Columbus Pale Ale - Columbus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 223
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 4
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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Columbus Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-16-2002

This award winning, copper colored pale ale was the first beer we ever brewed and it's still one of our favorites. We carefully blend German and English malts and add generous portions of American hops for a refreshing citrus aroma with a dry finish.

28 IBU
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Reviews: 88 | Hads: 223
Photo of seeswo
2.49/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark golden with a big, white head. This beer does not smell good. In fact, it smells nothing like their fabulous IPA. The biggest flavor I get out of the nose is soap, with a generic bitterness behind it. Taste is not very good. Again, generic bitterness followed by a metallic finish. It is shocking that this is the pale ale from the place that made Columbus IPA. They taste nothing alike. Appropriate mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. This just isn't very drinkable with prominent off flavors in the nose and the finish. Skip the pale ale and get the IPA. (561 characters)

Photo of Jayli
2.51/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Received this from Csmiley via the Review This! BIF so a big THANK YOU! goes out to him.

A: This beer pours a relatively clear copper color with a white head. Head recedes quickly leaving slight hints of lacing.

S: Nose is extremely muted, vague hints of hops and malt.

T: Taste is... interesting. Much like the nose hops and malts are very muted, however there is an extreme buttery taste to this beer that was distracting to anything else going on.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, oily body wiht a dry finish.

D: Not a well balanced beer, odd flavoring, this one didn't go down easily for me. I have a few more beers from this brewery that I am interested in trying as I really enjoyed thier IPA! (712 characters)

Photo of bruachan
2.54/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

nice looking head. the color of the beer is ok, too: acceptable amber

there's a buttery aroma. did someone put popcorn in my beer?

it's a dry, hoppy brew. not hugely hoppy; not hugely anything, which i suppose is a good thing for an APA. actually, the whole thing is a bit buttery. butter and cascade (302 characters)

Photo of KushBreakfast
2.61/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - golden orange, small head that quickly and completely dissipated, flakes floating/settling to the bottom

S - not pleasant, disappointing for a pale ale

T - followed the smell, not at all what I was looking for

M - light-medium full, slight carbonation, again not very pleasing

O - Very disappointed.. Better descriptions of characteristics would have been presented if they were warranted. I expected much better having enjoyed their IPA. (487 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
2.62/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

looks like iced tea in my glass. no head except for a bubble or three around the inner ring.. slightly hazy and deep orange. iced tea.

smells malty.. sweet slight caramel with peachy hop note. some vanilla. not bad, reminds me of the better APAs ive had from the midwest. seems to be the region for them!

mouthfeel is way too light and airy. carbonation almost nullifies any taste this brew has. i pick up the mild bitter aftertaste, but most flavors are lost in this carbonated mess. with the bubbles, all i can taste is something that can be best described as 9 parts club soda to 1 part gumballhead. vacant and hollow. drinkable, in the way that tap water is drinkable. if i had additional bottles, i'd save it for "insane" chicken wing wash-down elixir. but i don't.. and that suits me just fine.

what a colossal letdown. (834 characters)

Photo of maximum12
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bb189 for this bottle, coming as an extra in a marvelous box. A new brewery for me; newcomers are always welcome here.

Pours a hazy, wit-like orange into my Tyranena pint glass. Somebody hit the mute button on the nose, slight hops & malts.

Columbus Pale Ale comes out like a wit too. Wheat is ascendant, bare malts, perhaps a few hop cones in the mix.

Just not much to this one. Simple to a fault, there's just little to experience. (448 characters)

Photo of FirstMan
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is my second beer from Columbus - had the Golden Ale a couple days ago and was pleasantly surprised. Now on to this one:

Well, we're not off to a great start - this is a little too dark of an amber color - almost a browner red. Sort of like tea that's had the lipton bag in it too long. No head to speak of - even after a fairly vigorous pour. Just a little white wisp along the top.

Nose isn't terribly pronounced either. A little cascade hop aroma and a little malty grains, but not a lot of either. Very light in the nose.

Surprisingly a fairly substantial hit of hops initially in the taste, but a light, watery moutfeel makes it hard to really appreciate. A little bit of yeast makes an appearance in the back. Unfortunately not a lot more to say - there isn't much going on here.

Mouthfeel is the real problem here. Very watery and insigificant. Low carbination beyond what a Pale should be. (915 characters)

Photo of readbaron
2.76/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a cloudy copper color with two inches of nearly white foamy head. A bit of lacing. If it wasn't hazy, it'd be beautiful.

Smell is a bit faint. Some hops and citrus with a lot of malt. Also, a hint of something a bit off - hard to define exactly - but slightly unpleasant.

Taste is okay - some malt - a hint of hops and citrus. Overall, somewhat watery and subdued.

Mouthfeel is nice - pleasant carbonation - on the lighter side for a pale ale - pleasant dry finish.

