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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Ratings: 773 |  Reviews: 310
Reviews by davewlfpckfan29:
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3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I personally am a big fan of this beer.
This is my go too beer when I want something with good quality taste as well as a good price.

This particular batch was bought at the local grociery store in a six pack. I have also had this on tap, personally I didn't notice a big difference.

It pours a nice dark "garnet" as they describe it. The head is decent, the carbonation lasted through the time.
The smell is very malt heavy, but not overpowering.

Nothing is really overpowering about this beer which makes it easy to drink. And I often find myself drinking it faster than I'd like to.
Lake Placid does a really nice job with this beer, like I said, great for its price range, and just the right amount of malt and flavor.

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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 oberon
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A real nice find while visiting the in-laws in Buffalo,pours a deep amber with nut much head to speak of a nice deeply fruity malty taste with an appetizing dry earthiness that lingers thru the finish.A somewhat chewy very appetizing night cap beer,now I know why I love this style of beer!

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Photo of Marty
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I first tasted this beer in the fall of 2001 when I was doing a weekend trail service project in the Adirondacks. That time, it was served out of a big growler. At 7% ABV, I'm not embarrassed to say that my friends and I got a little 'Ubu-ized' that night.

That was a long time ago, though, and I have tasted many beers since then, so I was obviously curious to see how a fresh bottle would stack up to its remembered greatness. Finally, Lake Placid has started distributing!

It was pretty good, but not spectacular. Very drinkable, and it had a very unique taste. Not quite metallic, but maybe burnt or roasted with a very dry finish. Very hard to pin down.

Overall, this is pretty darned drinkable for a strong ale. Be careful!

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Photo of Herze
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Drecuda
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of DWolf
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Todd
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Deep, dark, brown/copper beer with a slightly off-white, two finger, tight foam head. Nice retention.

Aroma is nearly non-existent; mostly grainy and powdery, a splash of citrus perhaps ... but my nose is really struggling to even pick that up.

Smooth mouthfeel, medium-bodied. Malt flavour is a bit weak / thin with little sweetness and grain tannins dominating over any distinct malt character. This allows the hops to pull through with a snappy, semi-rind bitterness and coarse feel on the palate. Notes of wood, earth, suggestions of chocolate and chicory and some veggie flavours as the beer warms. Dry grainy finish with husky tannins coating the palate.

Hmm ... not too sure what to think? An English-style Strong Ale at 7% ABV, which you can't even detect, and no real malt character that would suggest such an alcohol content. A bit bland, very mild and uneventful, but regardless, it's quaffable at the moment.

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Photo of sponberg
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep garnet red/brown with a white head that hangs around for a while.

Aroma of dark malt and whiffs of fruit and hop. Hugely flavorful - slightly sweet dark malt flavors are balanced with a restrained, English (Goldings? Fuggles?) hop character. Hints of dark fruit, bitter chocolate, toffee - all there, but the whole seems like more than the sum of its parts. Almost insanely drinkable - a 20 oz. pint of this disappeared surprisingly fast. If you find yourself in the vicinity of the Adirondacks, get yourself a growler of this puppy.

And the best part - come November, it'll be coming out in bottles. Sweet!

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Photo of generallee
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There appears to be no freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: Its body has a dark brown color with deep crimson highlights. The head on top was about one and half fingers thick, light tan in color and made very nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel and brown sugary notes pop out in the nose along with some toasted malt and mild earthy/leafy hops.

Taste/Mouth: It has a base of roasted and toasted bready malt flavors. There is plenty of sweetness up front with notes of brown sugar, sweet/buttery bread, diacetyl and dark caramel. The 7%abv adds only a slight touch of character and is mostly well hidden. The middle sees the addition of dried leafy and earth hop flavor along with some bitterness for balance. The finish has a nice blend of sweet malt, a hint of bitter dark chocolate and hops. It has a smooth, slightly slick texture with soft yet active carbonation in a solid medium to full body.

Notes: I would like to thank my good friend Don for telling me about the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery and for recommending the Ubu Ale. I really enjoyed very interesting and complex ale.

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

Photo of Jason
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Good lacing with a deep orange brown hue, buttery and fruity aroma is think of malt and mildly estery alcohol.

Musty diacetyl, buttery at first then more must flavour and then a splash of fruitiness. Toasted malt flavour hit in the middle hard. Hop bitterness is right up there to keep things balanced. Quite malty with a bitter sweet finish.

A tasty strong ale, it was a tad hard to get by the musty character but other than that it ended up to be not half bad.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, pours dark amber with a moderate tan head, nose is a nice malty sniff, this is a malty brew, notes of caramel, smoky light toffee notes. Pleasantly balanced and packing a well hidden 7%. Took me awhile to get around to this Ubiquitous brew, but I'm really impressed, tasty stuff. Warming malty finish, long lasting, smooth and satisfying, Nice strong ale. Fine winter quafer.

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body pours with a half finger white creamy head.'quite pleasant. Smells sweet and caramelized, a faint hop smell, some musty quality too. Overall good smell. Tastes starts sweet and coating, medium full body average carbing makes this 7% slide down nicely. On the finish there is something that I can't describe better than funky, not in a bad way, it's interesting and tasty all at once. I'd pick this up again. $1.70 a single at BoTW Rochester.

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Photo of tigg924
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, dark brown with a touch of red when the glass is raised

Smell: toasted malt and a bit of chocolate

Taste: toasted malt dominates with traces of milk chocolate, minerals, and coffee

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium-light bodied, high carbonation, slightly sweet, and dry

Drinkability: An above average strong ale, but really not interesting enough to merit trying again. Not a bad beer, but nothing jumps out. It almost drinks like an imperial English brown--if there is such a thing. One is enough.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a red-amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee with some earthy and dirty hops. The flavor is toffee, earthy hops and some fruit. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but nothing special.

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Photo of JC333
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of westcott
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Swedes21
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - dark auburn colour, very clean and crisp looking. some good head, off-white and some nice lacing.

Smell - good combination of hops, malts. very nice pine smell with slight hints of caramel.

Taste - found this to be a more malty/caramel tasting beer with a dry aftertaste. there is no pine taste to this beer at all.

Mouthfeel - added bitterness, more volume, lasting flavour. there really isnt much more of a dynamic added here.

Overall - Not impressed, this is a beer i am happy i tried, but not something that blows my mind.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Milkysunshine
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Nfiorini513
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Ubu Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 773 ratings