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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Photo of Kooz
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pilsner glass. Dark brown, almost opaque, with a thick, tan head. Looks pretty nifty.

Smells of yeast and grain, with something sweet under the surface.

Slightly bitter, turning sour/sweet as it hits the back of the tongue. The flavor intensifies over the course of the pint, sharpening in some ways, mellowing in others in a constant cavalcade of ever-changing flavor profiles.

Creamy with no bite, this has excellent mouthfeel. It's foamy, not over-carbonated, and pleasant.

This beer was a pleasant surprise. I found myself in Utica, NY for work, and the trip wasn't so great, but then I found this! Awesome.

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Photo of dowen17
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very deep reddish brown with a foamy two finger head. Pretty decent retention. Big patches of lacing down the glass.

On the nose is some sweet malt and grain. To me it almost smells like a Coors or something along those lines.

Taste doesn't go with the nose at all. Very very smooth. Grainy taste up front. Lots of malt. Maybe a slight hint of some lactose sweetness on the end.

Good mouthfeel. Not thin or watery at all. Good carbonation.

Would drink again for sure. Much better than expected.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Swifty's in Delmar, NY. The on tap version is far superior to the bottled version.

Pours a murky brown, looks a bit liked iced tea or cola. 2 inch head, with really strong lacing down the glass.

Aromas include molasses, chocolate, peat smoke, and nuts.

The taste is similar. Strong and warming, I taste brown sugar, caramel, and molasses, all mixed together, along with some tea-like hops in the background, with some peat-like smokiness, and a some dark chocolate.

The body could be a bit thicker, given its a strong ale, but it works and it's still quite full anyway. Low carbonation, smooth mouthfeel.

The best from this brewery- then again they don't have many other good options.

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Photo of undeadozzy
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Vigorous poor into a frosted mug. Very thick head quickly formed and left lots of lacing on glass. Deep brown color.

S - Not much of smell, some dark grain maybe, a little caramel.

T - Sourdough bread, pumpernickel, some salty cracker maybe, some dark hoppiness, deep tasting very earthy. Tasty.

M - Smooth and icy, but I think that has more to do with the glassware than anything else.

O - Pretty good beer, nice firm taste, nothing too special, hides the alcohol well, nothing great but nothing bad, just a nice good session beer for my tastes.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into nonic pint glass; dark brown/black in the glass with a huge fluffy brown head. Smells malty, sweet and boozy. Taste is similar to a barleywine, except with an odd bitterness to it, almost like...the aftertaste of cheese, is the only way to describe it. It works with the style; lots of lacing on the glass as it's drunk, a delicious and hearty beer.

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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.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Very simple label with very nice graphics and a great color scheme that really catches the eye. Front label gives a bit of brewery info. Back label gives a nice back story and description of the beer.

Appearance: I poured this from its 12oz bottle into a 16oz English Pint. An aggressive pour led to a 3 finger airy but tightly packed light tan foam head resting atop a deep reddish mahogany brown beer. Head retention and lacing were both excellent with retention lasting 6min before fading to a thick foam coating and ring.

Smell/Aroma: This has a slightly musty smell followed by a bit of sweet fruitiness that gives way to even more must. Slight hints of brown sugar can also be detected.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes starts out buttery with a bit of toasty maltiness that gives way to a nice hop bitterness. A toasted nuttiness comes through on the back end and sticks around to from a toasty aftertaste. Not bad at all.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied and smooth with a velvety mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: Not a bad beer overall although I was a bit thrown by the musty aroma. The flavor contained non of that must and proved to be very appealing. Classified as an English Strong Ale @ 7% ABV. Consumed 6/4/2013.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a local Italian restaurant. Paired with a damn good pizza. Very good combo that I highly recommend. Had always been hesitant to try this, as I viewed it as a hipster beer for a while. People around Lake Placid and surrounding used to always talk about Lake Placid Brewery, then it kinda faded. Hence the hipster opinion. Glad I finally tried it.

A - Dark and intimidating. Would make AAL lovers quiver with fear at the sight. Almost black, with a medium brown at the bottom. Average head that stuck around. Head was a tannish color.

S - Very pleasant. Lot's of malt and roasted characters. A choclately smell to a lesser extent, and perhaps a hint of smoke.

