IPA | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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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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Photo of kirok1999
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear light copper with an edge of white head and a little sticky lacing.
The smell is very mild and thin. Some malt and some floral and piney hops.
Tastes mellow and spicy at the same time. Not overwhelming hops but they really come out in the aftertaste. There's a long lasting bitterness with just a bit of sweetness behind it.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Just a bit of tight carbonation gives it a sizzle going down.
Very drinkable and would go well with many strong foods and cheeses.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Copper hue. Buff head with good retention. Crystal clear clarity. Sticky lacing.

S: Strange aroma for an IPA. Has the floral bouqet of a pils. Pine, citrus and grassy hop flavor does come thorugh. The malt balance is good with a sweet caramel character.

T: Restrained hop flavor with some citrus and greass flavor. Appropriately backed up by an uncharacteristic malt flavor.

MF: Moderate body with moderate carbonation.

D, notes: A so - so IPA.

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Photo of Goliath
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy, amber color with a large one inch slightly yellowed head sitting on top. Really nice retention and some fine bubbled clumpy lacing.

Aroma is pretty nice. A good burst of citrus dominates with sort of an earthiness to it as well. A sweet pale malt is also lingering.

Taste is really quite nice. A nice bit of citrus up front, with a subtle sweetness. Low bitterness and occassionally metallic. Just crisp and refreshing, really clean.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a great carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is high. Great flavor and presumeably low alcohol. A really solid IPA. Completely undervalued. As I get further into it, I think it's just a crazy drinkable "IPA". Due to the relatively low bitterness I don't know that it quite classifies. I suppose it does. I really dig it though.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice hazy golden amber. A nice foamy cream colored head that leaves a nice amount of layered lacing.

S- Wow a great amount of hops smacked right in the face when I smelled this brew. A ton of piney, citrus and floral hops. I could also pick up some bready malts in there also.

T- Hops every where that are enter mingled and taste outstanding this is balanced out by some sweet malts.

M- Medium in body, creamy and nice carbonation.

D- Highly recommended here. I really enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.61/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean orange-ish/ copper color with a white head. In the aroma, a sweeter malt and a small grapefruit hop. In the taste, a small sticky-sweet grapefruity hop, and a mellow malt backing. A small bitterness in a mainly light mouthfeel, and a sticky-sweet to dry, small hoppy aftertaste. Light for an IPA, small hops, and kind of watery.

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Photo of Zadok
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Nice cloudy golden orange with subtle ruby highlights. One finger head with decent lacing.

S-A strange musty smell emanates, I believe it to be pine needles.

T-The taste has a little of the strange smell attached to it, pine needles and hops are the main flavors present.

M-A very bland mouth feel, if it wasn't for the decent carbonation I would think it's flat.

D-Defiantly nothing to write home about, can't foresee having another anytime soon.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a nice golden-amber with thick head, good retention, and nice lacing.
S-Hops abound...American citrus notes, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, floral. There is a nice toasted sweet malt presence, probably some specialty, and the overall aroma is excellent, but there is a lingering metallic presence in the background.
T&M-Sweet toasted malt, strong hops. The balance is excellent, and the hops cleanse the palate at the end. However, there is still a slight metallic taste on the back of the tongue that emerges 5-10 seconds into the aftertaste. This taste tends to dissipate as the beer warms, but it is hard to ignore initially. Carbonation is excellent, and body is medium.
D-A high quality beer, but the metallic taste somewhat detracts from a very positive experience.

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Photo of vurt
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased at Hi Time Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA. Enjoyed in a 16 oz. tumbler.

Deep gold-amber color, clear and bright. Capped by an off-white head which started out freakishly large (prompting me to wonder if the beer was spoiled) but settled into a lasting finger of dense, small-grained foam. The beer sticks to the glass readily, and leaves behind plenty of sticky lacing.

Zesty citrus aroma, grapefruit and orange peels. There's also a resinous, earthy hop quality and a slight "feline" note. A sweet bready/grainy character reminiscent of honey-wheat rolls finishes out the aroma.

Sweet orange flavors dominate at the start, on top of toasty malt with caramel. Grapefruit and floral notes follow afterwards. Very enjoyable hop flavors with a bitterness that seems mild up front then flares up impressively. Citrus flavors give way to a crunchy nectarine fruitiness at the finish while the bitterness lasts and lasts. I like it.

Body feels thin for an IPA, and it's a little bit slick. This beer coats the mouth with hop oils which the carbonation doesn't scrub away entirely. Not a bad thing, in my book.

This beer is on the lighter side of the IPA style, but still has a lot to offer. The light body, moderate carbonation, balanced sweetness and delicious hop flavors add up to an IPA that is very easy to drink. I think this would pair fantastically with grilled pork chops and a spicy fruit glaze.

