Christopher Columbus | Enegren Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Enegren Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Retsinis on 10-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 4
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for the 1st Anniversary party.
Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a hazy dark orange with a thin white head which leaves trace lace. Slightly darker than the regular Protector version.

N: More pronounced citrus rind and floral notes are evident when compared to the regular Protector.

T: The columbus steps up the citrus/floral above the pine. Some mellow sweet malts present to round things out.

M: Medium body and semi-moderate carbonation. Dry and bitter finish.

O: Slightly better than the regular.

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Photo of Retsinis
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Per the brewers, they brewed this beer as a Columbus day holiday weekend special. It is essentially Protector, with Columbus Hops added. That said, the difference is still noticeable.

A: Had a 4 oz taster of this at the brewery tasting room, just as with protector, the beer pours a hazy copper orange color with a foamy tan colored head, leaving some sticky lacing.

S: Doing a side by side with regular protector, there is a distinct difference in the aromatics. Still floral hops up front, just a bit more potency, some earthy tones, followed by some scents of pine, tropical fruits, as well as the sweet caramel malts in the background

T: The taste has more of a kick then protector, not so much in alcohol, that’s even smoother, but in the lingering hop bitterness bite. Flavors of light lemon, honeydew melon, mild toffee, and earth as a backbone. The spice notes seem a bit dialed back in this as well.

M: Slightly smoother mouth feel, almost buttery. Perhaps more resin, but I asked the brewer why this might be with just a hop addition, and he indicated it was probably just a result of a bit more conditioning in the fermentation tanks.

O: Good stuff. Apparently it was so popular, they might continue to make it, or even just tweak the regular protector recipe as a result. In any case, both good beers.

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Christopher Columbus from Enegren Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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