Columbus Buck Creek Brown Ale | Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by prototypic on 06-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Spider889
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from some old notes I dug up.

Had on tap at Mad Mex late July I believe. On the menu is was listed as "Columbus India Brown Ale" so I came into this with a slightly better idea of what to expect than some of the other reviewers.

Had out on the patio at night so lighting was poor, but looked a very dark mahogany/walnut, fairly murky with a nice off-white head. Left pretty good lacing down my glass.

Smelled really hoppy, loads of fresh whole hop flowers. Fragrant and sweet, fruity - lots of tart citrussy grapefruit and some pineapple. Some roasty malt hidden underneath.

Definitely a hoppy brew, this is closer to a black IPA in flavor due to the massive hop presance and bitterness. Actually the malts come through well towards the finish though, dark bready, roasted malts. Much maltier than any black IPA I've had... which is good. If you're selling a malty, hoppy beer I want to taste the full spectrum.

Drank well, but my "big azz" 32oz draft was enough for the evening. Glad I had a chance to enoy this brew and hope to see it again!

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass at the brewpub on 6/7/10

Hmm...this is an unconventional looking ale. It's actually brown, even once settled in the glass. Fairly dark, though you can still see cloudiness & how dense it is. Downright murky, I'd say. Pond-water brown with some sediment in the bottom of the glass; definitely unfiltered. It's more of a dull (not in a bad way), matte brown. Poured a 1/2 inch of tan foam that skimmed out quickly. Pretty good lacing despite minimal retention.

Keeping with the now-classic Hop Odyssey tradition this brown ale is loaded with citrus hops. Densely tropical, the aroma calls to mind IPA & Creeper. Lots of grapefruit with some tangerine, pineapple & orange zest filling it out. Malts don't seem overly appreciable; just a dry toastiness with a mild notion of brown sugar & a notable nuttiness. Hints of spices; I'm wondering if a little rye is going on here. The aroma is a tad surprising for the style but not for CBC.

As I've come to expect from CBC beers with the above kind of aroma, the tongue is immediately awash in citric hops galore - zesty grapefruit comes through the most with a tropical medley following. Also apparent off the rip are bold pine notes that provide a nice bitterness. The citrus notes seem more muddled than usual; possibly a result a malt bill more assertive than usual (possibly even menacing). Very dry & spicy; notes of toasted bread (still wondering about the rye). Not really sweet at all. Nutty undertones.

Medium-full bodied with plenty heft. Carbonation is in full force - lively prickliness accents the bitterness & spice. Slightly waxy with a spot of grittiness. The finish is wrought with residuals: dry pine, tropical fruit & toasted bread. The first few sips had a weird aftertaste, as if the flavors didn't completely gel on the finish. While I'd say the finish isn't the strongest suit of the beer, said aftertaste tapers of considerably.

You know, it's pretty good. Definitely not lacking hops, it fits the Hop Odyssey perfectly. I don't know what, if any, liberties CBC took when brewing this beer, as it smell & tastes like one of their own. In any case, I'm glad they gave homebrewers a chance to shine with June's release. I didn't get a chance to revisit this beer (like I had planned) to see if it settled into itself at all. My hand-written review ends with "Give it a try." Unfortunately it's long gone by now. I need to get on the ball typing up these things.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this while at Bodega.

A- Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a nice foamy tannish colored head. Head has good retention and leaves some spotty lacing here and there.

S- The waitress at first brought me CBC's IPA and then realized she brought the wrong beer for me. So it was pretty cool to have the IPA and the India Brown side by side. Hop wise its very close in smell. Hops rule the smell on this one but there is some roasted malts, coffee and a bit of nutty flavours.

T- Again this one follows the nose really well. Again hop foward but the "browns" in this one add some complex flavours and balance.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and good carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink. Also this one came from a home brew competion which I think is pretty cool too.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Already half way through the Hop Odyssey series. This month's is the winner of a homebrew competition.

A- The head formation and retention are both pretty strong on this beer. I got a 3 finger tall, light tan fluffy head in my perfect pint. It eventually fades to a gravelly sheet. Minor wisps of lacing. The beer is brown (duh). Its a chocolatey, muddy brown. Some light passes through at the thin parts of the glass and creates some rusty, murky highlights. This beer looks very "dirty" and muddy.

S- Definitely a little bit different from what I expected from a brown ale. Hops dominate. It has lots of IPA notes. Sweet citrus, pine, grapefruit and some spice (cinnamon?). Under the IPA style hoppiness is some smells you would expect from a brown. Cinnamony spice, light chocolate and coffee, a touch of milk.

T- Upon first sip I was a little surprised at how sweet and citrusy it starts out. Loads of pineapple, grapefruit, oranges and even peaches hit on the tip of the tongue right off the bat. It gives way to some spiciness, toasty malts and a finish laden with pine that grips the sides of the tongue with a lingering bitterness.

M- Quite thin. Carbonation is low and very soft. The beer goes down very very easily. It finishes with a very moderate and understated pine bitterness that is very easy to handle.

D- Highly drinkable. The light body makes it go down super easy and it doesnt sit on the stomach like a heavy stout or something.

A really nice hoppy brown. I really enjoy how this beer maintains a light, vibrant hoppy character and flavor while remaining a fairly dark and roasty beer.

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Photo of prototypic
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hop Odyssey #6 - an 'India Brown Ale' that won the homebrew contest.

Buck Creek Brown Ale pours a dark, chocolaty brown color. It's extremely hazy, and very little light cuts through. It's topped with a sudsy tan head that stands about two fingers tall. It recedes fairly quickly, leaving a sticky web of lace trailing down the glass.

The nose is very good. It's certainly hop-forward in a very Columbus IPA sort of way. The hops feature strong grapefruit and pineapple scents. A strong dose of pine is present, as well. Smells just like the Columbus IPA hop profile, whatever that may be. In terms of the malts, it's interesting. That aspect seems to run a far distant second here to the hops. There's a little bit of roasted barley, caramel, a little chocolate, and even a hint of coffee. But hops clearly carry the day. That's okay by me. Alcohol is blended well and is largely not noticeable.

The flavor virtually mirrors the nose. The hop force is damn strong with this one. The hop flavor reminds me a lot of Columbus IPA. White grapefruit, pineapple, and orange flavors are all noticeable. Pine may be a little less strong here, but not by much. It has a nice, bitter edge. Good stuff. The malty base takes just a little edge off the hops, but it's still full of hop flavor and bitterness. In terms of malt flavors there's a little chocolate and caramel. It's not very sweet though. Roasted barley and coffee seem to rival the malty flavors, if not exceed them. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all. Finishes bitter and dry. Good stuff.

Buck Creek has a medium body that feels nice and smooth. Carbonation seems active, but not buzzy. It goes down nice and easy. Drinkability is very high. Buck Creek is good stuff. I'm not liking my chances vs. the entire growler tonight, but it won't last through tomorrow. I'm really enjoying this.

Buck Creek Brown Ale was described to me as an 'India Brown Ale.' Personally, I believe it's more IPA than Brown Ale, but I'll go with a hopped up brown ale. That works for me. If you're looking for more of a brown malty flavored beer, look elsewhere. Hops are what this one is all about. They're clearly the focal point. In terms of style, maybe it's a little novel, but it sure is tasty. I really enjoyed this. Get it while you can.

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Columbus Buck Creek Brown Ale from Columbus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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