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IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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89
very good

1,129 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,129
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 53
Gots: 165 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cichief on 01-05-2008

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Ratings: 1,129 | Reviews: 345
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Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent 'go to' IPA hands down.

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured one and a half bottles into an impy pint glass a hazed burnt orange color with a thick foamy white head that leaves a half ring of broken lace as it settles.Leafy hops dominate with a bit of orange marmalade in the nose,not in ur face hoppy.Great hop hop complexity on the palate ranging from grassy/herbal to ctric smash, a sweetish caramel base holds up to the hops.Wow Ianice IPA here with great complexity,a great midwestern IPA.

Photo of MadScientist
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy medium copper with lots of orange. The head is persistant and off-white with rocky bubble forming a thin cap and leaving lacing on the glass.

S: A moderately citrus hops aroma with mostly a lemon-lime like scent. The malt aroma is very enticing, it's biscuity and a little sweet. It smells like I've got an older bottle where the hops have faded but it's not too old. There is a moderately-low alcohol aroma and a light fruity ester.

T: A strong citrus hops flavor and moderately strong hops bitterness. There is a moderate caramel and light biscuit malt flavors with only a light sweetness up front. A low orange-like fruit ester. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is of citrus and hops bitterness.

M: A creamy medium-light bodied beer with moderately-strong carbonation. No astringency. A light alcohol warmth.

O: A good IPA that might be great if fresh and I'll keep my eyes open for a recently delivered bottle. What I have in front of me have a decent balance but I want brighter and stronger hops aroma and flavor but the balance between malt and bitterness is right where it should be to make and bitter beer that allows you to enjoy several. It's not the IPA I'd want to buy if zombie apocalypse is about to start.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

Huge pillowy off-white head forms from a normal pour, and the hops have a say in all of this as the retention is spectacular. Weathered copper color with a perfect clarity. Smells of pine, mint, hemp oil, lemongrass and blonde tobacco from the hops ... not much from the malt which screams IPA. Medium body seems a tad thicker from the hop oil on the palate that creates this deep smoothness. Surprisingly, not a ton of bitterness, which is nice, as the complex hop flavor dominates throughout with thick herbal, faint pine, grapefruit peel, crushed hemp seeds and mint. The malt character tried to get a taste in edgewise and succeeds by a pinch with a clean and sweet biscuit tone. All of that is smacked down by the hops again. Finishes slightly bitter with a long road of hop flavor that just sticks to the palate.

This IPA outshines most as it drops a load of flavor yet keeps the bitterness in check so you can actually taste the beer rather than your taste buds being numbed by excessive amounts of alpha acids, the bitter oil from the hops. Hopheads need to seek this beer out.

Photo of blackearth
4.66/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, WI. Poured a cloudy dark orange body with a thin white head. Aroma is piney and spicy hops. Medium bodied with great hop flavor and a malt character that backs it up well, yet keeps the hops at the fore front. Excellent drinkability from this IPA.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a wonderfully clear amber orange with a creamy inch of head on top that leaves sticky patches of lacing across the side of the glass. Aromas start off with citric and floral hops upfront. Grapefruit is there along with a resinous quality. Mellow toasty note with caramel accents. Very nice.

First sip brings a crisp, somewhat toasty malt body upfront with a touch of caramel that is quickly overtaken by a rush of floral and citric hop flavors. Grapefruit moves in as it flows down with a touch of toasted grain and a good blast of bitterness. Finishes a bit dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly chewy, goes down smoothly. Overall, a solid IPA from Lakefront, a brewery that I find I often overlook. I'm very glad I gave this one a shot and I'd pick it up again.

Photo of ROBORB
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 12 oz Pint glass the beer has a dark orange or copper hue. The head was off white and disappeared quickly. It smells strongly of citrus. The taste follows the smell and has a prickly carbonation. I found the malt in this beer to over-power the hop profile. This would be an OK session beer but I would not search it out.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A new beer for this area, and a wonderful example of an IPA. I really liked this beer. Poured into a pint glass it was a clear golden color with a thick white sticky head. It had an earthy aroma, mostly pine but also some citrus. The citrus came through more in the taste, and the pine was also there. Not a hop bomb, but a more subtle flavor that lingered quite well. Definitely want more of these.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from this brewery. I recently made a road trip to Wi and stopped in Milwaulkee. I had it at this hotel I stayed at. It poured a mix of gold and amber colors and remained cloudy. The beers head was thick but soon dissipated but the lacing was very prominent (much like a Guinness) unique for a regular IPA. The taste starts sweet and a piny or earth hop flavor slowly workes it's way in. You expect it to become bitter but never comes. This is a great intro to anyone who is afraid of other IPAs , the hop taste is there but pretty much no bitter. I usually like atleast some bitter but the outright flavor of the hops in this brew made up for it.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Gate in Brooklyn NY, pours lighter honey amber, typical tan head shows decent retention and then leaves scattered lacing on the glass. Grainy hop nose gleefully portends what is to come. Hops come through loud and clear, grainy and also somewhat floral. Nice enough stuff that seems to have made the trip from good ole Wisconsin in fine form. Nice serviceable and quite enjoyable IPA

