Hub City Snowbunny Ale | Hub City Brewing Company

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Hub City Snowbunny AleHub City Snowbunny Ale

Brewed by:
Hub City Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Snowbunny Ale exhibits pleasant notes of caramel with a heady vanilla nose which play against a creamy background. Enjoy it on its own or after a meal for the perfect dessert.

Added by drpimento on 12-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by Josievan:
Photo of Josievan
3.85/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks like liquified caramel candy, a lovely rust-brown hue. Not much head.

Smell: Aroma is also heavy on sweet caramel.

Taste: Again, lots and lots of caramel. BAs are familiar with hop bombs and malt bombs, well I'd label this a caramel bomb. A little vanilla is in there, too. Malt is in the background, but provides enough of a backbone to not make this overly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied, but on the smooth side.

Drinkability: Great as a dessert, but one can only tolerate so much caramel in one sitting.

Notes: I don't think I've ever had a beer so heavy on one specific flavor (other than malt or hops, of course). This phenomenon is more present with the on-tap version than from the bottle. I prefer it on-tap, although more malt comes out in the bottle, giving more balance to the beer. This experiment could have been disastrous, but the abundance of caramel flavor here is surprisingly pleasant and well done.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Snow81
3.51/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy orange haze

Head: Light tan head that has very big bubbles and dissipates quickly

Smell: Cream soda and grassy malts

Taste: Light grass with a subtle hop there but quickly turns into a cream soda

Weight: Medium to light body and a low carbonation

Finish: Cream soda and a small amount of tartness

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.8/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a recent Xmas Party, my neighbor provided a Snowbunny Ale from Hub City. The beer pours a clear medium copper color, with a long lasting light brown head. The scent includes vanilla, nut meg and clove. The taste follows the scent....vanilla, nut meg, and clove dominate this beer. The mouthfeel is a medium to light with decent carbonation. Overall this is a decent winter beer....any more than two would be agressive.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Shrekfx
2.12/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- has a nice amber color to it. Nice and clear. No head what so ever.
S- Smell of nothing but vanilla. Nothing else there
T- All I can taste is vanilla. No bitterness or malt. Feels like there is no carbonation. 2nd bottle like this.

All and all not a very good beer.

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Photo of biggred1
3.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pumpkin amber with a creamy ivory cap that shrinks to a skim. Vanilla is the main aroma here with a whiff of grain. Once again vanilla dominates the flavor and is really overpowering. The base beer is not big enough to stand up to or complement the vanilla for me, I guess it depends on how you feel about vanilla. The dlavor is not unlike vanilla ice cream. Light bodied and a little sticky. This one is not for me.

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Photo of FreshHawk
2.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Slightly dark caramel color with a very small foamy white head. Disappears fast leaving behind no lace.

S - Not much in the aroma here. Sweet caramel dominates what is there. Sweet and slightly malty aroma.

T - Taste is pretty much just caramel/butterscotch type of flavor. There is some off flavor as well that reminds me a bit of chapstick. Was searching for the vanilla, but couldn't really find any.

M - Light body with little carbonation. Flat, slightly smooth, and slight sticky/coating feel at the finish.

D - Don't really want to have another, it was pretty bland and uninspiring.

Notes: Not a big fan of this beer. It was bland and had a slightly off flavor. Didn't really fit any style nicely either. Probably won't be picking this up again.

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Photo of theCoder
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of KeefD
3.75/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Whistle Binkies. Served in a pint, dark amber with a small white head that fell quickly with no lacing. Nice sweet caramel aroma, with a hint of smokiness in the background and light chocolate. Flavor is very similar to the nose, only very light. Sweet, but not overdone, with the lightest hint of chocolate and toasted marshmallow. Honestly, I don't see how this is listed as a cream ale, as it's more like a very light porter/winter warmer to me. But hey what can you do? Body is light and honestly, this beer could be a winner if it had a little more umph to it. Not bad though.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.9/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hub City's Snowbunny Ale is a great seasonal brew. I've had it on-tap and in bottle, but on-tap is much more enjoyable. Snowbunny is a very sweet beer. Imagine drinking a glass of caramel candy (it makes for a great dessert beer). Definitely give this beer a try if you get the chance.

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Photo of munchie101
3.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber caramel color, great to look at, there was no head however.

S - Distinct butterscotchy sweet smell, which I have no problem with in a beer that is supposed to be for desert, can't pick out the malt though.

T - Sweet, and heavy going down because of it, malt balances out pretty well, can't taste the vanilla bean however, maybe I confused that in the smell with the butterscotch.

Mouthfeel - feels something like a lighter lager, it's easy drinking and leaves a slight malty taste in the mouth, with some sweet notes. Pleasant but a little light for cream ale.

Drinkability - I enjoyed mine very much, easy going sweet beer, easy to like, a little bit harder to really love.

