IBA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 01-06-2011

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Reviews by sirdrinkwell:
Photo of sirdrinkwell
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured into pint glass, this brew is a deep and rich looking mahogany/coffee color with a healthy amount of butter hued head. After fading it left quite a bit of lacing around the glass.

S-The nose is a malted hop combo as to be expected, with a toffee citrus feel. Somewhat muted, but pleasant.

T-The aroma is a good indicator of what is to follow, as this drinks as a pleasant mashup of mild malted toffee and muted citrus hops. A slight bit of peppery middle as the two main characters meet.

M-Light-leaning medium body, decent balance.

O-Very drinkable and refreshing. For the style, I take it almost as a Lite beer in as nice a way as possible.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Perhaps the fastest-growing beer style to date, the American Black Ale. Lakefront did not play around—black as black, with a killer lacing. Slight roast in the nose with a thick blanket of soft hop resin and faint ripe fruit. Minty and tobacco aroma. Moderate-sized body, more than enough smoothness to go around. Smacks of hops, but with a smat- tering of roasted grain and ripe fruit, this beer is more complex than just darkness and hops. The hops do, however, provide a pretty intense trail for the taste buds to follow. Minty hop finish with some lingering roastiness. The brewer definitely has a firm grasp on this style.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Poured bomber into 34oz mug. Jet black in the mug, showing dark brown in light. Thick, tight fluffy white head that isn't huge but is really beautiful. Smells of lighter roasted malts and piney hops. Taste is big on roasted malts, sweet caramel and bittersweet chocolate, with hops coming in towards the end for a bitter and dryer than expected finish, but it's still wet and a bit sticky at the end. A great black ale, although I'd like it hoppier. Mouthfeel is amazing though, creamy perfection.

Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Sam Adams lager glass. Label provides simple indicators for brewed on date, but no marking is found.

Pours near near black in color; clear with ruby-orange highlights under light. Durable tan foam leaves exceptional lacing.

M: Very smooth, medium body.

S&T: Result is exactly as planned, or as I would hope: This is a well-crafted IPA with a carefully calibrated addition of dark roasted malts. Plenty of hoppiness remains, especially in the aroma, as well a good dose of dark roasted malts. Particularly fine and long-lasting finish and aftertaste, as the malts and hops mingle together in a very well proportioned mix.

O: one of the best black IPAs I've had. Highly recommended.

Photo of wmtxbb
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: thick sticky head on top of a coal black brew.

Smell: Chewy dark malts that mesh with pine hops, ends with a clean cream scent.

Taste: Medium, to low body. Hits upfront with a wave of pine/spicy hops; follows with a burnt malt character, bitterness, an interesting popcorn flavor, and ends dry with a lingering spicy character from the hops.

Drinkability: 50 IBUs, a medium body, and tons of hops make this brew a great way to end the night.

Photo of GilGarp
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber (part of the '88' four pack) served cold into a goblet.

IBA is porter-like dark brown color on the pour but looks black in the glass. The head is thick and slow to settle leaving a nice sheet of lace.

The aroma is evident from a distance and has a wonderfully fresh hoppy quality to it. Lots of great floral and citrus hops, it's very much like opening a bag of pellets while brewing at home.

Flavor is also impressive. Sweet stout up front leads to hoppy bitter IPA in the middle. A little smokey on the finish which is interesting. Great balance of flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Very balanced, like I said.

Another impressive beer from Lakefront. In fact, this is one of the few black IPAs to successfully marry the elements of a good porter and a good IPA together. Well done.

Photo of cokes
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, translucent mahogany brown with a thick rise of khaki suds that only slowly recedes, leaving the glass dirtied with lace.
Woody and resinous pine aromas, with bitter herbal and floral flourishes. Malt adds burnt toast, and cocoa powder, which materializes further towards dark chocolate as the beer warms.
Malt lays down chocolate and roast as it hits the tongue. Backed with roasted nuts, and small, sweet nuances of caramel and vanilla. The hops carry it home from here. Curiously, pine, so large in the nose, is only a role player here(though progressively builds as it warms). Lime peel and dried flowers stand up taller in the mouth. Overall, hop flavor seems a bit muted, but the bitterness is relatively high.
The mouthfeel has an overall airiness, but gains enough traction in the mouth to give itself substance and definition. It's on the low side, alcohol-wise, of the style, and drinkability is, without a doubt, its strong suit. It's assertive in its flavor, but not aggressive. Hoppy, but balanced. Basically its a hopped-up brown ale even though that's not the trendy way to label it. Regardless, it's got some charm and it's damn drinkable. I'd like to see this in sixpacks, as it demands that sort of mass consumption.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spot on Black IPA good aroma, the ast, the hops. Cascadian. Above average mouthfeel. Black body with foamy bubly white had. Orange and hoppy an roast flavours. Citus, malty, chocolate. Bit burnt, bit acidic.Very kosher inspected beer.Thanks for sharing Ken.

