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Righteous Ale - Sixpoint Brewery

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very good

924 Ratings
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Ratings: 924
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of dedrinker


2.63/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Dude, dude, DUDE. Six Point comes to town striking out.

Has a hazy, deep rust color.

Aromas of fruity glue, and some rye I actually thought, right as I forgot this is a rye beer, so it wasn't my imagination.

tastes kinda the same with dusty earthy hop note and some fruity rye taste. This one is the best so far - but best of three sixpoint beers I didn't like overall.

I'm really hoping this is an off-batch, but three different styles?

Serving type: can

09-20-2011 01:57:38 | More by dedrinker
Photo of theBubba

New York

2.8/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber, with a nice frothy head of multi sized bubbles, nice retention, with good lacing. A pretty pour.

Smell was of hops and rye and a bit of herbs. Smelled kinda like the old Ballantine ale of the 60's. Probably nice if you're into nostalgia or that particular hoppiness. I'm not.

Taste was mostly of bitter hops with a touch of citrus (grapefruit?) and grass.

Mouthfeel was pretty good as expected from the pour.

Overall I did not enjoy this ale and most likely would never drink it again. Unless maybe I was at a wedding and that was the sole imbibement. Even then, one would be enough. 15 minutes into this review the bitterness still hangs on my palate. However I recognize that this is a craft ale, unlike big beer crap. So if you're into a hoppy ale with some nice characteristics, by all means go for it.

Serving type: can

09-26-2011 02:29:18 | More by theBubba
Photo of Avantyawn

New York

2.85/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 ounce can poured into pint glass

A: Copper, pretty clear, small head, some lacing on glass.

S: Rye, some toasty notes, smells clean , safe, and a bit drab for a hoppy rye beer.

T: I had this on tap and it was great, this is very passe tasting. Not very fresh or lively. A very balanced tasting beer, barely any hop presence , although it claims 57 IBU. Very very bready tasting. Eh...

M: Nice slightly creamy mouthfeel. A slight rye zing.

O: What can I say, this beer is thoroughly boring tasting. It is clean tasting at least, with a pleasant flavor , but just boring. Needs much more of a hop injection and some more tang. i recall these characteristics on tap, but in the can not so much. I'd recommend trying this on tap for sure, but in the can...

Serving type: can

02-04-2012 01:01:54 | More by Avantyawn
Photo of argock


2.93/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 16oz can into a Duvel tulip. Enjoy by 01Dec2011 on bottom of can. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.60.

A: Dirty brown rye-ish hue with 1-2 fingers of off-white tightly bubble head with decent retention and sheets of lacing.

S: Similar biscuity, smoked meaty aroma of most of Sixpoint's beers with a spicy rye note and pretty heavy piney hops component.

T: This beer tastes just like all of Sixpoint's ales -- honey-glazed meaty flavor from too much biscuity malt. The rye component is nonexistent. The flavor is not terrible but doesn't taste any different than Sixpoint's ales (Crisp lager is a big difference).

M: Pretty creamy overall with even carbonation.

O: I am going to skip the Sixpoint line except for the exceptional Crisp lager. Their ales all have an over-biscuited, sweet meaty malt profile that drowns out all other flavors. It just doesn't agree with me, and I have tried their whole lineup now.

Serving type: can

12-25-2011 04:59:18 | More by argock
Photo of CharlieMurphy

New York

2.95/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Dark Dark brown amber. Fat fluffy off white 1" head.

S: Not what I was expecting - pretty hoppy. There's an equally significant aroma of freshly rotting fruit, like old orange peels, which I guess is the rye.

T: Meh. Pretty bland overall, despite a few different flavors begging for approval. A little sweetness reminiscent of candied apricots lingers on the finish.

M: Fairly creamy, thick, and smooth. A little quench from the hops and rye.

O: Not my cup of beer.

Serving type: can

12-23-2011 02:16:26 | More by CharlieMurphy
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep orange color with a thin white head. Rye nose is massive. Really nice rye nose actually. Very spicy and actually tastes like youre drinking rye bread. Slight sweetness but for the most part all rye flavor. Finishes with piney hops. I really like that the rye is the show case of the beer but its not exactly a fantastic thing. One of the driest beers I've ever had.

Id drink it again though

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 19:44:23 | More by jtierney89
Photo of MbpBugeye


3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy and ruddy, this beer is a dark rusted red. Finding purplish hues isn't a stretch of the imagination. Decent lacing from a short, sticky head.

