The beer I am reviewing is UBU Ale, by Lake Placid Brew Pub. UBU is a strong English Ale with a (sneaky) ABV of 7%. You can view their site at http://www.ubuale.com and follow them on twitter (@UBUMAN).
In an effort of transparency, this beer review has a level of nostalgia associated with it. Every summer since I was born, I’ve vacationed with my family in the Adirondacks, located in upstate New York. It’s absolute perfection and a true get away. There’s no Internet, no TV and no cell service on the property we stay. Just days spent on the boat, wakeboarding, tubing, fishing, drinking. You get the gist…
Part of our yearly getaway involves a trip to Lake Placid, home of the Miracle on Ice and the 1980 Winter Olympics. Lake Placid Brew Pub opened their doors in 1996. My family started going there in the early 2000’s and it’s been a staple visit every time we make the trek to Lake Placid for the day. The pub sits on the southern end of Mirror Lake, with a gorgeous view of the lake and town.
This year is the first time I’ve had UBU canned. I prefer UBU more out of the bottle, but the can really doesn’t take away from the beer that much. Tonight, I poured out into a pint glass. It pours a dark, amber color with a nice light tan head. Not a ton of aroma on the nose - mainly malts. You can pick up trace scents of a mix of caramel / brown sugar. The taste is a mix of chocolate, toffee and caramel – with neither of those flavors being overbearing. It drinks extremely creamy and smooth. Has a nice hop finish with some lingering bitterness. The 7% ABV eludes heaviness, but it doesn’t drink heavy. You can quickly find yourself downing 3 or 4…
LPBP has a wide variety of other beers. My two other favorites are Big Slide IPA and High Peaks Hefeweizen. If you find yourself any where near Lake Placid, you need to stop in for some food (also phenomenal) and a pint or three. The brewery has a great, welcoming atmosphere and the staff is fantastic.
Bringing home a few cases each year gets the job done, but I plead with you @UBUMAN, come back to Maryland!
Either way, see you next July.