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IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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very good

999 Ratings

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Ratings: 999
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 46
Gots: 89 | 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 amidabha
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

generous pour produced a huge carbonation head with heavy lacing and a hazy amber hue. it has a great piney hoppy smell that isn't too heavy on the nose.

this is slightly bitter but balanced out by the malts to give a great drink and a carbonated to smooth finish.

a darn good ipa that doesn't really compare to a two hearted.

amidabha, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of cjacobsen
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(A) Pours a just slight of clear golden orange. Looks like honey with a quarter inch of head that sits atop it. The head has good retention and resides to large piles of foam around the edge of the beer.

(S) Smell of grapefruit and orange. Hop bitters. Some floral notes and a touch of pine. The malts are definitely well put into this beer as there is a sweet biscuit/cereal aroma mixed in with the citric and hops.

(T) The taste has a really good malt foundation to it. The sweet subtleties of sugars and the toasted malts lay the ground floor for the citric rind, grapefruit, and hops.

(M) Light body but with a fullness on the palate. Oily and well balanced. Perfectly carbonated.

(O) I think this is a really solid IPA done by a really solid brewery. Lakefront isn't huge in the craft beer world, but they really kill it in midwest and Wisconsin. Their IPA is one to stand up with the best.

cjacobsen, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Halcyondays, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of BYOFB
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From bottle to tulip (mid June date of bottling)

A nice amber color with an off-white head that fades to a ring. Smells of pineapple and fresh cut grass in the back ground.

Taste is fairly balanced and a bit earthy. Medium mouthfeel with a fairly soft finish. Alcohol comes through on the finish along with a slight malty caramel and a smooth bitterness.

Everything about this one was good. No more, no less...

I've has this one numerous times and like almost all IPAs, fresh is best. The aroma and taste will drop off quite a bit with time

BYOFB, Sep 16, 2011
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 JackieTH
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of an eight beer variety sampler pack from Lakefront. The best of the bunch in my opinion.

Poured a hazy copper with a half finger of light tan head, leaving some lacing.

Orange and mixed citrus on the nose which was pleasant but unfortunately rather weak.

The taste kicked it up a notch. The overall character is hoppy without being overly bitter. Quite nice. I'm getting citrus, pine, and a bit of spearmint.

Medium feel holds together nicely over the palate.

Overall +0.5 for being pleasantly hoppy without numbingly bitter. Highly drinkable.

JackieTH, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of stephens101
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One finger of rolling tan head stands unwavering atop a reddish-orange brew. A good mix of oily and citrusy hops float quickly to the nose with a following sweetness and spiciness. Near silky smoothness up front is soon penetrated by a a quick hop bite, some caramel, and finally some orange and grapefruit notes. Alcohol heat exists in the background. Mouth-feel is medium. Good example of a straightforward IPA that doesn't have a lot of flair, but earns extra credit in the balance department, and pretty much takes care of business across the board.

stephens101, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of minterro
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ross’s Deli Lakewood MI

A & S: pretty basic scent: citrus hoppy aroma. A bit of earthy tones to the scent. The beer is a cloudy (unfiltered) yellow/orange color. Big ol’ off-white fizzy head when poured. Pretty decent lacing cling. Heads stays with the beer for the whole glass.

T & M: Pretty basic American IPA taste: citrus and hoppy. It has some neat floral elements but nothing out of the ordinary. Fairly well balanced [nice malty background (defiantly not a hop bomb if that’s what your looking for)]. fizzy carbonation [a bit over carbonated (possibly a tad bit frozen at one point)] . Finish is semi bitter and semi dry. Medium to low bodied. Not smooth a bit on the crisp side.

O: overall is a solid IPA nothing I would buy/try again but not disappointed about buying it.

minterro, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle dated first week of June

A-hazy orange color with white head that quickly disapates

S-lots of fruitness and citrus

T-taste follows the smell. nice mix of fruitness and sweetness

M-Medium body and smooth

0-Very solid beer. I like what I see from this brewery and can't wait for more!

brew3crew, Aug 14, 2011
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 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 daledeee
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a medium cloudy orange. It has a good white frothy head.

