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IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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1,032 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,032
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 44
Gots: 102 | 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 Onenote81
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great extra received from BeerFMAndy in a recent trade. Thanks!

Poured into my pint glass. Pours a very cloudy brownish gold. This really looks like honey in my glass. Decent lacing. Smells very citrusy with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and finishes with a big pine smack. This smells like hop perfume.

The mouth is smooth and creamy, but has a nice subtle carbonation bite at each sip. Flavor is a big hop smack at the forefront, but doesn't finish harsh in any way. Nice bready finish. Sweet malts balance this out really well. This is one of the better IPAs I've had in awhile. Recommend.

Onenote81, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mostly of hops, a touch of malt. Taste is sweet, hoopy, but not overly bitter like most IPA's. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a quality brew.

tone77, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a golwing orange semi clouded with yeast sediment, light orange tinted cream head forms thick and billows above the edge of my glass. Aroma has sharp grapefruit and floral with earthy hops bursting, layers of sugar coated hops have existed with layers of the pale malt biscuit qualities. Flavor has piercing hop bitterness that comes through with citrus and floral hop flavor, semi sweet malt ridden with a hop combo. This is my kind of hoppy IPA. Mothfeel is medium bodied slick with hop oils perfect carbonation level compared to those other IPAs, go tell your friends about this one. Lakefront IPA may be one of the most drinkable versions I've come across pure lovely hop combo with pale malt sweetness to back it up.

WVbeergeek, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of blackearth
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, WI. Poured a cloudy dark orange body with a thin white head. Aroma is piney and spicy hops. Medium bodied with great hop flavor and a malt character that backs it up well, yet keeps the hops at the fore front. Excellent drinkability from this IPA.

blackearth, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of bound4er
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled during the second week of July, 2009.

A. Hazy orange to amber color with nice off white, fluffy two finger head. This really sets up nice in the glass and leaves plenty of lacing.

S. A nice mix of both malt and hop aromas - some "breadiness" along with mostly citrus / lemon.

T. Well balanced malt and citrus hop flavors greet you upon entry. The finish turns nicely bitter with some lick smacking pine notes sneaking in at the end.

M. Nicely carbonate with a light to medium bodied feel.

D. I have enjoyed a handful of Lakefront beers over the years but never have really gotten excited over any of them. This beer is different. It is very, very well made and quite drinkable for an IPA. The balance here is what sets it apart from many in its class. I would have no problem downing 3 or 4 of these in one night. This beer is one I will keep on hand, especially in warmer weather.

bound4er, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of david18
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not great, not terrible. I had this today at a beer bar and it was just ok. I would not have guessed the abv but that explains my sleepiness right now. Good color, good taste, but it doesn't stand out in any other way. Worth a try if you see it but don't count on ordering a second.

david18, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is typical clear burnt orange. Almost no head. The smell is slightly hoppy but subdued by malt. It's a sweeter aroma then I anticipated. The flavor is moderately hoppy with a slight bitterness. Some pine a touch of citrus but, the malt manages to rein in all the hops and settle the flavor down. It's got a medium body with mild carbonation. Fits nicely with the syle. This is a nice offering from one of my local breweries. This is an AIPA that everyone can enjoy.

beerwolf77, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of drpimento
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served with a very nice, large, foamy and frothy, off-white head and good lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is a little malty and lots of fresh hops. Flavor is firstly - fresh, chewy hops on top of a little caramel malt. Good beer. Not too sweet; just enough to stand up to the hops. Great carbonation and mouth. Nice finish too. Don't notice the alcohol until the very end of the finish. Perhaps a session beer. I like this one a lot!

drpimento, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of velosuds
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date (couldn't quite figure out the label that seemed to indicate week 1 July scoring by slight cuts or tears - odd)? Single purchased at local health food store for $1.65.

A-Hazy amber-orange with one finger, off-white head with average retention and average lacing. Very inviting appearance.

S-Very pronounced citrus hops.

T-Very balanced. Hops not overpowering. May not be aggressive enough for some, but this grew on me. Improves as it warms. Nice malt backbone in finish. Presence is noted without being sweet. No bitter after taste and no alcohol taste, even at 7% ABV. Well constructed.

