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Columbus IPA - Columbus Brewing Company

Columbus IPAColumbus IPA

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Ratings: 828
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%

Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
50 IBU's and hopped with Simcoe

(Beer added by: Osiris9588 on 10-14-2006)
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Photo of cfrances33


4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to clegolfski, poured into a tulip.

Pour: Hazy amber orange with three fingers of awesome off white head. Leaves very sticky lacing, and the head stays around forever.

Smell: A nice tangerine and pine with a light caramel backbone.

Taste: A little more malt forward than I was expecting, but still really good tangerine juiciness comes through.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than I expected as well, but nice juiciness.

Overall: A nice IPA, and better than Head Hunter in terms of Ohio offerings, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 01:17:38 | More by cfrances33
Photo of superspak


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 03:47:22 | More by superspak
Photo of miketd


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

pours burt orange with a foamy white head. Leaves good lacing.

Aroma is citric with pine and sweet, ripe fruit.

Flavor is pine and grapefruit, with cracker and bread. Maybe a little more malty than I like an ipa.

Nice body and pretty dry. Easy to drink, without any real flaws,

Very nice beer and another winner IPA from Ohio.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 22:59:56 | More by miketd
Photo of garuda


3.05/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Golden, hazed, nice white head that retains and laces well. Looks good.

S/T - Rich, ripe grapefruit hits first, but then my super sensitivity to the simcoe hop takes over and I get a healthy dose of cat-pee-soaked carpet amongst resinous pine flavors and aromas. Biscuit malts with some honey sweetness. Gets a little too catty in the taste to actually enjoy the drink.

M - Medium body, ample carbonation, finishes dry with bitter pine.

O - If you're sensitive to the simcoe hop like me, this beer is not for you. If not, you'll probably love this one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2012 15:18:06 | More by garuda
Photo of BARFLYB


4/5  rDev -5.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 19:45:28 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of rudzud


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MikeTD for including this in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a very nice hazy golden orange with a good two finger white head that fades to leave light side lacing with very good blanket retention.

S - Okay...pine and grapefruits really explode on the nose. Lots of deep forest pine, grapefruit meat, and light malty sweetness.

T - Taste is very solid. More of the sharp pine notes and grapefruit skin/oil this time. Would like a touch more citrus on this and there is some faint tropical notes as well. Quite nice.

M - Mouthfeel is excellent for an IPA. Crisp, clean, super drinkable. This stuff goes down way too easy.

O - Overall this was a really, really nice IPA. I keep trying different random IPAs from Ohio and each one has been solid or better! Woohoo!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 00:56:15 | More by rudzud
Photo of ErikSkidmore

4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this bottle into a standard pint glass. Very delicious IPA.

A: Very bright orange, hazy with about a finger of off-white head.
S: Citrus and grapefruit first then you get hit with pine, followed by the backbone of the malt.
T: More pine than fruit, but the fruit is definitely there. Bitter but not overdone, just perfect for this beer.
M: Medium-bodied, but on the lower side. Definitely very sessionable and goes down very easily.
O: Very, very solid IPA, one of the best I have had so far. Definitely worth the money, the only downfall and reason my overall rating is not a 5 is simply because there is no date on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 06:00:06 | More by ErikSkidmore
Photo of abrand


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange color with a big 2 finger pillowy head that leaves great retention. Nose is full of hops with a nice fruit backbone. Some floral notes as well. Taste is quite bitter but delicious. Loads of hops and fruit come through as it warms. Very good tasting beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this is amazing. Definitely a sessionable IPA

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 14:23:34 | More by abrand
Photo of metter98

New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 19:28:05 | More by metter98
Photo of WesM63


4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy yellow orange with a nice 2finger white head. Minor retention, excellent lacing.

S: Pine/citrus/resin, citrus-grapefruit some malts hiding in the back.

