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Columbus IPA - Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus IPAColumbus IPA

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Ratings: 958
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 249
Gots: 92 | 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 mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fun growler that I brought over for Easter dinner. This was brought out onto the boat and enjoyed as we drove around the lake. Poured into pint glasses and enjoyed on 04/24/2011.

Really a nice little pour here with a typical copper tinted amber and a nice well rounded head of white that capped the top of the glass and dropped a good bit of lacing around the sides and the bottom quite quickly, leaving some nice rings of lacing on the way down.

First smells were of deep citrus pine notes. Oranges, pineapple, hints of pine sap, with a delicate balance of bready malts throughout the mid palate as it starts to warm. Really nice feel here as the delicate carbonation really pulled it together quite nicely as the initial bite of hops mellowed quite nicely and became such a well balanced flavor. Clean and quick the flavor rolls off the tongue so smoothly, so effortlessly. Last little touches of citrus roll across the palate and a smooth and clean finish leaves you looking for more.

Overall very, very solid and extremely well done. This is one I would have no issue with having again and really is a very nice offering from them.

mikesgroove, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Keith (Kadonny) for the opportunity to try this beauty.

The beer pours a peachy, orange gold color with very good head (long lasting) retention and considerable sticky lacing. The nose is pretty attractive in this one, as I get a boatload of orange citrus, honey, canned peach and light pine. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but with considerable hoppy bitterness in the dry finish. There's more than enough hoppy bitterness to counter the modest sweetness in this beer, and as noted above, the finish is long, dry and nicely bitter. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and I'm assuming the alcohol is not all that high (guessing it's in the mid to upper 6% range, as the abv. is not listed on the label). However, this IPA delivers plenty of flavor, and is not at all heavy, hot or tiring on the palate.

This is a very enjoyable, very easy to apprecite IPA. Thanks Keith!

John_M, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of chriswilkes33
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass, thanks AgentZero for the bottle

Appearance: Beer pours a hazy (read: resiny) copper with nice head that retains well leaving nice spiderweblike lace on the glass

Aroma: Pine, sunshine, and butterflies

Taste: Bitter pine dominates but there is a nice caramel/malty backbone to balance

Mouthfeel: Excellent, carbed right and it is just right on the sweetness/dryness scale my tastebuds use to tell me if I want another sip

Overall: Excellent beer, Im starting to thing you guys in the midwest have all the good beer, if it werent for those great west coast beers and lack of jobs Id consider moving up there :)

chriswilkes33, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of CaptCleveland
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First taste while in Columbus for the holiday.
12oz bottle from 6-pack, poured into snifter.
No dating on bottle.

Hazy pale, orange liquid, thin white head.

Aroma of piny hops, citrus, some grapefruit. Nice.

Smooth, bitter hops predominate. Grapefruit, subtle spices, but it's all happy hops.

This is a nice IPA; light, aromatic, hoppy flavor. Easy drinking, a session IPA with the 6.5% ABV. Wish we could get this in Cleveland.

CaptCleveland, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of beer1018
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a murky copper color with a two finger off white head that lasts forever, nice lace on the walls as well. Smell is all piney hops. Taste is very aggresive bitter piny hops, not much balance here. Mouthfeel is creamy for a ipa with good carbonation. Overall this is a good version of a IPA and a must for hop head fans that like a good ipa.

beer1018, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of nataku00
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass, an extra in my trade with smithm1970, thanks!

The beer pours a really hazy bronze color with a finger and a half of soapy off white head. Not too surprised by the amount of haziness since the label notes that the IPA is not filtered. Head dissipates to some small bubbles and a collar around the surface of the beer, leaving a lot of foamy lacing on the edge of the glass as it settles. Fairly difficult to see into the beer due to all the haze, but there's a bubble or two every now and then along the edge of the glass.

Nose is sweet mandarin orange, citrus peel, over ripe tropical fruit similar to papaya, and a bit of caramel malt. Some floral aromas as well, providing a nice freshness to counter the over ripe fruit.

Taking a sip, bitter grapefruit pith and light pine hits the tongue first, then a bit of sweet caramel malt and that overripe tropical fruit. Finishes very dry on the tongue, with a bit of lingering floral hop bitterness that you can taste on your tongue for a while.

Nice light body with decent amount of soft carbonation to move the flavors along on the tongue. Very nice and easy to drink IPA with balanced flavor profile.

nataku00, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass. Sent to me by the great THECPJ. Cheers Shane!

A - Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a huge, luscious head of white foam.
S - Very crisp and fresh, with a pungent, floral hop aroma, and a bit of pine, grapefruit, and sweet malt. Easily one of the most floral IPAs I've ever had, very nice.
T - The flavor is a little subdued, but I can pick out grapefruit, pine resin, and more of that floral quality, along with a fairly crisp malt backbone.
M - Medium-light bodied with crisp, sharp carbonation.
O - Overall a very nice IPA, if I had regular access to this I'd probably pick up a Sixer every now and again.

jsanford, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of Trilogy31
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never heard of this beer and received in a trade. Pours a golden brown with a thick cap of foam that stays till the end, a very nice looking beer. Excited when i smelled what was somewhat reminicsient of sculpin, resiny piney hops, grapefruit and bitter tropical fruits. Taste is slightly less exciting but nice, pine forest mixed with papaya and grapefruit pith. Mouthfeel is nice if somewhat diluted tasting a higher abv might have helped a bit. Overall a great surprise to taste and a very nice beer.

Trilogy31, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of sendsilk
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received a 12 oz. bottle in a recent trade. No idea of when bottled or price.

A- Good Looks unfiltered. Pretty hazy adn effervescent. VERY weird colored head frothy with dark orange/light brown in there. This is odd.

S- The BEST part of this beer. It smells amazing, like pine and hops are going to shoot straight up your nose and overtake you. Really delicious smelling.

T- A nice hop punch to it. Much drier on the backend than I would have thought. Very piney and citrusy. It's good but not great.

M- Average.

O- Good but not great. I would gladly have another one but not going out of my way to try one.

sendsilk, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid class on 3/29/11
*From notes

A BIG thanks goes out to claaark13 for including this one as an extra in our recent trade. Cheers, Sean!

A: This is one hazy beer. It's a cloudy golden amber that yields a two finger head on a standard pour. A good amount of lacing remains.

S: The highlight of the brew - the nose is just killer. Green apple and floral hops that come off like I'm laying in a field of seasonals on a warm spring day.

T: Nice fruity hoppiness up front, almost sweet. The malt kicks into gear on the mid, as the hops bitter on the finish.

M: The beer's one weak spot. This IPA is quite light, and more importantly it's over carbonated, it comes off sharp and brash. With a gentler touch, this one could be pefect.

O: Columbus Brewing's IPA is one of the better AIPA's I've had the pleasure of consuming. No frills here, just a really, really good presentation of the style. The only knock on this one is the harsh carbonation, which needs to be toned down. Regardless, this is a high quality bottle of beer - thumbs up.

Thanks again, Sean!

Rhettroactive, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to crashdavisinoh for this as an extra in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a two finger bone white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, grapefruit hop, and wild onion. The flavor was of sweet malt, grapefruit, lemon zest, citrus hop, and grapefruit hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice IPA. Definitely had a big grapefruit presence going on in this one. The wild onion aspect in this one on the aroma really reminded me of OB Gubna if I'm honest. Definitely worth trying without a doubt!

thagr81us, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Gfunk720
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. Thanks to Steve for the extra!

A- Golden orange amber, with a small white head. The beer is cloudy, and quite bubbly.

S- Piney orangey smell. It smells pretty sweet and malty as well. Pretty good for a single IPA.

T- Crisp and dry at first, and then smooths to a nice hoppy finish. Piney, grapefruit, and more sweet malt. A well balanced taste.

M- I could do with a little less carbonation on this one, but it is pretty solid. Has a nice aftertaste for the style.

O- A great single IPA, with quite a bit of flavor. Very high on the drinkability scale, and would be a great session IPA. Would drink again.

Gfunk720, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of Lunch
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade as an extra, thanks!

Poured into a Stone IPA tulip as a fairly hazy golden/dark orange with about 2 fingers of a bright white head. Not the prettiest IPA, but it'll do.

Smell is very citrus-y with notes of orange and tangerine with a bit of malt shining through. Taste is comparable and really very nice. Fresh hop notes with ample bitterness. Body is thinner than I imagined, but I could drink several of these in a sitting. Recommended.

Lunch, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes
Wish I could get this in Cincinnati

A - rich copper body that's a bit cloudy, small white head

S - Good balance of bitter/citrusy hops and sweet malts

T - nice piny and citrusy hops up front, which are also dry and bitter. Good hop complexity with a nice malt background

M - light, thick and smooth. a bit dry. good mouthfeel

O (D) - Definitely a tasty beer, very easy to enjoy.

