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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 Gmann
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with smallish off-white head that slowly settled into a light cap.

The aroma is quite hoppy with a subtle sour note. The hops are grassy and floral with a touch of grapefruit. A general mustiness from the yeast and a sour punch from the rye. Overall, nice aroma.

The taste is quite hoppy as well. Floral and grassy hops mingle with some grapefruit rind and light piney/resiny notes. There is a toasted malt and dark caramel flavors from the malt. The rye adds a sourness in the end. Some slight chalky flavors from the yeast.

The feel is moderate with soft and airy carbonation. The hops add a dry bitterness on the palate and the rye drys out the palate even further. Some lingering bitterness in the finish.

A hop forward rye ale. The base flavors are nice. I noticed with many sixpoint brews that the yeast results in an overly chalky feel which isn't all that pleasant. It doesn't ruin the beer but takes it down a notch.

Gmann, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%

A shout out to woodychandler for yet another canned beer for me to try. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a deep copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some rye. Taste is also a bit hoppy, some rye is present, a bit of citrus, considerable bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality brew.

tone77, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev +4%

Nice looking new cans.

A- Dark red body with a big creamy off-white head. Great size and retention. Big ring and pillow on the beer leaving nice lace.

S- Big rye and hops. Hops bring a lot of floral, pine, citrus fruit and earthy notes. Raisin and spice (rye probably) are present.

T- Malt up front bringing spicy rye and sweet caramel. Some buttery and raisin hints. Bitter hops bring floral, spice and earth, nice fruit with warmth.

MF- Creamy light-end body with moderate carbonation. A sharp but clean bitterness in the finish.

A very nice combo of malt and hop flavors. Love the use of the rye and the tropical type hops.

cbutova, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of mcallister
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%

Freshly clean glass, and a heavy pour yeilds very little head. Nice deep copper color with plenty of bubbly action.

The smell is a different story. Very apparent this is a rye beer, rich lush rye spicy aromas, toffee, bready malts, tangerine, candied orange peels, piney, earthy hops, with a twist of floral aromas. Other deep fruity aromas.

Wow what rye character. Deep, creamy, thick rye flavors, spicy, with bready malts, some biscuit on the finish with again candied orange peel, other citrusy fruits, rum, earth, leather, delicoius, dank and full of lush juicy flavors.

mcallister, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of BMoldy
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Sits in the glass a dark brown/caramel color crowned with a frothy 1-finger light brown head that exhibits very good retention but little lacing, at least not until halfway down the glass. The aroma is more complex than I would have imagined: some burnt/roasted grain, a whiff of piney hops, some spices (I'm thinking cloves)... very satisfying. Being my first rye beer, I wasn't sure what to expect when I took a sip, but I was certainly pleasantly surprised. A very strong grain body blends burnt and bitter flavors to create a nice robust taste that is very well balanced. The sweetness of the barley is kept in check by the spiciness of the rye and the bitterness of the hops, yet this is by no means a bitter beer. A medium-heavy mouthfeel and the 6.3 ABV add strength to the body.

This is either my favorite offering from Sixpoint, or at least on par with Sehr Crisp. It's light enough to be absolutely delicious in the summer, but heavy enough to break the monotony of the other summer beers. Definitely worth checking out, and there's no doubt I'll seek out more in the future.

BMoldy, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of Dope
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

New Sixpoint 16oz can.

A: Pours a very dark - borderline porter - brownish amber. Beautiful foamy head and some nice lacing to go along with it.

S: Super strong rye smell jumps out. Nice and fresh and spicy. You can smell some nice floral hops and a bit of bready malt in the background but the rye dominates here.

T: As with the smell, this is a very rye-forward beer. The bready malt and earthy hops seem to round it out pretty decently. The spiciness stays with you, you can taste it on your breath long after your sip. Nice.

M: Nice smooth medium body. As mentioned the spice from the rye sticks around.

O: Really a very strong rye beer - lots of rye beers just have a smidge of rye or some sort of other defining characteristic. This is for the rye lover. Quite good.

Dope, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

A-Pours a very dark amber color. The beer is only slightly hazy. A ton of bubbles rise. The head is big, fluffy, and pretty. The off-white foamy head leaves vast amounts of lacing.

S-The spicy rye is easily detectable. Awesome hop aroma is present as well. Resiny pine hops, and some floral hops are clear. A bit bready. I also get a scent of fresh rubber which is different. The rye is not discrete at all.

T-The rye mixes with the hops extremely well. The flavor is quite unique but also decently delicious. Fruity hoppiness is very tasty. This beer has a huge lingering spicy finish. Great overall flavor.

M-This beer is incredibly creamy. The feel is great. The spice from the rye adds to the feel. The carbonation is mellow and takes a back seat to the other components of the feel.

O/D-My second Sixpoint experience. I still like the Bengali Tiger more (I really love that beer). This brew is no slouch however. This beer is sweet, spicy, and hoppy...all good things! This one is definitely going to make me grab the other available two in the future (Crisp and Sweet Action).

