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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: 290
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | 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 mooseisloose
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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 -7.1%
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.

Photo of nasty15108
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this one in a trade with Hyland24. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A - Cloudy amber color. Pour produced a thin white head that stayed the entire beer. Good amount of patchy lace work.

S - A slightly musty hop aroma. Slight hints of citrus, pine and malt also detected. Strong smell of perfume, very floral

T - Slightly citric malt taste up front followed by a strong spicy hop bitterness.

MF&D - Medium bodied IPA, kinda spicy to the tongue. Not too sprcial about this beer.

Photo of arizcards
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a few days ago as part of the March MicroBeerClub shipment.

Beer poured a copper orange color with a decent head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose initially was strong of citrusy hops but has faded to basic malt. Taste is heavy on west coast citrus tinged hops but there is a hint of a malt backbone there to balance out things a bit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and is satisfying for the style. Overall drinkability is good. This is a nice representation of the west coast style IPA and would recommend to try.

Photo of erosier
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice copper color with a tall and medium bodied off-white colored head that fades fast and settles to a thin ring around the top of the beer. It laces the glass very nicely all the way down. It has a very distinct IPA aroma of piney hops and citrisy hops. The taste is good for an IPA. A very well balanced blend of the sweet malts and the piney and citrisy hop flavors that isn't overly bitter but still an excellent IPA taste. The mouthfeel is very crisp and fresh feeling which makes it a very drinkable IPA. I think it's worth a try.

Photo of tmitch75
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another March selection from the monthly club. I don't think I've tried any Lake Placid selections before.

Cloudy copper color, ample creamy head and rings of lace all the way around.

General hoppy smell, with a little bit of pine to it.

Herbal hoppy flavor with a subtle lime taste mixed with with other citrus. Just enough malty sweetness in the finish to balance it out.

Full bodied but very easy drinking. This is a very drinkable IPA with strong hops balanced well with sweet malt.

Photo of Moxley
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

Photo of hyland24
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle I received from my beer of the month club into a tall pilsner glass. I was actually shocked that this beer had not been reviewed as I had received it over a week ago from my club. I sampled it with fellow Ba member Moxley.

The beer poured a cloudy amber with red hues when held up to the light. It produced an inch thick light tan head with minimal stick lacing throughout.

The smell was a strong hoppy bouquet with faint hints sweet apricot.

The taste was very similar to the smell with a strong hoppy bite on the tongue which overpowered any other flavors, although I did pick up residual sweetness.

The mouthfeel was spicy on the toungue. A medium bodied ale spot on for this style. Not a session beer due to the over hop spice, but definitely a decent flavorful beer. I would try it again.

Photo of oconman
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost a little too red, with an amber head that stays nicely down the glass. Good malty and british hop nose, with that balance of aromas and a tiny tinge of yeast and alcohol. Definitely a British rather than a west coast IPA, very well balanced and a beer we would try again. It's called Lake Placid IPA all over the bottle now.

Photo of Bobzilla
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

SirSaranac made refrence to a name change, and it's true. But, this beer will always be Frostbite to me and the Mrs.
This is a perennial favorite to have in our kegerator. Although it is a bit high in alcohol for a session beer, it certainly is drinkable. The beer has a nice bitter finish; sharp, but not lingering too long to be distracting. It has a nice ruby-golden color, which initally makes me wonder why they changed the name to IPA. It seems to be atyipical for the style. This recent keg has a bit of fizzyness to the mouthfeel that I don't recall from previous batches, but that could be as much from the inital keg pressure as it is from the brew itself.
There is alot of similarity between Frostbite and Magic Hat's Roxy Rolles. The biggest difference would be the lack of Simcoe hops in Frostbite. But, the malt character is similar, and the hop bitterness about the same.
A highly reccommended beer. Great with a variety of eats! BBQ as much as Indian. Cooling in the summer, but strong enough to warm you in winter. (Despite its name!)

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

Pours a thick, cloudy, dark orange, amber color. Frothy head that dissolves at a moderate pace, and leaves a beautiful lacing around the glass.

The woody hops are the predominate aroma here,and are very inviting.

Strong wooded hop taste to it with a lot of bitterness hitting you, but not in a bad way.

It's a bit thicker on the tongue than some other IPAs, but is a delightful treat that I could drink throughout a long cold winter.

Photo of SirSaranac
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well the package says "Lake Placid IPA"... but the bottles say "Frostbite Ale".... I was told that FX Matt purchased/is purchasing Lake Placid Brewing company and is switching the name.. I DON'T KNOW!... Anywho, I liked the UBU so I decided to try some more from Lake Placid.
*Edit- FX Matt hasn't purchased Lake Placid, rather they've gone into a distribution deal together. Details seem like a win-win symbiotic relationship for both breweries.

A- Poured a dark bronze... moderate carbonation... Nice head... great lacing.

S- Hmmmm.... Hoppy... malty... nutty. Citrus hops dominates the scent... nothing overwhelming though.

T- Delicious. Not REAAAL hoppy, but definitely an IPA. Well balanced hops, and very complex flavor will leave you deciphering the entire glass. Malt compliments the hops perfectly.

M- Light/Med body... the carbonation isn't too extreme. Bites the tongue nicely.

D- MORE PLEASE! The is a great local IPA that I could drink all night. I hope it's true that FX Matt purchased this brewery... this is a great brew for the price.

Photo of williamherbert
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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)

Photo of AChamberlain
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured @ the Gate in Park Slope, Brooklyn into pint glass.

A: Dark maroon color.Thin head and some lacing, not much. Much darker than I expected.

