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Columbus IPA - Columbus Brewing Company

Columbus IPAColumbus IPA

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Ratings: 831
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%

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 Rifugium


4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tony for throwing this in as an extra.

Don't have any Columbus glassware, so I used a handy Deschutes teku. Cloudy orange-amber color, with a half inch of foamy white head that sank to a wispy layer, leaving some strands of lace on the glass. Aroma was sweet and fruity, orange marmalade, mango, caramel, light citrusy hops. A little more malty than I'd have expected. The taste reflected the nose, but the hops came out a bit more meaningfully, piney, pithy, with a leafy bitterness, caramel and worty malt sweetness, with a dry breadiness. There's definitely some nice complexity going on here, even if it's not as fresh and hoppy as I prefer my IPAs. Medium body, nicely drinkable. I'd definitely go back for more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 16:58:54 | More by Rifugium
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased and drank at Kafe Kerouac in Columbus, OH.

Pours a slightly hazy orange, with a one inch head and sticky looking lacing.

Smells like a pine tree covered in honey, with some orange and pineapple as well.

The taste is pretty similar, but not quite as good. Very earthy, and piney, with a strong malt presence underpinning everything, very honey-like and sweet. Very strong, almost "dirty" earthy flavors here, as well as some deep citrus. With a bit of cleaning up, this would be an elite IPA.

Medium bodied, sticky, and resinous mouthfeel. Well carbonated, very drinkable.

First beer from Columbus Brewing, it's a winner, but not the best IPA I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 12:24:28 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of AwYeh


4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Updating my review after several cases of this; fresh bottle poured into snifter.

A: Pours a hazy, vibrant golden orange color with a finger of thick, foamy, white head. Head subsides at a moderate pace leaving decent lacing behind.

S: Tons of tropical citrus hop flavors in the nose– pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and tangerine. Bits of pine hops and lightly toasted/biscuity malts.

T: Grapefruit and pine are the dominant hop flavors here, and both show up early alongside a bigger dose of sweet, toasty malts than was present in the nose. Not as diverse as the smell, but very well balanced. Biscuity malt flavors and a lingering piney bitterness mesh well on the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation; very smooth and crisp. Slightly creamy too, and with a dry finish. Well done– makes drinking this a breeze.

O: This is my go-to beer when I'm in Ohio. It's an incredible beer, it never gets old, I generally prefer drinking IPAs when not trying new beers, and the price point of $9 for a six-pack gives it one of the best taste to dollar ratios I can think of. Other, bigger IPAs will wow me more once in a while, but the craftsmanship and enjoyment of Columbus IPA are consistently incredible.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 01:53:53 | More by AwYeh
Photo of siege06nd


4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to Mad Fox snifter...

A. This beer is a vibrant, orange gold. It has a half finger of off-white head and soapy suds on the sides of the glass. It glows in the glass, like the last traces of sunset on a cool, spring day.

S. A ripe, tropical, and biscuity bouquet greets my nose. Tropical and juicy notes of pineapple, mango, and orange zest are subdued by assertive earth and pine. A malt sweetness that suggest honeysuckle rounds off the back-end of the nose.

T. Inviting and complex, with big fruity notes of strawberry and tangerine tempered by juicy sweet pineapple and honey drizzled bread crust. The finish suggests more of the earth and minerality from which the hops and malts in this beer came. Slightly drying and bitter, it's a perfect counterbalance to all that is tropical and sweet up front.

M. Crisp and comfortable, like a favorite shirt. Balance is top-notch with an array of flavors that have been carefully constructed into a resounding whole. My favorite IPAs are sweet, tropical, with an under riding bitterness that keeps things grounded. This accomplishes all of that with aplomb.

O. An excellent IPA. It's familiar, balanced, and eminently enjoyable. A more classic IPA than the modern hop bombs that are en vogue, Columbus IPA is an example of true craft and should be savored.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 16:26:35 | More by siege06nd
Photo of rawfish


4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice amber and clear body, head is small, half a finger fo stark white. Retention average and a singular ring of lacing leaving some small dollops of suds on the way down.

Buttery croissant, cookie dough, all very full and balancing before the hops flood in resinous and earthy. Hop aroma fills in the void of citrus with spicy pine, melon, stone fruit and dank herbaceous green hops. Balanced with the malt profile and some power this is a damn fine sniffer.

Full honey and pastry malt, almost a raw bakery dough flavor with matching glazed sweetness. Ample balance for a hop profile that swings in again, devoid of citrus providing variants of tropical fruit, underlying melon, smooth pine and spicy herbaceous greens. Low initital bitterness builds with a piney kick.

Moderate body and carbonation. Well integrated overall, alcohol is not a factor.. Bitterness gives a lower than normal impression despite drying pretty well.

