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%
 
 
Wants:
75
Gots:
277
For Trade:
3
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Photo of velosuds
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date (couldn't quite figure out the label that seemed to indicate week 1 July scoring by slight cuts or tears - odd)? Single purchased at local health food store for $1.65.

A-Hazy amber-orange with one finger, off-white head with average retention and average lacing. Very inviting appearance.

S-Very pronounced citrus hops.

T-Very balanced. Hops not overpowering. May not be aggressive enough for some, but this grew on me. Improves as it warms. Nice malt backbone in finish. Presence is noted without being sweet. No bitter after taste and no alcohol taste, even at 7% ABV. Well constructed.

M-Very smooth and balanced.

D-A good, but not great IPA. More reminiscent of the English vs. American IPA. A nice discovery.

I would definitely drink this again. Not sure I would purchase it frequently at $1.65 a 12oz single. As a cost conscious CPA, value is very important to me. I can buy my favorite IPA, Racer 5, for the same price.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a mug

Appearance: Reddish brown color with a good off-white head with good lacing

Smell: Fruity floral smells with a hoppy finish

Taste: Less of a fruity taste that starts out mild and leads into a mild floral hoppiness. Finishes off crisp with little to no bitter aftertaste

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Photo of JayQue
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A balanced IPA, more like an English IPA than American. Pours a orangy amber color, slightgly hazy. Good size white head, average retention.

Mild floral hops aroma. Taste is biscuity malt up front with some floral hops in the finish. Nicely balanced, subtle transition to hoppiness. Not quite the American hop bomb I have come to expect, but a solid well constructed beer.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp

Drinkability is good. A bit high abv for a session beer. If you like balanced, but somewhat malty IPAs, you will enjoy this beer,

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Photo of Reidrover
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy dark orange coloured ale..small off white head. Good aroma of citrusy hops, valancia oranges in particular..almost marmalade. A tangy type IPA..orange/marmalade tang to it some dark earthy tones in the end..good malt bill carries this. Ok on the palte average for style. A nice British style IPA. good stuff.

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Photo of eallured
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber and hazy, maybe from all the particles in suspension. Must use pellet hops and no filter.Vigorous head that dissapates rather quickly Bottle date is 2nd week in may, must be from flannagins.
Smell is lightly of sour cherries and maybe a little lemon. Hmm not what I was expecting. Moderate to low bitterness. Some light malt flavor but nothing that matches the relatively dark color of the beer. Clean finish with some citrus is a redeeming characteristic. Good amount of body but less than I expected from the head and that it's unfiltered. Not gritty or puckering. Quite smooth and drinkable for a 7%, but could use a bit more flavor. I'm sure it's better fresh as well. I would definitely drink another if offered and will ook for a fresher batch for a second review.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
Toffeeish coloring, a bit more brown in the color than I'm used to; minimal head and visible floaties

Smell
Overall sweet, with bubble gum being the predominant flavor

Taste & Mouthfeel
A constant herbal hop bitterness is present throughout, followed by a bubble gum like finish; hops are really kept in check and not overdone at all, though it by no means seems like a pale ale; good bitterness on the tongue followed by that sweetness, and it, too, is not overdone; body/texture are just right

Overall
This doesn't blow me away with hops, but it is an enjoyable, balanced IPA, and that's nice to have from time to time. I would drink it again.

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Photo of SPRichard
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Local 44 in Philly as part of their $1 kick the keg draft special

dark amber body...off white head...decent amount of lacing is left on the glass

a big hit of floral hops up front...becomes a bit more mellow in the end...dry finish

nice pine flavor from the hops....malt background keeps things in balance...slight bit of bitterness at the end

moderate amount of carbonation on your tongue...very crisp and refreshing....medium body

only paid $1 per pint for this but i'd be willing to pay full price for this one if i see it around again

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange with a finger and a half of frothy slightly off-white head that is slow to dissolve. Aroma is orange peel, citrus hops and some skunked aroma not sure what it is. The flavor has sweet bitter grapefruit upfront followed by some caramel and biscuit malt. Sweetness and soft bitterness lingers in the aftertaste of this beer.There is a strong presence of alcohol in this beer which is not very flattering. Its medium bodied and and a little chewy. I'm slightly torn with this beer while the aroma is alright there is that "skunked" character and the flavor is actually pretty nice but the alcohol is a little too noticeable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $4.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a near clear (were it not for the fine particles), dull, dark copper body with a finger high head of off-white foam. Light lacing on the way down.

Smell: Aroma of lightly sweetish malts with some spicy, floral, lemony hop notes.

