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Righteous Ale - Sixpoint Brewery

Righteous AleRighteous Ale

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very good

923 Ratings
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Ratings: 923
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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2005)
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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 Darkmagus82


4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a brown colored brew with a one finger off white head. The head fades relatively quickly to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a bready nature with tons of rye and a wheat smell. Mixed with these more malty aromas is a good sweet caramel smell as well as a moderate presence of some citrus an earthy hop smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice rye flavor which creates a base for the other flavors of the brew. Mixed with the rye upfront, there is a rather nice mix of hop flavors- some earthy, grapefruit citrus, and herbal tastes. The flavor sweetens ever so slightly with a caramel flavor coming to the tongue at the middle of the taste. This fades more toward the end where more bitter citrus hop of grapefruit, some lemongrass, and grassy flavors become even more pronounced. The hop never becomes too potent but provides a nice balance to the rye malt flavors of the brew to, in the end, leave a pleasant lightly hopped rye flavor on the tongue..

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is average to just above average. Both make for a rather crisp feel on the tongue and are rather nice for the mix of hop and rye that are present in the brew.

Overall – This is a great, rather rye potent brew, with a nice hop profile and balance for the more malty and rye flavors of the brew. Quite tasty and a good drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2013 00:04:56 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Cavanaghty


4.73/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 14:02:35 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of Durge


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

Found at Pies & Pints in Middlebury, CT this rye ale shows a pretty murky dark brown color with a sturdy near Guinness like head that is vaguely light tan colored. Lacing trails in a healthy cascade. The nose offers tangy rye-wheat and peppery citrus grain. Relatively mild but okay. The flavor brings on a much hoppier profile with tangy citrus/orange and buckwheat grain. There’s an interesting malt cream idea coupled with a crisp hop and rye grain medley. Feel is brisk with a energetic wave of carbonation, and body is a solid light-plus. Very refreshing and an adequate hop quotient worthy of a try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 15:47:40 | More by Durge
Photo of flagmantho


3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at Bridge View Tavern in Sleepy Hollow.

Appearance: hazy dark amber-brown with a thin layer of ivory foam and a nice lace. Good.

Smell: sweet malt with a light spiciness; pretty mild overall.

Taste: big, rich malt with a caramel, nutty, lightly chocolatey flavor with a moderate bitterness at the end. Quite good!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a great, well-integrated carbonation and a huge silky creaminess. Wonderful!

Overall: this beer just runs me the right way. I wish I could get it out west.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2012 16:43:07 | More by flagmantho
Photo of BEERchitect


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

It's amazing how well hops and rye play together. Complementary citrusy bitterness married to the earthy broadness of spicy grain yeilds a well-rounded taste that layers effortlessly on an beer base.

Righteous Ale pours with light tawny golden brown and with an embedded mild haze to give a slightly russet appearance. A creamy sand-stained head floats on the beer throughout the session and leaves intermitten pockets of sticky lace behind.

Mild toffee, toast, and chocolate kickstart the olfactories while the growing hop brightness shines with an overall citrusy component. Earthy rye allows for the scent of wet woods, soil, and dark breads to round out the scent.

Medium malty flavors of light toffee, damp soil, woods, and leaf all start pungently sweet but weave effortlessly into the hop taste of citrus pith and bitter resin. Not to be outdone, the broad spicy rye seems to amplify the hop spice while also deeply rooting the earthen character to the base malt. A deliciously drinkable beer with bite.

Medium bodied, but it seems that the impression and linger of malt and earthy spice gives a higher impression of texture than what's probably actually there. Semi-rich while the malt and carbonation swirl about the palate, but the spice and resiny bitterness latches on to the back of the tongue and assists in a semi-dry finish and mild grain derived astringency.

As the beer seems much of an American pale ale, I seem to want elevated hop flavor, bitterness, and dryness to pull slightly ahead of the rye malt but that's not to be. Where I want more of an IPA base, this lighter version keeps me wanting more.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2012 16:45:12 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of GrumpyGas


4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A thicker looking draw from the tap, the maroon-brown syrup flowed lovingly into the freshly rinsed pint glass. The dark white head dissipated after a few drinks. There is no heaviness in the feel or flavor of this beer. The silky mouth feel disappeared as quickly as the liquid leaves the mouth, revealing a clean drink. Righteous has a pleasant velvet feel with a tinge of smoke flavor.

