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UBU Ale - Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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577 Ratings

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Ratings: 577
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 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
Photo of meathookjones


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
Photo of canoehornpoint


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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

New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

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

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

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

Quebec (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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


3.68/5  rDev 0%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +8.7%

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!

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

New York

2.8/5  rDev -23.9%


Deep dark mahogany; little to no head.


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


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

06-24-2004 18:50:43 | More by cbl2
Photo of UnionMade

New York

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

The beer pours a true, deeply reddish mahogany. A couple fingers worth of dense, almond colored foam rises up on the pour, slowly settling into a filmy coating. Great head retention, keeping at least a broken film atop all the way through, leaving streaky globs of lace trailing down the glass.
The aroma is impressively malty, with a huge caramel sweetness. A bit of an earthy, woody quality, possibly a touch of peat smoked malt? It's almost a little farmy. A definite biscuity quality, some roasty chocolate, with heaps of prune, raisin and apple lurking beneath. Not much in the way of hops, just a vague suggestion of a herbal, earthy scent.
The flavor starts with a big, bold bicuity caramel, moderate roasty chocolate easing into the middle. Big raisin and prune flavors in the middle, with a suggestion of blackberry tartness into the finish. The chocolate intensifies in the finish, adding a grainy bittersweetness. Surprisingly present hops in the finish, very earthy, woody and organic, with a brush of a piney bite for good measure. I'm guessing english varieties, certainly fuggles, with perhaps a dash of nugget? Actually slightly dry in the finish, some alcohol definitely apparent, leaving a soft warmth on the back of the throat. A bit of that smoky, earthy flavor from middle to finish as it warms a bit, along with some dry nuttiness. A lingering malty, caramel aftertaste. Definitely full bodied, with a moderate, passive-agressive carbonation. Fairly easy drinking and smooth, especially for it's strength.
A great beer, definitely an individual in the american craft brew scene. I'm not sure if it's a strong ale, more like a cross between a scotch ale and an english strong ale. The earthy, smoky (?) woodiness is interesting, and I enjoy it. I dunno if I'd want to drink this by the case, it gets a bit overbearing after a couple bottles, not to mention the punch it's packing. Possibly a future classic, and certainly worthy of some attention. Don't pass up a pint if you see it, just make sure you ain't driving.

05-26-2004 00:01:56 | More by UnionMade
Photo of waughbrew


3.18/5  rDev -13.6%

Mahogany with creme-colored head with R&L. Smell is or roasted grain and english hoppage. Definitely some plums and faint banana peel. Taste is big on the chocolate and hop flavor in the manner of a porter, but very one-dimensional as it does not develop or change throughout the sip and finish. Smooth, down, easy. An average, simple, porterish strong amber with light body and sweetess.

05-15-2004 19:10:56 | More by waughbrew
Photo of marc77


3.68/5  rDev 0%

Hazed ruddy chestnut hue. Lofty, persistant beige head leaves rough lace. Soft woody hops with earthy undertones upfront in aroma. Dark lovibond caramel with a roasted grain tinge is secondary. Trace prune esters. Tame, but clean aromawise. Burnt toffee sweetness incipient in flavor is ensued by bitter, unsweetened baker's chocolate notes and butterscotch hints. Hop bitterness is moderate, lending a parcing dryness especially considering the high attenuation and paltry residual sweetness. Subdued floral hop flavor. Burnt biscuit tones augment as it warms, further facilitating the dry overall impression. Lightly bodied, with a lightly dextrinous mouthfeel that could use a notch more girth. Understated raisin and bitter powdered cocoa hints. Finishes with lingering, sharp, thirst inducing hop bitters mellowed slightly by cookie dough hints. A unique strong ale, with a heavy emphasis on bitterness, both hop and dark grain derived. Not overly complex, but dangerously drinkable, indeed. Tasty! Thanks to Feloniousmonk for the delivery.

05-14-2004 00:43:38 | More by marc77
Photo of TagoMago

New York

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into shaker glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with a slightly reddish hue when held up to the light. It pours with an off-white head which subsides quickly, leaving a very faint lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Very malty and somewhat fruity, with some esters.

Taste: The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and creamy. The flavor of this beer is slightly porter-like with elements of coffee and rich malt. A slight hop bitterness nicely balances out the malt.

Overall: This beer is a quaffers delight all the way. Very smooth and very drinkable. I've never really had a beer like this before. It's quite unique for supposedly being a strong English Ale. This makes for a great session beer, but might be too strong for some people to drink in quantity at 7% ABV.

05-09-2004 02:45:08 | More by TagoMago
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

A real nice find while visiting the in-laws in Buffalo,pours a deep amber with nut much head to speak of a nice deeply fruity malty taste with an appetizing dry earthiness that lingers thru the finish.A somewhat chewy very appetizing night cap beer,now I know why I love this style of beer!

