Fixed Gear | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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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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3.76
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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber-red with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and bready malts with grapefruit and pine hops and a touch of red fruit.

T - Starts off with sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and citrus hops and some bitterness. Through the middle, some bready malts come through with some resiny pine hops and some more bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, tropical and pine hops, and a bit of red fruit.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and lightly bitter and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced red ale with a good malt and hop balance and a nice hop profile.

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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 matjack85
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99. No freshness date.

The beer poured a cloudy brownish apple cider color and produced a 1-finger apricot colored head on top which dissipated rather quickly, but still left some nice lacing around the glass.

Big pine and citrus hop aroma.

Here's a red/amber that will satisfy most hop heads. Big bold citrus and piney hops dominate the taste and the super high carbonation really brings them out. Light caramel and pale malts add a touch of sweetness and balance, but this is really hop city as far as flavor goes. Only 34 IBU's on the bitterness scale, so it's not overly bitter, just overly (or perfectly) hoppy.

Medium bodied and smooth, despite the high carbonation, and the alcohol is barely noticeable despite the 6.5% abv.

Not sure if red/ambers are supposed to taste like this, but I loved it.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fixed Gear pours an amber color with a small head. There is a floral and harsh malty aroma. The taste has a nice mellow hop flavor with a harsher malty backbone. Nice full flavors, but the beer does go down a bit harsh. Overall its a nice hoppeir red ale.

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Photo of Kendo
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says it was bottled during the 2nd week in July. Consumed on 10-2-12.

A: Poured into a pint glass. Hazy amber body with a big (2-finger) khaki-colored head that slips over the top of the pint glass. When backlit the body is more mahogany-colored. The big head retains well and leaves a good amount of lace.

S: Toffee & caramel malt and juicy hops. A touch of malt extract.

T: First impression is the heft, not the flavor: it seems a little thin and watery. That translates into a general tasting impression that there isn't enough malt here. I am getting some caramel malt and light brown sugar, but it's just not enough of a foundation. Hops seem minerally and metallic first, but become more juicy after my palate adjusts. I get a hint of orange peel and lemon at the finish, which provides a decent balanced overall flavor impression, leaning towards the hoppy side of the equation (which is what I like in my American Red Ales).

M: As noted above, it's a bit thin and watery in feel, with the overall heft being somewhere between light and medium. Carbonation is fine, creating a fairly creamy impression.

O: Decent. This grew on me by the time I got halfway down the glass. I paid $1.50 for a single bottle at Price Chopper, with some trepidation after my Fuel Cafe experience with Lakefront. I got a solid beer at that price; I wouldn't mind drinking this if I saw it on tap somewhere.

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Photo of spoony
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle (bottled September 16, 2013) into a nonic.

A-A normal pour produces roughly a finger of mocha-colored head. The retention is pretty poor, but a thick collar hangs around the glass for a while. No lacing. The brew is very murky and dark-amber/iced tea in color.

S-I smell sweet caramel, a touch of cocoa powder, some rye bread, grain, and a hint of pepper spice. As the brew warms a bit, I also get some floral hops, but this brew is malt forward.

T-The taste is pretty grain-heavy, with suggestions of rye bread spice, caramel, toffee, and a vaguely bitter hop note on the finish. As with the smell, I get way more malt than hop here. Alcohol was very well-concealed for 6.8% ABV.

M-The feel was medium to light for the style with active, but fine, carbonation. The brew was not quite crisp, and very drinkable.

O-This is a pretty decent representation of the style. It is not going to blow anyone's mind, but it provides a good bit of flavor in a very drinkable package. I was surprised to see that it packs nearly 7% ABV because it doesn't taste it at all. A nice beer for quaffing on a cool fall evening when I don't want to think about things too much.

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Photo of Beerlover
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes on 6/3/12

A:Hazy with a light reddish brown color.
S: very balanced, aromas of malts and hops intertwind.
T: More hoppy than malty but the hoppiness is sweet , with a subtle bitterness.
O.a: this is a good example of a red ale, very easy to drink and balalnced

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Photo of GilGarp
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bomber was picked up in the '88' four-pack which I think is a fantastic idea. I hope it catches on - more breweries should be doing this.

Served cold into a pint glass, Fixed Gear is a very hazy redish brown color. The head is thick and it settles very slowly. What's left behind wouldn't look out of place on a tripel - huge rocky head with thick lacing all over the place. This is a great looking beer.

