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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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Photo of WMEugene
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep and cloudy reddish brown color with a thick head and great lacing.

S - Hops and rye along with caramel and toffee notes.

T - I really picked up on the hop flavors (a little more piny than citrus) combined with the rye flavors. A nice caramel malt background. A bit bready.

M - Medium bodied, fair carbonation. Nice aftertaste.

O - The Righteous Ale is a tasty brew. I enjoyed the mix of rye and hop flavors and would definitely enjoy another tall boy can for the win!

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint can into a tall-tulip Brooklyn Brewery glass.

A: Murky, dark amber color with plenty of carbonation that forms a creamy, dense, two-finger head of foam that persists for a great while, leaving clean lacing.

S: Beautiful aroma of roasted caramel and zesty, fruity ale aromas. An herbal spiciness rises with the caraway seed, tangerine and minty banana bubblegum fruitiness.

T: Clean, clear and crisp malt sweetness up front with a huge, fruity malt profile presented initially. Around mid-palate, the sweetness breaks and an acidic, near tart grain husk and bitterness sets in, revealing an almost smoky, meaty center that washes down to a very smooth, satisfying finish with lingering smoke and herbal bitterness.

M: Initially creamy, then chewy, bitter, acidic, crisp and refreshing smoky finish. What a beer!

O: I was really surprised and impressed by Sixpoint Righteous. I'm used to Rye IPA variants, but this is a different animal. The acidity, smoky, fruity and toasted sweetness of the rye shines through a complex and slightly boozy 6.4% ABV. Glad I rolled the dice on this 4-pk.

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Photo of thain709
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - The body was a hazy copper and my poured produced a one finger, off white head...it fell to a thin, patchy cap and left some lacing

S - There are hints of spicy rye and spicy hops...some pleasant toffee/caramel notes as well

T - The hops are actually in the background in this one...they are lingering underneath all of the spicy rye that is showing off...the rye and hops are bringing some green, earthy notes...throughout the whole beer there is a balancing malt bill that is giving off caramel and toffee flavors

M - Medium bodied...smooth and spicy...but there is a huge metallic finish that I can't get past

O - This was a very enjoyable Rye beer...the spice levels of both the hops and the rye were able to play off of each other and the complimenting malt bill was a nice addition...I just wasn't a fan of the finish

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Photo of musicforairports
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can best by Nov. 11. Reviewed Nov. 6.

Dark amber/ruby, Very cloudy. Head doesn't last long, minor lacing.

Smells like high-quality rye bread, pretty much. Bit of an off-putting nail-polish remover note. I don't really get any other beer aromas.

Flavor is full of spicy, dark bread notes. The finish is bitter in a spicy rye sort of way. Little in the way of hops (this can is nearing its date) and the flavor is pretty much all rye.

Medium mouthfeel, with an adequate level of carbonation that reminds me of homebrew-style carbonation. That's not really a bad thing.

I've never had a beer with this much rye. It sure rules the show. I've enjoyed Sixpoint on draft several times, but have yet to be impressed with one of their cans.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy bronze color, with a tanish, yellow head.

Aroma is slightly spicy and bready, with a hint of citrus hops.

Nice big dark bread taste, with some noticeable rye zing/spiciness. Slight herbal, grassy hop note and bitterness.

Bit creamy on the feel, clean finish, medium bottle.

Rye beers are hit or miss for me, and this is a hit. Nicely done.

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Photo of Morey
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can with "Best Before 01DEC2011" stamped on the bottom of the can.

This beer pours an extremely hazy reddish-brown with two fingers of fluffy off-white foam that has plenty of stick. Head still hanging around after 5 or 6 minutes and there is lacing everywhere! This one's a looker.

Definitely picking up some spicy rye in the aroma. Also getting some fresh and sticky hops. Some earthy notes as well, and maybe just a hint of a metallic smell.

I get the malt body up front, but the spicy hop-rye combo is quick to follow. Not too much carbonation to speak of. Has more of a cask ale or home brew feel to it. Smooth finish with some lingering spice and bitterness.

Medium bodied mouthfeel. Low carbonation making for a smooth texture on the palate.

A nice rye ale overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: I pulled some strings to help bring Sixpoint into the area, and I'm glad that I did. A good fall beer for sure. I thought that I was getting a bit of a metallic taste on my first sip, but the more I drink, the less I notice it.

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Photo of LaCoursiere
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to trxxpaxxs for this one. Best before date 09/26/11. Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip glass. This is my first time reviewing the style.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy brown with orange hues. It formed a one finger head that dissipated within a minute. Little head retention or lacing.

