IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,171 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,171
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 58
Gots: 191 | 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 emerge077
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided that I needed to revisit this one to give it the benefit of the doubt. Poured into a Rodenbach tulip glass around 45-50º. Label is notched March "Wk1", so i'm guessing this is fresh stuff, maybe 6 weeks old.

Nice deep glowing orange color, requisite foam and lacing. There's definitely more citrus this time around, almost "catty" in a good way, maybe simcoe? A little floral and malty behind the citrus that would earn a 4.25 if it was possible.

Flavor has a good amount of fresh hop character, grassy and herbal, fleeting citrus, and a low to moderate bitterness. The malt is 60/40 to the hops, not dominating but very flavorful. Dry chalky finish, the body is slightly thin for my taste. Still it's a very quenching warm weather IPA.

Original review: 03-03-2008 - bottle
4/4/3.5/3.5/4

Bottle notched "Dec Wk4"...guessing it's 3 months old?
Memorable "eye" on the label, reminds me of the illuminati symbol on the dollar bill. Strange that this beer has made it from WI to CA, but IL has been passed over. Conspiracy!!

Deep amber tone with suspended particles, a fluffy and craggy head rises above the lip of the glass, momentarily defying gravity. Sparkly bubbles have a soapy quality, but are tightly packed enough to deter further soap allusions. Spotty bits of lacing in the tulip glass.

Aroma is mainly floral, some grassy Saaz hops like a Czech Pils. Not hops of the citrus or conifer variety, that's for sure. A bit understated, but aroma is nice nonetheless.

Dominant pale malt flavor, vague hop bitterness comes through, much too restrained. A honey note lingers in the aftertaste. Very low level of carbonation, it hurts the body a little bit, more reminiscent of English cask ale than anything. Drinkable, but much better options abound in the area.

Cheers to malcontent for bringing this back from WI.

Photo of cnally
2.92/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

a fresh'un here, bottled second week in march.

pours a nice fluffy off white head and amber oran...wait a second...god, look at all of the disgusting sediment!!!! black flakes prick the appearance. the bottom of the bottle sediment left dark marks on the otherwise nice beer. I realize this is 'beer au natural' you know, unfiltered and how it is supposed to be, but it makes me think bad things about my health should I drink it. yuck.

spicy hop scent up front, with a good dose of caramel and vanilla malt. a bit of clove and cinnamon in there, too.

okay, close your eyes...don't look at the pond water while you drink it...very understated flavor initally. slightly sour, even. the hops bust through on the back end, spicy and bitter.

bubbly and light, but sticky around the corners of your mouth.

well, I hate to 'trash' a beer, but this was...distracting. why not filter your beer? the appearance is really questionable. it creates a situation where this is a mild ipa, perfect for a starter/gateway beer, but the sediment, disappointing.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of bjoyce12
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, solid IPA offering. First thing I noticed: Super carbonated. Foam spilling from the bottle. Thought someone had shook it up, so tried another and got same effect. Carbonation seems to force the aroma from the ale like a cloud around the brew. Excellent IPA aroma. Taste is solid IPA. Not the best but better than average. Try this with their Fuel Cafe coffee stout; an superior combination.

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 bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Blind Tiger 03-15-09

Poured a light amber hazy color, with a white head that left behind a sticky lace. Pretty standard IPA aroma here, some light citrus, pine and malt. The taste was bready/malty, herbal hop finish. Medium body at best, not the greatest hop taste. OVerall a pretty middle of the road IPA, nothing special

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

Ripe apricot with a stationary cloud of fine yeast that adds character. The head consists of three fingers of pale orange-tinted, ivory colored foam that has an appealing texture and quite a bit of persistence. Yeah, this is pretty much what an IPA should look like.

Some think this is an English IPA. The citric fruity American hops in the nose say otherwise. Probably one or more of the C-hops, with a few English cones thrown in for good measure. It also smells like there's some toasted malt present. Warming opens things up and adds a ganja-like muskiness.

The 'bottled on' notch is between January and February, so this bottle of Lakefront IPA is two months old at most. That explains the impressive hoppiness in what some people refer to as a light or tame IPA. It may not be the most resinous lupulin bomb on the planet, but the alpha acid bite will do you right.

