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UBU Ale - Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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554 Ratings

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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | 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 Traquairlover


3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear dark reddish brown, almost no head, what forms is a light tan which dissipates very quickly, no lacing.

S = Slight metallic scent, brown sugar, sawdust, very light with a couple somewhat unpleasant notes and overall uninteresting.

T = Taste definitely improves on the smell, there is a good sweetness of brown sugar nicely balanced with some light bitterness which shows up at mid-palate and continues into the finish. That is about all there is though, no real complexity to this one.

M = Good medium body, nice coating.

D = This is a pretty simple straightforward beer. It has okay drinkability but I wouldn't rush out to try it. Certainly willing to drink it again though.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 00:08:12 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of Reagan1984


3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sometimes I love tasting a beer that I have no idea what to expect. This beer came out of the bottle much darker than I had expected. Not sure what I expected, but it wasn't this.

Brown in color. Dark, but not so dark you might consider calling it black. A scant head formed while pouring but then vanished almost immediately. No real lacing to speak of.

Aroma was of roasted malt and alcohol. I think I poured it a bit cold so I will let it warm slightly before making any final determinations regarding aroma and taste.

** after it warmed the roasted notes became more apparent in aroma and taste. This review is based upon the correct drinking temp.

Taste is of dark roasted malt, then some spiciness almost cinnamon like or maybe nutmeg. Finish is a bit thin and of alcohol.

Pretty light mouth feel for a 7% ABV but its also a bit dry. Seems very drinkable out of the shoot.

Pretty Nice cold weather sipper.

At 7%, this one can be aged. I hope it adds more character. This is the perfect candidate to cellar.
I've cellared this Ubu ale for over 9 months and figured I'd give it another try.

First rated as a B-

I enjoy this a lot.

There was a thick creamy head that formed and then settled quickly back into the beer. The beer was a clear brown color with some mahogany tones. No visible carbonation to speak of.

Aroma was of some dark fruits, cherries, dates, figs with a subtle spice nature. Nutmeg. Certainly a roasted malt nature as well.

Taste is smooth, creamy and really enjoyable. Some beautiful malt flavor comes through immediately and then you get the dark fruits. Cherries, figs. And a hint of chocolate in the background. It finishes with a nice hop lingering effect. I really enjoy this more than the first one I had months ago.

Mouth feel is silky smooth and creamy. You get a sense of the alcohol, but it's well hidden.

Very drinkable. I have one more bottle and it will be saved for a COLD winter evening in front of a fire.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 18:48:41 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of scoobybrew


3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter from the bottle.

A - deep, dark amber color, small head that settles into a lace quickly

S - fairly balance aroma between malt and hops, but not very strong in any case

T- relatively balanced flavor which is somewhat surprising for a strong ale, much like aroma, initially is somewhat malty sweet, but with a nice hop flavor and decent enough hop finish, somewhat dry as well

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - I like it. When I had this for the first time it was with a cigar. This really masked most of the subtly and I wasn't very impressed. Now, enjoying it with just some popcorn, it's quite pleasant and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 00:52:11 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with a fairly slight head. Smells malty and fruity with cherries and grapes. Very fruit-cake like. Delicious beer, if rather simple. Slightly sweet with flavors of mixed glaceed fruit, and caramel as well as some citrusy hops in the mix. Smooth and creamy, and at 7%, this a strong ale you can put away without too much worry.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 17:38:13 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of OKCNittany


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

A: Two finger cream head. Great retention (almost to the point of being annoying) with a decent amount of lacing. Deep brownish/red body.

S: Light fruit and a touch of grainy malt.

T: Fruit and sweet malt. I couldn't place the fruit(s), but that was the dominant flavor. Truth be told, it was more odd than good.

M: Soft carbonation with a slightly thinner than average body. Still somewhat smooth - but the aftertaste was a bit off.

D: That aftertaste became somewhat medicine like as the beer warmed, all but ruining what started out pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 03:17:34 | More by OKCNittany
Photo of arizcards


3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in early April as part of the March MicroBeerClub shipment.

Beer pours brown with ruby highlights with a tan smallish head. Nose is of sweet malts and cereal. Taste is of dark sweet malts, with hints of chocolate and a bit of citrusy hops to finish. Mouthfeel is pretty good, medium bodied and it glides across the palate fairly well. Drinkability is good as the abv is well hidden. This is definitely a unique beer. It is enjoyable and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 23:39:15 | More by arizcards
Photo of mhewes


3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It pours a deep reddish-brown coller with a nice medium head that leaves a nice lacing. I'm not picking up much on the smell. It has a nice malty taste with a hoppy bitterness on the finish. Not a bad beer but not one that I'd go out of my way for.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 01:24:47 | More by mhewes
Photo of nsmartell


3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From bottle to my cognac snifter glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with an OK sized head.

