Fixed Gear - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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3.95/5 rDev +6.8%
Pours a murky copper with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.
12-24-2012 03:16:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.79/5 rDev +2.4%
A: The beer is slightly hazy reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering he surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: A rather complex mixture of citrusy and floral hops is present in the nose along with notes of caramel malts and hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but has a little more balance with the caramel malts and citrusy hops. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a nice balance between the citrusy hops and caramel malts.
03-29-2013 00:59:29 | More by metter98
3.53/5 rDev -4.6%
Pours a medium/dark clear cranberry red with a short white head.
Nose is not real asserive. Light esters of stone fruit; pleasant.
Mouthfeel is thin but good. Well balanced; nice carbonation and inviting.
Flavors are assertive. A short fruity front palate that quickly hits you with big grapefruit skin/pine bitter that is bright and bold. Flavors are meaty and rich.
Big rich roasted grain undertones that leads into a bitter roasted finish.
11-04-2011 00:46:27 | More by GRG1313
4.18/5 rDev +13%
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.
05-17-2011 19:19:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.74/5 rDev +1.1%
This poured out as a deep amber color with a soapy tan head on top. The beer has a very nice lacing as well as a pretty strong retention as well. The smell has a pretty good piney aroma with some toasted malts in there as well. The taste of the beer has a pretty good bitterness to it along with a nice caramel malt flavor in there also. The mouthfeel is creamy, a decent carbonation and dry in the finish. Overall this is pretty good, would love to have it fresh. Worth trying!
04-19-2013 01:47:11 | More by Knapp85
3.95/5 rDev +6.8%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
I love this mason jar. Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly hazy russet-amber topped by a small layer of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises bright grapefruit zest, orange zest, and buttery caramel throughout the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger rind component from the fruits, a less buttery caramel backbone, and a stiff bit of pine resin. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry and slightly sticky finish. Overall, a very nice, if not all that visually attractive, hoppy red, one of the best I've had in a while.
11-14-2012 18:37:22 | More by TMoney2591
4.13/5 rDev +11.6%
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
11-23-2010 00:46:15 | More by emerge077
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
12oz bottle, a single from a mixed-pack recently made available here in Alberta. Fixed gear bicycles - is this not yet another overwrought hipster thing?
This beer pours a hazy dark orange-amber hue, with some sparse floaties, and two fingers of densely puffy, foamy eggshell white head, which leaves some random coral reef patterns of lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.
It smells of grapefruit pith, some soft pine needles, a somewhat bready caramel/toffee maltiness, and a bit of further spicy hops. The taste is grapefruit and orange citrus rind, slightly doused in sugar, some bready, grainy malt, a mild, thin caramel character, and musty, leafy hops.
The carbonation is average, just doing its punch-clock job, the body a mostly sturdy medium weight, and generally quite smooth, a wee hop interloper showing a forgivable ingress. It finishes off-dry, the malt and hops both still vigorous in their ardour.
A pretty decent amber ale, something apparently much more common south of the border, where they aren't afraid to submit to the whim of the big hops, and we are ever the more so grateful for it.
11-27-2012 02:51:27 | More by biboergosum
3.75/5 rDev +1.4%
A pretty decent amber ale. Consistent and fairly thick bodied tones. It doesn't really give a lot of variance on the flavor, but it's pretty good for what's there. Smooth feel overall. Pretty easy to drink. Not too shabby, but not too memorable either.
03-30-2013 05:27:23 | More by RblWthACoz
3.95/5 rDev +6.8%
On tap @ the Lakefront Brewery (Milwaukee, WI) on 8/8/10. Served in a clear plastic cup.
Pours a deep hazy amber, with heady of off-white fizzy foam. Just like the other two beers that I just had, this retains and laces with the same thin and fizzy look (OK maybe a little richer looking). The aroma is freshly floral and tangy in the nose, with a mix of roast, caramel, and earthy citric character. Just a touch of spice and pine work their way in here as well.
There's a lot of dark burnt and grainy malt character going on here in the taste, tempered somewhat by the sweetness of caramel and citric fruit. A nice hoppy bite is present in this, layering bitter notes of spice, citrus rind, and some light pine in the mouth, which lingers fairly strongly in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium, sharp & prickly, and overall pretty darn easy feeling in the mouth for 6-7% beer.
Beyond the hoppy harshness of the finish, this was pretty darn good and was definitely the tops of the Lakefront beers that I tried on this day. This is surprisingly dark feeling for an Amber Ale but I didn't mind one bit. This is worth a look (at least on draft).
08-25-2010 14:20:39 | More by Kegatron
4.05/5 rDev +9.5%
Lakefront Fixed Gear, American Red Ale, 22 oz. bomber
Hazed crimson coloration, bountiful beige head, a good inch, lasting and lace leaving.
