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IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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972 Ratings

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Ratings: 972
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.

(Beer added by: cichief on 01-05-2008)
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Photo of Blakaeris
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

Hazy golden-copper with a massive white head that hangs around awhile and leaves sheets of sticky lacing.

Aroma is generous citrus hop over a subdued caramel malt base. Fruity with plenty of tropical fruit notes.

Taste is bready, and sweet caramel malt. Then the juicy citrus hop takes over with pleasant bitterness. Finish is crisp with lingering tropical fruit notes.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Chewy with resinous hop oil.

Overall a pretty decent IPA. Fruity and enjoyable.

Blakaeris, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of NoLiberty
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours from the bottle into a half-pint glass slightly cloudy and light peach colored with a solid half finger white foamy head that settles into a nice cap with moderate lacing. Nice color overall and lacing sticks nicely to the sides of the glass. The color almost reminds me of a DIPA with an expectedly high hop profile.

The initial nose is strong of citrusy hops, lemon, peach, and moss but as the beer warms the alcohol profile becomes much more dominant. Subtle tree fruit aromas - apple, pear, peach - all nice and inviting. The hops are blended well into a mild but flavorful malt backbone, with a nice alcohol transition.

The flavor is just great. Super soft and well balanced all around. Hop profile bounces between tropical fruit with strong notes of pineapple to more subtle orange citrus to pronounced piney resins. And all around is a nice alcohol presence - not sure the ABV but it's enough to make it feel warm. But no doubt this is a refreshing beer too. Some candy flavors finish off with a beautiful aftertaste of ripe pineapple.

The beer is soft and fluid, not thick but definitely viscous. Carbonation is present but never dominates. Like a good IPA the flavors are more pronounced when the softness of the water allows the aromas and resins from the hops to come out. Very nice.

Drinkability is also good and I could definitely put a few of these down. In fact, I'll probably buy a case soon.

NoLiberty, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

Picked this up as a single at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a very cloudy light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a scaly layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells of citrus with a good malt backbone. Floral aromas sneak out every now and then.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of citrus up front soon overtaken by robust malt flavors. There's a mild bitterness at the end. It's good, but none of the flavors really jump out.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit thin but the carbonation is good and it goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good. As I said before none of the flavors have a ton of presence, but it's definitely drinkable. I could have another, but I'm not terribly excited about the prospect.

Overall this is a good IPA - I picked this up, along with the Fuel Cafe because I'd heard less than stellar things and figured those two styles were pretty hard to mess up. I wasn't disappointed. This isn't a must-try, but it's worth a shot if you're looking to try a new brewery.

glid02, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of bashiba
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured a cloudy copper color with a thick creamy and sticky head.

The smell was strong with a big fresh wet hop odor with citrus and pine and a touch of fresh bread malt sneaking in.

The flavor is suprisingly mild and balanced after the big bold smell, but in a good way. Nice solid toasted malt body with a nice bready quality to it with some slightly bitter lemony and floral hops with a touch of mint, giving this beer a very long and even finish.

The mouthfeel is thick and sticky with a bit of dryness.

A very solid IPA, shockingly good when compared to the poor quality of the other 6 lakefront brews I have had.

bashiba, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

Explosive opening, lost about a tenth of the bottle. Very cloudy (almost like a wheat beer). Light amber with a touch of orange. Surprisingly moderate head. It lasts, though, and leaves rocky lace.

Nicely balanced aroma, perhaps more malty than a typical IPA, but still quite attractive.

Creamy and malty in the initial sip. Great hop presence without overwhelming. A very easy-to-drink beer.

smcolw, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

Picked up a bottle from Abe's in Bethlehem. Pours a hazy amber with a white head and lacing. Hmm, this one could be old. Thanks Abe.

