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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 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 BeerDocT


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

Big thanks to my friend Larry Lushia for bringing me back a few of these from Upstate New York! Cheers!

Served in a chilled tulip glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Poured out a chocolaty brown; not completely black. Nice 1/2" head that faded away into pleasant white swirls.

-Smell 3.5: Nice bouquet of chocolate, toasted grains. Aroma is somewhat flat, but does not detract from the enjoyment of the beer at all.

-Taste 4.5: Sweet up front, with slight hints of chocolate. Middle features a lot of subdued barley and slight hints of hops. Finish is more of that sweetness and toasted grains, along with still more chocolaty goodness. Aftertaste is creamy and smoky; very, very enjoyable.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Carbonation was right on the nose for this style and certainly adds to the enjoyment of the beer.

-Overall 4.0: Very good to excellent strong ale. This is somewhere between a porter and a stout and just very enjoyable. If you are a fan of unique beers THAT ARE ACTUALLY ENJOYABLE this is the brew for you. If you find it, buy it.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 04:32:05 | More by BeerDocT
Photo of jsanford


3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber-red with a creamy off-white head that settles to a thin haze and ring. Malty aromas of toasted grain, caramel, toffee, and fruity yeast. More caramel and toffee flavors, but not a ton of unique character in this one. Just tastes like a generic malt-forward...beer. Mouthfeel is crisp and drinkable, with a medium body and good carbonation. Decent enough beer overall. Doesn't re-invent the wheel.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 22:16:40 | More by jsanford
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y., on July 5, 2012. Bottle into pint glass. Two fingers of head. Reddish, brown, garnet color. Foamy gray lacing with decent foamy retention.

Smelled malty, nutty, roasty, caramel, toffee and light chocolate ice cream. Reminded me slightly of a Mud Slide.

Tasted nutty malts, Mud Slide, big alcohol finish, Russian Imperial Stout like, chocolate shake.

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long bitter finish.

Not as good as I remember it, but still an OK beer. Heavy and rich, but worth the risk of trying it.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 06:04:34 | More by BucannonXC5
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3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A very dark brown to being very near black with a head that is light beige and around one finger thick.

Aroma: Dark fruits, wisps of grape, bready malts with a touch of caramel. Hops are on the citrus end but not very much.

Taste: A liitle bit on the sweet side but not too bready. Light citrus notes, caramel malts that are roasted dark. There is a twinge of grape in the back end. As for the mouthfeel it's smooth but it has a bready bite.

Notes: Not as strong as I thought is might be but still decently drinkable. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 01:26:58 | More by horshack7
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 03:09:14 | More by CloudStrife
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3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear reddish brown with a thin head and lastin fine lace. It's aroma is of dark fruit with a hint of molasses. The flavor leads with coffee with dark cherry and plum notes. The coffee fades and chocolate covered cherry comes through as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium and there is a pleasant warmth in the finish. Lake Placid Ubu Ale is a good beer, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 23:25:55 | More by B967ierhunter177
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3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler was a gift from a coworker for watching her classes when she was at Lake Placid, thanks!
Growler is probably 2-4 days old, still has good carbonation

A- A brown with a ruby red tint and a one finger light tan head.

S- Cherries, toffee, dark fruit, hint of brown sugar, some roasted malts, hint of vanilla.

T- Less cherry and dark fruits than the nose, toffee and caramel malts come out more, nice roasted malts with a hint of vanilla in the finish.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- Overall a solid beer that I am happy I have more of. Definitely would like to try more Lake Placid beers.

Serving type: growler

04-03-2012 22:27:21 | More by larryi86
Photo of BeerLover99


3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: deep ruby/brown body, finger tan head,
ok lacing

S: cherries, raisins, sweet malt

T: sweet ripe fruit, big malt, smooth bready finish

M: med body, smooth mouth

O: Like the brewery, not thrilled
about this beer. Usually LOVE this style,
but did nothing for me.


Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 21:51:08 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of Phelps


3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a schooner pint.

Thick, opaque mahogany like syrup, though clearer at the edges. Half a finger of dense, sandy tan foam sticks to the walls in thick, fuzzy layers and settles into a broad top layer that goes nowhere.

Lots of toffee in the nose, nicely deep and sweet. Bread pudding, plum, a little vanilla. Some earthy English yeast, a little honey-like oxidation, and a bit of rum-like cane sugar.

In the flavor, the earthy hops are much bigger. Bitterness rises to match the malt, and actually overpowers it a little bit. There’s the same toffee/plum/rum sweetness, but it’s a little muted. The honey oxidation is here in bigger force, however.

Sugary medium body with very high, prickly carbonation. The bubbles get a little painful at times. A bit of silky fizz breaks out as it moves. Alcohol is a suggestion of heat in the nose.

Not bad. Judging by the bit of oxidation I taste, this may be an old bottle. But the beer below is still quality. Tasty English strong ale stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 04:34:32 | More by Phelps
Photo of lnashsig


3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 00:24:17 | More by lnashsig
Photo of elgiacomo


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

12oz bottle, unknown date. Served at around 45F.

Pours dark reddish brown with a large creamy light brown head that leaves clumpy lacing and holds a thick cap.

Aroma is cherries, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, some grassy and floral hops. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is cherries, toasted malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, some other dark fruit, some sweetness, mild hop bitterness on the finish with only a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, somewhat creamy, a little sticky, good carbonation.

Very tasty American Strong Ale...kind of has some Belgian Strong Ale qualities going on as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 02:06:40 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of JTSbeerislife


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

12 oz bottle, purchased at the brewery 9/2011, bottle 6/2011, well stored under temperature controlled conditions.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass (snifter)

Pours a nice thick one finger head, which reduces to a thin head, better than some, nice lace.
Deep blackish amber color, opaque, light tan head.

