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Fixed Gear - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 159
Hads: 858
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 29.71%
Wants: 26
Gots: 135 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 02-24-2010

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Reviews: 159 | Hads: 858
Photo of crossovert
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. It was 4.99 and came with a free pint glass so I said what the heck and bought it.

Pours a murky brown with a 1 inch off-white head.

The smell is surprisingly hoppy. There is some nice grassy pine and citrus in here, nothing over the top just a nice clean hoppiness.

The flavor is your average red ale/pale ale fare. It is hoppier than expected though, that was a nice touch.

Overall it is a decent beer but not worthy of a bombee of this price point.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy amber ales are some of my favorite beers, so I am excited to drink this one! It's chilled slightly and served in a pint glass.

It's a very clear red/amber colored beer with lots of rising carbonation. The head is tannish with a touch of pink. It was about a finger thick at first, but it has settled some as I've typed. Lacing is sporadic.

The beer has a nice hop aroma. It's isn't overly hoppy (you would never mistake this beer for a red IPA), but does have some nice citrus smells. There is also some fruity sweetness that reminds me a little bit of fruit juice.

The flavor of this beer is more like a red ale than a hoppy ale, at least at first. I taste a good portion of malts that have a mild sweetness. But soon, the hops kick in. They are spicy, citrusy and linger on well after I've swallowed.

The beer has a medium body and isn't bogged down by hop oils. It feels a touch watery, probably because there isn't much coating. It does leave a slight tingle on my tongue (so maybe it has more oils than I realized).

I like this beer. There are other hoppy reds and amber I like more, but if I saw this on tap somewhere, I would order a pint.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium/dark clear cranberry red with a short white head.

Nose is not real asserive. Light esters of stone fruit; pleasant.

Mouthfeel is thin but good. Well balanced; nice carbonation and inviting.

Flavors are assertive. A short fruity front palate that quickly hits you with big grapefruit skin/pine bitter that is bright and bold. Flavors are meaty and rich.

Big rich roasted grain undertones that leads into a bitter roasted finish.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-11-16 in New Berlin, WI.

A - Hazy amber-brown with a 2-finger tan head and good lacing.

S - Medium-roasted malt, mild citrus, pine and mild spice.

T - Much like the smell. Roasted malt, caramel, pine, earthy spice, citrus sweetness and bitterness. Dries fairly well with lingering roasted and citrus bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Smooth. Not bubbly.

O - Good flavor. Not in the same league as Troegs Nugget Nectar but a nice red.

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Photo of Suds
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An amber reddish brew with a soapy white head...some floaties and haze, along with penty of carbonation. The aroma is a little hoppy, with some fresh pine and citrus qualities. A bit of malt comes out in the flavor, which is balanced but just a bit on the sweet side. It's really an average beer: it offers nothing spectacular, but also nothing objectionable. Drinkable and solid. I enjoyed it, but wasn't wowed.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dirty red-orange amber brew with a beige head. Looks chewy through all of the murk. Not a bad look for what I hope to be a pronouncingly hoppy red ale.

Earthy and citrusy hops co-mingle and evaporate into the nose above sweltering toasted malts. Despite the mere gentle roast, there is an attractive aroma of char in the beer. Top soil minerality ebbs and flows, but the balance created here is precise.

Sharp beginning with spicy earthy hops and notes of grapefruit pith and orange rind. Very dank, but semi-dry. Toasty roast gets a lot of attention as it passes across the palate like bitter grit. Flowery tea infusion notes are interesting, but somewhat harsh in position. There's a clunky alcohol presence that kind be tasted. Finishes with spicy bitterness and a second burst of carbonation. This beer is quite airy and of the crushing kind. The body travels at a medium speed, but features all kinds of texture. Drinkability is about a C+ to a B-. Fixed Gear is not a red ale I'd scoff at, nor one that I would recommend.

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Photo of CreamCity
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

S- Hoppy, floral, caramel

A- Hazy, amber with slight red/orange tint, thick head with generous lacing, dissipates to thin cream dusting

T- Sweet, hoppy, floral, slight bready taste

M- Slightly bitter on back of tongue, but very wet throughout, dry finish

O- Not my favorite style but very drinkable

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Photo of ebrauser
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 to a pint glass.

Appearance: Mahogany red with a thick beige head
Smell: Fresh wet hop aroma abounds while red malts provide a great smelling basis.
Flavor: Very hoppy and bittersweet, without the complexity provided by floral hop flavors. Malt provides a subtle, pale sweetness that is not quite strong enough to support the aggressiveness of the hops.
Mouthfeel: Thin and easy to down, though I don't consider it drinkable due to the levels of bitterness.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into standard pint.

A- Pours a dark amber red that resembles a blood red. A good two finger's worth of head that leaves a nice cap and some good lacing as well.

S- A very hoppy red if I do say so myself. Lots of hops with a very limited malt profile. Some grassy notes and the smallest amount of yeast.

T- Like the nose, a bunch of hops, an even amount of citrus and pine. The malt becomes more present in the taste. Reminds me of a mellow Furious.

M- Medium bodied with fair carbonation. A slight amount of bitterness from the hops but nothing else really.

