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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: 277
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

Sammy, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

t0rin0, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color that verges on brown ale territory; atop the liquid sits a rock solid two fingers of head that leaves copious lace behind

Smell: Well-balanced aroma with both caramel malt and earthy, piney hops

Taste: Caramel malt, up front, with a growing fruity flavor that moves into piney hop territory by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet caramel that just gets the better of the hops in the finish; a hint of diacetyl as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: More of a hoppy amber or winter ale (not surprising, given its origins as Frostbite) than an IPA, this is still a very nice drinker

Thanks, CharlesDarwin, for the opportunity

brentk56, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Hazy ochre with a reddish bronze influence and a static storm of fine yeasties. Atop the beer sits a good-sized crown of pale caramel colored foam that has a quality look. The lid becomes even more attractive as it begins to melt, and is gracing the glass with an array of delicate, feathery lace.

The aroma suggests plenty of caramel malt and a less than breathtaking quantity of citric hops. It's hard to tell, though. I'll leave it for my buds to decide because they're better at that sort of thing. Since the brewery calls this ale 'a tribute to West Coast-style American IPAs' and uses the words 'loaded with', they must have been somewhat generous with the little green cones.

Lake Placid India Pale Ale was formerly a winter seasonal known as Frostbite Pale Ale. It's obvious from the first sip that this beer has caramel malty, winter seasonal origins written all over it. Still, if a brewery is going to release a beer year-round and call it an India pale ale, it needs to be slanted more toward hops than this.

This is pretty good beer that could stand to have its butterscotchy diacetyl cut in half. At least. Again, the grapefruity American hops are noticeable, but can't begin to cut through the flavor and sweetness provided by all the malt. The finish is where the hop flavor and bitterness are finally allowed to see the light of day. There's also a tea leafiness and hint of fresh tobacco that add something of interest.

The mouthfeel is on the full side for the style and the ABV. Since I'm a big beer lovin' kind of guy, this ale's lush and creamy smoothness is right up my alley. Along with the look, the mouthfeel is the highlight of this experience.

My first experience with Lake Placid Pub and Brewery beer is a mixed bag. In my humble opinion, they've erred in calling this offering an India Pale Ale. If they're happy with the final product, then they should call it something else. If they want to brew a real IPA, they need to decrease the caramel malt and increase the hops.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

Phyl21ca, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9%

Decided that I was going to go on a fridge cleaning for the next week before I need to take a break for a while. Went with this mixed sixer last night in an attempt to clean out some lighter fare. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this was consumed on 11/03/2010.

Pours out a nice amber color, with a light cloudiness that fades quickly and leaves behind a nice well rounded color with great carbonation. Aroma starts with a nice pungent orange and pineapple aroma which quickly starts to be balanced by a semi sweet, buttery malt note. This is carried over well into the flavor which starts with a fine dose of biting hops that grab your attention from the onset, but quickly moves onto a more balanced and fuller IPA. Quick finish here is lightly dry and keeps things very interesting for sure.

Overall a very solid offering that was quite drinkable and got the night started off quite nicely.

mikesgroove, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

oberon, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of JAHMUR
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

JAHMUR, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%

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!

NeroFiddled, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, floral hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus followed by a strong but not over-powering hops presence. The malt character is hearty and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s nothing spectacular but it’s a very solid beer worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +9%

Well I guess I should have poured this one softer. Foggy amber with a nice creme head, but there are a lot of floaties in there. Nice pine resin nose with citrus tones. Flavor brings a bit of the same. Though the flavor seems to be a bit tight. Not quite the vibrant west coast ipa, but who cares. I like it. Feel is good on carbonation. Liquid is a bit thicker. Like I said, I like this beer. Would be interested to see it on cask.

