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IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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1,055 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,055
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 47
Gots: 108 | 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 OBeerMeGreatOne
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dubinsky
1.93/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of dondeez21
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hacienda
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of chumba526
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheSarge
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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

Photo of spree92
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of WIBeerGuy
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has been a real favorite of mine for quite some time.A great label and a great IPA.

As a self proclaimed novice in terms of IPA knowledge[but a serious WI beer advocate]

It's #2 on my list and as always as a price point consideration...it's a winner!

Photo of philbertk
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lakefront Brewery, Inc.--Lakefront IPA India Pale Ale--2011 12 oz. Bottle. 6.40% ABV per Beer of the Month Club Newsletter. 6.9% ABV on Web Page. 55 or 38 IBU's depending on calculation method. (4.0 / 5.0) Rocky lacy white head. Cloudy dark orange color. No sediment. Rich aromatic floralherbal citrus hop front. Creamy mellow smooth sweet mild hop resin fruit citrus estery body. Refreshing clean dry mellow hop spice orange fruit end. Lots of aroma hops. Minimal bittering. Wheat ester hint? Well made and smooth. Might age poorly. Sampled 2/6/2011. Malt of the Earth Beer of the Month Selection received 1/19/2011.

Photo of mazingblue
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


This beer is amazing. Lakefront...WOW!

Appearance: Cloudy copper with massive amounts of bubbles as the beverage is downed. OK head, about 1 finger. Head vanishes fairly quickly, but exceptional lacing.

Smell: Lots of hops. Floral, citrusy, and piney. Other fruit hints, but on the citrus side. I swear I smell a little grapefruit.

Taste: Lemongrass, floral. Almost like liquid fruity pebbles. Lots of hops, but I cannot get any malt as the Alstrom Bros suggested. Maybe a little in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth for how hoptastic this beer has become from smell to taste. The bubbles suggest high carbonation, but I do not feel very much tingling on the tongue.

Drinkability: I bought this from a store that allows you to mix-and-match six packs. I only bought one of these, since I had never tried it. Really good. Could see myself having a sixer, no problemo!

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Jmchrz9
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We received this beer as part as our Beer of the Month Club membership.

At first, it smelled like this beer would be extremely bitter. But for an IPA, it was surprisingly smooth and a little fruity. It's one of best IPAs. Definitely would be a good summer beer.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy orange color with a thick, foamy, well-retained head that leaves a very nice lacing

S - very pungent, piney, 'cat-box' American hop aroma (simcoe and/or amarillo?); malt hiding in the background

T - strong hop flavor with moderate hop bitterness; malt is supportive, but probably not as much as needed, slight caramel; fruity esters are mild when paired with the strong hop flavor

M - medium-light body with moderately high carbonation

D - Overall, this is somewhere in between an IPA and APA. The hop flavors are there for sure, but the malt falls short in support and intensity for my expectation of the style. That said, it's a decent enough beer and goes down well enough.

Photo of Kakaraht
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice copper in color with a nice thick head with good retention and good lacing.

S: Sweet fruity notes of grapefruit and orange with a nice light malt caramel like essence.

T: This is a nice IPA not to bitter but loads of hop flavor. Citrus orange and a spiciness. The malt character in this beer is nice and amber in flavor with light caramel notes.

M: Medium mouth feel with good carbonation and a nice dryness.

D: Buy this beer this is a really nice IPA.

Photo of Jayli
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my bro - BOTM acquisition
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy copper color with a one finger of offwhite head. Head retains nicely and leave smattered sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is mango fruitiness, caramel malts, and a bit of grapefruit citrus.

T: Taste starts with a soft mango fruit flavoring, mingled with a sharp undercurrent of grapefruit citrus bite. Grapefruit flavring holds through the entire beer. A minor pale malt flavoring moves in with a finish that is slightly toasty and a mixture of grassy hops with a light lemon flavoring.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slick and somewhat oily but can't quite shake the oiliness.

D: Goes down easily, rather tasty, not too filling, decent kick, nice representation of style. I was so underwhelmed by the Coffee Stout that I was hesitant to try this brew. It's definitely one that I would grab a 6'er of!

