Columbus IPA - Columbus Brewing Company
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Reviews by tectactoe:
4.08/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2013 17:35:52 | More by tectactoe
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4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
The beer comes in a super hazy vibrant peachy orange color.
The aroma has light orange, spicy pine, dankness, a bit of that cat pee along with grass, herbs, and a light grainy malt.
The flavor follows of peaches, mango, bitter grapefruit, grapefruit and orange peel. The finish is again of grapefruit pith as well as a long piney and herbaceous flavor. There’s a bready and grainy malt flavor in there. A medium and very drinkable body.
A very well balanced IPA that is easy to drink. It has subtle flavors throughout, a light body, and very dry finish.
Serving type: bottle
02-14-2014 04:39:14 | More by dar482
Columbus IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 795 ratings.