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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Added by BeerFMAndy on 01-06-2011

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spot on Black IPA good aroma, the ast, the hops. Cascadian. Above average mouthfeel. Black body with foamy bubly white had. Orange and hoppy an roast flavours. Citus, malty, chocolate. Bit burnt, bit acidic.Very kosher inspected beer.Thanks for sharing Ken.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out like a porter almost. The head was creamy tan in color and the beer itself was a dark brown. The head on the beer leaves a pretty good lacing down the glass. The smell isn't overly hoppy or anything. It's got some roasted malts in the back ground. The taste is nice, it's got a pretty decent amount of hops and malts working together. The mouthfeel was nicely carbonated and had a good drinkability for the most part. Overall this beer was pretty good, not the best black IPA out there but worth checking out.

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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 emerge077
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled JAN11
Didn't realize the bottle was dated until after pouring it...

Into a small tulip, IBA billows with a sticky crop of tan foam that laces in sheets down the walls of the glass. From the bottle it pours a light brown, and in the glass it looks black. Oddly enough, when backlit it glows a transparent ruby with hazy micro-sediment.

Muted aroma, ghostly whiff of citrus rind and faint toasted malt. Though I expected more hop aroma, this bottle is potentially 4 months old, and the dry hopping may have already faded.

Stouty impression at first, dominant black roasted malt, with lingering herbal bitterness and citrus rind. The dark roastiness and citrus peel bitterness mesh well, finishing clean and dry. The hop bitterness lingers momentarily in the aftertaste, as do the roasty elements. Best at room temperature. The body is lighter, yet the stouty roast malts give it some heft. I'd really like to try a fresher bottle of this, as it has potential, though falls a bit short of the "genius" claimed on the label...

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lakefront 88 Sampler Pack - $19.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body, ruby-hinted at the edges when held to the light and capped with a tall, frothy, beige head.

Smell: Florals and a cutting pine note arrive ahead of the roasted malts smelling of chocolate bars and coffee.

Taste: Small snippet of sweetness for the tastes of coffee and chocolate, though the initial malt flavors aren't particularly bold here, like watery coffee and stale, forgotten cocoa. Low chalkiness. Pine needles and fresh, sliced oranges with a robust bitterness. Some modest grapefruit juice additions. Low acidic qualities. Modestly malt, faintly bitter, but thinning out on the finish (thinnish?).

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation. Feels somewhat hollow passing over the tongue.

Overall: For me, it seemed a bit muted, a bit muffled, and just held back from its potential, in terms of malts, the hop flavor, and even the body.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Given the color, India-Style Dark Brown Ale would be a more appropriate name. The liquid is barely opaque, with highlights of scarlet and orange. The good-sized, sandstone colored crown has a marvelous moonscape surface and is doing a fine job decorating the glass with sticky lace.

Gotta go with India-Style Dark Brown Ale when it comes to the nose as well. Cascade and Columbus hops are front-and-center, with a background mid-range maltiness that barely keeps IPA comparisons at bay. This musky-herbal, ganja-like vibe is present in Lakefront IPA as well.

On the palate, IBA finally... finally... tastes more like a black ale than a brown ale, albeit one that takes its hops much more seriously than its malts. Hopheads, including this one, don't see that as a problem. On the hand, it does keep the flavor score from the next highest number.

Although lacking (just a little) in flavor fireworks, IBA is wonderfully drinkable. It must be, because the first glass is already gone and the second is being eyed eagerly. Grapefruit zest, wacky tobaccy, pumpernickel toast and hints of cocoa are the specifics.

Tough call on the mouthfeel. In the end, it would have needed a little more ballast and a few more energizing bubbles to have truly impressed. It does, however, further aid ease of drinkability (which is no longer scored, per se).

Like many craft breweries, Lakefront is all over the map when it comes to quality. Holiday Spice Lager, Riverwest Stein Beer and IPA on the top end. Pumpkin Ale and Cherry Lager on the bottom end. IBA is almost as good as IPA, which makes me glad that it's available locally.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice and easy to drink black ale. The hop tones are there and stay pretty smooth. It's not all up in your face. Could have a few less wrinkles in the profile, but no matter. This is a nice drinker. Always happy to try something by Lakefront.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours brilliantly clear very dark brown with a mahogany glow when held to a light and a sticky, thick off-white head. The aroma is highly hoppy -- mainly citrus, pine, and floral. The flavor is much like the aroma, strong hop flavor--pine and citrus zest with solid hop bitterness. The malt presence is detectable, mainly bittersweet and very subtle roast, but certainly is second fiddle to the hops. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and the beer finishes with lingering nutty malt and citrusy/piny hop flavor, especially as it warms. The carbonation and body are both moderate. Overall a solid offering, could there be tweaks to make it incredible, like a tad more body, sure, but I won't complain!

