1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Columbus IPA - Columbus Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Columbus IPAColumbus IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,068 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,068
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 261
Gots: 129 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,068 | Reviews: 338 | Display Reviews Only:
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.

Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle from riko, thanks! Snifter.

A: Burnished amber with an inch of white foam. Good retention and scattered tendrils of lacing.

S: Malt is strong, lending notes of sweet bread and caramel. A swirl of the glass brings dank pine to life, which blends with orange flesh and grapefruit. This is well balanced, but the hop profile is nice.

T: The flavor is much like the aroma, with a pronounced breadiness accompanying sweet caramel. There's a lower moderate level of smooth bitterness with grapefruit flesh and rind. Resinous pine is pervasive.

M: Medium in body with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: A solid malty IPA.

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to riko for sharing.

A: The pour is a clear orange/amber color with a big white head and some sticky lacing.

S: The nose is rather nice. Lots of citrus notes featuring orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. A light grass note and plenty of pine and floral hop aromas. Just a little bit of bready malts.

T: Tastes just as citrusy as it smells. Nice fresh orange and grapefruit flavors with a little bit of tropical fruit, too. The requisite pine bitterness is there with only a touch of grass and bread.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Just my second beer from these guys, but both have been quite enjoyable.

3/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well First time review. My home base is Three Floyds and my taste buds tend to judge against the Munster Authority. The citrus up front seemed abit toned down with the bitter after bite being existent . My first rating and I wanted to add their monthly brew but being my first review I cannot add the monthly beer Hop Odyssey which being an extra pale ale I really enjoyed and went very much over in taste above their standard IPA. My two cents of info. Pretty much a standard go to IPA Is how I would rate it. Color seemed light for my standards along with overall taste. If the front end blossomed I would give it a higher rating

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

Poured into nonic pint from 12oz bottle...

A- Pours orange, deep orange. Solid inch of eggshell white head- creamy, and stable with lacing that just coats the glass.

S- Pine, dank, and incredible citrus; consisting mainly of oranges, pineapple, mango and grapefruit.

T/M- Ahhh, so refreshing. The piney hops aren't really found, leaving citrus as the entire hop flavor. Bitterness is almost all on the front end, leaving the tongue soothed by the smooth balanced flavors of mango and pineapple. The mouthfeel presents a medium-light very refreshing drink. This is right up there as one of my favorites.

O- Similar to Two Hearted in all aspects. Very balanced. Sad that I had to move away from this beer, but it leaves these occasions when I do get it again that much better.

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

This beer pours to near perfection. It has a copper-straw colored body, good carbonation, and excellent head retention. Nice.

The aroma here is all hop. Citrus, pine, cilantro, wood, warm biscuit...all here. The hoppiness in the nose is very pungent, ripe, and so aromatic.

The flavor starts off with hoppy bitterness. The hop is king in this brew, providing spicy citrus, light caramel, and wooded flavors. This is followed by an almost cracker-like characteristic which sticks around. The hop lingers a long time, but that bready/cracker flavor from the malt profile seems, on the lower end of the spectrum, to hang out just as long. So, what we have here is some decent balance.

Overall, this is a very fine ale...great for its style, and it is delicious. Just about everything in this IPA is perfect.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had Columbus IPA many times before with it being a local favorite of mine, but surprisingly I've never reviewed it until now!

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Columbus Brewing Company pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head that stays around for a while. There's a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops (tropical fruit, orange, grapefruit, mango), along with some piney hops and a bit of sweet malt. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it's full of citrusy and pine hops, and there's some light malt in there too. There's also a very long lasting bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with good carbonation. This is one of my favorite IPA's, and I'm glad this is made here in town and is readily available in the area. Definitely recommended.

Photo of lnashsig
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to GordianKnot for the opportunity to taste this. Have never heard of this one before, always willing to try new IPAs!

