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46'er Pale Ale - Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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46'er Pale Ale46'er Pale Ale

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sponberg on 10-20-2002)
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Photo of waughbrew


1.55/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Medium light amber body with big-bubbled head that doesn't last long but sticks to the glass. Butter and cardboard in the nose are thankfully overpowered by the nice fuggles spiciness. Taste is oxidationland. Cardboard and taosted moldy butter. No me gusta. No date on bottle, so it is tough to say how old this beer is. Note to brewer: either bottle condition or date your bottles. Feel is big bubbles and a bit watery. Finish is astringent and stinging. Real bad, might be ok if fresh.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2004 19:17:27 | More by waughbrew
Photo of wailingwench

New Mexico

2.3/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is not a IPA. This offering is a malty, somewhat spiced, mildly hopped American Amber, in my opinion. If you are looking for an IPA, Frostbite is your answer. I have had this on tap at the brewery, on tap at a local watering hole, and at two brewing festivals (Empire State in Syracuse and Flour City in Rochester). Try the Frostbite, then the 46'er. Frostbite is marketed as a pale; 46'er as an IPA.

Matt needs to change the names of the beers: the Frostbite is the IPA and the 46'er is a spiced pale in the eastern sense. Regardless, 46'er is a drinkable beer, a really good beer, but it does not keep within the style guidelines. I will not purchase 46'er untill they change the name/style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2004 04:12:30 | More by wailingwench
Photo of EmoBeerGuy

New Hampshire

2.33/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer seems to have the same negative quality as Lake Placid's other big beer (Ubu) that being a very metalic finish. I tried this beer twice and the first time I thought it might have been too warm, or gone bad. No, this beer is just unspectacular. I think the brewers at Ubu have a long way to come on finish, which is really harsh on this one. Possibly the worst IPA I have tried as I is able to taste harsh while not being that Hoppy. For 6.99 a sixer I would not recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2003 19:22:17 | More by EmoBeerGuy
Photo of UnionMade


2.55/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pretty nice, although I think all the imperial IPAs have killed regular IPA for me. This beer pours a light straw gold, with a frothy white head. Very active carbonation. Kind of light colored for my idea of IPA.
Aroma is definitely hoppy, with really no malts to support it. Pacifc Northwest citric hopping. No real fruitiness, and just a hint of something in the way of malt.
Flavor is all hops. Almost no malt, which kills the balance. No estery flavors, very little complexity. Body is light, with carbonation being way too high. It's essentially a hopped up golden ale. The beer lacks subtlety, and any flavor beyond a hoppy attack. Boring.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2003 23:46:30 | More by UnionMade
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Came in a 12 oz. brown bottle, colourful label, with a little blurb on the side of who a 46'er actually is. Pours out a questionably cloudy amber, although with a nice frothy creamy white head that leaves a fair share of lace in its wake. The aroma is mild, some caramel malt propped up with more intense floral hops, even a touch of citrus and honey. The flavour is mostly florally herbal hops, mildly astringenent, the malt makes a brief appearance within the aftertaste already, a little bit of lemon rind on the finish. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, which although suits the actual flavour profile, doesn't add to it as a whole, since the flavour is fairly one-dimensional itself. This stuff seems like it would be more suited to a draught serving, fresh out of the tap, as this bottled version doesn't seem to do it much justice, leaving it a mediocre pale ale at best. It would stand up straighter labelled as an English Bitter, pale ale seems to be used as an umbrella style far too often.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2005 16:56:01 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of WesWes

New York

2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a lacey white head. The aroma is horrible. It's musty and very plain. There are no hops here. There are no malt aromas here. The taste is much the same. No malt character and little hop flavor. Fuggles is the hop of choice. I'm kind of sick of IPA's being hopped with fuggles. It is a nice hop for most non-hoppy beers, but for this style you need to either increase the amount used or switch to something else, because the alfa-acids in it are too little to sustain the style. The mouthfeel is medium. It is not a real good drink. Not a good IPA. Not even an IPA at all. These guys need to rethink this recipe.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2003 14:12:40 | More by WesWes
Photo of rotsaruch


2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reddish golden appearance with a an off-white head that quickly disappates. The nose has a slight hoppy aroma. The taste has a very bland, watery citrisey flavor. Not a very impressive. Not a very well balanced or full body brew. I would hope a fresher, draft version would taste better. Very disappointing bottled version.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 01:01:38 | More by rotsaruch
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a five-finger+ (exploded out of bottle) cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Hoppy nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts and finishes hoppy but some sweetness throughout, goes good with hot spicy chicken. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Hoosick Street Discount Bev. Troy, NY.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2004 01:00:59 | More by jdhilt
Photo of goz


