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IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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very good

346 Reviews

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Reviews: 346
Hads: 1,236
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 23.21%
Wants: 65
Gots: 231 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cichief on 01-05-2008

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of ATPete
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

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Photo of chetripley
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of EricKufrin
5/5  rDev +27.6%
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).

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Photo of RedBrewer83
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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!

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Photo of samyoung
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Gtreid
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of katan
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of blackearth
4.66/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of bound4er
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of david18
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

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Photo of velosuds
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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

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Photo of JayQue
3.7/5  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,

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IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.