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IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.


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very good

795 Ratings

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Ratings: 795
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of cokes


4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Gmann

New York

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden brown color with a tan head that dissipated into a sparse cap. The aroma is faint for an AIPA but what I do pick up is good. Nice juicy hop smell, grassy and floral. This has a very pleasant hop flavor. It is very fresh tasting, grassy and floral, more on the sweet side. Definitely not a big AIPA, actually this is on the small side of the category. A nice malt presence to really balance out the brew. Probably more of a APA. The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation, finishes with a malty sweetness. I am really digging the hop profile on this one. It is really tastey. This is definitely not a strong AIPA and is probably more of an APA.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 03:52:29 | More by Gmann
Photo of drxandy


4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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 roan22

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jordan first for giving me a bottle of this a week ago when I was at Bella Vista [Lakefront's PA wholesaler for the Philly area]. I cracked it open immediately, at room temperature and devored it immediately. I liked it so much, two days later I bought a case.

This IPA is a darkish gold/amber color with a small white head poured into a pint glass. It smells fresh, and earthy. Impressive subtlety with presenting and maintaining the hop bitterness throughout the length of the pint. The hops taste earthy, greens, plantlike along with some citrus and traditional pine flavors. The alcohol gave me a pleasant buzz. This is a very drinkable IPA and was a hit with everybody I shared it with.

I met Orlando who is affiliated with the brewery, at the Philly Craft Beer Fest and he is a very nice guy. Good work Lakefront.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 04:33:52 | More by roan22
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up today in Minnesota as i have yet to come across it in NW WI. Go figure!

A great looking IPA, deep amber in hue, capped by a nice tight, almost whipped off white head. Nice retention, and can already tell that there will be nice sticky lacings. And there they are...

Nice hop aroma, big dose of grapefruit and pine overtop of bready malts with a touch of toasted biscuit. A slight metallic twang is also present, and detracts slightly from the overall aroma.

Taste much like the nose, although the toasted biscuit character stands up a little more in the tasting compared to the aroma. Very nice ruby red grapefruit character with some piney resinous character. Very well done.

A surprisingly good example of the american IPA. Almost medium bodied, slightly creamy in feel, hops manage to overwhelm tasty malts. Somewhat astringent, yet some honey like malt sweetness also present to mellow out the mildly resinous hops. Mildly and quite finely carbonated.

A pleasant surprise. Certainly drinkable, and is a solid IPA. Will be picking more up at some point this summer. Well worth trying for fans of hoppy brews.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 00:18:43 | More by demcorhip
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey this is grat addition to the Lakefront Catalog of Beers. Very strong Alcoholic Mouthtaste with a heavy feel to he overall charecteristics.

Appearance - Dark Amber almost a light ruby tone to it.

Smell - Strong on the Malt Great depth.

Taste - Heavy, but good. A Big beer for the IPA style.

Mouthfeel - Fizzy Heavy feeling

Drinkability - Very good to quaff Very good to have.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 00:03:31 | More by timmlimestone
Photo of botham


4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a rich amber color with a couple fingers of light orangish head that remains for the duration of consumption. the brew is semi-hazy and leaves moderate lacings.

aroma is hoppy, with a notable coniferous character and a grassy base. not much on the malt side in the aroma, but a touch of fruit is present in the background.

taste is full of hops, with a tinge of a caramel malt up front, and the same coniferous character throughout. a distant note of apple and white grape is present as well, giving the brew a solid profile. finishes with residual bittering hops.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture and a moderate bite from CO2. finishes dry with a bitter aftertaste. a great IPA in mouthfeel.

drinkability is great. this is a smooth IPA with a great hop character. a solid profile and great proportioning makes this a notable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 00:16:51 | More by botham
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New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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 lordofthewiens


4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A new beer for this area, and a wonderful example of an IPA. I really liked this beer. Poured into a pint glass it was a clear golden color with a thick white sticky head. It had an earthy aroma, mostly pine but also some citrus. The citrus came through more in the taste, and the pine was also there. Not a hop bomb, but a more subtle flavor that lingered quite well. Definitely want more of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 15:36:42 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of rkuhnel


4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Pauly2X


4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy yellow, solid two finger head which stayed around and left some nice lacing.

S- Strong spicy hop aroma with just a touch of sweetness.

T- Nicely balanced, while still letting the hops do thier part for the style. Good mellow hop twang in the finish.

M- Pretty spot on.

D- This is one of the few IPA's that I could session.

A wonderfully balnced IPA, altough its not the IBU delivery device that some might expect. This would be a fine introdution to the style before rolling out a 90min or Two Hearted.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 23:25:24 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of Rennpferd


3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a slightly chilled bottle into a clean pint glass.

It poured heady with a solid three finger off white head. The head quickly receded about two fingers back down,

leaving nice stickly lacing to the sides of the glass. It was moderately active and deep amber in color.

