IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

338 Reviews
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Reviews: 338
Hads: 1,187
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 60
Gots: 197 | 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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Photo of Risser09
4.74/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours as a hazy orange beer with a small white head. Not much retention, swirling makes some lace, but not much.

Smell: Full, ripe, lemony hop aroma. A slight mineral smell along with a floral note. Very crisp smell. I like it alot.

Taste: More crispness in the form of flavor. Clean, citrushop flavors include lemon, grapefruit, orange. Just enough bitterness to make it comfortable. Very nice, IMHO.

Mouthfeel: Great, lively carbonation lasts and lasts. Bitterness is everywhere, but subdued enough to make this beer drinkable. Medium body.

Drinkability: I love this beer. It is tame, subtle, subdued and highly drinkable. The taste isn't incredibly complex but every other facet makes this beer drinkable, enjoyable and approachable for everyone. Many of these can, and will be, consumed. (863 characters)

Photo of t2thebro
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A- pours a nice white head, that slowly dissipates into a film that creates sticky lacing.
A deep honey color with a slightly hazy body.

S- fresh citrus hops, tones of lemongrass, light tabacco, hints of apricot and peach, a very sweet earthiness. Maybe a slight biscuit malt smell but mostly dominated by hops.

T- sweet lemongrass, and a Perfect amount of alcohol to start. Finishes dry with a earthy finish. Slight bitterness at the end, with the sweet lemongrass biscuit aftertaste lingering.

M- light to medium carbonation, a bit thicker than most but finishes nice and dry. Full bodied and refreshing. In one word, smooth.

O- spectacular balance in all elements. This brew should be double the price for its quality and complexity. Perfect amount of alcohol is the strong point. Most IPA's drown out the alcohol with harsh bitterness. This brew lets you taste it and complements it with sweet biscuit and hop flavors. Truly a gem in the ipa market. (975 characters)

Photo of iceball585
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Light golden color, semi-clear, one finger thick fluffy white head that lasted the entire time, lots of tiny bubbles rising throughout

S- Citrus, grassy, earthy, light flowery hops

T- Pine, citrus, honey, grassy, pale malts, flowery hops

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, very smooth, clean, light bitter bite

D- Definitely worth buying again

Not too many different flavors in this one... but wow. The brew has the perfect balance of hops (not too much and not too little). I really wish I had bought more of these when I was in Milwaukee. (553 characters)

Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy golden orange, lots of yummy sediment and particles can be seen floating throughout the beer. Nice finger worth of white head that stays put.

Total floral boquet of hops in the smell. Up front I smell scents of very fresh, moist marijuana. Citrus and pine are certainly present. some toasted caramel malt in the back as it warms. Very potent aromas.

Grapefruit, Grapefruit, Grapefruit. I get a ton of juicy hop flavors without a ton of bitterness. the malts do well to balance this hoppiness, because it's not a sharp flavor, it's very well rounded and blended. Honestly, this is an incredible tasting IPA.

mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, and juicy. Medium bodied and perfectly carbonated.

Highly drinkable, I picked up a six pack last week and have been savoring it ever since. I will definitely be back for more, I could easily have several of these in a night. (883 characters)

Photo of blackearth
4.66/5  rDev +19.2%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of boyermi206
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- very clear light orange, dark yellow

S- outstanding, I get hops and malt all together, neither is overpowering or aggressive

T- outstanding again, great citrus hop smell, full malt that lends to a great hop bite with lingering (but not too much bitterness)

M- full, great carbonation, full mouthfeel, but still light hoppy and great overall

O- go buy this beer, if you can find it on tap I can only imagine that it will be one of the best IPA's that you have ever had. (475 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled week 1 of October 2011 and poured into a Samual Adams perfect pint.

A - Golden with some orange highlights. Some floating debris haze. Big pillowy white head full of tiny bubbles that receed to a small but prevalent cap of foam that clings to every inch of the glass.