T - Damn good. All the smells were noticeable in the taste. The roast taste was much more prevelant here, in a very pleasant way. Could also notice some bitter chocolate/cocoa. A unique bitter sweet flavor created. As mentioned earlier, paired with a damn good pizza. Was a damn good combo. Tasted a lot like a bock, which I was fine with. Slight less "oomph" than a bock.

F - The only part I wasn't crazy about. This paired very well with food, but I'd see it as a beer you wouldn't want to drink a lot of on it's own. A little thicker than I prefer, and I could imagine it raising some heck in your stomach.

O - Very impressed, probably in my Top 15 beers now. Lot's of great taste without being too sweet or bitter. Goes great with food. Highly recommend.

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Photo of plaid75
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep net hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured burnt caramel with a faint herbal hop.

The taste was upfront malts, with the same burnt caramel, buttered bread smoke and a lingering herbal hoppiness that checked the sweetness. Light nuttiness after the finish.

The mouthfeel was full with a dry finish.

Overall a very good malty ale. Highly flavorful.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark brownish color with a reddish tint, a nice tan head at the top and not to much lacing on this one.

S: Hints malts and hops, not so present though, a slight hint of hazelnut and caramel.

T: Same as the nose, nothing to crazy about the taste of this local brewery, nice caramel notes.

M: Medium Bodied, mid carbonation, a nice stickyness to it.

O: Nothing to really brag about with this brew, it was a nice tasting beer.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this pretty average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a dark reddish looking color. The beer really did not pour much of a head though. The taste was a combination of caramel and roasted malty taste that was not too bad. I'm thinking I will try this beer again and hope I could find it on tap.

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Photo of Trodg
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance was dark in color, with a nice tan colored head.
The smell was not overpowering , but pleasant.
The taste was a little strange to me, maybe a little malty .
However not real lingering taste.
Overall I liked this beer but would not try it to often.

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Photo of dtivp
3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured copper brown with a small dark tan head that faded quickly, very little lacing.

Aroma of Bready malts, dark fruit and hints of toffee.

Taste followed the nose with light Bready malts, dark cherries and toffee with a slight citrus finish.

Mouth Feel was light to medium body, light carbonation, smooth with a slight crispness.

Overall an enjoyable, average strong ale.

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Photo of Kendo
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is brown, then reddish brown with any light behind it. Nice tight-bubbled 1-finger khaki-colored head on top leaves behind good thick lacing.

S: A lot of malty stuff - brown bread, caramel malt and toffee - with a touch of citrus.

T: The taste is very malty up front, with sweet flavors of dark fruit, brown sugar and caramel malt. But there's a good amount of hops towards the back end - citrusy (think oranges and some lemon) and minerally/metallic. Drying alcohol noted at the back end as well, and warmth from the ABV is noted both on the palate and in the belly.

M: Call it medium in heft, though it feels a tad bit thin. Carbonation is good and creamy.

O: An interesting beer that sort of resides in the middle of a bunch of styles - American Strong Ale, English Strong Ale, a hopped up American Brown, and even an American Black Ale (along the lines of a Victory Yakima Glory). I've had this beer dozens and dozens of times - including at the brewpub in Lake Placid - and was surprised to discover recently that I'd never reviewed it. Solid stuff.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ubu Ale is a dark red ale that pours out smoothly and produces a beautiful head of foam that lasts a good amount of time and leaves lacing as you drink. The nose on this ale is one of chocolate, toasted malt, some dark fruit, and roasted malt.

This beer is a tasty one with a malty base, some chocolate, a little bit of plum, some roasted notes, caramel, earthy hops, and a touch of vanilla. The taste is very much in line with what the nose promises and there is a little bit of alcohol in the finish.

Ubu Ale is a medium to full bodied ale with a good deal of character. At first, it seemed more or less ordinary for its style and I was ready to describe it as a typical red/strong ale, but once I got to my second bottle, I liked it more and no longer considered it standard, but rather a little more unique.

A very nice English- style ale overall, Ubu is worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of ChuckleberryFinn
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. I was surprised whenever I found out it was 7%, that's not really a value judgement.

A: deep brownish/red hue. You know it's a strong ale.

S: I couldn't detect much of anything, but there were certain citrusy notes to enjoy.

T: Great tasting beer. It's a wonderful balance of heavy lingering chocolatecherry with a solid hop. I really really was impressed with how easy this beer goes down.

I like this beer a lot. Gonna go to the brewery tomorrow and try it on tap (I'm in the area).

