IPA | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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88
very good
354 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:
354
Ratings:
1,291
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
23.21%
 
 
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72
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273
For Trade:
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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.94/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well time to review one of my favorite IPAs, do not know why I did not yet....

Pours darker then most IPA's, if I had to describe it as a light amber with a moderate haze

Smell is grapefruit, citrus, a little pine and light sweet malt

Tasts is where this beer pulls ahead of most IPAs for me it is everything you want, starts out with a bitter sweetness that quickly unfolds into big citrus fruits, grapefuit and orange mostly then heads down the road to bitter dry piney finish, really world class IMO.

Mouthfeel is medium and a we bit sticky, nice drying finish... perfect

Great IPA do not understand how his is only a 88/100 but I guess to each his own!

Bottled 12/27/2012 Have had this at a lot of different "ages" does not really change much untill about 3 months out so if you see it around and it is under 3 months grab it up!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Ale House glass. Bottled November 1st 2012. Kinda borderline we shall see how she goes.

A nice simple golden light amber, with some slight haze, but real nice light faint carbonation. Head forms with off tan color, hinting at light brown and two fingers. Settles to a good 4mm puck. Fairly decent looking.

Nose is a nice balance of malt and hops, makes me wonder how this would be fresh. Mellow chewy dense green leaf hop, a hint of sweet orange and good dense malt. Real inviting.

Chewy palate in the feel. A great sense of biting fleshy tones of hop earth and light sweet malts. Subdued caramel, and chewy almost dense biscuit earth and hits of fruity character hop. Perhaps hinting tropical, even with a little bit of banana strangely.

Overall even this far past bottling this brew is still excelling. I also like it's subdued character even. Real tasty would have this over many other IPAs if given the choice.

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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 t2thebro
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A- pours a nice white head, that slowly dissipates into a film that creates sticky lacing.
A deep honey color with a slightly hazy body.

S- fresh citrus hops, tones of lemongrass, light tabacco, hints of apricot and peach, a very sweet earthiness. Maybe a slight biscuit malt smell but mostly dominated by hops.

T- sweet lemongrass, and a Perfect amount of alcohol to start. Finishes dry with a earthy finish. Slight bitterness at the end, with the sweet lemongrass biscuit aftertaste lingering.

M- light to medium carbonation, a bit thicker than most but finishes nice and dry. Full bodied and refreshing. In one word, smooth.

O- spectacular balance in all elements. This brew should be double the price for its quality and complexity. Perfect amount of alcohol is the strong point. Most IPA's drown out the alcohol with harsh bitterness. This brew lets you taste it and complements it with sweet biscuit and hop flavors. Truly a gem in the ipa market.

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Photo of denver10
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a firey orange golden with a white head. Aroma was biscuit and orange, lot of rind and some of the fruity sugars. Flavor was bright orange, again lots of rind with some of the fruit sugars thrown in, all on top of a biscuit malt underbelly. Active, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, an alright brew. Easy to to drink but not one I plan on drinking again.

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Photo of Twincrasher
4.87/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Great head retention. Really nice color

S: Extremely floral. Not a big bitter hop smell typical of IPA.

T: Very complex and big taste without overhopped flavor found in many of this type.

M: Very smooth finish for an IPA.

O: Excellent IPA. My favorite.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy medium copper with lots of orange. The head is persistant and off-white with rocky bubble forming a thin cap and leaving lacing on the glass.

S: A moderately citrus hops aroma with mostly a lemon-lime like scent. The malt aroma is very enticing, it's biscuity and a little sweet. It smells like I've got an older bottle where the hops have faded but it's not too old. There is a moderately-low alcohol aroma and a light fruity ester.

T: A strong citrus hops flavor and moderately strong hops bitterness. There is a moderate caramel and light biscuit malt flavors with only a light sweetness up front. A low orange-like fruit ester. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is of citrus and hops bitterness.

