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Fixed Gear - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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162 Reviews
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Reviews: 162
Hads: 870
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 29.71%
Wants: 26
Gots: 139 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 02-24-2010

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Photo of JAinSingapore
4.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fine beer from Wisconsin. Although I've spent most of the summer sampling Wisconsin/Minn. IPA this is a nice refreshing high alcohol Red. Has a slight bitterness, but Lovely taste that is super smooth--this one is fine, fine, fine---well done, Lakefront!

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Photo of GilGarp
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bomber was picked up in the '88' four-pack which I think is a fantastic idea. I hope it catches on - more breweries should be doing this.

Served cold into a pint glass, Fixed Gear is a very hazy redish brown color. The head is thick and it settles very slowly. What's left behind wouldn't look out of place on a tripel - huge rocky head with thick lacing all over the place. This is a great looking beer.

The aroma doesn't disappoint either. It's has a genuinely hoppy smell with nice grapefruit and other citrus. They must have really dry-hopped the crap out of it.

The flavor is excellent as well. I was not expecting this at all. This beer is one of the best reds I've had in a long time. Solid malt body with caramel and lightly toasted malt stands up to support a really well-hopped bitter middle. Smooth from begining to end with balance in spades.

Mouthfeel is medium-light plus in body and nicely carbonated. Easy drinking without a doubt.

Overall the surprise of 2011 so far. A great American red ale and one I would definately buy in a six-pack. Lets hope the other three bombers are even half as good as this.

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Photo of ronobvious2
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Very smooth maltiness and a very nice caramel taste midway and through the finish. A little high in the booze dept so don't drink too many. :-) Also don't think this one too cold, I think. That hampers the caramel taste.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy copper-amber pour with a tinge of red. Two finger off-white head with great retention and crazy lacing. Huge resiny, piney, malty nose with hints of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, blood orange, and a touch of grapefruit. The taste is just as bold and juicy as the nose. Hints of pine resin, pink grapefruit, blood orange, toffee, caramel, sweet bread, and brown sugar. The balance is perfect and the drinkability is off the charts! The mouthfeel is smooth with a subtle creaminess along with a bit of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Probably the best example of a Red Ale I've tasted.

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Photo of drpimento
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great hoppy amber ale; almost an IPA. Poured with a large cream colored foamy frothy head that lasts and lots of lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy medium. Aroma is hop malt a bit of earth. Flavor is like aroma and the hops are not too fruity which the way I prefer it. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is very good with a tapering malty sweet hop end. Session beer.

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Photo of Whadawookie
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn good beer. Hoppy for an amber ale. It's red/brown and murky. I poured into a snifter. Good tan head, good lacing. Nose almost stings from hops, also caramel malts pop through. It drinks really smoothly. It's almost like a double ipa, but not quite as hoppy. The malts are definitely there and quite delicious. As an experiment, serve this beer to some Fat-Tire junkie and see what happens. I'd wager they would prefer this, unless they really didn't like hops.

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Photo of mynie
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a cyclist, I cannot adequately stress how much I hate fixies. Riding one makes as much sense as driving a crankpowered car. But, hey, the bottle art is actually pretty cool, and I can't blame a brewery for hopping onto a trend.

Pours great. Deep, dark, fingernail polish red with an offpink head that laces greatly.

Smells like a nice, hoppy red. Rusty malt, sharp and lightly metallic, serves as a backdrop for a dry and fruity profile of west coast hops.

Tastes maybe a little breadier than what I'm used in the style, the yeast and the malt's backend are like an IPA, but the sharpness of the red malt is still nicely pronounced and the overall effect is really neat and nice.

This is the first "Wow!" beer I've had from Lakefront. There's a lot going on for the low ABV, it's unique, and there are absolutely no off nodes.

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Photo of chetripley
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Lakefront Shaker Glass (from the tour last year). Purchased at Woodman's in Kenosha because it was not available at my local Binny's.
Always look forward to seeing what the latest Wisconsin beer that they have that I can't get down here and was thrilled to see this.
Pours a dark amber color with little head. Bold aromas of pine and floral lead to a crisp and bold hop bitterness that lasts throughout the tasting.
The thing I don't like about some ales is the aftertaste, but this one is very satisfying and clean.
I would recommend it to the American Pale Ale drinker because I really don't think it fits into the category it is in.
Thanks again for keeping on your toes, Lakefront.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial pint.
6.5% ABV, Bottled during May Wk4 (2012) notched on the label.

A - Fixed Gear pours a very cloudy dirty brown-amber with orange-hued highlights. White the beer itself isn't particularly attractive, the tall pour gave the beer a large, sparkling ivory head with good retention and thick webbing-like lace all over the glass.

S - Floral and lightly herbal with some grassy notes and timid citrus explode into the air from this beer! Thinly sliced, honey-smeared toasted bread appears in the background with caramel malt sweetness. It's a bold, rather straight-forward aroma with nice, subtle nuances.

