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IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

340 Reviews
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Reviews: 340
Hads: 1,206
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 64
Gots: 212 | 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 stakem
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a section of the label where the bottled on month/week# can be identified...but this one wasn't tagged.

Pours a light orange/yellow color that is very similar to fresh cider. Pours less than a finger of barely off white head that fades quickly to just a lace upon the top of the beer and a bit on the glass. Nose is pleasantly hoppy with citrus upfront and malt sweetness rounding out the rest of the aroma. Taste has a solid hop bitterness and malt backbone. Finish is bitter and a bit oil-like. Nothing overly exciting about this beer but it is easy to drink. (566 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (931 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled May Wk4; Sampled November 2008
A vigorous pour produces an almost four-finger thick, light tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a nice copper color that shows a lightly hazed, bright copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sticky hops, pine, grapefruit and sweetened lemon zest as well as lots of biscuit like malt, some crystal malt sweetness and some cracker notes in the finish. After a bit I start to notice more of the herbal / pine, though there is still a soft citrus character in the nose.

Lots of herbal hop character is noticeable as the beer first hits my mouth, a substantial pine needle backbone runs throughout as well. The beer finishes fairly smooth, with very little bitterness noticeable after the first sip. My second sip has me noticing a solid bitterness that is noticeable as the beer rolls across the tongue; strangely though (or perhaps more aptly said, atypically) the bitterness quickly disappears and does not linger on in the finish at all. The finish is fairly smooth with a light menthol hop notes and some sweet, pale crystal malt sweetness. Some citrus hop flavors are noticeable as well. The malt plays a secondary role here, but does provide a fair amount of sweet, pale crystal malt notes and some lightly toasty grain notes that reminds me of saltine crackers. This has a nice, light, quaffable body to it that is just about perfect for an IPA.

Not a bad beer, the fact that this beer has no real lingering presence on the tongue is definitely interesting and I definitely feel like I miss the lingering hop presence that is in a typical IPA, but this is still fairly enjoyable. Not as bracingly hoppy as many of the newer aggressive IPAs, which is sort of a nice change of pace (you might even confuse this from a hoppy pale ale). (1,811 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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 (397 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Ale House glass. Bottled November 1st 2012. Kinda borderline we shall see how she goes.

A nice simple golden light amber, with some slight haze, but real nice light faint carbonation. Head forms with off tan color, hinting at light brown and two fingers. Settles to a good 4mm puck. Fairly decent looking.

Nose is a nice balance of malt and hops, makes me wonder how this would be fresh. Mellow chewy dense green leaf hop, a hint of sweet orange and good dense malt. Real inviting.

Chewy palate in the feel. A great sense of biting fleshy tones of hop earth and light sweet malts. Subdued caramel, and chewy almost dense biscuit earth and hits of fruity character hop. Perhaps hinting tropical, even with a little bit of banana strangely.

Overall even this far past bottling this brew is still excelling. I also like it's subdued character even. Real tasty would have this over many other IPAs if given the choice. (957 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, about 3 weeks old,

A: Pours orange with a medium white head. Solid retention, leaves lots of spotty lace.

S: Dominated by grapefruit and citrus, pithy.

T: Very grassy and herbal with a mint component midway through. Light on the malt for the Midwest. In the finish it gets bitter with a lot of white grapefruit.

M: Medium-bodied, average body weight in the style. Frothy, full carbonation, creamy with a medium long aftertaste.

O: Not the most striking IPA, but a solid effort at a good price. (513 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from Abe's in Bethlehem. Pours a hazy amber with a white head and lacing. Hmm, this one could be old. Thanks Abe.

Still a good beer, regardless of age. The hops have a great sticky citrus and floral perfume flavor underpinned with a biscuit malt backbone. This is a very nice, juicy and bitter IPA with a bit of malt balance. The body is a quite drinkable, and fairly sessionable. I'll have to try this one again. (433 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lakefront IPA

Pours a light copper with a bubbly, wispy head. Hoppy aroma, dandelions, very fresh lemon and grass. In the flavor, moderate bitterness. Actually tastes a bit how cat piss smells, which is not uncommon for the style. Some pine and resin as well. Definately hop forward but more like an intense english IPA than American. Either way, it has a good flavor profile and fits the style nicely. (403 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden opaque color with a small white head. Nose had a nice hop aroma. Taste was not over the top but more of a good balanced IPA. Not to much of anything. It seemed like a mix of American and English style. Taste was nice, fruit undertones, slightly hoppy, chewy, backbone with a nice ABV which left it sessionable. Tasty and very drinkable. Nice change of pace from the West Coast IPAs I am use to. (410 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (342 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Half inch white head on a murky dark orange body. Head cap is left with splotchy lacing.

S- Whiffs of orangey citrus, kind of faint.

T- Follows the nose. Oranges. A bready/biscuity malt backbone.

M- Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

D/O- Very drinkable. Lakefront IPA didn't wow my socks off but I could see it as a tasty summer bevy that drinks a lot lower alcohol-wise than it actually. (402 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy copper/orange color with suspended yeast. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong hops (oil), sweet malt, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, citrus, slight sweet malt, and some pine. Overall, a good IPA; nice body, blend, and appearance. (400 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly an inch of slowly settling, off white head on a cloudy, bright apricot colored beer. Nice but slippery lace. Very good aroma is juicy and fruity, full of citrus, with pine and herbal undercurrents. Smells like a big juicy west coast style IPA.

Flavor is superb; very bright hops full of nuance; citrus leads the way with grapefruit, pineapple, lemon. Touches of pine and floral notes. Very restrained malt character. Good bitterness that still allows you to taste each hop nuance.

Excellent mouthfeel, slightly creamy, medium carbonation, just a hint of stickiness. Kind of a Sculpin-esque vibe. Excellent and underhyped west coast style IPA.

Top notch. Maybe the only knock for me would be the mouthfeel could be a touch cleaner and crisper, but that's nitpicking. Very impressive. Delicious! (805 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium to dark, slightly cloudy orange amber. Nice two finger off white head that was continually refreshed by carbonation; massive lacing. Looks great. Intense aroma, noticeable at arms length, of piney hops and grapefruit. Flavor is light sweet malt with pine and citrus hops that are not as strong as the aroma suggested. Pleasant hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied. A nicely balanced IPA that is not quite as intense as the Northwest versions I've become accustomed to. Well made and a pleasant change of pace. (569 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a hazy amber color with a really nice sticky off-white head with great lacing and retention.

S- The aroma has a good amount of fresh citrusy hops with some malt and hints of tropical fruits in the background.

T- The taste is more on the balanced side. Malt and caramel flavors up front with some bitterness from the hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Lakefront IPA is a solid Imperial Pale Ale that is worth a try. (525 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky looking dark amber. Thin off white head. Lace is moderate. I love this hop aroma. It's piney, but it's also pungent, oily and resiny. On the palate, I notice a nice malt base with the toffee and caramel. Big and full bodied feel to this beer. Viscosity is on the high end of the spectrum. Hops give this beer a lot of character. This is unique in a way because of the emphasis on the dirty, grimy greasy characterstics of the hop flower. Oily and pungent. A little of that bong residue feel to it. And some pineapple juice as well to cap it off. I like it. Haven't reviewed a Lakefront beer in a long time, but this one is pretty damn good. (646 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip oct18 2010

A hazy orange with a shitload of sediment and a few bubbles moving it all around, big two finger head hangs around for a while leaving a couple rings of lace followed by some patches further down the glass

S earthy hops with some pine, lemon rind and a citrus vodka smell that keeps it from a higher grade

T some bread and caramel to go along with what I smell but much less of that vodka, it's still there but a little better in the mouth

M a little bitter and just enough carbonation to keep it alive, leaves a little grit on your gum's and the flavors linger

D decent beer but there's that little vodka aspect that keeps it from greatness, but that being said I'm not mad that I have 5 more

perhaps I'm being a little hard on this one but I just couldn't shake the vodka smell getting in the way of it being a great beer, perhaps I'm crazy I guess you'll just have to judge for yourself (939 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Some hazey suspension throughout a strong coppery amber. Light, dough head that quickly turns to a film. Great spicey orange and caramel malt aroma. A litte skunky hop flavor fights with caramel and crystal malt aroma. Good session beer, but there is little balance in this IPA. (278 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up as a single at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a very cloudy light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a scaly layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells of citrus with a good malt backbone. Floral aromas sneak out every now and then.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of citrus up front soon overtaken by robust malt flavors. There's a mild bitterness at the end. It's good, but none of the flavors really jump out.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit thin but the carbonation is good and it goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good. As I said before none of the flavors have a ton of presence, but it's definitely drinkable. I could have another, but I'm not terribly excited about the prospect.

Overall this is a good IPA - I picked this up, along with the Fuel Cafe because I'd heard less than stellar things and figured those two styles were pretty hard to mess up. I wasn't disappointed. This isn't a must-try, but it's worth a shot if you're looking to try a new brewery. (1,087 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Total Wine Las vegas NV for 1.69

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy and frothy off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is a bit of a tropical fruit flavour (mango?) and some light grapefruit. It ends with a lightly hopped fruity/malty aftertaste.

Overall - The smell and taste of this beer are both very good.. it's just that it doesn't seem amplified enough. It's just a little too subtle. Regardless, I'd love to have regular access to beers like this. (762 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Quite a nice hazy amber with some heavy yeast sediment. Seems the date was brewed last June. Slight head.
S - Mostly grassy hops and bready malt.
T - Expected more hops from this IPA but since it's 11 months old it deteriorated to a grassy malty breadness.
M - Not too harsh but drinkable.
D - If around Milwaukee, Wisconsin I would try again fresh but this seems to be a lesson to never have an IPA over a few months old. (426 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at the St. Paul Fish Market.
L: Clear amber with a 1” cream colored foam cap, persists and provides thin lace.
S: Fruit and grain on the nose
T: Citrus, grapefruit, grapefruit rind, good clean malt flavors. Hops are medium to medium high but not harsh.
F: Creamy, medium body, medium carbonation.
O: I can’t think of a better beer to drink with a lobster roll. (380 characters)

IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.