Columbus IPA - Hangar 24 Brewery

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Columbus IPAColumbus IPA

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166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Beerandraiderfan on 06-01-2011

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard ipa color, a little bit of dark gold, light orange and amber. Good hoppy aroma, grapefruit seems to be the aroma from Columbus hops. They did a solid job on the dry hopping with this beer.

Pretty straightforward taste, bitter, lemon, grapefruit. Bitterness outshines hoppiness, which is kinda typical from the single hop series I've had from Mikkeller. This is just as good, and actually, probably better given that its about the same price for a 22 compared to their 11.2 - 12oz bottles. Malt profile kept nice, low and out of the way.

Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Bruery Provisions bar and store. Cloudy yellow body with a good soapy head. The IBU is up there, its just OK to drink. Orange citrus comes through. Competent for the style, just not that interesting in a locality of great interesting beers.

Photo of IKR
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy amber color with a moderate white head .

Smell: Pine trees and mild fruity aromas.

Taste:The pine and citrus fruit notes in the nose carry over to the taste but are fairly restrained. There's a moderate hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light body with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: Not bad.

Photo of bbkd3b
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Great, shiny copper tone settles into the glass. Carbonation city feeds a finger-width cream head, really fluffy at first, but it dissipates a smidgen. There’s a thin haziness about the look, but it’s a perfectly fine-looking brew.

SMELL: The scent isn’t very strong, but it’s certainly welcoming. Nice, bready malts compliment a stronger, citrusy scent. Undertones of grass round it off. Not bad, but really really mild.

TASTE/MOUTHFEEL: Wow… the first word that comes to my mind is bitter. Usually the hops attack me at the finish when it comes to IPAs, but this one starts off bitter and lingers the whole way through. Medium body tingles from the aforementioned carbonation. Letting the ale linger for a bit boasts a combination of grassy, floral tones with hardly any malt character to speak of. A nice kick of grapefruit kisses the tip of my tongue. Mellows out a good deal as it warms, thankfully. Pretty aggressive, but I can still taste the bitterness long after I take a sip, which is a bit much.

OVERALL/NOTES: This is my first go with Hangar 24, and the first word that comes to mind is ‘decent.’ Maybe I jumped the gun on opening it, because it became much more enjoyable after about fifteen minutes of sitting there. Will revisit this brewery in the future.

Photo of n2185
2.74/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear orange with a finger of beige head head that fades into a frothy ring with no lacing.

S: Bright citrus dominate the nose--orange and pineapple mostly, but with some grapefruit as well. The finish has some slight pine aromas.

T: Pineapple citrus up front followed by grapefruit. Bitter rind flavors follow after and the beer finishes incredibly bitter. Several seconds after I have a sip, my mouth is coated in bitterness that reminds me of getting drops of Novocaine on my tongue at the dentist's office. Unpleasant, to say the least.

M: Medium body with mid-light carbonation, this beer is slightly watery.

O: This beer smells great, but unfortunately the overwhelming bitterness ruins it and makes it pretty much undrinkable.

Photo of tesla323
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Poured a deep coppery orange into a tulip glass, with a decent head.

Smell - Somewhat faint, not as fruity as other beers I've had but still recognizably citrusy.

Taste - The 77 IBUs and fresh hop/pine flavors really come through, more so than I expected with such a light odor. Quite pleasant overall.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth with light carbonation, almost too light. At first it tasted a little watery, but that wateriness is less noticeable as it warms up.

Overall - Very good beer, I'd buy it again in a heartbeat. Well balanced and overall a pleasant experience! An excellent example of a classic India Pale Ale!

Photo of oline73
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the November Baltimore Area BA tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a very cloudy amber color with a layer of off white head that sticks around fairly well.

Smell: The smell is quite mild, especially for an IPA. I'm getting some juicy citrus hops with a light malt component, but not super interesting.

