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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Thanks Mikey for this extra. Pours a clear rusty orange with an off white head. Nose is bursting with hops and some really nice cracked grains, edgy, a la rye. A touch spicy and earthy. Fairly bitter on the palate, nice hop progression. Starts grainy, earthy, and bitter, ends long, hops focusing on tropical fruits and grapefruit rind. Very nice stuff, pleasant surprise pouring something so good out of a can.

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Photo of harrymel
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by: 27SEPT11

A: Copper brown ale with less than a single finger of peanut foam which falls slowly to a sheet of the same. Nice ring on sheet lacing. Limited clarity with red hues along the lightlines.

S: The rye seems pretty strong here. The hops are present, and remind me of hay, and grass. Hints of grapefruit. Malt profile is biscuity and sweet.

T: What strikes me first is the spicy-sour rye, which is well balanced with sweet malts and bitter, earthy hops. This is well balanced, and actually reminds me of a well done ESB. Has a herbal tone as well.

M: Creamy and medium bodied with lower carb. Appropriate for this beer. Finish is slightly creamy and slick with longevity.

O: Well done beer. I would prefer this on a fall evening where the air is cool and clammy, this would suit that setting well. With the malt bill on this, I think an imperial version would be quite appealing and have high cellar potential.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a ruddy amber with gold highlights and a thick tuft of creamy beige head. Spotty lacing all down the glass. Not too shabby.

Smell -- There is a hearty rye spicy note, along with grassy hops, clover, and pale malt sweetness. Pleasant, but I'm not bowled over.

Taste -- There's a nice amount of dry-hopping, culling up grasses and clover flowers. Pale bready malt and firm rye spiciness play off one another to add a layer beyond what would otherwise be a competent, albeit standard-issue, American Pale Ale. Lingering flavors of grassy hops, mild malt sweetness and rye spiciness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with crisp carbonation. Nice.

Overall -- This is a nice rye beer - taking a decent APA and elevating it with an actually detectable level of rye. Good stuff. If you like rye beers, I definitely recommend looking for this one.

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Photo of bpw28
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Tight two finger bone white head, Hazy copperish (can says 19 SRM), lacing is beyond amazing, light carb can be seen.

Smell: Big grapefruit, sweet, grains, red bell pepper, earthy, light floral, more citrus sorta blood orage like.

Taste: Grapefruit returns, big grain, yeasty, biscuit, nice light roast taste, sweet, good smoothness but full body, dry, spices, smoky?, just enough hoppy backbone, mandarian orange.

Final Thoguhts: Damn good. Buy this.

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

A - Pours a medium amber brown color with a one pinky creamy off white head. The head dies down to leave a light, frothy coating on the top and a rather thick, sticky ring around the sides of the glass.

S - Acidic, pungent, rye-like, leafy, vegetable-like in aroma, and somewhat vinous with a slightly spicy character - this is a very unique smelling beer. The color and the aroma don't seem to jive, I'm really confused!

T - Man, this is a weird one (in a good way). Definitely a Belgian character, yeasty, vinous, spicy, and the taste mimics the nose. The rye character dominates but not enough to wreck the beer and just enough to make it really interesting, Sixpoint dialed in the "just right" amount.

M - Thick medium body, velvet smooth on the tongue, very dry finish.

O - This was one of the toughest beers I've reviewed. It's a unique beer and very well brewed at that.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown and amber color, minimal head. Aroma was slightly rye, belgian yeastishness, bubblegummy.

Taste, wow, even more belgian with ample amount of rye, slight hopping. Plenty of bitterness. Equal parts east coast ipa and belgian ipa, but with a shitton of rye I would suspect. First impression was this was like 50% rye, but I'd temper my guess to 25% after successive tastings. Complimentary sweetness on the backend.

Definitely unique. Good to see another NY brewery on the map. Could get a lot of popular support in an area with a bunch of people, but low amount of breweries to divide their loyalties. The final frontier.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a DFH signature glass

A- pours a dark cherry red, with a one finger slightly offwhite head. Doesn't stink around for awhile, leaves some good lacing

S- man, I'm getting a lot of rye and lychee fruit. Very pungent, smells lovely.

T- very sweet from the lychee, with a slightly bitter finish. The rye is all up in there as well, creating a nice backbone for the beer. Excellent tasting

M- pretty thick. Not really offputting, though

O- this is an excellent beer. My new go-to in a can

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Photo of n2185
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark coppery brown with two fingers of off-white head that recedes into a thin ring with very little lacing.