S: Almost no aromas, kind of weak. Maybe a little hops.

T: Good Hops flavor. The bitterness was nice, good balance. Pretty good considering the weak smell.

M: Medium body, more so than most APAs.

D: Pretty decent as far as drinkability. The balance of flavors in this beer make it worth while.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this bottle about 9 months ago and actually forgot that I had it. I open the bottle at cellar temp to pour into a pint glass...GUSHER! spilled beer all over my computer table. ugh! and I broke my fav english pint glass trying to catch the spill over. NOT A GOOD START!
But I will try to review objectively.
Beer pours a clear chestnut color with a meringue-esque fluffy offwhite head of several inches foamig up even with a gentle pour. Aroma is some herbal and rindy hops with a light background of caramel. Maybe a little metallic upon further sniffs. Pretty mild nose overall.
The first sip revealsa lite body and fine tingly carbonation. texture is smooth if not a little thin.
Flavor is actually fairly sweet up front with some brown sugar and toffee, but moves on to some rindy citrusy hops and some astringent aspirin bitterness that lingers on the finish. The bitterness is not overwhelming or really even puckering but just sits gracefully on the sides of my palate and back of my throat. I actually find the flavor of the beer to be pretty good.
There is no hint of abv and the beer goes down pretty easily. The nose definintely gets more metallic as I drink. Although this beer caused the death of a fav glass, I cant say I hated it, but cant say I loved it either.

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

Thanks to Sponberg for this one.

A: Cider toffee color with some haze to it. Head is light tan, fairly creamy but not a lot of it. Just a film remains.

S: Raspberry, blackberry, fresh dough and pinecone.

T: Begins with toasted malts, a definitive spicy hop bite, basic red redf ruit and bubblegum. Some buttery grapefruit can be found mingling with milky caramel. As it warms the doughy features really come through. Finishes nutty with pronounced bitterness.

M: Medium body, slightly hard with just a hint of carbo sting.

D: The onions in my dinner are killing

Photo of drseamus
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks a bit redder than I would like for an American IPA. The hop aroms is also a bit missing for an American IPA. The flavor is dead on though. Tons of hop flavor but only a bit of hop bitterness. It feels good on the tongue and has a bit of creaminess as well. I'm not crazy about IPA's in general, so the drinkability takes a bit of a hit.

Photo of markgugs
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass

A: A radiant ruby with a huge, frothy, pillowy head. Beer leaves massive lacing throughout its consumption.

S: A sharp minty smell meets strong, zest lemon/grapefruit hoppiness. Add in some light bread scents and you have quite a pleasant-smelling beer.

T/M: A delicious layered cluster of nutty, sweet malts kick things off, melt into robust citrus & grapefruit hops, which take you home to a balanced, bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel is delightfully oily on top of medium-bodied creaminess. Very well done all around.

D: Beer develops even as you drink it, forcing eagerness for each next stip. Goes down real easy, too easy actually. Recommended for certain!

Photo of KKosmoski2
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a regular 12oz. brown bottle into a Duvel Tulip glass. It poured a very Dark Brown-Orange color and was hazy. poured a 2 finger head and seemed to have a heavy consistency. The head died down to a very flat head with good lacing on the glass.
Has a very nice complez smell to it. It tickles your nose with its citrisy aroma and then gives you a burst of carmel hops and grain. Very nice, not too sweet.
Taste is quite nice. Again takes most all charicteristics from above and throws them into your palate to make a very nice drinking beer. The taste goes in order of Carmely, malty and grainy. faint touches of citris. And a good bitter hop taste on your toung and palate, nice aftertaste of bitter hops and carmel. Again quite nice..
Mouthfeel is Medium-Heavy, and has good carbination. As above has a nice Carbination, bitterness on the tounge that is mostly nice. all around good brew i think..
Decently Drinkable.. You should try it...

Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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...

Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light brown but more than a bit on the flat side - even with a vigorous finish there was barely a thin white layer on the top.

Rather sweet nose with plenty of caramel and alcohol notes. Soft herbal hops give this a sweet, inviting aroma.

Flavor is pretty darned good - lots of malt character with both roasted caramels and toasted grains present. The hops are a bit more muted but certainly present. In many ways this tasted like a barleywine but lighter as there was a very distinct sweet note.

Mouthfeel is good but a bit on the oily side. Low carbonation doesn't help this medium bodied brew. Enough bittering to finish on a mostly clean note.

Even though I have some reservations about this beer it's quite tasty in a unique way which makes it worth trying and worth coming back to... Quite drinkable and in some ways in a class of its own.

Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -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.

Photo of GlockAmore
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First, a caution: of the six 12 ouncers I bought, only 3 of 5 (one is aging) deserve this rating.

Pouring was, suprisingly, a challenge. I thought I knew how to pour a beer (lord knows I practice constantly) but this brew was so energetic, I was on glass #3 before I drained the first bottle. To say the head was thick, just doesn't seem to cover it. Subsequent pours went better and yielded a dense off-white head that stood out over the rim of my favortie pilsner glass a full 5/8". Yeah, I measured. Flavor was of strong hops with hints of citrus and at the finish, there was a bit of a "bite" at the back of the throat, like ginger-ale. Indeed, there was a touch of caramel and ginger flavor that set this beer apart. Lacing was pronounced and the head long lasting. A very good, and somewhat unique beer. Pour it like nitro and enjoy.

I'm afraid two came out a little flat. Their heads were only average and strangely, the flavor was not as good, that "bite" at the back of the throat was missing, due in part, to the reduced carbonation.

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 aroma....rich 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.

Lake Placid India Pale Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.