RblWthACoz, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Slatetank, May 16, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%

this is probably the best beer in the adirondaks. i must specify, on tap fresh from the brewery, it has no equal. in a bottle it goes alright. used to be called frostbite when it was a seasonal, but just known as ipa now that its all year. it pours an a sap colored amber and smells like fresh hops. the flavor is sweet hops up front for just a second before the bitter hop finish starts to crescendo. goes great with anything on the grill. a really fantastic ipa enjoyed best in the ADKS.

StonedTrippin, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

The beer pours a hazy dark golden color with a 1/4" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very complex malt aroma that boasts of pale, bisquit, and crystal malts. The hop aroma isn't that pronounced, which is a bit of a bummer. The taste is decent. This is a malt heavy IPA with a good amount of bitterness present in the finish. The hops I do taste are quite nice. The malt bill is maybe a little too complex. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very easy drinking beer, although it's only an average IPA.

WesWes, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Mora2000, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours orangish amber with nice clarity. The thick white head slowly descends to a sturdy, full covering that leaves trails of lacing.

The smell is of citrus - grapefruit and a slight orange peel.

The taste is of citrusy hops - mostly grapefruit, a dash of orange. The malt is hardly noticeable until the finish, when it makes a slightly balancing appearance to finish it off.

This one is all about the hops - a treat for the "hop heads". It becomes similar to spiked grapefruit juice after one or two. Personally, I'd like to see at least a bit more malt to give it more body, even if it means turning up the hops even more. Still in all, it's a decent brew, esp. if you want a hop rush and looking for just one or two drinks.

jwc215, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a murky amber orange color with a wispy pale head. The pleasantly hoppy with sharp notes of pine, a bit of lemon, and a bit of maltiness that pokes its way through the hop notes. The beer is a mix of muddy malt notes (caramel, and toasted malt) and lots of hops. The hops are sharp and herbal, a bit of pine as well, with a nice bitterness throughout as well. The palate of this beer is quite full, almost approaching a strong ale in quality. The bitterness in the finish is quite biting and is a nice foil to the malt sweetness that is in this beer. This beer is fairly drinkable, but just seems to be lacking something that would make it great, I can't really place my finger on it though.

Gueuzedude, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

Reddish copper in color with a very short 1/4" head that quickly falls to a spotty surface foam. The aroma was of slight caramel and piney hops. The flavor was of strong piney hops and malt, with some caramel and very soft citrus hiding in the background.

Mouthfeel was crisp at the start and finish. Medium bodied. The flavors lingered on the tongue for a while after swallowing. Decent drinkability. Not one I would highly recommend, but an overall above average brew.

Gavage, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

Never heard of this brewery before but seemed to pop up in my usual beer store. Nothing too out of the ordinary here, slightly better than the average IPA. I felt the taste was a little lackluster compared to other brands and the body was a little lighter than I would have liked. All in all a nice East coast IPA.. definitely worth a try.

oriolesfan4, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of weeare138
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

Appears amber with a frothy white head, steady streams of carbonation, and lots of lacing.
Smell is of light hops with an earthy and grassy note mixed with malt.
Taste is hoppy with earthy notes and a tad bit of sourness and bitterness mixed into the mildy malty mix.
Mouthfeel is decent. It holds it's own with the hops. It could be a bit more balanced but it's not bad.

weeare138, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

tempest, May 06, 2006
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

Georgiabeer, May 09, 2008
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18.3%

ejimhof, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of ppoitras
4.33/5  rDev +18%

12ozer bought as part of a 6-pack from the brewpub, Lake Placid, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" dense tan head over the clear dark copper brew. Head is lasting, with plentiful lacing. Aroma is malty sweet with citrus hops. Taste is syrupy upfront, quickly cut like a knife by lemon fresh hops, with a light pine coming on late. Mouthfeel is only slightly limited by heavy sweetness upfront, and that makes it just as drinkable. An enjoyable brew, dangerously quaffable for the abv.

ppoitras, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

wrightst, Aug 18, 2014
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Lake Placid India Pale Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
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