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Columbus IPA - Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus IPAColumbus IPA

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BA SCORE
94
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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Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Columbus Brewing Company, Columbus, OH

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has some hints of amber. There is no visible carbonation. It poured with a large patch of white bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of tropical fruits in the nose.
T: Very much like the smell, the taste has flavors of tropical fruits—passionfruit seems to stand out in particular. There are also some hints of grapefruit. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present and lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth (but not crisp) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink and has lots of interesting hop flavors without a whole lot of bitterness because there is a good balance with the underlying hops. (846 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to crashdavisinoh for a sixer of this. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a light apricot color with a three or so finger head before dropping down to a half finger head for quite awhile before eventually dissipating. Good deal of lace throughout as well. Nose is excellent. Right out of the bottle it smells like bitterness. Initial whiff brings some strong citrus with a bit of pine into my nose. Good citrus rind characteristics come through. No apparent malt presence.

Taste is nearly as good as the nose, but not quite. I went back and forth between 4 and 4.5, but the taste just didn't quite deliver the hop flavor that the nose promised, although it is nice and dry with a hefty dose of bitterness. Low to moderate carbonation and exceedingly drinkable. I've driven through Columbus many times on the way back to Chicago and I really wish that I had known about this sooner; I'll definitely be stopping next time to grab some of this. Thanks again, Chris! (968 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 BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A tasty brew, but doesn't fare as well as the Columbus Pale and the Porter. The malts seem light, flanked against the high attenuation and grassy, citrus hops. Very herbal, grassy, citrus, and piney from the hops, leaving the beer lightly astringent. Higher dryness and alcohol hurts the drinkability a bit. Still crisp and refreshing. Minty and numbing to the palate. Certainly won't turn it down, but I'd prefer another Pale. (427 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright saturated orange jewel tone, thin layer of white foam that leaves a little irregular spotty lace. Second pour hazes it up a bit. Retention is ok.

A fairly pungent nose, big citrus rind... orange and grapefruit.

Creamy smooth feel, light carb and a moderate hop bitterness that isn't too overpowering. Bitter grapefruit rind, mellow flash of malt sweetness in the middle. Nicely melded, would be a go-to everyday IPA, the lingering hop bitterness lasts for awhile. Overall it's very drinkable and seamless in feel. Would buy this by the sixer easily.

Thanks Chris for sharing this one! (594 characters)

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

Radiant pumpkin orange with (very) light flurries of yeast. No more than a handful of lazy bubble streams can be seen contributing to a three finger crown of sawdust colored foam that is quality from top to bottom. The head is also impressive when it comes to decorating the glass. A classic look.

Oh boy, I love me some Simcoe hops. The tropical fruitiness (that is thankfully unsullied by caramel malt) is bold and bright and juicy and makes me want to dive right into the glass. If the flavor follows suit, we have ourselves a winner.

IPA is top-notch beer, there's no doubt about it. Now the only question is whether it gets a good score or a great one. Too bad I don't have the last five bottles of a sixer to help the decision along. 50 IBUs seems about right. At least these guys didn't wimp out on the little green cones.

Most people will probably want a little more malt, but I think it's fine as is. The relative lack of sugars keeps the alpha acids in buzzsaw mode and gives the tongue a pretty thorough scrubbing. If you want balance, buy a different beer. Top notes include juicy white and pink grapefruit, bitter lemon, passionfruit and pine. Simcoe was a great choice.

The mouthfeel might be a fraction light for the style, but it's close enough and it's certainly no hindrance to rapid consumption. This stuff is dangerously drinkable. Especially if you're a quart low on hops (like I am right now).

Columbus IPA is damn good beer and is CBC's finest creation. I'll be loading up on my thrice yearly trips back to Ohio, that much is certain. If IPA is your favorite style, you owe it to yourself to give this one a whirl. You'll be glad you did. (1,666 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (1,146 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to riko for sharing.

A: The pour is a clear orange/amber color with a big white head and some sticky lacing.

S: The nose is rather nice. Lots of citrus notes featuring orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. A light grass note and plenty of pine and floral hop aromas. Just a little bit of bready malts.

T: Tastes just as citrusy as it smells. Nice fresh orange and grapefruit flavors with a little bit of tropical fruit, too. The requisite pine bitterness is there with only a touch of grass and bread.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Just my second beer from these guys, but both have been quite enjoyable. (628 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a clear plastic cup.

Big thanks to hannydawg for hooking us up with a bottle o' this!

A nice brew to wait to purchase some bottles of Dark Lord with, I should say. It pours a clear light sunrise amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises mandarin orange, orange zest, grapefruit, light lemon zest, and caramel. Fruity, with just a nice hint of sweet. The taste follows this formula pretty closely, with the addition of a few drops of honey. The fruitiness from the hops also branches out at the end into a mild bitterness. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a very tasty IPA, one of the better ones I've had in a long time. (716 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Thanks to finewinemike for hosting us and providing this beer.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear amber color with a layer of off white head that fades quickly and leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Grassy, citrus peel hops along with some mildly sweet malt in the background.

