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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cichief on 01-05-2008

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into my go to Czechvar glass. Label indicates bottled in the first week of January.

Pours a nice warm apricot color with thick cloud. Chunky sediment in the glass fights with the rising carbonation bubbles. Massive, hop oil head towers over the top of the glass with a moderate pour and leaves sticky clingy soap sud lace all over the top of the glass. Rings with each quaff, nice looking beer.

Aroma is mild, but agreeable. Light tannic acid and hop tea aroma followed by chewy roasted caramel malt. Hop aroma finishes tropical fruity and reminds me of the smell of the skin of a pineapple. It amazes me that the aroma is still this fresh with a beer that is 5 months old.

Flavor is bright hops on the front. Slightly salty and grassy, there is a little bit of fruit peeking in there. Middle brings a light malt flavor, grain is substantial, but the finish brings more hop. Bitter and clean, there is a lot of resinous chewiness in the hop flavor. Hops yield a bit at the end to a sweetish malt with a citrus lemon or grapefruit rind flavor, then a completely dry and clean bitter hop finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin, given the appearance and flavor, but good. The carbonation is adequate to hold up to the flavor of the beer. This is probably the achilles heel for this beer, not that it matters.

Overall a very tasty IPA that I would seek out and buy in the future. I can't wait to get a fresher one. My Rdev is gonna hurt from this beer.

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Photo of Mojo
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle -> World Market tulip glass

This beer pours up a very hazy apricot color with a minimal head, no retention, but some lacing left behind. Nose is citrus, pine, and biscuit. Taste is very citrus grapefruit, with a powerful spicy hop finish. Mouthfeel is kind of spicy and nice. Pretty good beer that I can recommend.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - unfiltered rust color with a creamy, rocky off-white head that hung around as a thick layer and left globs of lacing behind.
S - sour citrus and a touch of sweetness in the aroma.
T - hey, this is a pretty damn good IPA here. Lots of citrus and piney hop flavors come out with just enough malt to keep things balanced.
F - medium bodied with a smooth and creamy feel.
D - the 7% lets you know it's there (buzz factor) but still this goes down nice and easy.

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Photo of chinchill
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

A - hazy amber; white head with good retention. Small amount of sediment eventually settled on bottom of the glass.

S - fresh hops! citrus

T - good hop hit followed by a substantial malt balance. Clean. Perhaps deserving of a 5.

M - medium body with good carbonation

Aroma indicates very hop heavy brew but taste is far more balanced -- great aroma-flavor interplay. Fine aftertaste.

Highly recommended for hop heads

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Photo of CurtisPeacock
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently became infatuated with IPAs. Definitely a hop-head after trying my first IPA. So, in search of the best IPA I've been trying a bunch of different brands. Lakefront IPA is up there on my list and I would recommend this beer to someone looking for an IPA.

Appearance: Pours a medium copper color, almost an orange. Nice amount of off white head and light lacing.

Smell: A strong citrus smell with a nice amount of hop bitterness to it.

Taste: Just the right amount of bitterness to the taste. I'm very picky when it comes to being overly bitter and not bitter enough. Lakefront hits that sweet spot right on. It also has a nice hint of grapefruit to add complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with a smooth finish.

Overall: This has become one of my favorite IPAs. When visiting a bar I will usually order this beer if I'm in the mood for an IPA unless there is a brand I haven't tried yet. I would suggest every hop-head try this beer.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in the first week of September, 2010. Pours a hazy amber with a decent head and some pretty nice lace.
The smell is very hop centered, lemon, pine resin, honey, grass and the tiniest bit of biscuity malts.
The taste follows suit with a great, tingly hop taste. Very balanced.
The mouth is pretty thin but still goes down well.
I could drink a few in a row. A tasty IPA for sure.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of bottle this beer was a hazy, light-amber color with the usual Lakefront deposit of sediment. The head was one-finger and off-white, retained as a thin cap and left lacing like lace-top-fishnet stockings. The aroma was very appealing, lots of floral hops, citrus and sweet malt; a true bouquet. The flavors were excellent, again pronounced floral hops notes, orange and grapefruit, some citrus rind bitterness in the middle and a crisp finish. I especially enjoyed the balance of sweet malts and bitter hops. The mouthfeel was semi-creamy, the body medium and the carbonation a touch high. Solid, solid, solid.

