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UBU Ale - Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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574 Ratings

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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 12
Gots: 26 | 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 ppoitras


3.9/5  rDev +6%

Enjoyed on-tap at the brewpub. Presented in a 1/2 pint pilsnerish-shaped glass.

1/2" beige head over the deeply brown brew. Plentiful lacing. Aroma was lightly of tart but sweet palt malts. Taste was well-balanced, with a clean close, with nary a slight of all that abv. Mouthfeel and drinkability were both great. This is a brew for all seasons.

07-09-2006 13:42:56 | More by ppoitras
Photo of Westsidethreat


3.68/5  rDev 0%

A: Interesting color. Dark brownish red, clean and filtered. Light khaki head gently sits on the body of the beer.

S: Sweet malts, touch of roasted caramel, hint of cherry and hops.

T: Fruity caramel sweetness. Dry black strap molasses thoughts...must be the bittering hops giving it the dryness. Minor nutty flavors, roasted chestnuts. Finishes a bit sweet like a brown.

M: Medium bodied but the carbonation makes it a bit fizzy.

D: English strong ale? Hardly. Doesn't have that limestone twang. This is a strong brown ale.

06-16-2006 04:28:22 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of tgbljb


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured a very dark copper color with modest slightly off-white head. Smell is mainly of roasted malt with no hop presence notade. Taste is totally malty, and very pleasant, with nice dark fruit dominating. Large creamy mouthfeel with a strong malt ending. Very drinkable with no alcohol taste to be found.

06-14-2006 17:58:33 | More by tgbljb
Photo of WanderingFool


3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

Sit Ubu sit. Good beer. Sorry, I couldn't resist!

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a medium bodied off white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the edges leaving a few spots of lace behind on the side of the glass. A light aroma of caramel malt, raisins and clove floats above the beer.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer has a nice firm carbonated tingle on the palate. The flavor is mainly roasted and caramel malt. Notes of raisin and nuts are blended in. It finishes with a mild hoppy bitterness that helps balance out all the malt. Once gone some caramel malt and a hint of hops remain behind.

This beer is rather well balanced for such a malty beer. The flavor and aroma really come out as the beer warms.

06-08-2006 22:41:46 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +6%

It came to me a ruddy brown, flashing garnet in lighter spots, and a bit cloudy. A finger or so of light tan head dwindled rapidly to spits of wispy foam. Lacing glided along the inside of the glass.

The aroma brought an earthy malt sweetness to bear, along with a distant dark sloe fruit note and a hint of hops spice, but it was a bit thinner than the style might indicate.

Upon sipping, a roasted malt sweetness washed through, carrying as well notes of cherry, plum, and caramel. A slight buttery bit came through in the middle, with a flash of alcohol and some rounded hops spiciness also present. The finish was some residual char of malt and a bitterness of hops, lingering some time. While seemingly a bit rushed, it still delivered a pleasant bang for the buck, so to speak.

Somewhat short of medium bodied, the hops felt a tad oily, a good thing, and the malt was dense enough to lay on the palate sweetly for a spell.

Well, sometimes you don't expect too much, but just enough, and that's what you get. That's the case here. There's nothing memorable or fascinating, but it's very enjoyable as you're drinking it. The ABV is big enough to be felt, but it's presence in the flavor is merely fleeting, so that works toward having more than one. While it would never be the first beer to spring to mind when making recommendations, its nonetheless a fun beer that has reason to be the pride of a brewery.

05-31-2006 16:36:53 | More by Foxman
Photo of number1bum


4.2/5  rDev +14.1%

Pours a dark brown that held up to the light is actually a deep burgundy. What head there is disappears quickly. Smell is sweet and malty, with a hint of nuttiness and maybe a bit of chocolate. A burst of hops hits you on first sip, but semi-sweet malty flavors take over from there. Fairly heavy and a bit buttery, it's actually quite balanced and smooth. Very tasty, in fact, and easy to drink.

05-23-2006 01:10:23 | More by number1bum
Photo of tempest


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

On-tap at Kitty Hoynes

Nice dark brown with a short head and some lacing. Aroma is a mixture of pale and chocolate malts. Taste is mellow with subtle dark fruit flavors and chocolate. Doesnt feel like a 7% beer, very drinkable. I dont know where the 'strong ale' distinction comes from. I've always considered this to be a pretty nice brown ale thats a little on the strong side. A pretty good beer, easy to find at the bars I frequent in Syracuse.

05-09-2006 04:44:04 | More by tempest
Photo of Beersignal

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

A rich garnet chased by tones of chocolat reveals itself as the brew hits the glass and produces a minimalist blanket of cream coloured foam. A bit of lacing clings to the glass. Despite being unfiltered and containing a hearty deposit the pour was surprisingly limpid allowing the full richness of the colours to be on display.

