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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Photo of sbricker
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of beerdrifter
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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...

Photo of SLeffler27
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of joepais
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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 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 kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Reagan1984
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So, I’ve decided this is my last Mikkeller single hop for a long while. They are no longer interesting to me and frankly, I think they are getting a little long in the tooth. Bottle code 8181103

Yep, looks like all the others. Nice foamy/creamy head tops a dull amber/orange colored beer. Excellent lacing.

Aroma is very earthy and somewhat musty. A bit of sweet fruit and some classic Mikkeller malt notes. The finish is pine and perfume like.

Initial bitterness that gives way to some pine notes and some fruit. Lot’s of toffee mid palate. Late there is some pine resin and earthy flavors as well.

Body just felt thinner than some of the others. I realize it probably wasn’t, but just seemed that way. Maybe the finish wasn’t as full as the others..

Yeah, I am done with this series. Nelson is the big winner of the series.

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +12.4%

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 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 bigfnjoe
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a very cloudy, dark shade of amber with a three finger offwhite head. The head sticks around for awhile, and the lacing is very solid and puffy

S- piney aroma coming out of this one....pretty mild, not that appealing actually

T- pine, and citrus, but the flavors are very weak and not meshing very well. The aftertaste is very grassy. Eh

M- pretty thick....almost syrupy. Disappointing

O- typical Mikkeller single hop. Not great, not awful...just there.

Photo of codsmith
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark golden with a thick white foam head that takes a while to dissipate

S: Fairly clean hop aroma that allows for a slight bit of malt character come through

T: Clean malt flavor that ends in a earthy bitterness that is very pronounced

M: Very light bodied, smooth and maybe a touch over carbonated

O:Interesting amount of bitterness with no aroma offered

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 avalon07
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of lanbewardin
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into duvel chalice.

Amber color, same color as the warrior and simcoe ones but this had quite a bit more head ( 1 inch ), could have been in the pour I guess.

Smell - I get a lot of citrus, the citrus dominates, grapefruit & orange, most aroma of the 3 that I tasted

Taste - bitter hops, piney bitterness.

Overall - great taste, not very complex, but I enjoyed it

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 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 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 71 ratings.