I'm still not thrilled with the malt bill, which adds a toasted earthiness that infringes on the hop flavor to some extent. Still, there's so much fresh grapefruit zestiness and lemon peel that the tastes score is an easy call. With a few more months on it, this would be 3.5 beer without a doubt. But then that's true for a lot of hoppy beer.

The mouthfeel is right where it needs to be for a 7.0% IPA. It's at least medium, holds on nicely, and finishes with more than a little silky creaminess. By the way, this is the exact same beer as Mangey Rabbit.

Lakefront India Pale Ale is one of Lakefront Brewery's more solid efforts. They may not be able to stand toe-to-toe with Wisconsin's best craft breweries, but I have to applaud the generous use of hops. Bottom line: this is a well-brewed IPA that should satisfy even the most discriminating hophead. Drink it fresh!

Photo of KarlHungus
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of citrus, grapefruit, and pine resin. The taste is like the aroma...tons of fruity hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a good IPA...good, but not great. It seems to lack true complexity, but it is still drinkable. I would drink this beer again.

Photo of ROBORB
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 12 oz Pint glass the beer has a dark orange or copper hue. The head was off white and disappeared quickly. It smells strongly of citrus. The taste follows the smell and has a prickly carbonation. I found the malt in this beer to over-power the hop profile. This would be an OK session beer but I would not search it out.

Photo of MitchW
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Medium, golden-brown color. Gentle carbonation with a thin head which dissipated quickly.

S - light, citrusy hop aroma, but hardly a hint of malt.

T - Faint grapefruit on the light side. Overall, there is more focus on bitterness than the malt can back up / balance up. A mild alcohol taste in the finish.

M - Coats tongue without feeling syrupy. Thick feel, given the appearance. Non-offensive, but low carbonation.

D - Neither a chore nor a great pleasure to drink. I feel I would just as soon move on to another beer as I would open another of this brew.

All around, just an average IPA in my book. I've had it in the past and remember it being better than this. The date on the bottle shows it's pretty fresh, but I'll review it again in the future to see if it's just this batch or if my tongue is on the fritz.

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Buebie for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with lots of nice sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, slight citrus/pine. The taste is hoppy, with some malt notes, citrus, slight pine. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad IPA.

Photo of ffejherb
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into DFH specialty glass on 2/10/09.

A - Poured a vigorously carbonated amber/orange-colored body with a slight hazy tint and almost two fingers of frothy, off-white foam that retained quite well and left behind plenty of sticky lace.

S - Lakefront IPA features a simple aroma comprised of citrus hops and caramel malt with an undertone of fruity sweetness.

T - Opens with a surge of sweet caramel malt and a splash of citrus hops. Finishes with a distinct bready/grainy malt character accompanied by a touch of grassy, herbal hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with a light syrupy texture and smooth, creamy mouthfeel overall. Carbonation is pretty lively on the tongue. Finish is a tad dry and mildly bitter on the palate.

D - This is a straightforward, pretty easy-drinking IPA. While it won't knock your socks off, it is flavorful and well-balanced, and has enough of a hop profile to keep you interested.

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 Fartknocker
2.52/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle

A- appearance is a nicley unfiltered deep yellowish amber
S- combination malt/citrus is the dominant scent combined
T- citrus and bitterness come through equally, with the bitterness lingering a bit
M- average carbonation
D- not the type of beer i would drink more than one or two

Photo of GClarkage
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

01/28/09- Purchased at Mollie Stones in Burlingame, CA.

Prresentation- 12oz bottle with a marked date strip on the side of the label. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Deep golden color approaching amber. About a 1/2 inch head on the pour and leaves very nice lace sheeting behind.

Smell- Fruity with citrus notes. Some grapefruit, but a good amount of orange as well. Smells even better when stiffing the empty bottle the next morning. A light mingling of caramel malt in the background.

