Sixty Nine Summer Ale | Riverside Brewing Company

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Sixty Nine Summer AleSixty Nine Summer Ale

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Riverside Brewing Company

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by heygeebee on 11-11-2012

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 13
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle purchased from Porters at Northwood.

Pours a slightly hazed, burnt golden colour, with a fine, somewhat flat head of white. Very decent lacing along the sides of the glass. Reasonable body and fine carbonation. There's nothing spectacular about the look, but it's solid enough.

Nose is clean and dry, with a dusty hop fragrance coming through above a slightly wheaty grain basis. Slight grassy tones, perhaps a touch of Australian Pale Ale yeastiness, and a touch of pepper perhaps. Nothing really pops, but it's again, reasonable solid stuff.

Taste is smooth and clean, with a slight bready, biscuity malt basis forming a decent platform for the brew. Above this is some clean, if dull, and slightly earthy hop notes that devolve into a spritz of mild carbonation and a yeasty finish. Bitterness is restrained, but it has a muted bite on the back of the palate. Feel is smooth and fluid.

Overall, this is drinkable enough, and light enough to probably have some mass appeal, but this is easily my least favourite of the core Riverside range. Again, it's solidly made, and still well-balanced, but it doesn't really do anything to excite me.

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Photo of dgilks
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somewhat cloudy light golden colour with a small white head. Fair head retention.

Lovely tropical fruit aroma with some passionfruit notes. A little grassiness. Good.

Crisp, clean and refreshing. Nice hop character. Light malt. A sort of Stone & Wood Pacific Ale in a way. Nice.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation.

A perfect summer beer. Crisp, clean, refreshing hop character and nice light malt. Excellent.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From Beer Cartel No BB.

Pours hazy straw. Beautiful pillowy two finger head. Stays a while... lovely. Nice lace

Yeast and pear on the nose.

Taste is firmly into Aussie Pale Ale territory, and I am finding a lot of breweries struggle to make a half decent attempt at this. Coopers have it, HopDog not quite, Pigs Fly yep OK, Nail sort of, and now we have Riverside. All in all OK, but lacking a certain something to stand out. In this instance the yeast is too prominent, and a somewhat astrigent sharpness takes over.

Mouthfeel fine, lively and carbonated.

Good, solid effort, but is it enough?

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Photo of dansmcd
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a cloudy golden tone with a bright white head and minimal streak lacing.

S - tropical fruit, grapefruit and passion fruit, orange and lime calippo, reminiscent of Pacific ale.

T - follows the nose, citrus and passion fruit prominent, very drinkable on a summer day.

M - juicy but dry in the finish, nice little hop presence, medium carbonation.

O - tasty and light, perfect for the esky on a fishing trip.

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Photo of magpieken
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Straw coloured with a pillowy, white head which gradually reduced to a ring and left some lacing. Aroma of passionfruit, pine and pineapple. Medium sweetness and enough bitterness to give it a pleasant balance. Light to medium body and a smooth texture hide a healthy dose of carbonation. Some nice bitterness in the finish. Not a great beer but I quite enjoyed this drop's restrained flavours. One for those who appreciate a good amble and nice change from the more assertive and increasingly prevalent IPAs.

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Photo of chogm54
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml poured into tulip

L - golden, pours frothy white head, clear

S - mainly passionfruit and pineapple over cereal malts, some pine

T - fruity (passionfruit) thoroughout, with light grainy malt/wheat backbone (similar to a witbier). Touch of orange and moderate bitterness to the finish.

F - light bodied, smooth texture, moderate carbonation

O - refreshing summer or bbq beer - quite fruity, as if a dash of tropical juice has been added.

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Sixty Nine Summer Ale from Riverside Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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