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Columbus IPA - Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus IPAColumbus IPA

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Reviews: 345
Hads: 1,167
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 17.02%
Wants: 265
Gots: 185 | FT: 8
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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Photo of n2185
2.55/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a surprisingly dark orange with about a finger of white, frothy head. Head retention is pretty good with some moderate lacing.

S: A little citrus up front followed by lots and lots of pine and resiny hops. Smells pretty good, though not much depth to it.

T: Pine and resin dominate the flavors with an extremely bitter and bland finish. The bitterness lingers around, coating my tongue for minutes after a sip.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation and an oily resin character at the end

D: With the lingering bitterness, this is not a very drinkable IPA to me.

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Photo of Kelp
2.94/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer was sent to me as an extra, and I am sorry to say I don't remember from whom.

It has a nice yellowish appearance to it with a nice white head.

Smells of pine and citrus, the usual IPA smells, but a little bit stronger. I enjoyed the smell the most.

The taste starts out fantastic citrus and pine and the end is overwhelmingly grapefruit/acidic citrus. Definitely not my cup of tea. The end flavor sticks to the tongue and just is not enjoyable.

It has a nice thickness and carbonation to the beer.

I had to pass along half the bottle to another person. It was nice to try, but I won't be having it again if possible.

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3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well First time review. My home base is Three Floyds and my taste buds tend to judge against the Munster Authority. The citrus up front seemed abit toned down with the bitter after bite being existent . My first rating and I wanted to add their monthly brew but being my first review I cannot add the monthly beer Hop Odyssey which being an extra pale ale I really enjoyed and went very much over in taste above their standard IPA. My two cents of info. Pretty much a standard go to IPA Is how I would rate it. Color seemed light for my standards along with overall taste. If the front end blossomed I would give it a higher rating

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Photo of selecter70
3.02/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been slightly off the pale ales of late, as I have felt overwhelmed by their ubiquity. Nevertheless, I won't turn down one that I've never tried, and the folks from Columbus certainly helped my willingness. The pour was a cloudy medium to dark honey which I did not expect, and the white head was decent & full. The aroma, however, threw me for a loop, as it was an astringent cat pee aroma with hints of Concord grapes. Very off-putting. The flavor, however, was not of urine, thank God! Rather, it was light but full, with good hops, not too sharp or sour, and with mild citrus tones. Weird but good.

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Photo of garuda
3.11/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Golden, hazed, nice white head that retains and laces well. Looks good.

S/T - Rich, ripe grapefruit hits first, but then my super sensitivity to the simcoe hop takes over and I get a healthy dose of cat-pee-soaked carpet amongst resinous pine flavors and aromas. Biscuit malts with some honey sweetness. Gets a little too catty in the taste to actually enjoy the drink.

M - Medium body, ample carbonation, finishes dry with bitter pine.

O - If you're sensitive to the simcoe hop like me, this beer is not for you. If not, you'll probably love this one.

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Photo of beertunes
3.21/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Kurmaraja for this one. Poured into straight pint glass. poured a semi-hazy orange color with less than 1/4 inch of just off white head that had low retention and above moderate lacing.

The aroma was fairly typical for the style, citrus and pine hops with a mild malt presence. Same on the tongue, except for addition of a slight funk, that I found a bit distracting.

The body was solidly medium for the style, and somewhat sticky. Drinkability was decent, I'd drink a few now and then if they were around. Overall, a good, solid example of the style, not particularly notable for being good or bad. Probably worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of Risser09
3.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper colored ale with a slight haziness and some orange highlights to it. White head reaches 1” and goes away quickly.

Smell: Very floral hop aroma and fresh grapefruit too. Reminds me of Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher.

Taste: Different from what I expected. Not as complex as I wanted, kind of a one dimensional flavor profile. Kind of a metallic off flavor that sits in the background.

Mouthfeel: Slick at first but then a U-turn makes it feel metallic and coarse. Alcohol is present, but not cloying.

Drinkability: Okay but not worth seeking out. There are better IPAs to be had.

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Photo of d5001986
3.39/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A: Cloudy dark orange with a finger of white head.

