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IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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88
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340 Reviews
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Reviews: 340
Hads: 1,206
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 64
Gots: 211 | 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 Duff27
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Half inch white head on a murky dark orange body. Head cap is left with splotchy lacing.

S- Whiffs of orangey citrus, kind of faint.

T- Follows the nose. Oranges. A bready/biscuity malt backbone.

M- Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

D/O- Very drinkable. Lakefront IPA didn't wow my socks off but I could see it as a tasty summer bevy that drinks a lot lower alcohol-wise than it actually. (402 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled May Wk4; Sampled November 2008
A vigorous pour produces an almost four-finger thick, light tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a nice copper color that shows a lightly hazed, bright copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sticky hops, pine, grapefruit and sweetened lemon zest as well as lots of biscuit like malt, some crystal malt sweetness and some cracker notes in the finish. After a bit I start to notice more of the herbal / pine, though there is still a soft citrus character in the nose.

Lots of herbal hop character is noticeable as the beer first hits my mouth, a substantial pine needle backbone runs throughout as well. The beer finishes fairly smooth, with very little bitterness noticeable after the first sip. My second sip has me noticing a solid bitterness that is noticeable as the beer rolls across the tongue; strangely though (or perhaps more aptly said, atypically) the bitterness quickly disappears and does not linger on in the finish at all. The finish is fairly smooth with a light menthol hop notes and some sweet, pale crystal malt sweetness. Some citrus hop flavors are noticeable as well. The malt plays a secondary role here, but does provide a fair amount of sweet, pale crystal malt notes and some lightly toasty grain notes that reminds me of saltine crackers. This has a nice, light, quaffable body to it that is just about perfect for an IPA.

Not a bad beer, the fact that this beer has no real lingering presence on the tongue is definitely interesting and I definitely feel like I miss the lingering hop presence that is in a typical IPA, but this is still fairly enjoyable. Not as bracingly hoppy as many of the newer aggressive IPAs, which is sort of a nice change of pace (you might even confuse this from a hoppy pale ale). (1,811 characters)

Photo of eallured
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (782 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled in April '09, wk 3 - about 3 weeks old) into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Poured a hazy, slightly cloudy pale yellowish orange. A medium density white head gave way quickly to a thin ring of fine bubbles around the edge of the glass. Decent lacing.

S - Not what I expected from an IPA. Hops are not very prominent in the nose. Aroma is spicy and somewhat citrusy - mainly oranges.

T - Spice and herbal notes dominate the taste here too. Can't quite place what the combination of spices is though...tastes like maybe cinnamon/mulling spices...a little odd. Not too much in the hops department - spice flavors overpower. Average bitterness.

M - Medium body, prickly carbonation. Nothing wrong here.

D - If I wasn't expecting an IPA, this would be an ok beer. Spices are a little high for my tastes though and hop character was lacking. A fairly drinkable beer, but maybe misclassified in style. (928 characters)

Photo of chetripley
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good IPAs are more and more available and I think this is another good one.

Poured from a bottle with bottled date on label into tulip glass.

Pours thick and orange, unfiltered, with a 1 finger yellowish head whose smells were of sharp pine and hops.

Taste were unmistakeable strongly hopped with a nice balance of malt that was bitter yer smooth and drinkable.

Took my time with this beer and it was enjoyable from very cold to slightly warm. Bursting with strong hops, it can be comapred to other breweries' versions of heavily hopped beers.

Good work from a brewery that has done so well with malty lagers and reds. (625 characters)

Photo of bishopdc0
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from this brewery. I recently made a road trip to Wi and stopped in Milwaulkee. I had it at this hotel I stayed at. It poured a mix of gold and amber colors and remained cloudy. The beers head was thick but soon dissipated but the lacing was very prominent (much like a Guinness) unique for a regular IPA. The taste starts sweet and a piny or earth hop flavor slowly workes it's way in. You expect it to become bitter but never comes. This is a great intro to anyone who is afraid of other IPAs , the hop taste is there but pretty much no bitter. I usually like atleast some bitter but the outright flavor of the hops in this brew made up for it. (660 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (1,290 characters)

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (780 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Buebie for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with lots of nice sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, slight citrus/pine. The taste is hoppy, with some malt notes, citrus, slight pine. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad IPA. (335 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sent to me in a BIF recently by Lando Calrizian, thanks Lando. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Beer is amber, hazy, moderately carbonated, off white head, some lacing, decent retention, looks good.

Earthy sweet aroma, piny hops, malt.

Beer is medium in body, sweet, with a hoppy, earthy, sulfury, piny, mid palate and a light bitterness on the end, a decent IPA but not great, nothing too special but I'll have no problem drinking the 4 pack I have. (453 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, about 3 weeks old,

A: Pours orange with a medium white head. Solid retention, leaves lots of spotty lace.

S: Dominated by grapefruit and citrus, pithy.

T: Very grassy and herbal with a mint component midway through. Light on the malt for the Midwest. In the finish it gets bitter with a lot of white grapefruit.

M: Medium-bodied, average body weight in the style. Frothy, full carbonation, creamy with a medium long aftertaste.

O: Not the most striking IPA, but a solid effort at a good price. (513 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is amber with golden highlights. It is topped with three inches of beige head.

S - At first, I noticed the citrus. Then came some pine. Finally, I got some caramel malt.

T - The taste has some floral and citrus flavors. The caramel malt comes through in the middle. The finish has a mild pine bitterness.

