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Righteous Ale - Sixpoint Brewery

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921 Ratings
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Ratings: 921
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%

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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2005)
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Photo of CrazyDavros


3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper with a large head.
Nose shows tropical fruit, including mango, papaya and lychee. A fair bit of sweet malt too along with a spicy rye bready note.
Harsher flavours, not as sweet as the aroma would suggest. More bready and toasty notes. A fairly aggressive bitterness in the finish.
Nice moderately high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 13:15:23 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of WankelEngine


3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass

A: Pours a deep but clear amber-brown. There is a light tan head with decent retention that slowly starts to crater away. Nice curtains of lace.

S: An interesting mix of citrusy fruit, namely orange, and spicy rye. Also solid notes of brown malt and bread.

T: The rye spice really comes through here. Mixes with some pine and a little bit of alcohol to give a very good spice to the overall flavor. Sweet, brown malt flavors are also present and round out the spice notes with some bready goodness. The finish is all lingering rye.

M: Medium-light bodied and a little bit watery. Some alcohol presence but the warm malt makes it very drinkable.

O: A decent rye beer. The rye spice is folded into the beer nicely, with brown malt flavors giving it a more traditional, sweet flavor. One of the more drinkable rye ales I've had.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 22:49:29 | More by WankelEngine
Photo of Rojopunk


3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark red amber

S - fresh with hints of rye in the back around

T - Very fresh with hints of bready taste in the back round

M - medium body very light tingle

O - This is a nother example of Sixpoints ability to brew great ips .Fresh with hints of rye bread .This beer is makes you want to come back for more like there resin . Fresh and rye like . Great for pasta .

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 20:11:58 | More by Rojopunk
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 wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Burnt tan/orange, red tint with nice 2 inch creamy, foamy head and lots of lacing.

Smell - Hops, rye, grainy, fruity, pine, grapefruit. Added sugars, caramel and spices.

Taste - Piney hops, rye, and some big malt make up main flavor. Almost a pale ale but hopped up quite impressively with lots of pine and grapefruit. It also is grainy and spicy, with some add sugars to balance out the hop bitterness. Rye adds a bold flavor, that works well with the caramel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - The hops bitter tounge up quite well at first, then the malts and rye come in to smooth and sweeten tounge back from bitterness. Palette gets more hops and malts, along with some sugars and spices. Aftertaste is hoppy, bitter and malty.

Overall - Impressive, hoppy as hell and very drinkible. Smooth rye and malts work well to mellow out the hop bomb. A nice twist on a rye ipa that will set it apart from the rest. Really nice job, this is one of the best for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 00:15:52 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of kmo1030


4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a brownish amber with orange highlights. moderately sized pale khaki head.
the aroma is of a nice IPA. the hoppiness is citrusy and somewhat piney. carmel malt backs up the hops with touches of rye spice.
the taste contains a lot of spicy rye, sweet caramel and a more resinous pine than the aroma. i get a hint of vanilla and touches of anise weave in and out. something dried fruit like in there as well. the rye spiciness plays off of the hop bitterness to create a unique sensation that i can best sum up as coarseness.
the mouthfeel is medium in body slightly oily and tends towards higher carbonation.
overall a good showcase of what rye can do in a beer. very flavorful

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 02:24:12 | More by kmo1030
Photo of Cresant


3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 16 oz. can into a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. Best before: 21 JUN2012. The body was a lightly hazy honey color and the head was almost white. A thin cap remained throughout and left speckles of lace in the glass.

The smell was spicy and fruity. Bready and maybe a little wet dog. Fresh, leafy hops and some floral notes.

The taste was slightly husky and spicy. Caramel maltiness and an abundance of rye spiciness. Gentle bitterness in the finish. Semi dry.

The mouthfeel was smooth and a bit thinner than expected. Adequate carbonation and enough body. Sixpoint is new to my area but I am loving all that I have tried from them. I dig the packaging too. Thank you Sixpoint for dating your product!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 16:25:10 | More by Cresant
Photo of mynie


4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprisingly obvious and cool name for a rye. Kudos, Sixpoint.

Pours standard for a rye. Smells a bit better than standard--tart, bitter, zippy rye malt against more traditional caramel malt and a good kick of pine and citrus hops.

Tastes a bit more boilerplate than it smells. It's still good, don't get me wrong, but the balance doesn't quite come together as well. The rye is a bit more aggresive and blots out the interesting (and not all that typical) caramel nodes that made the aromatic malt profile so interesting. This is still backed up pretty well by the hoppy back end, though, and the long-lingering rye aftertaste is pretty kickass.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 06:10:46 | More by mynie
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of spicy rye malt with solid hosp presence. Taste is a nice mix between some spicy rye malt with a solid hosp presence with some medium bitter notes. Body is quite full with a creamy texture and good carbonation. Really enjoyable and quiet refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 16:33:03 | More by Phyl21ca
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 RuckusDu


3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark burnt brown body. Looks like a quad. Off white 2 finger head. Good lacing.

S - Definite rye. Some hops way in the background.

T - Burnt malt and rye. Tastes like a piece of bread. Slight bitterness on the finish.

