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Lake Placid India Pale Ale - Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

Lake Placid India Pale AleLake Placid India Pale Ale

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258 Ratings
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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%

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 twiggamortis420


2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of kennyo, drank very soon after arrival. Pours a mostly clear, surprisingly dark reddish color with a creamy, long-lasting tan head. Lacing is nice as well, a good looking beverage here.

Nose is pretty light with a piney hop and toasty, nutty malt aroma. Just ok, light fruity yeast as it warms.

Taste is toasty, near burnt biscuit bottoms and a biting hop bitterness. Not much hop flavor here. A little medicinal and the body is limp and not very effervescent. Gets worse as it warms and tastes like it might not be the freshest of samples, alas - no bottling/freshness date. Not a very good beer and an even worse IPA. Yuk.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 00:49:05 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of gdrydenc


4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lake Placid Brewery. Reviewed from notes from 3/16/11.

A - Pours dark straw with a finger of fluffy white head.

S - Smells fruity, with a nice balance of malts. The hoppiness really comes out, I could smell the beer from the table. Smells like a very fresh IPA.

T - Much like smell, very fruity front, but well balanced finish with malts. Good version on a west coast IPA.

M - Creamy, fresh in my mouth with good balance and clean finish.

Overall, delicious, fresh, fairly low alcohol, well done beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2011 15:37:09 | More by gdrydenc
Photo of musicforairports

New York

3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottled 12/20/10, reviewed 2/24/11.

Pours one of the darkest IPAs I've ever seen. Leaves a nice head the creates pretty good lacing.

Smells like floral and herbal hops--grass, flowers, mint leaves and a bit of citrus underneath.

Taste is like the nose. Tobacco/mint leaf flavors dominate, with some usual hop flavors in the background. Malt provides some sweetness that persists, but not too malty. Finishes with a lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel is average.

This one is easy to drink, but the hop flavors are tough for me to come to love.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 04:22:10 | More by musicforairports
Photo of dougfur

New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm noticing that many of the luke warm reviews of this beer are from a bottle. I had a pint on tap at the Lake Placid brewery a week ago and it was really good! It has a much more ambery appearance than most IPA's and that carries over into the taste as well. This one blurs the lines between an amber and an IPA and I think the hops are very well balanced. It has a wonderful flowery aroma and is very drinkable. I'll have to try it in a bottle, though my experience with this brewery is that much is lost in the bottling... (It's actually a totally different beer in the bottle, bottled in the Saranac brewery in Utica, not at the home brewry in Lake Placid).

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 01:45:21 | More by dougfur
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy amber/orange/red colour with a large size frothy beigecoloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, hops, orange/tangerine, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is a medium amount of carbonation and the beer feels slightly creamy on the tongue. Most of the taste is made up of caramel mixed with hops and malts. I can also taste notes of pine and oranges/tangerines. The hops are very subtle though and this is more of a malty IPA. The beer also has a slight metallic taste. It finishes with a very malty aftertaste with a little bit of a lingering hop/pine flavour.

Drink - A pretty boring IPA that isn't offensive but also doesn't stand out in any way. I wouldn't seek it out again; there are so many better IPA's out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 18:55:30 | More by spinrsx
Photo of JMad


4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a tall American pub glass...

The beer was a light golden copper color, the head was thin, bubbly and white, also it left some nice web-like lacing.

It smells of sweet grapefruit, caramel malt and lemon.

Grapefruit rules the tastebuds, along with sugar, pine, sweet malt and a lemony bitterness.

This beer has a light to medium body, perfect carbonation and a wet finish.

This is a great IPA, there is excellent flavor of hops and it's more drinkable than others.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 03:49:13 | More by JMad
Photo of beerphan


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> sa taster
2790 1043 coded on bottle

Pours a clear amber with a big fluffy oft white head that settles to a lopsided pillow that completely covers the brew until the very end. Lace is deposited in thick globs. Carbonation appears fast, abundant and unheeding.

Nose: citrus and pungently so

Medium full body that feels just a bit short. Malts give a quick blast of caramel candy sweetness. Hops step up quickly and assertively with floral and citrus. Bitterness is sharp, quick and aggressive.

A good standard IPA. Would love to drink this fresh at the brewpub one day. Go Steelers!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 01:46:31 | More by beerphan
Photo of ngeunit1


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice cloudy amber-orange color with a finger of creamy white head. The head had okay retention and some lacing.

S - Lots of hop smell and kinda floral. There is a little bit of citrus and fruitiness mixed in. There is also a little bit of maltiness in the aroma.

