Ubu Ale | Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our famous English-style Strong Ale, deep garnet red in color, with a smooth, hardy taste and a nice warm feeling to follow.

38 IBU

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Reviews: 310 | Ratings: 776
Photo of DrMullet
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark reddish brown resolving to thin lacing.
Smell is sweet malt with a hint of dark fruit.
Taste is sweet malt with a blend of caramel and chocolate.
Some hop at the finish.

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Photo of Sable
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Strong head, decent flavor ... Lake Placid Ubu Ale is supposed to be a British style red. It's not bad, but I perhaps shouldn't have had it right after an Irish red. The flavor profile is totally different. More fruity, less caramel, and definitely less dark. The roasted malt flavor is there, but more smoky than roasty. And the hops are more biting to the top of the tongue. And it finishes very sweet. If anything, I'd call it a younger, rawer flavor than the O'Hara's Irish Red. Not bad, but definitely different.

Oh, and it's just another lab named Ubu, not that one.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown in color with a slight red tinge and a receeding tan head. Scent is of sweet malt slight caramel. Taste is very caramel malt based and slightly sweet. There is some slight bitterness on the follow through. Medium in thickness with medium/light carbonation. Not bad but a one trick pony.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I have not had Ubu Ale in quite some time & the revamped label with Ubu, the chocolate Lab, made me think that it was a Brown Ale. Whoops! This bottle was a single from Country Garden 6-Pack here in Lancaster which undoubtedly had some age on it at the time of purchase. This may have been a buried treasure. We shall see.

From the bottle: "Ubu Ale is deep garnet red in color and features a dark, roasted malt flavor. There are no added flavors in this beer - it's the unique grain combination that delivers flavors reminiscent of fruit, brown sugar and chocolate. The beer finishes slightly dry and bitter with earthy hops."; "The mountain village of Lake Placid was once home to a legendary chocolate lab [sic] named Ubu - the biggest dog you've ever seen with an uncanny nose for great beer. Deep garnet red in color[,] this Tnglish-Style Ale is a tribute to the legacy of Ubu. Here's to the legend!"; "Small town, BIG Beer."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle pour into an awaiting glass. Once properly decanted, I employed an in-glass swirl to raise two fingers of dense, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with mahogany highlights. Nose was very sweet and chocolaty, very much like a liquefied milk chocolate bar. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, very creamy on the tongue, which is where I allowed it to roll around on my initial draught from the glass. The taste had a roasted nuttiness along with a sweet milk chocolatiness and instead of brown sugar, I got treacle. Not terribly dissimilar, but I would not characterize it as brown sugar as it had a slight sharpness. It was precisely this sharpness that I found a bit off-putting. I would have preferred something more rounded or even sweeter. Finish was semi-dry, pleasant enough, but I just felt like one was enough. YMMV.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - really dark brown with a great white head and lacing
Smell - sweet caramel and strong dark fruit
Taste - dark malty slightly bitter with very faint dark fruit and cherry and plum but also very faint caramel
Feel - medium body with a creaminess to it
Overall - pretty good but lacking the taste I was expecting from the smell but the feel is good

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Good Life... Medium brown and semi-translucent body under a thin film of foam... Aromas were of toffee, shellac, and soft, warm brown fruit bread... Flavors were malt-forward, with some warm resin and caramel sweetness and bright points of citrusy zest... Medium-bodied and smooth, modest carbonation, moderately sweet, mild bitterness... Good drinkability...

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Photo of Antg8989
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Take this rating with a grain of salt as I don't review english ales very often. Pours a rich mahogany with a cream head and some lacing. Aroma is pine, citrus and bread. Taste is similar. Feel is light-medium carbonation; soft on the tongue. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with this. Not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of argock
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A very malty but fairly bland beer with more alcohol presence than it should it have. Could use a hoppier update -- it's too sweet and needs more counteracting bitterness. A malt bomb for sure -- some nice medium crystal maltiness with some finesse, but a bit one-dimensional.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very nice deep burgundy color. Doesn't drink as thick as it looks. Tastes strong of alcohol but not of malt. The hop profile is very nice and fits the beer very well. Balanced but a bit weak for my tastes.

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Photo of maltman24
4.34/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Pours a rich dark Amber with a creamy head. Aroma is dominated by roasted malts with some earthy hops. Malt is up front in flavor but quickly followed by a nice rounded hop flavor. Great balance to this beer. Creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish.

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Photo of BFCarr
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My second English Strong Alex in two days. Cold weather really helps. The warming feeling is much appreciated. Good mouth feel and smooth taste. It's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of mrpoizun
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice red ale. Nice body, refreshing tang to the malty sweetness (but not too sweet) and just a hint of bitter chocolate. I drank it without food and it really hit the spot.

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Photo of jancona
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice brew. Pours a dark reddish brown with minimal foam and lacing. Smell is molasses and a bit of cola. Taste follows with a touch of sweet apple and bitter chocolate. Medium carb gives it a nice feel. A very enjoyable experience. Went well with a hardy dinner.

