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Lake Placid India Pale Ale - Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

Lake Placid India Pale AleLake Placid India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%

Brewed by:
Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hyland24 on 03-24-2008)
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Photo of Moxley

New York

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the second beer I've tried by Lake Placid. Again, not a big fan. I will say I love the marketing and logo, and was excited to like this one after the Ubu Ale was a bust. Unfortunately it didn't turn out that way.

Anyway, on to the review:

A- Poured a cloudy copper with a thick beige head the settled quickly.

S- Lots of hops, with a subtle citrus sweetness.

T- Bitter with a spicy kick, and a little heavy and thick for my liking with no carbonation to speak of.

M- Medium bodied ale.

D- Not what I would consider a session beer, but glad that I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 01:59:13 | More by Moxley
Photo of mjsheehan08


2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

----from notes

Really not a well balanced IPA. It was apparently originally brewed as winter seasonal, and in my opinion wouldn't have worked in that style either. The malts and hops don't work great together, and I guess I expected more heat from the alcohol for something that was originally a warmer, but I was left unimpressed.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 03:18:55 | More by mjsheehan08
Photo of twiggamortis420


2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of kennyo, drank very soon after arrival. Pours a mostly clear, surprisingly dark reddish color with a creamy, long-lasting tan head. Lacing is nice as well, a good looking beverage here.

Nose is pretty light with a piney hop and toasty, nutty malt aroma. Just ok, light fruity yeast as it warms.

Taste is toasty, near burnt biscuit bottoms and a biting hop bitterness. Not much hop flavor here. A little medicinal and the body is limp and not very effervescent. Gets worse as it warms and tastes like it might not be the freshest of samples, alas - no bottling/freshness date. Not a very good beer and an even worse IPA. Yuk.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 00:49:05 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Ryan011235


2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 1/17/10

Many thanks to huey782 for the local

Cloudy & dense amber color. Almost murky. Highlights of caramel brown. Two fingers of off-white foam. Drops to about 1/4th inch after a few minutes, leaving decent lace. Thin retention throughout; pretty good lacing.

Pine & citrus hop aromas intertwined with a comparable amount of maltiness. Citrus seems over-ripe; lemon peel & a touch of grapefruit. Notes of caramel & bread. Hints of brown sugar as it warms. Not particularly intense nose, overall.

Tastes of mild pine tar bitterness upfront, working its way around the edges. It seems a lot of hop fade has happened. Likewise, a few wisps of citrus creep in periodically but aren't much of a distinguished feature. Floral hints. Solid malt backdrop of caramel, brown sugar & toasted bread.

Leaning toward the heavy side of medium bodied. Carbonation is lower than might be beneficial for this beer, with the lack of bitterness & all. Some additional zestiness certainly wouldn't hurt. Nice resiny grit. At times it seems medicinal. Faint bitterness on the finish.

Drinkability isn't bad, it just seems the malts have taken over. Borderline barleywine. Knowing New England's penchant for malty IPAs, maybe this is intentional. I have no way of telling as there's no date on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 20:59:12 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of meatyard


2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A fairly dark, clear, amber color with a pretty, 2-finger, fluffy white head that has decent retention and leaves lots of lacing.
S - There's not much in the way of hop aroma but plenty of sweet malt.
T - I'm unsure of the bottling date (sometime in 2010) but there's little in this of hop taste but there is still good, sweet malt taste and a bit of bitterness in the finish.
M - Is medium to thin with moderate carbonation.
D - If this IPA is always like this one, I wouldn't want another, ever. Unfortunately, it's not even balanced but leans heavily to the malt side.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 21:09:23 | More by meatyard
Photo of BrianOhio


2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour produces a one finger head. Aroma has a modest hops emphasis but not as strong as I'd expect in an IPA. Color is a deep orange to amber, and again not quite what I expect in an IPA. Head dissipates quickly with some nice lacing.