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as part of the February 2011 BOTM subscription from my fiancee's parents. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

The pour, straight down the middle, yields an inch and a half of creamy white head. It sticks and gobs into delicate lacing all over the back and sides of the glass. In the front, spotty lacing appears after each sip. Clear and crisp in color, a coppery amber body gives a dirty straw hue around the edges in the presence of light.

The aroma is grassy and piney, backed by a balanced and not overwhelming malt backbone. Nothing extraordinary, but rather, pretty much par for the course. The taste is spot on. Pretty much what I am looking for in an IPA. The caramel backbone is noticeable, but the bitterness from the hops shines. Pine and floral notes also come through.

Fizzy, but not too much so. Light to medium consistency. Overall, the feel is enjoyable and true to style. Easy to drink, though the ABV will get you. I think I will have another. I would definitely pick this up if I had the opportunity for a mix-6.

Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recieved this as part of a BOTMC. The pour is deep orange with a big rocky white head, nice lacing. The aroma is nice pine boughs with hints of grapefruit. The pine really shines upfront in the flavor with the citrus making a nice backdrop. The finish is a lingering pleasant bitterness. It has a medium body and is well carbonated. A very nice IPA.

Photo of greenmonstah
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter. Received as part of a beer of the month club membership I was given as a gift.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy orange amber with a thin wispy head. Head quickly dissipates.

S - Massively citrusy. Lovely citrus hoppiness, smells delicious. Little else, aside for a slight sweetness. Like fresh grapefruit.

T - Hop bitterness like grapefruit juice. Later on some grassy hops show up. It is an all hop show here, there's little malt, but I love this combination of hops. Tastes so fresh and crisp, it's delicious.

M - Medium body with a nicely active carbonation. Dry finish. Not perfect, but good.

D - I really enjoy this beer. It's mostly a hop -- not quite bomb, but more of a firecracker.

Photo of KAdams
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light golden amber with a cascade of yeast sediment that eventually settles at the bottom of the glass. A 1 1/2 finger head leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Hops, hops, hops. Maybe some lemon zest.

Taste - That fresh bitter hop bite that everyone looks for in a good IPA. It's what I imagine dried flowers taste like.

Mouthfeel - Nothing exceptional here. Decent carbonation that matches up well with the flavors.

Drinkability - A great session beer, especially if you like IPA's. Take it easy, and enjoy the aroma and hops on every sip.

Photo of brewmudgeon
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lakefront ipa

a 4 cloudy golden apricot biege amber, lots of particulates. respectable head drops to a ring and leaves helter skelter lacework.

s 4-4.5 tropical fruit, mainly pineapple; crackers. some pine as well.

t 3.5-4 very well balanced, more bitterness than i recalled--not the roll over and die sort of ipa that i remembered. it's no bitter bomb either. nice and friendly with a restrained sweetness and mild citrus flavors, cleaning up with moderate bitterness on the back end. could use a touch more oomph in the taste department, but unlike such offerings as Celebration there are no annoying flavors lingering around.

m 3.5-4 medium body and enough resin to let you know it's an ipa, though i would perhaps prefer a lusher, stickier texture.

d 4-4.5 one of the most drinkable IPAs i've experienced. if they could add just a bit more flavor and hop oil, this would be a major winner.

Photo of chinchill
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

A - hazy amber; white head with good retention. Small amount of sediment eventually settled on bottom of the glass.

S - fresh hops! citrus

T - good hop hit followed by a substantial malt balance. Clean. Perhaps deserving of a 5

M - medium body with good carbonation

Aroma indicates very hop heavy brew but taste is far more balanced -- great aroma-flavor interplay. Fine aftertaste.

Highly recommended for hop heads

Photo of buellers
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the first pour, I could tell this beer would be good. The floral scent included citrus and pine, I presume from the dry hopping. With holding the glass to the light, it's completely clouded with a rich orange and copper color. At first taste the scent truly adds to to the complete taste. It's a full beer, great up front hoppiness, full body and bitter yet tasty finish. I enjoyed this beer with some classy Indian cuisine, which was a great choice. I found it in bottles at a local liquor store in Denville, NJ.

IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 1,055 ratings.