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IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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very good

887 Ratings

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Ratings: 887
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 40
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cichief on 01-05-2008)
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Photo of CHickman

New York

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy copper orange color with thick 2 finger off white head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving great foamy lacing and rings coating the sides.

Smells of floral hops, herbs, citrus hops, grapefruit, light lemon, sweet malt, caramel, piney hops, straw, grains, biscuit and then more citrus notes like tangerine; very nice hoppy nose that is fragrant yet soft and enjoyable at the same time.

Tastes like it smells, with big juicy floral hops, flowers, herbs, orange peel, grapefruit, citrus hops, lemon, sweet malt, caramel, piney hops/pine cones, straw, fresh cut grass, hay, biscuit, lightly roasted grains, toast, light spices like pepper and coriander; alcohol is very well hidden and not a factor.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a medium body, average fizzy carbonation, and a mild bitter finish that is dry – this went down easy and would be a great session beer.

High drinkability, this had just enough malts and biscuit to add balance to the tasty hops, and is a fine example of an IPA that is not a hop-bomb but very sessionable. A very nice beer which I recommend trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 04:01:16 | More by CHickman
Photo of KAdams


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light golden amber with a cascade of yeast sediment that eventually settles at the bottom of the glass. A 1 1/2 finger head leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Hops, hops, hops. Maybe some lemon zest.

Taste - That fresh bitter hop bite that everyone looks for in a good IPA. It's what I imagine dried flowers taste like.

Mouthfeel - Nothing exceptional here. Decent carbonation that matches up well with the flavors.

Drinkability - A great session beer, especially if you like IPA's. Take it easy, and enjoy the aroma and hops on every sip.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 19:41:11 | More by KAdams
Photo of bound4er


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled during the second week of July, 2009.

A. Hazy orange to amber color with nice off white, fluffy two finger head. This really sets up nice in the glass and leaves plenty of lacing.

S. A nice mix of both malt and hop aromas - some "breadiness" along with mostly citrus / lemon.

T. Well balanced malt and citrus hop flavors greet you upon entry. The finish turns nicely bitter with some lick smacking pine notes sneaking in at the end.

M. Nicely carbonate with a light to medium bodied feel.

D. I have enjoyed a handful of Lakefront beers over the years but never have really gotten excited over any of them. This beer is different. It is very, very well made and quite drinkable for an IPA. The balance here is what sets it apart from many in its class. I would have no problem downing 3 or 4 of these in one night. This beer is one I will keep on hand, especially in warmer weather.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 01:04:25 | More by bound4er
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a hazy/murky golden-orange body with a good inch of off-white head that leaves a fair bit of lacing as it dissipates. Smells grapefruity, pithy, and piney. Tastes orangey, grapefruity, and pithy. Slight hint at malt toward the finish. Medium to full bodied with a generous amount of carbonation. Pretty drinkable. A solid IPA and definitely a good one for those who like citrusy hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 02:22:31 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of Reagan1984


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful thick and creamy three finger head with lots of structure. As I sometimes write, this is the one where you can get the head to rise well above the top of the glass. Clear golden amber color. Great retention on the head. Great lacing.

Very light citrus aroma. A bit of lemon and a bit of grapefruit. Very fresh and nice.

Hop Character was a bit of a disappointment after the nice visual and appealing aroma. Don't get me wrong, this is a nice IPA. But I thought we were about to find a Midwest....West coast IPA. The hop bitterness was a touch more muted than I had expected. Flavor is well balanced and smooth. Pretty complex and you can sense a lot of things going on here. Some interesting fruity notes and some nice malt tones.
I think I may want to try a "fresher" bottle of this. This is very good, but I get the sense the hops have faded a bit.

Mouthfeel is wonderful The beer is medium/light in body and very fresh and cleansing...

Wonderfully drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 23:37:22 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of drewba


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - beautiful transparent shimmering golden yellow. Around a finger head, surprised I didn't get much head off of this.

S - Muted citrus, pine, stale bread, something sweet - molasses or caramel.

T - I'd classify this as an easy drinking ipa. Lakefront did a really nice job make everything work together without focusing on killing us with hops or malt. This could easily be classified as a pale ale. Anyways...Lots of lemon, mandarin orange and grass mixed with a tiny caramel or brown sugar sweetness and bread. The hop profile is bright and juicy, love it.

