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Columbus Cousin Eddie - Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus Cousin Eddie
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Adamostella on 12-04-2011)
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

nrbw23, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Spider889
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Spider889, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Adamostella
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Adamostella, Dec 04, 2011
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Columbus Cousin Eddie from Columbus Brewing Company
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