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IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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1,093 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,093
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 52
Gots: 143 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cichief on 01-05-2008

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Photo of mazingblue
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
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
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
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
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
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
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of salvo
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

My Eye-P-A was over-carbonated and pretty well exploded upon opening (and I'm now convinced that cute naming is a death knell). I tried to keep the foaming explosion from pouring all over the basement bar and ended up with beery splatter all over the walls, floor, my shirt. In a quixotic attempt to keep the mess to a minimum, I put the bottle in my mouth, and ended up with sinuses full of froth. So mouthfeel takes a hit. And at the end of it all, this is a mediocre beer, and it left a gritty, unhappy aftertaste--in both my mouth and sinuses. So many reasons not to go back to this one.

Photo of drewba
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - beautiful transparent shimmering golden yellow. Around a finger head, surprised I didn't get much head off of this.

S - Muted citrus, pine, stale bread, something sweet - molasses or caramel.

T - I'd classify this as an easy drinking ipa. Lakefront did a really nice job make everything work together without focusing on killing us with hops or malt. This could easily be classified as a pale ale. Anyways...Lots of lemon, mandarin orange and grass mixed with a tiny caramel or brown sugar sweetness and bread. The hop profile is bright and juicy, love it.

M - Perfect. Body and carbonation are tagteaming hardcore, and I don't want to stop drinking this. I'm not going to dock the score, but there is a little astringency I don't like as it warms (to room temp).

D - See mouthfeel.

Photo of musicforairports
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single from the local grocery store, poured in a goblet. Bottled a month and a half ago, according to the label.

Pours very cloudy orangeish in color, a lot of sediment visible. It's very cloudy but I see a lot of carbonation bubbles in there.

Smells like grapefruit, mango-flavored hops with perhaps a hint of pine and floral scents. Hops all the way.

Flavor is more subdued than I was expecting, but good. All the flavors from the nose are there, but none really hit the palate hard at all. Little malt flavor evident. Some floral hops flavor noticeable. Nothing bad here, but nothing too memorable.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery. Decently carbonated.

Easy to drink, for sure. The flavors are all very decent if a bit underplayed. I would have thought the ABV here was lower than it is. Noting undrinkable about this at all.

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.65/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hazy light orange body, an incredible amount of sediment, little carbonation streams, topped by three fingers of snow white loose bubbles. Good lacing. Not sure I've ever seen this much sediment in an IPA.

Mild pine and citrus aroma. Really needs a deep sniff.

Light sweet start quickly splashes on the tongue. Quickly topped by earthy bitter hops with a note of cleanser.

Sloppy mouthfeel lacks firmness for the style.

Okay drinkability, no trouble finishing this, but not looking for another.

Too many better IPAs to return to this one.

Photo of malarichm
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a. very cloudy with lots of sediment. some lacing. pumpkin orange in color.
s. citrus fruit and pine
t. all bitter in the front with a finish of sweet and tart grapefruit.
m. overall good with a medium/medium-heavy carbonation.
d. very drinkable.

I really enjoyed this one. There is quite a bit going on and it could be appealing to an inexperienced craft drinker. I got quite a bit of sweetness and lots of hops in the taste. My mom picked up this six pack for me in Milwaukee, i assume its pretty fresh. I would for sure buy this beer again.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - one thumb of fluffy white head, hazy swamp water orange, loaded with sediment, left a nice lace ring
S - grapefruit, herbal, and pine, with a slight bready malt quality although very subtle
T - strong grapefruit and lemon zest up front, moving to pine and finishing with a lasting oily herbal hop flavour, a great fantastic mix of IPA hop flavours
M - medium body with a tart citrus flavour up front, mellowing to a slight bitter that is enjoyable rather than overbearing
D - ended up being very impressed here, it has everything a hop head is looking for without the tongue numbing bitter that is ofter the case with American IPA's

Photo of wordemupg
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip oct18 2010

A hazy orange with a shitload of sediment and a few bubbles moving it all around, big two finger head hangs around for a while leaving a couple rings of lace followed by some patches further down the glass

S earthy hops with some pine, lemon rind and a citrus vodka smell that keeps it from a higher grade

T some bread and caramel to go along with what I smell but much less of that vodka, it's still there but a little better in the mouth

M a little bitter and just enough carbonation to keep it alive, leaves a little grit on your gum's and the flavors linger

D decent beer but there's that little vodka aspect that keeps it from greatness, but that being said I'm not mad that I have 5 more

perhaps I'm being a little hard on this one but I just couldn't shake the vodka smell getting in the way of it being a great beer, perhaps I'm crazy I guess you'll just have to judge for yourself

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brand-new arrival in Alberta, in not at all surprisingly expensive 6-packs. Good thing I snatched a single 12oz bottle from an understanding bottleshop in Cowtown then, eh?