S - Big pine/citrus hops. Even some slight tropical fruit smells. Very green dry-hops. ++++

T - A little bit of some biscuity/bready malt is quickly swallowed up by great pine, and mildy herbal flavor. But the finish is its best feature. Its big and bold hop flavor is quickly quieted to a nice crisp/drying bitter finish without leaving your taste buds begging for mercy.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation

O - I would by the sampler 8 pack all over again for the IPA alone. I was enamored with how hoppy the beer was in smell and flavor but still sessionable for a hot summers day. (871 characters)

Photo of AlphaKing414
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Malty looking, Nice head, dissipates pretty fast.

Amazing smell! I can smell it from three feet away! Great grapefruit smell, quite danky.

One of the best off the shelve IPAs no questions asked. Great danky, hop taste. Citrus goodness, cant get much better than this.

Not too much carbonation.

Overall, I think this is a great IPA definatly recommend trying it. So underated I think. (387 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. According to the notches on the side of the label, this beer was bottled during the third week of February (2012?).

Appearance: Straight pour into a tulip. The color is cloudy light amber/orange. A finger of off-white head dissipated fairly quickly to leave a bubbly cap, a ring around the edge, and some trails along the glass. I can see tiny bits of yeast hovering in the beer.

Smell: Lots of smooth and tame citrus — grapefruit, orange, lemon — which balances well with pine spice and a solid base of caramel.

Taste: Very well balanced. Everything from the smell is present — the fruit citrus as well as the pine and caramel base — and the hops are riding shotgun. Though it does not pack a powerful punch, it does offer hoppy astringency. It is very smooth and easy drinking for an IPA. As it warms the booze becomes noticeable, but faintly.

Drinkability: This is definitely not a one-trick-pony, kick-in-the-face IPA. Instead, this is a solid, well-crafted beer that is very drinkable. (1,033 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky looking dark amber. Thin off white head. Lace is moderate. I love this hop aroma. It's piney, but it's also pungent, oily and resiny. On the palate, I notice a nice malt base with the toffee and caramel. Big and full bodied feel to this beer. Viscosity is on the high end of the spectrum. Hops give this beer a lot of character. This is unique in a way because of the emphasis on the dirty, grimy greasy characterstics of the hop flower. Oily and pungent. A little of that bong residue feel to it. And some pineapple juice as well to cap it off. I like it. Haven't reviewed a Lakefront beer in a long time, but this one is pretty damn good. (646 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (1,134 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial Pint.
Bottled during May Wk2 (2012) notched on label.

A - Pouring slightly hazy golden amber in color with a foamy white head, Lakefront's IPA retains it's head respectably while circling the pint with delicate collars of lace.

S - Certainly hop-forward, assertive pine and bright citrus aromas erupt from within Lakefront's IPA. While not without a malt base, it's hard to detect much more than some trace caramel sweetness from behind the delectable hop aroma. A very slight touch of alcohol can be found in the finish, just as the glass pulls from your mouth.

T - A very good balance of malt and hop action, Lakefront IPA starts malty sweet with caramel notes and slight graininess and moves quickly into a piny citrus hop flavor that finishes crisp and refreshing. Notes of fresh grapefruit and dried apricot add depth to the hop flavor.

M - Sporting great balance, IPA features a nice smooth mouthfeel with a decent carbonation crispness, all ending with a dry, bitter kick that brings you back in for another sip.

D - Lakefront nails down an easy drinking, almost dangerous IPA that's full of the hop-head's dreams; pine and citrus abounding. Plenty of balance makes this a tasty treat that, despite the higher alcohol level, is rather sessionable! (1,305 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Label says bottled during the 4th week of July.

A- Sitting for close to 6 months hasn't done a thing to the carbonation. From a heavy pour comes a two finger white head that retains a good while, slinking down to a full inch and is billowy with great lacing as well. Many minutes later, the head's still going strong. Nice! Has a light copper color.

S- Glorious. Fresh, wet, floral hop aromas flow from the snifter bringing to mind grapefruit and pineapple plus a slightly astringent smell that I chalk up to the alcohol mixing in with the hops.