The aroma is one of rich, sweet, candied malt, like American caramel, hard to describe.

Delicious entry on the palate of semi-sweet malt, caramel, ale yeast, silky full mouth feel, and great carbonation that is just lively enough to give balance to this ale.

Good finish of caramel flavors, malt and ale yeast.

OK so it’s not one of the heavy hitters. Still there is a lot to like about this ale. Good flavors balanced by a nice crispness and good carbonation. Very drinkable.
Though it is not on the label this is very Scotch Ale in style.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 01:39:33 | More by JTSbeerislife
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
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3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I personally am a big fan of this beer.
This is my go too beer when I want something with good quality taste as well as a good price.

This particular batch was bought at the local grociery store in a six pack. I have also had this on tap, personally I didn't notice a big difference.

It pours a nice dark "garnet" as they describe it. The head is decent, the carbonation lasted through the time.
The smell is very malt heavy, but not overpowering.

Nothing is really overpowering about this beer which makes it easy to drink. And I often find myself drinking it faster than I'd like to.
Lake Placid does a really nice job with this beer, like I said, great for its price range, and just the right amount of malt and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 22:19:57 | More by davewlfpckfan29
Photo of Thunderchief

New York

5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites, rich malty taste with a bit of hops in the back ground. Nutty,toffee caramel taste and a rich creamy feel on the tongue. Lake Placid is one of my favs and this beer a go to when i feel like drinking a six and catching a nice buzz...

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 01:01:13 | More by Thunderchief
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 bs870621345

New Jersey

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

Thanks to mchalups for bring me this bottle.

Pours a hazy brown amber color with a good inch of head and nice lacing.

Smells of pine and herbal hops and a burnt caramel and raisin.

Taste is straight forward blast of malts and hops. Really no progression until the end where it finishes pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is full and nicely carbonated.

Overall, it's good. Nothing to write home about, but definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 03:08:30 | More by bs870621345
Photo of FosterJM


3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

947th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Thanks to @mjtiernan for this one

App- Brown, Amber, Crimson. A quite a different color in this glass. A nice 1 finger head with a lot of good lace. Not the prettiest beer but a good amount of color and cling.

Smell- This had some weird aromatics to it. A bit malty, coffee, toaty and rauchbier. A bit smoky as well. A bit of a catch all aromatic but still better than most.

Taste- Very English malt driven. A little bit of a peppery malt and a little bit of a damp sweetness. A touch of a wheat flavor or grain if you will. The first flavors come with the malt and then a bit of that peppery dampness. A unique flavor catch all but nice. Well hidden 7%. A bit more unique as some of the ASA I have had.

Mouth- A light/medium watery body with a bit of a medium carbonation. A bit of a malty peppery and thin.

Drink- Not a huge beer by any means. Has a good profile but has a more English layering effect. A bit thin in parts but still tasty. Don't know if I would have this again with Stone Arrogant in my back yard.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 05:58:37 | More by FosterJM
Photo of tobelerone


3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark chestnut-colored beer with a quickly falling head. Nice sheets of lace but they're not very clingy..so-so appearance.

Aromas dominated by roasted malt with dark fruit and booziness behind it. The taste is very malt forward, with a little hoppy bitterness and some booze in the finish. Hints of dark fruits as well.

Lively carbonation, with a long and boozy finish that lingers. Almost a little too fizzy. Ubu reminds me of a run-of-the-mill BSDA a bit.

Had this on tap at the brewery and liked it more; the mouthfeel was smoother and a bit creamier and the booze was tamed a bit. I understand the bottles are contract brewed and are not done nearly as well as the brewery does it in smaller batches. Eh, probably wouldn't order or buy this one again. Not particularly outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 14:00:07 | More by tobelerone
Photo of scottfrie


3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Anderson Valley snifter. Thanks for the extra, biga7346.

A: Pours a very dark woody brown with a huge, soft and fluffy, light tan head that took forever to fade into a thick film. Great rings of lacing were left down the side of the glass.
S: Sweet notes of berries, raisins, vinous grapes/red wine, wood and earth.
T: Strong flavors of peat, earth, wood, bitter tea leaves and apple juice as well as a hint of lightly sweet caramel malt, and dark fruits in the finish. The aftertaste is leathery and sweet.
M: Abundant carbonation creates a fizzy mouthfeel, but after I swirled this beer for a while and burned some of the excess carb off it was a lot better. The body is still a bit thin for the flavor though, and the mouthfeel wasn’t very enjoyable.
O: The flavor of this beer wasn’t the best, and the mouthfeel could use some work, but overall this wasn’t as terrible as some people make it sound. I would certainly drink this over a large variety of other similar tasting beers out there. Thanks again for giving me the chance to try it, Austen.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 00:36:49 | More by scottfrie
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
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3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown, almost mahogany and sort of red. Smallish, light tan head. Some pretty fair lace.

S: Malty, sweet, & estery. Not much distint character to the malts. Hint of non-distinct hops. Faint hint of alcohol. Fairly shy nose.

T: More malt character here – toffee, bread crust, burnt sugars, some darker roast, and some super faint chocolate. Blackstrap molasses with a hint of bitter to the sweetness. Balancing hops in the background. Unfortunately it is very noticeably oxidized. Was not as cardboardy at the pub – it was fuller, sweeter, & richer.

M: Just over medium body with CO2 closer to an English type level. Some dextrins to chew, but not much sugary tack. Finish is dry from dark roast malts and background hops.

D: Second sixer of oxidized beer from this brewery. Oxidized in the bottle, but not at the brewery - Grrr….. As is, it still has some really good bits – but oxidation is too distracting.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 00:08:37 | More by SickGnar
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
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