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Columbus IPA - Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus IPAColumbus IPA

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Ratings: 992
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 252
Gots: 101 | 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:
50 IBU's and hopped with Simcoe

(Beer added by: Osiris9588 on 10-14-2006)
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Photo of kirok1999
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly hazy golden straw color with a nice white head.
Complex hop notes...citrus and floral up front with some deep grass and herb behind. Mildly sweet malt backbone.
Taste is much like the smell with a lingering hop aftertaste. There is a real floral note to the hops in the taste. Not as sweet as the smell but the malts are in there in quantity. There's a nice amount of carbonation.
This is a nicely balanced beer and went well with the buffalo wrap I had at the brewpub. I'd imagine this could stand up to most any food out there.

kirok1999, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks (i think) to shawnp for this one.

poured cold from the bottle a cloudy dark caramel gold to a sun king shaped pint glass with a 1/2 finger, foamy, slightly off white head leaving spotty lace.

nice, and not punching you in the face citrus hops aroma.

earthy and citrus hops up in front and bitter all over the front of the tongue and the roof of my mouth. interesting sweet / sour citrus following and fading quickly.

medium bodied, bitter bite, creamy.

a better than average IPA with a better than average malt backbone.

robwestcott, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of azdback
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Spaten Tumbler. Color is a cloudy orange. Lots of micro carbonation bubbles that lead to a soapy, bright white, two finger head.

Smell is sweet and citrusy. A bit of malt and yeast earthyness.

Taste is very citrus bitter and some pineapple sweetness. Some bread or biscuit flavors come late. Very enjoyable though!

The mouth is perfect for the style. Nicely carbonated and well balance to the end.

Overall I really enjoyed this extra from claaaark13 and must say that this is one of my favorite East coast IPA's.

azdback, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Trystero
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Hopleaf snifter. I've had these beer in foregone days when beer did not mean what it does to me now. My opinion is much changed.

A - Pours a hazy golden rod, burnt orange, sundried wheat. Large creamy 2 finger head that relaxes to form a slight ring around the glass with islands appearing intermittently. Resiny, sticky lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - Hops, sharp like a knife. Pine and resin hops fill the nose mixed with an underlying citrus, juicy sweetness.

T - Bitter, acrid pine. Warm alcohol burn. Sticky resin. Soothing citrus. Hops in multitudes. They cling to the palate.

M - Pleasantly sticky with moderate carbonation.

O - Fantastic IPA. Going to employ these brew much more often than previously done.

Trystero, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of warnerry
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange tinted brown with at least two fingers of light tan head. Head has very good retention and leaves quite a trail of lacing behind.

S - Nice amount of pine hops coupled with citrus and a bit of grass. The hop presence is really excellent. Also pick up a faint amount of malt.

T - Similar to smell. A great hop profile that is predominantly pine, but rounded out wit a nice amount of citrus. Some malt comes in near the end, along with a touch of tea. Finish is a nice bite of pine hop bitterness.

M - medium/light mouhfeel that is somewhat resinous.

O - Really a fantastic IPA. Nice hop profile with just a small malt presence. Finishes clean and bitter. I will definitely pick this up whenever I am in Columbus.

warnerry, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dirty, cloudy orange. you can tell it is unfiltered. There is a nice off-white head with good retention and it leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of pine, citrus, mostly lemons, grass and some orange.

T - Fairly muted here at first, but then grass, pine, citrus, and it works!

D - No bitterness, good carbonation, medium body.

O - Smells and tastes great. I really enjoyed it.

HuskyinPDX, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of hmph
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to misterhops for the chance to try this great beer!

A - almost a dark hazy orange, beautiful iceberg like cloudy head

S - wow, lots of fruits, can't wait to taste

T - really easy drinking with loads of flavor, citrus, and a slight bitterness mixed in well

O - really loved this beer and will be sure to look out for it/request it whenever trading in the area

hmph, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of Dope
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to AlexFields for providing this gem.

A: Cloudy light orange with an off-white head. Great retention, sticks around nicely. Nice lacing too.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, mango? Distinctive simcoe cat piss smell (not in an unpleasant way). A little pine I think. Hard to tell, the citrus and simcoe combination dominates pleasantly. Nice smell, not super overpowering like some DIPAs but not subtle either.