T - Starts out with a mix of the hops and some sweet carmel maltiness. These two flavors stay fairly balanced throughout the beer. There are some citrus elements that mix in and give a touch of tart to the flavor. The aftertaste is mostly of the hops and a tad bitter.

M - Medium bodied and some nice tingling carbonation. The bitterness gives it a bit of dryness which is nice.

D - The flavors are pretty well balanced overall, and the beer is fairly easy to drink. Could use a bit more hops for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 20:40:20 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of Brad007


3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been a long time since I've had/seen anything new from LP.

Pours a mild amber color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Very nice way to start the pour.

The aroma contains piney, grassy hops that don't blast the nose with bitterness. Nice and subtle as I sometimes prefer it.

Taste is subtle with buttery malt upfront followed by a light, grassy dose of hops. Seems about average for the style.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering bitterness that registers well to me. Some butteriness lingers as well.

Not bad. Not the hoppiest out there but it is drinkable and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 22:04:50 | More by Brad007
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 23:38:51 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of mjsheehan08


2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

----from notes

Really not a well balanced IPA. It was apparently originally brewed as winter seasonal, and in my opinion wouldn't have worked in that style either. The malts and hops don't work great together, and I guess I expected more heat from the alcohol for something that was originally a warmer, but I was left unimpressed.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 03:18:55 | More by mjsheehan08
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of pillowy head that appears just slightly off white. Copper body with light to medium carbonation. Just slightly hazy. Leaves soapy lacing down the side half way down.

S - Sort of soapy or grapefruity in the aroma making me think of pinesol. Nice citrus with a little breadiness and a hint of alcohol.

T - Sweet up front with a good amount of hops to follow but not really overpowering. Just a nice enough citrus hop kick. Bitterness is short. Too quick of a finish for an IPA.

M - Medium body with carbonation where it should be. Nothing offensive just a nice feel for an IPA.

D - Pretty good here. Not a session IPA by any means but a decent one nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 01:14:52 | More by tbeckett
Photo of nrbw23


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a bright orange color with a slightly creamy white head of foam. Head has good retention and leaves some nice layered lacing.

S- Not too bad here. Quite a bit of floral hops, a bit of grapefruit and piney. Along with a strong malty backbone.

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

M- Medium in body and in carbonation.

D- Fairly easy to drink. Nothing to write home about, but nothing terrible either.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 10:43:02 | More by nrbw23
Photo of vette2006c5r


4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a nice darker amber color wth a large full head. It smells flora and hoppy. The taste is also very floral and hoppy, but its a smooth onset of flavors, doesnt smack you like other ipas, which ca be good or bad. The flavor doesnt last as long as other beers in this catagory. Overall a pretty good beer, i think most peple will enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 02:57:11 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of halo21

New York

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I poured this copper orange colored ale into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint. The white head settled in thick, starting off at over an inch, then falling to half that for most of the beer.

Smell: Pungent hops on the nose; wet earth with a little floral. Yeast and a bit of malt on the back end.

Taste: Strong; a nice blend of spicier hops and the sweeter malt. A nice lingering bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium weight, nice level of carbonation, keeping the IPA lively.

Drinkability/Palitability: High.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 18:32:15 | More by halo21
Photo of Ryan011235


2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 1/17/10

Many thanks to huey782 for the local

Cloudy & dense amber color. Almost murky. Highlights of caramel brown. Two fingers of off-white foam. Drops to about 1/4th inch after a few minutes, leaving decent lace. Thin retention throughout; pretty good lacing.

Pine & citrus hop aromas intertwined with a comparable amount of maltiness. Citrus seems over-ripe; lemon peel & a touch of grapefruit. Notes of caramel & bread. Hints of brown sugar as it warms. Not particularly intense nose, overall.

Tastes of mild pine tar bitterness upfront, working its way around the edges. It seems a lot of hop fade has happened. Likewise, a few wisps of citrus creep in periodically but aren't much of a distinguished feature. Floral hints. Solid malt backdrop of caramel, brown sugar & toasted bread.

Leaning toward the heavy side of medium bodied. Carbonation is lower than might be beneficial for this beer, with the lack of bitterness & all. Some additional zestiness certainly wouldn't hurt. Nice resiny grit. At times it seems medicinal. Faint bitterness on the finish.

Drinkability isn't bad, it just seems the malts have taken over. Borderline barleywine. Knowing New England's penchant for malty IPAs, maybe this is intentional. I have no way of telling as there's no date on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 20:59:12 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of BrianOhio


2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour produces a one finger head. Aroma has a modest hops emphasis but not as strong as I'd expect in an IPA. Color is a deep orange to amber, and again not quite what I expect in an IPA. Head dissipates quickly with some nice lacing.