Smell: Very malty, sweet and smoky.

Taste: Roasted malts, caramel and hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Very nice.

Drinkability: This is pretty tasty for a strong ale. I would definitely recommend, especially out of the snifter.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 23:32:13 | More by nsmartell
Photo of nasty15108

New York

3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A - Deep brown with ruby hues when held up to the light. The pour produced a foamy tan head, with decent lacing.

S - Roasted malts. Slightly smokey with a bit of hop aroma and alcohol.

T - Malty and slightly smokey up front, some sweetness also detected, followed by a hoppy bitterness. Slight alcoholic warmth in the finish.

MF&D - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Not bad, but I don;t think I'd go out of my way for another.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 00:31:01 | More by nasty15108
Photo of tmitch75


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Monthly Club selection for March.

Dark reddish brown, 1/2" tan head drops fast and leaves tons of lace.

It has a woodsy and peppery smell. Smoky with a sweet malty aroma.

Peaty, malty sweet taste with a good hoppy bite. Very distinctive and quite tasty.

Medium to full body with strong carbonation.

A solid but deceptively strong beer. Not a sessioner but I am a big fan nonetheless.

Sampled on 3/28/08.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 04:16:10 | More by tmitch75
Photo of erosier


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep reddish brown color with a medium sized and medium bodied white head that laces the glass very nicely all the way down. It has a very sweet malt aroma underneath a bit of dark fruit aroma. The taste is pretty good. It has a nice deep but sweet roasted malt base that is the basis for the slight hints of caramel, dark fruits, and a slight hoppy bitter taste at the end. It blends very well together and is a bit darker than most strong ales on the market which makes it a little easier to drink. It has a very smooth, fairly thick, and warming mouthfeel. The drinkability is pretty good for a strong ale as I didn't really detect the alcohol and I could have more than one of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 14:47:27 | More by erosier
Photo of wagenvolks


4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours out as brown & dark as the bottle from which it came. A light grey head quickly recedes to a thin ring and patch of microscopic bubbles. The aroma really left much to be desired, as it took a good 30+ seconds of deep inhalation to detect much of anything from Ubu. Finally, I got some notes of toffee, caramel, and hoppy fruit.

The flavor really saved this beer in my eyes. Rich, dark fruits (grape & plum), fig, resinous hops, caramel, and a light citrus note all combined to bring an amazing complexity to this beer's flavor profile. The bottle classified this beer as an "English Ale", but Ubu had an unmistakable hop flavor that left me quite satisfied. The body was well carbonated, medium in thickness, and packed an excellent, bitter hop finish that lingered just long enough. Overall, this was a very good, drinkable brew that I will definately look for in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 03:03:20 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of smcolw


3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Little head that dissipates to nearly nothing--no lace. Dark brown, but light shines through; cloudy.

Dark malts and some brown sugar sweetness. Enough hops to counterbalance.

It's like coffee with sugar and no cream. Good body and carbonation. This has the feel and taste of a sweet porter.

This is easy to drink and flawless. Good as a darker, but mild, alternative.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 01:39:29 | More by smcolw
Photo of Moxley

New York

2.42/5  rDev -34.2%
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 hyland24

New York

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 pilsner glass.

The beer poured a dark brown/amber that faded to a lighter brown at the bottom of the glass. There was an inch and a half tan foam head with medium sticky lacing throughout.

The beer had a hoppy smell that ended with a malty smoke finish.

The taste was slightly hoppy on the tip of the tongue than slowly changed to a nice nutty, malty flavor that finished with a bit of smoke.

The beer was light to medium bodied with good carbonation. A good nutty, malty, smokey combo definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 22:06:07 | More by hyland24
Photo of Dansting


3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured a cloudy dark amber color with a thick beige head. Plenty of lacing. Aroma is very nutty with a hint of fruit. Mouthfeel is a little too fizzy for what I like my strong ales to be. Flavor is ok. Mainly roasted malts, and more bitter than I'd expected. This was decent, but nothing I'd go out of my way to get.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 03:43:28 | More by Dansting
Photo of bboven


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

Big head that lasts a long time and stays for the whole beer. Leaves some good lacing.

Lots of low alpha hops in the aroma, but a good bit of malt as well. Very, very balanced.

The hops are a little strong for this style but as a whole, very tasty.

A little highly carbonated, but acceptable. Just drying enough with the hops.

Very good even if not exactly to style.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 01:31:00 | More by bboven
Photo of SirSaranac

New York

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer of this stuff... first time trying it.

A- 12 ouncer poured into a pint glass... Dark dark brownish red... 2 finger yellow/tan head.. VISIBLE sediment floats all around this brew.

S- Malt... chocolate... coffee? a slight floral hop aroma is present, but the scent is mostly malt.

