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Columbus IPA - Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus IPAColumbus IPA

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

342 Reviews
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Reviews: 342
Hads: 1,152
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8%
Wants: 263
Gots: 174 | 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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Reviews: 342 | Hads: 1,152
Photo of mozart4898
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - 1 1/2 fingers of white head that fades within a couple minutes, leaves lots of soapy lacing. Coppery golden color with slight haze. Looks appealing.
S - Sweet, peach/stone fruit, slight pine and citrus. Malt is nowhere to be found in aroma. Spot on awesome IPA aroma IMO.
T - Follows right in line with aroma. Stone fruits, slight grassiness/pine forest, background of citrus pith. Bitterness comes in after swallowing and hangs around, but is fairly clean.
F - Carbonation is average, could perhaps be a touch dryer for my preferences but not syrupy or cloying by any means.
O - This is a truly solid IPA - outstanding even. One thing that perhaps throws me is that the brewery's name plastered across a bottle of IPA automatically makes me expect the dank and dirty character of Columbus hops. They may be in here but they're not dominant by any means. Deserving of a spot among the elite IPAs I've drank - and something that you can buy in many a gas station in central Ohio at that. (999 characters)

Photo of Stevem68
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich golden color. Has a great hoppy floral aroma. Taste is of hops but ends a little quick for my liking. However a really good IPA. Could drink this all day (166 characters)

Photo of Seejae
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid IPA from top to bottom. This beer pushes it's self almost immediately to the back of the tongue with a symphony of sharp Simcoe notes. A staple beer of the C-bus scene. (176 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Pours a light straw color and settles as a beautifully clear golden in my glass; I could seriously read a newspaper through this beer. An aggressive pour resulted in a 2 finger head of super-sticky, snow-white foam. Light tropical fruit, pine, and tons of citrus on the nose. Light weight, and very creamy on the mouthfeel. A crisp, carbonated hop bite greets you right away upon sipping, later unfolding into a more complex, piney, and dank flavor. A sweet malt kiss on the finish, followed by a lingering hop bitterness on the aftertaste, completes this beer.

Overall, very enjoyable. This beer has such a big aroma that it keeps making me think it's a IIPA. Not a whole lot of bitterness, but plenty of pine and hop flavor. It's masterfully balanced, and super easy to drink. I wish I could get this beer more often. (848 characters)

Photo of gcasher
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks awesome. It has a rich copper color.
The head was white and less than a finger with a modest pour.
The aroma was initially of citrus, but very mild. It smells fresh.
The Alpha taste is dank and piney. The Beta is Citrus and the Gamma is sweet malt. yum.
Overall, this was a fantastic beer to drink after mowing the lawn. I was surprised how I couldn't put the glass down.

It was a bottle pour into a brandy glass. (435 characters)

Photo of Chuckletheturtle
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first impression was an underestimate. Day or two latter, I had another cold cold bottle and I had to now praise this mid-western brewery. Very well crafted malt-hop balance. (177 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light copper with 1 finger off-white head. Adequate small-bubble carbonation. Fades to a thin white skim. Decent lacing.

Resiny, citrusy aroma. Simcoe "gassy" smell, but only slightly. Firm malty backbone. Potent.

Taste is lighter than I remember, and less sweet. Dry, clean hooky arrival with slightly malty mid palate. Powerful Simcoe resiny bitterness starts on the middle and lingers through the end.

Mouthfeel is lighter than I recall, on the light side of medium. Lots of carb for an IPA. Clean finish.

Overall: when you want an IPA, this more than fits the bill. Very hoppy brew; hop pier than I remember on the palate, less so on the nose. Also, less sweet than I recall. Very similar to Commodore Perry, but way less sweet/malty. (760 characters)

Photo of clh323
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my girlfriends new favorite IPA and that's OK with me. If she has to have this around I can live with that. It has excellent smell, taste and aftertaste. I like it better just chilled, not too cold. Left some out in the garage where the temp as about 35 degrees and the taste wasn't as sharp until it warmed up a bit. It joins a few other beers I'll let sit on the counter for 20 minutes until I uncap it. (418 characters)

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.69/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of tjwarren
4.91/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A somewhat transparent copper orange color with a big off-white cap that leaves a film throughout.

Tons of resinous pine in the aroma. Also citrus and some sweet malts. Slightly musky.

Crisp, biting hops. Big, fresh, ripe fruits. Pineapple, apricot, mango. Very piney toward the end with a strong malt base.

Sticky, oily resin in a creamy, medium body. A little drying.

