Righteous Ale - Sixpoint Brewery

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Reviews: 389
Hads: 1,045
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 5.22%
Wants: 88
Gots: 85 | 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 Durge
3.86/5  rDev -4%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.62/5  rDev -10%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (2,010 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of Sharkophile
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (784 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to brooklynbrews for this one. Poured into 16oz nonic. Poured a very attractive mahogany color with over 2 inches (the result of an accidentally over-aggressive pour, and what turned out to be a relatively lively beer) of light tan head that had great retention and very good lacing.

The aroma featured mostly good grains and solid malts. There were just enough bright hops to provide a solid counterpoint. The flavors were mostly the same, with the rye showing through a bit stronger than in the aroma. All the flavors played very well together and the brew was very crisp.

The body was nicely full and well-rounded, with a pleasantly crisp "bite". Drinkability was very good, if this were available locally, I'd drink a bunch of it regularly. Overall, a very nice beer that is worth your attention. (809 characters)

Photo of korguy123
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can into tumbler.

A- Hazy burnt copper pour with a finger and a half off white head. Lacing is very good.

S- Fresh baked rye bread. Slightly spicy, and a nice earthy presence. Subtle raisin smell with a bit of brown sugar.

T- Spicy rye up front, fresh baked bread and a sweetness resembling a short bread cookie. Raisins and a little bit of simple syrup.

M- Light side of medium body, low carbonation very chewy.

O- I haven't come across too many rye beers that weren't rye ipas. This is very satisfying, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. (545 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at Bridge View Tavern in Sleepy Hollow.

Appearance: hazy dark amber-brown with a thin layer of ivory foam and a nice lace. Good.

Smell: sweet malt with a light spiciness; pretty mild overall.

Taste: big, rich malt with a caramel, nutty, lightly chocolatey flavor with a moderate bitterness at the end. Quite good!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a great, well-integrated carbonation and a huge silky creaminess. Wonderful!

Overall: this beer just runs me the right way. I wish I could get it out west. (542 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6.3% ABV, 57 IBUs, 19 SRM, Best before 10JAN2013 on bottom of can.

A - Having caked the pint in clumpy lace, a lumpy pile of ivory foam sits lifeless just above the beer that's crimson walnut in color and crystal clear; a very sexy start.

S - Righteous Ale is very well balanced upon first whiff, neither hoppy or malty but meeting in the middle. Toasted malt and spicy rye suggest a crispy bagel sprinkled with spice. Not quite as potent as an "everything" bagel (my personal favorite) but of the same ilk. Earth-toned hops balance the whole deal out for some great, inviting aromatics! A swirl gives the beer a citrus fruit undertone from the hops that also adds a totally new dimension.

T - A little more malt forward in flavor, Righteous Ale has quite a bready characteristic that continues the bagel-like aspect of the aroma. Sharp rye adds some spice characteristics to it, balancing the caramelized sweetness too, but certainly not something that aggressively pops. Hops become somewhat of an afterthought behind the malty complexity.

M - Despite being dry-hopped, Righteous Ale's hop aroma falls away in flavor, only to emerge once again in the mouthfeel with a very well-balanced bitterness to take on the malt sweetness found in this beer. Dryness and spice accompany the bitterness on the finish to round out the medium-full body of the beer for a drinkable rye.

O - Instead of your typical American amber, Righteous Ale promotes rye first and foremost with earth and spice attributes that meld well with the subtle hop characteristics and a malty backbone for a drinkable beer that's still appealing to a more broad spectrum of drinkers while giving said "base style" a new spin. (1,749 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a reddish brown pour with a creamy looking off-white head (excellent lacing)
weak smells of toasted grains, cherry, and caramel.
tasted a bitter rust type flavor up front with a grassy and bready aftertaste.
medium body with a nice fizzy carbonated feeling on the lips. creamy finish.
not sixpoint's best beer, and not the best rye ale i've had, however it is refreshing and a nice beer to have on hand for summer months. not much to explore in flavor, but the amount of lacing and the mouthfeel make it great. (511 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with copper highlights and a dense two inch cream head that leaves moderate lacing.

