46'er Pale Ale | Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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46'er Pale Ale46'er Pale Ale

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by sponberg on 10-20-2002

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Reviews: 102 | Ratings: 139
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, amber body with golden highlights. It's full, frothy white cap holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace. The bouquet delivers some lightly earthy/citrusy hops along with some mildly caramel malt. It's hops are clear, but not bold, and quite welcoming. The body is medium and really smooth and creamy in the mouth. The carbonation level is lower than might be expected from an IPA at around 2.1 volumes CO2/litre, but it works! It's very English in character, and adds greatly to its drinkability. This beer just sides down the gullet! The flavor offers an exquisitely balanced combination of firm, lightly sweet, caramel-tinged malt; a citrusy fruitiness and mild hoppy spice; and a solid bitterness that anchors it and dries the finish. Exceptionally drinkable and highly enjoyable. Well worth seeking out!

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Photo of sponberg
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright copper in color, a white head.

Citrus, spice, and malt - the aroma is almost perfect. The beer doesn't let down the aroma at all - a very well balanced combination of fruity, round malt, firm bitterness, and citric flavor and aroma with just enough hop spiciness. The entire mouth gets a piece of it, and the medium body allows you to have a few. Very, very well done.

This is the second (along with Ubu Ale) beer that LPPB will be bottling at the Lake Placid Craft Brewers (formerly AAA Brewing) facility in Plattsburgh come November. Both are worth seeking out.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmmm....this is what an American Pale Ale should be.
Poured a slightly haze golden orange with some dark undertones.
Tons of tiny carbonation rises from the bottom for the entire time you are drinking it.
Half finger white head melted to a very nice solid ring of white and some sticky lacing.

Aromas are fruity hops...more citrus than citrus peel...and some sweet pale malt. Mostly a floral, fruity aroma.

Taste is like the aroma with a blast of citrus fruit and floral hops, then some softening from the malt, then an aftertaste of mostly just the dry fresh hops. Some alcohol warmth going down.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick for an APA with a sharp tingling on the tongue from all of the carbonation.

Well done.

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tonight I went to MacGregor's. What a great idea that was. They had Lake Placid 46'er IPA on special. Five dollars a pitcher. You can't beat that with a stick. It poured a dark, hazy orange amber colour with a beautiful head. Thick and long lasting. The aroma that it put off was absolutly wonderful. Sweet and floral with strong fruity notes. Everything a good IPA should be. The taste was super hoppy. The floral and the fruity flavored hops were a nice way to end a long week. I don't think an IPA could taste any better than that. I was in IPA heaven with this beer. I think I'm at a loss for words. Every beer lover has to get some of this.

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Photo of MTNboy
4.29/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hope I give this a fare review. I got this in growler an it was a couple of weeks before I got to it (Man! I hate admitting that.) but all things considered I enjoyed this beer.

Appearance- A little hazy but not dark.

Smell- It did not have a stong odor at all. I was surprised .

Taste- Even and ballanced flavors across the board. A little sweet, a little fruity, slightly metalic.

Mouthfeel- Light but not watery.

Drinkabity- Easy to throw back or sit and sip.

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Photo of Shiloh
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice IPA, my compliments to the brewers. This 46'er pours a deep golden hue with orange highlights, The body is medium and hazy while the carbonation is very light. My first impression of this brew was of apples, bitter apples while the aroma matched up well with a light grapefruit nose.
This offering finishes as well as it starts, in that the slight apple taste does fade but the hoppy bitterness lingers appropriatly.
Will definetly look for more of these.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dark orange/golden color. Head disappears immediately. But there is a definite haze.

Nice fruity/estery scent. Has a sweet pale malt scent. Flowery hops with a sweet accent.

Ooooohhh... A very nice fruity hop flavor, but with a nice dry malt balance. Nice yeast undertones. Really lovely. Sweet citrus. Bitter finish to the hosp. Really complex and delicious.

Dry and a little yeasty. Thick after the swallow. I like this one a lot. It's like a sweet ale, with a pale yeasty undertone.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice "India Pale Ale". Pours a nice amber color. Nice head forms and sticks around. There is a pleasant hoppy aroma. The taste is smooth: a nice mixture of sweet malt and hops. This is NOT, NOT, NOT a hop-monster. If you want something in the realm of hopdevil or stone IPA, you will be unhappy. However, this is what it is-a nice and smooth IPA. Enjoy.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, dull orange color...solid, 1/4" white head.
Aroma simmers with citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, cherry, absolutely redolent with ripe fruit, quite nice.
Tasty brew, with a nice, hoppy play on the palate initially, before fading back. Well rounded, sufficiently spicy, with flavor of grapefruit rind continuing, sip after sip. Light, but satisfying finsh, medium-bodied, thirst-quenching and consistently delightful. Good job, here!
Thanks to McCall, for the pleasure of trying it out!