Taste- Quite fruity as the scent denoted. Even a bit of pine hoppiness thrown in with the orange and grapefruit. Caramel toasted malt swirls amongst the hops to create aw well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel- Pretty smooth with a about perfect carbonation level. Light bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Not sure of the abv, but it may be a touch too sweet to be sessionable, at least for me. But for a single beer, this is good stuff.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep burnt orange color with sticky, airy, white layer of foam. Moderate to heavy lacing. Clearly unfiltered as there is a heavy does of yeast sediment.

S-Super fresh citrus and piney hops abound. Orange peels and resin are abundant. I have had this on tap many times and the difference between fresh and semi-old is incredible. The freshness of the hops is imperative in this beer.

T-Big, gritty, hops balanced wonderfully with the malt backbone. Hops add as much flavor as they do bitterness. Sweetness is almost candy-like.

M-As hoppy as it is, there is very little rough dryness in the finish. The body is extremely balanced and the flavors of citrus and maltiness meld very well together.

D-Granted, I am privy to some very fresh lakefront IPA, but this one upped my respect for the brewery. For a while, I was putting little faith in Lakefront, but this one turned it around. One of the best all-around IPAs I have had in a while. I would easily put this above Stone and many of the other West Coast IPAs.

Photo of Chugmonkey
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown in color, quite dark for an IPA. The head is a giant crazy high pillowy pile of foam - couldn't even pour the 12oz bottle into a pint at once. Head is stunningly beautiful. Quite hazy with tiny hop floaties. Must have dryhopped the crap out of this thing.

Hoppiness is solid, but not over the top - this is borderline PA/IPA. Lacks bitterness to really be an IPA. Wonderful citrusy aroma and taste, nice biscuit note & complex hoppy taste. Great balance here.

A solid creamy feel is an unexpected bonus. Finishes very smooth & lacks any bitter bite you'd expect in an IPA.

PA or IPA who cares? This is a tasty bugger. I could kill a whole pile of these.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.96/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges hazy and a dark grapefruit color with a nice looking, one finger sized head. Pretty rocky and dense and plenty of lacing.

Aroma is very lackluster. Mostly caramel malt with very little hops. Sweet.

Very little hop flavor or bitterness. This doesnt really taste like an IPA to me. Very disappointed in this one. Maybe it is old or something but this was like a weak pale ale.

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 jackorain
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Risser09
4.74/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours as a hazy orange beer with a small white head. Not much retention, swirling makes some lace, but not much.

Smell: Full, ripe, lemony hop aroma. A slight mineral smell along with a floral note. Very crisp smell. I like it alot.

Taste: More crispness in the form of flavor. Clean, citrushop flavors include lemon, grapefruit, orange. Just enough bitterness to make it comfortable. Very nice, IMHO.

Mouthfeel: Great, lively carbonation lasts and lasts. Bitterness is everywhere, but subdued enough to make this beer drinkable. Medium body.

Drinkability: I love this beer. It is tame, subtle, subdued and highly drinkable. The taste isn't incredibly complex but every other facet makes this beer drinkable, enjoyable and approachable for everyone. Many of these can, and will be, consumed.

Photo of Amalak
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this as part of an assorted eight pack. It had a dull gold, opaque color, solid foamy head and lace. It had a strong, sour scent.

This was, in my opinion, the best offering that Lakefront had to offer. It has a great bitter taste, smooth yet slightly sour. Exactly the way that I like an IPA.

Photo of trbergman
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Cloudy, amber-orange beer topped with two fingers of puffy orange-white head. Perfect head retention.

S - Grapefruit, lemon zest, biscuity malt.

T - Very focused on the hops, yet not all that bitter. Some toasty malts, mostly overshadowed by spicy, citrus hop flavor. Finishes clean, with only a bit of lingering bitterness.

M - Light body, with fine carbonation.

D - More quenching than most IPAs I've had. This drinks more like an APA and could be sessionable. Not a bad beer, but something of a letdown for a beer claiming to be an IPA.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Gate in Brooklyn NY, pours lighter honey amber, typical tan head shows decent retention and then leaves scattered lacing on the glass. Grainy hop nose gleefully portends what is to come. Hops come through loud and clear, grainy and also somewhat floral. Nice enough stuff that seems to have made the trip from good ole Wisconsin in fine form. Nice serviceable and quite enjoyable IPA

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.

IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 1,171 ratings.