Fixed Gear
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #205
Ranked #33,652
3.74 | pDev: 12.57%
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States
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Notes: The energy and audacity of the fixed gear courier inspired us to create Fixed Gear, a big, bold American Red IPA. It pours a glaring crimson tone with a rocky white head and a brilliant floral-citrus aroma, thanks to an aggressive Centennial, Cascade, and Chinook dry hopping. Gratuitous amounts of dark caramel malts lend Fixed Gear its immodest, malty spine, while Chinook and Cascade hops impart its balanced citrus bite. This one’s got an attitude!

The hop flavor in Fixed Gear mingles well with Indian spices like tamarind, coriander, and cardamom; try it with tandoori chicken or pork vindaloo with rice on the side. Also goes great with grilled burgers, steaks, or baby back ribs.
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this a few years ago, disagreed with the rating on the side that had the "hoppy" meter all the way to 10.

Pours a reddish and light brown color. 1/2" off white head. They dry hopped with all the old school C hops, Cascade, Centennial and Chinook give a woody pine like vibe. Earthy malty presence, bring the caramel tones.

Taste, a little bitter, the hopping contributes almost nothing to the taste profile, just massive amount of grapefruit like bitterness. Caramel sticky, hefty malt presence. Alcohol had a tad of sting on it. For me there is just too much of a malt presence to be enjoyable with the bitterness. All that talk about achieving balance doesn't work for me. Make it taste good, IGAF if its "balanced".

In the end its one of those sticky bombers that reminds you of double ipas in the 90s. Loads of malty caramel and toffee, loads of IBUS, minimal flavors you like. Would not recommend to anyone other than that old guy who wears one of those conductor hats.

Jul 29, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium carbonation with a slightly thin body
Aroma is bitter earthy hops, malt. Grass citrus, bitter grapefruit
Taste seems to go hand in hand with the malts and hops with the hops winning in the finish. Very mild sweetness which eventually gets washed out by botter hop taste

Jul 29, 2019
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tall, thick, yellow-ish off white rocky head from a vigorous pour, receding leisurely to a very bumpy surface, leaving spotty lacing. Head has dropped to a rocky cap in 3 or 4 minutes. Deep and hazy amber with visible bubbles rising and lots of fine particulate matter suspended. Very slight aroma, faint citrus if anything. Hoppy, bitter initial taste, some citrus notes, with a solid malt backing. There is a musty bitter taste that is predominant from the initial through to the aftertaste. I keep mentioning the bitterness not because it is especially strong, but mostly because it and the mustiness are pretty much dominating the taste. Thin feel. The overall impression is relatively unbalanced, like the brewer attempted to convert an amber ale into an IPA (a theory which the name history of this beer supports).

Apr 30, 2019
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

10/3/18 (Chicago): $4.50 12oz bottle poured into standard pint glass at The Garage Bar & Sandwiches. 6.8% ABV. Copper pour, thin off razor thin head and lacing. Thin citrus aroma. Citrus hops taste, thin watery mouth feel, nominal carbonation. Overall nice beer.

Oct 08, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Best by date on label is '03 NOV 18',
Medium amber, slightly murky, colored body. Two finger light tan head settles to thick cap and ring. Leaves behind sheets and spots of lacing.
Lots of herbal hops in the aroma, along with caramel malts.
Sharp and slightly sweet taste of bitter hops and caramel malts. Quite a tasty balance. The after taste retains the citrus pith bitterness.
Medium, creamy mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Good food choice pairing with spicier meals. On its own the beer has a good combination of the sweet malt and the more bitter hops.

Aug 09, 2018
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Alchemistbbc from Wisconsin

3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Not an Ale fan, and this is a quality Ale, but a no go for me. “Someone tried really hard to make this taste like this.” If you like hip ales this is for you.

Jul 19, 2018
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy off-white head. Aroma is of grassy hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal hops dominate the palate with caramel malt and ripe fruit provide support. Finish is long, grapefruity. Good brew.

Apr 30, 2018
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craigbelly from Iowa

3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crimson tone with a rocky white head and a brilliant floral-citrus aroma. This borders on a red IPA. Aggressive dry hopping and mild bitterness.

Jan 12, 2018
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Ricochet from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll start by saying this was in the back of my fridge since last year. "Best Buy" date is 10/16 so this is nearly a year old. I don't know why I put it away, but thought if it's an IPA, it gets better (or worse depending on opinion) with age. Gave it a shot tonight. I also discovered my bottle of Anger Management from Brew Keeper, it's over 8 years old. (Double IPA. Hmmm.)

