Righteous Ale - Sixpoint Brewery

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Ratings: 1,042
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 87
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
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Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2005

Made with rye malt to provide a signature and distinct earthy character. Seasoned and dry- hopped with herbal and citrus hops. Truly righteous.
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Reviews by kingcrowing:
Photo of kingcrowing
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz tallboy can poured into a Guinness pint glass.

Pours a deep hazy ruddy red/brown color with a nice fluffy light brown head, a nice sticky lacing comes as you empty the glass. Nose is very well balanced, crisp and hoppy with a bitter rye note, love it!

I'll come right out, I love Rye beer, but this easily one of (if not THE) best rye beers I've had, right up there with hop rod rye! It's bitter but the rye doesn't dominate, there's a good herbal tangy/zesty/citrus hop bite that is really delicious. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, it's just world class!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep chesnut hued amber with a thinner slight off white head atop even after a hard pour.Aromas of sharp rye,resinty hop,and toasted nuts,a nice mix with the rye really the main component.Big sharp rye flavors mixed with a healthy dose of citric hops,a great combination that alot of brewers cant do as well,light toast as well in the background.A great rye beer,again alot of brewers in my opinion cant make a rye beer like this.

Photo of kaimcm
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Publick House.

I really enjoyed this beer. Frothy, cavernous off white head, easily agitated back. Strong body. Smelled of rye, spice, and hay. Taste was a great combo of rich malt, spicy prickly rye, and this barnyard sort of grain funk. Beautiful balance, complex flavors, highly drinkable, very quenching. Full bodied with a little tickle. Leaves the palate dry wanting more. Everything about this beer left me wanting more. A rockin and unique brew. Dont pass up on this one.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love 16oz. cans!!

Pours into the glass a deep brown with good clarity and 3 fingers of creamy foam on top that leaves spotty lacing all across the glass. Aromas start off with crisp, spicy rye malts along with some toffee and bready notes. Citric, grassy hops step in and grab hold nicely!

Crisp malts upfront with the spicy, deep rye accents that I really enjoy. Baked bread and a touch of toffee, it flows down with a smack of citric hoppy bitterness. Bit grassy as well. Finishes with rye and lingering hops. Tasty!

Mouthfeel is creamy with great carbonation. It goes down easy and each sip leaves me wanting more. A really solid hoppy rye ale that I'd love to drink more of! I can't wait to try more Sixpoint stuff. Thanks to smokeypeat for this.

Photo of warnerry
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 10 Jan 2013

A - Pours clear amber with one finger of creamy lookin tan head. Head has good retention and leaves nice lacing.

S - Nice spicy rye aroma, roasted malt, maybe even a hint of smoke. Also some faint citrus. A little on the subtle side.

T - Rye bread, toasted grain and some spice. Subtle grassy hops. A bit of sweetness. Finishes with a dry rye spiciness.

M - Medium mouthfeel starts a bit sweet but quickly turns dry, bitter and spicy. Some prickly carbonation on top of an overall creamy feel.

O - Overall a nice beer from Sixpoint. Good rye spiciness without going over the top. Hops are present but restrained. Quite drinkable.

Photo of tigg924
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: 1 inch head, moderate carbonation, amber in color, clear

Smell: citrus hops and rye

Taste: citrus hops and toasted malt at the start big rye in the middle and at the end

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a slightly bitter end, moderate carbonation, light bodied

Overall: I love love love this beer. This is what I wish more rye beers would taste like. This one screams rye, yet there are enough other flavors there to make it complex. This one is not overly bitter so I can enjoy the bready taste. I am getting this again. Superior beer.

Photo of Hoops4life511
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into oversized wine glass, best by 11-24-11.

Appearance - Murky copper with a 1/4" off white head from a moderate pour that fell quickly to a cap. Some sticky lacing throughout. Not overly attractive, but won't keep me from enjoying the taste.

Smell - Bready slightly funky peppery rye smells. Pleasant and rye forward.

Taste/Mouth - Dry and spicy rye with moderate hop character. Very earthy and full flavored. Bready character that was found in the nose is also very pleasant. Medium body and great carbonation make this an easy drinker.