M - Solid. A little dry on the finish, light to medium body and plus carbonation.

O - A pretty good beer if you are looking for rye (which you probably are if you're drinking a "Rye Beer") but not much other than that.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 00:40:24 | More by RuckusDu
Photo of DrDemento456


3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks good enough a dark amber brown, clear with nice carbonation and a half inch of head that sticks to the side with good lacing.

S - Smells of rye straight up with tones of brown sugar and hops.Hope it's not too dry.

T - The rye plays pretty well with this one delivers a bittering and drying level to the beer which is kind of bitter. Tones of burnt sugars and toffee play around the rye.

M - Light to medium I found this very easy to drink.

Overall I liked this beer as most rye beers have been too hoppy making them too dry or bitter this one is very drinkable. In fact even though I don't enjoy rye beers this one is very tasty. Nice offering Sixpoint!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 02:39:31 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of TheFightfan1


3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at UNO. Poured a deep copper color slightly blurry with a nice light brown heading. Left tremndous lacing throughout after every little sip there was a ring. Amazing.

Smell was very subtle in all aspects a doughy and a little bit of a mixture of rye and hops. Nothing really jumping out at me.

Taste was like a rye bread. VEry smooth maltiness at first maybe even some chocolate malt? Then the heavier spicey rye kicked in to wrap thing's up.

Mouth was decent medium bodied with decent carbonation. Smooth on the palate and nice texture.

Drink is good but it just lacked something to me. A kind of bland rye beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 20:08:15 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-red hue with white head. Lacing builds down the glass in a pleasing fashion. A sweet aroma with floral notes, slight pine and evergreen,biscuits with burned edges. Some dominant characteristics in the taste: grassy, pine, spices, doughy, toasty, hop bite with dry characteristics at the finish leaves a slick aftertaste on the tongue. Medium in body but thick mouthfeel. Definitely a go-to beer for hopheads and rye fanatics alike.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 01:15:48 | More by JRed
Photo of JohnQVegas


3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours dark reddish brown, with a creamy, beige, medium head.

Nose is grainy, sweet rye, a bit of piny hops.

Taste is sweet, slightly toasty rye up front, piney hops are present throughout, fairly reserved at first but emerging more assertively into the moderately bitter, resiny finish.

Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 13:57:35 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of gford217


4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand-bottle courtesy of Shane poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark, dark brown out of the bottle and settles in with only the faintest hints of amber around the edges. The head is massive and lingers for the duration as a cap leaving sheets of lacing.

The aroma is definitely grainy with rye sticking out but there are hints of citrus hops and caramel malts that blend together well to balance the rye well.

The taste mirrors the aroma and has the citrus hops up front with light grapefruit and lemon flavors giving way to the caramel malt base. The rye come one with a vengeance in the finish with spiciness lingering between sips.

The mouthfeel is very creamy but with lots of carbonation. It actually seems slightly light-bodied but sips really smooth.

I was very impressed with this beer and would rank it up toward the top of rye beers I've had. Highly recommended and crazy drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 03:38:13 | More by gford217
Photo of srandycarter


3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours between dark tea and cola. Off white head leaves to some bubbles around ring. Small bubbled lacing.

S - Rye sticks out huge. Reminds me of a Patty Melt :)

T - Sweet malt, Rye, earthy and dry bitter finish.

M - Creamy, balanced, coating, great carb.

D - Great beer, one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 05:22:04 | More by srandycarter
Photo of emerge077


4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hand-bottling, generously shared by Jay23.

Pours a darker shade of reddish-brown. An inch of foam forms and remains for the duration of the glass. Carbonation is visible, and seems to come from within the glass, outward through the hazy liquid.

Apple, caramel malt, specific rye aroma...sort of spicy and bready.

Toasted malt, bready rye again, with a hoppy finish. Aftertaste carries the rye spiciness for a little while. Fairly full-bodied, similar in feel to some German Dunkels. There's a good presence of yeast as well, possibly accounting for the apple in the aroma. Some mild warmth from the alcohol, but it's hidden well. It's pretty hearty but still very drinkable. A success...

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 22:42:53 | More by emerge077
Photo of Wasatch


3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Sixpoint

Pours a nice cloudy brownish color, nice carbonation, nice two finger creamy tan head which last awhile, nice islands and sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is malty, slight hops, some rye, slight spices, and caramel. The taste is mostly malts and rye, slightly spicy, and a nice touch of caramel. I can taste the rye, but not a whole lot, just a difference from the malts/hops. The alcohol is hidden well. Light-Medium body, well balanced brew. Drinkable, a nice brew from Sixpoint.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 23:36:22 | More by Wasatch
Photo of weeare138


4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to BA Sixpoint(Shane) for the trade...
Appears a semi-transparent, deep copper toned brown with a creamy beige head that slowly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of warmed cream, ginseng root, nuts, fresh bread, and spices with a touch of citrus hops.
Taste is of them mentioned aromas with some toffee, sweet yeast, freshly cracked grain, light cocoa, and bitter rye.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, bitter, and semi-dry in the finish from the rye addition.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 22:02:43 | More by weeare138
Photo of Sycodrummer


4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. unlabled bottle (Courtesy of Shane) into a Spaten Stange the beer was a medium brown color with a rich three finger frothy dark tan head. Noticable carbonation could be seen streaming up the sides of the glass. A few yeast particals dripped in the pour and setteled to the bottom of the glass. Some spotty lacing throughout the sample and the head retained at about a half finger for the length of the sample.