D- A good drinker with enough hops to satisfy many palates. A good all around beer that is another good offering from Lakefront.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

100th review for this beer. 12oz bottle, pours a hazy brownish-red with frothy beige head that holds decent retention & leaves some spotty lacing. Aromas are caramely, malty, citric, bready, fresh-like hop. Tastes are a heavy dose of bready, caramel malt balanced with fresh citric hop and some pine that lingers on the finish. Thinner body with ample carbonation. Overall, a nice version of an American red ale, nothing spectacular, but it is a good representation of the style.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - nice brownish red with a nice one finger white head. Leaves a nice lacing as it goes down the glass. Looks like you would expect a red to.

S - smell is sweet and surprisingly hoppy. Notes of pineapple really shine while there are also hints of Clementines. Reminds me more of an APA than a red ale. Really nice and fragrant nose on this one.

T - Taste is initially sweet and follows the nose but on the taste clementines dominate but it isn't as sweet as I thought. There is a slight hoppy bitterness that come through. The finish is mostly piney hops that leaves a slight twinge on the tongue. Interesting that they call this a red since reminds me of an APA overall. It is good but a bit one-dimensional

MF - Overall the mouthfeel was a bit thin for the rest of the beer. I would like to see this be a bit thicker with more stickiness to it. This is the part of the beer that prevents this beer from being really outstanding.

O - overall a solid beer that would be easy to knock back. This is good but not too complex. The nose and look are by far the best part of the beer. The taste is good and the MF is a bit disappointing and really prevents this from being a great beer.

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Photo of nataku00
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a murky, hazy rust orange color with a finger of off white head consisting of a mix of bubbles and tight foam. Head dissipates after a few minutes leaving a little lacing to a thin collar and a small patch of bubbles on the surface. Plenty of tiny bubbles floating up from the bottom.

Nose is pretty typical amber, light floral hops with a substantial caramel, toasted grain and bread malt backbone. Pretty well balanced though.

Taste follows the nose, a good amount of floral hop bitterness, before the malt takes over the tongue, toasted grain and bread with only some slight caramel malt sweetness. Finish is medium, and has a bit of fruity and floral flavor with lingering toasted bread flavor.

Light to medium body with a good amount of fine carbonation. Easy to drink and pretty solid amber ale.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid 2 bucks for this single from Halftime beverage. Into my imperial pint glass.

A - A very dark hazy chestnut brown, one of the darkest red ales I ever seen, atop is a 1/2 inch of tarnish colored head.
S - Well it's not just sweet malts their is some hop presence in there but it smells rather strange like a touch of sour cherry. Hope it taste good.
T - I want to lean toward the flavor I am tasting is "woody" with a bit of spruce tips, bittering hops, and some tea leaves. A rather kind of disgusting taste as a while.
M - Medium bodied, kind of chewy, very herbal

Overall I am not too disappointed since Lakefront really does make rather mediocre beers with the exception of the Winter lager. I am puzzled on how high the reviews are considering this beer is borderline terrible but it is somewhat drinkable.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy, bubbling, dull copper. Very fine tan head has modest retention. Smells a little of resin, a little of caramel. Slightly estery as well. More hoppy on the taste, being piney, and herbal to spicy, especially on the back end. Reminds me of a winter-time treat. At the start a little tart and caramel, then raisins, then bread and black pepper. A little off-kilter. I can't say that it favors any one taste sensation, but neither does it meld them together as well as it could, with others of the style in mind. Still an enjoyable, drinkable beer. Medium bodied beer with medium carbonation, a little sticky, but not thick. Mild astringency.

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Photo of Efay
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served into a teku glass;

A- Dark blood orange color, with hues of light red. Head retention of about 1 finger worth of white foam. Moderate amounts of lacing.

S- A nice mix of floral notes, as well as some strong piney hops.

T- Starts with some pine, but not too bitter. Theres some grapefruit and earthy orange in there as well.

M- Extremely light, but is creamy, which sticks to your mouth. Moderate carbonation.

O- It's a decent beer. Nothing extraordinary though. Not complex whatsoever and you can't really taste the malt base.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fixed Gear pours an amber color with a small head. There is a floral and harsh malty aroma. The taste has a nice mellow hop flavor with a harsher malty backbone. Nice full flavors, but the beer does go down a bit harsh. Overall its a nice hoppeir red ale.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had Fixed Gear in a nonic pint glass.

Appearance- The beer is more a copper than an amber. The pour looked much lighter, was not expecting it to be so hazy in the glass. The foam manages to cover the lid completely and even leaves a little lacing. The dirty white stuff is not that impressive though.

Smell- Fixed Gear has some caramel-sugar sweetness and a surprising hop presence! They are not strong flavor hops, no bountiful fruitiness for example. There is the impression of resinous hop oil that would make me swoon in larger amounts.

Taste- The beer is not delivering here like it was on the nose. Although, I get a better impression of the hop profile! There is a little more orange citrus and a bit of musty, almost onion-like flavor hops. The bittering hops show up near the back of the throat and add a resinous feel to the beer.

