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Columbus Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Columbus Single Hop IPAColumbus Single Hop IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

71 Ratings
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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gford217 on 06-14-2011

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3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

well, these are really old now i think, they havent done them again to my knowledge, so i was probably being a little ambitious when i picked this dusty bottle off a shelf from an unknown bottle shop yesterday just to get another one closer to completing this fabulous series. my hopes were low, and indeed the hops have faded a ton from this, as expected, but its still pretty decent. i mean, it drinks more like a session barleywine now, english really, quite yeasty as i can see in the glass, snow globe style in here, and with a more copper hue than i remember the others having. the head is still thick and khaki colored though, and the nose shows some nice grain base i never really gathered before because i was focused on the hops. now that their are no hops left, it really stands out. the columbus grapefruit thing is long gone, but i still get a little of the vegetal hop thing in the finish. i would say avoid this one now, unless they make it again, or unless you are a diehard mikkeller fanboy like me and just have to try everything he does no matter what... this probably rocked like the other ones when it was fresh.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of BeerDocT
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at Five Points Bottle Shop in the Classic City of Athens, GA.

Appearance 4.25: Poured out a lovely, golden brown. Decent 1/2" head and good lacing. What really put it over the top for me, however, was the particulates floating around. Lots of little hops bits and who-knows-what. So lovely.

Smell 4.0: Very nice bouquet. Smell of sharp, acidic hops mixed with a very strong malt scent. Very promising.

Taste 3.75: Front is malty and somewhat dry. Middle is big and malty; this is a sharp malt flavor and also very biscuit-like. Large hit of big malt in the middle of the palate at this level along with a sharp, bitter and dry hit of hops in the front of the mouth. Interesting balance. Finish is silky-smooth, with a pleasant caramel taste and a dry mouthfeel at the end. Aftertaste is short, but nice with a final focus on the alkaline hops. Taste is good, but it is like a chimera: a lot of these taste-levels just do not match up with each other.

Mouthfeel 3.75: Good and smooth conditioning level; good representative of this type of brew.

Overall 3.75: A mixed bag. Great appearance, great bouquet, but kind of a let down in the taste department. The label states that they brewed one big batch of wort and then seasoned different little batches with different hops. That may be why this beer is off on several levels: the wort wasn't tailored to the specific hop. This beer is good, but in my opinion, a much better representative of the Columbus hop can be found in Asheville Brewing's Shiva IPA.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle with no bottled on date

A - Murky amber, with 1 finger of head and sticky lace left all over the glass

S - Balanced...malty and hoppy. Nothing jumps out, but it smells good. Smells like a red ale honestly

T - Wow...different than the others. Well balanced. Does not lean to the citrus or bitter side. Surprised at the 114 ibu's. Wow...malts must balance it out

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated

O - A great brew. I love the columbus hop...well balanced and smooth

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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Columbus Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
81 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.