India Pale Ale
Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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IPA - American
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3.68 | pDev: 13.59%
Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
New York, United States
India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look - normal clear caramel color with a slight head
Smell - extremely piney with a caramel backbone
Taste - reallly piney like smell with a slight caramel backbone
Feel - medium body and carbknation
Overall - ok

Oct 03, 2017
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stcules from Italy

3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber, hazy. Scarce foam, one finger, brown in color.
Resinous hop in the smell, then earthly and slightrly citric. Then the balancing maltiness.
Ùmalt and caramel, a light toasted taste. Then a good, full hoppiness.
Hopped aftertate, bitter nd earthly, and piney. Quite long.
Pleasant, easy to drink, with some english note, for an american IPA.

Jun 09, 2015
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Beergod50 from New York

4.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really enjoy this relatively inexpensive IPA. Most of the time I only sit down and drink one IPA; this one generally entices me to have a second. An added plus is the great restaurant and brewery. If you get to Lake Placid it is a must.

Jan 11, 2015
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dar482 from New York

3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a dark reddish amber.

The aroma has bready malt with citrus and floral hops.

The flavor follows with a bready malt backbone, without being too heavy. The hops come through with grapefruit, some floral, and a bit of pine.

A surprisingly decent brew for what it is.

Jun 11, 2014
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Edward19 from New York

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Purchased from Wegmans in Liverpool, NY. Poured into a snifter. Pours a deep amber color. Smells malty with a hint of hops. Tastes malty with a finish of piney and citrus notes. Definitley not one of the best ipa's I have had. It is too malty for my liking. But the beer is smooth and has a nice drinkability.

Nov 22, 2013
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BurgeoningBrewhead from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into becker pint glass; slightly cloudy darker amber with a thick fluffy off-white head which fades after a bit into a nice disc of foam, leaving excellent lacing. Smell is spicy floral and piney hops with a strong malt presence. Taste follows naturally, spicy hops, a few fruity notes and subdued malt with a nice bitter finish/aftertaste.

Jun 28, 2013
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vicg12 from New York

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark amber color. Nice hop rich smell. Head is kind poor, but other than that it leaves a nice lace. Beautiful pour. Pretty malty for an ipa, but its nice. On the heavier side. Really solid beer from a small brewery that I have never had a bad beer from.

Apr 20, 2013
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks of a fairly clear deep amber brown with a 1/4 inch of sticky head that seems to be fed with constant bubbles. Nice lacing.
S - Smells of floral and citrus hops, some bready malts, and a touch of pine.
T - Has a good hop bite, some metallic notes but not very offensive, and pine hops seem to cling to the palate after the finish. It's pretty balanced but not the greatest IPA.
M - Medium bodied, somewhat chewy, not bad.

Overall this is a pretty good IPA but it just seems middle of the road. Seems crafted well enough though.

Mar 27, 2013
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JMScowcroft from Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company - Lake Placid India Pale Ale

Look - Pours hazy amber with a slight, soapy head. Good lacing.

Smell - Bittersweet English malts with a hoppy overlay. Caramel is present as well.

Taste - Bitter hops, bitter malts, then more hops. Dry and hoppy.

Mouthfeel - Rests bitter and chewy malts. Decent drinkability, a bit grainy here.

Overall - Not a bad brew. I can see how it would have been more of a Winter seasonal. The English hops and malt are a bit bitter for my palette. Could have used a slight bit more creaminess to offset the dry. Was too malty for an IPA.

Mar 25, 2013
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Justin23060 from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber, one finger head with some sediment

S - Fresh pine, grapefruit as well as malty chocolate

T - Pretty dry from start to finish with a slight pucker and shorter linger than most IPAs. Chocolaty malt comes through but quickly gives way to citrusy hops. Pretty straight forward but solid IPA.

M- Medium mouthfeel with some sharp carbonation.

O - That little bit of malt is what won me over. A milder, but still in your face American Hop presence with a malty English IPA shout out. You really need to try this if you are in the North Country. You won't be disappointed.

Dec 08, 2012
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Kremlock from Canada (ON)

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown in colour with a white frothy head that then falls to a thin film on top of the beer with a ring that laces a bit.

S: sweet blood orange or pink grapefruit with sugar on top.

