Columbus Cousin Eddie - Columbus Brewing Company
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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
3.6/5 rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: on-tap
05-26-2012 06:09:45 | More by Ryan011235
4.2/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
Serving type: growler
12-10-2011 14:34:02 | More by nrbw23
Columbus Cousin Eddie from Columbus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.