Malty, fruity nose, nothing too distinct, soft, pleasant.
Taste: light hops up front, then malt, and sweetness, various fruits, apple, cherry, ...bright, plump malt. Really has the character of an Irish Red, but with American hops involved. Not too many, mind you, scarcely any bitterness, no, malt and sweetness dominate.
Big flavor, immense drinkability, ...very likable. Wish this were in a 6-pack of 12-ouncers, rather than an a bomber. But this is a bolder beer than Lakefront normally brews. So, cheers to that!
06-25-2010 09:39:20 | More by feloniousmonk
3.45/5 rDev -6.8%
Bottled on the 4th week of April, so not too old. And thanks for dating the bottle, despite not having a year.
Pours a bigger fizzy 1.5 finger head that fades at a med pace, darker colored reddish looking head, that leaves sticky lacing on the glass, and a very hazy sediment laden mahogany reddish orange color.
Nose is fairly light, some sweet reddish malts out front, with a light aromatic and caramely malty aroma, some fruit aromas in there that I'm not sure belong, maybe yeast additions?, wait, the more I nose it I think those fruity aromas are hints of fruity almost citrusy-like hops, although there does seem to be hints of esters from the yeast, and a touch of booze when I nose really deep.
Taste is different... interesting... like an earthy caramely flavor comes through, almost root like or sasafras maybe... anyways, aside from that... oh maybe some weird yeast additions as I think it brings hints of esters again and just a touch of a phenolic like taste. So as I was saying, some caramel reddish malts, bit of sweetness with that, and even a feel of booze that is too prevalent for only 6.5%. Earthy slightly herbal hops kick in with a light bitterness but that really earthy taste. As it finishes it attempts to dry but seems to remain a bit sticky, with more caramel and a hint of toffee lingering, and hops that get a bit more bitter, slightly earthy and spicy, and a bit of that fruity flavor that almost wants to come off as apple or maybe slightly cidery. Actually the more I drink, the more I seem to get a slight cidery flavor.
Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.
Overall... despite that the bottle says "it tastes damn good", I disagree. While it has some interesting qualities, not a very well done beer at all. Some off flavors, malt doesn't seem to really nail itself down, hops are too earthy and don't really sit with the rest of the beer, and the yeast seems to have added some qualities that it didn't want to leave.
07-11-2012 22:33:13 | More by jlindros
3.64/5 rDev -1.6%
pretty impressive for almost a macro, this is the best ive had from lakefront. this is everywhere but ive somehow missed it. a hoppy red ale that drinks a little heavier than most. hazy amber in color with an oatmeal colored head with excellent lace and retention. the nose here is hop forward, bitter, and rich from the grain. the alcohol content is also somewhat of a surprise, being as robust as it is for a release like this. maybe i had the wrong opinion about these guys. their pumpkin is clearly a poor judge of what they are capable of. nice richness of feel, as the hops provide most of the flavoring and the malt more of the structure. a little dryer than expected too, i like the low sugars on the finish and the lasting bitterness. woody almost, quite good really. fuller body a sixer might be too big of a dose honestly. relatively impressed, and will look forward to more lakefront stuff when it comes around. i wont wait so long next time.
01-24-2014 05:18:59 | More by StonedTrippin
3.78/5 rDev +2.2%
Appearance: coppoer in color with a 1" head that slowly falls. Thick lace paints the glass.
Smell: floral hops and a nice amount of caramel and fruit sweetness is easy to detect.
Taste: caramel, ripe plums, some grapefruit citrus tones, and nice floral bitterness creates a nice malty but hoppy red ale.
Mouthfeel: medium body. Light crispness to start, smooth and a touch dry at the finish. Aftertaste is malty but short lasting.
Drinkability: nice red ale that is easy to drink. If you are in the mood for a malty beer with some nice hop presence this one hits the spot.
06-25-2010 23:50:20 | More by Gavage
3.98/5 rDev +7.6%
Purchased from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.
Pours a gorgeously coloured red-amber hue with a frothy, but not particularly persistent head of off-white. Lacing is decent and rather solid. Body is full and firm. Looks very nice indeed.
Nose is warm and full-bodied, with a relatively sweet malty tone cut through with a pleasant bite of citrussy hops. Hint of copper as well. From the depth in the sweetness to the classic hoppy characters, it appears canonically American.
Taste is smooth but relatively light. Grainy entry, spiked with a little lilting lemon hop character, before a faintly sweet, slightly carbonic mid-palate. Finish is dry, with a slight metallic twang and a hint of earthy yeast. Feel is smooth and pleasant, but the lightness is a little disappointing.
A decent brew with a good amount going for it. Drinkable, and stylistically pretty good. Certainly good enough to make me keep my eyes open for other Lakefront beers.
05-12-2011 00:12:06 | More by lacqueredmouse
Fixed Gear from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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