Taste: Super bitter hops dominate the flavor. The hop bitterness is grassy and reminds me of citrus peel. There isn't much malt, but a little bit shows up at the very end of each sip and balances things out just enough. Really good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a finish that is just a little bit dry.

Overall: This is a really wonderful IPA. The malt in the finish balances things out just enough and really hit the spot for me. (790 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery gold, with several fingers of slight off-white head. This retains with a big frothy dollop of foam in the middle of the glass, which just rings the sides of the glass with thick sticky lacing. The aroma smells floral, spicy, and piney, with an underlying mix of zest grapefruit and pale malts that give this a fresh green twang and an overall flavorful feeling airiness in the nose.

The taste is well balanced up front with a tight mix of green citrus and bready sweetness that then unleashes a wave of grapefruit bitterness, resins, and spice out into the mouth. This surprisingly still stays nicely evened out on the palate and while this does trail some assertiveness into the finish, this mostly ends with a satisfying bitter crispness that gets you ready for the next sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly on the tongue, with a firm yet still slick feeling creaminess that really keeps this smooth in the mouth despite the strength of the hop flavors here.

This one didn’t quite blow me away upon first sip but the more I worked on it, the more I liked it, as its focus on well balanced and crisp hop flavors started to show more and more of itself. I picked a sixer of this up based on positive reviews and was not let down in anyway, as this is one flavorful and borderline quenching feeling IPA. It’s definitely worth checking out. (1,413 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I forgot who gave this to me. I'm usually good with keeping track of who gave what, but I guess I missed this one, and I'm really sorry. If you gave me this please let me know asap so I can give you credit.

Big creamy 1.5 finger head fades semi slowly with nice lacing, hazy grapefruit peach colored.

Nose touch of bready semi sweet malt, then nice citrus hops, touch of grapefruit and tropical fruit, floral, a light Amarillo like fruitiness.

Taste has fresh hops, light tropical fruit, little juicy citrus, Amarillo fruity flavors, tangerine, nectarine, citrusy peach, etc, and light spicy piney hops. It has a decent bitter bite with light sweet malty base, touch grainy, nice balance and feels like it should have some booze but doesn't. Finish adds a long lingering bitterness, tropical fruit hops, quite dry, more of that tangerine and grapefruit like tropical fruit hops.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, good carb.

Overall a nice ipa, fairly impressed. Good hop character, nice light malt balance, good bitterness, drinkable, a very well done IPA. (1,058 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been wanting to try this one for several years now. And as luck would have it, today is the day I finally get to do so.

Lots of pine resin on the nose and the flavor profile. Somewhat salty too, but thankfully it doesn't hijack things. Great level of hop influence here. Nice drinker. More a punch of hops than anything graceful, but I like it. (345 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (740 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best straight up Ohio brewed IPA I've come across hands down. Golden copper slightly hazed. Creammy off white head poured at Bodega. Aroma is full of floral and citrus tones flowing ample malts to balance things out as well. I will track down more of this stuff for sure, next time in Columbus I have to visit the brewery. Flavor is sugar coated grapefruit hops nicely balanced but aggressively hopped. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slighly resinous texture, carbonation was dead on. Drinkability is solid all around, best Ohio brewed IPA damn tasty and hella drinkable. (571 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up at the Anderson General Store in Columbus. No obvious bottle date, but I'm guessing this turns over pretty quickly. Poured in my Surly pint glass.

A - Three fingers of creamy white foam with amazing retention, and intricate glass-coating lace. Transparent red-tinged golden body with some slow-moving bubbles. Not really sure how this could look any better.

S - The aroma is a wonderful collection of tropical fruits, oranges, and sugar cookie malt. It's simple, yet extremely effective, and is highly evocative of Alpine's better beers.

T - The taste is more on the herbaceous and earthy side of things, with moderate-to-high mid-palate bitterness that lingers well into the finish. There's some orange juice character in the finish, and a faint hint of pale malt character in the background. Probably a 4.25, but I was a bit generous with the appearance.

M - Light carbonation tingle, smooth medium body that is perhaps a tiny bit watery. Tons of oily residuals, but could stand to be a touch dryer.

D - I absolutely crushed this. A terrific West Coast IPA from an unexpected geographical location. I'm going to have get a regular supply of this, as it's excellent stuff. (1,193 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my New Belgium globe. Received in the birthday BIF from MbpBugeye; thanks Seth!

a - Pours a murky orange brown color with high carbonation evident and two fingers of off white head. Leaves some lacing on the glass and about an inch of head throughout the drink.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, oranges, tropical fruits, fruity malts, honey, and light floral notes. Smells great, lots of fresh hops.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, bready malts, caramel malts, and biscuit. Some slight bitterness but not too much. The taste is enjoyable, and a nice mix of hops and malts, though I enjoyed the smell more.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, pretty smooth body and a slight bitterness up front.