Photo of Snow81
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark hazy Brown almost black

Smell: malty, sweet pine, and caramel

Head: Dark Tan, two finger, lace hangs on the sides of my glass

Taste: Bitter hop but the maltyness is sweet like earthy, bark or mossy

Weight: Medium to Heavy

Finish: Malty hops stick around for a bit

Photo of WoodBrew
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours brilliantly clear very dark brown with a mahogany glow when held to a light and a sticky, thick off-white head. The aroma is highly hoppy -- mainly citrus, pine, and floral. The flavor is much like the aroma, strong hop flavor--pine and citrus zest with solid hop bitterness. The malt presence is detectable, mainly bittersweet and very subtle roast, but certainly is second fiddle to the hops. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and the beer finishes with lingering nutty malt and citrusy/piny hop flavor, especially as it warms. The carbonation and body are both moderate. Overall a solid offering, could there be tweaks to make it incredible, like a tad more body, sure, but I won't complain!

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from Abe's for $4.50 and split it with a fellow hophead. Gotta say, while this is a fine example of the style, it doesn't stand out. I feel like I've had this beer before from other brewers. The beer is dominated by a dry, spicy cocoa malt and citrus hops mixture that's satisfying, but could be deeper. It comes in a big flavor hit instead of slowly developing from start to finish.

Photo of MichaelEllis
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is the first "Black IPA" I've tried. It is also the first beer I've had from Lakefront. It came from a 22 oz. bottle, bottled in January, 2011.
The ale had a very pleasant balance of malt and hops and I really enjoyed it, but it was nothing like and IPA. There was some nice hop aroma and flavor, but not to the degree that I normally expect from an IPA.
Still, a very nice beer that I would recommend.

Photo of HawbakerBrewery
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a black color with brownish-red tints when viewed against light. The head is a pale cream color with minimal retention. Delicate lacing left on the glass. Some hop-like aromas up front, but with a definite malty character. The flavor is a near perfect balance of malt and hops. The carbonation and body are ideal. Feels great going down. I've had much of the catalogue produced by Lakefront, but my first time trying this one. They do a great job with a lot of different recipes and didn't disappoint on this one. Reasonable price too, 6-pack for $7.99

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear and very dark brown, very tall mocha head retained extremely well, plenty of random lacing
S - piney and slightly boozy with some nuttiness
T - nutty malt is quickly matched by pine and pepper hop flavours, faint booziness
M - medium body and carbonation, good dose of hoppy heat and bitterness, drys through the finish
O - definitely please with this, the dominant flavors of piney hops and nutty malt are contrasting yet well balanced, props to andrenaline for sending this out

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 oz bottle; bottled 2nd week of February 2011; 50 ibu, 16P, 28L

Poured a black body with a nice tan, rocky head that was well retained and dissipated into a small cap that lasted throughout the beer. The beer gave off a nice pine hop aroma. The beer had a nice, more of a roasted malty taste than expected, but with citrus hops to note. Seemed pretty straight forward. The beer had a medium feel to it with a nice dry, somewhat bitter aftertaste. Overall, a very drinkable beer and one that I will probably buy again.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep chestnut brown pour comes off dense black in the glass. A foamy kahki colored head sits 2 fingers high with a sturdy rate of retention. Spotty light coverage on the lace.

S: Sweet citrus and grapefruit emit first from the nose. Not much signs of the roasted malt, with but a slight charred woodiness appearing on the close.

T: Hoppy citrus grind and grapefruit. Roasted malt, black licorice with a floral hoppiness on the close. Moderate level of hoppiness starting wet and fresh while finishing a dry.

M: Bubbly carbonation, roasted maltiness, dry floral hops with a bittersweet finish of citrus. Leaves a nice edgy graininess on the tongue upon the swallow. Light to medium base.

D: Solid by example, hoppy, fairly smooth.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with an off-white head.
Nose shows roasted malt, caramel and soft pine. The caramel note is lovely.
Similarly malty flavours in terms of more sweet caramel with a little roast later. Some spicy and piny hops but quite light on for and IBA.
Nice moderate carbonation and body.

Photo of emerge077
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled JAN11
Didn't realize the bottle was dated until after pouring it...

Into a small tulip, IBA billows with a sticky crop of tan foam that laces in sheets down the walls of the glass. From the bottle it pours a light brown, and in the glass it looks black. Oddly enough, when backlit it glows a transparent ruby with hazy micro-sediment.

