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UBU Ale - Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 13
Gots: 58 | 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:
Beer added by: sponberg on 10-20-2002

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
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Photo of Darkhorse09
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at The Parting Glass, in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Appearance: Nice big head, Light brown and lasts throughout the pint. Color is a dark brown/red. Good looking beer.

Nose: Obvious malt, with some caramel and a touch of chocolate. Very full aroma, asking you to taste it.

Palate: Full bodied, which is expected for the style. Tastes of dark brown toasted malt, with very subdued hop bitterness to balance it a little. Some caramel, but less than the nose indicates. Bitter aftertaste. Carbonation is low, sits well in the mouth. Drinkable, hides the alcohol very well. Just a touch too much malt in the balance to make this a real quality strong ale. Really enjoyed it though.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red, almost black color... nice head to it which stays consistent all the way down to the end, good amount of lacing as well. First impression of this one is that it's very smooth and well balanced, Definitely hides its 7% ABV well and is very drinkable. Style is a bit of a misnomer, as this beer is aiming to be a British style and tastes like it, but I guess there isn't a British Strong Ale category. Taste wise you get some dark fruit kind of tastes in there (maybe some fig/raisin) but other than that tastes like a British pale ale to me. Nothing too extreme here but is a nice smooth brew with some subtle taste.. not too bad.

Photo of albern
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a tad disappointing. It looks good, it smells better, but the taste is sub par. The beer pours a nice mahogany brown with a nice creamy and thick tan head that retains and laces in billows on the edge of the glass. The nose on the beer is very good. I'm getting nice deep caramels, nice roasted chocolate notes, some nice deep toffee flavors too.

Then we get to the taste and we have a too watery, too bland, roasted, slightly charred, overly musty, slightly biting beer that doesn't go anywhere. The finish is musty as well, a bit too lingering with the charred brown sugar flavors. The beer has a burnt toffee flavor, some overwrought roasted cherry notes. The taste isn't too good.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this on the shelf at Perfect Pour and, after reading the description on the bottle, opted to pick up the 6'er and carry it out. Pleasantly surprised. Nice dark brown color, almost cola-like. Initial hint of dark roasted malt in the nose, with a rich malt flavor, a decent hop bitterness and an almost smoky stout-like aftertaste. Nicely balanced and genuinely good tasting. Well worth trying.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottles courtesy of Chris, aka The Big Sneeze. :)

Poured into this year's Ommegang anniversary glass. Big head. Tan, marshmallow-y, & slow to recede. It really lingers. Body is a dark ruby brown.

Smell is light on caramel & creamer. Touch of chocolate. A full showing of earthy & mildly rindy hops follow right behind.

Taste is an earthy brown with light citrus & floral notes. Toasty & minerally. The hops pepper more then add straight bitters to the beer. Big earthy soil character, with just enough caramel. Barely a rindy linger.

Carbonation is small & sturdy. Feel is dirty, but smooth alcohol & a decent balance make it work. :)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, but clear ruby with a thick, creamy, sticky head of foam. Nose is caramel, coffee, and light floral notes. Lots of dark sugars, some burnt grain and cocoa backed up by a hefty dose of bitter hops. There's some fruitiness that mingles with the roasty flavours and a bit of acidity, but this beer is mostly about the roastiness. Moderate body is has a good carbonation level, and is fairly drinkable although the hopping is a bit one dimensional.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a medium chestnut brown with a ruby hue. Medium tan head maintains. Nice lacing around the glass.

Malty sweet and bready aroma with mild cocoa and toasted malt notes.

Mildly sweet, toasted malty flavor upfront with a hint of cocoa. Faint hint of hops and mild bitterness midway through. Finishes slightly sweet and toasty as it started with a slight lingering bitter aftertaste.

Medium-full body, medium carbonation.

Mis-categorized, as the label clearly states it's an English-syle ale and that's exactly how it tastes. Overall a nice brew, but not quite sessionable as the ABV is evident. Even still, I could easily enjoy more than one in a sitting.

Sit, Ubu, sit...

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly opaque deep chestnut brown with a thin tan head. Spotty lacing at best.
Aroma of heavy malts and dark fruits with a bit of coffee and noticeable alcohol.
Flavor is way to the malty side with a little citrus rind hops. Burnt molasses and roasted coffee flavor in the middle that goes bitter at the end due to the assertive alcohol.
Mouthfeel is full and even with good carbonation levels.
Overall it's a pretty interesting and tasty beer, though I think the alcohol content is a touch harsh and overdone.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark crimson red with a 1 finger smooth and frothy khaki colored head. Visible effervesce was strong with a showering display raining upward. Head retention was good, lasting for 3+ minutes before succumbing to a fizzy whipped covering.

S: dark dried caramel being the most dominant. Sweet ripe dark fruit of plums were also well noted along with some rich creamy warm chocolate.

