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:
33
For Trade:
1
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Photo of target88
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of garuda
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Gold, with a thick white cap that has good retention and lacing.

S/T - Loads of hoppy grapefruit flesh and pineapple, with a caramel, honey-like malt sweetness. Bitter, resinous pine finish. The malts are sturdy, but the bitter pine wins out in the end.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, finishes clean and bitter.

O - Nice, solid pale ale. Surprised it's not rated higher.

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

Photo of WesM63
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of GOBLIN
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of MidwestBA
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Brewski
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Photo of Kubrickx
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

@Short North Tavern(also available at other bars in Columbus). This beer was an reddish amber color and formed a white bubbly head. It has an aroma of malt, hops and caramel. The flavor was of malt, hops and lightly of caramel. The finish is a touch astrigent. By far the most popular ale in Columbus and the most readily available in many bars in town.

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Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eminently drinkable and enjoyable beer from the Brewery District (go figure) of the great city of Columbus, Ohio. Such a nice Pale Ale to serve as a representative of the city, this is one fine beer. The look is amber with a bashful white head. The lace on my glass was also quite bashful, but not the aromas nor the flavors. Nice citrus hoppy nose and mild blended flavors ending in crisp grapefruit and spice notes. The hops are clean, mild and delicate in their application to this great ale.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | 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 MastaShonuf
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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 Booner818
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of goodbyeohio
2.62/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

looks like iced tea in my glass. no head except for a bubble or three around the inner ring.. slightly hazy and deep orange. iced tea.

smells malty.. sweet slight caramel with peachy hop note. some vanilla. not bad, reminds me of the better APAs ive had from the midwest. seems to be the region for them!

mouthfeel is way too light and airy. carbonation almost nullifies any taste this brew has. i pick up the mild bitter aftertaste, but most flavors are lost in this carbonated mess. with the bubbles, all i can taste is something that can be best described as 9 parts club soda to 1 part gumballhead. vacant and hollow. drinkable, in the way that tap water is drinkable. if i had additional bottles, i'd save it for "insane" chicken wing wash-down elixir. but i don't.. and that suits me just fine.

what a colossal letdown.

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Photo of Lynn
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of bruachan
2.54/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

nice looking head. the color of the beer is ok, too: acceptable amber

there's a buttery aroma. did someone put popcorn in my beer?

it's a dry, hoppy brew. not hugely hoppy; not hugely anything, which i suppose is a good thing for an APA. actually, the whole thing is a bit buttery. butter and cascade

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Photo of mattcrill
4.32/5  rDev +19%
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 Lelampp
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of PDXHops
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Columbus Pale Ale from Columbus Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 249 ratings.
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