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Lake Placid India Pale Ale - Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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Ratings: 279
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 SirSaranac
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

SirSaranac, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
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)

williamherbert, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of AChamberlain
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

AChamberlain, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of sulldaddy
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

sulldaddy, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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

Westsidethreat, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of drseamus
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

drseamus, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of markgugs
4.22/5  rDev +15%
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!

markgugs, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of KKosmoski2
4.33/5  rDev +18%
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...

KKosmoski2, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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...

biegaman, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

plaid75, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

RedwoodGeorge, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

jwc215, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of GlockAmore
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

GlockAmore, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Jredner, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
4.33/5  rDev +18%
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.

ppoitras, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of jamesclark
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle says only 'Frostbite Ale', no 'Pale' to be found, nor any ABV.

The color is a little brown and a little orange, maybe that's what they call copper. There isn't very much head, and it reduces somewhat quickly.

The smell is hoppy and pleasant - sortof green and bitter, but carrying a little malt sweetness as well.

This beer is a fairly bold IPA, a strong up-front hop bitterness and a long lingering sweet and bitter combination. It has a spice flavor
that reminds me of spiced winter/holiday beers. Carbonation is moderately low, which works well in this case.

This is a good IPA, and appropriately themed - after wading around in snow, I would love to come indoors to a pint of this.

jamesclark, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of orfeu
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper with steady rising carbonation and a dense and clumpy pock-marked beach-sand foam cap. Sweetish C-hop aromas, orange rind and grapefruit pith, primarily, with a candied crystal malt sweetness lurking behind. Nice, pleasant balance of bitter citrus hop flavors and a smooth toasted biscuit malt profile. The citric and pine-flavored bitterness lingers for a while in the aftertaste. Clean and smooth mouthfeel; medium-light body. This is a very drinkable IPA, primarily because it hits all the right hop notes without being run-of-the-mill, and it carries a wonderful balance with a confident malt support. A great, sessionable (if a bit high in alcohol) IPA. Recommended without hesitation.

orfeu, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

NeroFiddled, Jul 22, 2006
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.

Dubbercody, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of rarevos
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Nowhere on the bottle does it say that this is an IPA. The only indication you'd get is a single sentence at the end of the explanatory text on the side of the label: "Here's to hops!"

A: Nice color. Coppery-red, opaque. Head was virtually non-existent during the pour, and there was barely any lacing at all. Terrific color.

S: Hoppy and, like the Ubu Ale from Lake Placid, a pronounced piney-ness as well. A slight bit of the mustiness that was found in the Ubu Ale from Lake Placid Brewery.

T: Hops are perfectly balanced. A bit of woodsiness, and the bitterness is not at all overpowering or dominant. Malty enough to cut the hops. While there was a mustiness to the aroma, it's not in the flavor at all. Thankfully.

M: For a darker IPA, it has a very light mouthfeel.

D: I could drink a few of these. Very pleasant, well-balanced, and you're not being dragged too violently in any one direction by the hops or the malt. Very nice beer. A bit too much alcohol to be considered a good session beer, but I can already picture myself drinking one of these on one of the first cool nights of the Fall.

Notes: Here's an unapologetic subjective bit. I was concerned after trying the Ubu Ale because the aroma of the Frostbite was somewhat similar. But I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. I can't speak AT ALL to how an IPA lover may approach this beer, but I can only assume that this isn't quite as hoppy as other IPAs, but it's nevertheless more flavorful and assertive than other Pale Ales. Frankly, I don't care how it's labeled, this was still a really nice beer.

rarevos, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of boulevard2
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a carmel colored ale with no head and little retention. The scents of roasted malt and hops is present. Floral hops and fruit engulf my tastebudz.Extremely refreshing but also potent at 6.8% my cheeks are feeling rosey just after one! One of the best I've had and will be my standby IPA good to know this came from New York!

boulevard2, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

tempest, May 06, 2006
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

oberon, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of Naes
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale is dark amber in color with a small off-white head. The retention and lacing are both good.
The aroma is of citrus hops and is mildly piney.
The flavor is a bit maltier than the nose implies, but remains hop dominated. The piney hops definitely surface near the finish of your sip.
Mouth feel is medium in body with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good IPA, but not an outstanding one.

Naes, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of Beersignal
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new bottle offering for me from Lake Placid Pub and Brewery which I did have on tap at the pub but am reviewing from the bottle.

It pours surprisingly dark but well within what I would have expected for an IPA with a fluffy and creamy head of tan foam of worthy hold and notable cling. The others I had previous to this poured quite clear, but this sample is lightly veiled as I did not pour in one motion. A fine and sustained bead emerges as a witness to the judicious carbonation which attributes a calming mouthfeel to the beer.

The aromas are largely dominated by fresh and juicy cascade hops and a hint of sweet tea like infusion through mild (and I mean MILD) notes of ripe pears. Appetizing and straightforward, can't wait to take a sip.

Flavours do toe the olfactory line as a rush of juicy hops inundates the palate, letting hints of malt seep through along with the occasional pinch of orchard fruit as the brew warms. Medium dry with a solid backbone, the hops are dominant but in no way overbearing. In fact I find that this is one of the more well executed uses of hops in an americanized IPA I have had the chance to taste. All due respect to Stone Ruination, it was way over-the-top for me. Balance leaning more towards the hops. Very tasty.

This could easily be a sessionable brew. At 6.8% I would be a scrap heap by the end of the session but it would be worth it. A superb beer for unwinding after a long hike in the Eastern High Peaks... even in the summer.


Beersignal, Apr 11, 2006
Lake Placid India Pale Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.