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Hub City Brown Ale - Hub City Brewing Company

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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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nmann08

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -23.4%

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

Iowa

2.58/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

12-07-2008 13:49:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
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emerge077

Illinois

2.53/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

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

Colorado

3/5  rDev +14.9%

05-21-2012 23:52:48 | More by MarkyMOD
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +32.2%

On-tap at William's in Uptown. My pint appeared dark amber (not brown). It was a simple, but drinkable brown ale. There was a mix of nutty chestnut and cashew with mild cocoa for the flavor with a like caramel sweetness in the background. The body is light and beer goes down very easy, but this isn't enough beer for a brown ale.

01-11-2010 01:28:40 | More by tempest
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Tone

Missouri

3.15/5  rDev +20.7%

Pours a clear, copper/amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, slight hops, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, yeast, slight citrus, and a faint sweet malt background. Overall, not near the malt flavor I'm become accustomed too, but overall a drinkable beer. It just doesn't remind me of a Brown.

10-22-2009 01:01:49 | More by Tone
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

1.7/5  rDev -34.9%

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.

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

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +43.7%

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Reddish brown with almost no head at all. Some tan bubbles around the edges. Slight lacing left on the glass.

S - Nuts and malts, all very slight.

T - Sweet Nutty and blueberries???

D - Low carbonation.

O - Very drinkable. different than expected, but nice.

05-23-2011 03:08:31 | More by HuskyinPDX
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

2.68/5  rDev +2.7%

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...

10-11-2010 00:41:07 | More by BeerFMAndy
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev +25.7%

Pours a clear, copper/amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, slight hops, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, yeast, slight citrus, and a faint sweet malt background. Overall, not near the malt flavor I'm become accustomed too, but overall a drinkable beer. It just doesn't remind me of a Brown.

04-05-2012 01:17:02 | More by WoodBrew
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ZAP

Minnesota

1.38/5  rDev -47.1%

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...

03-24-2010 04:14:42 | More by ZAP
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barnzy78

Illinois

2/5  rDev -23.4%

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

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev +20.7%

This beer took twenty minutes to pour. A torrent of foam exploded out of the bottle the second I opened it. Upon pouring one once of liquid into the glass the entire glass was full of foam. That foam took minutes to recedes enough for me to continue pouring. Another once poured, another glass full of foam. The process repeated until the whole of the beer was poured. The color of the beer is brownish amber and cloudy. The aroma is of faint caramel with a hint of barnyard. The over-carbonated head really gets in the way of the aroma. The taste is of a sour brown ale. I'm sure this beer is infected, but it tastes good nonetheless. There are some nice chocolate and caramel notes with some mild funkiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and nearly flat. Overall, I'm really surprised this beer is drinkable given its condition. I actually like the taste quite a bit, and if the aroma wasn't so hidden by foam I could really get into this beer. As is I'll just have to content myself with the knowledge that infected beers can actually taste good on rare occasions.

10-15-2010 00:18:25 | More by KarlHungus
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.15/5  rDev -17.6%

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)

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

Minnesota

2.65/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev +23.8%

A-Deep, clear brownish amber with a small off-white head.

S-Light toffee and roasted malt. Aroma improves upon warming.

T-Light roasted malt a bit of toffee/coffee but all VERY mild.

M-Light body with a thin watery finish.

D-Nothing bad but very unexciting. A drinkable session brew that you barely notice you are drinking. The perfect drink it and forget it beer for that family BBQ when everyone else is pounding BMC.

08-20-2008 19:36:27 | More by Deuane
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

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

Colorado

3.05/5  rDev +16.9%

Thanks to Dan for sharing this one last Friday night. The last time I reviewed a Hub City beer, the brewer contacted me and questioned my review of one of his beers. Here we go again. Poured a light amber color with a minimal amount of light beige foam on top. Bits of nuts, milk chocolate, caramel and sweet malt, but fairly disappointing.

03-10-2011 04:56:49 | More by emmasdad
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bashiba

Iowa

3.45/5  rDev +32.2%

Poured a hazy copper color with a big thick foamy head, long lasing almost rootbeer float like head.

Had a sweet caramel malt nose mixing in with a tangy copper odor, along with some funky yeast.

The flavor is dominated by a slightly sweet toffee malt body with a bit of grainy bread and some chocolate hints. Has the same metallic coppery finish as their golden ale along with some funky yeast flavors.

The mouthfeel is ultra carbonated with a medium body.

A solid drinkable brown ale.

02-24-2009 00:26:27 | More by bashiba
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alleykatking

Indiana

2.4/5  rDev -8%

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.

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

Illinois

2.4/5  rDev -8%

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.

08-29-2010 00:15:22 | More by FreshHawk
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hardy008

Minnesota

1.8/5  rDev -31%

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.

04-15-2012 22:14:23 | More by hardy008
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +49.4%

A - Golden brown with a finger of foam, lacing ring present

S - Brown sugar and caramel malts, couldn't pick up any hop presence

T - Medium bodied, taste the caramel with hints of brown sugar. Can't taste any hops

M/D - A pretty tasty brew, I recommend this brew and will purchase again. It was a pretty well balance brew. Medium bodied that sat really smooth. Could pass off as a session brew.

04-30-2010 00:52:30 | More by FreshmanPour77
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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.4/5  rDev +30.3%

Pours dark orange- brown with a thick fluffy head leaving sheets of lacing.

Aroma is caramel malt, with hints of toffee. Hints of tropical fruit, slightly nutty with earthy hop.

Taste is malty and sweet with plenty of tropical fruit undertones - pineapple and mango. Earthy hops bring a balancing bitterness. Nutty and woody. Finish is crisp, yeasty, with a slight metallic quality.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Not too bad. Although initially sweet, there is a surprising amount of bitterness that seems to gradually increase as you drink. Certainly worth a try.

02-24-2009 00:26:23 | More by Blakaeris
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match1112

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev +18%

poured from bottle to pint glass. appears more red than brown with little to no head, and no lacing. has a strong sweet malt smell with lots of chocolate. tastes like watered down tootsie rolls with a slightly creamy mouth feel. not a brown i would recommend.

04-12-2011 22:08:42 | More by match1112
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Hub City Brown Ale from Hub City Brewing Company
65 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.