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Fixed Gear - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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759 Ratings
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Ratings: 759
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 21
Gots: 80 | 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 jkrich
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of sethmcconkey
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of doublepneumonia
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
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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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of scaliasux
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium dark copper to amber. Hazy. Medium tall, off white head. Good persistence.

Smell - Mild medium roasted malts. Fairly prominent citrus hops. Hops more apparent than the malt.

Taste - Hint of sweet medium roasted malt. Toasty and caramel. Overpowered by heavy dose of grapefruity hops. Seems a little out of balance for a red ale. Flavor's not bad, though, seems a bit one note.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - I wouldn't expect the beer from its label. And I'd be disappointed if I were looking for a red ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Strix
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark orange, good initial head, some nice lacing, fades to a ring.

Smells of caramel malt, citrus hops, spiced apple

Caramel malt, wood, grapefruit rind, grass.

Medium-smooth mouthfeel.

Somewhat aggressively hopped for the style, I enjoyed it.

Photo of phishinNYC
1/5  rDev -73%

Photo of PeterOrlando92
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Beefytits4
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Kunstman
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Jparker37
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint. Bottled Week 2 of October, 2011.

A - Hazy Brownish amber. Small vanilla head collapses to a small ring.

S - Has a great blend of some earthy/citrusy American hops along with established toasty malt. The malt seems to have some dark red fruit notes reminiscent of a good dubbel.

T - Really definitive toasty bready malt. There is a bit of some roasted malt bitterness throughout the whole flavor. Hops have a really earthy feel to it. Hops bitter finish is right there with the roasted malt.

M - The finish is neither sweet nor dry. I like the backbone of this beer with its full flavored medium body.

O - Has a good deep red color. Great complexity in the nose. The flavor is right in style with those toasty red malts, a little bit too much roastiness. Stylistic American hops. Good full body. This body fits right in line as a good American Red. It's worth mention that I have had this beer in my fridge and should have tried it much earlier.

Photo of Troville1990
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of DIPADude01
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of andrewjraab
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a sixer when visiting Milwaukee for a wedding. My in laws took a tour of the brewery and were raving about it so I had to try it for myself.

A - dark reddish amber color. Nice thick and creamy head with good retention and stick.

S - Sweet bread smell with subtle hop notes. It is not overpowering, but also has some citrus characterstics.

T - Velvety balance of hops and rich and robust sweetness with a simple bitter finish.

O - Well crafted brew that I'm glad I had to opportunity to try.

Photo of tyleeis
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Fixed Gear from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.