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Columbus Pale Ale | Columbus Brewing Company

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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
 
 
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5
Gots:
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Ratings: 249 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of Hootie159
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mardukk
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with a slightly off white head that lasts for an extended amount of time with some lacing.

Smells faintly of hops and buscuity malt.

The taste is fairly complex with a fairly unique mix of buscuity/buttery malt and cascade hops. There is also a slightly sweet taste near the finish, can't quite pinpoint it. A nice dry finish after the slick front and middle.

Low carbonation with a medium body.

Much more drinkable than most hop bomb APA's I encounter...more balanced between hops and malt.

Overall, this is a nice above average APA.

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Photo of Steve_Trick
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of budsboy
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear amber-ruby with a small white and sticky head. Lots of little bubble trails are in there.

High hop aroma. Pine and citrus. There's still a malty scent, doughy and carmel-like.

Taste is as hoppy as expected with a nice smokey like malt quality. Mmm. That's pretty damn good. There's a deep-throated character in there, a grainy bitterness that is unique. That'll do me just fine.

Full in the mouth, not oily dispite is high hop quality.

Enjoyable beer, yep. A good one. Easy to drink, nothing too overwhelming but enough there to keep things interesting.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a pretty clear amber color in glass. Large puffy white head. Goes down very slowly.

S - Smell is a little on the biscuity side. Some caramely malt and just a hint of citrus hop.

T - Good balance of malt and hop here. Starts a little bready before providing just a slight bite of hops, and then finishing dry and biscuity.

M - Again, it's fairly dry, a little light, but still filling. Good carbonation.

Overall - A pretty solid APA here. Good balance present. Another good beer from Columbus Brewing

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Photo of Applesauce1
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the Giant Eagle at Neil and Buttles in Victorian Village. Not a bad selection for your typical grocery store. I had a few from the six pack that night and then brought one home...here it goes....

Appearance: copper with virtually no head on the pour (surprising)....i think it's the beer since i've mastered my pouring technique over the last few years

Smell: citrusy hops (cascade maybe??)

Taste: good; citrus hops with a tinge of sweetness on the swallow from the malt

Mouthfeel: not as good as i though....i think this beer has lost some carbonation or maybe never had much...the other ones in the pack seemed to have good carbonation...light to medium body

Drinkability: well, i handled three in one night a few days back and this ones going pretty well....you can definitely get a six pack of this and enjoy it for the night

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a tall, 1.5" off-white head that reduces with plenty of sticky lacing.

Has a very grassy aroma, with plenty of straw, clover and other floral notes. Very mild cirtus hops are present, but barely noticeable. Smells more like a nice example of a pilsner than a pale ale.

Taste is somewhat similar to what you'd expect in a pilsner, but with a bit more bite and sweet. Starts mildly bitter and bracing, with a sweet, soft honey malt that gives it a rounder taste. Finishes dry and bitter, with a floral undertone that really complements the malt well.

Medium bodied, this is a bitter PA that leaves the tongue dry and happy.

An excellent pale ale, this has the perfect balance of sweet and bitter, while keeping it firmly in the PA category and not drifting over to IPA. Grab it if you find yourself in the Columbus area and drink it fresh, as it is unpasteurized.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazy copperish orange with a fairly resilient off-white foamy head. Creamy streaks and flecks of lacing are scattered liberally.

Smells of light orange and grapefruit with a smooth malt profile that makes me think of buttered wheat toast. Tastes largely like it smells, with a slightly stronger grapefruit presence and a touch of grittiness to the feel. Quite bitter; although "just" a pale ale, it actually puts plenty of east coast coast IPAs to shame in that regard. A touch of honeyish sweetness rounds things out.

Overall impression: While not as tasty as their excellent IPA, this is a very solid beer that's easily recommended.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Poured a nice, crisp, golden color with a flawless and firm quarter-inch bubbly head on top. A very good looking beer, only gets docked for the near complete lack of lacing.

SMELL: Bold floral flavor. Smells like a strong IPA.

TASTE: The first sip certainly seemed more like and IPA than a regular pale ale. The floral nose hit the tongue and a wave of bitter hoppiness was washed away with an intense and sweet orange flavor. As I drank more, however, the floral flavors subsided and each sip seemed to leave a slightly more bitter after taste. An interesting and different pale ale to say the least.

