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IBA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

214 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 01-06-2011)
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Ratings: 214 | Reviews: 87 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by rembrant:
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rembrant

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Near Black but a bit of light gets through. Slight tan head.
Aroma is a bit roasty for a black IPA....a hint of coffee with some hoppy.
Taste is rich and fuller than the usual Black IPA, a bit more tilted to the Malt side,almost reminding me of a cold Storm King The hops are snappy but what's interesting is a rather full flavor and ody,malts, bready,substantial,a bit roasty and a little chocolate. That said, the flavor is hard to pin down.

Mouth seems rich for a Black IPA and yet it's not thick, the dark malts just make it seem to have more robust.

Drinkable, crisp the hops brighten it but the flavor are a little muddied giving a sense that this was close to being a top tier beer but just missed

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 04:35:46 | More by rembrant
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Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A winter seasonal, I believe, but appears to be drinking fine here in late June. BA has abv at 6.5% and on website it is listed at 6.7%. Whatever, it is holding up fine.
The aroma is a nice mix of nearly roasted malt and an pleasing earthy hop. Good mix.
Big full tan head caps a dark body with garnet highlights.
Again with a nice mix of hops and malts. Again, I think the hops are earthy (seem more English in style). The website states Zeus provides a piney quality and there may be a hint of that, but that's not what I'm responding to. Just enough malt to push to roast but it doesn't dominate and doesn't dry this out. Really nice blending.
Nice full feel for size of beer and carbonated a little high but it works well.
I like version of style

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 21:24:01 | More by garymuchow
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Australia

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

06-27-2014 10:47:01 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-23-2014 18:16:00 | More by green_plastic
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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-24-2014 20:15:19 | More by robear
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Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-13-2014 01:30:49 | More by Danmullens1
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Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-09-2014 22:53:23 | More by Beer4Mike
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Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Beerlover

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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hail_seitan

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass

A - A inky body with a thick and foamy caramel-colored head. When held up to a light, the body had a mahogany hue.

S - Fresh-cut grass, grapefruit, and strong pine resin odors. Just a hint of smoke.

T - Grapefruit and tobacco are the predominant flavors to hit the tongue first. Then comes the malt, which has a burnt-toast sort of taste and isn't overtly roasty. The finish is dry and immensely piney, with a bitter and astringent aftertaste.

M - A notable creaminess from the carbonation when you sip it. However, despite this, the body seems a bit thin for the style.

O - Not a bad take on the black IPA style, but certainly not the best. The hop character is definitely old-school pine and grapefruit, which isn't a bad thing and is actually kind of refreshing these days. However, the body isn't robust enough to give balance to the hops. While certainly worth a go, IBA is noticeably inferior to Lakefront's wonderful IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 22:38:23 | More by hail_seitan
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-10-2014 20:49:44 | More by SkinniePost
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SourAddict

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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Act25

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My favorite Lakefront to date. Very original, very tasty, one of the best in this rising popular style?

A: Black enough for me, shades of walnut when tipped. Smallish short lived head with tons of lacing. Sticky.
S: Aroma is the weakest point in my pour. Char, mint, wood, and some citrus. Like the smoky.
T: Continues with the smell but ample: Agree on it's a dark bread malt, layered with mint leaves, smoked meats, and orange rind. A masculine flavor and something minerally, mysterious and good in the mid-palate and the finish. Lovely, long lingering hop finish. Totally original.
MF: Balanced mid-weight, lots of carb tingle.

Overall: Could be a bit bigger, but it's a beer i want to turn my friends and local brewer (CARTON) on to. Good sign. Must try.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 00:21:51 | More by Act25
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dannycohen62

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-08-2014 23:32:33 | More by dannycohen62
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ralerwen

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-06-2014 16:38:53 | More by ralerwen
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful blackish pour into a tulip glass. Two fingers of off-white head leaves copious lacing.

Starts out big, though peters out in the finish. Smooth, a bit sweet, roasted grain fills the mouth. The soft hops from the aroma appear politely in the middle. The flavor kind of disappears on the backend, though not in a terrible way.

Quite good. An excellent everyday brew. Priced just right at $9/6-pack (way overpriced at $5 for the bomber). Too bad it's not available year-round, as it would be a welcome hit of sweet roastiness in summer, while still refreshing with its lighter body and crisp carbonation. Another very good Wisconsin black ale. Nearly as good as New Glarus Black Top and Radio Free IBA (Lake Louie), but those two are a cut above this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 00:49:44 | More by martyl1000
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into nonic pint. Bottled on 12/24/13

A - Black but not opaque; great clarity. Tight, two-fingered cap of tan head holds strong. Sticky lacing all the way down.

S - Bright balance of pine and citrus American hops. Munich-like caramel malt gives beer unique dimension.

T - Juicy citrus hops from front to back. A small bit of caramel malt shows up just past midway down. The bitterness is consistent throughout its entirety. Finishes with some lasting pleasant hop flavor.

M - Medium body, medium-light carbonation, dry.

O - The first pour was absent of all yeast and therefor seemed to lack a backend bitterness of a traditional IPA but after pouring the slurry, the yeast added some bite helping it perceive to be more bitter. Body seemed to be a little on the light side. Superior aroma and taste.

Recommendation - An excellent, easy to find IBA in either 12 or 22oz options.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 02:30:26 | More by Jparker37
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IBA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.