Hub City Golden Ale | Hub City Brewing Company

16 Ratings

Brewed by:
Hub City Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mynie on 04-12-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by Kraken:
Photo of Kraken
2.76/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 08/04/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tall water glass. Firm pour yields almost zero head. No lace. Color is clear and pale yellow.

Nose- Stale malt. No hop profile. Smells of a macro adjunct lager.

Pallate- Faint fruit esters, apricot and lemon zest. All of the other flavors are very muted to the point of being non-existent.

Mouthfeel- Active and light.

Drinkability- Decent

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More User Reviews:
Photo of bashiba
2.75/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear yellow with a hint of orange, a smallish white head that quickly turned into a soapy ring.

The smell was very light with a bit of grain and sweetness.

The taste was very macro like with a bit of grain and a light sweetness, had a bit of a tiny metallic finish.

The mouthfeel is light and thin.

Its fine and drinkable, but not much better than a typical cheap can of beer.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.45/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes...

A- Pours a golden yellow color. One finger white head comes up and dies rather quickly. No real lacing as I drink this beer...everything just falls back into the glass.

S- Pale malts with light citrus hopping. At least I would say it is hopping..very light regardless.

T- Pale malts attack first which I expected. A light bitterness on the backend of this beer which was a unexpected surprise. Light yeasty notes throughout the beer. There is a light sweetness to the overall flavor as well.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little lacking. Pale malts left on the palate with a light hop bite in the aftertaste. Drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavor was crisp at times but muddled overall.

D- This was a easy drinker that well I had no problem putting away a couple of bottles. It is nothing to think real hard about and the style is not really defined well but it drinks easy and smooth. Take it for what it's worth.

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Photo of Ragingbull
1.54/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Gold color with light lacing and a rim of foam. The nose is one of stale grains, not enjoyable. It is actually something I would expect from a skunky macrobrew. The taste is bitter and sour. It dries in the mouth at the end and thankfully goes away. The malt and the bittering agents aren't allowed to come through as the grain flavors act almost as an astringent and strip your mouth of the ability to detect them. The beer seems almost as if someone squeezed a lemon into the bottle before capping it. My wife is kind when she says it tastes like licking an envelope.

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Photo of nightcrawler
2.82/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This beer is definitely not a good example of this style (or any particular style I could think of).

It smelled a bit funky being poured. Taste was okay, but seemed to have a slight homebrew "wang" that can come from using extract malt. It finished clean, but the body was a bit watery.

With its slight fruitiness, I could drink a few of these in a sitting, but there are lots of other beers I would rather be drinking. Not impressed.

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Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
2.78/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A: Pours a hazy yellow to gold with a quickly dissipating 1/4" head.

S: There is a slight astringent like smell right off that progresses to a sweet-stale character

T: Biscuit and citrus with a stale back end. Slight metallic on aftertaste.

M: Undercarbed watery and almost slimy texture.

D: If you can tolerate the flavor then I would say it's very drinkable as its not heavy and clearly designed for the BMC crowd.

I feel like this beer was designed in a minamilistic manner geared towards appeasing the BMC crowd. Maybe quantity not quality seems is the case? Don't plan on drinking this one again.

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Photo of iacollector
2.89/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I have really wanted to like this beer more based upon it being a local brewery. This beer is unremarkable in many ways not bad but not great either.

This pale ale pours and gives the appearance of a macro lager with one exception. The beer was absolutely flat with absolutely no carbonation. The smell is nothing remarkable, faint and with little distinction.

Has a very light somewhat grassy taste. The taste is absolutely that of a macro lager with little distinction in any respect. The absolute lack of carbonation is noticeable and gives an off feeling. Yes it is drinkable simply from the aspect it has little distinction or body.

This brewery has done a wonderful job creating a tremendous marketing package but they simply do not have the beer to match up.

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Photo of mike727
3/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.42/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think this is only my second Hub City beer. This beer pours a nice dark gold, with little head that does linger slightly. The Golden Ale's scent is slightly sweet, along with the taste. Beyond that slight sweetness, the taste doesn't offer too much. The flavor doesn't last long and there is little to no aftertaste. This is an easy beer to drink, but it isn't the most spectacular beer I've had.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 yellow color with a huge (overflowing) white head. Very prickly carbonation here and lacking anything in the way of flavor.

