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Columbus IPA - Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus IPAColumbus IPA

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Ratings: 1,081
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 263
Gots: 134 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of BrewtifulMind
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Columbus Brewing Co. pint glass (Big thanks to InebriatedJoker for the extras)

This pours a really nice golden honey color, a little hazy, and has a nice effervescence to it. It poured with 3/4 inch of eggshell colored head, with great retention, staying present the whole way down. It left some really nice, fat rings of lace throughout the whole glass. The nose on this one is quite impressive. I'm detecting heavy amounts of citrus, mainly peach, orange, and grapefruit, and a delicate piney hoppiness to it. Just how a stellar IPA should smell. Taste follows the nose. I'm getting heavy citrus up front, orange and peach dominating, a slight malt flavor, and a really nice hop bitterness to tie it all together. It leaves a nice piney aftertaste. Mouthfeel is great on this one. It's not too thin, and has the perfect amount of carbonation to it. This is highly drinkable. Personally, I think this rivals most of the best-of-the-best West Coast IPA's. A very solid offering. I wish this was available on our side of town. Cheers.

Photo of mobius387
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to jmacdaddy2008 for the beer!

poured into a mug glass

appearance: pours a hazy orange with a big thick white foamy head

aroma: some fantastic citrusy and piney smells. i get peach and orange with maybe a hint of lemon in there.

palate: feels soft in the mouth, mid bodied, not very carbonated. washes down nicely and leaves a hoppy flavor after swallowing

taste: you definitely taste the hops, with some nice bitterness to it. theres soft fruity flavors, but not quite as strong as the smells.

overall: what a great IPA. definitely enjoying this one, and its not too beefy where its difficult to finish two of these beers. the smell probably highlights this one.

Photo of DearthVader
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz poured to a New Holland pint

Thanks for tossing this one in the box Isaac!

Pours a hazy orange (just as the bottle says) with a 1 finger, pearl white head that falls ever so slightly to nice firm cap. Great sheets of lacing are left behind.

Super fresh peaches burst out in the nose. Theres other fruits in there like the usually suspects: orange, grapefruit, mango, pineapple and some slight pine, but the peach is the standout on the nose.

Very crisp citrus tones with a piney drying. If the peaches were more noticeable in the taste like they were in the aroma, it possibly could've scored a 5. It was almost nonexistent though. Still a great tasting brew though.

Slightly thin and a little more carbonated than I was hoping for, but very easy drinking.

Yet another nice IPA. It becomes harder and harder every day to pick out my favorite IPA of all time.

Photo of Florida9
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange amber in color. Forms a good two fingers of off-white head. Great retention and lots of creamy lacing.

S: Strong hop aroma. Citrus and peppery spice. Orange and sweet floral orange blossom.

T: Starts off with bready malts. Orange, citrus, grapefruit, and a slight note of pine. Mild sweetness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Mild to moderate bitterness.

O: Very nicely balanced IPA. Flavorful and easily drinkable. Wish this one were more accessible.

Photo of oline73
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Thanks to finewinemike for hosting us and providing this beer.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear amber color with a layer of off white head that fades quickly and leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Grassy, citrus peel hops along with some mildly sweet malt in the background.

Taste: Super bitter hops dominate the flavor. The hop bitterness is grassy and reminds me of citrus peel. There isn't much malt, but a little bit shows up at the very end of each sip and balances things out just enough. Really good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a finish that is just a little bit dry.

Overall: This is a really wonderful IPA. The malt in the finish balances things out just enough and really hit the spot for me.

Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An extra in a trade with Brandie, thank you!

Pours deep amber orange, hazy to the point I can't see my fingers on the other side. Big fluffy and chunky head leaves adequate lacing. Smell is super sweet with explosions of citrus peel and a bit of the bitter rind as well - sweet caramel goodness follows. The flavor is surprisingly different, not as fruity sweet but more earthy, floral and bitter with a pretty forward malt backbone. Mouthfeel is your basic IPA expectations with some light prickly carbonation. Good example of the style, nothing really jumped out to make it a stupendous IPA but it is tasty.


Photo of vandemonian
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Columbus IPA is a pleasant IPA without an especially strong flavour.

