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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 ahq514
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazy gold with about a fingers worth of an airy, white head. Appears to have low-medium carbonation. Great lacing.

Good variety of hops present in the aroma. Exhibits pine, floral, grapefruit, and citrus aromas. The hop aromas are nicely balanced by some caramel malt.

Everything you would expect from the aroma is present here. Starts out with a burst of citrus and pine hops. Then the malt comes in and mutes the bitterness of the hops. The beer finishes with some softer fruit characteristics, like apricot.

Mouthfeel is a medium body, fairly light carbonation, and extreme drinkability.

The name of this beer is balance. Has some great hop characteristics while having a great malt presence as well. This gives it great drinkability as their is very low lingering bitterness. In my opinion, one of the better ipas out there.

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Photo of Jparker37
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled week 1 of October 2011 and poured into a Samual Adams perfect pint.

A - Golden with some orange highlights. Some floating debris haze. Big pillowy white head full of tiny bubbles that receed to a small but prevalent cap of foam that clings to every inch of the glass.

S - Big pine/citrus hops. Even some slight tropical fruit smells. Very green dry-hops. ++++

T - A little bit of some biscuity/bready malt is quickly swallowed up by great pine, and mildy herbal flavor. But the finish is its best feature. Its big and bold hop flavor is quickly quieted to a nice crisp/drying bitter finish without leaving your taste buds begging for mercy.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation

O - I would by the sampler 8 pack all over again for the IPA alone. I was enamored with how hoppy the beer was in smell and flavor but still sessionable for a hot summers day.

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Photo of Rennpferd
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a slightly chilled bottle into a clean pint glass.

It poured heady with a solid three finger off white head. The head quickly receded about two fingers back down,

leaving nice stickly lacing to the sides of the glass. It was moderately active and deep amber in color.

The beverage gave off a vibrant floral and pine scent that was slightly mouth watering. A slight hint of bitterness was evident.

It was medium bodied. It first moved very fluidly, then foamed up as the last bit of the mouthful was swallowed.

The floral and pine scents were evident in the taste as well. The pine taste was a bit more bitter than how it smelled. It had a moderate dry hoppy finish.

I find that this beverage is pretty much just how I like my IPA's. I find it very drinkable and it will probably become my IPA of choice due to it's qualities and status as closest brewed IPA.

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Photo of BTodd
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A-Hazy, orange with a thin layer of suds which lingered.

S-Pine, citrus, bitter orange

T-Same as smell with a nice, light caramel sweetness on the finish. Good balance.

M-Feels a little thin. Cleans out pretty quickly with some residual bitterness. A good drinker for sure.

O-I've had this before and didn't think it stood up. However, today, it's hitting the spot. Bottled ab out 2 months ago. Perhaps last time was too old.

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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 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 dancinwillie
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper hue, with a thick and creamy of white head. The head has mad staying power, and some big bubbles popping out giving it that rocky appearance.

Smells like a fruit bowl, citrus, apricots and peaches, maybe a little pineapple.

Tastes much like the aroma, good bitter hops provide that citrusy taste that I love in IPA's. Decently bitter for the style as well. But the name of the game here is balance, and the malt sweetness really plays a great supporting role. This is a fine tasting example of the style, and proves that you don't need to be so "extreme" to make a point. Very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is chewy, and a little grainy. I think it works great for this beer.

Drinkability for me would be pretty high. I had been wanting to try this beer for some time, but had been less than impressed with some other Lakefront beers. This one is really a winner. I have not had many better beers in the style. One of my new favorites, and sure to make it into my regular rotation!

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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 AlphaKing414
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Malty looking, Nice head, dissipates pretty fast.

Amazing smell! I can smell it from three feet away! Great grapefruit smell, quite danky.

One of the best off the shelve IPAs no questions asked. Great danky, hop taste. Citrus goodness, cant get much better than this.

Not too much carbonation.

Overall, I think this is a great IPA definatly recommend trying it. So underated I think.

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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 Schimms
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Pours a beautiful clean and clear orange with thick white head.

S: Rare hop combo that brings out the juicy, mouth-watering scent.

T: Smell melts into great flavor that was promised. Tingly hop burn throughout whole tongue. Little alcohol taste. Very hop forward with good malt support to make this a great IPA. Wonderful aftertaste - lingers minutes after.

F: Medium dry, smooth.

O: Love this one. Drink it now. I picked it up at the store on a whim. What a great whim for me.

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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 Yagman3000
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lakefront IPA 
Served from a bottle and poured into a snifter. 

Appears a dark orange gold. A small head is maintained with decent lacing. 

Smells mildly of hops and not too bitter, piney, or fruity. A little underwhelming for an IPA. 

Tastes is underwhelming too. This us an IPA?  Pushing it as a pale ale!

Mouthfeel is nothing special. It's appearance led me to thick that it wouldn't be so watery. 

Overall I'm not impressed at all. One of the least favorite IPAs I've had in memory. 

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Photo of roan22
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jordan first for giving me a bottle of this a week ago when I was at Bella Vista [Lakefront's PA wholesaler for the Philly area]. I cracked it open immediately, at room temperature and devored it immediately. I liked it so much, two days later I bought a case.