Overall - Very tasty, but not a looker. Extra credit for being canned instead of bottled. Won't turn it down and will pick it up for outdoor activities. Overall, I'll say a solid very good.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to djrn for sending this beer in a box full of goodies from Sixpoint.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is very nice and is full of rye and pine. The flavor is a little more complex. I get a lot of toffee and rye notes, as well as some nice bitter pine and orange citrus notes. The beer is fairly spicy overall and is refreshing. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber color with about one finger of off-white head.

Smell: I could smell some rye, some citrus notes. Good smell, not overpowering.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth, medium bodied. Taste was very nutty, which I did not expect with the citrus notes that could be smelled.

Overall: Great beer, although it is not my personal first choice.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, who doesnt love a 16oz can, at fridge temp poured into a bulb style glass. best before 29SEP11 on the bottom of the can.

pours out a beautiful looking cloudy deep red, maghony color with a nice full 2 fingers of just slightly off white head that faded to some thick retention and nice lace.

the aroma is a mix of spicy, bready rye, grassy, lemon citrus hops, and some spicy yeasty phenols.

initially the first sip was very spicy and full of rye, the palate quickly adjusted. follows the aroma, spicy, bready, almost caramely rye with a grassy citrus hop and some yeast phenols. leaves quite a spicy sensation on your tongue after each sip.

medium bodied, good feeling carbonation. fairly bitter finish, a little bit of a muddy feel.

overall, this is a solid rye beer, the rye flavors are definatly right on, but i find this unmistakable yeastiness to the 3 sixpoint beers ive had including this one. not really offensive, almost tastes like some homebrews ive had. this is worth a try, but not sure if id ever buy again.

Photo of Soonami
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sixpoint Righteous Rye is a nice rye ale had on draft at the Abbaye. The beer is a pretty good rye beer with a bit of rye tang and spiciness, but nothing great. The beer is hybrid of india pale and brown ales with a hearty amount of rye added. The color was a clean medium brown with good creamy lacing. The beer had a rye bite and citrus hops with an assertive bitterness at the end.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown and amber color, minimal head. Aroma was slightly rye, belgian yeastishness, bubblegummy.

Taste, wow, even more belgian with ample amount of rye, slight hopping. Plenty of bitterness. Equal parts east coast ipa and belgian ipa, but with a shitton of rye I would suspect. First impression was this was like 50% rye, but I'd temper my guess to 25% after successive tastings. Complimentary sweetness on the backend.

Definitely unique. Good to see another NY brewery on the map. Could get a lot of popular support in an area with a bunch of people, but low amount of breweries to divide their loyalties. The final frontier.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a deep mahogany crimson red with a large biillowing creamy of white head, fine speckled lacing left behind forms quite nicely. An enjoyable drinking experience just visually, if that makes any sense. Aroma is full of spicy earthy rye notes with a back end citric pine hop nose. Looks like this clocks in at 57 IBUs, did I mention I'm really enjoying the pounder can format. Flavor is quaffingly bitter full of hops and spicy rye notes this is an in your face hopped up rye ale, the only better counterparts I've had are from Founders Red's Rye and Brew Kettle Red Eye RyePA. Each sip tastes better and better especially if you like rye and bitter pine cone hops, a bit of citrus pith but really crushing spruce tip bitterness with just hops and rye interplaying pretty awesome. Just enough sweetness to make it drinkable but really a dry finish for most of each sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly resinous with some hop oils making it through in texture, carbonation is smooth and not overdone really a nice drinking rye. I'm kind of sad only four came in my variety pack. Overall to reiterate what I've already said, kick ass spicy rye ale hopped up with pseudo spurce tips aka dank hops.

Photo of hagbergl
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer caught my attention at a tasting at the Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont on Saturday (June 16). I decided to buy a can–I love that the majority of Sixpoint's beers come in a 16 oz. tallboy–and review it. I enjoyed this beer in an Unibroue willibecker, the only glass around able to corral the entire contents of the can.

