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Columbia hops have a rich history that traces back to the 1960s in Corvallis, Oregon. Selected as a descendant of Fuggle, Columbia shares its lineage with the renowned Willamette hop. Interestingly, Budweiser played a role in the development of this hop, but they eventually chose to proceed with Willamette, leaving Columbia available for other brewers. Although commercial production of Columbia was halted in the 1980s, the hop made a comeback in 2011, thanks to its unique flavor profile that caught the attention of craft brewers.
The Columbia hop is recognized as a dual-purpose hop, suitable for various stages of the brewing process. Its aroma is reminiscent of Chinook but is milder in intensity. The hop imparts crisp pineapple and bright lemon-citrus notes, making it a favorite among brewers aiming for a pungent kick of hoppiness with a citrusy twist. Columbia has found its place in the craft beer world, especially in lighter beer styles that require a crisp finish. It's also versatile enough to be used in Ambers, Porters, and Stouts.