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Righteous Ale - Sixpoint Brewery

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984 Ratings
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Ratings: 984
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 77
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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 Soonami


3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2010 21:34:47 | More by Soonami
Photo of Reagan1984


4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!!!

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 22:15:44 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of BuckeyeOne


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2010 17:35:51 | More by BuckeyeOne
Photo of TheFightfan1


3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 20:08:15 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of Deuane


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2010 12:29:10 | More by Deuane
Photo of Slatetank


4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: cask

03-18-2010 16:29:25 | More by Slatetank
Photo of corby112


3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Mugs in Brooklyn.

Pours a very dark copper/mahogany red with dark golden amber hues when held to a light source and a one finger off white head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing are left behind.

Sweet caramel malt aroma with lots of rye and slightly earthy hops. There ls also a bit of pine to go along with the orange and grapefruit notes. The malt backbone is a bit too prominent in the nose with hints of biscuit ,caramel and rye.

Medium bodied with a lot of dry earthy pine hops which are quickly balanced but a very dry earthy pine bitterness that lasts throughout over a sweet malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Hints of caramel malt with biscuit and rye. Very hoppy for the style and not very well balanced with a lot of dry bitterness completely overpowering the sweet rye malt. The ABV is decently masked and this beer is pretty drinkable but the hops outshine the sweetness from the malt too much for my liking.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2010 07:10:57 | More by corby112
Photo of josefnewsong

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy, ruddy brown color with a little bit of head
S - smells of rye bread and hints of hops
T - Tastes of earthy rye bread with hints of nuttiness and hops
M - medium-bodied and very smooth
D - very drinkable for the level of alcohol

A thoroughly enjoyable rye ale. I haven't delved deep into this style yet but I wouldn't be surprised if this stays in my favorites for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2010 20:03:58 | More by josefnewsong
Photo of BeerNemesis

New York

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sixpoint Righteous Ale. 5oz. taste @ Table in NYC. on tap.

Hazy orange amber with little to no head.

Rye, grains, and strong hops.

Earthy, bready. Rye flavors and orange and nutty hops in the background. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Low carbonation. Medium hops and a medium to light body.

Notes: Good not great. I would have liked some more carbonation and a little more complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2010 23:48:39 | More by BeerNemesis
Photo of capra12

New York

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed at the crocodile lounge served out of a blank pint glass and poor lighting and from a bartender who poured the most head I have ever seen.haha

Appearance: brown with 1 1/2 fingers of head luckily he was able to fill my glass with more beer.

Smell: rye and dark grains, slightly herbal

Taste: opens tangy with dark grains as a rye and hop bitter emerges in the middle and finishes the sip with a hint of malt leaving a rye and hop bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with moderate carbonation and slightly coarse.

Drinkability: I am starting to get into rye beers and this is worth the try but a one and done for me. The hop profile is in my opinion un-balanced with the rye which doesn't have a strong profile, a one and done for me. I recommend this to those seeking a tangy/ spicy open with a rye and hop bitter middle as a subtle hint of malt pops in oh so briefly.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2010 00:36:27 | More by capra12
Photo of SeanRedd

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So this ale is a rye ale. Probably the only notable rye ale I have been fortuante enough to gulp...gulp...gulp. Toasty, burnt tips, charred bicuit, deep simmered grain alongside dank weed, (the hops), buttery yeast, sticky residual sugar, fruit hops at front, hella malt on the back end, with clean bitterness, jewish grilled cheese, and bod; he must work out. An N Y staple. A rye, the best one you ever had...the best. Ryetit down, Sixpoint Craft Ale.

Serving type: growler

12-23-2009 01:49:10 | More by SeanRedd
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Back Forty, NYC.

Pours a lacy rusty red. Strawberry and toast on the nose. Hazelnut and red currant malts, sour rye in the middle, and grassy, ginger hops to finish. Medium body with a tangy dry sustain.

Good example of type and drinkable for strong flavors. Still learning to love the rye, though...

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2009 23:06:12 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of taigor

New York

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From cask poured into pint glass.

A - Poured orange/amber hazy color with no head.

S - Grains, rye and hops.

T - Earthy flavor with bread, rye and spices.

