There are some things I deliberately do to improve my brewing. One of them is to occasionally brew a beer using only one type of hops to have a better idea of the flavor profile it can offer. This time it had to be Columbus, also known as Tomahawk.
As a dual-purpose hop, it contains alpha acids on the higher side at around 14.0 – 16.0%. When used for the flavor it’s supposed to give Earthy/Spicy notes. I’ve also read it can produce dank marijuana aroma, I guess that can be considered Earthy/Herbal.
For the base, I’ve used a 80/20 mix of Pilsner and Munich malts. I’m going for an APA style beer and without Munich, it would be a bit too light. Fermenting with Safale S-US5 for a cleaner yeast profile.
American-Style Pale Ale
- Volume 23 l
- OG 1.046
- FG 1.009
- IBU 51
- ABV 4.86 %
1 kgBarke Munich MaltGermany Weyermann
4 kgBarke Pilsner MaltGermany Weyermann
15 gColumbus | First Wort 60minUS
15 gColumbus | Boil 30minUS
20 gColumbus | Boil 10minUS
50 gColumbus | Dry Hop 5dUS
1 pkgUS-05 SafAleFermentis / SafAle
Taste and aroma reminding of pineapple,
Hazy golden, moderate haze, normal carbonation.
A bit of spicy coriander notes blending with slight hint of orange peel.
Earthy pine notes, also citrus. Very slight maltiness.
Moderately light and crisp. Starts citrusy with sweet malt notes and finishes bitter. Balances more on the bitter side.
Pretty drinkable, not too crazy with hop aroma/taste but also not bland and neutral. Columbus hops have their specific properties that might not be to everyone’s liking, but in moderate amounts, it results in a pleasant balanced overall taste.