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Righteous Ale - Sixpoint Brewery

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Reviews: 389
Hads: 1,046
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 5.22%
Wants: 89
Gots: 90 | 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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmpizzo for sending me this one!

Pours a murky iced tea color with a huge 3 inch foamy light tan head that only slightly settles to a craggy cap. Random swaths of lace form on the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of rye bread and some earthy/pine/citrus zest hops. A very pleasant and rich aroma on this one. Taste is of malt, rye spice flavors, and some herbal/citrus zest hops. Very mild bitterness quickly fades from the palate. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good rye beer from Sixpoint with some nice rye aromas and flavors. (617 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a pack of tallboy cans at De Cicco's in Ardsley. Served in a Hill Farmstead tall pint.

Pours a dark shade of amber-bronze with a thick and foamy off-white head. Lots of nice white lacing on the sides of the glass as it goes down. The nose brings some light resinous pine hops and a bit of a citrus character as well. Good rye spice and a bit of caramel and toasted bread. The flavor is nice and hoppy with a good balance between it and the malt. Reminds me of a hoppy amber with a bit of rye spice. Nice pine throughout. Great balance between semi-sweet malt, rye spice, and hops in the mouthfeel. Medium body and slightly chewy with a bitter finish. Very, very solid offering. Another impressive brew from Sixpoint. (727 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the table with an ice tea cloudy brown color with a light tan head and plenty of lacing

Smell: A bit indistinct, but there was some medium fruit (apricots?) and pine

Taste: Remarkably complex; starts out with some liqueur-soaked apricots and peaches, perhaps some persimmon and a touch of angostura bitters; there was a definite amount of alcoholic warmth, as well; after the swallow, the rye flavors burst through and provide an interesting foil to the fruit

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and rich; low carbonation

Drinkability: Wow! This is one terrific and unusual beer. First time I have had anything from Sixpoint but I will be on the lookout for them the next time I am in their territory. (717 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a rich looking amber color with a white head on top. The head has a decent amount of retention and lacing to it. The smell of the beer has a good malt backbone to it with some toasted notes and a spiced aroma coming off of it also. The taste of the beer was has a hefty amount of rye in it which is nice. It brings in a good amount of spice to the beer. The flavors leave your taste buds tingling with the blend of hops and rye that they use here. The mouthfeel is dry, it leaves the mouth asking for another sip. It's a drinkable brew for sure. Overall it's one of the better rye beers I've had, I like it because I can actually get a healthy amount of rye in the flavor. Worth trying I think. (708 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (1,627 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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... (693 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass it revealed a nice copper hued amber color with a head that was maybe an inch or so high and balanced out well along the walls of the glass. Aroma was heavy hops at first, citrus and pine, but as it warmed some balance is brought forward by bready malts and hints of caramel. Nice and smooth, clean finish had a nice bite to it but mellowed tremendously as it went down leaving a semi dry, semi sweet finish in its wake. (445 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a (512) anniversary glass.

For some damn reason, every time I see the word "righteous", even with regard to moral/religious accomplishments, my mind immediately goes to something dumb like "Surf Ninjas"... In any case, this stuff pours a clear garnet topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises lightly-toasted rye bread, light mint, light pine needles, and a tiny touch of mild cocoa. The taste brings in more of the same, with the emphasis placed squarely on the rye (unsurprising here). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly creamy feel. Overall, a nice little rye beer, one that maintains a healthy hoppiness without allowing the hops to overcome all else. Not bad. (727 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy reddish amber color with two fingers of off white head that fade to a ring around the edge of the glass but leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Spicy from the rye along with a strong citrus hop presence. There is a mild sweetness in the background from the malt.

Taste: A citrus hop bitterness hits the tongue initially with a strong rye spice as well. There is a mild malt background with a spicy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly smooth carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed the hoppiness of this beer along with the rye spice. Solid balance and enjoyable. I would have another. (699 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear copper, with several fingers of thick off-white head. This maintains a frothy ½ finger, which just drenches the sides of the glass with heavy stick lace. The aroma smells grassy and spicy, with the rye giving this some sharpness and a tart doughy feel to the nose. Some sweeter caramel lies along the back, as does a green leafiness as you go deeper into this. Just a touch of stiff warmth comes out here once in a while and pops that spice a bit.

