badgerben (4868) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark golden color with a medium head that fades fast. Dry hoppy aroma with a little floral. Very nice flavor. It’s quite loaded with hops of the citrus and floral variety. The Columbus stands out grandly. It was dry hopped and that seems the likely culprit for the freshness of it. Pretty thick body. Damn fine.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh growler - Smeared peach. Medium dusty white moonscape sits atop. Keeps a solid layer always present and the lacing sticks across the glass in thin stringy sheets.
Aroma isn’t quite up to par with what the tap provided at the release, its not quite as bright and crisp out of the growler. On-tap was an instant 10. Big, bright, and cleanly hoppy. Still, its magnificently hoppy from the growler. The Columbus profile is standing tall, mostly resinuos, herbal, finely grated and twisted peels of lemon, lime, and orange are thrown in as is a touch of crisply saturated pineyness. Has a great toasty bright edge to it to boot.
Taste gives out the hops with a big surge of resinuos flavors with touches of herbs in the front and first applications of crispy toastyness. Blamm-o, it begins with the lips, sits on the tongue, and ends on the palate. Slides into some citric notions in the middle. Returns to a smokey resin filled grab of pine-sided, clean, bitterness which sits for a good portion of time before a bitteredly dry realm of herbs rebound back with a slight twist of lemon and orange pithyness and yet more resin. It gives and gives and gives. Memorable and eager to please with a great toasty backing. One fantastic ride of hop filled goodness. Yummy wowness!
Feel is well-balanced in a medium, quenchable body of toasty crisp hops and clean bitterness. The Columbus hops do their thing with this one. Quite resinous with great additions to citrusy piths and peels and pine. So remarkably clean and down right addicting. Hoops knows his hops. This will not disappoint the hopheads out there. Little Dog sits up with hops, rolls over with toastyness, and begs to be drank.