Muted aroma, ghostly whiff of citrus rind and faint toasted malt. Though I expected more hop aroma, this bottle is potentially 4 months old, and the dry hopping may have already faded.

Stouty impression at first, dominant black roasted malt, with lingering herbal bitterness and citrus rind. The dark roastiness and citrus peel bitterness mesh well, finishing clean and dry. The hop bitterness lingers momentarily in the aftertaste, as do the roasty elements. Best at room temperature. The body is lighter, yet the stouty roast malts give it some heft. I'd really like to try a fresher bottle of this, as it has potential, though falls a bit short of the "genius" claimed on the label...

Photo of TSJ4000
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured the Lakefront IBA into a wine glass because that was all that was available to me at the time. The result was a new-found love. The manilla colored head poured perfectly and the glass allowed for a wonderful bouquet to emit from the glass. Lakefront's IBA is no hop bomb but a delicious balance of subtle hops and approachable black malt. At 6.5% it is still sessionable enough to consume on a hot hot day. At the same time it leaves a hoppy resin on the back of the palate. Will buy again. Cheers Lakefront.

Photo of BierFan
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Big light tan head and a dark brown, almost black, body. Decent head retention and good lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit from the hops and some sweet dark malts. A little roastiness comes through in the smell.

Taste: Roasty malt and hops. Simple flavors but it's tasty stuff. I could drink glass after glass of this all night long.

Photo of pBRale
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes 10-27-11
Poured into a warbled mug.

Appearance: Darkest of dark brown with deep amber highlights and a light cocoa head that settles fairly slowly and has a small bit of head retention that leaves a thick web of lacing.

Smell: Wonderful hops--grapefruit, massive floral notes, nice fruity esters, and a faint crystal malt backbone.

Taste: Lots of the aforementioned hop aromas come into the initial taste, along with a toasty malt backbone. Then, a robust coffee flavor comes in and lingers beautifully. The aftertaste is bitter and coffee-like.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-full body, with carbonation that is on the lower side of medium, with a smooth, bitter coffee finish.

Overall: A very solid beer. Wonderful balance of floral hops and coffee grounds. I didn't think those two flavors would be compatible, but Lakefront Brewery seems to have mastered it. A unique and Outstanding beer!

Photo of TheDTrain
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Pure Milwaukee Genius of Lakefront Brewery strikes again...A very pleasant Black IPA with great drinkability. This brew is a very nice balance of hops, citrus, earthy, and is lead by some outstanding roast dark malts. Unique and adventerous good brew from Lakefront!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial pint
6.5%, 50 IBUs, 16°P, 28°L

A - Though dark brown in color, IBA, when held up to the light, shows ruby mahogany colored highlights through it's clear body. Topped by a long-lasting whipped mocha foam, this lace-covered glass is as scrumptious as they come!

S - Sharp American hops blend big pine aromatics with roasted malt cocoa and chocolate notes for a fresh and appealing black IPA nose!

T - Sweet caramel and toasted bread maltiness offer notes of cocoa, a wonderful compliment to the hoppy citrus fruitiness and lingering pine flavor.

M - This medium-bodied dark beer doesn't drink like it's color suggests. Instead, it stars smooth but finishes with lingering hop bitterness.

O - Spice up your American IPA with a little dark malt for a pine-and-chocolate beer that finishes with just enough bitterness to add bite but not control all the other flavors.

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb Wk 2 on side of Bomber into pint glass
A – A very dark brown but not black color with a very creamy looking tan 1+ finger head that leaves nice lacing as it subsides 3.5
S – Primarily hoppy floral scents, there is something musty/wet dog smelling about this also, slight notes of toasted sweet malts and coffee 3.5
T – Very nice balance, but a brew that in this sample has mild hoppiness to call it an IPA style, a very interesting mingling of slightly sweet malts and hops on this beer but the idea is not completely sold. Orange citrus smoothly transitions a malt body with a bitter coffee notes finish. Mild earthy/musty funk is a distraction. 3.5
M – I enjoyed the mouth feel of this brew; the carbonation is spot on with a nice creamy medium body that I would classify as “light syrup” 4.5
O – Drinkability is very good, hops and malts balanced well and both in play nicely, the musty/earthy factor is not appealing to me. 3.5

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: not exactly sure what a black ipa is supposed to look, but this is sure black and attractive. Impressive fat head, that recedes after a few minutes leaving soap sud like lacing.
Smell: Bright, fruity and floral. Nice.
Taste: The start is much like the nose with a slightly bitter, in the right amount, finish. Nicely done.
Have to admit I was ready to jump on the oxymoron bandwagon. Didn't think I was gonna like this but I do I do.

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IBA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.