This stuff smells like its loaded with rye. I can even get a certain level of rye sourness. The aroma is mostly spicy rye and mashed grains. It doesn't seem to be wildly hoppy, but there is a suitable level of pine and citrus.

The taste is just rather plain to me. Lots of rye, some caramelized sugars and toasted malts. Hops are toned back, allowing this beer to become quite grainy. The finish is spicy and leans towards bitter.

Medium body with average carbonation. The finish is dried out and spicy.

A decent beer, but my least favorite of the 3 Sixpoints I was able to sample. I don't really like rye very much, and this one is packed full of it.

Serving type: can

09-16-2011 19:33:08 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of bum732


3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

S: Similar hop profile to their other beers. Slightly spicy, ripe melon, bright tangerine, slight lemongrass.

L: Fairly clear light brown, off-white head that dissipates slightly. Good lacing.

T: Spicy malt with a hoppy undercurrent. Medium low bitterness (spicy) leading to additional hop flavor and pronounced dryness. Quite spicy in the finish, white pepper mostly.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation.

Again, same hop profile or yeast of all their other beers. Completely overpowers everything else. Very mediocre.

Serving type: can

01-02-2012 04:22:09 | More by bum732
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 1/7/07 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a heavy lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very strong and consists of hops and caramelized malt, with a little bit of spice.

T: A strong and pale hops flavor dominates the taste. There’s some spice in there and a faint malt character in the background and very little sweetness. After-taste is spicy and bitter.

M: Very crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is very dry.

D: It’s tasty, but the taste didn’t really appeal to me, goes down OK, not too filling. To be perfectly honest, I really didn’t like it and had to force myself to finish the pint.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2007 02:07:32 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So having had the cans of Bengali (quite good) and the Crisp (terrible), I decided against purchasing either of the other 2 currently out. I assumed (rightly so) that at some point I would come across someone willing to share a bit. Well that point is now..
A hazy orange glow emanates from my glass, the carbonation rises, then settles to a ring with a bit of dancing across the middle.
Aroma is malty, a little bit of rye spice.
Flavor is very similar, the can says 57 IBUs but it also says brewed and canned by Sixpoint, Brooklyn, NY. Decent bitterness here, but I wouldn't guess above 35-40. Hop flavor is a little spicy and floral, working well with the rye.
Overall, a little malty, but not bad at all. Wondering about the freshness of my can..I know you don't want to do it, Sixpoint, but you probably should.

Serving type: can

08-28-2011 01:42:24 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of hollyisaway


3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz can into a Tommy's Pizza pint glass.

Appearance: Admittedly, rye pale ales are not my specialty, but I love the formation of this. A semi-vigorous pour resulted in a beautiful but minimal head, eliminating hop absorbivity, while nicely filling the glass. Has the appearance of a brown ale, similar to Lagunitas' Lucky 13.

Smell: Warmth comes forth immediately, followed by a more traditional hop smell. Seems like a noble hop, but couldn't swear to it. Again, echoes of a brown ale.

Taste: Heavy. Much heavier than expected. Burns the tongue and throat. I like the burn, but it reminds me oddly of the cigarettes I quit years ago.

Mouthfeel: Burning remains for a long time, across the tongue and the cheek area around the molars. Oddly, the throat does not have this experience as much.

Serving type: can

04-14-2012 06:47:14 | More by hollyisaway
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sixpoint Righteous Ale

On tap. Pours a deep amber in color. Aroma is hoppy, Malty, with a hint of rye grain. In the taste, citrusy hops, vegetation, rye graininess, a little fruity with a good deal of bitterness behind it. Hop forward with pine, citrus and herbal flavor. Rye spice is in the background. Caramel malts are there as well. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Overall, a decent beer, there is a lot going on in the flavor. Would try it again some time.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2011 16:40:22 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Crazyale


3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark orangeish brown, dark peach tea color with lots of cloudiness and a quickly dissipating one finger head.

S: I actually smell some peach and fruit flavor, which matches well with the appearance. I can also clearly smell bitter rye. Very sweet on the nose.

T: The taste starts out sweet, with a round syrupy fruitiness, then a bit of barley malt, and finishing with a satisfying bitter rye hopiness. This is a bit of an odd beer for me - it's definitely well balanced, but the flavors don't seem to blend together in the mouth. I tend to taste the sweet and bitter separately rather than together.

M: It's medium bodied, with a rather sweet finish and not a lot of carbonation.

