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Righteous Ale - Sixpoint Brewery

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very good

922 Ratings
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Ratings: 922
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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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2009 15:56:40 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: can

10-01-2011 03:36:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
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South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: can

07-04-2011 03:06:36 | More by mikesgroove
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
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North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2005 15:29:26 | More by brentk56
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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
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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
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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: can

07-11-2011 23:56:18 | More by Thorpe429
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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
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: can

07-31-2011 01:18:57 | More by oberon
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3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: can

11-20-2012 03:47:52 | More by TMoney2591
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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
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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
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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
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3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
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

Serving type: can

06-04-2012 01:31:27 | More by russpowell
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber/red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light caramel malt scent along with a mild hop aroma and lots of rye. The taste is great. It has a tremendously smooth taste that boasts of rye and light caramel malts. It goes down as easy as any beer I've ever had, and it's 7.2% to boot. It's got a really nice hop content that blends well with the rye. The mouthfeel is great. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great drinking beer. It's dangerously drinkable at 7.2%. Look out for this one. Recommended!

Serving type: growler

04-29-2008 02:15:22 | More by WesWes
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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
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4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to djrn for sending this beer in a box full of goodies from Sixpoint.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is very nice and is full of rye and pine. The flavor is a little more complex. I get a lot of toffee and rye notes, as well as some nice bitter pine and orange citrus notes. The beer is fairly spicy overall and is refreshing. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: can

04-10-2012 02:37:45 | More by Mora2000
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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: can

01-19-2012 18:53:47 | More by Knapp85
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4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2008 20:29:16 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: can

08-28-2011 14:19:30 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: can

07-02-2011 00:36:52 | More by smcolw
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: can

01-23-2012 16:29:39 | More by mdfb79
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3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pounder can from Finger Lakes. In a tumbler.

A: The rye beer is amber, orange and brown hues swirling together. The base of my glass accentuates the orange tones. Plenty of white head, nearly overflowing my glass. The upside is plenty of web-like lace left behind.

S: Aniseed and rye are strong, a thick sweetness. Pepper and caramel follow up, but damn that rye is sweet. Not the bready spiciness that I'm used to either.

T: Caramel and rye, paired with citrus hops, register in the first sip. The rye is, like the nose, very anisey and spicy. The dark flavors sit nicely with the caramel grains. Citrus hops, even a little pine, add a bitter contrast to the sweet spicy rye. Hops emerge over time, a sweeter bitterness still fights with the rye, but in the fraternal throw-down kind of way. Aniseed is the finish.

M: Sickly sweet with anise, a very liquified, syrupy version.

Serving type: can

11-20-2011 20:43:46 | More by akorsak
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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 922 ratings.