VelvetExtract, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

A - The beer pours an almost clear rich copper-brown color with a big covering of frothy tannish head. The head fades very slowly down leaving behind lots of thick lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of rye and piney hops. There is also just a bit of light fruit in the background.

T - Starts off with a mix of rye flavor and some piney hops and a touch of bitterness. Through the middle, the hop flavor and bitterness grow alongside a bit of deeper bread flavor. The finish is a mix of rye, hop, and a touch of fruits that linger nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels really smooth and not at all watery. Even with the rich flavors it does not feel overly heavy or thick. The finish has a bit of a dry kick which is nice.

D - Very drinkable. Really great balance of hop and rye flavor from start to end. The flavors are nice and rich and the beer stays fairly light.

ngeunit1, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

16oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - deep amber color with a off-white head that settled down leaving a coat of lacing on the glass.

S - piney hops with a background of roasted malt.

T - the rye malt really shows up in the taste blending well with solid piney hop flavors and hints of smokey roasted malt flavors, very tasty.

F - medium bodied with a creamy, smooth feel it goes down easy.

O - a very good example of the style.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of AaronRed
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%

Very nice, tight white lace up the sides of the glass. Held its head pretty tight for a growler. Purchased at Whole Foods- fresh- huge hop aroma. Lots of bite in this one- almost like an IPA, but no citrus like flavors at all. Just hops and rye of course. The rye seems to import and dryness- which is interesting given the hop value here. A very nice, decent brew. Somewhat strong, but backs off a bit to let you really drink it.

AaronRed, May 30, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

a savory rendition of and otherwise, in my experience, citrus forward style. More on the floral dry side and it may be a big who for those that appreciate my dry, almost salty IPAs. Pour is like all others. Ruby dark amber almost completely clear. Nose is floral with hints of lemon zest. Grapefruit... But barely. Dry. Mineral that is expanded by a subtle sweetness. Not too dry that the beer feels in to waves of mineral crisp with a alcohol that comes after.

rtepiak, May 26, 2011
Photo of FickleBeast
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

On tap at the George St Alehouse in New Brunswick, NJ

Arrives in a pint glass with a half finger of foam. Aroma is a nice spicy hoppiness with a little sweetness to back bit up.

First sip is... surprisingly hoppy, followed by a nice spicy rye finish. Hops are front page, very nice. Reminds me of Hop Rod Rye. Finishes crisp with a hoppy bitter bite.

This beer is quite a nice surprise. By far the best I've had from Sixpoint, and this ranks right up there with the best rye beers from any brewery.

FickleBeast, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of yourchoice
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

A - A very deep copper colored pour, attractive and thick straw colored head. Ample lacing.

S - A bit of sweet malty aroma with a distinctive hop character in the background.

T - Surprisingly, the hop character is more pronounced, in a good way. Still has a rye and malty background (caramel, molasses maybe), but the pine and hop presence is more prominent.

M - More of hoppy feel than a malty feel. Maybe a bit thicker than most hop prominent beers though.

O - Very drinkable for me, and a good beer, but not quite what I'd expect from the style. Still, I enjoyed it.

yourchoice, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Errto
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours from the growler a sort of medium brown color. Some bubbles but not much head or lacing to speak of.

Smell is very bready, with some hops (the spicy kind, definitely, more than the fruity kind) in there as well.

This beer tastes like rye bread in liquid form, offset with a moderate hop bitterness. If you're looking for a rye beer that really tastes like rye and isn't just a slight variation on a hop bomb like a DIPA or "Imperial Red" ale, this may just be the beer for you.

The hop bitterness lingers on the tongue a little, but otherwise a very clean feel. Dangerously drinkable at 6.5%

Errto, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

On tap at On Photon...Dark brown with a hint of purple, light tan head ok retention but good lacing...The aroma is lots of rye with some spice notes, not bad, but not a ton going on...The taste is more rye, bready, and spicey...Very dry, nice touch but not awesome overall.

If you love rye give it a shot.

jrallen34, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of knowledge
5/5  rDev +25.9%

This is the brew developed for the God's. I cannot get enough of the amber color pour and rich, thick head, taste is sweet with subtle hoppiness bitterness. I can drink this over and over again. Excellent ABV content. A very filling brew worthy of your salute. Cheers!! BTW, the finish is the super star, nice and nutty.

knowledge, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of willjschmidt
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

Served on-tap at Smith and Wollensky in NYC.

A: Pours an amber color with a thick head.

S: Spicy hops and rye, a bit of sweet malt.

T: This is a very good rye beer. It's very spicy from the rye and also a good amount of hop bitterness. A sweet malt presence in the middle balances it out very well.

M: Medium bodied.

