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Righteous Ale - Sixpoint Brewery

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Ratings: 1,013
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 82
Gots: 59 | 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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.95/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I CAN't believe how many craft brewers have embraced the CANned Beer Revolution! I was way out in front of the curve on this one, thanks to the LNBA crowd and my former homie, N(T)ickD717, who challenged me to find something that I could take interest in without bothering him and his ticker crowd. CANs are the new black, or some such. I just like the idea of portability, recycling potential, and now, variety. CAN you imagine how many AALs I had to try to get to 500 CANs? Now, you CAN probably do it in a day or two without even cracking a Bud! Why do I mention all of this in my review? 'Cause I'm one righteous mofo, baby! You wanna talk CANs, you come to Da Man! Hee hee.

From the CAN: "Beer is culture"; "They should be good men; their affairs as righteous: But all hoods make not monks, Beneath a deep blanket of snow there is a cereal that [CAN] survive the harsh winters and acidic soils - RYE [nice use of caps, Ed.]. Like a draped hood over a monk, it is the righteousness inside that shines." Holy ... It is like they had Bro. Woody of the Order of Disorder in mind when they wrote that! I thought sure that the IPA would be my All-5s in this CANventure, but now I am not so sure.

The Crack & Glug came off without a hitch and soon I had two foamy fingers of tawny head sitting there in defiance. This was a righteous beer! Color was 19 SRM, or how so many Lovibond, I have no idea. I would have said 14 or 15, max. Does anyone know what I am talking about? Probably not, which is one of my problems with putting TMI on labels. Color is very subjective and hard to calibrate, but there is a scale for beer color and this one weighs in at a measured 19 SRM. On the Woody Scale, it was a very deep-copper, approaching ruby with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO, in its most righteous form! Nose was full-on black pepper and I will never forget nor stop thanking the most righteous Sopor for turning me on to Rye beers. He was also way ahead of the curve. The taxation of rye was what sparked The Whiskey Rebellion here in the US and if you really want a treat, try some Rye Whiskey. Smoooth! And so was this beer. It was like it was evaporating from my glass in terms of its smoothness. And the lacing ... thick, dense, requiring a jackhammer to remove. Finish was minty and peppery, but not pepperminty. Rye has its own bite, unlike any hops CAN impart. These guys really let the Rye Flag fly. Cooler? F**k no! I'm keeping it all in my fridge for those days when I come home from teaching and want to die. This will make me feel better.

woodychandler, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of indiapaleale
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - dark amber to chestnut in color with a good inch of off-white foam on top that leaves some lacing in what little bit of my glass is left unfilled. You've got to live 16 oz. cans! When held to the light this beer shines bright orange and auburn. Quite nice to look at really.

Aroma - nice fresh hop aroma is the first thing that greets my nose. Hi nose, I'm hops. Hi hops, I love you. Sort of a lemon, lime, orange citrusy smell along with some pineapple. There is also some nice notes of honey and molasses.

Taste - that first sip will likely make many, many beer lovers happy. This is a full-bodied, full-flavored beer that has a lot of nice things going on. First is the pronounced hoppiness that hits the tongue and numbs it. Plenty of citrus and piney notes from that are followed by the spicy, dry and bitter flavor that rye imparts. I'm a big fan of rye in beers and this one is exceptionally done. A good amount of maltiness makes keeps both the rye and the hops in check and rounds things out nicely with a sweet, brown sugary finish.

Overall - put everything together and you've got a great beer. Rye beers are not the most popular beers on the American craft beer landscape and if you're a fan you've got to give this one a shot. This beer should also please the palate of folks that like a hoppy amber ale or IPAs in general. I think that with this beer coming to cans I can say that one of my beer dreams has come true.
Would I buy more of it? - absolutely, positively. Once these four cans are gone, which won't take too long, I'll be buying more...much more!

indiapaleale, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of OddNotion
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into my Hop Devil nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Deep red boardering on brown with a two finger off white head.

Smell: The spiciness of the rye sticks out immediately. Good hop presence. Some sweetness but no discernable flavor leading to that sweetness.

Taste: The rye is there but not too spicy like it can be in other rye beers. It is mellow and balances very beautifully with the rest of the malts and the hops. This is one of the more balanced beers I have ever had.

Mouthfeel: Seemingly to style. Lighter carbonation but it certainly is present. Medium mouthfeel.

Overall: Very enjoyable! I have now had 3 Six Point beers and they all impress me. I would have no qualms about buying this again.

