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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 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
Photo of codewarrior

New York

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Breslin poured into a Mug, accompanying a suckling pig dinner of which I did not partake aside from the beer and some fennel (looked amazing though).

A: Deep amber, hazy hay and somewhat opaque, little to no carbonation lurking beneath a frothy generous finger or 2 of head.

S: Blash of hops, with a touch of sour and wood grain to it. Lots of malts in the back.

T: Perfect serving temperature had this beer tasting solid from start-to-finish. Was rich and thick through the near IPA hop-assault up front, fading into a sour and earthy sweetness with just a hint of lasting bitterness in the finish.

F: Thick, seriously thick, and heavy (in a good way). Little-to-no carbonation on this was just right.

D: After 2 pints, i had to make a conscious decision to cut myself off, although for as smooth as this beer is, I could have kept going with ease.

I think the sour notes and the wood-grain here came from the cask, in addition to the limited carbonation and heavy feel. I think this beer would suffer tremendously with a tap serving or bottle, but on cask, I liked it just fine.

Serving type: cask

10-18-2010 19:52:46 | More by codewarrior
Photo of Slatetank


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

I had this on cask - served in a 10 oz 1/2 pint on 3/14/10

A- A slightly hazed caramel brown shade w/ small tan cap with tiny beading

S - A aroma is earthy, spiced and toasted - with lots of rye aroma like fresh toasted rye bread w/ subtle hints of smoke

M - A smokey spicy feel w/ light astringent notes and moderate alcohol tinge

T- A toasted rye taste that is really forward with a very roasted almost smokey flavor - nutty and dry tasting w/ earthy flavors that rye delivers. The spice his high in the taste w/ toasted malt and mellow sweet biscuit note as it finishes

D - One of the few rye ales I have had on cask - a very unique intense rye tast, while good I am not sure I consider this a drinkable cask beer, I would prefer the regular draft version

Serving type: cask

03-18-2010 16:29:25 | More by Slatetank
Photo of taigor

New York

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From cask poured into pint glass.

A - Poured orange/amber hazy color with no head.

S - Grains, rye and hops.

T - Earthy flavor with bread, rye and spices.

M - Medium bodied served at room temperature from the cask with almost no carbonation with brought the flavors out even more.

D - Very smooth and easy going. Would definitely try some more.

Serving type: cask

11-30-2009 17:54:30 | More by taigor
Photo of erz316


3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served into a conical pint glass from cask at the East Village Tavern; Aug 19, 09

A - amazing head retention, especially for what was a mostly flat beer, 1.5 fingers high and a slightly amber colour. body is a very nice golden honey colour, with some light orange hues. bud definitely an overall colour of deep golden honey. Good lacing.

S - very fragrant! nose is like a pineapple mango amalgam. very fruity with some light malt sweetness at the end of it all. the nose is simple and very direct, but it is so pungent and succulent that it brings itself back up.

T - a boozy, hoppy, banana-grapefruit taffy like explosion; serious sweetness with this beer! the primary taste is grapefruit, which is the name of the game with this beer; the hops come out in this great combination of grapefruit and citrus sweetness and bitterness of citrus rind. the sweetness is not really malt, but more of a candied fruit rind. the finish is a very mild and lingering, especially for such an intensely fruity beer. a tad of hop spices and a bit of dry alcohol, all make a good finish. the aftertaste is hoppy bitters with some slight grapefruit characters, and a slight malt presence. some dynamism besides the extreme fruity character would have been good.

MF&D - there was basically no carbonation in the beer, but I assume that is what happens when a beer is casked. the slight amount of carbonation in the beer does nothing to hide the fully medium body.

Serving type: cask

08-23-2009 01:06:33 | More by erz316
Photo of scootny

New York

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Garnet amber with a light and fluffy head. Light retention and lacing. Clear with no visible carbonation.

Smell is earthy with spicy hops. Slight smoke and roasted dark grains. Light malt sweetness.

Earthy and spicy hops, slight smoke with roasted dark grains. Hops finish dryly and linger with a crackery nuttyness. Alcohol is invisible.

Mouthfeel is medium with a velvety light chewiness. A joy each sip.

Very good drinkability as it goes down so easily you just don't notice the abv.

From tasting notes 10/4/2008 a the the Gingerman NYC

Serving type: cask

01-01-2009 21:53:33 | More by scootny
Photo of gregc

New York

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask from the lazy boy saloon in white plains ny

Beer poured a very dark hazy orange/brownish with no head at all.

