ryanfolty (2604) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Date: November 12, 2011 Mode: Draft Source: Town Hall Taps
Translucent amber with some head, toasted malt with a slight bitter finish, some carbonation. BVery (11361) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Tap at Town Hall Tap. Rich amber pour with a nice white head and decent lacing. Citrus hop aroma with a touch of caramel malt. Smooth palate with a touch of carbonation. Taste is hop forward - citrus and some pine. Well balanced. Great brew. esjaygee (3906) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2011
On tap at Town Hall as Columbus Red, but descriptions are pretty spot on with what I had so here it rates. Red with a creamy tan head. Slightly dank aroma is piney and resinous with some citrus and sweet malt. Taste is nice and hoppy with pine, citrus, light fruit, caramel and a touch of sulfur. Middle-of-the-road bitterness on this tasty quaff. Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 Had on tap at Town Hall Monday August 3. Figured I would get my review up now that this is no longer listed as retired.
A: A good-sized white head with plenty of lacing as it goes down, although given how good this was, that didn’t take very long. Color was a pale orange that was transparent with some apparent carbonation.
S: One of the best-smelling brews that I have ever encountered. If you want to get a feel for Columbus hops, simply take a single whiff of this one. Plenty of citrus/orange smell going on, with a little bit of a tropical vibe as well.
T: Lots and lots of Columbus hops with the taste much like the nose--lots of citrus with mainly orange and grapefruit. Slightly bitter, more so than your typical APA but not as much as the Masala.
M: Fantastic. Very clean with the perfect amount of carbonation. No alcohol feel and it goes down quite cleanly. Overall, the body is thinnish--though not too thin, as the body is perfect for enhancing this ones drinkability.
D: Hands down the best APA that I have ever encountered, putting al others in the style to shame. And, at least for this sitting, I thought Columbus Pale Ale had also upstaged Masala, which should be quite the endorsement.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 08-24-2009 arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Poured golden with stark white head, aroma is juicy piny hops. Taste is almost like chewing on hops, huge resiny piny start with a furious hop bitterness finishing it out. Hoppy, and delicious!
islay (3003) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2009
16 oz. pour, on tap at the brewpub on 9-13-09. Excellent, citrus-fruity smell. Very strong and appetizing aroma. Smells of grapefruit, orange, triple sec, and pastry (fruit danish). Pours a hazy, deep gold. Moderate amount of thick, nearly white, sticky head. Good lacing. Hops dominate the flavor: Citrus, some pine. Finishes dry. Very hoppy with a touch of cream (but definitely not diacetyl) . Nice, subtle sweetness. Long, quite dry, lightly bitter finish/aftertaste. Medium body. Fluffy in the palate. Lively, sharp, and crisp in the palate; almost lager-like. Columbus Pale Ale is a surprisingly good beer. It really hit the spot. DalzAle (2038) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Pint poured from the growler I picked up yesterday. Clear orange/yellow pour, very little carbonation and an aroma of plenty of rich hops. Flavor is plenty of syrupy hops, flowers and finished with strong pine bitterness. As a hop lover, I absolutely loved this one. No doubt that this growler will be gone tonight! auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Aroma has an insane piney dankness. This is just volatile with pure c-hop glory. Resin, resin, resin stinky. Sticky icky. Pours a darker golden, lightly hazy, with a frothy, well-lacing clean white head. Flavor is just as insane as the aroma in terms of pan-profile hopiness. Covers hop additions well, with pure, unadultered, rich Columbus profusion through aroma, flavor, and bitterness. I find the bitterness a little unbalanced and coarse, and there was some sticky resinous character that made it almost a little too sweet. I think I would have liked more carbonation and lightness, especially for a Pale Ale. Easily the most distressing aspect of this beer is that hops eventually taste like wheatgrass in a blender. Ends vegetal, planty, and harsh. I can just feel the pulverized hop pieces in my mouth. I’m guessing pellets played a heavy hand, and for that, I have more respect for whole hops. Maybe not as deft, delicate, and respectful of the variety as it could of been, but damn good at amping up the hop profile at all levels.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2009
At TH this afternoon. Pint a hazed copper with some lace. The nose and flavor are solid fresh hops with some malty notes to hold it up. The palate is nice and mouth filling. Overall, a great pint. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Cask version. I was a little disappointed in this beer, especially after seeing that the folks at BA have this brew as the #1 American Pale Ale in the world, by virtue of it’s pushed version. The cask version is a little too subtly mellow. Heavy hop, citrus, perfumy hop aroma. Dark amber orange color that is cloudy. Small, off-white head with excellent lace that coats the glass. Moderately bitter with a short finish. Unfortunately, I’ll have to wait a year before the pushed version is available again.