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Ubu Ale | Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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3.66/5
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758 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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

Added by sponberg on 10-20-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,617
Reviews:
308
Ratings:
758
pDev:
12.57%
Bros Score:
3.25
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
109
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 758 |  Reviews: 308
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 jimpyle48
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from draft

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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 jagada
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 kuhndog
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 jacknyr08
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of jvnsks
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitburger
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Klister
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ArtZan
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nater919
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csurowiec
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Skellbop
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 wander4
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Keith27614
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Furbato
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Ubu Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 758 ratings
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