Righteous Ale | Sixpoint Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
sixpoint.com

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,055
Reviews:
393
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.78%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
91
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmpizzo for sending me this one!

Pours a murky iced tea color with a huge 3 inch foamy light tan head that only slightly settles to a craggy cap. Random swaths of lace form on the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of rye bread and some earthy/pine/citrus zest hops. A very pleasant and rich aroma on this one. Taste is of malt, rye spice flavors, and some herbal/citrus zest hops. Very mild bitterness quickly fades from the palate. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good rye beer from Sixpoint with some nice rye aromas and flavors.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a rich looking amber color with a white head on top. The head has a decent amount of retention and lacing to it. The smell of the beer has a good malt backbone to it with some toasted notes and a spiced aroma coming off of it also. The taste of the beer was has a hefty amount of rye in it which is nice. It brings in a good amount of spice to the beer. The flavors leave your taste buds tingling with the blend of hops and rye that they use here. The mouthfeel is dry, it leaves the mouth asking for another sip. It's a drinkable brew for sure. Overall it's one of the better rye beers I've had, I like it because I can actually get a healthy amount of rye in the flavor. Worth trying I think.

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2/5  rDev -49.9%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's amazing how well hops and rye play together. Complementary citrusy bitterness married to the earthy broadness of spicy grain yeilds a well-rounded taste that layers effortlessly on an beer base.

Righteous Ale pours with light tawny golden brown and with an embedded mild haze to give a slightly russet appearance. A creamy sand-stained head floats on the beer throughout the session and leaves intermitten pockets of sticky lace behind.

Mild toffee, toast, and chocolate kickstart the olfactories while the growing hop brightness shines with an overall citrusy component. Earthy rye allows for the scent of wet woods, soil, and dark breads to round out the scent.

Medium malty flavors of light toffee, damp soil, woods, and leaf all start pungently sweet but weave effortlessly into the hop taste of citrus pith and bitter resin. Not to be outdone, the broad spicy rye seems to amplify the hop spice while also deeply rooting the earthen character to the base malt. A deliciously drinkable beer with bite.

Medium bodied, but it seems that the impression and linger of malt and earthy spice gives a higher impression of texture than what's probably actually there. Semi-rich while the malt and carbonation swirl about the palate, but the spice and resiny bitterness latches on to the back of the tongue and assists in a semi-dry finish and mild grain derived astringency.

As the beer seems much of an American pale ale, I seem to want elevated hop flavor, bitterness, and dryness to pull slightly ahead of the rye malt but that's not to be. Where I want more of an IPA base, this lighter version keeps me wanting more.

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of oline73
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy reddish amber color with two fingers of off white head that fade to a ring around the edge of the glass but leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Spicy from the rye along with a strong citrus hop presence. There is a mild sweetness in the background from the malt.

Taste: A citrus hop bitterness hits the tongue initially with a strong rye spice as well. There is a mild malt background with a spicy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly smooth carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed the hoppiness of this beer along with the rye spice. Solid balance and enjoyable. I would have another.

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Photo of brentk56
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the table with an ice tea cloudy brown color with a light tan head and plenty of lacing

Smell: A bit indistinct, but there was some medium fruit (apricots?) and pine

Taste: Remarkably complex; starts out with some liqueur-soaked apricots and peaches, perhaps some persimmon and a touch of angostura bitters; there was a definite amount of alcoholic warmth, as well; after the swallow, the rye flavors burst through and provide an interesting foil to the fruit

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and rich; low carbonation

Drinkability: Wow! This is one terrific and unusual beer. First time I have had anything from Sixpoint but I will be on the lookout for them the next time I am in their territory.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hand-bottling, generously shared by Jay23.

Pours a darker shade of reddish-brown. An inch of foam forms and remains for the duration of the glass. Carbonation is visible, and seems to come from within the glass, outward through the hazy liquid.

Apple, caramel malt, specific rye aroma...sort of spicy and bready.

Toasted malt, bready rye again, with a hoppy finish. Aftertaste carries the rye spiciness for a little while. Fairly full-bodied, similar in feel to some German Dunkels. There's a good presence of yeast as well, possibly accounting for the apple in the aroma. Some mild warmth from the alcohol, but it's hidden well. It's pretty hearty but still very drinkable. A success...

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

Can: Poured a brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of spicy rye malt with solid hosp presence. Taste is a nice mix between some spicy rye malt with a solid hosp presence with some medium bitter notes. Body is quite full with a creamy texture and good carbonation. Really enjoyable and quiet refreshing.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can, best by Sept. 29, 2011. Pours slightly hazy reddish brown color with a dense 2 finger off white head with great retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. Some decent lacing is left on the glass as well. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, spicy rye, pine, and citrus. A lot of interesting aromas going on here, great stuff. Taste of caramel, rye, chocolate, pine, bread, nuttiness, and some citrus. Mostly malty sweetness on the front with a decent amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers for a bit with caramel, chocolate, bread, and pine. Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. No alcohol noticed in the taste or finish. Decent amount of creaminess in the mouthfeel as well. Nice balance as well between sweetness and bitterness, with the sweetness being slightly stronger. Overall, an excellent rye ale, highly enjoyable and very drinkable stuff.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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Righteous Ale from Sixpoint Brewery
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