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Fixed Gear | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerFMAndy on 02-24-2010

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Reviews: 165 | Ratings: 896
Photo of ummswimmin
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this tonight with an antipasto platter. This beer blended well against the hot pepper, prosciutto, and roasted peppers. I figured that a nice red would pair with Italian.

This is a pretty good example of a red. There is the typical malt. A little difference is in the hoppiness. It isn't super hoppy, but the red and hops are a different mix from most reds.

The balance of flavors is pretty good. I like the smell coming off this beer. There was a pretty good amount of head with this beer.

I reccommend checking this beer out. It was pretty original.

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Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, strong hops, slight citrus, caramel malt, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of yeast, slight pine, and hops. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of Act25
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the name, the taste, the pour.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy, beautifully, rich, dark mahogany-hued body with a frothy, amber-beige head, that remains a fixed gear spiral of foam layer and leaves toothy lacing all the way down.

Smell: Toasted grainy bread and malt up front, with some caramel, and then mostly hops - flowers, citrus, and spicy herbs. But subtle, not an IPA nose. The aroma needs time to warm, swirl it, to come around to fullness.

Taste: Follows the nose, but packs lots of flavor. Upfront sweet malts, caramel and toast trending into software hop elements of flowers, grasses, and fresh-cut citrus. Not much bitteness. Finishes tea-like, tannic, smooth, slight spicy bitter in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body and carbonation. Modestly chewy. I like the weight.

Overall: I love the style and I think this is one of my new favorites in this red ale style. More weighty than any others I have tried? Can others recommend more like this?

I came back for a couple more turns at this fixed gear and really liked it, found it fresh and consistent. First rate Amber Ale. Great body.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Lakefront Brewery (Milwaukee, WI) on 8/8/10. Served in a clear plastic cup.

Pours a deep hazy amber, with heady of off-white fizzy foam. Just like the other two beers that I just had, this retains and laces with the same thin and fizzy look (OK maybe a little richer looking). The aroma is freshly floral and tangy in the nose, with a mix of roast, caramel, and earthy citric character. Just a touch of spice and pine work their way in here as well.

There's a lot of dark burnt and grainy malt character going on here in the taste, tempered somewhat by the sweetness of caramel and citric fruit. A nice hoppy bite is present in this, layering bitter notes of spice, citrus rind, and some light pine in the mouth, which lingers fairly strongly in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium, sharp & prickly, and overall pretty darn easy feeling in the mouth for 6-7% beer.

Beyond the hoppy harshness of the finish, this was pretty darn good and was definitely the tops of the Lakefront beers that I tried on this day. This is surprisingly dark feeling for an Amber Ale but I didn't mind one bit. This is worth a look (at least on draft).

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I love this mason jar. Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly hazy russet-amber topped by a small layer of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises bright grapefruit zest, orange zest, and buttery caramel throughout the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger rind component from the fruits, a less buttery caramel backbone, and a stiff bit of pine resin. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry and slightly sticky finish. Overall, a very nice, if not all that visually attractive, hoppy red, one of the best I've had in a while.

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Photo of Strix
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/2012.

Pours a murky copper with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of TheSeeker61
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It's a nice reddish orange with a quarter inch head that hangs around. Nice lacing also. Malts are in the forefront of the nose. Has a candy malt smell actually. I like the fact that hops are intertwined with the malts in it's taste. The malts definitely hit the tongue first but with a sudden instance the hops reveal themselves. The mouthfeel is moderate. Will visit this again as I like hops and in my opinon this is a hoppy red ale, not overdone with hops but nicely done.

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Photo of chefelf
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not my favorite style of beer but I enjoyed this one quite a bit. It has a bitter flavor and a taste of citrus (most notably grapefruit). I am always tasting grapefruit in bitter beers though so that may just be a wiring fault on my part.

This was not the beer in the four pack I was looking forward to the most but I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine living in Milwaukee suggested this beer b/c I was looking for good red/ambers. Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours amber with a white 1 finger head. Does not retain well, but does have minor lacing where the head stuck around.

S: Earthy, citrus, hops, and come sweet caramel.

T: Earthy tones are hops, fruit (citrus), pine. The citrus and bitter hops make this a legit amber ale. Caramel malts give this a nice balanced taste.