S: Some caramel malts up front followed by a lot of sour rye aromas. Grassy and herbal hop aromas follow, which give an overall smell similar to cannabis.

T: Lots of hop presence here. Grapefruit rind, grass, and pine dominate the palate with an underlying sour rye flavor. The finish is warming and only slightly bitter, with a pleasant grapefruit aftertaste.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer could use a bit more carbonation.

O: Overall, a very good beer. I feel like more carbonation could have helped it in several categories, but the combination of the hops and rye smell and taste great.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before date of 9/11. Poured from a 16oz. can into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pour yields a 1.5 finger light cream colored head that collapses quickly. Beer is a semi-cloudy reddish-clay. Lacing is spotty and web-like with little cling. Not much of a looker here.

Nose is some piney hops and a touch of grassiness. Very subtle, almost undetectable.

Opens spicy with a piney hop bitterness. Some citrus notes in the middle along with dried leaves and bark. End is bittering hops and a touch of nuttiness. Finish is spicy with a bitter, filmy aftertaste. Refreshingly simple.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth but not heavy. Goes down easy. Finish is accented with a lingering aftertaste. This is what the style is all about.

This beer's score suffers a bit from the look and smell but its exceedingly tasty and well crafter overall. Very smooth and surprisingly easy to drink, a solid representation of the style overall.

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Photo of muttyd
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall flute-like glass. Thick off-white colored head sits on top of a brownish amber body.

One of the best smelling rye beers I have ever come across. Big dark rye bready malt aroma with fresh citrusy hops. The rye flavor persists through out the beer. Sweet malty backbone with a spicy rye character. The hops give this beer a pleasant citrusy sweetness and slight astringency. Well balanced sweetness, spice and bitterness. Well carbonated that leaves a sticky coating on the tongue.

Overall, a really great beer.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can from Premier in Buffalo. Pours a super hazed dark brown with hints of orange.

Nose is super floral, some citrus and pine, sweet bready malt. Flavor has some nice juicy citrus hop notes, orange segments and grapefruit, some pine and floral notes - neat hop character. Moderate to low levels of bitterness, bready malt with a hint of some spicy rye, hint of earth. Body is quite thin, not much there for the finish, little disappointed there. Drinks quite easy but nothing blows me away here. Nice aroma hopping but could use a little more malt complexity and balance.

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

16 ounce can, best by Sept. 29, 2011. Pours slightly hazy reddish brown color with a dense 2 finger off white head with great retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. Some decent lacing is left on the glass as well. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, spicy rye, pine, and citrus. A lot of interesting aromas going on here, great stuff. Taste of caramel, rye, chocolate, pine, bread, nuttiness, and some citrus. Mostly malty sweetness on the front with a decent amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers for a bit with caramel, chocolate, bread, and pine. Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. No alcohol noticed in the taste or finish. Decent amount of creaminess in the mouthfeel as well. Nice balance as well between sweetness and bitterness, with the sweetness being slightly stronger. Overall, an excellent rye ale, highly enjoyable and very drinkable stuff.

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Photo of bogus564
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounces, poured into a pint glass.

I've been waiting to have this since my friend Dave gave me this can last weekend. I've decided to pair it with some ribs and rice that I cooked for dinner. That said, here we go...

A: The color's interesting - caramel, slightly dark. Minimal head, which does not hold, wheat colored.

S: Truth be told, I'm sitting a foot and a half from the beer, and I can smell it. It's strong, but from something with which I'm not familiar; I'm thinking that it's rye, because it smells sort of like the last pastrami sandwich I ate.

T: Okay, it's hoppy, with citrus notes, those of grapefruit and orange. I can also taste some rye later on. This is pretty darn strong. Ooh - here comes the rye. Good beer.

M: Medium-bodied, well carbonated, citrus in the finish. I really do like this.

O: I must admit, I was wary of beers from a can (NASCAR Alert!), but I was impressed by this offering from Sixpoint. My dinner is done, so it's time to drink this bad boy down and get my grub on. Cheers!

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Photo of rodney45
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy red walnut color. Sea foam colored head that sticks around and laces a tapestry of thin laced silk on the glass.

S: Pine and grapefruit aroma with strong citrus and overwhelming hop smell. Smells like walking though an overripe (in a good way) strawberry field.

T: Its a hit of hops and citrus all at once, and all of a sudden. I can taste the rye as an afternote, but it feels more like a hint rather than a main selling point of this beer Malt character is there, and it balances well with the hop.

