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Righteous Ale - Sixpoint Brewery

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391 Reviews
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Reviews: 391
Hads: 1,048
Avg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 90
Gots: 90 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 bignick
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ TPH 5/24/06. Served in an oversized wine glass.

Sixpoint has done it again. This is a very tasty, and nicely drinkable beer. It smells of hops. The hop backbone is there in the taste, and the funky rye is a very nice compliment. It is a bit bready due to the ABV and the accompanying sweetness, but the alcohol is not overtly present.

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

On tap - came with a tight, creamy lacing atop a beutiful reddish orange body.

To the nose, very grainy and organic. Complex aromas - mainly young and fresh sweetness.

In the mouth, the malts and grains prevail. Very sophisticated - layers and layers of grainy sweetness, mixed with a spicy background. Very delicious. There seems to be a little hop character to keep things lively - but they are not featured heavily.

The body is full and satisfying. A huge taste all over the mouth. In the back, the finish is as dry and clean as the nose. Easily one of the most drinkable high alcohol beers you will find.

Musings: This beer is like cutting into a crusty loaf of artisnal bread - right out of the oven. So fresh and full of life. One of the most friendly brews you will find.

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Photo of rousee
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Very murky brown color. The top 1/2 of the glass has a darker tint still. Moderate amount of lace. Smell is woody and pine-like. Taste is sweet upfront but fairly balanced with a hoppy bite to the finish.The mouthfeel is excellent- a real-palate cleansing effervescence to it.This is another quite tasty offering from Sixpoint. Unfortunately, its just not extremely drinkable due to the fairly high abv and this style inherently is not real sessionable --even if it had a lower abv.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8.4, holy shit. they're serving this bad boy at the ginger man in 20oz imperial pints. sampled 12/10/05, great temperature too.

cloudy like a rainstorm with a reddish-brown glow in the bottom of the glass. murky and foreboding like the red sky before said storm. continents made of foam wisps lie still on the surface, hardcore walls of lacing take hold of the glass' inner sanctum. smells brilliantly of piney pine cone hoppiness and freshly baked pumpernickel bread.. not quite rye although a cracked pepper spiciness permeates my nasal cavity. bold is an understatement here for this strong aroma. once this beer enters my mouth, i can feel the hops, physically. super hoppy with a nice rye tang in the finish. licorice-like bitter spice and lemon rind abounds. crisp and crippling. malt really lays back as the botanical richness and peppery accents rule. robust yet extremely quaffable.. it's just delicious and rich without heaviness. aftertaste reminds me of grape-nuts and continues to perplex me. this beer is a crazy, funky, beer bomb. use with caution, but extremely effective and tasty overall.

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Photo of kaimcm
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Publick House.

I really enjoyed this beer. Frothy, cavernous off white head, easily agitated back. Strong body. Smelled of rye, spice, and hay. Taste was a great combo of rich malt, spicy prickly rye, and this barnyard sort of grain funk. Beautiful balance, complex flavors, highly drinkable, very quenching. Full bodied with a little tickle. Leaves the palate dry wanting more. Everything about this beer left me wanting more. A rockin and unique brew. Dont pass up on this one.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. unlabled bottle (Courtesy of Shane) into a Spaten Stange the beer was a medium brown color with a rich three finger frothy dark tan head. Noticable carbonation could be seen streaming up the sides of the glass. A few yeast particals dripped in the pour and setteled to the bottom of the glass. Some spotty lacing throughout the sample and the head retained at about a half finger for the length of the sample.

The smell was very hoppy at first with a distinct bitterness to the nose. Slightly sweeter malty and caramel aromas followed and a slight hint of grain as well.

The taste innitially has a mild hop assertiveness that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Softer and sweet caramel and malt flavors balance the innitial hop character quite well. Some grain and rye come thru the taste near the end of each sip, but the mild innitial hoppiness kicks in stronger toward the back of the tounge with each sip. The finish is smooth, crisp, and carbonated. The 8.4% ABV goes undetected.

A medium body with ample carbonation.

