Ration Type: Supper - Columbus Single Varietal Ale
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Ration Type:  Supper - Columbus Single Varietal AleRation Type:  Supper - Columbus Single Varietal Ale
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American IPA
3.66 | pDev: 9.56%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Ration Type:  Supper - Columbus Single Varietal AleRation Type:  Supper - Columbus Single Varietal Ale
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Photo of classixIII
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very nice dark orange with a half finger of foam that stayed for awhile and hung some lace the whole way down. Interesting hoppy, citrus aroma with yeast in the background. Crisp taste, orange, pine, some sweetness with a lingering bitterness. Decent.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another recent score out of the singles cooler at Country Garden Six Pack here in Lancaster.

From the bottle: "Brewed with 1 Variety of Hops and 1 Type of Malt".

I Pop!ped the cap and commenced a gentle pour given its possible age. Once again, it was not a necessary effort as it still resulted in two fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a grassy, hoppy quality with the malt beginning to assert itself. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was oddly astringent, kind of like putting a hop pellet on my tongue and allowing it to dissolve, which is something that I have done before. I have wondered about these single-hop varietals in the past and here is another one that leaves me shaking my head. It may seem like a good idea on the face of it, but the execution proves that some hops work better in conjunction with other hops. The finish was dry, but in a dry, dusty way that I did not find to be terribly pleasant and I consider myself to be a hophead. May you enjoy it more than I did!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a bright and clear golden orange color with a small creamy white head that retains forever, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- lots of fresh leafy hop aromas complimented by some herbal, spicy,minty and citrusy highlights. Subtle, but sweet malt aroma to close it out

T- leafy hop flavors follow the nose with some spicy herbal undertones, orange citrus with some raw earthy notes, toasted cracker and bready malt finish

M- medium body with moderate low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- one of the better SMASH beers that I've experienced, and at less than 5% ABV, it's loaded with flavor. I would buy this regularly as a session beer if available.

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Photo of MrBoh
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The third and final variety in what has been a fun expedition.

Poured vigorously to stimulate the head, and I got close to a finger of light tan, creamy looking head. Retention seems slightly better than the others.the creamy head leaves beautiful lacing. The beer itself is a bright amber, a bit opaque.

Pungent. Scent immediately finds its way to the nose once poured. A bit herbal and citrusy from afar, enticing me to get close. upon further examination, it's very earthy and a bit citrusy and herbal. There is some sweet buttery doughy scent that comes in near the end and tries to stick around for a while. Bitter, sweet and a bit dessert like.

The citrus is less present in the taste, it's just a wonderful canvas of earthy herbal greatness, with a kiss of a clementine sweetness at the end. Malt flavor, for better or worse, is more hidden in this one. But there is a bit of a buttery biscuit flavor. Simple, balanced hop flavor, just missing a bit of malt character.

Despite appearing to have more carbonation, it is felt so much less. Instead the beer comes in with a medium light body and tends to just linger with almost no stimulation. Not as oily as the other two, just a bit chewy but mostly flat . I may be crazy for thinking the mouthfeel was much different from the other two, but what I do know is, it just doesn't work as well.

Good beer, and at least almost as good as the other two in the pack. It could have done better with a fresher kick, more of a malt backbone to balance the hops, and a better feel in the mouth. Still, this beer, and the C-Ration 12 pack, are winners in my book

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

LOOK: Deep golden color, white head, good retention. Lace sticks to the glass.

AROMA: Fresh, leafy, minty, herbal.

TASTE: In the taste, earthy, raw bitterness and a slight unripe orange citrus note. Light spice from the hop similar to white pepper.

FEEL: Medium bodied, light crisp, well carbonated. Lingering hop flavor, sticks with you.

OVERALL: A nice highlight of the Columbus hop. Not only for aroma, this bad boy does a good job bringing bitterness and flavor to the party. Raw, flavorful, just about right.

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Photo of Omnium
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is the same on all of these clear yellow gold with a half a finger of fizzy white head, medium lacing.
Aroma is minimal, some spicy hop resin, earthy, pine.
Flavor is bread and cracker malt, which I assume this will stay true for the other two. Very bitter, pine, a little grapefruit, peppery spicy hop bite.
Feel is on the thin side, and a lingering bitterness.

Not bad, I dont know why Columbus was picked over citra.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours a thick, frothy head with great retention. Really nice hop aroma; pine with a touch of sweet citrus. Clear, copper-red color. Starts with a startling bitterness; huge notes of citrus rind bitterness and pine behind that. A bit of floral hop comes through into the finish.

Not bad. A great showcase of the Columbus hop, which I find to be wonderful smelling, but not a flavor I'm a fan of.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant orange with a slight chill haze. Creamy head of tan foam that lasted well enough. This one has a depth to the hue that I liked very much. Bubbles clinging to the glass in a ring and slippery wet lace sliding down as I tip the glass. The nose is orange. There is a minty backnote to this that is fresh. There is an all over herbal that is also very fresh smelling. Some sweet and woody earth. The malt on the nose is but a promise of a dry cracker. taste is crisp and very orange. Juice peel and pith. The earthiness of these hops struggles for dominance and wins as the drink takes hold. There's a bit of spice. The freshness of the orange and it's juicy aspects keeps this drink alive. The finish is spicy and the malt is a dry cracker. Clear flavor that is well defined. Small bite from carbonation in this one gives it a tingling on the tongue. Small touch fo caramel comes forward in the malt as it warms. The bitter is there but it's very gentle and almost lackluster. Then as you drink you notice that accumulating a little.

I don't think this has the abv or the flavor to be considered an IPA. This is another pale ale.

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Photo of Kendo
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is clear coppery amber with a small whitish head.

S: Modest citrusy hops over some brown sugary malt. Faint hint of pine needles.

T: Mild caramel malt is followed up by a citrusy, earthy hops. Finishes on the sweet side, but lingering on the back of the palate is some hop bitterness.

M: Medium in heft, slightly slick in feel.

O: Solid, but nothing earth-shattering.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Picked up these ration beers mixed and matched in a six pack for $12.99. Into a pint glass,

A - Beautiful amber brown not as light as a session usually is. Head is a 1/2 an inch of head that sticks around for quite a while.
S - Aromatic but timid with a nice hop zest mostly fruity rather than whole cone bitterness.
T - Hoppy with some lingering bitterness Columbus hops seems to be well represented. Tasty and balanced with malt sweetness.
M - Not as light as say a lager it drinks like a IPA. Quite good.

Overall I don't want to boast since I usually shy away from these "session IPA's" but this is a great beer. Not sure if I would get it again though.

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Ration Type: Supper - Columbus Single Varietal Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 70 ratings