Single Hop Northwest Pale Ale (Columbus) | Bitter Root Brewing

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Single Hop Northwest Pale Ale (Columbus)Single Hop Northwest Pale Ale (Columbus)

Brewed by:
Bitter Root Brewing
Montana, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by woemad on 04-20-2014

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Photo of tempest
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Grabbed a cold 6er at Markus in Whitefish. Overall, it's a super solid pale ale. The aroma is rich and resinous with Columbus's mix of pungent fresh orange peel and floral notes. The flavor has more pine and spice, making a beer that's really more on par with a fine IPA. Very drinkable and very interesting. I'm glad I bought 6.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +1%

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a lightly hazy golden amber with a fine one finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of bready malt, citrus hops, mixed stone and tropical fruit, nicely hoppy. Flavor leans more towards piney, resinous hops with some grapefruit citrus. Malt is present, but in the background and fairly neutral. Light apple and tropical fruit juice. Resinous, high alpha finish with long lingering citrus bitterness. Medium bodied. A well hopped pale ale, really well overlapping into IPA territory. The hops are not complex, as expected from a single varietal, but flavorful enough to support the high alpha bitterness. I would have liked a bit more malt flavor support, but perhaps my expectations are not in line with a pale ale. Generously hoppy.

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Photo of elkinbrown
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LuauLarry
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BulletsNBeers
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simple excellence, especially if you don't want a beer that is overwhelming in any way. It is light and refreshing, a citrus delight!

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from ABV.

A hazy orange with a large, off-white head with good retention and lacing. The nose is nice and fruity, a blend of tropical fruit and melons, with pineapple, a little peach, some mango and a little bit of honeydew. Malt character is minimal on the nose. The haze seen does add a slight chewiness to the nose, a little bit of grittiness. The palate opens with a blend of juicy fruit, grit and a mild hop bitterness It seems that the brewers were going for a juicy New England IPA, and in that sense, they've hit their goal (kinda) - this is minimally bitter, very juicy and unfortunately, has the unpleasant flavors associated with the turbidity - the harshness, the rough texture and the lack of focus in the hop flavors. This becomes especially apparent towards the finish, where there are grassy flavors. All told, the fruit flavors from the hops are enjoyable. While I do wish there were a hint of the malt character for no other reason than terroir, given the effort the brewers have undertaken, this is nonetheless a solid IPA

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of casapy
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lobina
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a sixer in West jelleystone after a long day in the park catching lakers and cutts. This was by far the best of the Montana beers I tried this weekend. Worth a try.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

White foamy head with great retention and nice lacing. Brew is slightly less attractive due to heavy haze and murky light orange appearance.

Light, crisp, airy, and fruit forward. Lots of apple, apricot, crisp pine, lemon rind and earthy.

Awesome drinkability. Crisp, well-finishing, light carbonation, easy bitterness, nothing heavy or over done. Smooth and coy flavors. Pine is heavy, but not in a mind numbing sense. Dryness is more wet than dry. Drinks like a sessionable (4%) IPA, but it's not...

This is a kick ass brew. I wish I could get this in CO. Highly recommended for any level of IPA lover.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, light golden amber with a foamy white head. Solid retention and lacing. Aroma is light citrus and tropical fruit with some bread malt. Columbus hops gives it the citrus flavor, lemon and orange. A bit of spice and bitterness in the aftertaste. Still quite smooth and drinkable. A decent beer overall.

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4.71/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just a perfect pale for me. Might be the best pale I have ever had and one of the best beers period I've had.....

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Photo of sporklift87
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cfitterer
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hilgart1
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woemad
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane.

Poured a hazy yellowish gold color, with a creamy, bone-white head that hung around for a while and left sheets of lace on the sides of my Jones Radiator mug.

Strong aroma of grapefruity hops. I was afraid this would be one of those fruit juice bombs that so many people seem to dig, but it’s nicely restrained, though still quite hoppy smelling for a pale ale.

Like the aroma, the taste of this beer is dominated by the Columbus hops. They aren’t quite as strong as in the nose, but they are unquestionably the stars of the show. There is a malty backbone, but it mostly lies on the floor in a fetal position – it’s there but don’t put much faith on it coming to your rescue, should you object to the hops. Moderate zap to the palate at the swallow.

Medium bodied, good carbonation for the style. Oily mouthfeel, more like an IPA than a regular pale ale.

On the can, the claim is made that this beer is “ridiculously dry hopped.” That’s a fair statement. Because of the nature of single hop beers, I find it a tad one-dimensional, but the level of hopping makes this virtually an IPA, i.e. it may only be one hop, but they used a crapload of them! Quite drinkable for someone who doesn’t mind hops.

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Photo of hozersr
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of benloho
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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