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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Bighuge
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky looking dark amber. Thin off white head. Lace is moderate. I love this hop aroma. It's piney, but it's also pungent, oily and resiny. On the palate, I notice a nice malt base with the toffee and caramel. Big and full bodied feel to this beer. Viscosity is on the high end of the spectrum. Hops give this beer a lot of character. This is unique in a way because of the emphasis on the dirty, grimy greasy characterstics of the hop flower. Oily and pungent. A little of that bong residue feel to it. And some pineapple juice as well to cap it off. I like it. Haven't reviewed a Lakefront beer in a long time, but this one is pretty damn good.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good orange and brown notes in the color. Thick head.

Very sour for what an ipa should be. Thick ale. Bitter. Hops not as citrusy as I would have expected, went for more of a big bitterness than a dry hopped citrus feel. A little metallic down the bottle, more malt heavy at the end. Drinkable as it comes at a fair price, but is more like a hodepodge of ipa, imperial esb and a sour. Unique. I'd call it another winner from Lakefront, but far from their best effort.

EDIT: These have shown up in Reno! Wow, some good stuff here, but you can't really go big hops on this one. There's some, and they're better than average, but Total Wine needs to try and order less, because it sticks around on the shelf for like 6 months.

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Photo of drpimento
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served with a very nice, large, foamy and frothy, off-white head and good lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is a little malty and lots of fresh hops. Flavor is firstly - fresh, chewy hops on top of a little caramel malt. Good beer. Not too sweet; just enough to stand up to the hops. Great carbonation and mouth. Nice finish too. Don't notice the alcohol until the very end of the finish. Perhaps a session beer. I like this one a lot!

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Photo of barnzy78
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I've seen this a million times in the store & never bought it (it even has an eyeball on it and I'm an optometrist, so you'd think I'd be all over it, but no). Now it's given to me by a friend because someone left it at his house, and he doesn't like IPA's...

12oz, bottled 4th week of May
A - hazy amber with plenty of chunky yeasties suspended within the ale; topped with a thick, creamy, ivory head that holds good retention, and leaves rings of lacing down the glass
S - malty aroma of bread & caramel, pine & citrus in the background, slight spice & earth also
T - nice bold flavors of both malt & hop: caramel, bread, pine, and pungent grapefruit dominate the palate with toasted grain and spicy hops in there as well
M - fuller body, resiny but still creamy, lingering piney bitter finish
O - this has everything I love in an IPA. I can't believe it took this long to try it and like it as much as I did.

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Photo of glid02
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up as a single at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a very cloudy light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a scaly layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells of citrus with a good malt backbone. Floral aromas sneak out every now and then.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of citrus up front soon overtaken by robust malt flavors. There's a mild bitterness at the end. It's good, but none of the flavors really jump out.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit thin but the carbonation is good and it goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good. As I said before none of the flavors have a ton of presence, but it's definitely drinkable. I could have another, but I'm not terribly excited about the prospect.

Overall this is a good IPA - I picked this up, along with the Fuel Cafe because I'd heard less than stellar things and figured those two styles were pretty hard to mess up. I wasn't disappointed. This isn't a must-try, but it's worth a shot if you're looking to try a new brewery.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed golden orange color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head fades rather quickly leaving foamy rings of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a citrus hop smell of grapefruit and pine. Along with the hoppy smells comes some more malty aromas with both a bready and light caramel aroma. A of a tangerine smell mixes in with the rest, creating a sweeter smell overall.

Taste – The taste is much drier than anticipated from the nose. It begins with a more cracker like flavor with a bit of a caramel sweetness. Right from the start there is a decent sum of a grapefruit hop that grows stronger as the flavor moves onto the end. Along with the grapefruit growing stronger, some pine hop and a bit of herbal hop work their way onto the tongue. The caramel that was present upfront, fades away all while the hops increase, and in the end the combination of flavors leaves a drier and rather resinous bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. The thicker body really accentuates the hop flavors nicely as the higher carbonation is nice for the cracker flavors creating a some-what crisp feel.

Overall – A drier and crisper IPA with a decently bitter hop bite. A fairly nice drinker.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A new beer for this area, and a wonderful example of an IPA. I really liked this beer. Poured into a pint glass it was a clear golden color with a thick white sticky head. It had an earthy aroma, mostly pine but also some citrus. The citrus came through more in the taste, and the pine was also there. Not a hop bomb, but a more subtle flavor that lingered quite well. Definitely want more of these.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, not one of my favorite breweries in the state but it earned a high ranking so i'll give it a shot

appearance: cool label. poured into an imperial pint glass, dull straw-copper color, fluffy white cap and decent retention

smell: citrusy hops - heavier on the orange/apricot/tangerine, kind of a touch of funk as well and noticeable earthy malts

taste: pretty tasty IPA and a bit off the beaten path of the style...citrusy and full of white pepper spice and corriander, fresh lemon zest and bready yeast...grassy and earthy with caramel malt notes

mouthfeel: medium body, lively

drinkability: pretty good

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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 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 Cyberkedi
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a strong, hoppy aroma with a firm undertone of banana. It pours a hazy honey-golden with a thick off-white head that hangs around for just a little bit. Flavor is as hoppy as an IPA should be, fairly but not overwhelmingly bitter, with the same banana undertone as the aroma though not as strong. Texture is smooth and edgy, rather tingly, leaving a nice hoppy finish.

