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 MbpBugeye
3.17/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy and ruddy, this beer is a dark rusted red. Finding purplish hues isn't a stretch of the imagination. Decent lacing from a short, sticky head.

This stuff smells like its loaded with rye. I can even get a certain level of rye sourness. The aroma is mostly spicy rye and mashed grains. It doesn't seem to be wildly hoppy, but there is a suitable level of pine and citrus.

The taste is just rather plain to me. Lots of rye, some caramelized sugars and toasted malts. Hops are toned back, allowing this beer to become quite grainy. The finish is spicy and leans towards bitter.

Medium body with average carbonation. The finish is dried out and spicy.

A decent beer, but my least favorite of the 3 Sixpoints I was able to sample. I don't really like rye very much, and this one is packed full of it.

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Photo of NickRivers
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A&S - Pours a deep and clear amber with tons of foamy head. Smells very sweet with a fresh hop aroma. Some breadiness to the nose along with that rye, and fruity aroma.

T&M - Hits sweet and sour, then explodes with tons of malt mostly empowered by the rye, nice bitter finish, but the aftertaste isn't dissatisfying. The mouthfeel is wonderful, carbonated just right for the style, nice medium body.

O - An amazing beer, I had no clue it was this good. I figured you know a good session brew, however it clearly presents itself as a session-able complex beer. Looking forward to Bengali Tiger. Stay thirsty my friends~! Thanks to Dan Diaz for the recommendation. Cheers from Cali brotha!

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice Rye ale, complex and pleasing.

Presentation: 16 oz can. Silver background and a modern design in red and orange typography with a broken layout, where they show name, branding, and a back narrative where they note intent, main characteristics, and preservation. Shows 57 IBUs, 19 SRM, and 8.3% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Amber-brown pour, towering frothy head, nice retention, with rich lacing.

S - Nice nose, sweet malt with a rye spicy hint pointing to a soft citric hoppy touch.

T - Mouth expands from that malt sweetness… hint of rye with the spicy touch as it emerges over longer and more complex bitter touch… soft grapefruit and pineapple under the grain bill.

M - Medium to medium-full body, small carbonation, creamy and very smooth with a nice retaining tingly finish in the palate. with a nice soft bitter finish.

O - Very nice and pleasing rye ale, I do have a weakness for well made rye ales and this is one of them.

Notes: First impression from Sixpoint and this feels like quality, and well worth of its reputation. Looking forward to trying more from them. Welcome to DC :)

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean amber-ish to brown color with an off white head. In the aroma, sweet malt, small grapefruit like hops and a small fruitiness. In the taste, small grapefruit like hops, dry graininess, with a small fruitiness all the way through. A small hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry ryeness and small grapefruit in the aftertaste. Nice mellow hops and a small rye presence, not too shabby!

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, who doesnt love a 16oz can, at fridge temp poured into a bulb style glass. best before 29SEP11 on the bottom of the can.

pours out a beautiful looking cloudy deep red, maghony color with a nice full 2 fingers of just slightly off white head that faded to some thick retention and nice lace.

the aroma is a mix of spicy, bready rye, grassy, lemon citrus hops, and some spicy yeasty phenols.

initially the first sip was very spicy and full of rye, the palate quickly adjusted. follows the aroma, spicy, bready, almost caramely rye with a grassy citrus hop and some yeast phenols. leaves quite a spicy sensation on your tongue after each sip.

medium bodied, good feeling carbonation. fairly bitter finish, a little bit of a muddy feel.

overall, this is a solid rye beer, the rye flavors are definatly right on, but i find this unmistakable yeastiness to the 3 sixpoint beers ive had including this one. not really offensive, almost tastes like some homebrews ive had. this is worth a try, but not sure if id ever buy again.

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Photo of tko741
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy in the middle and almost ruby. Around the edges it's golden honey and clearer, with lots of tiny, busy bubbles and decent lacing along the glass. The head dissipates quickly but holds an opaque wisp over the beer below.

Smells like a lot of dry, crispy rye. Saltine crackers, wheat, lemon, and peppery hops are all there too. Very inviting.

An explosion of the spicy rye hits you initially, along with the heavy carbonation; some characteristic sour notes come through as well, but they're very tame. Some roasty characteristics hit you, with an almost espresso-like bitterness making a very quiet appearance.

Notes: A solid rye ale. Doesn't make an attempt to hide its spicy ingredients, which makes it all the more tasty.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love 16oz. cans!!