Photo of amidabha
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

generous pour produced a huge carbonation head with heavy lacing and a hazy amber hue. it has a great piney hoppy smell that isn't too heavy on the nose.

this is slightly bitter but balanced out by the malts to give a great drink and a carbonated to smooth finish.

a darn good ipa that doesn't really compare to a two hearted.

Photo of magictrokini
3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured clear gold with a HUGE, rocky white head that stuck around for a while. Thick, sticky lacing. Fresh grass aroma, sweeter, citrus hops with some sugar. Light, bubbly mouthfeel. No syrupy residue. Taste was somewhat disappointing. Fresh, grassy hops. Light orange and pineapple hops, some white pepper, but mostly lemongrass. Light malt, crisp. The hop profile is just a bit weak for the style. Tasted more like a hoppy XPA. Still, it was refreshing.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into becker pint glass. Slightly cloudy yellow-orange with a thick dense white head that isn't going anywhere. Leaves tons of lacing as it (very) slowly fades. Smells of all hops, mostly sweet fruity ones. Taste is very clean and crisp, with clear crackery malt but lots of hop flavor too, although sans the bitterness. A delicious take on the style, hoppy but not palate-destroying.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good orange and brown notes in the color. Thick head.

Very sour for what an ipa should be. Thick ale. Bitter. Hops not as citrusy as I would have expected, went for more of a big bitterness than a dry hopped citrus feel. A little metallic down the bottle, more malt heavy at the end. Drinkable as it comes at a fair price, but is more like a hodepodge of ipa, imperial esb and a sour. Unique. I'd call it another winner from Lakefront, but far from their best effort.

EDIT: These have shown up in Reno! Wow, some good stuff here, but you can't really go big hops on this one. There's some, and they're better than average, but Total Wine needs to try and order less, because it sticks around on the shelf for like 6 months.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a golwing orange semi clouded with yeast sediment, light orange tinted cream head forms thick and billows above the edge of my glass. Aroma has sharp grapefruit and floral with earthy hops bursting, layers of sugar coated hops have existed with layers of the pale malt biscuit qualities. Flavor has piercing hop bitterness that comes through with citrus and floral hop flavor, semi sweet malt ridden with a hop combo. This is my kind of hoppy IPA. Mothfeel is medium bodied slick with hop oils perfect carbonation level compared to those other IPAs, go tell your friends about this one. Lakefront IPA may be one of the most drinkable versions I've come across pure lovely hop combo with pale malt sweetness to back it up.

Photo of chinchill
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

A - hazy amber; white head with good retention. Small amount of sediment eventually settled on bottom of the glass.

S - fresh hops! citrus

T - good hop hit followed by a substantial malt balance. Clean. Perhaps deserving of a 5

M - medium body with good carbonation

Aroma indicates very hop heavy brew but taste is far more balanced -- great aroma-flavor interplay. Fine aftertaste.

Highly recommended for hop heads

Photo of SPRichard
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Local 44 in Philly as part of their $1 kick the keg draft special

dark amber body...off white head...decent amount of lacing is left on the glass

a big hit of floral hops up front...becomes a bit more mellow in the end...dry finish

nice pine flavor from the hops....malt background keeps things in balance...slight bit of bitterness at the end

moderate amount of carbonation on your tongue...very crisp and refreshing....medium body

only paid $1 per pint for this but i'd be willing to pay full price for this one if i see it around again

Photo of waitforit
2.67/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Slightly cloudy and rust-colored. Some sticky and off-white head, which rapidly disappears.

S: Very little. Distant notes of caramel and wood chips.

T: Pretty forgettable hoppiness with a noticeable malt back. A slight lingering sour, almost bilious aftertaste.

M: Thinner and more elusive than I'd like. Still a bit mouthwatering in that resiny IPA way.

O: Not bad, but nothing I'd want to try again.

Try it again? 2 - Probably not.

Photo of glid02
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up as a single at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a very cloudy light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a scaly layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells of citrus with a good malt backbone. Floral aromas sneak out every now and then.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of citrus up front soon overtaken by robust malt flavors. There's a mild bitterness at the end. It's good, but none of the flavors really jump out.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit thin but the carbonation is good and it goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good. As I said before none of the flavors have a ton of presence, but it's definitely drinkable. I could have another, but I'm not terribly excited about the prospect.