S: Lemon, pine, cloves, a bit floral too.

T: Peppery up front, followed by pine, citrus, and the malt. There's a lingering bitterness.

M: Slick medium body.

O: Not feeling this one. It's drinkable, but I'll never seek this out again.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery yesterday. Super stoked to try it.

A- This is one beautiful beer. Cloudy amber body and served with a nice 2 finger or so head that sticks all the way down the glass with plenty of lacing.

S- Good overall. Plenty of citrus and earthy hops with a faint caramel malt backbone.

T- This is the kicker for me. The nose was very bright but the flavor was average run of the mill IPA. Very faint citrus flavor with earthy hop overtones. The finish has a hint of caramel malt and is just slightly bitter.

M-Medium carbonation and a medium weight body. Nothing much to it.

O-overall this is a decent beer but nothing to brag about. IT really is beautiful and smells good but overall nothing special.

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.44/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently tried this for the first time on a trip into Columbus, OH area.

A- Amber, red hue, caramel notes in the color/ nice head and quality retention with some mild lacing down glass.

S- Slight sweet hop aroma, mild character, odd inconsistent staleness to the smell...tried to figure out if the glass had some residual odor in it (don't believe it did)...smell of beer did not mesh with the taste.

T- Moderate hop bitterness, fresh, seemingly basic and standard IPA taste...has more of an EPA character than the traditional American big hop IPA bitterness. Good quality, nice balance with the hops and malt.

M- Good carbonation, which I have heard may have been an issue in the past...nice feel to this beer.

D- Surely this is a very drinkable offering, light and fresh...but nothing to unique or impressive. I do think it is a great addition to the craft beer arena in a really underdeveloped emerging market in the Columbus, OH area.

I would like to get this one on tap...and compare the difference, have heard great things about the draft product...for it's superior freshness and balance.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.47/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has a very hoppy and dry aroma. The taste is an almost perfect balance of hops and malt, there really isn't too much of one or the other.

Because this is so balanced it is also very refreshing for an IPA, which is rare.

It's very easy to drink and gets better with a slightly warmer temperature. The only problem I have is that there aren't enough hops for my taste.

It's a good, balanced IPA and I would like to try more from this brewery.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.57/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks (i think) to shawnp for this one.

poured cold from the bottle a cloudy dark caramel gold to a sun king shaped pint glass with a 1/2 finger, foamy, slightly off white head leaving spotty lace.

nice, and not punching you in the face citrus hops aroma.

earthy and citrus hops up in front and bitter all over the front of the tongue and the roof of my mouth. interesting sweet / sour citrus following and fading quickly.

medium bodied, bitter bite, creamy.

a better than average IPA with a better than average malt backbone.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this bottle as an extra in a trade.

A: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. A full 2 inches of billowing white head rose, and very slowly settled. The beer is a pale, cloudy orange with a copper hue. Nice spotty and sticky lacing is left on the glass.

S: Some dried herbal hops and grapefruit. Can't get much else.

T: Pretty bitter up front on the initial draw. Flavor notes of grapefruit, mild orange, some sweet caramel malt. The bittering hops are the most prominent and dominate though.

M: Medium to high carbonation, and dry. A bit thin on the finish.

O: Good. A little too dry bitterness for my preference, but admittedly, one of the better Mid-west IPA's I've had. I like the fact that it was not pasteurized, since that preserves more flavor in my humble opinion. I think that gives it a longer shelf life too, since I can't tell from the bottle how fresh it is.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
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

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More NBS BIF #1 OHIO goodness from @WesMantooth

Orange honey in color, frothy head that trails back to a thin
Hoppy nose piney, a bit “dry” .
Taste is pine meets hints of floral, maybe some lite citrus.
Malt backbone is fairly prominent for an IPA. But I like it.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle from riko, thanks! Snifter.

A: Burnished amber with an inch of white foam. Good retention and scattered tendrils of lacing.

S: Malt is strong, lending notes of sweet bread and caramel. A swirl of the glass brings dank pine to life, which blends with orange flesh and grapefruit. This is well balanced, but the hop profile is nice.