S - Nice full grainy malt aroma that is backed by notes of yeast, citrus and hay.

T - Winner! great malt flavor up front with distinct rye bite. There is a bit of lemony citrus in the middle that fades to mild pine hop finish. The pleasant bitterness in the finish fades slowly. Very little in way of sweetness.

M - Smooth and medium-bodied on the way in that blooms slowly to light carbonation that pairs well with the flavor profile.

O/D - This is one the better rye beers that I have had. I really enjoyed it. If you're looking for lots of bready malt and balanced hops with little sweetness this one is the ticket. I will seek this one out if I'm ever near NY.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany color with an inch of head. Very little lacing. Aromas of malts, bread and some citrus/orange peel. Taste is of grains and malts with a good amount of hop flavor. Orange peel at the end with some bitterness. Good balance of malt, grains and hops. Very drinkable and one of the better Rye beers I've had in a long time. Sixpoint has impressed me yet again. Overall, its certainly worth seeking out.

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Photo of biga7346
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Huge coned head with great lacing, the beer looks firm with a crimson like hue.

N: Candi sugar, some hop citrus along with rye bread, biscuit, carraway seed and rock salt, black licorice. A really intriguing smell. When I first picked it up I thought Belgian dubbel right away and it made sense to me when I found out it was rye ale. As the beer warms I get more grassy, earthy hops, more spices, potpourri, pumpkin spice.

T/M: Crisp candy like flavors, rock candy, saltwater taffy; great biscuit breadiness in the finish, chocolate muffin, shortbread and more of that black licorice sticks around on the palate. The beer is thin, at 6.3 abv a very sessionable ale and I bet this is really something fresh on draft.

D: Pretty darned good, like I stated above very sessionable - pints to pass all night.

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Photo of HotHands
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can, of course.

A - pours a dark, almost opaque amber with a nice bubbly tannish head. Very attractive lace patterns on the glass. Tannish foam on the surface won't go away. Great looking beer.

S - Smells kinda like rye and malt with some fruity hops.

T - Toasted rye bread; caramel and toffee flavors are also present with a sweetness that works well here. Enough hops to balance it out, but it's not a particularly hoppy beer, and the hops let the rye be the star.

M - not too much body, but that makes it more refreshing. Carbonation is fine.

Overall - a solid rye beer that's a nice change of pace. I would like to see more rye beers overall because they certainly have potential.

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Photo of Chaney
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap over at the Whole Foods in Fair Lakes.

Served in a shaped pint glass.

A: Cloudy, caramel color, with a dark chewy center and lighter around the edges. The head was a peppery brown one that retained itself throughout the session.

S: The hoppy brightness of Bengali Tiger is muted slightly by the rye, cracker-like quality, but other than that, it had much in common with that one.

T: Grapefruit sizzle on the front end, and rye mothball on the finish. That's was kinda cool! The rye made this one much more accessible to the novice hop beer skeptic.

M: The bitterness didn't linger much at all, and the sweetness was only there in an organic way. The ridiculous lacing left white, foamy spirals on the glass one the liquid had been siphoned.

O: For hop heads who are looking for a slightly off-kilter IPA, this Bud's for you!

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

A dark amber, very cloudy beer with a 1/4 inch creamy off-white head. Tons of sticky lace. Strongly hoppy aroma with nice tropical fruit notes and a lesser spice and rye component.

Flavor is dominated by bitter hops, with the rye squarely in the background. There's a nice, round malt aspect to the taste as well. Finish is complex, with bitterness again in front but more subtle notes, as well as some alcohol, noticed. The metallic taste of many rye beers is nearly imperceptible.

The mouthfeel of this beer is really nice: creamy, with modest carbonation, and slightly sticky.

I really liked this although I felt the hops were a bit too assertive and bitter and the rye flavor was somewhat overwhelmed.

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Photo of jgreenearrow
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours a hazy chestnut color with lighter shades around the edges. A thick light tan head formed at the top of the pour with tons of webbed lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: The rye spice really come through in the nose with a slight sweetness of cane sugar and some citrus and floral hops.

T: Wow, this beer packs a load of delicious rye spice throughout the sip.There is a slight sugary sweetness at the beginning transitioning into a prominent rye middle. The finish is of bitter citrus, pine, and floral hops.

M: This is a medium bodied beer that leans slightly toward the light side. Carbonation is perfectly balance with the thickness of the beer.

