Righteous Ale
Sixpoint Brewery

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Rye Beer
3.97 | pDev: 10.83%
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Righteous AleRighteous Ale
Notes: 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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of carbonation bubbles in a reddish-orange body. The head is tan and about a finger high. Very solid, almost none of it moves, it looks like one solid piece instead of a bunch of little bubbles. The lacing isn't great, but the retention sure is.

Righteous Ale has a ton of citrus in the aroma, and it is very pleasant. A good amount of malt comes also, with sweet malt and a little bit of spicy, seedy bread.

The flavor leads off with big citrus flavors, with a lot of orange and a bit of grapefruit. The hops also bring a moderate amount of bitterness with them. After the hops die down some (they never really go away), the middle of the beer has some sweetness from the malt. The little bit of caramel sweetness is really only a backbone for the beer, and along with it comes just a touch of fruity ale yeast. Next comes some seedy rye bread flavors, which are a little bit more powerful than the sweeter malt flavors, but still nothing to rival the hops. The finish has more bitterness that is a little stronger than the initial bitterness. The flavors are more grapefruit with a hint of pine than straight citrus. The aftertaste is great; it's my favorite part about this beer. Tons of juicy citrus followed by spicy bread that is nearly as strong.

Creamy body with moderate carbonation. Nice feel.

As nice as the hops in this one were, I think a little bit more rye might be an improvement, but not many beer people ask for less "less hops, more malt!" With that said, Righteous Ale impressed me. Sixpoint has always brewed some great beer, and I'm pretty pumped to have easy access to these cans.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

16oz can with "Best Before 01DEC2011" stamped on the bottom of the can.

This beer pours an extremely hazy reddish-brown with two fingers of fluffy off-white foam that has plenty of stick. Head still hanging around after 5 or 6 minutes and there is lacing everywhere! This one's a looker.

Definitely picking up some spicy rye in the aroma. Also getting some fresh and sticky hops. Some earthy notes as well, and maybe just a hint of a metallic smell.

I get the malt body up front, but the spicy hop-rye combo is quick to follow. Not too much carbonation to speak of. Has more of a cask ale or home brew feel to it. Smooth finish with some lingering spice and bitterness.

Medium bodied mouthfeel. Low carbonation making for a smooth texture on the palate.

A nice rye ale overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: I pulled some strings to help bring Sixpoint into the area, and I'm glad that I did. A good fall beer for sure. I thought that I was getting a bit of a metallic taste on my first sip, but the more I drink, the less I notice it.

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Garnet amber with a light and fluffy head. Light retention and lacing. Clear with no visible carbonation.

Smell is earthy with spicy hops. Slight smoke and roasted dark grains. Light malt sweetness.

Earthy and spicy hops, slight smoke with roasted dark grains. Hops finish dryly and linger with a crackery nuttyness. Alcohol is invisible.

Mouthfeel is medium with a velvety light chewiness. A joy each sip.

Very good drinkability as it goes down so easily you just don't notice the abv.

From tasting notes 10/4/2008 a the the Gingerman NYC

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