Columbus IPA - Columbus Brewing Company
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4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
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!
10-14-2010 23:27:37 | More by Thorpe429
4.3/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
08-16-2012 19:28:05 | More by metter98
4.43/5 rDev +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.
01-26-2009 14:00:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.95/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
04-21-2008 20:36:34 | More by BEERchitect
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
04-25-2011 22:24:58 | More by mikesgroove
3.9/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
08-30-2011 05:26:18 | More by womencantsail
4.43/5 rDev +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.
05-01-2011 21:40:41 | More by TMoney2591
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
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!
10-14-2012 22:09:37 | More by emerge077
4.21/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
05-29-2014 02:12:36 | More by RblWthACoz
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
07-18-2010 16:53:08 | More by WVbeergeek
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
03-28-2012 19:25:35 | More by Kegatron
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
12-07-2010 02:16:39 | More by MasterSki
4/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
10-21-2010 17:40:55 | More by drabmuh
4.4/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
10-20-2012 01:32:02 | More by jlindros
4/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
04-19-2014 16:58:54 | More by Rifugium
Columbus IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
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