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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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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 CHickman
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.

CHickman, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of BeerPhan86
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with a one finger white head with good retention and sticky lacing.

S - Some pale malt and citrus hops. Not very aromatic.

T - This is a nice bitter English style pale. Bitter hops up front and then a nice caramel sweetness.

M - Light mouthfeel and very smooth. A tad overcarbonated.

D - Very tasty but not overpowering in any aspect. Very sessionable.

BeerPhan86, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought back directly from Lake Placid Brewery by my friend Petrislav
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Cloudy sunburst colors ranging from golden yellow on the bottom to deep amber/copper on top, nice clingy foamy off-white/beige head, leaves some thin space lacing, if the lace lived up the what the head looked like I would definitely bump this up

S: Citrus hops, but not grapefruit, mostly lemon, herbal hop notes too, distinct hops provide good aroma, but nothing really strong, almost hefeweizen like when served cold, pale malt is vaguely discernible too

T: Hops definitely come through, but don't dominate, more herbal hops than in the smell, could maybe use a litter more flavor here, not necessarily bitterness, a distinct carmel malt taste also comes through, leaves a slightly unpleasant bitter and sweet taste, but nothing bad

M: Combination of carbonation and caramel flavor make it feel fuller than it really is, ends up feeling a tad over medium

D: Still good, but slightly heavier feel than I would like lowers this, something just seems a little off for me to drink a lot of this

Notes: A good all around beer and a nice change of pace from the IPA's I have been having. It could use a little bit of work as far as balance goes. Something about the herbal hops and caramel malt don't quite work perfect. However, with a little tweaking those flavors could really make a unique pale ale.

dpodratsky3, Nov 30, 2009
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 Ralphus
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.

Ralphus, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of mdiv2001
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.

mdiv2001, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of cvstrickland
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 12-ounce bottle with a label that clearly denotes it as "English-style Pale Ale", poured into my imperial pint-sized willibecher glass yields a bright copper body with a storm of sediment in suspension and a two finger-thick crown of pale ivory-tinted ecru foam. The head is persistent and long-lasting, and deposits soft webby rings of lacing onto the sides of the glass.

The smell is mild and barely evident, with a whiff of sweet pale malt and a touch of floral, herbal spice.

The taste is caramel sweet with a note of floral, fruit-peel bitterness and a splash of diluted pear juice. Medium-toasted malts command the profile, but do so without any real authority as there seems little else to stand in their way.

The drink is medium-bodied with light carbonation, and is inoffensive enough to drink by the gallon should one feel the need. Thanks to Lum for the bottle!

cvstrickland, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker glass. Appears a cloudy amber color with about a finger of quickly fading bone white foam. Nose and flavor is of sweet malt, lightly toasted bread, mildly bitter hops, caramel. Dry and crisp from start to finish with ample carbonation. Worth a try if you see it.

ClockworkOrange, May 11, 2009
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a slightly hazy gold/amber with a medium head and decent lacing (No different from any decent APA).
Smells like an APA.
Has a nice malt presence. Slightly sweet and toasted; cracker-like. Good hop character. A nice drying finish.
Medium to fullish body. Smooth and drinkable.
When all is said and done, this is a flavorful, refreshing, and very drinkable brew. It's welcome in my fridge anytime.

Hoagie1973, May 07, 2009
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.

changeup45, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber color with reddish/orange highlights. Very little head even after I poured it aggressively. Intermittent lacing. Hoppy, citrus-like aroma. The hop are citrus-peel like at first but appear in the middle as a 'smoky' form when the brew warms but still less pronounced than I was expecting. Definitely an American Pale Ale compared to an India. Medium bodied with a good mouthfeel and a smooth, bitter hop finish. Dry but lacks some malt character to balance it.

thekevlarkid, Aug 20, 2008
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 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 buzzworthy
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 46'er Pale Ale pours out a dull, hazy orange color with decent head and some lace along the glass. Citrus smells predominate. There is a light caramel malt flavor with a citrus hop finish. Goes down easy. A pleasant drinking ale but not exceptional in any way.

buzzworthy, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of genog
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this was an extra from the final BIF shipment from markgugs:

Pours an amber orange color with a tapered, cascading light to dark from the top to the bottom. A thick white creamy head lingers around with a decent amount of lacing. Smell is of earthy hops, and some grains and rice. Taste is initially sweet with some bittering grains to follow. Some fruity apple presence lingers on the tongue. Watery mouthfeeling with soft carbonation.

genog, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of Backer2004
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nice amber color with lots of carbonation but little head rentention, no lacing on the glass.

Smell:Lots of fruity hoppiness, no malt characteristics.

