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IBA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

212 Ratings
THE BROS
86
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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BadgerBeer

California

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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Myst

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-13-2012 05:50:30 | More by bluckbeyes
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AlphaKing414

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

04-02-2012 03:18:08 | More by AlphaKing414
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neckbracesub

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-30-2012 18:31:01 | More by neckbracesub
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fuzzcherry

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

03-27-2012 03:33:52 | More by fuzzcherry
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jimelee108

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-25-2012 22:20:33 | More by jimelee108
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thepubliclauren


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-24-2012 18:21:58 | More by thepubliclauren
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theholdsteady

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-21-2012 00:46:22 | More by theholdsteady
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LittleDon

Texas

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with some visible light passing through. Small head, but decent lacing. Aroma is a combination of piney hops and licorice. Decent amount of carbonation gives it a lively mouthfeel. Flavor is a good balance between the spicy/citrusy hops and the molasses tinged sweetness. Nice bittersweet finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 23:34:42 | More by LittleDon
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sirdrinkwell

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured into pint glass, this brew is a deep and rich looking mahogany/coffee color with a healthy amount of butter hued head. After fading it left quite a bit of lacing around the glass.

S-The nose is a malted hop combo as to be expected, with a toffee citrus feel. Somewhat muted, but pleasant.

T-The aroma is a good indicator of what is to follow, as this drinks as a pleasant mashup of mild malted toffee and muted citrus hops. A slight bit of peppery middle as the two main characters meet.

M-Light-leaning medium body, decent balance.

O-Very drinkable and refreshing. For the style, I take it almost as a Lite beer in as nice a way as possible.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 03:29:41 | More by sirdrinkwell
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TimMack

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-02-2012 07:33:38 | More by Zachtheporter
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Durtdiggler

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle poured into snifter glass.

Dark, rich black with creamy 3 finger head. Alot of lacing and retention. I am a sucker for dark beer with thick, creamy brown head that wants to stand out.

Smell is mellow mix of the hops and roast grains, neither stand out to over power each other. Very subtle espresso like, trying to be unoffensive. The aroma is well blended but a bit muted.

Taste is very well balanced, the flavors come together extremely well between the coffee, citrus overtones. It finishes very clean, limited hop bitter after taste.

Mouth feel is the lighter side of medium, soft water, smooth.

It could have gone farther, which might mean more ABV. Feels like they were trying to make sure the combined beer style would go together very well. This beer is very easy to drink given the profile and flavor. They did a great job with this one. Definitely worth trying but don't expect an aggressive approach. The more I got through the bomber, the more I started to enjoy it and the flavors and aroma started to show. LFB is in my back yard and reasonably priced, will be having some more.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 00:20:17 | More by Durtdiggler
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JVan

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-07-2012 14:38:15 | More by JVan
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stampfler07

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-05-2012 00:11:51 | More by stampfler07
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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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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber of this as it was on sale at Argonaut in Denver and it's my favorite style - why not?

A - The beer was poured from the bomber to a pint glass. It pours a very deep mahogany/brown color, it isn't black, but it's dark and opaque. Reddish brown on the edges. A nice 2 finger cream colored head with decent retention and nice lacing.

S - A faint trace of the citrus and earthy hops, but its not all that strong. A bit of malty sweetness. I could use more nose.

T - Similar to the nose the flavor isn't overpowering and seems a bit subdued. It certainly isn't bad just not powerful. It starts with a mild bitterness and sweet malty character along with a bit of hop resin: floral, citrus, pine, grass. I wish it had more hop character. The beer finishes clean and crisp.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good drinkability.

Overall, this beer didn't knock my socks off but was enjoyable. As there is no freshness date I wonder if more hop character would be prevalent if fresh? I'd buy it again though for sure.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-12-2011 19:34:22

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 14:10:12 | More by hopfacebrew
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avalon07

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 14:08:41 | More by avalon07
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shand

Florida

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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BrewtalAlement

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-21-2012 15:28:41 | More by BrewtalAlement
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ineedafirkin

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-12-2012 06:44:58 | More by ineedafirkin
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ipcolling

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-09-2012 00:11:47 | More by ipcolling
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JRdaSconnie

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: bottle shared with my wife and friends Neil & Jen. Bottle courtesy of Neil. Bomber pulled out of fridge and allowed to warm 30 min. Served in Jack Daniels sipping glass.

A: jet black, high SRM. Thick tan head, short lasting.

S: Cascade hops, roast malt. Piney, mild citrus.

T: very similar to smell. Prominent bitterness and flavor from U.S. hops with roast malt bitterness/pleasant astringency. Definitely hop forward brew but well balanced with roasted malt backbone.

M: just right amount of carbonation. Adds to bitterness but not annoyingly fizzy. Nice medium body helps to make roasted malts more robust.

O: very nice beer. Good example of the black bitter beer, whatever you want to name it. Tasted in series with my homebrewed BIPA and this is the beer I'd like mine to be.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 12:38:07 | More by JRdaSconnie
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bootsdomino

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-02-2012 06:21:39 | More by bootsdomino
IBA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.