Overall, I'm a little bit disappointed with this one. It's serviceable, but the flavors don't seem to come together completely, and the sweetness nearly overpowers the rye at times. Still, there are no unpleasant tastes, and I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 03:35:48 | More by Crazyale
Photo of musicforairports

New York

3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can best by Nov. 11. Reviewed Nov. 6.

Dark amber/ruby, Very cloudy. Head doesn't last long, minor lacing.

Smells like high-quality rye bread, pretty much. Bit of an off-putting nail-polish remover note. I don't really get any other beer aromas.

Flavor is full of spicy, dark bread notes. The finish is bitter in a spicy rye sort of way. Little in the way of hops (this can is nearing its date) and the flavor is pretty much all rye.

Medium mouthfeel, with an adequate level of carbonation that reminds me of homebrew-style carbonation. That's not really a bad thing.

I've never had a beer with this much rye. It sure rules the show. I've enjoyed Sixpoint on draft several times, but have yet to be impressed with one of their cans.

Serving type: can

11-06-2011 21:47:57 | More by musicforairports
Photo of alee42


3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ben for this beer.

Beer can claims "Beer is Culture".

Poured from a 16 oz can into a standard pint glass. The appearance is of brown and root-beer colors, a few hues of dark red and darker purple. Mild carbonation, forms a very weak head that settles into a thin white layer of foam. Almost no lacing.

There is a faint smell of hops and grain. Nothing too special or standout here.

Taste is similar to the smell - very grainy, lot of bread-y notes. No sweetness to this. Very bland with moderate bitterness. The carbonation adds to the crispness, and mellows out the blandness, but I still have a stiff bitterness on the tongue.

Not very impressed with this rye beer. Would not drink this again.

Serving type: can

12-30-2011 00:38:44 | More by alee42
Photo of beesy


3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz can into a standard pint glass.

A- pours a slightly hazy deep burnt orange with a two and a half finger medium kahki head that quickly folds down to a half finger leaving some lacing.

S - very earthy and grassy hops dominate. Some sweet, spicy notes from the rye. Not overly exciting.

T - piney hops up front with tons of grass - way too much grass. A very firm bitterness lingers slightly on the palate. A slightly sweet, spicey rye is present.

M - somewhat thin. It could use a little more body to help balance the firm bitterness.

D - low for me. Not being a well put together beer prevents me from enjoying it immensely.

The rating was high on this one, which made me give Sixpoint another shot - I have to admit I'm disappointed. Overall, a decent beer, but not great, nothing stands out about this one. Its got a long way to go to stack up to a rye like Reds Rye or Hop Rod Rye. The hop profiles seem very similar for all the Sixpoint beers I've had - not enough aroma paired with firm bitterness, leaving them unbalanced.

Serving type: can

03-09-2012 02:44:36 | More by beesy
Photo of BARFLYB


3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz CAN into a Hulmeville Inn/Sixpoint pint glass.

Into the glass, Rye poured out a straight brown becoming a browwnish with hint of dark red in the liquid. It's dark enough. A stealth pour yielded only some minor cream colored bubbles that became nothing, no stick. Smell is deep on the roasted malt with a small whiff of rye. Hops are present although earthy smelling with a light dry hop appeal. Some caramel and that's about all. Taste is between a brown ale with Rye, which is probably what this is. A mix of roasted malt and tootsie roll with a small spicy rye in the middle with some bittering dry hops on the end. Grassy, earthy tasting. All of this comes and goes pretty quick with an earthy aftertaste. Feel is kinda bland, not watery, the body is a sturdy step from medium but it needs more bubbles. Comes off as dying yet not dead. I got through it but won't reach for it again.

Serving type: can

08-16-2011 21:53:11 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of mdaschaf


3.35/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: can

01-20-2012 01:45:06 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of womencantsail


3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Trevor.

A: The pour is a cloudy amber/burnt orange with a finger of off-white head.

S: Although many say rye beers are spicy, this one certainly is. A lot of bread and some banana, other fruit notes are present as well. There are some pepper notes to it, toasted malt, and a bit of gasoline.

T: Strong citrus peel (lemon, mostly) flavor. Heavy on the rye and bread with a decent amount of toasted malt. A mild sweetness of toffee with more of the pepper. Just a light bitterness.

M: The body is medium to full with carbonation being medium.

O: The gas smell really put me off, but the rest of the beer wasn't too bad.

