Fixed Gear | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerFMAndy on 02-24-2010

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Reviews:
168
Ratings:
918
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
12.8%
 
 
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Reviews: 168 | Ratings: 918
Photo of hydrate
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
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!

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
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 Says a lot, given this was two weeks out of date and the store didn't have it refrigerated.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.

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Photo of CratesRus
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of farrago
3.3/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyLaw
2.23/5  rDev -40.5%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of martinfletwood
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of sublimesipping
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of steveh
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Markwas
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From the other reviews I read and being a fan of the red/Amber family, I think I may have gotten an "off" batch. Instead of a crisp hoppy flavor, I get an almost soapy and flat taste. Enjoyed the other Lakefront brews from the sample pack, so I may have to try this one alone.

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Photo of Kris450
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Very floral smell and taste. Piney sort of hops, similar to an IPA. poured a lovely red/gold and had a nice cream head that stayed for the majority of the drink. Mouthfeel was pretty light for a beer that is 6.8%. I could session this beer. Very nice.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Uncapping the beer releases light grains, a touch of tartness, grassy hops and some citrus notes and light fruit. Pours orange amber with a slight haze under a thick, 2” rocky, protein heavy head. The lace is thick and clingy. Light caramel to toffee joined by light fruit and malt spice roll over the tongue culminating in a light bitter accent. Has a creamy, above average body and average carbonation.

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Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -20%

10/17/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Reminds me of ESBs from UK. Leaned hoppy from a straight ahead bitter, yet not quite to the IPA stage. Not bad, but off the mark for my un-hoppy tastes.

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Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

On-tap @ Lakefront Brewery/Beer Hall:

Pours reddish amber with medium, beige head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus with caramel in a red ale style.

The taste is a mix of bitter hops and sweet caramelized malt. It has a bit of a chalky finish.

Smooth overall, though slightly astringent.

It's an enjoyable, hop-forward red ale.

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Photo of Samp01
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler on tap Joe Canals. Pours brown / amber with a medium beige head. Aroma and Taste of toasted caramel malt, earthy hops, mild floral and fruity notes and a bit of toffee flavors. A medium body, smooth going with good carbonation on the palate. Finish is of toasted caramel malt, a lingering toffee flavor with earthy floral hops bitterness. Overall your basic all around amber ale, with a good caramel malt character, smooth and nicely balanced. A good drinking brew.

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Photo of PauI
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

Fixed Gear is like, totally underground, man. You've probably never heard of a superior combination of hoppy pep with sweet malty goodness. It was a red ale before it was cool. It beats out a neat 6.8% in a Velvet amber mystique - kind of like chillin' out to the B - side of an LCD Soundsystem side-project remix vinyl.

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Photo of ronobvious2
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Very smooth maltiness and a very nice caramel taste midway and through the finish. A little high in the booze dept so don't drink too many. :-) Also don't think this one too cold, I think. That hampers the caramel taste.

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Photo of Kbeach
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lakefront's best selling beer for a reason. A great crisp taste with notes of pine and apple in it. Plenty of hops but not too hoppy.

This beer can be found in 38 states and 7 countries. An overall great beer, I might be abnormally high on it because I tasted it directly from brewery. Nevertheless, a great beer and definitely recommend.

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Photo of JAinSingapore
4.54/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fine beer from Wisconsin. Although I've spent most of the summer sampling Wisconsin/Minn. IPA this is a nice refreshing high alcohol Red. Has a slight bitterness, but Lovely taste that is super smooth--this one is fine, fine, fine---well done, Lakefront!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a dark, opaque amber color with a large cap of off-white head. Excellent retention and lace...a good looking brew.

Nose is caramel and toasty malt with a resinous, leafy hop aroma that leans herbal.

Taste is dark, burnt caramel maltiness, almost to dark chocolate levels. The hops are almost all on the bittering side, floral and long-lasting. It tastes pretty old school - old world hops, more bittering than taste/aroma hops and an earthy and char-esque maltiness. Mouthfeel is good, rich and well carbonated. Sweetness is pretty low. I actually am enjoying this, It feels like a tasty throwback to the early days of microbrews in the late 90's/early 2000's.

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Fixed Gear from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.75 out of 5 based on 918 ratings.
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