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Hub City Pale Ale | Hub City Brewing Company

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Hub City Pale AleHub City Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Hub City Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Pale Ale is a nice marriage of malt and hops to create a well-balanced beer designed to please the palate any time of the year. A light floral aroma leads into a slightly sweet, citrus taste as you drink this light amber colored delight.

Added by Kraken on 09-25-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by Lemke10:
Photo of Lemke10
3.62/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a Hub City 6-pack sampler from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $7.79 in Spring 2011.

Pours a cloudy light brown color with a slight head that leaves some carbonation and lacing on top. Most noticable is the scent of hops but also some malts among the mix. The taste is slighty hoppy but with a rather thin texture that drinks rather fast. A nice hoppy after taste lingers around. Not too bad, but could definetly use a little work on it's texture.

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Photo of Kraken
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes, consumed 08/3/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a water glass. Firm pour yields 1 finger of off white head. Spotty lace. Color is a clear coppery amber.

Nose- Bit of lemony citrus, some straw, perhaps a faint wisp of caramel.

Pallate- Some caramel, with a bit of citrus hop bite. A nice toasted nuttiness. very faint bitterness in the finish. Decent but not overly complex.

Mouthfeel- Active, creamy, faintly dry

Drinkability- This is best that I have had from Hub City

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Photo of richkrull
3.73/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy copper color with a 2 finger beige head on it.

Smell is nice and hoppy. Some pine aroma as well.

Taste is hoppy but but a bit of an off flavor aftertaste. Some caramel malt coming through as well.

Mouthfeel is a nice light-medium. Goes down fairly smooth.

Overall a decent pale ale. I'd drink it again but probably wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of morimech
2.69/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first foray into Hub City.

Appearance: Very dark for a pale ale. Color is that of an Amber ale. Slightly hazy, bordering on cloudy. Large head and good retention. Moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: Very weak. I do pick up faint hints of pine and citrus but not enough to inform me of the style of this beer.

Taste: It would be an average APA if it was not for this solvent flavor that unfortnately dominates the hop flavor. A kiss of hops in the finish, thankfully. It saves this beer from going into the poor score range.

Mouthfeel: Below average as well. Too thin and watery. But again it is saved at the last second because it has nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Nothing terrible about anything in this beer but it sure does not impress. For something as dark as this, how did the malt flavor disappear?

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Photo of alleykatking
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a coppery color with a light haze at first. Two finger off white head shows medium retention. Good amount of streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Muted aroma. Caramel bready notes which were held back seemed to dominate the nose. Some light pine and citrus hops that fell more into the background instead of the forefront like I imagined it would.

T- Caramel malts was the first thing tasted with a hint of piney hops. The flavor itself seems a bit muted like the aroma. Middle of beer has a light bready pine hop taste to it. Ending is more citrusy hops which take over a light almost cleaner like flavor.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Overall flavors were muted and couldn't tell if paired well. A little bit of off flavor in the form of cleaner. Medium alcohol drying on the palate. Light caramel malts left on the palate. Light hops and medium alcohol flavor on the aftertaste.

D- This was a average drinker. Nothing was really wrong with it except that the flavors and aroma were muted. A nice try from Hub City and I think a light tweaking of their receipe might be in order.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of FreshHawk
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark tangerine orange and caramel color with a small, tight, foamy, soapy white head. Settles pretty fast into a thin bubbly layer of lace.
S - Musty floral and pine aroma is strongest. Some caramel and orangey citrus is also present. Pretty hoppy for the style with the floral aroma the strongest.
T - Similar to the nose, with a lot of musty, floral and pine hop flavor and some grassy and just a hint of citrus (orange) hop flavors. A bit of caramel and pale malt taste in the background. Some spice and yeast flavors as well. Has a musty kind of flavor overall.

M - Lighter body with a good amount of carbonation. Has a bit of a zesty, bubbly feel.

D - Fairly drinkable with a nice level of hops, in particular floral and pine hops.

Notes: Not a bad Pale Ale with a good amount of hop flavors. Musty floral and pine flavors are the strongest. Not overly bitter, but it definitely has a bitter aspect which comes out a bit more with the lack of much malt sweetness.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.44/5  rDev +22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First of all, the cap says "twist off" but its more definitely a crown top. Also, I would much rather call this an Amber Ale if I was Hub City.

A: Pours a golden amber, just on the verge of "pale". Head is a nice one finger, but short lived, and leaves little to no lace.

S: Weak piney smell, almost solventy at first, but that fades. No grain, just hops, and not much of them.

T: Nicer than the smell, but still not great. There's pine, a very little caramel, and the solvent is gone. There is a grainy taste that grows as it goes down. Everything I expect from APA, just much softer.

M: Fairly full bodied, not sharp at all.

D: This really needs to admit to being an Amber, it's score would be at least halfa point higher from me for sure.

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Photo of happygnome
2.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

a: pours a copper brown color with about a quarter inch of head that disappears fast leaving only a slight trace of lace
s: hints of caramel, floral hoppiness, citrus not a lot of aroma going on here
t: similar to the aroma, hints of caramel and floral bitterness
m: light bodied beer with not a lot of carbonation

overall, this is not a beer to rush out and get

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Photo of lester619
2.7/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep amber red/orange color with a slightly tan bubbly head. Smell is very citrusy. Tangerines and oranges dominate. Taste is also very fruity and citrusy. There is something in there that is kind of musty. A bready biscuity malty sweetness is there briefly, but it doesn't hold up long. Sharp citrusy flavors squeeze everything else out. It's ok, but not in the same zip code with the good APA's out there. I think pairing it with something spicy would help it along. Overall I can't really recomend anyone spend their money on this. It is drinkable, but there are far, far, better options for the price.