T: Lots of pine/resin and grapefruit throughout. The malt comes in made taste to almost a sweet malt finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

O: Overall, wow I've been meaning to try this and glad I finally did. Superb AIPA. Taste is spot on.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 23:18:41 | More by WesM63
Photo of InebriatedJoker


4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip , No bottle date but by taste can tell it's really fresh.

A: Poured a cloudy golden orange with two and a half finger head that descended into a thick clinging lacing that left a webbing all the way down the glass as it lowers.

S: Tropical fruit notes upfront with some slight grass and malt notes.

T: Very tropical with plenty of hop presence , slight malt sweetness in the balance , clean finish with slight bread notes.

O: Overall ,
I'm very fortunate to have daily access to this beer - It's my go to Ipa and IMHO can hold it's own against any single Ipa out there , It's has all the tropical notes that West Coast Ipa's are famous for but has a great malt balance that makes this one shine a little brighter than most .. It's so drinkable I can easily go through a six pack without realizing it ..highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 16:47:14 | More by InebriatedJoker
Photo of dcloeren


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to thebouch01 for this bottle.

Pours a hazy sunset orange with a honey colored edges. Produced 2 fingers of extremely foamy cream colored head. Excellent lacing.

Great citrus hop forward aroma with grapefruit taking the lead. Lemon and orange peel add to it with a very small amount of caramelized malt rounding this one off.

The taste stays on track with the aroma. Grapefruit forward with some lemon and pine. Not getting much orange in the taste but still a very citrusy hop forward brew.

Medium to full in body with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth and has a semi drying hop finish.

Overall, this is a solid IPA. I love citrusy IPA's! Definitely something I could have on a daily basis but not mind blowing by any means. Glad I got to have this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 22:42:52 | More by dcloeren
Photo of jaasen64


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, thanks to DonFrap for sharing this one! Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a hazy slightly golden amber with about a finger of white head that dissipates fairly fast. About average carbonation. Leaves spotty lacing.

S- Citrusy hops- grapefruit and a little bit of lemon, some malts, average aroma strength.

T- Citrusy hops- a tiny bit of grapefruit and lemon balanced with light malts and some light malts. Not overly hoppy but a nice balance between everything. Not too bitter. Finishes with a little bit of lemon hops and light malts.

M- Fairly light, refreshing, goes down very easily, perfect carbonation for an IPA, abv very well hidden, very nice feel.

O- I had never heard of this brewery when I tried it, however I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it. We had a mini IPA tasting tonight and this was probably the 2nd best IPA out of about 4-5 different IPAs. Nice light citrusy hop taste mixed with a nice slightly juicy mouthfeel. I recommend trying this beer out.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 00:38:21 | More by jaasen64
Photo of ThePorterSorter


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge fluffy white head with great lacing and a clear copper body. Sweet, fruity citrus aromas overshadow a modestly sweet malt base. The taste is light and sweet, while citrusy and tasty even when warm. The mouthfeel is light and very, very well carbonated (or the keg was tapped incorrectly?). It's a very drinkable IPA with a very citrusy hop profile.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2012 23:21:58 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of BMMillsy


3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Bar Louie in...you guessed it...downtown Columbus. Pours a hazy golden color. Smell of straight pine, big time bitter, and very little malt presence here. Flavor is very hop forward, big pine hops up front, bite throughout, then more bitter on the way down. One of the most dry finishes I have experienced from an IPA. Focuses hardcore on the bitter hops. Not for those that dislike bitter. Luckily for me, I do. Good IPA, if not a bit one dimensional.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2012 02:35:11 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of Tucquan


4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-06-29 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy golden-orange with a 3-finger foamy white head with good lacing.

S - Sweet orange citrus, pale malt, tea and hop floral. Not very aromatic but pleasant.

T - Orange zinger tea, moderately roasted malt, not bready, not very sweet, light pine, earthy spice and lemon zest. Aftertaste continues to remind me of spicy, citrusy tea with plenty of lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Dries nicely. Somewhat prickly with residual resins.

