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IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

998 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 998
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 46
Gots: 88 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cichief on 01-05-2008)
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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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.

Sammy, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

t0rin0, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/2011.

Pours a murky dark orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is of citrus zest, herbal hops, and some floral flavors up front with a malt finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and drinkable even though it's around 8 months old at this point.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

djrn2, May 22, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

zestar, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

spycow, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -24.1%

acurtis, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light copper in color and has some particles visible floating in suspension along with a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a medium amount of bitterness; flavors of grapefruit stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink because there’s enough underlying malts so that the hops do not overpower the taste.

metter98, May 03, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a very modest head that fades quickly without leaving much lace behind

Smell: Vague aromas of grapefruit and an unusual, but interesting herbacious character

Taste: A bit of caramel up front, but the hops emerge rather quickly with the grapefruit, some pine and that herbacious, tea-like character that I often get in an English IPA; after the swallow, the malt and hops are nicely balanced into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, slightly chewy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nice balance between the English and American IPA styles; I enjoyed it

brentk56, May 30, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

BuckeyeNation, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fantastic IPA that is very standard and solid for the style.

Lakefront's IPA begins with a hazy orange-copper-golden hue that carries a light yet persistant head of cotton-white foam and fair lacing. The sediment does seem a bit high even for a dry-hopped beer.

Pungent aromas of grapefruit and orange zest demand attention up front. Light alcohols, esters, and caramel offer a supportive role, hidden deep in the background.

Citrusy, juicy, and fresh flavors of ruby reds, orange zest, pineapple and mangos vary from hoppy bitterness to estery fruits. All this bounces off of the light graham-cracker malt flavor that shows more light caramel and sun kissed barley than hearty breads. Finishes with a deep long lingering citrusy bitterness.

Creamy and malty up front but the beer quickly turns lighter, crisper, and dryer as the beer fades into that bitter and warming finish.

Though there's nothing wrong with the beer, I'm looking for that one memorable tangible that just isn't there. Still, I am very surprised by the quality and drinkability I find here.

BEERchitect, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

jaydoc, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again, Bobby.

A: The pour is a slightly hazed orange color with a rocky off-white head and some sticky lacing.

S: A light fruitiness to the nose, but definitely a decent amount of citrus. There is certainly some grapefruit and lemon peel along with grass and a touch of pine. Bready malt with a slight toastiness.

T: Tastes pretty decent. Nice citrus hop bite of grapefruit and orange with a nice pine note and some moderate bitterness. A slight sweetness of bread and toffee with a hint of grass.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: This was significantly better than I anticipated it being. Nice flavor to it.

womencantsail, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head on a copper/crimson body.

S: mostly citrus and pine.

T: flavor has a light malt backbone and mostly carries over the pine from the aroma. very simple.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Not as all memorable but drinkable.

kylehay2004, May 08, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking copper colored beer, the head was big and white. The lacing on it was very nice also. The smell of the beer has a good hop presence to it as well as some nice malts in there too. The taste of the beer isn't quite as hoppy as I expected it to be. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and smoothin the finish. Overall this beer was quite tasty, glad I was able to try it. I would enjoy this beer again in the future.

Knapp85, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $4.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a near clear (were it not for the fine particles), dull, dark copper body with a finger high head of off-white foam. Light lacing on the way down.

Smell: Aroma of lightly sweetish malts with some spicy, floral, lemony hop notes.

Taste: Pale malts with some biscuity tones to it and an addition of light crystal malts for a medium level of sweetness. Hops provide tastes of lemon zest and earthy spice. Medium bitterness. Small pinch of toffee arrives late. Finishes dry and lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Reasonably smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A generally likable India Pale Ale with some slight English qualities to it and plenty of bitterness without ever being excessive.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured one and a half bottles into an impy pint glass a hazed burnt orange color with a thick foamy white head that leaves a half ring of broken lace as it settles.Leafy hops dominate with a bit of orange marmalade in the nose,not in ur face hoppy.Great hop hop complexity on the palate ranging from grassy/herbal to ctric smash, a sweetish caramel base holds up to the hops.Wow Ianice IPA here with great complexity,a great midwestern IPA.

oberon, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Review #1400. Boom. It pours a clear rusty amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises mandarin oranges, light leek, cilantro, and a good helping of sweet caramel. The taste tones down the orange in favor of a more cilantro/greens/light pepper focus. The caramel is also diminished, while a strong (though not o'erwhelming) orange-peel bitterness loudly sidles in near and through the finish. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, a pretty nice IPA, very simple, straightforward, and generally enjoyable.

TMoney2591, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

emerge077, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brand-new arrival in Alberta, in not at all surprisingly expensive 6-packs. Good thing I snatched a single 12oz bottle from an understanding bottleshop in Cowtown then, eh?

This beer pours a very hazy, fine sediment-strewn orange amber hue, with two fingers of chunky foamy pale beige head, which leaves random layered/webbed lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells sharply of pine needles, bitter grapefruit rind, juicy orange citrus, and a mildly musty, bready caramel maltiness. The taste is herbal, citrusy hops, a touch of medicinal character, a light, slightly toasted caramel maltiness, and some further biscuity notes.

The carbonation is a bit on the high side up front, but settles to a dull hum soon enough, the body an adequate medium weight, and a little too zippy to be considered dead to rights smooth. It finishes just a bit off-dry, the herbal, citrusy hops lording over the latent multivariant sweetness of the malt.

While this had the initial big hop wallop that I find so endearing about made-in-the-USA IPAs, it just doesn't persist, instead morphing slowly into a kind of palate-defying, herbal otherness. I hate to say it, but I'm glad I just got the one - while not actually 'bad', this is not my ideal, or even good for a one-nighter, Yankee IPA.

biboergosum, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an orange or light amber color with a one finger, cream colored, foamy head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of pine and citrus. Some caramel aromas, too.

T - It tasted very bitter upon first sip. A good citrus/orange flavor blends nicely with burnt toast maltiness. Well balanced.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good IPA. By far the best Lakefront brew I've tried to date.

zeff80, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a golwing orange semi clouded with yeast sediment, light orange tinted cream head forms thick and billows above the edge of my glass. Aroma has sharp grapefruit and floral with earthy hops bursting, layers of sugar coated hops have existed with layers of the pale malt biscuit qualities. Flavor has piercing hop bitterness that comes through with citrus and floral hop flavor, semi sweet malt ridden with a hop combo. This is my kind of hoppy IPA. Mothfeel is medium bodied slick with hop oils perfect carbonation level compared to those other IPAs, go tell your friends about this one. Lakefront IPA may be one of the most drinkable versions I've come across pure lovely hop combo with pale malt sweetness to back it up.

WVbeergeek, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from jayli, so a big “Thank you” goes out to her. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a decent burst of hops bitterness comes in but overall the hops presence is a bit weak for the style. The malt character is hearty and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, not quite the best IPA out there but it’s solid enough to drink for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +1.3%

RblWthACoz, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Slatetank, May 16, 2013
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IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 998 ratings.