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Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States | website

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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166
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904
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
29.79%
 
 
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Photo of AllenJasper
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1.49 single at Blue Max Liquors. Burnsville, MN.
Bottle to Mug

A: slightly brownish red, moderately opaque with one finger of white head.

S: floral / fruity scent, leaning towards orange.

T: very fruity taste, somewhat of an orange/grapefruit/beer hybrid. Slightly hoppy on the finish.

O: this is the best 'red' beer i've had to date.

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Photo of chetripley
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Lakefront Shaker Glass (from the tour last year). Purchased at Woodman's in Kenosha because it was not available at my local Binny's.
Always look forward to seeing what the latest Wisconsin beer that they have that I can't get down here and was thrilled to see this.
Pours a dark amber color with little head. Bold aromas of pine and floral lead to a crisp and bold hop bitterness that lasts throughout the tasting.
The thing I don't like about some ales is the aftertaste, but this one is very satisfying and clean.
I would recommend it to the American Pale Ale drinker because I really don't think it fits into the category it is in.
Thanks again for keeping on your toes, Lakefront.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - nice brownish red with a nice one finger white head. Leaves a nice lacing as it goes down the glass. Looks like you would expect a red to.

S - smell is sweet and surprisingly hoppy. Notes of pineapple really shine while there are also hints of Clementines. Reminds me more of an APA than a red ale. Really nice and fragrant nose on this one.

T - Taste is initially sweet and follows the nose but on the taste clementines dominate but it isn't as sweet as I thought. There is a slight hoppy bitterness that come through. The finish is mostly piney hops that leaves a slight twinge on the tongue. Interesting that they call this a red since reminds me of an APA overall. It is good but a bit one-dimensional

MF - Overall the mouthfeel was a bit thin for the rest of the beer. I would like to see this be a bit thicker with more stickiness to it. This is the part of the beer that prevents this beer from being really outstanding.

O - overall a solid beer that would be easy to knock back. This is good but not too complex. The nose and look are by far the best part of the beer. The taste is good and the MF is a bit disappointing and really prevents this from being a great beer.

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Photo of dankster
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this hiding at my local shop. never heard of this brewery before.

A-cloudy and hazy deep copper with about two fingers white head.

S- spicy hops are front and center with nice malt backbone noted

T- wow this is a smooth red ale. clean hops and malt balanced nicely on this brew.

M- nice coat to the roof of the mouth with easy drinkabilty.

O- very impressed with this beer. want to find and try more beers from this brewery. cheers

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Photo of isaiahcutright
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy amber/copper color, with a one finger light tan head. Smells of foral spicy hops very nice. Taste has a very nice maltly backbone similiar to a amber ale, but has a very nice hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is right on for my taste. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Whadawookie
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn good beer. Hoppy for an amber ale. It's red/brown and murky. I poured into a snifter. Good tan head, good lacing. Nose almost stings from hops, also caramel malts pop through. It drinks really smoothly. It's almost like a double ipa, but not quite as hoppy. The malts are definitely there and quite delicious. As an experiment, serve this beer to some Fat-Tire junkie and see what happens. I'd wager they would prefer this, unless they really didn't like hops.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is a combination of sampling from both a 12oz bottle and 22oz bomber bottle I bought directly from the brewery in Milwaukee. This beer was served in a pint glass.

A: Cloudy. Reddish brown. Tan small head. Good lacing throughout.

S: Piney resins. Hops are completely dominant. Smells like opening a pack of hop pellets (Fuggles?). A little dark fruit.

T: Malt is carmelly and good. Hops are big but not overwhelming. Spice, citrus, pine.

M: Medium carbonation, slightly dry.

D: I love this style and here is another great example. Unique unto itself but very good.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-11-16 in New Berlin, WI.

A - Hazy amber-brown with a 2-finger tan head and good lacing.

S - Medium-roasted malt, mild citrus, pine and mild spice.

T - Much like the smell. Roasted malt, caramel, pine, earthy spice, citrus sweetness and bitterness. Dries fairly well with lingering roasted and citrus bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Smooth. Not bubbly.

O - Good flavor. Not in the same league as Troegs Nugget Nectar but a nice red.

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Photo of u2carew
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a two finger head that settles out. A hazy amber body. Semi-sticky, big bubble lacing.
S) Apricot. Grapefruit rind. Subtle caramel. Mostly a hop dominated aroma.
T) A mellow dry grain flavor with a bold hop influence. Caramel notes. Grapefruit in the mix as well. A pleasant hop bite in the finish.
M) Medium body. Mellow fizz.
O) A well crafted amber ale. I'd definitely have another one.

