Lake Placid India Pale Ale | Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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Lake Placid India Pale AleLake Placid India Pale Ale

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Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of MikeBrandman
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a stein from a bottle. First impression is very, very dark and opaque, especially for an AIPA. Poured with 3 fingers of white, rocky head. Slowly receding leaving substantial lacing. No visible carbonation or sediment.

S - Strong hop smell. Very citrusy and floral. Very enjoyable and inviting. Slight grainy smell. No alcohol to the smell either.

T - Strong hop taste. Not balanced. Standard taste for an AIPA. Not overwhelmingly bitter; good malt backbone. No alcohol or fruity taste. Slight roasted malt taste.

MF - Smooth mouthfeel. Medium to heavy body.

D - Great drinkability for an AIPA. Not overwhelmingly bitter, not too heavy, just a solid beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, amber in color

Smell: caramel and pine hops

Taste: big citrus hops, small pine hops, lots of caramel--some of the aftertaste reminded me of juicy fruit gum

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, slightly sweet with bitter elements

Drinkability: A nice floral and fruity IPA that goes down very easily. Really impressed with this one. Could have a pint or two.

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Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Union Brew House in Weymouth 3/31

A: This beer pours a nice hazy deep dark amber color with a one finger of white-offwhite head. Head recedes to a thin film. Wispy lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is of extreme floral and piney hops, giving almost a soapy scent to it and just a very light tough of caramel.

T: Taste starts with a bit of caramel malt and then the floral hops come through. Piney hops fill out the middle. THe finish is a juicy orange/tangerine flavoring - almost like sucking on the rind of an orange peel.

M: Lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation, nice and clean body to it.

D: Goes down easily, nice kick to it, having with food tends to mute some of the tastes and gives more of a soapy flavoring, but without food it's a pretty solid beer to sit with for a while.

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Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color that verges on brown ale territory; atop the liquid sits a rock solid two fingers of head that leaves copious lace behind

Smell: Well-balanced aroma with both caramel malt and earthy, piney hops

Taste: Caramel malt, up front, with a growing fruity flavor that moves into piney hop territory by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet caramel that just gets the better of the hops in the finish; a hint of diacetyl as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: More of a hoppy amber or winter ale (not surprising, given its origins as Frostbite) than an IPA, this is still a very nice drinker

Thanks, CharlesDarwin, for the opportunity

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Photo of meatyard
2.96/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A fairly dark, clear, amber color with a pretty, 2-finger, fluffy white head that has decent retention and leaves lots of lacing.
S - There's not much in the way of hop aroma but plenty of sweet malt.
T - I'm unsure of the bottling date (sometime in 2010) but there's little in this of hop taste but there is still good, sweet malt taste and a bit of bitterness in the finish.
M - Is medium to thin with moderate carbonation.
D - If this IPA is always like this one, I wouldn't want another, ever. Unfortunately, it's not even balanced but leans heavily to the malt side.

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Photo of maximum12
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gn0sis for dropping this in as an extra to a very recent & highly anticipated trade. Feeling like I need a new, hopefully fairly gentle IPA tonight, this one looks like it fits the bill. Need a break from Hopslam, Batch 9000, & Nemesis before my palate dies under the influx of madness.

Pours a very murky, unfiltered, mildly radioactive-looking orange (just the medical grade stuff, not weapons-grade). Smell is very sweet, no hops at all. Smells kind of like orange Kool-Aid, come to that.

Lake Placid IPA hides its hops like a little kid hiding candy. The hops, invisible in the nose, come careening surpringly into the tongue. The hops a very dirty, bitter, down low kind of experience, backed by a middling layer of sweet malt, & at least two pieces of bread to leaven the mixture. Sliver of caramel tossed in too.

Goes down easy. Thicker & less liquid than your average IPA, but works.

This is an IPA for those who like balance. I don't. But it still manages to be very good, as the hops provide enough muscle & the malts are sweet & kind. For a hophead? Not enough bite. But for balance, this one's just about perfect. Very nice.

