Fixed Gear | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
58.4%
Liked This Beer
3.71 w/ 938 ratings
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerFMAndy on 02-24-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,091
Reviews:
172
Ratings:
938
Liked:
548
Avg:
3.71/5
pDev:
12.67%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
181
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 938 |  Reviews: 172
Photo of acurtis
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/2012.

Pours a murky copper with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium/dark clear cranberry red with a short white head.

Nose is not real asserive. Light esters of stone fruit; pleasant.

Mouthfeel is thin but good. Well balanced; nice carbonation and inviting.

Flavors are assertive. A short fruity front palate that quickly hits you with big grapefruit skin/pine bitter that is bright and bold. Flavors are meaty and rich.

Big rich roasted grain undertones that leads into a bitter roasted finish.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pretty impressive for almost a macro, this is the best ive had from lakefront. this is everywhere but ive somehow missed it. a hoppy red ale that drinks a little heavier than most. hazy amber in color with an oatmeal colored head with excellent lace and retention. the nose here is hop forward, bitter, and rich from the grain. the alcohol content is also somewhat of a surprise, being as robust as it is for a release like this. maybe i had the wrong opinion about these guys. their pumpkin is clearly a poor judge of what they are capable of. nice richness of feel, as the hops provide most of the flavoring and the malt more of the structure. a little dryer than expected too, i like the low sugars on the finish and the lasting bitterness. woody almost, quite good really. fuller body a sixer might be too big of a dose honestly. relatively impressed, and will look forward to more lakefront stuff when it comes around. i wont wait so long next time.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a deep amber color with a soapy tan head on top. The beer has a very nice lacing as well as a pretty strong retention as well. The smell has a pretty good piney aroma with some toasted malts in there as well. The taste of the beer has a pretty good bitterness to it along with a nice caramel malt flavor in there also. The mouthfeel is creamy, a decent carbonation and dry in the finish. Overall this is pretty good, would love to have it fresh. Worth trying!

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Photo of nmann08
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering he surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: A rather complex mixture of citrusy and floral hops is present in the nose along with notes of caramel malts and hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but has a little more balance with the caramel malts and citrusy hops. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a nice balance between the citrusy hops and caramel malts.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, a single from a mixed-pack recently made available here in Alberta. Fixed gear bicycles - is this not yet another overwrought hipster thing?

This beer pours a hazy dark orange-amber hue, with some sparse floaties, and two fingers of densely puffy, foamy eggshell white head, which leaves some random coral reef patterns of lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of grapefruit pith, some soft pine needles, a somewhat bready caramel/toffee maltiness, and a bit of further spicy hops. The taste is grapefruit and orange citrus rind, slightly doused in sugar, some bready, grainy malt, a mild, thin caramel character, and musty, leafy hops.

The carbonation is average, just doing its punch-clock job, the body a mostly sturdy medium weight, and generally quite smooth, a wee hop interloper showing a forgivable ingress. It finishes off-dry, the malt and hops both still vigorous in their ardour.

A pretty decent amber ale, something apparently much more common south of the border, where they aren't afraid to submit to the whim of the big hops, and we are ever the more so grateful for it.

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4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct-Wk2-10... bottled Oct 15th or later i'm guessing.

Deep russet tone, Sticky crown of lace that has a full, thick dimension to it. The foam fades after a bit, but the laces absolutely coats the glass. Second pour, the head is thick with a creamy texture to the surface.

Resiny "C" hops produce some nice fruity cantaloupe, orange marmalade, and grapefruit notes.

The first few sips really remind me of Alpha King. Slightly sweet caramel malt with fruity, only slightly bitter hops stealing the show. Resiny, earthy hop character lingers into the aftertaste, drying things out. Easy to drink, medium bodied with ample carbonation. A bomber is no problem, it pairs well with food also. Way to go Lakefront, Fixed Gear is a winner in my book.

