Fixed Gear - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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4.43/5 rDev +19.7%
Slightly hazy copper-amber pour with a tinge of red. Two finger off-white head with great retention and crazy lacing. Huge resiny, piney, malty nose with hints of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, blood orange, and a touch of grapefruit. The taste is just as bold and juicy as the nose. Hints of pine resin, pink grapefruit, blood orange, toffee, caramel, sweet bread, and brown sugar. The balance is perfect and the drinkability is off the charts! The mouthfeel is smooth with a subtle creaminess along with a bit of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Probably the best example of a Red Ale I've tasted.
10-29-2012 16:59:27 | More by beerdrifter
4.43/5 rDev +19.7%
Great hoppy amber ale; almost an IPA. Poured with a large cream colored foamy frothy head that lasts and lots of lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy medium. Aroma is hop malt a bit of earth. Flavor is like aroma and the hops are not too fruity which the way I prefer it. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is very good with a tapering malty sweet hop end. Session beer.
05-21-2010 00:45:15 | More by drpimento
4.4/5 rDev +18.9%
Damn good beer. Hoppy for an amber ale. It's red/brown and murky. I poured into a snifter. Good tan head, good lacing. Nose almost stings from hops, also caramel malts pop through. It drinks really smoothly. It's almost like a double ipa, but not quite as hoppy. The malts are definitely there and quite delicious. As an experiment, serve this beer to some Fat-Tire junkie and see what happens. I'd wager they would prefer this, unless they really didn't like hops.
11-29-2011 23:11:44 | More by Whadawookie
4.4/5 rDev +18.9%
As a cyclist, I cannot adequately stress how much I hate fixies. Riding one makes as much sense as driving a crankpowered car. But, hey, the bottle art is actually pretty cool, and I can't blame a brewery for hopping onto a trend.
Pours great. Deep, dark, fingernail polish red with an offpink head that laces greatly.
Smells like a nice, hoppy red. Rusty malt, sharp and lightly metallic, serves as a backdrop for a dry and fruity profile of west coast hops.
Tastes maybe a little breadier than what I'm used in the style, the yeast and the malt's backend are like an IPA, but the sharpness of the red malt is still nicely pronounced and the overall effect is really neat and nice.
This is the first "Wow!" beer I've had from Lakefront. There's a lot going on for the low ABV, it's unique, and there are absolutely no off nodes.
06-20-2010 06:13:48 | More by mynie
4.38/5 rDev +18.4%
Poured from the bottle into my Lakefront Shaker Glass (from the tour last year). Purchased at Woodman's in Kenosha because it was not available at my local Binny's.
Always look forward to seeing what the latest Wisconsin beer that they have that I can't get down here and was thrilled to see this.
Pours a dark amber color with little head. Bold aromas of pine and floral lead to a crisp and bold hop bitterness that lasts throughout the tasting.
The thing I don't like about some ales is the aftertaste, but this one is very satisfying and clean.
I would recommend it to the American Pale Ale drinker because I really don't think it fits into the category it is in.
Thanks again for keeping on your toes, Lakefront.
01-17-2012 01:52:33 | More by chetripley
4.33/5 rDev +17%
Found this hiding at my local shop. never heard of this brewery before.
A-cloudy and hazy deep copper with about two fingers white head.
S- spicy hops are front and center with nice malt backbone noted
T- wow this is a smooth red ale. clean hops and malt balanced nicely on this brew.
M- nice coat to the roof of the mouth with easy drinkabilty.
O- very impressed with this beer. want to find and try more beers from this brewery. cheers
12-05-2011 20:30:16 | More by dankster
4.3/5 rDev +16.2%
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.
06-11-2012 23:25:38 | More by BeerFMAndy
Fixed Gear from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.