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Columbus Pale Ale - Columbus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

10-08-2012 01:23:04 | More by PoolFishGolf
Photo of GbVDave


3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist. Extra special thanks to brokenleadedcask for the trade and hook-up.

A: Pours a honey-brown color with a light-tan, two-finger head that left a beautiful mess of lace in the glass.

S: Aromas of gently toasted malt, aspirin, and floral hops.

T: Toasty malt, aspirin, and herbal/dried flowers. Also noticed touches of toffee, caramel, and toasted nuts. Lots of caramel in the finish.

M: Sort of thin and dry with an underlying hint of grainy sweetness. Decent dry hoppiness.

D: Sessionable. Not a bad beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 23:52:22 | More by GbVDave
Photo of beernut7


3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very odd pale ale. The deep copper color and light lace are typical, but the aroma is very light with just a hint of spice. The brew is very dry with a big dark malt undertone and light lingering bitterness. Almost no real spicy hop prasence is detectable. Not a favorite for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2002 13:03:34 | More by beernut7
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3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- amber coloring, much darker than the usual APA.

S- spiced aroma is evident but not in any way overwhelming would be better if it was a little more evident

T- very bitter, citrus taste evident, a different taste than some other APA's.

M- starts to have a tinny after taste, fruit taste starts to become more evident than it was in the first taste

- easily drinkable, but I'm not sure I want to. the tinny taste after awhile becomes annoying to me.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 02:10:45 | More by thisisshsas
Photo of cokes


3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly more copper than golden with a moderate white foam.
Nose of bready malts, grapefruit and pine.
Begins with a biscuit maltiness that hints towards both raw grain and caramel, but never reaches either. A ting of Granny Smiths towards the center. Hopping enters mildly with pine and grapefruit. Bitterness is cut short and this rides out with gentle citrus and bread notes.
On the thin side of medium bodied, with a rapid carbonation up front.
A very average APA on all accounts. Memorable this ain't. But it hits the required notes and makes a decent session.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2004 07:17:22 | More by cokes
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Columbus Brewing Company, Columbus, OH

A: The beer is clear yellow in color without any visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that has excellent retention properties.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of pale malts with notes of citrusy hops, the latter of which becomes stronger as the beer warms up. It has a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems quite hoppy for the style and has a sizeable amount of bitterness but is still easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 19:23:04 | More by metter98
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3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange color topped by a good looking 1 finger white head. Although the top disappeared too quick it still left good lace.
Lemon, pine, and maple aroma.
Good taste. A little bitter at first but a proportionate use of malt calms it down.
Smooth, and light, with nothing left behind this is one of the most drinkable ales from CBC.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 22:32:21 | More by Ahhdball
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Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a pint on tap at the Marriot Columbus Northwest.

Appearance - copper-amber brew with a foam head. Beer was very cold due to the iced pint glass. Notable carbonation and intermittent lacing.

Smell - thin aromas of malt with some faint hoppiness.

Taste - solid flavours of clean and caramel malt. Nice hop finish at the end that finishes a little dry.

Mouthfeel - between the IPA-like hop feel and the carbonation, this is a pretty active brew. Pretty even though.

Drinkability - this is a good beer and worthy of a few. A night out with a couple of these is just the fix.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2009 01:30:16 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at BD's Mongolian Barbecue @ Easton Town Center.

Appearance: Pours to a beautiful reddish-golden color with a solid, white foam. Unfortunately, the beer was "drizzle poured" by the bartender (I prefer a "pour down center" technique), so exactly how much "native" foam the beer would produce is unknown.

Smell: Again, due to the style of pour used, I didn't get much aroma. A lot of the carbonation and aroma had not been released. However, as time passed, I was able to agitate the beer a bit, and free-up some of the aroma. I picked up slight hints of maple, but the dominant aroma was hops.

Taste: Good, hoppy, bitter brew. Hops is by far the dominant taste here. Went well with food, but it isn't a particularly complex brew.

Mouthfeel: Hard to judge, again due to the pour, but it felt a little thin to me.

Drinkability: Went well with food today, and I could certainly enjoy a few more of these.

I'm going to buy a few singles if I can find them and try it again. There may have been some subtleties that were overwhelmed by the food today, so I want to give this brew a fair review. Will update accordingly.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2009 01:37:12 | More by PerroGrande
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Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle while having dinner at Morton's Steakhouse in Columbus, OH. Hazy orange coloration with a nice off white fluffy head. Good strong lacing down the glass. Smell was rather citrus and fruity. Strong citrus hop scent grapefruit tones and subtle hints of pale malt. Taste was of light malt flavor slight sweetness followed up with a nice dry hop flavor that lasted in the back of the mouth. Nice hop mouth feel and good medium body to this brew. Certainly no lack in flavor or drink ability. I would certainly add this to my list of session beers if I could get it in New England. Great Pale Ale offering that I would recommend anyone to give a try. I look forward to going back to Columbus for a few more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 14:32:05 | More by bigone4
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North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a clear medium amber color and a modest head which declines to a ringlet but leaves some lace

Smell: Nice grapefruit and pine aroma with a base of caramel malt

Taste: Starts out by laying down a nice caramel malt base with grapefruity hops arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the hop presence builds nicely and has a drying effect on the tongue; a touch metallic on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent middle of the road APA; worth trying on tap when in Columbus (and stranded at the airport)

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2007 21:23:11 | More by brentk56
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3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this many times, being a Columbus native.

The color is a nice copper brown and I always pour a nice head and achieve some great lacing.

The smell is probably this beer's weakest attribute. There isn't much to it. Some hop presence, malts. Pretty straightforward earthiness. Not bad, but you might as well just take a taste.

This beer has a good woodsy hop character. I don't taste as much fruit as I would prefer, but sometimes I am in the mood for something more earthy and piney. There is good balance of hop and malt, neither overpowering the other.

Mouthfeel is really nice. I can always count on this beer to really coat the mouth. It's something you can really bite into, so I really enjoy it while eating foods.

This is a good, straightforward beer. Not the most complex pale ale, but it doesn't need to be. It is something I will continue to buy.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 00:38:46 | More by FaustieMo
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3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle acquired in trade with OhioDad (thanks!).

This one poured all head (7 finger head vs. 1 finger of beer). When the head finally died down, poured a medium and lightly hazy brownish/amber color with the huge off white head. Small floaters. Aromas of light grapefruit, flowers and with some caramel. Tastes of oranges, grapefruit, and caramel. Lightly bitter with a light sweet balance.

Notes from: 9/5/05

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 18:41:27 | More by hopdog
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

07-29-2013 11:28:28 | More by Cynic-ale
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

04-08-2014 14:18:15 | More by GOBLIN
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

04-05-2014 04:26:58 | More by mdaschaf
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3%

08-04-2013 04:33:52 | More by Sammy
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-26-2014 23:58:25 | More by Booner818
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

10-28-2013 00:48:42 | More by Highstplz
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3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear copper/golden color with a nice big head. The aroma is quite hoppy. The taste is bitter and the hops seem fresh. It finishes sweet, which adds a nice balance. The mouthfeel is full, but not heavy. This is an easy drinking pale ale, definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 23:14:43 | More by barefootbrewer
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

02-12-2013 02:07:22 | More by nitter
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

05-11-2013 22:42:18 | More by smerrill36
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

05-19-2014 18:37:17 | More by Rasheedw30
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

08-11-2013 01:49:19 | More by Lelampp
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

07-06-2014 16:24:57 | More by ZachKelly
Columbus Pale Ale from Columbus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.