Nose is strong pine needles, floral and a little spice.

Taste is a pleasure with really nice hop character with hints of sweetness and malt. Really nice and easy to drink.

Mouth feel is also quite frothy and delicious.

daledeee, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.93/5  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.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of augievikings
4.95/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is just an excellent IPA. Poured a nice orange color - slightly cloudy. Strong citrus taste, with hints of both grapefruit and orange. Very drinkable, with very little bitter aftertaste. Excellent citrus aroma. For a standard IPA with lower ABV, this is just a very tasty beer.

augievikings, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange copper colour, a few chunky yeast pieces, finger of head with some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Very sweet and earthy citrus hops, touch of pineapple and orange notes coming through.

T - The bitterness off the top is dampened by a citrus sweetness with orange and pineapple notes. Very fruity IPA and certainly a unique flavour for the style with a touch of pepper spice that also comes through nicely. A touch of breay malt lingers on the palette alongside an earthy hop flavour.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness. Perfect for the style.

O - A tasty IPA indeed and easily drinkable. Worth picking up a bottle or two, or six.

andrenaline, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of brdc
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small capped bottle, from the sampler that has 8 different beers - I could only wish other breweries would sell samplers like that, with multiple beers, one bottle each. I personally avoid buying 6 packs of beers I dont know, and samplers with 2 or 3 bottles of each beer are only slightly better.
Poured into a pint glass, dark golden, offwhite head, good retention, no lacing.
Aroma is good, but perhaps a little too delicate. Citrusy hops, lemon and orange, some pine and grass. Malts bring some cookies and caramel.
Flavors are just about the same, bitter but not too bitter, with some balance; feels more like british beer than american.
Easy to drink and refreshing. I just wish it had a lot less alcohol, to make it a little more sessionable. Nearly 7% is too much for an IPA.

brdc, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange with some hints of brown. Tanned and creamy head is fairly sticky but recedes thoroughly. Lacing is nice.

Aromas are definitely muted, with lots of English toffee and diacetyl all over this one. Citrus is there as well as an English hoppiness; muted earthy notes. Malts are toasty along with the buttery note.

The flavor is fairly English in nature as well, mostly in terms of hop power. This is restrained and balanced, although the flavor profile of the hops lends an American air to it. Citric notes are here, alpha acids are quite low, and the bitterness is well within the bounds of drinkability. Lemony finish.

Malts again are buttery diacetyl and caramel. Toasted malt as well. Body is medium-full due to the high malt content. Creamy finish.

Good not great.

BretSikkink, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up as a single. ive overlooked this decently local IPA for some time now. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- a hearty pour yields a dark copper colored body with a slight haze to it. on top sits a small bright white head that lasts for an acceptable amount of time before falling. small spots of lacing are left behind.

S- the nose is hoppier than i was expecting. lots of pine and citric (lemon, grapefruit, and a touch of orange) hops. a little bit of floral notes also. caramel malt moves in towards the back of the nose and adds some sweetness.

T- the taste starts out with the caramel malts that i could smell which lays a foundation of sweetness to try and balance the hops that are coming next. mostly grapefruit and pine, with some lemon notes as well.

M- the body is a solid medium. the carbonation level seems about right. no real warming from the alcohol.

O- this is a pretty solid IPA for an affordable price. i think a sixer is $8.99. ill have to work this into rotation when times are tight. i dont know why ive put off trying this for so long.

jwinship83, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed this beer on tap many times, so I thought it was high time I critiqued it. Poured a somewhat hazy medium amber or copper with little noticeable effervescence and about a 1/4 inch off-white, foamy head that proved to have nice life and cling. The nose is one of my favorite things about this beer: very strong grapefruit, pine, and herbal notes with almost no malt coming through. Somewhat surprisingly, the malts are what seem to hit my palate first--along with a deep herbal richness of the hops--and this is followed quickly by a strong pine hop presence. More subdued grapefruit rind is there, but not nearly as recognizable as the pine. The aftertaste is a combination of relatively mild hop bitterness, malt, and some lingering (and not quite as palatable) alcohol and iron flavor. The mouthfeel is zesty, moderately acidic, and clean-finishing.

