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IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

340 Reviews
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Reviews: 340
Hads: 1,204
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 64
Gots: 208 | 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:
Beer added by: cichief on 01-05-2008

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Photo of Beerds
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice rich amber color, fairly cloudy, lacking head. No distinct smell. Taste is different, not exactly sure what the main flavor is bute whatever it is its almost refreshing like a glass of water. Flavor is all up front with little to no aftertaste. (251 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/27/2015. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate malt flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, and moderately creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,388 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to "borussia dortmund" adam!

Pours an orange-amber, hazed color, with a solid head, collapsing to a glass coating lacing.

Smells of lime embraced orange, a note of grass and sweeter, cakey malts. On this foundation, a whiff of unripe kiwi amps up the aromas, pushing the beer into a well deserved fruity direction, leaning onto the hops.

Has a lively but very soft carbonation, opening the palate up to gently balanced hops.

Tastes of lime coated toffee malts, together with a very pleasant grassiness. Reveals an aqueous note which gets washed away by sweeter, prominent malts, heading into a biscuity direction, automatically enhancing the juicyness of the fruity hops. Those still stand out against the well working malt-backbone, due to the beers distinct, dry grassiness. Finishes with an even more dryer flavor, accompanied by cakey malts, adding a profound sweetness to the ale, even at that stage of drinking.

Well put together ipa, in which the malts are as important as the hops, lives by its outstanding balance, while lending the hops enough character to convince on their own. (1,108 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)

Photo of bgillespie
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A deep amber-orange and pours a thick white head that dissipates to a white frothy lacing.

Smell: Hops and citrus. A lot of it.

Taste: Citrus, bitter. A hint of grapefruit at the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy to drink.

Overall: A great beer and IPA. Nice touch with the flavor of grapefruit. (338 characters)

Photo of jonwiseman
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The highest rating I've ever given a beer on this or any other review site. This has always been one of my top three beers. Extremely well done in all aspects. Perfect lacing, perfect hoppiness. If they could DIPA this beer I would give it a 5. (244 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at the St. Paul Fish Market.
L: Clear amber with a 1” cream colored foam cap, persists and provides thin lace.
S: Fruit and grain on the nose
T: Citrus, grapefruit, grapefruit rind, good clean malt flavors. Hops are medium to medium high but not harsh.
F: Creamy, medium body, medium carbonation.
O: I can’t think of a better beer to drink with a lobster roll. (380 characters)

Photo of jweaver95
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first ever IPA, unfortunately, I didn't notice that it was bottled almost 15 months prior to when I drank it. Other than it being flat and a bit skunky, it wasn't bad. Looks great, tasted decent. Hopefully I can try it again soon when it's a bit fresher. (257 characters)

Photo of buzzarooski
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This IPA is a GEM......the ONLY problem with it might be its "drinkability"....it is so good....and so smooth....that a "ROOKIE" might NOT notice that it packs an above average 6.6% ABV......AWESOME job Lakefront Brewery! (221 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOD 1/27/15. Slightly hazy medium amber pour. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention.

Light nose of pine and citrus hops over a light biscuit.

Light medium body that is rather smooth. Slightly above normal carbonation with a decent middle effervescence and a nice finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, a bit complex and expertly balanced. It begins with a blend of citrus and pine hop flavor, that has a slight grapefruit rind quality. As the middle approaches, a slight orange note appears along with a soft biscuit sweetness. The middle produces a mild bitterness underneath the dominant hop flavors. The finish is a slow fade of grapefruit rind flavor and bitterness. (700 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.84/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at the Biergarten in Charleston, SC.
Aroma- Hops and fruit, great blend.
Appearance- A hazy orange amber with a medium sized white head.
Taste- A really nice IPA flavor mix of hops, malt and fruit.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation, I really like the smooth finish.
Overall- An outstanding beer, I never heard of this beer before i ordered it. I will drink it again. (426 characters)

Photo of HeadyBroughtMeHere
3.14/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Meh. Very malty. Reminded me of a "lite" Dogfish Head 90 Min.