This is an IPA where the malt may overpower the hops in my opinion. I get very little citrus, and not much of a pine bite finish.

My wife picked this up on a recent tour through the east. I am
enjoying this 6, but not sure I would go out of my way to obtain
it again. A nice beer, but for the style, I'm looking for more hops. Very drinkable though.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 02:18:48 | More by BrianOhio
Photo of CHADMC3


4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A quick pour reveals a vigorous off white head that sits atop a deep copper body with reddish hues.

Excellent aroma of spicy and earthy hops, a touch woody, and a bit of sweet malt.

Big hop flavors highlight the palate, nice and biting, again earthy and woody, and quite funky. The malt is there, but more hidden than in the aroma, also featuring hints of bread.

Very crisp, smooth IPA considering the amount of hop bitterness, as well as being medium in body with moderate carbonation.

This is quite a good IPA, tons of hops, but not punishing to the palate. This beer is a great value.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 01:28:15 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of Mora2000


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 06:10:18 | More by Mora2000
Photo of wikk3d


3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark brownish amber pour with a thicker head than most IPA's I've had. Poured into an Allagash Belgian style glass.

Aroma - Very hoppy smell with very little presence of any adjuncts. If anything it seems to have a peach smell to it. It doesn't really set up any good hopes.

Taste - Hops. Not very flavorful but is very tasty none the less. Like I said about the smell, there's very little extras to it. Very bitter runoff on the tongue.

Mouth - You know what, besides the lack of any unique flavor, there's something about the way this beer. It goes down very easily. It doesn't leave any sort of bad aftertaste or anything that will stop you from putting it down.

Drinkability - This is a good beer that you can easily have a few of. There are some IPA's that seem to focus too much on flavor to try to hide any sort of bitterness or abundance of hops. Lake Placid does a very good job of coming out with a very honest IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 00:45:43 | More by wikk3d
Photo of DrJay


3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 23:45:59 | More by DrJay
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy brown orange with a good thick head. Good lacing and some rings. Pretty.

Some herbal hop aromas and overbrowned toast.

This brew is missing balance. Bitter forward, but with no true character -- just bitter. This leads to very dark burnt toast flavors, again being bitter. Just a slight drop of caramel character, but it hints at burnt sugar. Bitter bitter bitter done. I'm not completely hating this , but I'm done.

Medium body, some good carbonation, a bit astringent.

Overall, just ok, and not the easiest thing to get thru. I'd never double up on this. Kinda disappointing, but not hated.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 00:49:04 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of seh410


3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Left Hand/Lake Placid Dueling Beer Dinner at Cambridge Common Restaurant (6/16/10). Great event!

Appearance: Dark, amber/reddish in color with minimal white head

Aroma: Citrusy, lemony hops dominate the nose

Taste: Tastes very similar to the nose: taste is very lemony, citrusy and piney. This is more earthy hoppy than bitter hoppy. I like.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with slight bite

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2010 21:23:36 | More by seh410
Photo of eporter66

New York

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of sitting in the Lake Placid brewery Saturday Night (6/12/10) and enjoying a few pints of this IPA.

Creamy two finger head with excellent lacing from start to finish. Not a strong smell, hoppy with a fruity aroma. The taste is where the fruitiness hits and a bitter bite in the back. Decent mouthfeel, crisp, good carbonation. The drinkability was excellent, maybe it was just the night, but the beers were going down easy, and continued flowing for a few hours. Really enjoyed the taste direct from the tap, will have to try the bottles and see if it carries over. I will be in for a pint and a growler every time I make my way to Lake Placid, which may now happen a bit more often.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2010 00:30:18 | More by eporter66
Photo of regspeir


3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft @ TJ's into a standard pint glass
Poured a dark amber with a one-finger head. Lacing was present and moderate. It IS an attractive beer. Nose was not intense - floral, earthy, some citrus. Moderate carbonation was in evidence. As to taste, this tipped the scales toward VERY bitter - front to back. Yes, there was some citrus, some malt in the background, but no balance for me at all. Whatever subtleties were there were lost on me. Mouthfeel was meduim and not terribly oily or syrupy. At 6.8% this should be a very sessionable beer but it broiled every one of MY tastebuds with it's bitterness...so I will pass.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2010 00:58:06 | More by regspeir
Lake Placid India Pale Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.