IPA | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

BA SCORE
88
very good
359 Reviews
IPAIPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by cichief on 01-05-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
359
Ratings:
1,305
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
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75
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278
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Photo of KAdams
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light golden amber with a cascade of yeast sediment that eventually settles at the bottom of the glass. A 1 1/2 finger head leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Hops, hops, hops. Maybe some lemon zest.

Taste - That fresh bitter hop bite that everyone looks for in a good IPA. It's what I imagine dried flowers taste like.

Mouthfeel - Nothing exceptional here. Decent carbonation that matches up well with the flavors.

Drinkability - A great session beer, especially if you like IPA's. Take it easy, and enjoy the aroma and hops on every sip.

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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 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 buellers
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the first pour, I could tell this beer would be good. The floral scent included citrus and pine, I presume from the dry hopping. With holding the glass to the light, it's completely clouded with a rich orange and copper color. At first taste the scent truly adds to to the complete taste. It's a full beer, great up front hoppiness, full body and bitter yet tasty finish. I enjoyed this beer with some classy Indian cuisine, which was a great choice. I found it in bottles at a local liquor store in Denville, NJ.

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Photo of salvo
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

My Eye-P-A was over-carbonated and pretty well exploded upon opening (and I'm now convinced that cute naming is a death knell). I tried to keep the foaming explosion from pouring all over the basement bar and ended up with beery splatter all over the walls, floor, my shirt. In a quixotic attempt to keep the mess to a minimum, I put the bottle in my mouth, and ended up with sinuses full of froth. So mouthfeel takes a hit. And at the end of it all, this is a mediocre beer, and it left a gritty, unhappy aftertaste--in both my mouth and sinuses. So many reasons not to go back to this one.

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Photo of drewba
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - beautiful transparent shimmering golden yellow. Around a finger head, surprised I didn't get much head off of this.

S - Muted citrus, pine, stale bread, something sweet - molasses or caramel.

T - I'd classify this as an easy drinking ipa. Lakefront did a really nice job make everything work together without focusing on killing us with hops or malt. This could easily be classified as a pale ale. Anyways...Lots of lemon, mandarin orange and grass mixed with a tiny caramel or brown sugar sweetness and bread. The hop profile is bright and juicy, love it.

M - Perfect. Body and carbonation are tagteaming hardcore, and I don't want to stop drinking this. I'm not going to dock the score, but there is a little astringency I don't like as it warms (to room temp).

D - See mouthfeel.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single from the local grocery store, poured in a goblet. Bottled a month and a half ago, according to the label.

Pours very cloudy orangeish in color, a lot of sediment visible. It's very cloudy but I see a lot of carbonation bubbles in there.

Smells like grapefruit, mango-flavored hops with perhaps a hint of pine and floral scents. Hops all the way.

Flavor is more subdued than I was expecting, but good. All the flavors from the nose are there, but none really hit the palate hard at all. Little malt flavor evident. Some floral hops flavor noticeable. Nothing bad here, but nothing too memorable.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery. Decently carbonated.

Easy to drink, for sure. The flavors are all very decent if a bit underplayed. I would have thought the ABV here was lower than it is. Noting undrinkable about this at all.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.65/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hazy light orange body, an incredible amount of sediment, little carbonation streams, topped by three fingers of snow white loose bubbles. Good lacing. Not sure I've ever seen this much sediment in an IPA.

Mild pine and citrus aroma. Really needs a deep sniff.

Light sweet start quickly splashes on the tongue. Quickly topped by earthy bitter hops with a note of cleanser.

Sloppy mouthfeel lacks firmness for the style.

Okay drinkability, no trouble finishing this, but not looking for another.

Too many better IPAs to return to this one.

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Photo of malarichm
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a. very cloudy with lots of sediment. some lacing. pumpkin orange in color.
s. citrus fruit and pine
t. all bitter in the front with a finish of sweet and tart grapefruit.
m. overall good with a medium/medium-heavy carbonation.
d. very drinkable.

