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Righteous Ale - Sixpoint Brewery

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924 Ratings
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Ratings: 924
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 mnrider


3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. Tallboy. Freshness date on bottom.

A: Pours a medium to deep amber with a bubble filled off white head.
Turns thin but retains this for the long run. Watery lacing.

S: Creamy and sour, herbal hops, spicy with some bready notes. The rye
is noticeable.

T/M: Spicy and sour with a moderate amount of dry hops. Fruits, chewy
malts, spices, hops, and sour again. Smooth and a little tangy. The finish
is somewhat sour.

Overall: I am not that familiar with the Rye Ales. But from what I have read,
this Righteous Ale seems to taste like the descriptions of the style. So for
me the great drinkablilty and interesting taste (not too Sour) makes for a
good beer.


Serving type: can

01-25-2013 21:57:50 | More by mnrider
Photo of beermanWV

West Virginia

4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer. Nice aroma from the hops, and the hops predominate at first. As the beer warms, the sweetness of the rye develops. Clean and crisp throughout. A very drinkable beer for all seasons and most occasions.i have not had a beer from six point that I have not liked.

Serving type: can

01-23-2013 03:39:39 | More by beermanWV
Photo of clayrock81


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

Poured a clearish aubunr red brown with a good head and lace on top of a very malty aroma of bread, barley, rye, some caramel malt, as well as a smidge of citric hops. Medium-bodied with great balance, the rye makes this beer slick and easy to drink. The hop flavors are minimal but they get the job done and there is some sweetness from the caramel as well. Mostly though, a robust and sturdy beer that the malts make it a tasty, crisp beer with good finish.

Serving type: can

01-08-2013 22:01:00 | More by clayrock81
Photo of FLima


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

Dark amber brown color, a bit hazy. Nice off-white thick head with very good retention.
Aroma of cereals, highlighting Rye and floral hops. A touch of citrus.
Rye is even more present in its taste that right followed by a resiny, bit citric (towards oranges not lemon) and floral hop flavor.
Very Bitter aftertaste (nice!), with hints of earl grey tea.
Light to medium body with low natural carbonation.
Good beer. I found it quite interesting, again so far always a good brew from Sixpoint (though I prefer the other core over this one as a regular beer).

Serving type: can

12-21-2012 00:02:17 | More by FLima
Photo of qthompso


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

Pours a dark, deep brown with a solid finger of beige head of big bubbles that's not going anywhere. A really beautiful beer straight out of the glass.

Up front on the nose are some grassy hops. There are some strong malt characteristics and the spiciness that I come to expect from a rye beer.

The taste is very woody. There's a roasted characteristic that isn't all that well rounded like it is in a stout but it still lets you know that it's there. The beer finishes with big spiciness from the rye and a piney, almost fruity hop finish.

Very full bodied with good carbonation. Pretty darn creamy.

Overall, pretty tasty. The rye isn't highlighted quite as much as I was expecting. This beer, to me, is almost more of an IPA, which is fine in my book.

Serving type: can

12-06-2012 00:47:25 | More by qthompso
Photo of TMoney2591


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
Photo of Lawl3ss


3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Half of a chilled 16 oz can into a stemless tulip pint. Best-by date reads 4.27.13.

Look- Clear amber-brown with a hint of red. Three fingers of sticky buttermilk-colored head, good retention, ok lacing.

Smell- Bold Lemon-lime, herbal, spicy. Brings to mind bruised orange blossoms. Almost a sour aroma. As it warms it takes on a warmer aroma along the lines of tootsie rolls. Swirling brings out more of the almost-sour fruity character, I don't know quite what to make of it, but that's fairly typical for Sixpoint.

Taste- Similar to the nose- starts and finishes with a wash of herbal bittering laced with underripe tangerine. Moderate nutty malt presence, gives me an impression of lime-laced flat cola. Significant rye spice, particularly on the swallow. Aftertaste is tealike, vague sweetness comes out at the end. Moderately bitter.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, soft feel, smooth. Medium body. Cottony finish, something of an astringent feel. One can's enough for me.

Overall- Interesting, never had anything quite like it, rye beer or otherwise. A gotlandsdricka I had a while back would be the closest to the slightly spicy, slightly herbal, mellow-with-a-sharp edge feel. Worth trying, but I wouldn't pick it out over Bengali Tiger.

Serving type: can

11-15-2012 08:02:10 | More by Lawl3ss
Photo of IronLover


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

Dark caramel brown in color with decent clarity.Poured with a tall dense foam that reduced to a soapy cap that left sticky lacings on the glass. Earthy rye malt and citrus hops aromas compete for dominance, but there is no clear winner here. Medium bodied with assertive carbonation. Rye and toasted malt flavors up front followed by citrus hop bitterness. Finishes with a fading citrus hop aftertaste and lasting rye malt presence. Probably my favorite Six Point offering. There's just not enough rye ales out there.

Serving type: can

11-10-2012 21:39:43 | More by IronLover
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 AdamBear


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

A-dark cloudy amber with a nice stable cream colored head

S-faint scent of a creamy citrus scent with a hint of rye and herbal scent.