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 0z bottle, no freshness dating. This understated, balanced British style IPA, pours a nice almond, cloudy. tan head sticks around and leaves classy lacing. Nice hop nose and some yeastyness. Hoppy citrus and grapefruit flavors in forefront, nice malt backbone. smooth and creamy mouthfeel, with medium body. I liked this IPA , suprised its not higher rated. Worth trying.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the pub in bee-ut-i-full Lake Placid. Interestingly named IPA, named for the 46 highest peaks in the Adirondaks and the nickname of those who have climbed them.

Not much of a head on my pint when it arrived, amber with mild carbonation. Had a nice fruity scent.

Creamy piney hops, with a touch of what probably are cascade hops, flowery. A little watery, but a nice beer. The odd creamyness really adds a certain something to it, mellows out the hop bite and makes it easy, real easy, to drink.

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Photo of gskitt
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, pale orange with an impossible white head, thick, stays forever.
S- Lemons and pine, herbal.
T- toasted nuts? Hops comes in second, herbal and really balanced. Not as much citrus as advertised in the smell. Wow, didn't think I would like this beer so much.
M- Tacky with some residual hops lingering.
D- This is a pub beer, and at 6%, you could stay in the pub for a long time.
Really like this beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper tone. Good sized creamy white head. Retention is very good. Nice toffee malt tones mixed with flowery hops on the nose. On the palate, the base is toffeeish and a little buttery. The hops impart a slight edge with a spicy and floral accent. Bitterness is more fragrant based than hop based. Chalky mouthfeel with a body checking in around medium or so. Decent enough EIPA.

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Photo of Ralelen
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a trip to New York this weekend, Im glad I picked it up.

I pured a two finger head with a nice hop aroma. The beer did pour hazy, but I will assume that is due to the yeast in the bottle. Slightly under carbonated and a tad worty. I wont hold this against this great brewery, hand crafting is hard to do. I wish it had a bit more hops.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear golden orange pour topped with a thin layer of white foam that quickly dies to a lace but manages to leave its trail on the sides of the glass. The aroma is hoppy and spicy, and it also has a nice degreee of balancing sweetness.

This is definitely a laid back IPA. The hops are not very strong, but the balance they have with the sweet maltiness is excellent. It has a crisp start and remains pretty refreshing throughout. Drinkability is excellent. I could see this as a starter for a hop virgin.

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Photo of TheOtherMike
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this while on vacation in the Adirondacks. It was readily available in the Adirondack region, but I did not find it in areas west & south of there.

Appearance - hazy amber color. I didn't think to check for sediment in the bottle, thus I don't know if there was any. I don't care for hazy appearances.

Smell - smells like an IPA. Hops, citrus, floral. Pretty much like what you'd expect, nothing exceptional.

Taste - like the smell, this tastes like a solid, mainstream IPA.

Drinkability - very enjoyable. A solid brew that will not disappoint.

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Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good to finally find Lake Placid beers in the bottle near me, I've enjoyed most of them when I'm up there.
Pours a hazy amber-brown topped with a one finger off-white head, leaves bits of lacing, the bottle seemed underfilled.
Biscuit and tea aroma, fuggles and caramel.
Biscuit, tea, caramel, light citrus aftertaste, toffee and butterscotch.
Medium bodied, very low carbonation, nothing special more towards the British style.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber color with reddish/orange highlights. Very little head even after I poured it aggressively. Intermittent lacing. Hoppy, citrus-like aroma. The hop are citrus-peel like at first but appear in the middle as a 'smoky' form when the brew warms but still less pronounced than I was expecting. Definitely an American Pale Ale compared to an India. Medium bodied with a good mouthfeel and a smooth, bitter hop finish. Dry but lacks some malt character to balance it.

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Photo of beernbbq
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An IPA in the English Style with the emphasis on English Malty and Hop. Pours a rich amber with a tight white head that dissapates quickly. Aroma is floral English Hop, Fuggles and Goldings. Taste is floral with slightly sweet, biscuity underpinning. Could be a knockoff of Youngs London Special. Easy to drink IPA that pairs nicely with many of the menu selections.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright amber gold body with fine carbonation, topped by an ample foamy white head, which rose slighty above the glass. Aroma is lighty fruity and herbal. Nice malt foundation to this IPA, and the hops meet but do not overwhelm it. Definitely in the English camp of IPAs, but even so, could use a dash more hop zing. It certainly makes for a good pint, but maybe it should be labeled a pale ale to lower expectations a tad. A good beer, but a slight let down.

