Brewery: Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Serving: 12 oz bottle
Glassware: Lakefront imperial pint
Information: 6.9% ABV, Bottled during May Wk2 (2012) notched on label, Ideal Serving Temp: 54-56° F.
Style: American IPA
Cellaring: Not recommended for extended aging.
Pairings: “Try our IPA with Buffalo wings, blackened chicken or pepperoni pizza. Beef dishes or fried seafood can stand up to the hops as well.”
Pouring slightly hazy golden amber in color with a foamy white head, Lakefront’s IPA retains it’s head respectably while circling the pint with delicate collars of lace.
Certainly hop-forward, assertive pine and bright citrus aromas erupt from within Lakefront’s IPA. While not without a malt base, it’s hard to detect much more than some trace caramel sweetness from behind the delectable hop aroma. A very slight touch of alcohol can be found in the finish, just as the glass pulls from your mouth.
A very good balance of malt and hop action, Lakefront IPA starts malty sweet with caramel notes and slight graininess and moves quickly into a piny citrus hop flavor that finishes crisp and refreshing. Notes of fresh grapefruit and dried apricot add depth to the hop flavor.
Sporting great balance, IPA features a nice smooth mouthfeel with a decent carbonation crispness, all ending with a dry, bitter kick that brings you back in for another sip.
Lakefront nails down an easy drinking, almost dangerous IPA that’s full of the hop-head’s dreams; pine and citrus abounding. Plenty of balance makes this a tasty treat that, despite the higher alcohol level, is rather sessionable!
Score: 90 / 100 - Exceptional