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RATINGS: 336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.7
manny57 (162) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2010
had on draft tonight at chinn chinn’s in mattawan, mich. Not a bad brew at all. It seemed like the hop vs. malt balancing was a little off, but who am I to judge. I would certainly drink this again.

3.5
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 25, 2010
Bottle from Kris Wines. Hazy amber with a decent foam. Citrussy and piney hop nose. Good citrussy and exotic fruits bitterness, rather more harmonic and mellow, spicy maltiness adds further complexity. A subtle character.

3.5
Svesse (8782) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2010
(Draught at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 7 Aug 2010) Golden colour with frothy, white head. Fruity, hoppy nose with citrus and grass. Fruity, hoppy taste with notes of citrus, dried apricots, pineapple and floral hops in the finish. Slightly more than medium body, balanced sweetness, generous floral bitterness. Well balanced and tasty beer. Very nice.

3.3
cgarvieuk (25984) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 21, 2010
bottle at home ... amber ... big white foam head ... light fruit nose ... light fizz ... light bitter front ... bright summer fruits ... little pine ... little toffee ... little peach ... actually quite a lot of peach ... nice but little over fizzy

3.4
jgb9348 (6476) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Nice crisp and slightly hazy with a slightly off-white head that fades pretty fast. Aroma of fresh hops, light rye, some grapefruit and pine and a touch of malt - nice. Medium-bodied; Strong hoppy flavour at first with a minor taste of rye and caramel with some lingering piney hoppiness at the end. Aftertaste shows some light bitterness with a good backbone. Overall, a solid rye-based pale with a good flavour profile and consistent taste for the style, just showing a lack of complexity, but thats not a horrible thing. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Oliver’s Beverage in Albany, New York on 04-September-2010 sampled at home in Washington on 18-September-2010.

1.8
cheap (6085) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Lots of gunk on the bottom of this bottle. Darker than a pale lager, more viscous and a little hazy. Nice sparkling presentation with a thin creamy head. Has a dull IPA aroma with a metallic olfactory. Taste is big and bitter, IPA bordering on DIPA. Trudgingly difficult for a lager lover, really lots of personality. Difficult rude nasty presentation that smacks of green grapefruit rinds and hop preservatives. For a highly hoppy beer, this has a goodly amount of CO2. If you are into IPA, better try this one. Long bitter crusty thick finish, medicinal fer sure. Does not hide its alky content what so ever.

3.4
zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2010
sampled at RBSG’10 - an IPA with rye. caramel malts with nice minty, rye profile. Tasty.

3.6
brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 9, 2010
A: The pour is a sort of hazy golden straw color with a big white head. S: The nose is pleasantly hoppy with lots of nice citrus and pine notes and a bit of rye. A good blend of malt and hops, but definitely leaning toward the hop influence. T: A very bright citrus flavor with lots of lemons and grapefruits. A moderately bitter piney quality and nice undertones of rye and sweet malt. M: The body is a bit on the light side. Fairly well carbonated, too. D: This was a really easy drinking and refreshing beer, and was well appreciated after having a few heavier beverages during the day.

3.2
Frank (4235) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2010
This is pretty standard for an American rye beer, which is to say it’s basically an APA or an IPA made w/ a high percentage of rye in the grist. I had this beer in my fridge a few days and it still poured a very cloudy dark orange which I didn’t find terribly attractive though the white head of fine bubbles was quite alright. The nose is big, juicy, grapefruit hops w/ a thick malt sweetness in the background. This sweetness is prevalent in the taste and is a bit sticky but cut by a vigorous but gentle cushion of carbonation. The rye here imparts an oily thickness something like that of a hefeweizen. (Note: rye does not taste spicy like it says in the commercial description here. It taste nearly identical to wheat malt, which tastes pretty close to barley malt, really. The predominant difference you will notice is one of texture and not flavor.) The finish is quick though w/ a lingering piny bitterness. This is a pretty nice APA but there is something about it that does not quite click for me. It is too thick on the palate for easy drinking and doesn’t taste big enough to inspire me to sip it slowly.

3.2
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2010
From the Bottle at Chris O’s, Kensal Rise 05/08/2010 Hoppy aroma. Golden coloured and hoppy with some alcohol present. A hint of dryness in a bitter rye malt finish.


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