A: Orange colour and a 5 mm head that fades to decent lacing. 4

S: Malty with a strong grapefruit aroma. Delicous. 4.5

T: Malty, crisp and dry with a hint of grapefruit. Not especially bitter. Not a strong flavour but it's pleasant. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4

Photo of iadler
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of exitmusic00. You just keep hitting my wants Matt!

A- Pours a hazy copper with a fluffy three finger head that slowly dissipates but leave a nice cap. Leaves a ton of lacing behind, one of the best I've seen.

S- Subtle juicy hops with green melon, cantaloupe, tangerine, and white grapefruit. Pine follows with some biscuit malt. Certainly does not smell like a hop bomb.

T- Green melon and cantaloupe are noticeable, but tangerine is big with a tart and sweet jam taste. Grapefruit is there, but certainly not as much as most IPAs. Lime zest, pine and biscuit malt are present as well. Very well balanced.

M- Medium carbonation and body with a slight oily mouthfeel that finishes dry.

O- I enjoyed this IPA and though the aroma and taste were nice, but thought it could have been a little more strong. Maybe this is a little bit old, but this beer seems to have a lot of potential when really fresh. Certainly a good IPA to try regardless.

Photo of haywire77
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack while I was in Columbus this past weekend based on the recommendations of several fellow BAs. (Thank you)

Poured a hazy wonderful orange color with a giant 2+ inch head that was as white as a brand new sock. If it weren't for the fact that I knew it was beer, I'd say it looks just like honey in the glass.

Smell is the typical run of the mill IPA with citrus hops and a grassy undertone. Sweet malts round out the nose as if to say, "I AM a balanced IPA."

Taste is well above average for me. Awesome hop presence that isn't overdone. Orange rind and piney bitterness with a solid malt feel as well. Good all around IPA flavor with a light lingering hops tinge on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is really good also. Very lasting presence with a light lingering tingle from the hops. Not as much as many other IPAS, but just right.

Overall this is about as solid of an example of the style as I would know. Perfect "roundness" of malt and hops with a little bitter fun in the middle.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from Auslander. Thanks Chris!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed dull copper color with a white head that thinned but still left trails of lacing.

S - floral hops with a hint of citrus.

T - citrus rind hoppy bitterness carries this beer with enough malt in the background to keep things balanced.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

O - a very good example of the style.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy murky yellow color with a white head. The aroma is exactly what I expect from an American IPA. I get a lot of pine and orange notes with a little bit of bready malt.

The flavor is more of the same. I get some pine and papaya, as well as some bread and biscuit malt. There is a lot of hop flavor but the bitterness is fairly low for this style of beer.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of flexabull
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of jrallen34, thanks again!

Pours a hazy gold color with a pretty nice white head.

Aromas are quite nice, sweet citrus, tangerines, some oranges, also some peaches, and subtle hints of pine,

Taste sweet, with some bready cream, and some citrus up front. Notes of oranges, light grapefruits, and hard candies. Finish is crisp, dry, semi sweet, and lightly bitter. This is a flavorful and nicely balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth. Quite nice,

Overall this is very solid, a nice flavorful, but not overpowering IPA. I'd grab this often if this was a local choice.

Photo of JayQue
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought back some beers from Ohio. My share was 41 beers including a 6 pack of this great stuff. I had their Pale Ale last year and was disappointed there wasn't any in this year's stash....Not to worry, the IPA is even better than the Pale Ale.
Pours a hazy orange color with a big, frothy antique white head. Head retention and lacing are excellent, a picture perfect looking IPA. The smell is very good as well, mostly citrus hops but there are some piney hop aromas as well.

Taste ranks right up there with the best IPAs. There is a floral hops (Simcoe?) presence, a strong citrus hops flavor and some piney hops as well.

Mouthfeel is ok, crisp and rich enough.

Overall this is an outstanding beer. It is not pasturized and should be kept cold f or storage and transportation. That is the only problem I have with this beer, and the non- pasturization probably adds to the flavor. This is a must for the IPA fan.

Photo of Mess
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hard pour into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Special thanks to Heater for sending this my way!

A - Billowy eggshell head hung around forever. Sat on top like a thick pillow of mousse. Inviting hazy orange hue.

S - Pungent earthy citrusy hops smack the nose and continue throughout. Sweet and bitter orange marmalade.