T: The flavor starts off bitter with a dark dried caramel presence, thought the flavor and taste seemed to thin off at the end. Spicy alcohol, warm cider notes, along with dark fruit (plums, and prunes) also accent the flavor here. The alcohol is very noticeable, spicy and warm, perhaps to much so overshadowing the flavor of the beer. A touch of fresh watery black coffee appears on the finis along with some dried caramel coated raisins. Overall found the flavor to start off malty and bitter, only to thin out substance wise and become outshined by the spicy alcohol nature. Not bad, but perhaps a bit unbalanced.

M: light, almost thin at times but smooth and creamy. Some warming from the alcohol is also felt and detected.

D: Malty at the start, and boozy at times may limit and hinder consumption and multiples. Not a bad beer overall, just not session material and perhaps a bit unbalanced. Warming, boozy, and malty and perhaps more suited as a winter warmer.

Photo of blazin5050
2.62/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz into a tulip, showed very nice head retention. I would call it a deep red with a foamy cream color head.

Not much on the nose, a little jammy with hints of dried tree fruits. Other than that maybe a possible woody earthiness? Maybe it was possible, I couldn't smell anything in this!

Light on the malt from what I was expecting but there is a bit of toasted chocolaty roasted flavor going on a bit of woodiness on the palate, but finishes with a cloying hop presence that left me with nothing else to detect. It's kind of like a brown ale.

Not too thick not too thin, from the flavors coming as subtely as they were and then kind of vanishing I'd say this was a good mouth feel if something's going to balance out.

Not a bad beer, but far from good. I'd never buy it again. I'm ashamed of spending $10 on a 6 pack for it.

Photo of strengthdoc
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured into the glass to reveal a very dark amber almost brown color. The aroma was sweet and mildly of roasted malt. The mouthfeel was about medium. The taste was mild-medium in terms of sweetness with a slight roastiness. This is a nice ale, but a bit too sweet for my taste.

Photo of NorCalYeti
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

taste- hints of chocolate and hops

color- reddish-brown

smell- mellow, malt-hop

body- medium weight

overall impression- well-balanced

notes and comments- rich maltiness with a good hop balance. interesting interpretation of an english ale. this beer was brewed in tribute to a choclate lab named "ubu" from the mountain village of lake placid.

Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut colored with ruby highlights and a low off-white head that doesn't rise up much and clears quickly.

Low aroma of toasty malt.

Flavor of roasted malt, slightly leathery and smokey, hints of earth and stone, good balance with bitterness but not hoppy. Hints of toffee and marshmallow. Very tasty.

Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

Good beer, very drinkable.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty dark brown with a dense tan head. Nose is spicy malts with a sweet tone. Flavor is a bit tangy and heavy on malts as well. A touch of perfume floral tone as well. Feel is smooth on liquid and carbonation. Nothing really interesting going on here. All malts basically, and whereas it isn't a bad beer, I just don't really find it that interesting at all.

What does Ubu mean anyways?

Photo of nrbw23
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear dark reddish brown, almost no head, more like a ring of bubbles. No lacing on this one.

S- Smells of brown sugar, roasted malts and a touch of spices.

T- Taste is pretty sweet the brown sugar nicely balanced with some light bitterness.

M- Medium in body and little low on the carbonation.

D- Nothing special here. I don't think I'd run out and buy bunch of these put then again probably wouldn't turn 'em away.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Widmer pint glass.

A: Poured a very dark, cherry brown color with a thick, two-finger head of off-white foam. Retention was decent and carbonation seemed lively.

S: Smells fruity and slightly smoked, with a coal and wood undertone to the dark berries.

T: Strikingly well-balanced for a strong ale, with a good deal of sweet roasted caramel malts, cherry and fig fruit flavors, as well as an herbal hop finish which leaves a bit of that wood and smoke in your mouth. A slight, malted nuttiness can be detected; was this originally an English brown ale?

M: Mouthfeel, again, surprisingly light for a strong ale, but still medium-full bodied with effervesence and light sticking.

D: At 7%, you'll want to be careful when sessioning the Ubu because it'll run up on ya'. However, it's probably one of the best "light bodied heavy beers" I've had ... if that makes sense.

Like the Ubu itself, this brew is dark, mysterious and a mutt, of sorts. Doesn't really fit any particular style, but it is a pretty good beer nonetheless.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lake Placid- Ubu Ale

A- Deep dark brown with a thick frothy messy lacing head.
S- Molasses, chocolate malt, pine hops.
T- Big strong molasses and chocolate malt with hints of charred oak, prune, and earthy pine bark hops.
M- Thick and malty with alcohol poking up here and there. Thick sweet body and finish. Slightly dry in the end.

Overall- A bit subdoed but the flavors are there and its easy to drink. Another good offering from Lake Placid!

Photo of mhatters
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an English pint glass from a 21oz bottle

Pours a very dark, english oak brown with ruby tints. A very thin off-white head that reduces quickly to a thin top.