ColdPoncho, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Scotchboy
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From schwaeh. 120z bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Pours a hazy, light orange/straw color, with a smallish off-white head that fizzles out but leaves behind decent trails of lacing on the glass. Good carbonation.

N: Ripe tropical fruit notes in the hops: orange, mango, and hints of an over-ripened pineapple and a pink grapefruit. The hops shine but there is a light layer of malt backing it up, and with all the fruit and the malt this beer doesn't smell overly sweet.

T: Good amount of bitterness. The malts poke through a little with some bready sweetness, and the orange comes through well. I get a little bit of pine on the backend.

MF: Carbonation is good, as the bitterness attacks your tongue, the carbonation moves it to the back and leaves a nice IPA dryness. Light mouthfeel.

O: Its not a sweet beer, which is nice when you're talking about complex hop/fruit characteristics and a caramel malt backbone. The combination of every aspect of this beer, from presentation to mouthfeel, is great. I like this beer, and could see myself buying a sixer once a month if I had access to it.

Scotchboy, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of theghost3
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent light orange with a 2-finger white head.

The smell is strong of resinous pine hops, grass and a hint of grapefruit. The flavor is pine, but not as strong as the smell, along with citrus, and just a bit of toasty malts. The aftertaste has an herbal and pine bitterness. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky, but there's a dry finish.

This is a very drinkable IPA. A nice representation of the style that goes well with fruit and bleu cheese.

theghost3, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of rlmartin. Into an old NB globe.

A: Hazy orange/copper in color. An aggressive pour yields about half an inch of bone white head that recedes quickly into a thin cap and a ring of bubbles around the outside edge of the glass. Nice sticky gobs of lacing as it recedes. Nice looking beer.

S: Huge hop aroma, lots of resinous sticky pine, a lot of herbal notes and a fair amount of earthy/woody hops as well. Fairly grassy as well. Great nose if you're a hophead. Pretty one dimensional in the fact that there isn't much but hops going on, but I love the huge hop aroma.

T: Not quite as piney and resinous as the nose leads on, but still has a nice strong bit of lupulin. Quite a bit more grassy on the tongue than the nose leads on, which might knock this down a bit from a 4.5 to a 4. A bit of grainy malt profile and a long, intense, bitter soapy finish. Very nice, but a little too grassy for my taste.

M: Spot on, excellent carbonation, excellent dryness that begs for another sip. Spot on.

O: A great IPA, reminds me a fair amount of Avery IPA, which by all means is a compliment. My only real knock on this beer is the grassy flavor in the mouth. By no means is it out of place, but if that was to be toned down a little, I'd have no problems giving this a 4.5 in the taste category. Definitely lives up to the slight amount of hype this beer has received.

Thanks Ryan!

pokesbeerdude, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of Cottzilla
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really looking forward to trying this one because of some of the comments I've read on BA.

I poured into a pint glass and it has a nice white head with nice lacing that last a while. The appearance is a light caramel color and very cloudy with a good amount of carbonation.

It smells great and the Simcoe hops hit the tongue right away. Very smooth going across the tongue with a slightly bitter finish.

This is a really good, very drinkable IPA. I will definitely buy this one again.

Cottzilla, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to THECPJ for sliding a bottle of this my way. After reading the reviews I was anxious to see if it lived up to the hype.

A: Pours a hazy orange/ruby with a huge 2.5 finger chunky, off-white head. The head is extremely foamy up top, but you can see it is made up of lots of tiny bubbles when you look from the sode. Sticky lacing down the entire glass.

S: Lot of juicy grapefruit. A massive tropical fruit aroma and a nice grassy component. Slight malt on the back end, but very subdued.

T: Very similar to the aroma, dominate by hops. Really nice combination of citrus, grass, and a little but of pine that leaves a slight spice in the back end. The citrus flavor is the most prominent however. Nice grapefruit and tangerine flavor. Slight bitterness, but not overpowering at all.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Slightly dry, bitter finish. Overall, probably one of the best American IPAs I have had so far. Could easily be someones go to beer, very easy to drink, and I would be happy having this one all the time.

mdaschaf, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had an old review, but it was like my first ever review, and it was WAYY off.

It has a hazy copper body. Almost like its unfiltered, and I like it. The initial head was a good inch and eggshell white.