This is an IPA where the malt may overpower the hops in my opinion. I get very little citrus, and not much of a pine bite finish.

My wife picked this up on a recent tour through the east. I am
enjoying this 6, but not sure I would go out of my way to obtain
it again. A nice beer, but for the style, I'm looking for more hops. Very drinkable though.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 02:18:48 | More by BrianOhio
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a rocky head that fades to a cap and leaves some spotty lacing. Light and grainy aromas, somewhat floral in the hops department. A little sweet, but a nice hop profile with some earthy notes, citrus and a lingering bitterness. Baked bread from the malt as well. Pretty pleasant if not earthshaking. It does get a little soapy tasting as it remains open. Mouthfeel is quite grainy and thick. Not the best example of the style, but its not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 01:43:09 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of ColdPoncho


3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - nice deep copper body, medium light tan head, some decent lacing.

S - Pale malt, yeasty spiciness, almost a barleywine-like sweetness and hop profile.

T - It must be old. Spicy for sure, some nice malt profile, but this just isn't very hoppy. Maybe a bad, sort of old barleywine? Meh

M - smooth, light, fairly thick, aggressive. Not bad.

O (D) - It's not so great. Could have been good, fresher, I suppose...

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 00:14:02 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of Dubbercody


3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Dark amber that holds a 'coverage' soft layer of head on the top. Much hoppier than I was expecting, but then again I didn't read the side of the bottle giving me the WARNING.

The hops are not over done, but do give it a bit heavier feeling when they mix with the malt. A worthy beer, but the flavor doesn't shine through the hops as much as I'd want.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 07:40:03 | More by Dubbercody
Photo of musicforairports

New York

3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottled 12/20/10, reviewed 2/24/11.

Pours one of the darkest IPAs I've ever seen. Leaves a nice head the creates pretty good lacing.

Smells like floral and herbal hops--grass, flowers, mint leaves and a bit of citrus underneath.

Taste is like the nose. Tobacco/mint leaf flavors dominate, with some usual hop flavors in the background. Malt provides some sweetness that persists, but not too malty. Finishes with a lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel is average.

This one is easy to drink, but the hop flavors are tough for me to come to love.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 04:22:10 | More by musicforairports
Photo of argock


3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. No freshness date. Single purchased at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $1.89.

A: Decidedly copper with short-lived, off-white head with a decent dose of intricate lacing around the top of the mug.

S: Tea-like and splits the difference between English IPA and APA with herbal hops leading the the way and giving way to a complex maltiness with a lot of breadiness.

T: The flavor is by no means bad, but it doesn't fit the American IPA style well at all, and instead would fit in the WInter Warmer or APA style better. The flavor is very malty with bready, light caramel, and biscuit tones meeting with a mix of orange and lemon citrus and tea-like herbal hops. The tea-like qualities win out, and I think this beer would fit more in the English IPA.

M: Easy drinking with medium-body and low-moderate carbonation.

O: Not really an American IPA -- fits the English persuasion just fine with a complex maltiness and herbal, tea-like hoppy finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 04:04:44 | More by argock
Photo of regspeir


3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft @ TJ's into a standard pint glass
Poured a dark amber with a one-finger head. Lacing was present and moderate. It IS an attractive beer. Nose was not intense - floral, earthy, some citrus. Moderate carbonation was in evidence. As to taste, this tipped the scales toward VERY bitter - front to back. Yes, there was some citrus, some malt in the background, but no balance for me at all. Whatever subtleties were there were lost on me. Mouthfeel was meduim and not terribly oily or syrupy. At 6.8% this should be a very sessionable beer but it broiled every one of MY tastebuds with it's bitterness...so I will pass.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2010 00:58:06 | More by regspeir
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Large foamy off-white head. Cloudy dark cider orange. Looks like the perfect IPA for winter. Excellent frosty lace.

Mild hop aroma, bitter cascadey hops. Is tainted by a chlorine-ish malt aroma. Is it the yeast?

