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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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BA SCORE
81
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132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
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 djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -9%

djrn2, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a nice looking copper color with a decent foamy white head on it. The smell of this beer to me was a little on the gross side. I don't know if it was starting to skunk or what but it wasn't a good aroma at all. The taste had a good caramel sweetness that was balanced with the hippy bitterness. The mouthfeel was decent, good carbonation to it and drinkable medium bodied brew. Overall this would have been much better if I didn't hold my breath on every sip I took. Who knows...

Knapp85, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dull slight hazed copper with a nice tight one finger head that left a sheet of lace as it settled slowly,a mix of caramel malt and light citrus a mild toasitness lingers as well.Pretty balanced but not overly inspiring flavors, toasty with a caramel sweetness up front rounding into a soapy-like flavor into the finish with residual grapefruit pine flavors.The soapy flavors keep the drinkability lower for me but its really not a bad brew just somewhat ho hum in my opinion.

oberon, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, amber body with golden highlights. It's full, frothy white cap holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace. The bouquet delivers some lightly earthy/citrusy hops along with some mildly caramel malt. It's hops are clear, but not bold, and quite welcoming. The body is medium and really smooth and creamy in the mouth. The carbonation level is lower than might be expected from an IPA at around 2.1 volumes CO2/litre, but it works! It's very English in character, and adds greatly to its drinkability. This beer just sides down the gullet! The flavor offers an exquisitely balanced combination of firm, lightly sweet, caramel-tinged malt; a citrusy fruitiness and mild hoppy spice; and a solid bitterness that anchors it and dries the finish. Exceptionally drinkable and highly enjoyable. Well worth seeking out!

NeroFiddled, Mar 11, 2003
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a great English style pale ale. pouring a lighter copper color and having about an inch of just off white head. the nose is distinctly English in character, dusty caramel, light oats, and a relatively generic ale yeast. in terms of flavor, I get a lot more hops. clean and bright, but not obscuring the dominant malt sweetness. a little sugary on the finish, but a relaxed carbonation, clean feel, and medium body, make this an easy enough drinking Adirondack summer beer. the hop bouquet is reminiscent of fresh ganja, an excellent hypothetical post hike libation. this has been a long time go to of the emerging craft brew scene in the north country, and it is a beer I will continue to enjoy for the foreseeable future. special thanks to my homie greg for hooking up a fresh growler from the pub, you are a legend brother!

StonedTrippin, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, dull orange color...solid, 1/4" white head.
Aroma simmers with citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, cherry, absolutely redolent with ripe fruit, quite nice.
Tasty brew, with a nice, hoppy play on the palate initially, before fading back. Well rounded, sufficiently spicy, with flavor of grapefruit rind continuing, sip after sip. Light, but satisfying finsh, medium-bodied, thirst-quenching and consistently delightful. Good job, here!
Thanks to McCall, for the pleasure of trying it out!

feloniousmonk, Oct 22, 2003
Photo of WesWes
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.

WesWes, Jun 13, 2003
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Jan 08, 2004
Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Abe's. This beer reminds me a bit of Summit Extra Pale Ale in that's it's obviously inspired by English pales and their ingredients, but it's also obviously an amped up American take on the style. The hops had a big earthy, citrus quality that certainly reveals Fuggles close relation to Cascade hops (Cascades are a cross between Fuggles and Russian Serebrianker hops). There's also a big share of malty bread crust and toffee flavors from the barley that nicely balances the hops.

Yes, this beer is overpowering and on the thick side for an English pale ale. But it's still a delicious interpretation of the style and worth checking out.

tempest, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 0z bottle, no freshness dating. This understated, balanced British style IPA, pours a nice almond, cloudy. tan head sticks around and leaves classy lacing. Nice hop nose and some yeastyness. Hoppy citrus and grapefruit flavors in forefront, nice malt backbone. smooth and creamy mouthfeel, with medium body. I liked this IPA , suprised its not higher rated. Worth trying.

Billolick, Apr 09, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
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.

jdhilt, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice light orange with a modest 1 finger bubbly white head.

S: a nice hop spiciness, zesty with some dried tropical fruit (pineapples) and fresh lemons that was very light and refreshing.

T: a bold, crispy hop flavor from fruggle hops give this a nice spicy zing that was sharp and pleasant. The hopping was more sweet and spicy then floral and dry and a nice change of pace per style. There were some fresh oranges, along with a spicy hop fade.

M: The mouthful was light, with a moderate carbonation fizzle.

D: Easy drinking pale especially in the summer time with a zesty hop spiciness ending bitter-sweet. A nice change up.

beerthulhu, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper tone. Good sized creamy white head. Retention is very good. Nice toffee malt tones mixed with flowery hops on the nose. On the palate, the base is toffeeish and a little buttery. The hops impart a slight edge with a spicy and floral accent. Bitterness is more fragrant based than hop based. Chalky mouthfeel with a body checking in around medium or so. Decent enough EIPA.

Bighuge, Feb 03, 2005
Photo of Durge
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a fairly clear light yellow-copper color with a nice white foamy head and big lacing. It has a mild peppery wheat malt aroma, takes on a popcorn quality. There's a nice medium body creaminess with fairly fine but lively carbonation. The taste is mostly cracker and wheat, a littlle malt presence and a decent citrus hop bitterness at the back. A bit tart overall, along the lines of granny smith apple. Not exactly my taste for pale ale but it is a solid one and recommended for a try. Quite drinkable.

Durge, May 03, 2008
Photo of tbeckett
3.5/5  rDev -2%

tbeckett, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no lot code or expiration date. Sampled on Octiber 2, 2009. It pours amber and a bit on the hazy side with a short-lived quarter inch head. The aroma has a nice nose of sweeter caramel and floral hops. Medium mouthfeel. The taste is bitter with a good hoppy background. A nice brew that feels pretty true to the English Pale style.

puboflyons, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 “…handful of folks that have conquered the legendary 46High Peaks of the Adirondacks, earning the right to call themselves 46’ers.” No strength or freshness date listed.