Lots of malt in the nose, with a hint of black strap molasses.

Nice roasted malt flavors, a bit sugary, a slight note of plum in the back.

Finishes dry, feels really nice when drinking

Good drinkability - I can hit these all day, in all weather.

Photo of iNHaze
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Max's, into a pint glass.

Poured a beautiful dark red/orange with excellent clarity and a light head. Awesome lace rings all the way down the glass.

Smell is slightly malty, not sweet just slightly bready/grainy, with some nice floralness from the hops.

Slightly bitter at first, picking up a nice bit of floral hoppiness. Then a malty sweetness incorporates itself, which struck me as odd. The bitterness of the hops with the sweetness of the malt in juxtaposition made me think of dish soap for some reason, or at least the way I'd imagine dish soap to taste. This isn't an unpleasant flavor, just unusual, and needless to say, unexpected. This fades off to a caramel, and slightly coffee-like, aftertaste which, while not necessarily overly sweet, does linger a tad bit too long for my taste.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thick side, and this beer poured a bit still really, which I feel made it a bit harsh. More carbonation would be welcome.

Drinkability is moderate. The flavors run from common to unusual, and they make this an interesting beer to drink. With more carbonation I might find this a bit more to my liking, but, again, interesting brew.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another brew traded to me by Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

This pours a clear reddish brown with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is nice and malty with a good dark fruit presence. Maybe a touch of chocolate.

The taste is of dark fruits, roasted malt and light caramel malt sweetness, and a nice taste of hops which give it a nice citrus kick bitterness that dominates after about mid palate. There's some warming after the swallow so it drinks "stronger" than the abv would say. I'm really digging the dark fruit flavours and the roasty flavours as well further into the session. Very tasty.

This is close to being full bodied and the carbonation is just under medium.

Drinkability? No probs drinking this bottle as the flavours keep pouring it on with every sip making it a real joy to drink. My first sample from Lake Placid and colour me impressed! Oh and great head retention and super good lacing!

Photo of Gmann
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby brown color with a moderate head that left some lacing on the side of the glass. Not much on the aroma; very very light toasted malt aroma and very very light hop. The taste has a sour metallic twang, lemon rind, not much of a malt presence despite the appearance. A touch nutty/woody, not much hop flavor or bitterness. The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation, definitely has a sour twang thing going on. Not sure of the strong ale label, though I know it is a bit of a catch all category. Needs more body and hop presence. Not all that impressed.

Photo of caminiti
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very drinkable beer that masks the 7%, had on tap at BEFFs.
Poured a dark brown, smelled a bit sweet with hops, tasted a little sweet as well, with a touch of hops but not too much of any flavor. Ive had it in a bottle before and thought it was very good but it is better on tap

Photo of BeerTruth
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap at Blue Tusk this past weekend for the first time in a while and I loved it, so I decided to pick up a sixer at Brilbeck's.

12 oz. bottle poured into the special Sam Adams glass.

Pours a semi-cloudy mahogany with a light brown finger and a half finger head that takes a good five minutes to die down to a frothy layer of foam that lasts throughout. A good dose of chunky lacing is left clinging to the sides of the glass. Smell is earthy, malty, and nutty. Brown sugars and toasted chocolate malts as well. Unfortunately the nose overall is pretty weak, you really need to dig down into the glass to get a good whiff. Taste starts off with some caramel malts and roasted grains. Midway an unfortunate minor metallic flavor emerges with some dirty hops as well. Aftertaste consists of cocoa powder, rye bread, and molasses. I definitely recall the flavors being more rich and chocolatey on tap, shucks. Medium body with a surprisingly soft feel in the mouth, carbonation is a tad high though. The 7% abv is hidden pretty well, but the bottled version is nowhere near the deliciousness of Ubu on tap.

Photo of hsway
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I think this is a great beer, and I was lucky enough to have it on tap at the Lake Placid Brewery itself. It's great in a bottle, too, but unfortunately not distributed very widely.

It's a nice dark brown/amber with a slight tinge of snow-white head. The smell is a bit woody, and the taste has a hint of chocolate and hazlenut. It may be a bit on the thin side, but that contributes to its drinkability - despite a relatively high ABV, it's easy to drink a few.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Off their taps at the brewpub this English Strong Ale (45 IBU, 37 SRM, 7% ABV) was a deep copper color. The one-finger of sandpaper-colored head displayed good retention and consistent lacing. The aroma was of toasted and roasted malt, nuts and a touch of sweetness. The flavors were rich, dry and alcoholic. I tasted toffee first before it went dry with toasted nuts, toasted malt and a nice bitterness at the end. The toasted malt notes were so dry it reminded me of a baked pretzel! These notes also nicely balanced the brown sugar and caramel malt flavors that became more apparent as it warmed. The mouthfeel was a little oily and tongue coating, the body medium to full and the carbonation average.

UBU Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
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