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Photo of jameswaldo
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I noticed chunks in the bottle sediment, so gave it a two-stage pour into pint glass, swirling last inch in bottle and dumping the hop flakes on top of a very dense light tan persistent head. Foam does not want to settle, big bubbles hang on for a really long time. Color dark amber, real turbid haze, lovely chunks of good stuff refusing to settle. Lace on glass as I drink looks like it'll need a scouring pad to clean off.
Smells very grapefruit citrus sweet.
Taste of sweet malt and sweet fruit mixes beautifully with darker caramel and bitter hops that hang on way back at the tongue/throat junction like a slippery gritty hop beast in its cave. Fine fat yeast beasts are mellow, round, like fresh-baked sourdough bread. Just about the most lovely hop aftertaste I've met in a bottled IPA. No ethanol perceptible, maybe no room for it in all the great hop yeast malt dimensions.
Mouthfeel very creamy, foam must come in bubbles a size smaller than the common foam bubble. Makes me want to mouth it till spit makes it warm, then after swallowing a persistent bittersweet drool clings to tongue bottom like those big bubbles in the glass still not going anywhere.
If this cost less than $10 per six-pack, I'd find it more drinkable. If it could possibly be made cheaper, or me richer, I wonder if my tongue would be able to cope with the joy of more than 2 bottles per day?

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moving up to Saranac Lake soon (landed a job in Lake Placid) so I am trying to familiarize myself with more of Lake Placid's beers other than Ubu Ale (which is admittedly pretty darn good). Although this brewery doesn't keep too many beers on tap at any one time what they do offer has been good in my experience and I am eager to try this IPA and see how Frostbite IPA compares when it is offered.

A - Pours much darker than I anticipated. A hazy dark ruby-amber with a 2 finger tan head. Very thick, sticky head with good retention and lacing.

S - I can already tell this will be more of a West Coast style IPA. Very floral citrusy hops with plenty of sweet, bready malt backbone.

T - Much like the nose. Incorporates some great grapefruit and piney hop flavors into one IPA but also has that toasty aspect that you find in IPAs such as DFH 60 Minute. Usually I find that IPAs fall into either of those two general categories (fruity/citrusy or toasty/bitter) but this one incorporates aspects of both of those types. Finishes a little bitter and dry and a nice earthy hop taste lingers on the tongue. Lots of flavor and little alcohol in the taste, nice.

M - Medium bodied and I like the amount of carbonation quite a bit. Creamy and smooth as far as IPAs go.

D - Very flavorful but I don't taste the alcohol too much. At 7% I think a couple will do just fine.

Overall, very tasty and definitely much better in a growler/on draft than I remember it being in a bottle. I will definitely keep this one in my rotation as I move up to the area in a few weeks.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here we go...

Pour - dark golden in color with a rather thin white head that is pretty tight and not so keen on fading away. Nice bubble action as well.

Aroma - nice floral West Coast hops. This is citrusy and piney as well as a little sweet. No surprises but also quite solid when it comes the smell.

Taste - bitter, floral hop taste is quite aggressive. This is a tongue-number. Plenty of that raw citrus flavor with a touch of honey sweetness to even most of it out. It still leans towards the hops quite a bit but that is what you want if you're a true hop head. Grapefruit juice in the finish that leaves your mouth dry and ready for more.

Overall - quite tasty stuff. I had a pint on tap when I was at the brewpub and out of the bottle it was quite comparable. Plenty of raw hop potency makes this more than an average IPA, especially for the region.

Would I buy more of it? - yes, I think I could rotate some of these through my IPA stocks from time to time.

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Photo of bobquick
4.57/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Reminds me of my favorite IPA on draft at the Cannon Brewpub in Columbus, GA named Special OPS. Anyone who has served at Fort Benning in the US Army Rangers knows where I mean.

And here it is in a bottle, something they can't do in GA...not to mention Lake Placid Craft Brewery is 1200 miles away.

Hops, but not too much. Tastes like another...I'm going back to the fridge.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours an extremely murky orange amber with a huge, bubbly beige head. The head took some time to recede and left behind very delicate lacing.