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Photo of Slsalta
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A mellow version of a true English Strong Ale. Nevertheless a nice respite from the many boring other beers on tap in this Adirondack pub. Smooth as advertised with a clean finish. Could use a stronger kick.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear, dark amber color with garnet highlights and a light tan head. Aroma of brown bread, molasses, toffee, and hints of spicy, and herbal hops. Taste is mostly sweet but not overly so and very much like liquid bread with light herbal notes and a touch sweet in the finish. So easy to drink and paired excellent with salty pretzels.

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Photo of TigerSoul
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can't understand why such a low overall rating for this beer. I've had it twice over the last few weeks, the first time about 20 minutes from where it is brewed in the Adirondack Mountains. Both times, out of the 12 oz bottle. Beautiful color, creamy, dense head and nice malty body with subtle hoppy finish. Sit, Ubu, sit. Good dog.

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Photo of nickfl
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light and relatively drinkable for its strength, but bland and cloyingly drenched in burnt caramel by the end of the glass. Not something I would drink again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, vibrant, brown coloring with a filmy, low profile, sparse, off-white head. Aromas of nutty sweetness, cream highlights, and hints of chocolate and caramel. Flavors are very sweet forward, with nut and toffee, chocolate and caramel, cream highlights, and a solid roasted overtone. The body is smooth and light, with a crisp, slightly dry end feel. The aftertaste is roasted and nutty, and that blend lingers through the finish, too.

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Photo of fx20736
2.49/5  rDev -32%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1

Given a single bottle by my next door neighbor. Poured at fridge temp into a Duvel tulip. Very dark brown, light khaki head, great lacing. Aroma is roast barley and licorice, Flavor is upfront sickly sweet with a charred bitterness and a metallic aftertaste. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel. This beer tastes terrible and is a trainwreck.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Chicory and toasted nut flavor with an almond skin bitter finish. Too hoppy for the traditional English style. Named after a chocolate lab. I'll take Olive over Ubu any day. Sorry Ubu.

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Photo of digitalflood
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber brown. Frothing reduces to decent lacing. Fairly active carbonation. Smells of toffee, caramel, and chocolate. Good mouth feel. Creamy. On the nose, full of toffee, coffee, and biscuit. Mild hops mid-palate with caramel malt and maple syrup undertone. Back palate a bit of hop bite, some pepper, some coffee and cream, and more toffee. Aftertaste is coffee and some pepper. Very well rounded. For such a high ABV incredibly easy drinking and smooth. Very good. 4 out of 5.

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Photo of 1Bonehed
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first graded review so I'll break down why I graded how I did. Keep in mind, my experience in grading beer is insignificant (I'm a noob, so bear with me).

Look: Poured into 25oz mug, half pour down side, other half down the middle. Dark Caramel/chocolate color with a hue of red highlights. The head was a frothy & full light caramel color but diminished quickly leaving a slight lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet malty smell with an earthy undertone. I discerned hints of coffee & perhaps even licorice, but primarily malty with light undertones.

Taste: I found the flavor to be complex, increasing as it approached room temperature. First swig was fairly malty with a nice balance of bitterness that seemed to be a combination of hops & coffee. Little to no hint of alcohol, the flavors masked the alcohol well. There was a hint of chocolate, slight fruitiness & an earthy woody flavor towards the back of the palate as well which became more apparent as the beer approached room temp. The combination of those characteristics made me want more.

Feel: Pleasant smooth creamy mouth feel to it. I liked the amount of carbonation because it didn't interfere with it's other attributes. A very drinkable beer.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer, nothing was overbearing & the combination of it's features really made me wish I had a few more in the fridge. I'd definitely buy this beer again.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14oz nitro at the Pony Bar.

A- Deep amber color with some ruby red hue. Big British-tan colored head that left heavy cream-like lacing.

S- Dark roasted malts and flowery hops.

T- Those dark roaster malt flavors are joined by bitter dark chocolate and English-style hoppiness. Delicious.

M-Dry with medium body. The brew holds up to the nitro treatment with body and bite.

O- It hit the spot on a chilly day in NYC.

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Photo of Dave128
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - A rigorous pour yields a 1 finger head that doesn't last too long. Color is a mostly opaque blackish amber. Looks kinda like a coke. Lacing is moderate.

S - Dark smoky malt. Alcohol.

T - Licorice and dark malt up front with a dry bitter finish. Alcohol is certainly evident.

M - A bit overcarbonated for the style. I felt like it amplified the bitterness making for a rather unbalanced beer.

O - A strong ale that doesn't really shine in the flavor department. It is certainly strong in some aspects but unbalanced.

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Photo of VanStrokin
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass from bottle. Very dark, almost black. Like soda. A strong aroma and taste. Long lasting bitter aftertaste. Sticks on the tongue for a bit. Kind of a earthy flavor. Very low carbonation. Overall it is a pretty good beer. Will try again.

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Ubu Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 776 ratings