This beer pours a very hazy, fine sediment-strewn orange amber hue, with two fingers of chunky foamy pale beige head, which leaves random layered/webbed lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells sharply of pine needles, bitter grapefruit rind, juicy orange citrus, and a mildly musty, bready caramel maltiness. The taste is herbal, citrusy hops, a touch of medicinal character, a light, slightly toasted caramel maltiness, and some further biscuity notes.

The carbonation is a bit on the high side up front, but settles to a dull hum soon enough, the body an adequate medium weight, and a little too zippy to be considered dead to rights smooth. It finishes just a bit off-dry, the herbal, citrusy hops lording over the latent multivariant sweetness of the malt.

While this had the initial big hop wallop that I find so endearing about made-in-the-USA IPAs, it just doesn't persist, instead morphing slowly into a kind of palate-defying, herbal otherness. I hate to say it, but I'm glad I just got the one - while not actually 'bad', this is not my ideal, or even good for a one-nighter, Yankee IPA.

Photo of soze47
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle dated 4th week of July (2 months old)

Appearance: Big bubbles form a nice fluffy head that lasts for a while. Sediment is swirling on the pour, but float gracefully throughout the entire drinking experience. Color is a nice brown first, orange second tone.

Aroma: I get lemons and oranges for sure. Very fruity, but I don't get a resinous quality to the hop forward nose.

Taste: Wow, this is kind of unique for such a hoppy beer. The citrus fruitiness of the hops is very forward without the residual bitterness that usually tags along. I think the malt plays a great role at accentuating the hops and keeping the bitterness at bay.

Mouthfeel: Definitely feels like a medium bodied beer in the mouth, but it is very clean and crisp. Almost no lingering taste keeps your tongue wanting more without having being punished.

Drinkability: High drinkability for an IPA. Again, this one begs for another drink.

Overall: At first, I found this slightly perplexing but was big fan by the end of the glass. This is a great surprise and the big winner of the variety pack I just picked up from Lakefront. I hope I can find this in sixers in MA.

Photo of ericj551
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lakefront IPA pours a hazy copper with a decent head that doesn't stick around too long. The aroma is grapefruity citrus with some orange, and some sweet, caramel malt. The flavor is bitter upfront, with some nice herbal citrusy flavor. The caramel malt sweetness is quickly followed by an odd, almost sour finish. Overall this is a solid IPA, but the weird sour finish detracts a bit.

Photo of Offa
4.82/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent IPA, full of hop character dominating a firm malty character, all nicely integrated, with nicely balanced bitterness and sweetness, but with both quite evident.

Pale amber, it has a medium-big off-white head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring and wisps, leaving a little lace.

Aroma is complex and well-rounded, being very juicy with pine resin, citrus, grapefruit, spicy-herbal leaves.

Taste is a firm caramelly maltiness with a little caremlly toasty grain but also raisiny, under very nice juicy-leafy-resiny hop character that dominates with light spiciness. Grapefruit is present but restrained and, suiting my tastes, it is merely one element of a complex whole that has more citrus, general juiciness plus the resin and spicey herbal leaf. Bitterness and sweetness are firm and both are present yet very balanced and well integrated. Feel is very good, firm with faint oiliness but not oily or heavy.

Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy golden orange, lots of yummy sediment and particles can be seen floating throughout the beer. Nice finger worth of white head that stays put.

Total floral boquet of hops in the smell. Up front I smell scents of very fresh, moist marijuana. Citrus and pine are certainly present. some toasted caramel malt in the back as it warms. Very potent aromas.

Grapefruit, Grapefruit, Grapefruit. I get a ton of juicy hop flavors without a ton of bitterness. the malts do well to balance this hoppiness, because it's not a sharp flavor, it's very well rounded and blended. Honestly, this is an incredible tasting IPA.

mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, and juicy. Medium bodied and perfectly carbonated.

Highly drinkable, I picked up a six pack last week and have been savoring it ever since. I will definitely be back for more, I could easily have several of these in a night.

IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 1,093 ratings.