Aroma of bitter hops, rye bread and roasted malt.

Flavor was pine from the hops, malt, dry wood and a small amount of rye coming in at the finish. A decent beer overall, tasted great coming out of the cask.

Serving type: cask

05-09-2008 03:39:14 | More by gregc
Photo of NeroFiddled


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

I enjoyed this ale on cask via the handpump at the Spotted Pig. The barman was a bit rough, well overly so, and it was a bit less carbonated than it should have been. It was delivered with a thin layer of creamy bone-white froth over the hazy copper body below. Clear notes of rye appeared in the nose, along with notes of malty-sweet dark caramel. Hops appeared, grassy, floral, and even piney...? or was that the influence of the rye crossing over? Regardless, the spiciness of the rye definitely appears in the flavor and it finishes with dark lingering caramel and spice. Very nice. A richly flavored, slow-drinking pint.

Serving type: cask

04-28-2008 22:18:06 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of bonbright7


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

After not having a beer for a while, this was great way to return with pints from a fresh pin of Righteous Rye with a bunch of friends this evening in Rocky Point, NY. We were at Dek's American, which had a pin sitting on the bar, and we were drawing healthy pints for the crowd. This amber-gold ale really had an interesting taste that I felt was a vast improvement over the regular tap version. Bearing the marks of a Sixpoint ale with the floral hops in the aroma, there was a slight cream taste matched by the twang of the rye malt. It was easy to drink if one already knew to expect something different than what memory served about rye ales.

Serving type: cask

11-10-2007 07:26:51 | More by bonbright7
Photo of jbsteiny


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

One of my favorite of Sixpoint's beers, found a cask of it at The Gate 3/30/07, and worked it dry with a few other folks. A solid beer through and through, though not the most "rye" of the rye ales (but then again, maybe the subtle hints of the grain are what makes it so well-balanced).

Poured into a chalice, reddish brown with next-to-no head (it's from a cask). Little carbonation. Smells enchanting: bitter hops, toasted caramel malts, spices, and rye. Tastes much the same: rich, toasty malts, and the sweetness is nicely complemented by a hop bite and the rye spice. Goes down very smooth for the ABV. Well done, boys. Well done.

Serving type: cask

03-31-2007 16:40:45 | More by jbsteiny
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 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 dgilks


4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper colour with a big, foamy, off-white head. Great head retention and lovely, rocky lacing.

Oily, resinous hop aroma with touches of pine. Light rye, phenolic-like character. Sweet malt to back it up.

Rich rounded malt character with clear and evident rye character then a big hop bunch. Tons of bitterness that creates a balancing kick. Nice flavour that really is righteous.

Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Solid.

A rocking beer. Excellent, big hop flavour balanced by a nice rye malt flavour.

Serving type: can

01-07-2014 07:04:03 | More by dgilks
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glorious brewer delivering in a glorious 16 oz can. If you're gonna sell 4 packs at 6 pack prices, please put your beers into 1 pint cans as these bright folks from Six Point do. Bravo!

Appearance: It's not clear, it's a lemon ice tea colored cloudy body with a light tan head and a ton of lacing. Nicely carbonated.

Smell: The great outdoors, a big damp field. Would like more but gets better as it warms.

Taste: Nicely complex; starts w fruit jam and rye bread; pine and grass/hay hops; and a long long rye finish that takes off from the sweet start into a long, dry, spicy finale. Great finish on the beer, makes you want to rinse and repeat. Also ice tea like.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonated, bodied and rich. Nice tingly finish. Leaves you in a great place. Very appetizing, would enjoy with hearty meals. (stew, beef, lamb meat balls, fish stew, strong cheese, etc).

O: Sixpoint does it again. I put them on the podium with Stone, Ballast Pt, Smutty Nose.

Serving type: can

01-02-2014 22:34:19 | More by Act25
Photo of Huffs

New York

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a sam adams glass, great, off white to tan, head developed with nice retention and lacing. Aroma was malty and herbal with some hop and lemon notes. Appearance was a haze, amber to copper color. Tasted a sweet malt to start with some herbal notes and went to a hoppy and bitter finish, good stuff. Mouthfeel was creamy and full with a nice bitter and dry aftertaste.

Serving type: can

11-15-2013 23:19:35 | More by Huffs
Photo of sjones5045

New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour brown and a bit hazy. Kind of looks like a dark iced tea. The smell is ok. Kind of a little sour smell and some hops. Nothing bad or good about it. The taste is pleasant. Kind of graining and a touch sour. It's a good mix and pretty smooth. Overall, this is a decent beer that has a place on a fall night.

