Lake Placid India Pale Ale | Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

Lake Placid India Pale AleLake Placid India Pale Ale
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Lake Placid India Pale AleLake Placid India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by hyland24 on 03-24-2008

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Ratings: 301 |  Reviews: 157
Photo of WesWes
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy dark golden color with a 1/4" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very complex malt aroma that boasts of pale, bisquit, and crystal malts. The hop aroma isn't that pronounced, which is a bit of a bummer. The taste is decent. This is a malt heavy IPA with a good amount of bitterness present in the finish. The hops I do taste are quite nice. The malt bill is maybe a little too complex. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very easy drinking beer, although it's only an average IPA.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle is the last of three I received in a Beer-of-the-Month Club. No freshness dating found. Poured into tulip pint glass.

Appearance: murky dark copper colored (darker than most IPAs that have crossed my lips).The beige head is 1-1/2" high and dense after a vigorous pour and never really dies. There's carbonation only at the head.

Smell: the hop scents are muted, which may be attributed to age, not knowing exactly when this was bottled. The hops are grassy and enveloped by sweet caramel malts. Beyond the sweetness, alcohol can be detected.

Taste: flavors are a bit aged and the hops don't have the bite of an IPA, being equalized by the malts. The sweetness is honey and caramel.

Mouthfeel: medium body with beneficial carbonation. I was looking for more out of balance with hop textures.

Drinkability: I would love to review a fresh bottle of this. With some more booziness, this would have been hard to decipher from a barleywine.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle with no recognizable freshness date. Obtained from a recent trip to Plattsburgh.

Appearance: Pours a thick-looking orange-amber with a tiny amount of white bubbly head. Not foam, but bubbles.

Nose: Dry and herbal smelling, there's a brightness too, an almost minty coolness to it.

Palate: Medium bodied and crisp, yet somehow also round feeling. There is a fine edge at the finish cutting off the roundness of the midpalate. Flavors are of braised oranges spiced and herbed (Provencal), medium toasted malt, and a cooling, almost menthol feel from the hops, giving the beer a really refreshing feel despite the medium-malty profile.

Notes: Incredibly well balanced IPA, while maintaining a bitter profile. The hops rule this beer with a subtle hand, gently coaxing it into the more "bitter" side of things without being unruly themselves. The menthol/mint character is unique and appreciated, making the beer really refreshing both in the bottle and in the glass. Sessionable and unique. Well done.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lake Placid IPA is a cloudy amber ale with some particles in it. It has a nice, dense, light beige head with great retention and it leaves thick crust on the glass. The aroma is very fresh! Citrus, pine and resin are up front, but there is a lurking sweetness in the nose. It is medium bodied and incredibly smooth and soft. The finish is clean and dry. So often, a beer this hoppy takes a ding on the mouth feel, but not this one. The flavor is very well balanced. It is a bold one-- reminds me of something from Stone. There is a resiny tone that centers the entire taste. There is a nice sweetness underneath and grapefruit peel is prominent. It is very difficult not to chug this beer.
(rated Sep 8, 2008)

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Photo of bobsy
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour with a sticky white head. Grapefruit aroma, with some caramel. Fairly straightforward flavour - lots of hop bitterness, with a little bit of caramel malt trying, and failing, to balance it out. Moderate body and carbonation. Fairly drinkable, but a touch on the plain side.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes from the Albany microbrew fest.

A: Pale golden color with a half finger of white head.

S: Intense hop nose. Nothing else though.

T: Too bitter. Very hoppy but nothing to balance it out.

M: Medium body that doesnt help or hurt the beer.

D: It was something around 95 degrees that day so it went down easy.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Very dark brown for an IPA, almost a light milk chocolate color, lighter than a normal brown ale but darker than a normal IPA. Biggest problem is that it is murky and has floaties. If it seemed to just be a matter of hops haze, I might forgive it, but it looks like more than that. Head was yellowish of white with only moderate retention and only very light lacing.

