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


on tap

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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stravale (2648) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAR 29, 2012
Bottle @ Red Squirrel 270312
Dark orange amber, very hazy, thin white head, bit of lacing
Aroma of caramel malts, grassy hops. golden sugars, bit of nutty butterscotch, bitter sweet nose
Taste of caramel malts, some light toffee, grassy hops, bit nutty, sweet golden syrup, bit of butterscotch candy
Palate - quite dry, quite viscous texture, citrus tangy. Finish as main flavour, bitter slightly tangy, some scorched butterscotch.
Overall - It’s quite a good IPA but I’m not sure about that bit of butterscotch in there

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 16, 2012
On draught at The Euston Tap. Pours a golden colour with a fair white head. A lovely resinous hop aroma with pine, pineapple and grapefruit. Similar flavours with a caramel malt backbone. Mild carbonation and well balanced alcohol. Nicely bitter. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub (12167) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2012
Bottled, 330 ml from Fin, cheers. Hazy orange gold with white head. Straight into an intense hoppy flavour, dry and resin like. The body is medium malty, light with a hint of bready yeast, this carries a grapefruit pith, just ripe lemon flavour, a touch on the palate stripping side. It keeps you involved to the last drop. Really very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCametron (2209) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 26, 2012
Keg at Holyrood 9a. Hazy orange with white head. Massively hoppy flavour. Grapefruit and pine. Followed by hugely bitter finish. Pretty nice and very strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2012
Keg at Holyrood 9A. Bright orange amber pour, creamy white head fades to nothing. Big passionfruit and pine nose. Palate is juicy orange hops, more pine, malt sweetness rounds out the big bitterness. Great!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MalcolmTucker (891) - SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2012
Keg. Pours a hazy orange with a white fluffy head. Citrus and grapefruit aroma with more of the same in the flavour. A good IPA but very bitter, the bitterness was too strong towards the end of my pint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 20, 2012
[330ml bottle, UtoBeer, London] Slightly hazy amber beer with a decent white head. Really quite lovely pine and citrus aroma, leading into a tropical fruit and citrus flavour. Plenty of hop bite, as the pine rounds off the finish as a medium-level bitterness. Superbly drinkable and really very dangerous at almost 7%. A great beer [19012012]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnRMurdoch (4049) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 19, 2011
Tap @ Brauadar. Hazy amber brown colour, reasonable head. Sweet fruity aroma. Flowery hop flavour. Bitter sweet aftertaste. Quite a distinctive IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - DEC 16, 2011
This is great - was entirely convinced it was all uk hops - flavours burst out but it’s not a full on us ipa there’s something to it which is above that. Awesome

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (12189) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2011
RBESG August 2011, The Rake. Golden with a small white head. Malty aroma with biscuit character, and some grapefruit hops. Dry and malty flavour with citrus hops and medium bitterness.

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