Taste:A bit on the hot side, can taste the alchohol first. Fruits and hops, a bit off balanced with little room for malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nothing too exciting

Drinkability: For the alcohol percentage, good, for the style, a little rough to finish too many

Backer2004, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmmm....this is what an American Pale Ale should be.
Poured a slightly haze golden orange with some dark undertones.
Tons of tiny carbonation rises from the bottom for the entire time you are drinking it.
Half finger white head melted to a very nice solid ring of white and some sticky lacing.

Aromas are fruity hops...more citrus than citrus peel...and some sweet pale malt. Mostly a floral, fruity aroma.

Taste is like the aroma with a blast of citrus fruit and floral hops, then some softening from the malt, then an aftertaste of mostly just the dry fresh hops. Some alcohol warmth going down.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick for an APA with a sharp tingling on the tongue from all of the carbonation.

Well done.

IntriqKen, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dark orange/golden color. Head disappears immediately. But there is a definite haze.

Nice fruity/estery scent. Has a sweet pale malt scent. Flowery hops with a sweet accent.

Ooooohhh... A very nice fruity hop flavor, but with a nice dry malt balance. Nice yeast undertones. Really lovely. Sweet citrus. Bitter finish to the hosp. Really complex and delicious.

Dry and a little yeasty. Thick after the swallow. I like this one a lot. It's like a sweet ale, with a pale yeasty undertone.

williamherbert, May 27, 2007
Photo of LvilleIPA
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light brown/golden color with a thin off-white head.

S - Not so much going on really. Some citrus, a little malt.

T - Little dry at first, reminds me more of an english style than any most americans I've had. I actually like it alot. Very well balanced.

M - Medium in body and drying at the end. Flavor lasts long after.

D - VERY drinkable. These things seem to slide right down. I'll definitely be having these again.

LvilleIPA, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of Ralelen
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a trip to New York this weekend, Im glad I picked it up.

I pured a two finger head with a nice hop aroma. The beer did pour hazy, but I will assume that is due to the yeast in the bottle. Slightly under carbonated and a tad worty. I wont hold this against this great brewery, hand crafting is hard to do. I wish it had a bit more hops.

Ralelen, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of MTNboy
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hope I give this a fare review. I got this in growler an it was a couple of weeks before I got to it (Man! I hate admitting that.) but all things considered I enjoyed this beer.

Appearance- A little hazy but not dark.

Smell- It did not have a stong odor at all. I was surprised .

Taste- Even and ballanced flavors across the board. A little sweet, a little fruity, slightly metalic.

Mouthfeel- Light but not watery.

Drinkabity- Easy to throw back or sit and sip.

MTNboy, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of Kendo
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Into a pint glass, the 12 oz bottle poured a coppery-amber with a 1.5-finger bubbly khaki head. LOTS of carbonation as tiny bubbles rush to the surface to fortify the head, allowing it to linger nicely. Some lacing as I drink it, and some sediment settles to the bottom of the glass.

S: Very faint. I had to sniff deeply to get the citrusy, grassy hops, and even halfway down the glass when I swirled it aggressively to release some scent, I still didn't get much.

T: The dominant flavor in the profile is the dry, metallic/minerally dry-hopped taste. There are some toasty and caramel malt undertones and a citrusy, lemon peel-like hop bitterness to the taste, but that dry, lip-smacking metallic hop taste is the alpha male in this pack.

M: Well-carbonated. That metallic flavor detracts from the overall feel of this one, making it more harsh than smooth on the palate.

D: OK. I like APAs, and this one isn't a bad version, so I could have a few. But there are better options out there.

Notes: To date I've only hiked 13 of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks, so perhaps that's affecting my judgment. We'll have to ask BA MRMOJORISIN, who's hiked them all and so is rightfully called a "46'er" if completing all the ADK High Peaks is a prerequisite for enjoying this beer.

Kendo, Nov 23, 2006
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 Fish113d
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a slight haze. Thin, eggshell colored head sits atop of the body. Dissipates rather quickly to just an oily surface layer with just a thin coating of clinging head to the glass.

Not very robust in aroma. Biscuits in there along with some slight hops. Nothing stands out. Basic American Pale.

Bitter throughout with a large biscuit flavor along with some slight lemon peel flavor. I also get the idea of some hops in the back of my tongue also. Much better flavor than nose. A bit of caramel also tasted there, but very slight.

Well-balanced carboantion and a decent shot of alcohol for a 6%. Stingy carbonation on the tip of my tongue that quickly burns off to a slightly drying finish. Crisp feel.

Easily drinkable ale. I got this bottle in a variety case, and I could easily drink a 6-pack, if I'm not under the table!

Fish113d, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of SixpointJMH
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.

SixpointJMH, Mar 30, 2006
46'er Pale Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.