Columbus Cousin Eddie - Columbus Brewing Company
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4.35/5 rDev +4.1%
Cousin Eddie is the final release in the 2011 Hop Odyssey series.
It pours a very deep copper color. It’s a bit hazy. When held to light, it has a reddish tint and nice crimson highlights. A caramel tan colored head tops it off and rises to about a finger in heights. It recedes to a surface covering rather slowly and holds firm there. Lacing was sticky and moderate in volume. Nicely done.
The nose is impressive. It starts out with a sweet caramel malt scent. No doubt about the base. Hops waste no time jumping into the mix. It’s my understanding that 13 different hop varieties were used. The profile certainly features a host of different scents. The strongest are pine and citrus notes of grapefruit and orange. But, there are also grassy, herbal, and floral notes. It’s quite the profile. Impressive. It smells sugary and sweet on the tail. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but is masked pretty well.
The flavor is excellent. Caramel malt strikes first. It provides a nice, sturdy backbone. It is sugary and sweet. Hops take over from there. They have an extremely vibrant flavor. There’s no doubt that it’s a diverse hop profile. It’s citrusy sweet, featuring grapefruit and pineapple flavors. Other flavors of pine, grass, and herbal notes follow. It’s definitely bitter, but it’s not too intense. It’s very well done. Works well with the malt base. Alcohol is slightly noticeable in flavor, but it’s not warm or hot. I was told the abv is about 8.5%. It wears that pretty well. Finishes sweet and hoppy.
Cousin Eddie has a medium body. Carbonation feels light and soft. It’s smooth and easy drinking. I won’t polish off the entire growler tonight, but it’s tempting to try.
Cousin Eddie does bear some resemblance to last year’s 12 Hops of Christmas. My understanding is that 13 varieties of hops were used this year and the abv in this year’s release is a tad lower. Cousin Eddie doesn’t taste much different (to the best of my recollection), but that’s a good thing. This is excellent beer that would satisfy any hophead. As far as style goes, it’s interesting. It might be an Imperial Red Ale, a DIPA, or an American Strong Ale. Any would work. Excellent stuff any way you slice it.
Important note – the price for a growler at the restaurant is dramatically lower this year. It’s $15 this year rather than $29. Excellent move. Well worth the purchase.
12-04-2011 03:53:32 | More by prototypic
3.88/5 rDev -7.2%
I had this during the bottle share at Jackie O's during the bottle release. Poured into a sample glass.
Appearance: Pours a reddish dark amber with a layer of off white head that fades pretty quickly.
Smell: Sweet citrus hops that smell incredibly fresh. The sweet malt balances things out well, but still lets the hops shine. Really amazing.
Taste: Malty up front with some spice in the malt. Some dark fruit shows up before the citrus hops take over. The hops are good but not nearly as good as the smell.
Mouthfeel: Medium body but it is a bit grainy. Mild carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: This beer smells awesome and the taste is a bit of a letdown. That being said, it was still quite good and I would have another.
12-05-2011 03:49:50 | More by oline73
3.6/5 rDev -13.9%
On tap in a flute-type critter on 12/7/11, as Miranova spotlights the festive and cheerful LeVeque Tower.
Maybe it's the low light. Maybe it's the cold outside, and in my car, and in my apartment. In any case, this beer looks warmingly dark. A toasty, one finger head crests the glass and slowly descends upon a dark and cloudy rust/copper colored beer with honey and brown highlights at the stem. Maybe it's just dark. Thin retention across the top with a thicker collar. Lace is merely decent for CBC.
Aromatically, the hops rule the roost - fine, fine. A pleasantly soapy and floral wave begets semi-green pine resin and a faint earthy/grassy quality. Swaths of citrus move in, making the hop quotient bulge at the seams. All the CBC goodness is here - grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango and orange. There's a touch of zestiness. Malt wants to balance it out, putting on a show of toast and dark bread. Notions of caramel. Juicy as it warms.
