IBA | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

very good
272 Ratings

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 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 sneaks2210
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of bdub32689
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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 MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of cowboy83
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of profondo
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of TheGoldenJ00
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of MisterE
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Kunstman
3.25/5  rDev -16%

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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Photo of oldvines
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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 fisherbray
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 22 oz. bomber poured into a shaker pint. No notches on the label, so I'm not sure how old it is.

Look- Deep brown, no trace of the deep red hue common in black ales, four fingers off off-white head that sticks to the sides of the glass and leaves speckled lacing. Falls to a lumpy cap that looks like a partially melted frozen cappuccino drink.

Smell- Surprisingly citrusy, dry aroma, light biscuit. Cocoa and vague woodiness. Very nice, clean, simple but extremely appealing.

Taste- Follows the nose- starts nutty, woody, mild citric-esque bite towards the middle, almost guava-like. Finishes with dark roast and a touch of black pepper. Light burnt/toasted woody flavor builds over time as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, moderate carbonation. Fairly crisp, clean, and much drier than expected. Easy drinking.

Overall- A pleasantly light and crisp ale, more balanced than expected. Stays away from the treacly sweetness many dark American ales suffer from. Well balanced, and each element has its turn to shine. Recommended.

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Photo of djtomain
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of thebigredone
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of DIPADude01
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of triumphene
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Jman_01
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of savagepm
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of 59rockabilly
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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