MOUTHFEEL: Thirst quenching and lively. Fully carbonated and refreshing.

OVERALL: As the floral notes subsided throughout the glass this beer seemed to morph from strong IPA to easy-drinking pale ale. The intense orange flavor added something unique, I probably won't go hunt this beer down when I get home, but if I'm in Ohio it's available I'll probably grab one again.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one that I have had many many times. Its easy to find on tap around Columbus. I recently picked up a 6 pack again so now its time for a real review.

A- A average sized head will rise up with a semi rough pour but it fades very quickly and doesnt leave much in the way of lacing. The beer is a clear, deep copper color with yellowish highlights.

S- The nose is some what weak but pretty nice nonetheless. Floral and citric hops over top a nice mild malt bill. Biscuity and toasty malts.

T- It sort of reminds me of Burning River. Its a hop forward pale for sure but the hops arent aggressive or intensely bitter. Just a nice citrus crispness that goes just slightly past balanced over the toasty malts.

M- Clean, crisp finish. Sharp carbonation. Just what you need in a pale ale.

D- Way way drinkable. This one is easy to find, east to afford and easy to drink.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear amber golden with a nice white head. Heads forms a layers bubbles and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Nothing super strong going on here. Some nice bready malts and citrus hops.

T- Pretty good balance going on here. Nice hop bite with an excellent malt balance.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

D- Pretty easy to find around the city. Nothing out of this world but a solid brew. Pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of mpolewan
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Brewski
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of rypkr
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewskier
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lofty, dimpled yellowish tan foam leaves moderate lacing on my pint glass. The beer is a hazy medium gold.

Moderately pungent fruity hop aroma. Lots of apricot, tinged with citrus. Fairly sweet.

Flavor is quite hoppy…this is a pale ale along the lines of Sierra's. Considerable grapefruit rind, with some herbal notes as well, like tarragon and kaffir lime leaves. Malt comes through as bready, slightly of wheat. Finishes very crisp and dry, as opposed to what was hinted by the nose.

Refreshing mouthfeel with good effervescence, possibly slightly too much, in a brew that still has plenty of body.

Overall, this beer is a winner. Picked it up at a gas station in Columbus after dinner at Barley's. Wish I could get a hold of it more regularly, would be a good beer to bring to parties where IPAs are seen as threatening but Sierra Nevadas are welcomed.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a totally competent pale ale from start to finish. Reviewing from the newer packaging - squatter bottles, which is preferable to the standard height.

It opens deep yellow with nice head and lasting fizz and lacing. The aroma is sharply hoppy and obviously American and huge.

The taste is slightly dry but still full bodied with malt tastes coming through nicely. Perfectly appropriate for the APA style. It stays with you and refreshes.

Columbus has proven to be quite competent on their brews. I visited their pub last year and it was a wreck (I still had a good time, though). They need to fix that, but they make great brews, even the more ordinary ones, like this.

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Photo of BrianLC1990
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of baklo
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zimm421
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a light orange amber color with a fairly thick white head that dissipates slowly leaving some lacing on the glass

S - Not any strong aromas that stand out, but a small amount of hoppiness and a small amount of caramel

T - Very similar to the smell, good amounts of hoppiness, with some caramel but with a good amount of citrus flavors

M - Smooth, medium bodied with not too much carbonation

D - Easy to drink, not too thick or too hard to handle.

A good beer, brewed just down the road from me. First from Columbus Brewing I've tried, but I'll definitely go back for more.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear copper/golden color with a nice big head. The aroma is quite hoppy. The taste is bitter and the hops seem fresh. It finishes sweet, which adds a nice balance. The mouthfeel is full, but not heavy. This is an easy drinking pale ale, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, light copper hued body; thick, sticky, sculpted white head. Fruity, citrus aroma; berries. Mild fruit and light cereal grain flavor; balanced bitterness. Crisp, dry feel with a juicy quality lingering in the background.

A very fine, flavorful pale ale delivering balance and complexity in an easy drinking package.

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Photo of SicemWT
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stevem68
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light amber color. Aroma is lightly hoppy. Flavor is light citrus with a little bit of a crisp dry finish. Has a very nice and easy to drink mouth feel. Overall a solid pale ale.

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Photo of ChristopherAdams
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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