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Fixed Gear - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 729
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 17
Gots: 63 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

rjmclaw, Jul 18, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.9%

Redsox1539, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

jlindros, Jul 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Punkrckr281, Jul 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Jsimansk, Jul 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

thebigredone, Jul 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

elevatedgreens, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

chinchill, Jul 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

59rockabilly, Jul 03, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

S- Hoppy, floral, caramel

A- Hazy, amber with slight red/orange tint, thick head with generous lacing, dissipates to thin cream dusting

T- Sweet, hoppy, floral, slight bready taste

M- Slightly bitter on back of tongue, but very wet throughout, dry finish

O- Not my favorite style but very drinkable

CreamCity, Jun 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

MyMindSpray, Jun 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

harrylee773, Jun 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

JVan, Jun 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

SaxmanRick, Jun 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

JimGlonke, Jun 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

soccerfancooch, Jun 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

LoraxLager, Jun 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

CoolGuy42, Jun 13, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

PeterMatthes, Jun 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

jeanphony, Jun 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

matthageman, Jun 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

RichH55, May 31, 2012
Fixed Gear from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 729 ratings.