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Photo of Schmittymack
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle, light amber color with a small head that disapated quickly; no lacing. Couldn't pick up anything on the nose. Taste of caramel and malt--label says vanilla but I couldn't really pick that up. Not a bad brew by any means but I doubt I'd seek this out again.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.66/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Dan for bringing this one over the other night. Pours a medium copper color, with a long lasting light brown head. The label advertises vanilla, but the nose showed no hints of it, but rather caramel, cereal and spice. On the palate, just a hint of the promised vanilla appears, but it may just be my imagination. A little caramel, and some light spicing.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.32/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | 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 medium brown color with a fast diminishing head. Some scents of roasted malts are evident giving it an almost smoked type of scent. Drinks slightly lighter than a milk stout. You can definetly tell this is a cream ale. The flavor could be a little more bold and the texture could be a little thicker. Definetly something different though.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: No head to speak of. Extremely cloudy amber orange. No lace.

S: Chalky vanilla. Sweet malt.

T: Huge vanilla. Almost too big. Tastes a little like a car air freshener. Banana candy flavors. A little chalky.

M: Dry. Unremarkble. Chaky and cloying.

D: Not my favorite. Worth a try but probably not a second.

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Photo of Duff27
2.45/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Hazy amber with very thin head that quick dissipates to nothing. No lacing left.

S- Smells grassy.

T- Sweetness. Don't know the abv of this one but it seems you can taste the alcohol presence, although I doubt its very high. Somewhat sour ending.

M- Carbonation isn't bad, somewhat watery.

D- I'd have to pass on this if it were ever offered to me again. It wasn't terrible but nothing stood out as great or even good.

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Photo of WJVII
2.44/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My wife got this for me in a sampler, thanks MMB.
Poured into a pint glass this brew has a cloudy almost pinkish brown color with wild carbonation bubbles floating to the top however NO head to speak of. The aroma is full of vanilla and molasses. The taste leaves everything to desire. There is a slight cream soda taste up front but the finish and after taste is like seltzer water bland and bubbly. I appreciate the effort (from my wife) but this is not a good brew.

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Photo of NoBeerLeftBehind
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Treebs
2.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle served in a shaker pint glass. Thanks, I guess, to Benjiehorn (Ben) for passing along this distributor sample. Please don't pick them up.

A: Pours a chilled amber with a one finger, off white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin collar and leaves no lace down the glass.

S: Vanilla sweetness, creamy sugar and pale malts with some mild hops.

T: More pale malts with a creamy vanilla ice cream finish. There is a buttery like toffee in there giving it an overall cream soda vibe. Not my cup of tea.

M: Medium bodied with barely any carbonation. Makes it a little tough to get down, some how it has a drying quality. I really don't know.

O: If you like chalky cream soda, this is your go-to beer. The lack of feel in the mouth really hurt it as well. I hope I don't see this distributed in Illinois anytime soon.

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Photo of ZAP
3.62/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Amber color...flat looking(unlike the snowbunny on the label)

S-Smells like a Werthers candy...caramel with just a hint of coffee creamer..

T-A lot of the Werthers candy notes especially the caramel...

M-Medium bodied at best...a little sticky but not cloying despite the descriptions above...clean feel to this...

D-Not a bad little beer...interesting...not really a sipper but a beer your probably won't want to drink more than one or two of unless you have a Werthers fetiish or something..

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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's a beer. Nothing more or less. Others are picking up more aromas and flavors than I do. Poured with a medium to small white head and some lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber. Aroma is malty and beery. Flavor's about the same and a touch sweet. Body is decent and so is the carbonation. Finish is ok but with a slight lingering vanilla. Could be a seession if you're into it or don't have many alternatives.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.63/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Cherry toned mahogany body. Zilch for head. Nothing. Same with lace. Nothing. Not to great to look at. But wow, this smells really good. Really strong sweet aroma, though not indicative of cloying properties. More candied and a definite "cream ale" feel to the nose...just stronger than any cream ale aroma I've whiffed before. The flavor follows suit. It is pretty darn sweet, but not cloying. And it does have some cherry like candied notes to it. Reminiscent of Anderson Valley Winter Solstice if I remember correctly, and I usually do. Solid flavor. But that's where it ends. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is crappy. Quite flat and lifeless. This beer is a tale of two cities. Rarely do my ratings jump across the board as they do in this one. If this had a better appearance and a lot better mouthfeel, it could challenge Lake Louie as the best Cream Ale I've had.

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Photo of MorningBeer
4.15/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A buddy of mine shared one of these with me. Glad he did.

Poured into sam adams sensory experience glass. Pours cloudy golden brown - a hint of golden yellow on the very edge when held up to the light. A small head that quickly settles into a ring. Nice looking overall.

Smells of...what is it...yes, vanilla. Cream soda.

Taste is creamy. A hint of vanilla but not too strong. Just right.

Mouthfeel is light. Not real complex. Smooth and just creamy enough. Leaves a vanilla taste as it rolls off the back of the palate. Carbonation is light to moderate. Not overpowering, just right.

Overall, I quite like this beer. One or two is enough in a sitting, but at that rate, very enjoyable.

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Photo of daledeee
3.65/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium head with a hazy dark orange-brown body. Nose is sweet and spice with hints of vanilla.

Taste is creamy, kind of sweet with malt and a little citrus in the back ground. A little thin or watery tasting overall. The finish is more malty. Overall drinkable but not my favorite.

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Photo of dragomni
3/5  rDev -4.5%

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