma it could pass for many IPAs with grapefruit notes. Flavor, however, is a bit more distinct. It has grapefruit beginning along with pine and caramel. It offers more grain than IPAs but could pass for one. The middle highlights more pine oil but the finish is, again, tart citrus. Alcohol is not huge but is definitely well over 5% ABV. Well, an IPA by any other name is still a quite tasty beer. The grain does add some complexity and some attitude as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
LinusStick (2969) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2009
A so so specialty grain. Aroma was decent. Very thick with mostly citrus hops with a hint of graininess. Pour was a thick cloudy dirty orange with little bubbles and a thin off white film for a head. Taste was very hoppy with mostly bitter hops and a thick but dry mouthfeel. Very little carbonation. Couldnít pick up any rye in this and if I was rating this blind I wouldíve called this an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2009
Bottle. Aroma of citrus oil hops along with some floral and herbal hops, some rye crust, hay, doughy malt. Flavor again heavy on the citrus oil hops with bready malt in the background. Nice bitterness and grainy malt in the finish. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3512) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2009
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 Iím concentrating on finding them!) with a light bitterness in the finish. Very nice beer and yeah, itís 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2039) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 2, 2009
22 ounce bottle in pint glass. Golden with lasting head and lace. Fresh hoppy sweet citrus aroma. Mildly sweet spicy with nicely understated pear melon fruit. Spicy rye hoppy finish. NIcely complex. Delicious. OKay, so why is this a "specialty grain" beer, but Hop Rod Rye is a DIPA? Anyhow this beer is a delicious IPA with an added rye spicy complexity. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
demitriustown (1118) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2009
Bomber: Aroma is hop forward, citrus, sugary, bubblegum, and pine needles. Appearance is a cloudy orangish/amber pour with a thick white head that lingers. Taste is hops, rye, grapefruit, and a bit of the pine needle that was in the aroma. Palate is very mouth coating, medium to low carbonation on the tongue, and a lingering resiny hop characteristic in the aftertaste. Overall, Decent stuff not as good a Redís Rye or Black Rye, but a nice substitute. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4609) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Tap at Prohibition taproom. Pours a trans golden amber with med creamy off white head. Aroma of a nice mix of hops, spicy rye notes and caramel malt. Flavor the same. Really well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ezyeric (7) - Comstock Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2009 does not count
On draft at Hop Cat. Slight aroma with typical APA/IPA values. Taste starts out with deeper citrus and resin but aftertaste is strong hops, pine, alcohol. It is very dry finish and does not hide alcohol as well as most IPAís or even Double IPAís. I didnít get much for hints of the rye character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tsetlock (66) - Hartland Twp, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2009
12 oz bottle. Cloudy orange body, thick, puffy buff head. Spicy nose with bitter pine and citrus brightness. Citrus and pine taste, backed by toasty malts. Dense flavor profile and crisp, biting mouthfeel. Average aftertaste for an IPA with a slight metallic finish.

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