T- The taste is much more balanced with the malts stepping up to the plate while still letting the hops do their job. Notes of fruit and grass are abound in this fine example of a single IPA. Damn near perfect if you ask me. The only thing keeping it from 5 stars is the aftertaste is a tad metallic. Other than that, super solid!

M- Medium-high carbonation. A bit slick from the hop oils. Medium body.

O- This is fantastic. Lakefront is quickly becoming one of my "breweries to look out for in 2012." (1,076 characters)

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep burnt orange color with sticky, airy, white layer of foam. Moderate to heavy lacing. Clearly unfiltered as there is a heavy does of yeast sediment.

S-Super fresh citrus and piney hops abound. Orange peels and resin are abundant. I have had this on tap many times and the difference between fresh and semi-old is incredible. The freshness of the hops is imperative in this beer.

T-Big, gritty, hops balanced wonderfully with the malt backbone. Hops add as much flavor as they do bitterness. Sweetness is almost candy-like.

M-As hoppy as it is, there is very little rough dryness in the finish. The body is extremely balanced and the flavors of citrus and maltiness meld very well together.

D-Granted, I am privy to some very fresh lakefront IPA, but this one upped my respect for the brewery. For a while, I was putting little faith in Lakefront, but this one turned it around. One of the best all-around IPAs I have had in a while. I would easily put this above Stone and many of the other West Coast IPAs. (1,019 characters)

Photo of milwaukee512
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Something seems to have changed with this beer. The very high scores on this site don't seem justified given the reality of this beer today; it's still very good, but not as remarkable as it used to be. Where it used to seem very citrus-heavy and refreshing, now it just seems boring and weirdly tasteless compared to other quality IPAs. Seems prone to aging badly, which is weird since I live in Milwaukee and theoretically am getting fresh Lakefront beer at local stores and bars. I'd rather have Lakefront's Fixed Gear, Riverwest Stein, or Cream City Pale Ale over this. Unfortunately, Milwaukee's beer scene is lacking a really great IPA now that this one has gone downhill. Five years ago it would have sounded crazy, but Madison (Ale Asylum, Karben4, etc) is easily the epicenter of the beer scene in Wisconsin. (823 characters)

Photo of ubenumber2
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle in to pub glass , kind of a hard pour but only got a 1 finger head that disapeared pretty quick. Minimal to no lacing. A nice yellowish copper color

Sweet hoppy smell , not much malt in the smell , just about perfect for this style

The mouth on this beer is a little heavy for the style , but with just enough carbonation for it to really be a homerun

The taste is hops and more hops. Not too citrusy not too earthy , starts off hoppy , ends hoppy with just the right amount of hops in the taste

Overall this beer is a really good example of an American IPA , lots of the flavor profiles of hopslam or two hearted in my opinion , call me crazy but I taste it in there (696 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy burnt orange body, 2 finger head, great lacing

S: peach/mango, lemon grass, pine, malt

T: sweet lemon/lemon grass, pine, good malt, long oily bitter finish

M: med body, sticky/oily mouth

O: WOW, this is THE best beer by Lakefront
that I have enjoyed, so far. Very nice IPA,
aching to gulp it, but know I should sip.
I will be picking this regional gem up again,
you can bet on it.

QUITE TASTY; CHECK IT OUT! (424 characters)

Photo of chodinheaven
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy amber-orange in color, bright and lively looking with a one finger off white head on top that dissapates down to a thinish sheet, leaving patchy lacing behind. The aroma is as bright as the hue with a grapefruit citrus sharpness and a bit of resin from the hops. Even a bit floral to fill in the cracks. A good bit of malts make there way through, but the hops outshine it. Not terribly aromatic, but very pleasant indeed.

Well-rounded upfront and sharply hoppy from the alpha acids in the back. The malts are lightly toasty up front with a mild sweetness. The toastiness is bready and lends a solid backbone for the hops to shine. Lots of grapefruity hop flavor without a ton of biting bitterness, just a sharp earthiness from the resins in the finish. The bitterness is there, but not overpoweringly so, just the right amount of balance. It matches the palate cleansing carbonation, leaving only a short-lived aftertaste of citrusy hops. Again, a bit of floral hop flavor make their way through the citrus, completing the balance. The mouthfeel complements everything perfectly as well with a nice tingle from the hops, carbonation and even a touch of booze for a light and spritzy feel, but heavy on flavor. Very refreshing.