T: Malty backbone with some sweet oranges and pines on the finish.

M: low to med mouth feel with a crisp carbonation to clean up the palate. Bitterness is not over the top, sort of light for an IPA from a craft brewery,

O: This is a good IPA. Not for hop heads but it's a great introduction to what an IPA should be for those that think the Macros brew IPA's. Flavours are nice and it's well balanced.

Oct 26, 2012
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facundoCNB from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a dark amber pour, barely a sign of carbonation... earth notes, grassy hops, and roasted nuts fill the nose with great aroma. a shock of bitterness hits the front of the palate, as the sweetness of the malt fills the rest in. medium body, low carbonation (the growler was loosely capped when my brother in law handed it to me, he said they just had them sitting in the fridge at the brewery.. come on guys, really?!)

not a bad beer, but would be more enjoyable with more co2

Oct 18, 2012
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micromaniac129 from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with some haziness. A smallish head sits on top. It's smaller but has good retention and adequate lacing.
Aroma is more malty then hoppy. Toffee and caramel malts followed by hints of citrus hops.
Taste is malty with sweet caramel malts. Hops are along the citrus pineapple vein but are light. Drinks heavy and smooth.
Pretty good beer here. Drinks well like an EIPA.

Sep 08, 2012
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SickGnar from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Warm & ambery copper, overall clear with a some fine floaties and a few streams of slow & steady bubbles rising to the medium size cream colored head. Lacing is only just acceptable.

S: Fruity citrus. Lots of sweet & juicy tangerine accented by some orange and a touch of grapefruit. Leafy & grassy background note. Faint caramel malt & grainy sweetness. Okay strength & quite appealing.

T: Bitterness increases quite a bit, but the hop character stays largely the same. Up front it is juicy tangerine with some grapefruit and citrus peel at the edges. The back end focuses more on the citrus peel with a grassy edge. Malts are just there to provide a base. Light crystal / caramel & some grainy sweetness with a hint of toasty biscuit. Bitterness lingers on pleasantly for a long time with some pine coming out in the finish.

M: Medium body or just barely under. Carbonation is matched and also touch soft, but it does combine with the hops to give a bit of a bite. Texture from both tannins and some dextrins with just hint of sticky residual sugars. Nicely hop drying finish as expected.

D: Pretty standard US IPA sort of in the west coast vein. Perhaps not as in your face as some. Still solid and strong style character. Tasty and very drinkable.

Aug 24, 2012
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elgiacomo from Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled August 28th, 2011. Served at around 45F.

Pours hazy copper/amber with a good foamy off-white light tan head that leaves some nice drippy sticky rings of lacing.

Aroma is floral, herbal and grassy hops with only hints of citrus or pine, bready malt with a touch of caramel. Good strength.

Flavor generally follows suit with herbal and grassy notes, a bit more citrus, rather heft malt backbone for an IPA with lots of dark bread and some caramel, good citrus bitterness on the finish. Minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Pretty good IPA although more malty than I generally prefer in the style.

Jan 06, 2012
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DrinkSlurm from New York

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.
Pours a healthy golden brown...more on the brown side.
Hop, malt, and pine aroma...smells slightly bitter.
Taste is decent...not great. Over malty for an IPA, and too bitter as well. It is way better on tap at the is especially nice after enjoying a few nights in the ADK wilderness...but I digress.

Not worth seeking out in the bottle, but its a nice variety 12 to bring to someones house... but I would, and have, made a trip to Lake Placid just to have a few LP brews and food.

Dec 27, 2011
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BeerLover99 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: shiny/clay orange, finger off-white head,
nice lacing

S: big floral nose, grapefruit, lemon zest/grass

T: grapefruit, lemon peel, floral,
piney/lemon grass low bitter finish

M: med body, bubbly/mild oily mouth

O: Pleasantly surprising. Would get
again and highly recommend them.
This could become a regular in my frig.


Dec 11, 2011
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alemiester from Florida

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I live in the ADK's and have enjoyed many pints of this at the brewery. Go to the brewery in Lake Placid - when it's right, there is none better. Great rich creamy head, beautiful amber color, amazing, creamy mouth-feel, great body and hops. The bottled stuff is made in Utica, I think, and not nearly as good.