T: Hard to describe. So many delicious tastes. Sweet grapefruit, mango, peach, apples? Very smooth combination too, it all melds together nicely. There is some pine in the aftertaste that helps break it up a little bit. The pine gets stronger as the beer warms and the bitterness starts to rise from it but never overwhelms. Surprisingly low bitterness - the sweetness helps keep it at bay. This is extremely tasty.

M: Pretty medium mouthfeel that's quite clean. No sticky hops coating the mouth, oily sensations, nada. Smooth and clean.

O: Wow, this was a surprise to me. I'd never heard of this beer and immediately it's on my radar for top 3 IPAs. It's not too strong, not too subtle, complex but not overly so. No annoying characteristics. I really don't know what I could say to improve this beer, it's just really good. I put this up there with Sculpin, Blind Pig and Lunch.

Dope, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice murky/cloudy orange color pours from this long-neck bottle. Pours very nice! Awesome head retention. Head is slightly yellow foamy goodness.

S - Yum! Lots of intense fruits. Apple, grape, banana, ect...

T - Much more watery than I was expecting... Lots of great citrusy flavor though. Wonderful hop balance too. Slightly minty...

M - Very thin and light bodied. Wonderful carbonation.

O - A slight disappointment, but whose counting? Super glad i got to try this one. Cheers Beerhan, thanks for the trade!

chugalug06, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Stone pint glass. Thanks to exitmusic00 for this extra!

A: Pours a hazy orange color. One finger, slightly off white head. Some carbonation rolling off the bottom of the glass. Definitely unfiltered. Some lacing on the glass.

S: It smells delicious! Really fruity. Grapefruit, citrus, with some pine. I do get a little malts so not a complete HOP bomb.

T: Nice bitterness on the front of the tongue. Smooth malts in the middle. Crisp bite at the back of the throat. Very balanced, solid little IPA.

M: Medium bodied IPA. Very, easy drinking. This one is definitely sessionable.

O: Nice little beer from a smaller brewing operation. I'd definitely sample again, or others from them. Good job!

inlimbo77, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of AlexFields
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review edited slightly 3/2/2013.

I always try to get some bottles of this when I go up to Ohio for Jackie O's releases. The last one was no exception.

Dark toffee color, and it's nice and cloudy/murky. This beer is definitely not filtered. Large head to begin with, and a small one sticks around indefinitely.

Smells awesome. Huge juicy citrus hop aroma, dank oranges and pineapples and grapefruit. With a nose like this, the beer cannot possibly taste bad.

And it definitely doesn't taste bad. It's just as hoppy as the nose suggests, but also sweeter. The citrus in this is huge, though it doesn't stand out as tasting like any particular citrus fruit that I can think of. There's some pine too, but it's subordinate to the citrus. The hop profile is amazing and so is the malt backbone, this is everything I want from an IPA.

Very nice mouthfeel, great carbonation as suggested by the lingering head, but it's also really smooth underneath the carbonation, and the feel develops over the time in the mouth.

This is one of my favorite IPAs and I have nothing bad to say about it. My fridge would never be without this beer if I could get it in TN.


AlexFields, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Columbus IPA pours a golden orange caramel color, mostly transparent with a few yeast flecks. A full head of off-white head rests on top and retains nicely, leaving some lace down the side of the glass.

Smell: The hop presence is impressive. Very dank. Some tropical fruits and a bit of citrus as well.

Taste: Some soft caramel sweetness to start, but it really does not get in the way of the hops. Very dank, with grapefruit citrus, pine, and mango/pineapple/passion fruit tropical fruit adding some further hop flavor. Finishes wet, juicy, and bitter.

Mouthfeel: This is a little bit grainy, with a fairly light body, and carbonation that seems to be compressed and held in check.

Overall: I found this to be a little bit off the beaten path, as far as IPA's are concerned, and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

KickInTheChalice, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade. Thanks man.

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a hazy almost apricot color. Nice white head dissapated to a pretty thin one. Great lacing.

Aroma has a nice citric hop aroma with a nice malt character. Wish it had a bit more hop aroma though.

