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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Reviews: 102 | Ratings: 139
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was psyched when I first poured this beer, deep orange and mahogany honey hues. Nicely formed head, a good-looking pale ale.

Fairly aggressive smell, particularly when pouring. Gave off huge floral and fruit notes. I detect a nice cherry finish. Unfortunately this beers taste does not transfer from its smell. Very blunt and lacks follow through. There is a nice hint of honey though.

A little disappointing for a semi-local brew. I have a feeling it probably much better on tap.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Came in a 12 oz. brown bottle, colourful label, with a little blurb on the side of who a 46'er actually is. Pours out a questionably cloudy amber, although with a nice frothy creamy white head that leaves a fair share of lace in its wake. The aroma is mild, some caramel malt propped up with more intense floral hops, even a touch of citrus and honey. The flavour is mostly florally herbal hops, mildly astringenent, the malt makes a brief appearance within the aftertaste already, a little bit of lemon rind on the finish. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, which although suits the actual flavour profile, doesn't add to it as a whole, since the flavour is fairly one-dimensional itself. This stuff seems like it would be more suited to a draught serving, fresh out of the tap, as this bottled version doesn't seem to do it much justice, leaving it a mediocre pale ale at best. It would stand up straighter labelled as an English Bitter, pale ale seems to be used as an umbrella style far too often.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured an copper color ale with nice thick white head with good retention. Aroma of bitter hops is clearly distinguishable. Taste is comprised of a nice mix between floral malt and bitter hops. Body is a bit thin for my liking but this still make for a refreshing drink in the summer.

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Photo of Ego
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

no freshness date but I know this stock is rotated pretty well... (buy rite, edison, nj), I dig their UBU ale so I figured I would shoot this one a shot..

murky orange with slight brown hue, foamy head dissipates in large bubbles, clings nicely to my stella glass, a girl you would definitely ask out...

(wondering if reading the label about the fuggles makes me think fullers.. ah, fuck it) Fuller's nose with a little more citric hop bite, doughy bread and some honey tones, your basic ESB smell with a hint more citrus, of course this isnt supposed to be an ESB.. but what the hell..

taste etc...
this reminds me more of fuller's than of american APAs actually. the carbonation seems low enough to carry it, not much hop bite, a little sweet malt finish, solid but not special

a good brew, I wouldn't go nuts looking for it but worth a try if you have it locally, the ABV is not noticeable either.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange with a light tan head that leaves scattered lacing around the glass as this was consumed. Funky earthy tone hops and some caramel malt. Overall the aroma was light and a bit boring and didn’t do it for me. Taste starts off with a bit of spicy hops and earthy flavors. Light sweetness and well balanced overall with a decent enough taste. About your average body for the style and ok drinkability. Not really my type of IPA or pale ale but a decent brew.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clean copper/amber colored beer. Has a big off white head with nice lace. There is a light malty aroma with a hint of floral hops in the background. The flavor has a light hint of malt at the star. Which slides into a woody character at the start of the hop bitterness on the finish.

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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 canoehornpoint
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber pour with a nice silky, clingy head. Has an aroma of floral and slightly skunky hops. Taste is of floral hop and caramel maltiness that lingers for quite awhile. It has sort of "red ale" taste with a bit more floral hoppiness and a bit less caramel. Medium body that finishes a bit heavier on the back of the tongue. Good beer, good quality, not really my thing as I am a citrus hop guy.

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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 jdhilt
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a five-finger+ (exploded out of bottle) cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Hoppy nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts and finishes hoppy but some sweetness throughout, goes good with hot spicy chicken. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Hoosick Street Discount Bev. Troy, NY.

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Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy apricot color with pinkish particulate matter drifting to the bottom. Thick and foamy beige head with lumps and craters rises up high and settles slowly, leaving a half inch lid on top of the liquid, and sticky chunks of goop around the glass. Aroma is clean and fresh, not overpowering, of floral hops and bright citrus. Flavor is watery at first, not leaving an impression until the center and rear of the tongue. It's less hops, and more of an orange peel flavor, with a piney tangy, almost grapefruit finish.

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Photo of wailingwench
2.31/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is not a IPA. This offering is a malty, somewhat spiced, mildly hopped American Amber, in my opinion. If you are looking for an IPA, Frostbite is your answer. I have had this on tap at the brewery, on tap at a local watering hole, and at two brewing festivals (Empire State in Syracuse and Flour City in Rochester). Try the Frostbite, then the 46'er. Frostbite is marketed as a pale; 46'er as an IPA.