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Photo of Blakaeris
2.03/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours hazy golden with a modest head that quickly dissipates to a thin sheen.

Aroma is musty and grainy with a touch of metallic quality.

Taste is sweet pale malt up front with a citrus lemon quality. Extremely musty. Only the slightest hint of hops with an odd grainy sour finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied.

Overall the flavor is very disjointed and unimpressive. Not recommended.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.98/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bold gold with a small splash of orange juice and a light-moderate dusting of yeast. The manila colored head is acceptable enough and is beginning to form rings of lace before the glass has been upended. Not a bad looking blonde.

The aroma features golden malt over hops, although there is a certain fruitiness present. It smells like the beer will be lightly sweet and will have little or no cereal graininess. Let's see how the relatively simple nose translates to the palate.

Blonde ales, by virtue of their style guidelines, need to do something a little different to get noticed. The best are either well-malted, well-hopped or both. Golden Ale doesn't appear to be either, but it's still a worthwhile purchase (at least as a single) if your expectations aren't sky-high.

Untoasted grain is accented by lightly bitter non-American hops. I'll guess either Tettnang or East Kent Goldings. As far as specifics, let's go with barley, meadow grasses and citrus peel. Golden Ale doesn't have any faults per se, it's just that there isn't much below the surface; there isn't much to keep the imagination and the palate engaged. Drinking it with food is probably the best option.

The body/mouthfeel is a fraction light and the carbonation is of poor quality. The amount of bubbles is fine, but they feel harsh rather than soft and smooth-edged. Definite room for improvement here.

Hub City Golden Ale is my least favorite offering (so far) from Iowa's newest brewery. Since Olde Browne Porter and Wheat Beer are so good, I fully expect the boys from Stanley to get this train back on the tracks in short order.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with no true head beyond 5-8 sad-looking bubbles.

Smell: Light, simple aroma of pale malts with a touch of dried lemon peel.

Taste: Pale malts, a touch of grain, and a mild sweetness. Mild, spicy bitterness. Dry finishes with one last, lingering yeast note.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Okay, at best.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/23/08. Bottle courtesy of pepsican. Pours a light gold with a small white head. Aroma of wheat, yeast, spices, apple, and orange zest. Flavor is similar to aroma, lots of bread and yeast notes, also some melon. Spicy finish and lively carbonation. Quite tasty and drinkable.
7/4/7/4/13 (3.5/5)

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Photo of katan
3.04/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle picked up by my wife

A - Pours an extremely clear light golden color. head is very strong and white in color. Not dissipating very fast- hanging around long after. Carbonation is present clearly in the beer.

S - Lightly defined smell - mostly a combination of some malts and yeast notes. Almost more of a american wheat smell to it.

T - Early flavors are mainly a flat malt note. No bitterness to speak of. Finishes with a biting astringency. I think its a wheat one. Not sure thats intended, and can be good or bad based on your mood. Today, I'm okay with it.

M - Carbonation is strong. Almost to the level of the saison I had earlier. Body of the beer itself is a little light and watery.

D - Sessionable in terms of ABV. Not so good when finishing this beer as it felt like the volume in my stomach is twice what I drank.

Not bad, but not good either. This beer gets a full fledged "meh" out of me.

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Photo of mynie
2.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bit of a tepid pour, dark gold with a very small head that dies away rather quickly. Looks more or less like a dark macro adjunct.

Smells like very little. There's a very plain, straightforward blonde malt against the lightest hint of a hop. No off nodes, but nothing of any character, really.

Tastes very much like it smells. Blonde malt starts things off, moving into a watery middle and a lightly bitter finish with a pleasant lingering aftertaste of hay.

Not _bad_ really, but far too bland for its own good. The weediness could be very nice, but it needs to be taken up a few notches.

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Hub City Golden Ale from Hub City Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.85 out of 5 with 16 ratings
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