T-comes in with an awesome toasted flavor of rye and some nutty spices. The rye is quite evident. It has somewhat of an aged aspect to it. It's somewhat of a complex beer, with an awesome matching after-taste.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a nice crisp finish

O-a different type if rye beer. Has all the qualities of a past due pale ale yet with an extreme complexity unseen in most rye ales. Quite drinkable and tasty.

Serving type: can

11-07-2012 02:38:52 | More by AdamBear
Photo of ianjsullivan


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

ST: One pint poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown with a thin, off white head. The beer leaves spotty lacing.

S: Strong malt, nutty, sour, spicey.

T: Malty, nutty flavor quickly transfers to spicy and sour. A bitterness joins the spice in a finish that lingers for a long time.

M: Medium

O: Creamy, spicy, sour, malty, all of these descriptions work at different times when drinking this beer. The finish has a real bitter edge. The rye is pronounced, lending a woody quality. Rough, but enjoyable.

Serving type: can

11-04-2012 21:47:46 | More by ianjsullivan
Photo of dfillius


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

Poured into a pint glass.
A: 1 finger of light tan head with great retention. Slightly hazy dark reddish-brown. nice head.
S: Not much at first. Caramel and slight citrus hop. More hops pls. Slightly nutty.
T: Bitter start with an intense peaty-earthy-malty middle and mixed finish. Slightly grapefruity bitterness. Malt has grown as I've held this for the past 2 months. Or should I say that the hops have receded. I preferred it fresher and hoppier. A tad vegetal. Good amount of rye.
M: Smooth and nicely bitter with a dry finish.
O: Enjoyable. I'm glad I bought 4 of these. I love the tallboys. i would order another.

Serving type: can

10-28-2012 21:38:48 | More by dfillius
Photo of TwelveOunces


4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallboy poured into a snifter

A- Pours hazy, almost murky brown with a one finger light brown/off white head.

S- Not much one the nose, a slight base malt, there is a lightly hopped citrus profile, definitely rye and herbal grass notes.

T- The nose doesn't do this beer justice. It's slightly bitter up front, follows up with a perfect balance of herbal, earthy rye notes with the citrus and bitterness from the hops. The hops are all citrus, some mango and lemon grass. There is a lot of rye in this beer and its still very clean and balanced.

M- This beer is crisp and clean and has a moderate mouth feel. Modest carbonation.

O- This is a nice rye brew. Drink out of the can because the look and nose of this beer aren't its highlights.

Serving type: can

10-22-2012 01:10:53 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

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

This was the first beer I had from Sixpoint. They just started distributing that week about 18 months ago, and I was pretty impressed then.

I poured this beer from the can into a wide tulip shaped glass. I got quite a bit of sticky foam from the pour which led to some really good lacing on the glass. The coloring is dark brown.

I smell some citrus hops, tobacco, and malt from the top. It is an interesting mix; as Sixpoint does not fall exactly into any one beer category.

The flavoring is very well balanced with minimal bitterness in the aftertaste. I get a bunch of that rye flavor and less of the hops in each sip.

This is a very good beer. It is not exactly a rye... it stands on its own.

Serving type: can

10-20-2012 18:29:27 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of slim2043


4.73/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a can into a Sam Adams glass

A- deep brown w ruby red highlights. Nice lacing on an off white head

S- a really nice earthy spice and rich caramel malt some hop notes

T- nice bitter up front w a sweet raisney finish tailed w a lingering bitter and spicey aftertaste very tastey

M- smooth a little chew and great carb

O- exactly what I'm looking for in a Rye.

Serving type: can

10-18-2012 21:20:52 | More by slim2043
Photo of JayQue


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

Pours a mahogany color, fairly dense with enough light getting through to provide reddish highlights. Medium size light tan head with good retention. Patchy lacing.

Aroma is fairly mild, sweet malt/caramel malt.

Tastes good. The sour rye is predominant until the beer warms up. As the beer warms, the rye tames down to a slight bitterness and the sweet malts come to the forefront. Overall the taste is very inviting and the alcohol level appears lower than what is on the can.

Mouthfeel is fairly rich. The maltiness and bitter rye add to the overall feel.

This is a solid beer, tastes good, Goes well with food or just for slow sipping.

Serving type: can

10-16-2012 01:08:13 | More by JayQue
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

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

16 oz can. Pours dark amber with a long lasting, fluffy, off-white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, caramel and bready malt. Body is medium and smooth. Citrusy hops, rye spiciness and caramel malt combine on the palate. Finish is long and bitter. Enjoyable brew.

Serving type: can

09-30-2012 21:43:13 | More by mikeg67
Photo of flexabull


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

Pours a bright and clear copper color with a fine off white head.

Aromas are of caramel, brewed tea, malts, and rye spice.

Taste is of caramel, mixed spice, light tea, and some mellow brown sugar sweetness. Finish is earthy and lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and quite smooth.

Overall? I really like it. Not as hoppy as I expected, but the light sweetness, spicy flavors, and subtle earthy hop flavors all balance together nicely. Good stuff.