Overall, this is an excellent rye beer. The rye really comes through in the flavor profile, but it is well balance by the hop presence.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy rust/tan body, finger white head, fine lacing

S: caramel/toffee, rye, malt, fresh citrus
(lemon zest or orange peel)

T: caramel/toffee, smooth rye malt, slow bitter crisp finish

M: med. body, smooth, mild crisp mouth

O: Sixpoint has AGAIN, pleased my palate
and provides a balanced, delicious beer
without being overpowering. Would
get again and recommend to others.


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Photo of beerthulhu
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep burgundy color has a 2 finger foamy beige capping that sticks around as well on the glass. Inside a feverish effervesce is lively with a dense showering. Head retention is very good, leaving a thick spongy band encompassing the glass with a good rate of coverage.

S: The nose was fresh wet citrus, upon warming lightly toasted pine, strong at first pour it does fade a bit. At the trail end was a faint show of dry burbon raisins.

T: The flavor was light watery burbon, dry raisins, bread crust with some peppercorns. Spicy fennel and fresh citrus are well noted. Nice blend of flavor and complexity, Dry burbon finish, woodsy toasted pine, dry raisiny caramel notes, wow let this warm up a bit to truly release and appreciate its flavor. All the makings of a great rye, but don’t tell anyone its from a can.

M: Medium bodied, malty and bubbly. Dry burbon and woodsy lacing left behind on the tongue.

O: Smooth drinkability, the rye grains really makes this distinct. Crisp, dry, with just the right amount of alcohol warmth. Refined, six pack worthy and a solid example that defies the myth about can packaged beers. Righteous by style.

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

Not going to go with a formal review on this one. But this is an excellent Rye beer. Rates up there with the best of its kind. Very drinkable, very tasty for sure. Only down side if the best buy date is on the can, this is good. Except that the can is in a closed package so you don't know the date until you get it home! Not sure why they would do it like this, but I understand they will put date on outside of package soon. Mine had a best by date of 10/18/2011, so I am just under the wire with this one.

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

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip pint.

A: Pours a reddish-orange (very autumny) with two fingers of off-white, sticky head,

S: Nice presence of herbal hops and citrus. Rye is actually apparent in the nose, which is a rarity for hoppy ryes.

T: Rye! Yeah, its actually there! Hops follow the nose and provide a nice bitterness, malt lends some caramel and smoke, but the RYE is spicy and unashamed.

D: Goes down crisp and smooth, but has a nice little bite and some yeast in the finish.

Overall: This is a toppers rye beer that actually uses the grain instead of hiding it in hops. I also like the fact that this beer can be enjoyed year-round. In my opinion, it is the best colder-weather beer of the Sixpoint flagship lineup. 1 for 1 Sixpoint. good stuff!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmpizzo for sending me this one!

Pours a murky iced tea color with a huge 3 inch foamy light tan head that only slightly settles to a craggy cap. Random swaths of lace form on the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of rye bread and some earthy/pine/citrus zest hops. A very pleasant and rich aroma on this one. Taste is of malt, rye spice flavors, and some herbal/citrus zest hops. Very mild bitterness quickly fades from the palate. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good rye beer from Sixpoint with some nice rye aromas and flavors.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnished amber colour, quite orangey. Head is jaundiced beige, no real retention, just a cloud on the top with some trails of lace that do stick around. Yeah, not bad at all, except for the head retention.

Smell is fairly fruity, kind of fresh with a distinct lemon citrus aroma and a metallic tinge as well. A bit empty, lacking malt mainly and it's most just light tart/hop notes.

Taste is better but still lacks body and substance on the palate. Grainy upfront with mild bready notes, touch of barley, rye and caramel that develops into lemony tart notes. Mildly 'off' with organic notes that are quite bitter but not completely full, and borders on metallic at the back. Slight chemical edge to all of it, and ultimately just lacking a bit.

Thin, watery feel, but smooth, without dryness. Could use more body.

Yeah, not huge on this, but some borderline enjoyable flavours.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip on 9/13/11

Best before September 29, 2011

Thanks to MbpBugeye

Oozes out of the can in a bizarre fashion; caramel colored. In the glass it's a murky, dirty brown with touches of orange. Akin to pond water? Check. One finger head dissipates slowly. A thinner layer of foam holds consistently. Good amount of lace.

The hop aromas smell similar to Bengali Tiger - lots of fresh, green pine; quite resinous. The rye comes across as toasted bread; it adds a dry quality and spice that sits comfortably with the hops. Simple and straightforward but I think it smells pretty good.