A very solid IPA from every angle. It has a great nose, but the taste doesn't quite meet the expectation created there. IPA buffs will enjoy all the hop flavors that are highlighted with real command by the brewers at Lakefront. And, incidentally, I've found this to be one the best beers to drink when consuming a Wisconsin beer-battered fish fry.

DabblinWiscCraft, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

623rd Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip

Total Wine & More Las Vegas (Sumerlin)

App- A mix of light orange with some peach and some yellow. A pretty flat and fast receding one finger head. No cling or legs on this one.

Smell- Light citrusy malty flavors dominate. A little bit of sweetness behind it but not too much. A welcoming IPA that is neither too bitter or malty or citrusy on nose.

Taste- The taste was a bit like the nose but had more of a bitter too it with some fresh citrus that was more tropical of note. A bit mango/papaya to me vs. orange/grapefruit.

Mouth- Medium bodied and Medium carbonated. A bit thicker on the mouth with the malt. Nice feel to it.

Drink- For an IPA that cost me less than 2 bucks, I am pretty damn happy. I'd love to have this one again. Next time in Vegas, Ill grab a whole six pack.

FosterJM, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with two fingers of billowy ecru head. Good retention and lace.

S: Light, sweet peach/mango aromas.

T: Powdery, sweet grapefruit flavor from the start of the sip until nearly the end, when it slowly turns to pine. Bitterness is mellow throughout and does not overtake the flavor as with some other IPAs.

M: Light and creamy, a little oil, quite smooth.

O: Tasty and refreshing. Definitely one to return to. I have been pleased with every beer I've had from Lakefront, and this is no exception.

AmericanGothic, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy burnt orange body, 2 finger head, great lacing

S: peach/mango, lemon grass, pine, malt

T: sweet lemon/lemon grass, pine, good malt, long oily bitter finish

M: med body, sticky/oily mouth

O: WOW, this is THE best beer by Lakefront
that I have enjoyed, so far. Very nice IPA,
aching to gulp it, but know I should sip.
I will be picking this regional gem up again,
you can bet on it.


BeerLover99, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy orange w/ one finger white head. Good carbonation and lacing. Nice looking beer.

S- Hops plus. Pine/hops, malt but hops rule the day. Little grapefruit as well. Nothing overpowering, just about right.

T- Different than the nose. Simcoe, white grapefruit. A little on the thin side for me, but still tasty.

M- Thin, but nice. On the dry side as well.

O- Worth picking up for sure. Nice IPA, just wish it had a little more oomph to it.

jayhawk73, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of afdempse
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rick Hamler for this bottle.

Pours a light golden color, with a head that quickly diminishes to a wisp.

Thick aroma of grapefruit, citrus, and pine.

Taste is of hops, with bracing evergreen and citrus notes. Malt seems understated, almost non-existent.

Nicely carbonated, with a semi-dry finish. Refreshing, although body is a bit think relative to other similar beers.

Overall a very drinkable beer. A nice hoppy IPA from Milwaukee with a decidedly West Coast edge.

afdempse, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice mirky coppery-orange color with a very nice one finger head. Decent retention and a little lacing.

Very pleasant nose sweet citrus notes of orange and grapefruit and hint of sour cherry.

Not overly hopped so the balance is nice. Not alot of depth in flavor.

Mouth is a little lighter than I thought it'd be for the color. High in carbonation. Light and smooth.

Overall it's a good easy drinking IPA. Not much depth but flavors and nose are good. I recommend this as a good introductory IPA.

MrVonzipper, Jun 14, 2011
IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 999 ratings.