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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 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
Photo of Kooz

New York

4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2013 01:16:09 | More by Kooz
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 22:00:20 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of stella77artois

New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a local Italian restaurant. Paired with a damn good pizza. Very good combo that I highly recommend. Had always been hesitant to try this, as I viewed it as a hipster beer for a while. People around Lake Placid and surrounding used to always talk about Lake Placid Brewery, then it kinda faded. Hence the hipster opinion. Glad I finally tried it.

A - Dark and intimidating. Would make AAL lovers quiver with fear at the sight. Almost black, with a medium brown at the bottom. Average head that stuck around. Head was a tannish color.

S - Very pleasant. Lot's of malt and roasted characters. A choclately smell to a lesser extent, and perhaps a hint of smoke.

T - Damn good. All the smells were noticeable in the taste. The roast taste was much more prevelant here, in a very pleasant way. Could also notice some bitter chocolate/cocoa. A unique bitter sweet flavor created. As mentioned earlier, paired with a damn good pizza. Was a damn good combo. Tasted a lot like a bock, which I was fine with. Slight less "oomph" than a bock.

F - The only part I wasn't crazy about. This paired very well with food, but I'd see it as a beer you wouldn't want to drink a lot of on it's own. A little thicker than I prefer, and I could imagine it raising some heck in your stomach.

O - Very impressed, probably in my Top 15 beers now. Lot's of great taste without being too sweet or bitter. Goes great with food. Highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2013 13:12:48 | More by stella77artois
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep net hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured burnt caramel with a faint herbal hop.

The taste was upfront malts, with the same burnt caramel, buttered bread smoke and a lingering herbal hoppiness that checked the sweetness. Light nuttiness after the finish.

The mouthfeel was full with a dry finish.

Overall a very good malty ale. Highly flavorful.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2013 00:21:05 | More by plaid75
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark brownish color with a reddish tint, a nice tan head at the top and not to much lacing on this one.

S: Hints malts and hops, not so present though, a slight hint of hazelnut and caramel.

T: Same as the nose, nothing to crazy about the taste of this local brewery, nice caramel notes.

M: Medium Bodied, mid carbonation, a nice stickyness to it.

O: Nothing to really brag about with this brew, it was a nice tasting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2013 20:27:48 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of socon67

New York

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown coloring that creates a light brown foam. Slight lacing and foam disappears fast.

S - Toasted malt and caramel hit the nose from this. Slightly acidic and some caramel smell.

T - Flavors seem a bit mild. Some earthy flavors and bready notes are present. Roasted\toasted malt flavoring is the main component. Finish has a small acidic bite.

M - Meh. A find this a little thin and watery for the style. It is easy to drink however, and smooth.

O - Interesting in that it is a lighter type of Strong Ale. I could see this going well on a cold northern NY night.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2012 01:34:54 | More by socon67
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

awesome awesome beer. the flagship from lake placid now widely reknowned as da bomb! pours dark brown with a great thick tan head, smells like english malts and alcohol. taste is very english in nature as well, definitely an ale. more happening than a standard brown ale, but with a similar base. notes of tobacco and brown sugar are present as well. the thing that makes it interesting is its complexity and uncanny drinkability for its abv. it is very strong beer, and while full bodied, it isnt mean and nasty in the gut. a six pack will get you shitfaced long before it fills you up, and its a very heavy buzz from this one. i like to drink it year round, but the fall is most appropriate. also delicious in a bottle and ultimate on tap at their brewery with some of the parmesean chicken wings!!!

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2011 22:18:13 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Redrover


3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one tap at the Dinosaur BBQ in Rochester. They always have some new beers to try.

The beer was served in an Imperial Pint style glass and it dark brown with a dark tan head

It had a nose of dark fruit, brown sugar and toasted malts.

The taste is of gently roasted malts, raisins, a bit of brown sugar and something a bit sour. There is a slight hop bite to finish.

