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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

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gford217 on 06-14-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

CalgaryFMC, Jul 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

DrBier, Jul 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

SocalKicks, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of BeerDocT
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

BeerDocT, Jun 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16%

Rosstheboss, Apr 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

oso, Mar 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

superdoopersauce, Mar 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

drdiesel9483, Feb 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16%

enelson, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
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

BeerDawgs, Feb 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Poupae, Dec 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Guinnsslvr, Dec 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

Dawkins, Nov 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30%

Bellonc, Nov 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

GRG1313, Oct 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

DWood, Oct 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

KVNBGRY, Sep 13, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

Sorachi, Sep 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

jaydoc, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

mfnmbvp, Aug 31, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30%

BMart, Aug 06, 2013
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Columbus Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
81 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.