Fixed Gear - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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3.85/5 rDev +4.1%
Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.
Pours a nice dark copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice small islands and sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a slight hop note, lots of caramel. The taste is malty, sweet, slight hop note, slightly bitter, with a good dose of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a very tasty brew, but more on the malty side.
05-19-2010 23:30:22 | More by Wasatch
3.68/5 rDev -0.5%
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/11/2013. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep red-orange color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malts and citrus hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, brown sugar, light biscuit, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, floral, grass light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus/grassy hop flavors; with a good malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice amber ale. Good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and citrus hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.
04-15-2014 03:54:35 | More by superspak
3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
A: Dark brazilian cherry in the glass is accompanied by a 3 finger high frothy, buff colored head that was well maintaining while leaving a generous amount of lace composed of thick concentric bands down the glass. Against strong lighting a rapid rate of carbonation rises aided by the etched markings of my duvel glass.
S: Hoppy pine with a nice toasted grain base is highlighted by flowery grapefruit. Some spicy citrus with hints of herbal lime elements is also there. Overall strength is moderate.
T: Toasted grains and caramel upfront are followed by a sharp, fresh lemony bitterness. Citrusy flowery hops and strong pine mix with a strong liking. Flowery hops with a dry malt sweetness is left behind on the tongue.
M: Thick malt base rests heavily on the tongue, creamy with some tingling carbonation presence on the tongue and inner cheeks. Some alcohol warmth and a bitterness of citrus and licorice on the fade.
D: Good drinkability, good representation and hop usage makes this a big red.
12-11-2010 00:58:51 | More by beerthulhu
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
12 oz bottle dated wk1 of April (no year, but new to place of purchase in summer 2012) poured into snifter.
A - pours a cloudy orange-brown with a light tan head. The head is small to begin with and reduces to little more than a ring in no time. Spotty lacing is left on the glass. Appearance is not the strong point of this beer.
S - From the bottle, this has a striking and surprisingly strong aroma of hops. Once decanted, a complex and earthy aroma of herbal and piney hops can be detected from a distance. Caramel malt is also quite evident. There are also some grassy and citrus notes.
T - Very flavorful! What would normally be a solid and dominant malt base actually serves as the background to a complex array of hop flavors, including piney, floral, citrus and herbal. Likewise, this sweet-bitter balance is decidedly won by the bitter components. There's also a light, fruity tartness.
M - Medium body; light-moderate carbonation; dry finish.
O - Fixed Gear is a bold red with a far more forward hop profile than usual, especially in the aroma. Best to think of this as a red APA, it is moderately bitter rather than slightly sweet. As hoppy as many IPAs, this is easily recommended as a "red ale" for hop heads.
07-03-2012 23:20:51 | More by chinchill
3.63/5 rDev -1.9%
Medium hazed stron copper and amber color. Great head and foam retention and string bubbling. Even sluggish lacing after each sip.
Aroma is chock full of heavily oild citric hops and biscuits and bread crust toasted malt. Very hoppy for just an amber ale aroma.
Taste from start to finish is heavily ooiled hop resin in both taste and mouthfeel. Add to that caramel and biscuity toasted malts.
The mouthfeel is very pily and a little resiny. Bitter through and through. This is an amber ale for a hop head that made a lucky mistake.
02-04-2012 03:47:16 | More by scruffwhor
4.3/5 rDev +16.2%
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.
06-11-2012 23:25:38 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.56/5 rDev -3.8%
Paid 2 bucks for this single from Halftime beverage. Into my imperial pint glass.
A - A very dark hazy chestnut brown, one of the darkest red ales I ever seen, atop is a 1/2 inch of tarnish colored head.
S - Well it's not just sweet malts their is some hop presence in there but it smells rather strange like a touch of sour cherry. Hope it taste good.
T - I want to lean toward the flavor I am tasting is "woody" with a bit of spruce tips, bittering hops, and some tea leaves. A rather kind of disgusting taste as a while.
M - Medium bodied, kind of chewy, very herbal
Overall I am not too disappointed since Lakefront really does make rather mediocre beers with the exception of the Winter lager. I am puzzled on how high the reviews are considering this beer is borderline terrible but it is somewhat drinkable.
05-15-2013 03:18:11 | More by DrDemento456
3.66/5 rDev -1.1%
12 oz bottle pours a dark, opaque amber color with a large cap of off-white head. Excellent retention and lace...a good looking brew.
Nose is caramel and toasty malt with a resinous, leafy hop aroma that leans herbal.
Taste is dark, burnt caramel maltiness, almost to dark chocolate levels. The hops are almost all on the bittering side, floral and long-lasting. It tastes pretty old school - old world hops, more bittering than taste/aroma hops and an earthy and char-esque maltiness. Mouthfeel is good, rich and well carbonated. Sweetness is pretty low. I actually am enjoying this, It feels like a tasty throwback to the early days of microbrews in the late 90's/early 2000's.
07-08-2014 02:53:59 | More by twiggamortis420
3.65/5 rDev -1.4%
Gorgeous tawny amber hue with a husky darkish glow. A slim, non-lasting crown of dark beige foam briefly forms before fading to a thin skim and average collar. Good amounts of lacing sticking across the glass in spotty sheets.
Soft, yet appealing nose of caramel with a bit of fruityness of apple and melon. A bit of herbal leafy hops developes slowly as it sits.
Taste is good, nothing huge here, pretty standard stuff here with some caramel and soft bready malts with a smurfing of black tea hints, notes to burnt vanilla and brown sugar and some subtle hop tones mixing off the finish with a mellowing dryness of floral herbalness.
Lighter medium bodied, a tad slim on body really, with a well-rounded carbonation and smoothness about it that does bring some solid drinkability.
A good effort from Lakefront, but comes up short as a Red ale compared to all those well done West Coasters.
07-13-2011 00:27:29 | More by tavernjef
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
Comes out of the bottle a reddish mahogany with a thick, frothy and rather persistent pale beige head. Aroma is not strong, but is spicy and hoppy and inviting. Flavor exceeds the wan aroma, being hoppy but not bitter, with nutty and malty undertones and spicy and horehound hints. Lively texture is quite tingly and fizzy, leaving a nice edgy and slightly hoppy finish.
05-21-2011 02:18:11 | More by Cyberkedi
3.55/5 rDev -4.1%
100th review for this beer. 12oz bottle, pours a hazy brownish-red with frothy beige head that holds decent retention & leaves some spotty lacing. Aromas are caramely, malty, citric, bready, fresh-like hop. Tastes are a heavy dose of bready, caramel malt balanced with fresh citric hop and some pine that lingers on the finish. Thinner body with ample carbonation. Overall, a nice version of an American red ale, nothing spectacular, but it is a good representation of the style.
11-10-2012 00:07:14 | More by barnzy78
3.7/5 rDev 0%
A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy dark reddish color with a nice off-white head with really good retention and lacing qualities.
S- The aroma is some malt, a hint of caramel and some hops.
T- The taste like the aroma has some smooth caramel malts up front with a dose of hops in the finish creating some bitterness. This one is very well balanced between the malt and hops.
M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
O- Overall, not bad. This beer went down very easy and has enough flavor to keep you interested. Worth a try.
09-06-2011 03:16:35 | More by cjgator3
Fixed Gear from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 660 ratings.