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IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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349 Reviews
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Reviews: 349
Hads: 1,254
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 23.21%
Wants: 68
Gots: 248 | FT: 2
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Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States | website

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 wordemupg
3.49/5  rDev -11%
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

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of soze47
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of ericj551
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Offa
4.82/5  rDev +23%
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.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an orange amber color. 2 finger frothy head that sink slowly.

S - Citrus hops-grapefruit rind, slight lemon, and a tiny bit of pine. A subtle caramel malt.

T - Huge grapefruit! It's like taking a huge bite of a sweetened muted grapefruit. A slight caramel malt comes through to back up the subdued grape-fruity hops. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy.

M - Medium body.

This is an interesting IPA. Lots of sweet grapefruit. No harsh bitterness. Very mellow. Low hop bitterness. The huge citrus profile makes me very happy. It's not sharp but very softened. I'm a sucker for big citrus hops. The dullness doesn't take away from the drinkability. It's very drinkable.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

Huge pillowy off-white head forms from a normal pour, and the hops have a say in all of this as the retention is spectacular. Weathered copper color with a perfect clarity. Smells of pine, mint, hemp oil, lemongrass and blonde tobacco from the hops ... not much from the malt which screams IPA. Medium body seems a tad thicker from the hop oil on the palate that creates this deep smoothness. Surprisingly, not a ton of bitterness, which is nice, as the complex hop flavor dominates throughout with thick herbal, faint pine, grapefruit peel, crushed hemp seeds and mint. The malt character tried to get a taste in edgewise and succeeds by a pinch with a clean and sweet biscuit tone. All of that is smacked down by the hops again. Finishes slightly bitter with a long road of hop flavor that just sticks to the palate.

This IPA outshines most as it drops a load of flavor yet keeps the bitterness in check so you can actually taste the beer rather than your taste buds being numbed by excessive amounts of alpha acids, the bitter oil from the hops. Hopheads need to seek this beer out.

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Photo of SuperNova777
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 09/07/10

A:a semi hazy orange color with a fingers worth of head that falls fairly quick, leaves a decent lacing down the glass.

S:Pretty strong aroma of grapefruit and citrus hops, very pleasant smell suprisely for the price of the single bottle that I picked up.

T:Very mislead, the taste was not at all what the nose on to believe, fine but just not intense as I thought it was going to be. First hit on a more of an earthy tone and then followed up by some pale malts that linger on the palate with a hint of bite from the hops.

M:All right medium body with solid carbonation throughout.

D:I thought by first sip that I found a really nice treat but ended up being just an o.k. brew. Smells really nice but then throughout drinking it seems like the pale malts (I'm guessing) just took over the whole mouth feel. All right to try but probably not one I will pick up again.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 8/27/10

Bottled during the third week of May

Thanks to biglobo8971

Moderately deep amber color, rather dense & cloudy. Two fingers of foam rose with little effort. After several minutes the head dropped to a foamy patch of bubbles & a thick-ish collar, though nice swaths of lace are left.

With full head retention still in place it smelled of floral hops & hints of zesty citrus. Now that the head it greatly reduced the citric elements are more apparent with grapefruit pith, lemon zest & orange. I also fine it has notes similar to pine-sol. Malts are restrained with hints of sugar cookies.

Piney hop flavor hits first, seemingly encapsulated in a sheath of lemon juice. Other citrusy tones come into play, though the flavor is pretty straightforward. Bitterness moderate but there's a lot of good hop flavor to be had (despite a very slight solvency). Once again, malts doesn't come across as overbearing, modest toasted notes & maybe a dollop of caramel.

Medium bodied. Carbonation is appropriately moderate; on-point for the flavor profile. The finish is rather dry with lingering hints of lemon & pine.

Lakefront IPA is an easy-drinking, solid, Midwestern take on the style. I find the poignancy of the lemon notes interesting since it comes across more juicy than zesty.

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Photo of bump8628
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop-hazy orange-amber with pure white froth that leaves some lace hanging behind. There's also some particles floating about- either yeast or bits of hops, it's hard to tell.

