IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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338 Reviews
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Reviews: 338
Hads: 1,188
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 60
Gots: 197 | 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 joeseppy
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (944 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

A -Dark copper/orange with a nice full 2 finger head that diminishes into a frothy ring around my tulip. Some lacing remains.

S - I get some citrus and orange with pine and floral hop mix. Smells pretty good, but not in your face with hops.

T - Taste is a very nice orange and citrus flavor up front with some bitter pine. Middle has a nice caramel malt with a touch of honey. Finish is a bitter pine that leaves your mouth dry. Not super hoppy which is what I prefer.

M - Medium carbonation with a slick oily hop residue that leaves your mouth dry on the finish.

O - I really like this offering from Lakefront and feel that it is a balanced IPA that leans towards the citrus first then bitter style. This is just one week old and really tasty. (790 characters)

Photo of jonwiseman
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Wisconsinality
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass

A- Pours a nice hazy, amber with about a half finger's worth of head. The heads dissipates rather quickly but leaves some good lacing on the side of the glass.

S- The hops just burst out of the bottle on this one and gets even stronger when poured into a glass. There is also a good malty backbone that makes this one a real treat.

T- A hoppy start that is surprisingly smooth and very little bitterness. Again, the malt seems to go well with the amount of hops to add a very nice balance. There is also a little bit of citrus fruit and a bready finish. Can't taste any of the 7% ABV.

M- Smooth from the start with almost no bitterness which is pretty surprising. The carbonation seems to add to the smoothness of this beer.

D- Overall such a solid offering from Lakefront. I would put this one on par with Bell's Two Hearted. This is a good representation of what a Midwest IPA should be. For having a higher ABV(7%) these go down easy and don't beat up the taste buds. (1,026 characters)

Photo of brewmudgeon
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lakefront ipa

a 4 cloudy golden apricot biege amber, lots of particulates. respectable head drops to a ring and leaves helter skelter lacework.

s 4-4.5 tropical fruit, mainly pineapple; crackers. some pine as well.

t 3.5-4 very well balanced, more bitterness than i recalled--not the roll over and die sort of ipa that i remembered. it's no bitter bomb either. nice and friendly with a restrained sweetness and mild citrus flavors, cleaning up with moderate bitterness on the back end. could use a touch more oomph in the taste department, but unlike such offerings as Celebration there are no annoying flavors lingering around.

m 3.5-4 medium body and enough resin to let you know it's an ipa, though i would perhaps prefer a lusher, stickier texture.

d 4-4.5 one of the most drinkable IPAs i've experienced. if they could add just a bit more flavor and hop oil, this would be a major winner. (899 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great extra received from BeerFMAndy in a recent trade. Thanks!

Poured into my pint glass. Pours a very cloudy brownish gold. This really looks like honey in my glass. Decent lacing. Smells very citrusy with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and finishes with a big pine smack. This smells like hop perfume.

The mouth is smooth and creamy, but has a nice subtle carbonation bite at each sip. Flavor is a big hop smack at the forefront, but doesn't finish harsh in any way. Nice bready finish. Sweet malts balance this out really well. This is one of the better IPAs I've had in awhile. Recommend. (597 characters)

Photo of wmtxbb
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap from the brewery itself. The following is from my notes taken while at the brewery.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a thick unrelenting head.

Smell: Fresh, citrus and grapefruit hops. Sells a lot like cascade hops.

Taste: Honey malts enveloped by sharp, citrus/grapefruit hops. It seems like Lakefront only used one type of hops in this brew.

This is one of the best IPAs I've had in a while. This may be due to how fresh it is. (445 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange with an off-white head. Dense foam that measures at least a centimeter.

Citrus in the nose but this is kept in check.

Medium bodied with some sweetness and pear esters that are fairly subtle. Huge background bitterness and plenty of hop resin that really screams pine and citrus. Very nice caramel sweetness with some biscuit and bready characters to round this out. Everything about this is legit. This is a totally hoppy IPA from Lakefront. Plenty of body and a heavy hand of hops that is very well-rounded. Lemon and grapefruit linger on the tongue.