M - Medium bodied served at room temperature from the cask with almost no carbonation with brought the flavors out even more.

D - Very smooth and easy going. Would definitely try some more.

Serving type: cask

11-30-2009 17:54:30 | More by taigor


3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Mahogany (medium dark brown with a little red coming through) in color, translucent or maybe a little cloudy. The head was the color of oats, 1.5 fingers thick, with big and small bubbles.

S: Obvious toasted nuttiness, toffee, caramel & rye notes.

T: Orange and pineapple hops come through upfront balanced by sweet, nutty maltiness mid palate. Vanilla flavor makes a brief appearance as well.

M: Good mouthfeel. Medium hops and medium body. Additional carbonation was left to be desired.

D: Very interesting and delicous at first, but lost it's charm quickly. I'll have another at some point down the road.

Serving type: growler

11-03-2009 15:09:09 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of david18

New York

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very good beer. Rye imparts a very distinct flavor to beer but it is used with many different styles ranging from IPA's to fruit/spice beers. Very refreshing flavor with enough alcohol to make it interesting. Good dark copper color, great carbonation, great fry and hoppy flavor. This is a very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2009 15:08:20 | More by david18
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber pour, thin head, but decent retention and lacing. The smell was decided bready and malty, with some orange/pineapple citrus in there, and even some nuttiness. The flavor confirmed the aroma, but was very nicely balanced, starting with rye, biscuit, and maltiness, blending in with some toffee and nuttiness, and then ending on a pleasant mildly dry hop note. The body was medium, and very pleasant on the palate. Very good representative of the style, but not quite Hop Rod Rye.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2009 06:49:15 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Smokin' Bettys

A - hazy orangy amber, minimal head and lacing

S - earthy, straw, floral hops, hints of citrus and spice

T - earthy, straw, spice, floral hops, bready, slight oxidation taste

M - Medium bodied, slightly chewy and sticky, dry finnish

D - good but not great, another sixpoint brew thats just missing something and has a slightly off taste

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2009 23:28:42 | More by rfgetz
Photo of erz316


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served into a conical pint glass from cask at the East Village Tavern; Aug 19, 09

A - amazing head retention, especially for what was a mostly flat beer, 1.5 fingers high and a slightly amber colour. body is a very nice golden honey colour, with some light orange hues. bud definitely an overall colour of deep golden honey. Good lacing.

S - very fragrant! nose is like a pineapple mango amalgam. very fruity with some light malt sweetness at the end of it all. the nose is simple and very direct, but it is so pungent and succulent that it brings itself back up.

T - a boozy, hoppy, banana-grapefruit taffy like explosion; serious sweetness with this beer! the primary taste is grapefruit, which is the name of the game with this beer; the hops come out in this great combination of grapefruit and citrus sweetness and bitterness of citrus rind. the sweetness is not really malt, but more of a candied fruit rind. the finish is a very mild and lingering, especially for such an intensely fruity beer. a tad of hop spices and a bit of dry alcohol, all make a good finish. the aftertaste is hoppy bitters with some slight grapefruit characters, and a slight malt presence. some dynamism besides the extreme fruity character would have been good.

MF&D - there was basically no carbonation in the beer, but I assume that is what happens when a beer is casked. the slight amount of carbonation in the beer does nothing to hide the fully medium body.

Serving type: cask

08-23-2009 01:06:33 | More by erz316
Photo of m1ked


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Bierkraft for the growler fill.

A- Pours a translucent hazelnutty brown with some twinges of orange on the edges. A healthy inch of off white tight bubbled foam that recedes clinging to the edge of the glass like old school shaving cream.

S- An obvious ryeness with some roasted barley and nutty/bready nuances.

T- Starts off with the obvious rye that, like the nose, imparts some roasty nutty flavors that has a creamy character to it.

M- Medium bodied, good carb, with almost a creaminess to it. Finishes drier.

D- I love rye beers- the few I've had I've loved (Alpine Nelson, BR Hot Rod Rye)- in fact I haven't had a bad one...yet. I enjoy this style and I enjoy this beer. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: growler

08-19-2009 00:11:36 | More by m1ked
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pint glass fills a cloudy, rutty copper with auburn highlights and a solid 1" off white head that is creamy around the edges and rocky in the middle.

