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Righteous Ale - Sixpoint Brewery

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Righteous AleRighteous Ale

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Ratings: 1,033
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 83
Gots: 70 | 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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of tyjaman
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of asafarc2
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of aasher
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours pours a very smooth and light bodied, nice amber in color with a one finger soapy white head. The nose is sweet and piney. There is definitely a lot of rye here. It smells like a rye pale, similar to Founders Reds Rye. The flavors too have plenty of rye. It's smooth and the malt bill contains the happiness quite well. The piney happiness is just right. It drinks very, very smoothly. Overall this is a really nice rye pale ale. It is perfectly built for a can. It's good to see a rye from a can with crossover appeal.

Photo of tigg924
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: 1 inch head, moderate carbonation, amber in color, clear

Smell: citrus hops and rye

Taste: citrus hops and toasted malt at the start big rye in the middle and at the end

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a slightly bitter end, moderate carbonation, light bodied

Overall: I love love love this beer. This is what I wish more rye beers would taste like. This one screams rye, yet there are enough other flavors there to make it complex. This one is not overly bitter so I can enjoy the bready taste. I am getting this again. Superior beer.

Photo of bobfinkenaur
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the most interesting beers I have had in a long time. Not hoppy or overly malty but just a great tasting beer. Unlike a lot beers this one does not hit you at first taste. It actually gets better the more you drink it. I get a sublte chocolate, smoke, light sweet and earthly like flavor. Great job Sixpoint. Can't wait to try your other beers.

Photo of verdict603
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of JerseyKirk
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A:amber red, 1/2 finger white head. Laced nicely.

S: subtle hop citrus, slight bitter hop oils.

T: hop bitterness, slight hop on tongue, lemon, astringency.

M: thin, astringent, sweet and dry mix.

O: easily drinkable but not a standout. Would pass in store but drink if offered one.

Photo of jk3
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of HopHeadRyan
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Crystal clear dark amber red nearly brown; decent head and good lacing

S - Definite rye malt, subtle citrus/pine/herbal hops all co-mingle, a sweet raisin-dark over ripe fruit quality, and subtle caramel malts

T - The taste reflects all of the above. Definite dark fruit rasin quality with a nice mild spice and subtle citrus-piney hop quality. The balance is great

M - medium-light body, not overly syrupy but definitely a slight malty-sweet cloy about the body; great carbonation level

Overall - A great rye ale...not necessarily my favorite but one I wouldn't mind having on tap in my "dream pub"! Give this one a try!


Notes - I woud love to pair this with a cornbeef special sandwich especially with a really nice strong swiss or gruyere cheese...would be a thing of beauty!!

Photo of Beerme09
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of PeterIngemi
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 16oz can into my duvel tulip

A- pours a deep amber brown with a two finger off white head and nice lacing through out.

S- rye and toasty bready malts, some citrus from hops, and almost a faint touch of caramel.

T- Rye and citrus hops with touch of caramely sweetness in the middle, the complexity of the rye works very well with the citrus hops on the finish.

M- medium carbonation and a medium body, very drinkable, especially straight out of the 16oz pounder can, the carbonation works very well with the slight grainy mouthfeel the rye gives to the body of the beer, reminds me of founders reds rye, with less aggressive hops, more of rye beer then an ipa.

O- an excellent beer from sixpoint, I could see myself drinking a few of these bad boys, delicious flavor and manageable alc vol.

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had and reviewed this beer before, but that was one I had on tap (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/user_review/?action=edit&id=10607&b=23453&rId=1644722).
Now that I finally got around to having the canned version of this beer I wanted to add a few more notes.
The aroma from the canned version was much more intense than the beer I had on-tap. The spicy notes from the rye are just so good. The rye aftertaste is also more pronounced in the canned version. In my opinion the canned version is a rank better than the tapped version.
All in all, a good solid rye ale.

Photo of druptight
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of rickdee
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light brown color with a 1.5 finger off white head on top, rather foamy. Decent retention, slowly reducing to a white cap on top. Nice lacing all around the glass, making thick rings.

S: The rye comes through pretty strong with a good bit of caramel and pepper as well. Light citrus mixed in. Almost reminds me of a bloody Mary actually.

T: A good bit of caramel and light citrus mixed in. The rye and spice is not as strong as the aroma was, and for me that is a good thing.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes slightly dry and sweet.

O: Besides the aroma, a solid beer, but the smell really drove me away from it. I remember having on tap before and it definitely did not smell this strong.

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of Independant
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of brunodav
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz tallboy can poured into a Guinness pint glass.

Pours a deep hazy ruddy red/brown color with a nice fluffy light brown head, a nice sticky lacing comes as you empty the glass. Nose is very well balanced, crisp and hoppy with a bitter rye note, love it!

I'll come right out, I love Rye beer, but this easily one of (if not THE) best rye beers I've had, right up there with hop rod rye! It's bitter but the rye doesn't dominate, there's a good herbal tangy/zesty/citrus hop bite that is really delicious. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, it's just world class!

Photo of Manoftyr
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance-Pours into pint glass a reddish chestnut brown with rich beige head, sticky lacing clings to the side as the head recedes into a milimeter or so of film which remains throughout, bundling on the edges.

Aroma-Citrus hops and sweet dark malts are dominant, caramelly with hints of dark fruits. A little grassy as well. The rye is very well balanced and far from dominant but lends its distinct spice in a tactfully reserved manner; I like it.

Taste-Dry and citrusy upfront but then cut by some malty sweetness; caramel and citrusy hops with that touch of grassyness as noted on the nose. The Rye adds a bit of spice that becomes more and more pronounced towards the finish and ends with a dry twang. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel-Just full enough without being too heavy and with adequate carbonation; excellent.

Overall/Drinkability-This beer has singlehandedly changed my entire mindset on Rye beers, I had initially written the entire style off as I had not found a single example I liked. That said, this is an extremely well crafted brew that is supremely drinkable, well done Sixpoint, well done.

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of hilgart1
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Righteous Ale from Sixpoint Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 1,033 ratings.