Archive for the ‘Columbus Brewing Company’ Category

I flew back from Columbus the day before my birthday. I had a bunch of time to kill and ended up at one of the bars in my terminal. For those of you who haven’t been to Columbus Airport, it is relatively small compared to any airport in the New Jersey area. This flight also marked the many times I got pulled at security for a groin check. Since I didn’t fly much before this, I didn’t think it made sense to ask for a private room, but man, did they get personal. At least buy me a beer first?

columbuspale

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: The brewery website no longer has information about this beer on the website. I’m not sure if they stopped making it or what, but I’m glad I got to try it.

Random: This was the only other local brew they had when I flew out. Luckily, this changed since I ended up spending so much time going through this airport.

This beer poured with less than half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and orange in color. There was light carbonation visible, which was surprising for a pale ale. The nose was light and grassy and immediately went into sweet malt. The taste had notes of wet grass and bitter hops, but was quickly balanced out by caramel malt. I also picked up some orange rind after a few sips. The body was medium thickness with just enough carbonation. It had a quick, slightly sweet finish from the malt. This was a solid pale ale and one that I had no problem throwing back. It wasn’t bad for an airport beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

A day after we came back from vacation in South Carolina, I was back at the airport to head to Ohio for a multi-day business meeting. I had very limited experience with Ohio, having only driven through it once to go to Chicago, but little did I know that this would be the start of many trips that I would be making to Ohio in the very near future.

columbusipa

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pale orange, with grapefruit, pine, and tropical fruit aromas. India Pale Ales were originally brewed to withstand long ocean voyages by increasing the quantity of hops and malt used in their Pale Ale predecessors. Our take on IPA pours pale orange with a balanced malt presence and finishes with a combination of grapefruit, pine, and tropical fruit notes from Pacific Northwest grown hops.”

Random: This was one of the only craft beers available at the hotel bar.

This beer poured a half a finger of cream-colored head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, amber color with moderate carbonation visible. On the nose, I picked up a lot of grass, grapefruit pith, and very light malt with honey. The nose was just filled with juicy hops. The taste was bright up front with a lot of citrus hops. Initially, I got orange rind, grapefruit pith and tangelo. After a few sips, I picked up some apricot too. It transitioned into pine sap and then light grainy malt. The body was on the lighter side of medium with pleasant carbonation. The finish was lengthy with pine sap. I loved this beer, even though I overpaid for it at the hotel bar. I would highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

My home office is located in Ohio. I’ve been lucky enough to make some great friends with people who work there. One of them sent me and the lawyer a care package for Christmas that included a six-pack of this beer, which is local to them and honestly, I’ve never heard of. I was excited to give this one a try.

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ABV: 7.5%

Style: Winter Warmer

Trivia: According to the brewery, “England’s soggy, gray winters inspired brewers to make ales known as winter warmers. Ours is a blend of English Maris Otter malts, special caramel malts accented with hints of ginger and cinnamon. Best enjoyed in the company of family and friends.”

Random: The brewery only offers two-year round offerings, an IPA and a pale ale.

This brew poured with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a very cloudy amber color with lots of visible floaties in it. There was light carbonation visible as well. The nose was mild with some caramel notes and winter spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste had a more marked spice presence. Lots of cinnamon was present with nutmeg and clove. There was also a bit of malt with some peppercorn as well. There wasn’t any booze warming. The body was on the thick side with heavy carbonation. The finish was long and spicy. Although this brew didn’t pull any punches, it was a solid holiday offering that I would definitely have again. If you’re in Ohio around the holidays, give this one a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0