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Photo of Listers
4/5  rDev +41.8%

Photo of dpnelson1978
2.92/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.
Original tasting: 12/30/2009

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$8.99 / 6 pk.

S: Strong citrus hop aroma with weak caramel malt notes. Smells more like an IPA than a PA, but it isn't offensive.

A: Cloudy copper body with a small rocky head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing or cover.

T: Sweet caramel hop backbone with citrus hop character on the back end. Pretty well balanced, but not very complex (not necessarily a bad thing). A bit of a hop bitter aftertaste.

M: Light body with very high carbonation. Bubbles feel small on the tongue. A bit too fizzy for the style, and yet doesn't come across crisp.

D: Sessionable beer, but not very tasty. Light flavor, with low alcohol, but just too fizzy to really enjoy.

O: Better than any of the other beer I have tasted from Hub City. This is the only one I would consider having again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of hops, citrus, slight pine, and some yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops up front, slight pine, some citrus, slight spice, and some yeast. Overall, a pretty good body, blend, and mouth feel. A nice change from simply bombarding the drinker with hops.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JackieTH
2.28/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Orange-amber hazy. Two fingers of off-white head.

Smell: Subtle citrusy and pine notes. There's not much there at all.

Taste: Hops are there but just barely, and are almost completely lost in some off-putting, muddled, sappy, I want to say soapy, taste that does not sit well on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin with adequate carbonation. Hard to get past the taste to get a good handle on the body.

Drinkability: I was able to finish it, but am not looking forward to the second bottle that came in the six-pack sampler.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy burnt orange color. The head is a large, so large that I could not pour the whole beer an once. It looks like a piece of styrofoam sitting on top of the beer. The aroma is of grapefruit, oranges, and a hint of pine. it is a nice aroma, but I'm sure it would be nicer if it wasn't getting filtered through styrofoam. The taste is similar to the aroma, but a bit muted. There is a mild bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an odd level of carbonation that is both low and aggressive at the same time. It feels unpleasant. Overall, this beer needs work before I will try it again.

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Photo of zeff80
2.9/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger head of pillowy, off-white foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled grassy and floral. Not much else.

T - Spicy with an odd fruity sweetness. It had a sweet caramel backbone.

M - Best quality. Crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale.

D - This was just a little off in terms of flavor. Not awful, just not what I want in an APA.

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Photo of andrenaline
1.69/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a nice hazy copper colour, thumb of head with decent retention and some spotty, sticky, lacing.

S - Scent is woody and metallic, with caramel malts overpowering the hops. In fact, the hops are very mild, offering only the slightest citrus scent. Weak for a pale ale.

T - Bready wood malts, followed by some sour lemon hops. I found this offering very sour and very bitter, and not the least enjoyable.

M - Finishes quite dry, leaving you licking the sides of your cheeks.

D - Would not recommend this to anyone. Not pleasant and I actually found it difficult to finish. Flavours were just an a around turn-off. I'm beginning to think that either the mixer pack I bought is off, or Hub City beers just aren't the greatest. Based on others reviews' I'm inclined to think it's the latter.

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Photo of NoBeerLeftBehind
2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of Tballz420
3.59/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This wasnt one of the two, literally two, microbreweries that existed in Iowa when i went to school there, so I was excited to see someone representing.

Small head tops off a caramel colored body, fairly hazy. Scent is mainly caramel malt, nice light hop presence, slightly bitter. Same for the taste, quite a bit of malt followed by light hop backbone. Medium to full bodied, fairly creamy, mainly soft with a bit of sharpness. Eh, not too bad. Nothing too fancy but a fine pale.

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Photo of birchstick
2.85/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a hazelnut brown without much of head to it

S - smells of citrus hops and sweet caramel malt, with a touch of graininess too it

T - starts off with some grain and a lot of sweet, caramel malt. This fades to a pretty bitter citrusy and spicy hop finish. It ends with a really strange grainy flavor that takes its score down a tad. Not bad, but not great.

M - medium mouthfeel with an average amount of carbonation. Pretty good

D - not a bad pale ale here. I would say this about as average as a pale ale can get. Nothing too exciting, but definitely worthy of drinking.

D -

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Photo of ZAP
1.79/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours with a huge amount of excessive foam/head...aroma is musty some fruity notes of apple peal and pears...taste is odd...a little caramel...not much in the way of hop flavor...some mild astrigency on the finish...the apple fruitiness is there on the taste too....light side of medium bodied...not impressed....

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Photo of muddyh2oblues
2.23/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Part of a six pack sampler

Appearance- poured a medium copper with a nice light tan head, that gradually faded away.

Smell- slight caramel and pine.

Taste- some malt flavor, but seems a little sour. The hops are decent though, kind of saving this beers taste, but not quite.

Drinkability- not something that I would recommend or think about purchasing again.

On a side note: the Pale Ale was the only beer of the sampler that wasn't poured down the drain after a few swigs. (I've never poured out beer before) Other styles were Wheat, Brown Ale, Golden Ale, and Amber Ale. All suffered from a sour, oily, solvent taste that overpowered everything else.

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Photo of jera1350
3.18/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby brown color with just a trace of any foam. Kind of flat looking.

Very faint smelling. Trace of citrus hops.

Pretty tasty. Caramel malt leads the way with a mild hop bite at the back. Pretty run of the mill pale ale taste with a small lacking in the hop department.

Feels a bit under carbonated, otherwise fine. Medium bodied.

If some of the carbonation kinks could be worked out, I think this would make a nice session beer even with the lack of a big hop presence. My first Iowa beer and it wasn't too bad.

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Hub City Pale Ale from Hub City Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.82 out of 5 with 27 ratings
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