2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy medium golden/orange, with a fairly large creamy white head, some lasting, with some good lacing. Aroma is light, some fruitiness, some woodiness, some caramel. Flavor is also a bit light, caramel, buttery, with a woody hop finish, and a hint of cardboard. Medium, somewhat creamy body, fairly boring and uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 19:54:51 | More by goz
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Roast malt nose with a slight smell of shoe leather. Not a very good smell for an IPA. Not much hops in the nose just malt. Light amber color with a white sheen and lace. Tastes like an amber with a little hop finish. This brew has a sweet malt base with a little grapefruit (hop) note at the finish. There is a hop presence but only a little at the finish and none upfront or in the nose at all. Medium mouth and feel. An ok beer but a underperforming IPA.

Cheers to the BA Victory Beer Exchange for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2003 12:29:19 | More by frank4sail
Photo of HappyHourHero


2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a decent cream colored head that left a bit of lace as it faded. The beer is orangy amber in color and pretty clear. The aroma isn't very pleasing, a mix of skunky hops and malt isn't very inviting. Good hop bite up front, a little citrus in there, the bitterness increases until a bit of caramel malt slips into the aftertaste. The beer has a decent body to it, but it feels a little watery on the tongue. Not a big fan of this one, the flavor and especially the aroma seem a bit off. If I see it on tap I'll give it another go.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2004 00:25:22 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of Naes

New York

2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pale ale pours out a dark copper color with a decent white head. The lacing and retention are acceptable.
The aroma is nothing to speak of, but it contains trace amounts of hops.
The flavor is mildly bitter from the hops and a slight amount of malts become noticeable near the finish.
Mouth feel is medium in body and moderately carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 01:13:04 | More by Naes
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured an copper color ale with nice thick white head with good retention. Aroma of bitter hops is clearly distinguishable. Taste is comprised of a nice mix between floral malt and bitter hops. Body is a bit thin for my liking but this still make for a refreshing drink in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 19:28:00 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BittRnessabounds


3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honestly this was a very average beer. Not great compared to many IPAs I?ve had. Nothing impressed me and at the same time I didn't completely dislike anything. 46'er poured an orange-red with a modest white head that had ok retention. The smell was dominantly hops as to be expected, with just a hint of sweeter fruity notes. The taste was mostly hops with just a hint of apricot. The hop flavor slightly different from what I?m used to. This flavor didn't bother me, but I didn't enjoy it as much as other hop flavors I?ve experienced before. The bottle says they use fuggles hops, which is a common British hops. I've had plenty of British IPAs and not had a problem with the flavor. This was a fairly light bodied beer with the usually crisp dry hop finish. So all in all a very average beer, and not as good as most of the IPAs I?ve had.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2003 20:14:03 | More by BittRnessabounds
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This IPA pours a golden orange color with a small head. A spot or two of tiny lacing developed. The aroma is floral, but somewhat light for an IPA. The flavor seems slightly unbalanced, as the hops are prevelent, but the malt levels are weak. Orange flavors were also detected.

Thin mouthfeel. Little bitterness in the finish, and this also disappears quickly from the tongue. Drinkability is average since this is an unbalanced IPA and very thin for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2004 18:30:27 | More by Gavage
Photo of Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was hoping to make it to the brewery while in Lake Placid a few weeks ago but didn't have time. So instead I found a six pack of the Pale Ale and gave it a shot.

It looks fairly good. The golden amber colour is nice but it lost marks for a fairly thin head.

The smell is light, slightly fruity and buttery.

It's taste is slightly sweet with decent hop bitterness. Not much flavour coming through unfortunately. It's ok but nothing to write home about.

Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly creamy.

