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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: 289
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | 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 oriolesfan4
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of Durge
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a pint glass this has a slightly hazed dark iced tea color with a very good sized off-white/light oatmeal colored head and great lacing. The aroma is a mild grapefruit and pleasant caramel malt. The flavor brings a fairly sharp citrus bite with a fairly bland malt base. This does not seem very complex or particularly satisfying to me but it's OK thanks to the hop intensity, decent in that respect. It has solid body and a somewhat dense but spritzy mouth feel. All in all, worth a try for IPA lovers who should find this plenty drinkable.

Photo of dickroop
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty label an the bottle adds to this beer's appeal. Poured with a 2-finger head, and thick, coarse beige-tan foam, this ale was reddish-bronze and hazy, with coarse lacing. The smell was mostly hops, of the English variety, little malt evident. There are earthy tones beneath floral notes.

When comes time to taste, it's quite a bit more forward. The palate is attached by both sweetness from caramel malt and bitterness of an indistinct varitey. The mid palate has a bit of citrus and it finishes bitter but not quite clean. The mouthfeel is a bit cloying for all the sweetness. Carbonation is unexceptional. The bitter and sweet combination is not really to my liking. It's big in flavors but not complexity and short on hop aromas to offset the gray bitterness. To me it comes out as ordinary, more of an English style IPA. As it warms, the malt flavor comes through more noticeably, with a little biscuit flavor, and the floral hop flavor notes develops more, with a bit of spiciness. This is a beer that you definitely should allow to warm from fridge temperature to cellar temp before enjoying.

All in all, the drinkability isn't bad, but it's not something I'm likely to buy again. It's enjoyable, but not distinguished.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a deep brown/amber with a small off white head. Aroma of diacetyl, sweet fruits, and sweet malt. Flavor is rather sweet and fruity (apricot), with lots of caramel and some crystal malt. Definitely more of an amber or APA, not sure why the brewers changed the name...but I still liked the beer.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of far333
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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 Gambrinus1184
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a clear plastic cup at Mt. View in Naugatuck, Conn.

A: Poured a bright orange color with a slightly creamy white head of foam. Slight sediment and a chill haze can be seen in this IPA.

S: Very nice aroma; full hop bouquet of flowers, grapefruit and pine.

T: Taste is semisweet and potent, but very well balanced. Light caramel malt mellows out the all West-coast hop profile of this brew. Some pine, citrus and a sticky, herbal finish earmark this IPA.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty well balanced. Flavors wash down pretty well.

D: This was a decent IPA and I'd probably have picked some up if I were in an IPA mood or buying just for myself. Not too spectacular, but clean, tasty and something different in the cooler.

The rebranded Frostbite winter brew from Lake Placid has found its way into the regular rotation. It's got to be a decent seller to do this and the flavor provides some answers as to why.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Kendo
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy ruby-copper body with plenty of sediment "floaties." A small (half-finger) cream/khaki head leaves behind decent lace.

S: Some fruity hops -- think tropical fruit rather than citrus -- and honey-drizzled caramel malt. Pleasant nose.

T: Fruity hops again, over bready and caramel malt. Finishes with a dry bitterness that lingers. Minerally astringency as well.

M: Active carbonation. Body is lighter side of medium in heft.

D: Good, but not even close to a top-tier IPA.

Photo of allergictomacros
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a thick, creamy tan head. Good sticky lacing. Big sweet, orange and grapefruit nose. Straightforward hoppy flavour - grapefruit hops and a solid bitter finish. A little bit of a fruitiness comes in from the back end. Body is quite creamy and full. Solid IPA.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazy amber color with a rich & creamy beige head that left globs of sticky lacing on the glass.

S - earthy, citrus aroma.

T - some sweet malt upfront gets hit on the head with sour citrus bitterness before leaving a sweet sticky aftertaste on the lips.

F - medium bodied with a slick feel.

D - middle of the road IPA.

Photo of WesWes
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of Procrastinator
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle with no recognizable freshness date. Obtained from a recent trip to Plattsburgh.

Appearance: Pours a thick-looking orange-amber with a tiny amount of white bubbly head. Not foam, but bubbles.

Nose: Dry and herbal smelling, there's a brightness too, an almost minty coolness to it.

Palate: Medium bodied and crisp, yet somehow also round feeling. There is a fine edge at the finish cutting off the roundness of the midpalate. Flavors are of braised oranges spiced and herbed (Provencal), medium toasted malt, and a cooling, almost menthol feel from the hops, giving the beer a really refreshing feel despite the medium-malty profile.

Notes: Incredibly well balanced IPA, while maintaining a bitter profile. The hops rule this beer with a subtle hand, gently coaxing it into the more "bitter" side of things without being unruly themselves. The menthol/mint character is unique and appreciated, making the beer really refreshing both in the bottle and in the glass. Sessionable and unique. Well done.

Photo of yesyouam
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lake Placid IPA is a cloudy amber ale with some particles in it. It has a nice, dense, light beige head with great retention and it leaves thick crust on the glass. The aroma is very fresh! Citrus, pine and resin are up front, but there is a lurking sweetness in the nose. It is medium bodied and incredibly smooth and soft. The finish is clean and dry. So often, a beer this hoppy takes a ding on the mouth feel, but not this one. The flavor is very well balanced. It is a bold one-- reminds me of something from Stone. There is a resiny tone that centers the entire taste. There is a nice sweetness underneath and grapefruit peel is prominent. It is very difficult not to chug this beer.
(rated Sep 8, 2008)

Photo of bobsy
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured with a hazy deep amber color and had quite a bit of particles suspended in the brew. There was a two finger foamy off white head that displayed quite a bit of staying power. As I consumed the beer there were sheets of lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma was mostly made up of citrus notes, specifically grapefruit with just a touch of caramel notes.

Thee beer had a nice flavor that was very smooth and well balanced. It started slightly more malt like in flavor, but quickly transitioned to a hop finish that you would expect from an IPA. As the beer warmed slightly I noticed a change in the flavor and enjoyed the complexities. There was almost a sense of a bread like finish that was evident before you were left with the traditional hop lingering taste.

I really liked the mouth feel that was rather silky or creamy. This almost reminded me of a cask conditioned beer. There was very little carbonation.

Pretty drinkable and pretty enjoyable. Certainly not an epic beer, but one that is worth a shot.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of nsmartell
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a real nice cloudy amber color with a thick head that didn't last too long.

Smell: Strong and hoppy with hints of citrus.

Taste: Again, real nice and hoppy with a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Spicy and medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and would drink again if given the opportunity.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.03/5  rDev -17%
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.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells of sweet hops and hints of caramel. Pours to an almost opaque light brown with a light tan head. At first taste the carbonation seems high. The taste starts bitter, followed by a sweeter brown sugar flavor, the bitterness returns but duller and dryer and the final is a sweet aftertaste. This is quite a complex brew with 4 flavor stages. For my taste the bitterness is a little too flat as the hoppiness lacks citrus notes but for the stye of beer this is quite good.

Photo of amiles
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Lake Placid India Pale Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.