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%
 
 
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5
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes.

Thanks to jhammerly for the bottle.

Pours an orange tinged copper, with a one finger head that recedes quickly to a thin ring that leaves behind a sparse webbing of lace.

Smell; mostly piney and citric hops, but neither one really jump out at you. A bit of sweet malts are present, but I can smell a little bit of diacytle as well.

Taste; the hops come off as piney with a little citrus, backed my some caramel malts. The diacytle is even more pronounced in the flavor than it was in the smell, and almost overrides the other flavors. Maybe I just really don't like butter in my beers and I have a hard time getting past it.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and because of the buttery flavors, this one is hard for to drink.

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown. Some may say is darker than expected, but as this isn't my first Columbus Pale Ale, it is right on target.
Starts with a cream-colored bubly head that doesn't last long.
A good citrus and hop flavor to start out the pallate, but finishes weak with a semi-sour note.
Mouthfeel is a little watery, so nothing special there.
Still, a drinkable brew, and coming out of CBus, could any Buckeyes fan not enjoy a few?

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Photo of witster18
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an interesting beer....one I'm very familiar with. Columbus pale ale is distinctive and it's color and appearance is interesting. It is pale yellow/gray with a slight orange hint in the color. It pours with a good head that quickly dissapates into a plethera of lacing....it looks freakin toxic. The taste explodes with lemon and grapefruit and then to the hops which are muted by a phenolic and bitter aftertaste. There is a pleasan bite to this....and the bitterness is sooo pronounced that it is definately distinctive for the style...this reminds me of sweetwater in that I like it but it has it's drawbacks...characteristics that keep it from being great...with CPA it's the bitter aftertaste that sticks with you till the morn. I can still recommend at least trying it to see why it is different...the hops are there and easliy distinguishable but the sourness of this beer makes it a tough call on whether or not it is good or just average. Stick to the Nut Brown...it's strides better.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

drank a couple of these in the Columbus airport. 12 oz bottles, poured into glass. copper colored. some medium malt flavor and a touch of hops. Okay, but unremarkable.

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Photo of MDekker
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split a bottle among me and two of my brothers. Pours out a clear coppery color with a decent head, nice lacing. The aroma was weird, but interesting - strong notes of herbs, like sticking your nose in a basil plant. Smaller notes of citrus and hops. The taste is uncomplicated and basic, mostly bitter. It was OK at best. The aftertaste lingered and I tired of the herbal essence of this beer as time went on. I don't really feel the need to return to this beer.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split a 12 oz. bottle of this with my brothers. No freshness date. Poured a clear orange/honey color. Very little head. Smells herbal and fruity. Hints of basil. Taste is okay - a little too bitter at the end, which leaves it heavily unbalanced. Medium mouthfeel is neither creamy or watery. Overall, this beer is okay, but too bitter to be really enjoyable.

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3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: snifter. nice clear, rich copper color. khaki colored head. good retention and some mild splotchy lacing.

S: some tart apple aromas. mild hop aroma, light citrus. some metallic tones.

T: some mild-bodied malts, crystal I believe. Some hop tones, mostly citrus and some apples.

M: low-bodied mouthfeel. carbonation is a little high.

D: not a bad APA but a little too bland for me.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour of this 12 ounce bottle yielded only a 1/4 inch white head atop a copper-amberish liquid. The minimal head fell almost immediately and left no lace and nary a bubble on the surface.

There is not much in the aroma. There is a slight hint of citrus hop, as well as some biscuity malt. That's it.

The taste belies the nose. This beer has a good bit of flavor. Citrus hops, of the grapefruit variety show through. Bitterness is at the expected level for an APA, but higher than expected given the nose.

The body is light and the carbonation is lively.

It's pretty drinkable for what it is. I had several at the Columbus airport while waiting for my flight.

Thanks For Readings

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3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color, white head dissipates quickly into a thin film. Faint lacing.

Smell is almost entirely floral. Very faint. Slightly sweet.

Nose is slightly sweet, very light malt flavor, becomes a faint hop bitterness. Tastes a bit watery. Lacking some complexity and flavor.

Good carbonation. Light body. Dry finish. Drinkability is good. Light and refreshing.

Being from the Columbus area, (and this being my first Columbus Brewing Co. beer) I really wanted to love it. I still like it; it's a refreshing little number, but it could be much better. I'm hoping I tried the weak link in the Columbus line first.

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