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IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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971 Ratings

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Ratings: 971
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 45
Gots: 69 | 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.

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Photo of Yagman3000
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%

Lakefront IPA 
Served from a bottle and poured into a snifter. 

Appears a dark orange gold. A small head is maintained with decent lacing. 

Smells mildly of hops and not too bitter, piney, or fruity. A little underwhelming for an IPA. 

Tastes is underwhelming too. This us an IPA?  Pushing it as a pale ale!

Mouthfeel is nothing special. It's appearance led me to thick that it wouldn't be so watery. 

Overall I'm not impressed at all. One of the least favorite IPAs I've had in memory. 

Yagman3000, May 26, 2011
Photo of u2carew
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head, then settles to a thin lacing on top. Hazy body with some settlement. Copper in color. Lacing is thin and semi-sticky.
S) Orange. Pink grapefruit. Some floral tones as well.
T) A nicely balanced IPA. Not an over-the-top hop bomb. The bittering hops are sharp and dry with some citrus tones. Malt base has caramel and some fruity hints to it.
M) Fizzy. Medium body. Dry and a bit chalky in the finish.
O) A decent IPA. I'd have another.

u2carew, May 22, 2011
Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured into a Brooklyn Brewing snifter on 6/19/11.

Pours a golden honey color with a good head that is fluffy white and takes some time to dissipate and leaves some very pretty lacing on the glass 4.5/5.

Smells of nice piny hops and some citrus. Some sweet malts for balance but this beer has a lighter smell. 4/5

Taste is much of the same. Nice hop and malt bill and its eay to drink. 4/5

mouthfeel is light and the resin leaves a bittle pine hop flavor. Good carb and nice feel. 4/5

Overall this is another solid brew and I look forward to enjoying it over the summer is possible. 4/5

UMNbeerhunter, May 20, 2011
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

Picked this up via single bottle in Totowa last week and although I've had quite a few IPA's over the years, I like the style and will always try a new one out. This isn't a hop bomb by any stretch and went down about as easy as one of these could. For some people, it's not their cup of tea but it's always nice to find one that's balanced nicely and doesn't require a glass of water to wash it down!

I loved the pour to this, between the fluffy head, nice lacing on the side of the glass and the hue. It was a deep apricot that was opaque and sparkled nicely as I held it up to the light. Hops are here with the taste leaning towards an earthy base with grapefruit zest on top of it. They meshed well together and the aftertaste was dry and leaned towards the metallic side just a notch. Not an awful lot to savor but this tasted great and never had any "burning" sensation at all.

The alcohol was about as good as it gets in this too since it was present but not overpowering. This IPA would go well with meals that weren't spicy but still required a beer with some oomph to accompany them. While this will never overtake the West Coast IPA's or the ones from Dogfish Head, this isn't a bad choice for someone new to the style or looking to unwind without satisfying their inner beer snob too deeply. I always like unexpected surprises such as this!

JerzDevl2000, May 11, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

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 ColdPoncho
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%

Bottled during the 4th week of March (presumably 2011)

A - A very hazy orangy body with substantial frothy offwhite head. It recedes quickly but leaves some heavy lacing initially. I prefer more clarity in my IPAs

S - Pine resin and pine needles are very prominent, some sweet citrus notes also. Decent smell.

T - Hops have really faded in just over a month. Bitterness is barely perceptible, and true hop flavors give way to light malt notes. This is apparently an IPA that demands freshness.

M - Fine, light, a bit dry. Relatively smooth.

O (D) - a fine beer, probably rather tasty when fresh. It's decent, but with so many stellar IPAs out there, this one has a lot of improving to do before it becomes my go-to.

ColdPoncho, May 02, 2011
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

A very nice IPA. Pungent citrus hops and toffee malt battle for supremacy. Funky, earthy yeast with a vintage clothing mustiness spreads out between the gaps, quietly creeping in the background.

Amber and cloudy - emission of bottom-dwelling yeast, a surprise. Airy, crystalline, white foam in abundance - slow fade. Sticky lace ALL over.

Orange zest (possibly grapefruit) and honey/syrupy malt aroma - vaguely tangible. While it warms, spicy herb, ultra-soft flowery booze, and sweaty yeast are released, trapped by nose hairs.

Taste (key) is good... Very juicy - grapefruit - but the hops are outweighed by the malt. Lightly candy-sweet aftertaste. Took me several sips to identify the toffee thing with the malt. Ah, and I like it - long-lingering.

The thing that puts me off a bit is the effect of the bitterness in combo with the yeast and the mild scrubby dryness and strange perimeter watery slip o'er the tongue.

The money is in the nose, start, and mid-run. Pretty good - not so unique, but well done. Alcohol never in the way. Malt is firm, hops cut through. Balance and definition - thumbs up.

Bouleboubier, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Lemke10
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

I bought a Lakefront 8-pack variety from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $11 in Fall 2010.

