UBU Ale - Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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666 Ratings

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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 15
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sponberg on 10-20-2002

Our famous English-style Strong Ale, deep garnet red in color, with a smooth, hardy taste and a nice warm feeling to follow.

38 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 666 | Reviews: 294
Reviews by Kwak:
Photo of Kwak
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

it poured nice brown with a thick tan head that went fast
the smell was not overall impressive but by no means bad
the taste was mild for a strong ale butt very mild for a beer this dark it had a very nice aftertaste almost nut like very pleasing and easy to drink

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A real nice find while visiting the in-laws in Buffalo,pours a deep amber with nut much head to speak of a nice deeply fruity malty taste with an appetizing dry earthiness that lingers thru the finish.A somewhat chewy very appetizing night cap beer,now I know why I love this style of beer!

Photo of Marty
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I first tasted this beer in the fall of 2001 when I was doing a weekend trail service project in the Adirondacks. That time, it was served out of a big growler. At 7% ABV, I'm not embarrassed to say that my friends and I got a little 'Ubu-ized' that night.

That was a long time ago, though, and I have tasted many beers since then, so I was obviously curious to see how a fresh bottle would stack up to its remembered greatness. Finally, Lake Placid has started distributing!

It was pretty good, but not spectacular. Very drinkable, and it had a very unique taste. Not quite metallic, but maybe burnt or roasted with a very dry finish. Very hard to pin down.

Overall, this is pretty darned drinkable for a strong ale. Be careful!

Photo of Todd
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Deep, dark, brown/copper beer with a slightly off-white, two finger, tight foam head. Nice retention.

Aroma is nearly non-existent; mostly grainy and powdery, a splash of citrus perhaps ... but my nose is really struggling to even pick that up.

Smooth mouthfeel, medium-bodied. Malt flavour is a bit weak / thin with little sweetness and grain tannins dominating over any distinct malt character. This allows the hops to pull through with a snappy, semi-rind bitterness and coarse feel on the palate. Notes of wood, earth, suggestions of chocolate and chicory and some veggie flavours as the beer warms. Dry grainy finish with husky tannins coating the palate.

Hmm ... not too sure what to think? An English-style Strong Ale at 7% ABV, which you can't even detect, and no real malt character that would suggest such an alcohol content. A bit bland, very mild and uneventful, but regardless, it's quaffable at the moment.

Photo of sponberg
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep garnet red/brown with a white head that hangs around for a while.

Aroma of dark malt and whiffs of fruit and hop. Hugely flavorful - slightly sweet dark malt flavors are balanced with a restrained, English (Goldings? Fuggles?) hop character. Hints of dark fruit, bitter chocolate, toffee - all there, but the whole seems like more than the sum of its parts. Almost insanely drinkable - a 20 oz. pint of this disappeared surprisingly fast. If you find yourself in the vicinity of the Adirondacks, get yourself a growler of this puppy.

And the best part - come November, it'll be coming out in bottles. Sweet!

Photo of generallee
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There appears to be no freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: Its body has a dark brown color with deep crimson highlights. The head on top was about one and half fingers thick, light tan in color and made very nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel and brown sugary notes pop out in the nose along with some toasted malt and mild earthy/leafy hops.

Taste/Mouth: It has a base of roasted and toasted bready malt flavors. There is plenty of sweetness up front with notes of brown sugar, sweet/buttery bread, diacetyl and dark caramel. The 7%abv adds only a slight touch of character and is mostly well hidden. The middle sees the addition of dried leafy and earth hop flavor along with some bitterness for balance. The finish has a nice blend of sweet malt, a hint of bitter dark chocolate and hops. It has a smooth, slightly slick texture with soft yet active carbonation in a solid medium to full body.

Notes: I would like to thank my good friend Don for telling me about the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery and for recommending the Ubu Ale. I really enjoyed very interesting and complex ale.

Photo of Jason
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Good lacing with a deep orange brown hue, buttery and fruity aroma is think of malt and mildly estery alcohol.

Musty diacetyl, buttery at first then more must flavour and then a splash of fruitiness. Toasted malt flavour hit in the middle hard. Hop bitterness is right up there to keep things balanced. Quite malty with a bitter sweet finish.

