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Righteous Ale | Sixpoint Brewery

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Righteous AleRighteous Ale

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

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

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Reviews: 392 | Ratings: 1,053
Photo of Glennlawless
3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into pint.

S - Kind of smells like a booze bomb.no grapefruit....yeastiness....herby like and grass like hops...some simcoe..some pine... nothing too tropical.

A - dark copper color, not very see through and a one inch fluffy head. looks like a very heavy DIPA.

T - This beer is pretty good and alcohol is well masked. i have that lingering bitterness left on the back of the tongue but a very well balanced beer....not that much of a liquor bomb like i anticipated. Good...but not a stand out beer. id take a resin over this any day of the week.


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Photo of 8stringfan
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an English pint it produced a one-finger head of moderately thick foam that came down to a fairly solid surface froth with very solid lacing. Color is clear dark amber with hints of dark honey and toffee and an appearance of solid carbonation. Aroma is a nice mix of malty, hop pine, and spice. It’s interesting to note that when I first drank this beer, I was unaware of the rye component to the brew, however, after reading up on the background of the beer, it actually comes across quite clear on the nose. Sometimes beer and liquor descriptions cause you to perceive things that are described in writing but aren't quite there in the glass, and sometimes they cause you to suddenly notice something that was there all the time. So, caramel and crystal malts seem to be there helping to produce a strong toffee aroma; the rye brings in an herbally, grassy, peppery-spice note; and the hops contribute a very, very light floral pine quality. All in all a sweet and appealing nose. Sip is sweet and malty up front with caramel, toffee, and mild hints of butterscotch alongside some grassy notes from the rye. Mid-palate sees the bitter notes come on strong - bitter hops, mild white pepper hints, and bitter cocoa. Back of the tongue and swallow see a strong bitterness matched with sweet cola, roasted pear, and toffee sensations. Finish is short and somewhat unimpressive, dominated by a generalized bitter dryness subtlety under-girded with rye notes. The balance is towards the bitter in this ale, and yet this is nonetheless a solidly constructed beer with enough smooth malt backbone to keep it from becoming a tannin bomb - in fact, it’s dangerously drinkable. Carbonation is a bit strong, but works perfectly in this case by breaking up some of the malt-y sweetness in spots. If I had to credit one thing that makes this such a superior beer it would be what a smooth and velvety mouthfeel it has, specifically in terms of the malty side of the equation. All-in-all, this is one terrific, subtlety complex, and dangerously drinkable brew. Furthermore, it's really interesting to see a brewery go in a different direction than super-hoppy IPAs with a rye beer.

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Photo of dar482
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a rusty brownish dark amber with a one finger head.

The aroma has a good amount of piney hops, some spicy rye and caramel malt as well.

The flavor follows with a wonderfully clean piney hop character along with some significant caramel malt and pop of spicy rye in the middle. The finish is pretty clean without being extremely bitter, although leaving some piney and leafy bitterness.

This is a well balanced drinker. There's a wonderful combination of hops, sweet malt, spicy rye, medium body, full flavor, yet without being too bitter for the palate and easy drinking.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper with a large head.
Nose shows tropical fruit, including mango, papaya and lychee. A fair bit of sweet malt too along with a spicy rye bready note.
Harsher flavours, not as sweet as the aroma would suggest. More bready and toasty notes. A fairly aggressive bitterness in the finish.
Nice moderately high carbonation.

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Photo of charlatan
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Special version brewed at Adnams (at 6.3% abv) for Wetherspoons. A copper coloured beer with a slightly offwhite head and a citric, mostly lemony, nose. It begins with a warm, sweet lemony flavour similar to Jack D'or brewed by Pretty Things before a more leafy hop flavour takes over backed by a rather savoury biscuitiness (I guess that'll be the rye). It leaves a pleasant oily residue on the tongue, meaning the big hops really linger. It was a pity I only had time for a half pint (particularly at £1.79 per pint).

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Photo of dgilks
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper colour with a big, foamy, off-white head. Great head retention and lovely, rocky lacing.

Oily, resinous hop aroma with touches of pine. Light rye, phenolic-like character. Sweet malt to back it up.

Rich rounded malt character with clear and evident rye character then a big hop bunch. Tons of bitterness that creates a balancing kick. Nice flavour that really is righteous.

Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Solid.

A rocking beer. Excellent, big hop flavour balanced by a nice rye malt flavour.

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Photo of Act25
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glorious brewer delivering in a glorious 16 oz can. If you're gonna sell 4 packs at 6 pack prices, please put your beers into 1 pint cans as these bright folks from Six Point do. Bravo!

Appearance: It's not clear, it's a lemon ice tea colored cloudy body with a light tan head and a ton of lacing. Nicely carbonated.

Smell: The great outdoors, a big damp field. Would like more but gets better as it warms.