Pours a nice cloudy amber color with a decent head of foam that last quite a while. Has a mild scent of hops mixed in with other malts and grains. The taste has a nice texture that feels just right. You can tell this an IPA, but the taste of the hops is a lot more mellow than most IPA's. The taste could be a little bolder but that's about it. A really good beer to start with if you are unsure if you will like IPA's.

Lemke10, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of shand
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.

This brew is a great looking IPA. A hazy red-amber color with a huge head that quickly settles down, leaving nice sheets of lacing all the way down the glass. Retention is great. The aroma on this is a pretty nice standard IPA. Hops, citrus, a touch of caramel malts. Good, but done a million times before. The taste is also just another good standard IPA. Smooth juicy citrus hops over a solid, but not overpowering malty backbone. Just a well-done standard IPA.

The mouthfeel is also good, it's perfectly thick and leaves a nice resiny aftertaste. The drinkability is also quite good. Basically, this is the perfect middle-of-the-road IPA. There's nothing here to wow me, but there's nothing here to amaze me either. This bottle isn't quite as fresh as I'd like though, this could benefit from being a bit fresher.

shand, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%

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 JamnesCameron
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%

Poured into a le Cheval Blanc pint glass.

Pours a hazy, chunky (yeasty bits) orange with a big, rocky offwhite head. Head stands up, looks like there will be lacing.

Aromas of big, citrusy, piney hops, grapefruit, grapefruit zest, orange. If there's any malt, I don't detect it.

Flavors of subdued grapefruit, almost diluted. From the aroma, I expect a bigger, more puckering bitterness, this is rather restrained. Finish is short, with bitter grapefruit zest lingering into the fade.

Mouthfeel is light, very slight pull from the bitterness. Not aggressive at all.

Overall a rather relaxed IPA, subdued, no palate fatigue from this one, but also not what most hopheads are looking for. I'd like a little more bitterness.

JamnesCameron, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of stewart124
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%

Hazy orange with an off-white head. Dense foam that measures at least a centimeter.

Citrus in the nose but this is kept in check.

Medium bodied with some sweetness and pear esters that are fairly subtle. Huge background bitterness and plenty of hop resin that really screams pine and citrus. Very nice caramel sweetness with some biscuit and bready characters to round this out. Everything about this is legit. This is a totally hoppy IPA from Lakefront. Plenty of body and a heavy hand of hops that is very well-rounded. Lemon and grapefruit linger on the tongue.


stewart124, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of mooseisloose
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%

This is part of a selection that BOTMC delivered to my doorstep. Direct from Beertown, USA, let's give it a whirl. Popoing the top I get a big grapefruit smell with a tart maltiness. On the pour into my ideal beer glass, I get a slightly cloudy orange yellow with a medium bubble foamy head with a pillow top. On the taste this brew has a hop bite but it's right up front and disappears fast, leading into a malty, yet hop zesty middle and a continued zesty finish that lingers with a tart bitterness in the aftertaste. Appears to be alot of dryhopping and some early hops but not too much in the middle. That's ok though as the brew is flavorful and quite refreshing. Hopping is bitter flat and most definitely IPA style and flavor. A good brew, not the best IPA as it doesn' hit the bullseye but it hit the target.

mooseisloose, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of chaz01
2.93/5  rDev -25.6%

12 ounce bottle from Beer of the Month Club. I see the months of year on the side of the label to indicate the bottling date, but either nothing is marked on my bottle or I'm not smart enough to figure out how to read the markings above.

A: Cloudy hazy orange color with a slight creamy head that sticks around.

S: Wonderful hoppy citrusy grapefruit aroma greets the nose and grabs your attention.

T: Not as grapefruity as smell indicates. Definitely some hop flavors, but I get some pine and grass flavors. I also pick up an unpleasant metallic tinny taste, especially in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, above average carbonation

D: Somewhat disappointed, especially after the wonderful aroma. Maybe this was just a bad bottle - something I'm willing to give another try.

chaz01, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of wmtxbb
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

wmtxbb, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%

Bottled in the first week of September, 2010. Pours a hazy amber with a decent head and some pretty nice lace.
The smell is very hop centered, lemon, pine resin, honey, grass and the tiniest bit of biscuity malts.
The taste follows suit with a great, tingly hop taste. Very balanced.
The mouth is pretty thin but still goes down well.
I could drink a few in a row. A tasty IPA for sure.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of Tartarus
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

A&S: Murky amber with about a fingers worth of head and little carbonation to be seen. Head dissipates evenly. Smell is a not overpowering subtle sweet smell of citrus hops. Smells almost fruity.

T&M: Nice balance of citrus hops and malt, doesn't leave a dry aftertaste like a lot of IPAs I've had with citrus hops. Mouthfeel is very smooth, can't feel much carbonation. Pretty tasty.

D: Tasty beer, a not super high in ABV and good smooth taste. I could see myself going through a couple of these in a session.

