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Brewed by Lovibonds
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Henley-on-Thames, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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Draught & bottled.
Lovibonds 69 IPA is not a boring, middle of the road IPA. We’re not quite sure how British IPAs have evolved into such low gravity pints of hop-lessness. 69 IPA is part of a new generation of IPAs, one that fuses the great history of IPA with modern hops and techniques. You may not be aware, but craft brewers in the States are now producing some of the most remarkable, flavoursome and diverse beers in the world. IPA is a style that they have embraced with vigour and 69 IPA is a nod to our brothers and sisters across the pond, who serve as a guide and inspiration for this beer. At 6.9% avb, our IPA has the strength of an original IPA, but is infused with the modern aromas and flavours of the USA’s finest Centennial and Columbus hops. Lovibonds is the first in the UK to employ a new dry hopping device called a ’Hopinator’. This technique is key to giving 69 IPA its awesome aroma and flavour.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (4662) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2013
33cl bottle shared @ THT November 2013 Thin white head. Cloudy blond pour. A lovely IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8391) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2013
Bottled The Big Bang Oxford 19/10/13. An orange gold coloured beer with a nice white head. A nicely balanced beer where the hops are strong and fruity and the malts have some sweet berry notes. Very drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
meerbier (1448) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2013
Keg?@FyneFest. Wonderful hoppy aroma. Pale yellow, firm white head, good lace. Light sweet, very hoppy, malty backbone, pretty bitter, perfume, floral. Pretty dry. Very well balanced, very refreshing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (3626) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2013
Keg at Brewdog Brum. Very nicely fizzed. Drinkable and highly flavoursome hops. Incredibly bitter. Would have like a Parkin of sweetness to go with that bitterness.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chimpgibbon (201) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2013
Bit of a disappointment. Big hazy dark amber average head and lacing. Clearly hoppy on the nose but way too malty on the buds. Doesn’t hide its alcohol well enough for me, and there’s just no lightness to it, no refreshing glow.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
john_henry (77) - - APR 7, 2013
Very memorable beer. A little on the malty side, but exceedingly well balanced with good hop notes. One of the best beers I’ve had in a long time. Well worth hunting out.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardW (1370) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2013
keg at The Font, Manchester. A subtle hop note leading to a biggish caramel flavour. Doesn’t have the expected punch, more a slow building warmth that creeps up slowly. A clean sparkling gold beer that finishes dry and hangs around on the tongue for a long time. Really good.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
badmansam (58) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2013
Keg @ Earl of Essex 2013/3/26 Initially a horrible musty aroma until swillable, then a nice Crystal malty sweet aroma not dissimilar to US style IPAs but with massive alcohol notes. Very alcoholic taste, some hops, burnt rubber. Astringent. Not pleasant. Glad they serve 1/3 pints here.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamestulloch (1048) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 17, 2013
Aroma: Green, leafy hop aroma with notes of grapefruit, grass, caramel and pine.

Appearance: Hazy amber body with a thin white head that gradually fades. Lively carbonation. Good lacing.

Taste: Very hoppy - mouth puckeringly bitter. Fruity and slightly peppery with sweet toffee/candy notes.

Palate: Medium body with an oily texture. Nice carbonation fizz.

Overall: A heavily hopped, modern style IPA with lovely hints of candy sweetness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
iammarc (385) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - JAN 28, 2013
Keg at The Anderson. Delicious, wheat body and taste... seem to have lost my notes on this one...oh, and it was my 16th taster of the night!


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