D: A very drinkable beer, very well balanced and very tasty.

willjschmidt, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and slowly fade away, leaving lacing along the edges of the glass.
S: There is an aroma of sweet malts in the nose along with some notes of caramel.
T: The taste is rather malty and has a light amount of sweetness. There are also some notes of caramel.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and is very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: This beer goes down very easily; I could keep drinking them all night.

metter98, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

On cask at the Breslin poured into a Mug, accompanying a suckling pig dinner of which I did not partake aside from the beer and some fennel (looked amazing though).

A: Deep amber, hazy hay and somewhat opaque, little to no carbonation lurking beneath a frothy generous finger or 2 of head.

S: Blash of hops, with a touch of sour and wood grain to it. Lots of malts in the back.

T: Perfect serving temperature had this beer tasting solid from start-to-finish. Was rich and thick through the near IPA hop-assault up front, fading into a sour and earthy sweetness with just a hint of lasting bitterness in the finish.

F: Thick, seriously thick, and heavy (in a good way). Little-to-no carbonation on this was just right.

D: After 2 pints, i had to make a conscious decision to cut myself off, although for as smooth as this beer is, I could have kept going with ease.

I think the sour notes and the wood-grain here came from the cask, in addition to the limited carbonation and heavy feel. I think this beer would suffer tremendously with a tap serving or bottle, but on cask, I liked it just fine.

codewarrior, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of Soonami
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

Sixpoint Righteous Rye is a nice rye ale had on draft at the Abbaye. The beer is a pretty good rye beer with a bit of rye tang and spiciness, but nothing great. The beer is hybrid of india pale and brown ales with a hearty amount of rye added. The color was a clean medium brown with good creamy lacing. The beer had a rye bite and citrus hops with an assertive bitterness at the end.

Soonami, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of Reagan1984
4.85/5  rDev +22.2%

This beer is just amazing. Every time that I have it I love it more. Yesterday at brunch I enjoyed two and finally took some notes to write this review. This is the classic fresh draught beer in my book. So different than a mass produced bottled beer.

Each pint comes with a glorious off white creamy head that shows excellent retention. The beer is a hazy amber color that almost looks thicker than it is. Sheet of lacing line the entire inside of the glass.

Spicy aroma with lots of hop aromas and a nice balance of malt. Smelled fresh.

Awesome flavor that is wonderful mixture of blasting fresh floral hops a nicely balanced malt profile and the perfect touch of dry and spicy rye. I know I am a fan of rye beers to begin with, but I think this one nails it. Not too dry but just enough to provide it with extra character.

Creamy, smooth, slick and wonderful with slight carbonation.

I could drink this all day. I intentionally savor every sip as it's just great!!!

Reagan1984, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

Had on tap at Bark in Brooklyn.

Poured a nice copper amber with just a bit of lacing

Smelled liked an IPA --- spicy, floral aroma with just the hint of rye.

The dry rye flavor was prominent, backed up by floral hops and a bitter aftertaste (which I like).

Well carbonated with a medium body.

I could (and did) drink a few of these over one lunch and dinner the next day.

BuckeyeOne, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

I had this on tap at UNO. Poured a deep copper color slightly blurry with a nice light brown heading. Left tremndous lacing throughout after every little sip there was a ring. Amazing.

Smell was very subtle in all aspects a doughy and a little bit of a mixture of rye and hops. Nothing really jumping out at me.

Taste was like a rye bread. VEry smooth maltiness at first maybe even some chocolate malt? Then the heavier spicey rye kicked in to wrap thing's up.

Mouth was decent medium bodied with decent carbonation. Smooth on the palate and nice texture.

Drink is good but it just lacked something to me. A kind of bland rye beer.

TheFightfan1, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of Deuane
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

A-Bright, clear depp copper with a thin, light tan head that leaves behind nice lace.

S-Earthy notes up front. Notes of spiciness and dryness courtesy of the rye malt. Light touch of sweetness in the background.

T-Dry rye...much like bread! Earthy, spicy hop notes with a hint of citrus. A dry, spicy finish. A very interesting and unique rye brew.

M-Medium-light bodied and super crisp, dry and bitter finish. Good lingering flavours.

D-Good stuff, not just another rye IPA. A nice ale with a healthy % addition of rye malt I am sure. Sharp bite but yet very drinkable.

Deuane, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +4%

I had this on cask - served in a 10 oz 1/2 pint on 3/14/10

A- A slightly hazed caramel brown shade w/ small tan cap with tiny beading

S - A aroma is earthy, spiced and toasted - with lots of rye aroma like fresh toasted rye bread w/ subtle hints of smoke

M - A smokey spicy feel w/ light astringent notes and moderate alcohol tinge

T- A toasted rye taste that is really forward with a very roasted almost smokey flavor - nutty and dry tasting w/ earthy flavors that rye delivers. The spice his high in the taste w/ toasted malt and mellow sweet biscuit note as it finishes

D - One of the few rye ales I have had on cask - a very unique intense rye tast, while good I am not sure I consider this a drinkable cask beer, I would prefer the regular draft version

Slatetank, Mar 18, 2010
Righteous Ale from Sixpoint Brewery
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