The beverage gave off a vibrant floral and pine scent that was slightly mouth watering. A slight hint of bitterness was evident.

It was medium bodied. It first moved very fluidly, then foamed up as the last bit of the mouthful was swallowed.

The floral and pine scents were evident in the taste as well. The pine taste was a bit more bitter than how it smelled. It had a moderate dry hoppy finish.

I find that this beverage is pretty much just how I like my IPA's. I find it very drinkable and it will probably become my IPA of choice due to it's qualities and status as closest brewed IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 17:41:48 | More by Rennpferd
Photo of indy169


4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 16:31:50 | More by indy169
Photo of EagleTalon


3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a thin white head with little lacing (could be a dirty glass?) and clear amber color. Aroma is hop forward with mostly piney-spicy hops and pale and crystal malts. Flavor is light, hoppy and has a light, clean malt backdrop with a clean finish. Mouthfeel is light. Overall, a good easy drinking and nearly sessionable IPA.

Notes from Pfister Hotel bar November 2013

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2014 21:42:49 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of spoony


4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a pint glass at the Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee (reviewed from yesterday's notes).

A-My pour had very little head, just a patchy cap, but that cap left great curtains of lace as I drank my beer. The brew was orange honey in color and hazy.

S-The aroma is very hop-forward, as you might expect for the style, but even so, there was very little doughy, bready malt. The hops are sharp, spicy, mildly bitter, with pine, citrus notes, and chalk. Nice, but not mind-blowing.

T-The taste is also balanced toward the hop side with sharp pine, spiced citrus, a slight chalkiness and mildly dank, herbal bitterness mostly dominating the pale malt base.

M-The brew was medium body with crisp, moderate carb and a slightly oily feel from the hops.

O-This was a pretty good brew and a nice example of the style. The hops are heavy, maybe a bit too much, but they are complex and flavorful, and there is just enough base beer to keep things from getting astringent or totally unbalanced. The feel and lacing were nice, too. Unusual for me to give the same score in all categories, but this beer was just steadily good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2013 14:04:44 | More by spoony
Photo of Strix


3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-amber, nice head, pretty good lacing.

Pine and citrus predominant smells.

Pine notes predominate, a bit of citrus rind, and a decent malt backbone.

Medium-creamy mouthfeel and carbonation.

Middle-upper end IPA, certainly satisfying, but nothing particular stood out for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2012 06:23:14 | More by Strix
Photo of RoamingGnome


4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this fine beverage on tap, while out or some wings. Arrived at my table in a standard pint glass.

A) A nice looking lighter amber, with decent clarity. There was nearly a finger of wispy white head that settled quickly to a dusting that was well maintained. Not much lacing to talk about.

S) The nose is pine, light grass, flower petal, citrus and a hint of tropical fruits. Nice...

T) Follows the nose well. While nothing jumps out at me in particular about the malt presence, I found excellent harmony in the balance. Never overly bitter. Nice piney/grassy flavors, along with the citrus fruit. Good aftertaste, that never gets to zesty.

M) A medium body with about same in regards to the carbonation. This one is smooth and easy drinking. As indicated above, nice aftertaste. No one likes off tastes lingering about, and sticking to their palate. Well done...

O) Just a real solid offering right here. While it's not likely to blow you away, it's also not likely to disappoint. Glad to recommend.

Paired with buffalo wings and misbehaving children.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2012 02:45:32 | More by RoamingGnome
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Their flagship IPA, on tap at the brewery.Very good c-hop aroma. Very hoppy, a good IPA. A little sprucey certainly helps, so drinkable but not complex. Lacey beer, though golden body lacking much of a head. A must have if you are trying their beers.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 01:56:40 | More by Sammy
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle dated first week of June

A-hazy orange color with white head that quickly disapates

S-lots of fruitness and citrus

T-taste follows the smell. nice mix of fruitness and sweetness

M-Medium body and smooth

0-Very solid beer. I like what I see from this brewery and can't wait for more!

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 21:26:48 | More by brew3crew
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 7/27/11. On tap at the brewery.

A - Amber/orange colour with a small amount of white head.

S - Bitter pine and citrus hop flavours complimented by some sweet caramel in the background.

T - Pine, citrus and a sharp bitterness. Some caramel sweetness in the background.

M - Light to medium body. Light to moderate carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2011 13:56:45 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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South Dakota

4.95/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is just an excellent IPA. Poured a nice orange color - slightly cloudy. Strong citrus taste, with hints of both grapefruit and orange. Very drinkable, with very little bitter aftertaste. Excellent citrus aroma. For a standard IPA with lower ABV, this is just a very tasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 23:26:55 | More by augievikings
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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 znichols


3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 21:51:00 | More by znichols
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2011 15:53:34 | More by wmtxbb
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4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2010 23:32:58 | More by brewmudgeon
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