It took a few extra minutes before I could will myself to take a sip of this, the last Hop Odyssey beer, and the last beer I'll buy this year. Tinsel, lights and wreaths want for slow music as I take a hesitant sip. Yup, it's cluster upon cluster of hops. The aroma is more distinct, whereas the flavor is an amalgamation that could use nuance and just the slightest bit of finesse. Simply put, the hops crackle with piney bitterness and peely, citric undercurrents. The malts add a more-than-mild sweetness, but it works in this context. Sweet bread, caramel, and a honey-like suggestion. The finish rounds out with creeping alcohol tones and ends with a steadfast dryness; I like the progression. Good work on the malt bill.
Medium-full body with a rambling, fluid carbonation shift. Each sip finds moderate (average) carbonation mid-tongue which then pushes forward in an effervescent and puffy manner, like the crowd at the first Mindless Self Indulgence I went to which caused me to lose my shoe. The back end gets something of a prickly treatment. Earthy lingerings; at times almost dirty. Coating.
When the showcase of the final Hop Odyssey is the aroma and I'm praising the malt bill as a saving grace, I'm inclined to welcome the end. Maybe it's the mish-mash, maybe it's burn-out, or maybe it's the reaction to a logistical nightmare, but Cousin Eddie is birthed as a tired new born.
In 2011, I've lost R.E.M., Cupcake Friday, and 50 lbs. Hop Odyssey, too. I'm ok with all of that.
Here's to 2012.
And more Bodhi.
05-26-2012 06:09:45 | More by Ryan011235
4.08/5 rDev -2.4%
Thanks Tony for this growler, shared at Jackie O's Anniversary Extravaganza.
December hop odyssey release using 13 different hops (everything that was left in the CBC cooler I'm told).
Pours an unfiltered reddish/burnt sienna color. A short cap of off-white foam caps the brew. A birdie had told me that this beer looks like poo, but smells and tastes great. Well, I don't think it looks that bad at all.
This one was dry hopped with citra and simcoe, and the aroma definitely shows this. The simcoe comes through strong with lots of citrus and "ammonia" (a girl at the JO's release was aghast when I described simcoe as cat pee - she promptly told me that ammonia sounded better than cat pee). There's strong waves of pineapple in there as well, and a bit of orange rind. Finally, there's even some floral pine mixed up in this big bad brew.
The flavor greets your palate with loads of bitterness up front, followed by nice specific hop flavors. There's some nice sweet greenness in there, and some mango, peach, and clover honey. Then stumbles in the malt bill - caramel shines through rather brightly in this beer. While at first the bitterness was causing me to describe this as a dark double IPA, I am now happy with the strong ale categorization considering how the malt panned out.
Clean with a very soft, sweet finish. Overall I like this one, possibly even more than last year's 12 Hops of Christmas. I look forward to seeing even more inventiveness, creative attempts, and skillful tweaking in next year's round of Hop Odyssey beers.
12-05-2011 01:10:30 | More by Spider889
4.08/5 rDev -2.4%
Had this on tap at the brewpub.
Pours a reddish brown, with about an inch of foamy white head.
Hops, hops, hops on the nose. More towards the earthy side of. Citrusy but still ultra fresh, the smell is a highlight.
Drinks very easy, hop forward for sure with a bit of tropical fruits on the finish.
I'd say this is my favorite of the hop odyssey "mission" in 2011. They really put alot into this beer and it shows.
Great job all around, I hope they re-up for year 3 in 2012 because got something special going!
12-04-2011 01:45:18 | More by Adamostella
4.2/5 rDev +0.5%
A- Pours a murky reddish brown color with a nice foamy off white colored head. Head has really solid retention and leaves a ton of lacing behind.
S- Quite a bit of hops are jumping out at me. Tropical fruits and pine are leading the way. There is also a fairly strong sweet malt back bone.
T- The flavor is excellent. A good amount of hops are here from pine, tropical fruits, and grass. With again a nice malt back bone to keep things in check. Alcohol is hidden well and has a nice bitterness.
M- Medium in body and on the lower end in carbonation.
O- A very solid beer for sure, and its half the price of last year.
12-10-2011 14:34:02 | More by nrbw23
Columbus Cousin Eddie from Columbus Brewing Company
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