My Turn Series: Johnson - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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3.93/5 rDev -8.8%
Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.
Pours a hazy golden orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and spicy herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.
Serving type: bottle.
08-18-2014 00:10:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.26/5 rDev -1.2%
Pours golden with a foamy head that leaves lacing.
The smell is of grapefruit, orange, tangerine, black pepper. Very hoppy with a hint of caramelized grain. Wonderfully aromatic!
The taste is of citrus and tropical fruits with a dash of black pepper. Hops tied together with a sweetening caramelized grainy malt backbone. Slightly boozy, with refreshing bitter bite in the finish.
It is smooth despite a mildly boozy kick. On the lighter end of the DIPA body spectrum, but solidly medium-bodied.
"Too" easy to drink despite strong character. Certainly a hoppy, though balanced by enough malt, enjoyable, interesting DIPA!
05-05-2014 22:35:54 | More by jwc215
4.29/5 rDev -0.5%
12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront tulip.
8.0% ABV, Bottled on 04/23/14
A - Bright golden, shimmering with clarity, this double IPA is certainly lighter colored on the spectrum, retaining it's loose cap of white foam nicely, all while leaving delicate lace on the glass.
S - Luscious hops ooze from the nose with purpose; juicy pineapple and mango tropical fruit with green tea leaves dissolve into more potent, earthy notes of pine sap, action figure resin and a note of burnt rubber when it's swirled - yeah, this beer's got a lot of hops in it. Sweet caramel provides some balance with a smooth-smelling backbone.
T - A blend of tropical fruit washes over the tongue bringing mango, pineapple, and grapefruit juices with each sip but, the fruitiness is somewhat short-lived, fading into spicy notes of black pepper, pine needle, and dank grass. For 8% the malt base is surprisingly light, barely interfering with the hops.
M - Johnson's smooth malt base makes for bolder hops up front and a lighter-bodied profile that drinks wonderfully, finishing with lingering bitterness that seems mild at first but builds in intensity.
O - At only 8%, Johnson is big. The alcohol is, for the most part, hidden; the hops are ripe, and the beer drinks more like a regular IPA. And that's a good thing because the second Chris in the line for the My Turn series, Chris Johnson, was shooting for a fruity, easier drinking double IPA; one that wouldn't put you on your ass after one pint. Johnson developed earthier characteristics between the Bright tank and bottling (to Chris' dismay) but this double IPA is delicious nonetheless, delivering hop complexity straight to da dome!
04-25-2014 23:48:38 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.06/5 rDev -5.8%
12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks Andy!
(A)- Pours a pale golden orange color. Produced a rather large fluffy white cap of froth that stuck around for awhile before dissipating. Tons of clumpy lacing left behind.
(S)- Very dank. Bits of pine meets musty orange and lime citrus.
(T)- Despite the smell, it has a lengthy finish of a great blend of lemon lime citrus and subtle pine. Not overly bitter or sweet, but right in the middle of that.
(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Not overly bitter or sweet. Solid citrus and pine.
(O)- Overall, its really a solid DIPA. Well balanced and has the citrus and pine that we have all come to expect. Damn tasty
07-15-2014 21:11:56 | More by sweemzander
4.24/5 rDev -1.6%
12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style glass.
Gold with 1 finger of white head. Good retention and clarity with light carbonation.
Tangerine, papaya, mango, honey, and honeydew.
Papaya, honeydew, and tangerine. Honey sweet malts with some additional candy sugar. Grapefruit juice and hints of mango. Touches of dank greens and wintermint.
Medium-plus bodied, smooth, and juicy with a very light bitterness.
Big citrus and tropical hop flavors with a low bitterness. Hides the 8% extremely well.
06-24-2014 13:42:07 | More by justintcoons
3.83/5 rDev -11.1%
12oz bottle served into a Great Lakes snifter 6/15/2014.
A- Hazy golden orange body, one finger white head with fair retention, leaving rings of lacing.
S- Pine and citrus, some onion. Not a whole lot else, but there is definitely a good bit of citrus to it. A bit of biscuit, but not a lot of malt sweetness.
F- Biscuits, some citrus, onions. Finish is pretty piney and quite bitter. A bit different than I'd like it- I'd like it more citrusy, grapefruity with less of the bitter finish.
M- Medium body, enough carbonation, quite bitter on the backend.
O- Decent DIPA, probably one of the better ones out of Wisconsin but it's still not that particularly impressive. It lacks that citrus punch and has too much bitterness along with the onion that detracts from the rest of it.
06-15-2014 23:05:27 | More by Stevedore
4.06/5 rDev -5.8%
Pours an orange-ish gold, typical color for a malty IIPA.
Smell is so-so, grapefruity hops and strong whiffs of the sweetness from the malt base compete for your attention.
Taste is very similar to the nose, grapefruit citrus and cut grass are the predominant hop flavors, and the malts really assert themselves on the midpalate. Decently bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is good, thick with good carbonation.
Overall, this is a very good beer from Lakefront. They would be wise to make this a year round offering, as this is probably the best overall brew they've made. Still doesn't compete with the top-tier IIPAs like Heady and Pliny, but something I would pick up regularly.
05-11-2014 00:54:00 | More by thebigredone
My Turn Series: Johnson from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.