Blowing off Steam! Widmer Columbia Common Spring Ale

Widmer Columbia Commons Spring Ale

Widmer Columbia Commons Spring Ale

Widmer Columbia Common Spring Ale (4.7% ABV, 32 IBU)

A Spring Ale? Hmm, don’t think I’ve drank one of these before. So I decided to get a six pack of Columbia Common Spring Ale (4.7% ABV, 32 IBU) brewed by Widmer Brothers from here in Portland. At first taste reminded me of a domestic lager even though it looked like and was called an ale.

The IBU nor the ABV were printed on the label, when I found them online I was not shocked that the numbers were on the low end. The beer is rather dull tasting and not crisp. It pours like a champ and the head is not bad. I had a hard time trying to figure out the smell because I feel like the taste the smell falls flat. When it comes to micros I tend to prefer tasty beers whether it be a “heavy” brew or not. However Columbia Common’s color confuses the drinker who maybe, like me, was expecting a flavorful palate pleasing beverage. Cheers.

About Juan J

Greetings from Portland, Oregon. My name is J. and I love to drink beer (I have the belly to prove it too!). I am the only West Coast blogger on this wonderful site. I am also by no means a pundit in the art of tasting and writing about good beer but just a regular dude who has grown to love craft and micro beer especially Oregon and West Coast beers and now I have the opportunity to blog about my likes and dislikes to anyone who wants to read my rants and raves. Portland is filled with good breweries and so is the rest of Oregon and the left coast. As I’ve grown older my taste preferences have also grown from boring and inexpensive domestics to tasty, calorie filled and 'spendy' micro adult beverages. I prefer India Pale Ales (IPAs) along with Amber Ales but any beer that makes my palate happy I'll bottoms up the son of a gun. Here’s one of my favorite quotes: “A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.” Cheers! 04/19/12

At the moment my favorite brews are/come from:

Hood River, Oregon's Full Sail Brewery (IPA)
Escondido, California's Stone Brewery (IPA)
Eugene, Oregon's Ninkasi Brewery (TG IPA)
Honorable mention:
Lahaina, Maui’s Maui Brewing Co. (Hi.P.Hay IPA)

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