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Columbus Pale Ale - Columbus Brewing Company

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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-04-2013 04:33:52 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazed medium orange with a good-sized, toasted tan head that looks decently firm and sticky. The foam has a 'whipped egg whites' appearance as it slowly retreats and ends up leaving a respectable amount of chunky lace in its wake.

The nose is pure Cascade hops. Not as in-your-face as it would be if it were an IPA, but it's plenty aggressive for the style. If the appearance and the aroma are anything to go by, this is going to be one of the good ones.

Columbus Pale is a solid, flavorful version that is some kind of delicious. I wish that the hop flavor was stronger, but need to keep reminding myself that this isn't an IPA. The somewhat pithy white grapefruit-like Cascade are right up front, but not to the extent that newbies will be overwhelmed.

The flavor profile is nicely balanced by a non-intrusive toasted malt base. The bittering is perhaps greater than one would find in many other APAs. It's a trifle too harsh, but doesn't venture anywhere close to unpleasant. The body/mouthfeel could be a bit more firm since the finish seems a tad thin to me.

Columbus Pale Ale is a well-crafted version that has a few too many (admittedly minor) faults to be considered very good. I still enjoyed the hell out of the bottle and would not mind one little bit if I was back in Columbus and this was one of my regular quaffs. Thanks to Dogbrick for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2004 17:08:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.63/5  rDev 0%
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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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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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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2008 20:32:41 | More by BEERchitect
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spycow

Illinois

5/5  rDev +37.7%

12-07-2011 04:44:50 | More by spycow
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

10-29-2013 19:58:04 | More by Kegatron
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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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Zorro

California

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red brew.

Smell is clean with a VERY! fresh hop scent. Smell is Very light except for the hops.

Taste is mostly hops with a very light malt taste. Very clean and dry flavor. Hops flavor is what is featured here. Could be more complex, but it is a simple clean tasting brew.

Mouthfeel is average.

Super drinkable, a clean mild brew that is very refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2004 02:40:00 | More by Zorro
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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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mdaschaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-05-2014 04:26:58 | More by mdaschaf
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Bighuge

Minnesota

2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

06-30-2013 17:34:23 | More by LXIXME
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2011 17:54:27 | More by chinchill
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drink this on tap into a pilsner glass.

The beer is light clear brown with a small head, no great retention or lacing.

The aroma is hops with light flowers.

The taste is good, nothing great. Its highly drinkable with a solid mouthfeel. You mostly get hops throughout which is solid, just nothing complex and alluring to make you want to order another one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2009 14:14:39 | More by jrallen34
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-04-2011 21:07:23 | More by Rhettroactive
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: cask

03-29-2004 17:27:52 | More by Dogbrick
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a hazy amber/copper color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is citrusy and grassy hops, along with some sweet malt and orange peel. Taste is citrusy and piney hops, biscuity malt, and some orange peel and tangerines. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy, dry, and has good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. Overall I think this is a good all around pale ale, it's a not a bad choice as a session beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 00:37:49 | More by bluejacket74
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-29-2013 11:28:28 | More by Cynic-ale
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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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tpd975

Florida

2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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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mhaugo

California

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

12-17-2012 06:11:20 | More by mhaugo
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Columbus Pale Ale from Columbus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.