Columbus Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Columbus Single Hop IPAColumbus Single Hop IPA

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: gford217 on 06-14-2011)
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a tulip glass (yeah ... I use these glasses a lot. They transfer aromas very well). The last of the Mikkeller single hop IPAs lurking in my fridge and what a ride its been. This one has the tell take look, a ruddy brown amber color with a gorgeous frothy beige head that just sits there like a snow cone or something. Unusually intricate lacing left on glass. The gaudy head gives way fairly quickly and we get an aroma featuring caramel and raisin malt notes front and center but accompanied by a developing hop spice, fruity and dank with some brown spice and citrus accents. Of all of these brews I have tried to date, this one may indeed strike the best malt-hops balance. There is an assertive spicy resin character throughout, tobacco, red berries and Dr. Pepper-like botanicals lurking in the background along with some low key yellow and pink grapefruit rinds and a medicinal gin-like vibe that stops well short of aggressive pine. The malts are sweet and juicy, some toffee and a whiff of chocolate (!) providing a perfect foil to the oily spiciness from the Columbus. Pleasantly chewy body and low key carbonation. A major citrus iced tea flavor comes on strong late. I have known single hop Columbus brews to come off far more medicinal and bitter than this, which certainly tingles the palate but reigns in most of the excesses in favor of a very smooth, flavorsome yet refined approach.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint a deep rich burnt orange with a tight formed one finger white head that left multiple broken rings of lace behind as it settled into a frothy mass,great rich color.Wow caramel malt plays a big role in the nose (on the palate as well),to me its bigger than the tropical fruit hop profile,its not bad it just seems a bit out of whack.Caramel/biscuit malt mixed with that tropical fuit hop flavor,not bitter but more rounded hop flavors.Its not a bad beer but it seems the Columbus hops are a little under utilized,in my opinion.

Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of orange and biscuit malt, like I expect from an American IPA. The flavor is also very nice. I get a lot of orange citrus from the hops, as well as a little bit of grass and some resinous pine. Biscuit malt is also present and keeps the bitterness low even though the hop flavor is high. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jbphoto88
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't tell you how happy I am that Mikkeller has done this series of brews. The columbus is a dull hazed orange beer with a by aggressive head right off the pour. The foam cap is three inches tall and a solid khaki mix of big and little bubbles. It fades slowly leaving peaks and valleys that look like a delicious cloudscape from above.

Those giant gobs of foam give the scent of earthy yet tropical fruit like pineapple and sweet juicy fruit gum. Distant is a malt backbone combined with a hint of pine resin.

One can only learn from the various flavors of these single hopped recipes. The taste as expected is simple and very one sided, in a good way. There are no conflicting flavors of hops to distract and the malt balance is a subtle but nice touch. The Columbus version is sweet and like the nose tropical yet earthy. Not very citrus oriented but leaning more towards pineapple with a breath of pine. The aftertaste is a roller coaster drop into an ever building bitterness that is both bitter and slightly sour. A caramelized malt is sweetly ever present and rebounds the finish.

Mouthfeel is a heavy dose of hop acid which isn't surprising given the high alphas associated with this hop. The beer seems to strip a few layers of enamel off your teeth but never gets too aggressive on the tongue. Aside from the pow of hop this beer is under carbonated for my taste but let's you really get a feel for this hop. I like the aggressive background of the Columbus and can see it used as a bittering hop in darker beers. The overall flavor is good but not as tasty and succulent on its own. This beer is a must try for any self respecting hop head.

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. What new worlds will I discover herein?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark golden amber hue, with three fingers of shiny dense puffy pale beige head, which leaves a nice stratus cloud layer of lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of citrus rind, soft pine resin, caramel cream, and a mild herbal tincture. The taste is bitter citrus pith, bready, somewhat biscuity malt, a touch of caramel taffee, some further perfumed, floral hoppiness, and a soft bit of alcohol warming.

The carbonation is a tad frothy, but generally behaves, the body a decent medium weight, and just a bit inelegant in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the bread-biscuit malt holding fast in the face of the slowly waning bitter, floral hop offset.

