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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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81
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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 32
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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Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 32
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky dark crimson-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of toasted malt, candied citrus zest, and brown sugar aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, candied citrus zest, raisin, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is definitely old at this point, and smells and tastes more like a barleywine than a single hop IPA to me.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
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 olradetbalder
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of SocalKicks
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.

Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
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 biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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 drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer served on draft at Churchkey with 18 others. This one was a middle of the road IPA.

Beer is red to orange and clear with low carbonation, a thin white head, some lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is sweet with only minor hop influence, floral, a little piny. Mostly alcohol and malt.

The beer has a medium body, dry finish, surprisingly dryer than the others, the dryness helps to pick out the bitterness, moderately bitter. Difficult to dissect out the hops from all the sweetness but it is there. Eh.

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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 afsdan
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
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 wordemupg
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint at Beer Revolution 24/9/12

A Keg bottom here with a murky brownish orange with some sediment, just a thin film for foam but it leaves lots of polka dot lace

S some herbal and citric notes but its mostly toffee with faint rind and just a little pine hiding in there

T more citric rind on top of what I smell, still loads of toffee, tastes a little old and faded but I don’t think that’s the case

M has some body and leaves a little grit behind and its pretty sticky on the lips with just a mild bitter bite

O its OK beer but tastes a little faded, no mention of the 6.9% but not as nice as many I’ve had from this series

Perhaps I’ll give a bottle a go and re-rate if there’s a noticeable difference, it was the very last glass off the keg so maybe it deserves a second look

Photo of avalon07
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coppery color and a mostly clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, citrus, and some malt.

T: Tasted of some citrus (grapefruit), hops, grain, and a bit of malt. The hops (and grain for that matter) content was somewhat harsh, but still allowed for a decent flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a grainy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: in spite of some deficiencies, this beer is still a solid piece of brewing.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
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 dgilks
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber colour with a foamy off-white head. Fair head retention.

Citrussy and a little tannic tea. Not bad at all but not all that exciting either.

Sweet malt with some citrus. Lots of co-humulone and bitterness. A little earthy. Quite nice on the whole.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. A simple mouthfeel.

A straightforward and somewhat uninteresting IPA. The hop just isn't that good by itself.

Photo of gford217
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle alongside Magnum and Mt. Hood.

Pours a deep clear amber with a huge fluffy beige head that recedes quickly to a soapy collar and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is mostly citrus though it's not overpowering. There are some oranges and a bit of pine. The caramel malts are evident as well. This is probably my favorite nose of the three I've got in front of me.

The taste is sweet, pleasantly so with a combination of orange rinds and pineapples as well as the biscuity malts. Light bitterness in the finish.

Te mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation, maybe a tad too much, but still a solid body.

This is one of the better hop series beers for me as the citrus is well represented. The best part is the smoothness and drinkability as the hops are flavorful but not overly bitter. Goes down very easily.

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Columbus Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
81 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.