Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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American IPA
Ranked #933
Ranked #6,957
3.99 | pDev: 11.78%
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 374 | Ratings: 1,388 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by portia99:
Photo of portia99
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled in April '09, wk 3 - about 3 weeks old) into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Poured a hazy, slightly cloudy pale yellowish orange. A medium density white head gave way quickly to a thin ring of fine bubbles around the edge of the glass. Decent lacing.

S - Not what I expected from an IPA. Hops are not very prominent in the nose. Aroma is spicy and somewhat citrusy - mainly oranges.

T - Spice and herbal notes dominate the taste here too. Can't quite place what the combination of spices is though...tastes like maybe cinnamon/mulling spices...a little odd. Not too much in the hops department - spice flavors overpower. Average bitterness.

M - Medium body, prickly carbonation. Nothing wrong here.

D - If I wasn't expecting an IPA, this would be an ok beer. Spices are a little high for my tastes though and hop character was lacking. A fairly drinkable beer, but maybe misclassified in style.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent 'go to' IPA hands down.

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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 Onenote81
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great extra received from BeerFMAndy in a recent trade. Thanks!

Poured into my pint glass. Pours a very cloudy brownish gold. This really looks like honey in my glass. Decent lacing. Smells very citrusy with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and finishes with a big pine smack. This smells like hop perfume.

The mouth is smooth and creamy, but has a nice subtle carbonation bite at each sip. Flavor is a big hop smack at the forefront, but doesn't finish harsh in any way. Nice bready finish. Sweet malts balance this out really well. This is one of the better IPAs I've had in awhile. Recommend.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the brewery into a LAkefront IPA pint glass.

A: Small white head. 90% clear orange color. Lots of small carbonation. Little lace.

S: Piney hops. Spicy citrus amd malt. Really strong and balanced.

T: Full malt back bone holds up hop bitterness. Fruity esters finish. Apple cider, grapefruit, dry white wine. Juniper and grain.

M: Very balanced in viscosity and drying hops. Carbonation very fine.

D: Could easily sit through a bunch of these. Very good. Worth seeking out (even in an IPA flooded market.)

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Photo of MrTana
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MisterFuzz
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of skizim72
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barnzy78
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I've seen this a million times in the store & never bought it (it even has an eyeball on it and I'm an optometrist, so you'd think I'd be all over it, but no). Now it's given to me by a friend because someone left it at his house, and he doesn't like IPA's...

12oz, bottled 4th week of May
A - hazy amber with plenty of chunky yeasties suspended within the ale; topped with a thick, creamy, ivory head that holds good retention, and leaves rings of lacing down the glass
S - malty aroma of bread & caramel, pine & citrus in the background, slight spice & earth also
T - nice bold flavors of both malt & hop: caramel, bread, pine, and pungent grapefruit dominate the palate with toasted grain and spicy hops in there as well
M - fuller body, resiny but still creamy, lingering piney bitter finish
O - this has everything I love in an IPA. I can't believe it took this long to try it and like it as much as I did.

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Photo of dansmcd
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Ri0
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

A -Dark copper/orange with a nice full 2 finger head that diminishes into a frothy ring around my tulip. Some lacing remains.

S - I get some citrus and orange with pine and floral hop mix. Smells pretty good, but not in your face with hops.

T - Taste is a very nice orange and citrus flavor up front with some bitter pine. Middle has a nice caramel malt with a touch of honey. Finish is a bitter pine that leaves your mouth dry. Not super hoppy which is what I prefer.

M - Medium carbonation with a slick oily hop residue that leaves your mouth dry on the finish.

O - I really like this offering from Lakefront and feel that it is a balanced IPA that leans towards the citrus first then bitter style. This is just one week old and really tasty.

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Photo of bgillespie
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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 TheArtOfWort
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of HazeAvenue
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of smbslt
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AnthemOfTheSun
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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 Winston3737
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikerieder
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Enjoyed this fine beverage on tap, while out or some wings. Arrived at my table in a standard pint glass.

A) A nice looking lighter amber, with decent clarity. There was nearly a finger of wispy white head that settled quickly to a dusting that was well maintained. Not much lacing to talk about.

S) The nose is pine, light grass, flower petal, citrus and a hint of tropical fruits. Nice...

T) Follows the nose well. While nothing jumps out at me in particular about the malt presence, I found excellent harmony in the balance. Never overly bitter. Nice piney/grassy flavors, along with the citrus fruit. Good aftertaste, that never gets to zesty.

M) A medium body with about same in regards to the carbonation. This one is smooth and easy drinking. As indicated above, nice aftertaste. No one likes off tastes lingering about, and sticking to their palate. Well done...

O) Just a real solid offering right here. While it's not likely to blow you away, it's also not likely to disappoint. Glad to recommend.

Paired with buffalo wings and misbehaving children.

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Photo of Ilafan
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hendrick24
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JamesRShepherd
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of ROBORB
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 12 oz Pint glass the beer has a dark orange or copper hue. The head was off white and disappeared quickly. It smells strongly of citrus. The taste follows the smell and has a prickly carbonation. I found the malt in this beer to over-power the hop profile. This would be an OK session beer but I would not search it out.

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Photo of Lee45102
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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