This poured a dark brown and it varied in color lighter to darker like a black and tan? Checked it under light and indeed that was it. Fizzy throughout but little head and lace in the pour. Slight fruit scent with a touch of raisin ad maybe a bit of tar from the hops. Mouth was not bitter , went over without any fanfare but did foam up when let alone.

I think I put this one away because I didn't like it that much when I had it new. That's why the exclaimer at the beginning. If this mellowed the harsh, well age may be this beer's friend. Smooth, fruity, with a Jujy fruit back. Hints of the red/bitter come out. A touch sweet.

Well. I could drink THIS beer all night. It's very complex. I might have to get more and try it new to see if indeed there was a gap with age.

P.S. I've now rated 500 beers? Wondering when I get a FEZ? (Hello old school BA users. :)

Jul 22, 2017
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep rich burgundy in color and topped with a pristine tan froth. It's a looker.

Aroma is malt forward with tea leaf and overripe plum following.

Tastes of tea leaf, spice and fruit juice with a tame and simple bitterness throughout the finish.

It's light from start to finish and drops a touch of alcohol heat off on the way down.

First I've had from this bunch, and not bad at all. Kind of enjoying the lack of pretension here.

Jul 18, 2017
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hydrate from California

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Did not like this. Tastes more like a lager than anything else, complete with throat burn. No hops or flavors or anything interesting. Think of the beer you drank in college when you had no cash. That's it!

Jan 10, 2017
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SaltofOH from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle best by 12/9/16. Oops. DFH tulip.

A: pours a clear dark red/Amber with 1 finger frothy light beige head that dissipates quickly to a thick ring of bubbles around the edge. Little visible carb to speak of.

S: toasted Amber ale malts, yummmm! Fresh black cherries and overripe bananas. Sweet.

T: first impression is dry and slightly hoppy/green. Mid palate is surprisingly crisp, dry, and toasty. Finish starts to turn malty, then into a woodsy bitterness with characteristic red ale toastiness.

M: solidly midweight, pretty dry and slightly astringent.

O: I have seen this on shelves, and it intrigued me. I am a fan of red ales, and this does not disappoint - toasty with body, but not excessively sweet. Very drinkable and I can see this pairing very well with food. Says a lot, given this was two weeks out of date and the store didn't have it refrigerated. Will bring a sixer back next time I visit.

Dec 28, 2016
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CratesRus from Illinois

3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L- Gorgeous beer. About a finger of off-white head that lingers. Clear amber color borders on a dark orange depending on the light.
S- Alright. Not very aromatic. Mostly malt and bread notes. Some hops? Maybe...
T- Bitter malt. There is so much variation in what qualifies as a Red Ale that I am judging this by what it says on the bottle "American Red IPA" As such I was left wanting some more of the hops to come trough. Instead I get malt and caramel on the forefront and a standard bitterness on the back end. Solid but underwhelmed. Not as complex as I was expecting from the other reviews and its style. Maybe mine was old?
F- Medium body, smooth. Just the right amount of carbonation.
O- Solid but underwhelmed. Might buy it again but there are other reds I love much more.

May 30, 2016
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basaywhat from Illinois

3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. Clear amber with an inch of off-white head. Aroma of caramel and bread crusts, pine, oranges and pepper. Smooth, medium-bodied. Toffee sweet with pine-tinged bitterness bursting through towards the finish.

May 08, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A decent addition to the rubric we call "American reds."
Looks interesting, particularly when held up to springtime sunlight.
Smells are mostly fruity hops with some sweeter malts in the background.
Tastes are not much different, except that the bitter hops come through as I drink more.
Feel gets subtractions because low carbonation does not chase away the bitter.
OA: Decent. I'll have this again, but only if I have lesser options.

Apr 24, 2016
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farrago from New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a healthy three finger head of deep tan foam, nice density with cratering at the pour point, ends up in a hilly surface with a few big splotches for lacing, no true streaks. The liquid is a deep reddish orange with a fair amount of floaties darkening it further, minimal clarity, only a few bubbles visible here or there. Caramel infused nose with copious amounts of bread and biscuit, roasty with orange peel, pine sap and sun warmed tar notes, the tropical pineapple, guava fruit seems more sluggish than juicily flowing, overall staying power is good. Medium-bodied, the low carbonation leaves it flat-footed emphasizing thickness over expression of flavor. Dry and herbaceous with a peppery streak, not much sweetness in the orange to lemon citrus nor the apricot, pineapple, green apple fruit. Cocoa powder and nuttiness joins the breadiness, the caramel or butterscotch element loses grip. Leaves a roasty sort of taste and residue behind. Does not have a clipped finish but does not seem long either, more evidence of a compact presentation. While sampled well within its drinking window, this strikes one as a brew best sampled super-fresh.

