IBA | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

very good
94 Reviews

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerFMAndy on 01-06-2011

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Photo of TSJ4000
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured the Lakefront IBA into a wine glass because that was all that was available to me at the time. The result was a new-found love. The manilla colored head poured perfectly and the glass allowed for a wonderful bouquet to emit from the glass. Lakefront's IBA is no hop bomb but a delicious balance of subtle hops and approachable black malt. At 6.5% it is still sessionable enough to consume on a hot hot day. At the same time it leaves a hoppy resin on the back of the palate. Will buy again. Cheers Lakefront.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown almost black with a light tan head that sticks around for a while

S-slightly choppy and slightly roasted malt

T-nice mix of roasted malt and hopiness. Almost a coffee choppy beer. I really like it.

m- medium body and smooth with a nice bitter aftertaste

o- would make a great morning beer. I am going to buy a six pack. Wonderful

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Photo of wmtxbb
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: thick sticky head on top of a coal black brew.

Smell: Chewy dark malts that mesh with pine hops, ends with a clean cream scent.

Taste: Medium, to low body. Hits upfront with a wave of pine/spicy hops; follows with a burnt malt character, bitterness, an interesting popcorn flavor, and ends dry with a lingering spicy character from the hops.

Drinkability: 50 IBUs, a medium body, and tons of hops make this brew a great way to end the night.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber
Bottled During: Jan/Wk2

Poured into a Rooster's Member's Club mug (25oz.) a black color, very very nice carbonation, which leaves a thick/creamy/foamy two-finger plus light tan head, with tons of thick sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, nice touch of licorice, chocolate, toffee, slight vanilla. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a very nice touch of dark stuff. Medium body, will barely notice the ABV in this brew. Overall, this is a very tasty IBA. I've had BA that were a higher abv, but kinda hot, but this one, is very nice. Recommended!

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Photo of GilGarp
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber (part of the '88' four pack) served cold into a goblet.

IBA is porter-like dark brown color on the pour but looks black in the glass. The head is thick and slow to settle leaving a nice sheet of lace.

The aroma is evident from a distance and has a wonderfully fresh hoppy quality to it. Lots of great floral and citrus hops, it's very much like opening a bag of pellets while brewing at home.

Flavor is also impressive. Sweet stout up front leads to hoppy bitter IPA in the middle. A little smokey on the finish which is interesting. Great balance of flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Very balanced, like I said.

Another impressive beer from Lakefront. In fact, this is one of the few black IPAs to successfully marry the elements of a good porter and a good IPA together. Well done.

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Photo of pBRale
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes 10-27-11
Poured into a warbled mug.

Appearance: Darkest of dark brown with deep amber highlights and a light cocoa head that settles fairly slowly and has a small bit of head retention that leaves a thick web of lacing.

Smell: Wonderful hops--grapefruit, massive floral notes, nice fruity esters, and a faint crystal malt backbone.

Taste: Lots of the aforementioned hop aromas come into the initial taste, along with a toasty malt backbone. Then, a robust coffee flavor comes in and lingers beautifully. The aftertaste is bitter and coffee-like.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-full body, with carbonation that is on the lower side of medium, with a smooth, bitter coffee finish.

Overall: A very solid beer. Wonderful balance of floral hops and coffee grounds. I didn't think those two flavors would be compatible, but Lakefront Brewery seems to have mastered it. A unique and Outstanding beer!

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Photo of BadgerBeer
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a Bomber at Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee.

Really wish they sold this beer in 6 packs, I absolutely love their take on the IBA. This beer hit the spot, I will definitely be on the lookout for more of this beer. They are definitely one of the leaders of the pack in this style in my book.

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Photo of jwc215
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/05/13:

Pours very dark brown to black with a tan, lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus, pine, chocolate and hint of anise.

The taste is of citrus, pine, sweet chocolate, anise and a touch of roasted coffee in the finish. Hoppy and dark malty.

It is full-bodied and very smooth. Carbonation level is just right to help with a creamy texture.

Complex, rich and delicious! I've found that sometimes there's a clash between hop bitterness and roast here - not with this one, though both are present. Great choice of hops and malts here! Very well-done! Great example of the style!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial pint
6.5%, 50 IBUs, 16°P, 28°L

A - Though dark brown in color, IBA, when held up to the light, shows ruby mahogany colored highlights through it's clear body. Topped by a long-lasting whipped mocha foam, this lace-covered glass is as scrumptious as they come!

S - Sharp American hops blend big pine aromatics with roasted malt cocoa and chocolate notes for a fresh and appealing black IPA nose!

T - Sweet caramel and toasted bread maltiness offer notes of cocoa, a wonderful compliment to the hoppy citrus fruitiness and lingering pine flavor.