T - The amber and caramel malts hold the fort well with a low caramel and honey drizzled bread sweetness but ultimately the hops win out big here. A bold mixture gives off a lot of citrus, floral hints, and grass. Again, it's rather in-your-face as opposed to refined, but judging by the design, it certainly seems to be brewed that way.

M - The thick, dense head gives Fixed Gear a nice creamy smooth feel while the cloudy body makes it ever-so-slightly chewy. Medium-full in body and smooth with a moderate carbonation finish and balanced hop bitterness, Fixed Gear keeps the playing field level and drinkable.

D - Fixed Gear is a bold red with raw power in aroma and flavor, focusing in on a strong blend of hops with a solid malty backbone. Moderately bitter, it packs a punch down to the last drop, and this is a beer where every drop counts.

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Photo of dankster
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this hiding at my local shop. never heard of this brewery before.

A-cloudy and hazy deep copper with about two fingers white head.

S- spicy hops are front and center with nice malt backbone noted

T- wow this is a smooth red ale. clean hops and malt balanced nicely on this brew.

M- nice coat to the roof of the mouth with easy drinkabilty.

O- very impressed with this beer. want to find and try more beers from this brewery. cheers

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Uncapping the beer releases light grains, a touch of tartness, grassy hops and some citrus notes and light fruit. Pours orange amber with a slight haze under a thick, 2” rocky, protein heavy head. The lace is thick and clingy. Light caramel to toffee joined by light fruit and malt spice roll over the tongue culminating in a light bitter accent. Has a creamy, above average body and average carbonation.

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Photo of BierFan
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Beautiful slightly hazy red body. Light tan head displays good retention and leaves behind great lacing.

Smell: Fruity hops. Grapefruit, pine, and some pineapple.

Taste: Smooth and malty upfront. Piney hops and some apple skin in the aftertaste. Supremely drinkable.

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Photo of AllenJasper
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1.49 single at Blue Max Liquors. Burnsville, MN.
Bottle to Mug

A: slightly brownish red, moderately opaque with one finger of white head.

S: floral / fruity scent, leaning towards orange.

T: very fruity taste, somewhat of an orange/grapefruit/beer hybrid. Slightly hoppy on the finish.

O: this is the best 'red' beer i've had to date.

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Photo of matjack85
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99. No freshness date.

The beer poured a cloudy brownish apple cider color and produced a 1-finger apricot colored head on top which dissipated rather quickly, but still left some nice lacing around the glass.

Big pine and citrus hop aroma.

Here's a red/amber that will satisfy most hop heads. Big bold citrus and piney hops dominate the taste and the super high carbonation really brings them out. Light caramel and pale malts add a touch of sweetness and balance, but this is really hop city as far as flavor goes. Only 34 IBU's on the bitterness scale, so it's not overly bitter, just overly (or perfectly) hoppy.

Medium bodied and smooth, despite the high carbonation, and the alcohol is barely noticeable despite the 6.5% abv.

Not sure if red/ambers are supposed to taste like this, but I loved it.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a cloudy red with a nice white head. Smells of caramelized malt with some piney hops. Tastes of dark roasted malt with some notes of fruit with a little hoppy bite. Beer is heavily carbonated but still light bodied and very drinkable. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of Kbeach
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lakefront's best selling beer for a reason. A great crisp taste with notes of pine and apple in it. Plenty of hops but not too hoppy.

This beer can be found in 38 states and 7 countries. An overall great beer, I might be abnormally high on it because I tasted it directly from brewery. Nevertheless, a great beer and definitely recommend.

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Photo of shand
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint.

I had really written off Lakefront, to be honest. After trying all of their baseline brews and having their bog-standard IPA being the standout of their lineup, I really wasn't planning on picking up any more of their brews. But then, I saw these pretty bombers at a local haunt for 5 bucks a pop. Reviews were good enough, I knew they were fresh, why not?

I'm glad I did, this is a great red. It's not much to look at or smell though. Big, quickly retreating head on a muddy red-orange body. Aroma is a muted hoppiness. The taste is really quite good though. Very bright citrus hops shine their way over an effervescent sweet, bready malt. These both make their way down to a smooth finish with just a bit of hops lingering on the tongue. Very balanced and well-composed.

This is a nice and smooth drinker, the mouthfeel is fairly light and has a perfect level of carbonation. The drinkability is the best aspect of this beer for sure though, it's been a while since I've had a beer this perfectly drinkable. This bomber emptied in record time,for sure. Which kind of leads me to my problem here, and it's a bit of a Catch-22. If this beer weren't in bombers, I probably would have never bought it. Now that I've bought it, I want it in six-packs because it's a great drinker that I'd love to keep in my rotation. Oh well, it's a great beer that I'll recommend.

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Photo of TTAmod
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.

This beer pours a clear red-hued amber. The head is white and rocky. Looks nice.

Toasted grain and noticeable hops dominate the smell.

