Columbus Pale Ale - Columbus Brewing Company

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210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | 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 RocketChimp
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of prototypic. Thanks!
Mostly clear reddish amber pour with a short lived light beige head. Smell is somewhat chocolately and lightly hoppy. Interesting. Taste is kind of like cocoa-y fruity hops and balanced with a toffee, caramel and cocoa and lightly hoppy finish. Not what I expected at all. Not my favorite, but drinkable, and not bad though, either.

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of LittleWolf
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown. Some may say is darker than expected, but as this isn't my first Columbus Pale Ale, it is right on target.
Starts with a cream-colored bubly head that doesn't last long.
A good citrus and hop flavor to start out the pallate, but finishes weak with a semi-sour note.
Mouthfeel is a little watery, so nothing special there.
Still, a drinkable brew, and coming out of CBus, could any Buckeyes fan not enjoy a few?

Photo of witster18
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an interesting beer....one I'm very familiar with. Columbus pale ale is distinctive and it's color and appearance is interesting. It is pale yellow/gray with a slight orange hint in the color. It pours with a good head that quickly dissapates into a plethera of lacing....it looks freakin toxic. The taste explodes with lemon and grapefruit and then to the hops which are muted by a phenolic and bitter aftertaste. There is a pleasan bite to this....and the bitterness is sooo pronounced that it is definately distinctive for the style...this reminds me of sweetwater in that I like it but it has it's drawbacks...characteristics that keep it from being great...with CPA it's the bitter aftertaste that sticks with you till the morn. I can still recommend at least trying it to see why it is different...the hops are there and easliy distinguishable but the sourness of this beer makes it a tough call on whether or not it is good or just average. Stick to the Nut Brown...it's strides better.

Photo of MDekker
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split a bottle among me and two of my brothers. Pours out a clear coppery color with a decent head, nice lacing. The aroma was weird, but interesting - strong notes of herbs, like sticking your nose in a basil plant. Smaller notes of citrus and hops. The taste is uncomplicated and basic, mostly bitter. It was OK at best. The aftertaste lingered and I tired of the herbal essence of this beer as time went on. I don't really feel the need to return to this beer.

Photo of ndekke39
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split a 12 oz. bottle of this with my brothers. No freshness date. Poured a clear orange/honey color. Very little head. Smells herbal and fruity. Hints of basil. Taste is okay - a little too bitter at the end, which leaves it heavily unbalanced. Medium mouthfeel is neither creamy or watery. Overall, this beer is okay, but too bitter to be really enjoyable.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of stakem
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.

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

Photo of guitarguy2308
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.

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3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice lil' extra from prototypic in a recent trade, thank you sir!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a rustic amber hue with a one finger creamy off-white head that leaves a very nice webbing on the sides of the glass. Smell is a sweet combination of caramel malt and grassy hops. A scent of leather and dry earth in the nose as well. More of a malty scent overall. Light tangerine and molasses on the tongue up front followed by a sweet pink grapefruit. Aftertste is a bit dry and malty with noticable diacetyl. Pretty creamy feel with a medium body. Carbonation is low, but there. Not a beer I would turn down, but nothing I would seek out either.

Photo of selecter70
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been slightly off the pale ales of late, as I have felt overwhelmed by their ubiquity. Nevertheless, I won't turn down one that I've never tried, and the folks from Columbus certainly helped my willingness. This one poured a light amber-yellow and looked clean with a short white head that clung throughout.A slight raspberry-malt taste came through mild hops and left a nice clean feeling.

Columbus Pale Ale from Columbus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.