The smell was very hoppy at first with a distinct bitterness to the nose. Slightly sweeter malty and caramel aromas followed and a slight hint of grain as well.

The taste innitially has a mild hop assertiveness that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Softer and sweet caramel and malt flavors balance the innitial hop character quite well. Some grain and rye come thru the taste near the end of each sip, but the mild innitial hoppiness kicks in stronger toward the back of the tounge with each sip. The finish is smooth, crisp, and carbonated. The 8.4% ABV goes undetected.

A medium body with ample carbonation.

An enjoyable beer that drinks well and has all of the flavors nicely balanced. The malt and hop balance is quite well done with each inntial bitter sip balanced by a semi-sweet maltiness. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 19:32:54 | More by Sycodrummer
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottom of the can stamped: "Best before 13Feb2014"

Into a pint glass.

A: hazy golden amber colored body with less than a half fingered white foamy head that when it dies there's a nice clingy lacing that coats the entire glass

S: a nice rye malt coming through (nice even though this is a month past its prime), spicy malt tries to come through to combine with the hops, but has a sort of separateness to it

T: nice spice, yet there's still a nice sweetness coming through; not much of an aftertaste, somewhat dry spicy finish

M: honestly, there really doesn't seem much there, sure there's a light sort of body to it (did it subside due to its age....? I dunno), sessionable - sure is as I'd have this with food, carbonation is a bit smoother than most Rye Beers I've had

O: I'd like to try this again fresher because I think this one could definitely be a front runner of its style, just a month past its prime and I still liked it for the most part, glad I had it to help me in coming up with some good "rye beer homebrews"

Serving type: can

03-15-2014 01:42:02 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of 8stringfan

District of Columbia

4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an English pint it produced a one-finger head of moderately thick foam that came down to a fairly solid surface froth with very solid lacing. Color is clear dark amber with hints of dark honey and toffee and an appearance of solid carbonation. Aroma is a nice mix of malty, hop pine, and spice. It’s interesting to note that when I first drank this beer, I was unaware of the rye component to the brew, however, after reading up on the background of the beer, it actually comes across quite clear on the nose. Sometimes beer and liquor descriptions cause you to perceive things that are described in writing but aren't quite there in the glass, and sometimes they cause you to suddenly notice something that was there all the time. So, caramel and crystal malts seem to be there helping to produce a strong toffee aroma; the rye brings in an herbally, grassy, peppery-spice note; and the hops contribute a very, very light floral pine quality. All in all a sweet and appealing nose. Sip is sweet and malty up front with caramel, toffee, and mild hints of butterscotch alongside some grassy notes from the rye. Mid-palate sees the bitter notes come on strong - bitter hops, mild white pepper hints, and bitter cocoa. Back of the tongue and swallow see a strong bitterness matched with sweet cola, roasted pear, and toffee sensations. Finish is short and somewhat unimpressive, dominated by a generalized bitter dryness subtlety under-girded with rye notes. The balance is towards the bitter in this ale, and yet this is nonetheless a solidly constructed beer with enough smooth malt backbone to keep it from becoming a tannin bomb - in fact, it’s dangerously drinkable. Carbonation is a bit strong, but works perfectly in this case by breaking up some of the malt-y sweetness in spots. If I had to credit one thing that makes this such a superior beer it would be what a smooth and velvety mouthfeel it has, specifically in terms of the malty side of the equation. All-in-all, this is one terrific, subtlety complex, and dangerously drinkable brew. Furthermore, it's really interesting to see a brewery go in a different direction than super-hoppy IPAs with a rye beer.

Serving type: can

03-08-2014 22:25:47 | More by 8stringfan
Photo of dar482

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a rusty brownish dark amber with a one finger head.

The aroma has a good amount of piney hops, some spicy rye and caramel malt as well.

The flavor follows with a wonderfully clean piney hop character along with some significant caramel malt and pop of spicy rye in the middle. The finish is pretty clean without being extremely bitter, although leaving some piney and leafy bitterness.

This is a well balanced drinker. There's a wonderful combination of hops, sweet malt, spicy rye, medium body, full flavor, yet without being too bitter for the palate and easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2014 00:31:39 | More by dar482
Photo of charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Special version brewed at Adnams (at 6.3% abv) for Wetherspoons. A copper coloured beer with a slightly offwhite head and a citric, mostly lemony, nose. It begins with a warm, sweet lemony flavour similar to Jack D'or brewed by Pretty Things before a more leafy hop flavour takes over backed by a rather savoury biscuitiness (I guess that'll be the rye). It leaves a pleasant oily residue on the tongue, meaning the big hops really linger. It was a pity I only had time for a half pint (particularly at £1.79 per pint).

Serving type: cask

01-24-2014 20:30:34 | More by charlatan
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Righteous Ale from Sixpoint Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 921 ratings.