A tasty strong ale, it was a tad hard to get by the musty character but other than that it ended up to be not half bad.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, pours dark amber with a moderate tan head, nose is a nice malty sniff, this is a malty brew, notes of caramel, smoky light toffee notes. Pleasantly balanced and packing a well hidden 7%. Took me awhile to get around to this Ubiquitous brew, but I'm really impressed, tasty stuff. Warming malty finish, long lasting, smooth and satisfying, Nice strong ale. Fine winter quafer.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body pours with a half finger white creamy head.'quite pleasant. Smells sweet and caramelized, a faint hop smell, some musty quality too. Overall good smell. Tastes starts sweet and coating, medium full body average carbing makes this 7% slide down nicely. On the finish there is something that I can't describe better than funky, not in a bad way, it's interesting and tasty all at once. I'd pick this up again. $1.70 a single at BoTW Rochester.

Photo of tigg924
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, dark brown with a touch of red when the glass is raised

Smell: toasted malt and a bit of chocolate

Taste: toasted malt dominates with traces of milk chocolate, minerals, and coffee

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium-light bodied, high carbonation, slightly sweet, and dry

Drinkability: An above average strong ale, but really not interesting enough to merit trying again. Not a bad beer, but nothing jumps out. It almost drinks like an imperial English brown--if there is such a thing. One is enough.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a red-amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee with some earthy and dirty hops. The flavor is toffee, earthy hops and some fruit. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but nothing special.

Photo of Swedes21
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - dark auburn colour, very clean and crisp looking. some good head, off-white and some nice lacing.

Smell - good combination of hops, malts. very nice pine smell with slight hints of caramel.

Taste - found this to be a more malty/caramel tasting beer with a dry aftertaste. there is no pine taste to this beer at all.

Mouthfeel - added bitterness, more volume, lasting flavour. there really isnt much more of a dynamic added here.

Overall - Not impressed, this is a beer i am happy i tried, but not something that blows my mind.

Photo of Thrasher
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great, weighty brown ale, but not nutty and mild like most browns. Rather, this is a big, brazen, malty beer with flavors of maple, caramel and beef jerky. Enough hops to give it a tasty bitterness as well as a minty herbal quality. Effortlessly drinkable considering the proof. The beer is dark amber with a good-sized, lasting head. Aroma is deceptively sweet. Mouthfeel is lustrous, unfiltered, and great. Overall a great beer, certainly as good as any other beer available, it's wonderful to see this in bottles.

Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut colored with ruby highlights and a low off-white head that doesn't rise up much and clears quickly.

Low aroma of toasty malt.

Flavor of roasted malt, slightly leathery and smokey, hints of earth and stone, good balance with bitterness but not hoppy. Hints of toffee and marshmallow. Very tasty.

Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

Good beer, very drinkable.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a tannish head. Fair amount of lacing down the glass. Smells of toasted malt with a bit of earthiness.

Tastes quite strong and powerful. Big rush of toasted malt is quickly followed by a a very dry middle. This then proceeds to a hopped up ending. Lots of little notes of nut and molasses in the middle. It lives up to the category of strong ale.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into nonic pint glass; dark brown/black in the glass with a huge fluffy brown head. Smells malty, sweet and boozy. Taste is similar to a barleywine, except with an odd bitterness to it, almost like...the aftertaste of cheese, is the only way to describe it. It works with the style; lots of lacing on the glass as it's drunk, a delicious and hearty beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark roasted malts develop into a ruby highlighted brown ale hue with a light cream colored head with evenly spread lacng. Aroma has dark English malts very earthy and herbal tones going on. I had no idea what Ubu was but it's named for a Black Lab from Lake Pacid, NY cool. Nose also has some deep cocoa dark chcolate tones, with a flavor that adds some complex earthy bitterness to a dark roasted English Ale, touch of peated malts and somkiness but finishes dry with herbal/earthy hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slight alcohol caramel streaks across the palate smooth mild carbonation. Drinkability is decent nothing I'm reaching for soon, somebody visited England and wanted to make English ales in Lake Placid, listen up this is American we don't have to brew to style.

Photo of rudylaw
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Provided as an extra from orcasteve!

Pours chocolaty brown with a one finger, off white head. Looks like a decent beer we've got here.

Caramel, chocolate and roast in the nose.

Taste is similar but I'm picking up some coffee bean and the slightest hint of hops. This is pretty tasty.

A thin mouthfeel with good carbonation.

This was a great extra and I was surprised by how easy this drank. Thanks Jeff!