Overall - the beer is below average - any decent bar should have a better option. (561 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper color. Thin, slightly bubbly beige head. Nice reserved pine and citric nose. Huge medicine flavor is the first thing I recognize. Doesn't seem way out of place, but it does seem like an off flavor rather than an intended flavor. I've never had this strong of a medicine flavor in an APA before. There is also some piney, citric notes on the palate. Malt is only around for balance. The off flavor really knocks this one down for me.

Thanks to PhantomVoodoo for the sample. I assure you, the Great Lakes you sent will be rated higher. (543 characters)

Photo of mdcrouser
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sitting in a Columbus hotel room, I'm reviewing while watching the end of a Thursday night football game.

Served in a frozen Bud Light pint glass from this hotel bar - really killed any head retention, but the beer still kept some lacing, especially as it warmed a bit.

Goldenrod might be the best color to describe it, with hints of both gold and orange within.

Honey and hops on the nose. Seems like the sweetness would indicate a little more malt than many PA's.

Hoppy, a bit malty - somewhat bready. Underwhelming, but relatively non-descript. Lacking in any real discriptors - even the hops are just kind of "hoppy."

Very lightly carbonated, but it lets some of the maltiness come through.

Meh - just sort of average, but there are much better options when it comes to PAs. (790 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a clear orange amber with a creamy tan head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is yeasty upfront with some hops and malt in the background.

Immediate yeasty taste that gives way to piney hops, a medium bitterness, and light malty flavor.

Medium-light body, plentiful carbonation.

Drinakble, but the yeasty flavors I've seen in both beers I've tried from these guys is detracting. This common issue needs some attention. (484 characters)

Photo of tpd975
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to the poonpillager for this one.

A: Pours a nice ruddy red hue which is a bit darker than I expected. The head was average in size with little retention. The lace was spotty.

S: Light aromas but what was there was malt laden. No real hop aromas but there were slight tones of wafery biscuity malt.

T: The aroma carries over. No real hop flavors, but what I did taste was muted biscuit malt.

M: Light and crisp brew that finishes somewhat dry.

D: Not a real good beer but will drink it over a macro any day. (519 characters)

Photo of JDV
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of prototypic. Thanks!
Mostly clear reddish amber pour with a short lived light beige head. Smell is somewhat chocolately and lightly hoppy. Interesting. Taste is kind of like cocoa-y fruity hops and balanced with a toffee, caramel and cocoa and lightly hoppy finish. Not what I expected at all. Not my favorite, but drinkable, and not bad though, either. (371 characters)

Photo of RedHaze
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes.

Thanks to jhammerly for the bottle.

Pours an orange tinged copper, with a one finger head that recedes quickly to a thin ring that leaves behind a sparse webbing of lace.

Smell; mostly piney and citric hops, but neither one really jump out at you. A bit of sweet malts are present, but I can smell a little bit of diacytle as well.

Taste; the hops come off as piney with a little citrus, backed my some caramel malts. The diacytle is even more pronounced in the flavor than it was in the smell, and almost overrides the other flavors. Maybe I just really don't like butter in my beers and I have a hard time getting past it.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and because of the buttery flavors, this one is hard for to drink. (755 characters)

Photo of LittleWolf
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown. Some may say is darker than expected, but as this isn't my first Columbus Pale Ale, it is right on target.
Starts with a cream-colored bubly head that doesn't last long.
A good citrus and hop flavor to start out the pallate, but finishes weak with a semi-sour note.
Mouthfeel is a little watery, so nothing special there.
Still, a drinkable brew, and coming out of CBus, could any Buckeyes fan not enjoy a few? (439 characters)

Photo of witster18
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an interesting beer....one I'm very familiar with. Columbus pale ale is distinctive and it's color and appearance is interesting. It is pale yellow/gray with a slight orange hint in the color. It pours with a good head that quickly dissapates into a plethera of lacing....it looks freakin toxic. The taste explodes with lemon and grapefruit and then to the hops which are muted by a phenolic and bitter aftertaste. There is a pleasan bite to this....and the bitterness is sooo pronounced that it is definately distinctive for the style...this reminds me of sweetwater in that I like it but it has it's drawbacks...characteristics that keep it from being great...with CPA it's the bitter aftertaste that sticks with you till the morn. I can still recommend at least trying it to see why it is different...the hops are there and easliy distinguishable but the sourness of this beer makes it a tough call on whether or not it is good or just average. Stick to the Nut Brown...it's strides better. (1,001 characters)

Photo of MDekker
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split a bottle among me and two of my brothers. Pours out a clear coppery color with a decent head, nice lacing. The aroma was weird, but interesting - strong notes of herbs, like sticking your nose in a basil plant. Smaller notes of citrus and hops. The taste is uncomplicated and basic, mostly bitter. It was OK at best. The aftertaste lingered and I tired of the herbal essence of this beer as time went on. I don't really feel the need to return to this beer. (463 characters)

Photo of ndekke39
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split a 12 oz. bottle of this with my brothers. No freshness date. Poured a clear orange/honey color. Very little head. Smells herbal and fruity. Hints of basil. Taste is okay - a little too bitter at the end, which leaves it heavily unbalanced. Medium mouthfeel is neither creamy or watery. Overall, this beer is okay, but too bitter to be really enjoyable. (358 characters)

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: snifter. nice clear, rich copper color. khaki colored head. good retention and some mild splotchy lacing.

