Columbus IPA - Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus IPAColumbus IPA

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Ratings: 1,125
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 264
Gots: 158 | 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:
Beer added by: Osiris9588 on 10-14-2006

50 IBU's and hopped with Simcoe
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Ratings: 1,125 | Reviews: 343
Reviews by nhindian:
Photo of nhindian
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a globe. Bottle provided as a generous extra by normyk, thanks Rob!

A - Pours a dark golden color, almost brownish until held up to a light, after which is appears a nice, burnt orange color. Muddy and hard to see through with a bit of sediment floating in the glass. Builds about 2 finger's worth of head with okay retention. Thick lacing covers almost the entirety of the glass.

S - The smell is mainly citrus and fruity notes with a slight pine underneath. Grapefruits dominate the aroma, but hints of mangos, oranges, and banana are no strangers as well. Slight malt breadiness helps balance everything out but its still heavily focused on the hops.

T - After my first taste I can see why this beer is so highly acclaimed. The tropical flavors of the hops really pop even moreso than in the smell without being overly bitter at all. It's easy to get the flavors of the citrus and mangos without the scathing bitter bite of other hop-bomb IPAs. The malts go a long way in balancing the beer to keep it from getting to hoppy, yet the focus still shines on the hops. So easy to drink and the alcohol is only slightly there.

M - Mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation. Finish is long but not overly bitter at all. The balance continues and keeps you coming back for more.

D - Drinkability is high. This is a great example of a beer exploding with flavor without being incredibly big or alcoholic. Each sip was as good as the first and I was genuinely disappointed when this beer was gone.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Greywulfken
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
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 oriononefortyfour
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My new go to ipa

Photo of tjwarren
4.91/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer so many times and find it to be outstanding. Tonight I waited at a restaurant while they tapped a new keg and it was the best I ever had. A pint with about a two finger head which is unusual probably indicating how fresh it was. Aroma is citrus and pine. Taste is mango, tangerine and pineapple. Mouth feel and body on tap is so creamy more so than the bottle.
My favorite go to never disappoints.

Photo of tectactoe
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
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 warnerry
4.45/5  rDev +6%
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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 SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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 +1.2%

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 hiphopipa
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Osiris9588
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to dougofthefuture for this awesome extra!

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. No freshness info.

pours out a hazy golden, slight orange color with a nice 1-2 fingers of soapy, slight off white head. decent head retention and some nice thick lacing at first.

dank, somewhat floral hop aroma with pine, oranges and tropical fruits, slight fresh peaches with a hint of a bready malt/ yeast aroma.

juicy, tropical fruity hops, a little grassy, piney, and some grapefruit citrus towards the end. a slight breadiness, almost doughiness maybe from the malt or the yeast that tries to balance, then finishes with a dry west coast bitterness.

medium to light in body, with some ample carbonation. bitterness lingers on the palate.

good flavors in this beer, but i feel like its just holding back a little. this beer fresh is prolly something amazing. its still a good ipa, just not something i would really ever trade for, but id definatly seek some out if i found myself at a beer store in ohio.

Photo of ehammond1
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, claaark13!

Hazed orange. Moderate off-white head. Gorgeous, sticky, irregular spiderwebs of lace left down the glass. Gorgeous IPA.

Tons of bright, juicy citrus notes and expressive pine hop character. A touch of sweetness. Fantastic. The Midwest's shining IPA star.

The flavor follows the aroma, along with a moderate level of bitterness. Juicy citrus, pine, a touch of sweetness, and bitterness combine exceptionally well.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Fantastic. Easily, my favorite Midwest IPA.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to crashdavisinoh, man I really liked this stuff (and thanks for the Bells Double Cream, I was really wanting to try that).

Good orange color with above average head, so thick. Best dry hopping. Reminiscient of Sweetwater IPA.

Taste, just great, minimal bitterness with massive hop mouthfeel and bouquet. Seemed like tons of simcoe and amarillo. Tons of pine. Extremely easy drinking, was really a pleasure. Hopefully, this stands up to time better than the Sweetwater did. I was blown away by sweetwater, but by the time I finished the 6 pack of that stuff (still 6 weeks before the drink by date) the stuff had fallen apart. I'll come back to this and adjust the rating through the next couple of weeks, tracing its trajectory (or demise). But for now, damn, tasty.

