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Columbus Pale Ale - Columbus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | 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 BeerZack
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.

BeerZack, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of Zorro
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.

Zorro, Jul 01, 2004
Photo of crashdavisinoh
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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

crashdavisinoh, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of genog
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

genog, May 25, 2007
Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

williamjbauer, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Mtooman
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Mtooman, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of nhirsch04
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

nhirsch04, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Kegatron, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of CRJMellor
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

CRJMellor, Nov 04, 2004
Photo of Rod_J
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Rod_J, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of BuckTuckian
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

BuckTuckian, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Jan 20, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

DiscGolfRobot, Jan 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Kubrickx, Aug 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

jaidenjb, Jan 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

brealbg, Jul 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

beerhast, Sep 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

mater, Nov 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

kbrown, Sep 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

mrebeka, Jan 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

MikeCactusGordon, Sep 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

booga73, Thursday at 02:29 AM
Columbus Pale Ale from Columbus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.