Lake Placid India Pale Ale - Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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Lake Placid India Pale AleLake Placid India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 6
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: hyland24 on 03-24-2008

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Reviews by elgiacomo:
Photo of elgiacomo
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled August 28th, 2011. Served at around 45F.

Pours hazy copper/amber with a good foamy off-white light tan head that leaves some nice drippy sticky rings of lacing.

Aroma is floral, herbal and grassy hops with only hints of citrus or pine, bready malt with a touch of caramel. Good strength.

Flavor generally follows suit with herbal and grassy notes, a bit more citrus, rather heft malt backbone for an IPA with lots of dark bread and some caramel, good citrus bitterness on the finish. Minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Pretty good IPA although more malty than I generally prefer in the style.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep rich copper with a tight one finger slightly off white head that left a ring of lace as it setled.Big pine aromas mixed with caramel malt seemed a bit toasted in the nose as well,ver blanced flavors starts out with a big caramel base and somewhat biscuity and turns quite piney and resiny thru to a long finish.Somewhat prickly in the mouth but not a major problem and the balance of this brew makes it very quaffable.A nice beer to drink and now brewed year a round I'll visist again.

Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, amber in color

Smell: caramel and pine hops

Taste: big citrus hops, small pine hops, lots of caramel--some of the aftertaste reminded me of juicy fruit gum

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, slightly sweet with bitter elements

Drinkability: A nice floral and fruity IPA that goes down very easily. Really impressed with this one. Could have a pint or two.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is basic IPA. I get notes of orange, pine and caramel malt. The flavor is caramel malt, toffee and some piney hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of far333
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed dark copper with a half inch cap of off-white evenly bubbled foam that lingers long.

Low aroma of bready malt and floral hops.

Balanced flavor of malt and hops, neither one seems to take over, but neither one seems to impress either. Firm honey and grainy light brown sugar malt, with orange juice and flowers riding over the top. Hops is the slightly dominant flavor, clean and citrusy.

Full and even mouthfeel, fairly drinkable, but not earthshaking.

Photo of BadBadger
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty enjoyable IPA. It pours a nice copper color. The head was not overwhelming. The smell was of a fruity alcoholic nature. The taste was pleasant: somewhat fruity, hoppy, and with some sweetness from the malts. This is a descent choice if the opportunity presents but not something worthy of searching out.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into becker pint glass; slightly cloudy darker amber with a thick fluffy off-white head which fades after a bit into a nice disc of foam, leaving excellent lacing. Smell is spicy floral and piney hops with a strong malt presence. Taste follows naturally, spicy hops, a few fruity notes and subdued malt with a nice bitter finish/aftertaste.

Photo of DagFishHead
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear brassy-amber body. Pollen-colored frothy head fades quickly but leaves plenty of lace.
Smell: Piney, resinous hops perched on a bed of caramel malt.
Taste: Semi-sweet malt to start. Pine/cedar resins with citrus and bitter hops at the top. Dries abruptly leaving an evergreen aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Crisp carbonation.
Drinkability: This is one hoppy pale ale... in a more piney fashion than many others. Distinctive and an enjoyable seasonal.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lake Placid- IPA

A- Clear golden copper ornage with a decent frothy head. Billowy white lacing, not bad.
S- sweet buttery malt. slight citrusy hop notes.
T- Thick buttery sweet malt, caramel malt, and a touch of citrus hops.
M- Big maltiness throughout, slick and sweet with a slight dry hoppy bite in the end.

Overall- Uneven, very malt heavy. Drinks fine though. Tasty, but needs to be hoppier.

Photo of Calico
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear amber color with a good foamy head that lingered as I sipped this pint.

Aroma seemed to be apricot and juniper.

In the taste I caught peaches and some citrusy notes. Good hop balance, not overhopped like many IPAs I've had. It does "bite" at first with a piney or junipery note. Finish is smooth, hop bitterness lingers in a pleasant way.

