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UBU Ale - Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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565 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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Ratings: 565
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 11
Gots: 22 | 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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adowney523

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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..

Serving type: on-tap

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

New York

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Quebec (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2005 21:56:30 | More by JackStraw22
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jimbotrost

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2005 02:17:19 | More by kbnooshay
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meathookjones

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 14:34:26 | More by meathookjones
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canoehornpoint

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark, nearly opaque brown with a nice off white head the soon fizzled out. Aroma of toasted malts mingling with fruits like cherry and melon. The taste of this seems to build up to a great finale. At first it's just a mild toasted malty taste with just a hint of sweetness. At the back of the tongue the chocolate maltiness and pleasant but not-too-sweet fruits break loose for a nice fuller finish. This is another one of those beers that I find scores higher in drinkability than taste. It's not something I would buy a case of but I could easily put down a few more and enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 01:26:30 | More by canoehornpoint
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francisweizen

Alaska

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Porters in Easton. Dark ruddy red with a small off-white head of foam. Aromas are juicy fruit gum, citrusy hops, and big bolshy malts. The taste is big up front with the fresh hops, juicy malts, and big fruit flavors all competing for your attention. Mouthfeel is medium bodied>thick and the drinkability is good as well. A good. solid. simple. beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2004 22:38:26 | More by francisweizen
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a five+ finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation. Nose is faintly malty. Medium bodied. Starts and finishes with a balance of malt and hops, the high ABV is not noticable. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Hoosick Street Discount Bev. Troy, NY.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2004 23:29:14 | More by jdhilt
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Stimack

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew pours to a deep brown mahogany color with a nice thick dark tan head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing through out. The aromas of this brew are very nice, Malt characteristics, buttery and a fruit ester. Seem to wrap together into a pleasant smelling brew. The taste of sweeter malt along with a roasted flavor is the first thing that I notice, almost a dark fruit flavor? Then you get a taste of a nice hop hit, being English hops in this brew I would imagine that it is Fuggle. Over all I think this is a very nice brew and am a little partial to it being from the Albany area with many trips to the North Country. Over all it is a solid brew, one that I have enjoyed and will continue to look for.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2004 16:16:31 | More by Stimack
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rather dark deep mahogany pour with clear notes under a khaki scant bubble slick pour.

Mixed berry malt nose. Some woody characteristics.

First swigs: Sweet almost cherry hints and husky malts. One dimensional smokey malts flavors with, guessing Fuggle hops? Light cedary tastes. Balanced nutty brew with amlts struggling to and fro' with the hops.

A welcome frothy brew. A bit one dimensional to be open to all nighter sessions.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2004 05:07:56 | More by blitheringidiot
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Borussia

Quebec (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ubu ale is an amber coloured ale that starts with toffee and crystal malt grainy notes, and finishes with a dry but floral hop flavour. I was surprised that it did not feature an alcohol taste, given its strength. A nice beer to finish the night, if you do not like stout or porter.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2004 13:36:00 | More by Borussia
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hustlemuscle

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the pub in Lake Placid. Orangeish with an ok head. Has an earthy, malty smell, with a following whiff of hops. It is good stuff, with a smooth maltyness that starts creamy, and ends with a kiss of hops. A bit watery overall though, a very mild brew, not overly flavorfull. It is nice and smooth though, and the pleasant creamyness to it makes this a brew you can drink through the night, if the pub didn't have other fare to try before you skipped town.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2004 02:09:41 | More by hustlemuscle
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle. As per the BA Database picture, it has a main obverse label that covers some 300° of the bottles circumference. Named after “the mountain village of Lake Placid was once home to a legendary chocolate lab named Ubu – the biggest dog you’ve ever seen with an uncanny nose for great beer”. No strength or freshness date listed.

Appearance: Darkish brown body, but when held to the light, the chestnut brown body exhibits some ruby hue which is created by the diffracting light. Tipped and righted, it almost exhibits minimal dissolved carbonation, yet it maintains a good size head from the first pour. Subsequent pours help to reinstate a thick light tan creamy head and some minimal but nice looking lacing.

Nose: Has a fine milk chocolate aroma set into a malty nose that benefit from English Hops, which I assume are Fuggles (?), in the back end.

Taste: Malts with some chocolate texture and a creamy feel that smooth the entrance before the hops lend a bitterness to the middle. Fruity with some dark bitter chocolate, roast malts and a mildly warming feel in the stomach once swallowed. The finish is dry and bitter with a nice creamy malt feel in the mouth. This has a very tasty profile.

Mouthfeel: Creamy texture with a nutty feel in the middle, dry bitter finish with some roasted qualities. Note - I got side-tracked halfway through drinking this with a phone call. Upon my return I noted that it tended to develop a little stickiness as it warms, I would suggest you ensure that you drink this one chilled.

Drinkability: My second Lake Placid beer (thanks to McCall) and this too is another quaffer! It benefits from a creamy texture, nice malts and a balancing bitterness which all help to somehow make you forget about the 7% ABV. Drinks well for the strength.

Overall: This is a dark Bitter Ale with a decent creamy feel, and a hop finish that lends a lovely balance and quaffability to the Ubu Ale. The label refers to its “English-Style” and I tend to agree, very much like a nice fresh Bitter Brown Ale at times. Lovely!!

Cheers and Beers to McCall for allowing me to sample this one. Very Nice!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2004 21:41:12 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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cbl2

New York

2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance:

Deep dark mahogany; little to no head.

Smell:

Little to no aroma present on this one. How can you brew a 7.0% alcohol beer and not have any aroma?

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Very hoppy with little of the malt characteristic promised on label. Reminds me of an IPA that is dark. A definite letdown for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2004 18:50:43 | More by cbl2
UBU Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
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