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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 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 tempest
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from Abe's for $4.50 and split it with a fellow hophead. Gotta say, while this is a fine example of the style, it doesn't stand out. I feel like I've had this beer before from other brewers. The beer is dominated by a dry, spicy cocoa malt and citrus hops mixture that's satisfying, but could be deeper. It comes in a big flavor hit instead of slowly developing from start to finish.

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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 biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is black only to the careless eye. Against the light it appears much more brown, even more ruby than anything at certain angles, and while it's an exaggeration to say the beer is anything but opaque, I've a sneaking suspicion it's more clear than its lightless body would have it seem. Its head is like a mid-winter’s morning frost.

Tomato, tomato. Potato, potato. Piny, pungent hops, Roasty, burnt grain. Same thing. This aroma smells equally of wet leaves as it does coffee-ish malts and scents from the barbecue grill. The bit of black licorice character combines with the hops to imitate tarragon, albeit with an even more herbal personae and, as stated, a little bit of coffee flavour.

The people that colonized Latin America would have had a devil of a time tying to put a label on this beer; like a mixed-racial child, this is a style that can vary, sometimes brandishing more the traits of its mother (IPA), sometimes more the traits of its father (porter). This particular example is particularly tough to tell, it's a neat fifty-fifty cut.

The texture is that of wet leafs, with a steamed greens-type bitterness. And yet the feeling left in the mouth is that of roasty, almost coffee bean-esque malts. There's no oily astringency though, except for that of the resinous hops. That isn't too pronounced, however, given the chocolaty flavour that supplants it. And round and round we endlessly go.

Lakefront IBA (India-Style Black Ale) combines smoky, chocolaty porter qualities with a wet, autumn leafs-like hoppiness to make for a beer that is as multi-faceted as it is drinkable. It combines the most agreeable aspects of dark beers and hoppy beers into a one lip-smacking ale. If the style is new to you, this Wisconsin offering is a good place to start out.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep chestnut brown pour comes off dense black in the glass. A foamy kahki colored head sits 2 fingers high with a sturdy rate of retention. Spotty light coverage on the lace.

S: Sweet citrus and grapefruit emit first from the nose. Not much signs of the roasted malt, with but a slight charred woodiness appearing on the close.

T: Hoppy citrus grind and grapefruit. Roasted malt, black licorice with a floral hoppiness on the close. Moderate level of hoppiness starting wet and fresh while finishing a dry.

M: Bubbly carbonation, roasted maltiness, dry floral hops with a bittersweet finish of citrus. Leaves a nice edgy graininess on the tongue upon the swallow. Light to medium base.

D: Solid by example, hoppy, fairly smooth.

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

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled in January 2011. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for sharing this one!

(A)- Pours almost pitch black. Has some reddish brown highlights. Produced a nice cap of a grayish tan head with decent retention. Plenty of lacing.

(S)- A nice dry fruity citrus of lemon and lime with some very subtle bready malts.

(T)- Almost identical to the smell. A good dry citrus and subtle roasted malts.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A smooth feel with a mild bitterness. Good citrus fruits.

(D)- Definitely a solid black IPA. Not overly bitter or hopped; has a nice feel and smoothness to it. Well done Lakefront!

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Photo of avalon07
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, creamy, off white, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A very muted aroma of hops, coffee, and some malt.

T: Tasted of coffee, a little chocolate, hops, and a bit of malt in the finish. Not quite as assertive as some other ABAs, but a pretty solid, likeable flavor nonetheless.

M: A highly-carbonated beer with a silky finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A bit uneven in spots, but still worth a look. Drinkable.

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

22 oz bottle. the brewer doesn't the great thing of putting a spot on the bottom of the label for the Week, Month, and Year of the date of bottling. but it's not notched or marked!

appears black and opaque, with nice thick 1/2" cream colored head. good retention, some lacing.

it passes the "close your eyes and it smells like an IPA" test. aroma of earthy hops. taste is a nice balance of subtle roasted malt that blends with the hops. fairly creamy body. nice smooth carbonation. neither thick nor thin.

overall, one of the better examples of this "new style" that I've had.

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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 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 drpimento
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not bad. Poured at a good temperature with a decent tan head that lasts a little whie and good lace. Color is perhaps clear to slightly hazy depending on the width of the glass and a dark garnet. Aroma is hop, malt, dark ripe fruit, roast. Flavor's somewhat like nose where I pick up those qualities, but also a whole set of complementary characteristics as well - a bit smoke, fairly dry, good carbonic tang, earth. Body is odd but good and carbonation is spot on. Finishis is like flavor, a little long and astringent.

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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 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 Cyberkedi
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is rather hoppy and has a yeasty undertone. It pours a barely transparent chocolate brown with a respectable, if not persistent, beige head. Flavor is hoppy, slightly bitter, slightly honey-sweet, with a smoky hint. Texture is fairly smooth, a teensy thin and only a little bit fizzy. Overall, nothing special, but not too shabby and worth a try.

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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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