Taste: The hops dominate, but I would say that the flavor isn't crisp. Perhaps a bit muddles. There is enough malt to back up the bitter hops. The finish is hoppy and bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was an alright IPA. Nothing made this beer stand out. I wouldn't try to hard to find more in the future.

Photo of iadler
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy gold with one finger minimal lacing.

S- Orange marmalade, grapefruit zest caramel malt and toffee and some pine

T- Citrus hops with notes of orange, grapefruit and lemon zest upfront, followed by pine. caramel malt and some hop resin bitterness at the end.

M- Medium carbonation and body with a bitter finish.

O- Not bad but nothing memorable and pretty average as far as ipas go. The bitterness hurt the drinkiability of this beer.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Hangar 24

Look: Orange in color and mildly translucent with a 1/8 off white head and no real retentino

Smell: Some citrus upfront with some piney resiny hops in the background

Taste: Very similar to the nose with some orange peel in the foreground and the pine notes in the background a bit of a one way street and not very complex but still not bad

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation and a bit sticky

Overall: This is a good single hop ipa

Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Clear orange colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smell is sweet and hoppy with a citrus rind aroma. There is a slight cinnamon stick and cedar wood scent to this one.

Starts out bittersweet. Bitter and woody with a significant onion taste. Taste doesn't deliver, just woody and bitter with lots of astringency and that onion after taste.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a disappointment. Needs to lose the onion and wood and dry hop more.

Photo of neilgavigan
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - orange amber and very clear. Finger width head persists

S - subtle floral with a slight sour citrus note

T - light and sweet with a long finish of many floral and pine tastes. Nothing overwhelming

M - medium light body with great carb

O - nothing special but it's a well executed west coast iPad that doesn't attempt to go overboard in any one aspect. Great balance

Photo of thebrood1987
4.93/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big notes of citrus, pine and orange juice like smells. A very crisp and scrub the tongue bitterness washes over my taste buds with spicyness and orange like flavors come out. Tropical fruit flavors in taste as well. What a great flavor this one has even better than the aroma which is great as well.

For a single hop beer the complexity is blowing me away. If they didn't say single hop I'd never tell the difference. It makes me want to brew with Columbus hops because of the bitter and very flavorful qualities this certain strain gives. Very impressed with this one.

Photo of PhiloPsych
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been looking forward to trying something from Hangar 24 as it is the craft brewery closest to the town where I grew up. The color of this IPA is dull-orange-tan; the brew is hazy and has quite a bit of particulate matter floating about. This doesn't really bother me, though I know some don't like it. The hops are present, but somewhat understated for a California-brewed IPA. The malt profile is not sweet, but grainy/bready. The malt and hops are well-balanced, but just a tad too weak overall for me (the mouthfeel is a touch thin/watery, too). There's nothing bad or off about this beer, it's just a bit flat and hollow--it reminds me of many people's homebrews. It does have nice--if mellow--hops aftertaste. Not a bad beer, could be good for a session, to go with pizza, and to serve to friends who are just being introduced to craft beer.

Photo of jeff1973
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Southhampton Publick House pint glass.

A - A dull dark, burnt orange color. Off-white head left pretty good lacing.

S - Earthy, with hints of grapefruit and mango.

T - Very mild. Peachy grapefruit, then a little mango, finishes with a bit of bitter earthyness.

M - Medium. Medium to low carbonation gives it a nice easy drinking mouthfeel.

D - With mild flavors and nice amount of carbonation for easy drinking, drinkability is high.

If you want a "melt your face off" hop bomb, this is not your beer. It is a very tasty, easy drinking IPA, that for myself, is a nice change of pace.

Photo of beagle75
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with one finger of persistent cinnamon-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very mild and clean, with faint piney hops and caramel malt. A trace thread of spoiled milk emerges as the beer warms, but doesn't really detract further.

