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Hub City Brown Ale - Hub City Brewing Company

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Hub City Brown AleHub City Brown Ale

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65
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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 2.61
pDev: 25.67%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Hub City Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Our Brown Ale is a medium-bodied beer in the traditional English style. It has a pale brown color with hints of nut and caramel. This beer has a light, clean flavor and smooth finish with just a hint of sweetness, perfect for warm summer days.

(Beer added by: Deuane on 08-20-2008)
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pschul4

Illinois

1.25/5  rDev -52.1%

08-20-2012 20:47:34 | More by pschul4
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Ragingbull

California

1.35/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Dark amber in color more than a light brown. There is some light lacing and a rim of foam. Some prickle can be seen where the light shines through. The nose is earthy with some malt tones and a gentle grain character. The nose more like wine than beer. Some sharp notes in the flavor are a major turnoff, especially in a brown ale. A highly grainy attack. Some nut tones are able to come through somehow. It seems to be undermalted in my opinion. Almost as if they used half the grain and malt and twice the water. The malt really struggles to hold up to the grain flavors and the sharp acidic tones. Way lighter and sharper than I expected when I bought a six pack of a brown ale while in Iowa. Ugh. I am not crazy about it. I shouldn't have reviewed it yet. . .maybe some schlub will want to try one of the four I have left.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 04:47:21 | More by Ragingbull
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ZAP

Minnesota

1.38/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a cloudy bronze color...no head...smells fruity like apples and pears....some of that fruitiness on the taste too but a sweeter caramel accented flavor...doesn't mesh well..body is lifeless...little carbonation...thinnish....just doesn't drink well...not recommended..

As it warms it takes on a bit of a vomit flavor...it is only warming because it is hard to drink...

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 04:14:42 | More by ZAP
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PaleAlien2

Nebraska

1.45/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

What In The Hell?

The beer is a disaster.

Much to light, transparent for a Brown. I can see right through it. Nice head retention and lacing though, so I have to give credit for that.

Smell is exceptionally sweet. Gets your attention--even from a distance.

I don't know if it's the worst beer I've ever had (see SA Cranberry Lambic), but it's in the conversation. Bizarre. Extremely tart! Made me pucker my lips. Literally tastes like orange juice after you've just brushed your teeth.

Remarkably bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 03:29:13 | More by PaleAlien2
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OldhouseRecs

North Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -42.5%

08-04-2012 22:33:59 | More by OldhouseRecs
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

1.7/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Received in trade from tedpeer, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a slightly cloudy Dark orange/amber color with a huge bubbly off white head that caused massive pouring issues. This bottle is over carbonated and possibly infected. The aroma is of spicy Belgian yeast, some phenolic. Taste is about the same as the smell, barely palatable. The bottle has no freshness date, Its too bad my first beer from IA is tainted.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 00:35:15 | More by johnnnniee
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delmarnate

Wisconsin

1.73/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Awful. I hate to pile on any brewer , but I really don't understand how this beer got distributed out of it's local area. Very chemical aroma to start, followed by an appallingly thin mouthfeel for a brown. The taste is watered down caramel and acid with a bitter aftertaste similar to stale coffee. Really bad, stay away.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 06:00:09 | More by delmarnate
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hardy008

Minnesota

1.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark orange to brown color with a very small head which vanishes quickly and leaves no lace. Smells somewhat of caramel and fruit. This is supposed to be a brown ale?

Tastes like caramel, fruit, and grain. Also somewhat watered down and unpleasant. Not much good to say here.

Light bodied, low carbonation, metallic. In general, pretty bad. Hub City needs to go back to the drawing board on this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 22:14:23 | More by hardy008
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nmann08

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -23.4%

12-04-2011 22:29:21 | More by nmann08
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NoBeerLeftBehind

Iowa

2/5  rDev -23.4%

12-30-2011 15:50:34 | More by NoBeerLeftBehind
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muddyh2oblues

Illinois

2/5  rDev -23.4%

12-31-2011 21:13:24 | More by muddyh2oblues
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barnzy78

Illinois

2/5  rDev -23.4%

11-27-2011 05:15:31 | More by barnzy78
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DesMoinesMike

