Columbus Pale Ale - Columbus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 223
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 4
Gots: 22 | 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: 88 | Hads: 223
Photo of cokes
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazed medium orange with a good-sized, toasted tan head that looks decently firm and sticky. The foam has a 'whipped egg whites' appearance as it slowly retreats and ends up leaving a respectable amount of chunky lace in its wake.

The nose is pure Cascade hops. Not as in-your-face as it would be if it were an IPA, but it's plenty aggressive for the style. If the appearance and the aroma are anything to go by, this is going to be one of the good ones.

Columbus Pale is a solid, flavorful version that is some kind of delicious. I wish that the hop flavor was stronger, but need to keep reminding myself that this isn't an IPA. The somewhat pithy white grapefruit-like Cascade are right up front, but not to the extent that newbies will be overwhelmed.

The flavor profile is nicely balanced by a non-intrusive toasted malt base. The bittering is perhaps greater than one would find in many other APAs. It's a trifle too harsh, but doesn't venture anywhere close to unpleasant. The body/mouthfeel could be a bit more firm since the finish seems a tad thin to me.

Columbus Pale Ale is a well-crafted version that has a few too many (admittedly minor) faults to be considered very good. I still enjoyed the hell out of the bottle and would not mind one little bit if I was back in Columbus and this was one of my regular quaffs. Thanks to Dogbrick for the bottle. (1,376 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of chilidog
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This CBC Pale would make a good flagship rep for this Columbus brewer. It pours a nice dark, copper amber. A small light beige head atop that leaves just alittle lace behind. The aroma has a sweet but hop note to it. The taste carries that mild sweet grain, balanced well by a mild but present citric hop. This medium bodied pale carries that hop background in the aftertaste, letting it linger in the slightly dry mouthfeel. An overall nice, crisp when cold, good beer. (470 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Firkin version at Barley's 2nd Annual Mini RAF (03/27/04): With a slightly altered recipe, this is the first time a CBC beer has been available on firkin. Pours a lightly hazy dark amber color with a somewhat foamy light beige head. Thin and sticky lacing. The aroma is subdued hops. Medium-bodied and very smooth, you would hardly know this is the same beer as the bottled version. Earthy flavor with hops in the background, along with some malt and fruit. The finish is long and is a mixture of fruit and alcohol. Very unique overall. (536 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served as a sample at Columbus Brewing Company. The color was amber, with a very nice head. The smell was a nice, light citrus hop. The taste was decently hopped...seemed well balanced and fairly close to where the IBUs should be. Mouthfeel seemed a bit thin. Drinkability-wise, definitely an all-dayer.

The CBC Pale Ale was sold as possibly the best beer in the city, and I might have to agree. I almost bought the 6-pack of this one, but was broke after loading up on larger micros. Still, I suppose there's always next time. (530 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eminently drinkable and enjoyable beer from the Brewery District (go figure) of the great city of Columbus, Ohio. Such a nice Pale Ale to serve as a representative of the city, this is one fine beer. The look is amber with a bashful white head. The lace on my glass was also quite bashful, but not the aromas nor the flavors. Nice citrus hoppy nose and mild blended flavors ending in crisp grapefruit and spice notes. The hops are clean, mild and delicate in their application to this great ale. (495 characters)

Photo of Wildman
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

@Short North Tavern(also available at other bars in Columbus). This beer was an reddish amber color and formed a white bubbly head. It has an aroma of malt, hops and caramel. The flavor was of malt, hops and lightly of caramel. The finish is a touch astrigent. By far the most popular ale in Columbus and the most readily available in many bars in town. (353 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper color. Thin, slightly bubbly beige head. Nice reserved pine and citric nose. Huge medicine flavor is the first thing I recognize. Doesn't seem way out of place, but it does seem like an off flavor rather than an intended flavor. I've never had this strong of a medicine flavor in an APA before. There is also some piney, citric notes on the palate. Malt is only around for balance. The off flavor really knocks this one down for me.

Thanks to PhantomVoodoo for the sample. I assure you, the Great Lakes you sent will be rated higher. (543 characters)

Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of beernut7
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of mophie
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recall a few years ago trying a Columbus Pale Ale that was contract-brewed (in New York?) and was average, at best. This one is actually brewed in Columbus and is available in bottles and on tap throughout the city. Overall, it's much nicer than the one I remember from a few years ago. Deep orange-amber in color, with a foamy off-white head. Huge floral hop aromas (they use cascade). Taste is quite hoppy, with hints of grapefruit, though there is a nice sweetness that comes through from the Crystal malt (which they claim to be "specially kilned"). In any event, it makes for a nicely balanced taste. Carbonation is moderate, so the beer has a pleasant feel going down. Smooth, slightly bitter finish, with a lingering floral aspect. Overall, a nice APA. If you're in Columbus, this is definitely worth a try. (816 characters)

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Columbus Pale Ale from Columbus Brewing Company
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