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IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

Not Rated.

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very good

346 Reviews

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Reviews: 346
Hads: 1,236
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 23.21%
Wants: 66
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 57md
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on the heels of the same brewery’s APA. The copper color of both is fairly similar, but this offering had a bolder flavor profile than its little cousin.

The head was big and fluffy and left really nice lacing behind. The nose had only a mild essence of hops. The flavor profile is hop forward, but there is also a tasty floral note mixed in as well. The finish falls a bit shy of the standard hop bitterness for a single IPA. This is a fine offering, but definitely not stellar.

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

On tap into a pint glass at the Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee (reviewed from yesterday's notes).

A-My pour had very little head, just a patchy cap, but that cap left great curtains of lace as I drank my beer. The brew was orange honey in color and hazy.

S-The aroma is very hop-forward, as you might expect for the style, but even so, there was very little doughy, bready malt. The hops are sharp, spicy, mildly bitter, with pine, citrus notes, and chalk. Nice, but not mind-blowing.

T-The taste is also balanced toward the hop side with sharp pine, spiced citrus, a slight chalkiness and mildly dank, herbal bitterness mostly dominating the pale malt base.

M-The brew was medium body with crisp, moderate carb and a slightly oily feel from the hops.

O-This was a pretty good brew and a nice example of the style. The hops are heavy, maybe a bit too much, but they are complex and flavorful, and there is just enough base beer to keep things from getting astringent or totally unbalanced. The feel and lacing were nice, too. Unusual for me to give the same score in all categories, but this beer was just steadily good.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet (bottled on 5/14/13)

A: Dark hazy copper with a thick two finger head that has nice lacing and leaves a nice thick film over the beer.

S: Nice citrus prominence with a backbone of sweet pine and just a hint of malts. There is some freshly mown grass in there once you swirl it around.

T: Mostly pine with a mellow malt backbone. Decent aftertaste that lingers for quite a while. Nothing too stellar here and not many varied notes here. It even seems a bit watery the more I drink it.

M: Pretty smooth with a crisp undertone and mellow carbonation.

O: I was surprised when I looked up the ratings for this one since my dad just blindly selected a few beers from the Total Wine in Orlando, FL. It is a decent but overall mediocre IPA from a brewery I had never had of beforehand.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

IPA pours a dark copper with a small lacing. There is a nice subtle floral aroma. The taste has a nice enjoyable floral/hoppy flavor, that finishes with a very mellow sweetness. Nice bold hoppy flavors, but not overpowering, and once of the easier drinking IPAs. Overall a very nice flavorful yet drinkable IPA.

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Photo of FLima
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber color with a two finger head with decent retention and leaving laces.
What a delicious aroma of passion fruit, peaches, flowers and sweet slightly toasted malt.
Nice balanced flavor, fruity and bitter. Citrusy taste of grapefruit and oranges with notes of condimented yeast and sweet slightly roasted malt. Hints of pine and lemongrass. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with low carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden.
What a pleasant IPA, great aroma and an elegant flavor. One of the most balanced IPAs I have tasted so far. I could have had several of those in a row. Its hops give more flavor than bitterness, don’t overwhelming your taste buds. Though they feel higher than its 40+ IBUs. Excellent beer that is worth the care to have it with less than 6 months old to enjoy its full greatness. But don’t expect something overly intense.

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Photo of matjack85
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Bloomningdale Binny's store as part of a build-your-own 6 pack for $9.99, so it works out to $1.67 a bottle. 12oz brown bottle with a freshness date notched on the side label stating that it was bottled during the 2nd week of January 2013.

The beer poured a hazy orange/copper color with a 1-finger white head. Retention was decent as was the lacing.

Citrusy and floral hops aroma - a nice smel

Dry and biscuity malt spiked with plenty of hop bitterness. Main flavors are pine, grapefruit rind, and herbs. Bitterness lingers long after the swallow.

Creamy smooth, thick, and full bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a good IPA, but can't give it the perfect 100 score that the brothers gave it.


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Photo of TheSSG
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big, dense, resiny head that has great persistence and collapses into a sloppy puff of lacing. Citrus dominates the nose immediately. Lustrous, copper color. Starts off with big grapefruit hoppiness with a touch of pine sap resin, build into a floral character as a good medium bitterness hits. As this peaks, it becomes citrus rind. The finish is lingering hop resin, but not too much bitterness. A great, silky mouthfeel.

This is a really nice IPA. I love Wisconsin/Midwest IPA's like this one because they really are hoppy, but they de-emphasize that lingering bitterness. I LOVE when a brewer understands that more IBU's does NOT mean it will be more awesome.
Everything you want from the hops, but none of the lingering bitterness that ruins your palate.