M: It was unexpected but this drinks like a DIPA rather than a rye beer. Nothing wrong with that.

O: This beer is a far stray from the traditional rye style, being a canned beer, with big hop taste. I like this trend of good canned beer. Keep it coming 6 point.

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

Lots of carbonation bubbles in a reddish-orange body. The head is tan and about a finger high. Very solid, almost none of it moves, it looks like one solid piece instead of a bunch of little bubbles. The lacing isn't great, but the retention sure is.

Righteous Ale has a ton of citrus in the aroma, and it is very pleasant. A good amount of malt comes also, with sweet malt and a little bit of spicy, seedy bread.

The flavor leads off with big citrus flavors, with a lot of orange and a bit of grapefruit. The hops also bring a moderate amount of bitterness with them. After the hops die down some (they never really go away), the middle of the beer has some sweetness from the malt. The little bit of caramel sweetness is really only a backbone for the beer, and along with it comes just a touch of fruity ale yeast. Next comes some seedy rye bread flavors, which are a little bit more powerful than the sweeter malt flavors, but still nothing to rival the hops. The finish has more bitterness that is a little stronger than the initial bitterness. The flavors are more grapefruit with a hint of pine than straight citrus. The aftertaste is great; it's my favorite part about this beer. Tons of juicy citrus followed by spicy bread that is nearly as strong.

Creamy body with moderate carbonation. Nice feel.

As nice as the hops in this one were, I think a little bit more rye might be an improvement, but not many beer people ask for less "less hops, more malt!" With that said, Righteous Ale impressed me. Sixpoint has always brewed some great beer, and I'm pretty pumped to have easy access to these cans.

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Photo of Naugros
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sixpoint distributing its four-packs of cans into NJ has been a Godsend. I've enjoyed all of them so far and this one is no exception. The dark ruddy amber and the cream-colored head that leaves excellent lacing makes for a great presentation. The smell and the taste are identical and the smack of pine coupled with the rye sour and spice make for a nicely crafted brew. Do not read that "sour" as the sour you get from lactobacillus...it's entirely different. So please no beer messages. The grains and the the hops are in great balance and the rye gives of a feel of the grain spirit, making this sometimes seem like it has more heat than it does. This beer can cut through even the spiciest of food and I've been enjoying it with a SPAM, rice and cheese concoction that I make with a bhut jolokia (ghost pepper) hot sauce. If it can stand up to all this grain, dairy and capsaicin then it can cut through anything.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a nice ruby copper color. It has a 2-finger off-white head on top. The head has pretty good retention and leaves behind some scattered lacing on the glass.

S - It has a nice big piney hop aroma to it. There is a nice rye smell as well as a bit of sweetness. This smells very appetizing.

T - There is a nice bit of rye spiciness right off the bat as well as some sweetness. There is a nice piney hop bite as well as a nice bit of earthiness. This is a really well balanced beer. The finish leaves some lingering hop bitterness behind, as well as some spiciness from the rye.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a bit of a slick feel to it. There is a nice hoppy bitterness to it and I found it to be quite refreshing.

D - There is good drinkability here. It goes down smooth and it is definitely a thirst quencher. This is a great beer to have on a hot summer day. One of my favorite rye beers so far. I recommend giving this one a try.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked up locally...

a - popped the can and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. poured a deep rich orange with a darker core than outside in the glass. generous portion of frothy white head.

s - wow...smells awesome. fresh sticky piny hops and rye. good amount of candied sweetness. smells really fresh.

t - balanced hops with fresh sweaty piny sweetness. the rye balances this one out really well giving it just a touch of earthiness.

m - thick and rich, but smooth and easy to drink. kind of has a fruit juice type of fullness and vibe. refreshing and filling.

o - i really like this beer. although none of their beers have been a disappointment, this and the crisp are beers that i can see myself regularly seeking out from the sixpoint line up.

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

16oz can purchased as part of a 4-pack at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" orangey beige head over the cloudy reddish brew. Pillowy head falls slowly but surely, with plenty of lasting lace. Aroma is spicy rye, exactly what I would expect.

Taste from the onset is also dominated by the spicy rye character. Goes a bit sweet in the middle, and is dueled with some prickly hops through the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Nice thirst-quencher for the summertime, and also an all-around good brew for anytime.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a pack of tallboy cans at De Cicco's in Ardsley. Served in a Hill Farmstead tall pint.