The aroma doesn't disappoint either. It's has a genuinely hoppy smell with nice grapefruit and other citrus. They must have really dry-hopped the crap out of it.

The flavor is excellent as well. I was not expecting this at all. This beer is one of the best reds I've had in a long time. Solid malt body with caramel and lightly toasted malt stands up to support a really well-hopped bitter middle. Smooth from begining to end with balance in spades.

Mouthfeel is medium-light plus in body and nicely carbonated. Easy drinking without a doubt.

Overall the surprise of 2011 so far. A great American red ale and one I would definately buy in a six-pack. Lets hope the other three bombers are even half as good as this.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huge thanks go out to BeerFMAndy for this bottle!

Bottled the 3rd week of February, 2010.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a very dense cloudy dark amber with a large rocky tan head on top. This head retains as well as any that I have seen. Lots of sticky lace and webbing clings to the glass. The nose is a bit underwhelming. I expected a sharp hoppy scent, but this carries some mild citrus, toast, and toffee. Nothing stands out though.

Like the nose, the body is a slight disappointment. It's somewhat creamy and smooth, but it's a little thin. The carbonation level is low-to-moderate. Hopefully the flavor will make up for the shortcomings. Hmm. Not so much. There's some orange zest noted, finishes a little tart and sour. A nice sweet balance in there with hints of caramel and toffee. Bitterness is low.

This really wasn't what I was expecting. I guess my scores correspond to my expectations. Maybe I need to go into each beer with no preconceived notions (?). Still, it was decent, just underwhelming is all. Thanks again, Andy!

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Photo of BB1313
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 9/25/13. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy dark copper; small off-white head that leaves nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are full of caramel malts. There are some hints of orange peel, but this is all malts. Flavors are loaded with caramel. Subtle hints of pine. Very subtle hints of grapefruit and orange. It's not too bitter. Definitely on the sweeter side. There's not much pop to this one. The mouthfeel is wonderful and definitely the stand out to me. It's extremely creamy and smooth; perfect amount of active carbonation; medium-bodied. Very smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a solid red ale, but nothing too exciting.

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Photo of rangerred
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium red with a one finger off-white head. Amazing head retention with a thick head hanging over the beer for a long time and lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is very toasty and malty, just like a good read ale should be. Pine resin hops come through in a big way.

Toast, caramel and and toffee on the flavor along with a big shot of pine resin and tree bark from the hops. Bitterness is very high but is not over the top. This beer is on the hoppier side of the style but it works well. Thick and chewy mouthfeel with moderate stickyness on the finish.

Overall, I was impressed by this beer. Lakefront has been hit and miss for me but this one is definitely a hit. Wish i would have picked up more than a single.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: Murky, hazy rust color. A cream colored head recedes to a thick film, nice foamy bands of lacing stick to the glass.

Aroma: A subtle mix of caramel, cedar, and hops.

Taste: A dry spiced wood note holds up a lot of the body, There's a good malt presence with some caramel notes as well as bitterness in a hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, feels lighter than the ABV suggests.

Overall: I like this beer more and more with each subsequent sip. Well balanced with lots of flavor.

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Photo of crossovert
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. It was 4.99 and came with a free pint glass so I said what the heck and bought it.

Pours a murky brown with a 1 inch off-white head.

The smell is surprisingly hoppy. There is some nice grassy pine and citrus in here, nothing over the top just a nice clean hoppiness.

The flavor is your average red ale/pale ale fare. It is hoppier than expected though, that was a nice touch.

Overall it is a decent beer but not worthy of a bombee of this price point.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass on 6/15/10

The color is a very nice scorched amber. Held to the light it almost appears crimson. Directly beneath the two fingers of toasted marshmallow-hued foam drifts a layer of yeast. Head retention drops to 1/4th inch after several minutes leaving a few good rings of lace.

One whiff tells me this a hoppy amber ale. The hops are sharp & loaded to the hilt with fresh grapefruit. Swirling the glass releases floral & pine aromas. Malt undertones of caramel & toasted bread are prevalent but never overpower the hops. Interesting blend between dry & sweet. As it warms it start to have a medicinal quality.

I admit I'm a bit underwhelmed by the taste, though it isn't bad, per se. It just seems to lack the vibrancy of the aroma. Piney hops with a dry bitterness with a citrus zest accompaniment. A little spiciness could go a long way, I believe. Toasted caramel notes offer support. Kind of medicinal, too. As with the aroma, it's pretty dry.