The nose is rather straightforward nose of pine and sticky caramel in which the hops do take the reigns. Nothing out of the ordinary. Pleasant.

Sticky and sweet caramel and pine with a mild toasted breadiness. A moderate hop flavor fills the mouth and leaves a sticky, chewy residue in its wake. Syrupy caramel peeks through a little more than I would like. More balanced than not balanced.

Medium bodied with a sticky pine resin and caramel feel that makes this have a bigger mouthfeel than it really does.

I found this to be rather drinkable. Not a spectacular IPA by any means, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of deereless
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy peach color with a thin and patchy head - 3.25, S: Nice very subtle hop aromas - mostly the citrusy styles, but the bready-biscuit smells dominate the hops, lots of caramel malts add a doughy-like sweetness - 3.00, T: Solid hop bitterness is the first thing to surface on the palate but this is quickly followed by the bready grain build, slightly toasty and nutty, there is a prominent diacetyl flavor to the beer that give it the buttery sweetness, hops really do not play enough of a role in this beer to fill the role of an IPA - 3.00, M: Quite creamy and smooth - 4.00, D: I enjoy this beer but the lesser role that hops have in the beer stretch the definition of IPA - 3.25

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a murky orange-amber with a small tan head that maintains. Decent lacing on the glass.

One-dimensional piney hop smell. Slight caramel malt backbone. Pleasant but ordinary.

Nice pineyhop flavor upfront leading into a nice caramel maltiness. Medium bitterness. Finishes fairly dry with a pleasant lingering hop taste.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall a decent IPA and easy to drink. Will neither amaze nor disappoint.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never heard of this brewery before but seemed to pop up in my usual beer store. Nothing too out of the ordinary here, slightly better than the average IPA. I felt the taste was a little lackluster compared to other brands and the body was a little lighter than I would have liked. All in all a nice East coast IPA.. definitely worth a try.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a medium-dark rustic orange that was turbulent and hazy, accompanied by a frothy light beige colored head that was well lasting. A light spongy lacing was left wheile a good strong visible carbonation was observed. Dark, turbid with a well lasting head makes for a good appearance.

S: delivered strong pine notes from the start with light hints of grapefruit. There is a rich creamy caramel presence, sweet and malty, that adds some sweetness. The aroma appeared strong at first but seemed to quickly diminish thereafter to a whimpy and only average nose.

T: The flavor was sticky sweet pine and caramelized malting. The hops were moderate in strength with bittering citrus (grapefruit) and fresh wet pine combining with the toasted sweet caramel malting. The finish is short with a light lingering display of lemon flower scents. The label suggest this used to be a winter release, and drinks more like a winter warmer with a full, sweet malty base with enough hops to distinguish itself as a ipa. Overall found the malting to be to sweet at times which over shadowed the hoppiness.

M: sticky, creamy and full with some carbonation edginess.

D: Full and malty, slightly syrupy, though lacked the crispness Ive come to expect from better examples. Only better then average consumption, wont make me rush out for more though wouldn't turn it down if available.

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Photo of Durge
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a pint glass this has a slightly hazed dark iced tea color with a very good sized off-white/light oatmeal colored head and great lacing. The aroma is a mild grapefruit and pleasant caramel malt. The flavor brings a fairly sharp citrus bite with a fairly bland malt base. This does not seem very complex or particularly satisfying to me but it's OK thanks to the hop intensity, decent in that respect. It has solid body and a somewhat dense but spritzy mouth feel. All in all, worth a try for IPA lovers who should find this plenty drinkable.

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Photo of dickroop
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty label an the bottle adds to this beer's appeal. Poured with a 2-finger head, and thick, coarse beige-tan foam, this ale was reddish-bronze and hazy, with coarse lacing. The smell was mostly hops, of the English variety, little malt evident. There are earthy tones beneath floral notes.