Taste: Pale malts with some biscuity tones to it and an addition of light crystal malts for a medium level of sweetness. Hops provide tastes of lemon zest and earthy spice. Medium bitterness. Small pinch of toffee arrives late. Finishes dry and lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Reasonably smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A generally likable India Pale Ale with some slight English qualities to it and plenty of bitterness without ever being excessive.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden opaque color with a small white head. Nose had a nice hop aroma. Taste was not over the top but more of a good balanced IPA. Not to much of anything. It seemed like a mix of American and English style. Taste was nice, fruit undertones, slightly hoppy, chewy, backbone with a nice ABV which left it sessionable. Tasty and very drinkable. Nice change of pace from the West Coast IPAs I am use to.

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Photo of BierFan
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug. The bottle says it's 7 months old.

Big off-white head and a honey-orange colored head. Cloudy like a German hefeweizen due to a crazy amount of yeast in the bottle. Not sure if Lakefront IPA's are always this yeasty or if I got an off bottle. Wasn't sure how all the yeast would taste in an IPA but it's pretty good.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single 12 ounce bottle of this at Hop City in Atlanta. According to the bottle, this was bottled in the first week of February, making this beer about four months old. Pours a hazy copper color. Huge head on this one. Need to let this one sit to for a few minutes to let the head die down. Smell is slightly hoppy, with some light floral undertones. Sort of musky as well. Bitter hop taste in the beginning and evolves into a slightly malty backbone. Lot of carbonation make this one a sipper. Overall, decent. Not my favorite IPA though.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a strong, hoppy aroma with a firm undertone of banana. It pours a hazy honey-golden with a thick off-white head that hangs around for just a little bit. Flavor is as hoppy as an IPA should be, fairly but not overwhelmingly bitter, with the same banana undertone as the aroma though not as strong. Texture is smooth and edgy, rather tingly, leaving a nice hoppy finish.

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a very modest head that fades quickly without leaving much lace behind

Smell: Vague aromas of grapefruit and an unusual, but interesting herbacious character

Taste: A bit of caramel up front, but the hops emerge rather quickly with the grapefruit, some pine and that herbacious, tea-like character that I often get in an English IPA; after the swallow, the malt and hops are nicely balanced into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, slightly chewy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nice balance between the English and American IPA styles; I enjoyed it

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Photo of williamherbert
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is ridiculously cloudy. Huge particles of sediment. The head is big and foamy. Color is a glowing yellowish orange. Surprising but cool-looking.

The aroma is a nice piney hop, some flowery esters. Only a tiny hint of citrus in there as well. A really good hop aroma with a bready English malt base.

The taste is a major bitter woody/pine hop, with oaky notes. Heavy perfume, serious bite on the back end. Harsh alcohol on the back end. Its strength is shocking to me. Zero malt presence by comparison.

The feel is a creamy body, with some smooth finishing. Closer to an imperial IPA really. Brutally hoppy, incredibly woody. Good but harsh and challenging.

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Photo of ThickestHead
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Six weeks old according to the label. Forms a decent head and the cloudy body is orange-yellow. The smell is grassy and also of citrus (lemongrass?). Taste is more on the mildside than on the wildside, and the mouthfeel is suprisingly lackluster considering how nicely it poured. This is still a very light and drinkable beer, and even though the aftertaste is forgettable that is all the more reason to just have another quaff.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
2.62/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured this into my pint glass

It has a murky orange color with a freaking huge slightly off white 5inch head. Very foamy/rocky head that leaves an island of it right in the middle, GREAT head retention. Lacing is scattered all over the sides of my glass, man oh man this beer looks fantastic.

This has a very mildly citrus fruit aroma of mostly lemons/oranges? and some pine with spices, some caramel malt comes in also.

Very mild tasting IPA. Has a small amount of bitterness upfront that mellows out to just the ever so slightly citrus sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very thin and dry on the mouth. Aftertaste is kind of leaning towards cardboard. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but I doubt it.

My thoughts are that besides the appearance, this IPA lacks flavor, so theres no chance I would ever buy this again or drink it.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Some hazey suspension throughout a strong coppery amber. Light, dough head that quickly turns to a film. Great spicey orange and caramel malt aroma. A litte skunky hop flavor fights with caramel and crystal malt aroma. Good session beer, but there is little balance in this IPA.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured clear gold with a HUGE, rocky white head that stuck around for a while. Thick, sticky lacing. Fresh grass aroma, sweeter, citrus hops with some sugar. Light, bubbly mouthfeel. No syrupy residue. Taste was somewhat disappointing. Fresh, grassy hops. Light orange and pineapple hops, some white pepper, but mostly lemongrass. Light malt, crisp. The hop profile is just a bit weak for the style. Tasted more like a hoppy XPA. Still, it was refreshing.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a nice deep golden color that is pretty clear. Nice 1/2 inch off white head from a hard pour that went away and stayed at an 1/8 inch head leaving some decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- From first smell I can detect an underlying big malt backbone (this isn't the freshest I found out later). Some piney hops are making their way to me now. A low alcohol smell can be detected as well.