T: Begins dry, with soft caramelized grain that is off-set by bright and balancing acidity. Hop aromatics emerge later than expected, remaining restrained through the middle, with earthy and piney qualities. Sharp minerals develop simultaneously, further accentuating the earthiness. Moderate bitterness is established prior to the finish, where savory herbaceous flavors are detectable but do not linger long.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly sticky and acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: Balance is achieved here, even if the outcome is a little underwhelming. It remains approachable while presenting a good platform for the Columbus hop flavors, although the intensity of the smell is nothing special.

Photo of Cavery
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep honey appearance with a sea foam tuft of a head. there is already some promising lacing in the gradual disappearance of foam.

S: There is a real medicinal smell to this beer, the first descriptor that popped into my head was "minerally". I almost want to say it smells like a sandstorm (?). there is just enough of a hop presence to warrant a blind identification of an IPA.

T: First thing is the sweetness of the malt, middle of spice, shortly followed by the penetrating presence of a multivitamin. It would be an exaggeration to say that there was a hop burn, as this was the salsa mild of hop burns. I'll give it credit in that it isn't really unpleasant, it just isn't dynamic. However, I can't say that I get a distinctive taste profile Columbus Hops in this single hop offering, as it is seriously cut short by the floral-multivitamin aftertaste. All in all very mild, not to be confused with subtle.

M: low-mid carbonation with fairly rapid dissipation. I think you could make a case for this being a better aspect of the beer. There really isn't anything negative here, just a reiteration of the mild theme that we became acquainted with in the taste. I will say that the slight prickle of the carbonation does wonders for the overall grading of this beer.

O: There isn't anything glaringly bad about this beer, and there isn't anything great about it. I live very close to the source so I can't help but acknowledge this is its intended state. With that in mind, it's a good beer that I wouldn't mind using as a catalyst to introduce deeper styles to a macro-head. Especially considering how mild it is, even for a single hop single IPA. Conclusively, (and obviously) there isn't much to be had here for beer Geeks. I'd say if you live in the greater Redlands area, give it a review. Drink local.

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Columbus is my second favourite hop for an IPA (after amarillo), so I'm quite excited to try this one. Acquired at a Trader Joe's earlier tonight. Generally like the brewery, but nothing they've made has blown me away. 7.0% ABV confirmed. 77 IBUs. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of beige colour, nice cream and thickness, and generally good (~4 minute) retention. Body colour is a nontransparent translucent orange-copper. Glowing, but not vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light inconsistent lacing as the head recedes. Pretty standard fare for an IPA. No overt flaws. Not unique or special.

Sm: Orange citrus ester hops. Pale malts. Floral hops. A hint of nectary character. Just a biteen buttery. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A mild strength aroma. Pleasant and inviting. Some lemon peel. Bready grains.

T/Mf: Hm. Some coarse bitterness from the hops does come through - a key flaw in an IPA; this isn't well balanced. But until we hit that bitterness on the climax it's nice, with fruity orange citrus and pleasant floral hop notes. Soft, smooth, and wet up front, giving way to coarseness and a bit of dryness as we hit the late second act. Pale malts and bready grains form the foundation. Adequate body. Light lemon peel notes - the most subtle thing about this beer. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Adequate carbonation. Decent presence on the palate. I do like it in a general sense, but balance is key to a good IPA and this is wanting. Built decently, but lacking complexity and subtlety.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but of limited quality. I wish it were better priced; even at Trader Joe's the bomber was too expensive - especially for an in-state brewery, not to mention one that's a scant two hours away. A decent IPA from Hangar 24, but not one I'll be revisiting. Hides its ABV well. IPA fans will probably enjoy it, but few will truly love it.

High C+

Photo of notchucknorris
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark burnt orange/amber color with an enormous cream colored head and great retention. Good lacing as well.

S: Lots of grapefruit with a bit of caramel in the background. Some hops resin and cat as well. That's right, cat.

T: I want to like this, but it's a bit disjointed. The taste starts with a bit of lemon curd and grapefruit, then comes a sharp hit of pine hops, then a strange drop into pure bitterness with flavors of aspirin and hop resin. Not sure I'm gonna go for this one again. Doesn't have that clean quality that so many good IPAs do.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a RR snifter...

