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: 1,054
Photo of maddogruss
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a pint of this at Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a dark amber body with a thick, off-white head with nice retention and lacing.

S: A sweet, citrus smell with some sour, bitter rye notes, complimented by some hop notes.

T: A rather, earthy, hop taste with some sourer and bitter rye notes to boot. A sweet, malty aftertaste did well to compliment the bitterer tastes of the other ingredients. A well-rounded brew.

M: A smooth and fairly full-bodied beer despite being a little on the thin side. Overall, fairly nice on the palette.

D: A nice combination of mouthfeel and taste that led to a nice, comfortable session that was fairly enjoyable. Overall, a decent drinking experience.

Sixpoint still impressed me with this offering as well, and I look forward to having their future concoctions.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap @ Old Bay Restaurant in New Brunswick, NJ. $4.75 for a pint. Had a dark bronze color, 2 finger lace. Nose had hints of citrus & pine. Had alot more hops and bitter than most rye beers ive had. To compare it to Founders Red Rye, it has alot more bite, but not as balanced. Overall a very nice rye beer, if the hops storage continue, this would be a nice replacement for my IPA fix. Another great brew from SIxpoint

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Photo of Seanibus
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding beer that must be tasted to be believed.
Pours a deep red with a vast head that simply will not quit, almost down to the last sip. The aroma a bit weak, but the flavor is vast, with a huge rye taste and a robust spicy cherry character. It's like a great cloud of fragrant cherrywood tobacco smoke. There is a deep hop bitterness that extends all the way down your throat. The mouthfeel is round and satisfying and will invite you to keep drinking. This is a powerfully drinkable beer - but beware, because it carries a deceptively stiff ABV bite.

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Photo of sholland119
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #100 for me. This is a great beer to mark this milestone.

On tap at Mugs Ale House, Brooklyn.

A-Pours a rich, clear amber with an abundant head and nice lacing.

S-Serious piney hops with an equal amount of rye graininess. Excellent.

T-A little malt in the front, lots of hops all the way through balanced by a strong rye presence. Delicious.

M-Nice carbonation. The rye and hop bitterness last nicely.

D-Excellent. I can't get enough, as long as I am not driving. And since we have to come to NY to get this beer, I rarely am.

Sixpoint makes excellent beers across the board. This is my favorite.


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Photo of gpcollen1
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was growlered from a fresh keg while camping. Growler stayed in the cooler and then the fridge whilst home. The keg lasted the weekend and was wonderful.

Pours a lovely rusty amber into my nonic. Had rises over an inch and slowly settles to a skim coat. Aromas are rich and grainy sweet - mostly deep and rich malts with that overall waft of rye.

Hits the palate clean and crisp with the grains coming through a bit. Then kabam - a very dry and bitter hoppiness knocks the malt off its feet and rides through to the finish. Ya know, the kind of rockin dryness and bittering that makes you crave another sip just to take the ride all over again...

The carbonation on this on stays middle of the road and just right for the brew. This one is thinner than I imagined it would be but is just right for quaffing (at 7%??).

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Photo of gregc
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask from the lazy boy saloon in white plains ny

Beer poured a very dark hazy orange/brownish with no head at all.

Aroma of bitter hops, rye bread and roasted malt.

Flavor was pine from the hops, malt, dry wood and a small amount of rye coming in at the finish. A decent beer overall, tasted great coming out of the cask.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark orange with no head or carbonation. Looks like a Real/cask ale.

The aroma is a seriously grainy strong ale. What a smell! Has some bitter hops underneath, but they are completely overwhelmed by the tidal wave of grainy, unrefined barley. Unique, to say the least. Extreme grassy, earthy smell.

Ok so here goes.... Strong, strong ale flavor, with lots of bitter grainy rye malt. Cross between a barleywine and a strong ale. Hints of sweet caramel/molasses, and a bitter oaky hop. Pure pumpernickel rye. Has notes of bubblegum.

Feels chewy and a bit gritty. Really really thick; sandpaper. Almost layer upon layer of challenges. It's merciless. A unique, brutal beverage. Repeats are simply not an option. It's an onslaught of harsh rye, grain, oak and grass. Quite the hard drink.

