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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 powellmg


3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 01:11:59 | More by powellmg
Photo of DarthKostrizer


3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 00:30:53 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of BronxBrewery

New York

2.25/5  rDev -39%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 19:41:07 | More by BronxBrewery
Photo of micromaniac129


4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 19:22:46 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of tone77


3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 14:04:28 | More by tone77
Photo of tvv375ia


3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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. :)

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 00:58:54 | More by tvv375ia
Photo of rapayn01


3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 22:05:33 | More by rapayn01
Photo of rsdaugherty


3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 21:35:24 | More by rsdaugherty
Photo of leschkie


3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
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).

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 23:13:19 | More by leschkie
Photo of rlee1390


3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had again at a recent Saranac/Lake Placid sampling and I decided to finally review it.

A-Brown with a tan head (to the point where I thought this was a brown ale)

S-A little bit of roasted malts but not much else.

T-A strong roasted malt and coffee flavors, nuts in there as well. Very similar in taste to a good brown ale IMO.

M-Medium bodied, creamy with slight carbonation.

O-I haven't had anything else from Lake Placid but this beer is decent and was worthy the retry.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 04:17:12 | More by rlee1390
Photo of Tschnab

New York

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This one pours a rich brown with a tan head that sticks the whole time, and leaves a lot of lace notches down my glass.

S- Really not picking up much here besides grain and maybe some malt, my buddy confirms this so I'm not crazy here.

T- Now this is more like it. Nutty, bitter chocolate, malty backbone, I pegged this as an imperial brown. Some esthery alcohol notes warm the throat.

O- Really nice beer from Lake Placid here, pleasantly surprised by this beer that I hadn't heard until about 20 seconds before I poured it into my glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 15:25:53 | More by Tschnab
Photo of PokerGod


3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Nonic glass.

Appearance- Dark, cola colored, beautiful two-fingered head which retains beautifully, leaving a lovely lacing on the glass too.

Smell- Hops, and something sweet underneath, something sweet, but dark like figs or dates. Intriguing.

Taste- Reminds me of a Scottish Ale. Initially taste of hops up front, but not like a Pale Ale at all. More roasted and coffee-like with a lingering aftertaste that isn't unpleasant.

Overall- a nice beer that I found enjoyable, by the end of the review I wish to note approval of the 7% ABV which took no time to warm me up. Also a pleasant surprise. Very decent, acceptable brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 00:44:15 | More by PokerGod
Photo of BrewCrew2010


3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with garnet highlights. Head is beige, long lasting, and leaves a light wall of lace.

S: Struggled to get a lot of the nose. A very simple aroma of sweet malts, dark fruits, toffee, and earthy hops.

T: Doesn't really remind me of a strong ale. Flavor has some rich malts including toffee and caramel notes, brown sugar, nuts, & some dark fruts. Earthy hops which gives it a nice bitter finish.

M: Mild carbonation; medium-full body; a creamy, almost buttery texture.

O: This one is easy for me to find here in NY and is reasonably priced- so it makes it a nice go to beer. Not my favorite version of the style however. If someone asked me if I would want one I would definitely take it- can drink 4-5 of these no problem.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 16:54:13 | More by BrewCrew2010
Photo of Thads324


3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : aggressive pour into a tupli yields a big tan head, thick and frothy. Color is dark brown with a hint of ruby edge.

S : smells of cleaning solution a bit. a little bit of booze and a hint of dried or candied fruit. a bit of sweet honey type malt and very little hop.

T : dark malt flavor up front with a slightly bittersweet chocolate back. A hint of coffee and a bit of slightly flavor, slightly bitter hops towards the back end of the brew. A bit of booze centralized, but nothing else really. The malt character is quite nice.

M : despite the big head after the pour, the carbonation is low and easy going. A full bodied brew with a bit of a wet finish, yet clean.

An interesting beer for sure. A big malt body with nice hop, but all the balance is towards the malty front. A good beer but not something I'd buy very often.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 17:19:28 | More by Thads324
Photo of ColdPoncho


3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep brown with ruby on the edges, and a huge frothy tan head. Very good look.

S - dark fruits, caramel and toffee malts. Not too exciting, but nice.

T - Nice big malty body with some fruity sweet and tart undertones. chocolate comes through a bit. Not too bad.

M - pretty light, somewhat smooth, a medium body.

O (D) - interesting, pretty good. Malt forward.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 20:40:35 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of AnPiobaire

New York

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this UBU Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a nice rich dark brown with khaki colored head that remained and had some nice lacing.

The nose is rich and malty. Pretty straight forward and not overly complex but rich, simple, and elegant.

The taste is initially malty with a subtle sweetness that lingers until a very subtle crisp finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice crisp finish.

Overall this is a very nice and enjoyable beer that is very easy to drink. I would certainly not hesitate picking it up the next time you see it. Enjoy!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 20:57:21 | More by AnPiobaire
Photo of russpowell


3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this from mjtierman, Cheers Matt!

Pours chestnut with 2+ fingers of mocha colored head. Good head retention & decent lacing

S: Dark fruit & leafy hops & boozy figs once warm

T: Faint caramel, leafy hops, & some metallic notes up front. Tobacco notes, a bit of plum & faint cherries. Finishes some what watery, with leafy hop notes & a whisper of figs& a touch of booze

MF: Medium bodied with fairly assertive carbonation, starts to thin out as this warms.

Maybe this past its prime, either way this failed to excite me

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 03:21:28 | More by russpowell
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up based on a friend's window sticker. I know that is a great measure to purchase beer by.

After picking up a 6-pack, I asked my friend about it. He asked where I got it.

On the pour, I had a decent amount of aroma. I picked up malts, hoppiness, and some nuttiness.

The taste came through like a stronger brown. The nuttiness was stronger, and hops balanced out well. This was easy to drink, and so I had another.

I paired this with open pit barbeque, and it matched very well.

I match my friends sentiments. This is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 23:43:44 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of Swedes21

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 00:39:44 | More by Swedes21
Photo of devinoconnor

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 16:43:37 | More by devinoconnor
Photo of Whitley


5/5  rDev +35.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 00:03:51 | More by Whitley
Photo of sweetwaterman

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 19:03:20 | More by sweetwaterman
Photo of curasowa

New York

2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 22:07:16 | More by curasowa
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 18:18:56 | More by spinrsx
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 12:22:39 | More by KTCamm
UBU Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
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