Columbus Pale Ale | Columbus Brewing Company

Columbus Pale AleColumbus Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.64/5
249 Ratings
Columbus Pale AleColumbus Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
columbusbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This award winning, copper colored pale ale was the first beer we ever brewed and it's still one of our favorites. We carefully blend German and English malts and add generous portions of American hops for a refreshing citrus aroma with a dry finish.

28 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-16-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
249
pDev:
12.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
34
Trade:
1
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5/5  rDev +37.4%

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5/5  rDev +37.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of BigAlofOrion
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of jm_buckeye
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of icureric
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.36/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of btorsdog
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the top top pale ales around in my eyes, got to love this brewing company!
looks a foggy orangish amber,quite pretty
smells of a flower infused buttered up piece of italian bread - toasted, nice.
taste was somewhat aggressive for a pale ale but well rounded out with a pretzel quality malt undertone, tasty and satisfying
full bodied mouthfeel with a pleasant bubbly presence- smooth and slippery
drinkability is stellar ,do yourself a favor and get more than one sixer - GREAT BREW!!!!

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Photo of mattcrill
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Orange citrus hops, honey notes, very good flowery hop smell.

Appearance: Clear orange colored pour. A sudsy and sticky white cap.

Flavor: Biscuit malts up front followed by orang rind hop bitterness. Slightly grassy but clean hop notes pop up here and there. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium to lighter bodied with strong carbonation. Just a touch oily with a longer finish.

Overall impression: A very good example of the style. I put this up there with Burning River as one of the best APA's out there. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid brew. I kinda felt like the beer was caught somewhere between an English and American Pale, but cleanly brewed nevertheless. Malts bring a touch of caramel, riding on well-attenuated barley malt. Yeast gives quite a bit of fruitiness: apples, peaches, pears, appricots; but of the ripe variety. Not as sweet as English vairieties. Crisp, cracker-like malt give a good support for fresh citrus hops. Dry on the palate with a powdery texture. Finishes with a touch of grapefruit, pine, and caramel. Should have brought a growler back from the brewery.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of MidwestBA
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darksunshaman
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Risser09
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This copper colored ale has a tint of orange and a nice white head. Nice lacing is left on the sides of the glass and on the meniscus.

Smell: Hop flowers ahoy! Grapefruit, lemon peel, chamomile. Well done.

Taste: Great! Hop oils are in the forefront with plenty of vim & vigor. Tastes are citric acid, hops and a slight backbone of malt. A quintessential IPA that is well crafted and could compete with some of the well-known mainstays.

Mouthfeel: Initially oily and flavorful, followed by an alcohol twang and a bitter dryness that really isn’t too bitter. Great all around.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable and worth trying. This is a winner and should be consumed fresh to admire it’s flavors and charming place in the APA style.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle sampled in a burger joint in Columbus, OH. I believe the brewery uses a botted-on date, but I don't recall checking this one. Scouring for dates is so automatic for me anymore, that they only stand out if the beer is "old". This was handed to me with a standard pint glass.

From what I could see in the darkened room, it was a nice golden color, with a lacy, white head. Smelled fresh and evergreen hoppy. Hop taste was good & complex, styled more like like a mild IPA than the leafy murk of so many APA's.. Very balanced malt-wise; a tasty beer that paired great with a slightly spicy burger.

IMO, this is a beer that should be offered at all Ohio chain restaurants like Great Lakes Dortmunder is - it's a no-brainer to pair with food, and could easily substitute for SN Pale Ale.

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Photo of giblet
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i am lucky where i live! 1 hour from Cleveburg Ohio and Great Lakes Brewing (excellent!) and 2 hours from Columbus and the brewery district. Columbus Pale Ale is a very good beer. i am sure that since it was fresh and on tap in Columbus helps. Excellent flava and feel!

giver a try!

suckem up and movem out!

giblet

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Firkin version at Barley's 2nd Annual Mini RAF (03/27/04): With a slightly altered recipe, this is the first time a CBC beer has been available on firkin. Pours a lightly hazy dark amber color with a somewhat foamy light beige head. Thin and sticky lacing. The aroma is subdued hops. Medium-bodied and very smooth, you would hardly know this is the same beer as the bottled version. Earthy flavor with hops in the background, along with some malt and fruit. The finish is long and is a mixture of fruit and alcohol. Very unique overall.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/1/2016. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey/caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt/fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey/caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus peel/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, lemon/orange peel, pine, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt/fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors lingering after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/sticky, fairly creamy/grainy, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is an excellent pale ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. Very vibrant and pretty juicy on hop/yeast flavors; with a solid malt backbone that never feels too sweet. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Columbus Pale Ale from Columbus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 249 ratings
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