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Photo of WesWes
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber/red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light caramel malt scent along with a mild hop aroma and lots of rye. The taste is great. It has a tremendously smooth taste that boasts of rye and light caramel malts. It goes down as easy as any beer I've ever had, and it's 7.2% to boot. It's got a really nice hop content that blends well with the rye. The mouthfeel is great. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great drinking beer. It's dangerously drinkable at 7.2%. Look out for this one. Recommended!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this ale on cask via the handpump at the Spotted Pig. The barman was a bit rough, well overly so, and it was a bit less carbonated than it should have been. It was delivered with a thin layer of creamy bone-white froth over the hazy copper body below. Clear notes of rye appeared in the nose, along with notes of malty-sweet dark caramel. Hops appeared, grassy, floral, and even piney...? or was that the influence of the rye crossing over? Regardless, the spiciness of the rye definitely appears in the flavor and it finishes with dark lingering caramel and spice. Very nice. A richly flavored, slow-drinking pint.

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Photo of zdk9
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice milk chocolate brown color. There's about a finger of foamy head that leaves strong sheets of lacing on the glass. Very impressive looking.

S- The rye really comes out in the smell, being uninhibited by hops. There's a great spice to it- like cardamom, white pepper, and hits on cinnimon. A small amount of pale white bread maltiness is also present in the nose.

T- The taste is very complex. The spiciness is even bigger here, along with the cardamom and cinnimon, I sense hints of chile and anise. The sides of my mouth bear the brunt of a delicious bitter hop flavor that is on the very pithy end of grapefruit. As the taste subdues, I can pick out a nice breadiness that reminds me of an octoberfest beer.

M- Perfect lingering bitterness for my taste.

D- This is a suberb beer and was way over my expectations. To go with the Sixpoint IPA I had last week I'm really looking forward to trying more of their beers and I hope they are all as delicious as this one.

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

Had on tap at Buk's in cambridge. Nice chestnut red color with creamy white head. Tons of lacing. nice floral hop aroma. Solid flavor of bitter hops smoothed out as you drink. Good balance with a grainy malty finish. A very drinkable 7% beer. Can not wait to try more of their beers!

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Photo of KATE12
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have just become a sixpoint fan and I can't seem to get enough. Everything I try from these guys is wonderful! Their Righteous Ale was no exception. There was a thick, 2 finger head which was nice and creamy and the coloring was an amber/roasted chestnut.The smell was kind of spicy with a floral undertone which actually was very true to the taste of the beer. When I took a sip I was very happy with the smoothness and the hoppy after taste (I love hops).

I am very much looking forward to having this beer again!

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Photo of bonbright7
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After not having a beer for a while, this was great way to return with pints from a fresh pin of Righteous Rye with a bunch of friends this evening in Rocky Point, NY. We were at Dek's American, which had a pin sitting on the bar, and we were drawing healthy pints for the crowd. This amber-gold ale really had an interesting taste that I felt was a vast improvement over the regular tap version. Bearing the marks of a Sixpoint ale with the floral hops in the aroma, there was a slight cream taste matched by the twang of the rye malt. It was easy to drink if one already knew to expect something different than what memory served about rye ales.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of sleazo
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly chestnut brown, good head and terrific lacing.

S-Slight twang comes out of the rye but the predominant smell here is the floral/piney hops.

T-More of the same as the smell. Very good very floral hop presence here which provides a great bitterness and this iteracts well with the malt. The malt is a little chocoaltey with its roasted qualities and the rye provides a great sour note as well.

M-Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

D-Yet another winner from sixpoint. This is one well balanced beer that provides a good hop fix.

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Photo of jameaterblues
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Tap at Rub BBQ on 23rd near 7th ave. Only $3 for what I think was a 12 oz cup(happy hour 2-6pm), but it might have been more.

A-Dark red amber color, with deep ruby highlights....1/4th inch white head with visible carbonation.
S- Spicy hops with a thick rich rye malt backbone, and a light sweet roundness.
T/M/D- More rye than I expected...I was kinda expecting a rye pale ale, but this thing has a big rye flavor, medium thick body and a big round fullness....spicy hops to balance the malts... Easy to drink, so easy I had two, Great stuff....Sixpoint so far has not disappointed me! Highly recommended.