M - Medium and smooth. Low carbonation.

O - I was looking forward to trying this beer. I was a little disappointed. There is nothing to make this IPA stand out. It is solid, but not noteworthy. (562 characters)

Photo of katan
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a light golden color with a very hazy texture. Head formation is massive, pearly white. In fact, it defied my ability to pour. Highly carbonated apparently. Yeasty - I'm guessing it is bottle conditioned.

S - Piney, resinous american hops dominate the nose. A bit floral, somewhat biting. Certainly an IPA.

T - Starts off dry, biting, bitter. Very aggressive. Some grassy notes. Doesn't get much more bitter as more hop notes strike mid-stream. Fairly monotone beer. Finishes with a more floral fruity hop note. Aftertaste is a orangish hop finish.

M - Strong carbonation bite, stinging to the palette. Beer itself is fairly thin feeling - probably hidden by the carbonation. Doesn't behind an alpha acid oily texture.

D - Moderate drinkability for an IPA. Good/potent ABV makes it a low end session IPA. Just a bit too filling for me to go through more than one or two of these. (912 characters)

Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Blind Tiger 03-15-09

Poured a light amber hazy color, with a white head that left behind a sticky lace. Pretty standard IPA aroma here, some light citrus, pine and malt. The taste was bready/malty, herbal hop finish. Medium body at best, not the greatest hop taste. OVerall a pretty middle of the road IPA, nothing special (336 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled sample. A fairly standard IPA - heavy floral notes with a little caramel/bready malt sweetness. Not one I would go back to again and again but will do in a pinch. (170 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a section of the label where the bottled on month/week# can be identified...but this one wasn't tagged.

Pours a light orange/yellow color that is very similar to fresh cider. Pours less than a finger of barely off white head that fades quickly to just a lace upon the top of the beer and a bit on the glass. Nose is pleasantly hoppy with citrus upfront and malt sweetness rounding out the rest of the aroma. Taste has a solid hop bitterness and malt backbone. Finish is bitter and a bit oil-like. Nothing overly exciting about this beer but it is easy to drink. (566 characters)

Photo of Nipitato
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (511 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
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 (939 characters)

Photo of Beerds
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice rich amber color, fairly cloudy, lacking head. No distinct smell. Taste is different, not exactly sure what the main flavor is bute whatever it is its almost refreshing like a glass of water. Flavor is all up front with little to no aftertaste. (251 characters)

Photo of Zadok
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (453 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a pretty typical IPA color -- that classic, warm orange color. Half a finger of disparate, sudsy offwhite head form. Good lacing despite the unimpressive consistency of the foam.

The first thing I smell is caramel malt, which is not a good sign. But rest assured, there's hoppiness to be found here. Some top-end pineapple represents the most exciting aspect of this IPA, and there's lots of orange and spruce to play off of the sweet malt profile.

When people talk about balanced IPAs they might unwittingly have this beer in mind. It has juicy hop flavor without much bitterness. I'm actually disappointed in how not-bitter Lakefront IPA is. There's caramel malt and biscuit malt sweetness, but not so much that it dominates the fruit flavors from the lupulin. It finishes very clean; too clean for me.

This is a medium-bodied beer, perhaps even on the lighter side of medium. It's pretty wet and juicy if you're into that. I like a drier mouthfeel typically but this is still solid.

Overall, this is a very Midwestern IPA. It isn't crazy with the hops, but it is hoppier than the East Coast style. It's very balanced, and balance has a place in the IPA world. (1,220 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lakefront IPA pours a hazy amber color into the glass with a moderate, rocky head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is very faint, but I detect some citrus, pine and caramel malt.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth with mild carbonation. The flavor leans more to the sweet malty side than the bitter hop side. It starts with sweet caramel malt and a little bready pale malt flavor. Towards the end the bitter hops move in with some grapefruit citrus, pine and a hint of pepper. The bitter finish and some of the sweet malt flavor lingers after each sip.

This is a very easy drinking beer with a great mouthfeel. I almost thought it was a session beer until I saw that it's nearly 7% abv. However, for an IPA I thought the hops would be more pronounced. This review is based on a bottle that is 8 weeks old and was stored in refrigeration. (917 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of donteatpoop
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy pale orange color with copious amounts of head, rising above the rim of the glass to form a plateau. The head retains nicely, remeaning pleasantly thick and present throughout most of the drink.

The smell is strong with pine-hops and a little yeast. The taste is similar, the pine hops dominate the palate followed by vague hints of biting citrus and soap; not an entirely pleasany combination.

Nice strong alcohol content that doesn't overwhelm the mouth. However, the brew itself is very off balance and the malts seem like they were thrown in as an after thought.

Not a terrible IPA, but not something I'd seek out in the future either. (663 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on month and week notched on label. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a murky hazy golden with a decent white head that sticks around and leaves great lacing and has nice retention. There is sediment/floaties as well. The aromas are nice, but somewhat faint. I'm picking up some candied tangerines and some orange peel. There's a touch of pine and alot of caramel malts. The flavors aren't extremely flavorful, but very crisp and bitter. There's a burst of citrus and pine. The malts seems to disappear in the flavors. Very refreshing. The carbonation is very active, giving the beer life. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This might not be the most exciting IPA, but it's extremely well crafted. Very sharp, crisp and refreshing. It personally reminded me of Finest Kind and Bengali Tiger, but even better. (860 characters)

IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.