Edit: this was poured from a bottle at an airport bar (in Milwaukee--read: local). Didn't get to check the date on bottle for freshness before it was taken from me...and after reading other [significantly more positive] reviews, I'm wondering if I got an old/bad bottle... (336 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bready leading to some sweetness. Hops are very present but not very powerful. Orange in the taste, lemon zest and grass in the nose. Still some malted sweetness. (162 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled sample. A fairly standard IPA - heavy floral notes with a little caramel/bready malt sweetness. Not one I would go back to again and again but will do in a pinch. (170 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

We don't normally get this in my state, but somehow a bottle ended up on a singles shelf locally. Bottled 5/29/14 so WAY past its prime, but I'm gonna take a stab at reviewing it anyway.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Unibroue stemmed flute.

a; Slightly hazy orange with an inch plus thick white head which receded slowly to heavy even surface foam and very dense lacing. Looking great so far!

s: Slight light fruit.

t: Somewhat fruity biscuit malt followed by a moderate hop bite which lingered at the back sides of the tongue through the otherwise dry finish.

m; Medium, nice body, moderate carbonation tingle.

o: Obviously a top quality IPA. Probably had more winning flavor when fresh, but still a good quaff, sips nicely to go with its near perfect look and mouthfeel. (790 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

4 oz taster on tap

4 oz taster

A: light colored caramel nice white head


S: I can't hardly smell anything maybe a fleeting fruit smell


T: nice fruit flavors sweet with a Little bubblegum on the end a little bready malts finishes clean


M: lighter than most ipas almost a little watery on the end 


O: solid IPA right here if you like a little more fruity beer sweet I'd drink this again (399 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up as part of a mixed box of beer that Lakefront put out. Mainly clear yellow-orange pour with a foamy white two finger head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is a nice balance between citrusy, piney hops and caramel malt with hints of grapefruit and tropical fruit. The taste is more hop forward with lots of pine and citrus and some nice herbal notes. Hints of grapefruit, caramel, orange peel, grass, and toffee. The mouthfeel is tangy and oily with great balance and a nice dry, tangy, bittersweet finish. Overall, this one grew on me. A solid, well balanced, and drinkable IPA. (610 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

A: Pours a somewhat cloudy orange/goldish color, had a nice one finger white head at the top and left a slight lacing around the glass.

S: Pine, honey, lemongrass, earthy nose, some caramel is also present and some grapefruit as well.

T: The taste follows the nose lots of grapefruit, and some pine and caramel notes throughout, some earthyness to it as well.

M: Warming, medium bodied, sticky and dry, and a good amount of carbonation.

O: Overall a good brew, not to bitter and good amount of flavors, well balanced. I feel like Wisconsin is stepping their game up when it comes to craft beer these days, good brew and well balanced. (641 characters)

Photo of danvanmat
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

A - A golden/orange color.Not too much head on my pour, but maybe I was being too careful.

S - Citrus/hoppy

T - It has the IPA bite, which is nice. Not as dominant and sharp as some of my other more-preferred favorites. It's more smooth, and I think that "casual" IPA drinkers would really like something like this. It's worth noting I had this from the bottle - I'd really like to try this on draft.

M - Thins is a good word to describe this. Not full at all, the texture of a light domestic.

O - I've had some "really good" IPA's, and I've had "good" IPA's. Right now, this one fits in with the latter. I do think that if I were to have this on draft it could be "really good". It's also worth noting that I'm drinking this after it was bottled over 3 months ago, so I owe it to Lakefront Brewery to try a fresh one. I'll definitely come back to this one at a later date. (878 characters)

Photo of BTodd
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A-Hazy, orange with a thin layer of suds which lingered.

S-Pine, citrus, bitter orange

T-Same as smell with a nice, light caramel sweetness on the finish. Good balance.