M - Perfect. Body and carbonation are tagteaming hardcore, and I don't want to stop drinking this. I'm not going to dock the score, but there is a little astringency I don't like as it warms (to room temp).

D - See mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 09:22:07 | More by drewba
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clouded peach-toned hue, under a gorgeous milky white head.

Pine fresh aroma, with tropical and citrus fruit esters, pineapple meets orange and lemon peel. Vibrant, and inviting.

Sharp bitterness up front, goes soft and fades back on the palate. Same flavors as in aroma visit the tongue. Great brisk hop smack that continues to ride along. Nice, medium body, long bitter finish, but very easy-[drinking. Hoppy, but not too bitter.

This really reminds me of Bell's Two Hearted Ale. Not that that's a bad model, at all. It's quite capable of being a sessioner, for the true hop lover, that is. I can see drinking a few without getting tired.
Good job on this!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 06:44:41 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of cokes


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blurry goldenrod with a whipped off-white of decent height, stickiness, and retention.
Grapefruit, mango, and orange pulp nose backed up with shortbread. It's a great aroma, but it could be dialed up a notch.
Shortbread provide the malt base across the tongue, furthered by crushed apples. It stay moderately sweet, and turns doughier in the middle with a mushy sugar cookie notion. Hops bring perfumey fruit notions of tangerines, sugared red grapefruits, and lime rinds. There's also a background grassy bitterness, but flavor and aroma hops are the mainstays. Bitterness is not big by any stretch. Ironically, spruce is the major player on burps.
The body is somewhat enigmatic. It's medium-light by most standards, but the suspended yeast and hops debris thickens it up a bit, adding a sense of cream when the body might otherwise sag and become flaccid.
All told, this is a solid, insanely drinkable IPA. It has moments that remind me of Hopslam (mainly the myopic citric hops). It's certainly not in that ballpark (or style), and I'd like a little more gumption mustered from the bitterness, and a bigger fullness overall. Those are minor quibbles. This is a much-better-than-anticipated IPA from Lakefront, whom I've always believed make better lagers than ales.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 07:30:00 | More by cokes
Photo of cjacobsen


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(A) Pours a just slight of clear golden orange. Looks like honey with a quarter inch of head that sits atop it. The head has good retention and resides to large piles of foam around the edge of the beer.

(S) Smell of grapefruit and orange. Hop bitters. Some floral notes and a touch of pine. The malts are definitely well put into this beer as there is a sweet biscuit/cereal aroma mixed in with the citric and hops.

(T) The taste has a really good malt foundation to it. The sweet subtleties of sugars and the toasted malts lay the ground floor for the citric rind, grapefruit, and hops.

(M) Light body but with a fullness on the palate. Oily and well balanced. Perfectly carbonated.

(O) I think this is a really solid IPA done by a really solid brewery. Lakefront isn't huge in the craft beer world, but they really kill it in midwest and Wisconsin. Their IPA is one to stand up with the best.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 16:46:45 | More by cjacobsen
Photo of bashiba


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy copper color with a thick creamy and sticky head.

The smell was strong with a big fresh wet hop odor with citrus and pine and a touch of fresh bread malt sneaking in.

The flavor is suprisingly mild and balanced after the big bold smell, but in a good way. Nice solid toasted malt body with a nice bready quality to it with some slightly bitter lemony and floral hops with a touch of mint, giving this beer a very long and even finish.

The mouthfeel is thick and sticky with a bit of dryness.

A very solid IPA, shockingly good when compared to the poor quality of the other 6 lakefront brews I have had.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 22:03:30 | More by bashiba
Photo of smakawhat


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Ale House glass. Bottled November 1st 2012. Kinda borderline we shall see how she goes.

A nice simple golden light amber, with some slight haze, but real nice light faint carbonation. Head forms with off tan color, hinting at light brown and two fingers. Settles to a good 4mm puck. Fairly decent looking.

Nose is a nice balance of malt and hops, makes me wonder how this would be fresh. Mellow chewy dense green leaf hop, a hint of sweet orange and good dense malt. Real inviting.

