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Columbus Pale Ale - Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus Pale AleColumbus Pale Ale

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89 Reviews
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Reviews: 89
Hads: 227
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 21.05%
Wants: 4
Gots: 24 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-16-2002

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
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Reviews: 89 | Hads: 227
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
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 nrbw23
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear amber golden with a nice white head. Heads forms a layers bubbles and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Nothing super strong going on here. Some nice bready malts and citrus hops.

T- Pretty good balance going on here. Nice hop bite with an excellent malt balance.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

D- Pretty easy to find around the city. Nothing out of this world but a solid brew. Pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one that I have had many many times. Its easy to find on tap around Columbus. I recently picked up a 6 pack again so now its time for a real review.

A- A average sized head will rise up with a semi rough pour but it fades very quickly and doesnt leave much in the way of lacing. The beer is a clear, deep copper color with yellowish highlights.

S- The nose is some what weak but pretty nice nonetheless. Floral and citric hops over top a nice mild malt bill. Biscuity and toasty malts.

T- It sort of reminds me of Burning River. Its a hop forward pale for sure but the hops arent aggressive or intensely bitter. Just a nice citrus crispness that goes just slightly past balanced over the toasty malts.

M- Clean, crisp finish. Sharp carbonation. Just what you need in a pale ale.

D- Way way drinkable. This one is easy to find, east to afford and easy to drink.

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Photo of Mardukk
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with a slightly off white head that lasts for an extended amount of time with some lacing.

Smells faintly of hops and buscuity malt.

The taste is fairly complex with a fairly unique mix of buscuity/buttery malt and cascade hops. There is also a slightly sweet taste near the finish, can't quite pinpoint it. A nice dry finish after the slick front and middle.

Low carbonation with a medium body.

Much more drinkable than most hop bomb APA's I encounter...more balanced between hops and malt.

Overall, this is a nice above average APA.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -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 Jayli
2.51/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Received this from Csmiley via the Review This! BIF so a big THANK YOU! goes out to him.

A: This beer pours a relatively clear copper color with a white head. Head recedes quickly leaving slight hints of lacing.

S: Nose is extremely muted, vague hints of hops and malt.

T: Taste is... interesting. Much like the nose hops and malts are very muted, however there is an extreme buttery taste to this beer that was distracting to anything else going on.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, oily body wiht a dry finish.

D: Not a well balanced beer, odd flavoring, this one didn't go down easily for me. I have a few more beers from this brewery that I am interested in trying as I really enjoyed thier IPA!

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Photo of zimm421
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.48/5  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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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 PerroGrande
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
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 DoctorStrangiato
3.61/5  rDev 0%
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 DoctorDog
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
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 OsuJohn
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start off by saying I do not like pale ales but gave this one a try because I do like other Columbus Brewing Company beers. I generally do not like hoppy beers so I stay away from pale ales. As far as pale ales go it is pretty good. In order for me to drink a pale ale I need to be in the mood.

A-This beer has a cooper, amber color. It poured a finger of head, but settled down to less than 1/16 an inch.

S-The beer has a bright citrusy scent.

T-A hoppy flavor with hints of caramel.

M- Not too bubbly, smooth.

D- too much hoppiness for me, but may be good for the average hop enthusiast.

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Photo of hopdog
3.71/5  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

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Photo of selecter70
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of jackorain
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
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

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.23/5  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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Photo of thisisshsas
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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 JDV
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
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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Photo of tpd975
2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of blakesell
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
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 BeerTruth
3.31/5  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.

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Columbus Pale Ale from Columbus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.