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UBU Ale - Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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589 Ratings

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Ratings: 589
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 12
Gots: 30 | 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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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at a small local tasting.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with less than one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, dark fruits, sugar, and fruity malts,

t - Tastes of wheat, grain, dark fruit, caramel malts, and maybe a hint of alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An ok strong ale. Some nice fruity malts; would try again.

mdfb79, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a red-amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee with some earthy and dirty hops. The flavor is toffee, earthy hops and some fruit. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but nothing special.

Mora2000, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Hojaminbag, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.98/5  rDev -19%
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 BeerCon5
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

BeerCon5, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown with a coppery, reddish hue and a half inch of dense, yellowish beige foam. Great head retention, lacing consisted of thick sheets that really clung to the glass. Malty and fruity aroma, caramel and faint roast, chocolate, light citrus and dried fruits, a hint of smoke. Mild bitterness with a lot of fruity character up front, some citrus and plum, alcohol, malty caramel and bread towards the end. Slightly spicy finish. Medium bodied with ample creamy carbonation, nice texture. I liked it.

DrJay, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of jneiswender
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

jneiswender, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of ksimons
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-dark brown with a creamy tan head that leaves some lacing on the glass

S-very malty, a little booze sneaks in there also

T-similar to the smell, heavy on the malt. There is also some hop bitterness mixed in at the end to give it a bitter finish

M-medium body, low carbonation, very dry

D-other than the smell the alcohol doesn't really come out which makes this beer very easy to drink. I wish the taste was a bit more complex, but it is a decent beer.

ksimons, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of Kwak
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
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

Kwak, May 24, 2010
Photo of zhooker
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

zhooker, May 18, 2010
Photo of papaglide
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep, rich mahogany with a nice frothy half inch head that leaves a nice lace in its wake.

S - rich, malty sweetness with an accent of roasted malt. In the background is a slight floral hop. This beer smells nice.

T - taste is reminiscent of a porter. At first is the sweet but slightly roasted malt. There is a small hop bitterness towards the finish followed by a very small hint of alcohol.

M - a nice creamy, smoothness rounded out by a wee bit of "alcohol" warmth

D - very drinkable. Do I want to throw down a dozen? No! Could I? Yes. But this beer should be relished and savored and above all tasted while drinking it. Is this beer good for 3 or 4? Heck yes. This is a nice beer. I would recommend it.

$7.99 a six in a 12 ounce brown bottle

papaglide, May 10, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a rich brown with a tan head, good lacing.

Dark toast, a whiff of alcohol, some herbal notes.

Darkened malt, some dark brown toasted bread, woody alcohol, an element of bitterness that lingers to the finish. A little chocolate, some caramel too.No character to the bitterness, just bitter. This is the piece I'm not digging -- it is overdone.

Medium-to-fuller bodied. Fair carbonation. Appropriate.

Overall, somewhat flawed and unbalanced. A single was enough. Decent beer, but not great.

OtherShoe2, May 06, 2010
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. A very deep brown chestnut colored ale, with a thin, tan, big-bubbled head.

Earthy, and slightly roasty malt character to the aroma, with a tiny amount of hop spice. Some interesting dark fruit notes as well. The taste accentuates the dark fruit, prune-like and sweet, with a burnt sugar/caramel like maltiness. Again a light spice from hops that then turn slightly bitter in the finish as they flirt with a nice alcohol warmth.

This strong ale has a nice big body, light carbonation, is very smooth and easy to drink. A nice English-style offering from a very small American Brewery. Kudos to Lake Placid.

ZimZamZoom, May 02, 2010
Photo of Petrislav
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured into pint glass

A: Chocolate lab colored - after what its named for: Ubu the chocolate lab that ruled the neighborhoods of Lake Placid. Tan head comprised of uniform medium sized bubbles

S: Mild roasted malt, hops

T: Malt grows in intensity of roast, hops fade in and leave a sweet bitter note

M: Light/medium bodied, smooth all the way, finish with sweet malt aftertaste

Petrislav, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of Naugros
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite beer, so if it doesn't get an A+ from me then my objectivity is proven.

The head is slow to build and pretty thin. It quickly clears out leaving a sudsy film on the top of the brew and some foam at the edges. There is some lace going down the glass that doesn't hold to the sides but slowly slides down. The color is brownish/maroon and dark.

Not much of a discernible smell, but the balance of malt to hops is evident even here if you're patient and take a few whiffs after swirling it...not quite worth the effort.

The hops cut the malt perfectly' not overly sweet and not exceptionally bitter. A little chocolate with a tinge of raisin and just a little citrus bite, maybe lemon. From the bottle there is a little medicinal twinge to it, but that isn't evident off the tap.