M - This medium-bodied dark beer doesn't drink like it's color suggests. Instead, it stars smooth but finishes with lingering hop bitterness.

O - Spice up your American IPA with a little dark malt for a pine-and-chocolate beer that finishes with just enough bitterness to add bite but not control all the other flavors.

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Photo of shand
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Hoping this will keep up the streak of Lakefront's 22oz bottles being far better than their core lineup (minus the IPA and Fixed Gear, which they just [deservedly] started putting in sixers). Pours a nice deep brown color with two fingers of off-white head. Aroma is full of citrus hops, with a bit of roasted malts in the back. The taste is very good, it's got a very strong hop presence that separates this from the "hoppy porters" of the world, with some highly roasted malts and coffee providing a bitter supporting role. The mouthfeel is very IPA-like, with just a bit more body than the average one would have, and the drinkability is very good. Another great one from Lakefront. If they keep putting out great new beers, they are going to go places in the craft world.

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Photo of Jparker37
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into nonic pint. Bottled on 12/24/13

A - Black but not opaque; great clarity. Tight, two-fingered cap of tan head holds strong. Sticky lacing all the way down.

S - Bright balance of pine and citrus American hops. Munich-like caramel malt gives beer unique dimension.

T - Juicy citrus hops from front to back. A small bit of caramel malt shows up just past midway down. The bitterness is consistent throughout its entirety. Finishes with some lasting pleasant hop flavor.

M - Medium body, medium-light carbonation, dry.

O - The first pour was absent of all yeast and therefor seemed to lack a backend bitterness of a traditional IPA but after pouring the slurry, the yeast added some bite helping it perceive to be more bitter. Body seemed to be a little on the light side. Superior aroma and taste.

Recommendation - An excellent, easy to find IBA in either 12 or 22oz options.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a HUGE, dense, stiff head that laces like it's going out of style. Big, bright, assertive aromas of grapefruit and citrus hops. Black. Surprisingly, the deep, toasted malt starts the show as the hop bitterness ramps up and takes over, bringing in notes of pine. Peaks at a medium-high bitterness (god do I love Wisconsin IPA's! All the hop, none of the bitterness!) as the hops become somewhat citrus-like. The finish is a nice lingering of toasted malt and pine hops (maybe a touch of citrus still in there).

Man, this is a great brew. My favorite Black IPA to date. Smooth, hoppy, bursting with flavor, but not overwhelming.

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Photo of JRdaSconnie
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: bottle shared with my wife and friends Neil & Jen. Bottle courtesy of Neil. Bomber pulled out of fridge and allowed to warm 30 min. Served in Jack Daniels sipping glass.

A: jet black, high SRM. Thick tan head, short lasting.

S: Cascade hops, roast malt. Piney, mild citrus.

T: very similar to smell. Prominent bitterness and flavor from U.S. hops with roast malt bitterness/pleasant astringency. Definitely hop forward brew but well balanced with roasted malt backbone.

M: just right amount of carbonation. Adds to bitterness but not annoyingly fizzy. Nice medium body helps to make roasted malts more robust.

O: very nice beer. Good example of the black bitter beer, whatever you want to name it. Tasted in series with my homebrewed BIPA and this is the beer I'd like mine to be.

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Photo of flyfisherfinn
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got the chance to try this one. Very dark pour, with a good, creamy head to finish it off. The malty aroma and taste kept the hops from becoming overpowering. This was a very smooth beer. The hops/malt combination in this beer made for a very pleasant offering from Lakefront.

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Photo of DurianMonster
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - a nice black color with a big lasting head.

S - picking up a slight grapefruit aroma, kinda piney mixed with the smell of roasted malts

T - hints of coffee and roasted malts up front and finishing with a hop kick, bitter to the end.

M - not as heavy as the appearance will have you believe but with a slight viscous carrying everything down.

O - Tasty IPA with a roasty twist, high drinkability due to the balanced sweet malts and bittering hops. recommended. B+

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Photo of BierFan
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Big light tan head and a dark brown, almost black, body. Decent head retention and good lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit from the hops and some sweet dark malts. A little roastiness comes through in the smell.

Taste: Roasty malt and hops. Simple flavors but it's tasty stuff. I could drink glass after glass of this all night long.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with some visible light passing through. Small head, but decent lacing. Aroma is a combination of piney hops and licorice. Decent amount of carbonation gives it a lively mouthfeel. Flavor is a good balance between the spicy/citrusy hops and the molasses tinged sweetness. Nice bittersweet finish.