Dec 10, 2015
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JohnnyLaw from Wisconsin

2.23/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Looks good, taste meh per usual hoppy bitter, feel again meh. If your a sheep and following the current IPA trend you may like it. The label is nice looking so I guess its got that going for it.

Nov 08, 2015
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stevoj from Idaho

3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

As a rider, I have an affinity for bicycle themed beers. This one’s not too bad, pours amber with modest foamy head, aroma is lacking but taste makes up for the shortfall. Nice hop bitterness, but not overdone, so it’s smooth and drinkable. I don’t like fixies, but I like this.

Nov 03, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance : Dark honey colored to iced tea colored body, topped by a soft brownish off-white head. The head initially pours 4 fingers and then the body eats it up to about 1 finger, leaving thick lacing behind.

Smell : Lots of pine and grapefruit rind, with some polite roasted amber malts behind that. Nothing more, nothing less. Simple and exact.

Taste : Much more roasted flavor in the body and less hop than in the nose. Very delicious, and I should note I'm drinking this at about 42 degrees. Some honey and brown sugar accompany the roast malts, and some grapefruit rind accompanies the pine. It's a bit strong for me but I'm not normally a fan of IPA's. This is really delicious though, and although intense it's still easy to drink.

Feel : Very creamy, very large, dense, and lightly/appropriately carbonated. Ends dry.

Overall : While I can't really say this is an end-all be-all beer, and that I thoroughly enjoy it, I CAN say that this is a great representation of a Red IPA. Next to Odell's Runoff, I think this is probably my favorite Red IPA.

Oct 28, 2015
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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy, reddish amber color with a minimal head that recedes almost immediately and doesn't leave lacing. Floral hop and not overwhelming caramel aroma. It's a hoppy red with a clean floral hop and caramel malt body before an underwhelming piney hop finish. Medium-light body and medium carbonation.
It's an above average red that doesn't stand out particularly well. It's good but not something I'll search out. There are more interesting and better done reds out there.

Oct 21, 2015
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martinfletwood from Iowa

3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At this point, I'm probably not the guy to listen to about IPA's, but I am beginning to come around to IPA's, and Fixed Gear is a pretty good one. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

Sep 17, 2015
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy, bubbling, dull copper. Very fine tan head has modest retention. Smells a little of resin, a little of caramel. Slightly estery as well. More hoppy on the taste, being piney, and herbal to spicy, especially on the back end. Reminds me of a winter-time treat. At the start a little tart and caramel, then raisins, then bread and black pepper. A little off-kilter. I can't say that it favors any one taste sensation, but neither does it meld them together as well as it could, with others of the style in mind. Still an enjoyable, drinkable beer. Medium bodied beer with medium carbonation, a little sticky, but not thick. Mild astringency.

May 13, 2015
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sublimesipping from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Milkboy, Phila. PA. My hometown standard does it again with a tasty, very solid offering. Great drinking beer with excellent mouthfeel and balance. Distinct hops but not overpowering, great session beer for a hop-focused palate. Really enjoyed, very fresh pour tonight with great reddish amber color. A solid winner from an old standard craft brewery.

May 02, 2015
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steveh from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure how to rate an American Amber Ale. Seems that Pete's Wicked set the standard for the "style" many years back, and Leinie's Red made it somewhat of a status symbol for a while. Now, there's Fat Tire, of course, but what's this beer really supposed to be? From BA's style definition:
"Primarily a catch all for any beer less than a Dark Ale in color, ranging from amber (duh) to deep red hues."

Hmm. Catch all. Okay. One thing I know is that I've enjoyed Lakefront's beers for 25 years, so I'm looking forward to taste this for the first time.

Best by Aug. 11, 2015 clearly stamped on the back label. 6.8% ABV clearly marked as well.

A -- Deep, clear reddish copper color with a firm, dense light tan head that holds up well and leaves good lacing (I see a lot of reviews calling this cloudy or murky, mine is considerably clear with no sediment in the bottle).

S -- Surprisingly piny hops up front with some light earthy malts fighting to be recognized.

T -- Sweetish, lightly caramel malts with some toastiness present up front. Spicy, piny hops balancing the sweetness without becoming too assertive. The hop spiciness lingers long into the finish and aftertaste, but doesn't become too cloying on the palate. Lightly roasted malts with some caramel character becomes present in the aftertaste.

F -- Mouthfeel is rather spritzy and dry with a medium body.

O -- A well-brewed, good tasting ale by a veteran brewery. Certainly wouldn't turn one down if offered, but I enjoy many of LF's beers more and would turn to them sooner.

Apr 15, 2015
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Tone from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, strong hops, slight citrus, caramel malt, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of yeast, slight pine, and hops. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

Jan 30, 2015
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