Pours into the glass a deep brown with good clarity and 3 fingers of creamy foam on top that leaves spotty lacing all across the glass. Aromas start off with crisp, spicy rye malts along with some toffee and bready notes. Citric, grassy hops step in and grab hold nicely!

Crisp malts upfront with the spicy, deep rye accents that I really enjoy. Baked bread and a touch of toffee, it flows down with a smack of citric hoppy bitterness. Bit grassy as well. Finishes with rye and lingering hops. Tasty!

Mouthfeel is creamy with great carbonation. It goes down easy and each sip leaves me wanting more. A really solid hoppy rye ale that I'd love to drink more of! I can't wait to try more Sixpoint stuff. Thanks to smokeypeat for this.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: I Poured this beer from a 16oz. can into a 500ml beer stein. It came out a murky brown, the color of molasses, with a frothy ecru head that left a good deal of lacing.

S: One can most definitely detect the rye, with a sweet, almost melon-y malt backbone. Juicy, almost tropical fruit notes with some grain to fill it out. Complex and inviting.

T: This beer has a wealth of flavors going on, and their well-balanced enough to blend together well. Some stay hidden unless you look for them. Bready and malty on the tongue, with a melon side-flavor in the mouth, and a crisp, rye swallow. The after-taste has just enough bite to wipe most of the sweetness out of your mouth. This has very light hints of tropical Starburst in amongst the grainy, malty mid-section. Good character, and an intriguing flavor, especially as it warms.

M: A bit chewy, but overall light without being a pushover, and clingy at the end without being syrupy. A good balance.

O: There's lots to this beer, especially if you let it warm up a bit before drinking it straight down. A peculiar balance between fruit-cocktail-sweet and rye-bread bite. A treat, to say the least.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber with two fingers of white head. Nice retention and some sticky lace.

The aroma is full of grassy hops with a little bit of a citrus background. The aroma is slightly sweet in the aroma with a nice rye background and a little bit of spice. Good rye malt flavor and some citrus floral hops giving a bit of a bitter finish. Seems to have a little bit of an onion flavor to the finish.

The body is medium and the carbonation holds it up nicely. Overall a pretty tasty offering from these guys. Glad to have more rye beers locally.

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Photo of Burt
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

Dark amber with orange hues that is slightly hazy, off white head that dispersed quickly and leaves a little lace.

Picking up some citrus, yeastiness, spice and bubble gum.

Spiciness up front that turns floral hops and yeasty in the middle with a bitter and creamy finish.

What a great beer, best rye beer that I have had so far. Lots going on with this one in flavor. One of my new favorites for this year.

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Photo of ms11781
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 10NOV2011 on bottom of can. 16oz can poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a murky, dark amber, almost brown color with a nice, fluffy off white head that seems to have an almost orange tint to it at time. The head settles at about a half finger and stays put for the the duration leaving a creamy foam ring on the glass with each sip.

Huge spiciness from the rye along with a big hop presence right out of the gate in the nose. There are some citrusy hops but a good dose of pine stands out more. There really isn't much malt character to speak of.

The taste and the nose match up extremely closely. The hops stand out over the rye here but both are still very strong. The hops are citrusy and piny with an added spicy note from the rye. Not much in the way of malt, as with the nose. The hops provide a sticky, bitter finish.

Medium body with medium carbonation. There is a bitter finish that lingers a bit but nothing too overpowering.

Overall this is a great hoppy rye beer. I've had a few hop forward rye beers like this one (Hop Rod Rye, Founders Reds Rye, Cane and Ebel) but none showcase the rye and have it work as nicely along with the hops as this one does.

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Photo of Akahoshi
4.82/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer in a package from someone that I have done business with online. I love Sixpoint's cans! They look great. Now for the review.

A: Poured a dark brownish red color with a light fluffy off white/tan head. Pretty dark overall but the head looked like it was going to stick around for a while.

S: Smelled phenomenal! Lots of hops as well as some sort of spicy component. I'd say the smell was primarily hops, but there was a slight hint of a spice/rye.

T: Good amount of hops without being overly bitter. Definitely could taste that this was a rye ale. Kind of had a very light spice component which you might associate with rye ales, but that was more on the back end. On the forefront, it was all about the hops.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Pretty smooth, not a whole lot to say here.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. Super tasty and enjoyable. I'd recommend this to anyone that's not afraid of hops. The only thing I'm disappointed with is that I can't get it where I live.