OddNotion, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz can with a "best by" date of September 29th. It was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Righteous Ale pours a nice, clear mahogany color, and there are a few red-orange freckles shining through. The cream colored head comes up to almost three fingers in height, very nice in a smaller glass. Retention is above average, and the glass is absolutely coated in lacing. The nose is fairly solid, though the malty aspect of the beer doesn't really shine through. Instead the aromas of spicy, earthy rye and resinous, piney american hops commingle en route to my nose. The flavor gains balance and complexity relative to the nose, but at the expense of vibrancy of flavor. There's a definite dose of caramel up front before the rye and hops from the nose come in for the second half of the beer. Those flavors just don't seem as powerful as they did in the nose though. The mouthfeel is a bit off for me. The body is too big and rich and is paired with not enough carbonation. The result is a mouthfeel that doesn't have close to the levity that I like in a rye beer. Despite the lackluster mouthfeel, Righeous Ale is a fairly to very good rye beer, I'll be glad to have this one available in cans on a regular basis.

axeman9182, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz tall boy can poured into a tulip pint; thanks to dcguitar for this one

A picture perfect pour if I do say so....a somewhat clear amber body with a two finger beige cap. Excellent retention; the head didn't fall very much at all before the first sip.

Aroma is of spicy rye, dryness, pine needles and a touch of ruby red grapefruit. Toasted caramel malt and a little bit of woodiness round out the nose. Big fan.

Clean and sturdy malt bill. Caramel holding it down while spicy rye and pine needles play up front. A mild bitterness builds with each sip. There's a fruity (or is it floral) flavor that builds with time too. Rounds out the complexity nicely.

Medium body with a smoothness that complements everything else this beer has going for it. Carbonation is near perfect.

Overall this is a solid rye. A quality hoppy presence and a clean malt bill allow the rye to add its qualities to the brew nicely. This is definitely my favorite in the style.

ColForbinBC, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of alpinebryant
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a massive white head of fluff, crystal clear light chestnut brown body.

Aroma is pungent of citrus hops , a bit of pine and a load of rye malt. The great thing about this is it smells so fresh and none of the aspects over take or are too strong for the other aromas.

Taste of a healthy malt backbone, light pleasant caramelization, some molasses and brown sugar flavors. Citrus hops complimenting the malt body. This is a very well balanced beer. I have had this numerous times on tap but this one really excites me in cans. A welcome addition to the NY area Canning line.

alpinebryant, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of greybeardloon
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before Sept 29, 2011.

A: Dark red, almost brown. Thick head that settles after a few minutes. Nice lacing

S: First fruity and, to a lesser degree, piney hops. Some rye spiciness, and the malt comes through too.

T: Juicy hops and spicy rye are both very prominent, but there is some malty caramel sweetness that provides balance. There's a mild sourness on the back end followed by lingering bitterness and an almost metallic flavor from the rye. As it warms, a clove-like flavor develops.

M: Medium with healthy carbonation.

O: The hops and rye work well together, and this beer is as drinkable as one expects from Sixpoint.

greybeardloon, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of Tschnab
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Righteous Ale pours a good brown color with a creamy two-inch head that soon devolves into a bubbly film. Some lacing, though not a ton.

S- This beer smells great, like walking through a forest. Spicy, woodsy, some piney hops. And of course, rye.

T- A pretty hoppy rye beer, which means some pine and bitterness. But more important is the grainy flavor of a nice slice of rye toast at a diner. Plus spicy and bitter kicks from the rye, and some nuttiness and sweetness as well.

O- A really great session beer here, opens up to different levels as it warms. Just really nice. Good job Sixpoint!

Tschnab, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of emsroth
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can

App: This beer is the color of dark redwood furniture. Solid head that falls to a cap and great lacing.

Smell: Fruity hops and spicy grain. Reminds me of a zesty, old world pastry

Taste: Spicy, bitter rye throughout. Enough roasted malt to balance with sweetness and add its own edge. The hops add to the bitterness which is what I love about hoppy red ales. Ends equally bitter and sweet. The malt leaves a caramel flavor and stickiness on the tongue while the hops are dry and sharp.

Solid medium body with perfect carbonation

I love this beer in all it's incarnations. Equally as good if not better on cask. Just a different experience.

emsroth, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of pmlondrigan
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks great in a tulip, dark reddish brown with some nice light color where light can shine through. Slightly opaque. Ok head retention and surprise some spotty sticky lacing. The aroma has familiar Sixpoint yeast qualities as well as spicy rye notes and a nice blast of zesty hops. Tastes earthy and zesty, smokey from the rye. Really nice rye presence. With the addition of a fair amount of hops which are herbacious and zesty this beer has a nice taste balance. The mouthfeel is clean with a slight lingering bitter aftertaste. All in all this is one special beer, almost sessionable, really tasty and has interesting flavors. Kudos to Sixpoint.

pmlondrigan, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 31, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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 20, 2011
Photo of yourchoice
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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
Righteous Ale from Sixpoint Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,013 ratings.