Tartarus, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Another one from the Lakefront sampler. Best one yet.

No notch on the bottle label for bottling date, but it smells fresh. Poured into a Duvel tuilp. Hazy, deep orange/amber body with a very nice off-white two finger head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves some decent lacing all along the glass.

The hops jump out in the aroma immediately. Nice piney and grapefruit aroma, and a well balanced sweet malt in the background.

Tasty. Nice bitter hop flavors in the citrus/grapefruit family. I like the malt balance: adds a dash of sweetness, but not too much.

Medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation. A very solid IPA.

FanofHefe, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of dubinsky
1.93/5  rDev -51%

12oz bottle poured into my C&B Bruges snifter.

A - Pours a very hazy, orange , with a ton of sediment. A two finger foamy white head tops this beer. Decent lacing.

S - Very piney with some decent citrus aroma. I am not expecting any sweetness from this beer. The aroma is not super strong either, requires that i really put my nose in there to draw in the smell.

T - Not great. This beer is mostly grassy and very lopsided. Its bitter, but not much else happening here. The aftertaste is somewhat reminiscent of a BMC, rice and corn. Weird!

M - Like i said, very uneven which leads to a very lousy mouth feel. The only thing i can say is that the carbonation is OK. As far as mouth feel goes, it feels bad in my mouth.

D - For the style this is completely undrinkable. If comparing to a BMC, its great and very drinkable. You get the idea. I will not be buying this again.

On the plus side, this really gives me hope that i can one day sell my home brewed beers, cause if these guys can do it, so can i.

dubinsky, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of dondeez21
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with a bottled on date of February 16 2011.
A: Deep Gold with almost no head and not much lacing on the glass.
S: The nose is full of hops. The first whiff smells of citrus slightly earthy hops
T: The taste is full of citrus hops. I find Chinook to be most noticeable. Malt is present but it takes a backseat to the hops.
M: Is on the medium side. It isnt rich or heavy and it isnt thin either.
D: This beer drinks pretty easy. I can see myself drinking this any time of the year. Summer or Winter.

dondeez21, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of hacienda
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%

After years of reading and drinking, this is my first review.

12 oz. bottle, dated Jan-Wk1, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy, coppery orange. Moderate white head, which dissipates quickly and leaves a bit of irregular lacing. Some fine sediment contributes to the haziness.

S: This IPA smells great: heavy on the citrus hops, lots of grapefruit, pithy, some topical fruit, pineapple, and a little bit of herbal grassiness. I don't get any malt notes.

T: Taste follows the smell, but it's juicier than the smell suggested, at least at the start. Citrus fruit, and ample bitterness. It also has some medicinal notes and alcohol in the taste. Finishes dry and the oily hops linger. There isn't much malt here--maybe a bit of of caramel hiding under the hops.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp. A little slick and oily.

D: A very drinkable IPA. I could definitely drink a few of these, and I would buy it again.

hacienda, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of chumba526
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Appears hazy orange in color with about an inch of an off-white head.

It smells very citrusy: I get notes of orange and grapefruit. There is also a slight grassy and pine like smell to the beer. I get a very mild sweet caramel smell to this as well.

It tastes much like it smells. A somewhat sweet orange and grapefruit flavor is quite noticeable. This is followed by a mellow pine flavor. There is a mild malt quality but hops are king in this beer. The beer ends with a very mild bitterness. This is not a bitter IPA but it does have a strong hop presence.

The carbonation is moderate and there is a somewhat crisp mouth feel to the beer.

The drinkability is very good. This goes down really smooth.

Overall this is not a bold bitter IPA but it is a very tasty one.

chumba526, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of TheSarge
3.98/5  rDev +1%

This is the third installment of my recently purchased 8 bottle taster pack.

Poured this one into a Sam Adams glass, and it produces about a finger thick off white head with okay retention, and the body is a hazy copper color.

The aroma is good and hoppy: nuances of pine, floral, and citrus, just the way I like my American IPA.

Good citrusy taste, almost like biting into a grapefruit. Some subtle hits of a toffee backbone.

Dry to the palate at first, but lends to a wetting finish in the end. Overall a well balanced IPA.

TheSarge, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of vapodge
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - cloudy, unfiltered pale orange; nice thick head; great lacing

S - nice citrusy hops aroma -- rather floral, too

T - not nearly as bitter as the nose would lead me to believe; not much bite -- can taste "the ale underneath" while still enjoying hop flavor

M - very smooth -- not much burning; creamy with all that head helping

D - I could easily knock back many of these -- not super hoppy, so I could see myself having multiples with a ballgame and some dogs and burgers

vapodge, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of spree92
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%

This isn't a typical stock item at our beer stores, so it may have been sitting around for a while. Smell is of light hops and not much else. A taste of dirty hops, bitter and sour at the same time. Feel and drink just aren't where it should be for a craft IPA.

Bought a 6'er, so I will keep trying.

spree92, Feb 12, 2011
IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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