An outstanding IPA that drinks a bit more like a DIPA with pale malts (if that makes sense) I think it may be a more balanced beer than Bodhi. I still like White Rajah and Head Hunter a little more in this in state category, but don't pass this one up. (632 characters)

Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on: 12.4.14. Drank 12.27.14. Poured from a 12ox bottle into an Imperial Pint. Purchased while driving through Columbus from the Dublin Giant Eagle @ 8.99/6

A: Pours a clear pale golden orange. Plenty of visible carbonation, two fingers of dusty off white head after a hard pour. Good retention, slow sliding lacing.

S: Tart and alive. Strong floral aromas with matching pine hops. A few traces of tropical fruits here and there, but this is most assuredly a floral first IPA.

T: Piney hops with a light amount of bitterness, in no way a palate wrecker. Some pineapple and ruby grapefruit, with a hefty amount of dandelions. Finishes with a touch of pepper, and sweet malt to keep itself well balanced.

M: Relatively light for a 6.5% IPA. Easy drinking, light carbonation, finishes with just a touch of bitterness, and a soft linger of florals.

O: An excellent everyday IPA. Does everything well, is tame enough to enjoy over and over, but big enough to savor. I can't wait to get my hands on CBC's Bodhi next time I pass through. (1,043 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear golden yellow color with a small fizzy white head that retains for a while, before disappearing completely

S- flowery and piney hop aroma, with a hint of citrus. Biscuit malt backbone

T- piney hop bitterness up front with some floral notes kicking in mid-palate, also some fresh grassy notes as well. Toasted biscuit malt before a dry finish

M- medium body and medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel with a smooth crisp finish

O- a nice showcase of the Simcoe hop, and easy to drink (513 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.25/5  rDev 0%

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. (289 characters)

Photo of RobbDogg
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Hazy orange pour with a thin head. An original fresh scent, haven't smelled this before and now I'm intrigued. The flavors are of a nice array or fruits and hops. Light and drinkable but with an excellent bitter finish. Some pepperiness creeps in as it warms. I wish I could get this beer locally. Thanks for the taste Bob. (323 characters)

Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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. (275 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Thanks to WCW for this one.

Thin head but probably because i poured it into a mug. Nice dirty orange color, aroma of pungent melon and orange. Flavor is one thing for me: bitter pineapple....and i like it. Good stuff! (218 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy amber color capped by a meringue of a head that leaves plenty of splashy lacing

Smell: Floral and fruity, with sugary citrus and tropical fruit aromatics

Taste: A hint of sugary malt and then the hops dominate, bringing pineapple and ruby red grapefruit tones; there is a hint of melon but this is all about the lively hop flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A great West Coast style IPA; this brewery knows their way around the hop farm (511 characters)

Photo of coriswrasse
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Bottle shared in two snifters.
Fantastic hoppy nose with fruity and pine notes. Golden color. Head could be a bit larger but the lacing left is nice. Great carbonation. Light mouthfeel that is sticky sweet and then dries out to resinous pine. Fantatic beer overall. Would love to access to this on a regular basis. Better than Hop Drop and Roll but no Pliny or Heady. (376 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.25/5  rDev 0%

A: Rich, golden body. White pillowy head. Slick lacing.
S: Hop, grapefruit, and pine.
T: Medium bitterness. Balanced hop, grapefruit, pine and sweetness.
M: Crisp, medium carbonation, and dry. No mouthful of dense carbonation which I have learned to love.
O: A nice tasting IPA for those hot summer days. Balanced flavor, nothing overpowering, everything is in harmony. For me, this is an excellent session IPA. (419 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
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 (509 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle received in trade from a non-BA member. Sampled on August 1, 2014.

The pour is a slightly foggy yellow-medium amber color with a small head that fades fast.

The aroma has all the perfumed floral and pine loveliness one might expect from an IPA. It has some punch in the nose I will say.

The body is medium and a bit better. Chewy.

Like the aroma those floral, grassy, and piney hops become the flavor. A quick dip into toasted biscuits and then hops flourish to the bitter end. Very nice. (520 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, floral hops, piney undertones and sweet toasty malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, light mango, bitter pine resins, floral hops and sweet toasty malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. (556 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle received in trade with mtomlins - thanks!

Appearance - Light copper colour with a large size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some nice lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, apricots, malts, melon, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste apricot, grapefruit, and pineapple. There is also some malts, melon and lot of dry hoppy notes.

Overall - Lots of hoppy flavour and some malt to back up the rest of the fruity notes. This is my first beer from this brewer and it's very solid. Reminds me a bit of a better version of the flying monkeys smashbomb ipa available to me locally. (733 characters)

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Columbus IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.