A - Pours a golden amber with a two finger off white head on a fairly aggressive pour. Head retention is not the best, but there is some sticky lacing that clings to the glass...

S - Pretty doscile. Pine, sweet malts, and grapefruit...

T - Caramel up front followed by some pine, grapefruit, and a little spice. Ends with a hop bitterenss and some lingering grapefruit. Hop profile is not over the top here. There is plenty of hoppiness to be had, but it is a smooth and subtle, and i'm enjoying the ride...

M - Very smooth. Medium bodied with a mild amount of carbonation...

O - Maybe i'm a little biased because I am a Redlands native, but I really enjoy this one. Been one of my go to beers the last couple of months. Nothing above and beyond, but definitely a solid brew...

Cheers...

Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great aroma of this tasty single hop. Columbus has a nice fragrance of resins and pine. Bitter, but less of the grapefruit peel. The beer has a big mouthful of suds and pours a big frothy head. Quite orange with a touch of gold. Big fruity and woody aftertaste. Malt is rich, but pales before the big hops.

Not something to cosy up to a pint of, but you can do some satisfying tasting from the bomber. It definitely hops up an insipid Anderson Vally winter ale.

Photo of litheum94
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours out a golden orange body, with dark hues in the core of the body. A dirty-white head sits on top, which is frothy at first, and then settles out to a compact covering.

The nose is big on hop aromas: grapefruit, floral, peach, and pine needles. There’s a dash of mint in there as well. The malt profile is earthy and grainy, with dark bread tones.

Bready malts are tasted first, with a graininess to the flavor. An oily, resinous hop flavor builds, and then more hop flavors come across. Floral, with grapefruit and pine needles. Again, a slight mintiness is there. A moderate hopping builds on the finish, with a dry, piney flavor lingering, and a hint of spice.

Great hop flavors without a heavy-handed bitterness make this an easy drinking IPA.

Photo of beerbiatchMD
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a wine glass among friends. Thanks to my friend Chad for bringing it all the way from So Cal.

A: orange and opaque in color, thick white head with good lacing.

S: piny, citrus, pretty hoppy, basically a standard IPA nose.

T: nice hops up front with bitter pine, grass and lemon. Finishes refreshingly bitter.

M: crisp, nice carbonation, no problems at all.

O: a good IPA overall, would definitely recommend.

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky golden, almost brown liquid fills the glass and is capped by a light tan medium sized head. While it leaves some good lacing, there is a fair amount of sediment, not normally present in IPAs.

Smells of oranges right off the back, and some malt in the background, pretty one note.

Taste is citrusy, a little light and nice bitter and pith. Good hops throughout, not much malt for me, it needs some more boldness, but it's good.

It has a nice punch and sting, just about right for the medium to light body and good carbonation.

While there are better options out there, this is a fine beer. I don't like the sediment, but the flavors are there.

DOA

Photo of HopHead84
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

10/10/11

On tap at URGE

A: Golden orange with an inch of beige froth. Lots of lacing.

S: Tangerine, orange, peach, and apricot. Big floral notes and a light malt presence of bread and biscuit.

T: Orange flesh with a lower moderate smooth bitterness. Malt reminds me of bread and it successfully balances the hop profile.

M: Medium body with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: Nice aroma but the flavor is bland.

Photo of srandycarter
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice big white head, slow to leave, lots of cling. Bronze orange, a little tiny bit of red or brown in the mix for color.

S - Not much smell at all. Light hops come out, but so does kinda wet paper.

T - Fruity, nice hop mix. Malt is very light and hops are light, but a little stronger than the malt.

M - A little creamy, actually, good carbonation, balance finishes towards the hops.

D - Ok beer. Good to try. Just not a stand out, imo.

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Columbus IPA from Hangar 24 Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.