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IPA | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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355 Reviews

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 Barnoloid
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled sample. A fairly standard IPA - heavy floral notes with a little caramel/bready malt sweetness. Not one I would go back to again and again but will do in a pinch.

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Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a section of the label where the bottled on month/week# can be identified...but this one wasn't tagged.

Pours a light orange/yellow color that is very similar to fresh cider. Pours less than a finger of barely off white head that fades quickly to just a lace upon the top of the beer and a bit on the glass. Nose is pleasantly hoppy with citrus upfront and malt sweetness rounding out the rest of the aroma. Taste has a solid hop bitterness and malt backbone. Finish is bitter and a bit oil-like. Nothing overly exciting about this beer but it is easy to drink.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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 buschbeer
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is amber with golden highlights. It is topped with three inches of beige head.

S - At first, I noticed the citrus. Then came some pine. Finally, I got some caramel malt.

T - The taste has some floral and citrus flavors. The caramel malt comes through in the middle. The finish has a mild pine bitterness.

M - Medium and smooth. Low carbonation.

O - I was looking forward to trying this beer. I was a little disappointed. There is nothing to make this IPA stand out. It is solid, but not noteworthy.

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Photo of katan
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a light golden color with a very hazy texture. Head formation is massive, pearly white. In fact, it defied my ability to pour. Highly carbonated apparently. Yeasty - I'm guessing it is bottle conditioned.

S - Piney, resinous american hops dominate the nose. A bit floral, somewhat biting. Certainly an IPA.

T - Starts off dry, biting, bitter. Very aggressive. Some grassy notes. Doesn't get much more bitter as more hop notes strike mid-stream. Fairly monotone beer. Finishes with a more floral fruity hop note. Aftertaste is a orangish hop finish.

M - Strong carbonation bite, stinging to the palette. Beer itself is fairly thin feeling - probably hidden by the carbonation. Doesn't behind an alpha acid oily texture.

D - Moderate drinkability for an IPA. Good/potent ABV makes it a low end session IPA. Just a bit too filling for me to go through more than one or two of these.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from this brewery. I recently made a road trip to Wi and stopped in Milwaulkee. I had it at this hotel I stayed at. It poured a mix of gold and amber colors and remained cloudy. The beers head was thick but soon dissipated but the lacing was very prominent (much like a Guinness) unique for a regular IPA. The taste starts sweet and a piny or earth hop flavor slowly workes it's way in. You expect it to become bitter but never comes. This is a great intro to anyone who is afraid of other IPAs , the hop taste is there but pretty much no bitter. I usually like atleast some bitter but the outright flavor of the hops in this brew made up for it.

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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 BoitSansSoif
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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 Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Buebie for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with lots of nice sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, slight citrus/pine. The taste is hoppy, with some malt notes, citrus, slight pine. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad IPA.

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

Bottle sent to me in a BIF recently by Lando Calrizian, thanks Lando. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Beer is amber, hazy, moderately carbonated, off white head, some lacing, decent retention, looks good.

Earthy sweet aroma, piny hops, malt.

Beer is medium in body, sweet, with a hoppy, earthy, sulfury, piny, mid palate and a light bitterness on the end, a decent IPA but not great, nothing too special but I'll have no problem drinking the 4 pack I have.

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

12 oz. bottle, about 3 weeks old,

A: Pours orange with a medium white head. Solid retention, leaves lots of spotty lace.

S: Dominated by grapefruit and citrus, pithy.

T: Very grassy and herbal with a mint component midway through. Light on the malt for the Midwest. In the finish it gets bitter with a lot of white grapefruit.

M: Medium-bodied, average body weight in the style. Frothy, full carbonation, creamy with a medium long aftertaste.

O: Not the most striking IPA, but a solid effort at a good price.

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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 chetripley
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good IPAs are more and more available and I think this is another good one.

Poured from a bottle with bottled date on label into tulip glass.

Pours thick and orange, unfiltered, with a 1 finger yellowish head whose smells were of sharp pine and hops.

Taste were unmistakeable strongly hopped with a nice balance of malt that was bitter yer smooth and drinkable.

Took my time with this beer and it was enjoyable from very cold to slightly warm. Bursting with strong hops, it can be comapred to other breweries' versions of heavily hopped beers.

Good work from a brewery that has done so well with malty lagers and reds.

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

Bottled May Wk4; Sampled November 2008
A vigorous pour produces an almost four-finger thick, light tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a nice copper color that shows a lightly hazed, bright copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sticky hops, pine, grapefruit and sweetened lemon zest as well as lots of biscuit like malt, some crystal malt sweetness and some cracker notes in the finish. After a bit I start to notice more of the herbal / pine, though there is still a soft citrus character in the nose.

Lots of herbal hop character is noticeable as the beer first hits my mouth, a substantial pine needle backbone runs throughout as well. The beer finishes fairly smooth, with very little bitterness noticeable after the first sip. My second sip has me noticing a solid bitterness that is noticeable as the beer rolls across the tongue; strangely though (or perhaps more aptly said, atypically) the bitterness quickly disappears and does not linger on in the finish at all. The finish is fairly smooth with a light menthol hop notes and some sweet, pale crystal malt sweetness. Some citrus hop flavors are noticeable as well. The malt plays a secondary role here, but does provide a fair amount of sweet, pale crystal malt notes and some lightly toasty grain notes that reminds me of saltine crackers. This has a nice, light, quaffable body to it that is just about perfect for an IPA.

