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IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.


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very good

800 Ratings

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Ratings: 800
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cichief on 01-05-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of albern


3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my favorite IPA by a long shot. It is a good looking beer, it has a nice hazy orangey hued tint to the copper color. It has a nice creamy off white head that laces all over the glass and retains quite well. The appearance is the best part and it goes down from there. The nose on the beer is kind of an earthy citrus smell, and not indicative of an IPA at all. There are sweet clove or apricot like aromas coming from this beer, but no real hop distinctiveness. There is also a slight mustiness in there as well.

The taste is also quite disappointing. Essentially, what happened to the bittering hops. I'm getting a whole lot of citrus sweetness, some creamy biscuitiness in the background, but just no hop. This is really pushing the line on what an American IPA should be. It's drinkable, not bad on its own account, but a really sub-standard IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 21:58:13 | More by albern
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ripe apricot with a stationary cloud of fine yeast that adds character. The head consists of three fingers of pale orange-tinted, ivory colored foam that has an appealing texture and quite a bit of persistence. Yeah, this is pretty much what an IPA should look like.

Some think this is an English IPA. The citric fruity American hops in the nose say otherwise. Probably one or more of the C-hops, with a few English cones thrown in for good measure. It also smells like there's some toasted malt present. Warming opens things up and adds a ganja-like muskiness.

The 'bottled on' notch is between January and February, so this bottle of Lakefront IPA is two months old at most. That explains the impressive hoppiness in what some people refer to as a light or tame IPA. It may not be the most resinous lupulin bomb on the planet, but the alpha acid bite will do you right.

I'm still not thrilled with the malt bill, which adds a toasted earthiness that infringes on the hop flavor to some extent. Still, there's so much fresh grapefruit zestiness and lemon peel that the tastes score is an easy call. With a few more months on it, this would be 3.5 beer without a doubt. But then that's true for a lot of hoppy beer.

The mouthfeel is right where it needs to be for a 7.0% IPA. It's at least medium, holds on nicely, and finishes with more than a little silky creaminess. By the way, this is the exact same beer as Mangey Rabbit.

Lakefront India Pale Ale is one of Lakefront Brewery's more solid efforts. They may not be able to stand toe-to-toe with Wisconsin's best craft breweries, but I have to applaud the generous use of hops. Bottom line: this is a well-brewed IPA that should satisfy even the most discriminating hophead. Drink it fresh!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 12:49:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of KarlHungus


3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of citrus, grapefruit, and pine resin. The taste is like the aroma...tons of fruity hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a good IPA...good, but not great. It seems to lack true complexity, but it is still drinkable. I would drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 02:36:17 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of ROBORB

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 12 oz Pint glass the beer has a dark orange or copper hue. The head was off white and disappeared quickly. It smells strongly of citrus. The taste follows the smell and has a prickly carbonation. I found the malt in this beer to over-power the hop profile. This would be an OK session beer but I would not search it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 21:48:48 | More by ROBORB
Photo of MitchW


3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Medium, golden-brown color. Gentle carbonation with a thin head which dissipated quickly.

S - light, citrusy hop aroma, but hardly a hint of malt.

T - Faint grapefruit on the light side. Overall, there is more focus on bitterness than the malt can back up / balance up. A mild alcohol taste in the finish.

M - Coats tongue without feeling syrupy. Thick feel, given the appearance. Non-offensive, but low carbonation.

D - Neither a chore nor a great pleasure to drink. I feel I would just as soon move on to another beer as I would open another of this brew.

All around, just an average IPA in my book. I've had it in the past and remember it being better than this. The date on the bottle shows it's pretty fresh, but I'll review it again in the future to see if it's just this batch or if my tongue is on the fritz.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 00:42:37 | More by MitchW
Photo of Wasatch


3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Buebie for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with lots of nice sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, slight citrus/pine. The taste is hoppy, with some malt notes, citrus, slight pine. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 01:51:54 | More by Wasatch
Photo of ffejherb


3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into DFH specialty glass on 2/10/09.

A - Poured a vigorously carbonated amber/orange-colored body with a slight hazy tint and almost two fingers of frothy, off-white foam that retained quite well and left behind plenty of sticky lace.

S - Lakefront IPA features a simple aroma comprised of citrus hops and caramel malt with an undertone of fruity sweetness.

T - Opens with a surge of sweet caramel malt and a splash of citrus hops. Finishes with a distinct bready/grainy malt character accompanied by a touch of grassy, herbal hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with a light syrupy texture and smooth, creamy mouthfeel overall. Carbonation is pretty lively on the tongue. Finish is a tad dry and mildly bitter on the palate.