03-28-2004 02:50:41 | More by oberon
Photo of HappyHourHero


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured a solid, light coco colored, head left a decent coat of lace. Mahogany colored beer lets just a bit of light escape. The aroma is solid, some chocolate, a bit of hoppy roasted malts. Chocolate malt flavor, balanced by mildy bitter hops, that fades to leave a coffe bitterness on the back of the tongue. Nice creamy feel on a beer with a good amount of body to it leads to an easy drinking, tasty beer.

03-20-2004 02:35:23 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of shirfan

New York

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

A deep but clear peat-moss brown with copper highlights, this had an average tan head.

Aroma is mildly of malt and flour.

Taste is definitely not what I expected. Drier than an aspiring matchstick doing a smokey the bear commerical in Death Valley. Some almost baker's chocolate style malt, with leafy and dry hops in the shadows. Finishes with a sour note of black tea.

Are there style guidelines for "brewed herbal tonics"? This could be the archetype. It's not bad, but very...unique.

03-12-2004 22:52:18 | More by shirfan
Photo of TheJudge

New York

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%

This very nice brown ale poured a pleasant dark brown (I guess you should expect that), with a nice beige head that lasted for the entire glass, providing good lacing all down the sides. Good bitterness in the mouth, that lingers after you swallow. Very good carbonation that tingles the tongue, but doesn't get in the way. No smell of note, but the malt is definately there in the flavor. This beer is very drinkable, being much lighter in texture than you would expect from the look.

03-06-2004 15:24:25 | More by TheJudge
Photo of charlesw

New York

3.05/5  rDev -17.1%

Bought it 'cause it had a cool name. Dark coppery amber color with a small tan head that is quickly gone leaving lasting lacing. Nothing distinctive in the smell but whoa. It has flavor to it. It's huge on chocolate malt - that roasty, all over the tongue, toasted bit. Uh, I mean "huge" in the sense that you can taste 'em there big time. I suppose there are other flavors. Ok, ok, it's not dominated by the chocolate - but it's the first thing that you notice. Slightly bitter at the end and then definitely leaves you wanting another sip.

My sample is a bit overly carbonated and yet still rates a nice enough mouthfeel 'cause it is pretty rich - with a little less carbonation (maybe in anther batch) it could surely be great.

03-05-2004 22:07:14 | More by charlesw
Photo of edchicma


4/5  rDev +8.7%

Strong or old ale? My sample was more like a stout. Very nice dark brown color with a malty aroma. 7.0 abv? My sample didn't feel like it. Taste was initially sweet with a bit of roasted malt character and a touch of alcohol mid-palate. Finish had a slight roasted malt quality. Mouthfeel and drinkability were fine, but my question is....is this a strong ale...or a stout? I'm strictly rating it on my experience..I liked it and would definitely have another.

02-23-2004 02:32:14 | More by edchicma
Photo of GreatPondBrewer


3.4/5  rDev -7.6%

Very strange beer indeed. Listed as a strong/old ale, but I didn't pick up on that exactly. Poured a dark brown/copper color with a slightly tan head. The smell was sweet and had a nice earthy texture to it with some peat and a decent hop presence. However, the taste was more like a brown ale gone wrong. I have some good high octane browns(Arrogant Bastard, Shed Mountain Ale), but this one was still stuck in 1st gear. There was a metallic resonance to the beer and there was little in the way of any interesting flavors going on with the alcohol. The malts were decently sweet, but they kept morphing back into a more confused state. The hop presence became non-existant until the finish, but I think it came on a little too bitter in the not so good way. More metallic than anything else. Meh.

02-21-2004 22:39:50 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Photo of marburg


3.88/5  rDev +5.4%


I'm not sure about "strong ale," but I think "old ale" will do nicely -- because this feels like what a pale ale would feel like in its geriatric form. Musty; an ancient Egyptian tomb just opened to fresh air for the first time.

I feel like in another life this may have had an almost wheaty citric zest to it. As it is, the aroma is mostly a "feeling" -- an air of something that could be there, but you don't actually get to smell it. Mostly just kind of mild, dry grains and perhaps a subtle hint of chocolate. I don't know; I'm stretching here.

A bit more interestingly flavored. Grain driven sweetness that reminds far more of the calm before the hop storm of a pale ale. Very well balanced and thus extremely easy to drink; this goes down with remarkable ease. There's that hint of chocolate again, this time in the mid-palate. So perhaps I'm not imagining things. Imperceptible alcohol. Pretty simple but tasty.

02-11-2004 04:25:14 | More by marburg
Photo of CBFanWish

New York

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

This has a presence that almost demands it be known. A rich dark colour and a thick tan head, one would think it's a porter at first glance. It had a malty smell and taste I senced a bit of pininess and graininess to it. It has a very well balanced taste that is among the best in the world. This is a beer that goes down smooth. Love this beer. It will treat you very well in return.

01-29-2004 11:02:22 | More by CBFanWish
UBU Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
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