EDIT: Had some more of this last weekend (5/7/11) and the aroma wasn't as awesome. Maybe it was old, I dunno, drank it w/in 1 week of getting it though.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best straight up Ohio brewed IPA I've come across hands down. Golden copper slightly hazed. Creammy off white head poured at Bodega. Aroma is full of floral and citrus tones flowing ample malts to balance things out as well. I will track down more of this stuff for sure, next time in Columbus I have to visit the brewery. Flavor is sugar coated grapefruit hops nicely balanced but aggressively hopped. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slighly resinous texture, carbonation was dead on. Drinkability is solid all around, best Ohio brewed IPA damn tasty and hella drinkable.

Photo of chinchill
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

A nice medium amber with a very durable off-white head.

There are plenty of hops in this one, that much is obvious from the nose. There's a mix of hops, although I can't tell which ones. The finish is markedly hoppy and long lasting, but without the strong bitterness i've come to expect in a beer this hoppy. Nice level of malts to balance the hops.

M- medium body and carbonation.

O - excellent, if otherwise not distinguished example of style.

Photo of jeonseh
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A -Bright orange with golden accents. Light white head. 3.75

S - Citrus and light pine

T - Pine bitterness up front. Slight citrus that comes up near the end. Bitterness lingers on in the finish

M - Good thick body with light carbonation. Good chewy beer that leaves a nice pine resin.

O - Solid IPA that leans on the bitter pine side

Photo of Doughbodyboy
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this one pours a hazy golden apricot color. this is exactly the shade i like my ipa. it has the most carbonation i have seen. the smell is citrus with some dried fruit to it as well. the taste a biting citrus with a strong bitterness that sticks around. it leaves a sticky mouthfeel and has a large amount of carbonation. overall i like this one and the price makes it a go to for sure. it reminds me of the centenial IPA from founders but with less bitterness and cheaper. i have had it on tap as well and it is only better. pick up the six!

Photo of pwoods
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a nice clear golden color. Nice sized head on the pour with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Nice American hop bouquet, though not as potent as I'd expect. A bit of malty sweetness and cereal grain.

T/M: Good bitterness level and very clean. American hop flavors with pine and citrus. Nice low malt level with just a touch of sweetness. Body is medium to medium light with good carbonation.

D: Overall it's very solid. I'd heard crazy high accolades, so I'm a little let down. Maybe it's a touch old, idk. Very slid, though.

Photo of lnashsig
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to GordianKnot for the opportunity to taste this. Have never heard of this one before, always willing to try new IPAs!

Poured from bottle into my Brooklyn tulip glass. Pours a cloudy orange/yellow color, pretty cloudy after pour. Incredible head with superior retention. Leaves sticky lacing all over the glass. Smell- citrus lemon, a bisquity bready smell. Nice floral, tropical, tart aroma. Taste- really incredible citrus presence on this one. There is a definite hop bite on the back of the tongue, but it is nicely mixed with the sweetness of the malt. This is just a delicious IPA, nice subtleties and well thought out.

Overall, this is a pretty impressive IPA that I would love to have available in my local market.

Photo of duffcalifornia
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint - Thanks to exitmusic00 for this!

A: Pours a cloudy light orange that provides at least an inch of gloriously fluffy head that provides superb lacing as it clings to the side of the glass. Fades fairly quickly knocking it off top marks but sticks around the edges to give some more lacing throughout.

S: The piney bitterness of Simcoe peeks through on the initial smell, leaving me a bit worried due to my dislike of Simcoe as the predominant hop. However, upon second smell I detect a hint of grassiness and perhaps some citrus as well, which gives hope for this beer.

T: The most distinct flavor I get from the taste is grassiness, but there are still hints of pine (though not so bad as to turn me off the beer) that leave a bit of dryness on the finish. Perhaps just the faintest hint of citrus, but that may be my senses fooling with me. A plain IPA, but impressive in it's simplicity and tastiness.

M: Feels juuust a hint on the lighter side of medium mouthfeel, with decent carbonation.