O - It's got it's own thing going on. Tastes like a tea-inspired IPA. Imagine having a very lightly sweetened lemon zinger tea, taking a sip and immediately eating a dry biscuit followed by a bite into a lemon peel and you'll have an idea of this flavor. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 09:15:24 | More by Tucquan
Photo of Morey


4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

INFORMATION: I had been hearing good things about this beer for a couple of years now. However, I have been unable to get my hands on it until now. I do have one BIG issue with this beer though, and I’d like to get it out of the way right now…….There’s NO FRESHNESS DATE on the bottle! In my eyes, this is simply unacceptable for any beer that is highly hopped, such as IPAs, DIPAs, Red Ales….etc. If you’re not going to date your bottles, you’re subject to people either not buying it, or being turned off to your beer when it’s quite possible that it’s way past it’s ideal freshness date.

APPEARANCE: I poured the beer carefully into a British-style pint glass in order to leave the visible sediment in the bottle. This resulted in a hazy copper-orange liquid with two fingers of white foam resting on the top. It settled to a thin layer after about 10 minutes, but it still completely covered the top of my beer. Pretty impressive lacing on the sides of the glass throughout the entire beer.

AROMA: Orange, Mango, Peach, Pine Resin, and lightly toasted Caramel Malts.

TASTE: There’s a nice combination of hops and malts up front. The hops are definitely more dominant, and bring both fruity and piney flavors. I would say that this is slightly more pine-forward, but the citrus flavors are definitely present. Just the right amount of malt backbone. Very subtle sweetness towards the middle. The finish is a bit cleaner that the initial greeting would lead you to believe, but there’s certainly some nice lingering hop bitterness.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied Ipa with moderate carbonation. On point for the style.

MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: As I’ve already mentioned, I’m not sure how fresh this bottle was. I could see some sediment at the bottom of the bottle, but it was still pretty fruity and bitter. Most of all, it was really tasty! If I could buy this in the Erie area, it would probably be one of my “go-to” IPAs. Columbus IPA brings a combination of citrus and pine, and usually it’s one or the other. It reminds me of Smuttynose Finest Kind, but it’s a bit more citrus forward. Very Nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 09:52:04 | More by Morey
Photo of Duff27


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mid orange color. Nice lacing left with above average head retention.

Juicy orange citrus aroma.

Fun pithy citrus flavor. Biscuity sweet finish. Very easy drinking.

Well carbonated, medium mouthfeel

Nice and pleasant ipa here. Wouldn't mind having it again. Thanks egrace84.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 23:49:03 | More by Duff27
Photo of schoolboy


4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, a new Ohio discovery for me, Columbus IPA. This is a robust AIPAwith a slightly extra yeasty taste on top of the requisite over the top hops.

This great stuff is pretty darn cloudy. It also has an excessively dry afertaste. But these are part of the unique character.

I can't believe I never heard of this brewery before today, but man, this is a great find. I will seek this out to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 02:33:01 | More by schoolboy
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle. Picked this up at The Anderson's in Columbus on the way from PA to St. Louis.

Pours a nice hazy light orange with some nice golden hues. Love the haziness. There is a nice 0.5 inch white head that is quite dense and slightly frothy and creamy with some chunkier bubbles mixed around.

Aroma is exquisit. Nice grapefruit and tangerine notes with some good tropical mango as well. Grassy, herbal and flowery. Very fresh aroma. There is a nice toasty and grainy background behind the hop commotion that provides somewhat of a a balanced character. Nice pale malt notes

Taste is excellent. Tons of citrus juice, composed of grapefruit, some orange rind and slight tangerine notes. Slight tropical mango and papaya as well. Very well balanced with nice bready and earthy grain notes that also lend some malty sweetness. Great refreshing crisp body with some surprising heft to it. PErfect for the style.

Very good brew. Believe the hype Columbus IPA is one of the better IPAs out there. Very well balanced with great hop flavors that shine on their own but pl;ay perfectly with the earthy and bready grain. Im sad I only picked up one six pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 22:32:50 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of zeledonia


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to RocPorterFanatic for the bottle. Excited to try this one...