Photo of CloudStrife
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep ruby-copper with a 1 finger off white head. Real small amount of visible carbonation. Sediment floating in the body.

S: First I get some roasted chocolate malts with a backing of sweet carmel and molasses.

T: Fairly malt forward. Chocolatey taste with roasted malt. Slightly bitter at the end.

M: Pretty smooth and creamy, mild to light carbonation. Has a fairly full body that remains drinkable.

Overall a beer I enjoy again and again. Would recommend to anyone, especially those who enjoy a good porter.

Photo of lnashsig
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mjtiernan for the chance to taste this one- a new beer I have not heard of yet. Poured from bottle into DFH Snifter. Pours a pretty dark brown/black color, thick off white head sits on top and stays for awhile. Nice looking brew. Smell- raisins, prunes, brown sugar, dark cherries. Taste- raisins, prunes, brown sugar. Matches the nose well. Mouthfeel is super creamy, makes for great drinkability. Nothing too complex here, but this is a nice brew that I would have again.

Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ubu has just started to be distributed more in the Central NY area so Emobeerguy, Marty and myself picked up some. We all had it before at the CNY Brewfest a few months back on-tap, and I remember enjoying it more then. But here's what I thought of the bottle.

Wonderful deep dark reddish/brown color with a creaming light tan head that settles to nice lace. The smell is of an almost warming with slightly roasted and slightly chocolate malt aromas dominating. The taste is much the same with a hint of hops that goes well with the more complex malt flavors. The medium body, and good level of carbonation make for a pleasant mouthfeel. I could easily enjoy one or two of these at a time, but I don't think I would enjoy having more that that.

All in all, a good solid unique beer that I will buy again.

Photo of DagFishHead
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep dark brown body with an amber cast to it. Thin off-white head cleared out quickly leaving minimal lace.
Smell: Malt sweetness followed by stale malt, touch of must, dried fruit tones (raisin), and whiff of alcohol.
Taste: Sweet malt (too sweet for my taste), big spike of acidity (hop oil, citrus, pine) with a dry hop finish which I feel is more intense than typical of the style. More of a rollercoaster than an orchestra of flavor components.
Mouthfeel: Malt fullness, low carbonation. Alcohol level well hidden, but sneaks up on you.
Drinkability: Not really a standout for the style... I'll keep looking.

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

This doesn't taste anything like an American Strong ale to me...and that is not meant to be derogatory. It's just a very surprising brew for the style. More like a strong, nut brown ale.

Pours a very dark tea amber that is almost totally opaque with a very small off-white head that melts quickly to a very faint ring.

Aromas of sweet amber malts and nuttiness with a hint of alcohol.

Taste is a lot like a nut brown ale only more intense. Sweet dark toasted amber malts with definite nuts followed by a bit of citrus hop bite and then the alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick with only a bit of carbonation.

I'm afraid the 7% on this can come at you quickly without you having any idea that it was sitting in your lap the whole time.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lake Placid- Ubu Ale

A- Deep dark brown with a thick frothy messy lacing head.
S- Molasses, chocolate malt, pine hops.
T- Big strong molasses and chocolate malt with hints of charred oak, prune, and earthy pine bark hops.
M- Thick and malty with alcohol poking up here and there. Thick sweet body and finish. Slightly dry in the end.

Overall- A bit subdoed but the flavors are there and its easy to drink. Another good offering from Lake Placid!

Photo of asabreed
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: A deep, hazy, brown and amber concoction with an off white, almost cherry-colored head, leaving weird small round bits of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: A lot of maltyness, rich -- though buried -- fruit esters, and some citrus hops. At the forefront, though, is big time earthiness, and almost some permanent marker.

Taste: This is pretty strong for a 7% brew, and almost feels like it's more that that. Lots of earthiness in the taste too, and the hops are so strong and earthy that they don't necessarily bury the malt flavors, but they feel like they're not as able to come out. Then, in the finish, once the hops dissipate, there's some good darker cherry and strawberry flavors, along with maybe some mild chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Fairly creamy, medium to heavy bodied, and with fairly silky combination, and the flavors during the finish are allowed to coat everything, which is also nice for the complexity and strength.

Drinkablity: You can get a 6-pick for around 8 dollars, which is a great deal, and you may be able to find it cheaper. Almost drinks like a barleywine, which means you can make this last a while. Recommended.

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UBU Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
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