Pours a dark shade of amber-bronze with a thick and foamy off-white head. Lots of nice white lacing on the sides of the glass as it goes down. The nose brings some light resinous pine hops and a bit of a citrus character as well. Good rye spice and a bit of caramel and toasted bread. The flavor is nice and hoppy with a good balance between it and the malt. Reminds me of a hoppy amber with a bit of rye spice. Nice pine throughout. Great balance between semi-sweet malt, rye spice, and hops in the mouthfeel. Medium body and slightly chewy with a bitter finish. Very, very solid offering. Another impressive brew from Sixpoint.

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Photo of ixodus
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy coppery to red color with a finger thick white head that leaves ample lacing down the sides of the glass. A small white foam caps the beer for the entirety of the glass.

S: Citrus hop smell with spicy rye and dark bread in the background and a slight caramel sweetness. I'm really digging the nose on this one.

T: Bitter citrus hops intertwine with the rye very nicely at the front of the pallet, as it goes down you get a slight caramel sweetness followed by a lingering bitterness from the hops/rye. It's not completely hop forward though, the malt lends a nice background to this beer. It's not exactly balanced, more hop forward but it plays beautifully.

M: Light to medium with nice carbonation. I wish this beer was a little more full but then again the lightness is nice on a hot summer day.

O: Overall I'm very impressed with this beer. I went to the store and bought 4 different 4-Can packs and so far I've been impressed with each and every one. Sixpoint is a solid brewery and I cannot wait to try more brews by them.

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Photo of rudzud
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up from Julio's.

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a deep cola-esc crystal clear colour with a fizzy one finger offwhite head that quickly faded to leave minimal clouding and halo. No side lacing.

S - Fairly standard here. Nice rye and hop notes.

T - Similar to the nose. Really nice slightly spicey rye and hops with some light, sweet malts to round things off.

M - Really enjoyable mouthfeel here. Crisp and refreshing. Even with the lack of head and smell the feel makes me keep raising it to my lips and taking big swigs.

O - This is a rather enjoyable rye ale. Dont think the month or so I've had this in my fridge rally hindered things, but the overall lack of head and aroma knocks this beer back a bit for me.

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

Received in a recent trade, I had npt previously heard of Sixpoint before. I tried their Bengali Tiget the other night and it was quite nice.

A & S - Looks and smells pretty good. I don't even know what style this is as it doesn't really mention anything on the label. a DARK burnt orange color. Smells/looks like an IPA would be my guess. I suppose the tast will let me know.

T - Nothing at all jumps out at me. It's a nice solid tasting ale, slight hops, I wouldn't call it an IPA. It's quite nice. Good balance between hops and malts. Middle of the road (or well balanced as some may put it). Nothing stands out or is taken away from this draught.

M- Solid, fairly thick.

O- Nice to try, a little heavy but nice nonetheless. Y'know how it is, the craft beer geeks are always looking for something to really stand out and catch us off guard, this one does not do that but is a solid ale.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, best before Sept 29, 2011, courtesy of JoeBeerBelly.
Thanks Joe!

It pours a very hazy orange brown with a 1 finger head of foam and some good lacing. Typical attractive look that all the Sixpoint beers seem to have.

I smell rye, I smell hops, I smell..enough with the smell. On to the taste.

The rye is big and bold giving me a grainy and somewhat spicy taste. There's a goodly amount of hop bitterness to go along with the rye, some notes of pine and grapefruit, and they, the rye and hops, work very well together. Tasty, bold yet smooth. Nice.

Medium bodied with same for the carbonation, this has a fine mouthfeel and is pretty darned drinkable. Another classy brew from Sixpoint.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into a Lowenbrau mug (best before Sept 29, 2011). Thanks to Axic10 for the trade!

Righteous pours a deep, chestnut-brown hue with good clarity and carbonation. The khaki head is foamy, retains well, and leaves some sticky lace behind on the glass. Big aromas, but balanced between bold, grapefruit and pine notes from the hops and a hearty backing of toffee-nut candy-like malts. Rye adds a hint of bread crust and sharpness.

Oh wow, that's good. The subtlety of the rye in the aroma is more than made up for as the grains coat the palate with a hefty bite of spicy rye goodness. Hops do more than balance the malt, and coat the back of the tongue with bitter pine resin and tropical fruit flavors. A hint of medicinal-like, tangy booziness (despite the low ABV) is all that keeps Righteous Ale from a perfect 5.0 in the flavor department. Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp, with a well carbonated medium body. Overall, a fantastic Rye Beer...very much looking forward to the rest of the 4pack.

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Righteous Ale from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,058 ratings