Fixed Gear

Wisconsin
United States
Fixed Gear Lakefront Red IPA Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Inspired by the energy and audacity of the fixed gear courier, Lakefront Brewery ran smack into this arresting creation. Fixed Gear is a big, bold American Red IPA. It pours a glaring crimson tone with a rocky white head and a brilliant floral-citrus aroma, thanks to an aggressive dry hopping. Its immodest, malty spine and intrepid caramel flavors blow in via gratuitous amounts of 2-row pale and dark caramel malts. A balanced citrus bite comes from Chinook and Cascade hops followed shortly by mild, fruity esters from the ale yeast. Weighing in at a mean 6.8% ABV and 54 IBU's, this one's got an attitude.

Profile

ABV: 
6.8%
IBUs: 
54
Served at: 
46° F
Hops: 
Chinook, Cascade
Malts: 
Two-Row Pale, Dark Caramel
Judges Review 
BC Review's picture
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Silky smooth and loaded with luscious, sweet caramel and vibrant citrusy hop notes, Lakefront’s Fixed Gear is the quintessential American amber ale. Not unexpectedly, hops are the keynote to the aroma, with notes of thyme, verbena, and tangerine right up front floating over a bed of cookie dough malt sweetness. The hops struck Lee as “bold, faintly catty and laced through with juicy grapefruit.” He enjoyed the hops’ give-and-take with the underlying lightly sugary malt. Topped by a mountain of billowing, creamy white foam, this deep, dark amber brew with coruscating flashes of crimson and claret around its edges, fairly shimmers in the glass. Emphatically bitter, yet balanced by rich caramelly malt, the flavor is dexterously balanced between hop and malt with no one element outshining the others. Tim lasered in on the hops, pulling out hints of verbena and hyssop, and likening the effect to “warm, spicy herbal tea backed by a solid crystal malt backbone.” Tom found the flavor more balanced, with a “lingering assertive bitterness” working in concert with chewy caramel malt. Digging a bit deeper, Tom teased out a lightly roasted café au lait counterpoint to the sweetness. All judges commented on the skillful cloaking of the beer’s substantial 6.8 percent ABV. Fixed Gear is not a middle of the road amber ale – its brash flavors and muscular bitterness are not for the faint of heart.

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