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 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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Photo of chimaychimaynot
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Liberty Heights Tap Room, next door to the brewery:

Cloudy brown, with very little head - the end of the keg, I think.

Incredibly fresh, citrusy, spicy hops in the nose, lots of toasty notes, cocoa, and mocha.

Enters with citrusy, spicy notes, then rich layered toasty tones, notes of cocoa, spicy rye, with lingering spicy hops in a dry, spicy finish.

Medium bodied, firm. Overall, very very drinkable for the strength. A superb beer.

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

On tap @ TPH 5/24/06. Served in an oversized wine glass.

Sixpoint has done it again. This is a very tasty, and nicely drinkable beer. It smells of hops. The hop backbone is there in the taste, and the funky rye is a very nice compliment. It is a bit bready due to the ABV and the accompanying sweetness, but the alcohol is not overtly present.

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

On tap - came with a tight, creamy lacing atop a beutiful reddish orange body.

To the nose, very grainy and organic. Complex aromas - mainly young and fresh sweetness.

In the mouth, the malts and grains prevail. Very sophisticated - layers and layers of grainy sweetness, mixed with a spicy background. Very delicious. There seems to be a little hop character to keep things lively - but they are not featured heavily.

The body is full and satisfying. A huge taste all over the mouth. In the back, the finish is as dry and clean as the nose. Easily one of the most drinkable high alcohol beers you will find.

Musings: This beer is like cutting into a crusty loaf of artisnal bread - right out of the oven. So fresh and full of life. One of the most friendly brews you will find.

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Photo of rousee
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Very murky brown color. The top 1/2 of the glass has a darker tint still. Moderate amount of lace. Smell is woody and pine-like. Taste is sweet upfront but fairly balanced with a hoppy bite to the finish.The mouthfeel is excellent- a real-palate cleansing effervescence to it.This is another quite tasty offering from Sixpoint. Unfortunately, its just not extremely drinkable due to the fairly high abv and this style inherently is not real sessionable --even if it had a lower abv.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8.4, holy shit. they're serving this bad boy at the ginger man in 20oz imperial pints. sampled 12/10/05, great temperature too.

cloudy like a rainstorm with a reddish-brown glow in the bottom of the glass. murky and foreboding like the red sky before said storm. continents made of foam wisps lie still on the surface, hardcore walls of lacing take hold of the glass' inner sanctum. smells brilliantly of piney pine cone hoppiness and freshly baked pumpernickel bread.. not quite rye although a cracked pepper spiciness permeates my nasal cavity. bold is an understatement here for this strong aroma. once this beer enters my mouth, i can feel the hops, physically. super hoppy with a nice rye tang in the finish. licorice-like bitter spice and lemon rind abounds. crisp and crippling. malt really lays back as the botanical richness and peppery accents rule. robust yet extremely quaffable.. it's just delicious and rich without heaviness. aftertaste reminds me of grape-nuts and continues to perplex me. this beer is a crazy, funky, beer bomb. use with caution, but extremely effective and tasty overall.

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

On tap at the Publick House.

I really enjoyed this beer. Frothy, cavernous off white head, easily agitated back. Strong body. Smelled of rye, spice, and hay. Taste was a great combo of rich malt, spicy prickly rye, and this barnyard sort of grain funk. Beautiful balance, complex flavors, highly drinkable, very quenching. Full bodied with a little tickle. Leaves the palate dry wanting more. Everything about this beer left me wanting more. A rockin and unique brew. Dont pass up on this one.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. unlabled bottle (Courtesy of Shane) into a Spaten Stange the beer was a medium brown color with a rich three finger frothy dark tan head. Noticable carbonation could be seen streaming up the sides of the glass. A few yeast particals dripped in the pour and setteled to the bottom of the glass. Some spotty lacing throughout the sample and the head retained at about a half finger for the length of the sample.

The smell was very hoppy at first with a distinct bitterness to the nose. Slightly sweeter malty and caramel aromas followed and a slight hint of grain as well.

The taste innitially has a mild hop assertiveness that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Softer and sweet caramel and malt flavors balance the innitial hop character quite well. Some grain and rye come thru the taste near the end of each sip, but the mild innitial hoppiness kicks in stronger toward the back of the tounge with each sip. The finish is smooth, crisp, and carbonated. The 8.4% ABV goes undetected.

A medium body with ample carbonation.

An enjoyable beer that drinks well and has all of the flavors nicely balanced. The malt and hop balance is quite well done with each inntial bitter sip balanced by a semi-sweet maltiness. Well done.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy and dense looking coppery color. Big foamy head on top of this beer. Nose was slightly rye but it struck me as more hoppier. The flavor was also less rye than I thought there would be with a nice kick of hops. However, between the hops and the rye there was a nice bitterness to this beer. Little bits of lighter fruit want and try to break through--but they are no more than hints. Slightly dry finish and fairly oily feel.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I like rye beers a lot, and they seem to be few and far between so I tend to seek them out when I see them on the menu. Had this on tap at the Sunset the other day, and it blew me away. Poured in a tulip, this American brew really has a Belgian vibe about it, which is odd given the style. Nice murky russet color, and an excellent foamy head that sticks around and leaves some rings of lacing. This is an awesomely complex beer. Super spicy, full of rye character and peppery notes. Also some sweet cinnamon and nutmeg, or maybe even clove. I never thought I'd say this about any beer but I was sort of reminded of a Fantome saison because of the sweet/spicy characteristics. A lot like the spicing in their Hiver or Printemps or something. Excellent. Also, it's got a really bitter hop kick towards the end with a great bone dry, yet somehow smooth and creamy mouthfeel. I'm definately getting this again, and highly recommend it.

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

This "righteous rye" beer poured a cloudy, coffee brown color with white foam that settled. The smell was lightly malty with a hint of sourness. The taste was malty with a lightly sour, citrusy flavor, together with an underlying, very light sweetness. There was good rye maltiness in this beer. The mouthfeel was dry overall with medium body and medium carbonation. The aftertaste and feel were dry. This was a good rye beer, and the alcohol content was well hidden.

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Righteous Ale from Sixpoint Brewery
4 out of 5 based on 1,054 ratings.
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