IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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89
very good

1,172 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,172
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 59
Gots: 192 | 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 HeadyBroughtMeHere
3.14/5  rDev -20.7%
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...

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for $2. Poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a hazed greenish-yellow color with about two full fingers of fluffy off white foam. The head leaves a minimal lacing on the inside of my glass as it fades. Smells and tastes of floral hops, light caramel malts, slightly sour, pine, and lemon. The nose builds you up and then you are hit with a huge letdown in the taste. Thin, watery body with medium carbonation. One and done for me. I hope this was just a dud bottle.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.19/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear sunset orange-amber with a nice thick three finger head. This head looks solid, thick, and dense and leaves tons of really pretty arcs of lace on the glass. Big sheets of foam wash down the glass after a swirl, leaving crusty sea foam webwork behind. Nice!

S - Mandarin orange, tangerine, tangelo, and apricot notes play on top of a fruit-cookie or home made fruit-bar base. The mandarin orange hop notes are pleasantly mellow, but don't strip the lining from inside your nose like an IPA really should. Nice, but a little underpowered.

T - Floral, perfume-y, and soapy hops taste British in origin. That nice mandarin note from the nose is replaced by a more flowery note that I don't like as much. Dry crumbly hard bread makes up the malt component, and balances the hops nicely. Lots of mineral flavors here too.

M - Medium bodied, oily, highly carbonated, and finishing extremely dry and sandy.

D - Not one of my favorites. This looks great, smells weak, and tastes off. I can see why a lot of reviewers liked this one, but the flowery and perfume-y notes, combined with a very mineral-laded flavor turned me off.

Photo of jdubjacket
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single 12 ounce bottle of this at Hop City in Atlanta. According to the bottle, this was bottled in the first week of February, making this beer about four months old. Pours a hazy copper color. Huge head on this one. Need to let this one sit to for a few minutes to let the head die down. Smell is slightly hoppy, with some light floral undertones. Sort of musky as well. Bitter hop taste in the beginning and evolves into a slightly malty backbone. Lot of carbonation make this one a sipper. Overall, decent. Not my favorite IPA though.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color, small white head, sticky lacing around the top of the glass.

Aroma is fairly well balanced a little bit of malt and a little bit of hops. Nothing big coming out in the nose.

Malty body, slight hop taste, little bit of a bitter finish.

Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

An okay beer, more of an amber ale than an IPA. There are no aromas of hops, not hop flavor, and only a little hop finish. I like the balanced crisp taste of the beer but an IPA it is not.

Photo of albern
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my favorite IPA by a long shot. It is a good looking beer, it has a nice hazy orangey hued tint to the copper color. It has a nice creamy off white head that laces all over the glass and retains quite well. The appearance is the best part and it goes down from there. The nose on the beer is kind of an earthy citrus smell, and not indicative of an IPA at all. There are sweet clove or apricot like aromas coming from this beer, but no real hop distinctiveness. There is also a slight mustiness in there as well.

The taste is also quite disappointing. Essentially, what happened to the bittering hops. I'm getting a whole lot of citrus sweetness, some creamy biscuitiness in the background, but just no hop. This is really pushing the line on what an American IPA should be. It's drinkable, not bad on its own account, but a really sub-standard IPA.

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled during the 4th week of March (presumably 2011)

A - A very hazy orangy body with substantial frothy offwhite head. It recedes quickly but leaves some heavy lacing initially. I prefer more clarity in my IPAs

S - Pine resin and pine needles are very prominent, some sweet citrus notes also. Decent smell.

T - Hops have really faded in just over a month. Bitterness is barely perceptible, and true hop flavors give way to light malt notes. This is apparently an IPA that demands freshness.

M - Fine, light, a bit dry. Relatively smooth.

O (D) - a fine beer, probably rather tasty when fresh. It's decent, but with so many stellar IPAs out there, this one has a lot of improving to do before it becomes my go-to.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Lakefront IPA poured a orangish yellow color with a 1-2 finger foam head and not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma was decent and gave a clean hop smell with grapefruit and pine. The taste was malty more than what I am used to. It was gentle and soft in the mouth not making much of presence. It was definitely middle of the road in the wide IPA field.

Photo of chilidog
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Perhaps my bottle from the sample pack was not up to snuff.
My iPa was bland, not iPa like at all compared to other reviews.

It poured ok, nice amber color, no big head just tan , not much other than spotted lace.

Aroma of pine, citric hop though mild.

