Rome City is an award-winning American IPA by Brew Hub that packs a hefty dose of hoppy goodness at a relatively low ABV.

Rome City is an American IPA brewed by Brew Hub, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a 12 oz. can.

Packaging art for the Rome City by Brew Hub

Packaging art for the Rome City by Brew Hub

What You Should Know

The Rome City IPA was awarded the Gold Medal in the Session IPA category at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. It packs in a lot hops and has a lofty IBU count. But its malty backbone lends a flavorful balance. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.

Appearance

The Rome City pours a cloudy marigold and is topped by an inch-thick head of soapy white foam. The head reduces slowly and a ring of residue clings to sides of the glass. Fine sediment is visibly afloat.

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Aroma

The aroma is dominated by floral hops.

Flavor

The palate is just as hoppy as the aroma with its piney and floral notes. The tasting finishes with a citrusy bite of lemon and grapefruit. An underlying tropical fruit sweetness of pineapple and mango is also present. The malt flavor is subtle but does add a slight caramel balance.

Label art for the Rome City by Brew Hub

Label art for the Rome City by Brew Hub

Mouthfeel

The feel of this IPA has a medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall

The Rome City IPA is a pretty tasty offering from Brew Hub as it packs in a lot of flavor at a relatively low 5.8% ABV. I would certainly like to enjoy this brew again and you should, too.

The Story Behind the Name and Label

Brew Hub is located in Lakeland, Florida, and when the town was incorporated at the end of the 19th century, the name Rome City was considered. And such is the inspiration behind the name of this craft beer. The beer label features a stylized paper crane that’s surrounded by angular color panels. The art is an homage to Lakeland’s famous swans, descendants of “royal” swans shipped from England on behalf of Queen Elizabeth in the late ’50s after all of Lakeland’s native swans were eaten by alligators.

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