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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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82
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: gford217 on 06-14-2011)
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AndrewScottPentland

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.7%

06-01-2013 01:21:49 | More by AndrewScottPentland
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benfons

Belgium

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark amber colour, nice cm-thick dense head

S: caramel, malts, hint of chocolate, but all very subdued

T: the caramel and malts are there together with the hops giving this a bittersweet taste. Very slight hint of citrus.

M: a bit thin, very dry finish, medium carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer, but not my cup of tea, too thin, no complexity.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 14:09:44 | More by benfons
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runbirddrinkbeer

Florida

3/5  rDev -16.2%

04-28-2013 13:12:00 | More by runbirddrinkbeer
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samEBC

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

04-21-2013 08:42:30 | More by samEBC
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Hopdaemon39

New York

2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2013 20:56:10 | More by Hopdaemon39
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Sunn

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-14-2013 01:39:06 | More by Sunn
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.7%

02-26-2013 22:01:57 | More by IanSpindler
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

02-03-2013 08:28:06 | More by DrinkSlurm
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KillaB

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-29-2013 05:55:21 | More by KillaB
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joecast

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite cloudy but without the hefty sediment. Nice copper color. Thin white frothy head, good lacing.

Light earthy, fruity aroma.

Hop flavor seems to last a bit longer than the Sorachi Ace version. Bitterness is also even and smooth. Doesn't have the interesting character of SA, but a good standard multipurpose hop.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 09:42:36 | More by joecast
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dgilks

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 08:36:50 | More by dgilks
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TheBeerCarl

Idaho

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark Brown-orange opaque and hazy body. The beer pours with a yellowish-white head, tiny bubbles and decent head retention. Should be less hazy with better retention.

S: Extremely faint nose with some discernible caramel and citrus notes.

F: A nice amount of bittery hoppiness hits the palette first with some nice pine and citrus notes backed up by light malt and alcohol.

M: The beer rolls on the palette with medium body and a carbonation that compliments the hoppy character

Overall this is a good IPA but nothing too amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2012 08:23:10 | More by TheBeerCarl
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DAllspaw

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2012 16:36:23 | More by DAllspaw
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev 0%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2012 03:28:12 | More by wordemupg
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 19:08:16 | More by biboergosum
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metter98

New York

3.88/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 22:38:56 | More by metter98
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sammo

Kansas

4/5  rDev +11.7%

07-07-2012 02:15:27 | More by sammo
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sbricker

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.2%

06-18-2012 01:58:00 | More by sbricker
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beerdrifter

Germany

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Copper-amber pour with a two finger off-white head with great retention and lacing. Surprisingly subdued, earthy nose with hints of pine and caramel but not much else. Overall a little on the musty side. Thankfully the taste was a bit of an improvement. Tangy, bitter hops up front along with hints of pine and grass, all nicely complemented by a solid caramel malt base, with just a touch of orange peel. Medium carbonation on the mouthfeel and just a bit syrupy with a subtle bitter hop finish. Columbus are some of my favorite hops so I was a bit disappointed with this one. Pretty run-of-the-mill for me...

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 16:05:57 | More by beerdrifter
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SLeffler27

New York

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, honey gold on the brownish side with a slight head that leaves a fine coat of lacing.

Overall less aroma than expected. What there is consists primarily of pine and a background of orange.

Sharply acidic and bitter, with pineapple flavors. The malt background is more apparent than in others of this series. The finish is long, moderate and bitter.

This is a full-bodied beer with some alcohol, a wooly texture, and ample carbonation. It is cleansing.

Columbus was enjoyed as part of a self-training exercise to distinguish between nuances of hop varieties. This would nevertheless be a fine component to a meal.

This was sampled from a pint glass alongside the Cluster Single Hop IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 21:21:01 | More by SLeffler27
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zonker17

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

04-28-2012 23:40:33 | More by zonker17
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joepais

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-29-2011 15:17:17 | More by joepais
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 20:04:00 | More by jbphoto88
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oberon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 21:28:57 | More by oberon
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-01-2011 19:22:03 | More by kjkinsey
Columbus Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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