M: Good mouth coating. Had that "wet" feeling all the way through. Good aftertaste and bitterness not overboard.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a gorgeously coloured red-amber hue with a frothy, but not particularly persistent head of off-white. Lacing is decent and rather solid. Body is full and firm. Looks very nice indeed.

Nose is warm and full-bodied, with a relatively sweet malty tone cut through with a pleasant bite of citrussy hops. Hint of copper as well. From the depth in the sweetness to the classic hoppy characters, it appears canonically American.

Taste is smooth but relatively light. Grainy entry, spiked with a little lilting lemon hop character, before a faintly sweet, slightly carbonic mid-palate. Finish is dry, with a slight metallic twang and a hint of earthy yeast. Feel is smooth and pleasant, but the lightness is a little disappointing.

A decent brew with a good amount going for it. Drinkable, and stylistically pretty good. Certainly good enough to make me keep my eyes open for other Lakefront beers.

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Photo of iDrinknewglarus
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A mix of red, orange, and brown and hazy as hell. Slightly tan, IPA-like head that laces well.

S: Smells like fresh fruit: cantaloupe and honeydew mainly. Also some citrusy hops. Slightly sweet. As it warms, it smells like raisin bread.

T: I taste grapefruit and floral components from the hops. Bready. Toasted malts. Not a whole lot of lingering flavors, finishes clean with just a touch of bitterness clinging to the roof of your mouth. This beer tastes "wet" if that makes any sense.

M: Medium light; leaning towards light. Soft, unintrusive carbonation. A little thinner than what I would have expected, but it aids to make this a very drinkable and refreshing brew.

I like this, it's a mix between a red and an american IPA, although not nearly as hoppy and bitter. This would make for an excellent session beer. It's pretty light and refreshing and goes down smooth, but packs full flavor. On a hot day like today, I with I had another few bottles to enjoy.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap while out for some wings. Arrived in standard pint glass.

A) Nice looking red with good clarity. There was a full finger of slightly off white head. Good retention, eventually settling to a creamy looking dusting. All kinds of lacing.

S) Slightly sweet, with some roasted malt, caramel. A bit floral and a little grassy

T) This has some light sweetness, toasty with a little caramel. Really nice hop presence, but not overly bitter. Just a little fruit and some grass.

M) Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Crisp, a bit of a lip smacker. I wouldn't call it smooth, but it goes down well, and refreshes. Slightly dry finish. Aftertaste is fine.

O) Really one of the better reds I've had recently. I'd definitely drink this again. Glad to recommend...

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sierra Nevada becker. What a beautiful pour! Could have made the cover of BA. Deep red, slightly opaque with a great big 2 or 3 finger head. Left lots of lacing When I finished the glass there was lacing almost top to bottom.

The smell is bready, a little spicy with a nice citrus hop aroma as well. The taste is pretty sweet, but not too sweet by any means. The malts come across a little stronger than the hops. The sip starts with caramel and brown sugar and ends a little spicy and hoppy. Quite nice overall flavor.

The mouth feel is a notch or two heavier than I expected, or a notch a two above medium for the genre. Carbonation is just about perfect.

A really nice beer. Well balanced and should appeal to a lot of beer drinkers. I'll be getting another very soon!

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +6.4%
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 +6.4%
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 +6.4%
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 +6.4%
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.

VERY GOOD, WORTH TRYING!

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Photo of Ego
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

18 inches of snow on the ground... might as well take in some libations...

eyes...
this bottle talks alot of smack, when Stone says stuff they usually back it up... lakefront ? er... let's find out.
the head is anxious to get out of the bottle as this one rises up to three fingers in a blink, lacing leaves evidence all along the sides, cloudy ruby hue with carbonation present. this is a very nice looking amber.

nose...
very raisin-y, which surprised me, smells "darker" than most reds but has the tell tale red symptoms, malty goodness, all sorts of fruit notes, really interesting.

taste etc...
drinks pretty smooth, the hops are in line, not too aggressive but leaving just the right amount of bitterness on the aftertaste, the malts would be too sweet if the bitterness wasn't on this level, this drinks like a thicker red, not quite syrupy... nothing is outstanding on an individual level except the balance, which is of course a compliment.

verdict?
good beer. balanced. worth checking out.

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Photo of vs283204
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
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 PhillyStyle
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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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Fixed Gear from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.