Ubu Ale
Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

Ubu AleUbu Ale
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Style:
Strong Ale - English
Ranked #63
ABV:
7%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,620
Avg:
3.68 | pDev: 12.23%
Reviews:
313
Ratings:
785
From:
Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  19
Gots
  121
SCORE
83
Good
Ubu AleUbu Ale
Notes: 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
Reviews: 313 | Ratings: 785 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by ChristopherProvost:
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ChristopherProvost from New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy, dark copper-brown color. Upon pouring, developed about a one finger foamy head which quickly dissipated.

Smell: roasted malt, dark chocolate

Taste: roasted malt up front, copper on the finish

Mouthfeel: somewhat sharp, slightly bitter, not too heavy, not too light

Overall: A friend gave me this beer to try. A very OK beer. It really didn't wow me or impress me, but I wasn't turned off by it either. Completely drinkable. This would be a good beer to have when you want something that's slightly robust but you want only one.

Feb 08, 2014
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donkeyrunner from Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -13%
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.

Jul 11, 2015
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number1bum from Pennsylvania

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

Pours a dark brown that held up to the light is actually a deep burgundy. What head there is disappears quickly. Smell is sweet and malty, with a hint of nuttiness and maybe a bit of chocolate. A burst of hops hits you on first sip, but semi-sweet malty flavors take over from there. Fairly heavy and a bit buttery, it's actually quite balanced and smooth. Very tasty, in fact, and easy to drink.

May 23, 2006
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jpd7374 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

Dec 26, 2011
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vicg12 from New York

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite ale's. Ubu is a dark ale that has a rich really nice finish. Great out of a tap or in a bottle. The brewery is in my town so this beer is easy to find and on tap at most bars. It's a good beer to start the night off with, sitting there with friends enjoying an Ubu. there is even a nice story behind the beer, about a dog and such, I'm not going to spoit it for you read it yourself. Highly recomend, if you are in New York, look it up.

Sep 10, 2008
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wander4 from New Jersey

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

Jul 22, 2016
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Hoagie from Canada

4/5  rDev +8.7%

Dec 30, 2013
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rarevos from New York

3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Color is beautiful. Rich, deep, dark red. Head was tannish-red, poured with about a finger's worth. It disappeared quickly. Light lacing, no sticky trails on glass.

S: Malty aroma with a real rustic, woodsy, pine-y scent. Definitely reminiscent of the Adirondacks.

T: Malty at first with a hint of the woodsiness. Hops hit toward the end, and linger for a while in what is an unexpectedly long finish. The bitterness gets less enjoyable the longer the finish goes. Also the presence of some smoky and musty flavors, which add to the rustic feel of this brew.

M: For a dark (almost brown) ale, this has a really light mouthfeel.

D: Sort of like Newcastle, in that it's a dark beer that drinks like a lighter beer. You absolutely cannot tell that this is 7% abv.

Jul 15, 2006
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Dizbro21 from Connecticut

3/5  rDev -18.5%

Mar 05, 2012
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JohnathanColeman from West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Feb 26, 2014
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caminiti from New York

4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very drinkable beer that masks the 7%, had on tap at BEFFs.
Poured a dark brown, smelled a bit sweet with hops, tasted a little sweet as well, with a touch of hops but not too much of any flavor. Ive had it in a bottle before and thought it was very good but it is better on tap

Mar 21, 2009
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Budinetz from Pennsylvania

2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Aug 12, 2015
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DennisDullea from New York

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Dec 31, 2013
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ccrida from Oregon

3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draught at the Brklyn Beergarden in JFK, Ubu ale is dark garnett with a small tan collar leaving light lace.

Smell is mild, sweet caramel malt.

Taste is also pretty mild oddly. Very little here for a fairly sizable beer. Mostly just a little sweet malt mid-palate before a bone-dry, slightly acrid finish.

Mouthfeel is dry, with very full, creamy carbonation.

Drinkability is ok. So little flavor that it is effortless to drink, but it's far from inspiring or anything I'd want to drink again given a choice.

Dec 28, 2013
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casualfan from New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

Jun 11, 2012
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CSeavey64 from Maine

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mar 07, 2015
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CWiggins from North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sam for providing this sample, having thought of me while vacationing in Lake Placid!

Pours a dark brown, with a fizzy, cola-like head that lasts a good, long time. The nose is dominated by dark roasted malts, but bits of dark chocolate and coffee, and a touch of ripe fruit sneak through. The flavor begins with a sweet, fruity character which slowly evolves into a rich, bitter finish. The aftertaste is mainly of bitter hops and lasts for a very satisfying length of time. It's a tad fizzy for my taste, but I'd gladly have another. The ABV wasn't noted on the bottle, and I'm surprised to learn here that it's 7%. Dangerous if not known ahead of time!

Aug 18, 2009
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Kmlund from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mar 05, 2015
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jwswigs from California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 11, 2015
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papaglide from New York

3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep, rich mahogany with a nice frothy half inch head that leaves a nice lace in its wake.

S - rich, malty sweetness with an accent of roasted malt. In the background is a slight floral hop. This beer smells nice.

T - taste is reminiscent of a porter. At first is the sweet but slightly roasted malt. There is a small hop bitterness towards the finish followed by a very small hint of alcohol.

M - a nice creamy, smoothness rounded out by a wee bit of "alcohol" warmth

D - very drinkable. Do I want to throw down a dozen? No! Could I? Yes. But this beer should be relished and savored and above all tasted while drinking it. Is this beer good for 3 or 4? Heck yes. This is a nice beer. I would recommend it.

$7.99 a six in a 12 ounce brown bottle

May 10, 2010
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UltimateLivewire from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Jan 19, 2014
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ArtZan from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oct 28, 2016
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with a fairly slight head. Smells malty and fruity with cherries and grapes. Very fruit-cake like. Delicious beer, if rather simple. Slightly sweet with flavors of mixed glaceed fruit, and caramel as well as some citrusy hops in the mix. Smooth and creamy, and at 7%, this a strong ale you can put away without too much worry.

May 20, 2008
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trebbates from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Jul 12, 2014
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paulish from New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Aug 19, 2014
Ubu Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 785 ratings