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UBU Ale - Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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611 Ratings

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Ratings: 611
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 13
Gots: 39 | 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 thain709
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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

thain709, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of vicg12
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

vicg12, Sep 10, 2008
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.

bobsy, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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.

changeup45, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of JRed
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

JRed, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of Greenlabel
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Greenlabel, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Traquairlover, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Reagan1984, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of scoobybrew
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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.

scoobybrew, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Georgiabeer, May 20, 2008
Photo of OKCNittany
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Two finger cream head. Great retention (almost to the point of being annoying) with a decent amount of lacing. Deep brownish/red body.

S: Light fruit and a touch of grainy malt.

T: Fruit and sweet malt. I couldn't place the fruit(s), but that was the dominant flavor. Truth be told, it was more odd than good.

M: Soft carbonation with a slightly thinner than average body. Still somewhat smooth - but the aftertaste was a bit off.

D: That aftertaste became somewhat medicine like as the beer warmed, all but ruining what started out pretty well.

OKCNittany, May 13, 2008
Photo of arizcards
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in early April as part of the March MicroBeerClub shipment.

Beer pours brown with ruby highlights with a tan smallish head. Nose is of sweet malts and cereal. Taste is of dark sweet malts, with hints of chocolate and a bit of citrusy hops to finish. Mouthfeel is pretty good, medium bodied and it glides across the palate fairly well. Drinkability is good as the abv is well hidden. This is definitely a unique beer. It is enjoyable and worth a try.

arizcards, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of mhewes
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It pours a deep reddish-brown coller with a nice medium head that leaves a nice lacing. I'm not picking up much on the smell. It has a nice malty taste with a hoppy bitterness on the finish. Not a bad beer but not one that I'd go out of my way for.

mhewes, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of nsmartell
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From bottle to my cognac snifter glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with an OK sized head.

Smell: Very malty, sweet and smoky.

Taste: Roasted malts, caramel and hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Very nice.

Drinkability: This is pretty tasty for a strong ale. I would definitely recommend, especially out of the snifter.

nsmartell, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A - Deep brown with ruby hues when held up to the light. The pour produced a foamy tan head, with decent lacing.

S - Roasted malts. Slightly smokey with a bit of hop aroma and alcohol.

T - Malty and slightly smokey up front, some sweetness also detected, followed by a hoppy bitterness. Slight alcoholic warmth in the finish.

MF&D - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Not bad, but I don;t think I'd go out of my way for another.

nasty15108, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of tmitch75
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Monthly Club selection for March.

Dark reddish brown, 1/2" tan head drops fast and leaves tons of lace.

It has a woodsy and peppery smell. Smoky with a sweet malty aroma.

Peaty, malty sweet taste with a good hoppy bite. Very distinctive and quite tasty.

Medium to full body with strong carbonation.

A solid but deceptively strong beer. Not a sessioner but I am a big fan nonetheless.

Sampled on 3/28/08.

tmitch75, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of erosier
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep reddish brown color with a medium sized and medium bodied white head that laces the glass very nicely all the way down. It has a very sweet malt aroma underneath a bit of dark fruit aroma. The taste is pretty good. It has a nice deep but sweet roasted malt base that is the basis for the slight hints of caramel, dark fruits, and a slight hoppy bitter taste at the end. It blends very well together and is a bit darker than most strong ales on the market which makes it a little easier to drink. It has a very smooth, fairly thick, and warming mouthfeel. The drinkability is pretty good for a strong ale as I didn't really detect the alcohol and I could have more than one of these in a sitting.

erosier, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours out as brown & dark as the bottle from which it came. A light grey head quickly recedes to a thin ring and patch of microscopic bubbles. The aroma really left much to be desired, as it took a good 30+ seconds of deep inhalation to detect much of anything from Ubu. Finally, I got some notes of toffee, caramel, and hoppy fruit.

The flavor really saved this beer in my eyes. Rich, dark fruits (grape & plum), fig, resinous hops, caramel, and a light citrus note all combined to bring an amazing complexity to this beer's flavor profile. The bottle classified this beer as an "English Ale", but Ubu had an unmistakable hop flavor that left me quite satisfied. The body was well carbonated, medium in thickness, and packed an excellent, bitter hop finish that lingered just long enough. Overall, this was a very good, drinkable brew that I will definately look for in the future.

wagenvolks, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Little head that dissipates to nearly nothing--no lace. Dark brown, but light shines through; cloudy.

Dark malts and some brown sugar sweetness. Enough hops to counterbalance.

It's like coffee with sugar and no cream. Good body and carbonation. This has the feel and taste of a sweet porter.

This is easy to drink and flawless. Good as a darker, but mild, alternative.

smcolw, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of Moxley
2.42/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sampled from a friend's shipment of beer of the month.

A- Cloudy amber with a good 1in. tan head that dissipated quickly. Minimal lacing.

S- Very strong malt scent.

T- The hops attack your tongue but quickly yield to an overwhelming (for me) malty flavor finishing more bitter than I would've liked.

M- Heavy

Not really my kind of beer, but I can appreciate the characteristics it illustrates as a dark brown ale.

Moxley, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of hyland24
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

The beer poured a dark brown/amber that faded to a lighter brown at the bottom of the glass. There was an inch and a half tan foam head with medium sticky lacing throughout.

The beer had a hoppy smell that ended with a malty smoke finish.

The taste was slightly hoppy on the tip of the tongue than slowly changed to a nice nutty, malty flavor that finished with a bit of smoke.

The beer was light to medium bodied with good carbonation. A good nutty, malty, smokey combo definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

hyland24, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of Dansting
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured a cloudy dark amber color with a thick beige head. Plenty of lacing. Aroma is very nutty with a hint of fruit. Mouthfeel is a little too fizzy for what I like my strong ales to be. Flavor is ok. Mainly roasted malts, and more bitter than I'd expected. This was decent, but nothing I'd go out of my way to get.

Dansting, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of bboven
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big head that lasts a long time and stays for the whole beer. Leaves some good lacing.

Lots of low alpha hops in the aroma, but a good bit of malt as well. Very, very balanced.

The hops are a little strong for this style but as a whole, very tasty.

A little highly carbonated, but acceptable. Just drying enough with the hops.

Very good even if not exactly to style.

bboven, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of SirSaranac
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer of this stuff... first time trying it.

A- 12 ouncer poured into a pint glass... Dark dark brownish red... 2 finger yellow/tan head.. VISIBLE sediment floats all around this brew.

S- Malt... chocolate... coffee? a slight floral hop aroma is present, but the scent is mostly malt.

T- Well this is a tasty brew. The hops hits the tongue first and then quickly shifts gears into the malt. The coffee/choc finish is nice, not burnt like a porter or stout. However, by the end of the glass the malt dominates perhaps too much, and the hops is lost altogether. I initially rated the taste a 4, but had to drop it down to a 3.5 by the end of the glass for this reason. Don't get me wrong, I finished off the 6pack...

M- Heavy body... almost the consistancy of a porter

D- For a strong ale, the alcohol content isnt really noticeable... at 7%abv its kind of subdued. For this reason it's highly drinkable, however the overpowering malt becomes a little redundant.

Overall? Good winter beer.... good with a bowl of soup.

SirSaranac, Jan 06, 2008
UBU Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 611 ratings.