T: The flavor is much like the aroma, with a pronounced breadiness accompanying sweet caramel. There's a lower moderate level of smooth bitterness with grapefruit flesh and rind. Resinous pine is pervasive.

M: Medium in body with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: A solid malty IPA.

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Photo of Myotus
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Eziel for this trade!
Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on the 210th day of 2015) into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of off-white foam that halves itsleft after 45 seconds. Rising bubbles are still in high numbers after the head settles. Honey orange in color. Lacing is high, but very thin.
SMELL: Strong aromas of gummy fruit snacks first catch my attention. Beneath those lie mild aromas of piney hops and sweet bready malts and subtle aromas of mangos and peaches.
TASTE: Mild piney hops and fruit snack gummy flavors along with subtle mango and peach flavors make up the initial taste. Mild bitter hop flavors and subtle sweet bready malt flavors enter immediately after as initial flavors push on.
FEEL: Somehwere between full-bodied medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finishes with a moderate dryness.
NOTE: Maybe I got a dud. Wasn't that great. Definitely had better, but I have also had worse.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Bar Louie in...you guessed it...downtown Columbus. Pours a hazy golden color. Smell of straight pine, big time bitter, and very little malt presence here. Flavor is very hop forward, big pine hops up front, bite throughout, then more bitter on the way down. One of the most dry finishes I have experienced from an IPA. Focuses hardcore on the bitter hops. Not for those that dislike bitter. Luckily for me, I do. Good IPA, if not a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle. Brought back from Ohio in a friend's luggage. 14297 stamped on bottle - maybe 2014, 29 July?

Color is hazy orange with a two finger white head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is floral and piney. Flavor starts off with a mild piney bitterness followed by some caramel-coated orange. Finish is short and mildly bitter. Body is pretty light - almost watery.

Overall, it's a good beer. Nothing special, but no major flaws. I'd like a bit more body and more complex hop aromas.

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Photo of david131
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy dark orange liquid with a thick and craggy off white head that has excellent retention.

S- Pine, citrus, grass, and a nice caramel malt backing. All of the aspects work nicely together.

T- Just like the aroma but rather mild. The hoppiness is right up front followed by some malt sweetness then a nice bitter finish.

M- Light on the carbonation with some lingering bitterness.

O- A nice IPA that drinks nicely but when it is all said and done, it is not very interesting to me.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, big thanks to Ryan for this surprise! No freshness date to be found. Served at around 40F.

Pours very hazy orange/amber with a large fluffy white head that leaves sticky rings of drippy lacing behind.

Aroma is very floral along with orange, apricot, grapefruit, some pine & grass. Good strength.

Flavor is grapefruit rind, oranges, apricot, pine, resin, floral hops, some caramel malt sweetness in the middle, finishes with a decent bit of grapefruit rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat oily, good carbonation.

Well-balanced IPA. Pretty good stuff, glad to have the chance to try it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear orange. Small white head. Medium collar and some wisps.

Smell - Citrus hop. Orange and grapefruit. Lots of doughy malt.

Taste - More grapefruit here. Slight sweetness. Caramel malt. Bitter finish. Straightforward but good flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium low carbonation. Bitter.

Overall - I'm not blown away, but it's good. There are better IPAs even in Florida.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to forgetfu for this tick! Word up. 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle.

Pours a hazy golden orange with thick fluffy white head. Nose is piney and bitter smelling. Very dry and earthy aroma.

Palate is a lot lighter than I expected it to be based on the color. Pleasantly bitter on the mid-palate. Orange blossom, orange juice/pulp and lime flowers too. Not earth on the palate, just citrus.

Notes: Wow. This is killer. Would love to sit back with a 6er on the back porch and watch the sun set.

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Photo of levifunk
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - light orange pour. white head dissipates, but slowly.

s - pine hops dominates. there is a malt sweetness behind the hops.

t - very bitter. citrus hops flavor. flavor dies off quickly which makes me think this beer lacks substance.

m - lighter body. decent carbonation.

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Columbus IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
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