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Photo of nataku00
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a murky, hazy rust orange color with a finger of off white head consisting of a mix of bubbles and tight foam. Head dissipates after a few minutes leaving a little lacing to a thin collar and a small patch of bubbles on the surface. Plenty of tiny bubbles floating up from the bottom.

Nose is pretty typical amber, light floral hops with a substantial caramel, toasted grain and bread malt backbone. Pretty well balanced though.

Taste follows the nose, a good amount of floral hop bitterness, before the malt takes over the tongue, toasted grain and bread with only some slight caramel malt sweetness. Finish is medium, and has a bit of fruity and floral flavor with lingering toasted bread flavor.

Light to medium body with a good amount of fine carbonation. Easy to drink and pretty solid amber ale.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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 cindyjeffsmith
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: red (duh). Hazy, not much of a off white head to speak of.
Smell: pleasant though a little nondescript. Some malt, a little fruit, a bit of a hop zing.
Taste: gonna punt as it's just as the nose would suggest though with even less zing.
Another decent brew that seems less than stellar with all the other great beers available.

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Photo of anglagard1
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost more brown than red or amber.The smell of pine is intense, but in a pleasing way. Taste backs off the pine somewhat in favor of grapefruit; it has a definite IPA taste and mouthfeel to it, even a little bit of a Belgian IPA taste. The label claims it has a bold taste and it lives up to that. The predominant note is pine, very clean but direct. I think the taste matches perfectly with the 6.5% alcohol content, as it is an enjoyable beer but not one you're going to want to drink down too quickly. This is definitely a beer I will return to. Think of it as a cheep, available Hopslam that won't kick your ass if you try drinking more than 2.

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Photo of shand
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint.

I had really written off Lakefront, to be honest. After trying all of their baseline brews and having their bog-standard IPA being the standout of their lineup, I really wasn't planning on picking up any more of their brews. But then, I saw these pretty bombers at a local haunt for 5 bucks a pop. Reviews were good enough, I knew they were fresh, why not?

I'm glad I did, this is a great red. It's not much to look at or smell though. Big, quickly retreating head on a muddy red-orange body. Aroma is a muted hoppiness. The taste is really quite good though. Very bright citrus hops shine their way over an effervescent sweet, bready malt. These both make their way down to a smooth finish with just a bit of hops lingering on the tongue. Very balanced and well-composed.

This is a nice and smooth drinker, the mouthfeel is fairly light and has a perfect level of carbonation. The drinkability is the best aspect of this beer for sure though, it's been a while since I've had a beer this perfectly drinkable. This bomber emptied in record time,for sure. Which kind of leads me to my problem here, and it's a bit of a Catch-22. If this beer weren't in bombers, I probably would have never bought it. Now that I've bought it, I want it in six-packs because it's a great drinker that I'd love to keep in my rotation. Oh well, it's a great beer that I'll recommend.

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Photo of dbossman
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy reddish brown with a thin but steady head; lacing is good

S: A nice citrus, grapefruit, and subtle pine aroma up front but a fairly pleasant bready, biscuity malt base too

T: Hop forward but fairly nice bready base; citrus, grapefruit, with some tea leaves from the hops and sweet toasty breads from the malts; however all the flavors fade just a bit too quickly

F: Medium body that's just a touch thin on back end

O: A nice, hoppy red; it has bite but it has bready substance too; this is good stuff

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber red color with a fluffy, light tan colored head and nice carbonation.

S - Nice citrus grapefruit and pine nose, especially for a red ale (I'm used to getting more malt character). Caramel malt is a little biscuit like, but is a little subdued because of the hops.

T - Citrus hops hit the tongue up front with some fruitiness, followed by some caramel malt, then the hops return starting with citrus and morphs into a bitter pine finish with a little bit of a bite.

M - On the light side of medium body and a fairly clean finish.

O - For a red ale, I like the bitter bite as opposed to the toasted malt vibe from other reds I've had. I wish the flavor intensity could be dialed up a little and maybe a little more body.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear, deep red, with a big rocky light tan head. Leaves some chunky lacing.

Aromas of big citrus hops, pink grapefruit, grapefruit zest, some caramel malt in the background.

Flavors of bitter, pink grapefruit hops, caramel malt, biscuit malt.

Mouthfeel is light/medium with a nice, round bitterness. Good level of carbonation.

Overall a good american amber ale. Nothing too aggressive or out of line.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy dark reddish color with a nice off-white head with really good retention and lacing qualities.

S- The aroma is some malt, a hint of caramel and some hops.