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Photo of ZachKelly
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Great dark brown coloring. Very thing foam-head that dissipates as you drink. Soft carbonation that doesn't give off too much of the flavoring and smells of the beer.
Very tasty and strong, with a slight aftertaste that you expect from a stronger ale.

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Photo of Justin23060
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark Brown w/ chestnut highlights. One finger, light beige head that dissipated, clung and laced. Smells of sweet malty caramel and chocolate. Taste is same caramel and chocolate. It is semi-sweet throughout and hops only bitter. Mouthfeel is creamy and linger is just about right. This is an absolutely fantastic brew that must be tried. Only wish they sold it locally.

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Photo of socon67
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown coloring that creates a light brown foam. Slight lacing and foam disappears fast.

S - Toasted malt and caramel hit the nose from this. Slightly acidic and some caramel smell.

T - Flavors seem a bit mild. Some earthy flavors and bready notes are present. Roasted\toasted malt flavoring is the main component. Finish has a small acidic bite.

M - Meh. A find this a little thin and watery for the style. It is easy to drink however, and smooth.

O - Interesting in that it is a lighter type of Strong Ale. I could see this going well on a cold northern NY night.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my friend Larry Lushia for bringing me back a few of these from Upstate New York! Cheers!

Served in a chilled tulip glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Poured out a chocolaty brown; not completely black. Nice 1/2" head that faded away into pleasant white swirls.

-Smell 3.5: Nice bouquet of chocolate, toasted grains. Aroma is somewhat flat, but does not detract from the enjoyment of the beer at all.

-Taste 4.5: Sweet up front, with slight hints of chocolate. Middle features a lot of subdued barley and slight hints of hops. Finish is more of that sweetness and toasted grains, along with still more chocolaty goodness. Aftertaste is creamy and smoky; very, very enjoyable.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Carbonation was right on the nose for this style and certainly adds to the enjoyment of the beer.

-Overall 4.0: Very good to excellent strong ale. This is somewhere between a porter and a stout and just very enjoyable. If you are a fan of unique beers THAT ARE ACTUALLY ENJOYABLE this is the brew for you. If you find it, buy it.

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Photo of jsanford
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber-red with a creamy off-white head that settles to a thin haze and ring. Malty aromas of toasted grain, caramel, toffee, and fruity yeast. More caramel and toffee flavors, but not a ton of unique character in this one. Just tastes like a generic malt-forward...beer. Mouthfeel is crisp and drinkable, with a medium body and good carbonation. Decent enough beer overall. Doesn't re-invent the wheel.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y., on July 5, 2012. Bottle into pint glass. Two fingers of head. Reddish, brown, garnet color. Foamy gray lacing with decent foamy retention.

Smelled malty, nutty, roasty, caramel, toffee and light chocolate ice cream. Reminded me slightly of a Mud Slide.

Tasted nutty malts, Mud Slide, big alcohol finish, Russian Imperial Stout like, chocolate shake.

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long bitter finish.

Not as good as I remember it, but still an OK beer. Heavy and rich, but worth the risk of trying it.

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Photo of horshack7
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A very dark brown to being very near black with a head that is light beige and around one finger thick.

Aroma: Dark fruits, wisps of grape, bready malts with a touch of caramel. Hops are on the citrus end but not very much.

Taste: A liitle bit on the sweet side but not too bready. Light citrus notes, caramel malts that are roasted dark. There is a twinge of grape in the back end. As for the mouthfeel it's smooth but it has a bready bite.

Notes: Not as strong as I thought is might be but still decently drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep ruby-copper with a 1 finger off white head. Real small amount of visible carbonation. Sediment floating in the body.

S: First I get some roasted chocolate malts with a backing of sweet carmel and molasses.

T: Fairly malt forward. Chocolatey taste with roasted malt. Slightly bitter at the end.

M: Pretty smooth and creamy, mild to light carbonation. Has a fairly full body that remains drinkable.

Overall a beer I enjoy again and again. Would recommend to anyone, especially those who enjoy a good porter.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear reddish brown with a thin head and lastin fine lace. It's aroma is of dark fruit with a hint of molasses. The flavor leads with coffee with dark cherry and plum notes. The coffee fades and chocolate covered cherry comes through as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium and there is a pleasant warmth in the finish. Lake Placid Ubu Ale is a good beer, recommended.

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UBU Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
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