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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerFMAndy on 02-24-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
932
Reviews:
171
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
12.8%
 
 
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23
Gots:
179
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0
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Photo of BoljaBoy52
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LoudRed
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hooverhawkeye
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 abcdefghijkyle
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of einman
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lunarbrew
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gobuccos
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattMorin
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nurt20
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 DoctorZombies
3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Red/brown pour with off white lacing. A lite hop nose. Lite bitter hop taste. Lite mouthfeel. Not much here, ok.

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Photo of Nbdreher
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jkermitj
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of budgood1
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ahuey333
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Norseman
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 MikeyDD
4.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Delicious roasty malty red. I have no idea how it's now classified as a Red IPA; there is a hop presence to be sure, but great regardless.

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Photo of Khaack
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gtwreck45
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gsmit
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

might be the best red ale I've had. very flavorful. .. kind of has a sweet, almost fruity taste in your mouth. Good beer

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Photo of reidscham
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rossracing
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BB1980
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fixed Gear from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.75 out of 5 based on 932 ratings.
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