T- Well this is a tasty brew. The hops hits the tongue first and then quickly shifts gears into the malt. The coffee/choc finish is nice, not burnt like a porter or stout. However, by the end of the glass the malt dominates perhaps too much, and the hops is lost altogether. I initially rated the taste a 4, but had to drop it down to a 3.5 by the end of the glass for this reason. Don't get me wrong, I finished off the 6pack...

M- Heavy body... almost the consistancy of a porter

D- For a strong ale, the alcohol content isnt really noticeable... at 7%abv its kind of subdued. For this reason it's highly drinkable, however the overpowering malt becomes a little redundant.

Overall? Good winter beer.... good with a bowl of soup.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 03:10:53 | More by SirSaranac
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After the head quickly dissolves into the beer, you notice a dark brown color. The smell isnt all that impressive, some may say "skunky". It basically smells like any other strong ale. The taste however stands all on its own. Surprisingly smooth for a beer that is 7% ABV and great flavour. Great for a cool evening or after a great outdoor experience. Afterall, it was brewed among the high peaks in the Adirondacks.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2007 17:29:17 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of IntriqKen


4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This doesn't taste anything like an American Strong ale to me...and that is not meant to be derogatory. It's just a very surprising brew for the style. More like a strong, nut brown ale.

Pours a very dark tea amber that is almost totally opaque with a very small off-white head that melts quickly to a very faint ring.

Aromas of sweet amber malts and nuttiness with a hint of alcohol.

Taste is a lot like a nut brown ale only more intense. Sweet dark toasted amber malts with definite nuts followed by a bit of citrus hop bite and then the alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick with only a bit of carbonation.

I'm afraid the 7% on this can come at you quickly without you having any idea that it was sitting in your lap the whole time.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 01:50:27 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in my first BIF and first beer I've tried from there. Pours very dark at top, lighter on the bottom, just a little lacing. Old ale smell complements the caramel and molasses. Not too strong but easy to drink for the style. Notes of chocolate and nuts, desirable in all areas.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 00:31:40 | More by Backer2004
Photo of Durge


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby root beer colored brew with a tannish head that settles to a fuzzy cover with pretty good lacing. Smells kind of astringent to me, like rubbing alcohol but there is a fair malt presence along with cereal/wheat. The taste is again kind of peppery and tangy with a very fine carbonation and a brown sugar background. There is some charcoal at the finish, as well. An unusual mix of sour and carmel qualities. Pretty easy drinking and on the refreshing side for such a dark ale. There's a little more wheat flavor noted near the end of the 12 ounces, a dry ending. I was torn between liking it a lot and dismissing it as slightly off on my taste buds. But I think it's pretty good and I look forward to finishing this six-pack to solidify my opinion!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 06:00:26 | More by Durge
Photo of djamieson

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As is the case with many great beer drinking experiences, this one came with a story. I read all sorts of wonderful things about Lake Placid Brewing while on my very recent vacation in Montreal visiting friends. I decided to stop at the new Plattsburgh, NY facility to pick up a growler or 2 as provisions for camping out that night in the Adirondacks. Obviously, as any experienced camper knows, you want the largest container for your beer as possible (less waste). Unfortunately, they had no more growlers stocked at the brewery. All they had was 6'ers. So I was forced to drink the UBU strait from the 12 ounce bottle. Still, I was not disappointed. The drinkability was outstanding with idea balance between malt and prominent, yet very yummy hops. I think the reason that this beer does not have a higher BA rating is because, stylistically, it does not fit in to the typical categories. What is an American Strong Ale any way? If you are in the area, all you hophead campers out there MUST pick this up. This beer should be considered the official elixir of the Adirondack experience. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 14:48:29 | More by djamieson
Photo of Freshie


4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Did not go and seek this one out, but rather, this one found me. While at a family reunion in Tupper Lake, NY (About an hour west of Lake Placid). My Aunt did the beer shopping, and thought, that "O, my nephew likes dark beer, I'll get him this" Little did she know that I very much would.

Poured a dark amber color.

Smelled of strong malt, and spiced hops.

The taste is real strong malt up front. Sweet with spiced hops coming afterwards. A real smooth brew, that went down surprisingly easy. 7.00% ABV is masked very well. in fact, I didn't even think it was strong ale. My guess was American Amber or Red. Maybe I'm just spoiled on Stone?

Very drinkable, and tasty to boot. Enjoying it in the beauty of the Adirondacks only added to the experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 21:43:02 | More by Freshie
Photo of lackenhauser


3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut brown in color. Sizeable head that receedes quickly. Malty, slightly phenolic aroma. Decent malty flavor upfront. Some bitterness. Has a touch of "sourness" to it-not bad but it is definately there. Nice sort of dryness in the finish. Good body overall. Definately drinkable brew. A few might be too many in one sitting. I would like to try it on draft for a comparison.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 23:39:22 | More by lackenhauser
UBU Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
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