Side note: As a cyclist, I don't really care what kind of bikes other people ride. I commute on a converted single speed (with a brake) as Chicago is flat, and it was the only gear I ride in anyway. Finally, a beer that harmonizes with my choice of transportation. Hallelujah. /sarcasm

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/11/2013. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep red-orange color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malts and citrus hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, brown sugar, light biscuit, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, floral, grass light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus/grassy hop flavors; with a good malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice amber ale. Good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and citrus hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated wk1 of April (no year, but new to place of purchase in summer 2012) poured into snifter.

A - pours a cloudy orange-brown with a light tan head. The head is small to begin with and reduces to little more than a ring in no time. Spotty lacing is left on the glass. Appearance is not the strong point of this beer.

S - From the bottle, this has a striking and surprisingly strong aroma of hops. Once decanted, a complex and earthy aroma of herbal and piney hops can be detected from a distance. Caramel malt is also quite evident. There are also some grassy and citrus notes.

T - Very flavorful! What would normally be a solid and dominant malt base actually serves as the background to a complex array of hop flavors, including piney, floral, citrus and herbal. Likewise, this sweet-bitter balance is decidedly won by the bitter components. There's also a light, fruity tartness.

M - Medium body; light-moderate carbonation; dry finish.

O - Fixed Gear is a bold red with a far more forward hop profile than usual, especially in the aroma. Best to think of this as a red APA, it is moderately bitter rather than slightly sweet. As hoppy as many IPAs, this is easily recommended as a "red ale" for hop heads.

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Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled on the 4th week of April, so not too old. And thanks for dating the bottle, despite not having a year.

Pours a bigger fizzy 1.5 finger head that fades at a med pace, darker colored reddish looking head, that leaves sticky lacing on the glass, and a very hazy sediment laden mahogany reddish orange color.

Nose is fairly light, some sweet reddish malts out front, with a light aromatic and caramely malty aroma, some fruit aromas in there that I'm not sure belong, maybe yeast additions?, wait, the more I nose it I think those fruity aromas are hints of fruity almost citrusy-like hops, although there does seem to be hints of esters from the yeast, and a touch of booze when I nose really deep.

Taste is different... interesting... like an earthy caramely flavor comes through, almost root like or sasafras maybe... anyways, aside from that... oh maybe some weird yeast additions as I think it brings hints of esters again and just a touch of a phenolic like taste. So as I was saying, some caramel reddish malts, bit of sweetness with that, and even a feel of booze that is too prevalent for only 6.5%. Earthy slightly herbal hops kick in with a light bitterness but that really earthy taste. As it finishes it attempts to dry but seems to remain a bit sticky, with more caramel and a hint of toffee lingering, and hops that get a bit more bitter, slightly earthy and spicy, and a bit of that fruity flavor that almost wants to come off as apple or maybe slightly cidery. Actually the more I drink, the more I seem to get a slight cidery flavor.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall... despite that the bottle says "it tastes damn good", I disagree. While it has some interesting qualities, not a very well done beer at all. Some off flavors, malt doesn't seem to really nail itself down, hops are too earthy and don't really sit with the rest of the beer, and the yeast seems to have added some qualities that it didn't want to leave.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Lakefront Brewery (Milwaukee, WI) on 8/8/10. Served in a clear plastic cup.

Pours a deep hazy amber, with heady of off-white fizzy foam. Just like the other two beers that I just had, this retains and laces with the same thin and fizzy look (OK maybe a little richer looking). The aroma is freshly floral and tangy in the nose, with a mix of roast, caramel, and earthy citric character. Just a touch of spice and pine work their way in here as well.

There's a lot of dark burnt and grainy malt character going on here in the taste, tempered somewhat by the sweetness of caramel and citric fruit. A nice hoppy bite is present in this, layering bitter notes of spice, citrus rind, and some light pine in the mouth, which lingers fairly strongly in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium, sharp & prickly, and overall pretty darn easy feeling in the mouth for 6-7% beer.

Beyond the hoppy harshness of the finish, this was pretty darn good and was definitely the tops of the Lakefront beers that I tried on this day. This is surprisingly dark feeling for an Amber Ale but I didn't mind one bit. This is worth a look (at least on draft).

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3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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Fixed Gear from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 58.4% out of 100 with 938 ratings
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