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Fixed Gear - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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751 Ratings
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Ratings: 751
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 20
Gots: 72 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 02-24-2010)
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale is red (duh) and slightly cloudy, with 1 1/2 inch head, slightly creamy. The smell and taste of this are opposite, the aroma is mostly malt, while the hops dominate the taste at first. After a few sips, the malt starts to show up a bit more on the palate. Overall, more hoppy and less malty than you might expect from a red ale, still delicious.

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3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says it was bottled during the 2nd week in July. Consumed on 10-2-12.

A: Poured into a pint glass. Hazy amber body with a big (2-finger) khaki-colored head that slips over the top of the pint glass. When backlit the body is more mahogany-colored. The big head retains well and leaves a good amount of lace.

S: Toffee & caramel malt and juicy hops. A touch of malt extract.

T: First impression is the heft, not the flavor: it seems a little thin and watery. That translates into a general tasting impression that there isn't enough malt here. I am getting some caramel malt and light brown sugar, but it's just not enough of a foundation. Hops seem minerally and metallic first, but become more juicy after my palate adjusts. I get a hint of orange peel and lemon at the finish, which provides a decent balanced overall flavor impression, leaning towards the hoppy side of the equation (which is what I like in my American Red Ales).

M: As noted above, it's a bit thin and watery in feel, with the overall heft being somewhere between light and medium. Carbonation is fine, creating a fairly creamy impression.

O: Decent. This grew on me by the time I got halfway down the glass. I paid $1.50 for a single bottle at Price Chopper, with some trepidation after my Fuel Cafe experience with Lakefront. I got a solid beer at that price; I wouldn't mind drinking this if I saw it on tap somewhere.

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4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml bottle. Pours a rusty copper/tawny brown. Barely any tan head. The smell is a sweet mix of brown sugar, grainy malt and a little spice from the hops. The brown sugar/molasses comes through on the palate with some nutty malt (marzipan?) flavours and a solid hop bite at the back end of the finish. Reminded us a bit of Lagunitas Brown Shugga.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated "Aug week 1"; Consumed & reviewed on 9/20/12.

Poured into Duvel tulip. Dark ruby colored with a modest amount of head. Smell of piney hops, and a bit of toffee sweetness. Tastes well balanced: carmel sweet malts, and continued piney hops. Definitely enjoyable for the style, with the hopped up approach.

Not quite as good as 3F Brian Boru as a hopped-up red ale, but in the same zip code. So, if you fancied the Boru, seek out Fixed Gear as a year-round alternative. Thumbs up!

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a dated 12 oz. bottle: hazy with a reddish-brown hue with highlights of orange. The foamy, beige head slowly dissipated leaving intricate lacing on the glass.

Upon opening the bottle, the strong, wafting aroma of American hops indicated this would be an agressive red ale. After pouring the bottle into a pint glass, the hop aroma settled down to reveal some nice and spicy malt aromas.

The initial taste exhibited a generous and bitter hop profile, while the flavor slowly evolved to some maltiness in the aftertaste. The flavor was somewhat simple and straightforward but very refreshing and enjoyable.

The body was solidly medium with a thick mouthfeel with spritzy carbonation. The flavors lingered on the palate, especially the malt.

This is yet another satisfying amber/red ale with a solid hop profile. It is a little rough around the edges but still remains quite quaffable.

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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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3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had Fixed Gear in a nonic pint glass.

Appearance- The beer is more a copper than an amber. The pour looked much lighter, was not expecting it to be so hazy in the glass. The foam manages to cover the lid completely and even leaves a little lacing. The dirty white stuff is not that impressive though.

Smell- Fixed Gear has some caramel-sugar sweetness and a surprising hop presence! They are not strong flavor hops, no bountiful fruitiness for example. There is the impression of resinous hop oil that would make me swoon in larger amounts.

Taste- The beer is not delivering here like it was on the nose. Although, I get a better impression of the hop profile! There is a little more orange citrus and a bit of musty, almost onion-like flavor hops. The bittering hops show up near the back of the throat and add a resinous feel to the beer.

What I really miss is that dash of sweet that made itself known on the nose. In truth, I think the malts need to be more forward on the palate. They are mostly absent in this bottle.

Mouth feel- The feel is above average: slightly bubbly, slightly smooth, but not really either. The body feels a little flat in the mouth too, a little watery for my tastes.

Overall- In truth, I have had some attempts at IPA's that weren't as good as Lakefront's amber ale. So, I guess if you want to give a hoppy amber ale a try, then this beer would be a good choice. And really, the hop profile in this amber is not bad! Don't try to look too hard for the biscuit-like malts in this beer. They won't be there.

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Fixed Gear from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 751 ratings.