Still a good beer, regardless of age. The hops have a great sticky citrus and floral perfume flavor underpinned with a biscuit malt backbone. This is a very nice, juicy and bitter IPA with a bit of malt balance. The body is a quite drinkable, and fairly sessionable. I'll have to try this one again.

tempest, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a bitter hop bite laid over a nicely balanced pale and Munich malt aroma. It's citrusy and light with a refreshing feel. The taste is great. It's incredibly smooth and not overly bitter. It's well balanced and highly drinkable. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a easy drinking IPA. It's well brewed and doesn't overpower you. It's got a nice hop character, but isn't a hop bomb. Recommmended.

WesWes, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%

Clouded peach-toned hue, under a gorgeous milky white head.

Pine fresh aroma, with tropical and citrus fruit esters, pineapple meets orange and lemon peel. Vibrant, and inviting.

Sharp bitterness up front, goes soft and fades back on the palate. Same flavors as in aroma visit the tongue. Great brisk hop smack that continues to ride along. Nice, medium body, long bitter finish, but very easy-[drinking. Hoppy, but not too bitter.

This really reminds me of Bell's Two Hearted Ale. Not that that's a bad model, at all. It's quite capable of being a sessioner, for the true hop lover, that is. I can see drinking a few without getting tired.
Good job on this!

feloniousmonk, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of iceball585
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%

A- Light golden color, semi-clear, one finger thick fluffy white head that lasted the entire time, lots of tiny bubbles rising throughout

S- Citrus, grassy, earthy, light flowery hops

T- Pine, citrus, honey, grassy, pale malts, flowery hops

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, very smooth, clean, light bitter bite

D- Definitely worth buying again

Not too many different flavors in this one... but wow. The brew has the perfect balance of hops (not too much and not too little). I really wish I had bought more of these when I was in Milwaukee.

iceball585, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of joe1510
3.98/5  rDev +1%

12oz Bottle
$7.99 6-Pack
Steve's Liquor, Madison

Bottled: August 3rd Week

Lakefront's IPA pours tarnished copper with a hazy body and tiny particulate suspended throughout. A one finger plus clean white head formed on the pour and fell rather quickly to a thin skimming and slightly bigger collar. Spotty and patchy lace was left behind after each drink. I love the look of an unfiltered IPA although the head on this one is a bit of a let down.

Floral hoppiness jumps out at me quickly but is soon overtaken by a slight booziness and pine needles. A hint of candied citrus soon follows along with a faint blast of apple pie filling. The malts are slightly sweet and honey like with the faintest hint of caramel. This smells like a nice hop driven IPA and that makes me want to dive right in.

The flavor follows the aroma in stride. The floral hoppiness jumps out right away followed closely by bitter pine needles and resin mid palate while the caramel and honey-like maltiness stays in the back where it should. The pine is more pronounced in the flavor then smell and works to take over until the swallow leaving a solid lingering bitterness in its wake. This is a good IPA.

The carbonation helps make the medium body soft on the tongue while the bitterness grows with each sip. By the time the glass is finished my lips are starting to feel the numbness. Finishes slightly dry which accentuates the hop profile.

I can and have drunk quite a few of these in a sitting. They go down easily and have a solid hop kick that's kept in check just enough to keep the beer flowing.

Lakefront's IPA is the best of their beers that I've sampled to date and I don't hesitate to pick it up when I see it. The price point is easy to swallow as well compared to others of the same style.

joe1510, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%

12oz single, not one of my favorite breweries in the state but it earned a high ranking so i'll give it a shot

appearance: cool label. poured into an imperial pint glass, dull straw-copper color, fluffy white cap and decent retention

smell: citrusy hops - heavier on the orange/apricot/tangerine, kind of a touch of funk as well and noticeable earthy malts

taste: pretty tasty IPA and a bit off the beaten path of the style...citrusy and full of white pepper spice and corriander, fresh lemon zest and bready yeast...grassy and earthy with caramel malt notes

mouthfeel: medium body, lively

drinkability: pretty good

dirtylou, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of IPAs4lyfe
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

A - Poured a yellowish orange with lively carbonation, a creamy 2 finger head with good retention and lots of lacing.

S - Piney with the smallest hint of lemon, mostly hops with a slight malt presence.