Taste is great. Smooth almost rye character. Nice hop flavor although it could use a bit more and a nice hop bite.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than I usually like. But not bad. Nice carb.

Overall a solid IPA. Wish I had 6 packs of this available to me. Would probably buy it often.

PeprSprYoFace, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of ridglens
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Bruery snifter. Just had it for the first time about 3 weeks ago, first time i've had a chance to rate it. (Post HOTD ADAM and DFH WorldWide Stout)

A- Pretty beer, right straw-yellow collor, a little cloudy, and a thin layer of head that leaves a pretty amount of lacing. Pretty beer, sometimes i like to see a cloudy IPA.

S- Damn...The hops you hope you smell (thinking in your head "i hope this is like Pliny...or Hopslam....) you smell.... not quite as intense, but the profile is amazing. great fresh fruity hopiness, some grapefruit, some pine, floral and wonderful. damn i love finding (or being told to find ;) ) a beer like this!

T- Taste is similar, a VERY fresh bouquet of piny and floral hops, with grapefruit definitely making its presence. A tasty and very mild maltiness comes through lightly in the background.

M- Really the only place i can knock this beer, if even just a little bit. it is, IMO, a hair thin. It is refreshing as hell and goes down really easy because of it, but i think a beer that tastes like this should feel just a little bit more robust. maybe not, just my opinion.

O- An absolutely Fine beer, truly a gem from Ohio (a state lacking a lot of gems until the last couple of years)...
This is truly one to seek out, its few faults are not off-putting.

ridglens, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An awesome IPA I recieved in a trade. Simple but full of flavor. It pours an orange/amber with nice clarity, a creamy white head that fades slowly and leaves little rings of cream behind.

The aroma is full of bright fruit. Grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, and spicy pine.

The taste has a stable biscuity malt backbone loaded down with citrus and pine. Some floral notes in their as well mixed with orange, grapefruit, and resiny dank.

An awesome IPA full of flavor, well balanced, smooth and creamy and easy to drink with a crisp, refreshing bite.

JayS2629, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of orourkebr
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is such a fantastic IPA. I pushes the limits of a IPA and almost reaches the IIPA level, but holds back just enough.

It pours gorgeously dark/burnt orange and a little brown tint in there with a lovely off white head.

Aroma is an extremely pleasant citrus and grapefruit, with just a little malt to back it up.

Taste is what I want from an American IPA. Citrusy hops with a nice caramel malt flavor to support it.

I can drink this beer everyday and would put it up against any other American IPA.

orourkebr, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of subemerge007
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my go to off-the-shelf beer in the area.

A- This beer is a really nice clear peach, a huge head that sticks around forever.
S- Cat piss and dank could never be so nice, such a great combination here.
T- The taste is bitter hops, dank, but so smooth to drink.
M-Nice body.
O- About as solid of an IPA you can get.

subemerge007, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, courtesy of Puddintane, into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Clear amber body with a finger of frothy white foam. Great retention and lacing. Very nice indeed.

S: Huge fruity hops, and that's it. Orange, mango, grapefruit, papaya. Wow.

T: Tropical fruit, lightly bready malt, and clean hoppy bitterness. Very, very tasty.

M: Soft medium body, high carbonation - very frothy, very smooth.

O: If you like fruity hops (and I do), then this is about as quintessentially delicious as an IPA can be. Always hop-forward without letting the bitterness run amok, this is definitely one of the best single IPAs I've had this year. If you're looking for dry, biting, resinous pininess, then look elsewhere; if you want juicy tropical fruits and sweet/bitter balance stemming as much from hops as from malt, then drink this beer. If I had regular access to this beer, it would always be in my fridge.


woosterbill, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of Rbald42
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from Projectflam86. Much thanks Kyle, as I was very interested to try this one.

Appearance is a hazy coppered hue.
Smell is of fresh citrus and pine. It smells very delicious and the hops definitely stand out...a west coast aroma to this beer for sure. Taste is not brutally bitter, some bready malts with a strong herbal blast of hops. Nicely done with the hops without being overly aggressive. Green herb, lemon zest with pine and tangerine flavor. Mouthfeel is full but not overwhelming. This is a beer I wish I definitely had more of.

