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IBA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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212 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | 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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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 22:33:26 | More by TSJ4000
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4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown almost black with a light tan head that sticks around for a while

S-slightly choppy and slightly roasted malt

T-nice mix of roasted malt and hopiness. Almost a coffee choppy beer. I really like it.

m- medium body and smooth with a nice bitter aftertaste

o- would make a great morning beer. I am going to buy a six pack. Wonderful

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 00:53:34 | More by brew3crew
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 17:23:08 | More by wmtxbb
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4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 00:59:42 | More by GilGarp
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4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 18:56:09 | More by pBRale
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4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/05/13:

Pours very dark brown to black with a tan, lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus, pine, chocolate and hint of anise.

The taste is of citrus, pine, sweet chocolate, anise and a touch of roasted coffee in the finish. Hoppy and dark malty.

It is full-bodied and very smooth. Carbonation level is just right to help with a creamy texture.

Complex, rich and delicious! I've found that sometimes there's a clash between hop bitterness and roast here - not with this one, though both are present. Great choice of hops and malts here! Very well-done! Great example of the style!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 22:32:48 | More by jwc215
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4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a Bomber at Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee.

Really wish they sold this beer in 6 packs, I absolutely love their take on the IBA. This beer hit the spot, I will definitely be on the lookout for more of this beer. They are definitely one of the leaders of the pack in this style in my book.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 03:37:54 | More by BadgerBeer
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4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 14:26:59 | More by BeerFMAndy
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4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Hoping this will keep up the streak of Lakefront's 22oz bottles being far better than their core lineup (minus the IPA and Fixed Gear, which they just [deservedly] started putting in sixers). Pours a nice deep brown color with two fingers of off-white head. Aroma is full of citrus hops, with a bit of roasted malts in the back. The taste is very good, it's got a very strong hop presence that separates this from the "hoppy porters" of the world, with some highly roasted malts and coffee providing a bitter supporting role. The mouthfeel is very IPA-like, with just a bit more body than the average one would have, and the drinkability is very good. Another great one from Lakefront. If they keep putting out great new beers, they are going to go places in the craft world.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 02:55:41 | More by shand
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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a HUGE, dense, stiff head that laces like it's going out of style. Big, bright, assertive aromas of grapefruit and citrus hops. Black. Surprisingly, the deep, toasted malt starts the show as the hop bitterness ramps up and takes over, bringing in notes of pine. Peaks at a medium-high bitterness (god do I love Wisconsin IPA's! All the hop, none of the bitterness!) as the hops become somewhat citrus-like. The finish is a nice lingering of toasted malt and pine hops (maybe a touch of citrus still in there).

Man, this is a great brew. My favorite Black IPA to date. Smooth, hoppy, bursting with flavor, but not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 03:34:34 | More by TheSSG
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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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4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - a nice black color with a big lasting head.

S - picking up a slight grapefruit aroma, kinda piney mixed with the smell of roasted malts

T - hints of coffee and roasted malts up front and finishing with a hop kick, bitter to the end.

M - not as heavy as the appearance will have you believe but with a slight viscous carrying everything down.

O - Tasty IPA with a roasty twist, high drinkability due to the balanced sweet malts and bittering hops. recommended. B+

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 02:37:09 | More by DurianMonster
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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