S = Smell is not bad but not really typical for what I look for in an IPA. I get moderate piney hops and slight citrus rind, but also an underlying maple syrup and brown sugar smell that is pleasant but a little misplaced.

T = Taste follows the smell but with slightly better results. I get a good amount of bitterness from tongue tip to end of moedstly long finish, in the middle I get a fair balance with maple syrup and brown sugar tastes as promised in the smell appearing at mid-palate. Not overly complex, but enjoyable.

M = Medium bodied, but nonetheless kind of thin in the finish, only moderate mouthcoating, carbonation level stings a little unpleasantly.

D = This is a drinkable beer and I could easily drink more of them, but I would not search it out. It just doesn't really distinguish itself whether considered as an IPA, a pale ale, or an American red or brown ale.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured with a hazy deep amber color and had quite a bit of particles suspended in the brew. There was a two finger foamy off white head that displayed quite a bit of staying power. As I consumed the beer there were sheets of lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma was mostly made up of citrus notes, specifically grapefruit with just a touch of caramel notes.

Thee beer had a nice flavor that was very smooth and well balanced. It started slightly more malt like in flavor, but quickly transitioned to a hop finish that you would expect from an IPA. As the beer warmed slightly I noticed a change in the flavor and enjoyed the complexities. There was almost a sense of a bread like finish that was evident before you were left with the traditional hop lingering taste.

I really liked the mouth feel that was rather silky or creamy. This almost reminded me of a cask conditioned beer. There was very little carbonation.

Pretty drinkable and pretty enjoyable. Certainly not an epic beer, but one that is worth a shot.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy ochre with a reddish bronze influence and a static storm of fine yeasties. Atop the beer sits a good-sized crown of pale caramel colored foam that has a quality look. The lid becomes even more attractive as it begins to melt, and is gracing the glass with an array of delicate, feathery lace.

The aroma suggests plenty of caramel malt and a less than breathtaking quantity of citric hops. It's hard to tell, though. I'll leave it for my buds to decide because they're better at that sort of thing. Since the brewery calls this ale 'a tribute to West Coast-style American IPAs' and uses the words 'loaded with', they must have been somewhat generous with the little green cones.

Lake Placid India Pale Ale was formerly a winter seasonal known as Frostbite Pale Ale. It's obvious from the first sip that this beer has caramel malty, winter seasonal origins written all over it. Still, if a brewery is going to release a beer year-round and call it an India pale ale, it needs to be slanted more toward hops than this.

This is pretty good beer that could stand to have its butterscotchy diacetyl cut in half. At least. Again, the grapefruity American hops are noticeable, but can't begin to cut through the flavor and sweetness provided by all the malt. The finish is where the hop flavor and bitterness are finally allowed to see the light of day. There's also a tea leafiness and hint of fresh tobacco that add something of interest.

The mouthfeel is on the full side for the style and the ABV. Since I'm a big beer lovin' kind of guy, this ale's lush and creamy smoothness is right up my alley. Along with the look, the mouthfeel is the highlight of this experience.

My first experience with Lake Placid Pub and Brewery beer is a mixed bag. In my humble opinion, they've erred in calling this offering an India Pale Ale. If they're happy with the final product, then they should call it something else. If they want to brew a real IPA, they need to decrease the caramel malt and increase the hops.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a real nice cloudy amber color with a thick head that didn't last too long.

Smell: Strong and hoppy with hints of citrus.

Taste: Again, real nice and hoppy with a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Spicy and medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and would drink again if given the opportunity.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a rocky head that fades to a cap and leaves some spotty lacing. Light and grainy aromas, somewhat floral in the hops department. A little sweet, but a nice hop profile with some earthy notes, citrus and a lingering bitterness. Baked bread from the malt as well. Pretty pleasant if not earthshaking. It does get a little soapy tasting as it remains open. Mouthfeel is quite grainy and thick. Not the best example of the style, but its not bad.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells of sweet hops and hints of caramel. Pours to an almost opaque light brown with a light tan head. At first taste the carbonation seems high. The taste starts bitter, followed by a sweeter brown sugar flavor, the bitterness returns but duller and dryer and the final is a sweet aftertaste. This is quite a complex brew with 4 flavor stages. For my taste the bitterness is a little too flat as the hoppiness lacks citrus notes but for the stye of beer this is quite good.