I had this with a 6-year Wisconsin cheddar. The combination was sublime. The refined nature of this IPA pairs perfectly with such an old cheddar; This IPA is more balanced than you'd expect, just as the cheddar is.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's another off the radar IPA for me. Pours a dark orange, amber with a little white head that increases as it sits. Loads of lacing and noticeably unfiltered! Smell from the bottle is nice. Fairly stable throughout. Taste isn't spectacular, but good nonetheless. Very good hop character and balance! Glad I stumbled upon this one!

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Photo of waitforit
2.67/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Slightly cloudy and rust-colored. Some sticky and off-white head, which rapidly disappears.

S: Very little. Distant notes of caramel and wood chips.

T: Pretty forgettable hoppiness with a noticeable malt back. A slight lingering sour, almost bilious aftertaste.

M: Thinner and more elusive than I'd like. Still a bit mouthwatering in that resiny IPA way.

O: Not bad, but nothing I'd want to try again.

Try it again? 2 - Probably not.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into becker pint glass. Slightly cloudy yellow-orange with a thick dense white head that isn't going anywhere. Leaves tons of lacing as it (very) slowly fades. Smells of all hops, mostly sweet fruity ones. Taste is very clean and crisp, with clear crackery malt but lots of hop flavor too, although sans the bitterness. A delicious take on the style, hoppy but not palate-destroying.

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Photo of chilidog
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Perhaps my bottle from the sample pack was not up to snuff.
My iPa was bland, not iPa like at all compared to other reviews.

It poured ok, nice amber color, no big head just tan , not much other than spotted lace.

Aroma of pine, citric hop though mild.

Taste bland for an iPa. No big hop bite but rather malty and thin.

Overall if I can find another single or even on tap I'll try again but based on what I've had, not buying 6 of these.

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Photo of ubenumber2
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle in to pub glass , kind of a hard pour but only got a 1 finger head that disapeared pretty quick. Minimal to no lacing. A nice yellowish copper color

Sweet hoppy smell , not much malt in the smell , just about perfect for this style

The mouth on this beer is a little heavy for the style , but with just enough carbonation for it to really be a homerun

The taste is hops and more hops. Not too citrusy not too earthy , starts off hoppy , ends hoppy with just the right amount of hops in the taste

Overall this beer is a really good example of an American IPA , lots of the flavor profiles of hopslam or two hearted in my opinion , call me crazy but I taste it in there

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of alex_hart
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: rusted orange with very minimal head upon an aggresive pour and no lacing at all.

smell: piney hops, grapefruit, citrus, with the bitterness really being upfront.

taste: follows the nose but in a more subtle and subdued way. Really blends together nicely to have a nice crisp, bitter bite to it in a very refreshing way.

mouthfeel: as was said before, crisp and clean. smooth with good carbonation and medium body. very enjoyable.

overall: a good IPA overall. good representation of the style

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Photo of Mojo
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle -> World Market tulip glass

This beer pours up a very hazy apricot color with a minimal head, no retention, but some lacing left behind. Nose is citrus, pine, and biscuit. Taste is very citrus grapefruit, with a powerful spicy hop finish. Mouthfeel is kind of spicy and nice. Pretty good beer that I can recommend.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm always looking forward to a well touted IPA. Freshest I can find right now is Nov 2012.
Pours a wonderful Baltic Sea amber stone color with moderate white foamy head.

Aroma of mild floral hop and moderate sweet malt.

Initial flavor of earthy hop bitterness and minimal malt. A lot of white grapefruit rind. A straight forward and assertive bitterness.

Very drinkable but no sticky mouthfeel, glass retains no lacing, whaaa...

Well, nothing exciting here for me, just a bitter IPA. I bought this on the hype and glad I did try this though. At this price $9.99, there are better. Maybe I've been drinking too many Sucks lately also at the same price. If I can get this REALLY FRESH maybe I'll try this again.

Update 04.06.13...much better fresh. Enjoying a few here on a warm spring day outside. Easy drinking and satisfying. Getting more tropical fruits. This will be in my summer rotation. Remember to check your dates before you buy.

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Photo of GoldHorde
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

LAKEFRONT IPA India Pale Ale / Lakefront Brewery

AROMA: Floral herbal with citrus – mellow, not a slap

COLOR: Amber haze

HEAD: Thin but lasting with lace (in style)

FLAVOR: Follows aroma prediction perfectly

MOUTHFEEL: Heavier malty body than expected – a welcome surprise.

An EXCELLENT IPA offering here from Lakefront Brewers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. An IPA of a very mature and a very solid character that is totally loyal to the categorical style of India Pale Ale. Everything you expect – with NO surprise. This IPA is ready to be served proudly in the kind of eating establishments that have wait staff captains, white tablecloths, silver and tables leased to motivated waiters...say a place like Nick's Fishmarket in Chicago.

If ANY of your friends OR you yourself – want to know where the core of the IPA style is – this offering is THE definition of an India Pale Ale. Keep this beer on your list to remind yourself of what a great IPA really is and where the center of an IPA's strengths really are.

Nice job Lakeland!

...too bad you're in Packer territory.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.94/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well time to review one of my favorite IPAs, do not know why I did not yet....