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Photo of HawbakerBrewery
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a black color with brownish-red tints when viewed against light. The head is a pale cream color with minimal retention. Delicate lacing left on the glass. Some hop-like aromas up front, but with a definite malty character. The flavor is a near perfect balance of malt and hops. The carbonation and body are ideal. Feels great going down. I've had much of the catalogue produced by Lakefront, but my first time trying this one. They do a great job with a lot of different recipes and didn't disappoint on this one. Reasonable price too, 6-pack for $7.99

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Photo of garymuchow
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A winter seasonal, I believe, but appears to be drinking fine here in late June. BA has abv at 6.5% and on website it is listed at 6.7%. Whatever, it is holding up fine.
The aroma is a nice mix of nearly roasted malt and an pleasing earthy hop. Good mix.
Big full tan head caps a dark body with garnet highlights.
Again with a nice mix of hops and malts. Again, I think the hops are earthy (seem more English in style). The website states Zeus provides a piney quality and there may be a hint of that, but that's not what I'm responding to. Just enough malt to push to roast but it doesn't dominate and doesn't dry this out. Really nice blending.
Nice full feel for size of beer and carbonated a little high but it works well.
I like version of style

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Yup, it's black, with a nice, maybe a little to large head that is tan and made of small, tightly packed bubbles. I am extremely impressed with how black this beer is.

S: A very nice hoppy aroma, very piney. Just a slight roast, but I don't even know if I would call it a roast. I'm very impressed.

T: The taste is a little less impressive. The roast comes through a little more, which I like, but the hops come across a little more harsh than in the aroma and together this makes the beer sharp, but not bright. Something just isn't jiving for me in this beer.

M: Good, could perhaps have a little more body, but otherwise quite good.

D: Very drinkable, perhaps dangerously so a 6.5% ABV

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Photo of tavernjef
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark crismon brown, nearly black, yet does emit a mild glow to its body. A very large and in charge crown of tanned brown foam sits with a mighty rocky landscape and features lots of heavy foamy lacing caked about the glass.

Joyfully hoppy nose with lots of bright and lofty lemony tangerine elements along with a unique twist to some black tea, rye bread, and some chocolate being noted when sniffed in big. Nice complexity on the nose.

Taste has a nice blending of citrus and black malt sweetness and the combining dryness they both carry with them. Orange, lemon, tangerine are mild yet tangy and biting with a bit of pith and pulpyness to it. While just a nudge of rye and pumpernickle bread bounce around and some nice little notes to cocoa dryness floats off the back end and a trace of the orangey hops lingers. A solid taster that won't disappoint.

Body is a dead on medium with a lower ended bite on carbonation. Which gains some welcome smoother texture to its citric tones and making for some very easy going drinkability.

One very solid IBA(ABA) by Lakefront. This is something they should be doing more often with their future brews and this "IBA" is exactly where one opens doors for such a thing to happen...

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Photo of BSiegs
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking beer, dark black pour with slight ruby around the edges in the light. A couple fingers of medium viscosity tan foam with moderate lacing. The smell is pine, spice, roasted malts, slight smokiness. The powerful malt body hits you first on taste, with the piney resin lingering. A rye-like flavor as well, but I don't think this beer has any. Medium light body and moderate high carbonation. Excellent!

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Photo of martyl1000
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful blackish pour into a tulip glass. Two fingers of off-white head leaves copious lacing.

Starts out big, though peters out in the finish. Smooth, a bit sweet, roasted grain fills the mouth. The soft hops from the aroma appear politely in the middle. The flavor kind of disappears on the backend, though not in a terrible way.

Quite good. An excellent everyday brew. Priced just right at $9/6-pack (way overpriced at $5 for the bomber). Too bad it's not available year-round, as it would be a welcome hit of sweet roastiness in summer, while still refreshing with its lighter body and crisp carbonation. Another very good Wisconsin black ale. Nearly as good as New Glarus Black Top and Radio Free IBA (Lake Louie), but those two are a cut above this one.

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Photo of Suds
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, and topped with a medium-sized tan head. The beer is enticing, and the smell is of slightly roasted grain, some malt, and medium-strength herbal hops. The taste is more intense than the aroma. Powerful, balanced, and dark. The beer has a great roasted, dark malt flavor, backed by hop flavor and bitterness, both are proportional, and the result is excellent. The body is full and creamy. This is a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark, dark brown allowing a mere hint of light through at the base of the pint. The head is substantial at two plus inches and maintains some very nice lacing.

S - Nice citrus and pine hops aroma with a hint of roasted malts.

T - Light hoppy flavor that allows a bit of the coffee and chocolate flavors to peek through in the finish.

M - The feel is bit coarse in the middle while it starts out and ends rather soft. Even the finish resonates a bit of the coarse texture, only it's more toward the back of my tongue.

~ This is a very drinkable beer. I would certainly recommend it to friends, and for the price ($5/bomber) you can't beat it.

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IBA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.87 out of 5 based on 272 ratings.
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