Iowa

2.13/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

My second review for Hub City and it's 0 for 2. It appeared more like a red/amber than a brown, initially with 3 fingers of head that setteld to 1/2 a finger that never died. Not much aroma. The tast was undetectible through all the hops. My tongue almost hurt because it was so bitter. This experiment ended in a drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 02:32:42 | More by DesMoinesMike
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.15/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed on 8/23/08. Bottle courtesy of pepsican. Pours a light brown with a small white head. Aroma of dark fruits, raisin, molasses, and caramel. Flavor of dark roasted malt, faint coffee, and sweet molasses. Kind of odd tasting and hard to describe, perhaps musty? In any case, I didn't care for this beer at all.
5/3/4/2/12 (2.6/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 19:06:38 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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NBMLove

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -13.8%

04-16-2012 03:54:00 | More by NBMLove
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beerbrains

Nebraska

2.35/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

For a while now I have been excited to see all the beer activity going on in small towns across Iowa. I thought I had lucked out when on a recent trip to Des Moines I had the chance to stop a the store and grab a few 6 packs before heading home. Well, I have to admit I was very disappoited with my foray into rural brewing. I poured this into a pint glass. It had no head at all, thus no lacing. Its taste and mouthfeel were both watery. I got none of the hoppiness that others here have described,almost no flavor at all. The experience can be best summed up as drinking a watered down Newcastle. As I write this I am begining to think this may have been an old package (no date on the bottles or the carrier).

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 06:21:36 | More by beerbrains
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alleykatking

Indiana

2.4/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a amberish brown color. Half finger off white head dies rather quickly. Light whisps of lacing on the sides of the glass fall back into the beer.

S- Light chocolate malts along with a toasted caramel malt give way to most of the nose. There is a light grainy scent from time to time. A dash of brown sugar in the ending and this beer is done for in the nose department. Average at best.

T- Nice caramel malts in the front of the beer with a light toasted taste to them. A light darker fruit flavor gets covered by a metallic taste from about the middle of the beer to the ending. This really killed anything from the middle on with this beer.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is alright for the beer. Metal is all I can taste and is left on the palate for awhile after each sip. No real alcohol drying on the palate. Flavors are off and no real clean taste to this beer at all.

D- This beer had potental and I would like to try a batch that isn't...well...off in flavor. I've had a couple offerings from Hub City and it looks like they either brew a good beer or else don't come close to what they were doing.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 00:49:31 | More by alleykatking
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FreshHawk

Illinois

2.4/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Caramel, copper brown. Really light for a brown ale. Small creamy off white head. Average retention that fades into a thin creamy lace.
 
S - Strong metallic and apple aromas. Smells a lot like an amber ale or a cider and less like a brown ale. A lot of tartness and some spicy aroma. Not a horrible aroma but definitely not like any other brown ale I've had.

T - Similar to the nose with a good amount of caramel and funky apple taste. Some metallic flavor on the finish. Some slightly off dark fruit flavors as well. A bit off tasting with an odd funky and mineral taste. Doesn't really taste much like the brown ale taste that I was expecting.

M - Lighter body with a fair amount of carbonation. A bit thin and watery feel with a bit of a slickness.

D - Not all that drinkable. Just not balanced very well and has some funky, off flavors.

Notes: Not what I was expecting for a brown ale. The flavors just seemed a bit off. The flavors aren't really offensive, they just aren't all that appealing. Probably one you could skip.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 00:15:22 | More by FreshHawk
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ghebel

Iowa

2.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a clear amber/red. Not brown as advertised. Head is 1 inch off-white orange that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - As I was pourig this beer, I got a whiff from a foot away that reminded me of being at the baseball game with my dad in the 70's smelling the cheap ballpark beer from the glass he was drinking.

When I stuck my nose in the glass I experienced a sensation similar to sniffing horseradish except mixed with a background of roasted malt and fruity graininess. Not overly pleasant, but the aroma does seem to mellow with time out of the bottle.

T - Taste is not so good either, sort of mouth puckering and sour with hints of roasted malt and breadiness. It too seems to improve as the beer breathes.

M - Thin and puckering, sour.

D - Not really drinkable for me.

Overall - I am having a hard time differentiating this beer from the Hub City Amber Ale. The main difference is that I may be able to finish this beer as it seems to get better as it sits in the glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 22:51:11 | More by ghebel
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this one up in a mixer pack from Hub City.

A - Pours a copper brown, thin layer of head and no real lacing. A little disappointing.

S - Scent is metallic with some chalky chocolate scents. Need to check the date on this as I'm concerned it's off.

T - Taste is sour with a nutty chocolate malt coming through. Almonds and cashews are present, but the sour flavour is a bit of a turn-off.

M - Nothing wrong with this aspect, but the rest of the aspects are kind of dragging this beer down.

