IPA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,169 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,169
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 58
Gots: 189 | FT: 1
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 DabblinWiscCraft
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed this beer on tap many times, so I thought it was high time I critiqued it. Poured a somewhat hazy medium amber or copper with little noticeable effervescence and about a 1/4 inch off-white, foamy head that proved to have nice life and cling. The nose is one of my favorite things about this beer: very strong grapefruit, pine, and herbal notes with almost no malt coming through. Somewhat surprisingly, the malts are what seem to hit my palate first--along with a deep herbal richness of the hops--and this is followed quickly by a strong pine hop presence. More subdued grapefruit rind is there, but not nearly as recognizable as the pine. The aftertaste is a combination of relatively mild hop bitterness, malt, and some lingering (and not quite as palatable) alcohol and iron flavor. The mouthfeel is zesty, moderately acidic, and clean-finishing.

A very solid IPA from every angle. It has a great nose, but the taste doesn't quite meet the expectation created there. IPA buffs will enjoy all the hop flavors that are highlighted with real command by the brewers at Lakefront. And, incidentally, I've found this to be one the best beers to drink when consuming a Wisconsin beer-battered fish fry.

Photo of milwaukee512
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Something seems to have changed with this beer. The very high scores on this site don't seem justified given the reality of this beer today; it's still very good, but not as remarkable as it used to be. Where it used to seem very citrus-heavy and refreshing, now it just seems boring and weirdly tasteless compared to other quality IPAs. Seems prone to aging badly, which is weird since I live in Milwaukee and theoretically am getting fresh Lakefront beer at local stores and bars. I'd rather have Lakefront's Fixed Gear, Riverwest Stein, or Cream City Pale Ale over this. Unfortunately, Milwaukee's beer scene is lacking a really great IPA now that this one has gone downhill. Five years ago it would have sounded crazy, but Madison (Ale Asylum, Karben4, etc) is easily the epicenter of the beer scene in Wisconsin.

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Brooklyn Brewing snifter on 6/19/11.

Pours a golden honey color with a good head that is fluffy white and takes some time to dissipate and leaves some very pretty lacing on the glass 4.5/5.

Smells of nice piny hops and some citrus. Some sweet malts for balance but this beer has a lighter smell. 4/5

Taste is much of the same. Nice hop and malt bill and its eay to drink. 4/5

mouthfeel is light and the resin leaves a bittle pine hop flavor. Good carb and nice feel. 4/5

Overall this is another solid brew and I look forward to enjoying it over the summer is possible. 4/5

Photo of spree92
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This isn't a typical stock item at our beer stores, so it may have been sitting around for a while. Smell is of light hops and not much else. A taste of dirty hops, bitter and sour at the same time. Feel and drink just aren't where it should be for a craft IPA.

Bought a 6'er, so I will keep trying.

Photo of Chugmonkey
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Zadok
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Nice cloudy golden orange with subtle ruby highlights. One finger head with decent lacing.

S-A strange musty smell emanates, I believe it to be pine needles.

T-The taste has a little of the strange smell attached to it, pine needles and hops are the main flavors present.

M-A very bland mouth feel, if it wasn't for the decent carbonation I would think it's flat.

D-Defiantly nothing to write home about, can't foresee having another anytime soon.

Photo of wmtxbb
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap from the brewery itself. The following is from my notes taken while at the brewery.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a thick unrelenting head.

Smell: Fresh, citrus and grapefruit hops. Sells a lot like cascade hops.

Taste: Honey malts enveloped by sharp, citrus/grapefruit hops. It seems like Lakefront only used one type of hops in this brew.

This is one of the best IPAs I've had in a while. This may be due to how fresh it is.

Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy golden orange, lots of yummy sediment and particles can be seen floating throughout the beer. Nice finger worth of white head that stays put.

Total floral boquet of hops in the smell. Up front I smell scents of very fresh, moist marijuana. Citrus and pine are certainly present. some toasted caramel malt in the back as it warms. Very potent aromas.

Grapefruit, Grapefruit, Grapefruit. I get a ton of juicy hop flavors without a ton of bitterness. the malts do well to balance this hoppiness, because it's not a sharp flavor, it's very well rounded and blended. Honestly, this is an incredible tasting IPA.

mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, and juicy. Medium bodied and perfectly carbonated.

Highly drinkable, I picked up a six pack last week and have been savoring it ever since. I will definitely be back for more, I could easily have several of these in a night.

