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RATINGS: 313   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Poured a light golden color with average head and bad lacing. Aroma was of citrus hops, Flavor was much the same missing the rye in my bottle i guess tasted like a run of the mill IPA. Would have been a good grass cutting beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
milewide (1726) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Light amber color. Medium head. Thin body. Modest aroma. Flavor and after taste were tangy and hop-bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2937) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Poured a pale yellow color, decent initial head, splotchy lacing. The aroma was citrus hops, some piney notes under it all. The flavor came across like a pale ale to IPA, not a lot of rye, except maybe in the finish, but could easily be confused with the hoppy dry finish if I didn’t see "rye" written on the bottle. Mouthfeel was moderate to light, clean finish, some grains and bready elements coming through. An ok pale ale, imo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2009
22oz bomber. Pours a clear glowing golden with a fluffy medium white frothy head with nice lacing. Aroma of fresh citrus hops and lightly caramelized grains slightly spicy rye. Flavor is excellent and quite clean, great citrus hops, grapes, light grapefruit, super juicy, pine, lovely soft maltiness, lightly bready, always love the spicy depth rye adds. Fantastic mouth feel, medium bodied, medium/light feel, very soft larger carbonation with a quick sizzle. Delicious and super quaffable. Fantastic balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wmubronco1992 (666) - 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. I’ve had a couple rye beers that I didn’t care for however this was excellent. Didn’t 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 (5503) - 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 (2992) - 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. Couldn’t pick up any rye in this and if I was rating this blind I would’ve 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 (3516) - 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 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2071) - 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.

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