Impressive IPA, almost completely lacking in typical citrus hops, this beer makes up for it with pine and secondary fruit. Balance is ideal and the croissant-like malt is very decadent.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 04:36:56 | More by rawfish
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New Hampshire

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky orange color with a two inch off white frothy head. The head settles to quarter inch fluffy band of foam. The aroma smells of pine/resin, citrus fruits including grapefruit and orange, and a smidgen of malt flavors. The beer tastes of bitter resinous hops with a citrus fruit aftertaste; nice and juicy! Medium body, goes down easy and can be consumed quickly. Perfect amount of bitterness on the finish too. A very good and well constructed IPA!!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 23:14:58 | More by ChrisL24481
Photo of Swettenham_Shire


4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Currently my go-to IPA. Very easy to find in Columbus and always fresh - the bottle date on my most recent 6-pack purchase was two days old. $9 for a sixer; about the same for a 64oz growler refill.

Not quite as good as Bodhi, but CBC has another winner here.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 16:34:39 | More by Swettenham_Shire
Photo of MattSweatshirt


3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has an orange body and a off-white head that lasts and leaves lace all over the place.

Big ol' melange of orange fruits. Grapefruit, apricot, peach, and tangerine.

Bitter grapefruit and a hefty bready malt backbone that is almost right up there with the hop flavors.

The body and bitterness are on the lighter side lending the beer to ridiculous drink ability.

Really enjoyable although too much malt quality in the taste. Wish I knew how old the bottle was.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 21:45:56 | More by MattSweatshirt
Photo of dar482

New York

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 with a stiff fluffy head.

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. There’s a bready and grainy malt flavor in there. A medium and very drinkable body. The finish is again of grapefruit pith as well as a long piney and herbaceous flavor. A medium plus to heavy bitterness.

A very well balanced IPA that is easy to drink. It has subtle flavors throughout, a light body, and decently bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 04:39:14 | More by dar482
Photo of d5001986


3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 01:08:31 | More by d5001986
Photo of scottfrie


4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into SN hop glass. Thanks Eric!

A: Pours a cloudy glowing citrus orange with a couple fingers of greasy bright white head that quickly faded into a faint collar and wispy film. Tons of spotty wispy lace was left down the glass.
S: Huge tropical and citrus nose that reminds me of tangerine nectar and mango purée. Huge fresh hoppy nose. No trace of malt. Sweet smelling.
T: Mango and citrus hops dominate with sweet and extremely fresh fruit notes, but a balancing dose of pale bready malt adds some body and keeps the beer from becoming completely one dimensional. The finish is doughy and sweet with fruit nectar and the aftertaste is lightly bitter, leafy and lingering.
M: Medium-full body, thick, smooth and soft carbonation, chewy and greasy hop oil mouthfeel.
O: One of the most hoppy yet balanced and easy to drink ipas I've had in a long while. Extremely smooth, clean, refreshing and drinkable. Thanks again Eric!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 19:46:10 | More by scottfrie
Photo of BrewUSA


4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Columbus IPA

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 88/100

Nice IPA has all the usual 'IPA characteristics' In interest of full disclosure, I think the one I'm drinking may be old... May need a revisit, I see no date. Still all the citrus and pine resin shines through. Dry but not unpleasant. Delightful to drink and is a pleasure on the palette~

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 06:12:07 | More by BrewUSA
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mgbickel for sending this long-time want. 12 oz bottle pours a lightly hazed orange color with a large and dense white head. Sticky as fuck and leaves great lace. One of the best looking brews I have seen is quite some time.

Nose is tropical and citrus hops galore with a light, grainy malt backdrop. Smells amazing.

Taste is juicy hop flavor and a low bitterness in the West Coast IPA fashion. Bright and citric with a nice little biscuit malt that is more substantial than I thought at first. Mouthfeel is great - creamy, full and smooth. This is up there with the best of them, for sure. I am already excited for the next time I might stumble across this gem.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 22:20:00 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick bubbly ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass leaving specs behind.

S- Bright citrus notes of tangerine, orange and grapefruit. Tangy and vibrant.

T- Flavor is a bit more malt forward than the aroma with some sweet cereal grain coming through. The hop bitterness sinks into the palate and lingers a bit. Alcohol is decently hidden as grassy notes start to appear.

M- Quite sharp and oily from the hops. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A good IPA that's got some punch to it but also doesn't skimp on the tropical fruit notes.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 22:27:51 | More by Immortale25
Photo of Stevedore


3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, undated. Picked up at Warehouse Liquors in Cleveland Heights. $8.99/6. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 10/15/2013.

Review #287.

Pours a hazy orange (this is an unfiltered beer according to the label) with a fairly thick white head, taking up perhaps a finger-breadth. Good retention. Good lacing.

