Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Lake Placid IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (569) - Albany, USA - MAR 17, 2010
Perhaps I should take a break from beer reviewing. I’m reaching a point where it’s very difficult for me to come up with an original way to discuss a beer – even one I like. I’d like to think every beer has some kind of distinctiveness to it that would make reviewing it a bit easier, but as Lake Placid India Pale Ale shows – sometimes just being plain good is enough.


This beer pours smoothly to a surprisingly hazy body of dark copper color. No sediment was noticeable, but abundant carbonation was. It formed a fairly large, off-white, foamy head which was slow to evaporate and never completely disappeared. It also left significant lacing on the glass. The aroma was standard IPA with a strong floral scent indicating a substantial hop presence.


I’m such a fan of the IPA style that if a beer doesn’t taste exactly how I would prefer, I’m a little inclined not to like it as much. Lake Placid did not have the citrus-like taste I look for in a IPA, but thankfully did not have that syrup-like quality either.

Beers like this are seemingly made not just for the craft drinker, but for the IPA drinker. It’s an assault of hops from the first to last swig, giving the beer a strong, bitter taste that really satisfies. Those who are intimidated by a heavily-hopped brew might tremble from this beer. I wasn’t able to find out it’s IBU rating, but I’d estimate it’s at least 50. Thankfully, it was balanced with a slightly sweet maltiness to give it a well-rounded texture.


I enjoyed a hefty dose of hops, but the problem is beers of the type are not exactly easy to drink. Lake Placid IPA is so bitter it definitely makes itself known in the finish with a significant coarse feeling as it goes down. Not that I mean this is a flaw, since it’s actually just par for the course when it comes to IPAs.


Perhaps a reason a standard IPA like this does not amaze me is due to the fact beers like this tend to be so heavy. At 6.8% ABV, Lake Placid IPA is certainly a full-bodied beer and I could tell after just one bottle. Drank in moderation the beer definitely satisfies.


With Lake Placid IPA, I’m pleased to know that a micro-brewery doesn’t shy away from making a strong, hoppy beer.

Grade: 7/10

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