Thanks to the man, Alex, for sharing this growler the other night! Columbus Pale Ale has a light golden body with zero haziness and good clarity. The clean white head rose to three fingers without a problem and as it slooowly settled took on that meringue-like look with tall sticky peaks. Even when the glass was finished there was a dollop of head left at the bottom of the glass. Sticky lacing clings all down the walls. This is an impressive looking pale ale.
I tasted this at a recent beer fest and each smell I took I was immediately hit with the aroma of freshly grated parmesan. This growler was no different, there's a ton of cheesy parmesan that segues into an herbal dankiness with underlying hints of orange oils and soft tropical fruitiness. The pale malt base is tough to pull out but shows the characteristics of light sugar cookies. This is one hell of a complex and deep smelling pale ale.
If there was ever nose that perfectly mimicked the flavor, this is it. Parmesan cheesy hoppiness leads into the dense herbal dankiness. The hop onslaught is relentless and right up my alley. Soft orange oil and tropical fruitiness stick around in the back and have a hard time showing themselves more thanks to the huge hop bitterness. The pale malt is nowhere to be found. The first half glass I drank of this was a 4.5, no problem. As I kept drinking the cheesiness started to drag on me a little bit.
The body is moderate with a moderate carbonation that has a soft feel on the tongue. The hops are absolutely tongue numbing, enamel eating, slap in the gums bitter. This is one of the bitterest beers I have had in awhile and the slightly dry finish keeps the bitterness going.
This beer flows fast but the sheer tastebud sheering bitterness makes tasting anything afterwards a chore. The cheesiness wore on me a little as well but not near enough for me to discount the sheer drinkability.
Columbus Pale Ale is one hop monster of a beer; the hop profile is super complex as well. I really was blown away by the immense, but easy drinking, hoppiness. I'd love to come across another growler of this down the road. Thanks again for taste, Alex!
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