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Columbus IPA - Hangar 24 Brewery

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Columbus IPAColumbus IPA

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50 Reviews
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Reviews: 50
Hads: 167
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 22.6%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Beerandraiderfan on 06-01-2011

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Reviews: 50 | Hads: 167
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hangar 24 in Redlands, CA.

Pours a slightly murky amber orange with a light tan head that fades to a wispy film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and some herbal hops. Taste is pretty much the same. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA with some tasty citrus zest and herbal hop flavors.

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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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a moderately hazed, copper-gold body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Though monohopped, Columbus IPA still manages to deliver a bright citrus fragrance of lemon and orange blossoms with addition florals and a very scant spiciness overlaying light, servile bready malts.

Taste: Sweetish crisped sugars atop bready, lightly biscuity base malts. Then, ripe citrus fruits and fairly potent florals with a medium degree of bitterness. The flavor bandies lightly sweetness and bitterness until the dry, soft finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation, though fairly soft.

Overall: Neither overpowering, nor is it really lacking; an all-around solid IPA.

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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.

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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+

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Photo of mdfb79
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks mang.

The beer is copper orange and hazy with a half inch of soapy white head. The aroma does indeed bring a nice bouquet of hops. A touch of biscuits with a healthy bitterness in the finish. Decent flavor. Nothing wrong with this beer, but not anything to get excited about either.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.01/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours dark amber with a full three finger white head which maintains it's structure well above the glass. Impressive, great retention and lace.

S: Pine, cedarwood, grass and a hint of vegetation. A 'darker' green smell than most IPAs. Smells good for sure.

T: Green cedar, very piney which I like but not overly bitter. Some lemon, but the citrus character is minor. Nice balance with the pale malt.

M: Medium-bodied, resiny, soft carbonation, medium aftertaste.

O: It's not the most full flavoured IPA out there, but the flavours that are there are quite good. I've always liked the Columbus hop and I like this effort out of the IE.

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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.

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


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.

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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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.12/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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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.

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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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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

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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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours with an orange-tan-straw color along with nice foam. Visually appealing. Big citrusy aroma with some lemony notes. Flavor has a pleasing upfront bittering. I enjoyed the light lemon peel and touch of pine on the finish. Easy drinking and tasty.

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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.

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Photo of rawfish
3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.65/5  rDev -53.4%
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. :(

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