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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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clfrost

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -47.9%

10-23-2013 00:33:09 | More by clfrost
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Fitzmke

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

02-04-2012 00:56:38 | More by Fitzmke
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Tracker83

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

03-20-2013 02:35:50 | More by Tracker83
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iemailjack

Florida

3/5  rDev -21.9%

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

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.9%

09-29-2013 16:07:55 | More by smartassboiler
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Grebdioz

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.9%

12-27-2011 11:32:01 | More by Grebdioz
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moserine

Colorado

3/5  rDev -21.9%

12-18-2011 03:53:45 | More by moserine
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. No date on bottle or the label. A hard pour created a large tan head with a light haze in the cola colored body. The lumpy head left sheets of lace.

The smell was spicy hops, very aromatic. Really nothing more than the spiciness was noticeable.

The taste was lighter on the malts than expected. Moderate bitterness and more grains as it warmed.

The mouthfeel was thinner than expected but it had adequate carbonation. Just a bit hollow.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 13:39:32 | More by Cresant
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burnheartsMKE

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was super excited to try this. This is my hometown brand who does a killer IPA, Strong Ale and a host of other excellent local favorites. I wanted to be in love with this after just one sip...

I am not in love.

It poured a dark brown, not black. The aroma has a promising hoppiness, but it lacks any good malty roast characters that I would most associated with the style.

The tastes are the same. Decent hop (although a bit too subtle), no roast. My brother was apt to say, "it tastes like a weak version their IPA", which i wholeheartedly agree. When I think of a black IPA I think of a porter bursting with hops & deep roasted flavor. They may as well call this a slightly hopped brown ale.

I am keeping in mind that this is inaugural release. I am confident that by this time next year Lakefront will have worked out the kinks in this recipe and I will be editing this review to reflect a beer that I can enjoy with pride.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 19:36:35 | More by burnheartsMKE
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lakefront 88 Sampler Pack - $19.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body, ruby-hinted at the edges when held to the light and capped with a tall, frothy, beige head.

Smell: Florals and a cutting pine note arrive ahead of the roasted malts smelling of chocolate bars and coffee.

Taste: Small snippet of sweetness for the tastes of coffee and chocolate, though the initial malt flavors aren't particularly bold here, like watery coffee and stale, forgotten cocoa. Low chalkiness. Pine needles and fresh, sliced oranges with a robust bitterness. Some modest grapefruit juice additions. Low acidic qualities. Modestly malt, faintly bitter, but thinning out on the finish (thinnish?).

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation. Feels somewhat hollow passing over the tongue.

Overall: For me, it seemed a bit muted, a bit muffled, and just held back from its potential, in terms of malts, the hop flavor, and even the body.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 20:35:46 | More by ChainGangGuy
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crossovert

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

650ml bomber.

It pours a dark brown with a fluffy off-white/tan head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell is hoppy and chocoaltey. The hops are real good.

The flavor is a bit lacking. It wants to be hoppy and roasty and malty at the same time but it is an off-balance.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 02:02:20 | More by crossovert
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown, pours with a frothy head and leaves generous lacing.

Pine, grapefruit, caramel and coffee in the nose.

Stale piney note atop caramel and roasted malt. Flavor is all right but not very interesting. Could be an overhopped porter.

Mouthfeel felt undercarbonated and thin.

I really like this style, whatever they decide the name will be, and I had really high hopes for this. Unfortunately this is lacking the complexity the style requires to pull it off. You need an IPA and a dark flavor component to both present themselves in time, but this was one dimensional throughout. It was drinkable, but the flavors seemed muddled and muted to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 03:27:47 | More by Strix
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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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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

05-19-2012 23:40:56 | More by crobinso
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Myst

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

04-17-2012 05:29:09 | More by Myst
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

03-03-2014 13:10:49 | More by Gotti311
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prisdefer

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

04-28-2013 19:08:51 | More by prisdefer
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tkepx182

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ap: The is a clear beer that and the beer is a black tint to it

Au: The beer smells of smoke, like the liquid smoke used for cooking.

Mouth and Taste: This beer has a crisp mouth feel to it. The smokiness of the beer comes trough with the taste, as well as the mild hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 01:13:54 | More by tkepx182
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NicholasOfMKE

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

02-17-2014 04:00:21 | More by NicholasOfMKE
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timoteo833

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

02-19-2014 05:24:16 | More by timoteo833
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9InchNails

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The head erupts on the pour. Khaki colors mixing with some brown in the head, crimson body color. Interesting looking beer.

Hops are the main focus with the aroma. Citrus and pine are most noticeable. Some chocolate and roasted notes come in as well.

I've had some pretty tasty Cascadian Dark Ales or American Black Ales, whatever you want to call them but this really falls short of them; it is very watered down. The citrus and piney hops that I got from the aroma are weak with flavor; only slightly bitter and out of place. It leaves with a annoying metallic aftertaste as well. The malt tries to show up but I only get a watery roasted flavor with a hint of chocolate.

Light to medium body, carbonation is noticeable. Nothing really that great going on here.

Overall, really bland flavors that don't do anything for me. Weird annoying aftertaste, with mediocre flavors, makes this nothing more than average. What a shame, I was really looking forward to this, too.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 04:27:09 | More by 9InchNails
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Auracom

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap in the matching Lakefront IBA pint glass at Kelleher's on March 19th, 2011.

A - Good visuals. Very opaque, black coloring. I guess they didn't mislead us here. Nice 2 finger head with excellent retention that lingered until I finished the drink. Ditto on the lacing.

S - Standard IPA affair. Mostly citrus and floral with a little pine mixed in.

T - So-so malt/hop balance; more hop bitterness on the front and more caramel malts in back. There is more pine flavor than was present in the nose and slightly less citrus.

M - Medium/light-medium body that is a bit thicker that I'd have expected. A slight milk stout-like creaminess that is pretty nice. Moderate carbonation.

D - Not bad. I like the mouthfeel and there's little ABV presence. The smell and taste are a bit straightfoward and basic.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2011 18:31:57 | More by Auracom
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out like a porter almost. The head was creamy tan in color and the beer itself was a dark brown. The head on the beer leaves a pretty good lacing down the glass. The smell isn't overly hoppy or anything. It's got some roasted malts in the back ground. The taste is nice, it's got a pretty decent amount of hops and malts working together. The mouthfeel was nicely carbonated and had a good drinkability for the most part. Overall this beer was pretty good, not the best black IPA out there but worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 04:44:48 | More by Knapp85
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 02:17:09 | More by WoodBrew
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IBA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.