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UBU Ale - Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company


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518 Ratings

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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%

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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Photo of jpmclaug

South Carolina

2.2/5  rDev -40.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 00:07:55 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of BronxBrewery

New York

2.25/5  rDev -39%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 19:41:07 | More by BronxBrewery
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 14:57:05 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Moxley

New York

2.42/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 22:06:36 | More by Moxley
Photo of blazin5050

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 03:54:53 | More by blazin5050
Photo of konabrewer


2.73/5  rDev -26%
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!!!

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2003 18:33:06 | More by konabrewer
Photo of gfreed


2.73/5  rDev -26%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2011 02:18:02 | More by gfreed
Photo of cbl2

New York

2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Deep dark mahogany; little to no head.


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


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

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2004 18:50:43 | More by cbl2
Photo of mabirch


2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 18:43:51 | More by mabirch
Photo of bilyboy65


2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 00:48:32 | More by bilyboy65
Photo of curasowa

New York

2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 22:07:16 | More by curasowa
Photo of WVbeergeek


2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 17:42:46 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of ChristopherProvost

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 02:43:01 | More by ChristopherProvost
Photo of Trodg


3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance was dark in color, with a nice tan colored head.
The smell was not overpowering , but pleasant.
The taste was a little strange to me, maybe a little malty .
However not real lingering taste.
Overall I liked this beer but would not try it to often.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 03:30:44 | More by Trodg
Photo of Todd


3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2003 17:50:57 | More by Todd
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Super deep copper color with minimal white head. Sort of bland looking for a strong ale.

S: Molasses and dark malt. Again sort of the generic smell.

T: A sort of pleasant mix of bitter and sweet. The only down side is this style should not really taste anything like either of those.

M: Medium body. Again like the rest kind of bland.

D: I love supporting Ny beers I just cannot recommend this one. If it's the only thing in the fridge go ahead. Otherwise try something else.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2008 17:47:02 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of albern


3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a tad disappointing. It looks good, it smells better, but the taste is sub par. The beer pours a nice mahogany brown with a nice creamy and thick tan head that retains and laces in billows on the edge of the glass. The nose on the beer is very good. I'm getting nice deep caramels, nice roasted chocolate notes, some nice deep toffee flavors too.

Then we get to the taste and we have a too watery, too bland, roasted, slightly charred, overly musty, slightly biting beer that doesn't go anywhere. The finish is musty as well, a bit too lingering with the charred brown sugar flavors. The beer has a burnt toffee flavor, some overwrought roasted cherry notes. The taste isn't too good.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 02:02:17 | More by albern
Photo of atr2605

New York

3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a dark brown with a light tan head about a fingerwidths, with average retention
S-sweet malt with some roasted characteristics and slightly floral hop aroma
T-sweet malt and molasses with medium hop bitterness
M-medium to medium full body with medium carbonation
O- not a bad beer but doesn't have the complexity it should for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 02:12:07 | More by atr2605
Photo of undeadozzy


3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Vigorous poor into a frosted mug. Very thick head quickly formed and left lots of lacing on glass. Deep brown color.

S - Not much of smell, some dark grain maybe, a little caramel.

T - Sourdough bread, pumpernickel, some salty cracker maybe, some dark hoppiness, deep tasting very earthy. Tasty.

M - Smooth and icy, but I think that has more to do with the glassware than anything else.

O - Pretty good beer, nice firm taste, nothing too special, hides the alcohol well, nothing great but nothing bad, just a nice good session beer for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 22:12:19 | More by undeadozzy
Photo of charlesw

New York

3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought it 'cause it had a cool name. Dark coppery amber color with a small tan head that is quickly gone leaving lasting lacing. Nothing distinctive in the smell but whoa. It has flavor to it. It's huge on chocolate malt - that roasty, all over the tongue, toasted bit. Uh, I mean "huge" in the sense that you can taste 'em there big time. I suppose there are other flavors. Ok, ok, it's not dominated by the chocolate - but it's the first thing that you notice. Slightly bitter at the end and then definitely leaves you wanting another sip.

My sample is a bit overly carbonated and yet still rates a nice enough mouthfeel 'cause it is pretty rich - with a little less carbonation (maybe in anther batch) it could surely be great.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2004 22:07:14 | More by charlesw
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a five+ finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation. Nose is faintly malty. Medium bodied. Starts and finishes with a balance of malt and hops, the high ABV is not noticable. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Hoosick Street Discount Bev. Troy, NY.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2004 23:29:14 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby brown color with a moderate head that left some lacing on the side of the glass. Not much on the aroma; very very light toasted malt aroma and very very light hop. The taste has a sour metallic twang, lemon rind, not much of a malt presence despite the appearance. A touch nutty/woody, not much hop flavor or bitterness. The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation, definitely has a sour twang thing going on. Not sure of the strong ale label, though I know it is a bit of a catch all category. Needs more body and hop presence. Not all that impressed.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 01:58:36 | More by Gmann
Photo of strengthdoc


3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured into the glass to reveal a very dark amber almost brown color. The aroma was sweet and mildly of roasted malt. The mouthfeel was about medium. The taste was mild-medium in terms of sweetness with a slight roastiness. This is a nice ale, but a bit too sweet for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 02:23:29 | More by strengthdoc
Photo of devinoconnor

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First try for Lake Placid, but wasn't overly impressed.

Pours a dark redish color, almost brown. Looks almost more stout than ale.

Strong aromas of the malts and barley.

Taste is malty, virtually no hops I could make out.

Average ale, certainly much better on the market.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 16:43:37 | More by devinoconnor
Photo of ccrida


3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2013 20:02:19 | More by ccrida
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UBU Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
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