What I really miss is that dash of sweet that made itself known on the nose. In truth, I think the malts need to be more forward on the palate. They are mostly absent in this bottle.

Mouth feel- The feel is above average: slightly bubbly, slightly smooth, but not really either. The body feels a little flat in the mouth too, a little watery for my tastes.

Overall- In truth, I have had some attempts at IPA's that weren't as good as Lakefront's amber ale. So, I guess if you want to give a hoppy amber ale a try, then this beer would be a good choice. And really, the hop profile in this amber is not bad! Don't try to look too hard for the biscuit-like malts in this beer. They won't be there.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy deep red, nice head to start, but quickly faded. Fruit, apples and prunes, particularly middle to end. While there's plenty of carbonation, the mouthfeel is surprisingly soft. Medium body. Hops in the finish and some bitterness, but all is quickly gone.

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Photo of Kendo
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says it was bottled during the 2nd week in July. Consumed on 10-2-12.

A: Poured into a pint glass. Hazy amber body with a big (2-finger) khaki-colored head that slips over the top of the pint glass. When backlit the body is more mahogany-colored. The big head retains well and leaves a good amount of lace.

S: Toffee & caramel malt and juicy hops. A touch of malt extract.

T: First impression is the heft, not the flavor: it seems a little thin and watery. That translates into a general tasting impression that there isn't enough malt here. I am getting some caramel malt and light brown sugar, but it's just not enough of a foundation. Hops seem minerally and metallic first, but become more juicy after my palate adjusts. I get a hint of orange peel and lemon at the finish, which provides a decent balanced overall flavor impression, leaning towards the hoppy side of the equation (which is what I like in my American Red Ales).

M: As noted above, it's a bit thin and watery in feel, with the overall heft being somewhere between light and medium. Carbonation is fine, creating a fairly creamy impression.

O: Decent. This grew on me by the time I got halfway down the glass. I paid $1.50 for a single bottle at Price Chopper, with some trepidation after my Fuel Cafe experience with Lakefront. I got a solid beer at that price; I wouldn't mind drinking this if I saw it on tap somewhere.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium hazed stron copper and amber color. Great head and foam retention and string bubbling. Even sluggish lacing after each sip.

Aroma is chock full of heavily oild citric hops and biscuits and bread crust toasted malt. Very hoppy for just an amber ale aroma.

Taste from start to finish is heavily ooiled hop resin in both taste and mouthfeel. Add to that caramel and biscuity toasted malts.

The mouthfeel is very pily and a little resiny. Bitter through and through. This is an amber ale for a hop head that made a lucky mistake.

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Photo of Beerlover
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes on 6/3/12

A:Hazy with a light reddish brown color.
S: very balanced, aromas of malts and hops intertwind.
T: More hoppy than malty but the hoppiness is sweet , with a subtle bitterness.
O.a: this is a good example of a red ale, very easy to drink and balalnced

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Photo of dbossman
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy reddish brown with a thin but steady head; lacing is good

S: A nice citrus, grapefruit, and subtle pine aroma up front but a fairly pleasant bready, biscuity malt base too

T: Hop forward but fairly nice bready base; citrus, grapefruit, with some tea leaves from the hops and sweet toasty breads from the malts; however all the flavors fade just a bit too quickly

F: Medium body that's just a touch thin on back end

O: A nice, hoppy red; it has bite but it has bready substance too; this is good stuff

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Photo of PauI
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

Fixed Gear is like, totally underground, man. You've probably never heard of a superior combination of hoppy pep with sweet malty goodness. It was a red ale before it was cool. It beats out a neat 6.8% in a Velvet amber mystique - kind of like chillin' out to the B - side of an LCD Soundsystem side-project remix vinyl.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pretty impressive for almost a macro, this is the best ive had from lakefront. this is everywhere but ive somehow missed it. a hoppy red ale that drinks a little heavier than most. hazy amber in color with an oatmeal colored head with excellent lace and retention. the nose here is hop forward, bitter, and rich from the grain. the alcohol content is also somewhat of a surprise, being as robust as it is for a release like this. maybe i had the wrong opinion about these guys. their pumpkin is clearly a poor judge of what they are capable of. nice richness of feel, as the hops provide most of the flavoring and the malt more of the structure. a little dryer than expected too, i like the low sugars on the finish and the lasting bitterness. woody almost, quite good really. fuller body a sixer might be too big of a dose honestly. relatively impressed, and will look forward to more lakefront stuff when it comes around. i wont wait so long next time.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a dark, opaque amber color with a large cap of off-white head. Excellent retention and lace...a good looking brew.

Nose is caramel and toasty malt with a resinous, leafy hop aroma that leans herbal.

Taste is dark, burnt caramel maltiness, almost to dark chocolate levels. The hops are almost all on the bittering side, floral and long-lasting. It tastes pretty old school - old world hops, more bittering than taste/aroma hops and an earthy and char-esque maltiness. Mouthfeel is good, rich and well carbonated. Sweetness is pretty low. I actually am enjoying this, It feels like a tasty throwback to the early days of microbrews in the late 90's/early 2000's.

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Fixed Gear from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.