UBU Ale | Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

303 Reviews
Read the review

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

Added by sponberg on 10-20-2002

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 303 | Ratings: 748
Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent brew, some hops and yeast in aroma. Some bitterness and roastiness and nuttiness. So complexity and higher alcohol is assimilated. Amber colour. Medium mouthfeel. Will try again in bottle.Not for everyone because of bitterness on tongue, but I could have a few pints..

 275 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

awesome awesome beer. the flagship from lake placid now widely reknowned as da bomb! pours dark brown with a great thick tan head, smells like english malts and alcohol. taste is very english in nature as well, definitely an ale. more happening than a standard brown ale, but with a similar base. notes of tobacco and brown sugar are present as well. the thing that makes it interesting is its complexity and uncanny drinkability for its abv. it is very strong beer, and while full bodied, it isnt mean and nasty in the gut. a six pack will get you shitfaced long before it fills you up, and its a very heavy buzz from this one. i like to drink it year round, but the fall is most appropriate. also delicious in a bottle and ultimate on tap at their brewery with some of the parmesean chicken wings!!!

 801 characters

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yet very dark red in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high beige colored head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark fruits and nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of fruity yeast with some notes of dark fruits and nutty malts plus a light amount of accompanying sweetness. There are just enough underlying hops to prevent the sweetness from becoming cloying.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather drinkable considering its strength and completely hides any traces of alcohol. The taste isn't very complex so I doubt that I would have more than one of these in a single sitting.

 910 characters

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red, almost black color... nice head to it which stays consistent all the way down to the end, good amount of lacing as well. First impression of this one is that it's very smooth and well balanced, Definitely hides its 7% ABV well and is very drinkable. Style is a bit of a misnomer, as this beer is aiming to be a British style and tastes like it, but I guess there isn't a British Strong Ale category. Taste wise you get some dark fruit kind of tastes in there (maybe some fig/raisin) but other than that tastes like a British pale ale to me. Nothing too extreme here but is a nice smooth brew with some subtle taste.. not too bad.

 647 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.41/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a medium black color ale with a nice foamy off-white head with standard retention. Aroma of roasted malt is kind of weak and I could not find anything else really. Taste is also a bit thin with some roasted malt and not much else going on. As mentioned, body is thin and carbonation is low I’ve had much better beer form that style to truly care about that one.

 377 characters

Photo of nickfl
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

 158 characters

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

 290 characters

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear, deep chestnut body is topped by a frothy light tan head that holds with tenacity. It eventually drops to a creamy collar and thin surface covering but leaves some very nice Brussel's lace that actually looks like lace! Its malty nose displays a note of chocolate and some mild grassy and floral hops. The body is medium and it's quite creamy across the palate with a very fine, moderate carbonation. The flavor is much richer than the nose suggests with a tight combination of caramelish malt that fades away to reveal a light chocolate note after the swallow; a mild underlying fruitiness that suggests apples, dark berries and raisins; a well-infused hop flavor that's floral and gently grassy; and a firm, supportive bitterness that allows the gently sweet malt character to shine but not overwhelm. It finishes dry with some lingering hop flavor and bitterness. Exceptionally well-balanced with the malt, hops and fruitiness playing off of each other! A highly drinkable ale that offers enough complexity to keep it interesting through several pints!

 1,063 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, dark fruit, honey, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is very malty with sweet flavors of dark fruit, honey, brown sugar and a faint touch of chocolate. The hops presence is subdued but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, while there are others in the style I would pick first this is still a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

 794 characters

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Superstrong iced tea brown with autumn leaves highlights of bright orange and cranberry red. A thick slice of sandstone colored foam is a perfect color match for the beer on which it sits. You want beautiful lace? You got it. This is what a strong ale should look like.

The nose is okay, but it could be more forthcoming. The beer smells like a cross between a brown ale and a (mild) Scotch ale. Whatever hops were present at the time of bottling must have faded, and there's no trace of alcohol. Hopefully, warming will bring out a few hidden charms.

Ubu tastes better than it smells. Since English strong ale is something of a wide-ranging style, it easily fits within those guidelines. I'm now reminded of a combination porter and wee heavy. There's definitely some chocolate malt present and a substantial amount of dark fruitiness as well.

While the flavor profile doesn't give itself up willingly, it's beginning to do so as the beer warms. Dark brown sugar, cocoa powder, figs macerated in black coffee, pipe tobacco and English Breakfast tea leaves. This is impressively complex ale in the end.

Since the taste score is close to earning a promotion, without quite getting there, Ubu's drinkability score will get a bump. Besides, it is nicely drinkable. The mouthfeel is full enough without being too full. In other words, it's juuust right.

This English strong ale was named after a 'legendary' chocolate lab. While it falls short of the lofty standard known as legendary, it is damn good beer that I'd love to drink again. Man's best friend? Ubu. Man's second best friend? Ubu Ale.

 1,596 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not really sure what to make of this one, I got it as an extra and really was quite perplexed by it. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 10/06/2009.
The pour was decent enough, dark brown at times almost looking black in the right light with a big head of white creping up and over the top throughout the session. Really quite nice looking. Aroma was a bit off, light hops, hints of peat and a touch of brown sugar, seemed a bit all over the place for me, but then again I have to admit it sort of worked on some level. So I reach in for a sip and it is very smooth, medium feel with a nice level of carbonation that really lets it coat the tongue very nicely. Smooth chocolate notes and hints of light sugar accent the nice hop bite. Bready mid palate before falling into a caramel and sugar finish. Smooth without much drying at all. Easy to drink with no noticeable ABV at all.
Overall pretty interesting I have to admit, again nothing crazy here, but I was not really looking for Crazy. I could do this one again for sure.

