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IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

340 Reviews
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Reviews: 340
Hads: 1,204
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 64
Gots: 208 | 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 EricKufrin
5/5  rDev +28.2%
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 -7.7%
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)

Photo of samyoung
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from Sicilianos in Grand Rapids, MI.

A - Great looking beer. Deep red and orange tones with a nice head considering the bottle pour.

S - Really nice pine notes with this beer; also picked up grapefruit and a bit of orange.

T - Good taste but not quite bitter enough for me.

M - Body is the only thing this beer lacks. It had a thin feel.

D - Only had one bottle but would have had a few more had they been available. (437 characters)

Photo of Gtreid
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a freshness date of 09/09. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear, burnt orange color. The pour produced a quarter of snow white head, that hung around and left some spotty lace.

A: Really nice pine resin, grass, grapefruit, and orange peel. This one smells right on par with some of the best IPA's out there. There is an underlying sweetness from the pale malt that balances this beer pretty nicely.

T: Again, very satisfied here. More pine, and grapefruit accompany the sweetness from the malt. Very balanced. The brew finishes bitter and crisp.

M: Medium body, the carbonation delivers the flavors very well, and makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is very good. I had a couple of these with dinner last night, and probably could have had a couple more. Overall, I was impressed with this IPA. It's not the best on the planet, but if I had access to it, I would pick it up often. Definitely the best offering from Lakefront. Skal. (996 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 Wisconsinality
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass

A- Pours a nice hazy, amber with about a half finger's worth of head. The heads dissipates rather quickly but leaves some good lacing on the side of the glass.

S- The hops just burst out of the bottle on this one and gets even stronger when poured into a glass. There is also a good malty backbone that makes this one a real treat.

T- A hoppy start that is surprisingly smooth and very little bitterness. Again, the malt seems to go well with the amount of hops to add a very nice balance. There is also a little bit of citrus fruit and a bready finish. Can't taste any of the 7% ABV.

M- Smooth from the start with almost no bitterness which is pretty surprising. The carbonation seems to add to the smoothness of this beer.

D- Overall such a solid offering from Lakefront. I would put this one on par with Bell's Two Hearted. This is a good representation of what a Midwest IPA should be. For having a higher ABV(7%) these go down easy and don't beat up the taste buds. (1,026 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 Tone
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy copper/orange color with suspended yeast. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong hops (oil), sweet malt, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, citrus, slight sweet malt, and some pine. Overall, a good IPA; nice body, blend, and appearance. (400 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (597 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 WVbeergeek
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of blackearth
4.66/5  rDev +19.5%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of bound4er
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of david18
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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! (443 characters)

Photo of velosuds
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,004 characters)

Photo of ruckus232
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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 (312 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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, (533 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (322 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 JEdmund
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Smell
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

Overall
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. (660 characters)

Photo of SPRichard
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
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 (555 characters)

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.11/5  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. (678 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (794 characters)

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