Dank, skunky hops, cat urine, grapefruit, and onion start the aroma, with rye and biscuity caramel malt rounding out the fairly complex profile. Notes of chocolate and floral hops emerge.

A fairly strong toasty caramel malt backbone surfaces early in the taste, followed by a grapefruit citrus punch that underlies the rest of the sip, becoming lemony. Rye flavor and bitterness comprise the finish. The rye and malt combine to create an almost burnt taste as it warms.

Body is slightly light, with moderately high carbonation and a bit of astringency. There's a touch of alcohol warmth.

Overall, a very citrus-forward brew with enough rye to add complexity but not overpower the hop bill. Bold offering from Sixpoint. (845 characters)

Photo of wingman14
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark redish brown with a frothy tan head. Smell is rye, malt, some citrus hop, and a hint of yeast. Taste is mostly the malt and rye with the hops and bitterness come in at the end. The aftertaste has the bitterness, and rye. The mouthfeel is medium, a nice consistency and balance. Smooth and easy to drink, strong flavors here that could turn some away, but I find very enjoyable. Overall a good beer, great flavor, worth checking out. (445 characters)

Photo of DAllspaw
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours great, nice deep amber and solid pillow of tan head with nice lacing.

Definitely get the rye in the nice and nice citrus as well snd some yeasty biscuity aroma. Taste is malty, biscuity at first with quick turn to bitter. Nice tannins in the aftertaste which make it a nice bitter ale.

The only drawback is the body is a bit thin for me, hard to pinpoint but had similar reaction to Bengali Tiger. (406 characters)

Photo of warnerry
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 10 Jan 2013

A - Pours clear amber with one finger of creamy lookin tan head. Head has good retention and leaves nice lacing.

S - Nice spicy rye aroma, roasted malt, maybe even a hint of smoke. Also some faint citrus. A little on the subtle side.

T - Rye bread, toasted grain and some spice. Subtle grassy hops. A bit of sweetness. Finishes with a dry rye spiciness.

M - Medium mouthfeel starts a bit sweet but quickly turns dry, bitter and spicy. Some prickly carbonation on top of an overall creamy feel.

O - Overall a nice beer from Sixpoint. Good rye spiciness without going over the top. Hops are present but restrained. Quite drinkable. (655 characters)

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

A: Pours a clear dark amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation close to the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall dense creamy light tan head that slowly reduces to several large patches of thick dense foam and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of light roasted malts, caramel malt sweetness, and hints of rye spiciness. There is also a light hint of grassy hops.

T: The taste of this beer is very similar to the smell, starting with a lightly roasted malt body that includes some caramel sweetness. Then the rye spiciness kicks in and there is a light amount of bitterness from the grassy hops.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very smooth.

O: This beer is very easy to drink and very enjoyable. I would gladly enjoy drinking this beer all night long. I find that I like the rye spiciness with a bit of hot bitterness (kind of a hybrid Rye IPA). (990 characters)

Photo of raznug
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a crystal clear garnet red color and is topped with ½” of white head that kind of sticks around deliciously. Belgian lacing clings to the glass all the way down in a way that I haven’t seen I quite a while.
Smell: There is a hop presence that I wasn’t expecting, there is grassy hops that dominate the nose at first but there are followed by slight malt hints that tend to blend fairly well.
Taste: Grassy hops are the first thing that I taste and are followed by some malts to help balance it out and make for a delicious and unexpected beer.
Mouthfeel: This is a Rye IPA I am guessing which is beginning to become one of my favorite styles. The rye balances out the hops to make it from becoming too hop heavy, which I really don’t mind on occasion. This is an easy drinking beer that goes down as smooth as any session ale. This is definitely one beer to find in my opinion. (909 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: great color, copper, clear, with good lacing
S: more on the sweeter malt side, no hops to speak of, medium nose
T: nice taste, roasted malt, good rye quality, with well-balanced bitter finish that was not overpowering
M: full-mouthfeel with spicy hop finish (261 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, pours deep red with a fluffy ivory head that holds great retention and leaves good lacing on the glass. Aromas are citric with a nice dose of rye malt/rye bread. Tastes are bitter with dank, piny hops, pungent grapefruit, peppery rye, some caramel in the background, although it comes across as burnt caramel from the heavy pine resin taste. Mouth-feel is medium-to-full bodied, moderately carbonated, and smooth. Overall, good take on the style. (456 characters)

Photo of KMcG
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On the pour this one looks heavy - thick even.  The color is brown and fairly opaque with a rich 1.5 inch tan head. The head is rock solid and didn't budge for a few minutes. Once it did, it left lacey remnants all over the glass sides.

