I bought about 7lbs of whole hops from a guy in Yakima, WA 3lbs of which were Columbus. He referred to them as "supers." He said they are 2009.
From what I've read their supposed to be pungent, but what kind of pungent.
I'm afraid what I'm smelling is cheesy, but I'm not sure.
They definitely don't smell like the 3.5lbs of Cascade. Much stronger, and they look a pale green.
I'm kind of concerned that they may be oxidized, but I don't have enough experience to know.
I would even send a sample to someone so that they can tell me if they are bad or not.
Please only offer to help if you are confident in your knowledge of hops. I know everyone would like to help but I need someone experienced.