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Old 04-03-2009, 01:44 PM   #1
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could someone give a brief description of the columbus hop profile? I've heard it can be used in place of Centenial. But how is its flavor and aroma like? I've read that it is "pungent", but I'm not sure what it means to be pungent

I'm going to do a smash recipe using viena and columbus, with US-05 dry yeast. So tips on the hops are welcome

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Old 04-03-2009, 01:46 PM   #2
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I've never used them, but according to its website, Magic Hat's Spring IPA is made with columbus. It was a pretty good hop flavor. You might want to pick up a bottle if its available around you to try it out.
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Old 04-03-2009, 02:30 PM   #3
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Thanks! Sadly I can't find this beer around here, so I guess I'll have to go "into the unknow"

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Old 04-03-2009, 02:38 PM   #4
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I've not used Columbus, so no personal experience to offer, but his info is taken from the Wiki:

Columbus (Tomahawk)
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General Hop Characteristics
Country of Origin: USA
Noble: No
Uses: bittering
Beer styles: American ales and lagers, especially American IPAs and stouts
Substitutions: Centennial, Pacific Gem
Chemical Composition
Alpha Acids: 14-18 %
Beta Acids: 4.5-5.8 %
Cohumulone: 29-35 %
Myrcene: 25-45 %
Humulene: 15-25 %
Caryophyllene: 7-12 %
Farnesene: less than 1 %
Total Oil: 1.5-3.5 %

(%AA/6 M/20 C):
Growing Characteristics
Yield: very high
Harvest: mid to late season
This article discusses a specific variety of hops. For general information about selecting, using or propogating hops, see the main hop page

This high alpha acid bittering hop was developed from the Centennial hop by the HopUnion breeding program. It is a low-cohumulone hop which gives a clean but long-lasting bitterness to beer. It can also be used as a dry hop in larger American beers, such as Pliny the Elder by Russian River Brewing.

Tomahawk® is a registered trademark of Yakima Chief Ranches, LLC, under which they sell a hop believed to be identical to Columbus.

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Old 04-03-2009, 08:23 PM   #5
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if you can find anderson valley's 'hop ottin' IPA where you live, that's mostly columbus. it's a very resiny, 'dank' aroma and flavor (a lot of people actually make the marijuana comparison in terms of aroma). one of my favorites!

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Old 04-04-2009, 04:30 AM   #6
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I had the Sly Dog 113 IPA this afternoon. The brewmaster said he's been using Columbus because it was hard to get Centennial hops. It had a clear resin bitterness. I thought it was assertive enough to give a nice base bitterness to the IPA, but it wasn't abrasive.

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Old 04-04-2009, 04:41 AM   #7
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I've dry hopped IPA's with it. Strong earthy charecter. Don't over do this hop when flavoring. Not for a lager etc, but great for IPA's and stouts etc.

I really need to get some of this hop again.
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Old 04-04-2009, 11:48 AM   #8
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I made an "all Columbus" pale ale last year during the hops shortage. Two ounces in a five gallon batch, additions at various times throughout the boil. That beer smacked you right in the face before the first sip. Columbus hops really pack a wallop when used alone in that volume. It was a delicious but very challenging beer, for hop lovers only.
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Old 04-04-2009, 10:06 PM   #9
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Columbus Hops

I used Columbus in my last amber ale and found them to be quite profound, but pleasant at the same time. They do have a very strong flavor/aroma profile so don't overdo it, but I'm really a big fan of this hop in the right quantities and the right type of beer.
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Old 10-20-2010, 01:21 AM   #10
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Raising a thread from the dead, I just tapped an all Columbus IPA, and it is FANTASTIC! Big earthy, resiny hop flavor, very powerful. used about five ounces total, most where late additions, with a 1.5 o bittering charge on top of a 1.070 base. MM MM Good
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