Photo of roan22
4.77/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jordan first for giving me a bottle of this a week ago when I was at Bella Vista [Lakefront's PA wholesaler for the Philly area]. I cracked it open immediately, at room temperature and devored it immediately. I liked it so much, two days later I bought a case.

This IPA is a darkish gold/amber color with a small white head poured into a pint glass. It smells fresh, and earthy. Impressive subtlety with presenting and maintaining the hop bitterness throughout the length of the pint. The hops taste earthy, greens, plantlike along with some citrus and traditional pine flavors. The alcohol gave me a pleasant buzz. This is a very drinkable IPA and was a hit with everybody I shared it with.

I met Orlando who is affiliated with the brewery, at the Philly Craft Beer Fest and he is a very nice guy. Good work Lakefront.

Photo of BTodd
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A-Hazy, orange with a thin layer of suds which lingered.

S-Pine, citrus, bitter orange

T-Same as smell with a nice, light caramel sweetness on the finish. Good balance.

M-Feels a little thin. Cleans out pretty quickly with some residual bitterness. A good drinker for sure.

O-I've had this before and didn't think it stood up. However, today, it's hitting the spot. Bottled ab out 2 months ago. Perhaps last time was too old.

Photo of buzzarooski
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This IPA is a GEM......the ONLY problem with it might be its "drinkability"....it is so good....and so smooth....that a "ROOKIE" might NOT notice that it packs an above average 6.6% ABV......AWESOME job Lakefront Brewery!

Photo of bjoyce12
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, solid IPA offering. First thing I noticed: Super carbonated. Foam spilling from the bottle. Thought someone had shook it up, so tried another and got same effect. Carbonation seems to force the aroma from the ale like a cloud around the brew. Excellent IPA aroma. Taste is solid IPA. Not the best but better than average. Try this with their Fuel Cafe coffee stout; an superior combination.

Photo of afdempse
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rick Hamler for this bottle.

Pours a light golden color, with a head that quickly diminishes to a wisp.

Thick aroma of grapefruit, citrus, and pine.

Taste is of hops, with bracing evergreen and citrus notes. Malt seems understated, almost non-existent.

Nicely carbonated, with a semi-dry finish. Refreshing, although body is a bit think relative to other similar beers.

Overall a very drinkable beer. A nice hoppy IPA from Milwaukee with a decidedly West Coast edge.

Photo of vurt
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased at Hi Time Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA. Enjoyed in a 16 oz. tumbler.

Appearance:
Deep gold-amber color, clear and bright. Capped by an off-white head which started out freakishly large (prompting me to wonder if the beer was spoiled) but settled into a lasting finger of dense, small-grained foam. The beer sticks to the glass readily, and leaves behind plenty of sticky lacing.

Smell:
Zesty citrus aroma, grapefruit and orange peels. There's also a resinous, earthy hop quality and a slight "feline" note. A sweet bready/grainy character reminiscent of honey-wheat rolls finishes out the aroma.

Taste:
Sweet orange flavors dominate at the start, on top of toasty malt with caramel. Grapefruit and floral notes follow afterwards. Very enjoyable hop flavors with a bitterness that seems mild up front then flares up impressively. Citrus flavors give way to a crunchy nectarine fruitiness at the finish while the bitterness lasts and lasts. I like it.

Mouthfeel:
Body feels thin for an IPA, and it's a little bit slick. This beer coats the mouth with hop oils which the carbonation doesn't scrub away entirely. Not a bad thing, in my book.

Drinkability:
This beer is on the lighter side of the IPA style, but still has a lot to offer. The light body, moderate carbonation, balanced sweetness and delicious hop flavors add up to an IPA that is very easy to drink. I think this would pair fantastically with grilled pork chops and a spicy fruit glaze.

Photo of bierbrauer
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, purchased locally, ($7.99/6). Bottled week #1 of December, case marked 12/09/11, 23 days ago. Poured into tulip glass.

(Review updated on 2/26/12. 12 oz. bottle ($8.99/6). Bottled early in Feb., case marked 2/9/12, 17 days ago).

A: Very cloudy amber, with 1"+ off-white head that drops slowly and leaves a consistent thin layer of lacing. No effervescence is visible.

S: Pine, citrus & tropical fruit, malt.