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Photo of mynie
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours unmotherfuckingfiltered. It is really, really nice to see yeast sediment floating around in an IPA. It's as opaque as a tulip and the head is like the beers they drink in cartoons.

Smells green. Underripe oranges, pine, and pot. No malt of which to speak. The hops are varied but not really that balanced but still this is a good profile.

Tastes like it smells, like a jar of green green grass. Only not at all grassy. Tastes like all the bitter greens with which I am familiar, adding to the aforementioned we got parsley, and then the tops of carrots--and, oh I just belched a little and up came some grass. Hmm. Very nice.

Damn fine flagship, right here.

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Photo of FLima
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber color with a two finger head with decent retention and leaving laces.
What a delicious aroma of passion fruit, peaches, flowers and sweet slightly toasted malt.
Nice balanced flavor, fruity and bitter. Citrusy taste of grapefruit and oranges with notes of condimented yeast and sweet slightly roasted malt. Hints of pine and lemongrass. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with low carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden.
What a pleasant IPA, great aroma and an elegant flavor. One of the most balanced IPAs I have tasted so far. I could have had several of those in a row. Its hops give more flavor than bitterness, don’t overwhelming your taste buds. Though they feel higher than its 40+ IBUs. Excellent beer that is worth the care to have it with less than 6 months old to enjoy its full greatness. But don’t expect something overly intense.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of citrus, grapefruit, and pine resin. The taste is like the aroma...tons of fruity hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a good IPA...good, but not great. It seems to lack true complexity, but it is still drinkable. I would drink this beer again.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange copper colour, a few chunky yeast pieces, finger of head with some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Very sweet and earthy citrus hops, touch of pineapple and orange notes coming through.

T - The bitterness off the top is dampened by a citrus sweetness with orange and pineapple notes. Very fruity IPA and certainly a unique flavour for the style with a touch of pepper spice that also comes through nicely. A touch of breay malt lingers on the palette alongside an earthy hop flavour.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness. Perfect for the style.

O - A tasty IPA indeed and easily drinkable. Worth picking up a bottle or two, or six.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.61/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean orange-ish/ copper color with a white head. In the aroma, a sweeter malt and a small grapefruit hop. In the taste, a small sticky-sweet grapefruity hop, and a mellow malt backing. A small bitterness in a mainly light mouthfeel, and a sticky-sweet to dry, small hoppy aftertaste. Light for an IPA, small hops, and kind of watery.

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

Pours a hazy golden brown color with a tan head that dissipated into a sparse cap. The aroma is faint for an AIPA but what I do pick up is good. Nice juicy hop smell, grassy and floral. This has a very pleasant hop flavor. It is very fresh tasting, grassy and floral, more on the sweet side. Definitely not a big AIPA, actually this is on the small side of the category. A nice malt presence to really balance out the brew. Probably more of a APA. The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation, finishes with a malty sweetness. I am really digging the hop profile on this one. It is really tastey. This is definitely not a strong AIPA and is probably more of an APA.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Opaque orange brown color. A little over one finger of creamy off-white head. Retention is average and a moderate sized ring of lacing is left.

5.0 S: The aroma on this is incredible. My nose is being pelted with mango after pineapple after mango after papaya after mango after orange after mango. Sugary underneath. Very faint bready maltiness. This is all about the hops (mango). Doesn't get much better than this.

3.5 T: Taste is good, but can't hold a candle up to the nose. Soft bitterness. Citrus and tropical hop flavor that is much reduced from what the nose offered. Slight bready yeastiness.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. A bit overcarbonated and the carbonation is rather biting. Not as creamy as I want.

3.5 D: Decent beer that I'm glad to have had. Fantastic nose, but unfortunately the taste doesn't follow suit.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy orange copper with a finger white foam. Sticky w/ lacing. Some swirling sediemnt.

Citrus smell, coupled with a light pine.

Taste is a constant hop wrapped around a mild malt that gives way to a low to medium bitter aftertaste. Good carbonation adds to the mix.

Middle of the road IPA. Drinkable.