D - A little disappointed with my first Hub City experience. I've got 5 more, and this is not the best first impression. Is it terrible? No, I've had worse. Would I buy it again or recommend it to others? Nope.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 03:56:17 | More by andrenaline
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Kraken

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes consumed 8/6/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard water glass. Firm pour calls fourth virtually zero head. No lace. Color is a slightly muddied very light brown.

Nose- Slight sweetness, nuttiness, mild caramel.

Pallate- Very mild caramel, some sourness. Very disappointing.

Mouthfeel- Tart, mildly carbonated.

Drinkability- Not great.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 01:31:09 | More by Kraken
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emerge077

Illinois

2.53/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours IPA orange, not really brown ale at all. A flaccid skim of bubbles strain to form on the surface. Aroma is strange, sweet with sulfur and grain.

Odd sulfury flavor, just off with some astringency and sweet husky grain. An upleasant watery grainy mess. Muddled with no distinct flavors. Not looking forward to drinking the rest of this, or ever seeking out again. Glad this was a single bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 02:00:11 | More by emerge077
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Generously carbonated dark bronze with bright orange highlights. This is one of the lightest brown ales in recent memory. Actually, it looks like an Oktoberfest. The khaki colored cap is airy and rocky, but it isn't tacky enough to grace the glass with more than a few scattered shards of lace.

The aroma isn't consistent with the style either. More like two parts amber ale to one part brown ale. There's also an alarming amount of metal (which fades) and a subtle, clove-like phenolic character. Hmmm, did something go wrong with this batch or is it just poor design?

Hub City Brown Ale is the worst beer from this brewery yet. Golden Ale was no better than average. This one can't even make it over that low bar. Chalk it up to a lack of malt, a rogue yeast strain and an abundance of bubbles. And to think I was (mildly) excited to see another HCBC beer on local shelves.

This brown ale *almost* tastes like a poor-quality dubbel due to the funkiness of the clove-like phenols. Since I'm sure that isn't what the boys from Stanley were shooting for, no credit will be given for the brewing of a quasi-Belgian ale. Let's go with earthy-toasted-nutty malt and the aforementioned, out-of-place spiciness. There's too much bitterness as well. Not good.

Hub City's biggest hurdle as a new brewery looks to be figuring out body and mouthfeel. With the exception of their best offering (Wheat Beer), none of them have been anything to shout about. This one is much too thin, and isn't helped by a surfeit of sharp-edged carbonation.

Since Millstream (this state's only other brewery) doesn't brew a beer of this particular style, the obvious choice for 'Iowa's best American brown ale' would seem to fall to Hub City Brown Ale by default. Given what I've just experienced, 'Iowa's worst American brown ale' is a much more appropriate title.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 13:49:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
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morimech

Minnesota

2.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, reddish amber color (Brown Ale huh???) with half inch of white head that slowly settles to a thick cap. A little lacing is left on the glass. Has a carmelish and fruity aroma that does not scream brown ale to me. Taste likewise is confusing. Carmel malt and slightly fruity. Has a caustic aftertaste that is not pleasant. Nothing remarkable about the body but it has nice carbonation. Not a horrible beer but as a brown ale it is a failure. If they called this an amber ale I could almost go along with giving it a B rating. A cheap beer that you can pawn off on your leaching buddies.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 19:46:22 | More by morimech
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

2.68/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint. No date or info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for bringing me four of this brewery's beers from a vaca! Starting with this guy.

A - I got more head from pouring Samuel Adams Utopias than this! What gives?! An absolute disaster to start with, nothing but a small ring of off-white foam rests on the clear amber-brown colored beer.

S - Light notes of cocoa do nothing to mask the adjunct grainy aroma. Toasted amber malts are in there too as well as this port-barrel hint that's actually quite nice, even if it is wayyyy off for what this beer should smell like. Hints of brown sugar and maple syrup on the finish. I'm going back and fourth over the aroma being off and the fact I actually kinda like it that way.

T - Toasted amber malts have good flavor initially. That goes away pretty quickly though. It turns into a grainy, husky finishing flavor.

M - Medium-bodied but thin with no carbonation. It's even a little slick on the tongue. It finishes dry and slightly metallic.

D - I don't really understand what's going on with this beer. It seems like it's either off, or just poorly made, or maybe a combination of both. The flavor is just odd. It's not awful, but it does need a lot of work. I just finished bottling my second 'real' batch of beer, a Brown Ale, that's far better than this. I'm a little worried about the other three...

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 00:41:07 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Hub City Brown Ale from Hub City Brewing Company
65 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.