M-Feels a little thin. Cleans out pretty quickly with some residual bitterness. A good drinker for sure.

O-I've had this before and didn't think it stood up. However, today, it's hitting the spot. Bottled ab out 2 months ago. Perhaps last time was too old. (479 characters)

Photo of Dan_McNeely
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Very nice copper-amber color with some real nice thickness, not clear at all. Very appetizing beer.

S- Smooth blend of citrus and hops. The citrus overwhelms the hops just a bit.

T- Again, the citrus is a bit overtaking of the hops, but a real smooth blend. It has a mild sour taste that lingers with the after taste.

M- It's a happy beer, simple mix, the everyman's IPA. Much like Milwaukee, not over the top, but impressing for some difficult to understand reason. I very personable beer. No one attribute makes this beer, it's just a very good blend that isn't made for everyone, like some IPAs.It's fresh, and opening.

Overall, being from Milwaukee I'm a bit biased, but honestly say it's not my bottom bitch. I love everything Lake Front offers, and this is a staple beer for me I can pick up and enjoy anytime, very versatile. This beer can fit into any outing, party or situation. Great outdoors, fine sittin' around, goes great with pizza, is nice with a fancy pasta...probably not a steak but whatever...I would suggest this as a top tier IPA for anyone. (1,072 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: somewhat hazy; burnt orange color; even with an aggressive pour, almost no head; some lacing;

S: subdued; a little pine, tropical fruit, and a touch of smokiness;

T: well balanced, but not a lot of anything; a slight bit of bitterness on the short finish;

M: medium bodied; light carbonation;

O: this wasn't bad, but it seemed a little weak; if it had more aroma, more flavor, more bitterness, and more carbonation, I would have liked it a lot more; (456 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler filled at Cranbury Buy-rite.

Poured into a DFH large snifter.

Pours a rich amber color with a finger of sticky foam. Aroma is full of blueberry and citrus hops - a nice sweet fruity smell.

First sip is a rush of crystal sweetness that quickly fades and leaves a lingering citrus hop flavor. Finishes dry, despite the initial sweet flavors.

This is a very balanced IPA - nothing overpowering here. A nice mix of malt and hops, with a dry finish makes this very easy to drink.

Solid beer, but not mindblowing. Nothing to complain about, just a great quaffable brew. (579 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed golden orange color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head fades rather quickly leaving foamy rings of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a citrus hop smell of grapefruit and pine. Along with the hoppy smells comes some more malty aromas with both a bready and light caramel aroma. A of a tangerine smell mixes in with the rest, creating a sweeter smell overall.

Taste – The taste is much drier than anticipated from the nose. It begins with a more cracker like flavor with a bit of a caramel sweetness. Right from the start there is a decent sum of a grapefruit hop that grows stronger as the flavor moves onto the end. Along with the grapefruit growing stronger, some pine hop and a bit of herbal hop work their way onto the tongue. The caramel that was present upfront, fades away all while the hops increase, and in the end the combination of flavors leaves a drier and rather resinous bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. The thicker body really accentuates the hop flavors nicely as the higher carbonation is nice for the cracker flavors creating a some-what crisp feel.

Overall – A drier and crisper IPA with a decently bitter hop bite. A fairly nice drinker. (1,445 characters)

Photo of BeersIsTheName
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass

A- Dark amber, darker than most IPA's. Thick foamy head that lasts for about half the glass.

S- Hints of mint and wheat. Not much citrus or hops.

T- Very surprising for an IPA. The taste is very reflective of the smell. There is not a lot of hops going on here. Has a very smooth finish. No bitterness in sight.

M- Smooth. Smooth. Smooth. Has a full body for an IPA.

O- This is a unique IPA. The bitterness that most IPAs favor is not here. There are some hints and tones of citrus but are hidden by the wheat and malt flavor that is dominant. (586 characters)

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