The nose isn't terribly strong.  The maltiness is clear from the aroma. It's dominated by bready scent that completely wraps around a slight hoppy aroma that is best describes as piney with some fig thrown in there. 

There is a rye sharpness with a citrus bitterness.  It has a smokey character and a citrus finish. 

Overall, it's a nice rye, but it could use more punch on the aroma. It's full body, mildly carbonated, and has a slight creamy quality.

I love that the can mentions harsh winters and acidic soils. This beer looks like it came acidic northern forest soils. (819 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gorgeous pour into a tulip glass, darkened amber, w an off-white rocky head that seems inert for a long time.

As billed, this brew hits the sweet-IPA spot. If you're a malt guy looking to see what one's taste buds can do beyond the usual sweetness, you'll do well with this. The 60 IBU's that would frighten off the usual malt lover are here softened by the stiff malt backbone. The aroma is frighteningly sharp of fresh dry hops, w/ a reassuring caramel sweetness beneath it... (481 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer caught my attention at a tasting at the Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont on Saturday (June 16). I decided to buy a can–I love that the majority of Sixpoint's beers come in a 16 oz. tallboy–and review it. I enjoyed this beer in an Unibroue willibecker, the only glass around able to corral the entire contents of the can.

Appearance (4.5/5): The beer pours a dark brown with red highlights and is crowned with a bubbly beige crown of foam. Righteous definitely looks "righteous." I really like the reddish tint it has as light passes through. This is a good looking beer.

Smell (3.5/5): Smells like dark bread (pumpernickel), bran cereal, and is a little spicy due to the rye malt and some prickly hops. There's room for improvement here though; it's just not a very pungent beer. I'd love to see Sixpoint kick the nose up a notch.

Taste (4/5): Righteous leads off with an impressively bready rye flavor that has a good, subtle spiciness to it. Finishes with a . The rye malt is more up front and center here than in other well-known rye beers–Founders Red's Rye, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye–which emphasize the hops much more. Speaking of hops, they're very present but play a supporting role and give the beer good body. Righteous has good balance to it and really impresses with its depth and boldness.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Righteous has a pleasant prickliness to its mouthfeel, obviously due to the rye malt and piney hops. Medium-low carbonation. It goes down nice and smooth and is more refreshing than a beer of its kind and color would lead one to believe. I had no trouble putting down 16 ounces of it; drinkability is high.

Overall (4/5): Righteous is a great-looking, highly-drinkable beer with bold flavors and offers a nice take on a rye ale–one that showcases the rye above all else and doesn't try to offer the rye ingredient as a modification to an IPA recipe. My first Sixpoint can, and a good place to start. Recommended. (1,957 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange to red color. 2 fingers of khaki head with nice retention and nice thick lace.

Nose is rye, a touch of peat, and citrus hop backbone. Gets a little floral, too.

Dry rye hit, but malt depth that adds sweetness to the glass. Rye dryness finishes everything off. Getting some dry fruit in the mix, apricots and plums. Just a bit of peat malt. Good depth here.

Body is fairly rich, a bit on the heavy side even against the depth in the flavor.

Overall, very well done and one I'd easily drink again. (511 characters)

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

16oz can served in a SA 'perfect pint' glass.

pours a deep amber/copper shade while yielding just shy of 2" foamy, beige-colored head. moderated retention and patches of lacing evident. hop-forward nose (citrus, some floral notes) is joined by a strong rye presence. nice aroma.

flavor delivers a lot of citric hoppiness and a heavy dose of rye. some secondary notes of spice, bready malt, and pine. tasty, sort of unique beer. medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

it look me a few sips to warm up to this beer but i have warmed. it's not 'knock your socks off' delicious, but relatively tasty and enjoyable. would buy again.

(originally reviewed: 06-20-2011) (676 characters)

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