d - Overall this is a very nice IPA that is pretty easy to drink. I enjoyed the smell a lot; lots of fruit and citrus hops which were great. The taste was good too, though it had a lot more malts in it. The caramel and bready malts came out a lot in the taste. Would certainly have this one again. (1,056 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in Aug 2012. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big orange zest, grapefruit, pineapple, pine, floral, caramel, bread, grass, earth, and herbal spiciness. Damn nice aromas with nice balance and complexity. Taste of big orange zest, grapefruit, pineapple, grass, pine, floral, caramel, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, floral, pine, grass, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Excellent hop flavor complexity with a great malt flavor balance as well. No cloying flavors after the finish at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, sticky, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic IPA! Great hop flavor complexity and balance; very smooth to drink. Outstanding and highly enjoyable. (1,090 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

A nice medium amber with a very durable off-white head.

There are plenty of hops in this one, that much is obvious from the nose. There's a mix of hops, although I can't tell which ones. The finish is markedly hoppy and long lasting, but without the strong bitterness i've come to expect in a beer this hoppy. Nice level of malts to balance the hops.

M- medium body and carbonation.

O - excellent, if otherwise not distinguished example of style. (474 characters)

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

Bottle gifted by Mike, thanks. One more top 50 American IPA. Beer is amber and hazy with a thin broken head of small white bubbles. Head leaves some lacing on the glass.

Beer smells like earthy and mildly piny hops.

Beer is medium in body and pretty bitter. Its moderately dry in the palate and finishes well with no aftertaste. Drinkability good, but this is definitely a piny and earthy hop profile. Its pretty good. (420 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to THECPJ for sliding a bottle of this my way. After reading the reviews I was anxious to see if it lived up to the hype.

A: Pours a hazy orange/ruby with a huge 2.5 finger chunky, off-white head. The head is extremely foamy up top, but you can see it is made up of lots of tiny bubbles when you look from the sode. Sticky lacing down the entire glass.

S: Lot of juicy grapefruit. A massive tropical fruit aroma and a nice grassy component. Slight malt on the back end, but very subdued.

T: Very similar to the aroma, dominate by hops. Really nice combination of citrus, grass, and a little but of pine that leaves a slight spice in the back end. The citrus flavor is the most prominent however. Nice grapefruit and tangerine flavor. Slight bitterness, but not overpowering at all.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Slightly dry, bitter finish. Overall, probably one of the best American IPAs I have had so far. Could easily be someones go to beer, very easy to drink, and I would be happy having this one all the time. (1,041 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz standard bottle into a Columbus pint glass. Thanks to csmile for the hookup for both!

Appears a hazed light orange color with a monsterous 2+ fingers worth of lightly yellowish stained fluffy head. The cap slowly receeds leaving quite an uneven amount of foam that on one side of the glass is 2 fingers thick and just a film on the other side... interesting. The lacing is very thick and coats almost the entire glass.

The aroma of this brew is bright and fresh with the scent of citrusy hops. Very pleasant nose filled with grapefruit, pineapple and some more mellow fruitiness like a mango of sorts blended with some different character of rinds almost orange-ish.

The taste of this brew has lots of hop flavor to wrap around your tongue before the spike of bitterness. Upfront this IPA boasts the hop induced taste of grapefruit and a bit of lemony citrus twang before turning bitter like grapefruit rind blended with herbs that are almost minty. It has a backing of malt that is present but with a minimal amount of sweetness that comes across with a light bready taste, slightly toasty.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. No problems finishing this glass. I would happily grab and enjoy another one if I had one but sadly this offering is not readily available to me. For more than 6% abv there was only minor indications of the alcohol presence with a bit of warmth and slight fusel flavor that played well with the flavor of the hops. (1,482 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy murky yellow color with a white head. The aroma is exactly what I expect from an American IPA. I get a lot of pine and orange notes with a little bit of bready malt.

The flavor is more of the same. I get some pine and papaya, as well as some bread and biscuit malt. There is a lot of hop flavor but the bitterness is fairly low for this style of beer.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (461 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer is a hazy yellow hue with a small but lasting white head. The aroma is great, with plenty of hop and citrus scents. Hop forward and tasty. Really easy to drink. Nice and light. Perfect carbonation. A really solid beer. Recommended. (281 characters)

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

A bottle brought back by Sourbatchkid

A- Golden with some small bronze hints with a bright white head. A nice cap afterwards but not much stick.

S- For a fresh IPA this seems pretty muted. Hardly any hop aroma and strong on the pale malts. Small citrus hints with a touch of grass.

T- Mimicks the smell in that the taste is for the style is muted. Im thinking str8 pale ale but the small amount of alcohol and the malt presense leads towards IPA. Faded C-hops with small citrus, light pineapple, grapefruit. Pale malts lead the pack. It's not as sweet as most East coast IPA's though so there is that.

M- A step down from medium, nice malt build, not very bitter, carbed up well, what more do you want to know?

D- I drank it quick, it was tasty but a bit muted, but I can tell that fresh, this would be one to grab a six of and just chill for the afternoon (861 characters)

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