A brief citrus aftertaste begs for more, and I complied.

If this is at all representative, I will be drinking more rye.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2012 04:36:30 | More by GrumpyGas
Photo of Brent


4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rye beers always seem to be a bit of a style-bender, and this is no exception. Nice level of hopping with spicy herbal notes in the American Pale Ale Range, with a bit of chewyness in the malt along the American Amber ale line. Rye is well moderated and introduced just enough to lend a little bite in the middle. Nicely done.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2012 19:36:41 | More by Brent
Photo of 57md


4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is brownish-orange with a finger of head, most of which dissipates quickly. However, here remains some nice lacing on the glass as one drinks.

The nose is spicy and the rye is definitely upfront in the flavor. Nice combination of rye and hop bitterness on the finish.

Along with Founder's Red Rye, this offering is a standout in a style that is becoming increasingly popular among brewers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 05:43:54 | More by 57md
Photo of PicoPapa


3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany color with an inch of head. Very little lacing. Aromas of malts, bread and some citrus/orange peel. Taste is of grains and malts with a good amount of hop flavor. Orange peel at the end with some bitterness. Good balance of malt, grains and hops. Very drinkable and one of the better Rye beers I've had in a long time. Sixpoint has impressed me yet again. Overall, its certainly worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2011 19:39:51 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

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

I had this on tap over at the Whole Foods in Fair Lakes.

Served in a shaped pint glass.

A: Cloudy, caramel color, with a dark chewy center and lighter around the edges. The head was a peppery brown one that retained itself throughout the session.

S: The hoppy brightness of Bengali Tiger is muted slightly by the rye, cracker-like quality, but other than that, it had much in common with that one.

T: Grapefruit sizzle on the front end, and rye mothball on the finish. That's was kinda cool! The rye made this one much more accessible to the novice hop beer skeptic.

M: The bitterness didn't linger much at all, and the sweetness was only there in an organic way. The ridiculous lacing left white, foamy spirals on the glass one the liquid had been siphoned.

O: For hop heads who are looking for a slightly off-kilter IPA, this Bud's for you!

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 22:09:54 | More by Chaney
Photo of drabmuh


4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review, this is the #8 Rye beer on the beeradvocate best of lists. Beer is on draft, served in a small snifter.

Beer is brown with a nice off white / tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, mild carbonation.

The aroma is piny with hints of citrus and some malt in there.

Beer is medium in body and a really decent little pale ale. I enjoy it thoroughly. Not too malty, the rye comes through some, could be more showcased, and the finish is nice with mild to moderate bitterness, I'd have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 04:14:11 | More by drabmuh
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 rtepiak


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

a savory rendition of and otherwise, in my experience, citrus forward style. More on the floral dry side and it may be a big who for those that appreciate my dry, almost salty IPAs. Pour is like all others. Ruby dark amber almost completely clear. Nose is floral with hints of lemon zest. Grapefruit... But barely. Dry. Mineral that is expanded by a subtle sweetness. Not too dry that the beer feels in to waves of mineral crisp with a alcohol that comes after.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 18:06:37 | More by rtepiak
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the George St Alehouse in New Brunswick, NJ

Arrives in a pint glass with a half finger of foam. Aroma is a nice spicy hoppiness with a little sweetness to back bit up.

First sip is... surprisingly hoppy, followed by a nice spicy rye finish. Hops are front page, very nice. Reminds me of Hop Rod Rye. Finishes crisp with a hoppy bitter bite.

This beer is quite a nice surprise. By far the best I've had from Sixpoint, and this ranks right up there with the best rye beers from any brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2011 23:01:42 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of jrallen34


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

On tap at On Photon...Dark brown with a hint of purple, light tan head ok retention but good lacing...The aroma is lots of rye with some spice notes, not bad, but not a ton going on...The taste is more rye, bready, and spicey...Very dry, nice touch but not awesome overall.

If you love rye give it a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2010 19:28:01 | More by jrallen34
Photo of knowledge

New York

5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the brew developed for the God's. I cannot get enough of the amber color pour and rich, thick head, taste is sweet with subtle hoppiness bitterness. I can drink this over and over again. Excellent ABV content. A very filling brew worthy of your salute. Cheers!! BTW, the finish is the super star, nice and nutty.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2010 22:53:41 | More by knowledge
Photo of willjschmidt


4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Smith and Wollensky in NYC.

