Columbus IPA - Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus IPAColumbus IPA

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Ratings: 1,049
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 254
Gots: 118 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
50 IBU's and hopped with Simcoe

(Beer added by: Osiris9588 on 10-14-2006)
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Photo of Greywulfken
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: cloudy gold ale, a couple of fingers of foam - some lace trailing down the glass...

S: flower and pine, biscuit and bread; something grassy and reminiscent of fields

T: bready biscuit and pale malt, lots of floral hop action; suggestions of fresh grains and juicy flowers; pine assertiveness rising throughout the drink

M: light-medium, medium carbonation, mild bitterness up front builds up over time

O: a real nice IPA, plenty of hops, nice wholesome unfiltered stuff; ample grain to balance the hops

Photo of tectactoe
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to cneville for this nice, local extra. Pours and orange sunburst color - completely unfiltered and opaque - with a super heavy and foamy off-white head. Even minutes later, a huge chunk of foam is just chilling on top of the beer. Nice lacing all the way down, too.

Aroma starts off with a quick left jab of citrus fruits - and it's almost more of a fruit-juice type aroma rather than the hoppy-citrus aroma. Red grapefruit is big, along with mild pineapple and mango. The fruits are heavy, juicy, and sweet on the nostrils. Light yeast aromas float around as well. The hops give off a bit of an earthy and leafy aroma, but it's far more regressed than I would have expected - not necessarily a bad thing, though.

I take my first swig of Columbus IPA and it feels like I just took a bite out of an extremely ripe, tropical fruit. Big-time juiciness, mainly in the form of grapefruit. Other tropical fruits are surely there, though a bit harder to pick out. I'll go with my hunch from the aroma - pineapples and mangoes. Just as I start to wonder if I'm drinking a juice instead of a beer - the bitterness shows up to the party, about halfway through. The hop profile is leafy and a touch ashy, and the bitterness is pretty damn strong. It hits hard on the back of the tongue and overall, feels heavier than 50 IBU.

There's a nice contrast with this beer - it has the delicate juicy sweetness that seems to crowd the front of your mouth that coincides with the leafy hop bitterness that stings that back of the mouth and tongue. A very interesting profile, that's for sure. The aftertaste errs more towards the bitter side, with the fruit flavors even developing into more of a pith-like stature, bitter and mildly abrasive. Malt is mild overall, with a hint of sweetness through and through. Your mouth gets coated with some yeasty flavors and faint caramel malt in the end, still battling the bitterness wounds. Surprisingly thin and under-carbonated, giving a wet, slick mouth feel.

Didn't know what to expect out of this, hasn't really been on my radar. But it was pretty tasty. Huge tropical fruitiness that comes paired with a heavy bitterness that work quite well together. Good drinkability at 6.5% ABV.

Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Anstuart5
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of markmo
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of warnerry
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange tinted brown with at least two fingers of light tan head. Head has very good retention and leaves quite a trail of lacing behind.

S - Nice amount of pine hops coupled with citrus and a bit of grass. The hop presence is really excellent. Also pick up a faint amount of malt.

T - Similar to smell. A great hop profile that is predominantly pine, but rounded out wit a nice amount of citrus. Some malt comes in near the end, along with a touch of tea. Finish is a nice bite of pine hop bitterness.

M - medium/light mouhfeel that is somewhat resinous.

O - Really a fantastic IPA. Nice hop profile with just a small malt presence. Finishes clean and bitter. I will definitely pick this up whenever I am in Columbus.

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of 77apm
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of cincysig
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Snikwad1020
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy murky yellow color with a white head. The aroma is exactly what I expect from an American IPA. I get a lot of pine and orange notes with a little bit of bready malt.

The flavor is more of the same. I get some pine and papaya, as well as some bread and biscuit malt. There is a lot of hop flavor but the bitterness is fairly low for this style of beer.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of ninjapilgrim
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of kramerboy
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Skye1024
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of 1Adam12
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Probably my favorite ipa. Supreme drinkability. Almost perfect hop flavors and aromas. Price point can't be beat. I'm not sure i can praise this beer much more. Seriously. If u live in ohio, or anywhere this beer is available and haven't tried it, you are really missing out.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber color with a thin off white head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of strong bitter hops, citrus, and pine notes.

Overall: Outstanding IPA! I would have this on again.

Photo of standardcherry
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of hiphopipa
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Portsmouth Brewing tulip.

Pours a clear, glowing light orange with a ½ inch head with good retention that eventually dissapates to a nice film with with the head holding onto the sides, leaves minimal tiny dots of lacing.
Strong and incrediblely inviting fruit and floral aroma, definitely lemon stands out. Smells fresh and sweet.
Sweet malt taste at first that is shortly dominated by grapefruit and pine, bready in the middle. Light pine and resin finish for a nice bitter bite in the end, but light metallic aftertaste.
Medium body & carbonation.
Top notch IPA, very easy to drink.

Absolutely impressed with this IPA. Very grateful InebriatedJoker sent me a 6-er of this so I can share and savor it. Keeping on my wants indefinitely.

Photo of xdefeatsy
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Osiris9588
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange color, with a 1.5 inch creamy white head, with good retention, leaving a thick rings of lacing that coat the entire inside of the pint glass.

The aroma is dominated by spiced hops, accented by a strong presence of orange peel and rich malt.

The flavor follows aroma--it is very orangey and hoppy, spicy and bitter, undercut by rich, roasted malt.

The mouth is full-bodied and complex--begining bright and citrusy on the tongue, then dries out with bitter hops on the back palate. It is well carbonated and balanced, very pleasing. Very drinkable for fans of the style, and accompanied my sirloin steak, topped with a dollop of lobster butter, very well.

I drank two pints after picking it as the winner out of the tasting flight.

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Columbus IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,049 ratings.