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RATINGS: 429   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Our flagship beer, this English Strong Ale is available throughout the Adirondacks and greater Northeast. Deep garnet red in color, Ubu weighs in at 7% alcohol by volume (ABV) but is known for its fantastic taste. It features dark fruit and roasted malt flavors, with a slightly bitter finish. 43 SRM.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (30746) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2005
An unclear amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of caramel, and hints of wheat. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, wood, and fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ben4321 (4832) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Location: Sampled at the NY Brewfest on Governorís Island, 6/19/10

Aroma: It has a malty nose, a good amount of caramel, and some bread/toast
Appearance: It pours a brown color with a foamy tan head a top it
Flavor: The taste is quite malty, medium sweet, with minimal hop balance
Palate: A touch on the watery side, with a drinkable feel, and a light-medium body
Overall Impression: My notes on this one mention that my written review was probably too harsh due to the brewfest getting a little out of control and making my mood not as good, but the description/impression of the beer is still reasonably valid, I just wanted to keep a note of what went into this review. This was a decent, malt first beer, but I didnít love it.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gsmitty80 (2028) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2011
This was a good beer but it wasnít as tasty as i would have thought given the ratings. I bet this would taste very good on cask or from lines that were very clear.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2002
The color is a deep amber. the aroma is sweet and Malty. the flavor is slightly sweet with some spicy hoppiness and a hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Bottle pours dark brown, very caramel like in its hues, small white film of a head, fairly attractive lacing, with light carbonation. † Slight roasty, light chocolate malt like aroma. † A bit of alcohol and maple flavored bacon as well. † Some hops, some malts, slightly chalky on zee tongue. † Light body, somewhat thin mouthfeel. † Finishes with a bland bitterness, slightly malty. † This one doesnít fit the bill as an English Strong Ale. † Thanks goes out to jah noth for the trade!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company--Ubu Ale--2008 Release--12 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV--40 IBUís. (2.75 / 5.0) Strong Ale--English. Beer of the Month Club Selection March 2008. Sediment Dust. Thin tan light lace head. Sediment flecked dark brown red color. Toasted mild fruity cocoa hop front. Medium bodied mild sweet toasted toffee rich Brown Ale fruity malty body. Strong malt mild hop spice fruity hot end. Overrated or Aged Poor. Sampled 2/11/2010.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Chad9976 (1441) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Appearance: Extremely dark ruby red, appears brown at face value. Two-finger, tan head, foamy/frothy - good retention and lacing.

Smell: Not much to detect here aside from general malty fragrance. Slight sour aroma, but mild.

Taste: Iím not sure what the brewers are going for with this beer. The palate is fairly mild during the first half with slight soda-like sweetness. Second half finishes with sour tang and alcohol bite. Very bitter flavor as soon as I swallow, followed by slightly tannic, astringent aftertaste that lingers momentarily. Palate has some wine-like dryness to it, but thankfully it doesnít last.

Aside from the brief soda sweetness, thereís just not much to enjoy about this palate. No chocolate, caramel, or toffee - just a generic strong beer palate. Sourness is hard to get over and akin to spoiled milk. Iíve had this beer several times and each time I picked up this component - so this taste is intentional, but why?

Drinkability: For a relatively strong beer, Ubu Ale drinks like something smaller and cheaper. Thereís a noticeable fizziness while itís in the mouth. Feels thin and strong, and therefore distracting. Goes down mostly smooth and finishes fairly clean. I could see pairing this with red meat to take the edge off the beer and make it slightly refreshing.

Overall, a boring, sour beer. The real shame is, itís brewed this way on purpose for some reason and Iíve no idea why.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sinkhole (263) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2011
Draught from Dinosaur BBQ (Syracuse NY). Pours a dark brown color with minimal head. Aromas of caramel, malt and yeast. Taste of mild hops with a nutty aftertaste. A solid brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
sodakotakid (230) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - JUL 12, 2013
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Itzjerm (1737) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Mettalic in aroma and taste. The bottle has ruined what may be an okay beer. Behind metallic is the taste of caramel and burnt chocolate. okay thickness on the tongue but the metallic made it horrible.

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