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Columbus IPA - Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus IPAColumbus IPA

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Reviews: 345
Hads: 1,171
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 17.02%
Wants: 265
Gots: 187 | 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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Reviews: 345 | Hads: 1,171
Photo of Stevedore
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
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.

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Photo of PHBoiler
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.

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Photo of Bills453
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
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

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Photo of Omnium
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice cloudy gold color, 1 finger of fizzy white head, no lacing, a little yeast floating around.
S - Big tropical attack, mango, pineapple, dragonfruit, then some dank floral notes, definitely some grassy tones.
T - Great flavor out of an unexpected brew, lots of those tropical fruits without being overly sweet or candy-like. Nice floral bitterness to it, a little cracker kinda malt to it. Some grassy undertones.
M - Very clean and bright feel, a little sweetness on the end, but very balanced.
O - There's a lot of times where I judge a beer based on its label before tasting it, I got it because it was an IPA I havent tried, and the label is just very plain, but this is an outstanding IPA thats somewhat simple, but bursting with great balanced and fresh flavor.

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle, decanted into standard pint tumbler...not date on bottle...

*Tip - let this beer reach 45-50 degrees...you get much more of the delicious aromas and flavors...I find really hoppy beers are much better and more complex when they are a bit warmer...you get much more flavor/aroma...

A - Hazy light orange a short head that leaves a thin layer and nice lacing...

S - Very nice grassy, citrus, dank, and herbaceous aroma

T - Very nice citrusy, tropical notes, apricots, with a hint of spice and grapefruit pith; a pleasant lingering citrus bitterness with a kiss of malty sweetness

M - Clean, crisp, smooth with a hint of creaminess

Overall - - A great MidWest IPA. A little west coast influence, but definitely its own animal. Any hophead would enjoy this beer. Would probably be awesome on tap and I will look for this whenever visiting family in ohio in the future!


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Photo of Zormac
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle poured in to great lakes brewing co pint glass about half inch head relatively clear brassy golden color aroma was as expected of an IPA citrusy and bright taste was full and refreshing with a slightly oily finish over all this is a great IPA I would buy this buy the case for sure

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Photo of JohnG190
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden orange with a two-finger white fluffy head. Nice lacing and good head retention. Nice grassy/earthy aroma. Bitterness hits the tongue first, followed by nice malty sweetness. Finishes slightly sweet with a hint of hoppy bitterness. Medium-to-light body, with light carbonation. Overall, this is a great IPA - very drinkable! Kudos Columbus!

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Photo of homebrew311
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A -Bright orange with golden accents. Light white head. 3.75

S - Citrus and light pine

T - Pine bitterness up front. Slight citrus that comes up near the end. Bitterness lingers on in the finish

M - Good thick body with light carbonation. Good chewy beer that leaves a nice pine resin.

O - Solid IPA that leans on the bitter pine side

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear orange. Small white head. Medium collar and some wisps.

Smell - Citrus hop. Orange and grapefruit. Lots of doughy malt.

Taste - More grapefruit here. Slight sweetness. Caramel malt. Bitter finish. Straightforward but good flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium low carbonation. Bitter.

Overall - I'm not blown away, but it's good. There are better IPAs even in Florida.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with two fingers head. Leaves light lacing.

Smells of orange zest. Slight earthy piney notes.

Taste is pleasantly albeit mildly bitter. I get mostly orange and tangerine notes. Jammy malty qualities.

Medium on the mouthfeel. Lighter carbonation.

Pleasant enough and quite enjoyable. But in the extremely competitive IPA market there quite a lot of beers of this caliber -- which for IPA lovers is a good thing.

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Photo of mnphish
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to InebriatedJoker for sending me these extras. 12oz bottle poured in a pint glass. The body is slightly hazy, orange in color, and is topped by a two finger white head. Very appealing. Upon diving my nose inside, mouthwatering tropical citrus hops take over my scent.

