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
Ratings:
249
Reviews:
94
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
12.67%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
34
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
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 icureric
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Yeldarb92
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dextermcgurk
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Josbor11
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ClePaul
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattsucks
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rypkr
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edthehead
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of skaboom420
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of schoolboy
3.81/5  rDev +5%
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 baklo
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stevem68
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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 jbacker
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KYGunner
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a simple Pale Ale, this is spot on and tremendously tasty. The malt and hops are well balanced. Mostly fruit on the front with tangerines, oranges and citrus rind. Light honey and caramel malt balance a delicious beer.

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Photo of JNForsyth
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of C_Adams
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brew33
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrianLC1990
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bearded_Buckeye
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Columbus Pale Ale from Columbus Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 249 ratings.
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