D - This is a straightforward, pretty easy-drinking IPA. While it won't knock your socks off, it is flavorful and well-balanced, and has enough of a hop profile to keep you interested.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 00:59:31 | More by ffejherb
Photo of cswhitehorse


3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Lakefront IPA poured a orangish yellow color with a 1-2 finger foam head and not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma was decent and gave a clean hop smell with grapefruit and pine. The taste was malty more than what I am used to. It was gentle and soft in the mouth not making much of presence. It was definitely middle of the road in the wide IPA field.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 04:59:30 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of Fartknocker


2.53/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle

A- appearance is a nicley unfiltered deep yellowish amber
S- combination malt/citrus is the dominant scent combined
T- citrus and bitterness come through equally, with the bitterness lingering a bit
M- average carbonation
D- not the type of beer i would drink more than one or two

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 02:57:47 | More by Fartknocker
Photo of GClarkage


4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

01/28/09- Purchased at Mollie Stones in Burlingame, CA.

Prresentation- 12oz bottle with a marked date strip on the side of the label. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Deep golden color approaching amber. About a 1/2 inch head on the pour and leaves very nice lace sheeting behind.

Smell- Fruity with citrus notes. Some grapefruit, but a good amount of orange as well. Smells even better when stiffing the empty bottle the next morning. A light mingling of caramel malt in the background.

Taste- Quite fruity as the scent denoted. Even a bit of pine hoppiness thrown in with the orange and grapefruit. Caramel toasted malt swirls amongst the hops to create aw well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel- Pretty smooth with a about perfect carbonation level. Light bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Not sure of the abv, but it may be a touch too sweet to be sessionable, at least for me. But for a single beer, this is good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 16:33:45 | More by GClarkage
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep burnt orange color with sticky, airy, white layer of foam. Moderate to heavy lacing. Clearly unfiltered as there is a heavy does of yeast sediment.

S-Super fresh citrus and piney hops abound. Orange peels and resin are abundant. I have had this on tap many times and the difference between fresh and semi-old is incredible. The freshness of the hops is imperative in this beer.

T-Big, gritty, hops balanced wonderfully with the malt backbone. Hops add as much flavor as they do bitterness. Sweetness is almost candy-like.

M-As hoppy as it is, there is very little rough dryness in the finish. The body is extremely balanced and the flavors of citrus and maltiness meld very well together.

D-Granted, I am privy to some very fresh lakefront IPA, but this one upped my respect for the brewery. For a while, I was putting little faith in Lakefront, but this one turned it around. One of the best all-around IPAs I have had in a while. I would easily put this above Stone and many of the other West Coast IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 00:42:36 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Photo of Chugmonkey


4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown in color, quite dark for an IPA. The head is a giant crazy high pillowy pile of foam - couldn't even pour the 12oz bottle into a pint at once. Head is stunningly beautiful. Quite hazy with tiny hop floaties. Must have dryhopped the crap out of this thing.

Hoppiness is solid, but not over the top - this is borderline PA/IPA. Lacks bitterness to really be an IPA. Wonderful citrusy aroma and taste, nice biscuit note & complex hoppy taste. Great balance here.

A solid creamy feel is an unexpected bonus. Finishes very smooth & lacks any bitter bite you'd expect in an IPA.

PA or IPA who cares? This is a tasty bugger. I could kill a whole pile of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 18:24:35 | More by Chugmonkey
Photo of SaCkErZ9


2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges hazy and a dark grapefruit color with a nice looking, one finger sized head. Pretty rocky and dense and plenty of lacing.

Aroma is very lackluster. Mostly caramel malt with very little hops. Sweet.

Very little hop flavor or bitterness. This doesnt really taste like an IPA to me. Very disappointed in this one. Maybe it is old or something but this was like a weak pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 00:00:53 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of jackorain


4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An semi-aggressive pour into my Stone Levitation glass resulted in a 3/4 inch tall, tight bone colored head that fell rather slowly and left a sheet like lace as tall as the former head. The liquid is a coppery-amber color with quite a bit of chill haze. A really nice color and look.

The aroma is of caramel and biscuit malts, followed by grapefruit and citrus hops.

The first sip brings grapefruit and orange flavor with a firm bitterness. The middle brings a slightly sweet, caramel malt and biscuity malt flavor. The finish is rounded out with an additional wave of bitterness and citrus. The bitterness lingers for quite a while.

The body is medium and right in the wheelhouse of the style. There is a creamy quality that is cut by the lively effervescence. There is a bit of oiliness on the swallow.