Serving type: can

11-07-2013 23:27:36 | More by sjones5045
Photo of trentbent

New York

4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Brown redish orange hue. I bought a 4-pack for only $6 (half price in NYC) because the box was a little beat up so I guess the store wanted to get rid of it. I didn't even realize it was a rye beer until I cracked a can.

This bear has grainy nose that is sort of flat. The only thing is, I'm not sure that the smell could be any better, but it works with the taste.

My favorite thing about this beer is the mouthfeel for sure. It gets a little sour around the edges of the tongue and just kinda stays there. It has a pleasant and lasting aftertaste.


Serving type: can

10-15-2013 01:52:05 | More by trentbent
Photo of OtherShoe2


4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours medium amber with a big off-white head and some lace.

Well hopped and spicy grain notes. Some good toasted malt in there as well for aroma.

Big pine hop and toast malt note up front. Malt has a spicy kick that is balanced well by the hop profile. Sugars exist, with a little caramel, but this one his more brown bread crust and grain husk than anything. Hops big in the finish with the malt.

Medium body, good firm carbonation.

Big winner. Tasty and complex.

Serving type: can

09-07-2013 00:24:05 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of WheelsPSU

New York

3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had a few of these 16 oz cans at August in the West Village. It poured a red/brown with a beige head. The smell gave off light hints of malt, caramel and rye. The taste was something roasted, perhaps coffee. I struggled to find a ton of rye, but that was a good thing. It allowed the subtle floral hops to shine through. The carbonation was lively. This was well balanced and does not go overboard on the hops.

Serving type: can

09-06-2013 18:20:27 | More by WheelsPSU
Photo of Georgiabeer


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

Love these Sixpoint tallboy cans. I almost skipped right over this thinking it was one of the others when I saw it on the shelf. Glad I picked it up. Pours coppery with a decent head. Lovely smells and tastes- lots of gently spicy rye and toasty malt that lends the beer a nice sweetness. Slight hints of chocolate that you get in rye sometimes. Not an uber rye like the founders, more restrained, and a bit sweeter and softer, but oh so balanced. Delicious.

Serving type: can

08-27-2013 21:18:32 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of utopiajane

New York

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

Pours copper brown with a slight haze, perhaps from chill. Plenty of bubbles making their way to the top. A soft, fat beige head of foam that fell slowly enough to leave good lace and a thick ring. Constantly refreshed with each tilt of the glass. Nose is fragrant with citrus and with bold rye. The hop qualities are floral and there's a bit of spice character on the nose as well. The malt smells breaddy and sweet. Taste follows the nose all the way. The citrus greets the palate a bit tart and then takes a nice bitter to the mid palate. The malt is full and has plenty of bread to carry the spice of the rye and the hop qualities to the back palate where they settle with a good bitter. The honey sweetness of the malt is modest and there is excellent balance between all the bold flavors and the fullness of the malt. Body is rich but drinks pleasant and light. Ample carbonation.

Many people shy away from brown ales because they find them boring or bland. Well this beer will change all that. The hop qualities keep the palate interested and the gently sweet malt keeps it satisfied. The rye makes this beer. It is so well done and really shines with it's touch of sour alongside a perfect citrus tartness. Bold refreshing and brawny.

Serving type: can

08-08-2013 14:19:01 | More by utopiajane
Photo of NoLeafClover44


4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can poured into Cisco imperial pint glass. Best before October 9, 2013.

A - Pours an autumn brown with red highlights. A few fingers of head last for quite a while before receding to reveal a nearly complete lacing.

S - A very aromatic combination of nutty bread, spicy rye, and citrus hops jumps from the can as soon as I pop it. Some sweet honey BBQ malts finish off this wonderfully fragrant nose.

T - Follows the nose closely. Full flavored with roasted malts, bitter hops, and a recognizable rye bite. Very well balanced. Sweet, spicy, bitter, bready.

M - Rich body with some prickly carbonation.

O - I was very impressed by this beer. I don't typically favor rye beers, but this had tremendous balance. Complexity of flavors that all came together perfectly, with nothing out of place. Bonus points because I love the pounder can format. I will be revisiting this one frequently.

Serving type: can

07-30-2013 01:56:54 | More by NoLeafClover44
Photo of rhoadsrage


4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: can

06-18-2013 11:57:09 | More by rhoadsrage
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Righteous Ale from Sixpoint Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 923 ratings.