Roasted malts with molasses and wheat bread great the nose, while hops are in the background with floral scents. Orange citrus is also present, but the grains definitely take center stage. I almost think there is rye bread here, but the power of suggestion may be the culprit.

The flavor profile is far more restrained than the aroma would lead one to anticipate. However, the malts still dominate, even adding biter nutty flavors up front. The hops seem to be relegated to the lingering finish with a pleasant spiciness.

This is a medium bodied beer with light carbonation and a dry finish. Some metallic notes are present, but not unpleasant, and the alcohol is well hidden.

While not crisp, Righteous Ale will fill the bill after a long hard day. Heck, have a couple with your buddies.

Serving type: growler

08-09-2009 17:35:53 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of dudecandle

New York

4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler from Whole Foods Bowery, NYC:

A: Nice, deep, hazy brown with a good finger+, off-white head. I'm excited already. Decent lacing, too.

S/T: Great Rye upfront and all the way through. Spicy and bready, with a good subtle-citrus-hop presence and a strong malt backbone.

M: Extremely long finish, nice and full.

D: Gotta love the local brew, especially when they make such a damn good one. It's full, it's complex, it's not too aggressive, it's great.

Serving type: growler

07-05-2009 07:22:54 | More by dudecandle
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some hop and grain aroma. Mahogoney colour with good head. Creamy mouthfeel, bulked up from caramal malt, with c-hop taste and a rye edge. Very good, nice drinkability with food. On-tap at Rattle N Hum. Served at appropriate temperature, not too cold.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2009 15:56:40 | More by Sammy
Photo of ffejherb


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 5/4/09.

A - Hazy two-tone copper/dark amber body with moderate carbonation and one-finger frothy beige head that retained very well and yielded thin strands of lacing around the glass.

S - Moderately hoppy nose with grassy, herbal notes and a splash of citrus. Malt character is quite toasty and grainy with some caramel notes to sweeten up the pot a bit.

T - Earthy, herbal hops paired with a grainy, bready maltiness and a prevalent toasted character. Bitter seeds, herbs and a strong rye presence really come to the forefront in the finish, all accompanied by a dry bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a light syrupy texture and moderate carbonation resulting in a sticky mouthfeel overall. Finish is quite dry and hoppy.

D - Hoppy and dry with a hefty malt character big on tosted grains and breads. Another winner from Six Point!

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2009 01:46:00 | More by ffejherb
Photo of TheycallmeTim

New York

3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Growler from Bierkraft in Brooklyn poured into a tulip pint.

A--Strongest category for this brew. Pours up a mellow orangey-amber haze, with two fingers of off white foam that lasts well and laces very well. Inviting.

S--Lots of citric and floral notes from American hops. This isn't a bad thing, but in a rye beer I was expecting some, well, rye in the nose. Some peppery spiciness, SOMEthing from the grain bill I could detect smellwise. If it's there I ain't finding it.

T--Unsurprisingly, more hops all the way through the flavor spectrum. Those citric notes, namely orange, explode first, and are welcome, but they linger in an acrid biting bitterness through the middle of the taste, crowding out the malt in the middle, and the finish is dry, dry, dry, but more from the bitterness of the hops than the rye. There is malt here, don't get me wrong, but the rye isn't highlighted enough for me.

M&D--Mouthfeel is biting and rocky and not really smooth enough to balance out whatever lingering rye comes through. Drinkability is low because I expected a rye beer to match with food and a rainy day, but got a hoppy nearly amber ale (think Troegs Hopback with some peppery notes) instead. Oh well--not bad, just not true to the style.

Serving type: growler

05-02-2009 20:46:54 | More by TheycallmeTim
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-red hue with white head. Lacing builds down the glass in a pleasing fashion. A sweet aroma with floral notes, slight pine and evergreen,biscuits with burned edges. Some dominant characteristics in the taste: grassy, pine, spices, doughy, toasty, hop bite with dry characteristics at the finish leaves a slick aftertaste on the tongue. Medium in body but thick mouthfeel. Definitely a go-to beer for hopheads and rye fanatics alike.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 01:15:48 | More by JRed
Righteous Ale from Sixpoint Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 984 ratings.