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Photo of cbl2
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4/3/2007 $6.00 On tap at d.b.a. in NYC.


Pours a slightly hazy medium brown with orange highlights, topped by 1/4" of tight persisten white head.


Toasty caramel malts with floral herbal notes.


Smooth/creamy mouthfeel very reminiscent of a nut brown with muted sweet malts leading off alongside loads of cashew/peanut. Herbaceous grassiness appears towards midsip and lingers into the finish. Pleasant and easy to drink, an appealing though unassuming ale.

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Photo of jbsteiny
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite of Sixpoint's beers, found a cask of it at The Gate 3/30/07, and worked it dry with a few other folks. A solid beer through and through, though not the most "rye" of the rye ales (but then again, maybe the subtle hints of the grain are what makes it so well-balanced).

Poured into a chalice, reddish brown with next-to-no head (it's from a cask). Little carbonation. Smells enchanting: bitter hops, toasted caramel malts, spices, and rye. Tastes much the same: rich, toasty malts, and the sweetness is nicely complemented by a hop bite and the rye spice. Goes down very smooth for the ABV. Well done, boys. Well done.

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Photo of BBM
4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This Righteous Rye poured a dark amber/ruby color, clear, with an off white head that stuck around for most of the time. The aroma was leafy hops, rye spices, and a bit bready. Pleasant nose.

The taste was a real well-balanced and complex flavor of grass and oily leaf hops, caramel malt, and a dry, sour, yet completely enjoyable rye finish. This beer never hits you over the head with the rye flavor, but instead blends it in perfectly and appropriately. Mouthfeel is medium, with a full, clean finish. I had no idea the beer had such a high ABV, as the alcohol is masked very well.

This is my favorite Sixpoint ale, as well as my favorite rye beer. If you have the opportunity, this is a must-have. Very well done.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on-tap 02/17/07 at Park Slope Ale House in Brooklyn, NY.

Murky brown/mahogany color with a nice light brown head. Distinct rye aroma and flavor. Very malty and lightly sweet without being cloying. A very nicely balanced unique beer. Medium bodied and very smooth. Very sessionable.

A very nice Rye beer for a hard to find style ... seek this one out.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Sixpoint

Pours a nice cloudy brownish color, nice carbonation, nice two finger creamy tan head which last awhile, nice islands and sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is malty, slight hops, some rye, slight spices, and caramel. The taste is mostly malts and rye, slightly spicy, and a nice touch of caramel. I can taste the rye, but not a whole lot, just a difference from the malts/hops. The alcohol is hidden well. Light-Medium body, well balanced brew. Drinkable, a nice brew from Sixpoint.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought growler from Bierkraft. Served in pint glass.

A: Rusty smoked color, 1 inch off white head..

S: Caramelized hops, malty aroma.

T: Goes from sweet to malty to almost sour then to hops..

MF and D: Dry, but very drinkable. Nice carbonation. Full-bodied. Very pleasing experience.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to BA Sixpoint(Shane) for the trade...
Appears a semi-transparent, deep copper toned brown with a creamy beige head that slowly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of warmed cream, ginseng root, nuts, fresh bread, and spices with a touch of citrus hops.
Taste is of them mentioned aromas with some toffee, sweet yeast, freshly cracked grain, light cocoa, and bitter rye.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, bitter, and semi-dry in the finish from the rye addition.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 1/7/07 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a heavy lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very strong and consists of hops and caramelized malt, with a little bit of spice.

T: A strong and pale hops flavor dominates the taste. There’s some spice in there and a faint malt character in the background and very little sweetness. After-taste is spicy and bitter.

M: Very crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is very dry.

D: It’s tasty, but the taste didn’t really appeal to me, goes down OK, not too filling. To be perfectly honest, I really didn’t like it and had to force myself to finish the pint.

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was very well balanced with a nice oily hop and spicy rye aroma.

The taste was also very well balanced. An excellent spicy rye malt body was nicely complimented by a decent citrus and peppery hop element. No trace of alcohol flavor.

The mouthfeel was full and smooth.

Overall a very drinkable rye beer. Excellent, but not overpoweringly spicy. Good hidden ABV as well.

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Righteous Ale from Sixpoint Brewery
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