Drinkability is just ok. I had two in a row but a third wasn't in the cards.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 23:13:18 | More by Ralphus
Photo of GreatPondBrewer


3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale coper with some white head that turned into just bubbles and a little lace. Smell wasn't unpleasent it just wasn't. There was hardly anything I could get from in. Just a little bit of indistinct sweetness from the hops I assume. Taste as not IPA at all. There was no hop bitterness and just a mettalic malt taste throughout. It was also very thin in the mouthfeel department. Overall not a great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2003 16:26:29 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Photo of mdiv2001

New York

3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from the tap. Color was amber with orange highlights. There was very little head. The nose was very faint, just a touch of floral spice. Slightly sweet, touch of orange peel, very mild hops on the end. Nothing too offensive, but nothing too memorable either.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2009 02:20:40 | More by mdiv2001
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clean copper/amber colored beer. Has a big off white head with nice lace. There is a light malty aroma with a hint of floral hops in the background. The flavor has a light hint of malt at the star. Which slides into a woody character at the start of the hop bitterness on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2005 00:24:39 | More by ybnorml
Photo of nomad


3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dead clear light-orange color, this beer had little head and stain though lots of chaotic lace. Looked like a pale and thin ale from the get-go.

Smelled of light but definite bready malt as well as orange scents with dried flower scented edges. Tasted of strong floral hops wrapped up by soft orange notes with bitter accents. Moves to more subtle and sweet tangerine licks, a long grassy middle, and at last a short-to-medium length finish that is herbal and slightly creamy bitter (like chicory).

With a fairly flat body, this is not much more than a regular IPA.

Serving type: growler

12-30-2003 00:58:08 | More by nomad
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS


3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was psyched when I first poured this beer, deep orange and mahogany honey hues. Nicely formed head, a good-looking pale ale.

Fairly aggressive smell, particularly when pouring. Gave off huge floral and fruit notes. I detect a nice cherry finish. Unfortunately this beers taste does not transfer from its smell. Very blunt and lacks follow through. There is a nice hint of honey though.

A little disappointing for a semi-local brew. I have a feeling it probably much better on tap.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 03:06:48 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
Photo of Marty


3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I must admit I was disappointed with Lake Placid's IPA.

It had very little carbonation. I had to pour from about 8" to get even a medium sized head, and that head dissipated within a minute. This beer's light orange in color.

I'm not sure what kind of hops Lake Placid uses in this beer, but they're not super. This is the least biting IPAs I've ever had; it could easily pass as simply a pale ale. Overall, it lacked the crispness I crave in an India pale ale.

That said, this beer's not bad, just average. What it lacks in appearance and flavor, it makes up for with sheer drinkability. Very easy drinkin', considering its 6% ABV.

Bottom line, there are many more IPAs I'd rather drink than this one. Nothing special, really.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2003 19:39:21 | More by Marty
Photo of changeup45


3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is pretty good for a PALE ALE but Lake Placid has me confused on this one. The 6 pack carton says 46er IPA, yet when I went to drink the beer the bottle says it's a 46er Pale Ale. Searched their website and don't see anything on a 46er Pale Ale, but trust me that's what the bottles say. So pours a copper color with a moderate off-white head and some lacing. Sweet bitter hoppy bite with some malt balancing it out. This is no IPA though. I did enjoy the beer as a decent Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 19:06:27 | More by changeup45
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was my first Lake Placid brew and while there is some decent stuff to say about this one, there's definitely some room for improvement.

It pours a slightly hazy but slightly crisp orange to amber colour wit ha mid-range sized head that doesnt hang around for long but leaves a nice amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is sweet and hop-based. It's floral and candy-like at times. There are notes of a slighlty bready malt backbone as well.

The flavour is in line with the aroma, with sweet hops, becoming almost juicy at times, dominating the malt flavour, which does stand out more here than in the aroma. My problem here is that the finish is way too sweet and it just doesn't flow with the rest of the flavour from the start of the sip. Yes, there is sweetness throughout, but its just a bit over the top at the finish. This one is medium bodied and even a bit oily at times.

I didn't mind this brew and think it could be quite nice if the sweetness issue at the finish of each sip was remedied, but until then it would probably be middle of the pack of availible Pale Ales in this area.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 04:12:30 | More by guinness33
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange with a 1 inch tan head and good lacing; smells of hops, orange peel, malt and overall sweetness.

Tastes of floral hops, orange peel, sweet malt, caramel, citrus, some light piney hops and a touch of spice or coriander. Very light and crisp, with light carbonation and a malty finish. Smooth light feel on the tongue makes this a good beer that's enjoyable, but the very mild hop flavor allows the malts to strong arm away some of the taste which I think muted the overall beer flavor.

A good beer that is easy drinking and clearly a session beer, just not exceptional in the taste department. I did enjoy this beer and will have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 03:17:47 | More by CHickman
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46'er Pale Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.