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Columbus Pale Ale - Columbus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%


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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sixerofelixir

Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 18:42:45 | More by sixerofelixir
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a pretty clear amber color in glass. Large puffy white head. Goes down very slowly.

S - Smell is a little on the biscuity side. Some caramely malt and just a hint of citrus hop.

T - Good balance of malt and hop here. Starts a little bready before providing just a slight bite of hops, and then finishing dry and biscuity.

M - Again, it's fairly dry, a little light, but still filling. Good carbonation.

Overall - A pretty solid APA here. Good balance present. Another good beer from Columbus Brewing

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 00:15:49 | More by BeerBuckeye
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Keffa

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 02:53:37 | More by Keffa
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a tall, 1.5" off-white head that reduces with plenty of sticky lacing.

Has a very grassy aroma, with plenty of straw, clover and other floral notes. Very mild cirtus hops are present, but barely noticeable. Smells more like a nice example of a pilsner than a pale ale.

Taste is somewhat similar to what you'd expect in a pilsner, but with a bit more bite and sweet. Starts mildly bitter and bracing, with a sweet, soft honey malt that gives it a rounder taste. Finishes dry and bitter, with a floral undertone that really complements the malt well.

Medium bodied, this is a bitter PA that leaves the tongue dry and happy.

An excellent pale ale, this has the perfect balance of sweet and bitter, while keeping it firmly in the PA category and not drifting over to IPA. Grab it if you find yourself in the Columbus area and drink it fresh, as it is unpasteurized.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 21:34:08 | More by TheHoppiest
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FaustieMo

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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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brewskier

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lofty, dimpled yellowish tan foam leaves moderate lacing on my pint glass. The beer is a hazy medium gold.

Moderately pungent fruity hop aroma. Lots of apricot, tinged with citrus. Fairly sweet.

Flavor is quite hoppy…this is a pale ale along the lines of Sierra's. Considerable grapefruit rind, with some herbal notes as well, like tarragon and kaffir lime leaves. Malt comes through as bready, slightly of wheat. Finishes very crisp and dry, as opposed to what was hinted by the nose.

Refreshing mouthfeel with good effervescence, possibly slightly too much, in a brew that still has plenty of body.

Overall, this beer is a winner. Picked it up at a gas station in Columbus after dinner at Barley's. Wish I could get a hold of it more regularly, would be a good beer to bring to parties where IPAs are seen as threatening but Sierra Nevadas are welcomed.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 23:02:37 | More by brewskier
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readbaron

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

2.45/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazy copperish orange with a fairly resilient off-white foamy head. Creamy streaks and flecks of lacing are scattered liberally.

Smells of light orange and grapefruit with a smooth malt profile that makes me think of buttered wheat toast. Tastes largely like it smells, with a slightly stronger grapefruit presence and a touch of grittiness to the feel. Quite bitter; although "just" a pale ale, it actually puts plenty of east coast coast IPAs to shame in that regard. A touch of honeyish sweetness rounds things out.

Overall impression: While not as tasty as their excellent IPA, this is a very solid beer that's easily recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 00:27:31 | More by PDXHops
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projectflam86

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice golden/copper color with a thick foam head that leaves good lacing.

S- Nice sweet malt nose with plenty of citrus hop aroma coming through as well.

T- Bready malt flavor initially with a decent amount of bitterness in the finish. This certainly isn't one of the hopper pale ales out there. Instead it is very balanced with some caramel sweetness upfront and citrus hops in the end.

M- Medium/light body.

D- All around decent brew. Might not have enough hops for some of the die-hards but hey, that's what Columbus IPA is for :)

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 16:13:39 | More by projectflam86
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Missouri

2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 04:58:18 | More by mdcrouser
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guitarguy2308

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 01:15:53 | More by guitarguy2308
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btorsdog

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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!!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 01:36:58 | More by btorsdog
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StoneTSR

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Poured a nice, crisp, golden color with a flawless and firm quarter-inch bubbly head on top. A very good looking beer, only gets docked for the near complete lack of lacing.

SMELL: Bold floral flavor. Smells like a strong IPA.

TASTE: The first sip certainly seemed more like and IPA than a regular pale ale. The floral nose hit the tongue and a wave of bitter hoppiness was washed away with an intense and sweet orange flavor. As I drank more, however, the floral flavors subsided and each sip seemed to leave a slightly more bitter after taste. An interesting and different pale ale to say the least.

MOUTHFEEL: Thirst quenching and lively. Fully carbonated and refreshing.

OVERALL: As the floral notes subsided throughout the glass this beer seemed to morph from strong IPA to easy-drinking pale ale. The intense orange flavor added something unique, I probably won't go hunt this beer down when I get home, but if I'm in Ohio it's available I'll probably grab one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 23:19:31 | More by StoneTSR
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 02:08:58 | More by stakem
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a sixer of this when in OH over the holiday weekend. Wanted the IPA, but couldn't find it, so got this in it's stead. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark rusty copper color with a moderate-sized creamy off-white head on top. Light lace is left behind after each sip. The nose on this one is basic: some creamy malts, toasted grains, and just a whiff of sharp hop resin.