A nice carbonation lends a hand to a lightness not expected from the appearance of this beer. The mouthfeel is the highlight of this strong British brown and if you're lucky enough to have a pint at the brew pub in Lake Placid (and I have...quite often) then you've had a better experience than what comes out of the bottle.

Naugros, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of lovindahops
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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

lovindahops, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Boto
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle: This one pours a fairly clear, reddish-mahogany color. There was a bit of a tan head on it that didn't linger long. The aroma is a bit light for a 7% beer. Faint notes of chocolate, earthy hops, some other malts. The taste is pretty good. There aren't any real standout flavors, just a decent mix to make a fairly tasty brew. Some smokiness and chocolate do peak out. A slightly sweet taste and a hair dry finish. I would have it again.

Boto, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of animalchin
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A mixture of red, brown that appears translucent. Head disappears after a short time. Some moderate lacing.

S - I really can't smell anything. A little bit of maltiness, dry fruit.

T - Seems a little blander for a strong ale. however I'm picking up a lot of caramel, cream. Maybe a little bit of toffee as well? Raisins to top it off. Alcohol makes an appearance later on.

M - A bit of carbonation, feels a little thin. Decent.

D - Goes down nice. Not a bad overall first impression of Lake Placid. Not sure if I'll have the Ubu again - maybe on tap if I ever run into it, but I'm interested in trying their other brews.

animalchin, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of abriggs1
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is simply a nice smooth strong ale. The malt overwhelms the palate, but there's some nice complexity too. I taste some butterscotch undertones along with some toffee, chocolate, and plum. Has a nice bite on the aftertaste, but goes down very smoothly.

abriggs1, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of meatyard
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a very clear, dark mahogany with over 2 fingers of off-white head that falls somewhat quickly but leaves nice lacing.
The smell is light, hop aroma, fairly sweet malt and maybe a bit of chocolate. This doesn't have a strong or distinctive aroma.
The taste is pleasant with malt that is sweet and stronger than the smell balanced slightly by light hops and finishing with some bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation but pretty smooth.
Drinkability is better than the parts. In the end it just feels like a very enjoyable beer. I prefer this much more than their IPA.

meatyard, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of blackie
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pint serving, average khaki head, deep reddish brown beer

s: mix of nutty and sweet toffee/caramel malts, raisin or date sugars, light booze after warming mild English hop presence, alright

m: moderate carbonation and a smooth, medium body

t: much like the aroma, well on the malty side, carries a round body of nutty toffee with a balancing English hop variety, perhaps some raisin or darker fruit sugars, simple but well brewed

d: good

single from Ye Olde Spirit Shoppe, Frederick, MD

blackie, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of bob3701
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours cloudy dark amber with red highlights with a nice creamy off-white head that hangs around a long time till it slowly goes into a thick film that has excellent lacing. I could not detect much aroma-wise except a slight woodiness. Taste is caramel sweet and citrus tart with a just strong enough hoppy bitter finish. Nice and crisp. Highly drinkable. This brew hides it's alcohol well so beware.

bob3701, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of Jesstyr
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a McChouffe chalice and paired with a great ribeye steak.

Pours brown with subtle orange/red hues. Light fizzy head that disappears quickly into puddles of lacing. Mild brown ale aroma, subtle sugar, but really nothing overwhelming. Flavor is definitely a plus, with excellent balance. Brown sugar, chocolate, a bit of dark fruits. Excellent medium body, with noticeable light carbonation. Doesnt really linger at all, and is very drinkable, but obviously has a bit of a higher ABV that shortens the session.

Overall, this a good beer, I look forward to trying some other Lake Placid brews in the future.

Jesstyr, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of KFaulkner
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unique Beer #0661

"Sit Ubu, Sit. Good dog." Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's named after THAT Ubu for anyone who remembers the giant dog with what looks like a trashcan lid in its mouth after episodes of classic sitcoms like "Family Ties."

Now he makes beer! Not a bad retirement if I do say so, especially this is one tasty strong ale. I really loved this beer and it was perfect because I had recently brewed my own version of American Strong Ale - which, I should point out, is technically not a recognized style by the BJCP.

This beer was big, bold and had a nice sweet, almost fruity finish. It was amazingly drinkable for a 7% ABC strong ale, if not a little weak compared to its cousins. It paired wonderfully with some crab legs and - well, probably just about anything.

I would definitely recommend this one.

KFaulkner, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle with no freshness date into a Unibroue tulip. Pinky of light beige head slides away after a moment. Aroma is mainly of dark, sweet malts and mild hops, along with some dark fruits. Taste is slightly roasty, mildly sweet and dark fruity. Very nice mouthfeel and very easy to drink considering the ABV. Very pleasing overall.

KickbacksSteve, Feb 03, 2010
UBU Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
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