T - A nice piney bitterness up front, which is balanced nicely by a toasted orangish malt flavor. Finishes with a subtle bite of citrusy and tangy hops. Very nice.

M - Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied, crisp and refreshing, good carbonation.

D - Drinkability is awesome. I really liked this one! A great low profile IPA.

IPAs4lyfe, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
4.53/5  rDev +15%

Murky looking dark amber. Thin off white head. Lace is moderate. I love this hop aroma. It's piney, but it's also pungent, oily and resiny. On the palate, I notice a nice malt base with the toffee and caramel. Big and full bodied feel to this beer. Viscosity is on the high end of the spectrum. Hops give this beer a lot of character. This is unique in a way because of the emphasis on the dirty, grimy greasy characterstics of the hop flower. Oily and pungent. A little of that bong residue feel to it. And some pineapple juice as well to cap it off. I like it. Haven't reviewed a Lakefront beer in a long time, but this one is pretty damn good.

Bighuge, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

A - Poured out an orange or light amber color with a one finger, cream colored, foamy head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of pine and citrus. Some caramel aromas, too.

T - It tasted very bitter upon first sip. A good citrus/orange flavor blends nicely with burnt toast maltiness. Well balanced.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good IPA. By far the best Lakefront brew I've tried to date.

zeff80, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%

Bought sixer at Goebbel's in Wichita, per the recommendation of one of the employees, damn good call!

Just got done picking a bunch of cascade hops, hopefully this enhances the experience!

Pours an effervescent & semi-hazed honey with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Lemons, breadyness, passion fruit & pineapples

T: Breadyness, lemons, & pineapple up front. Dryness, pears, grapefruit & lemons dominate as this warms

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks pretty easy. a solid AIPA

russpowell, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of dancinwillie
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%

Pours a hazy copper hue, with a thick and creamy of white head. The head has mad staying power, and some big bubbles popping out giving it that rocky appearance.

Smells like a fruit bowl, citrus, apricots and peaches, maybe a little pineapple.

Tastes much like the aroma, good bitter hops provide that citrusy taste that I love in IPA's. Decently bitter for the style as well. But the name of the game here is balance, and the malt sweetness really plays a great supporting role. This is a fine tasting example of the style, and proves that you don't need to be so "extreme" to make a point. Very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is chewy, and a little grainy. I think it works great for this beer.

Drinkability for me would be pretty high. I had been wanting to try this beer for some time, but had been less than impressed with some other Lakefront beers. This one is really a winner. I have not had many better beers in the style. One of my new favorites, and sure to make it into my regular rotation!

dancinwillie, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of kirok1999
3.9/5  rDev -1%

Pours a nice clear light copper with an edge of white head and a little sticky lacing.
The smell is very mild and thin. Some malt and some floral and piney hops.
Tastes mellow and spicy at the same time. Not overwhelming hops but they really come out in the aftertaste. There's a long lasting bitterness with just a bit of sweetness behind it.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Just a bit of tight carbonation gives it a sizzle going down.
Very drinkable and would go well with many strong foods and cheeses.

kirok1999, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of Nipitato
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Copper hue. Buff head with good retention. Crystal clear clarity. Sticky lacing.

S: Strange aroma for an IPA. Has the floral bouqet of a pils. Pine, citrus and grassy hop flavor does come thorugh. The malt balance is good with a sweet caramel character.

T: Restrained hop flavor with some citrus and greass flavor. Appropriately backed up by an uncharacteristic malt flavor.

MF: Moderate body with moderate carbonation.

D, notes: A so - so IPA.

Nipitato, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of Goliath
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a very hazy, amber color with a large one inch slightly yellowed head sitting on top. Really nice retention and some fine bubbled clumpy lacing.

Aroma is pretty nice. A good burst of citrus dominates with sort of an earthiness to it as well. A sweet pale malt is also lingering.

Taste is really quite nice. A nice bit of citrus up front, with a subtle sweetness. Low bitterness and occassionally metallic. Just crisp and refreshing, really clean.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a great carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is high. Great flavor and presumeably low alcohol. A really solid IPA. Completely undervalued. As I get further into it, I think it's just a crazy drinkable "IPA". Due to the relatively low bitterness I don't know that it quite classifies. I suppose it does. I really dig it though.