Delicious. (578 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled the first week of December 2011. Copper orange in color and murky. Poured with a frothy off-white foam that quickly reduced to a soapy cap. Big grapefruit hop aroma that still allows malty aromas to show through beneath. Citrus grapefruit and strong herbal hop flavors up front that quickly fade through the middle. The flavor changes so quickly it the flavor briefly seems watery before citrus and pine hop flavors again return at the very dry finish. Light caramel malt backbone throughout. The ultra-dry finish seems to take away any bitter hoppiness at the end. This was like a west coast IPA at the beginning and an English IPA at the finish. (655 characters)

Photo of buzzarooski
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
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 robboyd
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of jackorain
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An semi-aggressive pour into my Stone Levitation glass resulted in a 3/4 inch tall, tight bone colored head that fell rather slowly and left a sheet like lace as tall as the former head. The liquid is a coppery-amber color with quite a bit of chill haze. A really nice color and look.

The aroma is of caramel and biscuit malts, followed by grapefruit and citrus hops.

The first sip brings grapefruit and orange flavor with a firm bitterness. The middle brings a slightly sweet, caramel malt and biscuity malt flavor. The finish is rounded out with an additional wave of bitterness and citrus. The bitterness lingers for quite a while.

The body is medium and right in the wheelhouse of the style. There is a creamy quality that is cut by the lively effervescence. There is a bit of oiliness on the swallow.

This is one beer I could drink several of. This is a fine IPA. (872 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours unmotherfuckingfiltered. It is really, really nice to see yeast sediment floating around in an IPA. It's as opaque as a tulip and the head is like the beers they drink in cartoons.

Smells green. Underripe oranges, pine, and pot. No malt of which to speak. The hops are varied but not really that balanced but still this is a good profile.

Tastes like it smells, like a jar of green green grass. Only not at all grassy. Tastes like all the bitter greens with which I am familiar, adding to the aforementioned we got parsley, and then the tops of carrots--and, oh I just belched a little and up came some grass. Hmm. Very nice.

Damn fine flagship, right here. (668 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

A - hazy amber; white head with good retention. Small amount of sediment eventually settled on bottom of the glass.

S - fresh hops! citrus

T - good hop hit followed by a substantial malt balance. Clean. Perhaps deserving of a 5.

M - medium body with good carbonation

Aroma indicates very hop heavy brew but taste is far more balanced -- great aroma-flavor interplay. Fine aftertaste.

Highly recommended for hop heads (460 characters)

Photo of CurtisPeacock
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently became infatuated with IPAs. Definitely a hop-head after trying my first IPA. So, in search of the best IPA I've been trying a bunch of different brands. Lakefront IPA is up there on my list and I would recommend this beer to someone looking for an IPA.

Appearance: Pours a medium copper color, almost an orange. Nice amount of off white head and light lacing.

Smell: A strong citrus smell with a nice amount of hop bitterness to it.

Taste: Just the right amount of bitterness to the taste. I'm very picky when it comes to being overly bitter and not bitter enough. Lakefront hits that sweet spot right on. It also has a nice hint of grapefruit to add complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with a smooth finish.

Overall: This has become one of my favorite IPAs. When visiting a bar I will usually order this beer if I'm in the mood for an IPA unless there is a brand I haven't tried yet. I would suggest every hop-head try this beer. (953 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in the first week of September, 2010. Pours a hazy amber with a decent head and some pretty nice lace.
The smell is very hop centered, lemon, pine resin, honey, grass and the tiniest bit of biscuity malts.
The taste follows suit with a great, tingly hop taste. Very balanced.
The mouth is pretty thin but still goes down well.
I could drink a few in a row. A tasty IPA for sure. (386 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of bottle this beer was a hazy, light-amber color with the usual Lakefront deposit of sediment. The head was one-finger and off-white, retained as a thin cap and left lacing like lace-top-fishnet stockings. The aroma was very appealing, lots of floral hops, citrus and sweet malt; a true bouquet. The flavors were excellent, again pronounced floral hops notes, orange and grapefruit, some citrus rind bitterness in the middle and a crisp finish. I especially enjoyed the balance of sweet malts and bitter hops. The mouthfeel was semi-creamy, the body medium and the carbonation a touch high. Solid, solid, solid. (616 characters)