I really enjoyed this one. There is quite a bit going on and it could be appealing to an inexperienced craft drinker. I got quite a bit of sweetness and lots of hops in the taste. My mom picked up this six pack for me in Milwaukee, i assume its pretty fresh. I would for sure buy this beer again.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - one thumb of fluffy white head, hazy swamp water orange, loaded with sediment, left a nice lace ring
S - grapefruit, herbal, and pine, with a slight bready malt quality although very subtle
T - strong grapefruit and lemon zest up front, moving to pine and finishing with a lasting oily herbal hop flavour, a great fantastic mix of IPA hop flavours
M - medium body with a tart citrus flavour up front, mellowing to a slight bitter that is enjoyable rather than overbearing
D - ended up being very impressed here, it has everything a hop head is looking for without the tongue numbing bitter that is ofter the case with American IPA's

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Photo of wordemupg
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip oct18 2010

A hazy orange with a shitload of sediment and a few bubbles moving it all around, big two finger head hangs around for a while leaving a couple rings of lace followed by some patches further down the glass

S earthy hops with some pine, lemon rind and a citrus vodka smell that keeps it from a higher grade

T some bread and caramel to go along with what I smell but much less of that vodka, it's still there but a little better in the mouth

M a little bitter and just enough carbonation to keep it alive, leaves a little grit on your gum's and the flavors linger

D decent beer but there's that little vodka aspect that keeps it from greatness, but that being said I'm not mad that I have 5 more

perhaps I'm being a little hard on this one but I just couldn't shake the vodka smell getting in the way of it being a great beer, perhaps I'm crazy I guess you'll just have to judge for yourself

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brand-new arrival in Alberta, in not at all surprisingly expensive 6-packs. Good thing I snatched a single 12oz bottle from an understanding bottleshop in Cowtown then, eh?

This beer pours a very hazy, fine sediment-strewn orange amber hue, with two fingers of chunky foamy pale beige head, which leaves random layered/webbed lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells sharply of pine needles, bitter grapefruit rind, juicy orange citrus, and a mildly musty, bready caramel maltiness. The taste is herbal, citrusy hops, a touch of medicinal character, a light, slightly toasted caramel maltiness, and some further biscuity notes.

The carbonation is a bit on the high side up front, but settles to a dull hum soon enough, the body an adequate medium weight, and a little too zippy to be considered dead to rights smooth. It finishes just a bit off-dry, the herbal, citrusy hops lording over the latent multivariant sweetness of the malt.

While this had the initial big hop wallop that I find so endearing about made-in-the-USA IPAs, it just doesn't persist, instead morphing slowly into a kind of palate-defying, herbal otherness. I hate to say it, but I'm glad I just got the one - while not actually 'bad', this is not my ideal, or even good for a one-nighter, Yankee IPA.

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Photo of soze47
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle dated 4th week of July (2 months old)

Appearance: Big bubbles form a nice fluffy head that lasts for a while. Sediment is swirling on the pour, but float gracefully throughout the entire drinking experience. Color is a nice brown first, orange second tone.

Aroma: I get lemons and oranges for sure. Very fruity, but I don't get a resinous quality to the hop forward nose.

Taste: Wow, this is kind of unique for such a hoppy beer. The citrus fruitiness of the hops is very forward without the residual bitterness that usually tags along. I think the malt plays a great role at accentuating the hops and keeping the bitterness at bay.

Mouthfeel: Definitely feels like a medium bodied beer in the mouth, but it is very clean and crisp. Almost no lingering taste keeps your tongue wanting more without having being punished.

Drinkability: High drinkability for an IPA. Again, this one begs for another drink.

Overall: At first, I found this slightly perplexing but was big fan by the end of the glass. This is a great surprise and the big winner of the variety pack I just picked up from Lakefront. I hope I can find this in sixers in MA.

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Photo of ericj551
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lakefront IPA pours a hazy copper with a decent head that doesn't stick around too long. The aroma is grapefruity citrus with some orange, and some sweet, caramel malt. The flavor is bitter upfront, with some nice herbal citrusy flavor. The caramel malt sweetness is quickly followed by an odd, almost sour finish. Overall this is a solid IPA, but the weird sour finish detracts a bit.

