Columbus IPA - Hangar 24 Brewery

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Columbus IPAColumbus IPA

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 166
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 7.04%
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 Arbitrator
1.65/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of Sideswipe. Thanks, John!

A: Pours a murky bronze body with a reddish tone. I prefer clarity in my IPAs, and this isn't one I'm going to make an exception for. Pours with a 1" beige head that retains poorly. Eventually, the body clears up.

S: Floral with citrus, earthy, and grassy tones.

T: Floral up front, segueing into flavors of citrus, earth, and grass. It's very bitter, especially on the back end. The flavor is unremarkable as the beer doesn't have much heft or pop to bring out the hop profile.

M: Low-medium bodied (on the thin side) with low carbonation as I was drinking. The beer needs more presence.

O: I drainpoured it. :( (687 characters)

Photo of n2185
2.74/5  rDev -22.8%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at Playground in Santa Ana, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger thick white head, great retention. Reddish amber color.

S- Hoppy and warm. Spicy hops.

T- Sweet and hoppy, finishes slightly bitter

M- Medium bodied, clean and crisp.

O- It's ok. Nothing stands out and a bit thin in flavor. (302 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hop bomb. Poured slightly chilled with gigantic, foamy, frothy, cream-colored head that lasts all the way down and lots of clingy lace. Color is a nice, clear amber with loads of bubble trails. Aroma is a blend of hop, barnyard, yeast, malt. Flavor is totally dominated by hop; very bitter with a little malt coming at the end. Carbonation is ok, but body is confused by the intense bitter. Thank goodness for that smidgen of malt. Finish is like flavor, super long, and off flavors courtesy of hop. Also a little boozy. (520 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a copper gold hue with a good amount of haze from the settled yest. Nice off white head, two fingers high and leaves some nice lacing on the glass even though the retention is sub par.

Very floral ipa, robust pineapple and dark citrus notes. Steady backing of caramel malts that gets a little dank and musty from the yeast on the back end.

Pale and bready malts with a decent does of pine hop character. Quickly the drink turns musty and dank as the finish is dominated with a herbal vegetative quality that coats your mouth and supplies a dull bitterness. Dries well, appropriate malt but the hop flavor is harsh compared to nose.

Medium heavy body with settled yeast. Average to below average carbonation. Dries very well but the dull and dank hops throws off the quality. Very hard to finish the bottle.

Ho hum it's another IPA, decent nose, probably the most pineapple forward that I've ever smelt but nothing else to write home about. Hop flavors are piney and dank, body is sluggish, better to share the bottle. (1,028 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
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 (465 characters)

Photo of mithrascruor
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color, somewhat cloudy. Light tan head with decent retention. Some sediment visible.

Smell: Hardly any aroma... just a hint of malts.

Taste: Light caramel malt flavor. Some mild hop flavors come through towards the finish and into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Relatively smooth.

Drinkability: Moderate ABV, but the taste isn't too inspiring

A very average IPA - isn't bad, but not very memorable. A bit heavy-handed on the malts, over the hop characters. (563 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
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+ (2,264 characters)

Photo of Klym
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Stone nonic.

A- A deep, murky amber pushing it on the red side. A nice, clean, thick head to go along with it.

S- Quite faint, but definitely pine hops and perhaps mildly floral. Nothing too pleasing or displeasing in the smell.

T- Initial taste is earthy and a little sweet, quickly followed by a grapefruit rind taste with a hint of caramel. The aftertaste transitions from a somewhat pleasant citric acid burn into something near medicinal bitterness.

M- Carbonation is mediocre and it seems to coat the mouth in a way that higher quality IPAs would avoid.

O- Hangar 24 has always been stuck in the simply decent range for me and I'm afraid this beer has only reinforced that assessment. Not bad, not great, probably not going to pick it up again given what's out there. (809 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received as an extra from PretzelCity, thanks Mark! Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent bright dark orange color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, pale malts, and very light pine hops. A little more malty than I was expecting, and not a ton of hops. Wuold have liked it to be a bit stronger.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, light pine hops, and pale malts again. Light tropical fruits. Again, not as many hops as I expected, but pretty good.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, pretty easy to drink. No real bitterness.

o - Overall a pretty decent IPA. The nose was a bit faint, but the taste had some nice citrus hops. Probably not something I'd seek out again, but worth trying once. (917 characters)

Photo of iadler
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of mjmadden
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out of a 22oz bottle, the beers appearance is a copper orange color with a decent amount of foam a top this decent brew. The aroma is a bit dank but the citrus aroma are a bit faint for a west coast IPA. The taste is surprising give the weak aroma, but the citrus lacking in the aroma is a bit more present in the taste. Also present in the taste are grassy notes, maltiniess, bitter hops, and a stong medium body backbone. Overall this is a good, above average IPA, with some good tast characteristics but missing a bit in the aroma and wow factors that separate good beers from great beers. (598 characters)

Photo of neilgavigan
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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 (374 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of CEnterPound
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Anchor pint.

A - Pours with 2 finger's worth of frothy white head. Nice spotty lacing. Muted orange/amber color. Lots of haze and floaties.

S - Grapefruit, bready malt, flowers. Nice spicy smell as well.

T - First sip shows a good amount of the bready malt up front, with a slight spiciness as well. Mid-palate is where the hops show up, with grapefruit being the main taste.

M - A bit watery for me. Nice and dry though, which is nice.

O - Nothing amazing, but definitely a solid single hop IPA. I just wish the hops would shine through just a tad more. (569 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (1,057 characters)

Photo of bbkd3b
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (1,294 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is a cloudy copper orange with large bubbles in a light tan head. Nose is biscuit malt, rye and caramel with piney bitter hops behind. Taste follows suit but a more expressive hop sensation adds to the finish and short lingering bitterness along with a smooth body and soft carbonation make it fall down the throat quite easily. Also light notes of citric acid in back behind the cascading malt forefront. (410 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a pretty light golden amber with a pretty big off white head. Head has good retention and leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Smell is dominanted by tropical fruits. Not really anything else but maybe a hint of bready malts.

T- Everything here is good but its just a lot more tame than I expected. Tropical fruits, more bready malts than I expected.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- Not bad here not the best. A little more of a hop bite and they may be on to something. (492 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Going bomber style with the Hangar 24. On to the beer:

Somebody clean up the sediment, it's floating all over! The body has a muddy look to it, an oragish brown color, and a thick collar of foam sitting on top. The nose is excellent at first before fading to a more subtle intensity. The aromas of orange, mango, pineapple, and touch of toasted sugar are exciting. Obviously, this brings expectations high for the taste....

...which it doesn't deliever as hoped. Still good though. Mellow all around, orangey with wood notes and a shavings of resin. Medium bodied with light carbonation. It's a solid IPA, just don't expect to be floored. (640 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A:Ended up pouring a massive 4 finger off-white head, moderately tight bubbles. Good retention, decent lacing. Light copper, slightly hazy.

S: Grapefruit, citrus, a little astringency, pine, good bit of caramel

T: More caramel than I'd like, light bite of grapefruit and pine. A little dank and herbal. A bit of astringency and noticeable alcohol esters. Finishes with a bit of residual sweetness and a little lingering bitterness.

M: Medium body, fairly smooth and a little resinous. Not a crisp finish, carbonation dies middle mouth.

O: Not a bad IPA, middle of the road without any unpleasant astringency/esters. A little too sweet for my taste with a less than stellar mouthfeel. (726 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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. (743 characters)

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Columbus IPA from Hangar 24 Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.