This was bottled less than a month ago so the hop character is extremely fresh, which is something I can appreciate here in Oklahoma where past prime beers are the norm. Anyway, the hops are like ultra fresh citrus rind, mostly lime, with just picked pine branches...the hops are so fresh that it reminds me of sticking my nose in a bag of whole hops. Malt is there but is just supportive enough to balance the hop flavors. Speaking of bitterness, it's low for an IPA and clearly the hops for saved for the end of the boil or dry hopping. Perfectly dry as an American IPA should be.

Fresh, this is one tasty IPA. However, after a few months I imagine it would go down hill pretty quickly.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly transparent amber color with a giant bubbly head that dissipates slowly.

Smell is of big citrus and caramel malts, pretty solid.

Taste of of pine and citrus hops with a big caramel malt backbone in there as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with medium carbonation, pretty good.

Good drinkability, tasty beer.

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Photo of TangTKE402
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Filled the glass with a nice hazy, light-amber colored brew that had a 1-finger head which left a wisp of a ring around the edges and some minor lacing.

Smell is hoppy and floral, but with very bold pine tar overtones. This gives it a faint sweetness on the nose. Quite nice.

The beer tastes of hops and balsam fir. The front of the beer has some nice mild hops which switches to a Christmas-flavored beer once it reaches the meat of your tongue. On the swallow is a nice pinecone taste, but it leaves you with a sticky, cavernous feel that drops this beer back a bit.

A pleasure to drink, but just shy of a great IPA.

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Photo of rabsten
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This might be an older bottle so keep that in mind. It could be as much as a year-old these days.

Slghtly-hazy copper to amber pour, fair head, good lacing. Lots of chunky yeast when I tip the bottle in.

Biscuity malt over citrus to floral hops, somewhat subdued.

Blander flavor, thinner mouthfeel than nose promises. Somewhat dry finish. Still, good, solid drinkability.

Fine beer. Not worth going out of your way for but worthy of picking up if it's there.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful orange, quite hazy in fact. There is a nice eggshell colored head, one and a half fingers thick with great retention and lacing. Virtually nothing to be improved upon.
S- Smell is of citrus and tropical hops, not overpowering. Just a perfect hop aroma blended with toasted malt, with an interesting leafy smell lingering in the back.
T- More malty than some IPA's but pretty well balanced with a caramel background supporting grapfruit and lemon flavors. A faint bit of alcohol when it warms.
M- A little heavier than average, just slightly so. Smooth, almost creamy carbonation.
D- A spot on IPA. This has been ragged on as not hoppy enough, or perhaps for being more of an English IPA than the American style. To me, it was just an easy drinking beer, especially for 7.0 abv

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Photo of HosP
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from 12oz bottle. Picked one up in a pick 6.

A- Poured clear golden color. Nice white head that left lacing down the glass.

S- At first I get a bunch of pine hop smell from it. Some small hints of malts in the background as I continue.

T- Like the smell, pine hops right up front. The malt backbone which is tough to pinpoint does show up towards the end. Bitterness towards the end of the drink as well. The hops seem to want to jump out but trail off pretty fast.

M- Medium body. Good carbonation. Bitterness there but doesn't stick around.

D- Decent IPA. Look for more flavor typically but not a bad drink. For a pick six I would throw one in if had a spot to fill.

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Photo of Stigs
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - the beer is hazy, burnt orage in color. hoists a half inch or so of soapy white foam. head retains nicely through most of the drink and adds a thin veil of sticky foam to the sides of the glass. good start.

S - hops mixed into citrus (grapefruit and orange peel) and some wet pine...turns a little metallic and stale in the second half.

T - moderate bitterness from citrus and piney hops. a solid lightly sweet caramel malt bed overshadows the hops at times. nothing here really stands out, but its decent.

M - body a little on the light side but comes through feeling a little creamy, with moderate controlled carbonation. some lingering piney bitterness and finishes a touch dry.

D - decent by most measures, wont appease a big hop craving but has a decent enough taste to it.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a hazy copper color with a little foam that left just a layer of small bubbles on the surface

S - citrus and piney hops aroma with a seemingly cardboard hint as well

T - nice hop bitterness, flavors of orange and lemon citrus on the tongue. cardboard flavor isn't there as expected

M/D - easy drinking IPA, not the best flavor, the taste is just off somehow, so it wouldn't be my first choice.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into my go to Czechvar glass. Label indicates bottled in the first week of January.