The taste is highlighted by a mixture of delicious grapefruit and juicy oranges. There might be a little sweet peach or mango hiding back there as well. This tasteful brew finishes with a light bitter punch and some balancing malts.

What a fantastic IPA with a nice light body that's extremely drinkable. It reminds me a bit of Odell's IPA and would be in my regular rotation if I had access to it.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy orange with a couple fingers of white head

Smell is orange peel, loads of citrus (seems to be the Ohio IPA theme which is fine by me) A little passion fruit thrown in the finish.

Taste is oranges, lemons, grapefruit, pine resin, extremely fresh tasting hops, a little malt in the finish, a little lemon zest bitterness in the end

Mouthfeel is medium with nice carbonation and a semi dry finish.

Wow is all I can say about this beer. It is refreshing, flavor full and keeps me coming back for more and more... Would have a case at all times if I could get it.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden orange body. The head looks super sticky and I just love the webs of lacing it spins down the glass.

Holy hell this beer can be smelled from a foot away. Orange and grapefruit, pine, and sticky icky. It has a sweet tropical fruit balance to the resinous pine.

Oranges and pine, oranges and pine. Very nice play between the two. It has a bready malt balance before breaking into a long and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy then sticky. It's very soft going down and costs the tongue with sticky residue.

Man, I really dig this IPA and hope to have it again. This beer has its shit together.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a dark orange with a 2 finger white head. Tick ring and clumps of lacing remain on the glass.

S- caramel, orange, grapefruit, pine

T- caramel, toasted malts, orange, grapefruit, light spice, and bitter pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Nice crisp, creamy beer.

O- very nice ipa, well balanced with just enough sweet, citrus and pine.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottled on date. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a pale orange color with two fingers of white head, pretty large bubbles. Decent clarity, superb retention, and good lacing.

S: Nice mix of resiny pine, biscuit and a little carmel malt, citrus and fruit.

T: Biscuity malt, piney hops, a little white grapefruit and grapefruit peel, mild to moderate bitterness which transitions to a long, smooth, mildly bitter finish. Mostly dry.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Slight crispness.

O: Pretty good IPA, and well enough constructed, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received in trade from Bencooper27, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a good sized fluffy white head that recedes slowly leaving lots of lace on the way down. Aromas of grapefruit pine and resin with a slight earthy edge. Malt aroma? maybe? The flavor is lightly bready malt with a light sugar edge. Earthy pine and resin flavor with only hint of citrus. Light hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Very nice IPA, I'm glad I was talked into trying it.

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Photo of brewtechnik
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received a 12oz bottle as an extra in a recent trade and drinking it now...
Wow, quite the surprise...I'm really digging this beer. It strikes the perfect balance between bitterness and hop flavor. Finishes dry and with a little hop bite that begs me to sip again. More back loaded it seems on the hop additions... balanced for flavor and aroma than bitterness which always works better in IPA's imo.
Very nice aroma...the simcoe still coming through even though it's probably an older bottle?
The color is as expected...bit cloudy but what unfiltered IPA isn't?
Definitely worth the try if seen...wish we could get it here in New England!

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Photo of ehammond1
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, claaark13!

Hazed orange. Moderate off-white head. Gorgeous, sticky, irregular spiderwebs of lace left down the glass. Gorgeous IPA.

Tons of bright, juicy citrus notes and expressive pine hop character. A touch of sweetness. Fantastic. The Midwest's shining IPA star.

The flavor follows the aroma, along with a moderate level of bitterness. Juicy citrus, pine, a touch of sweetness, and bitterness combine exceptionally well.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Fantastic. Easily, my favorite Midwest IPA.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-nice amber color with a good white head and nice lacing

S-tropical fruit, herbal, earthy, light pine, floral notes

T-grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine, floral, earthiness, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean

O-really nice IPA with great flavor, good balance

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Photo of sommersb
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 03-19-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Goblet
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Big off-white head showing excellent retention and good lace, on a golden-orange beer that is clear on the first pour and then cloudy on the second, owing to the unfiltered nature.

