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Fixed Gear - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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162 Reviews
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Reviews: 162
Hads: 870
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 29.71%
Wants: 26
Gots: 139 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 02-24-2010

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Reviews: 162 | Hads: 870
Photo of FLima
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of ruckus232
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark red opaque color with a slight tan head

Smell: Oddly it has somewhat of a apple scent which is pretty nice.

Taste: Starts out with a slight citrus hoppy type flavor that fades into a fruity sweetness that doesn't linger too long.

Note: I really like this beer even though it might not be complex or anything.

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Photo of drizzam
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Photo of JayS2629
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance : Dark honey colored to iced tea colored body, topped by a soft brownish off-white head. The head initially pours 4 fingers and then the body eats it up to about 1 finger, leaving thick lacing behind.

Smell : Lots of pine and grapefruit rind, with some polite roasted amber malts behind that. Nothing more, nothing less. Simple and exact.

Taste : Much more roasted flavor in the body and less hop than in the nose. Very delicious, and I should note I'm drinking this at about 42 degrees. Some honey and brown sugar accompany the roast malts, and some grapefruit rind accompanies the pine. It's a bit strong for me but I'm not normally a fan of IPA's. This is really delicious though, and although intense it's still easy to drink.

Feel : Very creamy, very large, dense, and lightly/appropriately carbonated. Ends dry.

Overall : While I can't really say this is an end-all be-all beer, and that I thoroughly enjoy it, I CAN say that this is a great representation of a Red IPA. Next to Odell's Runoff, I think this is probably my favorite Red IPA.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of anglagard1
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of BoJengs
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
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

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- murky red with one finger of tan foam that didnt linger too much but plenty of lacing.

Aroma- carmel and grape ( like grape Kool-aid) vanilla, cherry, fruity pebbles , some yeast and a ever so slight funk. aroma gets more floral as it warms up.

Taste- well rounded full roast malt character at the beginning like wheat toast. Some light tofee and maybe then some peppery rye toward the back. The finish is hoppy crisp fruity like candied fruit and slightly citrusy.

Mouthfeel- lighter to medium bodied. Crisp and dry.

Overall- I may have had this one a little too cold. The flavor doesn't live up to the interesting aroma, but I wasn't in the least bit disappointed.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

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Photo of 9InchNails
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

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Photo of vs283204
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22 oz bomber picked up at Groppi's in Bay View. No "bottled on" date stamped, though there's a space on the label.

Appearance is excellent - great clarity, smooth pour, very even and healthy carbonation. The head pours a faint off-white, and stays throughout. Medium bubble size, reddish amber.

Aroma is adequate, but just a bit above average. Sweet malts, very faint English hop presence. Almost Goldings or Palisade-like, but I might be smelling the large amount of crystal malt.

Taste is also very good, but not stellar. A little heavy on the darker crystal malt without enough sweetness to completely balance it out. Very faint higher alcohol flavor, which also detracts a tiny bit.

Overall I'd say it seems to have a bit more dark malt than it should, without enough sweetness or hop presence for balancing. Very good, just a little shy of being perfect.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, medium amber color with two fingers of pale tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Pretty hoppy-- citrus hops with a bit of mango as well as sweet malt underneath.

T: Citrus hops up front slowly yield to a sweet, biscuity malt with a hint of nuttiness. The hops slowly return on the finish. Over the course of the beer, the hops become more prominent on the finish, with a pine character.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a good deal of creaminess. Also some astringence in the finish.

O: This was a good beer. I'm not sure how I feel about the amber/red style designation-- it seems to fit somewhere between that and an American Pale Ale. If I were rating for conformance to style I would probably mark this closer to 3.5, but this review is for my perception of the beer itself, styles aside. This is the fourth of the four beers in the sampler, and I have enjoyed each one. Well done, Lakefront.

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Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's a very deep red garnet with a few amber hues. The head is off white and is around an inch thick.

Aroma: Sweet tropical fruits, grapefruit slight piney notes. Caramel malts, mild pistachio.

Taste: Lots of grapefruit, bready malts, sweet tropical fruits, piney, Very much hop forward with a meduim to full bodied mouthfeel with a nice crispness on the palate.

Notes: Very good and quite sessionable. Cheers.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap @ Cafe Hollander Tosa and presented in appropriate glassware. Enjoyed over lunch while watching the French Open semi-finals in HD. (Hard to see the ball otherwise.)

Pours a hazed copper crimson with a pillowy, off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aromas of sweet caramel malt and citrus hops announce what is about to follow.

Opens moderately sweet with bright notes of caramel that leisurely yield to suggestions of floral hops and citrus fruits. Hop bitterness is held to a bare minimum. Crisp and actively carbonated with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Well balanced and exceedingly sessionable. Recommended.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a deep amber in color with almost 2 fingers of creme colored head, lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. malty caramel aromas, herbal tea notes, grassy, grapefruit citrus hint. this is a well balanced amber ale.. even sweetness and bitterness of malt and hops, with a nice grapefruit overtone.. caramel, bready, grassy, tea-like.. flavor and nose are identical.
this is a very refreshing medium bodied ale with medium carbonation and a nice semi-creamy mouthfeel.
this is a must go-to from now on. 6pk price is cheap enough and definitely a nice change of pace from my usual ipa styles that i tend to go for.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep burnt orange/amber body, 1 finger head, great lacing

S: pine, pineapple, peach, malt, light biscuit/bread aroma

T: sweet pineapple/peach, mild floral, pine, light bread,
slight oily

M: med body, light sticky/oily

O: Another fine Lakefront special beer!
I would highly recommend this others, fascinated
by the hoppy American Red Ales.


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Fixed Gear from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.