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Photo of mikul93
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Murky reddish brown with a healthy 2 finger head. Nice lacing.

S Sweet malt, some sort of spices and hops.

T A nice blend of bitterness and sweetness. I can def taste the hops from the dry hopping and that breadie malt sweetness. Dry finish.

M Medium body with nice carbonation.

O Not bad of a beer. Pleasantly surprised with the hop presence. Nice subtle sweet malt flavor with a dry finish. Not bad at all.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. NIce quarter inch off-white head that leaves some nice sticky lacing. The color is amberish brown with a bit of haziness.

The aroma is a nice blend of rye malt and spicy kind of oniony hops. I personally love this strong zesty aroma.

The taste highlights the rye malt with a nice twang and finishes crisp with a dose of hops. This is pretty evenly balanced between malt and hops and seems to be something that could easily please a hop lover or a malty drinker.

This is light to light/medium and has average carbonation to bring out the aromas nicely.

I like this one, I might try to track down more cans for the camp!

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Photo of Shumania
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tallboy can poured into a harpoon strange.

a: dark amber, closer to brown color. Good head that lingers.

s: caramel malt, nice breadiness from the rye and slight citrus hops. It all blends together quite nicely.

t: this is more hop forward than i expected. There is a nice citrus kick that is rounded out with the rye.

m: For a rye, it is a little thin in the body. Just a little more body would knock this up and make it near perfect.

One of the better rye beers out there. The combination of the rye and citrus hops make this beer top notch.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks rich and creamy with dense lacing and a thick tan head composed of tiny bubbles. The beer appears to be a dark mahogany brown that doesn't change color much in the light, other than some blonde highlights.

Alcohol, rye, and some yeasty funk. The deep fruitiness from the yeast predominates, while the alcohol and rye provide some spice. There is a subtle sweetness, but it's generally overpowered until the beer starts to warm.
With some time smelling and pondering I am reminded of black peppercorn and a turmeric based curry powder blend.

Great body with lots of balance. As generic as than statement may be, this beer has a really nice sweet-bitter ratio and an aftertaste that leaves you completely satiated. Pungent dehydrated fruits and tobacco help to provide this sensation of concentrated sugar and bitterness.

Well carbonated, medium bodied beer with strong yeast and rye characteristics. A spicy sweetness followed by a generally bitter aftertaste. Although this is a beer with heavy flavors, it's definitely a food pairing candidate (I found it goes great with Mexican). My main complaint with this beer is that it's thinner than I had expected.

$10 for a 4 pack of pint cans is a pretty good deal. There is little to complain about with this beer when it provides generous flavor, is canned (preferred packaging), and is reasonably priced. I'm definitely a fan of the brewery and will advocate for their success by expanding their distribution through the BA barter system!


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Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz. can served in a Spiegelau nonic. Pours a deep caramel hue with a semi-hazy clarity and a half inch, creamy, loose, off-white head. Head eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap with thick swaths of lacing present during the tasting. Nose expresses rye, herbal aromas, citrus zest and some faint fruity esters. Taste is a bit on the acrid side - lots of bitter rind, more earthy rye and a trace of the light fruit suggested by the nose expresses itself towards the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a pleasant, crisp carbonation and a little bit of acidity. I haven't had too many rye beers, so can't really determine if this beer is to style or not - that said, my review is generally more to personal preference than style. As such, I generally found this beer to be decent, but not really my thing. The earthy bitterness is interesting, but quickly loses its appeal for me.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sixpoint Righteous Ale

On tap. Pours a deep amber in color. Aroma is hoppy, Malty, with a hint of rye grain. In the taste, citrusy hops, vegetation, rye graininess, a little fruity with a good deal of bitterness behind it. Hop forward with pine, citrus and herbal flavor. Rye spice is in the background. Caramel malts are there as well. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Overall, a decent beer, there is a lot going on in the flavor. Would try it again some time.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a murk brown with off-white head.

Wonderful aroma of pine, a little grapefruit, rye, and smoked salami.

Layers of flavor involve brown sugar, rye, spicy hops, as well as faint notes of beef, similar to the sense of smoked salami I got on the aroma.

Full body with some weight to it.

Terrific beer. I'll pick it up again. Layers of flavor work together well to make e highly enjoyable brew. I can see this going with with beef, or sitting by a bonfire.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rhettroactive and Mrs. Rhettroactive for bringing this back for me from their NYC wedding anniversary trip. Thanks, Rhett!

