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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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of sulldaddy
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a pounder can with my brother.
Poured at room temp into a snifter. The beer pours a clear chestnut hue with sparse beige head forming a fizzy surface wisping with very clingy edge layer that forms tight lattice on each sip.
Aroma is grainy malt with some caramel and a little dark fruit like plums. I also get a bit of grassy hop hits but in the background.
First sip reveals average body and very fine gentle carbonation. Flavor is caramel and grainy malt with a bit of herbal and grassy hops mixing. The hops reappear on each burp but are primarily in the background during the drinking.
Very easy to drink brew with no hint of the ABV. Well crafted and balanced, I would drink these regularly if I had em in the fridge.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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

Poured from a 473ml can into a 330ml Corsendonk tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy mahogany color with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind a thick ring of lace.

Smell: Rye and citrus are dominant, with a biscuity, slightly sweet malt backing.

Taste: Begins sort of woody, rounding out to sweet malt with a touch of citrus before finishing with a very strong rye flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with balanced carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is one of the better rye beers out there. Definitely worth a try.

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3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of bum732
3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

S: Similar hop profile to their other beers. Slightly spicy, ripe melon, bright tangerine, slight lemongrass.

L: Fairly clear light brown, off-white head that dissipates slightly. Good lacing.

T: Spicy malt with a hoppy undercurrent. Medium low bitterness (spicy) leading to additional hop flavor and pronounced dryness. Quite spicy in the finish, white pepper mostly.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation.

Again, same hop profile or yeast of all their other beers. Completely overpowers everything else. Very mediocre.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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

Thanks to cosmicevan for this one.

A: 1/8" cream coloured head over thick muddy light brown liquid.

S: Honey, rich malt and some citrus.

T: Citrus, earthy and some pine hops up front which transitions to a rich malty middle and a crisp and refreshing finish with a pleasant aftertaste that is reminiscent of apricots.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: A very pleasant drinker, and my first rye beer. Only the second beer I have had from this brewery, I have yet to be disappointed.

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3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ben for this beer.

Beer can claims "Beer is Culture".

Poured from a 16 oz can into a standard pint glass. The appearance is of brown and root-beer colors, a few hues of dark red and darker purple. Mild carbonation, forms a very weak head that settles into a thin white layer of foam. Almost no lacing.

There is a faint smell of hops and grain. Nothing too special or standout here.

Taste is similar to the smell - very grainy, lot of bread-y notes. No sweetness to this. Very bland with moderate bitterness. The carbonation adds to the crispness, and mellows out the blandness, but I still have a stiff bitterness on the tongue.

Not very impressed with this rye beer. Would not drink this again.

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2.96/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 16oz can into a Duvel tulip. Enjoy by 01Dec2011 on bottom of can. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.60.

A: Dirty brown rye-ish hue with 1-2 fingers of off-white tightly bubble head with decent retention and sheets of lacing.

S: Similar biscuity, smoked meaty aroma of most of Sixpoint's beers with a spicy rye note and pretty heavy piney hops component.

T: This beer tastes just like all of Sixpoint's ales -- honey-glazed meaty flavor from too much biscuity malt. The rye component is nonexistent. The flavor is not terrible but doesn't taste any different than Sixpoint's ales (Crisp lager is a big difference).

M: Pretty creamy overall with even carbonation.

O: I am going to skip the Sixpoint line except for the exceptional Crisp lager. Their ales all have an over-biscuited, sweet meaty malt profile that drowns out all other flavors. It just doesn't agree with me, and I have tried their whole lineup now.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of CharlieMurphy
2.96/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Dark Dark brown amber. Fat fluffy off white 1" head.

S: Not what I was expecting - pretty hoppy. There's an equally significant aroma of freshly rotting fruit, like old orange peels, which I guess is the rye.

T: Meh. Pretty bland overall, despite a few different flavors begging for approval. A little sweetness reminiscent of candied apricots lingers on the finish.

M: Fairly creamy, thick, and smooth. A little quench from the hops and rye.

O: Not my cup of beer.

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3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep orange color with a thin white head. Rye nose is massive. Really nice rye nose actually. Very spicy and actually tastes like youre drinking rye bread. Slight sweetness but for the most part all rye flavor. Finishes with piney hops. I really like that the rye is the show case of the beer but its not exactly a fantastic thing. One of the driest beers I've ever had.

Id drink it again though

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

Shout out to Cuzco for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into my trusty generic tulip with a ruddy mahogany/brown color. About a finger of off white, tan head is achieved with a lively pour that dissipates at a moderate pace but leaves some nice chunky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Heavy rye, slight hops, white pepper, caramel, and brown sugar.

Taste – Tastes just like the nose would lead one to believe. A blast of rye mixed with piney hops. Just a bit of grapefruit rind citrus comes through midway which is gone almost immediately due to the white pepper/spicy notes (coming back from the rye no doubt). Finishes with just a hint of caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – A solid, quaffable rye beer. Glad I have another can to drink.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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