IPA | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cichief on 01-05-2008

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Ratings: 1,345 |  Reviews: 366
Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wizzle32
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joe1510
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$7.99 6-Pack
Steve's Liquor, Madison

Bottled: August 3rd Week

Lakefront's IPA pours tarnished copper with a hazy body and tiny particulate suspended throughout. A one finger plus clean white head formed on the pour and fell rather quickly to a thin skimming and slightly bigger collar. Spotty and patchy lace was left behind after each drink. I love the look of an unfiltered IPA although the head on this one is a bit of a let down.

Floral hoppiness jumps out at me quickly but is soon overtaken by a slight booziness and pine needles. A hint of candied citrus soon follows along with a faint blast of apple pie filling. The malts are slightly sweet and honey like with the faintest hint of caramel. This smells like a nice hop driven IPA and that makes me want to dive right in.

The flavor follows the aroma in stride. The floral hoppiness jumps out right away followed closely by bitter pine needles and resin mid palate while the caramel and honey-like maltiness stays in the back where it should. The pine is more pronounced in the flavor then smell and works to take over until the swallow leaving a solid lingering bitterness in its wake. This is a good IPA.

The carbonation helps make the medium body soft on the tongue while the bitterness grows with each sip. By the time the glass is finished my lips are starting to feel the numbness. Finishes slightly dry which accentuates the hop profile.

I can and have drunk quite a few of these in a sitting. They go down easily and have a solid hop kick that's kept in check just enough to keep the beer flowing.

Lakefront's IPA is the best of their beers that I've sampled to date and I don't hesitate to pick it up when I see it. The price point is easy to swallow as well compared to others of the same style.

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Photo of Eaglefan344
3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ralerwen
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of seanchai
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Bammer21
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Durandal_777
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of ffshore545
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent 'go to' IPA hands down.

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

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Jayli
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my bro - BOTM acquisition
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy copper color with a one finger of offwhite head. Head retains nicely and leave smattered sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is mango fruitiness, caramel malts, and a bit of grapefruit citrus.

T: Taste starts with a soft mango fruit flavoring, mingled with a sharp undercurrent of grapefruit citrus bite. Grapefruit flavring holds through the entire beer. A minor pale malt flavoring moves in with a finish that is slightly toasty and a mixture of grassy hops with a light lemon flavoring.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slick and somewhat oily but can't quite shake the oiliness.

D: Goes down easily, rather tasty, not too filling, decent kick, nice representation of style. I was so underwhelmed by the Coffee Stout that I was hesitant to try this brew. It's definitely one that I would grab a 6'er of!

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Photo of Act25
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How did I miss this? I'm with A Bros on this title IPA. Excellent, Try 24.
Although down the center of A IPA, this stands out for fresh and memorable high notes and quaff-ability.

look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ) begins with a hazy old copper-golden body that carries a finger of persistent head that coats with lace and surmounts the body with a lasting island.

S) Pungent aromas of orange zest, juicy citrus flesh, with cut grass, light alcohol, esters, and caramel.

T) Citrus, juicy, orange zest, pineapple and mangos see-saw with the white-cracker malt flavor. Finishes with lingering bright bitterness.

F) Creamy and malty, finishes crisp and dry into a bitter and warming finish.

O) Better and more complex as it warms. Try 24.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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 mikeburd1128
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Bryan12345
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bashiba
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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 bump8628
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 1,345 ratings
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