 1,061 characters

Photo of russpowell
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this from mjtierman, Cheers Matt!

Pours chestnut with 2+ fingers of mocha colored head. Good head retention & decent lacing

S: Dark fruit & leafy hops & boozy figs once warm

T: Faint caramel, leafy hops, & some metallic notes up front. Tobacco notes, a bit of plum & faint cherries. Finishes some what watery, with leafy hop notes & a whisper of figs& a touch of booze

MF: Medium bodied with fairly assertive carbonation, starts to thin out as this warms.

Maybe this past its prime, either way this failed to excite me

 529 characters

Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Little head that dissipates to nearly nothing--no lace. Dark brown, but light shines through; cloudy.

Dark malts and some brown sugar sweetness. Enough hops to counterbalance.

It's like coffee with sugar and no cream. Good body and carbonation. This has the feel and taste of a sweet porter.

This is easy to drink and flawless. Good as a darker, but mild, alternative.

 371 characters

Photo of Jason
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

 468 characters

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at a small local tasting.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with less than one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, dark fruits, sugar, and fruity malts,

t - Tastes of wheat, grain, dark fruit, caramel malts, and maybe a hint of alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An ok strong ale. Some nice fruity malts; would try again.

 396 characters

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark roasted malts develop into a ruby highlighted brown ale hue with a light cream colored head with evenly spread lacng. Aroma has dark English malts very earthy and herbal tones going on. I had no idea what Ubu was but it's named for a Black Lab from Lake Pacid, NY cool. Nose also has some deep cocoa dark chcolate tones, with a flavor that adds some complex earthy bitterness to a dark roasted English Ale, touch of peated malts and somkiness but finishes dry with herbal/earthy hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slight alcohol caramel streaks across the palate smooth mild carbonation. Drinkability is decent nothing I'm reaching for soon, somebody visited England and wanted to make English ales in Lake Placid, listen up this is American we don't have to brew to style.

 776 characters

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty dark brown with a dense tan head. Nose is spicy malts with a sweet tone. Flavor is a bit tangy and heavy on malts as well. A touch of perfume floral tone as well. Feel is smooth on liquid and carbonation. Nothing really interesting going on here. All malts basically, and whereas it isn't a bad beer, I just don't really find it that interesting at all.

What does Ubu mean anyways?

 397 characters

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights/deep garnet. A thin tan head leaves lacing.

The smell is of chocolate/toffee with a hint of prune/fig fruitiness.

The taste is of chocolate/toffee with prune/fig. Sweet, but with a balancing hop touch and light roast. Just a hint of alcohol shows. A nice malty, but not too sweet, taste.

It is velvety smooth and on the fuller side of medium-bodied.

A delicious, smooth, malt-accented brew!

 432 characters

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On first hearing of this brew, I was intriqued by the name and imagined it was christened in honor of the absurd and vile protoganist of Alfred Jarry's satirical, scatological works of the turn of last century. Turns out they named it after a dog, but I'd like to think the dog was named after that ridiculous, surrealistic king of Poland. And hey, how about the beer?
Appearance: dark eggplant color, nearing a pure violet, with a good, fuzzy, cream-colored head.
Aroma:oddly uncategorizable, though I feel I've encountered this particular nose before, I can't think of where or when. (I hear a Gershwin tune coming on.) A little nutty, a trifle fruity, but nothing like what those words would mean to your mind on their own. I'll drink deeper to divine more precise connotations...horse blanket, bog soil, wet cat, cactus juice, marmot saliva...oh, now I'm making stuff up!..a bit flinty, minerally, hints of smoke and moss, utterly unique.
Enough, time to taste. Little hops, big malt, but none too untoward.
Medium to full body, and smooth drinking, but a bit flat, unfortunately.
"Just the right amount of hops", says the label. Meaning, "none"?
A little more fruit in the flavor peeks in later, in the form of raisins, dates.
Too little spark to this very unusual beer, somthing I long for in an ale.
Strength only asserts itself at the end, by which point I'm relieved this odd little journey is over.
I do wish I could try one again, to further explore it's mysterious secrets, and give thanks to the good McCall for providing!

 1,544 characters

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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.

 394 characters

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

 492 characters

Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown color with an off-white head. Some lacing was produced through the drink, even though the head did disappear before the glass was half empty. The aroma is pleasant, mostly malt with a faint hop nose.

The flavor is very malty, with some slight bitterness detected while swallowing. Some very mellow and faint chocolate tones are also noticable. Medium body beer (slanting towards the heavier side) produces a good mouthfeel. Carbonation levels are good. The higher alcohol level is not very noticable, which makes this extremely drinkable. Overall a nice flavorful ale.

 595 characters

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Kitty Hoynes

Nice dark brown with a short head and some lacing. Aroma is a mixture of pale and chocolate malts. Taste is mellow with subtle dark fruit flavors and chocolate. Doesnt feel like a 7% beer, very drinkable. I dont know where the 'strong ale' distinction comes from. I've always considered this to be a pretty nice brown ale thats a little on the strong side. A pretty good beer, easy to find at the bars I frequent in Syracuse.

 451 characters

Photo of WesWes
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy dark amber color with an overflowing white head that takes forever to fade. The aroma is dry and musty. It has a bit of maltiness to it. The taste is decent. It is mildly malty and smooth. It isn't very complex, but it does the job. The mouthfeel sucks. It is way too overcarbonated. It is medium bodied and not very enjoyable. It's one and done for me.

 375 characters

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by malts, a touch of yeast. Taste is malts up front, some hops, just a touch of alcohol. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

 257 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
UBU Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 748 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.