O4 Colombo | Otley Brewing Company

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Otley Brewing Company
Wales, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pale golden ale with high bitterness and aromas
of green grass and herbs. All American hops.

Added by jazzyjeff13 on 09-25-2012

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Photo of steverx8
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of interzen
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle served into a pint glass

Look: Clear, pale golden yellow with absolutely no trace of sediment or haze, which is kind of unusual for a beer which is supposed to be bottle conditioned. What little head there was was white and didn't last long but did leave behind some lacing and a surface layer of foam. 'Almost lifeless' would be a charitable way of describing it.

Smell: Not much going on, even after standing for a while at room temperature - faint hints of citrus hops with a hint of mown grass. The bottle only states that it contains 'American hops' but given the name I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that the hops in question are Columbus. Smell is definitely understated but also pleasant.

Taste: A surprisingly good balance of malts and hops with just a hint of yeastiness and a bucketload of citrus. It's pretty bitter and slightly 'stewed' and tannic, but in a good way, and has a bit more about it than its look and smell would suggest. It's not a hop bomb by any means but it's quite tasty and I imagine that it'd be quite refreshing on a hot day (if we ever have one, I'll let you know ...)

Feel: Quite light and refreshing but the almost complete lack of carbonation really spoils it for me. It's quite astringent as you'd expect, but the aforementioned lack of carbonation makes it feel a bit lifeless. Quite refreshing, all the same.

Overall: This is only the second Otley beer I've had - the first, Saison Obscura, was disappointing so my hopes for this weren't high. It is, however, a bit of a surprise package - despite looking singularly dull and lifeless in the glass, it perks up where it counts and is ultimately an extremely refreshing and, dare I say it, sessionable beer. I could well imagine kicking back with a couple of these round the barbeque on a stinkingly hot summers day. Not bad - not bad at all.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2012. Picked up cheap from a B&M store a little while back. The ingredient list mentions the use of North American hops without specifying which variety (possibly Columbus?). The bottle has some funky shit growing on the outside - hope this has nothing to do with the contents....

Poured into a straight pint glass. Bottle conditioned; really gross gunky-looking yeast residue in the bottle. A clear golden colour with very light, almost non-existant carbonation. Forms a small head of frothy white foam that lasts for a moment before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of citrus hop notes with a distinct lemony twang. This is underpinned by light caramel malt and a hint of dry yeast. Nice.

Tastes of light malt with a subtle aromatic hop character and a dry finish. Notes of lemon, citrus, mild earthy yeast and faint stewed hops. Quite dry and attenuated, with a slight bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and mildly tingly, but very flat and textureless. No carbonation. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of stewed hops and mild citrus aroma.

Wasn't sure what to expect from this, but it turns out to be pretty good. Light, with decent aromatic citrus, while the bottle conditioning gives it depth. Shame about the lack of carbonation - this would really liven it up. I suspect the same offering on cask would be even better, but this is pleasant and refreshing. Worth a shot if you come across it.

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O4 Colombo from Otley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 4 ratings