Medium-bodied; sticky, resinous & mildly gritty. Carbonation is reasonably low; it would be perfect if the flavor had a little more crackle. In lieu of spiciness, livelier carbonation might have been ideal. Resiny bitterness lingers on the finish.

Initially purchased for novelty (a buddy of mine is a bike guy), I've been pleasantly surprised. On the whole, it's rather impressive. I would really like to try it on tap. A few mods would make this fixie the talk of the Short North.

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Photo of farrago
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
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 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 swierczt
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. This is the first beer I have tried from Lakefront Brewery.

A - The offering pours mahogany red in color. About what you would expect for a "red ale". Slightly cloudy with a fair amount of puffy beige head.

S - Grapefruit, faint grass, sweet malts and a hint of pineapple are all apparent in the smell. Neither the smell of the hops or the malts is over the top. Based on the smell alone, it seems like this might be a well-balanced brew.

T - Much like the smell, the taste is a nice balance of grassy/citrusy hops and malts (caramel). The hops bitterness fades quickly and does not linger on the palate. There is nothing overwhelming about the taste, but never the less it is enjoyable.

M - Mouth feel was a bit light and watery. There was not a whole lot of carbonation going on in this brew either. I would personally like a bit more carbonation.

D - Overall, I would characterize Fixed Gear as drinkable. Again, there is not any one specific characteristic that sticks out in the beer. It is simply an easy drinking red ale. A nice change from some of the more extreme beers that are currently out there.

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

a deep amber in color with almost 2 fingers of creme colored head, lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. malty caramel aromas, herbal tea notes, grassy, grapefruit citrus hint. this is a well balanced amber ale.. even sweetness and bitterness of malt and hops, with a nice grapefruit overtone.. caramel, bready, grassy, tea-like.. flavor and nose are identical.
this is a very refreshing medium bodied ale with medium carbonation and a nice semi-creamy mouthfeel.
this is a must go-to from now on. 6pk price is cheap enough and definitely a nice change of pace from my usual ipa styles that i tend to go for.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is rusty orange red. Slightly cloudy with a robust amount of cascading carbonation. Three fingers of off white head recede to leave a thick lace ring.

The aroma is blend of sweet caramel malt and citrus fruits. Moderate tones of spice come through as it warms. Not the strongest nose for sure.

The flavor is a tad muted as well. Malt is the main player in this game. The hops struggle to gain any ground although they are present. It has a sort of vanilla cream finish.

Medium body with loads of carbonation.

Overall an above average red. For less then five bucks a bomber I could see picking it up again.

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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 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 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 Act25
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the name, the taste, the pour.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy, beautifully, rich, dark mahogany-hued body with a frothy, amber-beige head, that remains a fixed gear spiral of foam layer and leaves toothy lacing all the way down.

Smell: Toasted grainy bread and malt up front, with some caramel, and then mostly hops - flowers, citrus, and spicy herbs. But subtle, not an IPA nose. The aroma needs time to warm, swirl it, to come around to fullness.

Taste: Follows the nose, but packs lots of flavor. Upfront sweet malts, caramel and toast trending into software hop elements of flowers, grasses, and fresh-cut citrus. Not much bitteness. Finishes tea-like, tannic, smooth, slight spicy bitter in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body and carbonation. Modestly chewy. I like the weight.

Overall: I love the style and I think this is one of my new favorites in this red ale style. More weighty than any others I have tried? Can others recommend more like this?

I came back for a couple more turns at this fixed gear and really liked it, found it fresh and consistent. First rate Amber Ale. Great body.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: November 21, 2013... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky Tavern pint... OCCASION: new Dream Theater and my wife's thirty-seventh birthday equals a good night!... APPEARANCE: copper-amber body; creamy off-white one-finger head that laces rather thickly--attractive... AROMA: quite a hoppy sensation for a red; bright, active, almost suggestive of its 6.8% ABV... PALATE: intensely biting presence; medium to full-bodied with a substantial finish--bold...TASTE: immediate taste of pinecone--definitely American--with a confident underpinning of malt to provide a big-mouthed balance...OVERALL: I am beginning to see why Lakefront has garnered such a quality reputation, as this brew snuck up on me with veritable strength and a balance that rewards...the style is not given to immediate impressiveness, but this offering is enjoyable and somewhat distinctive...

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Fixed Gear from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.76 out of 5 based on 909 ratings.
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