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IBA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.


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very good

200 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%

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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Photo of brew3crew


4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
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
Photo of Auracom


3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
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
Photo of hail_seitan


3.83/5  rDev 0%
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
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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
Photo of martyl1000


4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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
Photo of Jparker37


4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cola brown color capped by a a full inch of foam; nice retention and attractive lacing

Smell: Floral, minty and citrusy, with undertones of pumpernickel

Taste: Pumpernickel and a hint of caramel make up the malt bill, with the minty and citrusy hops building through the middle; nicely balanced through the finish, although it does lean toward the hops in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to moderate body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a very easy drinking ABA, with a very nice flavor profile; could be a bit bigger and would love to see Lakefront brew an imperial version of this beer

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 01:53:06 | More by brentk56
Photo of jwc215


4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
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
Photo of CrazyDavros


4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 04:51:52 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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
Photo of Fcolle2


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a 2 finger light tan head that has great retention.

Predominantly floral hops in the nose with a nice lightly roasted malt body to back it up. Some faint yeasts is also preset. Smells well balanced.

Malt is foreword and is lightly roasted. This is followed by a moderate bitterness with a nice floral hop presence and some clean yeast. Mild char bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, relatively light for how dark it is. Good carbonation and a fair amount of bitterness

Overall this is a pretty good black ipa. Relatively mild for the style but it has a nice balance. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 01:31:16 | More by Fcolle2
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 03:00:09 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of TheSSG


4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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
Photo of Suds


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, and topped with a medium-sized tan head. The beer is enticing, and the smell is of slightly roasted grain, some malt, and medium-strength herbal hops. The taste is more intense than the aroma. Powerful, balanced, and dark. The beer has a great roasted, dark malt flavor, backed by hop flavor and bitterness, both are proportional, and the result is excellent. The body is full and creamy. This is a very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 19:44:07 | More by Suds
Photo of jimmah120


3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

big bottle, review from notes

almost black red-brown with pillowy khaki head. smell is great: cascade hops, earth pine, roasted undertones. taste is hoppy and roasted, but flat tasting. bitter chocolate, earthy hops, toasted savory bread.

giving this the benefit of the doubt slightly, because I've had it before and it was much better.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 11:01:14 | More by jimmah120
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark ruby red, thumb of mocha head with solid retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by nice citrus hops, earthy pine, and a hint of espresso.

T - Much like the nose with the citrus hop notes and earthy pine dominating, the burnt toast and espresso malts come through on the finish, and bitter hops linger.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and pretty dry on the finish.

O - A black IPA that definitely leans more on the hoppy side, but still manages to bring along some black ale malts. A solid brew that I'm glad I picked up, and one that certainly will not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 03:46:16 | More by andrenaline
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 01:27:46 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 23:14:00 | More by chinchill
Photo of brystmar


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date on the bottle.

Dark brown body, tan head, good retention & lacing. Nose is faint. Oddly lactic aroma, though I really like it. Disappointing that everything here isn't stronger.

Big, creamy body delivers fresh hops and roasty malts to my palate. Hints of that lactic note again. Surprisingly easy to drink given its viscosity. Nutty, buttery, delicious.

Would happily add this to my regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 01:08:21 | More by brystmar
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice and easy to drink black ale. The hop tones are there and stay pretty smooth. It's not all up in your face. Could have a few less wrinkles in the profile, but no matter. This is a nice drinker. Always happy to try something by Lakefront.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 17:44:38 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Lawl3ss


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 22 oz. bomber poured into a shaker pint. No notches on the label, so I'm not sure how old it is.

Look- Deep brown, no trace of the deep red hue common in black ales, four fingers off off-white head that sticks to the sides of the glass and leaves speckled lacing. Falls to a lumpy cap that looks like a partially melted frozen cappuccino drink.

Smell- Surprisingly citrusy, dry aroma, light biscuit. Cocoa and vague woodiness. Very nice, clean, simple but extremely appealing.

Taste- Follows the nose- starts nutty, woody, mild citric-esque bite towards the middle, almost guava-like. Finishes with dark roast and a touch of black pepper. Light burnt/toasted woody flavor builds over time as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, moderate carbonation. Fairly crisp, clean, and much drier than expected. Easy drinking.

Overall- A pleasantly light and crisp ale, more balanced than expected. Stays away from the treacly sweetness many dark American ales suffer from. Well balanced, and each element has its turn to shine. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 02:25:48 | More by Lawl3ss
Photo of TSJ4000


4.73/5  rDev +23.5%
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
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour, with a decent amount of light getting through. 2-fingers lighter than expected head, but a full finger still left midway through the glass.

Nose is less hoppy than hoped for. Molasses and caramel are there, with faint citrus hops underneath. Dried cherries and apricot coming through, too.

Taste is a bit disappointing. Again, missing out on the aggressive hop profile I was expecting. Getting coffee grounds, a light whiff of hops, and a bit of roast malt and chocolate. Not bad, but not what I was looking for.

Feel is about right for the style. Not too rich and balances well with the flavors.

Overall, probably not one I'd get again.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 01:22:14 | More by beer2day
Photo of WoodBrew


3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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
Photo of drpimento


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not bad. Poured at a good temperature with a decent tan head that lasts a little whie and good lace. Color is perhaps clear to slightly hazy depending on the width of the glass and a dark garnet. Aroma is hop, malt, dark ripe fruit, roast. Flavor's somewhat like nose where I pick up those qualities, but also a whole set of complementary characteristics as well - a bit smoke, fairly dry, good carbonic tang, earth. Body is odd but good and carbonation is spot on. Finishis is like flavor, a little long and astringent.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 05:24:59 | More by drpimento
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IBA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.