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Columbus Pale Ale | Columbus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-16-2002

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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 237
Photo of blakesell
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear amber golden with a good finger of head on top of the tasting glass. Fades to a murk across the top that is not unwelcome. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell- Not much in the aroma department. In fact, I smell nothing on this. No malts, no hops, nothing. I don't have a cold or anything, what's going on here?

Taste- Where the smell was not, there is amazingly balanced flavour. Cascade and Chinook hops, seems like Chinook. Excellent malt balance. How they made such a balanced beer with so little scent, I would love to know.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, balanced as all hell, well carbonated, medium bodied.

Drinkability- Wow. I will have this again. A very impressive pale by every stretch of the genre.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Columbus, OH brewed beer I've had. While Columbus Brewing Company is no Great Lakes, this is a very solid pale ale. Excellent copper color. Good flavor and drinkability. Seems to be a beer macro drinkers like if they try it, but make no mistake; this is not a watered down flavorless pale ale. This is a full-flavored although not exceptional pale ale that finishes well. Thumbs up to CBC.

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Photo of Keffa
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a clear and brilliant copper color, 3 finger head settles into a thin cap and leaves copious, soapy lacing everywhere on the glass. One of the best pale ales I've seen to date.

S: Some slight citrus, a slight sweetness, some toasty, grainy notes behind the sweetness. Very mellow and easy going, but still enough to be interesting.

T: Follows the aroma, citrus, bready, light toast, some light caramel like sweetness. ABV is hidden, and finishes clean.

M: Nicely coating, medium body for the style, and well carbonated without being prickly.

O: Very, very solid. Looks great, smells good, tastes good, drinks easy. I could, and would, put several of these away if put in front of me. Recommended.

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Photo of garuda
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Gold, with a thick white cap that has good retention and lacing.

S/T - Loads of hoppy grapefruit flesh and pineapple, with a caramel, honey-like malt sweetness. Bitter, resinous pine finish. The malts are sturdy, but the bitter pine wins out in the end.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, finishes clean and bitter.

O - Nice, solid pale ale. Surprised it's not rated higher.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served as a sample at Columbus Brewing Company. The color was amber, with a very nice head. The smell was a nice, light citrus hop. The taste was decently hopped...seemed well balanced and fairly close to where the IBUs should be. Mouthfeel seemed a bit thin. Drinkability-wise, definitely an all-dayer.

The CBC Pale Ale was sold as possibly the best beer in the city, and I might have to agree. I almost bought the 6-pack of this one, but was broke after loading up on larger micros. Still, I suppose there's always next time.

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Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice hoppy APA from CBC. Nothing too unusual or bold here, although the beer leans in the bold direction for style. This is a very well brewed PA, with plenty of citrus and a bit of pine in the aroma, and this carries thru to the taste and finish. I appreciate the substantial hop flavor without an over-whelming bitterness. Looks nice too, being crystal clear amber with a durable head.
Highly recommended!

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Photo of metallistout
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color, with a foamy head. The head I got was decent and kind of thick. I have seen many others say they had no head, but mine seemed to be pretty good, maybe it is due to temp. or bottled. (no idea)

Definate smell of hops and light malt, floral scent.

The taste is a very strong hops flavor that I seem to really like. Not a whole lot of malt flavor, but very good hop flavor.

A good mouth feel with a dry finish.

I would definately recommend this beer to anybody that likes the taste of a good "bitter".

P.S. - I almost forgot something. "GO BUCKS"!!! BEAT MICHIGAN!

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Photo of andrewmartin
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lived in C-bus for three years before I got around to giving this one a review, too bad I waited so long.

A: Deep amber, nice head

S: Nose has both grapefruity and piney hop notes, if I sniff hard enough, before I pass out, I think I detect a hint of orange

T: Citrus hops are the story hear, they dominate the front. Fortuantely, like any good brew, there is enough malt to balance it all out-here it stays in the background where it belongs.

M: Very dry, what can I say?

D: Damn drinkable, a solid APA if I've ever had one. Maybe its so good because it is produced down the street, but I can't wait to try the next one.

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Photo of OsuJohn
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start off by saying I do not like pale ales but gave this one a try because I do like other Columbus Brewing Company beers. I generally do not like hoppy beers so I stay away from pale ales. As far as pale ales go it is pretty good. In order for me to drink a pale ale I need to be in the mood.