M: A creamy medium-light bodied beer with moderately-strong carbonation. No astringency. A light alcohol warmth.

O: A good IPA that might be great if fresh and I'll keep my eyes open for a recently delivered bottle. What I have in front of me have a decent balance but I want brighter and stronger hops aroma and flavor but the balance between malt and bitterness is right where it should be to make and bitter beer that allows you to enjoy several. It's not the IPA I'd want to buy if zombie apocalypse is about to start.

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Photo of BB1313
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on month and week notched on label. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a murky hazy golden with a decent white head that sticks around and leaves great lacing and has nice retention. There is sediment/floaties as well. The aromas are nice, but somewhat faint. I'm picking up some candied tangerines and some orange peel. There's a touch of pine and alot of caramel malts. The flavors aren't extremely flavorful, but very crisp and bitter. There's a burst of citrus and pine. The malts seems to disappear in the flavors. Very refreshing. The carbonation is very active, giving the beer life. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This might not be the most exciting IPA, but it's extremely well crafted. Very sharp, crisp and refreshing. It personally reminded me of Finest Kind and Bengali Tiger, but even better.

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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 phiberoptik
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled August 1st Week - Pours a clear, light copper with a soapy white head that dissipates rather quickly into some residual bubbles around the edges.

Tropical fruit right up front with some caramelly sweetness. Pineapple and mango with a dank resin aroma behind it. Hints of bitter grapefruit pith and malted grain.

The sweetness and tropical fruit really come through up front with a dank, slightly bitter finish. Mango is the winner. This drinks much more like a pale ale though. I am not seeing IPA characteristics but I DO like the flavors that are coming through.

Slightly thin with a lighter body than expected. Great carbonation level though that really comes across the tongue.

This is a tasty brew for those lighting the fruity notes of hops. I wanted a bit more body, but this is enjoyable as a pale ale IMO.

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Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with some amber hues. Fluffy off white long lasting head, with lots of lace. Nose is of grassy, citrus hops. Body is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is of juicy citrus. Hints of pine, and notes of malts in the finish. Very,very nice!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/2011.

Pours a murky dark orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is of citrus zest, herbal hops, and some floral flavors up front with a malt finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and drinkable even though it's around 8 months old at this point.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking copper colored beer, the head was big and white. The lacing on it was very nice also. The smell of the beer has a good hop presence to it as well as some nice malts in there too. The taste of the beer isn't quite as hoppy as I expected it to be. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and smoothin the finish. Overall this beer was quite tasty, glad I was able to try it. I would enjoy this beer again in the future.

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

Orange-amber, nice head, pretty good lacing.

Pine and citrus predominant smells.

Pine notes predominate, a bit of citrus rind, and a decent malt backbone.

Medium-creamy mouthfeel and carbonation.

Middle-upper end IPA, certainly satisfying, but nothing particular stood out for me.

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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 Kendo
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says it was bottled in the first week of June. Consumed on July 23, 2012.

A: Body is amber-orange with a small whitish head. Some lacing.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose - a touch of hops (citrusy) over some sweet malt. Slight spiciness too.

T: Follows the nose, more or less, though there's more malt sweetness than expected, leading me to the fleeting thought that this is more like an English IPA than an American-style IPA. Honey sweetness up front is followed by citrusy hops. Finishes with a lingering dry hoppy bitterness.

M: Medium in heft, slightly creamy feel. Modest resiny feel to it.

O: Decent. Not great - a little too sweet for my IPA preference, but good stuff overall. Lingering bitterness redeems it a little.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium to dark, slightly cloudy orange amber. Nice two finger off white head that was continually refreshed by carbonation; massive lacing. Looks great. Intense aroma, noticeable at arms length, of piney hops and grapefruit. Flavor is light sweet malt with pine and citrus hops that are not as strong as the aroma suggested. Pleasant hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied. A nicely balanced IPA that is not quite as intense as the Northwest versions I've become accustomed to. Well made and a pleasant change of pace.

