IPA | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

very good
360 Reviews

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cichief on 01-05-2008

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Reviews: 360 | Ratings: 1,314
Photo of Blackop555
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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 -8.4%
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 frykid
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from bottle into pint glass..

L: a nice, golden, amber color
S: aromas of citrus (lemon, grapefruit), very nice
T: the hops and citrus flavors blend well...nicely balanced
F: a smooth drink, nice level of carbonations

Overall: a very nice, pleasing drink...one of my new favorites...unfortunately, I don't think this one is widely available on east coast

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Photo of HoppyStyles
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
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 +3.6%
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%
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 -21.4%
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 +0.5%
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 +16.1%
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 +5.4%
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 +5.9%
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 +0.3%
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 +2%
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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Photo of jeswasgui
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely like a west coast IPA that has pine and citrus hops to it. The appearance is very carbonated and creamy with moderate lace and the color is honey with a reddish tint to it. The bitterness stands out well as it warms in the taste and smell. It was a little difficult to detect the flavor in the taste. It did have a very carbonated feel as the body would indicate and I think that the carbonation masked the flavor. I have nothing really to complain about this beer I think it performs well.

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Photo of Cfred371
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a sampler pack after trying from a tasting
Look: a nice red gold color. I poured relatively aggressively for an inch of head
Smell: I wasn't getting much of a nose. I smelled some sweet malts and maybe a little fruit from the hops. My nose is pretty meh though
Taste: at first I wasn't impressed, but after a few sips and a little warming up, I noticed some tropical fruit beside some mild bitterness and malty flavor. I'm happy with the taste
Feel: medium mouth feel and a not terribly dry finish.
Overall: I enjoy this beer. It's not going to be the first one I go for but I would go out of my way to grab it and order at a bar

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Photo of RJQ3
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle with 6/17/15 as bottled date and its 9/29/15 so not the freshest. Deep dark orange color with a creamy off white head that lingers and laces the glass all the way down. Didn't get any real citrus or floral notes from aroma, just pine & resin. Same with the taste, very strong malt backbone with a bread tinge then the piney & resinous hops kick in. Wow this is a true West coast IPA and not usually my kind of IPA but this was so well done! The feel was thick almost creamy and smooth and the piney resinous hop taste just lingers in the mouth for a few minutes after drinking! Simply delicious.

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Photo of Schimms
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Pours a beautiful clean and clear orange with thick white head.

S: Rare hop combo that brings out the juicy, mouth-watering scent.

T: Smell melts into great flavor that was promised. Tingly hop burn throughout whole tongue. Little alcohol taste. Very hop forward with good malt support to make this a great IPA. Wonderful aftertaste - lingers minutes after.

F: Medium dry, smooth.

O: Love this one. Drink it now. I picked it up at the store on a whim. What a great whim for me.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light Amber color. Has a mild hop aroma. Has a very nice flavor. Well balance hop to malt profile with a touch of a sweet finish. Very smooth and an incredibly drinkable beer

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Photo of Beerds
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice rich amber color, fairly cloudy, lacking head. No distinct smell. Taste is different, not exactly sure what the main flavor is bute whatever it is its almost refreshing like a glass of water. Flavor is all up front with little to no aftertaste.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/27/2015. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate malt flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, and moderately creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of aleigator
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to "borussia dortmund" adam!

Pours an orange-amber, hazed color, with a solid head, collapsing to a glass coating lacing.

Smells of lime embraced orange, a note of grass and sweeter, cakey malts. On this foundation, a whiff of unripe kiwi amps up the aromas, pushing the beer into a well deserved fruity direction, leaning onto the hops.

Has a lively but very soft carbonation, opening the palate up to gently balanced hops.

Tastes of lime coated toffee malts, together with a very pleasant grassiness. Reveals an aqueous note which gets washed away by sweeter, prominent malts, heading into a biscuity direction, automatically enhancing the juicyness of the fruity hops. Those still stand out against the well working malt-backbone, due to the beers distinct, dry grassiness. Finishes with an even more dryer flavor, accompanied by cakey malts, adding a profound sweetness to the ale, even at that stage of drinking.

Well put together ipa, in which the malts are as important as the hops, lives by its outstanding balance, while lending the hops enough character to convince on their own.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bottle a hazy, cloudy and yeasty light copper color with a foamy white one-finger head.
The aroma is loaded: Citrus, dankness, candied fruit and herbs.
Really tasty. Big and bitter grapefruit and pith, pine, a hint of sweetness and a nice resinous finish.
The mouthfeel is medium and slightly sticky.
Really good and underrated IPA.

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Photo of bgillespie
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A deep amber-orange and pours a thick white head that dissipates to a white frothy lacing.

Smell: Hops and citrus. A lot of it.

Taste: Citrus, bitter. A hint of grapefruit at the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy to drink.

Overall: A great beer and IPA. Nice touch with the flavor of grapefruit.

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Photo of jonwiseman
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The highest rating I've ever given a beer on this or any other review site. This has always been one of my top three beers. Extremely well done in all aspects. Perfect lacing, perfect hoppiness. If they could DIPA this beer I would give it a 5.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at the St. Paul Fish Market.
L: Clear amber with a 1” cream colored foam cap, persists and provides thin lace.
S: Fruit and grain on the nose
T: Citrus, grapefruit, grapefruit rind, good clean malt flavors. Hops are medium to medium high but not harsh.
F: Creamy, medium body, medium carbonation.
O: I can’t think of a better beer to drink with a lobster roll.

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