Matt needs to change the names of the beers: the Frostbite is the IPA and the 46'er is a spiced pale in the eastern sense. Regardless, 46'er is a drinkable beer, a really good beer, but it does not keep within the style guidelines. I will not purchase 46'er untill they change the name/style.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Regular good ole 12 oz. browner with a rather plain label and signature Adirondack chair motif that is also on the bottle cap. BA Brownie points there. Steeped into me Troegs pint glass, this English styled Fuggle hopped brew pours crystal clear - pure coppery orange hued with a scant tiny bubbled off white head that quickly fizzled to a slick.

Leafy, cedar aroma hops and some malts blend back in the afterscents. Aroma had to be sought to be found.

First swigs: Dusty dry bitter hops with lasting Sweet Tart aftertaste. Citrousy lemon oil notes blend into a indescript malt balance.

Crisp, creamy, dryness with easy carbonation and a somewhat oily feel.

Last swigs: Dry cedary Fuggles and malt balance. Thanks to fellow BA Ububrew for reccomending to check this out when up in NY. Seems more like an ESB rather than IPA but considering the English style, that makes sense. Unique different scents and flavors make a different beer that is worth trying if you enjoy expanding beer horizons. Reminds me a bit of Shipyard brews.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of dave750
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear reddish gold in color with a thin, white head that disappears almost immediatly. Aroma is fruity at first, with lemon rind and black pepper coming in later.
Crisp bitter hop flavor is dominant to the finish. Powdered chocolate and roasted malt blend in at mid-taste and mingle to the end. Fades as nuts and a nice spiciness join in. Hints of orange and strawberry pop in and out. Body is medium thick with very good carbonation and a balance biased toward hops.
A crisp, clean tasting beer with a pronounced bitterness, but not so much so as to be overpowering or unpleasant. An enjoyable beer.

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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 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 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 NEhophead
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright white, frothy 1" head with a solid retention. A very nice intricate lacing present. Nice deep copper color that is pretty dense and hazy.

Nice hop aromatics with a bit of a sweet toffee nose, but not much else.

A mellow flavor that I wasn't expecting. The hops are there but nothig overpowering at first. The hops really take into effect at the end of the sip leaving a strong bitterness in the aftertaste. A bread/doughy biscuit-like flavor is the main flavor (along with the hops), that work quite well with the ale's bitterness. There's also a sweet caramel/toffee hint that is present but never really come to the forefront.

Well balanced. Very smooth given that the fuggles hops ae the main elements of flavor.

An easy drinking IPA unlike some other 'hop monsters' out there (as good as some of these are most are too overpowering to have more than a few). This IPA does not fall into this category.

Again, there's nothing flashy here, but a very nice, mellow version of the style.

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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 TagoMago
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker glass.

Appearance: Golden amber with nice head formation and decent retention as head slowly diminishes into a thin, white, foam film, covering the top of the beer.

Smell: Moderately hoppy nose of fuggles hops mixed with a bready, biscuit-like malt character.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Taste of citrusy hops and bready malts. The beer is smooth and quite drinkable.

Overall: This a fairly average, run-of-the-mill IPA. I don't exactly recommend this beer, but I certainly don't look negatively upon it, either. It's simply a decent English-style American-brewed IPA - nothing more and nothing less.

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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 waughbrew
1.63/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Medium light amber body with big-bubbled head that doesn't last long but sticks to the glass. Butter and cardboard in the nose are thankfully overpowered by the nice fuggles spiciness. Taste is oxidationland. Cardboard and taosted moldy butter. No me gusta. No date on bottle, so it is tough to say how old this beer is. Note to brewer: either bottle condition or date your bottles. Feel is big bubbles and a bit watery. Finish is astringent and stinging. Real bad, might be ok if fresh.

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Photo of Stimack
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew poured to an orange amber color with a smallish head that broke down quite quickly. The aromas are nice with this brew; floral hops (Fruggle?) with fruit highlights. The taste is highlighted with citrus/grapefruit hop spiciness up front that finishes with a smaller malt end. Over all I liked this brew. I think that it is one that I could have a nice evening with!

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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 HappyHourHero
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a decent cream colored head that left a bit of lace as it faded. The beer is orangy amber in color and pretty clear. The aroma isn't very pleasing, a mix of skunky hops and malt isn't very inviting. Good hop bite up front, a little citrus in there, the bitterness increases until a bit of caramel malt slips into the aftertaste. The beer has a decent body to it, but it feels a little watery on the tongue. Not a big fan of this one, the flavor and especially the aroma seem a bit off. If I see it on tap I'll give it another go.

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46'er Pale Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
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