Bitter woody hops, but the chlorine taste in the malt really kills it. Not sure if it's the storage or the brew. Tastes musty. The hops salvage it somewhat.

Slightly bubbly and spicy, though not overly so. Tastes a little off. Not sure why. Flat. Does look great though.

***OLD REVIEW: 4.15***

Has a hazy, cloudy orange color. Decent dishsoap head. The haze makes the beer look very thick and inviting. (4)

Heavy hop smell. Very bitter and overwhelming, but in a tantalizing way. (4.5)

Hard, bitter hop flavor. Very strong and delicious. (4)

Medium body, somewhat thick. Has a bit of thick residue left on the tongue. (4) I could drink this baby all night. Outstanding. (4.5)

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 20:23:17 | More by williamherbert
Photo of Traquairlover


3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Very dark brown for an IPA, almost a light milk chocolate color, lighter than a normal brown ale but darker than a normal IPA. Biggest problem is that it is murky and has floaties. If it seemed to just be a matter of hops haze, I might forgive it, but it looks like more than that. Head was yellowish of white with only moderate retention and only very light lacing.

S = Smell is not bad but not really typical for what I look for in an IPA. I get moderate piney hops and slight citrus rind, but also an underlying maple syrup and brown sugar smell that is pleasant but a little misplaced.

T = Taste follows the smell but with slightly better results. I get a good amount of bitterness from tongue tip to end of moedstly long finish, in the middle I get a fair balance with maple syrup and brown sugar tastes as promised in the smell appearing at mid-palate. Not overly complex, but enjoyable.

M = Medium bodied, but nonetheless kind of thin in the finish, only moderate mouthcoating, carbonation level stings a little unpleasantly.

D = This is a drinkable beer and I could easily drink more of them, but I would not search it out. It just doesn't really distinguish itself whether considered as an IPA, a pale ale, or an American red or brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 00:42:29 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of JackStraw22


3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark orange/amber body, with a nice foamy off-white head. The head had some good staying power and nice lacing. Hoppy aroma, buttery too, and slightly sweet. Wow, really buttery flavor, kind of takes the center stage and detracts from any of the nice hop flavor, too bad. Kind of dissapointed, as I like their Ubu Ale. They do have cool bottle caps, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 00:42:52 | More by JackStraw22
Photo of Procrastinator


3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle is the last of three I received in a Beer-of-the-Month Club. No freshness dating found. Poured into tulip pint glass.

Appearance: murky dark copper colored (darker than most IPAs that have crossed my lips).The beige head is 1-1/2" high and dense after a vigorous pour and never really dies. There's carbonation only at the head.

Smell: the hop scents are muted, which may be attributed to age, not knowing exactly when this was bottled. The hops are grassy and enveloped by sweet caramel malts. Beyond the sweetness, alcohol can be detected.

Taste: flavors are a bit aged and the hops don't have the bite of an IPA, being equalized by the malts. The sweetness is honey and caramel.

Mouthfeel: medium body with beneficial carbonation. I was looking for more out of balance with hop textures.

Drinkability: I would love to review a fresh bottle of this. With some more booziness, this would have been hard to decipher from a barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 18:53:47 | More by Procrastinator
Photo of deereless


3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy peach color with a thin and patchy head - 3.25, S: Nice very subtle hop aromas - mostly the citrusy styles, but the bready-biscuit smells dominate the hops, lots of caramel malts add a doughy-like sweetness - 3.00, T: Solid hop bitterness is the first thing to surface on the palate but this is quickly followed by the bready grain build, slightly toasty and nutty, there is a prominent diacetyl flavor to the beer that give it the buttery sweetness, hops really do not play enough of a role in this beer to fill the role of an IPA - 3.00, M: Quite creamy and smooth - 4.00, D: I enjoy this beer but the lesser role that hops have in the beer stretch the definition of IPA - 3.25

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 22:34:28 | More by deereless
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy brown orange with a good thick head. Good lacing and some rings. Pretty.