The smell is amazing. The fresher this beer is, the more it smells like ripe grapefruit, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and orange peel--but its a grapefruit bomb and I love it. Right now its got more of a dank, resinousy balance from the hops. Still a grapefruit/citrus forward smell. Nice slightly sticky malt as well.

I think what really makes this beer is the malt backbone. Obviously the slightly grassy yet citrus heavy hops are first and foremost, but the malt is super clean. Its got a slight honey sweetness to it that makes the explosion of citrus fruit feel just a bit more palatable.

Its only slightly bitter, just enough to be an IPA, and that comes in as those beautiful hops fade away. The malt gets to be a bit more pronounced as well, making it nice and balanced as it fades away.

Im almost ready to put this ahead of Two-Hearted as the best IPA in the country.

VncentLIFE, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:
Thanks to crashdavisinoh for sending this my way.

appearance: a golden yellow orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus / floral hops, malts

taste: hops & malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, crisp, clean

drinkability: a very well balanced IPA. Glad Crash decided to send me a whole 6 pack versus just a single.

the CPJ

THECPJ, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of flipper2gv
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a lot to nickd717 for this beer!

A: Semi hazy brownish orange color. Unfiltered brew with off white head with very low volume, correct lacing and very low retention.

S: Smells like a true west coast IPA. Strong scents of pine resin, grapefruit, lemon peel, orange juice, mint, pineapple, mango and apricot. Very juicy and fruity smell. Not much malts in this. Sadly the smell isn't very strong.

T: Again very juicy and fruity. Strong taste of almost unripe pineapple, orange juice, mango, apricot, lemon peel, pine resin and mint. Subtle sweet malts that gives a light honey taste in this. Damn near perfect regular IPA.

M: Super smooth feel with medium body and medium carbonation.

D: Real nice tasting brew with sweet balance. It's a super nice summer brew. Could easily imagine myself drinking this all day next to the pool.

flipper2gv, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Kadonny
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh growler gotten from LiquidCucumber. I tasted these on consecutive nights to see how they compare. Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: A golden orange color that is slightly hazy. A two finger white fluffy head leaves nice glass lacing.

S: Same as the bottle with fresh citrus fruit, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple and some grassy tones. Sweetness seems to be poking out a bit more.

T: Hoppy citrus fresh fruits are aboud with flavors of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, mango and pineapple. The sweetness seems to be a bit more so in this growler taste than the bottle. The caramel sweetness mid taste seems to take over more of the hops and rides out the finish producing a less bitter finish. Still, this is one hoppy beer that is just fantastic. Bitterness lingers.

M: Medium mouthfeel, prickly, bitter, no alcohol and nice carbonation.

D: Really high, this is a great drinking beer with a reasonable ABV.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. Call me crazy, but I thought the bottle version was dryer with a tad more bitterness on the finish. However, one thing I learned is tastes change so I am lucky enough to have another bottle to try so I will compare again. Great beer either way you have it!

Kadonny, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my New Belgium globe. Received in the birthday BIF from MbpBugeye; thanks Seth!

a - Pours a murky orange brown color with high carbonation evident and two fingers of off white head. Leaves some lacing on the glass and about an inch of head throughout the drink.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, oranges, tropical fruits, fruity malts, honey, and light floral notes. Smells great, lots of fresh hops.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, bready malts, caramel malts, and biscuit. Some slight bitterness but not too much. The taste is enjoyable, and a nice mix of hops and malts, though I enjoyed the smell more.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, pretty smooth body and a slight bitterness up front.

d - Overall this is a very nice IPA that is pretty easy to drink. I enjoyed the smell a lot; lots of fruit and citrus hops which were great. The taste was good too, though it had a lot more malts in it. The caramel and bready malts came out a lot in the taste. Would certainly have this one again.

mdfb79, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of crashdavisinoh
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Orangish, Amber...dark. Nice medium head....fades but some lacing

S-Hops and citrus...very pleasant. Orange, Grapefruit.

T-Hops...hops...hops...very citrusy. Orange, grapefruit...maybe lemon...tangerine. Piney as well. Very good example of what an IPA should taste like. Nice bitterness.

M-Good level of carbonation...very pleasant. Light to medium/light bodied. A nice level of bitterness toward the end.

D-High...I can and sometimes do go to CBC and have 3-4 of these.

A fine example...one of my favorite examples of what an IPA should be. It is different enough to be distinguishable from many others.

crashdavisinoh, Mar 05, 2011
Columbus IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 958 ratings.