Beer Profile: UBU Ale

Profiled by Ken Carman for PGA

pgaprofileubu-ale I have had this several times and looked back at it, wondering, what was that like? In days where craft brewers push styles into new territory this is a forgettable beer. Caramelize malt sense, a bit Maris Otter and Munich-ish malt-wise with a hint of molasses and raisin. A slight bitter. The nose is exactly the same.

Great clarity through brown-ish quaff and foam head that lingers slightly the walks away. SRM about 12?

Slight molasses like sweet caramelize malt dominates. Hops seem a slight afterthought.
There’s nothing defective about it. It’s perfectly drinkable.

83 and 75 on Beer Advocate, 88 and 94 on Rate Beer.

Sigh.

UBU just offers me nothing to make me want to come back. With a hint more hops, oaking and maybe a slight sense of rum barrel aging, this would be one hell of a platform on which to build a great beer. But as it is? Just a good foundation crying out to be built on.

3.5

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Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”

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FredricmartianKen Carman is actually Fredric Brown reincarnated. Only the fetal fluid was too much St. Patty day beer like, hence the green color.