The taste is green citrus melding with dry feeling light toasted grains, while the rye really comes out strong across the back with some strength and gives this a deeply spicy finish. A lot of sticky caramel tanginess emerges as this warms but it is pretty much off-set by the dry bitterness and spice of the hops and rye. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with crispness to the edges of the carbonation that then pulls together into a smooth creaminess across the tongue. That 6%+ is nicely hid here.

This was my first time with this beer and it’s probably my favorite of these Sixpoint cans. It’s pretty aggressive overall with the hops and rye but it never seemed to get out of hand at all and keep things fairly drinkable. I would probably have this again. (1,265 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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 (763 characters)

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

Pours a murky orange brown. Nose is a rye, hop, grain thing. Flavor has a bit of a burn to it. It's not so much alcohol as it is an intense mix of ingredients. Ryes and hops combine to give a thick earthy flavor. Almost seems a touch like an amber. Feel is thicker on liquid a bit and the carbonation is low and smooth. Fairly intense I have to say, but another good Sixpoint brew. (381 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BBD of Dec 2012 pours a slightly opague orange/crimson with 2 fingers of tan head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Pepperyness & brown bread, plus leafy hops & tobacco

T: Follows the nose, dryness, woody hops up front along with a touch of green apple peel. Leafy hops mix with peppery rye as this warms, there's also a touch of orange peel bitterness & just a little caramel. Finishes dry, with a touch a bartlett pear, woody & slightly astringent bitterness, kind of drags this down a bit

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, good balance except for a slight astringency that creeps in as this warms

Drinks easy, a good take on the style (653 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,203 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Impressive thick, rich off-white head. Leaves nice ring lace. Light brown color and very cloudy.

Lots of rye presence in the smell. Light hop in the background.

First impression: this close to the driest beer I've ever tasted. There's enough hop to make this multidimensional. Even though there is nearly no sugar, the body is still rich. Good carbonation as well. (368 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/21/12 notes. Got a can of this at Amity Hall in NYC, poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown-amver color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of rye, spices, caramel malts, light fruit, bready malts, and toasted malts. As expected, a lot of rye and spice. Very nice nose.

t - Tastes of rye, spices, wheat, bready malts, grains, and toasted malts. Ton of rye here, but not really the fruit or caramel I smelled. A slight step down.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a good rye beer. Ton of rye (obviously) so if you like that, well worth checking out...I liked the nose quite a bit. Would have it again. (717 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can, best by Sept. 29, 2011. Pours slightly hazy reddish brown color with a dense 2 finger off white head with great retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. Some decent lacing is left on the glass as well. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, spicy rye, pine, and citrus. A lot of interesting aromas going on here, great stuff. Taste of caramel, rye, chocolate, pine, bread, nuttiness, and some citrus. Mostly malty sweetness on the front with a decent amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers for a bit with caramel, chocolate, bread, and pine. Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. No alcohol noticed in the taste or finish. Decent amount of creaminess in the mouthfeel as well. Nice balance as well between sweetness and bitterness, with the sweetness being slightly stronger. Overall, an excellent rye ale, highly enjoyable and very drinkable stuff. (898 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to whoever brought this one to our IPA day celebration.

A - Pours amber brown with a nice one finger tall white head leaving small wisps of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of tons of spicy rye, buiscuity malt, pepper, dulled fruit, and just the faintest hint of citric hops.

T - Starts off with plenty of rye spiciness slowly giving way to a mix of chewy caramel malt, peppery spice, and some nice citric hop bitterness. The finish is a mix of chewy grains and some dulled hop bitterness, lingering for a short period of time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Chewy, spicy, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - Not too bad. This was one of the spiciest rye beers I have ever had yet I still enjoyed it. Thanks again to whoever brought it to the party. (804 characters)

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Righteous Ale from Sixpoint Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.