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IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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very good

998 Ratings

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Ratings: 998
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 46
Gots: 88 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Popp24, Apr 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

jreindl, Apr 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Very drinkable IPA. Well balanced with a good hop bite. Nice citrusy notes. Good every day drinker.

Beantowner76, Sep 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

magnusdave, Aug 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

wstitzel, Nov 01, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big, dense, resiny head that has great persistence and collapses into a sloppy puff of lacing. Citrus dominates the nose immediately. Lustrous, copper color. Starts off with big grapefruit hoppiness with a touch of pine sap resin, build into a floral character as a good medium bitterness hits. As this peaks, it becomes citrus rind. The finish is lingering hop resin, but not too much bitterness. A great, silky mouthfeel.

This is a really nice IPA. I love Wisconsin/Midwest IPA's like this one because they really are hoppy, but they de-emphasize that lingering bitterness. I LOVE when a brewer understands that more IBU's does NOT mean it will be more awesome.
Everything you want from the hops, but none of the lingering bitterness that ruins your palate.

I had this with a 6-year Wisconsin cheddar. The combination was sublime. The refined nature of this IPA pairs perfectly with such an old cheddar; This IPA is more balanced than you'd expect, just as the cheddar is.

TheSSG, Jul 29, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice and balanced IPA. Looks great, perfectly amber with a nice fluffy head and strong lacing. Smell is super citrusy. It smells like a grapefruit with honey sprinkled over it, which was something my dad ate for breakfast when I was growing up.

Taste is delicious as well. This could easily become my everyday drinking IPA. Strong hops and citrus, especially grapefruit, like the nose. It has an underlying sweet maltiness that balances it perfectly and is overcome by the hops for a semi-dry finish.

Overall, I'm surprised this beer isn't rated higher on the average. It's truly a great beer and one I'm happy to have finally pulled the trigger on.

robboyd, Aug 01, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

amidabha, Oct 08, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Before being released by Lakefront, my friend reports this brew was the exclusive house IPA at Comet Cafe - Mangy Rabbit.

Enjoyed on-tap at Meglio Pizzeria. (Corner of Humboldt Ave. and Water St.)

Pours a copper amber with a one finger head and moderate carbonation. Spotty lacing.

Spicy, pine aroma with sweet malted undertones. Essences of caramel and spruce.

Hops aplenty. Pine upfront followed by toasted biscuit. Finishes with a dry, hoppy bitterness that hits the back of the tongue.

Extremely drinkable: one of the most sessionable IPAs I've had to date. Borderline poundable in a good way. Especially after playing 90 minutes of pick-up hockey.

Pairs well with a Canadian bacon, mushroom, black olive and tomato pizza. That and watching the Brewers best the Mets by a deuce.

Congrats to Lakefront on a hoppy, well-balanced IPA offering.

CaptainIPA, Apr 13, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle into a half-pint glass slightly cloudy and light peach colored with a solid half finger white foamy head that settles into a nice cap with moderate lacing. Nice color overall and lacing sticks nicely to the sides of the glass. The color almost reminds me of a DIPA with an expectedly high hop profile.

The initial nose is strong of citrusy hops, lemon, peach, and moss but as the beer warms the alcohol profile becomes much more dominant. Subtle tree fruit aromas - apple, pear, peach - all nice and inviting. The hops are blended well into a mild but flavorful malt backbone, with a nice alcohol transition.

The flavor is just great. Super soft and well balanced all around. Hop profile bounces between tropical fruit with strong notes of pineapple to more subtle orange citrus to pronounced piney resins. And all around is a nice alcohol presence - not sure the ABV but it's enough to make it feel warm. But no doubt this is a refreshing beer too. Some candy flavors finish off with a beautiful aftertaste of ripe pineapple.

The beer is soft and fluid, not thick but definitely viscous. Carbonation is present but never dominates. Like a good IPA the flavors are more pronounced when the softness of the water allows the aromas and resins from the hops to come out. Very nice.

Drinkability is also good and I could definitely put a few of these down. In fact, I'll probably buy a case soon.

NoLiberty, Nov 17, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After years of reading and drinking, this is my first review.

12 oz. bottle, dated Jan-Wk1, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy, coppery orange. Moderate white head, which dissipates quickly and leaves a bit of irregular lacing. Some fine sediment contributes to the haziness.

S: This IPA smells great: heavy on the citrus hops, lots of grapefruit, pithy, some topical fruit, pineapple, and a little bit of herbal grassiness. I don't get any malt notes.

T: Taste follows the smell, but it's juicier than the smell suggested, at least at the start. Citrus fruit, and ample bitterness. It also has some medicinal notes and alcohol in the taste. Finishes dry and the oily hops linger. There isn't much malt here--maybe a bit of of caramel hiding under the hops.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp. A little slick and oily.

D: A very drinkable IPA. I could definitely drink a few of these, and I would buy it again.

hacienda, Feb 27, 2011
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4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

joeseppy, Mar 01, 2013
IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 998 ratings.