The aromas are somewhat subdued and revolve mainly around a damp maltiness with some toasted notes that conceal hints of peat and hops. Simply without the complexity that I looked forward to but not without its charm.

Flavours are more punchy than the aromas and flood in on a firmly textured brew. A solid dose of malt parks itself up front and sees successive waves of cocoa and nutmeg parade by gently before a soft bitterness made up of some resin, alcohol, and roastedness clips the finish, leaving behind only hints of molasses.

Very drinkable for a strong ale. A hearty and full flavoured beer that can accompany those equally hearty dishes of winter without breaking stride, or stand by itself as a solid cap to a short session.


04-12-2006 00:52:49 | More by Beersignal
Photo of SixpointJMH

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

I was a bit surprised to find out that this was the flagship beer for Lake Placid, as it's not really a style I'd expect out of a flagship brew, but I can see now how it's been popular for them.

Apperance is a nice, somewhat murky ruby colour with a medium sized (but fast dissolving) head that sits atop the liquid.

The aroma is a touch malty but primarily sweet, with a dark fruit feel to it (cherries, perhaps?). There might be some nut notes as well.

The flavour starts out a touch hoppy then moves right into a malt/fruit blend that lasts for the remainder of the sip. There are hints of some spices and a bit of alcohol at the finish that blend in nicely. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a touch oily, as was the case with the only other Lake Placid beer that I've sampled.

This was a nice example of the style. It's easy drinking and has some nice flavour to it.

03-30-2006 05:05:41 | More by SixpointJMH
Photo of adowney523


4/5  rDev +8.7%

Appearance is dark brown with a thin head.

Smell is dominated by the dark malt.

I often enjoy this brew at my college pub. It has a good balance of dark malt flavor and hop bitterness. The higher ABV is hard to detect.

I like this beer a lot, and can easily put back a few in a night.

03-02-2006 04:07:42 | More by adowney523
Photo of mabirch


2.95/5  rDev -19.8%

The head is small and dissapates quickly, leaving almost no lacing.

Color is a nice deep reddish brown and the nose is malty.

The taste again is of malts with the perfect hoppiness to accompany the finish. Decent mouthfeel, nothing special.

Very drinkable in my opinion, not too heavy or too light. Its great in the winter and would be a nice switch from the usual light summer ales, although I probably couldn't drink more than 1 in the warm weather.

01-20-2006 18:43:51 | More by mabirch
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

12 ouncer sampled, pours dark amber with a moderate tan head, nose is a nice malty sniff, this is a malty brew, notes of caramel, smoky light toffee notes. Pleasantly balanced and packing a well hidden 7%. Took me awhile to get around to this Ubiquitous brew, but I'm really impressed, tasty stuff. Warming malty finish, long lasting, smooth and satisfying, Nice strong ale. Fine winter quafer.

12-29-2005 17:11:51 | More by Billolick
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%

Decent brew, some hops and yeast in aroma. Some bitterness and roastiness and nuttiness. So complexity and higher alcohol is assimilated. Amber colour. Medium mouthfeel. Will try again in bottle.Not for everyone because of bitterness on tongue, but I could have a few pints..

10-31-2005 03:55:21 | More by Sammy
Photo of LucaBrasi

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Appears a deep brown not totally opaque, some light is still allowed through. The head is minor and tan.
Smell is light and malty I couldn’t pick much else up.
Taste is burnt and malty on the lighter side with a slight bite from hops.
Mouthfeel is crisp with a nice tingle from the carbonation, finishes smooth.
Drinkablity is good; the 7% is not detectable. This could lead to problems.

10-06-2005 02:49:20 | More by LucaBrasi
Photo of semihobo


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours with a compact tan head, color is a very very dark, somewhat woodlike. Almost no bubbling, I can barely see through even though it is clear due to the dark color. Solid.

Burnt, chocolatey malt on the nose. Complemented well by hops ... a well-rounded smell.

Full flavored, blackened caramel malts in front with a big hop addition. A little bit of peat, nuttiness, and some dairy milkiness to it. A touch of alcohol. Extremely well-balanced, there's nothing groundbreaking, just large-but-reasonable doses of malt and hops. Everything is subdued. Very U.K. Reminds me of a tame winter warmer...

Exceptional mouthfeel, creamy and rich with a nice hop oil finish.

Maybe a little on the heavy side to drink all the time, but serving cold makes it more drinkable by controlling the flavor. Well-rounded... yum.

09-29-2005 22:01:37 | More by semihobo
Photo of BrewMan13

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours out a fairly dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is nothing all that interesting...taste is more like a robust English brown ale of sorts more than an American strong ale (even says its english style on the bottle). Taste is mostly malty with a slightly burnt finish, almost a porter-like finish. Though its malty, its not sweet. Not heavy on the palate, easy to drink a few (which I've done before). Like I said, this screams English brown ale to me. And while nothing is all that special about it, I do really dig it.