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Photo of amiles
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Holland High Gravity glass...

A: Looks attractive actually, nice deep cooper slightly cloudy. Two finger head, with some decent lacing.

S: Smells of mild hops and citrus. Not bad.

T: A little watery and weak. Hops, with maybe some carmel in the aftertaste.

M: Nice carbonation, smooth.

D: So far it's kicking back pretty easily. I'm sure in due time I'll have had a few.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this one in a trade with Hyland24. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A - Cloudy amber color. Pour produced a thin white head that stayed the entire beer. Good amount of patchy lace work.

S - A slightly musty hop aroma. Slight hints of citrus, pine and malt also detected. Strong smell of perfume, very floral

T - Slightly citric malt taste up front followed by a strong spicy hop bitterness.

MF&D - Medium bodied IPA, kinda spicy to the tongue. Not too sprcial about this beer.

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Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a few days ago as part of the March MicroBeerClub shipment.

Beer poured a copper orange color with a decent head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose initially was strong of citrusy hops but has faded to basic malt. Taste is heavy on west coast citrus tinged hops but there is a hint of a malt backbone there to balance out things a bit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and is satisfying for the style. Overall drinkability is good. This is a nice representation of the west coast style IPA and would recommend to try.

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Photo of erosier
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice copper color with a tall and medium bodied off-white colored head that fades fast and settles to a thin ring around the top of the beer. It laces the glass very nicely all the way down. It has a very distinct IPA aroma of piney hops and citrisy hops. The taste is good for an IPA. A very well balanced blend of the sweet malts and the piney and citrisy hop flavors that isn't overly bitter but still an excellent IPA taste. The mouthfeel is very crisp and fresh feeling which makes it a very drinkable IPA. I think it's worth a try.

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Photo of tmitch75
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another March selection from the monthly club. I don't think I've tried any Lake Placid selections before.

Cloudy copper color, ample creamy head and rings of lace all the way around.

General hoppy smell, with a little bit of pine to it.

Herbal hoppy flavor with a subtle lime taste mixed with with other citrus. Just enough malty sweetness in the finish to balance it out.

Full bodied but very easy drinking. This is a very drinkable IPA with strong hops balanced well with sweet malt.

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Photo of Moxley
2.56/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the second beer I've tried by Lake Placid. Again, not a big fan. I will say I love the marketing and logo, and was excited to like this one after the Ubu Ale was a bust. Unfortunately it didn't turn out that way.

Anyway, on to the review:

A- Poured a cloudy copper with a thick beige head the settled quickly.

S- Lots of hops, with a subtle citrus sweetness.

T- Bitter with a spicy kick, and a little heavy and thick for my liking with no carbonation to speak of.

M- Medium bodied ale.

D- Not what I would consider a session beer, but glad that I tried it.

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Photo of hyland24
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle I received from my beer of the month club into a tall pilsner glass. I was actually shocked that this beer had not been reviewed as I had received it over a week ago from my club. I sampled it with fellow Ba member Moxley.

The beer poured a cloudy amber with red hues when held up to the light. It produced an inch thick light tan head with minimal stick lacing throughout.

The smell was a strong hoppy bouquet with faint hints sweet apricot.

The taste was very similar to the smell with a strong hoppy bite on the tongue which overpowered any other flavors, although I did pick up residual sweetness.

The mouthfeel was spicy on the toungue. A medium bodied ale spot on for this style. Not a session beer due to the over hop spice, but definitely a decent flavorful beer. I would try it again.

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Photo of oconman
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost a little too red, with an amber head that stays nicely down the glass. Good malty and british hop nose, with that balance of aromas and a tiny tinge of yeast and alcohol. Definitely a British rather than a west coast IPA, very well balanced and a beer we would try again. It's called Lake Placid IPA all over the bottle now.