The mouth has low carbonation and mid-level heft.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2011 18:00:47 | More by Redrover
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery in the Adirondacks and it was excellent. $3.50/pint. Poured a dark mahogany with an inch off-white foamy head leaving a consistent amount of lacing along the glass. Smell was sweet and malty. Taste was also sweet, slightly bitter, with a good amount of carbonation. for the 7.00% abv, this was an exceptionally easy beer to drink. thumbs up.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2011 00:12:43 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of mchalups

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im visiting my brother up here in Lake Placid, so of course I need to try some local beer.

The color of the beer is nothing to brag about, however we are up un the Adirondacks...so the fact that its dark brown (almost mahogany) does seem Mountain-like! I thought that type of look seemed fitting. Its smell reminds me of any typical dark ale I have had in the past.

It has a dark, yet smooth taste and feel to it. It goes down real easy. It leaves you with a pleasant after-taste that left my mouth watering. It was definitely the local kind of taste I had been anticipating. I will definitely order it again when I see my brother.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 23:14:08 | More by mchalups
Photo of aakryzak

New York

4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at George Keeley's, upper West Side, NYC, on a very cold day in January.

VERY fond of this one:

A- v. dark, reminiscent of the Old Engine Oil, with a hint of magenta when held up to the light. Slight head, but excellent lacing on the glass.

S- Malty, a bit nutty.

T- nice balance struck between the hops and malt, with malt taking the lead.

M- Medium bodied, low carbonation, very smooth.

D- Very drinkable. Not a session beer for the faint of heart (7%), but a worthy member of the rotation.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2011 22:28:03 | More by aakryzak
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 jmdrpi


3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very dark brown, almost black. but almost no head.

this is labeled as a "Strong Ale", which I guess is kind of a catch all, but the aroma and taste I would discribe as more of a Porter character. somewhat sweet and malty, with slight flavors of roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate.

easy to drink, and paired well with a barbaque dinner.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2011 22:10:13 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of Bouleboubier


3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What does "American Strong Ale" refer to here? Ubu has some mad-British ester potency. Stupid fruity with a strawberry bent. Pours with a lovely foam dome - long lasting. Foggy-dense pale-rose-red color. Malty and fruity through and through. Light-moderate biscuit edge to the malt - hops, all but silent. 7%? - not tasting or feeling it...

My take on this is that it's a jacked-up-yeasty-estery British pale ale. Almost a creamy wit thing going on as well.

Nice to finally try this, but where does this fit into my beerin' life-style? Noteworthy, I suppose.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 06:45:24 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of ryantaussig

New York

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Likely a a bad pour because the head was distinctly lacking, but a bit of swirling put a decent half finger on it. A bit of lacing and dark brown to black color.

S: Smells of toasty malts with a slight bit of alcohol in the background. Hop aroma is low.

T: Lots of roasted malts. Some caramel with plenty of coffee and chocolate notes. It tastes almost like a stout.

M: Extremely smooth. Carbonation is appropriate and excellently balanced with the medium body of the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2010 01:11:08 | More by ryantaussig
Photo of afksports

New York

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on a couple separate occasions both on tap and from bottle. My notes are from the on-tap version, but I would go back to it either if need be. Appearance wise it's a creamy rusty brown with solid tan head that dissipates.

Smells mostly of roasty malts, with a touch of hops coming through - unlike the others I've had of the style. It's not a very strong aroma. Taste mirrors the smell in many ways, but comes through with more presence. Starts sweet, almost a coffee/chocolate type thing going on, sits on citrus in the middle, finishes clean with some hoppy bitterness.

It felt great going down - nearly full-bodied, with a creamy taste. Similar to some other American Strong Ales, but mostly just the good ones. Drinkability takes a hit from the high abv, but it's a strong ale so it should be a bit higher, and taste-wise this is a repeater.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2010 03:58:07 | More by afksports
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lake Placid UBU has a dark brown body with deep red highlights, especially when held up to the light. The head is a light tan, and it is thick and foamy. Good lacing too.

The aroma packs a good dose of roasted malt with a little bit of cocoa. Not an especially strong aroma at all.

Luckily, the flavor of UBU is a lot stronger and generally better than the aroma. The roasted malts return, and they do a good job of making itself known. After that comes some cocoa powder. There is also some peat, which is a flavor that doesn't pop up too much in beer, but I like it. It adds a bit of smokiness to the flavor. A little bit of fruit in the background. Somewhere in there are some hops also, as they contribute some bitterness but not a lot of flavor otherwise. Overall, this beer reminded me of porter, but wasn't quite the same thing. Pretty interesting and pretty good.