Not a bad beer, the fact that this beer has no real lingering presence on the tongue is definitely interesting and I definitely feel like I miss the lingering hop presence that is in a typical IPA, but this is still fairly enjoyable. Not as bracingly hoppy as many of the newer aggressive IPAs, which is sort of a nice change of pace (you might even confuse this from a hoppy pale ale).

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet (bottled on 5/14/13)

A: Dark hazy copper with a thick two finger head that has nice lacing and leaves a nice thick film over the beer.

S: Nice citrus prominence with a backbone of sweet pine and just a hint of malts. There is some freshly mown grass in there once you swirl it around.

T: Mostly pine with a mellow malt backbone. Decent aftertaste that lingers for quite a while. Nothing too stellar here and not many varied notes here. It even seems a bit watery the more I drink it.

M: Pretty smooth with a crisp undertone and mellow carbonation.

O: I was surprised when I looked up the ratings for this one since my dad just blindly selected a few beers from the Total Wine in Orlando, FL. It is a decent but overall mediocre IPA from a brewery I had never had of beforehand.

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Photo of minterro
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ross’s Deli Lakewood MI

A & S: pretty basic scent: citrus hoppy aroma. A bit of earthy tones to the scent. The beer is a cloudy (unfiltered) yellow/orange color. Big ol’ off-white fizzy head when poured. Pretty decent lacing cling. Heads stays with the beer for the whole glass.

T & M: Pretty basic American IPA taste: citrus and hoppy. It has some neat floral elements but nothing out of the ordinary. Fairly well balanced [nice malty background (defiantly not a hop bomb if that’s what your looking for)]. fizzy carbonation [a bit over carbonated (possibly a tad bit frozen at one point)] . Finish is semi bitter and semi dry. Medium to low bodied. Not smooth a bit on the crisp side.

O: overall is a solid IPA nothing I would buy/try again but not disappointed about buying it.

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Photo of HosP
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from 12oz bottle. Picked one up in a pick 6.

A- Poured clear golden color. Nice white head that left lacing down the glass.

S- At first I get a bunch of pine hop smell from it. Some small hints of malts in the background as I continue.

T- Like the smell, pine hops right up front. The malt backbone which is tough to pinpoint does show up towards the end. Bitterness towards the end of the drink as well. The hops seem to want to jump out but trail off pretty fast.

M- Medium body. Good carbonation. Bitterness there but doesn't stick around.

D- Decent IPA. Look for more flavor typically but not a bad drink. For a pick six I would throw one in if had a spot to fill.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass...

A: Dark amber with hints of orange hue, very cloudy with a few chunks floating as well...not so appealing for the style. Creamy two finger off white head form, falls slowly, decent lacing.

S: Grapefruit, hint of orange, pine, faint caramel malt.

T: Follows nose with an added grapefruit rind bitterness, pine lingers along with a faint metallic flavor. Good, but nothing standout about it, a little off balanced...

M: Very crisp carbonation, medium light body. Again, faintly metallic aftertaste, glad its not too strong, just kind of annoying.

D: Pretty drinkable save for the metallic finish. Does make you want to drink more to try and wash it down, but it keeps coming back!

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Photo of u2carew
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head, then settles to a thin lacing on top. Hazy body with some settlement. Copper in color. Lacing is thin and semi-sticky.
S) Orange. Pink grapefruit. Some floral tones as well.
T) A nicely balanced IPA. Not an over-the-top hop bomb. The bittering hops are sharp and dry with some citrus tones. Malt base has caramel and some fruity hints to it.
M) Fizzy. Medium body. Dry and a bit chalky in the finish.
O) A decent IPA. I'd have another.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Review #1400. Boom. It pours a clear rusty amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises mandarin oranges, light leek, cilantro, and a good helping of sweet caramel. The taste tones down the orange in favor of a more cilantro/greens/light pepper focus. The caramel is also diminished, while a strong (though not o'erwhelming) orange-peel bitterness loudly sidles in near and through the finish. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, a pretty nice IPA, very simple, straightforward, and generally enjoyable.

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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 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 HopintheSouth
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a pint glass from 12oz bottle

Appearance: Golden brown, almost orange in the light. Very thing head remains after the pour.

Smell: Floral hops and a slight citrus hop in the background

Taste: Very mild and sweet malt on the tongue, of biscuit and caramel. Light bitterness on the tongue but after swallowing the bitterness lingers, very pleasantly. Almost a little too weak and watery for my taste. Carbonation is just right and the hop flavor is suttle, but well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Lacking what I was looking for, I had this on tap in Milwaukee and remembered more body and the desire to finish my pint quickly! This didn't have the same affect, very thin with a watered-down mix.

Not a bad IPA, from my opinion it was much better on tap. Definitely a good beer to have around and for the price at my local craft brew shop I don't regret grabbing this one.

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IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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