IBA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 01-06-2011

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Photo of chefelf
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

IPAs (or, in this case IBA) are not my preferred style of beer but I found this beer pretty enjoyable. Overall I've been happy with all of Lakefront's offerings.

This particular beer was very dark, malty, and had a nice bitterness even to someone who is not all that into bitterness in their beer.

Maybe these beers are available in smaller bottles but I've only ever been able to find the large 650 ml bottles. This is a beer I would rather take in 12 oz. increments.

Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep brown/black/cloudy body, 2 finger khaki head,
glorious lacing

S: roasted malt, nutty, caramel, pineapple/peach, pine

T: sweet pineapple/peach, pine, malt, sticky slow bitter finish

M: med body, smooth, slight sticky/oily mouth

O: Lakefront continues to entertain my palate
with their bomber (22oz) selections. This is
worth getting and it's one of my favorite
American Black Ales.


Photo of Strix
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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...

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, slightly opaque, with a tanned foam head with good height and stick. Herbal aroma, definitely hop forward with some cola like malting. A little faint here.

The flavor actually brings the black malt out finally. Good balance and drinkability although not terribly adventurous. A bit light, although the ease of enjoyment is quite high. Herbal hops include notes of citrus and menthol. Patent malt finish is nice, with a slight cola note.

Photo of DurianMonster
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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+

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with two fingers of pretty dark tan head. Strong retention and lace.

S: Peachy citrus hops. A little understated, but good.

T: Starts with mellow hops up front before making a long, slow transition through semi-sweet malt to roasted malt that finishes with a coffee-like bitterness. Some chocolate flavors are present as well.

M: A tad heavy, but the creamy carbonation helps to lighten it up a bit.

O: This is a good beer. I've been on a bit of a black ale kick lately, and the coincidence of the style showing up in this variety pack is a welcome thing for a Monday. This is the third of the four that I've had from the "88" sampler pack, and no disappointments yet. Better pick up another before they are gone.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 oz bottle; bottled 2nd week of February 2011; 50 ibu, 16P, 28L

Poured a black body with a nice tan, rocky head that was well retained and dissipated into a small cap that lasted throughout the beer. The beer gave off a nice pine hop aroma. The beer had a nice, more of a roasted malty taste than expected, but with citrus hops to note. Seemed pretty straight forward. The beer had a medium feel to it with a nice dry, somewhat bitter aftertaste. Overall, a very drinkable beer and one that I will probably buy again.

Photo of riored4v
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4/30/10

Poured in to a tulip. Dark black, non-transparent body. 1.5 of off-white head. Rocky, with good lacing.

Smell had some noticeable roast with light sweetness to back it up. Subtle, but noticeable hop aroma. Some citrus and grapefruit and a touch of pine as far as hop characteristics go.

Taste, again, had a nice roast presence. Good notes of grapefruit and citrus hops. Mild sweetness. Some nutty flavor. Not overly complex.

Mouthfeel had a medium body with a medium carb level. Slightly dry finish.

Drinkability was good. Not overly bitter. Good blend of flavors with no signs of ABV.

Photo of 9InchNails
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of MichaelEllis
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is the first "Black IPA" I've tried. It is also the first beer I've had from Lakefront. It came from a 22 oz. bottle, bottled in January, 2011.
The ale had a very pleasant balance of malt and hops and I really enjoyed it, but it was nothing like and IPA. There was some nice hop aroma and flavor, but not to the degree that I normally expect from an IPA.
Still, a very nice beer that I would recommend.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had never heard of this brewery before, but my local store had a variety pack of four of their beers in tall bottles. At a very good price, I decided to give this brand a try.

I am typically sceptical about the IBA or various other mixed types. Typically they really lean much more to one type than the other. Often this is consistent with the brewers' past... let's see how this bottle does.

The beer pours with coloration like a black, but it is thin like an IPA. There is a lot of carbonation and I get a three finger head off the pour.

All I smell is hoppiness, like an IPA. I don't get any of the dark malts in the aroma.

Initially I get a lot of IPA in the early tasting. As I progress, and the beer warms, I get a lot more of the dark flavors.

This is a pretty good beer. I'm happy to have tried it. I wouldn't say that it is one of the greats, but it was a good deal when the four pack was only $16.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
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...

Photo of beerman207
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never heard of lakefront till my trip to Seattle, WA so had to grab a bomber of it.

A: Pour is one of beauty. It is a nice cola color with a tan head that's 3 fingers high and lays on top like a root beer float. Lacing left around the glass. Fantastic!

S: Nose is malt, citrus, and almost a faint skunk smell in the back.

T: taste is hops and malt, deep roasted malt, perhaps a bit of raisin, crisp

M: Carbonation is right on, beer is wet

O: Nice offering. Can't say that I'm wowed by this one but I like it. I'm excited to try some more Black IPAs in the future.

Photo of drizzam
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An aggressive pour produced a dark brown body topped by a thick three finger khaki head. Very good head retention and nice chunky lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - Hops are right out front in the aroma. The hops are of the citric variety and smell delicious. They are accompanied by a slight sweet malt aroma just to add a hint of complexity. The malt definitely takes a back seat to the hops though.

T & M - The malt comes forward a little more in the taste than it did in the nose. Dark black malt blends nicely with grapefruit and piney hop tastes. Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Finishes with a slightly bitter hop aftertaste, but actually fairly clean considering the style.

D - This is a well crafted and very well balanced brew. I think this could very easily be a daily drinker...I would stock it as such in my fridge anyways. Worth a shot if you can get your hands on it!

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb Wk 2 on side of Bomber into pint glass
A – A very dark brown but not black color with a very creamy looking tan 1+ finger head that leaves nice lacing as it subsides 3.5
S – Primarily hoppy floral scents, there is something musty/wet dog smelling about this also, slight notes of toasted sweet malts and coffee 3.5
T – Very nice balance, but a brew that in this sample has mild hoppiness to call it an IPA style, a very interesting mingling of slightly sweet malts and hops on this beer but the idea is not completely sold. Orange citrus smoothly transitions a malt body with a bitter coffee notes finish. Mild earthy/musty funk is a distraction. 3.5
M – I enjoyed the mouth feel of this brew; the carbonation is spot on with a nice creamy medium body that I would classify as “light syrup” 4.5
O – Drinkability is very good, hops and malts balanced well and both in play nicely, the musty/earthy factor is not appealing to me. 3.5

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of Cresant
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

IBA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.