Columbus Grasshoppa - Columbus Brewing Company
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Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 5 | Show All Ratings:
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
On tap in a pint glass on 8/16/11
Rather light in color - golden/apricot hue. There's a slight haze but it's plenty easy to see through as it's most unobstructed. Poured a 1/3rd inch head that skimmed out quickly but left a good bit of lacing - scattered strands and trails.
The aroma is seriously hoppy, laden with sticky green hops, resinous pine, a layer of grassiness and subtle tones of orange peel and grapefruit pith. Clean, unobtrusive malt profile is perfect to let the hops shine; notions of cracker and biscuit with a lightly toasted grain note. But the hops, oh the hops!
Ah, Grasshoppa has a snarly, hoppy bite from the first sip. Though not particularly bitter (save for the back end and finish) the beer boasts straight up crackling hop flavor. Grass gives way to pine; some spicy citrus hints are strewn in for good measure. The malt profile is about as mild as they come; just faint cracker in the back. Finishes with a lingering hoppiness.
Light, crisp and lively feel. Carbonation is quite high; though more than what I usually care for, this is an instance where it helps push the snappy aspect of the hops. It does go down easy, for sure.
Drinkability? Check. I could drink this all day. And all night.
Serving type: on-tap
01-05-2012 06:22:00 | More by Ryan011235
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A- Pours a hazy lighter golden orange color with a very thin white head. Head is gone pretty quick and leaves no lacing at all.
S- A pretty solid amount of hops pop up at me. A lot of grassy hops for sure, touch of pine and maybe a bit of lemon. Some bready malts too.
T- Pretty solid here. Hops are fairly strong here with grassy and floral leading the way. A touch of a malt back bone as well.
M- Lighter side of medium in body and good amount of carbonation.
O- Pretty damn good. I'm not surprised by that at all coming from these guys.
Serving type: on-tap
08-12-2011 06:48:09 | More by nrbw23
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Growler into a Perfect Pint.
Grasshoppa is a very light colored beer. Its a bright lemon-gold. There is a half-haze that could be chill haze. The head is tall and thick, but easy to contain, even from a sloppy pour from a full growler. A few good partial rings of lace are thrown. The head retention is very nice, due to the constant stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.
This aroma is awesome, especially keeping the style in mind. Its strong enough that I could smell the beer as I was pouring. But it's not so overdone that it screams IPA; this beer elegantly remains a pale ale. The malt base keeps it grounded with soft, white bread and pretzel dough. There is a huge level of hop notes that seem to be a blend of fresh pine and grassy Noble stuff. The aroma gets very herbal at times. This stuff smells like this girl I used to know, Mary Jane. I'm not sure of the hop bill, but it is surely a departure from a lot of the other CBC beers.
The taste is quite in line with the aroma. There is a sturdy, malty middle with notes of plain crackers. The hops grow around the malt base giving off a lot of bittering pine and very dry, herbal stuff. It tastes like a mouthful of spice rub. Now I want ribs...
Superbly dry and clean. Like, really, really dry. I love a well done, bone dry beer, and this is one of them. The body is low, but not at thin as I expected. Carbonation is tame, more airy than prickly.
A killer pale ale. This is super hoppy, but not so much that I get all annoyed and fly off into a rant about styles. As I said before, this hop bill is quite different than other CBC beers, but it works very well. It goes to show that the guys at CBC know how to work all sorts of hops. This growler is 86'ed.
Serving type: growler
08-06-2011 21:16:35 | More by MbpBugeye
3.55/5 rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Grasshoppa pours a light gold color. Looks slightly hazy. Backlighting definitely gives it a bright gold look. A white head covers the top. It stands a modest one finger tall and recedes pretty quickly. Lacing was light and spotty. Not bad.
The nose is pretty. Honestly, it’s a little weak in terms of aromatics, but isn’t bad. It definitely lives up to its name. It’s full of hops that smell quite grassy. They have some ancillary floral and light citric qualities. Definitely smells like noble hops to me. There are some light malty notes. There might be a little caramel in there, but not much. Smells like a hop forward American Pale. Alcohol is buried.
The flavor is very consistent with the nose. It kicks off with some light, malty flavors. Tastes like a mix of pale and caramel malts. The pale variety definitely has a stronger presence. Hops are quite flavorful and strong. I’m sticking with noble hops. They have a very grassy, earthy flavor primarily. Floral and very light citric flavors are also noted. They definitely have a nice, bitter edge. It’s not very balanced. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. Finishes a little sweet, grassy, and quite dry.
Grasshoppa has a light-medium body that feels nice and smooth. Carbonation is mid-range, and the bubbles feel soft. This stuff definitely goes down easy. The flavor is pretty good, and the 4.5% abv definitely lends itself to easy consumption. Finishing this growler tonight wouldn’t be out of the question.
Grasshoppa is an interesting release from Columbus Brewing Company. It’s styled an “extra pale ale.” I was expecting a higher abv American Pale, but this is definitely one of the lighter abv beers that Columbus Brewing produces. If it’s referencing extra hops, well…that makes sense. The hops are certainly flavorful and aggressive. I think I’d prefer more of a citric hop flavor, rather than grassy, noble hops. It’s still pretty good stuff. Definitely interesting…and worth checking out.
Serving type: growler
08-06-2011 02:31:43 | More by prototypic
4.05/5 rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
This is the latest Hop Odyssey brew from CBC. proper category according to CBC is Extra Pale Ale.
It looks much like a standard macro-brewers lager but the similarity ends there. The aroma reveals a clear hop presence. A noticeable lemony aroma becomes pronounced in tasting - probably Simcoe hops.
A VERY crisp and quite dry mouthfeel. Light-medium body.
O - an excellent offering, particularly if you like a moderately hoppy, dry and crisp ale. No ned to add lemon to this one.
Serving type: on-tap
08-05-2011 17:29:49 | More by chinchill
Columbus Grasshoppa from Columbus Brewing Company
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