Chewy palate in the feel. A great sense of biting fleshy tones of hop earth and light sweet malts. Subdued caramel, and chewy almost dense biscuit earth and hits of fruity character hop. Perhaps hinting tropical, even with a little bit of banana strangely.

Overall even this far past bottling this brew is still excelling. I also like it's subdued character even. Real tasty would have this over many other IPAs if given the choice.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 20:44:08 | More by smakawhat
Photo of MaltyGoodness


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a nice orange-amber with a small white head that maintains. Decent lacing on the glass.

Nice herbal and floral hop smell. A bit of the grainy caramel malt base sneeks in as well.

Herbal and floral hops upfront that give way for some nice grainy malt flavor. IBUs are rather subdued. Finishes slightly dry and rather clean.

Medium-light body, medium carbonation.

This is just a nice, drinkable IPA. Very sessionable, it is very well rounded and requires little effort to consume.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 01:47:02 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of IPAs4lyfe


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a yellowish orange with lively carbonation, a creamy 2 finger head with good retention and lots of lacing.

S - Piney with the smallest hint of lemon, mostly hops with a slight malt presence.

T - A nice piney bitterness up front, which is balanced nicely by a toasted orangish malt flavor. Finishes with a subtle bite of citrusy and tangy hops. Very nice.

M - Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied, crisp and refreshing, good carbonation.

D - Drinkability is awesome. I really liked this one! A great low profile IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 02:48:08 | More by IPAs4lyfe
Photo of KevinReid


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into glass. Dated 11/12/13. Drank 1/9/14.

A - Nice off-white/tan-ish head, attractive persistent lacing. Somewhat cloudy, more brown or amber in color than most IPAs. Beautiful.

S - Mildly hoppy smell, balanced out by faint but pleasant hints of malt? Not quite sure. Kind of subdued compared to the taste.

T - Begins with a wave of hoppy bitterness, then recedes into a more balanced and clean aftertaste. This might be too light for some people's preferences, but I prefer a more drinkable IPA like this.

M - Full, rich mouthfeel that coats the palette.

O - I am impressed that this beer can be so full in flavor, but finish so smoothly. With the current popularity of the IPA style there is a crowded market out there, but this one is done so tastefully that I think it's a solid representation of the style without going overboard. This would make a good introduction for someone unaccustomed to IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 02:25:57 | More by KevinReid
Photo of DabblinWiscCraft


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed this beer on tap many times, so I thought it was high time I critiqued it. Poured a somewhat hazy medium amber or copper with little noticeable effervescence and about a 1/4 inch off-white, foamy head that proved to have nice life and cling. The nose is one of my favorite things about this beer: very strong grapefruit, pine, and herbal notes with almost no malt coming through. Somewhat surprisingly, the malts are what seem to hit my palate first--along with a deep herbal richness of the hops--and this is followed quickly by a strong pine hop presence. More subdued grapefruit rind is there, but not nearly as recognizable as the pine. The aftertaste is a combination of relatively mild hop bitterness, malt, and some lingering (and not quite as palatable) alcohol and iron flavor. The mouthfeel is zesty, moderately acidic, and clean-finishing.

A very solid IPA from every angle. It has a great nose, but the taste doesn't quite meet the expectation created there. IPA buffs will enjoy all the hop flavors that are highlighted with real command by the brewers at Lakefront. And, incidentally, I've found this to be one the best beers to drink when consuming a Wisconsin beer-battered fish fry.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2011 06:43:45 | More by DabblinWiscCraft
Photo of zeff80


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an orange or light amber color with a one finger, cream colored, foamy head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of pine and citrus. Some caramel aromas, too.

T - It tasted very bitter upon first sip. A good citrus/orange flavor blends nicely with burnt toast maltiness. Well balanced.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good IPA. By far the best Lakefront brew I've tried to date.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 01:50:28 | More by zeff80
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the brewery into a LAkefront IPA pint glass.

A: Small white head. 90% clear orange color. Lots of small carbonation. Little lace.

S: Piney hops. Spicy citrus amd malt. Really strong and balanced.

T: Full malt back bone holds up hop bitterness. Fruity esters finish. Apple cider, grapefruit, dry white wine. Juniper and grain.

M: Very balanced in viscosity and drying hops. Carbonation very fine.