Serving type: can

09-26-2012 19:27:32 | More by flexabull
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 rangerred


4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy dark brownish copper with a one finger thick foamy head. Great head retention and lacing throughout.

Spicy rye is immediately present on the aroma along with a healthy dose of piny/earthy hops. Also some caramel.

Lots of rye in the flavor as well apparent with a huge dose of wonderful spicy grain. A nice resiny earthiness from the hops perfectly compliments the rye. There is some underlying caramel and a little bit of roast. Mouthfeel is very smooth and slick with a significant bitterness coming through in the finish. Drinkability is surprisingly high.

Overall, a fairly unique beer in a style that is not represented to any great extent. This is a great effort and a beer that I will look to pick up again sometime.

Serving type: can

09-04-2012 02:51:12 | More by rangerred
Photo of rlee1390


3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber/ruby red, one finger head.

S-A lot of rye spiceness, earthy pine hops as well.

T-Some spice from the rye, the finish is bland, not much bitterness. Overly sweet with candied sugar notes.

M-Medium bodied, tad watery, not much carbonation and almost flat.

O-Most everything seemed off in this beer, flavors are bland and seemed off.

Serving type: can

09-02-2012 16:00:55 | More by rlee1390
Photo of TheBrewo


3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We pour a chestnut brown brew with deep maroon hues. It holds a two finger head of cream colored bubbles. This shows great retention, leaving a single sheet of thick lacing around the glass. Carbonation appears moderate, and there is a thick haze, but no sediment. The nose opens with coppery pale malts, rye, and grassy hops. The malt profile is otherwise sweeter, with caramel, roast, and brown sugar. At times it borders on adjuncts. The rye adds a wet musk which, at times, gives vibes of moldy cheddar cheese. There is a cooling air of heavy cream on the back, which becomes lactic with warmth. Our first impression is that this beer is underwhelming, and a bit watery. As we sip, cereal grain and rye hit first. These are spicy and biting, giving an initial souring and bittering punch. The middle evens out with sweetness, dry grass, light booze, tin, and hollow rye. The middle shows added bitterness and saltiness of grassy, earthen hops. These pull us to the finish where the wateriness is most pronounced, and a mineral/metallic bite erases all flavoring but the pale, spicy malts. The aftertaste breathes of rye, lemon peel, booze, grassy hops, corny adjuncts, malty creaminss, and peppery spiciness. The body is medium to hearty, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives a wet slurp and smack, with a nice cream and froth on the back. The mouth is left wet, with the hard palate coated, and lightly dried by the end. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this one was the rich look. Each swirl reproduced a nice froth, heady film, with wet and sticky lacing around the glass. We found the nose to be a little weak in strength, and were expecting a more pronounced hops character. The taste followed the nose, and was also a bit dull. Here we were hoping for a more robust strength to the rye itself, rather than the rest of the malt bill, which we found to be on the adjuncty side. Otherwise this guy is refreshing, and decent for the style.

Serving type: can

08-21-2012 00:42:30 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of CHADMC3


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

Pours a rich copper body beneath the billowing tan head that slowly dissolves to leave a dense sticky lacing.

Aromas of faint earthy hops and rye float from the glass combined with toasted malts.

More roasted malt and hearty amounts of rye on the palate with a touch of spicy hops. Some sweeter malt appears as it warms.

Medium to fuller in body with generous carbonation and a palate coating rye punch at the finish.

What a tasty rye. This stuff is great and packed with robust flavor.

Serving type: can

08-12-2012 02:00:59 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tall boy poured into glass stien.

Appearance: orangish copper bodied beer with a large 2 almost 3 fingers head. Very large bubbles in the head that stick to the side of glass glass.

Smell: Fairly malty with a decent amount of rye spice that compliment a mild hop profile. Decent balanced in the nose.

Taste: Caramel and bready malts. Spicy rye notes with a touch of bitterness. Its hard to pick out much from the hops notes from the rye it seems to be just a touch stronger than the hops. The malts are a little bit fruity like a scottish ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer is fairly crisp and easy to drink.

Overall: This is a decent rye beer. Nothing mind blowing, but consistantly good across the board.

Serving type: can

08-10-2012 20:02:10 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of Sharkophile

New York

4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a stein glass. Appears a dark amber brown with streaks of red. Big off white head foams up and sticks to the glass.

S: Smells rediculously malty, with some toasted and roasted malt and some rye spiciness and a slight whiff of alcohol.

T: Similar to the smell, just a malt extravaganza. Smack of molasses on the initial taste, then lots of caramel, toffee and a spice and tartness from the rye in the middle. Then a burnt toast flavor comes in at the finish along with more brown sugar-like sweetness. After the roasted flavor peaks the mouthfeel gets very dry with some bittersweet residuals that coat the whole mouth.

M: Medium to heavy body with gentle carbonation. Very nice.

O: An outstanding offering by Sixpoint. Probably the best rye beer I have ever tasted.

Serving type: can

08-10-2012 03:46:09 | More by Sharkophile
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