Righteous Ale | Sixpoint Brewery

Righteous AleRighteous Ale
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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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Photo of kmo1030
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a brownish amber with orange highlights. moderately sized pale khaki head.
the aroma is of a nice IPA. the hoppiness is citrusy and somewhat piney. carmel malt backs up the hops with touches of rye spice.
the taste contains a lot of spicy rye, sweet caramel and a more resinous pine than the aroma. i get a hint of vanilla and touches of anise weave in and out. something dried fruit like in there as well. the rye spiciness plays off of the hop bitterness to create a unique sensation that i can best sum up as coarseness.
the mouthfeel is medium in body slightly oily and tends towards higher carbonation.
overall a good showcase of what rye can do in a beer. very flavorful

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Clydesdale
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a somewhat murky bronze-amber color. The tall, amber-colored head has a very thick, frothy, and whipped texture. Retention is very good, and a lot of sticky lace adheres to the glass as the head fades.

S: Some mild caramel in the nose. A little toasty. A big dose of pine resin and citrus peel from the hops. Some fruity, spicy, and lightly alcoholic aromas are also present.

T: Lightly toasted malt flavor up front, with a bit of caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness is firm, with strong pine resin, white grapefruit, and citrus pith flavors. Bready and spicy flavors are also noticeable, as are some fruity esters. A bit of alcohol is detectable in the finish.

M: Rather full-bodied for the style and ABV. Carbonation is somewhat lighter than average, and smooth. Hop dryness grows into the finish, which is not especially clean. Alcohol is present, to a degree.

D: I like hoppy rye ales a lot, and this certainly fits the bill. Call it can cognitive dissonance, but it still feels a bit unusual to pour such an unrestrained ale from a can. A bit of a sipper, and not the most accessible from the style, but it's very nice nonetheless.

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Photo of mctizzz
2/5  rDev -49.5%

Photo of Steiner1
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After pouring my first one of these into a pint it changed everything. You cant go commercial ever again after having one or a whole four pack of these bad boys. This is the perfect ale and a standard that others should follow. I haven't had many rye ales but this beer will make you thirst for more. The look, the smell and the tast are exceptional. This beer is also drinkable, no your not going to drink ten of these but there is no need to anyways. After having one you will want another though and probably another after that and it has some kick to it too.

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Photo of Miamilice
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of muskiesman
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz tall boy can into nonic glass
Pours a clear mahogany brown with heavy two finger plus of off-white foamy head that leaves thick lacework throughout the drink
Smells herbal and spicy with a bite of floral hops and sweet malty dark bread
Taste is largely the same as the nose floral hops a little grassy and dark breads malts and sweet molasess
Mouth feel is very smooth medium body with a delicate bitter nearly sour in the finish dry and nice. Very well executed rye with that great bitter/almost sour finish.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Cresant
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 16 oz. can into a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. Best before: 21 JUN2012. The body was a lightly hazy honey color and the head was almost white. A thin cap remained throughout and left speckles of lace in the glass.

The smell was spicy and fruity. Bready and maybe a little wet dog. Fresh, leafy hops and some floral notes.

The taste was slightly husky and spicy. Caramel maltiness and an abundance of rye spiciness. Gentle bitterness in the finish. Semi dry.

The mouthfeel was smooth and a bit thinner than expected. Adequate carbonation and enough body. Sixpoint is new to my area but I am loving all that I have tried from them. I dig the packaging too. Thank you Sixpoint for dating your product!

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Photo of hoptualBrew
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint can thanks to gtreid! Dark copper in color @ 19 SRM and a light tan soapy head that laces the glass a good deal. Nose is all rye & spicy earthy hop aroma. Taste follows suit, approaching a soap-like hop presence & not enough sweet malt character for me. Mouth expands quite well but nearly metallic backend cloys at the tongue. Could shave this character off the brew & would be a lot better.

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Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rye usually makes aesthetic beer and Righteous Ale - with its deep but clear tawny color and shimmering complexion - is no exception. Most head quickly disappeared as if it were drawn by some heavy gravity back to the hole from which it escaped. It did, however, leave all shapes and sizes of minty white lacing.

Wash hands thoroughly after handling and don't touch your eyes - this beer is spicy stuff! Rye is a characteristically spicy grain, and while some of this zest can surely be attributed to it, I suspect it's a more than ample dosage of American hops responsible for bringing the heat. It's flowery, piny and citric - dry hoping may never have paid-off so much.

Kettle hops obviously played a part too. The flavor has a clipping, earthy, somewhat vegetal bitterness - like biting into the center of a grapefruit - and a matching aftertaste that clings on so tight that Saran wrap ought to take a few notes. A portion of these 57 IBUs is smoothed over by mellow, caramelly notes of pine and spruce resin.

Most all beer drinkers are probably accustomed to the soft sweetness that comes from malted barley and wheat. But rye produces a very different mouthfeel: this is sharp and dry like wild rice, also sharing with it that distinct earthy flavor often referred to as 'nutty'. In fact, this beer practically cries out for sauteed mushrooms and game meats.

Sixpoint's decision to start canning and distributing their beers may have been the best thing to happen to craft beer in 2011. Enjoying a pint of Righteous Ale is probably the best thing to happen to me today. I make no secret of my love for this Brooklyn brewery who seem to do good by just about any style of beer they put their minds to.

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

A surprisingly obvious and cool name for a rye. Kudos, Sixpoint.

Pours standard for a rye. Smells a bit better than standard--tart, bitter, zippy rye malt against more traditional caramel malt and a good kick of pine and citrus hops.

Tastes a bit more boilerplate than it smells. It's still good, don't get me wrong, but the balance doesn't quite come together as well. The rye is a bit more aggresive and blots out the interesting (and not all that typical) caramel nodes that made the aromatic malt profile so interesting. This is still backed up pretty well by the hoppy back end, though, and the long-lingering rye aftertaste is pretty kickass.

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Avantyawn
2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 ounce can poured into pint glass

A: Copper, pretty clear, small head, some lacing on glass.

S: Rye, some toasty notes, smells clean , safe, and a bit drab for a hoppy rye beer.

T: I had this on tap and it was great, this is very passe tasting. Not very fresh or lively. A very balanced tasting beer, barely any hop presence , although it claims 57 IBU. Very very bready tasting. Eh...

M: Nice slightly creamy mouthfeel. A slight rye zing.

O: What can I say, this beer is thoroughly boring tasting. It is clean tasting at least, with a pleasant flavor , but just boring. Needs much more of a hop injection and some more tang. i recall these characteristics on tap, but in the can not so much. I'd recommend trying this on tap for sure, but in the can...

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

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a nice dark honey color with a two-finger cream colored head that leaves spotty lacing. Quite a good-looking beer.

S: Grapefruity citric hops up front with some underlying spicy rye. Interesting and enticing.

T: Citrusy hops up front with a solid caramel malt body and plenty of spicy rye character. Bitter finish. A really interesting interpretation of the style that comes together nicely.

M: Medium-bodied with a wet mouthfeel. Well-carbonated and fits the style well.

D: This is a really interesting beer and very refreshing. The spiciness of the rye provides some nice balance for the hops. The bitterness restrains the drinkability to some extent, but overall it's definitely work trying.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of tyjaman
4/5  rDev +1%

Righteous Ale from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 80.1% out of 100 with 1,056 ratings
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