D: Could easily sit through a bunch of these. Very good. Worth seeking out (even in an IPA flooded market.)

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 17:05:51 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
Photo of jayhawk73


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy orange w/ one finger white head. Good carbonation and lacing. Nice looking beer.

S- Hops plus. Pine/hops, malt but hops rule the day. Little grapefruit as well. Nothing overpowering, just about right.

T- Different than the nose. Simcoe, white grapefruit. A little on the thin side for me, but still tasty.

M- Thin, but nice. On the dry side as well.

O- Worth picking up for sure. Nice IPA, just wish it had a little more oomph to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 01:11:28 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of BierStein711


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the bottle

Amber through amber,

off white head: half finger since it was not poured

Smells of citrus and pine

Tastes: Grapefruit, apricot, orange, and bitter hop finish

Mouthfeel: Perfect, not watery

Overall, I would have this again! I'll only commit to a sixer unless I have a glass of it.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 23:57:18 | More by BierStein711
Photo of afdempse


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rick Hamler for this bottle.

Pours a light golden color, with a head that quickly diminishes to a wisp.

Thick aroma of grapefruit, citrus, and pine.

Taste is of hops, with bracing evergreen and citrus notes. Malt seems understated, almost non-existent.

Nicely carbonated, with a semi-dry finish. Refreshing, although body is a bit think relative to other similar beers.

Overall a very drinkable beer. A nice hoppy IPA from Milwaukee with a decidedly West Coast edge.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 17:10:55 | More by afdempse
Photo of nrbw23


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice hazy golden amber. A nice foamy cream colored head that leaves a nice amount of layered lacing.

S- Wow a great amount of hops smacked right in the face when I smelled this brew. A ton of piney, citrus and floral hops. I could also pick up some bready malts in there also.

T- Hops every where that are enter mingled and taste outstanding this is balanced out by some sweet malts.

M- Medium in body, creamy and nice carbonation.

D- Highly recommended here. I really enjoyed this brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 02:17:40 | More by nrbw23
Photo of BeerTruth


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was pleasantly surprised to see this at Finger Lakes Beverage in Ithaca.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Bottled in Sept notched on the side.

Pours a hazy golden yellow hue with a fluffy two finger off-white head that slowly dies down to a foamy layer of bubbles. Lots of clingy lacing left behind on the sides of the glass. Sweet citrus hops in the nose with bitter earthy notes as well. A faint pale malt aroma with some grass and hay underneath. Pretty fresh smelling beer overall. Taste begins with pink grapefruit, mandarine oranges, and sweet floral hops. Bitter hops and fresh cut grass midway with a slight malty undertone. Aftertaste is semi-dry with a touch of lemon and pine. Light to medium body with a crisp feel and a lively carbonation. This is a very solid and drinkable IPA, one I could easily see myself returning to down the road.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 00:19:20 | More by BeerTruth
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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New brewer and beer for my area. Picked up a six pack. Poured a golden color with a huge big bubbled head and lacing that coated the inside of my glass. Very strong nose of citrus hops, with a background of flowers and pine. Rich and fairly high carbonated mouthfeel, and quite refreshing on the tongue. The flavor is dominated by the citrus hops, Dry and bitter finish rounds out what I consider to be a very nice IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 02:14:44 | More by rkuhnel
Photo of drxandy


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass from 12oz
poured a golden hazy amber, good head structure, foamy

smell of orange peel, honey, maltiness

tasted crisp and refreshing, sweeter hop action than most ipa's. Bitter yet almost creamy, finishing with honey-like sweetness. The malts play in nice smoothing around the hops and sweetness blending together everything. A great IPA

mouthfeel was very easy to drink, but still providing an interesting flavor experience - yum

overall drinkability is very high, if it weren't nay impossible to find around my area, it would be an ipa i would pick up a sixer of here and there,, but i managed to find in grand rapids.. sigh

try this ipa, you probably won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 15:24:10 | More by drxandy
Photo of daledeee


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a medium cloudy orange. It has a good white frothy head.

Nose is strong pine needles, floral and a little spice.

Taste is a pleasure with really nice hop character with hints of sweetness and malt. Really nice and easy to drink.

Mouth feel is also quite frothy and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 00:47:22 | More by daledeee
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