Appearance (4.5/5): The beer pours a dark brown with red highlights and is crowned with a bubbly beige crown of foam. Righteous definitely looks "righteous." I really like the reddish tint it has as light passes through. This is a good looking beer.

Smell (3.5/5): Smells like dark bread (pumpernickel), bran cereal, and is a little spicy due to the rye malt and some prickly hops. There's room for improvement here though; it's just not a very pungent beer. I'd love to see Sixpoint kick the nose up a notch.

Taste (4/5): Righteous leads off with an impressively bready rye flavor that has a good, subtle spiciness to it. Finishes with a . The rye malt is more up front and center here than in other well-known rye beers–Founders Red's Rye, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye–which emphasize the hops much more. Speaking of hops, they're very present but play a supporting role and give the beer good body. Righteous has good balance to it and really impresses with its depth and boldness.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Righteous has a pleasant prickliness to its mouthfeel, obviously due to the rye malt and piney hops. Medium-low carbonation. It goes down nice and smooth and is more refreshing than a beer of its kind and color would lead one to believe. I had no trouble putting down 16 ounces of it; drinkability is high.

Overall (4/5): Righteous is a great-looking, highly-drinkable beer with bold flavors and offers a nice take on a rye ale–one that showcases the rye above all else and doesn't try to offer the rye ingredient as a modification to an IPA recipe. My first Sixpoint can, and a good place to start. Recommended.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: One pint poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown with a thin, off white head. The beer leaves spotty lacing.

S: Strong malt, nutty, sour, spicey.

T: Malty, nutty flavor quickly transfers to spicy and sour. A bitterness joins the spice in a finish that lingers for a long time.

M: Medium

O: Creamy, spicy, sour, malty, all of these descriptions work at different times when drinking this beer. The finish has a real bitter edge. The rye is pronounced, lending a woody quality. Rough, but enjoyable.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer pours a dense walnut brown body that glows at the base with strands of microbubbles leading to a sticky thick head that has some nice lacing.

S- The yeasty ester aroma is almost bubble gum in character with a dark dry toffee and grain spice to follow

T- The slight sweetness leads to an earthy spicy to a full on green herbal hop flavor that lingers in the aftertaste with some roasted malt notes popping up. The dry finish helps enhance the malt character.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle crisp fizz in the finish.

O- This is a nice dry rye beer with a good balance of dark malt and dark hop mixed in.

Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep, thick, dark red-brown with some fiery orange, maybe what I'd call bronze. The cascade is beautiful and constant, renewing the 1 1/2 finger-tall head so that it remains as a thick foam and never dies. It leaves some clingy lacing pretty thickly behind.
Breads and leaf are most noticeable in the aroma for me, after which comes a light spicy note and more piney hops. In fact, this is a very nicely hopped beer with a great bouquet.
The peppery bite in the flavor makes the spiciness on the nose seem understated, coming out more strongly. The hops push out, though, leafy, piney and somewhat floral. Bready malts aid in the balance. There's a bit of citrus rind in the bitterness as well.
The body is medium, with both crispness and smoothness, but it all tapers off toward the end of each sip.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a chalice. Best before June 21 2012.

A: Pours a cloudy orangish amber with a full finger off white head. Some slow carbonation rising to the surface. Head reduces to a film in a few minutes. Leaves plenty of lacing behind.

S: Can really pull the spicy grassy rye notes from this beer. Sweet roasty malts, hints of carmel.

T: Fairly tame. Different than what I expected. Nothing is overpowering just one hell of a balanced beer. Rye, hop, malt, hop. Hop stays with you for a little.

M: This is one drinkable beer. Smooth, finishes crisp. Carbonation lower which makes it easier to drink.

Overall this is certainly not a bad beer. Doesnt excite me too much but would drink it again in a second. A good standard for the rye beer style.

Photo of Aberration
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Great amber color and a good amount of head left after the pour.

S: Smells of that fantastic spicy rye scent which I adore. The hops are very apparent in the nose as well.

T: Great rye flavor and fantastically balanced hops. I am really enjoying drinking this beer to the last sip.