A-This beer has a cooper, amber color. It poured a finger of head, but settled down to less than 1/16 an inch.

S-The beer has a bright citrusy scent.

T-A hoppy flavor with hints of caramel.

M- Not too bubbly, smooth.

D- too much hoppiness for me, but may be good for the average hop enthusiast.

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Photo of Wildman
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

@Short North Tavern(also available at other bars in Columbus). This beer was an reddish amber color and formed a white bubbly head. It has an aroma of malt, hops and caramel. The flavor was of malt, hops and lightly of caramel. The finish is a touch astrigent. By far the most popular ale in Columbus and the most readily available in many bars in town.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Firkin version at Barley's 2nd Annual Mini RAF (03/27/04): With a slightly altered recipe, this is the first time a CBC beer has been available on firkin. Pours a lightly hazy dark amber color with a somewhat foamy light beige head. Thin and sticky lacing. The aroma is subdued hops. Medium-bodied and very smooth, you would hardly know this is the same beer as the bottled version. Earthy flavor with hops in the background, along with some malt and fruit. The finish is long and is a mixture of fruit and alcohol. Very unique overall.

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Photo of giblet
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i am lucky where i live! 1 hour from Cleveburg Ohio and Great Lakes Brewing (excellent!) and 2 hours from Columbus and the brewery district. Columbus Pale Ale is a very good beer. i am sure that since it was fresh and on tap in Columbus helps. Excellent flava and feel!

giver a try!

suckem up and movem out!

giblet

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle sampled in a burger joint in Columbus, OH. I believe the brewery uses a botted-on date, but I don't recall checking this one. Scouring for dates is so automatic for me anymore, that they only stand out if the beer is "old". This was handed to me with a standard pint glass.

From what I could see in the darkened room, it was a nice golden color, with a lacy, white head. Smelled fresh and evergreen hoppy. Hop taste was good & complex, styled more like like a mild IPA than the leafy murk of so many APA's.. Very balanced malt-wise; a tasty beer that paired great with a slightly spicy burger.

IMO, this is a beer that should be offered at all Ohio chain restaurants like Great Lakes Dortmunder is - it's a no-brainer to pair with food, and could easily substitute for SN Pale Ale.

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Photo of Risser09
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This copper colored ale has a tint of orange and a nice white head. Nice lacing is left on the sides of the glass and on the meniscus.

Smell: Hop flowers ahoy! Grapefruit, lemon peel, chamomile. Well done.

Taste: Great! Hop oils are in the forefront with plenty of vim & vigor. Tastes are citric acid, hops and a slight backbone of malt. A quintessential IPA that is well crafted and could compete with some of the well-known mainstays.

Mouthfeel: Initially oily and flavorful, followed by an alcohol twang and a bitter dryness that really isn’t too bitter. Great all around.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable and worth trying. This is a winner and should be consumed fresh to admire it’s flavors and charming place in the APA style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid brew. I kinda felt like the beer was caught somewhere between an English and American Pale, but cleanly brewed nevertheless. Malts bring a touch of caramel, riding on well-attenuated barley malt. Yeast gives quite a bit of fruitiness: apples, peaches, pears, appricots; but of the ripe variety. Not as sweet as English vairieties. Crisp, cracker-like malt give a good support for fresh citrus hops. Dry on the palate with a powdery texture. Finishes with a touch of grapefruit, pine, and caramel. Should have brought a growler back from the brewery.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Orange citrus hops, honey notes, very good flowery hop smell.

Appearance: Clear orange colored pour. A sudsy and sticky white cap.

Flavor: Biscuit malts up front followed by orang rind hop bitterness. Slightly grassy but clean hop notes pop up here and there. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium to lighter bodied with strong carbonation. Just a touch oily with a longer finish.

Overall impression: A very good example of the style. I put this up there with Burning River as one of the best APA's out there. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of btorsdog
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the top top pale ales around in my eyes, got to love this brewing company!
looks a foggy orangish amber,quite pretty
smells of a flower infused buttered up piece of italian bread - toasted, nice.
taste was somewhat aggressive for a pale ale but well rounded out with a pretzel quality malt undertone, tasty and satisfying
full bodied mouthfeel with a pleasant bubbly presence- smooth and slippery
drinkability is stellar ,do yourself a favor and get more than one sixer - GREAT BREW!!!!

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Columbus Pale Ale from Columbus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.