AirForceHops (3660) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Multiple samples @ Empire Brew Fest. Garnet color with huge head and decent foamy retention. Nose of caramel, toffee and light chocolate notes. Flavor is toasted grain, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, light dark fruit, mild hop bitterness on the finish with only a hint of alcohol. Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long bitter finish. Very nice brew.
GMF555 (4) - - JUL 13, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Man I Really like this beer. This is the second time I have had it and maybe the second time is the charm.
sodakotakid (230) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - JUL 12, 2013
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
POURS A MEDIUM brown with an average tan head. This beer starts sweet but a un tasty bitterness quickly follows. The malt is strong and there is some sour dark fruits with bit of earthiness and roasted flavors.
annunz123 (892) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty, earthy, nutty aroma. Flavor is nutty with apple, spice, and some wood. Some spice and drying alcohol in the finish. Very good.
raphael (927) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had no idea what kind of beer this was. So surprised by the ruddy brown with modest off white head. Caramel, toasted malt, & oak aromas. Had a good bite, with caramel & alcohol.. A little flat. balanced finish.
daniele (5895) - ITALY - MAY 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quasi mogano buona schiuma un po grossolana buona persistenza leggero fruttato caramello nocciola buone note maltate leggere tostature amaro medio
rauchbierlover (617) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Depp brown body with a minimal beige head. Hoppy and floreal aroma. Taste is malty, with roasted notes, some coffee and nuts, then comes the bitter (but not in an aggressive way). A well balanced beer. A nice surprise!
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Opening Thoughts: To be honest, it has been a long time since Iíve had a beer from Lake Placid Pub & Brewery. But, because they won ďBest Craft Beer in the Hudson ValleyĒ (ignoring the fact that I donít consider Lake Placid to be in the Hudson Valley region, that is; yes, it is in fact near the beginning of the Hudson, but it isnít really part of the region per say), I decided to give their flagship beer, Ubu Ale, another shot.
Ubu Ale is an English Strong Ale and is produced (in bottled form) by the Matt Brewery in Utica, NY. I honestly donít have fond memories of the last time I had this particular beer, but it has been a few years, so Iím willing to give it another chance.
Appearance: The pour is a deep brown with a touch of red. There is a nice, fairly thick, soapy head that is a khaki/tan color. Just a tiny bit of carbonation is coming up from the bottom of the glass.
Aroma: The aroma is malt-forward, as I would expect from a beer of this type, slightly bready with a faint touch of chocolate coming in at points.
Taste: At first sip, the malts come out initially with a fairly typical chocolate and toffee presence. This gives away quickly, as the taste changes that of some dark fruit with a touch of smoke. There is a bit of nuttiness to the malt presence, but not enough to highlight itself. A noticeable twang is present throughout, which detracts from the rest of the experience; Iím not sure if itís an intentional sour note or some sort of weird off-flavor, but it doesnít work well with the rest of the character.
Mouthfeel: Ubu is light-to-medium in the mouthfeel, but it is noticeably oily (and not in a good way). Low carbonation that I suppose works with the style, but it seems even lower than the gentle carbonation that Iíd want in a good English strong. There is something off about the texture of this beer.
Overall: Iíve confirmed my old feelings about Ubu. I donít really like it, but that isnít to say that it is an objectively ďbadĒ beer. I hope this isnít the beer that won them the TAP award (I havenít really had any of their beers in a long time, so I canít comment on the quality of their products overall). Itís a one-off for me; itís so close to being an acceptable beer of the style, that I think Iím as much frustrated as I am put off. Oh well.
Score: 4/10 (Below Average)
VipertheIV (12) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Minimal head that faded quickly. Poured from bottle. Roasted and peaty nose with a slight sweetness. Medium body nose translates straight to the taste
Steverus0 (203) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice and delicious, malty English ale. Incredibly smooth, the hoppy character, which is slight, balances with dark, almost coffee notes
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