This is one beer I could drink several of. This is a fine IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 23:13:17 | More by jackorain
Photo of Risser09


4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours as a hazy orange beer with a small white head. Not much retention, swirling makes some lace, but not much.

Smell: Full, ripe, lemony hop aroma. A slight mineral smell along with a floral note. Very crisp smell. I like it alot.

Taste: More crispness in the form of flavor. Clean, citrushop flavors include lemon, grapefruit, orange. Just enough bitterness to make it comfortable. Very nice, IMHO.

Mouthfeel: Great, lively carbonation lasts and lasts. Bitterness is everywhere, but subdued enough to make this beer drinkable. Medium body.

Drinkability: I love this beer. It is tame, subtle, subdued and highly drinkable. The taste isn't incredibly complex but every other facet makes this beer drinkable, enjoyable and approachable for everyone. Many of these can, and will be, consumed.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 12:59:45 | More by Risser09
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this as part of an assorted eight pack. It had a dull gold, opaque color, solid foamy head and lace. It had a strong, sour scent.

This was, in my opinion, the best offering that Lakefront had to offer. It has a great bitter taste, smooth yet slightly sour. Exactly the way that I like an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 20:21:12 | More by Amalak
Photo of trbergman


3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Cloudy, amber-orange beer topped with two fingers of puffy orange-white head. Perfect head retention.

S - Grapefruit, lemon zest, biscuity malt.

T - Very focused on the hops, yet not all that bitter. Some toasty malts, mostly overshadowed by spicy, citrus hop flavor. Finishes clean, with only a bit of lingering bitterness.

M - Light body, with fine carbonation.

D - More quenching than most IPAs I've had. This drinks more like an APA and could be sessionable. Not a bad beer, but something of a letdown for a beer claiming to be an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 00:50:16 | More by trbergman
Photo of pmcadamis


3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear sunset orange-amber with a nice thick three finger head. This head looks solid, thick, and dense and leaves tons of really pretty arcs of lace on the glass. Big sheets of foam wash down the glass after a swirl, leaving crusty sea foam webwork behind. Nice!

S - Mandarin orange, tangerine, tangelo, and apricot notes play on top of a fruit-cookie or home made fruit-bar base. The mandarin orange hop notes are pleasantly mellow, but don't strip the lining from inside your nose like an IPA really should. Nice, but a little underpowered.

T - Floral, perfume-y, and soapy hops taste British in origin. That nice mandarin note from the nose is replaced by a more flowery note that I don't like as much. Dry crumbly hard bread makes up the malt component, and balances the hops nicely. Lots of mineral flavors here too.

M - Medium bodied, oily, highly carbonated, and finishing extremely dry and sandy.

D - Not one of my favorites. This looks great, smells weak, and tastes off. I can see why a lot of reviewers liked this one, but the flowery and perfume-y notes, combined with a very mineral-laded flavor turned me off.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 16:06:26 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of Dukeofearl


4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6 Pack of 12 ounce bottles, part of a recent rush of Lakefront beers to the Inland Empire of California- I think $8.99.

Pours a moderately hazy golden hue with a huge frothy rocky head- lots of carbonation in this one.

Aroma of bright clean fruity hops- not overly sweet, not overly sharp- well done.

Flavor is overall pretty good- a nice sharp hop bite after the initial semi-sweet bready malts. Nice balance. Only flaw I felt was a bit of a metallic aftertaste.

Nicely bodied, very drinkable, well made and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 01:50:08 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled May Wk4; Sampled November 2008
A vigorous pour produces an almost four-finger thick, light tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a nice copper color that shows a lightly hazed, bright copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sticky hops, pine, grapefruit and sweetened lemon zest as well as lots of biscuit like malt, some crystal malt sweetness and some cracker notes in the finish. After a bit I start to notice more of the herbal / pine, though there is still a soft citrus character in the nose.

Lots of herbal hop character is noticeable as the beer first hits my mouth, a substantial pine needle backbone runs throughout as well. The beer finishes fairly smooth, with very little bitterness noticeable after the first sip. My second sip has me noticing a solid bitterness that is noticeable as the beer rolls across the tongue; strangely though (or perhaps more aptly said, atypically) the bitterness quickly disappears and does not linger on in the finish at all. The finish is fairly smooth with a light menthol hop notes and some sweet, pale crystal malt sweetness. Some citrus hop flavors are noticeable as well. The malt plays a secondary role here, but does provide a fair amount of sweet, pale crystal malt notes and some lightly toasty grain notes that reminds me of saltine crackers. This has a nice, light, quaffable body to it that is just about perfect for an IPA.

