Friday, June 17th 2011
(Sixpoint Craft Ales)
This is definitely one of my favorite brews from the folks at Sixpoint. Righteous Ale, or what I used to know as Righteous Rye, is a beer I fell in love with years ago when I had my first pint. I can't express how excited I am to now be able to buy this beer at my local beer store and enjoy it whenever I want. It is indeed a good time to be a craft beer lover!
From the Sixpoint site:
"Rye is the tough, resilient cousin of wheat. Able to survive brutally harsh winters and acidic souls, 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."
Here we go...
Pour - dark amber to chestnut in color with a good inch of off-white foam on top that leaves some lacing in what little bit of my glass is left unfilled. You've got to live 16 oz. cans! When held to the light this beer shines bright orange and auburn. Quite nice to look at really.
Aroma - nice fresh hop aroma is the first thing that greets my nose. Hi nose, I'm hops. Hi hops, I love you. Sort of a lemon, lime, orange citrusy smell along with some pineapple. There is also some nice notes of honey and molasses.
Taste - that first sip will likely make many, many beer lovers happy. This is a full-bodied, full-flavored beer that has a lot of nice things going on. First is the pronounced hoppiness that hits the tongue and numbs it. Plenty of citrus and piney notes from that are followed by the spicy, dry and bitter flavor that rye imparts. I'm a big fan of rye in beers and this one is exceptionally done. A good amount of maltiness makes keeps both the rye and the hops in check and rounds things out nicely with a sweet, brown sugary finish.
Overall - put everything together and you've got a great beer. Rye beers are not the most popular beers on the American craft beer landscape and if you're a fan you've got to give this one a shot. This beer should also please the palate of folks that like a hoppy amber ale or IPAs in general. I think that with this beer coming to cans I can say that one of my beer dreams has come true.
Would I buy more of it? - absolutely, positively. Once these four cans are gone, which won't take too long, I'll be buying more...much more!
Note - Sixpoint is currently canning four of their beers. These include; The Crisp (Pilsner), Sweet Action (Cream Ale), Righteous Ale (Rye Beer) and Bengali Tiger (American IPA). Collect and enjoy them all! Cheers!
Posted by Russ
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