Smells balanced in that there is a nice sweet malt- biscuits really, with a nice tropical fruit aroma. Not intense, but it's there.

Flavour profile ends up being nicely balanced. It's got a nice tropical fruit presence- grapefruit and mango in particular, which also brings a nice but not overwhelming bitterness on the back end. It's complemented by a fairly solid malt presense- crackers, biscuits. Solid profile, nothing intense but very drinkable.

Medium bodied, not particularly resinous or dry, very drinkable. Very good carbonation that gives the beer a nice creaminess in a good way. No noticeable ABV presence.

Very good local Ohio IPA. Would be a shelf staple if I ever move to Cleveland. I like this better on a regular basis than I do Head Hunter IPA, as a more drinkable, smooth IPA but Head Hunter is more intense and delivers more flavour. Depends on what you're in the mood for, I guess.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 04:49:59 | More by Stevedore
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 20:28:23 | More by beertunes
Photo of PHBoiler


4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very clear golden body with a finger of white foamy head. Very fragrant. I get the traditional Simcoe scent, which is ditchweed for me as some say cat pee. There is some faint citrus peel scent too. There is a bite on the front of the taste that kicks you. Just a tad oily mouthfeel, kind of what I want from a good IPA. Dank, flavorful IPA. Well balanced and highlights the Simcoe hop.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 04:12:18 | More by PHBoiler
Photo of Bills453


4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - golden colored with a hue of red. White two finger head that leaves a great lacing on the side of the glass as it dissipates.

Smell - hops. A bit of pine, floral and grass.

Taste - a perfectly brewed IPA. Perfect amount of hops, not tons of bitterness but a nice amount.

Mouthfeel - A OK

Overall - a very good IPA

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 22:23:47 | More by Bills453
Photo of Omnium


4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice cloudy gold color, 1 finger of fizzy white head, no lacing, a little yeast floating around.
S - Big tropical attack, mango, pineapple, dragonfruit, then some dank floral notes, definitely some grassy tones.
T - Great flavor out of an unexpected brew, lots of those tropical fruits without being overly sweet or candy-like. Nice floral bitterness to it, a little cracker kinda malt to it. Some grassy undertones.
M - Very clean and bright feel, a little sweetness on the end, but very balanced.
O - There's a lot of times where I judge a beer based on its label before tasting it, I got it because it was an IPA I havent tried, and the label is just very plain, but this is an outstanding IPA thats somewhat simple, but bursting with great balanced and fresh flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 23:18:09 | More by Omnium
Photo of HopHeadRyan


4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle, decanted into standard pint tumbler...not date on bottle...

*Tip - let this beer reach 45-50 degrees...you get much more of the delicious aromas and flavors...I find really hoppy beers are much better and more complex when they are a bit warmer...you get much more flavor/aroma...

A - Hazy light orange a short head that leaves a thin layer and nice lacing...

S - Very nice grassy, citrus, dank, and herbaceous aroma

T - Very nice citrusy, tropical notes, apricots, with a hint of spice and grapefruit pith; a pleasant lingering citrus bitterness with a kiss of malty sweetness

M - Clean, crisp, smooth with a hint of creaminess

Overall - - A great MidWest IPA. A little west coast influence, but definitely its own animal. Any hophead would enjoy this beer. Would probably be awesome on tap and I will look for this whenever visiting family in ohio in the future!


Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 00:43:08 | More by HopHeadRyan
Photo of Zormac


4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle poured in to great lakes brewing co pint glass about half inch head relatively clear brassy golden color aroma was as expected of an IPA citrusy and bright taste was full and refreshing with a slightly oily finish over all this is a great IPA I would buy this buy the case for sure

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 00:49:55 | More by Zormac
Photo of JohnG190

New York

4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden orange with a two-finger white fluffy head. Nice lacing and good head retention. Nice grassy/earthy aroma. Bitterness hits the tongue first, followed by nice malty sweetness. Finishes slightly sweet with a hint of hoppy bitterness. Medium-to-light body, with light carbonation. Overall, this is a great IPA - very drinkable! Kudos Columbus!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 22:36:46 | More by JohnG190
Photo of jeonseh


3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 23:31:42 | More by jeonseh
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 23:04:47 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of Powderhornphil


4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with two fingers head. Leaves light lacing.

Smells of orange zest. Slight earthy piney notes.

Taste is pleasantly albeit mildly bitter. I get mostly orange and tangerine notes. Jammy malty qualities.

Medium on the mouthfeel. Lighter carbonation.

Pleasant enough and quite enjoyable. But in the extremely competitive IPA market there quite a lot of beers of this caliber -- which for IPA lovers is a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 02:16:01 | More by Powderhornphil
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Columbus IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
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