M: Good mouthfeel like all of the Sixpoint beers that I've had. Well balanced.

O: Great beer, I would easily put it up into my top 5 rye beers!

Photo of joeseppy
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ruby red pour with a dense shaving cream off-white head.

Aromas of rye grain, malt and spice. Also a tinny smell, in a pilsner fashion, throws me off.

Rye and malt. Yea pretty straight forward. Spiciness from the rye is delicious.

Refreshing, creamy and sassifying.

Pretty darn good for a rye brew. Nice change of pace in my citra hop world. Will definitely buy again.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Growler from Bierkraft in Brooklyn poured into a tulip pint.

A--Strongest category for this brew. Pours up a mellow orangey-amber haze, with two fingers of off white foam that lasts well and laces very well. Inviting.

S--Lots of citric and floral notes from American hops. This isn't a bad thing, but in a rye beer I was expecting some, well, rye in the nose. Some peppery spiciness, SOMEthing from the grain bill I could detect smellwise. If it's there I ain't finding it.

T--Unsurprisingly, more hops all the way through the flavor spectrum. Those citric notes, namely orange, explode first, and are welcome, but they linger in an acrid biting bitterness through the middle of the taste, crowding out the malt in the middle, and the finish is dry, dry, dry, but more from the bitterness of the hops than the rye. There is malt here, don't get me wrong, but the rye isn't highlighted enough for me.

M&D--Mouthfeel is biting and rocky and not really smooth enough to balance out whatever lingering rye comes through. Drinkability is low because I expected a rye beer to match with food and a rainy day, but got a hoppy nearly amber ale (think Troegs Hopback with some peppery notes) instead. Oh well--not bad, just not true to the style.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light brown color with a 1.5 finger off white head on top, rather foamy. Decent retention, slowly reducing to a white cap on top. Nice lacing all around the glass, making thick rings.

S: The rye comes through pretty strong with a good bit of caramel and pepper as well. Light citrus mixed in. Almost reminds me of a bloody Mary actually.

T: A good bit of caramel and light citrus mixed in. The rye and spice is not as strong as the aroma was, and for me that is a good thing.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes slightly dry and sweet.

O: Besides the aroma, a solid beer, but the smell really drove me away from it. I remember having on tap before and it definitely did not smell this strong.

Photo of emsroth
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can

App: This beer is the color of dark redwood furniture. Solid head that falls to a cap and great lacing.

Smell: Fruity hops and spicy grain. Reminds me of a zesty, old world pastry

Taste: Spicy, bitter rye throughout. Enough roasted malt to balance with sweetness and add its own edge. The hops add to the bitterness which is what I love about hoppy red ales. Ends equally bitter and sweet. The malt leaves a caramel flavor and stickiness on the tongue while the hops are dry and sharp.

Solid medium body with perfect carbonation

I love this beer in all it's incarnations. Equally as good if not better on cask. Just a different experience.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some hop and grain aroma. Mahogoney colour with good head. Creamy mouthfeel, bulked up from caramal malt, with c-hop taste and a rye edge. Very good, nice drinkability with food. On-tap at Rattle N Hum. Served at appropriate temperature, not too cold.

Photo of augustgarage
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ShogoKawada for the grip of cans! Poured from a 16oz tall-boy into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Chocolate, auburn, and dark sienna liquid, dark and cloudy with light mahogany highlights and a soapy tall stand of pale buff foam. The head recedes slowly to a lasting thin blanket. Thin lacing; faint legs.

Rye and hops in the nose - herbal, forest-y, and grainy.

The flavor is like a dark rye bread topped with lingonberries, dipped in mead, and sprinkled with a faint dusting of crushed poppy seeds, caraway, and loam. Hops contribute modest bitterness and a bit of complexity to the flavor, but are largely overwhelmed by the increasingly dry rye taste. Long bone dry woodsy finish.

Light bodied, crisp, and refreshing.

Would pair very well with cheese, though it is quite flavorful on it's own. One of the better rye beers I've sampled.

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Righteous Ale from Sixpoint Brewery
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