Columbus Arnold - Columbus Brewing Company
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Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 7 | Show All Ratings:
3.78/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Just in time for the Arnold Classic, Columbus Brewing brings us Arnold, a "pumped-up pale ale" that's the 3rd release in the Hop Odyssey series.
Arnold is a nice copper color. It's moderately hazy and looks a little orange with backlighting. An off-white head covers the top and only rises to a finger in depth. Retention was on the short side. Lacing was sticky, but light.
The nose is initially bursting with citric hops. Grapefruit and orange scents are strong and smell excellent. There might be a touch of pine there, but it's very subtle. Tough to tell. While the hop presence is duly noted, there's also a strong malt showing. Caramel malt is quite prominent in the mix. Smells like there's a bit of pale here, as well. With each passing whiff, it smells more and more balanced. That's not altogether a bad thing, but I'm curious to see how it tastes. A little bread-like yeast is noted on the tail. Alcohol is blended well and doesn't come through very strong.
The flavor profile is pretty good. It kicks off with a nice, hoppy flavor. It is primarily citric and features grapefruit and orange flavors. There is a little of a piney flavor, but it's secondary to the citrus. The hop flavor is pretty good and it's a little bitter, but the bitterness is countered to a large degree by the malt presence. Sweet caramel and toffee flavors are strong. While the don't kill the hop flavor, they negate a good deal of bitterness. It's not bad, but it's not my preference for the style. I'd like a little more bitterness. Alcohol is masked well and isn't all that noticeable. It finishes sweet and just a little dry.
It should come as no surprise that Arnold has a rather substantial body. It's medium, but leans toward heavy. Carbonation is light and it is smooth. Not quite creamy, but not far away either. Drinkability is good. The flavor is pretty good and it goes down easy. In terms of abv, it's a little strong, but I'll give this growler my all.
Arnold is pretty good beer, and just needs a tweak to propel it to the next level. For a "Hop Odyssey" release, it's a little thin in the hop bitterness department. I'd like more. I like the hop flavor pretty well, but the bitterness is too blunted. The more I drink, the more the hop flavor seems to dissipate, as well. Nevertheless, Arnold is a solid release and is very much worth a try. Good stuff, guys. Keep 'em coming.
Serving type: growler
03-06-2010 04:05:34 | More by prototypic
4.25/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
On tap in a pint glass at the brewpub on 3/8/10
Arnold is a cloudy shade of dark copper. There are highlights of burnt amber & around the edges, pale yellow. The first pint has an 1/8th inch head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin skim; essentially no retention or lacing. The pour on the second pint conjured more foam, offering patchy retention & pretty good, droopy lacing. A few days later I had a pint at Bodega - retention was still thin, but it held better & lacing was very good.
The aroma is good but not as bold as I might expect, but it's pretty solid for an hop-centric APA. Hoppy goodness is most apparent with an emphasis on citrus density: grapefruit, ripe orange & lemon zest. The hop aroma is distinctly tropical. A slight spiciness works its way in. Malt isn't exactly prominent; it's certainly present but rather masked by the hops. If anything it serves to bulk up the aroma with hints of toasted malts & the faintest caramel sweetness. It smells juicy with plenty floral overtones. Something smells almost solvent-like.
The aroma undoubtedly belies the assertiveness of this beer. Heck, it's down-right aggressive. Sharp hits of pine are strewn amid swaths of citrus. Pine tar bitterness blends near-seamlessly with potent notes of grapefruit & lemon zest. The spiciness is such that it seems pepper may be part of the equation. Toasty malts are present but, similarly to the nose, aren't too overbearing. There's a spot of caramel sweetness but not much. Ultimately the malt bill is unshakably supportive without beckoning the spotlight. Indeed, this is all about the hops - tasty, bitter & oh-so-dry. All told, I think the hops & malts are very well-integrated.
I'd say this beer is medium in body but definitely heavy & dense. Carbonation is tilted toward the low end of the spectrum with just enough prickliness to keep things moving along. The carbonation is a little more vigorous while the beer is colder. Arnold is quite resiny without exhibiting much grittiness - very nice. The finish is very dry & bitter with plenty of the latter lingering on. At 7.5% abv, no alcohol heat is perceivable but it's make its mark nonetheless.
