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Righteous Ale - Sixpoint Brewery

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Ratings: 1,003
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 79
Gots: 56 | 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:
Made with rye malt to provide a signature and distinct earthy character. Seasoned and dry- hopped with herbal and citrus hops. Truly righteous.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2005)
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Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks good enough a dark amber brown, clear with nice carbonation and a half inch of head that sticks to the side with good lacing.

S - Smells of rye straight up with tones of brown sugar and hops.Hope it's not too dry.

T - The rye plays pretty well with this one delivers a bittering and drying level to the beer which is kind of bitter. Tones of burnt sugars and toffee play around the rye.

M - Light to medium I found this very easy to drink.

Overall I liked this beer as most rye beers have been too hoppy making them too dry or bitter this one is very drinkable. In fact even though I don't enjoy rye beers this one is very tasty. Nice offering Sixpoint!

DrDemento456, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of Adrianized
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours dark copper in color.  Aggressive pour yields a one finger white foamy head which dissipates to fluffy clouds of a head.  Nice lacing.

The nose is predominantly caramel malt, some brown sugar, a touch of spice, and an earthy touch of hops.

Again, I get caramel malt right up front. There is some sweetness that reminds me of burnt caramel or burning liquified sugar. Finishes with an earthy, piney hop bitterness... But also crisp.

Mouthfeel is fullbodied, creamy, and velvety smooth.  Keeps you coming back for more.

Overall, although i'm not too experienced with rye beers, I loved the mouthfeel of this.  So full of flavor for such an easy drinking brew.  

Adrianized, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of phantomwyse
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Pours a muddy brown body with muddy lighter highlights. Velvety froth crowns the beer at about two fingers, sand colored and draping the sides of the glass.

S: General hop aroma at initial inhale, tarry pine and slight sweet citrus. Hefty malt backbone of baked dark breads and pie crust.

T:Oddly fruity, with hints at cherries, raspberries, and figs intertwined in moderate hop flavors, again pine and grapefruit. Earth and spice come in at the middle, touch of nutmeg and then cut grass. At a sweetness washes all the flavors.

M: Medium bodied with a dry finish.

O: Overall, the flavors were surprising but well balanced.

phantomwyse, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of RHCP313
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on the lake-facing deck of the Keegan Compound, Skaneateles Lake, Skaneateles, NY.

Playing: Bruce Hornsby's Greatest Hits

Poured from a 16 oz can into a challice, best before date: 9/29/11.

A: Pours a polished amber, dark ruby with golden-edged highlights when held to the light. Slight chill haze. A tight ring of frothy tan head sits and doesn't look like it has any intention of fading. After a minute or so, it reduces to a solid ring of lightly sticky lace.

S: Wow. Certainly a unique smelling beer. Sweet, slightly smoked wood, slight perfume, almost lavender coming through. Waxy green leaves with hints of vanilla. Never smelled a beer quite like this.

T: Nice, balanced flavor. Though again, uniquely new taste for me. The rye is right up front, and subtle enough to appreciate but not overpowering. Also in front are some slight citrus flavors and sweet malt. Woody, earthy hop flavor in back. Ends with a nice bold nod to the rye again.

M: Medium body, with nice, smooth carbonation in front with a smooth finish. Leaves my palate slick, but clean-ending with a nice woody, earthy finish.

O: I'm starting to pick out some house flavors in SixPoint's can offerings, but I can't put my finger on them yet. This is a very drinkable rye with some very unique flavors that work well. The 6.3 ABV is barely detectable in this quite sessionable rye. I just wish they could make Chicago distribution already.

*Cheese pairing at the time: Italian Truffle-infused Sottocenere. Highly recommend.

RHCP313, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of doppelme
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice bready aroma drifts from the beer. It also has a very nice citrusy hop aroma. It pours a deep amber or mahogany body with a fluffy cream colored head that leaves behind great lacing. It tastes very bitter up front followed by a bready sweet finish. It is a great beer but somewhat rich and something i could only have one or two a night.

doppelme, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of Johnnyfacelift
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has quickly become one of my new favorite brews. It reminds my of a Belgian Pale Ale or border line Belgian IPA. You know there's Rye in there when you pour and see the beautiful red color, and the aroma supports the Belgian yeast with an aroma of dense malt and the smell of fall. The taste is rich malt with a big yeast profile and a nice hop taste and balanced bitterness. At around $8.99 a four pack of 16oz. cans you can't beat the value and quality of this beer... two thumbs up!

Johnnyfacelift, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 16oz tallboy can to nonic pint glass on 8/15/11
*From notes

A: It looks like unfiltered apple cider. A good pour yields a 1.5 finger head with pretty healthy lacing around the rim of the glass.

