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IBA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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very good

215 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 215
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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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Sammy, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

djrn2, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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

brentk56, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Given the color, India-Style Dark Brown Ale would be a more appropriate name. The liquid is barely opaque, with highlights of scarlet and orange. The good-sized, sandstone colored crown has a marvelous moonscape surface and is doing a fine job decorating the glass with sticky lace.

Gotta go with India-Style Dark Brown Ale when it comes to the nose as well. Cascade and Columbus hops are front-and-center, with a background mid-range maltiness that barely keeps IPA comparisons at bay. This musky-herbal, ganja-like vibe is present in Lakefront IPA as well.

On the palate, IBA finally... finally... tastes more like a black ale than a brown ale, albeit one that takes its hops much more seriously than its malts. Hopheads, including this one, don't see that as a problem. On the hand, it does keep the flavor score from the next highest number.

Although lacking (just a little) in flavor fireworks, IBA is wonderfully drinkable. It must be, because the first glass is already gone and the second is being eyed eagerly. Grapefruit zest, wacky tobaccy, pumpernickel toast and hints of cocoa are the specifics.

Tough call on the mouthfeel. In the end, it would have needed a little more ballast and a few more energizing bubbles to have truly impressed. It does, however, further aid ease of drinkability (which is no longer scored, per se).

Like many craft breweries, Lakefront is all over the map when it comes to quality. Holiday Spice Lager, Riverwest Stein Beer and IPA on the top end. Pumpkin Ale and Cherry Lager on the bottom end. IBA is almost as good as IPA, which makes me glad that it's available locally.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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...

emerge077, May 05, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of jwc215
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!

jwc215, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

DrunkinYogi, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

MarkyMOD, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

beernads, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +4.2%

GClarkage, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

tempest, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is black only to the careless eye. Against the light it appears much more brown, even more ruby than anything at certain angles, and while it's an exaggeration to say the beer is anything but opaque, I've a sneaking suspicion it's more clear than its lightless body would have it seem. Its head is like a mid-winter’s morning frost.

Tomato, tomato. Potato, potato. Piny, pungent hops, Roasty, burnt grain. Same thing. This aroma smells equally of wet leaves as it does coffee-ish malts and scents from the barbecue grill. The bit of black licorice character combines with the hops to imitate tarragon, albeit with an even more herbal personae and, as stated, a little bit of coffee flavour.

The people that colonized Latin America would have had a devil of a time tying to put a label on this beer; like a mixed-racial child, this is a style that can vary, sometimes brandishing more the traits of its mother (IPA), sometimes more the traits of its father (porter). This particular example is particularly tough to tell, it's a neat fifty-fifty cut.

The texture is that of wet leafs, with a steamed greens-type bitterness. And yet the feeling left in the mouth is that of roasty, almost coffee bean-esque malts. There's no oily astringency though, except for that of the resinous hops. That isn't too pronounced, however, given the chocolaty flavour that supplants it. And round and round we endlessly go.

Lakefront IBA (India-Style Black Ale) combines smoky, chocolaty porter qualities with a wet, autumn leafs-like hoppiness to make for a beer that is as multi-faceted as it is drinkable. It combines the most agreeable aspects of dark beers and hoppy beers into a one lip-smacking ale. If the style is new to you, this Wisconsin offering is a good place to start out.

biegaman, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Latarnik, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

beerthulhu, May 05, 2011
Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

chinchill, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

PEIhop, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Cynic-ale, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
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!

WoodBrew, May 28, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
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.

BeerFMAndy, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of avalon07
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, creamy, off white, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A very muted aroma of hops, coffee, and some malt.

T: Tasted of coffee, a little chocolate, hops, and a bit of malt in the finish. Not quite as assertive as some other ABAs, but a pretty solid, likeable flavor nonetheless.

M: A highly-carbonated beer with a silky finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A bit uneven in spots, but still worth a look. Drinkable.

avalon07, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark crismon brown, nearly black, yet does emit a mild glow to its body. A very large and in charge crown of tanned brown foam sits with a mighty rocky landscape and features lots of heavy foamy lacing caked about the glass.

Joyfully hoppy nose with lots of bright and lofty lemony tangerine elements along with a unique twist to some black tea, rye bread, and some chocolate being noted when sniffed in big. Nice complexity on the nose.

Taste has a nice blending of citrus and black malt sweetness and the combining dryness they both carry with them. Orange, lemon, tangerine are mild yet tangy and biting with a bit of pith and pulpyness to it. While just a nudge of rye and pumpernickle bread bounce around and some nice little notes to cocoa dryness floats off the back end and a trace of the orangey hops lingers. A solid taster that won't disappoint.

Body is a dead on medium with a lower ended bite on carbonation. Which gains some welcome smoother texture to its citric tones and making for some very easy going drinkability.

One very solid IBA(ABA) by Lakefront. This is something they should be doing more often with their future brews and this "IBA" is exactly where one opens doors for such a thing to happen...

tavernjef, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is rather hoppy and has a yeasty undertone. It pours a barely transparent chocolate brown with a respectable, if not persistent, beige head. Flavor is hoppy, slightly bitter, slightly honey-sweet, with a smoky hint. Texture is fairly smooth, a teensy thin and only a little bit fizzy. Overall, nothing special, but not too shabby and worth a try.

Cyberkedi, May 15, 2011
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IBA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.