The toasted grain and toffee base provide a good stability to this brew. The hops are a bit on the high side, but it's not too bad...nothing like the Lagunitas Imperial Red. The hops are nice and spicy. Finishes bitter and floral.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth.

Overall, a great American red...This is my second beer from this brewery and I'm impressed.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber-red with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and bready malts with grapefruit and pine hops and a touch of red fruit.

T - Starts off with sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and citrus hops and some bitterness. Through the middle, some bready malts come through with some resiny pine hops and some more bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, tropical and pine hops, and a bit of red fruit.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and lightly bitter and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced red ale with a good malt and hop balance and a nice hop profile.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Lakefront 88 Sampler Pack - $19.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

On the bottom of the label on the rear is a "Bottled During" section that was left unmarked and unnotched. Ah well.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, rich, dark amber-hued body with a frothy, yellowed-beige head.

Smell: Toasted grainy bread, some noted sweetish caramel notes, and a generous dose of evocative c-hops giving the preferred sniffer scents of fresh flowers, pithy citrus, and zesty, spicy herbs.

Taste: Moderately sweet malts tasting of dark caramel sauce and toast preclude a fine addition of hop character delivering strong floral accents, touches of lightly resinous dried grasses, and fresh-cut citrus fruits, though there isn't a tremendous amount of bitterness involved. Small hint of honeydew. A single drop of vanilla. Soft finish with a lingering tea leaf-like herbaceousness and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Modestly chewy.

Overall: A good amount of malt and hop flavor combined with an appealing drinkability and level of balance. I enjoyed this punchy red fairly well.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct-Wk2-10... bottled Oct 15th or later i'm guessing.

Deep russet tone, Sticky crown of lace that has a full, thick dimension to it. The foam fades after a bit, but the laces absolutely coats the glass. Second pour, the head is thick with a creamy texture to the surface.

Resiny "C" hops produce some nice fruity cantaloupe, orange marmalade, and grapefruit notes.

The first few sips really remind me of Alpha King. Slightly sweet caramel malt with fruity, only slightly bitter hops stealing the show. Resiny, earthy hop character lingers into the aftertaste, drying things out. Easy to drink, medium bodied with ample carbonation. A bomber is no problem, it pairs well with food also. Way to go Lakefront, Fixed Gear is a winner in my book.

Side note: As a cyclist, I don't really care what kind of bikes other people ride. I commute on a converted single speed (with a brake) as Chicago is flat, and it was the only gear I ride in anyway. Finally, a beer that harmonizes with my choice of transportation. Hallelujah. /sarcasm

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Photo of ADZA
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright reddish copper hue with a creamy two finger head and lacing everywhere looks very enticing for a red ale,the smell Is pineapple,blood oranges,grapefruit and piney hops,the mouthfeel is medi with moderate carbonation that suits perfectly and has tastes almost exactly like aroma with hints of pineapple,citrus,boiled candy,blood oranges and finished with a piney hop bitterness and overall it's a nice representation of a fine red ale and ill be back for another one that's for sure sessionable and tasty need I say more.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Classic light copper/red color with a big 1 1/2 finger head. The head retains at a wisp to provide some nice lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Solid blast of piney and citrusy hop aromas coupled with a faint hint of sweetness in the background.

T- The hops dominate this beer right from the start. Alot of flavor with a good but not obnoxious amount of bitterness to boot. The malt character is there as well, but it seems just to eloquently balance out the hops and to keep the bitterness in check without providing any real noteworthy character of it's own. Great balance all the way through the finish.

M- Medium body with a moderate smooth carbonation.

D- I could easily drink alot of this beer. Good thing it's in a 22oz bottle. Even at 6.5% it tempts at being sessionable, nice job Lakefront.

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Photo of datalager
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm drinking my second bottle of this as I type this review. The first bottle was consumed about one week ago. I very much enjoyed it, but failed to take any notes on the drink.

Appearance is garnet colored in body, with a scant and quickly fading off white head that leaves little trace of lacing. The body presents with moderate unfiltered murkiness that reminds me of thick, rusty water. The color is certainly pleasant. Not unattractive. Perhaps a thicker, lasting froth would add to the character. But then I don't know how accurate that would be for the style.

The smell is hop forward with a powerful pine note. Brief waves of roasted malt and metal rise up in the background, just above citrus notes in the far distance.

Flavors are rich, biting, bitter...followed by bread, a little sweetness, then ending in a dry finish. Swallow is crisp.

This is obviously a hybrid style, which leaves more room for creativity. Without a need to criticize for authenticity I can only say it is an enjoyable hop heavy beer. I would gladly buy this again.

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Photo of sublimesipping
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Milkboy, Phila. PA. My hometown standard does it again with a tasty, very solid offering. Great drinking beer with excellent mouthfeel and balance. Distinct hops but not overpowering, great session beer for a hop-focused palate. Really enjoyed, very fresh pour tonight with great reddish amber color. A solid winner from an old standard craft brewery.

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Fixed Gear from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.