Taste: Nicely complex; starts w fruit jam and rye bread; pine and grass/hay hops; and a long long rye finish that takes off from the sweet start into a long, dry, spicy finale. Great finish on the beer, makes you want to rinse and repeat. Also ice tea like.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonated, bodied and rich. Nice tingly finish. Leaves you in a great place. Very appetizing, would enjoy with hearty meals. (stew, beef, lamb meat balls, fish stew, strong cheese, etc).

O: Sixpoint does it again. I put them on the podium with Stone, Ballast Pt, Smutty Nose.

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Photo of Huffs
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a sam adams glass, great, off white to tan, head developed with nice retention and lacing. Aroma was malty and herbal with some hop and lemon notes. Appearance was a haze, amber to copper color. Tasted a sweet malt to start with some herbal notes and went to a hoppy and bitter finish, good stuff. Mouthfeel was creamy and full with a nice bitter and dry aftertaste.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour brown and a bit hazy. Kind of looks like a dark iced tea. The smell is ok. Kind of a little sour smell and some hops. Nothing bad or good about it. The taste is pleasant. Kind of graining and a touch sour. It's a good mix and pretty smooth. Overall, this is a decent beer that has a place on a fall night.

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Photo of trentbent
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Brown redish orange hue. I bought a 4-pack for only $6 (half price in NYC) because the box was a little beat up so I guess the store wanted to get rid of it. I didn't even realize it was a rye beer until I cracked a can.

This bear has grainy nose that is sort of flat. The only thing is, I'm not sure that the smell could be any better, but it works with the taste.

My favorite thing about this beer is the mouthfeel for sure. It gets a little sour around the edges of the tongue and just kinda stays there. It has a pleasant and lasting aftertaste.


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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours medium amber with a big off-white head and some lace.

Well hopped and spicy grain notes. Some good toasted malt in there as well for aroma.

Big pine hop and toast malt note up front. Malt has a spicy kick that is balanced well by the hop profile. Sugars exist, with a little caramel, but this one his more brown bread crust and grain husk than anything. Hops big in the finish with the malt.

Medium body, good firm carbonation.

Big winner. Tasty and complex.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had a few of these 16 oz cans at August in the West Village. It poured a red/brown with a beige head. The smell gave off light hints of malt, caramel and rye. The taste was something roasted, perhaps coffee. I struggled to find a ton of rye, but that was a good thing. It allowed the subtle floral hops to shine through. The carbonation was lively. This was well balanced and does not go overboard on the hops.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love these Sixpoint tallboy cans. I almost skipped right over this thinking it was one of the others when I saw it on the shelf. Glad I picked it up. Pours coppery with a decent head. Lovely smells and tastes- lots of gently spicy rye and toasty malt that lends the beer a nice sweetness. Slight hints of chocolate that you get in rye sometimes. Not an uber rye like the founders, more restrained, and a bit sweeter and softer, but oh so balanced. Delicious.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper brown with a slight haze, perhaps from chill. Plenty of bubbles making their way to the top. A soft, fat beige head of foam that fell slowly enough to leave good lace and a thick ring. Constantly refreshed with each tilt of the glass. Nose is fragrant with citrus and with bold rye. The hop qualities are floral and there's a bit of spice character on the nose as well. The malt smells breaddy and sweet. Taste follows the nose all the way. The citrus greets the palate a bit tart and then takes a nice bitter to the mid palate. The malt is full and has plenty of bread to carry the spice of the rye and the hop qualities to the back palate where they settle with a good bitter. The honey sweetness of the malt is modest and there is excellent balance between all the bold flavors and the fullness of the malt. Body is rich but drinks pleasant and light. Ample carbonation.

Many people shy away from brown ales because they find them boring or bland. Well this beer will change all that. The hop qualities keep the palate interested and the gently sweet malt keeps it satisfied. The rye makes this beer. It is so well done and really shines with it's touch of sour alongside a perfect citrus tartness. Bold refreshing and brawny.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can poured into Cisco imperial pint glass. Best before October 9, 2013.

A - Pours an autumn brown with red highlights. A few fingers of head last for quite a while before receding to reveal a nearly complete lacing.

S - A very aromatic combination of nutty bread, spicy rye, and citrus hops jumps from the can as soon as I pop it. Some sweet honey BBQ malts finish off this wonderfully fragrant nose.

T - Follows the nose closely. Full flavored with roasted malts, bitter hops, and a recognizable rye bite. Very well balanced. Sweet, spicy, bitter, bready.

M - Rich body with some prickly carbonation.

O - I was very impressed by this beer. I don't typically favor rye beers, but this had tremendous balance. Complexity of flavors that all came together perfectly, with nothing out of place. Bonus points because I love the pounder can format. I will be revisiting this one frequently.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer pours a dense walnut brown body that glows at the base with strands of microbubbles leading to a sticky thick head that has some nice lacing.

S- The yeasty ester aroma is almost bubble gum in character with a dark dry toffee and grain spice to follow

T- The slight sweetness leads to an earthy spicy to a full on green herbal hop flavor that lingers in the aftertaste with some roasted malt notes popping up. The dry finish helps enhance the malt character.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle crisp fizz in the finish.

