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Fixed Gear - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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703 Ratings
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Ratings: 703
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 14
Gots: 55 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 02-24-2010)
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Photo of Pauly2X
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Classic light copper/red color with a big 1 1/2 finger head. The head retains at a wisp to provide some nice lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Solid blast of piney and citrusy hop aromas coupled with a faint hint of sweetness in the background.

T- The hops dominate this beer right from the start. Alot of flavor with a good but not obnoxious amount of bitterness to boot. The malt character is there as well, but it seems just to eloquently balance out the hops and to keep the bitterness in check without providing any real noteworthy character of it's own. Great balance all the way through the finish.

M- Medium body with a moderate smooth carbonation.

D- I could easily drink alot of this beer. Good thing it's in a 22oz bottle. Even at 6.5% it tempts at being sessionable, nice job Lakefront.

Pauly2X, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap pour @ Lakefront brewery

(A)- Pours a hazy dark caramel color that produced a good off-white head.

(S)- A bright hoppy pine with lemon & a light hay & caramel sweetness.

(T)- Same like the smell. A crisp & fresh hoppiness with a hay & light caramel sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance. A good bittereness yet malty too.

(D)- A solid beer that has a good drinkability to it. Its very similar to their best selling Riverwest, only a bit bolder. Solid stuff right here.

sweemzander, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of FLima
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark amber copper color with a thick beige head with good retention and leaving laces.
Delicious citrus aroma of passion fruit with caramel and bready malt notes.
And it got even better, flavor of grapefruits balanced with slighted roasted malts and condimented yeast. Dry and bitter aftertaste with an acid bite.
Light body and perfect carbonation.
Very good amber/red ale, bold in malt, hops and yeast, and balancing it all. Also good for hopheads that want to have a rest from IPAs, the 54 IBU gets you fixed enough. Definitely worth it.

FLima, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of drizzam
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alright, largely one of the reasons I bought this beer is because of the fixed gear bike theme...but it has a decent rating as well, so I look forward to this offering by Lakefront.

A - The brew pours a hazy red in color, topped by a beige one finger head. head retention is decent and it leaves a nice veil of lace down the inside of my glass.

S - Sweet caramelized malts flirt with a nice citric hop character. Smells like this will be a delicious brew!

T & M - Much like the aroma, the taste is a good representation of both caramel malt and citric hops...both are decently balanced in this beer. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel...it finishes with just the slightest hop bitterness.

D - To tell the truth, I thought this was going to be a gimmick brew by the Lakefront Brewery. Their beers have been hit or miss with me in the past. I picked up this bottle (1 pint 6 fl oz.) for $4.99, which to me isn't a terrible price for a good beer. This bottle is going down so well for me that I kinda wish I would have picked up 2 or 3. I'll be recommending this one to my friends! A must try.

drizzam, May 16, 2010
Photo of CookstLiquor
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

CookstLiquor, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of JayS2629
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a rich cloudy brown beer with a two finger off white head that fades into a thin ring pretty fast. Leaves descent lacing.

The smell is great. full of melon, citrus and earthy hops behind a dominant malty backbone of toast, caramel, a touch of toffee and chocolate.

The taste follows with chocolate, melon, orange peel, earth, crusty bread, and loads of caramel. Very well balanced with hops in the aftertaste that lingers.

Overall a nice and balanced beer.

JayS2629, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of TheSSG
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, dense, off-white head chock-o-block with resin, great persistence, and leaves nice lacing. Big notes of grapefruit in the nose. Slightly hazed, burnt sienna color. Starts bitter with big grapefruit hop flavor. Builds to a nice medium-high bitterness, and then the malt starts to pop through, and the finish is biscuit with a floral-like hop bitterness lingering.

This is fantastic. EVERYTHING a hoppy red ale SHOULD BE!

TheSSG, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is a combination of sampling from both a 12oz bottle and 22oz bomber bottle I bought directly from the brewery in Milwaukee. This beer was served in a pint glass.

A: Cloudy. Reddish brown. Tan small head. Good lacing throughout.

S: Piney resins. Hops are completely dominant. Smells like opening a pack of hop pellets (Fuggles?). A little dark fruit.

T: Malt is carmelly and good. Hops are big but not overwhelming. Spice, citrus, pine.

M: Medium carbonation, slightly dry.

D: I love this style and here is another great example. Unique unto itself but very good.

ForWhatAlesYou, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of anglagard1
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost more brown than red or amber.The smell of pine is intense, but in a pleasing way. Taste backs off the pine somewhat in favor of grapefruit; it has a definite IPA taste and mouthfeel to it, even a little bit of a Belgian IPA taste. The label claims it has a bold taste and it lives up to that. The predominant note is pine, very clean but direct. I think the taste matches perfectly with the 6.5% alcohol content, as it is an enjoyable beer but not one you're going to want to drink down too quickly. This is definitely a beer I will return to. Think of it as a cheep, available Hopslam that won't kick your ass if you try drinking more than 2.

anglagard1, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of BoJengs
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from local Woodmans. Bottle dated 11/13/13. Consumed 12/5/13.