Not a bad beer, the fact that this beer has no real lingering presence on the tongue is definitely interesting and I definitely feel like I miss the lingering hop presence that is in a typical IPA, but this is still fairly enjoyable. Not as bracingly hoppy as many of the newer aggressive IPAs, which is sort of a nice change of pace (you might even confuse this from a hoppy pale ale).

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 15:50:02 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of BeerTruth


4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was pleasantly surprised to see this at Finger Lakes Beverage in Ithaca.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Bottled in Sept notched on the side.

Pours a hazy golden yellow hue with a fluffy two finger off-white head that slowly dies down to a foamy layer of bubbles. Lots of clingy lacing left behind on the sides of the glass. Sweet citrus hops in the nose with bitter earthy notes as well. A faint pale malt aroma with some grass and hay underneath. Pretty fresh smelling beer overall. Taste begins with pink grapefruit, mandarine oranges, and sweet floral hops. Bitter hops and fresh cut grass midway with a slight malty undertone. Aftertaste is semi-dry with a touch of lemon and pine. Light to medium body with a crisp feel and a lively carbonation. This is a very solid and drinkable IPA, one I could easily see myself returning to down the road.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 00:19:20 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of Reagan1984


4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful thick and creamy three finger head with lots of structure. As I sometimes write, this is the one where you can get the head to rise well above the top of the glass. Clear golden amber color. Great retention on the head. Great lacing.

Very light citrus aroma. A bit of lemon and a bit of grapefruit. Very fresh and nice.

Hop Character was a bit of a disappointment after the nice visual and appealing aroma. Don't get me wrong, this is a nice IPA. But I thought we were about to find a Midwest....West coast IPA. The hop bitterness was a touch more muted than I had expected. Flavor is well balanced and smooth. Pretty complex and you can sense a lot of things going on here. Some interesting fruity notes and some nice malt tones.
I think I may want to try a "fresher" bottle of this. This is very good, but I get the sense the hops have faded a bit.

Mouthfeel is wonderful The beer is medium/light in body and very fresh and cleansing...

Wonderfully drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 23:37:22 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of Blakaeris


3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden-copper with a massive white head that hangs around awhile and leaves sheets of sticky lacing.

Aroma is generous citrus hop over a subdued caramel malt base. Fruity with plenty of tropical fruit notes.

Taste is bready, and sweet caramel malt. Then the juicy citrus hop takes over with pleasant bitterness. Finish is crisp with lingering tropical fruit notes.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Chewy with resinous hop oil.

Overall a pretty decent IPA. Fruity and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 22:12:02 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of NoLiberty


4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle into a half-pint glass slightly cloudy and light peach colored with a solid half finger white foamy head that settles into a nice cap with moderate lacing. Nice color overall and lacing sticks nicely to the sides of the glass. The color almost reminds me of a DIPA with an expectedly high hop profile.

The initial nose is strong of citrusy hops, lemon, peach, and moss but as the beer warms the alcohol profile becomes much more dominant. Subtle tree fruit aromas - apple, pear, peach - all nice and inviting. The hops are blended well into a mild but flavorful malt backbone, with a nice alcohol transition.

The flavor is just great. Super soft and well balanced all around. Hop profile bounces between tropical fruit with strong notes of pineapple to more subtle orange citrus to pronounced piney resins. And all around is a nice alcohol presence - not sure the ABV but it's enough to make it feel warm. But no doubt this is a refreshing beer too. Some candy flavors finish off with a beautiful aftertaste of ripe pineapple.

The beer is soft and fluid, not thick but definitely viscous. Carbonation is present but never dominates. Like a good IPA the flavors are more pronounced when the softness of the water allows the aromas and resins from the hops to come out. Very nice.

Drinkability is also good and I could definitely put a few of these down. In fact, I'll probably buy a case soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 00:20:09 | More by NoLiberty
Photo of glid02


3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up as a single at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a very cloudy light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a scaly layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells of citrus with a good malt backbone. Floral aromas sneak out every now and then.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of citrus up front soon overtaken by robust malt flavors. There's a mild bitterness at the end. It's good, but none of the flavors really jump out.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit thin but the carbonation is good and it goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good. As I said before none of the flavors have a ton of presence, but it's definitely drinkable. I could have another, but I'm not terribly excited about the prospect.

Overall this is a good IPA - I picked this up, along with the Fuel Cafe because I'd heard less than stellar things and figured those two styles were pretty hard to mess up. I wasn't disappointed. This isn't a must-try, but it's worth a shot if you're looking to try a new brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 02:12:16 | More by glid02
IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 800 ratings.