Columbus Cousin Eddie | Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Adamostella on 12-04-2011

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Wow . . . This beer will warm your hands ! Honestly, I'm not surprised how delicious and well made this beer is. I try not to be a homer but CBC really makes that a very difficult hurdle to jump. I mean, seriously . . . every beer these guys brew is always a solid, well crafted example of the style. Stouts, ipa's, strong ales . . . It doesn't stop. Now, this Cousin Eddie pours a seductive ruby color. The appearance of this beer is right up there with the likes of Nugget Nectar. The aromas are everything an American strong ale should be along with festive notes of cinnamon, nutmeg as well as a touch of Peppermint and or candy cane. Flavors follow suit with the above mentioned aromas. However, as this beer begins to warm your bones it also produces a cooling mouth feel that is similar to eating a peppermint patty. All the same time it assaults your taste buds with spicy hops. It really is quite original and enjoyable.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cousin Eddie is the final release in the 2011 Hop Odyssey series.

It pours a very deep copper color. It’s a bit hazy. When held to light, it has a reddish tint and nice crimson highlights. A caramel tan colored head tops it off and rises to about a finger in heights. It recedes to a surface covering rather slowly and holds firm there. Lacing was sticky and moderate in volume. Nicely done.

The nose is impressive. It starts out with a sweet caramel malt scent. No doubt about the base. Hops waste no time jumping into the mix. It’s my understanding that 13 different hop varieties were used. The profile certainly features a host of different scents. The strongest are pine and citrus notes of grapefruit and orange. But, there are also grassy, herbal, and floral notes. It’s quite the profile. Impressive. It smells sugary and sweet on the tail. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but is masked pretty well.

The flavor is excellent. Caramel malt strikes first. It provides a nice, sturdy backbone. It is sugary and sweet. Hops take over from there. They have an extremely vibrant flavor. There’s no doubt that it’s a diverse hop profile. It’s citrusy sweet, featuring grapefruit and pineapple flavors. Other flavors of pine, grass, and herbal notes follow. It’s definitely bitter, but it’s not too intense. It’s very well done. Works well with the malt base. Alcohol is slightly noticeable in flavor, but it’s not warm or hot. I was told the abv is about 8.5%. It wears that pretty well. Finishes sweet and hoppy.

Cousin Eddie has a medium body. Carbonation feels light and soft. It’s smooth and easy drinking. I won’t polish off the entire growler tonight, but it’s tempting to try.

Cousin Eddie does bear some resemblance to last year’s 12 Hops of Christmas. My understanding is that 13 varieties of hops were used this year and the abv in this year’s release is a tad lower. Cousin Eddie doesn’t taste much different (to the best of my recollection), but that’s a good thing. This is excellent beer that would satisfy any hophead. As far as style goes, it’s interesting. It might be an Imperial Red Ale, a DIPA, or an American Strong Ale. Any would work. Excellent stuff any way you slice it.

Important note – the price for a growler at the restaurant is dramatically lower this year. It’s $15 this year rather than $29. Excellent move. Well worth the purchase.

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Columbus Cousin Eddie from Columbus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 52 ratings
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