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UBU Ale | Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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84
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302 Reviews
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
302
Ratings:
734
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
19.41%
 
 
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UBU AleUBU Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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

Added by sponberg on 10-20-2002

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Photo of Phelps
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.7/5  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.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | 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!!!

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Thunderchief
5/5  rDev +34.8%
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...

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Photo of Redrover
3.65/5  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.

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Photo of bs870621345
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.55/5  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.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of mchalups
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of atr2605
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of powellmg
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fairly clear, reddish-brown beer with a rocky, long-lasting, off-white head. Subtle hops aroma with malt and chocolate. Smooth, rich, roasted taste. Nicely balanced, not tilted toward malt or hops. Great mouthfeel.

Overall, very enjoyable. The big range of scores here seems to indicate it isn't consistent, though. Too bad.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark brown with light brown rings around the bottom and top. 1/2 inch mocha colored head with ok retentino

Smell: The scent is a tad bit muted with notes of milk chocolate coffee and some floral hops. It is however a decent aroma for being muted

Taste: Starts of with a lot of chocolate malt and finishes with a nice roastyness and some coffee notes. The flavors are there but not overpowering and could be better

Mouthfeel: Is a bit thinner than medium and low carbonation and just a bit sticky

Overall: A decent little brew definitely worth a try

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Photo of BronxBrewery
2.29/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very nice dark brown, rich, creamy brown head...long-lasting with delicate lacing. Very beautiful in the glass. Aroma is sweet, caramel with hints of dark chocolate. Then things begin to go poorly...the beer's taste is malty yet overwhelmingly dominated by roasty and strange molasses flavors that don't mesh well. Overcarbonated, with a sharp, stinging carbonation.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brownish with ruby hig lights. It has a tall dense head leaving fine sticky lacing.
Well carbonated too.

Aroma is strong of rich malts and some molasses.
There is also a toffee sweetness too.

Taste is of complex malts with good character.
Some roasted malts come through as well as wood and leather and a finish similar to licorise.

This beer has a medium feel with a bitter and slight alcohol warming.

I was pleasently surprized with this beer. I was expecting something like an amber ale, but this style took me back a bit.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by malts, a touch of yeast. Taste is malts up front, some hops, just a touch of alcohol. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had one of these left in my fridge so idecided I needed to review it. Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-nice dark chestnut brown with just a hint of red about a 2 finger head that leaves pretty good lacing as it fades away

S-Not too much here other than some roasted maltiness

T-good malt flavors with some nutty backing that covers the 7.0% alcohol very well finish with a hint of smoke

M-good carbonation

O-pretty good if they had this beer around here it would probably be a regular in my fridge but since they don't I must continue my search and keep trying other beers. :)

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Photo of rapayn01
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fairly dark ale, perhaps best described as reddish-brown. The flavor is malty, though this hop-lover found the nutty taste quite palatable -- and somewhat sweet. I would not say it tastes of chocolate, but it perhaps hints of it. The hops do arrive by the end and I very much appreciated that balance. It is an interesting American version of an English Strong Ale and worth a taste. The alcohol content is robust (7.0%), so the beer has a kick.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass
A – Light brown 1 finger head left lacing all around, dark brown brew I believe is a bit hazy but it is dark enough I’m not sure 4
S – Ripe fruits, malt & yeast - all very mild scents 3
T – Musty, earthy, slightly smoky & nutty with lots of roasted malts and semisweet chocolate notes. Even with all that malt, the hop presence is surprisingly robust also. A lot here and in good balance, but unsure this is to my personal liking. 3.5
M – Medium to heavy body is a thicker drinking brew with low carbonation. 3.5
O – Alcohol very well hidden. Personally, I’d call this a Porter with a high ABV. A good beer, which I enjoyed more on the second sitting 4.0

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Photo of leschkie
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Obtained in a "mystery box" trade with chairmissing. Thanks for the goodie, Brandon!

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a gingerbread brown with a thick and frothy ecru-colored head that demonstrated respectable retention. Any signs of lacing was MIA.

Smell: Oooh, if this thing tastes as good as it smells, then i'm in for a real treat. Sweet caramel malt, bready (specifically gingerbread), and rum-soaked dark fruits. The scent reminds me of a Belgian quad. I wonder why it's rAvg is under 4.0?

Taste: Oh, that's why. Very, very watered-down. My taste buds are really searching for that flavor detected in the aroma, but they're being left out to dry here. Maybe, just maybe, some subtle hints of the malt and fruits if I really try to focus on it...and that's a stretch.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and slightly overcarbinated. Expecting something thicker, chewy, and sticky. Damn.

Overall: This type of strong ale reminds me of a smooth summer time drink that one turns to when they're feeling extremely dehydrated. I'm sorry, but I like my strong ales to be, well, strong (not in the ABV category, but according to my smell and taste receptors).

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UBU Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
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