O: For something that smelled as though it might come as close as I ever have to a drainpour, Columbus IPA has really come through. A refreshing beer and for something that appears to this semi-uneducated beer drinker to be very simple, a great representation of the style. While I tend to go towards much more citrus-forward IPAs/DIPAs, this is one of my favorites that does not have both feet firmly planted in that camp.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to THECPJ for sliding a bottle of this my way. After reading the reviews I was anxious to see if it lived up to the hype.

A: Pours a hazy orange/ruby with a huge 2.5 finger chunky, off-white head. The head is extremely foamy up top, but you can see it is made up of lots of tiny bubbles when you look from the sode. Sticky lacing down the entire glass.

S: Lot of juicy grapefruit. A massive tropical fruit aroma and a nice grassy component. Slight malt on the back end, but very subdued.

T: Very similar to the aroma, dominate by hops. Really nice combination of citrus, grass, and a little but of pine that leaves a slight spice in the back end. The citrus flavor is the most prominent however. Nice grapefruit and tangerine flavor. Slight bitterness, but not overpowering at all.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Slightly dry, bitter finish. Overall, probably one of the best American IPAs I have had so far. Could easily be someones go to beer, very easy to drink, and I would be happy having this one all the time.

Photo of Lazerlobe
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed ruddy orange with a delicate cap of egg white foam.

Wow, a real shiner! Huge fruit notes! Pulling them apart I get ruby red grapefruit, tropical mango, and an odd suggestion of banana.

The fruitiness come back together, echoing the nose. The malt is assertive as well, with a nice cracker taste and firm body. Hop bitterness is perfect, resinous but never overpowering. It is just a friendly reminder that you had an IPA. The malt character and hop balance create a lumpy partnership, resulting in an odd flavor dichotomy.

Truly a wonderful IPA and I hope to run across some more.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Turdfurgeson for this one. 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a monstrous, powdery and fluffy 3 finger white head with great retention. Beer is a cloud, pale yellow/grapefruit. Lacing is thick and ringed with excellent stick. Nice save for the color.

Nose is big citrus, pine, and resin hoppiness. Clean and moderately aromatic. Solid but nothing special.

Opens citrus and pine notes. Resiny hoppiness towards the middle with grapefruit and orange flavors. End is pine and sap with a grapefruit hop finish and a lingering, resiny hop aftertaste. Three very distinct hop profiles showcased here. Nice.

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Quenching, watery, and smooth in the mouth and moderately dry going down. Finish is mellow with a lingering, dry aftertaste. Ends really nicely.

In a style that is very hard to stand out from, Columbus IPA gives it a solid shot. Very clean and crisp, this one doesn't try to do too much and showcases its simplicity very well. Worth a try.

Photo of prototypic
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's very hazy and an attractive light brown color with an abundance of orange highlights. It's topped with a vanilla colored head that reached a finger and a half deep. It receded pretty quickly and left a light, sticky lacing on the glass. Very nice look for the style.

Smell: The nose is full of citrus grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. It's very sweet smelling. There's some pale malt here, but I'm not picking up any caramel. Very good sign. Hops are very citric with a touch of pine. It smells pretty standard for a well-done American IPA. My only complaint is that it's a little weak here. A little more strength might just drive it to the next level.

Taste: It kicks off with a very nice citrus blast of grapefruit, pineapple, and light mango. Hops are strong and bitter. They have a nice citric flavor with a bit of pine mixed in. No doubt this is a hop assault. It's very bitter and dry. There's a touch of pale malt that's noted, but not much. Balanced is not a word you'd use to describe this beer. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. It has a very dry and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It has a body that's on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is very active and crisp. It's smooth, but carbonation is a little too high to be better than that. It's very drinkable. This is an easy drinking, tasty IPA that really satisfies. Gotta love the abv at 6.5% too. It certainly doesn't deter you in any way.

Columbus IPA is a really nice beer. I find myself drinking quite a bit of this stuff and never tire of it. It needs only two minor modifications. The nose needs a little more strength and it's a little too dry. Those two tweaks would improve it. It's very good beer nonetheless. Very proud to say this is brewed in this little place I call home.

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Columbus IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,125 ratings.