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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 DrinkSlurm
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After the head quickly dissolves into the beer, you notice a dark brown color. The smell isnt all that impressive, some may say "skunky". It basically smells like any other strong ale. The taste however stands all on its own. Surprisingly smooth for a beer that is 7% ABV and great flavour. Great for a cool evening or after a great outdoor experience. Afterall, it was brewed among the high peaks in the Adirondacks.

DrinkSlurm, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This doesn't taste anything like an American Strong ale to me...and that is not meant to be derogatory. It's just a very surprising brew for the style. More like a strong, nut brown ale.

Pours a very dark tea amber that is almost totally opaque with a very small off-white head that melts quickly to a very faint ring.

Aromas of sweet amber malts and nuttiness with a hint of alcohol.

Taste is a lot like a nut brown ale only more intense. Sweet dark toasted amber malts with definite nuts followed by a bit of citrus hop bite and then the alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick with only a bit of carbonation.

I'm afraid the 7% on this can come at you quickly without you having any idea that it was sitting in your lap the whole time.

IntriqKen, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of Backer2004
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in my first BIF and first beer I've tried from there. Pours very dark at top, lighter on the bottom, just a little lacing. Old ale smell complements the caramel and molasses. Not too strong but easy to drink for the style. Notes of chocolate and nuts, desirable in all areas.

Backer2004, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby root beer colored brew with a tannish head that settles to a fuzzy cover with pretty good lacing. Smells kind of astringent to me, like rubbing alcohol but there is a fair malt presence along with cereal/wheat. The taste is again kind of peppery and tangy with a very fine carbonation and a brown sugar background. There is some charcoal at the finish, as well. An unusual mix of sour and carmel qualities. Pretty easy drinking and on the refreshing side for such a dark ale. There's a little more wheat flavor noted near the end of the 12 ounces, a dry ending. I was torn between liking it a lot and dismissing it as slightly off on my taste buds. But I think it's pretty good and I look forward to finishing this six-pack to solidify my opinion!

Durge, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of djamieson
4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As is the case with many great beer drinking experiences, this one came with a story. I read all sorts of wonderful things about Lake Placid Brewing while on my very recent vacation in Montreal visiting friends. I decided to stop at the new Plattsburgh, NY facility to pick up a growler or 2 as provisions for camping out that night in the Adirondacks. Obviously, as any experienced camper knows, you want the largest container for your beer as possible (less waste). Unfortunately, they had no more growlers stocked at the brewery. All they had was 6'ers. So I was forced to drink the UBU strait from the 12 ounce bottle. Still, I was not disappointed. The drinkability was outstanding with idea balance between malt and prominent, yet very yummy hops. I think the reason that this beer does not have a higher BA rating is because, stylistically, it does not fit in to the typical categories. What is an American Strong Ale any way? If you are in the area, all you hophead campers out there MUST pick this up. This beer should be considered the official elixir of the Adirondack experience. Cheers!

djamieson, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of Freshie
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Did not go and seek this one out, but rather, this one found me. While at a family reunion in Tupper Lake, NY (About an hour west of Lake Placid). My Aunt did the beer shopping, and thought, that "O, my nephew likes dark beer, I'll get him this" Little did she know that I very much would.

Poured a dark amber color.

Smelled of strong malt, and spiced hops.

The taste is real strong malt up front. Sweet with spiced hops coming afterwards. A real smooth brew, that went down surprisingly easy. 7.00% ABV is masked very well. in fact, I didn't even think it was strong ale. My guess was American Amber or Red. Maybe I'm just spoiled on Stone?

Very drinkable, and tasty to boot. Enjoying it in the beauty of the Adirondacks only added to the experience.