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

Huge pillowy off-white head forms from a normal pour, and the hops have a say in all of this as the retention is spectacular. Weathered copper color with a perfect clarity. Smells of pine, mint, hemp oil, lemongrass and blonde tobacco from the hops ... not much from the malt which screams IPA. Medium body seems a tad thicker from the hop oil on the palate that creates this deep smoothness. Surprisingly, not a ton of bitterness, which is nice, as the complex hop flavor dominates throughout with thick herbal, faint pine, grapefruit peel, crushed hemp seeds and mint. The malt character tried to get a taste in edgewise and succeeds by a pinch with a clean and sweet biscuit tone. All of that is smacked down by the hops again. Finishes slightly bitter with a long road of hop flavor that just sticks to the palate.

This IPA outshines most as it drops a load of flavor yet keeps the bitterness in check so you can actually taste the beer rather than your taste buds being numbed by excessive amounts of alpha acids, the bitter oil from the hops. Hopheads need to seek this beer out.

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

Blurry goldenrod with a whipped off-white of decent height, stickiness, and retention.
Grapefruit, mango, and orange pulp nose backed up with shortbread. It's a great aroma, but it could be dialed up a notch.
Shortbread provide the malt base across the tongue, furthered by crushed apples. It stay moderately sweet, and turns doughier in the middle with a mushy sugar cookie notion. Hops bring perfumey fruit notions of tangerines, sugared red grapefruits, and lime rinds. There's also a background grassy bitterness, but flavor and aroma hops are the mainstays. Bitterness is not big by any stretch. Ironically, spruce is the major player on burps.
The body is somewhat enigmatic. It's medium-light by most standards, but the suspended yeast and hops debris thickens it up a bit, adding a sense of cream when the body might otherwise sag and become flaccid.
All told, this is a solid, insanely drinkable IPA. It has moments that remind me of Hopslam (mainly the myopic citric hops). It's certainly not in that ballpark (or style), and I'd like a little more gumption mustered from the bitterness, and a bigger fullness overall. Those are minor quibbles. This is a much-better-than-anticipated IPA from Lakefront, whom I've always believed make better lagers than ales.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 12/04/2013 printed on the bottleneck. Finally getting around to trying this staple beer from Lakefront Brewery, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a murky burnt sienna orange with a finger and a half of fluffy khaki head. Nice head retention, and thin strands of scattered lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is nice - caramel malt breadiness, green apple, fruity yeast must, light spruce / pine / grapefruit / herbal hoppiness, earthy and twiggy, with some tea leaf like sweetness.

T - Taste follows the nose - bready caramel malt, green apple, musty earthy yeast, herbal & piney, grapefruit bitterness, and some twiggy tea leaf sweetness.

M - Feel is crisp and clean, with lingering caramel malt, and green apple stickiness. Mildly resinous hop presence.

Overall, a solid drinking, easy going IPA with a moderate 6.60% abv, although it lies firmly within the realm of the typical IPA. Glad to have tried it, but there isn't much here to set it apart from the rest of the pack. Still, I would have it again.

Lakefront Brewery IPA ---3.5/5

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful thick and creamy three finger head with lots of structure. As I sometimes write, this is the one where you can get the head to rise well above the top of the glass. Clear golden amber color. Great retention on the head. Great lacing.

Very light citrus aroma. A bit of lemon and a bit of grapefruit. Very fresh and nice.

Hop Character was a bit of a disappointment after the nice visual and appealing aroma. Don't get me wrong, this is a nice IPA. But I thought we were about to find a Midwest....West coast IPA. The hop bitterness was a touch more muted than I had expected. Flavor is well balanced and smooth. Pretty complex and you can sense a lot of things going on here. Some interesting fruity notes and some nice malt tones.
I think I may want to try a "fresher" bottle of this. This is very good, but I get the sense the hops have faded a bit.

Mouthfeel is wonderful The beer is medium/light in body and very fresh and cleansing...

Wonderfully drinkable.

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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 FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

623rd Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip

Total Wine & More Las Vegas (Sumerlin)

App- A mix of light orange with some peach and some yellow. A pretty flat and fast receding one finger head. No cling or legs on this one.

Smell- Light citrusy malty flavors dominate. A little bit of sweetness behind it but not too much. A welcoming IPA that is neither too bitter or malty or citrusy on nose.

Taste- The taste was a bit like the nose but had more of a bitter too it with some fresh citrus that was more tropical of note. A bit mango/papaya to me vs. orange/grapefruit.

Mouth- Medium bodied and Medium carbonated. A bit thicker on the mouth with the malt. Nice feel to it.

Drink- For an IPA that cost me less than 2 bucks, I am pretty damn happy. I'd love to have this one again. Next time in Vegas, Ill grab a whole six pack.

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IPA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,292 ratings.
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