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Lake Placid India Pale Ale - Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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Reviews: 157
Hads: 297
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 7
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an overly froathy head, more than three fingers worth and kept rising, and rising, and I look away, and again it rose even higher. Dozens of little streams of bubbles float up to the top and contribute to that abundance of head, like milk boiling up over a pot on the stove. A tawny amber body.
Aroma offering bits of biscuit malt and a distinctly Belgian yeast (odd, but extremely noticeable). The hops had a great presence at first, ripe green notes, but seemed to fade out quickly. The yeast is near overpowering, and oddly out of place in an American IPA. Lends it a Belgian Ale character. Weird, but I came to like it.
(That strong yeast might explain why the carbonation never let out and was, by all accounts, way hyper-active. The chunks of setiment at the bottom would leave to believe I'm correct.)
Mouthfeel had a slight string of hop bitterness. Splashes of malt in the flavour. The yeast imparts a dry, grainyness that overrides the hop profile. A kind of honey like stickyness, some caramely taste, but overall a strong breadyness.
An overall weird creation. Stricking features from numerous styles, wasn't sure what to make of it, the beer seemed to evolve sip by sip. More than enough to set it apart from other American IPA's. I'm still kind of unsure whether to punish or acclaim it for that. I suppose I'll just go by how much I enjoyed it...

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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark copper hue with a two finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light peppery hop with a solid caramel malt aroma.

The taste was well balanced with an upfront hop presence that blended nicely with the arriving lightly sweet caramel grain.

The mouthfeel was good with a relatively dry finish.

Overall a very good AIPA/ winter beer. Very quaffable and respectable ABV.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. A hazy amber colored beer with a good head and lacing, decent retention. Fairly standard aroma, with some pine and citrus notes; smells hoppy enough. Not super aromatic. Flavor followed suit, with the same somewhat predictable hop profile and a good balance between the hops and a somewhat sweet, caramel-flavored malt backbone. This is definitely more restrained in terms of bitterness and more malt forward than many of the contemporary hop bombs on the market. Felt a bit uninteresting after experiencing some of those beers, to be honest. Kind of a middle-of-the-spectrum, old school East Coast IPA. Medium body and carbonation, average finish, decent creaminess. Nothing to write home about for me, but certainly drinkable. The night before I had been enjoying FW Union Jack and Green Flash WC IPA so this one seemed a bit dull to me. Maybe that’s not all that fair but that was my impression.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.46/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear coppery colour, very nice, with a dense, light beige half inch cap. It almost looked like a nitro pour, but there was plenty of carbonation apparent in the beer that verified it's non-nitroness. Chunky, sticky lacing and great head retention. Fragrant hop aroma, fruity and floral, grapefruit and oranges, a bit powdery. Malt was also present in the smell, but was less pronounced. Bitterness was solid throughout, perhaps strengthening a bit in the finish as the fruity and malt sweetness declined. More oranges, some caramel. Mild alcohol tingle - not quite warmth - medium bodied with average carbonation. Light dryness, which set in after the first few sips. Overall this was pretty good. I enjoyed it and will almost certainly purchase it again, particularly if I find it on tap.

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Lake Placid India Pale Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
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