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IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 1,077
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 48
Gots: 119 | 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 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.


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.

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.

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.

Photo of znichols
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- dark hazy straw. Rather cloudy gold. Looks more like a weizen. Not much lacing and a straight white baby head.

S- pretty muted. Light yeast aroma first with a little malt. Surprisingly I get just a hint of grassy hops on the back end.

T- bitter right away with a big yeast character for an ipa. Explains the hazyness. A little toffee sweet malt and honey in the middle followed by some kind of grassy, herbal, slightly citrusy hops. Ends with more yeast, bready flavor. Not sure if i'd call this an american or english ipa since there isn't much rich maltyness or pungent hops present.

M- Medium to light bodied. Appropriately carbonated with enough bubbles to open up the aroma a little.

O- Not bad. Not sure if i'd reach for it on account of its over the top yeast character, but it was an approachable ipa. I would recommend this slightly bitter, wisconsin version of an inoffensive IPA to a friend new to craft beer, but i'll stick with a two hearted if i want a good IPA from the midwest.

Photo of mooselvlt
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours amber color, hazy, less than a fingers off white foam with decent retention. Sticky lacing

S - Pungent orange and citrus hops backed by a moderate malts, bread, biscuits. Unique nose

T - Hops start strong but then are quickly balanced with the bread & malt flavors. Very unique IPA, but I like it. Resin bitterness really builds as you drink this.

M - Medium bodied, oily feel. Coats the tongue with the hop bitterness as it goes along.

O - Solid and pretty unique. I enjoyed it but I think there's better IPAs to spend my money on this summer.

Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of Yagman3000
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. 

Photo of u2carew
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of Lemke10
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of stewart124
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.


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

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.

Photo of chaz01
2.93/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of wmtxbb
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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.

IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 1,077 ratings.