S: Very nice aromas start with floral hop notes, and then have citrus/grapefruit smells and some sweet maltiness in the background.

T: Taste has a bite of hop bitterness and flavorful fruity/citrus presence. The grapefruit-like taste provides tanginess along with the bitterness.

M: Crisp and clean mouthfeel, with prickly carbonation on a medium body. The finish features more hop bitterness

O: Very good IPA; maybe less balanced and more one dimensional than others I've enjoyed.

Thanks to buschbeer for this!

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Photo of tectactoe
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to cneville for this nice, local extra. Pours and orange sunburst color - completely unfiltered and opaque - with a super heavy and foamy off-white head. Even minutes later, a huge chunk of foam is just chilling on top of the beer. Nice lacing all the way down, too.

Aroma starts off with a quick left jab of citrus fruits - and it's almost more of a fruit-juice type aroma rather than the hoppy-citrus aroma. Red grapefruit is big, along with mild pineapple and mango. The fruits are heavy, juicy, and sweet on the nostrils. Light yeast aromas float around as well. The hops give off a bit of an earthy and leafy aroma, but it's far more regressed than I would have expected - not necessarily a bad thing, though.

I take my first swig of Columbus IPA and it feels like I just took a bite out of an extremely ripe, tropical fruit. Big-time juiciness, mainly in the form of grapefruit. Other tropical fruits are surely there, though a bit harder to pick out. I'll go with my hunch from the aroma - pineapples and mangoes. Just as I start to wonder if I'm drinking a juice instead of a beer - the bitterness shows up to the party, about halfway through. The hop profile is leafy and a touch ashy, and the bitterness is pretty damn strong. It hits hard on the back of the tongue and overall, feels heavier than 50 IBU.

There's a nice contrast with this beer - it has the delicate juicy sweetness that seems to crowd the front of your mouth that coincides with the leafy hop bitterness that stings that back of the mouth and tongue. A very interesting profile, that's for sure. The aftertaste errs more towards the bitter side, with the fruit flavors even developing into more of a pith-like stature, bitter and mildly abrasive. Malt is mild overall, with a hint of sweetness through and through. Your mouth gets coated with some yeasty flavors and faint caramel malt in the end, still battling the bitterness wounds. Surprisingly thin and under-carbonated, giving a wet, slick mouth feel.

Didn't know what to expect out of this, hasn't really been on my radar. But it was pretty tasty. Huge tropical fruitiness that comes paired with a heavy bitterness that work quite well together. Good drinkability at 6.5% ABV.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a deep murky amber/orange color. A fingers worth of tightly packed frothy white foam sits atop the opaque liquid. The foam quickly dissipates but covers the glass with little spots of lacing with each sip.

S - the nose is very intense with lots of complexity. Notes of citrus, flowers and pine just jumps from the glass. citrus notes of sweet orange pulp and candied grapefruit zest. hints of tropical fruit come out more as it warms like pineapple and passion fruit. hints of pine needles and flowers round out the nose.

T - sweet grainy bread malt profile up front. citrus flavors perk up mid palate with notes of sweet orange peel, grapefruit rind, and lemon pith. snappy bitterness. hints of pine needles. crisp slightly sweet finish.

M - smooth and creamy texture with a medium body. medium carbonation close to high.

O - Great IPA. Wish I had easy access to this, it would be something I would consistently come back to.

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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle sent via trade, about a month old.

A: Pours a murky golder orange, 2 finger head that lasts with excellent lacing on the glass ware.

S: Dank aroma that is similar to Sucks, citrus, and pine. Airfreshner

T: Bitter hop bomb, some surprising sweetness and pine. Hop forward.

M: Medium body, little thinner than I anticipated based on color. Dry sweet finish.

O: Excellent beer, one of if not the best best single IPAs.

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Columbus IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.