A: Pours an amber color with a thick head.

S: Spicy hops and rye, a bit of sweet malt.

T: This is a very good rye beer. It's very spicy from the rye and also a good amount of hop bitterness. A sweet malt presence in the middle balances it out very well.

M: Medium bodied.

D: A very drinkable beer, very well balanced and very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2010 21:31:07 | More by willjschmidt
Photo of metter98

New York

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and slowly fade away, leaving lacing along the edges of the glass.
S: There is an aroma of sweet malts in the nose along with some notes of caramel.
T: The taste is rather malty and has a light amount of sweetness. There are also some notes of caramel.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and is very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: This beer goes down very easily; I could keep drinking them all night.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2010 04:18:49 | More by metter98
Photo of Soonami


3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2010 21:34:47 | More by Soonami
Photo of Reagan1984


4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is just amazing. Every time that I have it I love it more. Yesterday at brunch I enjoyed two and finally took some notes to write this review. This is the classic fresh draught beer in my book. So different than a mass produced bottled beer.

Each pint comes with a glorious off white creamy head that shows excellent retention. The beer is a hazy amber color that almost looks thicker than it is. Sheet of lacing line the entire inside of the glass.

Spicy aroma with lots of hop aromas and a nice balance of malt. Smelled fresh.

Awesome flavor that is wonderful mixture of blasting fresh floral hops a nicely balanced malt profile and the perfect touch of dry and spicy rye. I know I am a fan of rye beers to begin with, but I think this one nails it. Not too dry but just enough to provide it with extra character.

Creamy, smooth, slick and wonderful with slight carbonation.

I could drink this all day. I intentionally savor every sip as it's just great!!!

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 22:15:44 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of BuckeyeOne


4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Bark in Brooklyn.

Poured a nice copper amber with just a bit of lacing

Smelled liked an IPA --- spicy, floral aroma with just the hint of rye.

The dry rye flavor was prominent, backed up by floral hops and a bitter aftertaste (which I like).

Well carbonated with a medium body.

I could (and did) drink a few of these over one lunch and dinner the next day.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2010 17:35:51 | More by BuckeyeOne
Photo of Deuane


3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Bright, clear depp copper with a thin, light tan head that leaves behind nice lace.

S-Earthy notes up front. Notes of spiciness and dryness courtesy of the rye malt. Light touch of sweetness in the background.

T-Dry rye...much like bread! Earthy, spicy hop notes with a hint of citrus. A dry, spicy finish. A very interesting and unique rye brew.

M-Medium-light bodied and super crisp, dry and bitter finish. Good lingering flavours.

D-Good stuff, not just another rye IPA. A nice ale with a healthy % addition of rye malt I am sure. Sharp bite but yet very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2010 12:29:10 | More by Deuane
Photo of corby112


3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Mugs in Brooklyn.

Pours a very dark copper/mahogany red with dark golden amber hues when held to a light source and a one finger off white head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing are left behind.

Sweet caramel malt aroma with lots of rye and slightly earthy hops. There ls also a bit of pine to go along with the orange and grapefruit notes. The malt backbone is a bit too prominent in the nose with hints of biscuit ,caramel and rye.

Medium bodied with a lot of dry earthy pine hops which are quickly balanced but a very dry earthy pine bitterness that lasts throughout over a sweet malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Hints of caramel malt with biscuit and rye. Very hoppy for the style and not very well balanced with a lot of dry bitterness completely overpowering the sweet rye malt. The ABV is decently masked and this beer is pretty drinkable but the hops outshine the sweetness from the malt too much for my liking.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2010 07:10:57 | More by corby112
Photo of josefnewsong

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy, ruddy brown color with a little bit of head
S - smells of rye bread and hints of hops
T - Tastes of earthy rye bread with hints of nuttiness and hops
M - medium-bodied and very smooth
D - very drinkable for the level of alcohol

A thoroughly enjoyable rye ale. I haven't delved deep into this style yet but I wouldn't be surprised if this stays in my favorites for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2010 20:03:58 | More by josefnewsong
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Righteous Ale from Sixpoint Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 923 ratings.