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Fixed Gear - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
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689 Ratings
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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 14
Gots: 48 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

rolltide, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of tkepx182
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Redish/ Orange color, with a cloudiness to it. When Poured it had a think rich head.

S: It had Fruity notes that stand out.

T: The hops give the beer a bite on the tongue that adds texture to the beer and a flavoring that makes it stand out. I also noticed a little bit of a flowering notes in the beer

tkepx182, Aug 25, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

dunix, Oct 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Druss157, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of BB1313
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 9/25/13. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy dark copper; small off-white head that leaves nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are full of caramel malts. There are some hints of orange peel, but this is all malts. Flavors are loaded with caramel. Subtle hints of pine. Very subtle hints of grapefruit and orange. It's not too bitter. Definitely on the sweeter side. There's not much pop to this one. The mouthfeel is wonderful and definitely the stand out to me. It's extremely creamy and smooth; perfect amount of active carbonation; medium-bodied. Very smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a solid red ale, but nothing too exciting.

BB1313, Oct 31, 2013
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3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a conic pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Bottled last September. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger cream head. Semi-hazy walnut body with moderate clarity. Retention on the head is rather low, only about one minute. Some thin lacing is left when agitated. Decent looking beer.

S- Caramel maltiness, semi-dark fruits. Rich and dark for a red ale. Some earthy hops.

T- Metallic bitterness from the hops, some caramel malts. Rather undeveloped flavor, but not bad.

M- Creamy and surprisingly thick. Nice feel!

O- Not a great beer, but has a nice feel.

Murrhey, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of deanhead
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep garnet in color, Slight chill haze.
Initially poured a massive voluminous head but disapated qucikly leaving a spidery tan lace.

Taste was slightly spicy, with hints of butter.

Medium bodied with a light mouthfeel, yet a glimmer of clinginess.

Dry finish with a hint of sour white grapes aroma is spicy.

Overall this beer was okay. It wasn't underwhelming, but nothing really stuck out about it that would make me want to have another. Not bad, but not great either. Middle of the road.l

deanhead, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of swierczt
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. This is the first beer I have tried from Lakefront Brewery.

A - The offering pours mahogany red in color. About what you would expect for a "red ale". Slightly cloudy with a fair amount of puffy beige head.

S - Grapefruit, faint grass, sweet malts and a hint of pineapple are all apparent in the smell. Neither the smell of the hops or the malts is over the top. Based on the smell alone, it seems like this might be a well-balanced brew.

T - Much like the smell, the taste is a nice balance of grassy/citrusy hops and malts (caramel). The hops bitterness fades quickly and does not linger on the palate. There is nothing overwhelming about the taste, but never the less it is enjoyable.

M - Mouth feel was a bit light and watery. There was not a whole lot of carbonation going on in this brew either. I would personally like a bit more carbonation.

D - Overall, I would characterize Fixed Gear as drinkable. Again, there is not any one specific characteristic that sticks out in the beer. It is simply an easy drinking red ale. A nice change from some of the more extreme beers that are currently out there.

swierczt, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of mdwalsh
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 88 Sampler.

A: A large, tightly packed head sits on a reddish-orange body that is pretty, but not perfectly, clear. Just a tiny bit of active carbonation. Way too much head on this beer and it just won't go away.

S: Much hoppier than traditional American ambers, but on par with today. The bottle says 42IBUs, if I had to guess I would have gone higher. It's a sharp citrusy aroma, very much orange/grapefruit. I'd like a little more malt, this is bordering on Pale Ale.

T: The taste mostly follows through with the aroma, but I get an almost sulphuric or mettalix taste, similar to, but distinct from skunking. Still, there's next to no malt to this beer, and it really is out of whack.

M: Very nice mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation and body.

D: Not too filling or harsh, just out of balance and not appealing.

mdwalsh, Apr 05, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It looks like a great beer. If I were casting a movie, I would use this beer.

I might be expecting more from the hops in here from having had too many IPAs, but they're a bit too weak. It's still a nice hoppy flavor. I taste a sort of strange sweetness left in my mouth.

If you're trying to help someone learn to love hops, this is a good beer to suggest to them.

This is the Megan Fox of beers. Good to look at, might want to take to a party, lacks real substance, and has a weird thumb.

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/02/megan_fox_employs_thumb_double.html

timrosenblatt, Mar 10, 2011
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

MaxT, Jul 28, 2013
Fixed Gear from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.