ads135 (2340) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 16, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great rye from an increasingly good brewery. Perhaps their best offering that Iíve had. The rye is spicy, very peppery, and there is a nice hop body to accentuate it.
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
In Tap. At the Bridgeview. Sleepy Hollow NY! What a nice roasty deep dark taste! Yumm. Lots of spicie goodness for a Rye ale. Try to find it!
DalzAle (1843) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can. Clear medium brown pour and a slowly dissipating head which left some nice lacing. Aroma is also really nice, very peppery/spicy hop nose. Flavor is light on malt, heavy on the rye which seemed to make it seem very dry while drinking the entire pint. Flavor was also nicely balanced with some nice hot hops which lingered long after the beer was swallowed. These Sixpoint cans are pretty solid, I need to get some more of these.
robgibbens (370) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours from a can a very dark brown with a nice little head with some lacing. Caramel on the nose. Taste is bitter with hops and maybe a little sourness and astringency in there. The beer feels chewy with a medium body and finishes nice with a little aftertaste. Quite tasty.
Chad9976 (1019) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sixpoint is known for making beers that are hard to classify and Righteous Ale is no exception. Billed as a rye beer with a lot of hops, itís probably best described as a Rye IPA. But that isnít even completely accurate since most beers of the sort tend to be very dry, overly bitter, and lightly malty. This beer is juicy, sweet, and resiny from tons of hops, but with a distinct rye bite.
I poured a 16oz can into a nonic pint glass.
Appearance: Hazy brown proper with a slight shade of maroon. Forms a large, white, creamy head which laces and retains wonderfully.
Smell: Very resiny hops with hints of citrus syrup and a pleasant astringency of what beer nerds refer to as "cat piss" (Simcoe hops tend to impart this scent, but Iím not sure what hops are in this beer). Thereís also a distinct rye presence, although light - like rye bread from across the room.
Taste: The palate begins somewhat mild biscuity malt dryness. It quickly transitions to a maltier taste of rye bread with hints of caramel, but still manages to throw in a little spicy bite. Itís quite earthy-tasting, almost like licking raw tea leaves or the bark of a pine tree (while that may not sound like a good thing, in the case of Righteous Ale it definitely is).
The second half turns on a dime into a sweet nectar or syrup-like taste, which then gives way to a delightfully astringent resin bitterness. Thereís a brief, but noticeable taste of citrus, pine sap, and sharp dry bitterness like a salted pretzel. All these flavors are distinct, but meld together perfectly. The bitterness and overall hop presence perhaps outshines the rye component of the palate, but the ryeís light spicy flavor really helps to balance out this beer and make it rather unique. Itís tasty for sure, but not quite mind-blowing (impressive though).
Drinkability: Some beers are energetic because of their effervescence, but Sixpoint Righteous Ale is energetic because of its palate. A high amount of flavor happening here: a complex, but well balanced palate of rye spice, hop bitterness and malty sweetness. It crackles across the tongue, but goes down smooth. And as bitter as it seems, it never dries me out or wears down my palate. Iím actually quite impressed they got so much flavor into a 6.3% ABV body. It drinks like something heavier, though, as I could feel it immediately. But it would be the kind of beer Iíd drink two in row of because itís so good.
Nickls (1704) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Old BA rate - tap)
Hazy brown-copper color that poured with a frothy white head. Fantastic lacing throughout the sample. Sweet maltiness followed up with the very present rye. Solid hop bitterness that was kinda earthy followed by fresh fruit aromas. Smooth maltiness to start off followed up by the rye, and then a smack of hop bitterness. Really dry hoppy finish that polishes off the smooth sweetness in the beginning. Medium MF, and it was both pleasantly palate coating and rich. I could easily drink this all night long given the range of flavors and the fulfilling MF. The dry finish really made another sip very necessary in a great way. Overall, this is lovely stuff.
properhops (88) - - NOV 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Video review at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JRN9vg3rLY
Appearance: Hazy warm mahogany, 2-finger head dissipates to layering, excellent lacing
Aroma: Rye malt, almond, sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, juniper, walnut, sweet carmel malts + toffee, raw dough, brown sugar
Taste: Medium body, rye, hazelnut, brown sugar, caramelized almonds, cinnamon, buttery biscuit, hint of allspice, butterscotch on the finish, hop bitterness balances, mild carbonation, drinkable
Pairings: Vietnamese, duck, pork
Acknud (1035) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - AUG 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Righteous is the word. Pours light amber. Rye imparts a nice clean aroma and there is a clean bitter taste that is a lot like an IPA.
dogfishho (562) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crack the can and immediately your hit with a dank, earthy hop aroma. Once poured, the rusty brown, slightly opaque beer generates a richer bouquet and some of the peppery/spicy rye notes come out. Big doughy sweet malts dominate the palate at first, but the bitterness of the hops and then the spiciness of the rye balance it out beautifully. Yum
rangerred (784) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - SEP 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
16oz can into a pint glass.
Pours a slightly hazy dark brownish copper with a one finger thick foamy head. Great head retention and lacing throughout.
Spicy rye is immediately present on the aroma along with a healthy dose of piny/earthy hops. Also some caramel.
Lots of rye in the flavor as well apparent with a huge dose of wonderful spicy grain. A nice resiny earthiness from the hops perfectly compliments the rye. There is some underlying caramel and a little bit of roast. Mouthfeel is very smooth and slick with a significant bitterness coming through in the finish. Drinkability is surprisingly high.
Overall, a fairly unique beer in a style that is not represented to any great extent. This is a great effort and a beer that I will look to pick up again sometime.