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Photo of thebeerdoctor
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A tawny gold pour with a rich hoppy nose. Yet another very good American IPA. Plenty of resiny hops, but also plenty of malt support. Deliciously drinkable with a very pleasant, long finish. A silky smooth IPA, well worth sampling. This hop centered ale will most likely, disappear quickly. Tasty from start to finish.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a wonderfully clear amber orange with a creamy inch of head on top that leaves sticky patches of lacing across the side of the glass. Aromas start off with citric and floral hops upfront. Grapefruit is there along with a resinous quality. Mellow toasty note with caramel accents. Very nice.

First sip brings a crisp, somewhat toasty malt body upfront with a touch of caramel that is quickly overtaken by a rush of floral and citric hop flavors. Grapefruit moves in as it flows down with a touch of toasted grain and a good blast of bitterness. Finishes a bit dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly chewy, goes down smoothly. Overall, a solid IPA from Lakefront, a brewery that I find I often overlook. I'm very glad I gave this one a shot and I'd pick it up again.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Pours a tawny, ruddy, copper-hue with an impressive foamy and frothy head that left a nice amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Thick, creamy, hop-dominated flavor and smell, bombarded with caramel and vanilla nuances, slight candied sugars, with a hoppy backbone, and a bittersweet, malty finish... Notes of bittersweet citrus, grapefruit, and lemons abound... Great mouthfeel combined with a superb level of drinkability make for an outstanding depiction of the style...

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cellar temp from a brown 12 oz bottle into a glass tumbler.

Nice crystal clear copper color with a fluffy off-white head is very inviting.

Aroma is earthy and grassy with a hint of maltiness.

Flavor follows up on the aroma, earthy and spicy, maybe Fuggle or Czech hops. Not the usual piney or citrusy aroma of American west coast hops. Biscuity malt flavor. English profile.

Nice mouthfeel from the assertive but balanced bitterness.

A clean, plain beer, would be much better practically with any other variety of hops. None the piney or fruity hops mentioned in other reviews--is this beer a recent victim of the shortage?

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a nice orange-amber with a small white head that maintains. Decent lacing on the glass.

Nice herbal and floral hop smell. A bit of the grainy caramel malt base sneeks in as well.

Herbal and floral hops upfront that give way for some nice grainy malt flavor. IBUs are rather subdued. Finishes slightly dry and rather clean.

Medium-light body, medium carbonation.

This is just a nice, drinkable IPA. Very sessionable, it is very well rounded and requires little effort to consume.

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Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blurry goldenrod with a whipped off-white of decent height, stickiness, and retention.
Grapefruit, mango, and orange pulp nose backed up with shortbread. It's a great aroma, but it could be dialed up a notch.
Shortbread provide the malt base across the tongue, furthered by crushed apples. It stay moderately sweet, and turns doughier in the middle with a mushy sugar cookie notion. Hops bring perfumey fruit notions of tangerines, sugared red grapefruits, and lime rinds. There's also a background grassy bitterness, but flavor and aroma hops are the mainstays. Bitterness is not big by any stretch. Ironically, spruce is the major player on burps.
The body is somewhat enigmatic. It's medium-light by most standards, but the suspended yeast and hops debris thickens it up a bit, adding a sense of cream when the body might otherwise sag and become flaccid.
All told, this is a solid, insanely drinkable IPA. It has moments that remind me of Hopslam (mainly the myopic citric hops). It's certainly not in that ballpark (or style), and I'd like a little more gumption mustered from the bitterness, and a bigger fullness overall. Those are minor quibbles. This is a much-better-than-anticipated IPA from Lakefront, whom I've always believed make better lagers than ales.

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Photo of Gmann
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden brown color with a tan head that dissipated into a sparse cap. The aroma is faint for an AIPA but what I do pick up is good. Nice juicy hop smell, grassy and floral. This has a very pleasant hop flavor. It is very fresh tasting, grassy and floral, more on the sweet side. Definitely not a big AIPA, actually this is on the small side of the category. A nice malt presence to really balance out the brew. Probably more of a APA. The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation, finishes with a malty sweetness. I am really digging the hop profile on this one. It is really tastey. This is definitely not a strong AIPA and is probably more of an APA.

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

poured into tulip glass from 12oz
poured a golden hazy amber, good head structure, foamy

smell of orange peel, honey, maltiness

tasted crisp and refreshing, sweeter hop action than most ipa's. Bitter yet almost creamy, finishing with honey-like sweetness. The malts play in nice smoothing around the hops and sweetness blending together everything. A great IPA

mouthfeel was very easy to drink, but still providing an interesting flavor experience - yum

overall drinkability is very high, if it weren't nay impossible to find around my area, it would be an ipa i would pick up a sixer of here and there,, but i managed to find in grand rapids.. sigh

try this ipa, you probably won't be disappointed.

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Photo of roan22
4.77/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jordan first for giving me a bottle of this a week ago when I was at Bella Vista [Lakefront's PA wholesaler for the Philly area]. I cracked it open immediately, at room temperature and devored it immediately. I liked it so much, two days later I bought a case.