T - Citrus-sour bitter goodness. Balance of sweet and sour like honeyed or sugared grapefruit. Bittersweet orange marmalade again.

M - Nice sharp bitterness on flat back of tongue. Smooth yet lively carbonation.

O - Mighty tasty. It is unfiltered and unpasteurized so its not crisp or clean, and lingers on the tongue as a beer of its nature should. Excellent by itself, but would do the trick paired with some spicy country-style Pad Thai.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to smithm1970 (great trader)

Look: Pours a very nice orange/copper color with a yellow ring around the bottom. Very nice almost 1 inch frothy head and very good retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: Ok floral and citrus notes that has a slight funk to it

Taste: The taste is pretty well balanced. It has a nice floral hops taste and a decent malt backbone that create a good balance. Overall flavor is nice

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with good carbonation and a dry and sticky finish

Overall: Good little ipa and very good drinkability. Flavors are crisp and clean

Photo of SFLpunk
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to forgetfu for this tick! Word up. 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle.

Pours a hazy golden orange with thick fluffy white head. Nose is piney and bitter smelling. Very dry and earthy aroma.

Palate is a lot lighter than I expected it to be based on the color. Pleasantly bitter on the mid-palate. Orange blossom, orange juice/pulp and lime flowers too. Not earth on the palate, just citrus.

Notes: Wow. This is killer. Would love to sit back with a 6er on the back porch and watch the sun set.

Photo of Nugganooch
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 09/09/11
12ozer to pint glass

A: Pours a brassy looking amber color with a slight haziness to it. A nice 1-2 finger choppy tan whip of foam falls away rather quickly leaving streaks of lace.

S: Stingy pungent pine and fresh grapefruit rind aromas. Some lemony notes as well. Kind of catty. A bit of bready caramel malts in the background.

T: Juicy fruity hops! Grapefruit/citrus zest, apricot and guava fruits. Stinging prickly pine. Real nice hop bite. Definitely has that catty character others have described with some of the Simcoe hop harvests but I don't mind. Malt has a nice caramelly bread base to it that is sugary biscuits. Slight tart aftertaste. Dry puckering hop finish. Barely, if any, ABV there. Grapefruit flavors really linger.

M: Smooth creamy texture with a dry bitter crisp finish. Mod. carbonation with a slight sticky mouthcoat.

D: A surprisingly good IPA with tons of Grapefruit flavors and a sweet malt profile that is light enough to let the hops do their thing.

So I have read a lot about the "cat pee" like characteristic that some of the Simcoe hop harvests can/have imparted. I would say I have never really experienced this until drinking this brew. Not offensive but definitely noticeable to me. Still a great IPA

Big thanks to Shuggy for a chance to try this one.

Photo of cwguy5
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bogforce for this one! Poured from bottle into Dogfish Head pint/pilsner glass.

A - pretty deep orange with a little amber with a bubbly, one-finger white head that sticks heavily to glass; head faded to fairly thick white cap
S - subtle overall; aromas of cucumber, pineapple, lemon, and a touch of cut grass
T - flavors not super strong, subtle like aroma; tropical fruit comes first, guava then pineapple leading into bittering hops; has a typical drying finish that is mild in its bitterness
M - strong, bubbling carbonation but not too much; flavors flow well and seamlessly; soft semi-sweet finish with mild bitter linger
D - i know i shouldn't judge a beer by it's label but i was pleasantly surprised with this one; got this as an extra in a trade and it looked like a very average local ipa - BUT it was a lot more nuanced than i expected; nice fruity flavor reminded me of Gumballhead a bit; nice mild ipa - very drinkable; would like to have again!

Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

gold color with a tinge of amber. good head retention. white moussey head. fair lacing. slight haze.

big hop aroma. smells of pine, floral, citrus, woodsy, smells sweet and bitter at the same time i dont know if thats possible. no detectable malt aromas.

taste of citrus and pine, and a little floral. tastes of sweet upfront which gives way to bitterness for a well balanced finish. the bitter taste a flavor of hops lingers. no detectable malt flavors

medium light body. soft carbonation.

this beer is amazing. very delicious. maybe as good as any ipa ive had.

Columbus IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,081 ratings.