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Righteous Ale - Sixpoint Brewery

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923 Ratings
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Ratings: 923
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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Photo of beertunes


3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: can

08-05-2012 22:11:06 | More by beertunes
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: can

08-04-2012 22:57:26 | More by korguy123
Photo of flagmantho


3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2012 16:43:07 | More by flagmantho
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: can

08-01-2012 23:19:18 | More by BeerFMAndy
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New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: can

07-31-2012 02:39:13 | More by facundoCNB
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3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: can

07-24-2012 02:25:50 | More by barczar
Photo of wingman14


4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: can

07-22-2012 21:49:46 | More by wingman14
Photo of DAllspaw


4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: can

07-21-2012 01:21:10 | More by DAllspaw
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3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: can

07-21-2012 00:16:06 | More by warnerry
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North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +6%
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).

Serving type: can

07-14-2012 23:02:40 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of raznug


4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: can

07-05-2012 23:09:43 | More by raznug
Photo of wisrarebeer


3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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

Serving type: can

07-04-2012 01:38:54 | More by wisrarebeer
Photo of barnzy78


4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: can

06-28-2012 20:38:35 | More by barnzy78
Photo of KMcG


3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: can

06-28-2012 01:32:27 | More by KMcG
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4.25/5  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...

Serving type: can

06-27-2012 05:22:42 | More by martyl1000
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3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: can

06-20-2012 02:22:46 | More by hagbergl
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North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: can

06-20-2012 01:17:32 | More by beer2day
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
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)

Serving type: can

06-15-2012 01:35:23 | More by BostonHops
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3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass

A: Pours a deep but clear amber-brown. There is a light tan head with decent retention that slowly starts to crater away. Nice curtains of lace.

S: An interesting mix of citrusy fruit, namely orange, and spicy rye. Also solid notes of brown malt and bread.

T: The rye spice really comes through here. Mixes with some pine and a little bit of alcohol to give a very good spice to the overall flavor. Sweet, brown malt flavors are also present and round out the spice notes with some bready goodness. The finish is all lingering rye.

M: Medium-light bodied and a little bit watery. Some alcohol presence but the warm malt makes it very drinkable.

O: A decent rye beer. The rye spice is folded into the beer nicely, with brown malt flavors giving it a more traditional, sweet flavor. One of the more drinkable rye ales I've had.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 22:49:29 | More by WankelEngine
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3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for sharing.

A rye beer that comes in a can? Sign me up.

Best before date of 6 June 2012, enjoyed the day before. I imagine there’s something to be said about drinking it fresh but I’m not going to complain.

This pours a dark and murky brown amber with a finger’s worth of foam. It has a light aroma without a dominant hop presence. It’s heavier and maltier than I anticipated. Thick, real thick almost, with a definite resiny chew to it, and a noticeable rye presence. There’s a pronounced bitterness that’s balanced by a rounded sweetness as it opens up. I’m glad I spent some time with it as it ended up growing on me.

Serving type: can

06-07-2012 00:33:46 | More by elNopalero
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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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3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can was poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a huge off white head that has reduced and left some nice clumpy lacing on the glass. It is an amber brown color with some clarity and tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: ooohhhh, spiciness on the nose is nice. The rye malt is nice and there is also spiciness from the citrusy hops, and sweet and bready malts too.

Taste: spiciness balances out with the bready and sweet malts, but the taste seems a bit watery in the mouth, but still tastey. Interesting.

Mouthfeel: smooth, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, easy to drink, a little watery, and a little chewy.

Overall: A big fan of rye beers and happy to add this one to the mix. Will be looking for more of this in the future.

Serving type: can

06-01-2012 02:30:08 | More by Flounder57
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3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep, thick, dark red-brown with some fiery orange, maybe what I'd call bronze. The cascade is beautiful and constant, renewing the 1 1/2 finger-tall head so that it remains as a thick foam and never dies. It leaves some clingy lacing pretty thickly behind.
Breads and leaf are most noticeable in the aroma for me, after which comes a light spicy note and more piney hops. In fact, this is a very nicely hopped beer with a great bouquet.
The peppery bite in the flavor makes the spiciness on the nose seem understated, coming out more strongly. The hops push out, though, leafy, piney and somewhat floral. Bready malts aid in the balance. There's a bit of citrus rind in the bitterness as well.
The body is medium, with both crispness and smoothness, but it all tapers off toward the end of each sip.

Serving type: can

05-31-2012 21:03:48 | More by Brenden
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4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into an imperial pint.

Best Before 10JAN2013

A: Pours a deep and rich dark copper color with 1 1/2 fingers of light brown foam on top. Retention was very good. The head slowly melted down to finely bubbled collar that left a suprising amount of lace in the glass.

S: Dark rye bread and slightly tangy grain with hints of pine & citrus hops. Picked up a bit of bakers chocolate.

T: See above. Slightly more chocolate than in the nose with a smattering of Whoppers candy.

M: Toasty grains with rye tang and spice. Dry too. Sweet bits take the edge off and keep things relatively smooth.

O: A very enjoyable Rye Beer. Not quite in the same pantheon as Red's Rye, but a strong contender none the less.

Serving type: can

05-28-2012 22:46:41 | More by GbVDave
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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: This poured a hazy copper with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like copper and minty herbal hops, with some licorice and dark chocolate and whole grain rye bread.
T: It tasted like sweet caramel and bitter copper and herbal hops, with fennel and mint and whole grain rye bread. It had a clean and bittersweet aftertaste with alcohol taste but not heat.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was an interesting brew, with scent and taste that had odd elements. Not so much rye as mint and fennel, which isn't really my thing. The body was ok, and the finish was smooth enough, so it was pretty easy to drink. But not a remarkable beer by any means.

Serving type: can

05-18-2012 20:06:50 | More by Pencible
Righteous Ale from Sixpoint Brewery
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