Off topic: Label says "Real town. Real beer." The beer is certainly real, but on my trips to Lake Placid, parts of it seemed like an idealized Hollywood version of a winter resort. A very nice place, but real wasn't the word that came to mind.

Acquired in the Philly BA Gathering Beer Exchange.

10/25/03: A new sample from Yen157 has convinced me to up my grade from 3.6 to 4.0. Today's sample has a much sharper hop bite to it. I will attribute this to freshness, since I have not heard of any reformulation. No let down here.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich burnt orange amber color with a slight head and moderate carbonation.
Aroma has a slight hint of citrus and floral hints. Malts seems to get in line behind an English style. A heavy malt presence.
Taste is citrusy hops and sweet bready malts .
Taste is smooth and has a bitter finish.
A good beer easy drinking .

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle. As per the BA Database picture, it has a main obverse label that covers some 300° of the bottles circumference. Named after the “…handful of folks that have conquered the legendary 46High Peaks of the Adirondacks, earning the right to call themselves 46’ers.” No strength or freshness date listed.

Appearance: Dark orange, hazy body with lots of streamers. Thin head, but it covers the surface with a uniform white collar that is at least always a ¼” thick, though the top-up produced a decent frothy rocky head. Some attractive lacing on the glass sides is produced. Below average carbonation levels.

Nose: The nose is rather confusing; at first I thought that the beer was off, before I got to taste it. It has a musty damp odor, like soggy hops. Few hops break this strange odor. Some caramel and a light pepper aroma. Weird and a little off-putting.

Taste: Dry start, pale malt feel with a husky powdery texture. The middle has a delicate hop feel that builds into a bitter presence. The bitterness mixes with the husky malts to lend a more balanced feel. The ending has a light citric twang. Finishes with an extremely astringent death and a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Definitive feel at all times, start to finish, and long after the swallow. Medium body but the low-ish conditioning sparks a reminiscent feel of a hoppy English Bitter on Cask for me.

Drinkability: A solid session brew that drinks relatively easily and a little too quickly for my liking. I emptied the 12 ounce bottle, before I thought I emptied the 12 ounce bottle!!

Overall: A nice brew and highly enjoyable. More a Bitter Pale Ale than your classic American IPA, so it may disappoint some hops-heads, but I personally find it to be a nice change to pace to the higher echelon IPA’s.

A 46’er Cheers to McCall for supplying this one, perfect on a warm afternoon.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Abe's. This beer reminds me a bit of Summit Extra Pale Ale in that's it's obviously inspired by English pales and their ingredients, but it's also obviously an amped up American take on the style. The hops had a big earthy, citrus quality that certainly reveals Fuggles close relation to Cascade hops (Cascades are a cross between Fuggles and Russian Serebrianker hops). There's also a big share of malty bread crust and toffee flavors from the barley that nicely balances the hops.

Yes, this beer is overpowering and on the thick side for an English pale ale. But it's still a delicious interpretation of the style and worth checking out.

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Photo of scottum
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice full amber with an off-white head. Hops are right there in the nose. Hop bite is full and meaty, yet balanced with the chewy malt load. This forms a well crafted base for a nice little American IPA. One of the better regional IPAs available. Worth a shot if the Ubu is not doing it for you. I got to get down to the brewpub one of these days; it's just across the lake.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 4/1/10.

A - Slightly hazy light amber/orange-tinted body with lively carbonation bubbles and about a finger's worth of beige froth on top that transformed into bubbly patches and swatches of foamy lace.

S - Nose is somewhat muted overall, although citrus hop notes are noticeable as well as some sweet caramel malt and toasted grains. As the liquid warmed up, some sharper herbal notes also emerged.

T - Initial flavor delivers quite a sharp, crisp hop bite for an English-style pale ale, suggesting not only citrus notes, but also grassy and herbal tones. Caramel malt provides a sweet backbone. Finishes with a distinct grainy malt character with a healthy dose of leafy and herbal hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate oily character. Lots of active carbonation, resulting in a bristly mouthfeel overall. Finishes with a fairly assertive dry bitterness on the palate for the style.

D - 46'er is definitely on the hoppy end of the pale ale spectrum and boasts lots of flavor and a fairly aggressive hop bite. And at 6% ABV, this lad remains extremely drinkable throughout.

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