Goliath, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

A- Pours a nice hazy golden amber. A nice foamy cream colored head that leaves a nice amount of layered lacing.

S- Wow a great amount of hops smacked right in the face when I smelled this brew. A ton of piney, citrus and floral hops. I could also pick up some bready malts in there also.

T- Hops every where that are enter mingled and taste outstanding this is balanced out by some sweet malts.

M- Medium in body, creamy and nice carbonation.

D- Highly recommended here. I really enjoyed this brew.

nrbw23, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.6/5  rDev -34%

Pours a clean orange-ish/ copper color with a white head. In the aroma, a sweeter malt and a small grapefruit hop. In the taste, a small sticky-sweet grapefruity hop, and a mellow malt backing. A small bitterness in a mainly light mouthfeel, and a sticky-sweet to dry, small hoppy aftertaste. Light for an IPA, small hops, and kind of watery.

OWSLEY069, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of Zadok
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%

A-Nice cloudy golden orange with subtle ruby highlights. One finger head with decent lacing.

S-A strange musty smell emanates, I believe it to be pine needles.

T-The taste has a little of the strange smell attached to it, pine needles and hops are the main flavors present.

M-A very bland mouth feel, if it wasn't for the decent carbonation I would think it's flat.

D-Defiantly nothing to write home about, can't foresee having another anytime soon.

Zadok, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%

A-Pours a nice golden-amber with thick head, good retention, and nice lacing.
S-Hops abound...American citrus notes, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, floral. There is a nice toasted sweet malt presence, probably some specialty, and the overall aroma is excellent, but there is a lingering metallic presence in the background.
T&M-Sweet toasted malt, strong hops. The balance is excellent, and the hops cleanse the palate at the end. However, there is still a slight metallic taste on the back of the tongue that emerges 5-10 seconds into the aftertaste. This taste tends to dissipate as the beer warms, but it is hard to ignore initially. Carbonation is excellent, and body is medium.
D-A high quality beer, but the metallic taste somewhat detracts from a very positive experience.

BoitSansSoif, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of vurt
3.98/5  rDev +1%

12 oz. bottle purchased at Hi Time Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA. Enjoyed in a 16 oz. tumbler.

Deep gold-amber color, clear and bright. Capped by an off-white head which started out freakishly large (prompting me to wonder if the beer was spoiled) but settled into a lasting finger of dense, small-grained foam. The beer sticks to the glass readily, and leaves behind plenty of sticky lacing.

Zesty citrus aroma, grapefruit and orange peels. There's also a resinous, earthy hop quality and a slight "feline" note. A sweet bready/grainy character reminiscent of honey-wheat rolls finishes out the aroma.

Sweet orange flavors dominate at the start, on top of toasty malt with caramel. Grapefruit and floral notes follow afterwards. Very enjoyable hop flavors with a bitterness that seems mild up front then flares up impressively. Citrus flavors give way to a crunchy nectarine fruitiness at the finish while the bitterness lasts and lasts. I like it.

Body feels thin for an IPA, and it's a little bit slick. This beer coats the mouth with hop oils which the carbonation doesn't scrub away entirely. Not a bad thing, in my book.

This beer is on the lighter side of the IPA style, but still has a lot to offer. The light body, moderate carbonation, balanced sweetness and delicious hop flavors add up to an IPA that is very easy to drink. I think this would pair fantastically with grilled pork chops and a spicy fruit glaze.

vurt, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of thebeerdoctor
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%

A tawny gold pour with a rich hoppy nose. Yet another very good American IPA. Plenty of resiny hops, but also plenty of malt support. Deliciously drinkable with a very pleasant, long finish. A silky smooth IPA, well worth sampling. This hop centered ale will most likely, disappear quickly. Tasty from start to finish.

thebeerdoctor, Jul 18, 2008
IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 972 ratings.