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Photo of Offa
4.82/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent IPA, full of hop character dominating a firm malty character, all nicely integrated, with nicely balanced bitterness and sweetness, but with both quite evident.

Pale amber, it has a medium-big off-white head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring and wisps, leaving a little lace.

Aroma is complex and well-rounded, being very juicy with pine resin, citrus, grapefruit, spicy-herbal leaves.

Taste is a firm caramelly maltiness with a little caremlly toasty grain but also raisiny, under very nice juicy-leafy-resiny hop character that dominates with light spiciness. Grapefruit is present but restrained and, suiting my tastes, it is merely one element of a complex whole that has more citrus, general juiciness plus the resin and spicey herbal leaf. Bitterness and sweetness are firm and both are present yet very balanced and well integrated. Feel is very good, firm with faint oiliness but not oily or heavy.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy golden orange, lots of yummy sediment and particles can be seen floating throughout the beer. Nice finger worth of white head that stays put.

Total floral boquet of hops in the smell. Up front I smell scents of very fresh, moist marijuana. Citrus and pine are certainly present. some toasted caramel malt in the back as it warms. Very potent aromas.

Grapefruit, Grapefruit, Grapefruit. I get a ton of juicy hop flavors without a ton of bitterness. the malts do well to balance this hoppiness, because it's not a sharp flavor, it's very well rounded and blended. Honestly, this is an incredible tasting IPA.

mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, and juicy. Medium bodied and perfectly carbonated.

Highly drinkable, I picked up a six pack last week and have been savoring it ever since. I will definitely be back for more, I could easily have several of these in a night.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an orange amber color. 2 finger frothy head that sink slowly.

S - Citrus hops-grapefruit rind, slight lemon, and a tiny bit of pine. A subtle caramel malt.

T - Huge grapefruit! It's like taking a huge bite of a sweetened muted grapefruit. A slight caramel malt comes through to back up the subdued grape-fruity hops. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy.

M - Medium body.

This is an interesting IPA. Lots of sweet grapefruit. No harsh bitterness. Very mellow. Low hop bitterness. The huge citrus profile makes me very happy. It's not sharp but very softened. I'm a sucker for big citrus hops. The dullness doesn't take away from the drinkability. It's very drinkable.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

Huge pillowy off-white head forms from a normal pour, and the hops have a say in all of this as the retention is spectacular. Weathered copper color with a perfect clarity. Smells of pine, mint, hemp oil, lemongrass and blonde tobacco from the hops ... not much from the malt which screams IPA. Medium body seems a tad thicker from the hop oil on the palate that creates this deep smoothness. Surprisingly, not a ton of bitterness, which is nice, as the complex hop flavor dominates throughout with thick herbal, faint pine, grapefruit peel, crushed hemp seeds and mint. The malt character tried to get a taste in edgewise and succeeds by a pinch with a clean and sweet biscuit tone. All of that is smacked down by the hops again. Finishes slightly bitter with a long road of hop flavor that just sticks to the palate.

This IPA outshines most as it drops a load of flavor yet keeps the bitterness in check so you can actually taste the beer rather than your taste buds being numbed by excessive amounts of alpha acids, the bitter oil from the hops. Hopheads need to seek this beer out.

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Photo of SuperNova777
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 09/07/10

A:a semi hazy orange color with a fingers worth of head that falls fairly quick, leaves a decent lacing down the glass.

S:Pretty strong aroma of grapefruit and citrus hops, very pleasant smell suprisely for the price of the single bottle that I picked up.

T:Very mislead, the taste was not at all what the nose on to believe, fine but just not intense as I thought it was going to be. First hit on a more of an earthy tone and then followed up by some pale malts that linger on the palate with a hint of bite from the hops.

M:All right medium body with solid carbonation throughout.

