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IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 340
Hads: 1,206
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 64
Gots: 209 | 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 TheQuietMan22
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
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 +16.4%
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 +15.4%
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 +15.4%
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 +15.4%
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 +14.6%
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 +14.4%
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 +14.4%
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 +14.1%
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 +13.6%
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 +13.3%
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 +13.3%
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 +13.3%
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 +12.8%
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 +12.8%
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)

Photo of FLima
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber color with a two finger head with decent retention and leaving laces.
What a delicious aroma of passion fruit, peaches, flowers and sweet slightly toasted malt.
Nice balanced flavor, fruity and bitter. Citrusy taste of grapefruit and oranges with notes of condimented yeast and sweet slightly roasted malt. Hints of pine and lemongrass. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with low carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden.
What a pleasant IPA, great aroma and an elegant flavor. One of the most balanced IPAs I have tasted so far. I could have had several of those in a row. Its hops give more flavor than bitterness, don’t overwhelming your taste buds. Though they feel higher than its 40+ IBUs. Excellent beer that is worth the care to have it with less than 6 months old to enjoy its full greatness. But don’t expect something overly intense. (868 characters)

Photo of ahq514
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazy gold with about a fingers worth of an airy, white head. Appears to have low-medium carbonation. Great lacing.

Good variety of hops present in the aroma. Exhibits pine, floral, grapefruit, and citrus aromas. The hop aromas are nicely balanced by some caramel malt.

Everything you would expect from the aroma is present here. Starts out with a burst of citrus and pine hops. Then the malt comes in and mutes the bitterness of the hops. The beer finishes with some softer fruit characteristics, like apricot.

Mouthfeel is a medium body, fairly light carbonation, and extreme drinkability.

The name of this beer is balance. Has some great hop characteristics while having a great malt presence as well. This gives it great drinkability as their is very low lingering bitterness. In my opinion, one of the better ipas out there. (893 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of BYOFB
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From bottle to tulip (mid June date of bottling)

A nice amber color with an off-white head that fades to a ring. Smells of pineapple and fresh cut grass in the back ground.

Taste is fairly balanced and a bit earthy. Medium mouthfeel with a fairly soft finish. Alcohol comes through on the finish along with a slight malty caramel and a smooth bitterness.

Everything about this one was good. No more, no less...

I've has this one numerous times and like almost all IPAs, fresh is best. The aroma and taste will drop off quite a bit with time (545 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Pours a tawny, ruddy, copper-hue with an impressive foamy and frothy head that left a nice amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Thick, creamy, hop-dominated flavor and smell, bombarded with caramel and vanilla nuances, slight candied sugars, with a hoppy backbone, and a bittersweet, malty finish... Notes of bittersweet citrus, grapefruit, and lemons abound... Great mouthfeel combined with a superb level of drinkability make for an outstanding depiction of the style...
Recommended... (609 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle born on 3rd week of January. Cool label design.

Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a red hue. Small head that dissipates quickly but leaves a sticky film. Smell is light tropical fruits and heavy malt. Taste follows with dank, wet, fruity hops, and a good amount of bready, pumpkin-like malt.

If you can get this fresh, it is an excellent IPA. More than 3 months old, and it's just average. (405 characters)

Photo of sublimesipping
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What did Mr Rodgers say- " i like to take my time and do it right?" I guess the same can be said for Lakefront. The Mangey Rabbit not only escapes the Comet's path but goes national.
So my friends, my hometown craft beer nirvana does it again- well and this time can I say well-balanced, very well-balanced hops. the popularity of the mangey rabbit from the local comet cafe convinced Lakefront to introduce this beer into its regular lineup. Still amazing to me that I drink it again at the G-lodge in my now hometown of Philly.
Very balanced beer. the hops have strong presence through out start on the front of the palate and have that lingering finish, but how mellow, long smooth burn with a nice balance of sweet malt makes for great mouthfeet and makes me clamor for more. The ultimate session beer for moi. great job lakefront on another fine product. all the success to you as you conquer new 'east coast' horizons. you can bet i'll buy some cases to enjoy.
other notes- nice caramal color and excellent glass lacing and head retention. fresh beer poured on clean lines. What type of hops Russ? columbus and? Abv I guess to be about 6. great, very enjoyable beer. (1,176 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I've seen this a million times in the store & never bought it (it even has an eyeball on it and I'm an optometrist, so you'd think I'd be all over it, but no). Now it's given to me by a friend because someone left it at his house, and he doesn't like IPA's...

12oz, bottled 4th week of May
A - hazy amber with plenty of chunky yeasties suspended within the ale; topped with a thick, creamy, ivory head that holds good retention, and leaves rings of lacing down the glass
S - malty aroma of bread & caramel, pine & citrus in the background, slight spice & earth also
T - nice bold flavors of both malt & hop: caramel, bread, pine, and pungent grapefruit dominate the palate with toasted grain and spicy hops in there as well
M - fuller body, resiny but still creamy, lingering piney bitter finish
O - this has everything I love in an IPA. I can't believe it took this long to try it and like it as much as I did. (916 characters)

Photo of indy169
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, late to the ball is better than not showing up at all. Lakefront Brewery of Milwaukee, Wisconsin has finally ponied up a respectable hoppy IPA we all new they were capable of. Deep amber colored with a bit of cloudiness. The thick white lacing sticks around for a while, and is foamy & inviting. Rich pine resin & mild citrus notes hold the ample and well-balanced malts in check. This brew connects on the ideal blend of hops and malt. If Bell's Two Hearted had a love child with Dale's Pale Ale by Oskar Blues, it would be this IPA. Not as aggressive as the Dogfish 90 or Lagunitas Maximus, but no slouch. This is a VERY welcome release, and gets Lakefront admission to the Hophead Ball! (695 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bottle a hazy, cloudy and yeasty light copper color with a foamy white one-finger head.
The aroma is loaded: Citrus, dankness, candied fruit and herbs.
Really tasty. Big and bitter grapefruit and pith, pine, a hint of sweetness and a nice resinous finish.
The mouthfeel is medium and slightly sticky.
Really good and underrated IPA. (347 characters)

IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.