Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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American IPA
Ranked #919
Ranked #6,802
3.99 | pDev: 11.78%
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Pours a fairly hazy (for the style) amber/gold with moderate head and decent lacing that persists well.

The hop aromas are fairly forward with equal parts resin and grapefruit, with solid caramel malts balancing things.

The flavor is similarly hop-forward on the tip of the tongue. Although they are somewhat vague and elusive regarding a specific flavor, pungent citrus and resin strike first, with caramel and biscuit malts and strong earthy and moderate floral hops in midstream along with a touch of yeast. The brew returns to some citrus tang at the finish, along with a touch of white pepper and booze.

The brew is solidly medium and well-carbonated. It finishes well.

This is a solid representation of the style, with some old-school English IPA fruitiness and earthiness that results in a more rounded, somewhat maltier version that may be more approachable for those that don't want a hop bomb. All of that said, it lacks a little bit of clarity that keeps it out of "top notch" territory.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a bright hazy amber with a big frothy off white head.

Aroma is citrus with a sweet honey malt.

Taste is a nicely balanced citrus herbal hop with light honey malt.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is tropical fruit,malt,bread/grain, citrus,grapefruit and peel
Taste was very similar but overall it didn't pack a massive punch which is fine as some people dont enjoy an overly bitter ipa

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Murky orange; barely any light passes.

Nice bright white head; strong lacing.

Orange, mango & grapefruit in the nose. Enticing.

Thin mouthfeel.

Tons of fruit notes present; orange, mango & grapefruit all mingle but have individual notes noticeable.

Very American, but not overly bitter; this is damn fine.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L - Medium-dark orange-gold. Hazy. Thin off-white head.

S - Slightly funky citrus hops of moderate strength. Light sweet malt.

T - Per style, hops dominate. Mildly bitter citrus with a little resin; grapefruit. Comes across as slightly sweet.

F - Medium.

O - Tasty IPA that strikes a nice balance.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head, nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt and tropical fruit. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Citrusy hops, bready malt and tropical fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Tasty brew.

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Photo of Schro4
3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I was expecting more from this. The taste was pretty good, but the bite was a bit of a turn off. Overall, I wouldn't purchase it myself, but wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very cloudy golden orange color with a pretty decent sized head. The smell was all hops and very little malt with pine, lemongrass, citrus and a nice bouquet of floral. Hops are dominant but not biter with some grapefruit, pine, and a touch of biscuit cutting through the hop flavor.

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Photo of zonker17
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft pour to shaker, dark golden/near amber, little head (too cold), moderate lacing. Nose of pine, some floral. Taste is great balance of malt and bitterness, same components as nose. Above average body and average carbonation.

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Photo of Roby923
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Toasted carmel biscuits on the nose (loaded with caramel malt). Filled with Cascade, Citra, Zeus, Centennial, and Chinook hops. At 46 IBUs the bitterness doesn't numb the taste buds. A well rounded IPA. Lingering hoppy aftertaste.

Bottled from Total MKE.

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Photo of Bdubz94
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by 11/23/17.

Pours a cloudy dark amber with 1 finger head. Some lacing here and there.

Aroma is sweet and malty. Some pine, grass, and hops but very honey-like overall.

Taste is hoppy and piney bitterness. Malt backbone.

Feel Is medium body. Quite carbonated. Smooth drinking.

Overall a good IPA. Not super complex but a good blend of smooth malts and sharp hops.

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Photo of bwood06
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My father in law bought several different beers to celebrate Christmas with and this was one of them. I've been on a bit of an IPA kick recently so I was interested to try this one out and see what this Milwaukee brewery could do.

This beer pours a clear amber color that is high in carbonation and sports a thick, frothy, off white head that dissipates moderately quickly to a rocky layer with a neck. 4/5 The aroma is primary of pine resin and citrus peel and just smells bitter and really hoppy (as it should since it's an IPA). There is a bit of light buttered white bread that comes through as an undertone, showcasing the malt. 4/5 The flavor profile leads off with a light caramel sweetness that quickly transitions into citrus peel and then pine resin. These latter two notes carry the entirety of the flavor profile on their backs. Bitterness is moderate and lingers for quite some time after swallowing. 3.75/5 This is a medium bodied IPA that has a moderate carbonation burn up front before becoming crisp, clean, and drying with a moderate lingering dryness. 4/5 This is a well crafted IPA that uses its simplicity to its advantage. The pine and citrus peel really work well together and provide a flavorful drinking experience that doesn't overwhelm the palate. 4/5

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Photo of BubbaMan
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's not much not to love about this beer for the IPA lover. Beautiful amber color though a bit cloudy, full light colored head with excellent lacing. It's got that nice hoppy dankness that we love. Tastes wonderful and finishes strong. Milwaukee still means great beer!

