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UBU Ale - Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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618 Ratings

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Ratings: 618
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 12
Gots: 43 | 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 Swedes21
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - dark auburn colour, very clean and crisp looking. some good head, off-white and some nice lacing.

Smell - good combination of hops, malts. very nice pine smell with slight hints of caramel.

Taste - found this to be a more malty/caramel tasting beer with a dry aftertaste. there is no pine taste to this beer at all.

Mouthfeel - added bitterness, more volume, lasting flavour. there really isnt much more of a dynamic added here.

Overall - Not impressed, this is a beer i am happy i tried, but not something that blows my mind.

Photo of devinoconnor
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of Whitley
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer rocks. I am not an official beer tester, so I won't try to impress you with terms I don't normally use. This beer is thick and tasty and that is what I'm always on the hunt for.I LOVE this beer !!!! If you l want to experience what I believe beer tasted like back in the Colonial days and before mass produced watery beer became the norm, then this is an excellent selection. Highly recommended by me. Enjoy!

Photo of sweetwaterman
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6-pack from Big Z Beverage ~mid Feb 2011

Appearance: Moderate head that quickly fades, dark red color, crystal clear.

Smell: moderate malt sugars, crisp, cereal notes, mild notes of caramel.

Taste: similar to a good bitter? crisp clean malt sugars, minimal hops, bran flakes, bran-ish finish that is short.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, no issues

Drinkability: a good session choice. something about this strikes me as very British, but it could be just me.

Recommended. Taken this camping and woodsmoke in the air just kicks it up another gear IMO.

Photo of curasowa
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a reddish brown colour with a large size frothy light brown coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 few minutes before it was completely gone.

Smell - malts, smoke, toffee, coffee, roasted/toasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation but it still feels fairly creamy on the tongue. There is a lot of sweet toffee like flavour with a malty smokiness mixed in. I can also taste notes of coffee and roasted/toasted nuts. It finishes with a sweet smoky aftertaste.

Drink - I've had this previously on tap and it had a really pleasing scent. The bottle didn't seem to do it justice. Still an above average beer and highly drinkable given the alcohol level.

Photo of KTCamm
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown/black with a touch of foam at the top but very little. Chocolately smell. Malty. Light coffee taste, mild hop throughout. Subtley carbonated. Residual cola taste. Very drinkable, solid beer.

Photo of JMad
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a tall American pub glass...

The liquid was brown with red hues and a thin, creamy white head.

It smells a little sour, and malty, it's sweet with an earthy hop presence.

I tasted nutty malt, sweet caramel, raisin, with a lemony finish and quite a unique flavor.

This beer is smooth and thick with medium carbonation.

The beer was really good, the rich flavor probably would limit me to only one or two of these.

Photo of matty
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is chocolate malts.Taste is cocoa,hops and sugar cane.The alcohol gives a nice warming.Overall a good beer that is perfect for a cold winter day.I would recommend to try at least once and I would certainly purchase this again.

Photo of aakryzak
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of gabedivision
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a flying bison pint glass.

A- Very dark brown, almost black with a reddish hue, and a dark white head.

S- Smells malty and sugary, with a nice nutty touch to it.

T- I know this is an "American String Ale" but this plays alot like a porter, it has a nutty sugary taste, with a sour after taste.

M- Nice nutty dry taste with a sugary sour bite.

D- Drinkable def, very tasty.

Photo of gfreed
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of jpmclaug
2.2/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

Photo of ryantaussig
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of Homebrew35
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body pours with a half finger white creamy head.'quite pleasant. Smells sweet and caramelized, a faint hop smell, some musty quality too. Overall good smell. Tastes starts sweet and coating, medium full body average carbing makes this 7% slide down nicely. On the finish there is something that I can't describe better than funky, not in a bad way, it's interesting and tasty all at once. I'd pick this up again. $1.70 a single at BoTW Rochester.

Photo of musicforairports
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft plenty of times, first time in a bottle.

Pours dark brown, but not quite black. 3/4-finger head that leaves a bit of lacing. Some bubbles visible.

Smells like chocolate and crystal malt.

Tastes like chocolate, caramel, some floral hops and a bit of dark fruit. Decent roasted character present. Bit of astringency that seems like alcohol despite a non-excessive ABV. It's a bit unique for a dark beer like this--it's like a stronger schwarzbier, or or a highly carbonated robust porter. I've always enjoyed this beer.

Mouthfeel is thinner than beers with this much dark malt character. This makes it a very easy drink. Rich in flavor, but the light body and carbonation makes it an easy one to put down. One of the best beers we've got here in Upstate New York.

Photo of Brad007
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a frothy head into my glass. Ample in that area. Impressive.

Sweet malt to greet the nose. Perhaps a slight hint of chocolate from the malt is present.

Chock full of sweet malt with an unpleasant soy sauce/molasses character to it. Only other taste present is that of booze.

Again, lots of sweetness lingering on the tongue. High in carbonation.

I'm disappointed. This is a shell of what Ubu Ale used to be.

Photo of ngeunit1
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very nice deep brown-black color with some nice off-white head with the nice lacing and leaves behind some very nice lacing.

S - The smell is heavy on the malts, which are a tad sweet and some chocolate and carmel aromas.

T - The taste starts with the malts from the aroma. The come on sweet and with a bit of chocolate. The finish is much heavier on the malt and the chocolate taste and the aftertaste tastes like chocolate.

M - Medium bodied and fairly creamy. Though just the right amount of carbonation keeps the beer crisp and smooth.

D - The flavors are well balanced together and the chocolate malt flavor works well. The beer is overall pretty creamy, but the carbonation is just right to keep it smooth. Very drinkable.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in an Oktoberfest Mug

A: Pours a very deep brown color but not quite black, pours with an inch of foamy tan head. Leaves a nice amount of lacing around the glass

S: Nice deep chocolate and caramel notes with a slight amount of coffee

T: Slight chocolate malts and and a bit of a smokey finish

M: Strong carbonation tingle, deep drinking brew with a creamy finish that lingers

D: Doesnt drink as heavy as it would appear, nice taste but really nothing that really makes you want to take the next sip, let alone open another beer

Overall, I do enjoy this brew but the taste just is not enough to really blow me away

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, dark fruit, honey, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is very malty with sweet flavors of dark fruit, honey, brown sugar and a faint touch of chocolate. The hops presence is subdued but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, while there are others in the style I would pick first this is still a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

Photo of Tucquan
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2010-10-14 in Columbia, PA

A - Deep, very hazy dark reddish-brown with a generous light tan head and very good lacing.

S - First a rich, yeasty dark bread with some ripe apples and caramel. The smells could be stronger.

T - Echos the smell with even more apple and caramel plus a generous amount of floral hops. Some coffee-like astringency. There's some sweetness but it dries fairly quickly and leaves a pleasant sour-bitterness. It's kind of like drinking some apple cider that you've had for awhile and it's started to ferment but you've added in some delicous hops. Pretty nice.

M - Medium thick body and medium-heavy carbonation give a creamy but bubbly mouthfeel.

D - I think this ale is quite good and I could certainly have more than one.

Photo of afksports
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of jonB
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an exceptional brown ale that is relatively strong, but very easy drinking. It's backbone is solid roasted malt profile, but is not overly sweet. It finishes dry and there is almost no hint of alcohol. A good pick when your in the mood for a smooth dark beer.

UBU Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.