M-Very smooth and balanced.

D-A good, but not great IPA. More reminiscent of the English vs. American IPA. A nice discovery.

I would definitely drink this again. Not sure I would purchase it frequently at $1.65 a 12oz single. As a cost conscious CPA, value is very important to me. I can buy my favorite IPA, Racer 5, for the same price.

velosuds, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of ruckus232
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a mug

Appearance: Reddish brown color with a good off-white head with good lacing

Smell: Fruity floral smells with a hoppy finish

Taste: Less of a fruity taste that starts out mild and leads into a mild floral hoppiness. Finishes off crisp with little to no bitter aftertaste

ruckus232, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of JayQue
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A balanced IPA, more like an English IPA than American. Pours a orangy amber color, slightgly hazy. Good size white head, average retention.

Mild floral hops aroma. Taste is biscuity malt up front with some floral hops in the finish. Nicely balanced, subtle transition to hoppiness. Not quite the American hop bomb I have come to expect, but a solid well constructed beer.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp

Drinkability is good. A bit high abv for a session beer. If you like balanced, but somewhat malty IPAs, you will enjoy this beer,

JayQue, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of Reidrover
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy dark orange coloured ale..small off white head. Good aroma of citrusy hops, valancia oranges in particular..almost marmalade. A tangy type IPA..orange/marmalade tang to it some dark earthy tones in the end..good malt bill carries this. Ok on the palte average for style. A nice British style IPA. good stuff.

Reidrover, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of eallured
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber and hazy, maybe from all the particles in suspension. Must use pellet hops and no filter.Vigorous head that dissapates rather quickly Bottle date is 2nd week in may, must be from flannagins.
Smell is lightly of sour cherries and maybe a little lemon. Hmm not what I was expecting. Moderate to low bitterness. Some light malt flavor but nothing that matches the relatively dark color of the beer. Clean finish with some citrus is a redeeming characteristic. Good amount of body but less than I expected from the head and that it's unfiltered. Not gritty or puckering. Quite smooth and drinkable for a 7%, but could use a bit more flavor. I'm sure it's better fresh as well. I would definitely drink another if offered and will ook for a fresher batch for a second review.

eallured, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of JEdmund
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toffeeish coloring, a bit more brown in the color than I'm used to; minimal head and visible floaties

Overall sweet, with bubble gum being the predominant flavor

Taste & Mouthfeel
A constant herbal hop bitterness is present throughout, followed by a bubble gum like finish; hops are really kept in check and not overdone at all, though it by no means seems like a pale ale; good bitterness on the tongue followed by that sweetness, and it, too, is not overdone; body/texture are just right

This doesn't blow me away with hops, but it is an enjoyable, balanced IPA, and that's nice to have from time to time. I would drink it again.

JEdmund, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of SPRichard
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Local 44 in Philly as part of their $1 kick the keg draft special

dark amber body...off white head...decent amount of lacing is left on the glass

a big hit of floral hops up front...becomes a bit more mellow in the end...dry finish

nice pine flavor from the hops....malt background keeps things in balance...slight bit of bitterness at the end

moderate amount of carbonation on your tongue...very crisp and refreshing....medium body

only paid $1 per pint for this but i'd be willing to pay full price for this one if i see it around again

SPRichard, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange with a finger and a half of frothy slightly off-white head that is slow to dissolve. Aroma is orange peel, citrus hops and some skunked aroma not sure what it is. The flavor has sweet bitter grapefruit upfront followed by some caramel and biscuit malt. Sweetness and soft bitterness lingers in the aftertaste of this beer.There is a strong presence of alcohol in this beer which is not very flattering. Its medium bodied and and a little chewy. I'm slightly torn with this beer while the aroma is alright there is that "skunked" character and the flavor is actually pretty nice but the alcohol is a little too noticeable.

DiabolikDUB, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $4.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a near clear (were it not for the fine particles), dull, dark copper body with a finger high head of off-white foam. Light lacing on the way down.

Smell: Aroma of lightly sweetish malts with some spicy, floral, lemony hop notes.

