IPA | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,327 Ratings
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
Ratings:
1,327
Reviews:
363
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
Wants:
74
Gots:
288
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,327 |  Reviews: 363
Photo of bashiba
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy copper color with a thick creamy and sticky head.

The smell was strong with a big fresh wet hop odor with citrus and pine and a touch of fresh bread malt sneaking in.

The flavor is suprisingly mild and balanced after the big bold smell, but in a good way. Nice solid toasted malt body with a nice bready quality to it with some slightly bitter lemony and floral hops with a touch of mint, giving this beer a very long and even finish.

The mouthfeel is thick and sticky with a bit of dryness.

A very solid IPA, shockingly good when compared to the poor quality of the other 6 lakefront brews I have had.

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Photo of seanchai
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of warrendietrich2001
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent 'go to' IPA hands down.

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Photo of OregonGrown7
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SomethingClever
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

4 oz taster on tap

4 oz taster

A: light colored caramel nice white head


S: I can't hardly smell anything maybe a fleeting fruit smell


T: nice fruit flavors sweet with a Little bubblegum on the end a little bready malts finishes clean


M: lighter than most ipas almost a little watery on the end 


O: solid IPA right here if you like a little more fruity beer sweet I'd drink this again

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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 bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Blind Tiger 03-15-09

Poured a light amber hazy color, with a white head that left behind a sticky lace. Pretty standard IPA aroma here, some light citrus, pine and malt. The taste was bready/malty, herbal hop finish. Medium body at best, not the greatest hop taste. OVerall a pretty middle of the road IPA, nothing special

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Photo of Norseman
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of dannycohen62
4/5  rDev +2%

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 orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a wonderfully clear amber orange with a creamy inch of head on top that leaves sticky patches of lacing across the side of the glass. Aromas start off with citric and floral hops upfront. Grapefruit is there along with a resinous quality. Mellow toasty note with caramel accents. Very nice.

First sip brings a crisp, somewhat toasty malt body upfront with a touch of caramel that is quickly overtaken by a rush of floral and citric hop flavors. Grapefruit moves in as it flows down with a touch of toasted grain and a good blast of bitterness. Finishes a bit dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly chewy, goes down smoothly. Overall, a solid IPA from Lakefront, a brewery that I find I often overlook. I'm very glad I gave this one a shot and I'd pick it up again.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice IPA. Pungent citrus hops and toffee malt battle for supremacy. Funky, earthy yeast with a vintage clothing mustiness spreads out between the gaps, quietly creeping in the background.

Amber and cloudy - emission of bottom-dwelling yeast, a surprise. Airy, crystalline, white foam in abundance - slow fade. Sticky lace ALL over.

Orange zest (possibly grapefruit) and honey/syrupy malt aroma - vaguely tangible. While it warms, spicy herb, ultra-soft flowery booze, and sweaty yeast are released, trapped by nose hairs.

Taste (key) is good... Very juicy - grapefruit - but the hops are outweighed by the malt. Lightly candy-sweet aftertaste. Took me several sips to identify the toffee thing with the malt. Ah, and I like it - long-lingering.

The thing that puts me off a bit is the effect of the bitterness in combo with the yeast and the mild scrubby dryness and strange perimeter watery slip o'er the tongue.

The money is in the nose, start, and mid-run. Pretty good - not so unique, but well done. Alcohol never in the way. Malt is firm, hops cut through. Balance and definition - thumbs up.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange hued copper with a finger of off-white foam.

Biscuity toasted malt sweetness and a fair amount of juicy citrus fruit.

Citrusy and slightly grassy hop bitterness with a nice toasted caramel malt backbone.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall, a solid IPA, well balanced and delicious.

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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 SaCkErZ9
2.96/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges hazy and a dark grapefruit color with a nice looking, one finger sized head. Pretty rocky and dense and plenty of lacing.

Aroma is very lackluster. Mostly caramel malt with very little hops. Sweet.

Very little hop flavor or bitterness. This doesnt really taste like an IPA to me. Very disappointed in this one. Maybe it is old or something but this was like a weak pale ale.

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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 MonkeyPilates
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bwbetts
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tdmccarthy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of kodt
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,327 ratings.
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