When comes time to taste, it's quite a bit more forward. The palate is attached by both sweetness from caramel malt and bitterness of an indistinct varitey. The mid palate has a bit of citrus and it finishes bitter but not quite clean. The mouthfeel is a bit cloying for all the sweetness. Carbonation is unexceptional. The bitter and sweet combination is not really to my liking. It's big in flavors but not complexity and short on hop aromas to offset the gray bitterness. To me it comes out as ordinary, more of an English style IPA. As it warms, the malt flavor comes through more noticeably, with a little biscuit flavor, and the floral hop flavor notes develops more, with a bit of spiciness. This is a beer that you definitely should allow to warm from fridge temperature to cellar temp before enjoying.

All in all, the drinkability isn't bad, but it's not something I'm likely to buy again. It's enjoyable, but not distinguished.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a deep brown/amber with a small off white head. Aroma of diacetyl, sweet fruits, and sweet malt. Flavor is rather sweet and fruity (apricot), with lots of caramel and some crystal malt. Definitely more of an amber or APA, not sure why the brewers changed the name...but I still liked the beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I guess I should have poured this one softer. Foggy amber with a nice creme head, but there are a lot of floaties in there. Nice pine resin nose with citrus tones. Flavor brings a bit of the same. Though the flavor seems to be a bit tight. Not quite the vibrant west coast ipa, but who cares. I like it. Feel is good on carbonation. Liquid is a bit thicker. Like I said, I like this beer. Would be interested to see it on cask.

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Photo of far333
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed dark copper with a half inch cap of off-white evenly bubbled foam that lingers long.

Low aroma of bready malt and floral hops.

Balanced flavor of malt and hops, neither one seems to take over, but neither one seems to impress either. Firm honey and grainy light brown sugar malt, with orange juice and flowers riding over the top. Hops is the slightly dominant flavor, clean and citrusy.

Full and even mouthfeel, fairly drinkable, but not earthshaking.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a clear plastic cup at Mt. View in Naugatuck, Conn.

A: Poured a bright orange color with a slightly creamy white head of foam. Slight sediment and a chill haze can be seen in this IPA.

S: Very nice aroma; full hop bouquet of flowers, grapefruit and pine.

T: Taste is semisweet and potent, but very well balanced. Light caramel malt mellows out the all West-coast hop profile of this brew. Some pine, citrus and a sticky, herbal finish earmark this IPA.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty well balanced. Flavors wash down pretty well.

D: This was a decent IPA and I'd probably have picked some up if I were in an IPA mood or buying just for myself. Not too spectacular, but clean, tasty and something different in the cooler.

The rebranded Frostbite winter brew from Lake Placid has found its way into the regular rotation. It's got to be a decent seller to do this and the flavor provides some answers as to why.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lake Placid- IPA

A- Clear golden copper ornage with a decent frothy head. Billowy white lacing, not bad.
S- sweet buttery malt. slight citrusy hop notes.
T- Thick buttery sweet malt, caramel malt, and a touch of citrus hops.
M- Big maltiness throughout, slick and sweet with a slight dry hoppy bite in the end.

Overall- Uneven, very malt heavy. Drinks fine though. Tasty, but needs to be hoppier.

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Photo of Kendo
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy ruby-copper body with plenty of sediment "floaties." A small (half-finger) cream/khaki head leaves behind decent lace.

S: Some fruity hops -- think tropical fruit rather than citrus -- and honey-drizzled caramel malt. Pleasant nose.

T: Fruity hops again, over bready and caramel malt. Finishes with a dry bitterness that lingers. Minerally astringency as well.

M: Active carbonation. Body is lighter side of medium in heft.

D: Good, but not even close to a top-tier IPA.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a thick, creamy tan head. Good sticky lacing. Big sweet, orange and grapefruit nose. Straightforward hoppy flavour - grapefruit hops and a solid bitter finish. A little bit of a fruitiness comes in from the back end. Body is quite creamy and full. Solid IPA.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazy amber color with a rich & creamy beige head that left globs of sticky lacing on the glass.

S - earthy, citrus aroma.

T - some sweet malt upfront gets hit on the head with sour citrus bitterness before leaving a sweet sticky aftertaste on the lips.

F - medium bodied with a slick feel.

D - middle of the road IPA.

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Lake Placid India Pale Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
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