Freshie, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut brown in color. Sizeable head that receedes quickly. Malty, slightly phenolic aroma. Decent malty flavor upfront. Some bitterness. Has a touch of "sourness" to it-not bad but it is definately there. Nice sort of dryness in the finish. Good body overall. Definately drinkable brew. A few might be too many in one sitting. I would like to try it on draft for a comparison.

lackenhauser, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of MTNboy
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one of Lake Placids Better Beers if not the best. It was one that I could truly sit back and enjoy. It is a good sippin' beer.

It is kind of thick but not to thick. With a bit of after taste it definitely lets you know that it is there but its slight fruity flavor is very pleasant and so is the aroma.

MTNboy, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of williamherbert
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Is a very dark dark brown. The head is thin and is the light brown color of a stout. The beer is completely opaque. There is not a speck of light coming through.

Has a very heavy malt aroma which smells like it's been sitting in the basement for a while. Very deep and dark.

There is a strong malty flavor. Strong and very dark. Has a somewhat smoky flavor with a slight sourness.

The feel is thick and malty but not too chewy. The aftertaste lingers a bit, but is pleasant. It's slightly syrupy but doesn't build up on the tongue. The rough edges smooth out as it warms up. The heavy malt is hard to repeat over several glasses in a row. It has the thick, strong ale feel to it. It's a heavy, sleep-inducing beverage.

williamherbert, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of Jredner
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma has some dark malts and sweet candied fruit notes. Body is a dark ruddy brown and holds a firm and lasting pinky sized tan head. Tart fruit notes in the fore...apple, cherry..which meld into sweet dark malt flavors. Almost approaches sour at times, but in a good way....a little bit like New Glarus’ Cherry Stout though much less concentrated and without the overy cherry flavors. The finish is a mix of the previous flavors but imparts a more defined tartness that defines the flavor of the whole beer. Very nice suprise.

Jredner, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of Fish113d
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at room temp into a pint glass, it pours a dark mahogony color, or almost the color of dark brass. A slightly tan fluffy foam head heaps atop of the body and clings to the glass nicely. Nice retention to it.

Aroma is mostly of toffee malts. Some brown sugar and grains also hit me. The hops are grassy and boring really on the nose. Maybe a twinge of alcohol on the nose also. I was expecting for a bit more here.

Sipping reveals a nice taste of caramel malt up front, with a bit of grass clippings (hops). Swallowing it, a shot of caramel sweetness hits which is a nice feature, and the hops quickly balance the sweetness out. Some drying alcohol also hits toward the finish with just a slight bit of oak flavors. Nice!

This ale is very drinkable. Not a huge beer, it is still a slight bit warming and nice. Not really a summer brew, but more of a fall or mid-spring sipper. It'd make a nice session brew however. I feel good about recommending this.

At room temp, the carbonation is close to non-existant. Medium-bodied with some drying features toward the swallow. Decent.

Fish113d, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of rarevos
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Color is beautiful. Rich, deep, dark red. Head was tannish-red, poured with about a finger's worth. It disappeared quickly. Light lacing, no sticky trails on glass.

S: Malty aroma with a real rustic, woodsy, pine-y scent. Definitely reminiscent of the Adirondacks.

T: Malty at first with a hint of the woodsiness. Hops hit toward the end, and linger for a while in what is an unexpectedly long finish. The bitterness gets less enjoyable the longer the finish goes. Also the presence of some smoky and musty flavors, which add to the rustic feel of this brew.

M: For a dark (almost brown) ale, this has a really light mouthfeel.

D: Sort of like Newcastle, in that it's a dark beer that drinks like a lighter beer. You absolutely cannot tell that this is 7% abv.

rarevos, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ppoitras, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Westsidethreat, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

tgbljb, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of WanderingFool
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

WanderingFool, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of Foxman
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Foxman, May 31, 2006
Photo of number1bum
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

number1bum, May 23, 2006
Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

tempest, May 09, 2006
Photo of Beersignal
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


Beersignal, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

SixpointJMH, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of adowney523
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

adowney523, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of mabirch
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

mabirch, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Billolick, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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..

Sammy, Oct 31, 2005
UBU Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
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