Dec 03, 2011
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tobelerone from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. A hazy amber colored beer with a good head and lacing, decent retention. Fairly standard aroma, with some pine and citrus notes; smells hoppy enough. Not super aromatic. Flavor followed suit, with the same somewhat predictable hop profile and a good balance between the hops and a somewhat sweet, caramel-flavored malt backbone. This is definitely more restrained in terms of bitterness and more malt forward than many of the contemporary hop bombs on the market. Felt a bit uninteresting after experiencing some of those beers, to be honest. Kind of a middle-of-the-spectrum, old school East Coast IPA. Medium body and carbonation, average finish, decent creaminess. Nothing to write home about for me, but certainly drinkable. The night before I had been enjoying FW Union Jack and Green Flash WC IPA so this one seemed a bit dull to me. Maybe that’s not all that fair but that was my impression.

Oct 31, 2011
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is probably the best beer in the adirondaks. i must specify, on tap fresh from the brewery, it has no equal. in a bottle it goes alright, but nowhere near the draft experience at the source. it used to be called frostbite when it was a seasonal, but just known as ipa now that its all year round. it pours an a sap colored amber and smells like fresh hops, with some malt sweetness and some hop bite both evident, more substantial than a lot of these, even dramatic for being as classically styled as it is, quite bold. the flavor is sweet from the grain but the hops start early, up front for just a second before the bitter side kicks in, a hop forward finish starts to crescendo. there is some linger here, equally from malt as hops, and it goes great with anything on the grill. it doesnt warm up super well, just gets kind of big, but i like the intensity of the hops, a wintery complexion but a beer id drink happily anytime. one of their best beers. a really fantastic ipa enjoyed best in the ADKS.

Sep 30, 2011
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark amber, some light red hues. Brownish foam. Some stickiness.

Light smell, more malt than hop. Hoppy blended malt taste, more toffee than pine. Thick and chewy, light a hoppy amber ale.

Full of flavor, pretty good IPA.

Sep 05, 2011
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argock from Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. No freshness date. Single purchased at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $1.89.

A: Decidedly copper with short-lived, off-white head with a decent dose of intricate lacing around the top of the mug.

S: Tea-like and splits the difference between English IPA and APA with herbal hops leading the the way and giving way to a complex maltiness with a lot of breadiness.

T: The flavor is by no means bad, but it doesn't fit the American IPA style well at all, and instead would fit in the WInter Warmer or APA style better. The flavor is very malty with bready, light caramel, and biscuit tones meeting with a mix of orange and lemon citrus and tea-like herbal hops. The tea-like qualities win out, and I think this beer would fit more in the English IPA.

M: Easy drinking with medium-body and low-moderate carbonation.

O: Not really an American IPA -- fits the English persuasion just fine with a complex maltiness and herbal, tea-like hoppy finish.

Aug 16, 2011
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ericj551 from Canada (AB)

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lake Placid IPA pours a red amber with a nice offwhite head. The aroma is a nice blend of floral and herbal hops and a bit of tea like caramel malt. More floral and earthy hops pop up in the flavor with a nice crystal malt sweetness. The beer is full bodied with a nice lingering bitterness. Overall a really nice IPA and a good change of pace from the standard citrus bomb.

Aug 06, 2011
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scootny from New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice balanced brew. Quite dark with a dusky head and good lacing. Smell is nice with a honeyed caramel as well as the usual citrusy hops. Taste is very well balanced with a tilt toward caramel malt. A good dry finish and plenty of grapefruit and caramel. Some good yeasty breadiness lingering as well a a touch of mint. This started as a winter brew and the roasted smoky malts used give a nice complexity and heartiness. Feel is smoothly carbonated and quenching. Overall, it goes down quite nicely and I wish I more than one bottle on this warm summer day to attack my thirst.

Jul 27, 2011
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Tschnab from New York

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- a darker than usual IPA, with a good head and lots of scattered lace left on my glass.

S- hops and citrus.

T- the hops and grapefruit notes are their, but not totally dominant. It is balanced out by malt, spices, and a carmel finish.

O- Really nice, nothing really special here, but goes great with a pizza in front of the tv.

Jul 09, 2011
India Pale Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
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