Columbus IPA - Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus IPAColumbus IPA

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Ratings: 1,139
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 267
Gots: 163 | FT: 9
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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Ratings: 1,139 | Reviews: 347
Photo of mabermud
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Photo of puboflyons
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of SebD
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of KushBreakfast
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap from a 22oz pilsner glass. Honestly was not too impressed my first time having it but had much higher regards the second time around and here is the review..

A - Pours a dark orange/reddish-gold, 1 finger head, leaves white lacing around the glass with a slowly dissipating head that remains until the end.

S - Fresh hops, piney, citrusy. Very appeasing.

T - Taste follows the smell with fresh hops that are not as powering as the smell leads to believe. Very balanced for an IPA, not incredibly hoppy in the mouth but leaves a lingering hoppy after taste.

M - Feel is medium, not too heavy in the mouth, good mix of flavors and overall very drinkable.

O - Very enjoyable beer, I liked it much more the second, third, and fourth go around. Fairly unique for an IPA in its balance and drinkability. This one is easy to have a few of.

Photo of toppoop
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer starts off looking great poured into a tulip. Dark gold with a two finger head which clung to the sides for the whole ride. On the nose we have great citrus notes with a hint of flora and pine. Taste follows suit. Great forward pine and malt with a solid citrus finish. Great balance of bitterness. Mouthfeel is very good for the style. A lot of IPAs go for the hop bomb these days which can overpower the palate but this one does quite well. Smooth carb and very smooth bitter notes. Overall a great IPA. As opposed to others of the style, you could definitely take down a 6 of these without being overwhelmed. Can't wait for them to bottle Bodhi!

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TATURBO for bringing this beer back from Ohio for me!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Thick lacing all over the glass.

Smell: oranges, pineapples, and a hint of pine. Hops smell fresh and juicy! Hint of bread malts. Fantasic aeromatics coming out of this IPA. The smell of fresh hops fill the room! You dont even need to put your nose into the glass to know what the nose on this beer is all about.

Taste: Mild almost moderate bitterness. Lemon citrus notes, pineapple, and melon notes are first thing you taste. Sweet oranges combine with hint pine; slight dank and chalkiness. Hint of minty notes as well. Tastes really fresh. Great balance between the malts and hops; hops are allowed to shine and the bready malts are in the perfect proportion so that they dont get in the way of the hops, but balance it nicely. Aftertaste of juicy grapefruit and dry grapefruit rind that builds a little bit becoming slightly more bitter than at the beginning of the drink; consistant low end of moderate bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Very drinakable IPA. Bright and refreshing beer.

Overall: Columbus nailed this IPA. I would say that this is the best IPA in Ohio. I love that this beer has a huge nose and its not brutally bitter like most IPA. It seems like the brewer went for the fresh and balanced approach with this hoppy beers's recipe and I dig it. I get so tired of people just over hopping this beer style. I can really appreciate the finesse of the brewer. One of the best IPA's that I have drank in a long time. This is tied with my favorite my favorite IPA tied with white rajah by brew ketel.

Photo of KevBot89
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange with a thin, cream-colored head.

Aroma: Faint malt sweetness, some orange zest, citrus, mild pine, and substantial floral notes.

Taste: Matches the nose: orange zest, citrus, some sweet tangerine cream. Primarily floral, freshly-blossomed pungent flowers with a mild tang on the back palate. The sweet malt forms a steady backbone that does an exceptional job of carrying the floral tastes and light tangerine, orange and citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel: Stinging carbonation, medium bodied. The carbonation helps accentuate the "florality" of this beer and assists in lingering flower and orange/tangerine tastes on the back of the palate.

Overall: A well-balanced, medium-bodied IPA that deserves the high rating I've given it. The floral essence of this beer makes it unique and allows both hopheads and non-hopheads to enjoy it. Personally, one of my favorite IPAs. When I see this on tap or in bottles anywhere, I'm sure to purchase it.

Photo of mike312
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in my first trade. A great, light bodied IPA. Excellent citrus and piney aromas and taste. Thinner bodied, which I thought lent itself well to the flavor. One taste and you know you could put back a few. I'd pick this up again if it was available in NYC.

Photo of fank2788
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled on tap at Punderson Manor in Newbury, OH
Great coppery gold in color with a nice tight bubbly two finger head that throws lots of lace on the glass after settling in a few minutes. The smell is of west coast hops, not what I expected, but pleasantly surprising. A lot of citrus, comes through with some more resinous pine in there as well, not much in terms of malt is noticeable in the nose. This is a great tasting beer, with strong west coast hop flavor profiles, the hops are balanced by enough malt and sweetness to keep enough balance for the style. The bitterness is crisp and pairs well with the moderate to high levels of carbonation that make it very lively in the mouth this is combined with a nice finish of lingering bitterness and a mild sweetness. Overall this is a pretty surprisingly good IPA, I'm always happy to try to drink local when travelling and was pleasantly surprised with this, guess I know what I'm having tomorrow night.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of AwYeh
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of siege06nd
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of rawfish
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
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!!

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of dar482
4.37/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of d5001986
3.39/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
4.24/5  rDev +1%
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!

Photo of BrewUSA
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
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~

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Columbus IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,139 ratings.