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Photo of jackorain
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An semi-aggressive pour into my Stone Levitation glass resulted in a 3/4 inch tall, tight bone colored head that fell rather slowly and left a sheet like lace as tall as the former head. The liquid is a coppery-amber color with quite a bit of chill haze. A really nice color and look.

The aroma is of caramel and biscuit malts, followed by grapefruit and citrus hops.

The first sip brings grapefruit and orange flavor with a firm bitterness. The middle brings a slightly sweet, caramel malt and biscuity malt flavor. The finish is rounded out with an additional wave of bitterness and citrus. The bitterness lingers for quite a while.

The body is medium and right in the wheelhouse of the style. There is a creamy quality that is cut by the lively effervescence. There is a bit of oiliness on the swallow.

This is one beer I could drink several of. This is a fine IPA.

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Photo of mynie
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours unmotherfuckingfiltered. It is really, really nice to see yeast sediment floating around in an IPA. It's as opaque as a tulip and the head is like the beers they drink in cartoons.

Smells green. Underripe oranges, pine, and pot. No malt of which to speak. The hops are varied but not really that balanced but still this is a good profile.

Tastes like it smells, like a jar of green green grass. Only not at all grassy. Tastes like all the bitter greens with which I am familiar, adding to the aforementioned we got parsley, and then the tops of carrots--and, oh I just belched a little and up came some grass. Hmm. Very nice.

Damn fine flagship, right here.

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Photo of robboyd
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice and balanced IPA. Looks great, perfectly amber with a nice fluffy head and strong lacing. Smell is super citrusy. It smells like a grapefruit with honey sprinkled over it, which was something my dad ate for breakfast when I was growing up.

Taste is delicious as well. This could easily become my everyday drinking IPA. Strong hops and citrus, especially grapefruit, like the nose. It has an underlying sweet maltiness that balances it perfectly and is overcome by the hops for a semi-dry finish.

Overall, I'm surprised this beer isn't rated higher on the average. It's truly a great beer and one I'm happy to have finally pulled the trigger on.

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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 IronLover
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled the first week of December 2011. Copper orange in color and murky. Poured with a frothy off-white foam that quickly reduced to a soapy cap. Big grapefruit hop aroma that still allows malty aromas to show through beneath. Citrus grapefruit and strong herbal hop flavors up front that quickly fade through the middle. The flavor changes so quickly it the flavor briefly seems watery before citrus and pine hop flavors again return at the very dry finish. Light caramel malt backbone throughout. The ultra-dry finish seems to take away any bitter hoppiness at the end. This was like a west coast IPA at the beginning and an English IPA at the finish.

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

This IPA is a GEM......the ONLY problem with it might be its "drinkability"....it is so good....and so smooth....that a "ROOKIE" might NOT notice that it packs an above average 6.6% ABV......AWESOME job Lakefront Brewery!

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Photo of wmtxbb
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap from the brewery itself. The following is from my notes taken while at the brewery.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a thick unrelenting head.

Smell: Fresh, citrus and grapefruit hops. Sells a lot like cascade hops.

Taste: Honey malts enveloped by sharp, citrus/grapefruit hops. It seems like Lakefront only used one type of hops in this brew.

This is one of the best IPAs I've had in a while. This may be due to how fresh it is.

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Photo of stewart124
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange with an off-white head. Dense foam that measures at least a centimeter.

Citrus in the nose but this is kept in check.

Medium bodied with some sweetness and pear esters that are fairly subtle. Huge background bitterness and plenty of hop resin that really screams pine and citrus. Very nice caramel sweetness with some biscuit and bready characters to round this out. Everything about this is legit. This is a totally hoppy IPA from Lakefront. Plenty of body and a heavy hand of hops that is very well-rounded. Lemon and grapefruit linger on the tongue.


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Photo of Wisconsinality
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass

A- Pours a nice hazy, amber with about a half finger's worth of head. The heads dissipates rather quickly but leaves some good lacing on the side of the glass.

S- The hops just burst out of the bottle on this one and gets even stronger when poured into a glass. There is also a good malty backbone that makes this one a real treat.

T- A hoppy start that is surprisingly smooth and very little bitterness. Again, the malt seems to go well with the amount of hops to add a very nice balance. There is also a little bit of citrus fruit and a bready finish. Can't taste any of the 7% ABV.

M- Smooth from the start with almost no bitterness which is pretty surprising. The carbonation seems to add to the smoothness of this beer.

