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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Photo of BeerTruth
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice lil' extra from prototypic in a recent trade, thank you sir!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a rustic amber hue with a one finger creamy off-white head that leaves a very nice webbing on the sides of the glass. Smell is a sweet combination of caramel malt and grassy hops. A scent of leather and dry earth in the nose as well. More of a malty scent overall. Light tangerine and molasses on the tongue up front followed by a sweet pink grapefruit. Aftertste is a bit dry and malty with noticable diacetyl. Pretty creamy feel with a medium body. Carbonation is low, but there. Not a beer I would turn down, but nothing I would seek out either.

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Photo of selecter70
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been slightly off the pale ales of late, as I have felt overwhelmed by their ubiquity. Nevertheless, I won't turn down one that I've never tried, and the folks from Columbus certainly helped my willingness. This one poured a light amber-yellow and looked clean with a short white head that clung throughout.A slight raspberry-malt taste came through mild hops and left a nice clean feeling.

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Photo of stakem
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz standard bottle into a Columbus pint glass. Thanks to csmile for the hookup for both!

This APA pours a hazed orange amber color with more than a finger of head that slowly receeds leaving patches of lace on the glass. The yellowish stained appears silky before laying as just a thin film across the top.

The aroma of this brew is a mixture of fresh grains, lightly caramelized before the onset of the hops. The smell of the hops come across with some citrus character that is not readily identifiable. There is a bit of a yeasty smell also included which seems a bit out of place.

The taste of this brew has a citrusy hop flavor upfront tasting a bit like orange rind. There is a mild bitterness and a pleasnt grainy backing that is lightly toasted. Some herbal bitterness lasts into the finish but there is a slightly offputting taste of "green" yeast throughout the body.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. Overall it isn't that bad but the green yeasty flavor ruins this a bit and really hurts the flavor/drinkability.

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Photo of prototypic
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Crosswoods Columbus Fish Market.

Appearance: Arrived with a one finger head that left nice lacing down the glass. Color is golden brown.

Smell: Hops are somewhat overwhelming for what I've come to expect from a pale ale. That's a good thing in my opinion.

Taste: Pretty good. Hops and bitterness are indeed strong for a pale ale. Leaves a somewhat dry taste in my mouth. But, it's good. Nothing extremely complex. Hoppy and dry. Bitterness is what sticks with me most.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: It goes down pretty easy, though it does leave me dry. I could drink a few of these. Overall, pretty good offering from Columbus Brewing Company. To the best of my knowledge, this is their flagship beer. But, I recall their IPA being a tad better.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color, not a very pale ale. Generous off-white head fades to a small but dense covering that leaves some lace behind.

Sweet, rich grainy malty smells, caramalts, toffee scents dominate, some light grassy and citrusy (orange) hops.

Tastes much as the smell led me to imagine. Sweet caramalts dominating the impression, but it is "dry" somewhat on the finish as the grassy and citrus hops pop in.

Pretty smooth, moderately carbonated medium bodied. Fairly drinkable, nothing special.

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Photo of rjp217
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Osiris9588
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a copper color. A one finger white head, slightly creamy, dissipating rapidly. Some bubbles lazily stream toward the surface.

The nose is of citrus, especailly grapefruit, spicy hops, malt, and a mild floral note. The taste consists of grapefruit, a little apple, bitter hops, and a malty, nutty, finish, leading into a bit of a phenolic aftertaste.

The mouth is rather light, showing decent complexity. Thought the aftertaste is a bit harsh and unpleasnt.

I've toured this brewery and really like some of their beers--this is by no means a bad beer and certainly quaffable, but I wish I liked it more. It's not the beer that I would want to give somebody and say, "this is what Columbus brewing is all about."

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Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red brew.

Smell is clean with a VERY! fresh hop scent. Smell is Very light except for the hops.

Taste is mostly hops with a very light malt taste. Very clean and dry flavor. Hops flavor is what is featured here. Could be more complex, but it is a simple clean tasting brew.

Mouthfeel is average.

Super drinkable, a clean mild brew that is very refreshing.

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Photo of genog
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap while out to dinner at Cameron's.

Poured into a pilsner glass. Poured a brown color, but not too dark could see through it. Very nice color for a pale ale. Surprising. A light khaki colored head stayed with the bottle.

Smell was lightly hoppy

Taste was very impressive for me. I got the light hoppy notes that were pleasant, as well as a smooth bitter finish with a trace of the malty goodness. My wife and I also noticed whisper of coffee in the middle of the senses received.

Mouthfeel was a nice smooth, lightly carbonated drink.

I had two of these at dinner. I would highly recommend this beer for pale ale fans!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draft at the Embassy Suites in Columbus. I always relish the opportunity to partake in locally brewed beer. Review from notes.

A: This beer has a mostly clear appearance and is a darker shade of orange. The beer has a massive head that leaves ample lacing throughout the glass.

S: The aromas are fairly subtle, with a subdued hop presence. Initially, I thought that perhaps the cold temperature of the beer may be masking the aromas, but all I could perceive was a subdued hop bill and faint traces of malt.

T: The beer tastes pretty decent, and is far more enjoyable than any of my other draft choices would have been. It is fairly well balanced and easy to drink, though there's really nothing about this beer that causes me to want another drink, other than the fact that I want to sit down and have a beer.

M: There is an astringent bitter note, most notably evident in the finish.

D: This was a pretty mediocre brew. I'm not too interested in another round. It was worth a try.

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Photo of crashdavisinoh
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy light amber/copper color with a nice head...good lacing

S-Citrus and malt are dominant..some hops...smells of their IPA

T-Very similar in taste to CBC IPA...w/o the hop explosion. A lot of citrus...malts...wheat flavors. Enjoyable.

M-Medium to light body...good medium carbonation

D-high...really easy to drink several

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Photo of jrallen34
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drink this on tap into a pilsner glass.

The beer is light clear brown with a small head, no great retention or lacing.

The aroma is hops with light flowers.

The taste is good, nothing great. Its highly drinkable with a solid mouthfeel. You mostly get hops throughout which is solid, just nothing complex and alluring to make you want to order another one.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Mtooman
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of nhirsch04
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of CRJMellor
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a highly viscous white head that leaves a sheen of lace on the pint glass.
Aroma of pale malts, grain and a some flowery bitterings.
Flavor of pale malts, some wheat bread and a hint of ginger as well as some flowery hop oils.
Mouthfeel as a real hard water hint throughout and some well placed bittering on the finish.
Drinkability is solid. Well-made beer but I imagine the draught version offers a truer sense of what this beer is really all about. The hard water taste and feel accentuates the hops and is only a little bit distracting.
Thanks to Chilidog for the samples.

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Photo of Rod_J
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BuckTuckian
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cracked this one open right after dinner. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/18/2010.
 
The pour was decent enough, nothing really jumping out at me as being terribly special but it seemed to hold its own. Nice medium amber in color with a good clarity to it that yielded the lovely carbonation as you worked your way down. A big head of foam rose up immediately and stayed on top for what seemed like forever before slowly creeping back down the sides of the glass. Nice light, and pleasant aroma followed suit. Hints of light hops, a touch of bready malts, again nothing earth shattering here, but it still came across as fairly decent. Light touch of almost a pear like fruit note towards the end of the session, but that may have been wishful thinking on my part. Up next we take a taste, but again it holds its own without being stunningly different in anyway. Light balanced hops and bready flavors offer a quick refreshing flavor and a light, well carbonated body. Good clean finish and a nice bit of a dry touch at the end.
 
Overall it was not bad and seemed to hold its own, but nothing really making stand out among the crowd.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Kubrickx
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BlueWinged35
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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