The body is medium with the carbonation being on the low end of the spectrum.

I enjoyed Lake Placid UBU enough that I will probably give a couple of their other beers a try. UBU is pretty unique; it tastes fairly different than anything else I have had, which is something I don't come across very often. UBU is definitely worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2010 14:00:42 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of BeerCon5


3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color, almost black, good amount of beige fluffy head, good retention.

The aroma was of faint fruit and some malts.

The taste is of slight malts, eventual light bitter hops and chocolate.

Full bodied, smooth, low carbonation.

I was unsure of the style, it surely did not taste like and American Strong Ale at all, it was more like an American Porter, which it did have decent flavor. It was a decent beer but not for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2010 16:05:38 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of jneiswender


3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the American Craft beer festival. Served in a tasting glass.

A brown garnet body and a beige head

S cinnamon candy drop smell

T spicy sweet front with a hop floral bite in end some alcohol burn at the end

M medium

D good, I would drink this beer again. My only reservation is the lack of assertiveness with the alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2010 03:13:32 | More by jneiswender
Photo of Kwak

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2010 05:07:51 | More by Kwak
Photo of zhooker

New York

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the tap into a slightly chilled pint glass. Pours very dark, with some amber hues, but overall darker than many porters. A healthy, creamy head floats atop it.

Not much scent going on here. Some roasted malts perhaps, but that is all. Maybe poured a little too cold?

Taste is all roastiness. Smooth, roasted, slightly chocolate-toned maltiness. Oh, and did I mentioned the roasty toasty flavors here? I'll be damned if this isn't a porter. Hops are smooth and unpronounced.

The ale-ness of this comes in with the mouthfeel, as it lacks the creaminess of a porter or stout. Wondering if this might have a little more carbonation-driven texture to it out of a bottle.

This is a very pleasant dark beer. If you are on the stout/porter side of life for the night, by all means, fill up. A very drinkable dark ale.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2010 09:25:23 | More by zhooker
Photo of lovindahops

New York

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the lake placid pub and brewery. I love lake placid... Every six months at the least, I come here

A- poured the dark, cola color that is consistant with a strong american ale. Small head and good lacing on the sides shows the durability of the brew

S- dark toasted malty presense. Some hops appear. There is a slight buttery scent with some chocolate as well

T- the malt is as sweet and toasted as the scent. There are earthy tones and chocolate flavors that emerge. The alcohol is only slight. I really like the strength of the malt making it delicious. It really is a hearty brew

M- creamy and full bodied

D- this is a great brew. I have to say, I try not to buy it at home because I like to embrace at the brewery. It goes down easy and has the flavors to keep it tasty. I highly recommend the trying of this. It embodies the adirondacks as the "flagship" brew

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2010 22:52:12 | More by lovindahops
Photo of ledemie

New York

4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer reminded me of a Guinness.

A - Looks like a dark brown, but not quite very dark brown, a good head Guinness style.

S - a lite roasting ...maybe a little sweetness coming through

T - Nice and malty up front...hops next...then a nice chocolate/coffee finish .

M - rich and creamy

D - the alcohol is well hidden which makes this a nice smooth beer to be drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2009 14:25:03 | More by ledemie
Photo of Darkhorse09

New York

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at The Parting Glass, in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Appearance: Nice big head, Light brown and lasts throughout the pint. Color is a dark brown/red. Good looking beer.

Nose: Obvious malt, with some caramel and a touch of chocolate. Very full aroma, asking you to taste it.

Palate: Full bodied, which is expected for the style. Tastes of dark brown toasted malt, with very subdued hop bitterness to balance it a little. Some caramel, but less than the nose indicates. Bitter aftertaste. Carbonation is low, sits well in the mouth. Drinkable, hides the alcohol very well. Just a touch too much malt in the balance to make this a real quality strong ale. Really enjoyed it though.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2009 03:08:30 | More by Darkhorse09
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UBU Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
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