I was surprised that this was 6.8% abv. I would have imagined more like 6% from the ease of drinking. Good hop and malt balance; overall a fine effort from Lake Placid. I haven't had a bad beer from them yet.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was worth the trip to Blue Tusk if just for this. Hoppiness and spicyness worked. An over-the-top pale, like an IPA. Nice copper brown colour, grapefruit spicy loral aroma. Dry and bitter aftertaste, and certainly drinkable. Winter ale. Must get more.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lake Placid's Frostbite pours a hazy mahogany and deep chestnut body beneath a massive head of creamy dark-tan foam. The nose is loaded with citrusy (mostly grapefruit, some orange/lemon... perhaps some Simcoe and/or Amarillo?) and piney hops over a bready and caramelish malt base. It's medium-full in the mouth with a moderate carbonation that leaves it quite smooth and creamy. The flavor is as the nose suggests with a wider maltiness that's bready, caramelish, and honey-drizzled. The balance between hops and malt is quite nice, as is the general balance of the beer, with a very firm bitterness backing it. It finishes dry with a quick fading notes of honey and caramel accented malt, some residual bitterness, and lingering piney/citrusy hops. Very well done! Highly recommended!

Photo of bobquick
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Reminds me of my favorite IPA on draft at the Cannon Brewpub in Columbus, GA named Special OPS. Anyone who has served at Fort Benning in the US Army Rangers knows where I mean.

And here it is in a bottle, something they can't do in GA...not to mention Lake Placid Craft Brewery is 1200 miles away.

Hops, but not too much. Tastes like another...I'm going back to the fridge.

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Kelly Cole's.

Nice, but unimpressive. Amber body with a little white head. Smells and tastes of english hops, piney and a biting, but not terrible complex in either flavor or aroma. The malt could stand up a little more as the beer comes out a little thin. Still a nice IPA, nothing to go out of your way to try though.

Photo of AnPiobaire
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a growler of this IPA after a tasting at a local distributor.

This pours a nice golden amber with a cream colored head with great lacing. the head stuck around the entire glass.

The nose is nice and hoppy with a subtle piney hoppiness.

The taste matches the nose with a nice crisp hoppiness with a nice subtle pine note.

The mouthfeel is clean and crisp and I found myself chugging this fine brew as opposed to tasting it.

Overall this is a very nice IPA that fits into the spectrum of IPA's that I find pallatable. A very easy drinking beer which is dangerous when your hovering around the 7.0% ABV.

Photo of jamesclark
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle says only 'Frostbite Ale', no 'Pale' to be found, nor any ABV.

The color is a little brown and a little orange, maybe that's what they call copper. There isn't very much head, and it reduces somewhat quickly.

The smell is hoppy and pleasant - sortof green and bitter, but carrying a little malt sweetness as well.

This beer is a fairly bold IPA, a strong up-front hop bitterness and a long lingering sweet and bitter combination. It has a spice flavor
that reminds me of spiced winter/holiday beers. Carbonation is moderately low, which works well in this case.

This is a good IPA, and appropriately themed - after wading around in snow, I would love to come indoors to a pint of this.

Photo of scootny
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice balanced brew. Quite dark with a dusky head and good lacing. Smell is nice with a honeyed caramel as well as the usual citrusy hops. Taste is very well balanced with a tilt toward caramel malt. A good dry finish and plenty of grapefruit and caramel. Some good yeasty breadiness lingering as well a a touch of mint. This started as a winter brew and the roasted smoky malts used give a nice complexity and heartiness. Feel is smoothly carbonated and quenching. Overall, it goes down quite nicely and I wish I more than one bottle on this warm summer day to attack my thirst.

Photo of KTCamm
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark amber, some light red hues. Brownish foam. Some stickiness.

Light smell, more malt than hop. Hoppy blended malt taste, more toffee than pine. Thick and chewy, light a hoppy amber ale.

Full of flavor, pretty good IPA.

Photo of wikk3d
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark brownish amber pour with a thicker head than most IPA's I've had. Poured into an Allagash Belgian style glass.

Aroma - Very hoppy smell with very little presence of any adjuncts. If anything it seems to have a peach smell to it. It doesn't really set up any good hopes.

Taste - Hops. Not very flavorful but is very tasty none the less. Like I said about the smell, there's very little extras to it. Very bitter runoff on the tongue.

