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Columbus IPA - Columbus Brewing Company

Columbus IPAColumbus IPA

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 311
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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4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Logged from notes, shared via growler by someone at DLD '11. Apperance is gold and clear with a nice white head that retains nicely and leaves plenty of lacing. Nose is incredibly aromatic and reminds me of opening a fresh bag of pellet hops. Herbal notes paired with spice and pine pair with rich deep malts. The taste has some initial sweetness with some citrus and floral notes from the hops. As the hops subside, a caramel malt base is present. Mouthfeel is medium with appropriate carbonation making for a refreshing body. Overall, a great IPA worth tasting.

Serving type: growler

08-12-2013 06:48:25 | More by homebrew311
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was courtesty of smchenry75, who graciously gave me this three day old growler just to continue positive beer karma.

This beer pours a bright gold in color with slight cloudiness. The gold is both rich and vibrant. Right off the bat it has a hop profile that makes me think of Three Floyds. I smell citra, citra, citra with a light resinous pine. The nose is fantastic! The flavors are of citrusy and sweet pine cones. The hop/malt balance is exceptional. It drinks very well and is a tad dry. I kind of wish it wasn't this dry but it's still a very, very good IPA. I'm definitely grateful for the fresh growler. It's an oustanding brew.

Serving type: growler

06-04-2011 21:46:10 | More by aasher
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South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fun growler that I brought over for Easter dinner. This was brought out onto the boat and enjoyed as we drove around the lake. Poured into pint glasses and enjoyed on 04/24/2011.

Really a nice little pour here with a typical copper tinted amber and a nice well rounded head of white that capped the top of the glass and dropped a good bit of lacing around the sides and the bottom quite quickly, leaving some nice rings of lacing on the way down.

First smells were of deep citrus pine notes. Oranges, pineapple, hints of pine sap, with a delicate balance of bready malts throughout the mid palate as it starts to warm. Really nice feel here as the delicate carbonation really pulled it together quite nicely as the initial bite of hops mellowed quite nicely and became such a well balanced flavor. Clean and quick the flavor rolls off the tongue so smoothly, so effortlessly. Last little touches of citrus roll across the palate and a smooth and clean finish leaves you looking for more.

Overall very, very solid and extremely well done. This is one I would have no issue with having again and really is a very nice offering from them.

Serving type: growler

04-25-2011 22:24:58 | More by mikesgroove
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4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh growler gotten from LiquidCucumber. I tasted these on consecutive nights to see how they compare. Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: A golden orange color that is slightly hazy. A two finger white fluffy head leaves nice glass lacing.

S: Same as the bottle with fresh citrus fruit, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple and some grassy tones. Sweetness seems to be poking out a bit more.

T: Hoppy citrus fresh fruits are aboud with flavors of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, mango and pineapple. The sweetness seems to be a bit more so in this growler taste than the bottle. The caramel sweetness mid taste seems to take over more of the hops and rides out the finish producing a less bitter finish. Still, this is one hoppy beer that is just fantastic. Bitterness lingers.

M: Medium mouthfeel, prickly, bitter, no alcohol and nice carbonation.

D: Really high, this is a great drinking beer with a reasonable ABV.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. Call me crazy, but I thought the bottle version was dryer with a tad more bitterness on the finish. However, one thing I learned is tastes change so I am lucky enough to have another bottle to try so I will compare again. Great beer either way you have it!

Serving type: growler

03-07-2011 19:29:41 | More by Kadonny
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4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this growler from Mpbugeye in the Blind Beers 3 BIF.
Reviewed without any knowledge of the brewery, style, or beer...

Ok... So after struggling for 10 minutes with the excessive amount of duct tape, I finally got the growler open..,
Says pour I into a pint or a tulip... Glassware hint doesn't really help me...

So I cracked the growler open and poured into my Duvel tulip... And a glass for my wife into a pint glass. Hers looks better.

This has to be a big old monster of a DIPA. I like it. I like it a lot.

A strong rocky cap of foam leaves dry sticky veins of lacing-- like intricate webs-- down the side of the pint glass. Retention is quite strong. This is a glowing golden-orange color... Very lively and energized.

Nose is in-your-face grapefruit. Huge bomb of citrus hops. A little orange and tangerine hides beneath the grapefruit. Very little malt... But there is some sweetness still. That sweetness is dried up by the finish, which is clean and crisp.

I feel like I've had this before... This is damn tasty. Reminds me a bit of some of the Alpine IPAs I've had before. The body is light, well-carbonated, and prickly as hell. A good oily residue left behind coats my teeth-- nice.

This is VERY easy to put down. I will be pouring a 2nd glass right now.

So what is this one Seth?
Assuming it's a DIPA: (after finding out it is a regular, these numbers got a bump up)
A- 4
S- 4
T- 4.5
M- 4.5
D- 5

And I ripped the paper open-- it's a Columbus Brewing Co growler... Seth has replied that it is in fact Columbus IPA.

Wow. This is killer. So damn flavorful. I would put this right up there with my top IPAs-- Jai Alai, Just Outstanding, and other world class IPAs.

Just a terrific beer-- better from the growler than the bottle, but even the bottle was pretty good.

Serving type: growler

12-20-2010 00:03:10 | More by AleWatcher
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4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE: Poured from a growler into a standard pint glass. Cloudy and opaque orange color with a very nice, somewhat creamy, thick head resting on top. Excellent retention on the head, but only 10% coverage or so on the lacing.

SMELL: Outstanding nose, one of the best I have smelled. Floral and sweet. An absolutely delicious smell.

TASTE: Grapefruit and flowers with a nice bitter finish and aftertaste. Not nearly as sweet as the nose, but enough to balance the hops out a bit, but not too much as to overshadow them.

MOUTHFEEL: Light and pleasant. Not overpowering or heavy. Split ¾ of the growler with my girlfriend over dinner and it was the perfect amount. Even with a couple glasses a piece it did not weigh us down or get us too tipsy.

OVERALL: Between the two breweries and one other trip to a local bar during our trip, we must have sampled 20+ beers from Columbus. This was easily my favorite of them all. Columbus's finest. Whether the people of Columbus appreciate it or not, this one deserves it's A-rating from BA.

Serving type: growler

11-11-2010 19:51:25 | More by StoneTSR
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a growler of this at the Columbus Brewing Company restaurant in the Brewery District of Columbus. Poured into a pint glass. Color is cloudy and yeasty. Light golden in color with a small head. Smell is tremendously floral. Very nice for an IPA. Hints of melon, blueberry, pine. Very complex flavor. All sorts of hop flavors bloom on the tongue and trail off nicely. I don't know how to describe the beer as anything other than hoppy, but there are so many layers to them. Really good stuff. Mouthfeel is a tad watery with low carbonation, but overall the hops are complex and refreshing. An excellent example of an IPA.

Serving type: growler

05-15-2009 15:06:03 | More by ndekke39
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I was skeptical at first when someone told me to try it. Now, I'm glad they did. It is way better than I thought it would be. The taste was what surprised me the most. It wasn't too hoppy and the aftertaste was pleasant. I will definitely recommend this IPA to anyone.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2013 00:56:52 | More by Josh_Wolf
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Columbus IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
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