D- Overall such a solid offering from Lakefront. I would put this one on par with Bell's Two Hearted. This is a good representation of what a Midwest IPA should be. For having a higher ABV(7%) these go down easy and don't beat up the taste buds.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lakefront ipa

a 4 cloudy golden apricot biege amber, lots of particulates. respectable head drops to a ring and leaves helter skelter lacework.

s 4-4.5 tropical fruit, mainly pineapple; crackers. some pine as well.

t 3.5-4 very well balanced, more bitterness than i recalled--not the roll over and die sort of ipa that i remembered. it's no bitter bomb either. nice and friendly with a restrained sweetness and mild citrus flavors, cleaning up with moderate bitterness on the back end. could use a touch more oomph in the taste department, but unlike such offerings as Celebration there are no annoying flavors lingering around.

m 3.5-4 medium body and enough resin to let you know it's an ipa, though i would perhaps prefer a lusher, stickier texture.

d 4-4.5 one of the most drinkable IPAs i've experienced. if they could add just a bit more flavor and hop oil, this would be a major winner.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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 joeseppy
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm always looking forward to a well touted IPA. Freshest I can find right now is Nov 2012.
Pours a wonderful Baltic Sea amber stone color with moderate white foamy head.

Aroma of mild floral hop and moderate sweet malt.

Initial flavor of earthy hop bitterness and minimal malt. A lot of white grapefruit rind. A straight forward and assertive bitterness.

Very drinkable but no sticky mouthfeel, glass retains no lacing, whaaa...

Well, nothing exciting here for me, just a bitter IPA. I bought this on the hype and glad I did try this though. At this price $9.99, there are better. Maybe I've been drinking too many Sucks lately also at the same price. If I can get this REALLY FRESH maybe I'll try this again.

Update 04.06.13...much better fresh. Enjoying a few here on a warm spring day outside. Easy drinking and satisfying. Getting more tropical fruits. This will be in my summer rotation. Remember to check your dates before you buy.

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Photo of Ri0
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
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 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 amidabha
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

generous pour produced a huge carbonation head with heavy lacing and a hazy amber hue. it has a great piney hoppy smell that isn't too heavy on the nose.

this is slightly bitter but balanced out by the malts to give a great drink and a carbonated to smooth finish.

a darn good ipa that doesn't really compare to a two hearted.

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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought sixer at Goebbel's in Wichita, per the recommendation of one of the employees, damn good call!

Just got done picking a bunch of cascade hops, hopefully this enhances the experience!

Pours an effervescent & semi-hazed honey with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Lemons, breadyness, passion fruit & pineapples

T: Breadyness, lemons, & pineapple up front. Dryness, pears, grapefruit & lemons dominate as this warms

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks pretty easy. a solid AIPA

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Photo of TheSSG
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big, dense, resiny head that has great persistence and collapses into a sloppy puff of lacing. Citrus dominates the nose immediately. Lustrous, copper color. Starts off with big grapefruit hoppiness with a touch of pine sap resin, build into a floral character as a good medium bitterness hits. As this peaks, it becomes citrus rind. The finish is lingering hop resin, but not too much bitterness. A great, silky mouthfeel.

This is a really nice IPA. I love Wisconsin/Midwest IPA's like this one because they really are hoppy, but they de-emphasize that lingering bitterness. I LOVE when a brewer understands that more IBU's does NOT mean it will be more awesome.
Everything you want from the hops, but none of the lingering bitterness that ruins your palate.

I had this with a 6-year Wisconsin cheddar. The combination was sublime. The refined nature of this IPA pairs perfectly with such an old cheddar; This IPA is more balanced than you'd expect, just as the cheddar is.

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Photo of hacienda
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After years of reading and drinking, this is my first review.

12 oz. bottle, dated Jan-Wk1, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy, coppery orange. Moderate white head, which dissipates quickly and leaves a bit of irregular lacing. Some fine sediment contributes to the haziness.

S: This IPA smells great: heavy on the citrus hops, lots of grapefruit, pithy, some topical fruit, pineapple, and a little bit of herbal grassiness. I don't get any malt notes.

T: Taste follows the smell, but it's juicier than the smell suggested, at least at the start. Citrus fruit, and ample bitterness. It also has some medicinal notes and alcohol in the taste. Finishes dry and the oily hops linger. There isn't much malt here--maybe a bit of of caramel hiding under the hops.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp. A little slick and oily.

D: A very drinkable IPA. I could definitely drink a few of these, and I would buy it again.

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IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,293 ratings.
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