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UBU Ale | Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by sponberg on 10-20-2002

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Reviews: 301 | Ratings: 728
Photo of maltman24
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Pours a rich dark Amber with a creamy head. Aroma is dominated by roasted malts with some earthy hops. Malt is up front in flavor but quickly followed by a nice rounded hop flavor. Great balance to this beer. Creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish.

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Photo of BFCarr
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My second English Strong Alex in two days. Cold weather really helps. The warming feeling is much appreciated. Good mouth feel and smooth taste. It's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of mrpoizun
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice red ale. Nice body, refreshing tang to the malty sweetness (but not too sweet) and just a hint of bitter chocolate. I drank it without food and it really hit the spot.

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Photo of jancona
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice brew. Pours a dark reddish brown with minimal foam and lacing. Smell is molasses and a bit of cola. Taste follows with a touch of sweet apple and bitter chocolate. Medium carb gives it a nice feel. A very enjoyable experience. Went well with a hardy dinner.

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Photo of Slsalta
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A mellow version of a true English Strong Ale. Nevertheless a nice respite from the many boring other beers on tap in this Adirondack pub. Smooth as advertised with a clean finish. Could use a stronger kick.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear, dark amber color with garnet highlights and a light tan head. Aroma of brown bread, molasses, toffee, and hints of spicy, and herbal hops. Taste is mostly sweet but not overly so and very much like liquid bread with light herbal notes and a touch sweet in the finish. So easy to drink and paired excellent with salty pretzels.

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Photo of TigerSoul
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can't understand why such a low overall rating for this beer. I've had it twice over the last few weeks, the first time about 20 minutes from where it is brewed in the Adirondack Mountains. Both times, out of the 12 oz bottle. Beautiful color, creamy, dense head and nice malty body with subtle hoppy finish.

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Photo of nickfl
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light and relatively drinkable for its strength, but bland and cloyingly drenched in burnt caramel by the end of the glass. Not something I would drink again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, vibrant, brown coloring with a filmy, low profile, sparse, off-white head. Aromas of nutty sweetness, cream highlights, and hints of chocolate and caramel. Flavors are very sweet forward, with nut and toffee, chocolate and caramel, cream highlights, and a solid roasted overtone. The body is smooth and light, with a crisp, slightly dry end feel. The aftertaste is roasted and nutty, and that blend lingers through the finish, too.

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Photo of fx20736
2.49/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1

Given a single bottle by my next door neighbor. Poured at fridge temp into a Duvel tulip. Very dark brown, light khaki head, great lacing. Aroma is roast barley and licorice, Flavor is upfront sickly sweet with a charred bitterness and a metallic aftertaste. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel. This beer tastes terrible and is a trainwreck.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Chicory and toasted nut flavor with an almond skin bitter finish. Too hoppy for the traditional English style. Named after a chocolate lab. I'll take Olive over Ubu any day. Sorry Ubu.

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Photo of digitalflood
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber brown. Frothing reduces to decent lacing. Fairly active carbonation. Smells of toffee, caramel, and chocolate. Good mouth feel. Creamy. On the nose, full of toffee, coffee, and biscuit. Mild hops mid-palate with caramel malt and maple syrup undertone. Back palate a bit of hop bite, some pepper, some coffee and cream, and more toffee. Aftertaste is coffee and some pepper. Very well rounded. For such a high ABV incredibly easy drinking and smooth. Very good. 4 out of 5.

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Photo of 1Bonehed
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first graded review so I'll break down why I graded how I did. Keep in mind, my experience in grading beer is insignificant (I'm a noob, so bear with me).

Look: Poured into 25oz mug, half pour down side, other half down the middle. Dark Caramel/chocolate color with a hue of red highlights. The head was a frothy & full light caramel color but diminished quickly leaving a slight lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet malty smell with an earthy undertone. I discerned hints of coffee & perhaps even licorice, but primarily malty with light undertones.

Taste: I found the flavor to be complex, increasing as it approached room temperature. First swig was fairly malty with a nice balance of bitterness that seemed to be a combination of hops & coffee. Little to no hint of alcohol, the flavors masked the alcohol well. There was a hint of chocolate, slight fruitiness & an earthy woody flavor towards the back of the palate as well which became more apparent as the beer approached room temp. The combination of those characteristics made me want more.

Feel: Pleasant smooth creamy mouth feel to it. I liked the amount of carbonation because it didn't interfere with it's other attributes. A very drinkable beer.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer, nothing was overbearing & the combination of it's features really made me wish I had a few more in the fridge. I'd definitely buy this beer again.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14oz nitro at the Pony Bar.

A- Deep amber color with some ruby red hue. Big British-tan colored head that left heavy cream-like lacing.

S- Dark roasted malts and flowery hops.

T- Those dark roaster malt flavors are joined by bitter dark chocolate and English-style hoppiness. Delicious.

M-Dry with medium body. The brew holds up to the nitro treatment with body and bite.

O- It hit the spot on a chilly day in NYC.