I find little to fault with the exception that it may be a shade too brash for the style. Maybe. The first time I tried it I thought it was too hoppy (crazy, I know...) but I found myself changing my stance on that in short order. Arnold seems basically spot-on. Personally, I think the quality of this APA is almost on par with that of their IPA & it definitely blows the standard Columbus Pale Ale out of the water. The general consensus must be similar - CBC tapped it on the 4th, I stopped back by on the 10th & it was sold out - didn't even last a week. I'm glad the Hop Odyssey 2010 appears to be doing well.
Serving type: on-tap
03-24-2010 03:41:21 | More by Ryan011235
4/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A- Pours a hazy copper color with a nice foamy egg shell colored head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice layered lacing.
S- Tropical and citrus hops and quite a bit of pine comes through too. A nice malt back bone here as well.
T- A nice piney flavour is the first thing that jumps out at me. Quite a bit of citrus here too. A great balance as caramel malts and a bit of a toffee like taste.
M- Medium in body and carbonation.
O- I like this one quite a bit and glad I stumbled into this one.
Serving type: on-tap
03-21-2011 20:39:38 | More by nrbw23
3.93/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Im really glad to be living right down the street from CBC. This Hop Odyssey is pretty good. Filled my growler up with the third installment of the series.
A- This is a dark looking pale ale. Its thoroughly clouded and muddy. Its a burnt orange color with shades of brown mixed in. The head is sticky and leaves lots of lacing.
S- The nose here has similar hop characteristics as Creeper, their beer for February. This isnt a bad thing but Im hoping to see variety in this series. There are lots of tropical fruit notes. Predominately grapefruit rind and pineapple. There is a malty backbone that cant be ignored.
T- Slightly less fruity than the nose will have you believe. Its mostly piney. As far as an APA goes this is pretty bitter. It reminds me a lot of Great Lakes Burning River (which is a brilliant pale). The bitter pine and grapefruit are opposed by that malty backbone.
M- Medium body, semi dry. The hop oils linger in the mouth making you want another sip.
D- Might be slightly less drinkable than many other APAs. The alcohol, while not at all noticeable, is approaching high for the style in my opinion. Also the strong bitterness for the style could knock down the drinkability for some.
This is a really good beer, I liked Creeper better (in spite of all the debate over proper style categorization). The only thing is I feel like beers like this have been done before (i.e. Burning River). I am anxiously awaiting Uncle Rusty next month.
Serving type: growler
03-09-2010 00:43:37 | More by MbpBugeye
4.15/5 rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On cask at the tapping party at Bodega on 3/1/11.
Tony from the brewery said that this is essentially their regular pale ale recipe, only everything was doubled.
A very cloudy copper color with a one finger white head. Nice and fluffy, the foam had good retention (hard to not have this on cask though). Excellent lacing blanketed most of my pint glass.
The smell is initially all citrus - grapefruit predominantly. Mild hints of pineapple wafts in and out, but nothing as sweet and tropical as their IPA. As it warmed, Arnold drew more of a pine character, inching out the more delicate citrus.
The taste is full of bitter pine goodness. Creamy, very smooth going down, I thought that the beer was delicious overall. I'd still rather have their IPA over Arnold, but this was a great beer to try (had two pints of it on cask).
Serving type: cask
03-20-2011 08:05:45 | More by Spider889
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Their pale ale on steriods...love that description by CBC. Had this at CBC and at a couple places around town...was sad to see it go.
A-nice copper/amber color...nice head each time I had it...some retention
S-picked up hops...some citrus but can't really make out what.
T-very good...nice hoppy flavor.
m-medium carbonation and good level of smoothness considering the beer is somewhat heavy
D-very good...I had multiple pints at each sitting...my fav CBC beer outside the IPA...looking forward to it again.
Serving type: on-tap
04-14-2011 20:24:27 | More by crashdavisinoh
3.65/5 rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I'm a little late on this reveiw but I had this beer a few times. Arnold had nice color and smell. Taste was intresting, it started out with some hoppiness and something strange happened. The middle of the beer kinda fell off and then the finish was nice and bitter. I say intresting because I've had beers start certain ways and finish certain ways but I've never had a beer change so much in the " middle" if you will. With that being said this was still a good beer well worth trying it just seemed to be lacking something. Long live CBC!!
Serving type: on-tap
05-13-2010 19:34:35 | More by 2Stout4u
Columbus Arnold from Columbus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.