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RATINGS: 331   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16342) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (4120) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2010
This is pretty standard for an American rye beer, which is to say its 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 didnt 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 doesnt taste big enough to inspire me to sip it slowly.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2010
From the Bottle at Chris Os, 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7506) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2010
Draught at Mr. Goodbar. We had several pitchers of this stuff between us. Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a small diminishing white head. Aroma of light hops, grain, some mild sweetness and fruit. Flavour of light hops, grain, fruit and caramel malt. Decent bitter finish. Medium bodied. Not as much rye as I would have expected but still a nice beer, I enjoyed it.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2010
Bottle. Pours cloudy dark copper with a small beige head. Aromas of orangepeel, grapefruit, lots of guava, papaya, dough, and slight sugary pine. Flavor is soft orange, a little pine, citrus peel, and a lingering bitter citrus finish. Medium/high carbonation, bitter, medium body. Pretty nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (5230) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2010
Bottle. Bronze and malty with some hops and flowers in the background. Add citrus and you finish up with a complex and refreshing beer. In fact an excellent beer that far,far exceeded my expectations.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2010
Bottle. Aroma of citrus hops along with some floral and herbal hops, some rye crust, hay, doughy malt. Flavor again heavy on the citrus hops with bready malt in the background. Nice bitterness and grainy malt in the finish. pretty damn good really.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
llcooldave (1203) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2010
Pours a nice cloudy amber honey color. Head looks very "frosty" almost like an icy foam floating on the top. Pretty cool. Nice sweet toffee aroma coupled with piney hops notes. Easy malt flavors at the beginning with a strong bitter citrus hops trailing at the end. Overall, this is a really good brew. Sad I only got a couple of bottles and cant get this here in TX.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (10297) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2010
Bottle. Amber with a thin head. Aromas are toast and rye with peach. Caramel with lemon and light woody pine. Bubblegum with peppery notes. Flavours are sweet toffee malts with ripe autumn fruit and chocolate. Very spicy and pine hops on the finish. Good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (47099) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2010

Bottle 12fl.oz.

Unclear light to medium amber orange color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, grain - rye notes, moderate hoppy, flowers - elderflower. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100805]


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