S: Slightly sweet and certainly hoppy. It's got a good deal of rye too, though it's balanced and really pleasant.

T: If you're lucky enough to have enjoyed Mad Fox's Orange Whip IPA, then you too will see the similarities. It's fruit forward, with generous amounts of tangerine and orange rind. The rye kicks in on the mid palate, as does the bittering hop oil. The finish is slightly smoky yet crisp and clean. I'll be damned if this isn't one hell of a delicious beer.

M: Top notch. Creamy and rich - the carbonation is on point. Beautifully done.

O: In a word, Sixpoint's Righteous Ale is fantastic. It's perfectly balanced and easy to put back. I'm continually impressed by their quaffable yet complex brews. Another knockout from the (other) Brooklyn brewey. Possibly the best rye ale I've encountered.

Rhettroactive, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of jsled
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper color. Clear. Reasonable head, holding solid. Residual carbonation supports the head.

Sweet, fruity fruity fruity, citrus. Passion fruit, bubble gum. Minor alcohol. Grapefruit. Quite pleasant.

Moderately bitter. Hoppy. Floral. Fruity. Slightly chalky? powdery? sweet. very slightly sour. caramel. slightly astringent, a not-unpleasant sun-brewed tea flavor. Rye.

A light and simple, moderately bitter mouthfeel.

An interesting, complex beer. Slightly more astringent and bitter than ideal, but quite tasty.

jsled, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz CAN into a Hulmeville Inn/Sixpoint pint glass.

Into the glass, Rye poured out a straight brown becoming a browwnish with hint of dark red in the liquid. It's dark enough. A stealth pour yielded only some minor cream colored bubbles that became nothing, no stick. Smell is deep on the roasted malt with a small whiff of rye. Hops are present although earthy smelling with a light dry hop appeal. Some caramel and that's about all. Taste is between a brown ale with Rye, which is probably what this is. A mix of roasted malt and tootsie roll with a small spicy rye in the middle with some bittering dry hops on the end. Grassy, earthy tasting. All of this comes and goes pretty quick with an earthy aftertaste. Feel is kinda bland, not watery, the body is a sturdy step from medium but it needs more bubbles. Comes off as dying yet not dead. I got through it but won't reach for it again.

BARFLYB, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to whoever brought this one to our IPA day celebration.

A - Pours amber brown with a nice one finger tall white head leaving small wisps of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of tons of spicy rye, buiscuity malt, pepper, dulled fruit, and just the faintest hint of citric hops.

T - Starts off with plenty of rye spiciness slowly giving way to a mix of chewy caramel malt, peppery spice, and some nice citric hop bitterness. The finish is a mix of chewy grains and some dulled hop bitterness, lingering for a short period of time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Chewy, spicy, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - Not too bad. This was one of the spiciest rye beers I have ever had yet I still enjoyed it. Thanks again to whoever brought it to the party.

orangesol, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz Can

Appearance - Clear light reddish/brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, rye

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and the beer feels slightly thin. I can taste hops mixed with rye and malts. There is also a bit of a toasted nut flavour and some caramel. The beer finishes with a malty sweet aftertaste with a nice hop bitterness.

Overall - All of the Sixpoint beers I've has seem to have some similar attributes. This isn't a bad thing.. I enjoyed this beer and I could session it for sure.

spinrsx, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of Kendo
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a Sam Smith's nonic. Body is clear but dark amber with a fluffy, ivory, 1-finger head with good staying power. Leaves behind some lace.

S: Nice - I definitely get the spicy rye, over some juicy hops.

T: Rye is noted in the malt foundation - a touch of spice and toasted bread. Then leafy, herbal hops and a touch of lemony citrus. Finishes fairly dry with a lingering bit of spice. Some alcohol heat felt in the belly, but otherwise not noted.

M: Heft is medium in weight, fairly smooth and creamy, feel-wise.

O: Solid. Had it nearly 2 years ago on the cask at Rattle 'n' Hum in NYC and liked it better off the cask, but there's nothing wrong with this in the can if you like rye beers (which I do - my favorite, from memory, is still Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye).

Kendo, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Trevor.

A: The pour is a cloudy amber/burnt orange with a finger of off-white head.

S: Although many say rye beers are spicy, this one certainly is. A lot of bread and some banana, other fruit notes are present as well. There are some pepper notes to it, toasted malt, and a bit of gasoline.

T: Strong citrus peel (lemon, mostly) flavor. Heavy on the rye and bread with a decent amount of toasted malt. A mild sweetness of toffee with more of the pepper. Just a light bitterness.

M: The body is medium to full with carbonation being medium.

O: The gas smell really put me off, but the rest of the beer wasn't too bad.

womencantsail, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of jrbuch
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in dimple glass.

Smell is citrusy american hops and spicy belgian yeast.