Taste: Pale malts with some biscuity tones to it and an addition of light crystal malts for a medium level of sweetness. Hops provide tastes of lemon zest and earthy spice. Medium bitterness. Small pinch of toffee arrives late. Finishes dry and lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Reasonably smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A generally likable India Pale Ale with some slight English qualities to it and plenty of bitterness without ever being excessive.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden opaque color with a small white head. Nose had a nice hop aroma. Taste was not over the top but more of a good balanced IPA. Not to much of anything. It seemed like a mix of American and English style. Taste was nice, fruit undertones, slightly hoppy, chewy, backbone with a nice ABV which left it sessionable. Tasty and very drinkable. Nice change of pace from the West Coast IPAs I am use to.

barleywinefiend, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug. The bottle says it's 7 months old.

Big off-white head and a honey-orange colored head. Cloudy like a German hefeweizen due to a crazy amount of yeast in the bottle. Not sure if Lakefront IPA's are always this yeasty or if I got an off bottle. Wasn't sure how all the yeast would taste in an IPA but it's pretty good.

BierFan, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of jdubjacket
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single 12 ounce bottle of this at Hop City in Atlanta. According to the bottle, this was bottled in the first week of February, making this beer about four months old. Pours a hazy copper color. Huge head on this one. Need to let this one sit to for a few minutes to let the head die down. Smell is slightly hoppy, with some light floral undertones. Sort of musky as well. Bitter hop taste in the beginning and evolves into a slightly malty backbone. Lot of carbonation make this one a sipper. Overall, decent. Not my favorite IPA though.

jdubjacket, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a strong, hoppy aroma with a firm undertone of banana. It pours a hazy honey-golden with a thick off-white head that hangs around for just a little bit. Flavor is as hoppy as an IPA should be, fairly but not overwhelmingly bitter, with the same banana undertone as the aroma though not as strong. Texture is smooth and edgy, rather tingly, leaving a nice hoppy finish.

Cyberkedi, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a very modest head that fades quickly without leaving much lace behind

Smell: Vague aromas of grapefruit and an unusual, but interesting herbacious character

Taste: A bit of caramel up front, but the hops emerge rather quickly with the grapefruit, some pine and that herbacious, tea-like character that I often get in an English IPA; after the swallow, the malt and hops are nicely balanced into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, slightly chewy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nice balance between the English and American IPA styles; I enjoyed it

brentk56, May 30, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is ridiculously cloudy. Huge particles of sediment. The head is big and foamy. Color is a glowing yellowish orange. Surprising but cool-looking.

The aroma is a nice piney hop, some flowery esters. Only a tiny hint of citrus in there as well. A really good hop aroma with a bready English malt base.

The taste is a major bitter woody/pine hop, with oaky notes. Heavy perfume, serious bite on the back end. Harsh alcohol on the back end. Its strength is shocking to me. Zero malt presence by comparison.

The feel is a creamy body, with some smooth finishing. Closer to an imperial IPA really. Brutally hoppy, incredibly woody. Good but harsh and challenging.

williamherbert, May 30, 2009
Photo of ThickestHead
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Six weeks old according to the label. Forms a decent head and the cloudy body is orange-yellow. The smell is grassy and also of citrus (lemongrass?). Taste is more on the mildside than on the wildside, and the mouthfeel is suprisingly lackluster considering how nicely it poured. This is still a very light and drinkable beer, and even though the aftertaste is forgettable that is all the more reason to just have another quaff.

ThickestHead, May 20, 2009
Photo of tr4nc3d
2.58/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured this into my pint glass

It has a murky orange color with a freaking huge slightly off white 5inch head. Very foamy/rocky head that leaves an island of it right in the middle, GREAT head retention. Lacing is scattered all over the sides of my glass, man oh man this beer looks fantastic.

This has a very mildly citrus fruit aroma of mostly lemons/oranges? and some pine with spices, some caramel malt comes in also.

Very mild tasting IPA. Has a small amount of bitterness upfront that mellows out to just the ever so slightly citrus sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very thin and dry on the mouth. Aftertaste is kind of leaning towards cardboard. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but I doubt it.

My thoughts are that besides the appearance, this IPA lacks flavor, so theres no chance I would ever buy this again or drink it.

tr4nc3d, May 19, 2009
IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 1,032 ratings.