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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Photo of prototypic
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Crosswoods Columbus Fish Market.

Appearance: Arrived with a one finger head that left nice lacing down the glass. Color is golden brown.

Smell: Hops are somewhat overwhelming for what I've come to expect from a pale ale. That's a good thing in my opinion.

Taste: Pretty good. Hops and bitterness are indeed strong for a pale ale. Leaves a somewhat dry taste in my mouth. But, it's good. Nothing extremely complex. Hoppy and dry. Bitterness is what sticks with me most.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: It goes down pretty easy, though it does leave me dry. I could drink a few of these. Overall, pretty good offering from Columbus Brewing Company. To the best of my knowledge, this is their flagship beer. But, I recall their IPA being a tad better.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.44/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a copper color. A one finger white head, slightly creamy, dissipating rapidly. Some bubbles lazily stream toward the surface.

The nose is of citrus, especailly grapefruit, spicy hops, malt, and a mild floral note. The taste consists of grapefruit, a little apple, bitter hops, and a malty, nutty, finish, leading into a bit of a phenolic aftertaste.

The mouth is rather light, showing decent complexity. Thought the aftertaste is a bit harsh and unpleasnt.

I've toured this brewery and really like some of their beers--this is by no means a bad beer and certainly quaffable, but I wish I liked it more. It's not the beer that I would want to give somebody and say, "this is what Columbus brewing is all about."

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Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of genog
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap while out to dinner at Cameron's.

Poured into a pilsner glass. Poured a brown color, but not too dark could see through it. Very nice color for a pale ale. Surprising. A light khaki colored head stayed with the bottle.

Smell was lightly hoppy

Taste was very impressive for me. I got the light hoppy notes that were pleasant, as well as a smooth bitter finish with a trace of the malty goodness. My wife and I also noticed whisper of coffee in the middle of the senses received.

Mouthfeel was a nice smooth, lightly carbonated drink.

I had two of these at dinner. I would highly recommend this beer for pale ale fans!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of crashdavisinoh
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy light amber/copper color with a nice head...good lacing

S-Citrus and malt are dominant..some hops...smells of their IPA

T-Very similar in taste to CBC IPA...w/o the hop explosion. A lot of citrus...malts...wheat flavors. Enjoyable.

M-Medium to light body...good medium carbonation

D-high...really easy to drink several

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Photo of jrallen34
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a highly viscous white head that leaves a sheen of lace on the pint glass.
Aroma of pale malts, grain and a some flowery bitterings.
Flavor of pale malts, some wheat bread and a hint of ginger as well as some flowery hop oils.
Mouthfeel as a real hard water hint throughout and some well placed bittering on the finish.
Drinkability is solid. Well-made beer but I imagine the draught version offers a truer sense of what this beer is really all about. The hard water taste and feel accentuates the hops and is only a little bit distracting.
Thanks to Chilidog for the samples.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.51/5  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.

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Photo of thisisshsas
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of beernut7
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of cokes
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.61/5  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.

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Photo of metter98
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.

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Photo of Ahhdball
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.

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Photo of bigone4
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of PerroGrande
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of FaustieMo
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
3.71/5  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

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Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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)

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Photo of buschbeer
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance: A little smoke. Pours a deep copper/orange, extremely hazy. Redolent effervescent, small bubbles. Rocky light-tan head. Outstanding lacing and retention.

Aroma: Clean, American hoppiness. Citrus blast. moderate supportive malts. Candy-sweet aroma, even cold. Some resin, but mostly citrus fruit, very sweet, slightly grainy.

Taste: Clean, dry arrival. Some light bready maltiness across mid-palate. then a touch of alcohol, and very strong bitterness lingers on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light sensation overall. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Wow; I really liked this better the last time I had it. Still, very clean, refreshing and VERY aromatic and hoppy, but less balanced than I remember it. Really quite like a session IPA. Better as it warms. Better than average, but not a superstar.

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Columbus Pale Ale from Columbus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.