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Columbus Pale Ale - Columbus Brewing Company

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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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Photo of RedHaze


2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 21:35:23 | More by RedHaze
Photo of barefootbrewer


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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
Photo of mjw1200


4/5  rDev +10.2%

06-10-2013 04:49:22 | More by mjw1200
Photo of Booner818


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

01-26-2014 23:58:25 | More by Booner818
Photo of Envelopes


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

02-10-2013 14:51:13 | More by Envelopes
Photo of Lynn


4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

08-14-2012 23:35:28 | More by Lynn
Photo of zimm421


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
Photo of DoctorDog


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: On tap into a chilled plastic mug at a tiny local pizza joint ("Little Sicily's").

A- Clear amber. Served with ~2 fingers of tan head, which fades gradually to a thin cap, leaving fair amount of lacing as consumed.

S- Moderate/solid citrus/floral hops, with a subdued malt presence.

T- Solid citrus hoppiness, with slight spicy note, and a lightly caramel malt backbone. Bitterness is moderate.

M- Very crisp, with quite active carbonation and a medium feel. Goes down smooth.

D- Excellent. Solid across the board and easy drinking....highly sessionable brew.

Future outlook: It's been quite awhile since I've had this beer, and I had forgotten how solid and sessionable it was. From my experience, this is a supperior alternative to SNPA when only "moderately" better beers are available, and one I can easily see getting again in similar situations.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2009 00:21:50 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of jminch


4/5  rDev +10.2%

07-07-2012 11:48:08 | More by jminch
Photo of paulthebeerguru


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: snifter. nice clear, rich copper color. khaki colored head. good retention and some mild splotchy lacing.

S: some tart apple aromas. mild hop aroma, light citrus. some metallic tones.

T: some mild-bodied malts, crystal I believe. Some hop tones, mostly citrus and some apples.

M: low-bodied mouthfeel. carbonation is a little high.

D: not a bad APA but a little too bland for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 22:55:23 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of target88


3/5  rDev -17.4%

12-05-2013 22:12:14 | More by target88
Photo of brpendergast85

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

06-02-2014 04:06:52 | More by brpendergast85
Photo of giblet


4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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!


Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2007 12:25:25 | More by giblet
Photo of nitter


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

02-12-2013 02:07:22 | More by nitter
Photo of Mark5252


3/5  rDev -17.4%

08-12-2012 02:26:37 | More by Mark5252
Photo of jackorain


3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour of this 12 ounce bottle yielded only a 1/4 inch white head atop a copper-amberish liquid. The minimal head fell almost immediately and left no lace and nary a bubble on the surface.

There is not much in the aroma. There is a slight hint of citrus hop, as well as some biscuity malt. That's it.

The taste belies the nose. This beer has a good bit of flavor. Citrus hops, of the grapefruit variety show through. Bitterness is at the expected level for an APA, but higher than expected given the nose.

The body is light and the carbonation is lively.

It's pretty drinkable for what it is. I had several at the Columbus airport while waiting for my flight.

Thanks For Readings

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 20:36:19 | More by jackorain
Photo of GOBLIN


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-08-2014 14:18:15 | More by GOBLIN
Photo of blakesell


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2008 20:15:08 | More by blakesell
Photo of BeerZack

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color, not a very pale ale. Generous off-white head fades to a small but dense covering that leaves some lace behind.

Sweet, rich grainy malty smells, caramalts, toffee scents dominate, some light grassy and citrusy (orange) hops.

Tastes much as the smell led me to imagine. Sweet caramalts dominating the impression, but it is "dry" somewhat on the finish as the grassy and citrus hops pop in.

Pretty smooth, moderately carbonated medium bodied. Fairly drinkable, nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 00:00:52 | More by BeerZack
Photo of Coldsnack


4/5  rDev +10.2%

07-18-2013 18:13:36 | More by Coldsnack
Photo of PhantomVodoo


4.03/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2002 22:54:05 | More by PhantomVodoo
Photo of StoneTSR


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
Photo of Another6Pack


5/5  rDev +37.7%

11-26-2011 14:22:31 | More by Another6Pack
Photo of camartin27


4/5  rDev +10.2%

06-24-2013 03:45:11 | More by camartin27
Photo of OB1


4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

05-22-2013 23:36:18 | More by OB1
Columbus Pale Ale from Columbus Brewing Company
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