IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 338
Hads: 1,187
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 60
Gots: 196 | 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 pmccallum86
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of TangTKE402
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of rabsten
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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 (797 characters)

Photo of HosP
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of Stigs
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of donteatpoop
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
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 mikereaser
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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. (1,491 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.26/5  rDev +9%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,067 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled week 3, March 2010. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for yet another lakefront bottle!

(A)- Pours a clear orange/honey color that produced a good white head with some good retention to it.

(S)- A floral-like pine and a crisp lemon, lime, and pineapple citrus.

(T)- A big, dry bitterness with good lemon & lime citrus. A light caramel-like sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance. A fitting hop bite with citrus on the side.

(D)- A solid IPA that clearly has a bite to it fitting for the style. Not a ton of citrus, but its there. Good stuff. (600 characters)

Photo of bishopdc0
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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 camp0474
2.72/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours an orange color with a bit of haze and frothy off-white head.

S: Initial smells of grassy and earthy hops, a hint of grapefruit. Faint smell of malt lingers in the background.

T: Grassy hops. Come across very dry in the mouth. Losing the grapefruit flavor that I could smell. Not much malt character to balance the hops. A bit to grassy for my likes.

M: Light to medium body. Very carbonated, too much for this type of beer.

D: Somewhat unbalanced. High amount of carbonation makes it hard to drink. (512 characters)

Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale amber color that is semi-transparent. Had a very nice head that lingered for a bit and gave some nice lacing effect.

Smell: Had a surprisingly light hop aroma for an IPA. It's there, but frankly, I expected a bit more.

Taste: Excellent. The hops are definitely there. It starts out mildly sweet with a slight grapefruit flavor and then the hops take over to make a delicious finish.

Mouthfeel: Has a fair body. Certainly not watery or anything.

Drinkability: Very good. It's not my favorite IPA, but it's close and it's something that I might be looking for from now on. (636 characters)

Photo of ATPete
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Part of a Lakefront tasting held 3/30/10

Pours a hazy orange brown color with a small fluffy white head. Good, fresh nose here, some pine, citrus fruit and apricot. Good balance in flavor, definitely pushing West Coast with the hop varietals chosen, piney, generously hopped with a long bitter aftertaste. Definitely a solid IPA. (343 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good orange and brown notes in the color. Thick head.

Very sour for what an ipa should be. Thick ale. Bitter. Hops not as citrusy as I would have expected, went for more of a big bitterness than a dry hopped citrus feel. A little metallic down the bottle, more malt heavy at the end. Drinkable as it comes at a fair price, but is more like a hodepodge of ipa, imperial esb and a sour. Unique. I'd call it another winner from Lakefront, but far from their best effort.

EDIT: These have shown up in Reno! Wow, some good stuff here, but you can't really go big hops on this one. There's some, and they're better than average, but Total Wine needs to try and order less, because it sticks around on the shelf for like 6 months. (726 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - unfiltered rust color with a creamy, rocky off-white head that hung around as a thick layer and left globs of lacing behind.
S - sour citrus and a touch of sweetness in the aroma.
T - hey, this is a pretty damn good IPA here. Lots of citrus and piney hop flavors come out with just enough malt to keep things balanced.
F - medium bodied with a smooth and creamy feel.
D - the 7% lets you know it's there (buzz factor) but still this goes down nice and easy. (507 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in Feb - notched on label:

Pours chill-hazed orange amber with a thin lasting creamy white head. Foamy rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of grapefruity citrus, some tropical fruits and a peppery spicing. There's a slight, mild bready touch. Beautiful hop aroma!

The taste is citric - grapefruit, with a hint of apricot and orange and a touch of (coconut?) tropical. A slight hint of resin shows. Peppery spicing adds another hop dimension (though might be coming from alcohol). A touch of toast and malt sweetness round it out in the finish...enough to keep it bitter, but rounded. Slight alcohol shows in the finish, but doesn't interfere. Hops come back in aftertaste - always a good thing!

It has a chewy medium body.

Big on hops, maintaining flavor rather than just bitterness. Glad this one recently showed up in my area...hope it's here to stay! (865 characters)

Photo of chetripley
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
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 EricKufrin
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best beer ever. End of story!

I am a big IPA fan, and any time I have the opportunity to try a new one - I do. But I ALWAYS end up coming back to the Lakefront IPA.

The flavor and drinkability is exceptional and ever bottle from every pack tastes the same - GREAT!

I highly recommend this beer to anyone. I also recommend checking out the Lakefront Brewery tour (summer is best with the riverside beer garden open). (422 characters)

Photo of RedBrewer83
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass...

A: Dark amber with hints of orange hue, very cloudy with a few chunks floating as well...not so appealing for the style. Creamy two finger off white head form, falls slowly, decent lacing.

S: Grapefruit, hint of orange, pine, faint caramel malt.

T: Follows nose with an added grapefruit rind bitterness, pine lingers along with a faint metallic flavor. Good, but nothing standout about it, a little off balanced...

M: Very crisp carbonation, medium light body. Again, faintly metallic aftertaste, glad its not too strong, just kind of annoying.

D: Pretty drinkable save for the metallic finish. Does make you want to drink more to try and wash it down, but it keeps coming back! (709 characters)

IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.