T: Sharp pine & fruit, then malt, followed by moderate bitterness.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation; very smooth; neutral finish.

O: Extremely balanced; a tasty, highly drinkable, mid-range IPA by one of Wisconsin's top breweries.

note: Lakefront is well worth a visit, especially for a Friday tour, followed by a polka-music-accompanied fish fry in their expansive beer hall; on the west bank of the Milwaukee River, just north of downtown.

Photo of sublimesipping
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What did Mr Rodgers say- " i like to take my time and do it right?" I guess the same can be said for Lakefront. The Mangey Rabbit not only escapes the Comet's path but goes national.
So my friends, my hometown craft beer nirvana does it again- well and this time can I say well-balanced, very well-balanced hops. the popularity of the mangey rabbit from the local comet cafe convinced Lakefront to introduce this beer into its regular lineup. Still amazing to me that I drink it again at the G-lodge in my now hometown of Philly.
Very balanced beer. the hops have strong presence through out start on the front of the palate and have that lingering finish, but how mellow, long smooth burn with a nice balance of sweet malt makes for great mouthfeet and makes me clamor for more. The ultimate session beer for moi. great job lakefront on another fine product. all the success to you as you conquer new 'east coast' horizons. you can bet i'll buy some cases to enjoy.
other notes- nice caramal color and excellent glass lacing and head retention. fresh beer poured on clean lines. What type of hops Russ? columbus and? Abv I guess to be about 6. great, very enjoyable beer.

Photo of chetripley
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of bgillespie
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A deep amber-orange and pours a thick white head that dissipates to a white frothy lacing.

Smell: Hops and citrus. A lot of it.

Taste: Citrus, bitter. A hint of grapefruit at the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy to drink.

Overall: A great beer and IPA. Nice touch with the flavor of grapefruit.

Photo of znichols
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- dark hazy straw. Rather cloudy gold. Looks more like a weizen. Not much lacing and a straight white baby head.

S- pretty muted. Light yeast aroma first with a little malt. Surprisingly I get just a hint of grassy hops on the back end.

T- bitter right away with a big yeast character for an ipa. Explains the hazyness. A little toffee sweet malt and honey in the middle followed by some kind of grassy, herbal, slightly citrusy hops. Ends with more yeast, bready flavor. Not sure if i'd call this an american or english ipa since there isn't much rich maltyness or pungent hops present.

M- Medium to light bodied. Appropriately carbonated with enough bubbles to open up the aroma a little.

O- Not bad. Not sure if i'd reach for it on account of its over the top yeast character, but it was an approachable ipa. I would recommend this slightly bitter, wisconsin version of an inoffensive IPA to a friend new to craft beer, but i'll stick with a two hearted if i want a good IPA from the midwest.

Photo of camp0474
2.72/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

Photo of Kakaraht
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice copper in color with a nice thick head with good retention and good lacing.

S: Sweet fruity notes of grapefruit and orange with a nice light malt caramel like essence.

T: This is a nice IPA not to bitter but loads of hop flavor. Citrus orange and a spiciness. The malt character in this beer is nice and amber in flavor with light caramel notes.

M: Medium mouth feel with good carbonation and a nice dryness.

D: Buy this beer this is a really nice IPA.

Photo of thebeerdoctor
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A tawny gold pour with a rich hoppy nose. Yet another very good American IPA. Plenty of resiny hops, but also plenty of malt support. Deliciously drinkable with a very pleasant, long finish. A silky smooth IPA, well worth sampling. This hop centered ale will most likely, disappear quickly. Tasty from start to finish.

Photo of t2thebro
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of HopintheSouth
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a pint glass from 12oz bottle

Appearance: Golden brown, almost orange in the light. Very thing head remains after the pour.

Smell: Floral hops and a slight citrus hop in the background

Taste: Very mild and sweet malt on the tongue, of biscuit and caramel. Light bitterness on the tongue but after swallowing the bitterness lingers, very pleasantly. Almost a little too weak and watery for my taste. Carbonation is just right and the hop flavor is suttle, but well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Lacking what I was looking for, I had this on tap in Milwaukee and remembered more body and the desire to finish my pint quickly! This didn't have the same affect, very thin with a watered-down mix.

Not a bad IPA, from my opinion it was much better on tap. Definitely a good beer to have around and for the price at my local craft brew shop I don't regret grabbing this one.

Photo of GoldHorde
5/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 1,169 ratings.