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Review of Sixpoint Righteous Ale

02 Dec
Hello again guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Sixpoint Righteous Ale produced by the Sixpoint Brewery located in Brooklyn, New York.

I’ve never had a brew from Sixpoint before and I want to give a big shout out to Shane at Sixpoint for sending me some brews to try.  Thanks a bunch Shane.

Let’s not waste any time and get to the website, sixpoint.com, and see what they have to say about this beer.

Brewers and Bakers throughout time have preferred the soft and sweet flavors of barley and wheat to ply their craft.  However, in certain regions of the world, these cereal grains could not survive the harsh environment.  The soil was too acidic, the winters too frigid.  Conditions were too harsh – but not for rye!

Rye is the tough, resilient cousin of wheat.  Able to survive brutally harsh winters and acidic soils, it was the saving grace and staple of central and northern European cultures.  Where wheat and barley withered and died, rye survived. 

This tough, resilient cereal grain doesn’t have the gentle sweetness of barley or wheat.  Why should it?  It lives a tough life of survival against the elements.  Yet underneath its tough exterior is a unique, signature style of flavor that has remained dormant in the brewing world like scattered seeds underneath a blanket of snow.  

We decided to not overlook this gem of a species.  What we discovered was Righteous Ale

I can’t wait to get this in a glass and see how it tastes.

This brew comes in a 16 oz. can and it has an ABV of 6.3%.

The Righteous Ale poured a dark amber to burgundy color with some burnt orange highlights showing at the bottom of the glass.  The cap was very full, creamy, soft, thick and smooth looking on the initial pour.  It started to become rocky as it settled and it became a slight film on top of the liquid after a few moments.  The retention time was excellent and the lacing left behind was more than satisfactory.  This beer looked good in the glass.

The nose began with a nice dose of toasted, rye bread along with an assortment of other toasted grains.  It revealed a very earthy and herbal hop tone commingled with a very light citrus character.  Further hints of doughy biscuits and a mild nuttiness created a very round and “smooth” fragrance.  Underlying the heavy malt of this beer was a nice, slightly sweet, dried apple chip type of aroma.  Very appealing in my opinion.

The taste presented more of the toasted rye bread with a sturdy little hop bite and punch.  The bitterness sat right in the middle and gave the tongue and slight tickle.  The malts were very much generous and sufficient, however I noticed that a very comfortable sweetness of caramel and citrus gave the flavor a nice little “push/pull” effect, which added a bit more complexity.  Hints of baked croutons and a nutty flavor completed the savor on this brew, although I was never mistaken that the rye was the star of this show.  Very tasty indeed.  

The mouthfeel was medium to medium/thin.  It was smooth, dry, crisp, somewhat creamy and slick.  It was dang near thirst quenching.  A very agreeable amount of flavor was left covering the palate after each sip (gulp).   

I’ll tell ya.  I think this is a very nice brew we have here.  I tend to really like these rye beers anyway and this one provided plenty for me to enjoy.  It was super easy to drink, had plenty of aroma and flavor and provided a great aesthetic appeal.  I have to give a big thanks to Sixpoint for brewing this beer.  I will definitely give the Righteous Ale another try if I happen to run across it somewhere.  I would recommend you do the same if it’s available in your area.  Sixpoint has gained a fan in me and I can’t wait to try a few more of their concoctions.   

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I truly appreciate it.  Until next time.

Cheers.

Score:  4.15 out of 5
Grade:  A-

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Posted by on December 2, 2011 in Country: USA, Sixpoint

 

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