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UBU Ale - Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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Ratings: 652
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 13
Gots: 66 | 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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Ratings: 652 | Reviews: 290
Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not really sure what to make of this one, I got it as an extra and really was quite perplexed by it. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 10/06/2009.
The pour was decent enough, dark brown at times almost looking black in the right light with a big head of white creping up and over the top throughout the session. Really quite nice looking. Aroma was a bit off, light hops, hints of peat and a touch of brown sugar, seemed a bit all over the place for me, but then again I have to admit it sort of worked on some level. So I reach in for a sip and it is very smooth, medium feel with a nice level of carbonation that really lets it coat the tongue very nicely. Smooth chocolate notes and hints of light sugar accent the nice hop bite. Bready mid palate before falling into a caramel and sugar finish. Smooth without much drying at all. Easy to drink with no noticeable ABV at all.
Overall pretty interesting I have to admit, again nothing crazy here, but I was not really looking for Crazy. I could do this one again for sure.

Photo of u2carew
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ubu Ale 12 oz. consumed 10/7/09
A) Dark mahogany in color. Pours with a tight, creamy, biege head. Lacing is sticky. Some transparent when held to the light.
S) Caramel. Toffee. Bread. Notes of alcohol.
T) Malty chocolate and caramel up front. Grainy bread. Chocolate notes linger through to the end and beyond. Light hops in the finish.
M) Crisp CO2. Fairly smooth. Medium to full body. Gritty feel.
D) A delicious brew. I'd definitely recommend this beer and, of course I'd have another too.

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

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 2099-1253. Sampled on October 4, 2009. The pour is mainly brown with a frothy, long-lasting beige head. But when held to the light a ruby red hue glistens in the pin glass. The aroma is a bit weak but the aroma that is there is sweet and nutty. The mouthfeel is bold and heavy. The taste comes on strong with the tangy note of bitterness evident in English Bitters. There is also a hint of caramel and something nutty about it that reminds me more of a brown ale. A happy hop ending helps it go down with a smile. A fine session ale and one that deserves the many awards and accolades it has received over the years.

Photo of ledemie
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer reminded me of a Guinness.

A - Looks like a dark brown, but not quite very dark brown, a good head Guinness style.

S - a lite roasting ...maybe a little sweetness coming through

T - Nice and malty up front...hops next...then a nice chocolate/coffee finish .

M - rich and creamy

D - the alcohol is well hidden which makes this a nice smooth beer to be drinking.

Photo of tigg924
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, dark brown with a touch of red when the glass is raised

Smell: toasted malt and a bit of chocolate

Taste: toasted malt dominates with traces of milk chocolate, minerals, and coffee

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium-light bodied, high carbonation, slightly sweet, and dry

Drinkability: An above average strong ale, but really not interesting enough to merit trying again. Not a bad beer, but nothing jumps out. It almost drinks like an imperial English brown--if there is such a thing. One is enough.

Photo of portia99
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown with slight amber highlights when held to the light. Thin, cream colored head that fades really quickly to a loose collar around the edge of the glass.

S - Some roasty malts, a fair amount of alcohol, a touch of caramel and some chocolate in there. Not much hop character in the aroma.

T - Roasted malt, somewhat metallic, earthy hops, maybe some roasted barley - somewhat coffee like.

M - A little bit on the thin side. Fairly high level of carbonation. Metallic flavor lasts beyond the swallow.

D - Just ok for me. Alcohol is a little on the high side, metallic aspect is rather distracting for me. Think this is a one and done, not bad but I'd much rather go with something else for my next beer.

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

One of the first micro's I ever had (many years ago), tried it while at a hockey tournament in Lake Placid. So Ubu Ale is in part responsible for my beer obsession.

I had another one recently to see what I think today.

It poured a rich dark brown, with a thin head which had some staying power.

Smell of ale yeast, with some fruit tones, and aroma hops. The hops tended to dominate the aroma.

Taste, Ubu is a very hoppy strong ale. I am not a 'hop head' by any means, but I felt the beer was still in balance (sweet to bitter), and enjoyable.

The beer had a typical mouthfeel and was drinkable. If you like hoppy ale you would likely find this very drinkable.

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There appears to be no freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: Its body has a dark brown color with deep crimson highlights. The head on top was about one and half fingers thick, light tan in color and made very nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel and brown sugary notes pop out in the nose along with some toasted malt and mild earthy/leafy hops.

Taste/Mouth: It has a base of roasted and toasted bready malt flavors. There is plenty of sweetness up front with notes of brown sugar, sweet/buttery bread, diacetyl and dark caramel. The 7%abv adds only a slight touch of character and is mostly well hidden. The middle sees the addition of dried leafy and earth hop flavor along with some bitterness for balance. The finish has a nice blend of sweet malt, a hint of bitter dark chocolate and hops. It has a smooth, slightly slick texture with soft yet active carbonation in a solid medium to full body.

Notes: I would like to thank my good friend Don for telling me about the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery and for recommending the Ubu Ale. I really enjoyed very interesting and complex ale.

Photo of CupcakeNY
4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark mahogany brown, with a billowy tan head that sticks around for a while. Sweet, malty nose with chocolate, toffee, and leather notes.

Malty and a bit sweet at first, sliding into a hoppy bitterness that nicely counterpoints the maltiness. I did not expect that much hops and it really makes this a very interesting beer, quite refreshing for something so dark. I anly discovered the ABV of 7 here; I would not have guessed--there was no hint of a higher alcohol content on the palate.

Lingering bitter finish made me want another immediately. I suspect it would be easy to drink too many of these. An unexpectedly delightful find!

Photo of bilyboy65
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Not impressed, but not disappointed. Poured from a 12oz into the sam adams lager glass

A: Nice dark brown color. Almost no head with some lacing, but no film. A little cloudy, but not an unfiltered offering.

S: Strong floral hops with nutty malts behind it Not really well mixed just a battle.

T: Very bitter. So bitter it masks the other flavors. Definitely taste the alcohol as well.

M: Medium bodied ale that has some good carbonation to feel. No heavy oily feeling left behind.

D: Makes me wonder if I have a bad bottle. Probably will try one more to make sure. I'll update this review appropriately.

Photo of CWiggins
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sam for providing this sample, having thought of me while vacationing in Lake Placid!

Pours a dark brown, with a fizzy, cola-like head that lasts a good, long time. The nose is dominated by dark roasted malts, but bits of dark chocolate and coffee, and a touch of ripe fruit sneak through. The flavor begins with a sweet, fruity character which slowly evolves into a rich, bitter finish. The aftertaste is mainly of bitter hops and lasts for a very satisfying length of time. It's a tad fizzy for my taste, but I'd gladly have another. The ABV wasn't noted on the bottle, and I'm surprised to learn here that it's 7%. Dangerous if not known ahead of time!

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?

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UBU Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
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