Another agreeable single-hop IPA experiment from Mikkeller - the bitter florals and minor citrus are well on display here.

Photo of Dawkins
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Buddha bar- pours a murky orange/wooden color with almost no head, retains a ring around the edge and modest rings of lacing.

Smell is certainly hoppy but also has a malt sweetness and resin that I find present in all mikkeller ipas. The hops smell a little like a forest.

Taste is also similar to other mikkeller ipas that I've had- a similar maltiness that almost taste of menthol. moderately bitter, forest-y hops. Nothing memorable about this one except that I don't like it.

Mouthfeel is fine- medium body, a good dose of resin, and finishes slightly sweet. Not a fan of this beer.

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cap numbered 8181103! Served from bottle into Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, citrus, citrus hop, and grapefruit hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, grapefruit, citrus hop, and grapefruit hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I went into this one not really expecting too much as most of the others I had prior were not so good. However, this one surprised me and was pretty tasty. The grapefruit character in this one definitely saved it for me for sure. Glad this showed up in both the flavor and aroma on this one. Definitely one of the better offerings in the series for sure.

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of oso
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of sammo
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of beersdmf17
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of The_Craft_Deviant_Rob
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to founder's tulip.

A - Medium orange/amber colour with one finger of thick, foamy off-white head.

S - Pine with some subdued floral and citrus notes.

T - A sharp and dry initial bitterness with pine, grass and floral notes and a very mild sweetness from the malts.

M - Medium body; light to moderate carbonation.

Photo of vandemonian
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at ChurchKey where they had 10+ Mikkeller single hop IPAs. It was interesting to taste the characteristics of this hop without interference from other hop types. This hop had awesome floral aroma with a light citric acid flavour.

A: Orange color and 3 mm head that fades to good lacing. 4

S Flowery; hoppy; sweet. 4.5

T: Acidic citric flavour. I can imagine this being nice when combined with other hops, but was a little too strong by itself. 3.5

M: Pretty thick and reasonably carbonated. 4

O: Lovely smell and a decent flavour. 3.5

Photo of DAllspaw
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Cask and Kitchen in London. I was very intrigued by the idea of single hop IPAs, since still a hop variety novice and just learning some of the nuances, so I jumped on the chance to try a fresh one, just tapped that afternoon.

Pours a dark amber/apricot in color, fairly clean and not very much head. The smell is heavy on the bitter citrus side for me, a bit of pine as well and you certainly get some biscuity malts in the nose and taste.

All in all a very pleasing beer, and with a very pleasant aftertaste and aroma memory that leaves me wanting to search it out.

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of enelson
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy copper in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a sizeable head covering the surface along with lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose—grapefruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but the hop flavors are a bit more complex with additional flavors of earthiness and spiciness. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although the hop aromas and flavors aren’t quite strong as some other IPAs, this is a very well balanced beer considering it is just made with a single variety of hops.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My last bottle from my recent Mikkeller Single Hop series stash. My bottle lists a 6.80% abv, rather than the 6.90% abv listed on BeerAdvocate. Looking forward to this one, considering my positive experiences with the rest (except for the Mikkeller Citra most recently).

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours about three fingers of fluffy creamy khaki head on top of a dark burnt sienna orange colored body. Some yeast sediment visible. Nice thin fluffy ribbons of lacing on the glass.

S - Smell is more subdued than many of the others, but still carries a lot of the same smells. Sweet bready caramel malts, some tea leaves, some grapefruit, pine, vanilla, earthy wood character.

T - Taste is more subdued than a lot of the others also. Some sweet green apple, earth, caramel malt. Very bready. Very bitter, with the most theoretical IBUs out of the lot of these I bought (114 IBU).

M - Feel is creamy, with a bit of coarse bitterness, and dry and bready on the finish. Some lingering green apple skin & twiggy earth.

Overall, not as good as some of the other lesser known varieties of hops were, which is surprising. Still, glad to have gotten a hold of it at least once, especially at the low price I got it at, $1.75 per bottle. Worth a try, but a lot of the same.

Mikkeller Columbus ---4/5.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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Columbus Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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