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Photo of Blackop555
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden copper. Thick, medium, off-white head that lasts a while with good lacing.

Smells Pine, malt, Herbal, dank.

Tastes bready and doughy malt, Pine, hints of citrus and floral. Finishes dry and A light bitter linger. Medium body and creamy lower medium carbonation. Surprisingly not bitter for the amount of hops flavor.

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Photo of Webzombie
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another super close to home beer. This one is weird; on tap always good a good hoppy, citrus classic ipa taste. In the bottle it always seems to be more dank and does not have the crisp hoppy kick. Another thing with this and certain other ipas; sometimes i get a cat piss aroma from it (not overpowering just real subtle). Not sure if i am nuts or what. Strictly on tap this would be rated higher, strictly bottle lower. For purposes on the review/rating cut it in half.

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Photo of HoppyStyles
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the most frequent craft beer I drink so I will try to be as objective as possible.

L: vibrant orange, amber colors, I love how the lacing patterns the glass

S: explosion of hops blending with citrus gives a stunningly pleasant aroma

T: piney upfront as it curls into a grapefruit-forward citrus. Finish has lemon, a touch of malt, and definite bitterness

F: med-high carbonation dances on the tongue

O: a top beer for me (I admittedly live 7 blocks from the brewery) but as an IPA guy I truly believe it stands up to the IPA heavyweights!

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Photo of Act25
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How did I miss this? I'm with A Bros on this title IPA. Excellent, Try 24.
Although down the center of A IPA, this stands out for fresh and memorable high notes and quaff-ability.

look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ) begins with a hazy old copper-golden body that carries a finger of persistent head that coats with lace and surmounts the body with a lasting island.

S) Pungent aromas of orange zest, juicy citrus flesh, with cut grass, light alcohol, esters, and caramel.

T) Citrus, juicy, orange zest, pineapple and mangos see-saw with the white-cracker malt flavor. Finishes with lingering bright bitterness.

F) Creamy and malty, finishes crisp and dry into a bitter and warming finish.

O) Better and more complex as it warms. Try 24.

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Photo of hydrate
2/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Little to no hops. Almost lager like. Finish is dry but unflavored. Wouldn't do it again. Retasted 1/9/17: much more positive impression. Would probably rate a 3.25 this time. Will wait for a 3rd tasting in MKE b4 changing my rating. Also, avoid Lakefront Fixed Gear Pale Ale. Had it immediately b4 Lakefront IPA & think the Fixed Gear being so bad may be responsible for my improved impression of their IPA.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Darker than average color for an ipa. Drops substantial 6/7" off white head. Moslty white though. Aroma wasn't hittin' those hop notes like it could. Just grapefruit. Some metallic edge. Not overpowering, just there. I dunno, this just had the bitterness up but tasted otherwise like some other stuff.

Wasn't impressed. Then again, never have with their "hoppy" offerings. Not their jive. The malt bill is weird, heavier, even some brown malt? too much caramel. Would be a better beer if something more than grapefruit and crystal. Ugh.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-clear but quite hazy with suspended flakes, amber to copper in color, foamy, nearly creamy light tan head of good retention, great lacing. Raisin, rind, pine to the nose. Pine-forward palate, some vegetal dankness, leaf matter, and hints of iced tea as well as wintery spices, all backed by caramel and small amount of harsh grain. Medium-bodied, close to full. Sloshy to effervescent, high CO2 content. Finishes with leathery, rubbery astringency. Everything in this beer works.

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Photo of Ottoj55
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice orange color, white head that lasts and really nice lacing. Huge citrus and floral aroma, really typical of the American style IPA. Well balanced flavor, citrus hops, not overly bitter and balanced by a sweet malt base. Well carbonated, smooth finish. Everyone searches for the white whale IPAs like Zombie Dust, but this home town beer (I'm from Milwaukee) is damned good.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 2-5-16.

APPEARANCE: pours a beautiful copper color with more than one-finger off-white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there are larger bits floating about, medium carbonation.

SMELL: caramel, bread and flowers, there is also a nice grapefruit citrus note.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel and bread then a piney, grapefruit citrus hop blast.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very good West Coast IPA, lots of citrus hops, very pleasant to the nose, I would buy this again and recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

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Photo of troyvar
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle. This is a great IPA, lots of lemony hop but not overpowering. Nice color, smell and taste with no aftertaste. I'll be looking for this again.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice IPA. There's a little bit of pine, but not enough to make it that type of IPA (you know the type). It doesn't stand out too much, but it's a solid base IPA.

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Photo of Evilyak
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid offering.

Amber with thin, wet lacing.

Smells tropical.

Tastes the same. There's some sweetness there, too.

Pretty creamy mouthfeel.

A really good IPA for everyday.

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