Piney hops lead off each sip with a sharper kick up front that tapers off into a lingering bitterness. There are some citric undertones and hints of dark fruits, the latter of which manifest as kind of juicy. The rye seems reasonably calm for the most part; only a mild spice is apparent. The finish is where the rye comes into view, offering bread, cracker and grainy notes.

The feel leans toward the lighter side of medium. Moderate carbonation rounds out the body and facilitates a pleasant drinking experience. Finishes pretty dry, too.

Righteous Ale is a simple take on a hoppy beer with a rye twist; it's right up my alley. I don't know when it was canned, but considering how close it's getting to the best by date, I'm all the more impressed with how hoppy it is. I'd chose this over Bengali Tiger any day.

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Photo of Hoops4life511
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into oversized wine glass, best by 11-24-11.

Appearance - Murky copper with a 1/4" off white head from a moderate pour that fell quickly to a cap. Some sticky lacing throughout. Not overly attractive, but won't keep me from enjoying the taste.

Smell - Bready slightly funky peppery rye smells. Pleasant and rye forward.

Taste/Mouth - Dry and spicy rye with moderate hop character. Very earthy and full flavored. Bready character that was found in the nose is also very pleasant. Medium body and great carbonation make this an easy drinker.

Overall - Very tasty, but not a looker. Extra credit for being canned instead of bottled. Won't turn it down and will pick it up for outdoor activities. Overall, I'll say a solid very good.

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Photo of theBubba
2.86/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber, with a nice frothy head of multi sized bubbles, nice retention, with good lacing. A pretty pour.

Smell was of hops and rye and a bit of herbs. Smelled kinda like the old Ballantine ale of the 60's. Probably nice if you're into nostalgia or that particular hoppiness. I'm not.

Taste was mostly of bitter hops with a touch of citrus (grapefruit?) and grass.

Mouthfeel was pretty good as expected from the pour.

Overall I did not enjoy this ale and most likely would never drink it again. Unless maybe I was at a wedding and that was the sole imbibement. Even then, one would be enough. 15 minutes into this review the bitterness still hangs on my palate. However I recognize that this is a craft ale, unlike big beer crap. So if you're into a hoppy ale with some nice characteristics, by all means go for it.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sidebordz hooked me up with a great Sixpoint variety pack in his first BA trade. Can stamped best by 11/24/11 on the bottom. Thanks again Blake for the great trade!

Poured a slightly hazy, copper with a well-formed light tan head that's slowly retreating down the glass while leaving some lace behind.

Aroma of spice, caramel, fruity esters, and some herbal hop notes.

Spicy forward, salted crackers in the middle, and a delightful sweeter caramel in the back. Lingering, medium-dry finish. Moderate level of bitterness offset with a shapely malt backbone.

Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated.

There's just something about drinking craft beer from a can that I truly enjoy and hence my ongoing search for well-made beers packaged in this format. Sixpoint's lineup has intrigued me for sometime so it's great to get my hands on some.

Righteous is a spicy, malty ale with some hints at caramel sweetness, a pleasant finish, and enough character and balance to retain a great level of drinkability. I'll be enjoying the rest of this 4 pack, one can at a time. Cheers!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Whole Foods Tribeca in NYC, brought back to Sydney to share with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a pretty thick reddish amber colour, with a fine cream of off-white interspersed with large clusters of bigger bubbles. Fine lace graces the sides of the glass. Carbonation is refined and streaming. Looks pretty good.

Nose is wonderful. Plenty of slightly spicy rye sourdough character, with lashings of bright American hops to give it a cleansing green bite. Fresh, but complex and just a little different. Lovely.

Taste is a lot more subdued, but here the light and thin rye character gets more of the spotlight, with a subtle raw organic character and a touch of sourness. This is balanced on a solid bready malt base and cleaned up with a dash of hop bitterness on the finish. Feel is a bit too light, I feel)it has all these lovely heavy malt and hop characters, but not a lot of foundation on which to base them.

A very drinkable and flavoursome brew, nonetheless. I really enjoy the prominent rye characters, which make it different enough to be recognisable, while the rest of the recipe is tempered to make it approachable and drinkable.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review, this is the #8 Rye beer on the beeradvocate best of lists. Beer is on draft, served in a small snifter.

Beer is brown with a nice off white / tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, mild carbonation.

The aroma is piny with hints of citrus and some malt in there.

Beer is medium in body and a really decent little pale ale. I enjoy it thoroughly. Not too malty, the rye comes through some, could be more showcased, and the finish is nice with mild to moderate bitterness, I'd have it again.

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Righteous Ale from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,057 ratings
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