T- Not as malty as I got from the smell. The hops seemed to keep up with the aged beer (around 3 months). Alcohol sneeks up on you after the piney hops die down. This is really a shell of it's old former self.

M- This beer is nicely carbinated and has a medium mouthfeel to it. I would suspect that at one point in time this beer would be all over your palate leaving a nice hoppy resin over it but not this time.

D- I could drink this beer right now if I had to. I would drink this beer a lot more if it were fresh. I drain poured it about half way through.

I know this review reflects on the age of the beer and when I have had it fresh I did like it. But as of right now...it's a no go.

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Photo of portia99
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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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Photo of Seanibus
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing wrong with this beer, but nothing to remember either.

Pours hazy orange with a big fluffy head and amazingly sticky lacing. There were bits of sediment floating in it from a vigorous pour. The aroma is slight and orange-like, with a hint of slightly sour grain behind it. The flavor is a bit malty and bready, with some slightly bitter orange and lemon character. The bitterness is slight and quick to dissipate. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, though there remains a sneaky new layer of bitterness on the finish.

Not bad.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for $2. Poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a hazed greenish-yellow color with about two full fingers of fluffy off white foam. The head leaves a minimal lacing on the inside of my glass as it fades. Smells and tastes of floral hops, light caramel malts, slightly sour, pine, and lemon. The nose builds you up and then you are hit with a huge letdown in the taste. Thin, watery body with medium carbonation. One and done for me. I hope this was just a dud bottle.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided that I needed to revisit this one to give it the benefit of the doubt. Poured into a Rodenbach tulip glass around 45-50ยบ. Label is notched March "Wk1", so i'm guessing this is fresh stuff, maybe 6 weeks old.

Nice deep glowing orange color, requisite foam and lacing. There's definitely more citrus this time around, almost "catty" in a good way, maybe simcoe? A little floral and malty behind the citrus that would earn a 4.25 if it was possible.

Flavor has a good amount of fresh hop character, grassy and herbal, fleeting citrus, and a low to moderate bitterness. The malt is 60/40 to the hops, not dominating but very flavorful. Dry chalky finish, the body is slightly thin for my taste. Still it's a very quenching warm weather IPA.

Original review: 03-03-2008 - bottle
4/4/3.5/3.5/4

Bottle notched "Dec Wk4"...guessing it's 3 months old?
Memorable "eye" on the label, reminds me of the illuminati symbol on the dollar bill. Strange that this beer has made it from WI to CA, but IL has been passed over. Conspiracy!!

Deep amber tone with suspended particles, a fluffy and craggy head rises above the lip of the glass, momentarily defying gravity. Sparkly bubbles have a soapy quality, but are tightly packed enough to deter further soap allusions. Spotty bits of lacing in the tulip glass.

Aroma is mainly floral, some grassy Saaz hops like a Czech Pils. Not hops of the citrus or conifer variety, that's for sure. A bit understated, but aroma is nice nonetheless.

Dominant pale malt flavor, vague hop bitterness comes through, much too restrained. A honey note lingers in the aftertaste. Very low level of carbonation, it hurts the body a little bit, more reminiscent of English cask ale than anything. Drinkable, but much better options abound in the area.

Cheers to malcontent for bringing this back from WI.

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Photo of cnally
2.92/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

a fresh'un here, bottled second week in march.

pours a nice fluffy off white head and amber oran...wait a second...god, look at all of the disgusting sediment!!!! black flakes prick the appearance. the bottom of the bottle sediment left dark marks on the otherwise nice beer. I realize this is 'beer au natural' you know, unfiltered and how it is supposed to be, but it makes me think bad things about my health should I drink it. yuck.

spicy hop scent up front, with a good dose of caramel and vanilla malt. a bit of clove and cinnamon in there, too.

okay, close your eyes...don't look at the pond water while you drink it...very understated flavor initally. slightly sour, even. the hops bust through on the back end, spicy and bitter.

bubbly and light, but sticky around the corners of your mouth.

well, I hate to 'trash' a beer, but this was...distracting. why not filter your beer? the appearance is really questionable. it creates a situation where this is a mild ipa, perfect for a starter/gateway beer, but the sediment, disappointing.

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