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

Added by sponberg on 10-20-2002

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Ratings: 750 |  Reviews: 304
Photo of PokerGod
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Nonic glass.

Appearance- Dark, cola colored, beautiful two-fingered head which retains beautifully, leaving a lovely lacing on the glass too.

Smell- Hops, and something sweet underneath, something sweet, but dark like figs or dates. Intriguing.

Taste- Reminds me of a Scottish Ale. Initially taste of hops up front, but not like a Pale Ale at all. More roasted and coffee-like with a lingering aftertaste that isn't unpleasant.

Overall- a nice beer that I found enjoyable, by the end of the review I wish to note approval of the 7% ABV which took no time to warm me up. Also a pleasant surprise. Very decent, acceptable brew.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with garnet highlights. Head is beige, long lasting, and leaves a light wall of lace.

S: Struggled to get a lot of the nose. A very simple aroma of sweet malts, dark fruits, toffee, and earthy hops.

T: Doesn't really remind me of a strong ale. Flavor has some rich malts including toffee and caramel notes, brown sugar, nuts, & some dark fruts. Earthy hops which gives it a nice bitter finish.

M: Mild carbonation; medium-full body; a creamy, almost buttery texture.

O: This one is easy for me to find here in NY and is reasonably priced- so it makes it a nice go to beer. Not my favorite version of the style however. If someone asked me if I would want one I would definitely take it- can drink 4-5 of these no problem.

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Photo of Thads324
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : aggressive pour into a tupli yields a big tan head, thick and frothy. Color is dark brown with a hint of ruby edge.

S : smells of cleaning solution a bit. a little bit of booze and a hint of dried or candied fruit. a bit of sweet honey type malt and very little hop.

T : dark malt flavor up front with a slightly bittersweet chocolate back. A hint of coffee and a bit of slightly flavor, slightly bitter hops towards the back end of the brew. A bit of booze centralized, but nothing else really. The malt character is quite nice.

M : despite the big head after the pour, the carbonation is low and easy going. A full bodied brew with a bit of a wet finish, yet clean.

An interesting beer for sure. A big malt body with nice hop, but all the balance is towards the malty front. A good beer but not something I'd buy very often.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep brown with ruby on the edges, and a huge frothy tan head. Very good look.

S - dark fruits, caramel and toffee malts. Not too exciting, but nice.

T - Nice big malty body with some fruity sweet and tart undertones. chocolate comes through a bit. Not too bad.

M - pretty light, somewhat smooth, a medium body.

O (D) - interesting, pretty good. Malt forward.

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

I poured this UBU Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a nice rich dark brown with khaki colored head that remained and had some nice lacing.

The nose is rich and malty. Pretty straight forward and not overly complex but rich, simple, and elegant.

The taste is initially malty with a subtle sweetness that lingers until a very subtle crisp finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice crisp finish.

Overall this is a very nice and enjoyable beer that is very easy to drink. I would certainly not hesitate picking it up the next time you see it. Enjoy!!!

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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

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up based on a friend's window sticker. I know that is a great measure to purchase beer by.

After picking up a 6-pack, I asked my friend about it. He asked where I got it.

On the pour, I had a decent amount of aroma. I picked up malts, hoppiness, and some nuttiness.

The taste came through like a stronger brown. The nuttiness was stronger, and hops balanced out well. This was easy to drink, and so I had another.

I paired this with open pit barbeque, and it matched very well.

I match my friends sentiments. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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 devinoconnor
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First try for Lake Placid, but wasn't overly impressed.

Pours a dark redish color, almost brown. Looks almost more stout than ale.

Strong aromas of the malts and barley.

Taste is malty, virtually no hops I could make out.

Average ale, certainly much better on the market.

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Photo of Whitley
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer rocks. I am not an official beer tester, so I won't try to impress you with terms I don't normally use. This beer is thick and tasty and that is what I'm always on the hunt for.I LOVE this beer !!!! If you l want to experience what I believe beer tasted like back in the Colonial days and before mass produced watery beer became the norm, then this is an excellent selection. Highly recommended by me. Enjoy!

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Photo of sweetwaterman
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6-pack from Big Z Beverage ~mid Feb 2011

Appearance: Moderate head that quickly fades, dark red color, crystal clear.

Smell: moderate malt sugars, crisp, cereal notes, mild notes of caramel.

Taste: similar to a good bitter? crisp clean malt sugars, minimal hops, bran flakes, bran-ish finish that is short.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, no issues

Drinkability: a good session choice. something about this strikes me as very British, but it could be just me.

Recommended. Taken this camping and woodsmoke in the air just kicks it up another gear IMO.

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Photo of curasowa
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, mahogany color with a big, three-finger tan, fluffy head

Aroma: Sweet toasted malt, toffee and cherries

Taste: Toasted malt upfront, quickly followed by a really sweet backbone that has some nuttiness to it. It finishes watery and lingering, with a harsh bitterness.

The Rest: Body is on the thin side of medium, and drinkability is OK. The balance isn't great on this beer.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a reddish brown colour with a large size frothy light brown coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 few minutes before it was completely gone.