Pours a nice warm apricot color with thick cloud. Chunky sediment in the glass fights with the rising carbonation bubbles. Massive, hop oil head towers over the top of the glass with a moderate pour and leaves sticky clingy soap sud lace all over the top of the glass. Rings with each quaff, nice looking beer.

Aroma is mild, but agreeable. Light tannic acid and hop tea aroma followed by chewy roasted caramel malt. Hop aroma finishes tropical fruity and reminds me of the smell of the skin of a pineapple. It amazes me that the aroma is still this fresh with a beer that is 5 months old.

Flavor is bright hops on the front. Slightly salty and grassy, there is a little bit of fruit peeking in there. Middle brings a light malt flavor, grain is substantial, but the finish brings more hop. Bitter and clean, there is a lot of resinous chewiness in the hop flavor. Hops yield a bit at the end to a sweetish malt with a citrus lemon or grapefruit rind flavor, then a completely dry and clean bitter hop finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin, given the appearance and flavor, but good. The carbonation is adequate to hold up to the flavor of the beer. This is probably the achilles heel for this beer, not that it matters.

Overall a very tasty IPA that I would seek out and buy in the future. I can't wait to get a fresher one. My Rdev is gonna hurt from this beer.

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Photo of mynie
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours unmotherfuckingfiltered. It is really, really nice to see yeast sediment floating around in an IPA. It's as opaque as a tulip and the head is like the beers they drink in cartoons.

Smells green. Underripe oranges, pine, and pot. No malt of which to speak. The hops are varied but not really that balanced but still this is a good profile.

Tastes like it smells, like a jar of green green grass. Only not at all grassy. Tastes like all the bitter greens with which I am familiar, adding to the aforementioned we got parsley, and then the tops of carrots--and, oh I just belched a little and up came some grass. Hmm. Very nice.

Damn fine flagship, right here.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy orange copper with a finger white foam. Sticky w/ lacing. Some swirling sediemnt.

Citrus smell, coupled with a light pine.

Taste is a constant hop wrapped around a mild malt that gives way to a low to medium bitter aftertaste. Good carbonation adds to the mix.

Middle of the road IPA. Drinkable.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into wine glass.

A: Short head retention.

S : Pungent hop aroma. Sweet grapefruit.

T: A very bitter, hoppy taste that is creamy. Not as crisp as other IPAs, but very pleasing on the palate.

M: Creamy with a nice full bodied taste and nice lingering taste.

D: The drinkability of this beer is not that of many other crisp, and refreshing mouthfeel. This one is more or less a slow sipper, compared to others with the same ABV. Still a nice change of taste than the norm and very enjoyable.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Quite a nice hazy amber with some heavy yeast sediment. Seems the date was brewed last June. Slight head.
S - Mostly grassy hops and bready malt.
T - Expected more hops from this IPA but since it's 11 months old it deteriorated to a grassy malty breadness.
M - Not too harsh but drinkable.
D - If around Milwaukee, Wisconsin I would try again fresh but this seems to be a lesson to never have an IPA over a few months old.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fantastic IPA that is very standard and solid for the style.

Lakefront's IPA begins with a hazy orange-copper-golden hue that carries a light yet persistant head of cotton-white foam and fair lacing. The sediment does seem a bit high even for a dry-hopped beer.

Pungent aromas of grapefruit and orange zest demand attention up front. Light alcohols, esters, and caramel offer a supportive role, hidden deep in the background.

Citrusy, juicy, and fresh flavors of ruby reds, orange zest, pineapple and mangos vary from hoppy bitterness to estery fruits. All this bounces off of the light graham-cracker malt flavor that shows more light caramel and sun kissed barley than hearty breads. Finishes with a deep long lingering citrusy bitterness.

Creamy and malty up front but the beer quickly turns lighter, crisper, and dryer as the beer fades into that bitter and warming finish.

Though there's nothing wrong with the beer, I'm looking for that one memorable tangible that just isn't there. Still, I am very surprised by the quality and drinkability I find here.

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IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.