Poured into my Guinness pint glass:

A: Pours a deep, dark, cloudy copper. Almost brown towards the center until it radiates out into a tobacco sunburst of orange red. A half finger head quickly dissipates to the tiniest off-white sheen. Lacing coats the sides of the glass nicely. An interesting and tasty looking brew.

S: Wow, interesting. I'm getting some pineapple hops, sweet brown sugar, and licorice. Spicy rye and traces of lemon zest provide a pungent, sweet punch to this bad boy.

T: It's been awhile since I've ticked a rye ale, but this is definitely one of the sweeter versions I've had. Grassy hops and spicy rye wash over the palate while biscuity malt balances out the bitterness and ties it all together.

M: One of the few beers where carbonation is probably a bit too strong and covers up some of the wonderful and interesting flavors going on here. The flavors themselves are well-balanced, however.

O: Righteous Ale continues my streak of high scores for Sixpoint beers. It's a well crafted Rye beer which, much like Sixpoint's other offerings, really pushes the boundaries of the style. There's a lot going on here in the nose and on the palate. Slow down, sip, and savor. Well done.

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Photo of oline73
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy reddish amber color with two fingers of off white head that fade to a ring around the edge of the glass but leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Spicy from the rye along with a strong citrus hop presence. There is a mild sweetness in the background from the malt.

Taste: A citrus hop bitterness hits the tongue initially with a strong rye spice as well. There is a mild malt background with a spicy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly smooth carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed the hoppiness of this beer along with the rye spice. Solid balance and enjoyable. I would have another.

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Photo of tzieser
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 16oz can into a Duvel tulip.

a: maroon in color with a pretty thick haze to it. thick white head that settles very slowly into a thick lacing.

s: deep rye malt aroma with notes of grassy hops.

t: nice and malty yet balanced by a nice crisp hop character. a tad sweet at first, then a little spicy (signature rye character) with notes of tobacco. grassy hops add a nice character that compliments the rye nicely. this might be one of my favorite rye beers.

m: smooth mouthfeel.

wow. i didn't think i'd like this as much as i did. i guess my expectations were on the low side, thanks to most rye beers i've had in the past not really doing it for me. this beer makes me think better of the style. recommended.

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

Body is a deep mahogany crimson red with a large biillowing creamy of white head, fine speckled lacing left behind forms quite nicely. An enjoyable drinking experience just visually, if that makes any sense. Aroma is full of spicy earthy rye notes with a back end citric pine hop nose. Looks like this clocks in at 57 IBUs, did I mention I'm really enjoying the pounder can format. Flavor is quaffingly bitter full of hops and spicy rye notes this is an in your face hopped up rye ale, the only better counterparts I've had are from Founders Red's Rye and Brew Kettle Red Eye RyePA. Each sip tastes better and better especially if you like rye and bitter pine cone hops, a bit of citrus pith but really crushing spruce tip bitterness with just hops and rye interplaying pretty awesome. Just enough sweetness to make it drinkable but really a dry finish for most of each sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly resinous with some hop oils making it through in texture, carbonation is smooth and not overdone really a nice drinking rye. I'm kind of sad only four came in my variety pack. Overall to reiterate what I've already said, kick ass spicy rye ale hopped up with pseudo spurce tips aka dank hops.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So having had the cans of Bengali (quite good) and the Crisp (terrible), I decided against purchasing either of the other 2 currently out. I assumed (rightly so) that at some point I would come across someone willing to share a bit. Well that point is now..
A hazy orange glow emanates from my glass, the carbonation rises, then settles to a ring with a bit of dancing across the middle.
Aroma is malty, a little bit of rye spice.
Flavor is very similar, the can says 57 IBUs but it also says brewed and canned by Sixpoint, Brooklyn, NY. Decent bitterness here, but I wouldn't guess above 35-40. Hop flavor is a little spicy and floral, working well with the rye.
Overall, a little malty, but not bad at all. Wondering about the freshness of my can..I know you don't want to do it, Sixpoint, but you probably should.

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Photo of garuda
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep murky amber, thick white head that recedes to a thin layer of bubbles and laces well.

S/T - Citrus, orange hop aromas as soon as I crack the can. Taste then takes on a sourdough breadiness in the middle and finishes moderately bitter with a dry spiciness from the rye.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, goes down very smooth, finishes clean and dry.

O - Easily drinkable. Lots of smells and flavors going on, and it comes together quite well. I'd buy it again.

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Righteous Ale from Sixpoint Brewery
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,055 ratings.
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