Taste bland for an iPa. No big hop bite but rather malty and thin.

Overall if I can find another single or even on tap I'll try again but based on what I've had, not buying 6 of these.

Photo of alleykatking
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a nice deep golden color that is pretty clear. Nice 1/2 inch off white head from a hard pour that went away and stayed at an 1/8 inch head leaving some decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- From first smell I can detect an underlying big malt backbone (this isn't the freshest I found out later). Some piney hops are making their way to me now. A low alcohol smell can be detected as well.

T- Not as malty as I got from the smell. The hops seemed to keep up with the aged beer (around 3 months). Alcohol sneeks up on you after the piney hops die down. This is really a shell of it's old former self.

M- This beer is nicely carbinated and has a medium mouthfeel to it. I would suspect that at one point in time this beer would be all over your palate leaving a nice hoppy resin over it but not this time.

D- I could drink this beer right now if I had to. I would drink this beer a lot more if it were fresh. I drain poured it about half way through.

I know this review reflects on the age of the beer and when I have had it fresh I did like it. But as of right now...it's a no go.

Photo of znichols
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- dark hazy straw. Rather cloudy gold. Looks more like a weizen. Not much lacing and a straight white baby head.

S- pretty muted. Light yeast aroma first with a little malt. Surprisingly I get just a hint of grassy hops on the back end.

T- bitter right away with a big yeast character for an ipa. Explains the hazyness. A little toffee sweet malt and honey in the middle followed by some kind of grassy, herbal, slightly citrusy hops. Ends with more yeast, bready flavor. Not sure if i'd call this an american or english ipa since there isn't much rich maltyness or pungent hops present.

M- Medium to light bodied. Appropriately carbonated with enough bubbles to open up the aroma a little.

O- Not bad. Not sure if i'd reach for it on account of its over the top yeast character, but it was an approachable ipa. I would recommend this slightly bitter, wisconsin version of an inoffensive IPA to a friend new to craft beer, but i'll stick with a two hearted if i want a good IPA from the midwest.

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a le Cheval Blanc pint glass.

Pours a hazy, chunky (yeasty bits) orange with a big, rocky offwhite head. Head stands up, looks like there will be lacing.

Aromas of big, citrusy, piney hops, grapefruit, grapefruit zest, orange. If there's any malt, I don't detect it.

Flavors of subdued grapefruit, almost diluted. From the aroma, I expect a bigger, more puckering bitterness, this is rather restrained. Finish is short, with bitter grapefruit zest lingering into the fade.

Mouthfeel is light, very slight pull from the bitterness. Not aggressive at all.

Overall a rather relaxed IPA, subdued, no palate fatigue from this one, but also not what most hopheads are looking for. I'd like a little more bitterness.

Photo of denver10
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a firey orange golden with a white head. Aroma was biscuit and orange, lot of rind and some of the fruity sugars. Flavor was bright orange, again lots of rind with some of the fruit sugars thrown in, all on top of a biscuit malt underbelly. Active, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, an alright brew. Easy to to drink but not one I plan on drinking again.

Photo of mikereaser
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a hazy copper color with a little foam that left just a layer of small bubbles on the surface

S - citrus and piney hops aroma with a seemingly cardboard hint as well

T - nice hop bitterness, flavors of orange and lemon citrus on the tongue. cardboard flavor isn't there as expected

M/D - easy drinking IPA, not the best flavor, the taste is just off somehow, so it wouldn't be my first choice.

Photo of david18
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not great, not terrible. I had this today at a beer bar and it was just ok. I would not have guessed the abv but that explains my sleepiness right now. Good color, good taste, but it doesn't stand out in any other way. Worth a try if you see it but don't count on ordering a second.

Photo of spree92
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This isn't a typical stock item at our beer stores, so it may have been sitting around for a while. Smell is of light hops and not much else. A taste of dirty hops, bitter and sour at the same time. Feel and drink just aren't where it should be for a craft IPA.

Bought a 6'er, so I will keep trying.

Photo of BierFan
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug. The bottle says it's 7 months old.

Big off-white head and a honey-orange colored head. Cloudy like a German hefeweizen due to a crazy amount of yeast in the bottle. Not sure if Lakefront IPA's are always this yeasty or if I got an off bottle. Wasn't sure how all the yeast would taste in an IPA but it's pretty good.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wiseman Justin Reporting:

Appearance - Cloudy, dark burnt orange. Pours a thick frothy head that takes about 2 minutes to dissipate. Some lacing.