Serving type: can

08-08-2011 22:45:56 | More by womencantsail
Photo of laituegonflable


3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnished amber colour, quite orangey. Head is jaundiced beige, no real retention, just a cloud on the top with some trails of lace that do stick around. Yeah, not bad at all, except for the head retention.

Smell is fairly fruity, kind of fresh with a distinct lemon citrus aroma and a metallic tinge as well. A bit empty, lacking malt mainly and it's most just light tart/hop notes.

Taste is better but still lacks body and substance on the palate. Grainy upfront with mild bready notes, touch of barley, rye and caramel that develops into lemony tart notes. Mildly 'off' with organic notes that are quite bitter but not completely full, and borders on metallic at the back. Slight chemical edge to all of it, and ultimately just lacking a bit.

Thin, watery feel, but smooth, without dryness. Could use more body.

Yeah, not huge on this, but some borderline enjoyable flavours.

Serving type: can

09-29-2011 01:44:01 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of JerseyKirk

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A:amber red, 1/2 finger white head. Laced nicely.

S: subtle hop citrus, slight bitter hop oils.

T: hop bitterness, slight hop on tongue, lemon, astringency.

M: thin, astringent, sweet and dry mix.

O: easily drinkable but not a standout. Would pass in store but drink if offered one.

Serving type: can

01-29-2012 20:18:39 | More by JerseyKirk
Photo of TheycallmeTim

New York

3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-02-2009 20:46:54 | More by TheycallmeTim
Photo of JohnnyHopps


3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can, the beer produced an orange tint with a very slight white head. The aroma was a little odd for a rye beer, being slightly fruity and slightly indescribable. Taking the dive, the initial taste was orange with a mild flavor of rye drawing the attention of the side of the tongue. A hint of tea is also present. This might be an odd point of comparison, but I can't be the only person the chews on popsicle sticks after eating the popsicle. That said, something about the taste reminds me of chewing on the stick of a orange dreamsicle. There is a synthetic orange and a little woodiness. A smooth drinker, the aftertaste fades into a mild citric and hoppy taste. It lingers in the back of the throat, but does not make an overwhelming impression.

Serving type: can

03-25-2012 00:19:13 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a reddish brown pour with a creamy looking off-white head (excellent lacing)
weak smells of toasted grains, cherry, and caramel.
tasted a bitter rust type flavor up front with a grassy and bready aftertaste.
medium body with a nice fizzy carbonated feeling on the lips. creamy finish.
not sixpoint's best beer, and not the best rye ale i've had, however it is refreshing and a nice beer to have on hand for summer months. not much to explore in flavor, but the amount of lacing and the mouthfeel make it great.

Serving type: can

07-31-2012 02:39:13 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of TheBrewo


3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We pour a chestnut brown brew with deep maroon hues. It holds a two finger head of cream colored bubbles. This shows great retention, leaving a single sheet of thick lacing around the glass. Carbonation appears moderate, and there is a thick haze, but no sediment. The nose opens with coppery pale malts, rye, and grassy hops. The malt profile is otherwise sweeter, with caramel, roast, and brown sugar. At times it borders on adjuncts. The rye adds a wet musk which, at times, gives vibes of moldy cheddar cheese. There is a cooling air of heavy cream on the back, which becomes lactic with warmth. Our first impression is that this beer is underwhelming, and a bit watery. As we sip, cereal grain and rye hit first. These are spicy and biting, giving an initial souring and bittering punch. The middle evens out with sweetness, dry grass, light booze, tin, and hollow rye. The middle shows added bitterness and saltiness of grassy, earthen hops. These pull us to the finish where the wateriness is most pronounced, and a mineral/metallic bite erases all flavoring but the pale, spicy malts. The aftertaste breathes of rye, lemon peel, booze, grassy hops, corny adjuncts, malty creaminss, and peppery spiciness. The body is medium to hearty, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives a wet slurp and smack, with a nice cream and froth on the back. The mouth is left wet, with the hard palate coated, and lightly dried by the end. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this one was the rich look. Each swirl reproduced a nice froth, heady film, with wet and sticky lacing around the glass. We found the nose to be a little weak in strength, and were expecting a more pronounced hops character. The taste followed the nose, and was also a bit dull. Here we were hoping for a more robust strength to the rye itself, rather than the rest of the malt bill, which we found to be on the adjuncty side. Otherwise this guy is refreshing, and decent for the style.

Serving type: can

08-21-2012 00:42:30 | More by TheBrewo
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Righteous Ale from Sixpoint Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 924 ratings.