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Photo of Bobzilla
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

SirSaranac made refrence to a name change, and it's true. But, this beer will always be Frostbite to me and the Mrs.
This is a perennial favorite to have in our kegerator. Although it is a bit high in alcohol for a session beer, it certainly is drinkable. The beer has a nice bitter finish; sharp, but not lingering too long to be distracting. It has a nice ruby-golden color, which initally makes me wonder why they changed the name to IPA. It seems to be atyipical for the style. This recent keg has a bit of fizzyness to the mouthfeel that I don't recall from previous batches, but that could be as much from the inital keg pressure as it is from the brew itself.
There is alot of similarity between Frostbite and Magic Hat's Roxy Rolles. The biggest difference would be the lack of Simcoe hops in Frostbite. But, the malt character is similar, and the hop bitterness about the same.
A highly reccommended beer. Great with a variety of eats! BBQ as much as Indian. Cooling in the summer, but strong enough to warm you in winter. (Despite its name!)

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Photo of WillieMoe
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick, cloudy, dark orange, amber color. Frothy head that dissolves at a moderate pace, and leaves a beautiful lacing around the glass.

The woody hops are the predominate aroma here,and are very inviting.

Strong wooded hop taste to it with a lot of bitterness hitting you, but not in a bad way.

It's a bit thicker on the tongue than some other IPAs, but is a delightful treat that I could drink throughout a long cold winter.

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Photo of SirSaranac
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well the package says "Lake Placid IPA"... but the bottles say "Frostbite Ale".... I was told that FX Matt purchased/is purchasing Lake Placid Brewing company and is switching the name.. I DON'T KNOW!... Anywho, I liked the UBU so I decided to try some more from Lake Placid.
*Edit- FX Matt hasn't purchased Lake Placid, rather they've gone into a distribution deal together. Details seem like a win-win symbiotic relationship for both breweries.

A- Poured a dark bronze... moderate carbonation... Nice head... great lacing.

S- Hmmmm.... Hoppy... malty... nutty. Citrus hops dominates the scent... nothing overwhelming though.

T- Delicious. Not REAAAL hoppy, but definitely an IPA. Well balanced hops, and very complex flavor will leave you deciphering the entire glass. Malt compliments the hops perfectly.

M- Light/Med body... the carbonation isn't too extreme. Bites the tongue nicely.

D- MORE PLEASE! The is a great local IPA that I could drink all night. I hope it's true that FX Matt purchased this brewery... this is a great brew for the price.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Large foamy off-white head. Cloudy dark cider orange. Looks like the perfect IPA for winter. Excellent frosty lace.

Mild hop aroma, bitter cascadey hops. Is tainted by a chlorine-ish malt aroma. Is it the yeast?

Bitter woody hops, but the chlorine taste in the malt really kills it. Not sure if it's the storage or the brew. Tastes musty. The hops salvage it somewhat.

Slightly bubbly and spicy, though not overly so. Tastes a little off. Not sure why. Flat. Does look great though.

***OLD REVIEW: 4.15***

Has a hazy, cloudy orange color. Decent dishsoap head. The haze makes the beer look very thick and inviting. (4)

Heavy hop smell. Very bitter and overwhelming, but in a tantalizing way. (4.5)

Hard, bitter hop flavor. Very strong and delicious. (4)

Medium body, somewhat thick. Has a bit of thick residue left on the tongue. (4) I could drink this baby all night. Outstanding. (4.5)

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured @ the Gate in Park Slope, Brooklyn into pint glass.

A: Dark maroon color.Thin head and some lacing, not much. Much darker than I expected.

S: Almost no aromas, kind of weak. Maybe a little hops.

T: Good Hops flavor. The bitterness was nice, good balance. Pretty good considering the weak smell.

M: Medium body, more so than most APAs.

D: Pretty decent as far as drinkability. The balance of flavors in this beer make it worth while.

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Lake Placid India Pale Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 51.5% out of 100 with 301 ratings
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