09-28-2005 03:03:17 | More by BrewMan13
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -34.2%

Bottle: Poured a medium black color ale with a nice foamy off-white head with standard retention. Aroma of roasted malt is kind of weak and I could not find anything else really. Taste is also a bit thin with some roasted malt and not much else going on. As mentioned, body is thin and carbonation is low I’ve had much better beer form that style to truly care about that one.

08-22-2005 14:57:05 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

Served at just under fridge temperature in a pint glass. Thanks to Ego for turning me on to this one at a BBQ.

Appearance- Deep amber/garnet with a 1" creamy white head. Sporadic lacing down the glass as we drink on.

Smell- Toasted malts with a schwarzbier-type burnt note. Alcohol is mildly detectable, but does not detract. As we proceed, a fruitiness becomes clear, and all of the elements are in remarkable balance.

Taste- Rich, intense toasted malt balanced with an inkling of floral hops. The bitterness at the back and sides of the tongue is well presented, and the finish is smooth.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Rolling in the mouth, and very drinkable. At 7%, you'll want to be careful this one doesn't sneak up too fast on you. Good job Lake Placid, I look forward to trying your other brews.

08-08-2005 23:26:58 | More by yelterdow
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%

Pours out dark mahogany brown with a very breif oatmeal colored head that quickly settles sans lace.

Aroma is a little subtle at first, but opens up as the beer warms, revealing dark chocolate roasted malts, molasses, dark caramel, berries, and floral hops.

The flavor is like a cross between a brown ale, a strong ale, and an English barleywine. It displays nice chocolate and coffee tones, creamy caramel and toffee malts, dark fruits, and a pleasantly mold hop finish. No sign of the 7% ABV, very smooth.

Body is solid medium with moderate carbonation and a creamy smooth mouthfeel. I would certainly enjoy this one again if geography permits.

Thanks dmeadows for the trade!

07-31-2005 19:22:39 | More by AlexJ
Photo of JackStraw22


3.4/5  rDev -7.6%

Slightly opaque dark amber body with a moderate white head. A little of the head stuck around for a good while. Strong malty nose, a little bit of hops and the alcohol comes through some. Ok, but not a memerable aroma. Alcohol really pops through at the begining of the sip, and there's a strong hop bite at the end. It's quite malty too. Great mouthfeel, very smooth, perfect CO2. A good solid beer. Certainly worth a try, especially if you find it on tap.

07-01-2005 21:56:30 | More by JackStraw22
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3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

Unsure of the age at tasting but I know that this was not relly fresh but that can be a benefit in this style. Pours a deep red almost brown color. Has a smallish head and very light carbonation. Nose is nice and big with chocolate, similiar to a brown ale. Hops come out in the flavor and the malt takes a backseat to them. But not way out of balance. Finish is big with hoppy dryness.

06-18-2005 17:02:48 | More by jimbotrost
Photo of beernbbq


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

A bottle I have saved since March 2003. This beer is nothing spectacular to look at but the taste is still wonderful and it goes down easy considering the 7% alcohol. Taste is roasted malts with hint of chocolate that finishes nice and dry. This was never an over the top hoppy ale but the finish is dry and given the situation another one would be in order. Wish I had saved another one. Oh well, time to get some more.

06-01-2005 10:51:28 | More by beernbbq
Photo of Bighuge


4/5  rDev +8.7%

Murky looking russet brown. Thin dirty white head. Lacing is moderate. Nice little caramel and toffee based maltiness on the nose with a splash of cascades coming through nicely. The caramel malts form a decent base. English style toffee enters the picture. Hops are not overdone and add a nice grapefruit tone to it all. Nice drying effect after the swallow. This beer is quite dry. Cedar dry. Good though. Body hovers around medium. Mouthfeel is a little chalky, but nice. Definitely an enjoyable brew from the land of miracles.

03-03-2005 04:10:42 | More by Bighuge
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

Hmm this is nice. It pours a dark brown/reddish color with an inch tall fizzly head. Smells sorta fruity. Not sure really how to describe this. I tasted some caramel flavor but besdies that I dunno. But it is good whatever it is. It is fairly drinkable too. I would never had guessed it was a 7% abv.

02-02-2005 02:17:19 | More by kbnooshay
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3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

Sampled on 1/12/05 from a 12 oz bottle courtesy of slander. Appears a very dark reddish brown with and inch high tan foamy head. The lacing was pretty good as was the head retention. Aroma is a bit fruity and malts sweet. Notes bitter earthy hops are lurking in the background. Caramel malt and a slight bitter earth tone hops. A bit mild overall in the flavor and aroma but pleasant. There are notes of fruit and a bit of smoke in the taste as well. Mouthfeel was about medium, a bit lighter than expected. Pretty good drinkability overall. An interesting example of the style that seems like its just a bit to mild for its own good.

01-20-2005 14:34:26 | More by meathookjones
UBU Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
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