This IPA is a darkish gold/amber color with a small white head poured into a pint glass. It smells fresh, and earthy. Impressive subtlety with presenting and maintaining the hop bitterness throughout the length of the pint. The hops taste earthy, greens, plantlike along with some citrus and traditional pine flavors. The alcohol gave me a pleasant buzz. This is a very drinkable IPA and was a hit with everybody I shared it with.

I met Orlando who is affiliated with the brewery, at the Philly Craft Beer Fest and he is a very nice guy. Good work Lakefront.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up today in Minnesota as i have yet to come across it in NW WI. Go figure!

A great looking IPA, deep amber in hue, capped by a nice tight, almost whipped off white head. Nice retention, and can already tell that there will be nice sticky lacings. And there they are...

Nice hop aroma, big dose of grapefruit and pine overtop of bready malts with a touch of toasted biscuit. A slight metallic twang is also present, and detracts slightly from the overall aroma.

Taste much like the nose, although the toasted biscuit character stands up a little more in the tasting compared to the aroma. Very nice ruby red grapefruit character with some piney resinous character. Very well done.

A surprisingly good example of the american IPA. Almost medium bodied, slightly creamy in feel, hops manage to overwhelm tasty malts. Somewhat astringent, yet some honey like malt sweetness also present to mellow out the mildly resinous hops. Mildly and quite finely carbonated.

A pleasant surprise. Certainly drinkable, and is a solid IPA. Will be picking more up at some point this summer. Well worth trying for fans of hoppy brews.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Before being released by Lakefront, my friend reports this brew was the exclusive house IPA at Comet Cafe - Mangy Rabbit.

Enjoyed on-tap at Meglio Pizzeria. (Corner of Humboldt Ave. and Water St.)

Pours a copper amber with a one finger head and moderate carbonation. Spotty lacing.

Spicy, pine aroma with sweet malted undertones. Essences of caramel and spruce.

Hops aplenty. Pine upfront followed by toasted biscuit. Finishes with a dry, hoppy bitterness that hits the back of the tongue.

Extremely drinkable: one of the most sessionable IPAs I've had to date. Borderline poundable in a good way. Especially after playing 90 minutes of pick-up hockey.

Pairs well with a Canadian bacon, mushroom, black olive and tomato pizza. That and watching the Brewers best the Mets by a deuce.

Congrats to Lakefront on a hoppy, well-balanced IPA offering.

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Photo of timmlimestone
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey this is grat addition to the Lakefront Catalog of Beers. Very strong Alcoholic Mouthtaste with a heavy feel to he overall charecteristics.

Appearance - Dark Amber almost a light ruby tone to it.

Smell - Strong on the Malt Great depth.

Taste - Heavy, but good. A Big beer for the IPA style.

Mouthfeel - Fizzy Heavy feeling

Drinkability - Very good to quaff Very good to have.

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Photo of botham
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a rich amber color with a couple fingers of light orangish head that remains for the duration of consumption. the brew is semi-hazy and leaves moderate lacings.

aroma is hoppy, with a notable coniferous character and a grassy base. not much on the malt side in the aroma, but a touch of fruit is present in the background.

taste is full of hops, with a tinge of a caramel malt up front, and the same coniferous character throughout. a distant note of apple and white grape is present as well, giving the brew a solid profile. finishes with residual bittering hops.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture and a moderate bite from CO2. finishes dry with a bitter aftertaste. a great IPA in mouthfeel.

drinkability is great. this is a smooth IPA with a great hop character. a solid profile and great proportioning makes this a notable IPA.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a hazy/murky golden-orange body with a good inch of off-white head that leaves a fair bit of lacing as it dissipates. Smells grapefruity, pithy, and piney. Tastes orangey, grapefruity, and pithy. Slight hint at malt toward the finish. Medium to full bodied with a generous amount of carbonation. Pretty drinkable. A solid IPA and definitely a good one for those who like citrusy hops.

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Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark golden-amber with a nice puffy off-white head... a bit of lacing is left behind...

S: Nice floral hop character punches you in the face to start.. mellows out to a more earthy hop aroma towards the end.

T: The different hop aromas manifest themselves in a playful way in the taste... balanced by a nice malt background... just a hint of bitterness in the finish

M: Refreshing. Crisp. Clean. Moderate Carbonation on the tongue.

D: A good showing... Will definitely drink again. Just gotta find it out this way!!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A new beer for this area, and a wonderful example of an IPA. I really liked this beer. Poured into a pint glass it was a clear golden color with a thick white sticky head. It had an earthy aroma, mostly pine but also some citrus. The citrus came through more in the taste, and the pine was also there. Not a hop bomb, but a more subtle flavor that lingered quite well. Definitely want more of these.

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

New brewer and beer for my area. Picked up a six pack. Poured a golden color with a huge big bubbled head and lacing that coated the inside of my glass. Very strong nose of citrus hops, with a background of flowers and pine. Rich and fairly high carbonated mouthfeel, and quite refreshing on the tongue. The flavor is dominated by the citrus hops, Dry and bitter finish rounds out what I consider to be a very nice IPA.

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IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,356 ratings