O- This is a nice dry rye beer with a good balance of dark malt and dark hop mixed in.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ruby red pour with a dense shaving cream off-white head.

Aromas of rye grain, malt and spice. Also a tinny smell, in a pilsner fashion, throws me off.

Rye and malt. Yea pretty straight forward. Spiciness from the rye is delicious.

Refreshing, creamy and sassifying.

Pretty darn good for a rye brew. Nice change of pace in my citra hop world. Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of Gatch
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown and red hued liquid with an off white creamy head. Nose is all malt and rye. Nice balance of roasted malt and rye. Nice sweetness to it. Also a bit of smoke and spice. A simple yet tasty brew that shows how good rye can be. Overall a very delicious and enjoyable beer. Recommended.

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Photo of beerfinder
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoy this one alot. It has nice dry taste which goes down real smooth. I can make this one of my regular brews to have in the fridge. It also seems to stay pretty will in the fridge without spoiling. I had a case of 24 back in December. I have a few cans left and they still taste as fresh.

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Photo of tdm168
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - dark, caramel amber with a thin, quarter of an inch off-white, brownish head that settles after a few seconds

S - big citrus, caramel, faint rye

T - caramel, faint nuttiness, big citrus, faint sugary sweetness, rye, dark bread, very faint toffee, a clean slight bitter finish

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is a rather interesting beer. It has a very complex flavor profile and is far hoppier than I was expecting. I am pleasantly surprised and impressed with this beer. I could definitely put a few cans of this away. If I can get my hands on it, I'll definitely get more.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I think my favorite tfrom sixpoint to date. This beer was firing on all cylinders from the appearance to it's drinkability.
A deep copper amber with a tall head floating on top. The head is dense but then loosens in structure during it's fading.
The aroma sports plenty of rye malt spiciness with some bready malts too. Hops are fresh and have a pine resin bouquet though it's more sutle and restraint.
Taste was good and with a good depth of flavor. A fairly hoppy brew tasting of pine and earth plus a balanced rye bill which lends a balancing spiciness. Plenty of caramel and bready malts smooths everything out to make a wonderfully refreshing beer. A slightly bitter aftertaste in an otherwise smooth drinking beer.
There really is nothing not to like in this beer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a brown colored brew with a one finger off white head. The head fades relatively quickly to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a bready nature with tons of rye and a wheat smell. Mixed with these more malty aromas is a good sweet caramel smell as well as a moderate presence of some citrus an earthy hop smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice rye flavor which creates a base for the other flavors of the brew. Mixed with the rye upfront, there is a rather nice mix of hop flavors- some earthy, grapefruit citrus, and herbal tastes. The flavor sweetens ever so slightly with a caramel flavor coming to the tongue at the middle of the taste. This fades more toward the end where more bitter citrus hop of grapefruit, some lemongrass, and grassy flavors become even more pronounced. The hop never becomes too potent but provides a nice balance to the rye malt flavors of the brew to, in the end, leave a pleasant lightly hopped rye flavor on the tongue..

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is average to just above average. Both make for a rather crisp feel on the tongue and are rather nice for the mix of hop and rye that are present in the brew.

Overall – This is a great, rather rye potent brew, with a nice hop profile and balance for the more malty and rye flavors of the brew. Quite tasty and a good drinker.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice deep dark red with a very nice fluffy slight off white head. Smells of grassy notes dominately with slight floral notes very nice. Tastes of earthy notes with grassy bits and bite with citrusy notes. Beer is light medium bodied and carbonation is good, finishes nicely. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of ujsplace
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass.

A massive chunky head sits atop a deep brown colored brew.

Smells of rye grain and earthy hops.

Can taste the rye up front with a nice healthy dose of earthy hop bitters. A faint burnt caramel malt ties everything together. Can also pick up on a faint nuttiness. A very satisfying brew.

Chewy, thick and sticks around for a while - coating the tongue.

One of the best - if not the best rye beers I've had.

I've had a couple of brews from Sixpoint and I can say the folks over at Sixpoint know what they're doing. If you like a rye beer, then do yourself a favor and look for this. You absolutely will not be disappointed. Great session brew.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. Bottom of can says best before 27APR2013.

A- Pours a reddish light brown color with a full three fingers worth of tan head due to a heavy pour. Retention is good and long displaying nice craggy bumps in the foam. Eventually it works its way down to an 1/8 inch bumpy head. Lacing is slippery and minimal.

S- Very sweet cereal grain sweetness from the malt meets spicy, pungent notes from the rye. Mild but fresh hop aroma.

T- More hoppy in the flavor and is somewhat metallic in its bitterness but works with the rye malt well. More of that cereal grain sweetness but it's a bit muted by the strength of the rye and hops. Smooth all the same with little alcohol taste detected.

M- Semi-watery with the malt body being the only thing giving it any viscosity. Medium carbonation.

O- Very drinkable and enjoyable. I gotta have my rye!

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Righteous Ale from Sixpoint Brewery
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