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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Specially kilned Crystal malt and a generous portion of American cascade hops are used for a refreshing, spicy aroma, and a long, dry finish. Great with food, it’s big, bold, and bittersweet. Named best beer in Ohio and winner of a Bronze Medal in the World Beer Championships. Four Stars-Great Lakes Beer Guide.

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4.6
cartel99 (19) - Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2001
Simply put, this is a wonderful Pale Ale. It has a flowery hop aroma and a sharp, clean taste. If you're ever in Columbus, don't pass up one of these.

4.6
daliles99 (6) - USA - SEP 11, 2001 does not count
I have to agree definitely one of the better pale ales out there............

4.6
mmilholen (4) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2010 does not count
Pours a bright golden color. Aroma is incredible -- extraordinarily grapefruit like. I left a little in the glass and in the morning my kitchen smelled like citrus! Malty -- nice caramel sweetness rolls into a balanced hop explosion of grapefruit and floral bitterness. Wonderful beer. Among the best pale ales I have ever had. I put this in my top 5 American beers.

4.4
tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 27, 2006
bottled. Lovely rich amber, crystal clear with dense head. Nice caramel and vienna malt aroma, subtle citrusy ester aroma. Great clean malt taste with rich caramel and vienna following through from the nose. Moderate carbonation makes for a smooth finish with firm bitterness. Thoroughly enjoyable.

4.3
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUN 10, 2002
Had a few bottles of this tonight after sex (who needs cigarettes?). This brew pours a clear ruddy orange. The large off-white head is creamy, tight and fully lasting (like the woman I just finished pulling out of). The lacing is fair. The fresh aroma (I love these non-pasteurized brews) is sweet caramel and toasted malt, citrus, and spice (sweet peppery grapefruit). The well balanced flavor has plenty of complexity. It starts sweet with a pleasant sour middle, and a long bitter finish (a great representative of the style). Acidity is kept to a minimum. The medium body is dry and lively with a very clean finish. Excellent!! It doesn’t hurt that I’m a huge fan of APA’s. It’s hard to believe something this good is brewed right up the road. I need to visit their brewpub VERY soon!

4.3
CBCPaleAle (73) - Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2004 As the user name implies, I’m quite a fan of this beer. However, it is mostly for sentimental reasons. As a student at OSU this was the local beer that nudged me away from kegs of Natti Light every weekend. Yes, it is light on the hops, but the overall package is very pleasing. Much better on tap than in the bottle.

4.3
alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Pours a dark amber color with a decent head that fizzled away after a few minutes. Smells of sweet malt, fruit and Flowery hops. Nice bitter hop bite, I can dig this beer. Full of hops and sweet malt, but mostly hops. If your not a fan of hops you won’t like this. For me the more bitter the better. GO BUCKS! BEAT MICHIGAN!

4.1
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
This is probably the most popular local beer to get on tap in various bars. It's a shame they lost one of their brewers, Vince Falcone, to Elevator Brewing, then he left there. Medium copper color with a white head. Aroma of malt and some citrus. Nice finish to it.

4.1
nathan30533 (1020) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Good pale ale from CBC. Good hop taste and aroma. Good pour with nice color and little lacing. Enjoyable brew.

4.1
superspak (5880) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2016
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/1/2016. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey/caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt/fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey/caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus peel/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, lemon/orange peel, pine, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt/fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors lingering after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/sticky, fairly creamy/grainy, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is an excellent pale ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. Very vibrant and pretty juicy on hop/yeast flavors; with a solid malt backbone that never feels too sweet. A very enjoyable offering.


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