Taste is is sweet, malty, some spiciness and finishes with a good bitterness. Good earthy hop flavor. Centennial and Columbus hops maybe. Some cherry maltiness.

A good ryepa

jrbuch, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Muddy brown with an off-white head that sticks everywhere on the glass. Super sticky. Diminishes to a thin cap on the top of the beer.

Smell: Nice hit of rye right off the bat. Slightly spicy with a touch of something bready in the back. Loads of caramel and biscuit malts give this an almost chewy quality on the nose. Faint touches of citrus hops climb through the back, but this thing is all about the malts with some serious emphasis on the rye.

Taste: Brings the nose to life. Big, spicy hit from the rye right up front. Almost pushes in to the realm of peppery spiciness. Caramel malts add a nice level of sweetness to the whole thing, but it doesn't do a ton to alleviate the spiciness of the rye. I would call it an American pale ale with a Belgian yeast if I didn't know any better. The rye adds a nice dimension to an already solid ale.

Mouthfeel: Nice and full. It coats the tongue, dropping tons of rye to dry things out on the end of each sip. Full and dry, it's a nice combination of things.

Overall: Definitely a unique beer. It's delicious, spicy, and full-bodied, which makes it a nice choice when you're looking for something a little outside the box that won't force you to commit to some odd combination of things that may or may not work.

Goblinmunkey7, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of nezelrac
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 16oz can into Ithaca Beer ?"bar room"? glass - it almost fit, had to admire for a second and then take a sip to finish the pour

A - pours a slightly hazy chestnut with a pale tan head; initial two fingers from a gentle pour subsides to a happy 1/4 inch with good retention and nice lacing

S - the pine resin hop notes dominate at first whiff, but then the spicy, earthy slightly funky rye notes take over almost completely; there is a sweetness to it all, though

T - plenty of fun(ky) rye notes all across the palate; the pine peeks out on the soft palate and towards the finish; bitterness at the back end coupled with a gentle astringency from the rye; citrus notes pop out mid palate and at the end as well

M - a firm entry is followed by a creaminess shot through wit hints of the bitterness/tightness that comprises the finish; CO2 is spot on for this beer - a steady stream rising from the bottom remains encapsulated in the body assisting the texture tremendously

O - really quite good stuff; easy to drink and a beer of interest

nezelrac, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ShogoKawada for the grip of cans! Poured from a 16oz tall-boy into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Chocolate, auburn, and dark sienna liquid, dark and cloudy with light mahogany highlights and a soapy tall stand of pale buff foam. The head recedes slowly to a lasting thin blanket. Thin lacing; faint legs.

Rye and hops in the nose - herbal, forest-y, and grainy.

The flavor is like a dark rye bread topped with lingonberries, dipped in mead, and sprinkled with a faint dusting of crushed poppy seeds, caraway, and loam. Hops contribute modest bitterness and a bit of complexity to the flavor, but are largely overwhelmed by the increasingly dry rye taste. Long bone dry woodsy finish.

Light bodied, crisp, and refreshing.

Would pair very well with cheese, though it is quite flavorful on it's own. One of the better rye beers I've sampled.

augustgarage, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of drtth
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a rich cherry wood color with a 1” think off white head that recedes fairly soon to a thin layer of foam on the liquid and leaves a ring of foam clinging to the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a complex pattern of spider web and leggy lacing. Throughout the beer sipping leaves leggy lacing and a layer of foam clinging to the glass.

Smell: The aroma is an enjoyable mix of bready rye, pine resin from the hops, along with some light spicy notes from the hops. As the beer warms I’m also picking up touches of

Taste: The flavors include bready rye, some sweet caramel from the malt, and some spicy, piney character accented with a touch of orange and tangerine.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side medium bodied with a nice crispness and adequate ongoing carbonation. The long dry finish contains some bitterness throughout and that is the last thing to fade away after the rye and light sweetness have disappeared.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a beer I’ve enjoyed drinking more than once and will be having again. It goes down easily and leaves me wanting a few sips more. My overall impression is that this is a well made, very good rye beer and well worth seeking out.

drtth, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep chesnut hued amber with a thinner slight off white head atop even after a hard pour.Aromas of sharp rye,resinty hop,and toasted nuts,a nice mix with the rye really the main component.Big sharp rye flavors mixed with a healthy dose of citric hops,a great combination that alot of brewers cant do as well,light toast as well in the background.A great rye beer,again alot of brewers in my opinion cant make a rye beer like this.

oberon, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of WastingFreetime
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks go out to jedwards for his awesome trade package from the east coast.