D:I thought by first sip that I found a really nice treat but ended up being just an o.k. brew. Smells really nice but then throughout drinking it seems like the pale malts (I'm guessing) just took over the whole mouth feel. All right to try but probably not one I will pick up again.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 8/27/10

Bottled during the third week of May

Thanks to biglobo8971

Moderately deep amber color, rather dense & cloudy. Two fingers of foam rose with little effort. After several minutes the head dropped to a foamy patch of bubbles & a thick-ish collar, though nice swaths of lace are left.

With full head retention still in place it smelled of floral hops & hints of zesty citrus. Now that the head it greatly reduced the citric elements are more apparent with grapefruit pith, lemon zest & orange. I also fine it has notes similar to pine-sol. Malts are restrained with hints of sugar cookies.

Piney hop flavor hits first, seemingly encapsulated in a sheath of lemon juice. Other citrusy tones come into play, though the flavor is pretty straightforward. Bitterness moderate but there's a lot of good hop flavor to be had (despite a very slight solvency). Once again, malts doesn't come across as overbearing, modest toasted notes & maybe a dollop of caramel.

Medium bodied. Carbonation is appropriately moderate; on-point for the flavor profile. The finish is rather dry with lingering hints of lemon & pine.

Lakefront IPA is an easy-drinking, solid, Midwestern take on the style. I find the poignancy of the lemon notes interesting since it comes across more juicy than zesty.

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Photo of bump8628
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop-hazy orange-amber with pure white froth that leaves some lace hanging behind. There's also some particles floating about- either yeast or bits of hops, it's hard to tell.

This was bottled less than a month ago so the hop character is extremely fresh, which is something I can appreciate here in Oklahoma where past prime beers are the norm. Anyway, the hops are like ultra fresh citrus rind, mostly lime, with just picked pine branches...the hops are so fresh that it reminds me of sticking my nose in a bag of whole hops. Malt is there but is just supportive enough to balance the hop flavors. Speaking of bitterness, it's low for an IPA and clearly the hops for saved for the end of the boil or dry hopping. Perfectly dry as an American IPA should be.

Fresh, this is one tasty IPA. However, after a few months I imagine it would go down hill pretty quickly.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly transparent amber color with a giant bubbly head that dissipates slowly.

Smell is of big citrus and caramel malts, pretty solid.

Taste of of pine and citrus hops with a big caramel malt backbone in there as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with medium carbonation, pretty good.

Good drinkability, tasty beer.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Filled the glass with a nice hazy, light-amber colored brew that had a 1-finger head which left a wisp of a ring around the edges and some minor lacing.

Smell is hoppy and floral, but with very bold pine tar overtones. This gives it a faint sweetness on the nose. Quite nice.

The beer tastes of hops and balsam fir. The front of the beer has some nice mild hops which switches to a Christmas-flavored beer once it reaches the meat of your tongue. On the swallow is a nice pinecone taste, but it leaves you with a sticky, cavernous feel that drops this beer back a bit.

A pleasure to drink, but just shy of a great IPA.

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Photo of rabsten
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This might be an older bottle so keep that in mind. It could be as much as a year-old these days.

Slghtly-hazy copper to amber pour, fair head, good lacing. Lots of chunky yeast when I tip the bottle in.

Biscuity malt over citrus to floral hops, somewhat subdued.

Blander flavor, thinner mouthfeel than nose promises. Somewhat dry finish. Still, good, solid drinkability.

Fine beer. Not worth going out of your way for but worthy of picking up if it's there.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful orange, quite hazy in fact. There is a nice eggshell colored head, one and a half fingers thick with great retention and lacing. Virtually nothing to be improved upon.
S- Smell is of citrus and tropical hops, not overpowering. Just a perfect hop aroma blended with toasted malt, with an interesting leafy smell lingering in the back.
T- More malty than some IPA's but pretty well balanced with a caramel background supporting grapfruit and lemon flavors. A faint bit of alcohol when it warms.
M- A little heavier than average, just slightly so. Smooth, almost creamy carbonation.
D- A spot on IPA. This has been ragged on as not hoppy enough, or perhaps for being more of an English IPA than the American style. To me, it was just an easy drinking beer, especially for 7.0 abv

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IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,305 ratings.
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