Really good IPA here, one that has all the balancing features that it needs. I would absolutely like to get my hands on more of this. (1,371 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in Feb - notched on label:

Pours chill-hazed orange amber with a thin lasting creamy white head. Foamy rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of grapefruity citrus, some tropical fruits and a peppery spicing. There's a slight, mild bready touch. Beautiful hop aroma!

The taste is citric - grapefruit, with a hint of apricot and orange and a touch of (coconut?) tropical. A slight hint of resin shows. Peppery spicing adds another hop dimension (though might be coming from alcohol). A touch of toast and malt sweetness round it out in the finish...enough to keep it bitter, but rounded. Slight alcohol shows in the finish, but doesn't interfere. Hops come back in aftertaste - always a good thing!

It has a chewy medium body.

Big on hops, maintaining flavor rather than just bitterness. Glad this one recently showed up in my area...hope it's here to stay! (865 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly an inch of slowly settling, off white head on a cloudy, bright apricot colored beer. Nice but slippery lace. Very good aroma is juicy and fruity, full of citrus, with pine and herbal undercurrents. Smells like a big juicy west coast style IPA.

Flavor is superb; very bright hops full of nuance; citrus leads the way with grapefruit, pineapple, lemon. Touches of pine and floral notes. Very restrained malt character. Good bitterness that still allows you to taste each hop nuance.

Excellent mouthfeel, slightly creamy, medium carbonation, just a hint of stickiness. Kind of a Sculpin-esque vibe. Excellent and underhyped west coast style IPA.

Top notch. Maybe the only knock for me would be the mouthfeel could be a touch cleaner and crisper, but that's nitpicking. Very impressive. Delicious! (805 characters)

Photo of mazingblue
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WOW!!!

This beer is amazing. Lakefront...WOW!

Appearance: Cloudy copper with massive amounts of bubbles as the beverage is downed. OK head, about 1 finger. Head vanishes fairly quickly, but exceptional lacing.

Smell: Lots of hops. Floral, citrusy, and piney. Other fruit hints, but on the citrus side. I swear I smell a little grapefruit.

Taste: Lemongrass, floral. Almost like liquid fruity pebbles. Lots of hops, but I cannot get any malt as the Alstrom Bros suggested. Maybe a little in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth for how hoptastic this beer has become from smell to taste. The bubbles suggest high carbonation, but I do not feel very much tingling on the tongue.

Drinkability: I bought this from a store that allows you to mix-and-match six packs. I only bought one of these, since I had never tried it. Really good. Could see myself having a sixer, no problemo! (890 characters)

Photo of dancinwillie
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper hue, with a thick and creamy of white head. The head has mad staying power, and some big bubbles popping out giving it that rocky appearance.

Smells like a fruit bowl, citrus, apricots and peaches, maybe a little pineapple.

Tastes much like the aroma, good bitter hops provide that citrusy taste that I love in IPA's. Decently bitter for the style as well. But the name of the game here is balance, and the malt sweetness really plays a great supporting role. This is a fine tasting example of the style, and proves that you don't need to be so "extreme" to make a point. Very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is chewy, and a little grainy. I think it works great for this beer.

Drinkability for me would be pretty high. I had been wanting to try this beer for some time, but had been less than impressed with some other Lakefront beers. This one is really a winner. I have not had many better beers in the style. One of my new favorites, and sure to make it into my regular rotation! (997 characters)

Photo of thebeerdoctor
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A tawny gold pour with a rich hoppy nose. Yet another very good American IPA. Plenty of resiny hops, but also plenty of malt support. Deliciously drinkable with a very pleasant, long finish. A silky smooth IPA, well worth sampling. This hop centered ale will most likely, disappear quickly. Tasty from start to finish. (318 characters)

IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.