This IPA is a darkish gold/amber color with a small white head poured into a pint glass. It smells fresh, and earthy. Impressive subtlety with presenting and maintaining the hop bitterness throughout the length of the pint. The hops taste earthy, greens, plantlike along with some citrus and traditional pine flavors. The alcohol gave me a pleasant buzz. This is a very drinkable IPA and was a hit with everybody I shared it with.

I met Orlando who is affiliated with the brewery, at the Philly Craft Beer Fest and he is a very nice guy. Good work Lakefront.

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

Poured into a Brooklyn Brewing snifter on 6/19/11.

Pours a golden honey color with a good head that is fluffy white and takes some time to dissipate and leaves some very pretty lacing on the glass 4.5/5.

Smells of nice piny hops and some citrus. Some sweet malts for balance but this beer has a lighter smell. 4/5

Taste is much of the same. Nice hop and malt bill and its eay to drink. 4/5

mouthfeel is light and the resin leaves a bittle pine hop flavor. Good carb and nice feel. 4/5

Overall this is another solid brew and I look forward to enjoying it over the summer is possible. 4/5

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Photo of spree92
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This isn't a typical stock item at our beer stores, so it may have been sitting around for a while. Smell is of light hops and not much else. A taste of dirty hops, bitter and sour at the same time. Feel and drink just aren't where it should be for a craft IPA.

Bought a 6'er, so I will keep trying.

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

Medium brown in color, quite dark for an IPA. The head is a giant crazy high pillowy pile of foam - couldn't even pour the 12oz bottle into a pint at once. Head is stunningly beautiful. Quite hazy with tiny hop floaties. Must have dryhopped the crap out of this thing.

Hoppiness is solid, but not over the top - this is borderline PA/IPA. Lacks bitterness to really be an IPA. Wonderful citrusy aroma and taste, nice biscuit note & complex hoppy taste. Great balance here.

A solid creamy feel is an unexpected bonus. Finishes very smooth & lacks any bitter bite you'd expect in an IPA.

PA or IPA who cares? This is a tasty bugger. I could kill a whole pile of these.

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Photo of Zadok
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Nice cloudy golden orange with subtle ruby highlights. One finger head with decent lacing.

S-A strange musty smell emanates, I believe it to be pine needles.

T-The taste has a little of the strange smell attached to it, pine needles and hops are the main flavors present.

M-A very bland mouth feel, if it wasn't for the decent carbonation I would think it's flat.

D-Defiantly nothing to write home about, can't foresee having another anytime soon.

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

12 oz. bottle purchased at Hi Time Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA. Enjoyed in a 16 oz. tumbler.

Deep gold-amber color, clear and bright. Capped by an off-white head which started out freakishly large (prompting me to wonder if the beer was spoiled) but settled into a lasting finger of dense, small-grained foam. The beer sticks to the glass readily, and leaves behind plenty of sticky lacing.

Zesty citrus aroma, grapefruit and orange peels. There's also a resinous, earthy hop quality and a slight "feline" note. A sweet bready/grainy character reminiscent of honey-wheat rolls finishes out the aroma.

Sweet orange flavors dominate at the start, on top of toasty malt with caramel. Grapefruit and floral notes follow afterwards. Very enjoyable hop flavors with a bitterness that seems mild up front then flares up impressively. Citrus flavors give way to a crunchy nectarine fruitiness at the finish while the bitterness lasts and lasts. I like it.

Body feels thin for an IPA, and it's a little bit slick. This beer coats the mouth with hop oils which the carbonation doesn't scrub away entirely. Not a bad thing, in my book.

This beer is on the lighter side of the IPA style, but still has a lot to offer. The light body, moderate carbonation, balanced sweetness and delicious hop flavors add up to an IPA that is very easy to drink. I think this would pair fantastically with grilled pork chops and a spicy fruit glaze.

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Photo of bjoyce12
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, solid IPA offering. First thing I noticed: Super carbonated. Foam spilling from the bottle. Thought someone had shook it up, so tried another and got same effect. Carbonation seems to force the aroma from the ale like a cloud around the brew. Excellent IPA aroma. Taste is solid IPA. Not the best but better than average. Try this with their Fuel Cafe coffee stout; an superior combination.

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

Thanks to Rick Hamler for this bottle.

Pours a light golden color, with a head that quickly diminishes to a wisp.

Thick aroma of grapefruit, citrus, and pine.

Taste is of hops, with bracing evergreen and citrus notes. Malt seems understated, almost non-existent.

Nicely carbonated, with a semi-dry finish. Refreshing, although body is a bit think relative to other similar beers.

Overall a very drinkable beer. A nice hoppy IPA from Milwaukee with a decidedly West Coast edge.

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Photo of bgillespie
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A deep amber-orange and pours a thick white head that dissipates to a white frothy lacing.

Smell: Hops and citrus. A lot of it.

Taste: Citrus, bitter. A hint of grapefruit at the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy to drink.

Overall: A great beer and IPA. Nice touch with the flavor of grapefruit.

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