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UBU Ale - Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

609 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 13
Gots: 39 | 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:
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 added by: sponberg on 10-20-2002)
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Ratings: 609 | Reviews: 288 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -45.5%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

Kirbyhorton, Oct 05, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

touchmeimsac, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of dheldman
2/5  rDev -45.5%

dheldman, Sunday at 05:40 AM
Photo of jpmclaug
2.2/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into my perfect pint glass. Thanks to charlesw for this.

A - goes from light brown to a dark brown at the top. A nice sized off white head rests on top

S - Some sweet toasted malt notes but not much going on here.

T - Follows the aroma with some sweet toasted malt notes but then there is a sickly alcohol flavor mixed in as well. Not a fan

M - medium bodied, slightly sticky, fair amount of carbonation

D - Don't really care for it much. has a funny cheap alcohol taste to it. I'm glad to have tried it but don't intend to try it again.

jpmclaug, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of BadJustin
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

BadJustin, May 11, 2013
Photo of BronxBrewery
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very nice dark brown, rich, creamy brown head...long-lasting with delicate lacing. Very beautiful in the glass. Aroma is sweet, caramel with hints of dark chocolate. Then things begin to go poorly...the beer's taste is malty yet overwhelmingly dominated by roasty and strange molasses flavors that don't mesh well. Overcarbonated, with a sharp, stinging carbonation.

BronxBrewery, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.42/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a medium black color ale with a nice foamy off-white head with standard retention. Aroma of roasted malt is kind of weak and I could not find anything else really. Taste is also a bit thin with some roasted malt and not much else going on. As mentioned, body is thin and carbonation is low I’ve had much better beer form that style to truly care about that one.

Phyl21ca, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of Moxley
2.42/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sampled from a friend's shipment of beer of the month.

A- Cloudy amber with a good 1in. tan head that dissipated quickly. Minimal lacing.

S- Very strong malt scent.

T- The hops attack your tongue but quickly yield to an overwhelming (for me) malty flavor finishing more bitter than I would've liked.

M- Heavy

Not really my kind of beer, but I can appreciate the characteristics it illustrates as a dark brown ale.

Moxley, Mar 24, 2008
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Sailracer, Mar 24, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

sneaks2210, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of blazin5050
2.63/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz into a tulip, showed very nice head retention. I would call it a deep red with a foamy cream color head.

Not much on the nose, a little jammy with hints of dried tree fruits. Other than that maybe a possible woody earthiness? Maybe it was possible, I couldn't smell anything in this!

Light on the malt from what I was expecting but there is a bit of toasted chocolaty roasted flavor going on a bit of woodiness on the palate, but finishes with a cloying hop presence that left me with nothing else to detect. It's kind of like a brown ale.

Not too thick not too thin, from the flavors coming as subtely as they were and then kind of vanishing I'd say this was a good mouth feel if something's going to balance out.

Not a bad beer, but far from good. I'd never buy it again. I'm ashamed of spending $10 on a 6 pack for it.

blazin5050, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of konabrewer
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sweet even for a 7% ale.
Slightly sticky and offputting in the aroma.
With the following this beer has I guess I expected more out it.

Very average, not impressive.
The sweet malt up front was quite inviting, I must admit, but the finish was thin and seemed to have an overpowering scent of residual sugars. What is the FG on this?

The sticker and marketing are great the beer is average!!!

konabrewer, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of gfreed
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Cambridge Common. One day I will go through all my beer reviews and tally up the ones named after dogs, labeled with dogs, made from dogs... dogs, dogs, dogs. Here's another beer named for a dog. What brewery *doesn't* have a dog?

As strong ales go, this one is a 98-lb weakling. I thought at first it was just too cold so I let it sit for a while; as it warmed, it gained nothing. The aroma is thin; the taste is flat except for a brief peek from some Cokey pepper. Lake Placid? More like Lake Flaccid. Not a great choice.

gfreed, Jan 24, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

grahuba, Mar 26, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Mleblanc25, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of flannelandbrews
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

flannelandbrews, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of stomioka
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

stomioka, Jun 27, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

BobDag30, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of cbl2
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance:

Deep dark mahogany; little to no head.

Smell:

Little to no aroma present on this one. How can you brew a 7.0% alcohol beer and not have any aroma?

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Very hoppy with little of the malt characteristic promised on label. Reminds me of an IPA that is dark. A definite letdown for me.

cbl2, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of mabirch
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The head is small and dissapates quickly, leaving almost no lacing.

Color is a nice deep reddish brown and the nose is malty.

The taste again is of malts with the perfect hoppiness to accompany the finish. Decent mouthfeel, nothing special.

Very drinkable in my opinion, not too heavy or too light. Its great in the winter and would be a nice switch from the usual light summer ales, although I probably couldn't drink more than 1 in the warm weather.

mabirch, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of bilyboy65
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Not impressed, but not disappointed. Poured from a 12oz into the sam adams lager glass

A: Nice dark brown color. Almost no head with some lacing, but no film. A little cloudy, but not an unfiltered offering.

S: Strong floral hops with nutty malts behind it Not really well mixed just a battle.

T: Very bitter. So bitter it masks the other flavors. Definitely taste the alcohol as well.

M: Medium bodied ale that has some good carbonation to feel. No heavy oily feeling left behind.

D: Makes me wonder if I have a bad bottle. Probably will try one more to make sure. I'll update this review appropriately.

bilyboy65, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of curasowa
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, mahogany color with a big, three-finger tan, fluffy head

Aroma: Sweet toasted malt, toffee and cherries

Taste: Toasted malt upfront, quickly followed by a really sweet backbone that has some nuttiness to it. It finishes watery and lingering, with a harsh bitterness.

The Rest: Body is on the thin side of medium, and drinkability is OK. The balance isn't great on this beer.

curasowa, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -18.3%

woodchipper, Feb 13, 2013
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UBU Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.