Pours darker then most IPA's, if I had to describe it as a light amber with a moderate haze

Smell is grapefruit, citrus, a little pine and light sweet malt

Tasts is where this beer pulls ahead of most IPAs for me it is everything you want, starts out with a bitter sweetness that quickly unfolds into big citrus fruits, grapefuit and orange mostly then heads down the road to bitter dry piney finish, really world class IMO.

Mouthfeel is medium and a we bit sticky, nice drying finish... perfect

Great IPA do not understand how his is only a 88/100 but I guess to each his own!

Bottled 12/27/2012 Have had this at a lot of different "ages" does not really change much untill about 3 months out so if you see it around and it is under 3 months grab it up!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Ale House glass. Bottled November 1st 2012. Kinda borderline we shall see how she goes.

A nice simple golden light amber, with some slight haze, but real nice light faint carbonation. Head forms with off tan color, hinting at light brown and two fingers. Settles to a good 4mm puck. Fairly decent looking.

Nose is a nice balance of malt and hops, makes me wonder how this would be fresh. Mellow chewy dense green leaf hop, a hint of sweet orange and good dense malt. Real inviting.

Chewy palate in the feel. A great sense of biting fleshy tones of hop earth and light sweet malts. Subdued caramel, and chewy almost dense biscuit earth and hits of fruity character hop. Perhaps hinting tropical, even with a little bit of banana strangely.

Overall even this far past bottling this brew is still excelling. I also like it's subdued character even. Real tasty would have this over many other IPAs if given the choice.

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Photo of Ri0
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

A -Dark copper/orange with a nice full 2 finger head that diminishes into a frothy ring around my tulip. Some lacing remains.

S - I get some citrus and orange with pine and floral hop mix. Smells pretty good, but not in your face with hops.

T - Taste is a very nice orange and citrus flavor up front with some bitter pine. Middle has a nice caramel malt with a touch of honey. Finish is a bitter pine that leaves your mouth dry. Not super hoppy which is what I prefer.

M - Medium carbonation with a slick oily hop residue that leaves your mouth dry on the finish.

O - I really like this offering from Lakefront and feel that it is a balanced IPA that leans towards the citrus first then bitter style. This is just one week old and really tasty.

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Photo of t2thebro
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A- pours a nice white head, that slowly dissipates into a film that creates sticky lacing.
A deep honey color with a slightly hazy body.

S- fresh citrus hops, tones of lemongrass, light tabacco, hints of apricot and peach, a very sweet earthiness. Maybe a slight biscuit malt smell but mostly dominated by hops.

T- sweet lemongrass, and a Perfect amount of alcohol to start. Finishes dry with a earthy finish. Slight bitterness at the end, with the sweet lemongrass biscuit aftertaste lingering.

M- light to medium carbonation, a bit thicker than most but finishes nice and dry. Full bodied and refreshing. In one word, smooth.

O- spectacular balance in all elements. This brew should be double the price for its quality and complexity. Perfect amount of alcohol is the strong point. Most IPA's drown out the alcohol with harsh bitterness. This brew lets you taste it and complements it with sweet biscuit and hop flavors. Truly a gem in the ipa market.

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Photo of denver10
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a firey orange golden with a white head. Aroma was biscuit and orange, lot of rind and some of the fruity sugars. Flavor was bright orange, again lots of rind with some of the fruit sugars thrown in, all on top of a biscuit malt underbelly. Active, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, an alright brew. Easy to to drink but not one I plan on drinking again.

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Photo of Twincrasher
4.87/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Great head retention. Really nice color

S: Extremely floral. Not a big bitter hop smell typical of IPA.

T: Very complex and big taste without overhopped flavor found in many of this type.

M: Very smooth finish for an IPA.

O: Excellent IPA. My favorite.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy medium copper with lots of orange. The head is persistant and off-white with rocky bubble forming a thin cap and leaving lacing on the glass.

S: A moderately citrus hops aroma with mostly a lemon-lime like scent. The malt aroma is very enticing, it's biscuity and a little sweet. It smells like I've got an older bottle where the hops have faded but it's not too old. There is a moderately-low alcohol aroma and a light fruity ester.

T: A strong citrus hops flavor and moderately strong hops bitterness. There is a moderate caramel and light biscuit malt flavors with only a light sweetness up front. A low orange-like fruit ester. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is of citrus and hops bitterness.

M: A creamy medium-light bodied beer with moderately-strong carbonation. No astringency. A light alcohol warmth.

O: A good IPA that might be great if fresh and I'll keep my eyes open for a recently delivered bottle. What I have in front of me have a decent balance but I want brighter and stronger hops aroma and flavor but the balance between malt and bitterness is right where it should be to make and bitter beer that allows you to enjoy several. It's not the IPA I'd want to buy if zombie apocalypse is about to start.

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Photo of BB1313
3.41/5  rDev -13%
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.

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