T- The taste like the aroma has some smooth caramel malts up front with a dose of hops in the finish creating some bitterness. This one is very well balanced between the malt and hops.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not bad. This beer went down very easy and has enough flavor to keep you interested. Worth a try.

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Photo of brdc
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. One more sampler from Lakefront, very useful just like the last one. This time, 4 large bottles, one of each beer, very reasonably priced.
Large capped bottle, my only complaint is that the "bottled during" section is not marked.
Dark amber in color, with a large light cream colored head that shows good retention, some lacing.
Well balanced aroma, malty notes with grains, bread, sweetish maltiness (?caramel) along with a healthy dose of hops, adding an outdoors kind of freshness, flowery and piney.
Medium bodied, easy to drink, reasonably well balanced with caramel, sweet malts, toast, with grassy and fruity hops to add some bitterness.
Nicely done.

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Photo of tkepx182
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Redish/ Orange color, with a cloudiness to it. When Poured it had a think rich head.

S: It had Fruity notes that stand out.

T: The hops give the beer a bite on the tongue that adds texture to the beer and a flavoring that makes it stand out. I also noticed a little bit of a flowering notes in the beer

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Photo of JayS2629
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a rich cloudy brown beer with a two finger off white head that fades into a thin ring pretty fast. Leaves descent lacing.

The smell is great. full of melon, citrus and earthy hops behind a dominant malty backbone of toast, caramel, a touch of toffee and chocolate.

The taste follows with chocolate, melon, orange peel, earth, crusty bread, and loads of caramel. Very well balanced with hops in the aftertaste that lingers.

Overall a nice and balanced beer.

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Photo of r3dsix
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a glass.

Pours a thick creamy head that dissipates quickly leaving bits of itself along the glass to remind you it was there there.
Color is a cloudy golden amber with particles of "flavor" floating around. Looks delicious.

Smell is good although a bit bland. An obvious odor of hops with a variety of citrus notes and a hint of other fruits. The beer isn't particularly aromatic.

Initial taste met with a warm rendition of the odor which disappears quickly which turns into a neuteral flavor before ending with a slightly Carmel like flavor. The aftertaste is a somewhat unpleasant bitter hop flavor. At least the beer has the ability to leave a flavor in you mouth but if it only had the decency to leave a good one.

The beer isn't bad but not good enough for me to want to pay money for it. I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me though.

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Photo of iDrinknewglarus
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A mix of red, orange, and brown and hazy as hell. Slightly tan, IPA-like head that laces well.

S: Smells like fresh fruit: cantaloupe and honeydew mainly. Also some citrusy hops. Slightly sweet. As it warms, it smells like raisin bread.

T: I taste grapefruit and floral components from the hops. Bready. Toasted malts. Not a whole lot of lingering flavors, finishes clean with just a touch of bitterness clinging to the roof of your mouth. This beer tastes "wet" if that makes any sense.

M: Medium light; leaning towards light. Soft, unintrusive carbonation. A little thinner than what I would have expected, but it aids to make this a very drinkable and refreshing brew.

I like this, it's a mix between a red and an american IPA, although not nearly as hoppy and bitter. This would make for an excellent session beer. It's pretty light and refreshing and goes down smooth, but packs full flavor. On a hot day like today, I with I had another few bottles to enjoy.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep burnt orange/amber body, 1 finger head, great lacing

S: pine, pineapple, peach, malt, light biscuit/bread aroma

T: sweet pineapple/peach, mild floral, pine, light bread,
slight oily

M: med body, light sticky/oily

O: Another fine Lakefront special beer!
I would highly recommend this others, fascinated
by the hoppy American Red Ales.

VERY GOOD, WORTH TRYING!

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Photo of tavernjef
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous tawny amber hue with a husky darkish glow. A slim, non-lasting crown of dark beige foam briefly forms before fading to a thin skim and average collar. Good amounts of lacing sticking across the glass in spotty sheets.

Soft, yet appealing nose of caramel with a bit of fruityness of apple and melon. A bit of herbal leafy hops developes slowly as it sits.

Taste is good, nothing huge here, pretty standard stuff here with some caramel and soft bready malts with a smurfing of black tea hints, notes to burnt vanilla and brown sugar and some subtle hop tones mixing off the finish with a mellowing dryness of floral herbalness.

Lighter medium bodied, a tad slim on body really, with a well-rounded carbonation and smoothness about it that does bring some solid drinkability.

A good effort from Lakefront, but comes up short as a Red ale compared to all those well done West Coasters.

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Fixed Gear from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.
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