Pours exactly as described on the bottle - hazy orange, translucent. One finger of orangey whitish head, okay retention, great lacing.

I'm loving the citrusy hops in this. Juicy grapefruit with a twist of orange. Light on the resin, but some piney stuff bringing up the back end. Well-supported, or at least it feels like it is - the hops have a platform, rather than being all out on their lonesome.

Tastes really nice, with enough hop oils and acids so that I won't forget I'm drinking an IPA, but not so much bitterness that I don't want to keep drinking it. In a word, balanced. Bitterness is grapefruit rind, and fades off into the finish right when I want it to. Has an oily warmth that I really like. Quite good.

Medium-bodied, carbonation is low but fairly prickly, and goes very well with the moderate-high bitterness. Finish is not as persistent as many IPAs, which makes me happy.

I find this to be an excellent IPA. The hops stand out, and the malt bill is relatively low, or at least incognito. Great hop smell, great balanced taste. Just really good all around.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 03:02:39 | More by zeledonia
Photo of jzeilinger


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

Thanks to Millerbuffoon for this one.

A - Pours a medium golden orange color with a fluffy two fingered, rocky white head, and moderate carbonation.

S - Pungent citric rinds and ripe tropical fruit (oranges, mangos, and grapefruit), spicey resinous pine. The nose is all hops and little to no malt.

T - Taste isn't quite as intense as the aroma but still delivers the goods with a hefty dose of hoppiness. Oranges and grapefruit start the sip off before it evolves into a partial resinous piny finish with grapefruit mixed in. The malt bill is light, toasted,and lays super low in the background to let the hops work the palette.

M - Medium body, lingering grapefruit bitterness, and leaves a slight cotton-like coating in the mouth.

O - This is a "fantabulous" and solid IPA that delivers the goods for the hop lovers out there. Definitely worth trying, wish I could buy this one locally.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 01:12:47 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of rodkin


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks misterhops.

Pours a reddish gold, almost slightly pink. Nice big head that reduces slowly, but leaves a film covering the top of the beer.

Smell is quite nice. Loads of hops, like a tropical fruit bouquet. Not really much malt presence to speak of.

Taste is hoppy citrus flavor, maybe a slight grainy backbone. A little bit of a floral character as well. Surprisingly smooth. Almost no bitterness to speak of. I actually would like some more bite to it, but it's very refreshing and pretty pleasant to drink.

Mouthfeel is great. Smooth, slightly creamy, well carbonated.

This is a very good IPA. I'm not familiar with Columbus, but I'd be interested in seeing what else they do.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 04:41:33 | More by rodkin
Photo of Doughbodyboy


4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this one pours a hazy golden apricot color. this is exactly the shade i like my ipa. it has the most carbonation i have seen. the smell is citrus with some dried fruit to it as well. the taste a biting citrus with a strong bitterness that sticks around. it leaves a sticky mouthfeel and has a large amount of carbonation. overall i like this one and the price makes it a go to for sure. it reminds me of the centenial IPA from founders but with less bitterness and cheaper. i have had it on tap as well and it is only better. pick up the six!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 01:37:04 | More by Doughbodyboy
Photo of Beejay


4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RocPorterFanatic for getting me this brew!

A: A hazy orange in color, the head is pillowy soft, thick, and plentiful.

S: Awesome hop aroma. Orange, tangerine, and peach come out right away, but behind that is grapefruit and resinous pine. There is a bit of a toasted aroma in there as well.

T: Lots of hops there. Grapefruit and pine dominate, the citrus is cut by an herbal flavor. The flavor finishes with a touch of caramel and toasty biscuit.

M: Medium light in body, the carbonation is fine and abundant. The finish is a little dry, but overall the mouthfeel makes this brew dangerously drinkable.

O: Overall a damn fine beer. The hop flavor is great, and the bitterness is striking, yet not overboard. Delicious, crisp and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 01:19:19 | More by Beejay
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