Long neck bottle - American Red Ale

A - pours a rich mahogany color. Leaves a nice frofty yellowish tinted head. Looks like a full bodied beer. As I drank it left an beautiful even lacing on the side of the glass and retained a great head.

s - smells good - fresh

t - great american style red ale. can taste the hops through the nice caramel malt body. its a full taste that is balanced nicely. maybe a little vanilla as an aftertaste.

m - great mouthfeel. probably my favorite part about this beer. tastes and feels like a full beer, and at 6.8 % a few do the job.

o - as this is a local brewery for me I continue to go back to this one. it is a go-to beer because of great availability, price, and taste. enjoy this one

BoJengs, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Ryan011235
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass on 6/15/10

The color is a very nice scorched amber. Held to the light it almost appears crimson. Directly beneath the two fingers of toasted marshmallow-hued foam drifts a layer of yeast. Head retention drops to 1/4th inch after several minutes leaving a few good rings of lace.

One whiff tells me this a hoppy amber ale. The hops are sharp & loaded to the hilt with fresh grapefruit. Swirling the glass releases floral & pine aromas. Malt undertones of caramel & toasted bread are prevalent but never overpower the hops. Interesting blend between dry & sweet. As it warms it start to have a medicinal quality.

I admit I'm a bit underwhelmed by the taste, though it isn't bad, per se. It just seems to lack the vibrancy of the aroma. Piney hops with a dry bitterness with a citrus zest accompaniment. A little spiciness could go a long way, I believe. Toasted caramel notes offer support. Kind of medicinal, too. As with the aroma, it's pretty dry.

Medium-bodied; sticky, resinous & mildly gritty. Carbonation is reasonably low; it would be perfect if the flavor had a little more crackle. In lieu of spiciness, livelier carbonation might have been ideal. Resiny bitterness lingers on the finish.

Initially purchased for novelty (a buddy of mine is a bike guy), I've been pleasantly surprised. On the whole, it's rather impressive. I would really like to try it on tap. A few mods would make this fixie the talk of the Short North.

Ryan011235, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, cloudy amber in the glass, with a nice 3/4 inch head that falls to about 1/8 inch but persists throughout the tasting, with some cling along the way. It has a bouquet consisting of ripe mango and melon, with a hint of grapefruit, iron, and subtle malts--quite pleasing. There is citrus fruit hop flavor at first sip, with pine and sweet malt vying for attention, as well. This transitions to a middle flavor of ripe fruits (back to the notes of mango and melon), and finally rests with a subdued hop bitterness and lingering fruit presence. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of effervescence to boot. Fairly clean and straightforward.

This is a very nice ale, with good presentation and impressive follow-through. There's a lot of complexity to the flavors in this one, with hop and malt mingling for a product that's similar to other brews in the style but distinct. A drinkable beer that really begs to be tried and appreciated anew.

DabblinWiscCraft, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

feloniousmonk, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of asarodd
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%

asarodd, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of MegaHurricaneDitka
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%

MegaHurricaneDitka, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 oz bottle - Brewed 2nd week in December

Per the bottle: 45IBU,16 degrees Plato, 18 degrees Lovibond:

Poured a deep murky red with an off white head that produced an excellent cascade effect. The head was well retained throughout the drink. Some nice lacing as well.

Nice, modest pine hoppy aroma with some malt characteristics.

Nice balanced taste with perhaps some pine hop domination.

Medium feel, smooth, creamy and easy to drink. The beer finishes with a nice dry, hoppy aftertaste.

Overall, the red ale is rapidly becoming one of my new favorites. This is a solid effort and one that I will defiantly pick up again over the coming months.

PhillyStyle, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear, deep red, with a big rocky light tan head. Leaves some chunky lacing.

Aromas of big citrus hops, pink grapefruit, grapefruit zest, some caramel malt in the background.

Flavors of bitter, pink grapefruit hops, caramel malt, biscuit malt.

Mouthfeel is light/medium with a nice, round bitterness. Good level of carbonation.

Overall a good american amber ale. Nothing too aggressive or out of line.

JamnesCameron, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of 9InchNails
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I could tell this was going to be a nice looking beer from the pour. Nice creamy off white tan head. Golden edges, a fiery red center, with a lot of fast moving tiny bubbles. Some sediment as well with the final pour. Nice creamy lacing on the glass.

Big time citrus hops, some pine and a sweet maltiness. If this smells the way it tastes, I'm in for a delicious treat.

Nice taste, much like the aroma. Citrus, some piney hops meets a sweet toasted maltiness. Some caramel and nut comes through.

Some prickly carbonation, nothing extreme. Light body, not really heavy at all. Feels nice, no complaints here.

Quite a tasty brew. Beautiful looking beer, even the creamy head made it down to the bottom of the glass. It's not that filling either and quite a easy brew to drink. This is a lot tastier than the IBA I recently had by Lakefront Brewery. If you can get your hands on this, don't hesitate, you most definitely should try it.

9InchNails, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of jera1350
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass more of a cloudy burnt orange than red color. A nice rich and creamy tan head sits atop and leaves some nice lacing.

Generously hopped with a crisp citrus character. Caramel malt as well.

A pretty balanced brew, but not skimping on neither hops nor malt. The hops offer a good dose of citrus/pine. Their is plenty of caramel malt present as well.

The feel is smooth and the body is medium.

A very well crafted amber. There are now several good hopped up amber and I would put this one in that same boat. Worth a try indeed.

jera1350, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of zldjn97
4/5  rDev +8.1%

zldjn97, Jul 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of tyleeis
4/5  rDev +8.1%

tyleeis, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of TimMack
4/5  rDev +8.1%

TimMack, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of bdub32689
4/5  rDev +8.1%

bdub32689, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of TheMrFarnham
4/5  rDev +8.1%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 11, 2013
Fixed Gear from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 703 ratings.