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Photo of budgood1
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out a cloudy and hazed copper colour with a meringue like taupe head. tons of lace. aroma runs herbal and medicinal...piney and woody with resin notes. just a touch of grapefruit rind amke this a nice smeller. the flavour profile has some more herbal elements, agressively hopped, not too bitter with a nice foundation of caramel and toffee like maltiness that lets the hop bill act as a nice balance rather than overwhelming things. this a bigger IPA that has some boozy notes, but overall tastes nice enough. lakefront IPA has a well rounded body with a unique texture in the mouthfeel that is thick and creamy. definitley some girth to this one. drinkability is quite afffable.

overall a pleasant and again different version of the IPA style. not a hop monster, a little boozy, and the overall texture is certainly unique. i would revisit this and is recommended for consumption.

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

Haven't had this in ages but found a fresh supply of it and am glad I pulled the trigger.

This is an often overlooked solid IPA...certainly not top tier (4.5+) but not far off from the upper tier range (4.0+ on this scale)

More of a grungy hop forward IPA than a bright citrus hop forward IPA. It has a good dose of pine and sharp citrus (grapefruit).

Malt lends some heft to the body and dulls the hop bite slightly on the finish.

Good, solid, workman-like IPA I'd buy again occasionally even with all the other great options available. Much prefer O'Dell and Two-Hearted but this is enjoyable

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Photo of Duff27
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Half inch white head on a murky dark orange body. Head cap is left with splotchy lacing.

S- Whiffs of orangey citrus, kind of faint.

T- Follows the nose. Oranges. A bready/biscuity malt backbone.

M- Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

D/O- Very drinkable. Lakefront IPA didn't wow my socks off but I could see it as a tasty summer bevy that drinks a lot lower alcohol-wise than it actually.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial Pint.
Bottled during May Wk2 (2012) notched on label.

A - Pouring slightly hazy golden amber in color with a foamy white head, Lakefront's IPA retains it's head respectably while circling the pint with delicate collars of lace.

S - Certainly hop-forward, assertive pine and bright citrus aromas erupt from within Lakefront's IPA. While not without a malt base, it's hard to detect much more than some trace caramel sweetness from behind the delectable hop aroma. A very slight touch of alcohol can be found in the finish, just as the glass pulls from your mouth.

T - A very good balance of malt and hop action, Lakefront IPA starts malty sweet with caramel notes and slight graininess and moves quickly into a piny citrus hop flavor that finishes crisp and refreshing. Notes of fresh grapefruit and dried apricot add depth to the hop flavor.

M - Sporting great balance, IPA features a nice smooth mouthfeel with a decent carbonation crispness, all ending with a dry, bitter kick that brings you back in for another sip.

D - Lakefront nails down an easy drinking, almost dangerous IPA that's full of the hop-head's dreams; pine and citrus abounding. Plenty of balance makes this a tasty treat that, despite the higher alcohol level, is rather sessionable!

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4/5  rDev +2%
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 jimmah120
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle born on 3rd week of January. Cool label design.

Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a red hue. Small head that dissipates quickly but leaves a sticky film. Smell is light tropical fruits and heavy malt. Taste follows with dank, wet, fruity hops, and a good amount of bready, pumpkin-like malt.

If you can get this fresh, it is an excellent IPA. More than 3 months old, and it's just average.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the bottle

Amber through amber,

off white head: half finger since it was not poured

Smells of citrus and pine

Tastes: Grapefruit, apricot, orange, and bitter hop finish

Mouthfeel: Perfect, not watery

Overall, I would have this again! I'll only commit to a sixer unless I have a glass of it.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head on a copper/crimson body.

S: mostly citrus and pine.

T: flavor has a light malt backbone and mostly carries over the pine from the aroma. very simple.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Not as all memorable but drinkable.

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IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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