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Columbus Pale Ale - Columbus Brewing Company

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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-16-2002)
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thedifferencemaker

Ohio

2/5  rDev -44.9%

11-18-2013 01:29:47 | More by thedifferencemaker
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Jayli

Massachusetts

2.45/5  rDev -32.5%

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!

12-15-2009 21:07:14 | More by Jayli
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seeswo

Ohio

2.45/5  rDev -32.5%

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.

02-02-2011 15:59:13 | More by seeswo
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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.

09-11-2005 15:14:50 | More by goodbyeohio
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brpendergast85

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

06-02-2014 04:06:52 | More by brpendergast85
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

12-29-2011 02:33:33 | More by PittBeerGirl
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bruachan

District of Columbia

2.55/5  rDev -29.8%

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

09-30-2007 01:00:02 | More by bruachan
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KushBreakfast

Maryland

2.6/5  rDev -28.4%

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.

07-19-2014 16:45:28 | More by KushBreakfast
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.68/5  rDev -26.2%

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.

12-26-2010 02:30:24 | More by maximum12
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apasternak

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

05-08-2013 22:06:58 | More by apasternak
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Ebbs

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

12-11-2013 04:12:49 | More by Ebbs
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readbaron

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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.

02-22-2011 04:46:22 | More by readbaron
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FirstMan

Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev -23.4%

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.

10-31-2005 01:11:49 | More by FirstMan
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Bighuge

Minnesota

2.78/5  rDev -23.4%

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.

12-21-2002 20:20:53 | More by Bighuge
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mdcrouser

Missouri

2.88/5  rDev -20.7%

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.

12-17-2010 04:58:18 | More by mdcrouser
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -19.3%

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.

01-23-2007 03:06:50 | More by MaltyGoodness
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tpd975

Florida

2.93/5  rDev -19.3%

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.

06-26-2008 20:08:21 | More by tpd975
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RedHaze

Nebraska

2.95/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

02-25-2007 21:35:23 | More by RedHaze
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

3/5  rDev -17.4%

01-09-2012 18:42:17 | More by xdefeatsy
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Lanstrum

Ohio

3/5  rDev -17.4%

08-31-2013 18:34:17 | More by Lanstrum
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laria007


3/5  rDev -17.4%

01-03-2013 19:12:32 | More by laria007
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angeepangie

Ohio

3/5  rDev -17.4%

02-28-2014 00:33:44 | More by angeepangie
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RocketChimp

Delaware

3/5  rDev -17.4%

01-17-2013 19:48:57 | More by RocketChimp
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masterofsparks

Ohio

3/5  rDev -17.4%

08-31-2014 21:35:36 | More by masterofsparks
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BeerGreg

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.4%

11-01-2013 18:56:39 | More by BeerGreg
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Columbus Pale Ale from Columbus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.