Poured most of it into my standard 12oz "pint" glass before I remembered the can holds 16oz and not 12oz, oops. Oh well, that just means I get to top it off halfway through. Looks darker brown with coppery highlights and a slight opaqueness. I should mention that this is the first craft beer I have experienced which says "19 SRM" right on the can. Never had a color measurement printed on the label before, I think I like this idea. Carbonation is only on the medium side but that is the level I am looking for out of a canned beer. Too strong a carbonation in a can, and your precious brew mostly ends up on the floor when you pop the top. Body is medium thick, and maybe a bit too sticky (minor nitpick). The single finger of sand colored foam on top dies back and leaves some foam skim behind after each sip.
Smells of deliciously raunchy musty spicey rye malt, which almost can be mistaken for the odd spice that a Belgian Yeast gives to the nose. Another BA member already figured out another odd scent component that I was struggling to identify: Red Bell Pepper! Earthy dry-hopping spectrum nose is also quite present in almost equal intensity to the amount of musky earthiness the rye malt itself contributes, making the nose of this beer positively *grubby* with earthy smells. :)
Taste follows the nose mostly but with a lingering dry bitter finish. Keeps dancing back and forth on the edge of smokiness, but never entirely crossing the line into it fully. Amazingly complex and I'm glad to have tried yet another good rye beer. Most brewers are afraid of the challenge of balancing out a strong rye malt, but not Sixpoint!

Yes Virginia, good beer can indeed come in a can.

WastingFreetime, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of JAXSON
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Mikey for this extra. Pours a clear rusty orange with an off white head. Nose is bursting with hops and some really nice cracked grains, edgy, a la rye. A touch spicy and earthy. Fairly bitter on the palate, nice hop progression. Starts grainy, earthy, and bitter, ends long, hops focusing on tropical fruits and grapefruit rind. Very nice stuff, pleasant surprise pouring something so good out of a can.

JAXSON, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of harrymel
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by: 27SEPT11

A: Copper brown ale with less than a single finger of peanut foam which falls slowly to a sheet of the same. Nice ring on sheet lacing. Limited clarity with red hues along the lightlines.

S: The rye seems pretty strong here. The hops are present, and remind me of hay, and grass. Hints of grapefruit. Malt profile is biscuity and sweet.

T: What strikes me first is the spicy-sour rye, which is well balanced with sweet malts and bitter, earthy hops. This is well balanced, and actually reminds me of a well done ESB. Has a herbal tone as well.

M: Creamy and medium bodied with lower carb. Appropriate for this beer. Finish is slightly creamy and slick with longevity.

O: Well done beer. I would prefer this on a fall evening where the air is cool and clammy, this would suit that setting well. With the malt bill on this, I think an imperial version would be quite appealing and have high cellar potential.

harrymel, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a ruddy amber with gold highlights and a thick tuft of creamy beige head. Spotty lacing all down the glass. Not too shabby.

Smell -- There is a hearty rye spicy note, along with grassy hops, clover, and pale malt sweetness. Pleasant, but I'm not bowled over.

Taste -- There's a nice amount of dry-hopping, culling up grasses and clover flowers. Pale bready malt and firm rye spiciness play off one another to add a layer beyond what would otherwise be a competent, albeit standard-issue, American Pale Ale. Lingering flavors of grassy hops, mild malt sweetness and rye spiciness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with crisp carbonation. Nice.

Overall -- This is a nice rye beer - taking a decent APA and elevating it with an actually detectable level of rye. Good stuff. If you like rye beers, I definitely recommend looking for this one.

yeahnatenelson, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of bpw28
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Tight two finger bone white head, Hazy copperish (can says 19 SRM), lacing is beyond amazing, light carb can be seen.

Smell: Big grapefruit, sweet, grains, red bell pepper, earthy, light floral, more citrus sorta blood orage like.

Taste: Grapefruit returns, big grain, yeasty, biscuit, nice light roast taste, sweet, good smoothness but full body, dry, spices, smoky?, just enough hoppy backbone, mandarian orange.

Final Thoguhts: Damn good. Buy this.

bpw28, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium amber brown color with a one pinky creamy off white head. The head dies down to leave a light, frothy coating on the top and a rather thick, sticky ring around the sides of the glass.

S - Acidic, pungent, rye-like, leafy, vegetable-like in aroma, and somewhat vinous with a slightly spicy character - this is a very unique smelling beer. The color and the aroma don't seem to jive, I'm really confused!

T - Man, this is a weird one (in a good way). Definitely a Belgian character, yeasty, vinous, spicy, and the taste mimics the nose. The rye character dominates but not enough to wreck the beer and just enough to make it really interesting, Sixpoint dialed in the "just right" amount.

M - Thick medium body, velvet smooth on the tongue, very dry finish.

O - This was one of the toughest beers I've reviewed. It's a unique beer and very well brewed at that.

jzeilinger, Jul 27, 2011
Righteous Ale from Sixpoint Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 1,003 ratings.