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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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Reviews by wmtxbb:
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wmtxbb

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

03-15-2011 17:23:08 | More by wmtxbb
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

12-15-2011 13:24:17 | More by BeerAdvocate
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iemailjack

Florida

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-08-2013 03:47:44 | More by iemailjack
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westcott

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-24-2013 03:01:56 | More by westcott
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

09-10-2013 01:30:50 | More by Cynic-ale
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

06-22-2013 03:00:09 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

10-14-2012 23:14:00 | More by chinchill
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TimMack

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-02-2012 08:34:21 | More by TimMack
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-25-2013 23:05:53 | More by DerekQXQX
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

03-02-2014 02:33:02 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

04-01-2011 00:59:42 | More by GilGarp
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

01-29-2011 07:57:36 | More by cokes
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

06-05-2011 21:23:46 | More by Sammy
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Snow81

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

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

03-14-2011 12:24:52 | More by Snow81
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -10.2%

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!

05-28-2012 02:17:09 | More by WoodBrew
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

04-13-2011 01:37:18 | More by tempest
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MichaelEllis

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

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.
Cheers!

05-29-2011 01:44:31 | More by MichaelEllis
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bdub32689

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

10-30-2012 14:42:55 | More by bdub32689
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eliz108

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +30.2%

05-17-2013 15:16:57 | More by eliz108
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mjstacker

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-08-2013 23:26:01 | More by mjstacker
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

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

11-18-2012 01:27:46 | More by joemcgrath27
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zonker17

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-15-2013 22:11:11 | More by zonker17
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

06-14-2011 20:27:40 | More by PhillyStyle
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

09-11-2012 01:36:45 | More by Kunstman
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jdkitchi

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-27-2013 12:35:29 | More by jdkitchi
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IBA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.