Overall this is a good IPA - I picked this up, along with the Fuel Cafe because I'd heard less than stellar things and figured those two styles were pretty hard to mess up. I wasn't disappointed. This isn't a must-try, but it's worth a shot if you're looking to try a new brewery.

Photo of wmtxbb
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap from the brewery itself. The following is from my notes taken while at the brewery.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a thick unrelenting head.

Smell: Fresh, citrus and grapefruit hops. Sells a lot like cascade hops.

Taste: Honey malts enveloped by sharp, citrus/grapefruit hops. It seems like Lakefront only used one type of hops in this brew.

This is one of the best IPAs I've had in a while. This may be due to how fresh it is.

Photo of malarichm
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a. very cloudy with lots of sediment. some lacing. pumpkin orange in color.
s. citrus fruit and pine
t. all bitter in the front with a finish of sweet and tart grapefruit.
m. overall good with a medium/medium-heavy carbonation.
d. very drinkable.

I really enjoyed this one. There is quite a bit going on and it could be appealing to an inexperienced craft drinker. I got quite a bit of sweetness and lots of hops in the taste. My mom picked up this six pack for me in Milwaukee, i assume its pretty fresh. I would for sure buy this beer again.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brand-new arrival in Alberta, in not at all surprisingly expensive 6-packs. Good thing I snatched a single 12oz bottle from an understanding bottleshop in Cowtown then, eh?

This beer pours a very hazy, fine sediment-strewn orange amber hue, with two fingers of chunky foamy pale beige head, which leaves random layered/webbed lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells sharply of pine needles, bitter grapefruit rind, juicy orange citrus, and a mildly musty, bready caramel maltiness. The taste is herbal, citrusy hops, a touch of medicinal character, a light, slightly toasted caramel maltiness, and some further biscuity notes.

The carbonation is a bit on the high side up front, but settles to a dull hum soon enough, the body an adequate medium weight, and a little too zippy to be considered dead to rights smooth. It finishes just a bit off-dry, the herbal, citrusy hops lording over the latent multivariant sweetness of the malt.

While this had the initial big hop wallop that I find so endearing about made-in-the-USA IPAs, it just doesn't persist, instead morphing slowly into a kind of palate-defying, herbal otherness. I hate to say it, but I'm glad I just got the one - while not actually 'bad', this is not my ideal, or even good for a one-nighter, Yankee IPA.

Photo of joeseppy
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm always looking forward to a well touted IPA. Freshest I can find right now is Nov 2012.
Pours a wonderful Baltic Sea amber stone color with moderate white foamy head.

Aroma of mild floral hop and moderate sweet malt.

Initial flavor of earthy hop bitterness and minimal malt. A lot of white grapefruit rind. A straight forward and assertive bitterness.

Very drinkable but no sticky mouthfeel, glass retains no lacing, whaaa...

Well, nothing exciting here for me, just a bitter IPA. I bought this on the hype and glad I did try this though. At this price $9.99, there are better. Maybe I've been drinking too many Sucks lately also at the same price. If I can get this REALLY FRESH maybe I'll try this again.

Update 04.06.13...much better fresh. Enjoying a few here on a warm spring day outside. Easy drinking and satisfying. Getting more tropical fruits. This will be in my summer rotation. Remember to check your dates before you buy.

Photo of dacrza1
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: December 5, 2013... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub glass...OCCASION: the night before Trans-Siberian Orchestra with Bob and Jer... APPEARANCE: hazy, almost unfiltered amber-orange body; thick, craggy two-finger head lacing is erratic... AROMA: fragrant, floral hops; more exotic citrus than the standard orange/lemon zest; some apple as well--welcoming... PALATE: medium-bodied; warming and full--a bit of bubble too...TASTE: sour and bold; strong for a simple India; strikes a nearly perfect balance between East and West Coast varieties--some pine some lemongrass late...OVERALL: like its label, workmanlike and more than serviceable; not an IPA I was expecting to seek out again, but like many of the mix pack brews from Lakefront, a definite plus...plus,, the alcohol is such subtle stuff at 6.9%!

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lakefront- IPA

A- Clear golden copper brown with no head or lacing.
S- Light caramel malt with a touch of pine hops.
T- Smooth creamy caramelized malt with an equal balance of pine hops.
M- Creamy/ buttery up front with a nice slight hoppy dry bitter finish.

Overall- sweet smooth flavors make this easily sessionable.

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IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 1,129 ratings.