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Columbus IPA - Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus IPAColumbus IPA

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350 Reviews
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Reviews: 350
Hads: 1,182
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 16.78%
Wants: 267
Gots: 195 | 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 rodbeermunch
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gotta like that vibrant orange color that comes gleaming out of the bottle. Solid 1/3" white head on it. Hey, guess what hop comes out in the aroma?

Taste crushes your buds with loads of hop fruitness and minimal hop bitterness. This is a hoppy beer that mass quantities can be consumed. Still hits with some feeling of proprietary hops, simcoe possibly. Anyways, this is a great ipa made in the midwest.

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Photo of Namabiru
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance rather clear, good head retention with some lace, consumed from an English Imperial pint glass.
Smell rather strong floral especially after swallowing; aroma permeated through the nasal passage.
Taste had a strong pine flavor and an upfront bitter taste.
Feel was smooth and easily swallowed. In addition beer was consumed at around 55 degrees which may have made the bitterness pop a bit, but made for smoother finish.
Overall, an alright IPA, not the best I've had personally. It did go rather well with the fried calamari, salad, and sweet balsamic reduction we were eating at home. I am close to the brewery if anyone wants to give it a try.

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Photo of W_Des
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow orange. Aroma is very resinous and dank. Definitely getting Simcoe hops. The body was piney with some malt sweetness and finished with a medium bitterness.

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

I like the Columbus IPA. The beer poured a hazy orangish with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent is leans toward pine with spice and floral tones. The taste is a decent balance between malt and bitter hops. The pine is present with potpourri like flare....I'm guessing Columbus hops were used. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall.....oh yeah....daddy likey.

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

Pours very clear , light amber with a small white head. Citrus hops smell, very fresh smell. Hop forward taste and is very balanced. Mild carbonation, with a great finish. Overall a nice IPA.

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Photo of breardon1776
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think Simcoe hops just jumped into my top 5!!! Wow!! What flavor!!

Great yellow/gold color. Smell is natural pine forest. Not s beer. I just get nature (close your eyes and your at a mountain lake) ...for real.

Ok lacing. Head dissipates quickly, but who cares....tastes so good. Nice bitterness and not too heavy.

Just finished a Deuschutes Pine Hop and I'm ranking this one almost a point higher.

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Photo of Myotus
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Eziel for this trade!
Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on the 210th day of 2015) into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of off-white foam that halves itsleft after 45 seconds. Rising bubbles are still in high numbers after the head settles. Honey orange in color. Lacing is high, but very thin.
SMELL: Strong aromas of gummy fruit snacks first catch my attention. Beneath those lie mild aromas of piney hops and sweet bready malts and subtle aromas of mangos and peaches.
TASTE: Mild piney hops and fruit snack gummy flavors along with subtle mango and peach flavors make up the initial taste. Mild bitter hop flavors and subtle sweet bready malt flavors enter immediately after as initial flavors push on.
FEEL: Somehwere between full-bodied medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finishes with a moderate dryness.
NOTE: Maybe I got a dud. Wasn't that great. Definitely had better, but I have also had worse.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed form the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This old time favorite pours a clear and bright straw color with tinges of orange and a fantastic head of white foam the settles to a thick ring, nice layer, and excellent lacing. Nose of grassy herbal hops, moderately heavy citrus, and some peach notes. Flavors exceed the nose with strong citrus and resinous hop notes that mingle nicely with a good malt backbone that settles in the back with a grassy herbal hop note. Excellent crisp carbonation has a mildly sweet finish that is clean and improves with warmth and has a nice warmth from alcohol on the back. Excellent

back around 2000 this used to be called Revrend Purley's Pale (sp?) which I used to enjoy a lot of living in Columbus.

The brew that got me thru till I got home to CIncy.


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Photo of mozart4898
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
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

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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.

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Photo of do_ob
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of gcasher
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Chuckletheturtle
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

[Re-reviewed 9-11-15. Bottle dated 21015 7-29-15. Tulip.]

A: Pours a clear light copper with 1 finger off-white head. Adequate small-bubble carbonation. Fades to a thin white skim. Decent lacing. [Somewhat dark for an IPA these days. Lacing was clearly improved over the last bottle.]

S: Resiny, citrusy aroma. Simcoe "gassy" smell, but only slightly. Firm malty backbone. Potent. [Revisited: profound cat pee and malt; resin comes out more as it warms.]

T: Taste is lighter than I remember, and less sweet. Dry, clean hoppy arrival with slightly malty mid palate. Powerful Simcoe resiny bitterness starts on the middle and lingers through the end. [All still true, but now I notice a touch of caramel malt right before the bitterness sets in on the finish, and the ending bitterness is not as bold, and a little more earthy than I remember.]

M: 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. [Revisited: Someone associated the Simcoe taste with cat pee, and now that's what I taste with every sip. I have very fond memories of this beer when I first got seriously into craft, but I just can't take that cat pee smell anymore in this quantity.]

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Photo of clh323
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.91/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.23/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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

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Photo of mr-jj
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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Photo of RobbDogg
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

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Columbus IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.