S: some tart apple aromas. mild hop aroma, light citrus. some metallic tones.

T: some mild-bodied malts, crystal I believe. Some hop tones, mostly citrus and some apples.

M: low-bodied mouthfeel. carbonation is a little high.

D: not a bad APA but a little too bland for me. (387 characters)

Photo of jackorain
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour of this 12 ounce bottle yielded only a 1/4 inch white head atop a copper-amberish liquid. The minimal head fell almost immediately and left no lace and nary a bubble on the surface.

There is not much in the aroma. There is a slight hint of citrus hop, as well as some biscuity malt. That's it.

The taste belies the nose. This beer has a good bit of flavor. Citrus hops, of the grapefruit variety show through. Bitterness is at the expected level for an APA, but higher than expected given the nose.

The body is light and the carbonation is lively.

It's pretty drinkable for what it is. I had several at the Columbus airport while waiting for my flight.

Thanks For Readings (693 characters)

Photo of guitarguy2308
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color, white head dissipates quickly into a thin film. Faint lacing.

Smell is almost entirely floral. Very faint. Slightly sweet.

Nose is slightly sweet, very light malt flavor, becomes a faint hop bitterness. Tastes a bit watery. Lacking some complexity and flavor.

Good carbonation. Light body. Dry finish. Drinkability is good. Light and refreshing.

Being from the Columbus area, (and this being my first Columbus Brewing Co. beer) I really wanted to love it. I still like it; it's a refreshing little number, but it could be much better. I'm hoping I tried the weak link in the Columbus line first. (623 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice lil' extra from prototypic in a recent trade, thank you sir!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a rustic amber hue with a one finger creamy off-white head that leaves a very nice webbing on the sides of the glass. Smell is a sweet combination of caramel malt and grassy hops. A scent of leather and dry earth in the nose as well. More of a malty scent overall. Light tangerine and molasses on the tongue up front followed by a sweet pink grapefruit. Aftertste is a bit dry and malty with noticable diacetyl. Pretty creamy feel with a medium body. Carbonation is low, but there. Not a beer I would turn down, but nothing I would seek out either. (659 characters)

Photo of selecter70
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been slightly off the pale ales of late, as I have felt overwhelmed by their ubiquity. Nevertheless, I won't turn down one that I've never tried, and the folks from Columbus certainly helped my willingness. This one poured a light amber-yellow and looked clean with a short white head that clung throughout.A slight raspberry-malt taste came through mild hops and left a nice clean feeling. (395 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz standard bottle into a Columbus pint glass. Thanks to csmile for the hookup for both!

This APA pours a hazed orange amber color with more than a finger of head that slowly receeds leaving patches of lace on the glass. The yellowish stained appears silky before laying as just a thin film across the top.

The aroma of this brew is a mixture of fresh grains, lightly caramelized before the onset of the hops. The smell of the hops come across with some citrus character that is not readily identifiable. There is a bit of a yeasty smell also included which seems a bit out of place.

The taste of this brew has a citrusy hop flavor upfront tasting a bit like orange rind. There is a mild bitterness and a pleasnt grainy backing that is lightly toasted. Some herbal bitterness lasts into the finish but there is a slightly offputting taste of "green" yeast throughout the body.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. Overall it isn't that bad but the green yeasty flavor ruins this a bit and really hurts the flavor/drinkability. (1,059 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Crosswoods Columbus Fish Market.

Appearance: Arrived with a one finger head that left nice lacing down the glass. Color is golden brown.

Smell: Hops are somewhat overwhelming for what I've come to expect from a pale ale. That's a good thing in my opinion.

Taste: Pretty good. Hops and bitterness are indeed strong for a pale ale. Leaves a somewhat dry taste in my mouth. But, it's good. Nothing extremely complex. Hoppy and dry. Bitterness is what sticks with me most.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: It goes down pretty easy, though it does leave me dry. I could drink a few of these. Overall, pretty good offering from Columbus Brewing Company. To the best of my knowledge, this is their flagship beer. But, I recall their IPA being a tad better. (767 characters)

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Columbus Pale Ale from Columbus Brewing Company
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