Mouth is nice and full-bodied. Heavy for a PA, but that's not a bad thing really. Good carbonation. Flavors of caramel, toast, light mineral twang, and a good hop backing. Really nice APA here. I could have a few of these in a sitting no problem. They're heavier, but the flavor is too good to pass up. Glad I picked this up.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 14:15:49 | More by Onenote81
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draft at the Embassy Suites in Columbus. I always relish the opportunity to partake in locally brewed beer. Review from notes.

A: This beer has a mostly clear appearance and is a darker shade of orange. The beer has a massive head that leaves ample lacing throughout the glass.

S: The aromas are fairly subtle, with a subdued hop presence. Initially, I thought that perhaps the cold temperature of the beer may be masking the aromas, but all I could perceive was a subdued hop bill and faint traces of malt.

T: The beer tastes pretty decent, and is far more enjoyable than any of my other draft choices would have been. It is fairly well balanced and easy to drink, though there's really nothing about this beer that causes me to want another drink, other than the fact that I want to sit down and have a beer.

M: There is an astringent bitter note, most notably evident in the finish.

D: This was a pretty mediocre brew. I'm not too interested in another round. It was worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 00:59:15 | More by Huhzubendah
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear amber golden with a nice white head. Heads forms a layers bubbles and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Nothing super strong going on here. Some nice bready malts and citrus hops.

T- Pretty good balance going on here. Nice hop bite with an excellent malt balance.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

D- Pretty easy to find around the city. Nothing out of this world but a solid brew. Pretty easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 00:48:42 | More by nrbw23
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one that I have had many many times. Its easy to find on tap around Columbus. I recently picked up a 6 pack again so now its time for a real review.

A- A average sized head will rise up with a semi rough pour but it fades very quickly and doesnt leave much in the way of lacing. The beer is a clear, deep copper color with yellowish highlights.

S- The nose is some what weak but pretty nice nonetheless. Floral and citric hops over top a nice mild malt bill. Biscuity and toasty malts.

T- It sort of reminds me of Burning River. Its a hop forward pale for sure but the hops arent aggressive or intensely bitter. Just a nice citrus crispness that goes just slightly past balanced over the toasty malts.

M- Clean, crisp finish. Sharp carbonation. Just what you need in a pale ale.

D- Way way drinkable. This one is easy to find, east to afford and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 19:42:31 | More by MbpBugeye
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Mardukk

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with a slightly off white head that lasts for an extended amount of time with some lacing.

Smells faintly of hops and buscuity malt.

The taste is fairly complex with a fairly unique mix of buscuity/buttery malt and cascade hops. There is also a slightly sweet taste near the finish, can't quite pinpoint it. A nice dry finish after the slick front and middle.

Low carbonation with a medium body.

Much more drinkable than most hop bomb APA's I encounter...more balanced between hops and malt.

Overall, this is a nice above average APA.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 00:00:54 | More by Mardukk
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Cracked this one open right after dinner. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/18/2010.
 
The pour was decent enough, nothing really jumping out at me as being terribly special but it seemed to hold its own. Nice medium amber in color with a good clarity to it that yielded the lovely carbonation as you worked your way down. A big head of foam rose up immediately and stayed on top for what seemed like forever before slowly creeping back down the sides of the glass. Nice light, and pleasant aroma followed suit. Hints of light hops, a touch of bready malts, again nothing earth shattering here, but it still came across as fairly decent. Light touch of almost a pear like fruit note towards the end of the session, but that may have been wishful thinking on my part. Up next we take a taste, but again it holds its own without being stunningly different in anyway. Light balanced hops and bready flavors offer a quick refreshing flavor and a light, well carbonated body. Good clean finish and a nice bit of a dry touch at the end.
 
Overall it was not bad and seemed to hold its own, but nothing really making stand out among the crowd.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 15:41:25 | More by mikesgroove
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Jayli

Massachusetts

2.45/5  rDev -32.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 21:07:14 | More by Jayli
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zimm421

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a light orange amber color with a fairly thick white head that dissipates slowly leaving some lacing on the glass

S - Not any strong aromas that stand out, but a small amount of hoppiness and a small amount of caramel

T - Very similar to the smell, good amounts of hoppiness, with some caramel but with a good amount of citrus flavors

M - Smooth, medium bodied with not too much carbonation

D - Easy to drink, not too thick or too hard to handle.

A good beer, brewed just down the road from me. First from Columbus Brewing I've tried, but I'll definitely go back for more.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 00:16:03 | More by zimm421
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a nonic pint glass to a short, off-white head. It is copper colored and clear. I smell citrus hops and caramel malt. It is very nicely balanced. It has a moderate hop presence. This is very sessionable. I would certainly buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 15:40:33 | More by buschbeer
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Columbus Pale Ale from Columbus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.