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Ubu Ale | Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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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

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Ratings: 758 |  Reviews: 308
Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
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..

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
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!!!

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -18%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.41/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

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Photo of Boone757
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
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!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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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 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 vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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 smcolw
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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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 mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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