Photo of Mojo
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle -> World Market tulip glass

This beer pours up a very hazy apricot color with a minimal head, no retention, but some lacing left behind. Nose is citrus, pine, and biscuit. Taste is very citrus grapefruit, with a powerful spicy hop finish. Mouthfeel is kind of spicy and nice. Pretty good beer that I can recommend. (334 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - unfiltered rust color with a creamy, rocky off-white head that hung around as a thick layer and left globs of lacing behind.
S - sour citrus and a touch of sweetness in the aroma.
T - hey, this is a pretty damn good IPA here. Lots of citrus and piney hop flavors come out with just enough malt to keep things balanced.
F - medium bodied with a smooth and creamy feel.
D - the 7% lets you know it's there (buzz factor) but still this goes down nice and easy. (507 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a bitter hop bite laid over a nicely balanced pale and Munich malt aroma. It's citrusy and light with a refreshing feel. The taste is great. It's incredibly smooth and not overly bitter. It's well balanced and highly drinkable. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a easy drinking IPA. It's well brewed and doesn't overpower you. It's got a nice hop character, but isn't a hop bomb. Recommmended. (568 characters)

Photo of soze47
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle dated 4th week of July (2 months old)

Appearance: Big bubbles form a nice fluffy head that lasts for a while. Sediment is swirling on the pour, but float gracefully throughout the entire drinking experience. Color is a nice brown first, orange second tone.

Aroma: I get lemons and oranges for sure. Very fruity, but I don't get a resinous quality to the hop forward nose.

Taste: Wow, this is kind of unique for such a hoppy beer. The citrus fruitiness of the hops is very forward without the residual bitterness that usually tags along. I think the malt plays a great role at accentuating the hops and keeping the bitterness at bay.

Mouthfeel: Definitely feels like a medium bodied beer in the mouth, but it is very clean and crisp. Almost no lingering taste keeps your tongue wanting more without having being punished.

Drinkability: High drinkability for an IPA. Again, this one begs for another drink.

Overall: At first, I found this slightly perplexing but was big fan by the end of the glass. This is a great surprise and the big winner of the variety pack I just picked up from Lakefront. I hope I can find this in sixers in MA. (1,155 characters)

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into my go to Czechvar glass. Label indicates bottled in the first week of January.

Pours a nice warm apricot color with thick cloud. Chunky sediment in the glass fights with the rising carbonation bubbles. Massive, hop oil head towers over the top of the glass with a moderate pour and leaves sticky clingy soap sud lace all over the top of the glass. Rings with each quaff, nice looking beer.

Aroma is mild, but agreeable. Light tannic acid and hop tea aroma followed by chewy roasted caramel malt. Hop aroma finishes tropical fruity and reminds me of the smell of the skin of a pineapple. It amazes me that the aroma is still this fresh with a beer that is 5 months old.

Flavor is bright hops on the front. Slightly salty and grassy, there is a little bit of fruit peeking in there. Middle brings a light malt flavor, grain is substantial, but the finish brings more hop. Bitter and clean, there is a lot of resinous chewiness in the hop flavor. Hops yield a bit at the end to a sweetish malt with a citrus lemon or grapefruit rind flavor, then a completely dry and clean bitter hop finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin, given the appearance and flavor, but good. The carbonation is adequate to hold up to the flavor of the beer. This is probably the achilles heel for this beer, not that it matters.

Overall a very tasty IPA that I would seek out and buy in the future. I can't wait to get a fresher one. My Rdev is gonna hurt from this beer. (1,491 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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 joemcgrath27
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - one thumb of fluffy white head, hazy swamp water orange, loaded with sediment, left a nice lace ring
S - grapefruit, herbal, and pine, with a slight bready malt quality although very subtle
T - strong grapefruit and lemon zest up front, moving to pine and finishing with a lasting oily herbal hop flavour, a great fantastic mix of IPA hop flavours
M - medium body with a tart citrus flavour up front, mellowing to a slight bitter that is enjoyable rather than overbearing
D - ended up being very impressed here, it has everything a hop head is looking for without the tongue numbing bitter that is ofter the case with American IPA's (636 characters)

Photo of indy169
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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)

IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.