Rbald42, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of aasher
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was courtesty of smchenry75, who graciously gave me this three day old growler just to continue positive beer karma.

This beer pours a bright gold in color with slight cloudiness. The gold is both rich and vibrant. Right off the bat it has a hop profile that makes me think of Three Floyds. I smell citra, citra, citra with a light resinous pine. The nose is fantastic! The flavors are of citrusy and sweet pine cones. The hop/malt balance is exceptional. It drinks very well and is a tad dry. I kind of wish it wasn't this dry but it's still a very, very good IPA. I'm definitely grateful for the fresh growler. It's an oustanding brew.

aasher, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of Cresant
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No date. The beer was a bright butterscotch color and had a slight haze due to the lack of filtering. The eggshell white head left sticky lace on the glass.

The smell was Simcoe cattiness. Leafy, crisp hops aroma - yum.

The taste was like diluted orange juice. Short on sweetness - long on grassy bitterness. Pretty drying. A very solid IPA, well constructed.

The mouthfeel was medium to thin with moderate carbonation.

Cresant, May 26, 2011
Photo of ChrisPro
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mobile review.

Draft at Bob's Bar.

A - crystal clear copper, couple fingers of off-white head.

S - nostrils pounded by piney hops and some dankness. Touch of caramel.

T - great sweet malt then a balanced bitter. Incredible hop flavor without an over powering bitter finish.

M - a bit light on the body but that's my only complaint.

O - a world class IPA no doubt. This is phenomenal and would easily be my go to IPA if I had access to it.

ChrisPro, May 21, 2011
Photo of BigDRS
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle has no visible brewed/freshness date.

Appearance - Slightly hazy apricot color. Very little carbonation is visible. Standard pour provides a 2-2.5 finger head that leaves a TON of lace on my glass. Head retention is very nice.

Smell - A very sharp grassy quality comes through with some fruit and pine notes.

Taste - Slightly sweet then you're hit with a really strong hop taste. The pine notes from the nose really come through. This beer has a nice bite to it and finishes pretty dry.

Mouthfeel - Light to mid bodied ... a bit light for the style.

Overall - This beer goes down really easy. I could easily polish off 3 - 4 of these without blinking an eye. Of all the brews I've had from Columbus Brewing Company this has been the best.

BigDRS, May 20, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Le Cheval Blanc pint glass. Pours a hazy deep gold, with a big, rocky, beige colored head. Head is slow to drop, but leaves tons of lacing.

I could smell the citrus hops on the pour. Aromas of huge grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. There is probably some malt in there, but you can't tell from the aroma.

Flavors of grassy hop bitterness, huge grapefruit, orange, honey. But there are so many hops put in the boil that a vegetal flavor comes through. Finish is actually fairly short, with a burst of grapefruit and orange bitterness, as it fades away to a "pure" bitterness.

Mouthfeel is nearly puckering. Mouthcoating to the point I can feel it between my teeth. Medium bodied.

Overall a good AIPA, but they over did it with the hops, when the grassy flavors start to peak out.

JamnesCameron, May 15, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle that TurdFurgison was kind enough to give me just because it was on my wants list when he happened to be in town. Thank you, Eric.

This two-ish week old IPA pours a mildly hazy light orange with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is excellent. Plenty of citrus hop character with lots of hop aroma and a mild bitterness, there's orange, a little grapefruit and some floral hop character as well. It smells like they used a lot of Centennial hops here. There's a mildly green and grassy dry hop character as well. Malt character is light, there's some cracker-like malt and some white sugar. Quite excellent.

The palate opens with a very nice blend of hop flavor, bitterness and a faint malt character. Citrus and a little pine are present, along with some cotton candy-like malt character, a little sugar and honey. Bitterness grows mid-palate, with a mildly resiny character. Again, there's the green/grassy/chlorophyll-like dry hop vegetal character present. Drying and bitter on the finish, this is light in body and has a moderate, creamy carbonation. Very enjoyable, I'm glad I got to try it, and would love to drink it again. Thanks again for the chance, Eric!

DefenCorps, May 14, 2011
Columbus IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 992 ratings.