An enjoyable beer that drinks well and has all of the flavors nicely balanced. The malt and hop balance is quite well done with each inntial bitter sip balanced by a semi-sweet maltiness. Well done.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy and dense looking coppery color. Big foamy head on top of this beer. Nose was slightly rye but it struck me as more hoppier. The flavor was also less rye than I thought there would be with a nice kick of hops. However, between the hops and the rye there was a nice bitterness to this beer. Little bits of lighter fruit want and try to break through--but they are no more than hints. Slightly dry finish and fairly oily feel.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I like rye beers a lot, and they seem to be few and far between so I tend to seek them out when I see them on the menu. Had this on tap at the Sunset the other day, and it blew me away. Poured in a tulip, this American brew really has a Belgian vibe about it, which is odd given the style. Nice murky russet color, and an excellent foamy head that sticks around and leaves some rings of lacing. This is an awesomely complex beer. Super spicy, full of rye character and peppery notes. Also some sweet cinnamon and nutmeg, or maybe even clove. I never thought I'd say this about any beer but I was sort of reminded of a Fantome saison because of the sweet/spicy characteristics. A lot like the spicing in their Hiver or Printemps or something. Excellent. Also, it's got a really bitter hop kick towards the end with a great bone dry, yet somehow smooth and creamy mouthfeel. I'm definately getting this again, and highly recommend it.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This "righteous rye" beer poured a cloudy, coffee brown color with white foam that settled. The smell was lightly malty with a hint of sourness. The taste was malty with a lightly sour, citrusy flavor, together with an underlying, very light sweetness. There was good rye maltiness in this beer. The mouthfeel was dry overall with medium body and medium carbonation. The aftertaste and feel were dry. This was a good rye beer, and the alcohol content was well hidden.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As a pourer at ABF, I had an ample supply of this wonderful nectar at my fingertips (spread out over day of course). After taking some time to get the pump pressure at setting suitable for this RyePA, it poured a unique orange-hued walnut color with a frothy beige head.
A wave of citrusy hop and piney esters rise up upon first pour. A slightly grainy alcohol vapor is noticeable, though not in a bad way. The smell of mash malt appears then vanishes beneath the big hop and whiff of alcohol.
This is an odd brew in that it has a full-bodied, lightly sweet malt body, while the rye and hop combination provides a drying and sharp edged bite. Flavors of bitter grapefruit. Rye cracker, citrus rinds and pine dominate, yet they allow minor flavors of caramel, butterscotch, pineapple and light rum to make an appearance and take a short bow.
Nice Beer!

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours a coppery colour, with orange hints. May appear darker in something larger than tasting glass.

Smell carries mainly orange and clove aromas.

Taste is slightly clovy, slightly fruity, with elements of papaya.

Mouthfeel is just slightly syrupy. It's not unpleasantly syrupy, though.

Very drinkable, and I wouldn't mind getting my hands (and tastebuds) on more of htis stuff.

Be well

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Photo of bultrey
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy mahogany. Slightly toasty aroma with something else I can't place... but there is not a huge aroma to this. Well-hopped flavor with bitter orange peel, flowers, a subtle but firm rye/malt sweetness and nuttiness, a very slight buttery characteristic, and a long-lasting bitter hop finish. Nowhere near as malty and sweet as a similar beer, HopRod Rye, but also not as hop flavorful. The bitterness, however, exceeds that brew in my opinion. This brewery is really pouring on the hops...
The mouthfeel is full and smooth, with tight, lively carbonation.
This is very good on draft -- I had it on cask prior to this and didn't get to take notes to review it, but it was even better.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap over this past weekend at the Sunset. I've had good luck with Rye Beers, and this one was no exception. Turgid brown when served, came topped with some frothy white head. Surprisingly low aroma, perhaps some malt and yeastiness. Tastewise, I really enjoyed this one, malty, slightly sweet, small tingly carbonation. I found it very smooth and easy to drink, but had only one glass during this sitting, due to the abv. One interesting note, I thought there was some sweetness to this one, but others at the table commented that they picked up on some sourness. That's why I enjoy drinking with other BAs, hearing the different takes on a beer.

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Photo of Truh
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got all haughty with this one on 7/4/2005. 12-oz. tulip at the Sunset.

Good fluff of ¼-inch bedding, very frothy. Real deep mahogany hue that is impossible to see through; can’t tell if there is any action going on. Hard nose to pick up, but after some gnarly pulls, some juicy hop resin hits bit the alcohol heat also stands up to promote itself. Hop on mouth is actually fairly sedate, and seems to come through more in the tail end; a somewhat tinny character is present, almost seems to be a light roasted character as well, with some flakiness.

Another good one from the Sixpoint crew, and is an offering I would pick up in a heartbeat.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark orange copper color with an off white head, that has a creamy-ness to it and good retention. The aroma of sweet malts, citrusy hops and some spice. . The taste is caramely and spicy, with the bitterness of hops and the crispness of the rye at the end. I want to say it has a background of oak, but I don't know if my pallette is that in tune yet. The rye beer and the belgian yeast really compliment each other on this. An all around good beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Righteous Ale from Sixpoint Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.