Beers: As a bittering hop, Columbus often provides the bittering quality in Pale aleâ€™s of varying gravities.
To complement the tropical fruit flavors of Simcoe and Australian Galaxy, a small percentage of Columbus as a dry hop addition will provide pungency as counterpoint.
For Stouts and Barley wines, the high alpha varietal can knock down the total ounces of hops used in the former or a myriad of Imperial styles, reducing astringent and vegetal flavors introduced by large volumes of hops in the kettle. Creates a pleasing citrusy aroma along with pungent flavors and aromas.
Peppery notes from Columbus bittering additions blends well with Rye in Dark beers with a small amount of Chocolate Rye and a total of 25% rye in the grist.