Smell - Nice strong smell that I noticed from about a foot away. Heavy hops on the nose. Some faint citrus (mainly oranges). It's nice from afar but up close it's not that good.

Taste - Light burnt hops. It's an adequate IPA but I've had much, much better. Still, the beer has no flaws, just no real strengths either. Woody, hoppy and some orange.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is a bit high; other than that it seems pretty average.

Overall - This is a pretty average IPA. I don't feel like I wasted my money on it at all.

Photo of magictrokini
3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured clear gold with a HUGE, rocky white head that stuck around for a while. Thick, sticky lacing. Fresh grass aroma, sweeter, citrus hops with some sugar. Light, bubbly mouthfeel. No syrupy residue. Taste was somewhat disappointing. Fresh, grassy hops. Light orange and pineapple hops, some white pepper, but mostly lemongrass. Light malt, crisp. The hop profile is just a bit weak for the style. Tasted more like a hoppy XPA. Still, it was refreshing.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lakefront- IPA

A- Clear golden copper brown with no head or lacing.
S- Light caramel malt with a touch of pine hops.
T- Smooth creamy caramelized malt with an equal balance of pine hops.
M- Creamy/ buttery up front with a nice slight hoppy dry bitter finish.

Overall- sweet smooth flavors make this easily sessionable.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good orange and brown notes in the color. Thick head.

Very sour for what an ipa should be. Thick ale. Bitter. Hops not as citrusy as I would have expected, went for more of a big bitterness than a dry hopped citrus feel. A little metallic down the bottle, more malt heavy at the end. Drinkable as it comes at a fair price, but is more like a hodepodge of ipa, imperial esb and a sour. Unique. I'd call it another winner from Lakefront, but far from their best effort.

EDIT: These have shown up in Reno! Wow, some good stuff here, but you can't really go big hops on this one. There's some, and they're better than average, but Total Wine needs to try and order less, because it sticks around on the shelf for like 6 months.

Photo of BB1313
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on month and week notched on label. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a murky hazy golden with a decent white head that sticks around and leaves great lacing and has nice retention. There is sediment/floaties as well. The aromas are nice, but somewhat faint. I'm picking up some candied tangerines and some orange peel. There's a touch of pine and alot of caramel malts. The flavors aren't extremely flavorful, but very crisp and bitter. There's a burst of citrus and pine. The malts seems to disappear in the flavors. Very refreshing. The carbonation is very active, giving the beer life. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This might not be the most exciting IPA, but it's extremely well crafted. Very sharp, crisp and refreshing. It personally reminded me of Finest Kind and Bengali Tiger, but even better.

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mostly of hops, a touch of malt. Taste is sweet, hoopy, but not overly bitter like most IPA's. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a quality brew.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy pale orange color with copious amounts of head, rising above the rim of the glass to form a plateau. The head retains nicely, remeaning pleasantly thick and present throughout most of the drink.

The smell is strong with pine-hops and a little yeast. The taste is similar, the pine hops dominate the palate followed by vague hints of biting citrus and soap; not an entirely pleasany combination.

Nice strong alcohol content that doesn't overwhelm the mouth. However, the brew itself is very off balance and the malts seem like they were thrown in as an after thought.

Not a terrible IPA, but not something I'd seek out in the future either.

Photo of Reaper16
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a pretty typical IPA color -- that classic, warm orange color. Half a finger of disparate, sudsy offwhite head form. Good lacing despite the unimpressive consistency of the foam.

The first thing I smell is caramel malt, which is not a good sign. But rest assured, there's hoppiness to be found here. Some top-end pineapple represents the most exciting aspect of this IPA, and there's lots of orange and spruce to play off of the sweet malt profile.

When people talk about balanced IPAs they might unwittingly have this beer in mind. It has juicy hop flavor without much bitterness. I'm actually disappointed in how not-bitter Lakefront IPA is. There's caramel malt and biscuit malt sweetness, but not so much that it dominates the fruit flavors from the lupulin. It finishes very clean; too clean for me.

This is a medium-bodied beer, perhaps even on the lighter side of medium. It's pretty wet and juicy if you're into that. I like a drier mouthfeel typically but this is still solid.

Overall, this is a very Midwestern IPA. It isn't crazy with the hops, but it is hoppier than the East Coast style. It's very balanced, and balance has a place in the IPA world.

IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 1,172 ratings.