Appearance: Dark orange, hazy body with lots of streamers. Thin head, but it covers the surface with a uniform white collar that is at least always a ¼” thick, though the top-up produced a decent frothy rocky head. Some attractive lacing on the glass sides is produced. Below average carbonation levels.

Nose: The nose is rather confusing; at first I thought that the beer was off, before I got to taste it. It has a musty damp odor, like soggy hops. Few hops break this strange odor. Some caramel and a light pepper aroma. Weird and a little off-putting.

Taste: Dry start, pale malt feel with a husky powdery texture. The middle has a delicate hop feel that builds into a bitter presence. The bitterness mixes with the husky malts to lend a more balanced feel. The ending has a light citric twang. Finishes with an extremely astringent death and a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Definitive feel at all times, start to finish, and long after the swallow. Medium body but the low-ish conditioning sparks a reminiscent feel of a hoppy English Bitter on Cask for me.

Drinkability: A solid session brew that drinks relatively easily and a little too quickly for my liking. I emptied the 12 ounce bottle, before I thought I emptied the 12 ounce bottle!!

Overall: A nice brew and highly enjoyable. More a Bitter Pale Ale than your classic American IPA, so it may disappoint some hops-heads, but I personally find it to be a nice change to pace to the higher echelon IPA’s.

A 46’er Cheers to McCall for supplying this one, perfect on a warm afternoon.

TheLongBeachBum, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of Suds
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, dense-orange colored beer with a thin head. The head died with surprising quickness. Floral hop aroma could be more intense, but it is pleasing. Slight yeast aroma and character as well. Mildly malty. At times it seemed that the beer has a slight spicy-hotness to it, but it was hard to place. Nice hop aftertaste. The beer could use more a malt backbone to balance the hops. Also, it's somewhat light and watery. Not bad, but a long way from great.

Suds, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of Bierman9
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12oz bottle, courtesy of Artied2... Poured a crystal clear, rich golden hue (though there was a bit of sediment in the bottle which was a late addition to the glass and hazed things up). A hard pour whipped up an egg-shell colored 1/4" layer of creamy foam. Or is it foamy cream? Not much lacing to write home about. Exceedingly mild aroma, though it did seem to have some buttery (Ringwood?) attributes. Almost medium bodied, with a slight prickliness on the tongue. Not much malty character here, but a decent-sized dose of bitterness. Maybe a wisp of caramel lurking in the background, but more of a hop-accented bier. Some green apple touches here and there in the lasting, bitterish finish. ALso, label says IPA but style here says APA... Buehler?

Prosit!!

overall: 3.45
appearance: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3

879

Bierman9, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of ffejherb
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 4/1/10.

A - Slightly hazy light amber/orange-tinted body with lively carbonation bubbles and about a finger's worth of beige froth on top that transformed into bubbly patches and swatches of foamy lace.

S - Nose is somewhat muted overall, although citrus hop notes are noticeable as well as some sweet caramel malt and toasted grains. As the liquid warmed up, some sharper herbal notes also emerged.

T - Initial flavor delivers quite a sharp, crisp hop bite for an English-style pale ale, suggesting not only citrus notes, but also grassy and herbal tones. Caramel malt provides a sweet backbone. Finishes with a distinct grainy malt character with a healthy dose of leafy and herbal hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate oily character. Lots of active carbonation, resulting in a bristly mouthfeel overall. Finishes with a fairly assertive dry bitterness on the palate for the style.

D - 46'er is definitely on the hoppy end of the pale ale spectrum and boasts lots of flavor and a fairly aggressive hop bite. And at 6% ABV, this lad remains extremely drinkable throughout.

ffejherb, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of ngeunit1
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy amber color with some nice fuzzy white head with pretty decent retention and some really nice lacing left behind.

S - Some fairly sweet, almost citrusy malt is the most present aroma. There is a slight amount of herbal notes and a touch of hops.

T - Starts of with some mild maltiness. Then it gets a bit sweeter as the citrus flavors and hops add to the growing malt flavor. The hops make for a tiny bit of a bite at the end.

M - Medium bodied and just a bit too much carbonation, which is a bit above medium level. Though it does make the beer feel a little more crisp, it feels a bit too fizzy on the tongue for the level of flavor.

D - Overall, the flavors are okay, the mouthfeel could just use a little work. The flavors overall are balanced quite well, just a little bit to subtle overall. Overall, fairly crisp and easy to drink.

ngeunit1, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of IronDjinn
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.

IronDjinn, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright amber gold body with fine carbonation, topped by an ample foamy white head, which rose slighty above the glass. Aroma is lighty fruity and herbal. Nice malt foundation to this IPA, and the hops meet but do not overwhelm it. Definitely in the English camp of IPAs, but even so, could use a dash more hop zing. It certainly makes for a good pint, but maybe it should be labeled a pale ale to lower expectations a tad. A good beer, but a slight let down.

Off topic: Label says "Real town. Real beer." The beer is certainly real, but on my trips to Lake Placid, parts of it seemed like an idealized Hollywood version of a winter resort. A very nice place, but real wasn't the word that came to mind.

Acquired in the Philly BA Gathering Beer Exchange.

10/25/03: A new sample from Yen157 has convinced me to up my grade from 3.6 to 4.0. Today's sample has a much sharper hop bite to it. I will attribute this to freshness, since I have not heard of any reformulation. No let down here.

RonfromJersey, Apr 19, 2003
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +12%

tclapper, Nov 18, 2011
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46'er Pale Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.