Some herbal hop aromas and overbrowned toast.

This brew is missing balance. Bitter forward, but with no true character -- just bitter. This leads to very dark burnt toast flavors, again being bitter. Just a slight drop of caramel character, but it hints at burnt sugar. Bitter bitter bitter done. I'm not completely hating this , but I'm done.

Medium body, some good carbonation, a bit astringent.

Overall, just ok, and not the easiest thing to get thru. I'd never double up on this. Kinda disappointing, but not hated.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 00:49:04 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes from the Albany microbrew fest.

A: Pale golden color with a half finger of white head.

S: Intense hop nose. Nothing else though.

T: Too bitter. Very hoppy but nothing to balance it out.

M: Medium body that doesnt help or hurt the beer.

D: It was something around 95 degrees that day so it went down easy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2008 01:44:26 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour with a sticky white head. Grapefruit aroma, with some caramel. Fairly straightforward flavour - lots of hop bitterness, with a little bit of caramel malt trying, and failing, to balance it out. Moderate body and carbonation. Fairly drinkable, but a touch on the plain side.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2008 00:38:56 | More by bobsy
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of pillowy head that appears just slightly off white. Copper body with light to medium carbonation. Just slightly hazy. Leaves soapy lacing down the side half way down.

S - Sort of soapy or grapefruity in the aroma making me think of pinesol. Nice citrus with a little breadiness and a hint of alcohol.

T - Sweet up front with a good amount of hops to follow but not really overpowering. Just a nice enough citrus hop kick. Bitterness is short. Too quick of a finish for an IPA.

M - Medium body with carbonation where it should be. Nothing offensive just a nice feel for an IPA.

D - Pretty good here. Not a session IPA by any means but a decent one nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 01:14:52 | More by tbeckett
Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ego for the tip.

Served at just over fridge temperature in a Duvel tulip for maximum everything, on New Year's Eve 2005.

Appearance- Beautiful medium to deep amber. Clear, with four full fingers of fantastic foam. As the crown slowly dissipates, there are gobs of lacing left behind. Excellent.

Smell- Initial blast of intense grapefruit, citrusy hop aromas and pine resin. Certainly hop heavy, as no balancing malt notes are in play yet.

Taste- Straight up pine needles, the bittering hop finish strong and lasting. Quite one-sided, definitely not complex at all.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Minimal, tight carbonation and then whoooosh... it's relatively flat and gone. IMO, a great IPA should have more body and display a much better balance of malt and hops. This killed on the eyes and nose, but was a mild letdown overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2006 00:02:18 | More by yelterdow
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a murky orange-amber with a small tan head that maintains. Decent lacing on the glass.

One-dimensional piney hop smell. Slight caramel malt backbone. Pleasant but ordinary.

Nice pineyhop flavor upfront leading into a nice caramel maltiness. Medium bitterness. Finishes fairly dry with a pleasant lingering hop taste.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall a decent IPA and easy to drink. Will neither amaze nor disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 00:21:42 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks jimixr for the bottle.

12oz poured into my Pint glass.

A - Amber red with a light tan head.

S - Strong malt tones.

T - Sweet malts, slight citrus flavors come through.

D - Medium bodied. Malt heavy. Medium carbonation.

O - Overall an okay beer, but not a good ipa.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 03:52:30 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of amiles


3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Holland High Gravity glass...

A: Looks attractive actually, nice deep cooper slightly cloudy. Two finger head, with some decent lacing.

S: Smells of mild hops and citrus. Not bad.

T: A little watery and weak. Hops, with maybe some carmel in the aftertaste.

M: Nice carbonation, smooth.

D: So far it's kicking back pretty easily. I'm sure in due time I'll have had a few.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 01:37:10 | More by amiles
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Lake Placid India Pale Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
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