Smell - malts, smoke, toffee, coffee, roasted/toasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation but it still feels fairly creamy on the tongue. There is a lot of sweet toffee like flavour with a malty smokiness mixed in. I can also taste notes of coffee and roasted/toasted nuts. It finishes with a sweet smoky aftertaste.

Drink - I've had this previously on tap and it had a really pleasing scent. The bottle didn't seem to do it justice. Still an above average beer and highly drinkable given the alcohol level.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown/black with a touch of foam at the top but very little. Chocolately smell. Malty. Light coffee taste, mild hop throughout. Subtley carbonated. Residual cola taste. Very drinkable, solid beer.

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

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a tall American pub glass...

The liquid was brown with red hues and a thin, creamy white head.

It smells a little sour, and malty, it's sweet with an earthy hop presence.

I tasted nutty malt, sweet caramel, raisin, with a lemony finish and quite a unique flavor.

This beer is smooth and thick with medium carbonation.

The beer was really good, the rich flavor probably would limit me to only one or two of these.

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Photo of matty
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is chocolate malts.Taste is cocoa,hops and sugar cane.The alcohol gives a nice warming.Overall a good beer that is perfect for a cold winter day.I would recommend to try at least once and I would certainly purchase this again.

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

On tap at George Keeley's, upper West Side, NYC, on a very cold day in January.

VERY fond of this one:

A- v. dark, reminiscent of the Old Engine Oil, with a hint of magenta when held up to the light. Slight head, but excellent lacing on the glass.

S- Malty, a bit nutty.

T- nice balance struck between the hops and malt, with malt taking the lead.

M- Medium bodied, low carbonation, very smooth.

D- Very drinkable. Not a session beer for the faint of heart (7%), but a worthy member of the rotation.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a flying bison pint glass.

A- Very dark brown, almost black with a reddish hue, and a dark white head.

S- Smells malty and sugary, with a nice nutty touch to it.

T- I know this is an "American String Ale" but this plays alot like a porter, it has a nutty sugary taste, with a sour after taste.

M- Nice nutty dry taste with a sugary sour bite.

D- Drinkable def, very tasty.

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Photo of gfreed
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Cambridge Common. One day I will go through all my beer reviews and tally up the ones named after dogs, labeled with dogs, made from dogs... dogs, dogs, dogs. Here's another beer named for a dog. What brewery *doesn't* have a dog?

As strong ales go, this one is a 98-lb weakling. I thought at first it was just too cold so I let it sit for a while; as it warmed, it gained nothing. The aroma is thin; the taste is flat except for a brief peek from some Cokey pepper. Lake Placid? More like Lake Flaccid. Not a great choice.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very dark brown, almost black. but almost no head.

this is labeled as a "Strong Ale", which I guess is kind of a catch all, but the aroma and taste I would discribe as more of a Porter character. somewhat sweet and malty, with slight flavors of roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate.

easy to drink, and paired well with a barbaque dinner.

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

What does "American Strong Ale" refer to here? Ubu has some mad-British ester potency. Stupid fruity with a strawberry bent. Pours with a lovely foam dome - long lasting. Foggy-dense pale-rose-red color. Malty and fruity through and through. Light-moderate biscuit edge to the malt - hops, all but silent. 7%? - not tasting or feeling it...

My take on this is that it's a jacked-up-yeasty-estery British pale ale. Almost a creamy wit thing going on as well.

Nice to finally try this, but where does this fit into my beerin' life-style? Noteworthy, I suppose.

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Photo of jpmclaug
2.22/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into my perfect pint glass. Thanks to charlesw for this.

A - goes from light brown to a dark brown at the top. A nice sized off white head rests on top

S - Some sweet toasted malt notes but not much going on here.

T - Follows the aroma with some sweet toasted malt notes but then there is a sickly alcohol flavor mixed in as well. Not a fan

M - medium bodied, slightly sticky, fair amount of carbonation

D - Don't really care for it much. has a funny cheap alcohol taste to it. I'm glad to have tried it but don't intend to try it again.

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Photo of ryantaussig
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Likely a a bad pour because the head was distinctly lacking, but a bit of swirling put a decent half finger on it. A bit of lacing and dark brown to black color.

S: Smells of toasty malts with a slight bit of alcohol in the background. Hop aroma is low.

T: Lots of roasted malts. Some caramel with plenty of coffee and chocolate notes. It tastes almost like a stout.

M: Extremely smooth. Carbonation is appropriate and excellently balanced with the medium body of the beer.

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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 musicforairports
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft plenty of times, first time in a bottle.

Pours dark brown, but not quite black. 3/4-finger head that leaves a bit of lacing. Some bubbles visible.

Smells like chocolate and crystal malt.

Tastes like chocolate, caramel, some floral hops and a bit of dark fruit. Decent roasted character present. Bit of astringency that seems like alcohol despite a non-excessive ABV. It's a bit unique for a dark beer like this--it's like a stronger schwarzbier, or or a highly carbonated robust porter. I've always enjoyed this beer.

Mouthfeel is thinner than beers with this much dark malt character. This makes it a very easy drink. Rich in flavor, but the light body and carbonation makes it an easy one to put down. One of the best beers we've got here in Upstate New York.

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UBU Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 750 ratings.
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