IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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1,060 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,060
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 47
Gots: 110 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of TheCondor
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this bottle as a gift from a co-worker, who said she had drank and then brought home an egregious amount of this beer from a trip to Milwaukee. Sounded good, she knew I liked IPA's, so I gave it a shot! Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a cloudy golden brown color, almost the color of a good dunkelweizen. A small head after an aggressive pour which goes away quickly, no real sign of lacing to speak of. I do like the cloudiness, however.

Smell - Good piney hops smell, tropical fruit, real nice nose on it. You won't mistake you are drinking an IPA, that's for sure. The hops are there.

Taste - I like it, real solid. Good balanced taste between the malt and hops on the front and rear of the drink, respectively. Much like the nose, there is a big pine kick to it, but the hoppiness doesn't pound your taste buds.

Mouthfeel - Finished crisp and clean, medium carbonation and body. Liked it.

Overall - I really enjoyed this brew. I would absolutely buy it again without hesitation. Its a good, balanced IPA that won't break the bank, good ABV, could probably even use it as a session brew, but certainly a solid choice for an every day IPA.

Photo of IronLover
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of omegaman
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Biestie
4.95/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my new favorite IPA. Perfect hop blend aroma/flavor of citrus and pine, not too much of one or the other (I've grown rather tired of grapefruit beer). Bitter enough to make it an IPA, but not overpowering. The malt backbone is just enough to let you know it's there. If someone were to ask me the definition of the perfect IPA, I'd say Lakefront.

Photo of Jparker37
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled week 1 of October 2011 and poured into a Samual Adams perfect pint.

A - Golden with some orange highlights. Some floating debris haze. Big pillowy white head full of tiny bubbles that receed to a small but prevalent cap of foam that clings to every inch of the glass.

S - Big pine/citrus hops. Even some slight tropical fruit smells. Very green dry-hops. ++++

T - A little bit of some biscuity/bready malt is quickly swallowed up by great pine, and mildy herbal flavor. But the finish is its best feature. Its big and bold hop flavor is quickly quieted to a nice crisp/drying bitter finish without leaving your taste buds begging for mercy.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation

O - I would by the sampler 8 pack all over again for the IPA alone. I was enamored with how hoppy the beer was in smell and flavor but still sessionable for a hot summers day.

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of gluglug
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of JWRitchie76
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of BrewIndy
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Average. Typical IPA. I prefer mine clear and crisp. This one is cloudy.

S: Strong hop aroma. Very good. Oily, hints of grapefruit but sweater.

T: Very balanced between the hops and the malt. Up front there's what seems like a mild malt back bone and as it slides down your gullet the bitterness of the hops start to hit you.

M: There's that crispness. Somewhat tart as if I feel like puckering up now.

O: Very tasty, glad I have 5 more. I've had better but I've had much worse. This bottle is half a year old which is disappointing. I need to pay close attention. This would probably be pretty amazing if it were fresh.

Photo of dustinfrye
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Reaper16
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a pretty typical IPA color -- that classic, warm orange color. Half a finger of disparate, sudsy offwhite head form. Good lacing despite the unimpressive consistency of the foam.

The first thing I smell is caramel malt, which is not a good sign. But rest assured, there's hoppiness to be found here. Some top-end pineapple represents the most exciting aspect of this IPA, and there's lots of orange and spruce to play off of the sweet malt profile.

When people talk about balanced IPAs they might unwittingly have this beer in mind. It has juicy hop flavor without much bitterness. I'm actually disappointed in how not-bitter Lakefront IPA is. There's caramel malt and biscuit malt sweetness, but not so much that it dominates the fruit flavors from the lupulin. It finishes very clean; too clean for me.

This is a medium-bodied beer, perhaps even on the lighter side of medium. It's pretty wet and juicy if you're into that. I like a drier mouthfeel typically but this is still solid.

Overall, this is a very Midwestern IPA. It isn't crazy with the hops, but it is hoppier than the East Coast style. It's very balanced, and balance has a place in the IPA world.

Photo of bierbrauer
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, purchased locally, ($7.99/6). Bottled week #1 of December, case marked 12/09/11, 23 days ago. Poured into tulip glass.

(Review updated on 2/26/12. 12 oz. bottle ($8.99/6). Bottled early in Feb., case marked 2/9/12, 17 days ago).

A: Very cloudy amber, with 1"+ off-white head that drops slowly and leaves a consistent thin layer of lacing. No effervescence is visible.

S: Pine, citrus & tropical fruit, malt.

T: Sharp pine & fruit, then malt, followed by moderate bitterness.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation; very smooth; neutral finish.

O: Extremely balanced; a tasty, highly drinkable, mid-range IPA by one of Wisconsin's top breweries.

note: Lakefront is well worth a visit, especially for a Friday tour, followed by a polka-music-accompanied fish fry in their expansive beer hall; on the west bank of the Milwaukee River, just north of downtown.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of pisomojado8
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of bastu
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in the 3rd week of November.

Looks like a typical IPA, golden orange with a 1 finger head that disipates pretty quickly.

Smells of faint citrus and piney hops.

Taste follows the nose, with some sweet malts and moderate hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is ok, nothing special.

Overall this is a drinkable IPA but not something I'm going to go out of my way to have again.

Photo of jimmygord
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jhek65
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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