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Old 07-07-2012, 11:18 PM   #21
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I like it. I'd call it resinous and piney, and unforgivingly bitter. I can see how it might be a challenge for some, particularly lupulophobes east of the Rockies.

IIRC, Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA is primarily hopped with Columbus -- or used to be.



 
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:09 AM   #22
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I used up the last of my Simco and Amarillo a few weeks ago in a DFG 60 clone, so I am trying to come up with a more common variety to dry hop with. Split a cream ale into 3 batches and dry hopped one with Columbus, another with Chinook, and the third with Willamette. This was bottled today. Tasting the hydrometer samples, the Columbus was not good, the Chinook was OK, and the Willamette was pretty good. All three had Willamette for the 60 min and 30 min hop additions. I will let you know how they turned out in a few weeks.
Just wanted to follow up on this. Surprisingly, after bottle conditioning, I thought the batch dry hopped with Columbus was the best. A very deep hop taste. The Chinook was good, a little brighter in taste. The Willamette had very little additional hop character, but made a great BMC.

I have another 3 container primary Cream Ale going now. Tempted to dry hop all three with Columbus.



 
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:21 AM   #23
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Pliny has a lot of Columbus in boil and dry hop. It's one of the best DIPAs on the planet. I love Columbus personally. Even in dry hop.
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:33 AM   #24
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To get a good impression of Columbus as a dry hop, try some Deviant Dale's IPA.

It is like being hit with a 2X4 made of Columbus hops.

As mentioned earlier in this thread, it is piney and resinous. It also blends very well with citrus leaning hops. Try it with Cascade, Centennial or any of the New Zealand hops.

I am presently drinking an IPA made with Columbus and Zythos hop blend. OUTSTANDING!!

 
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:22 AM   #25
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I generally like Columbus, I don't like how it's grouped as CTZ, Columbus to me does not taste the same as Zeus.
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:18 PM   #26
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I generally like Columbus, I don't like how it's grouped as CTZ, Columbus to me does not taste the same as Zeus.
Genetically, Columbus, Zeus and Tomahawk are identical. The flavor differences are terroir, or where they're grown. Even different batches of any one of them differ based on location. Columbus _may_ be more consistent since it's a proprietary version that's only grown on one farm.
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:31 PM   #27
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I want to update that after some aging in the bottles columbus is not that bad, im not gona use it for dry hopping but i can see that there is something in its flavor that ppl may like, i even made dipa again with columbus but only for bittering additions, samples tasted nice

 
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:17 PM   #28
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Pliny has a lot of Columbus in boil and dry hop. It's one of the best DIPAs on the planet. I love Columbus personally. Even in dry hop.
Recently brewed PTE and like the "dank" Columbus and Simcoe bring. Should be interesting.

 
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:53 PM   #29
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Favorite dry hop. I dunno if it's because of the pungent, piney goodness and depth, or maybe it takes me back to some earlier times- as a dry up it smells like a danky, resinous, fresh new bag of................................................ ....................hops, of course.

 
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:27 PM   #30
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I love columbus in a pale ale or IPA - and complements rye beers well like Denny mentioned before. I have an amber rye that is 100% columbus and its great.



 
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