Monday, May 17, 2010

321. Arcadia Sky High Rye 12th Anniversary Ale

Arcadia Brewing Company is in Battle Creek, MI—this is our first beer from them, and we’re trying to figure out if the beer we just poured is from the actual 12th Anniversary (which was around December 2008), or a more recent remake of the beer. No clear information yet. We’ll keep you posted...

Pouring a slightly hazy copper, Sky High Rye has a creamy white head and a spicy, skunky, and hoppy nose with just a touch of citrus. The beer opens with some soft spicy rye and bread malt, followed by hop bitterness mixed with a touch of citrus flavor in the middle; the finish is dry with more of the rye spiciness, and relatively clean with a small amount of lingering bitterness. Sky High Rye has a medium body with a bit of a richly textured but also creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium, but still rather soft on the palate, especially at the end. A well crafted beer; there is a nice balance between the rye, hops, and malt. We’d happily drink Sky High Rye again, even if it is almost 18 months old.

From the bottle: “Government warning: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects, (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems.”

The Arcadia website is a little bit too flashy without the reciprocal functionality. In otherwords, while I could get to the page where their beers were listed, anything beyond the image of slow rotating bottles didn’t happen. And I tried two different computers. Solid work. Let me know if it works for you.

ABV: 6.0%
IBU: 55


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