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UBU Ale - Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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625 Ratings

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Ratings: 625
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 12
Gots: 47 | 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 NJpadreFan
3.56/5  rDev -3%
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 +4.9%
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 +5.7%
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 +16.6%
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 -16.6%
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 +17.2%
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 -3.8%
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 +25.3%
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 -1.1%
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.

Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got lucky with the Ubu.

Pours a nice dark auburn/amber with about an inch of head that clings nicely to the imperial pint presented in front of me.

Smells of sweet malt, brown sugar, slight hops and maybe a bit of caramel.

Tastes of roasty, toasty malt. Wow, the sweetness in this is so well done. The roasted malt flavor, the hop bitterness and caramel/brown sugar all go so well together.

I lucked out by ordering this off a relatively limted micro menu. Glad I did, Ubu is great!

Photo of SirChugsAlot
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

picked this up at a beer store in upstate NY

Lets start with the bottle... Thanks to Ubu the chocolate lab that inspired this beer. I dig the picture on the label too it's like "Take a seat in your favorite chair with man's best friend at your side and enjoy"

A - this one pours out a medium dark brown color with a finger of white head that quickly fades to what i like to call "Rim bubbles" but expands up the glass as you drink

s- smells very malty and hints of chocolate and hops

t- Taste is malty and sweet with chocolate molasses and just a touch of hops the 7% abv is well hidden

M- feels a bit thin to me. the carbonation is okay

d- It's pretty damn good as far as drinkability if i lived in upstate i'd possibly throw this on the "6 pack a week" list

Photo of yesyouam
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ubu is a cloudy red-brown with large particles in the bottom and an off-white head up top. The aroma here is sweet cookies, cereal, light flowers and pear. The carbonation feels pretty lively. There is a good balance between sweet, sour and bitter here. The finish is a little chalky.
(rated Feb 6, 2007)

Photo of mooseisloose
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A BOTMC that has been aging for a few months so lets see what we got....smells like some fuggles and tarty hops with some roasted malts and a hint of brown sugar or dark candies. Like a hopped up dubbel. Pours like a syrup into my trusty tulip, head is medium bubble. Color is deep translucent brown. Mouthfeel is smooth and heavy. Taste is very complex. Starts sweet with cocoa and tart bitterness, then gets sweeter like brown sugar and zestier hops with the carbonation released on the finish. The carbonation seems a little too high and detracts from the mouthfeel and masks the finish a bit. Otherwise this a very good HG brew with nice complex flavors.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Super deep copper color with minimal white head. Sort of bland looking for a strong ale.

S: Molasses and dark malt. Again sort of the generic smell.

T: A sort of pleasant mix of bitter and sweet. The only down side is this style should not really taste anything like either of those.

M: Medium body. Again like the rest kind of bland.

D: I love supporting Ny beers I just cannot recommend this one. If it's the only thing in the fridge go ahead. Otherwise try something else.

Photo of thain709
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a dark brown, but not quite very dark brown...if you know what I mean

S - There was really no aroma present for me, nothing I could pick up on at least...maybe a little sweetness coming through

T - Nice and malty up front...hops next...then a nice chocolate/coffee finish which I was not expecting

M - Coats the palate nicely...rich and creamy

D - Not much alcohol taste which makes this a nice smooth beer to be drinking

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Superstrong iced tea brown with autumn leaves highlights of bright orange and cranberry red. A thick slice of sandstone colored foam is a perfect color match for the beer on which it sits. You want beautiful lace? You got it. This is what a strong ale should look like.

The nose is okay, but it could be more forthcoming. The beer smells like a cross between a brown ale and a (mild) Scotch ale. Whatever hops were present at the time of bottling must have faded, and there's no trace of alcohol. Hopefully, warming will bring out a few hidden charms.

Ubu tastes better than it smells. Since English strong ale is something of a wide-ranging style, it easily fits within those guidelines. I'm now reminded of a combination porter and wee heavy. There's definitely some chocolate malt present and a substantial amount of dark fruitiness as well.

While the flavor profile doesn't give itself up willingly, it's beginning to do so as the beer warms. Dark brown sugar, cocoa powder, figs macerated in black coffee, pipe tobacco and English Breakfast tea leaves. This is impressively complex ale in the end.

Since the taste score is close to earning a promotion, without quite getting there, Ubu's drinkability score will get a bump. Besides, it is nicely drinkable. The mouthfeel is full enough without being too full. In other words, it's juuust right.

This English strong ale was named after a 'legendary' chocolate lab. While it falls short of the lofty standard known as legendary, it is damn good beer that I'd love to drink again. Man's best friend? Ubu. Man's second best friend? Ubu Ale.

Photo of vicg12
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite ale's. Ubu is a dark ale that has a rich really nice finish. Great out of a tap or in a bottle. The brewery is in my town so this beer is easy to find and on tap at most bars. It's a good beer to start the night off with, sitting there with friends enjoying an Ubu. there is even a nice story behind the beer, about a dog and such, I'm not going to spoit it for you read it yourself. Highly recomend, if you are in New York, look it up.

Photo of bobsy
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany body with a small creamy head. Aroma of cocoa and nuts. A fair bit of caramel joings the chocolate and nut in the flavour, and the sweetness is cut somewhat successfully by a decent hop finish. The alcohol is well concealed, so this is more drinkable than I would expect for a strong ale. Medium body and carbonation.

Photo of changeup45
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber colored, pouring a moderate tan head that seemed to fizzle down rather quickly. Aroma is slightly sweet and malty. Flavor is a mix of malts with some chocolate in there with mild hops in the background. Slightly bitter aftertaste. I guess this is their flagship beer but I liked their 49er IPA (or Pale Ale) a little bit more.

Photo of JRed
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a gem to find because I didn't actually trust the brewery at a glance but I came away satisfied. Nice dark color that reminds me of a dark brown ale. Great aroma of roasted nuts and chocolate malt; MMMmmmm. Aroma gives away the taste rather than disguises it. The palate is filled with chocolate malt, roasted nuts, and a hint of coffee. The 7% ABV is hid fairly well leaving a content drinker behind.

Photo of Greenlabel
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a fresh 6-pack in Saranac Lake, NY. Poured a very dark reddish brown with a creamy head. Somewhat of a caramel/coffee taste with lots of body as I guess would be expected of a 7% ABV product. Unlike their IPA, the hops in this product are barely noticeable. Seems reminiscent of a Porter to some extent.

Not quite what I was expecting but, overall, quite a decent product. Not what I'd look for in a session beer although it seems to be their flagship. On balance, I'd opt for the IPA as the best offering I've tasted from this brewer.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  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.

UBU Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 625 ratings.