Mouth - You know what, besides the lack of any unique flavor, there's something about the way this beer. It goes down very easily. It doesn't leave any sort of bad aftertaste or anything that will stop you from putting it down.

Drinkability - This is a good beer that you can easily have a few of. There are some IPA's that seem to focus too much on flavor to try to hide any sort of bitterness or abundance of hops. Lake Placid does a very good job of coming out with a very honest IPA.

Photo of hollicetales
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

now here is a winter's brew that i could see me drinking all year. i had this on tap and it poured a nice and copper with a decent thin head. frostbite was a great choice because it had a perfect bite in my opinion...nice and sharp. with extremely well balanced notes of grapefruit citris and hints of pine, it was very refreshingly crisp not too dry. Very pleasant to drink...i went back for second and thirds on this one.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a medium-dark rustic orange that was turbulent and hazy, accompanied by a frothy light beige colored head that was well lasting. A light spongy lacing was left wheile a good strong visible carbonation was observed. Dark, turbid with a well lasting head makes for a good appearance.

S: delivered strong pine notes from the start with light hints of grapefruit. There is a rich creamy caramel presence, sweet and malty, that adds some sweetness. The aroma appeared strong at first but seemed to quickly diminish thereafter to a whimpy and only average nose.

T: The flavor was sticky sweet pine and caramelized malting. The hops were moderate in strength with bittering citrus (grapefruit) and fresh wet pine combining with the toasted sweet caramel malting. The finish is short with a light lingering display of lemon flower scents. The label suggest this used to be a winter release, and drinks more like a winter warmer with a full, sweet malty base with enough hops to distinguish itself as a ipa. Overall found the malting to be to sweet at times which over shadowed the hoppiness.

M: sticky, creamy and full with some carbonation edginess.

D: Full and malty, slightly syrupy, though lacked the crispness Ive come to expect from better examples. Only better then average consumption, wont make me rush out for more though wouldn't turn it down if available.

Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is quite pleasant with a rich caramel malt base and some light, but complimentary citrus hops. Body is a rich orange/brown and holds a lasting, thumb thick tan head. Flavor is the liquid conclusion of the caramel malts, slightly toasted, meld with citrus laden hops to make for a very balanced and enjoyable drinking beer. Nice suprise this one. Very nice mouthfeel for the style. Rich, full and pleasing.

Photo of SickGnar
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Warm & ambery copper, overall clear with a some fine floaties and a few streams of slow & steady bubbles rising to the medium size cream colored head. Lacing is only just acceptable.

S: Fruity citrus. Lots of sweet & juicy tangerine accented by some orange and a touch of grapefruit. Leafy & grassy background note. Faint caramel malt & grainy sweetness. Okay strength & quite appealing.

T: Bitterness increases quite a bit, but the hop character stays largely the same. Up front it is juicy tangerine with some grapefruit and citrus peel at the edges. The back end focuses more on the citrus peel with a grassy edge. Malts are just there to provide a base. Light crystal / caramel & some grainy sweetness with a hint of toasty biscuit. Bitterness lingers on pleasantly for a long time with some pine coming out in the finish.

M: Medium body or just barely under. Carbonation is matched and also touch soft, but it does combine with the hops to give a bit of a bite. Texture from both tannins and some dextrins with just hint of sticky residual sugars. Nicely hop drying finish as expected.

D: Pretty standard US IPA sort of in the west coast vein. Perhaps not as in your face as some. Still solid and strong style character. Tasty and very drinkable.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a nice foamy white head with very good retention. Aroma of citrus hops is very dominant. Taste is also dominated by the big citrus hops with a full creamy body. A bit too one-dimensional for my liking and I would have preferred some subtle sweetness or more malt presence. Not bad nonetheless and probably one of the best beer from this brewery.

Photo of hustlemuscle
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the pub. Fresh too, I would imagin.

Golden with good lacing but a rapidly disappearing head. A touch of hops greeted me when I gave it a sniff, but I found the overall scent to be a little lacking. But man, does it taste good. A nice balance of malts and hops, with that good hop tang being nicely smoothed out. Nice, easy drinking stuff. My only remarks on my notes from last week regarding drinkability say "drink it all day." Brought home a growler for future reference.

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Lake Placid India Pale Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
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