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Photo of Dave128
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - A rigorous pour yields a 1 finger head that doesn't last too long. Color is a mostly opaque blackish amber. Looks kinda like a coke. Lacing is moderate.

S - Dark smoky malt. Alcohol.

T - Licorice and dark malt up front with a dry bitter finish. Alcohol is certainly evident.

M - A bit overcarbonated for the style. I felt like it amplified the bitterness making for a rather unbalanced beer.

O - A strong ale that doesn't really shine in the flavor department. It is certainly strong in some aspects but unbalanced.

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Photo of VanStrokin
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass from bottle. Very dark, almost black. Like soda. A strong aroma and taste. Long lasting bitter aftertaste. Sticks on the tongue for a bit. Kind of a earthy flavor. Very low carbonation. Overall it is a pretty good beer. Will try again.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 12 oz tulip glass, not sure of the bottle date. Pours a dark brown, with a quarter inch of white head, minimal lace. Smell is toffee, biscuit, fig, and molasses. Taste is similar, toffee and biscuit in the beginning and fig in the finish, with some caramel. Body is almost medium, could use a little more carbonation, not overly dry, and drinks easy enough. This is solid for the style.

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Photo of I3eck
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle -> Wine Glass

A: Slightly hazy dark coffee brown with a slight orange hue, 1/4" tan head, spotty lacing.
S: Milk chocolate, cloves, toasted malts, bourbon whiskey, vanilla, coffee, earthy.
T: Smokey/earthy, toasty, definitely English style with slight hops, slight bitterness.
M: Nice medium body, good CO2, nice lingering flavor and bitterness.
O: Tasty beer. A lot darker than expected. Interesting earthy/woody flavor that lingers with a back of the tongue finish.

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Photo of ChristopherProvost
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy, dark copper-brown color. Upon pouring, developed about a one finger foamy head which quickly dissipated.

Smell: roasted malt, dark chocolate

Taste: roasted malt up front, copper on the finish

Mouthfeel: somewhat sharp, slightly bitter, not too heavy, not too light

Overall: A friend gave me this beer to try. A very OK beer. It really didn't wow me or impress me, but I wasn't turned off by it either. Completely drinkable. This would be a good beer to have when you want something that's slightly robust but you want only one.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks a lot like Coke. Very little foam and lacing.

Smell: Rye whiskey and a hint of coffee.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Roasted rye malt followed by some faint boozy fruit. Decent flavor, but the mouthfeel is quite thin and weak.

Overall Drinkability: An ok beer, but not a great, hearty example of a strong ale.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-hazy dark brown color with a small tan head that fades but leaves very little lace
S-caramel malt and light chocolate aroma
T-strong hop flavor that has a malt balance with a little warming at the end
M-full body and okay carbonation
T-it has a smell that is very different from the taste

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Photo of ccrida
3.07/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draught at the Brklyn Beergarden in JFK, Ubu ale is dark garnett with a small tan collar leaving light lace.

Smell is mild, sweet caramel malt.

Taste is also pretty mild oddly. Very little here for a fairly sizable beer. Mostly just a little sweet malt mid-palate before a bone-dry, slightly acrid finish.

Mouthfeel is dry, with very full, creamy carbonation.

Drinkability is ok. So little flavor that it is effortless to drink, but it's far from inspiring or anything I'd want to drink again given a choice.

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Photo of Kooz
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pilsner glass. Dark brown, almost opaque, with a thick, tan head. Looks pretty nifty.

Smells of yeast and grain, with something sweet under the surface.

Slightly bitter, turning sour/sweet as it hits the back of the tongue. The flavor intensifies over the course of the pint, sharpening in some ways, mellowing in others in a constant cavalcade of ever-changing flavor profiles.

Creamy with no bite, this has excellent mouthfeel. It's foamy, not over-carbonated, and pleasant.

This beer was a pleasant surprise. I found myself in Utica, NY for work, and the trip wasn't so great, but then I found this! Awesome.

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Photo of dowen17
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very deep reddish brown with a foamy two finger head. Pretty decent retention. Big patches of lacing down the glass.

On the nose is some sweet malt and grain. To me it almost smells like a Coors or something along those lines.

Taste doesn't go with the nose at all. Very very smooth. Grainy taste up front. Lots of malt. Maybe a slight hint of some lactose sweetness on the end.

Good mouthfeel. Not thin or watery at all. Good carbonation.

Would drink again for sure. Much better than expected.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Swifty's in Delmar, NY. The on tap version is far superior to the bottled version.

Pours a murky brown, looks a bit liked iced tea or cola. 2 inch head, with really strong lacing down the glass.

Aromas include molasses, chocolate, peat smoke, and nuts.

The taste is similar. Strong and warming, I taste brown sugar, caramel, and molasses, all mixed together, along with some tea-like hops in the background, with some peat-like smokiness, and a some dark chocolate.

The body could be a bit thicker, given its a strong ale, but it works and it's still quite full anyway. Low carbonation, smooth mouthfeel.

The best from this brewery- then again they don't have many other good options.

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UBU Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
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