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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Czequershuus
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cola color with a small but sustaining mocha head. The aroma is of coffee, medium dark chocolate, a touch of pine. The flavor offeres up coffee, molasses, hickory smoke, and rich pine resin. The mouthfeel is full but thn enough for the hops to play out well. Overall this is a very enjoyable hoppy black - super balanced and perfect for the tacos I am eating.

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Photo of akolb
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Dark brown, thick amber head. Average retention.
S: Roasted barely, some chocolate. Hops obscured behind the malts. Smells less malty than a stout, less hoppy than an IPA, and less interesting than either.
T: Bitterness up front stays for the ride. Alcoholic warmth.
Roasted flavors. Bitterness without much flavor.
M: Moderate carbonation, a slightly light body. Small creaminess.
O: A beer that seems confused. The bitterness would be welcome in a true IPA, but here it seems to clash with the other flavors.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle on November 27, 2015. Look is black with a tan head and lingering lacing. Smell is roasted malts, pine resin and ripe fruit. Taste is a nice blend of complex hop notes, dark roasted malt flavors and ripe fruits. Finish is medium in body with a dry and somewhat bitter finish.

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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 barnzy78
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, grabbed it fresh off the truck from one of my favorite liquor stores (Archer Liquors), Best By 02 APR 2016
A - cola-like near-black body with a very persistent, creamy tan head that leaves a spattering of lacing on the glass as it fades
S - roasted barley and french roast coffee, baker's chocolate, earthy hops
T - heavy roasted barley flavors, dark roast coffee, bitter dark chocolate, nutty grain, earthy hops, piny finish
M - medium body, but feels light at times, ample carbonation, finishes bitter with the roasted barley riding past the finish with a bit of pine that comes out with the earthy hops
O - good beer. If you like roasted barley, this is a beer for you.

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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 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 porter_collie
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass

A - A inky body with a thick and foamy caramel-colored head. When held up to a light, the body had a mahogany hue.

S - Fresh-cut grass, grapefruit, and strong pine resin odors. Just a hint of smoke.

T - Grapefruit and tobacco are the predominant flavors to hit the tongue first. Then comes the malt, which has a burnt-toast sort of taste and isn't overtly roasty. The finish is dry and immensely piney, with a bitter and astringent aftertaste.

M - A notable creaminess from the carbonation when you sip it. However, despite this, the body seems a bit thin for the style.

O - Not a bad take on the black IPA style, but certainly not the best. The hop character is definitely old-school pine and grapefruit, which isn't a bad thing and is actually kind of refreshing these days. However, the body isn't robust enough to give balance to the hops. While certainly worth a go, IBA is noticeably inferior to Lakefront's wonderful IPA.

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Photo of Act25
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My favorite Lakefront to date. Very original, very tasty, one of the best in this rising popular style?

A: Black enough for me, shades of walnut when tipped. Smallish short lived head with tons of lacing. Sticky.
S: Aroma is the weakest point in my pour. Char, mint, wood, and some citrus. Like the smoky.
T: Continues with the smell but ample: Agree on it's a dark bread malt, layered with mint leaves, smoked meats, and orange rind. A masculine flavor and something minerally, mysterious and good in the mid-palate and the finish. Lovely, long lingering hop finish. Totally original.
MF: Balanced mid-weight, lots of carb tingle.

Overall: Could be a bit bigger, but it's a beer i want to turn my friends and local brewer (CARTON) on to. Good sign. Must try.

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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 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 brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cola brown color capped by a a full inch of foam; nice retention and attractive lacing

Smell: Floral, minty and citrusy, with undertones of pumpernickel

Taste: Pumpernickel and a hint of caramel make up the malt bill, with the minty and citrusy hops building through the middle; nicely balanced through the finish, although it does lean toward the hops in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to moderate body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a very easy drinking ABA, with a very nice flavor profile; could be a bit bigger and would love to see Lakefront brew an imperial version of this beer

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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 CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with an off-white head.
Nose shows roasted malt, caramel and soft pine. The caramel note is lovely.
Similarly malty flavours in terms of more sweet caramel with a little roast later. Some spicy and piny hops but quite light on for and IBA.
Nice moderate carbonation and body.

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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 Fcolle2
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a 2 finger light tan head that has great retention.

Predominantly floral hops in the nose with a nice lightly roasted malt body to back it up. Some faint yeasts is also preset. Smells well balanced.

Malt is foreword and is lightly roasted. This is followed by a moderate bitterness with a nice floral hop presence and some clean yeast. Mild char bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, relatively light for how dark it is. Good carbonation and a fair amount of bitterness

Overall this is a pretty good black ipa. Relatively mild for the style but it has a nice balance. Very drinkable.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Poured bomber into 34oz mug. Jet black in the mug, showing dark brown in light. Thick, tight fluffy white head that isn't huge but is really beautiful. Smells of lighter roasted malts and piney hops. Taste is big on roasted malts, sweet caramel and bittersweet chocolate, with hops coming in towards the end for a bitter and dryer than expected finish, but it's still wet and a bit sticky at the end. A great black ale, although I'd like it hoppier. Mouthfeel is amazing though, creamy perfection.

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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 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 jimmah120
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

big bottle, review from notes

almost black red-brown with pillowy khaki head. smell is great: cascade hops, earth pine, roasted undertones. taste is hoppy and roasted, but flat tasting. bitter chocolate, earthy hops, toasted savory bread.

giving this the benefit of the doubt slightly, because I've had it before and it was much better.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark ruby red, thumb of mocha head with solid retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by nice citrus hops, earthy pine, and a hint of espresso.

T - Much like the nose with the citrus hop notes and earthy pine dominating, the burnt toast and espresso malts come through on the finish, and bitter hops linger.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and pretty dry on the finish.

O - A black IPA that definitely leans more on the hoppy side, but still manages to bring along some black ale malts. A solid brew that I'm glad I picked up, and one that certainly will not disappoint.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear and very dark brown, very tall mocha head retained extremely well, plenty of random lacing
S - piney and slightly boozy with some nuttiness
T - nutty malt is quickly matched by pine and pepper hop flavours, faint booziness
M - medium body and carbonation, good dose of hoppy heat and bitterness, drys through the finish
O - definitely please with this, the dominant flavors of piney hops and nutty malt are contrasting yet well balanced, props to andrenaline for sending this out

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Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Sam Adams lager glass. Label provides simple indicators for brewed on date, but no marking is found.

Pours near near black in color; clear with ruby-orange highlights under light. Durable tan foam leaves exceptional lacing.

M: Very smooth, medium body.

S&T: Result is exactly as planned, or as I would hope: This is a well-crafted IPA with a carefully calibrated addition of dark roasted malts. Plenty of hoppiness remains, especially in the aroma, as well a good dose of dark roasted malts. Particularly fine and long-lasting finish and aftertaste, as the malts and hops mingle together in a very well proportioned mix.

O: one of the best black IPAs I've had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of brystmar
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date on the bottle.

Dark brown body, tan head, good retention & lacing. Nose is faint. Oddly lactic aroma, though I really like it. Disappointing that everything here isn't stronger.

Big, creamy body delivers fresh hops and roasty malts to my palate. Hints of that lactic note again. Surprisingly easy to drink given its viscosity. Nutty, buttery, delicious.

Would happily add this to my regular rotation.

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