Poured from bottle into my Brooklyn tulip glass. Pours a cloudy orange/yellow color, pretty cloudy after pour. Incredible head with superior retention. Leaves sticky lacing all over the glass. Smell- citrus lemon, a bisquity bready smell. Nice floral, tropical, tart aroma. Taste- really incredible citrus presence on this one. There is a definite hop bite on the back of the tongue, but it is nicely mixed with the sweetness of the malt. This is just a delicious IPA, nice subtleties and well thought out.

Overall, this is a pretty impressive IPA that I would love to have available in my local market.

Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks CWBlues for this treat.

A - Pours a beautiful copper color that is translucent and appears somewhat amber in front of light. A very nice thick white froth sits on top with excellent lacing that sticks after the pour.

S - Malt and hoppy goodness. Smells just like a handful of fresh hops mixed with a splash of pine. There's also a tease citrus and lemon zest too. not much at all.

T - Malts and hops galore but no fruit there as detected on the nose.

M - A little dry and bitter but crisp to the tongue and almost dances around. A very nice feel.

O - A good IPA. A must for try for any hop lover.

Photo of mjw1200
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lots of pine and citrus flavors. Huge hop flavor. Lighter in color than many IPAs of this quality. The smell hits you, you know that you are getting into a wonderfully hoppy ipa as soon as it hits your nose. Had a couple of these and brought a growler home. Excellent beer. If you haven't found it, go after it.

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

Appearance: It pours a hazy orange with about an inch of frothy white head that leads to great looking belgian lacing.
Smell: A waff of citrus, floral, and piney hops hit your nose man that smells great.
Taste: I get more floral and grassy notes in the taste that are followed up with citrus. This is a very fresh and very tasty IPA.
Mouthfeel: It has the smoothness to it that is easy to drink like an IPA should but its flavors lingure just like I expect out of an IPA

Photo of schwaeh
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the freshest sixer I've ever found.

A: Pours a deep hazy orange with a frothy white head. Amazing lacing. Its clear that this is unfiltered; Some sediment is present.

S: I could smell this all day. Smells of orange, lemon, papaya, passion fruit, and a decent sweet malt balance. Floral, citrusy, and slightly grassy hops take the lead this juicy bouquet.

T: Similar to the nose. I get lemon, mango, and floral spicy hops. There is a perfect balance between flavor and bitterness, nothing here that is too harsh on your tongue or detract from the flavor. Some piney astringency is present in the flavor, this builds as it warms. The malts are nice here to keep things in check but I don't find myself paying them much attention with all this citrus.

M: Feels very full and well carbonated. Light bitterness lingers on the palate.

O: This is my favorite example of the style for its balance, layers of citrus, ease of drinking, and lucky for me, it's price and availability. This is an old standby and a beer that always reminds me that I'm lucky to have it.

Photo of duffcalifornia
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint - Thanks to exitmusic00 for this!

A: Pours a cloudy light orange that provides at least an inch of gloriously fluffy head that provides superb lacing as it clings to the side of the glass. Fades fairly quickly knocking it off top marks but sticks around the edges to give some more lacing throughout.

S: The piney bitterness of Simcoe peeks through on the initial smell, leaving me a bit worried due to my dislike of Simcoe as the predominant hop. However, upon second smell I detect a hint of grassiness and perhaps some citrus as well, which gives hope for this beer.

T: The most distinct flavor I get from the taste is grassiness, but there are still hints of pine (though not so bad as to turn me off the beer) that leave a bit of dryness on the finish. Perhaps just the faintest hint of citrus, but that may be my senses fooling with me. A plain IPA, but impressive in it's simplicity and tastiness.

M: Feels juuust a hint on the lighter side of medium mouthfeel, with decent carbonation.

O: For something that smelled as though it might come as close as I ever have to a drainpour, Columbus IPA has really come through. A refreshing beer and for something that appears to this semi-uneducated beer drinker to be very simple, a great representation of the style. While I tend to go towards much more citrus-forward IPAs/DIPAs, this is one of my favorites that does not have both feet firmly planted in that camp.

Photo of warbird07
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed on tap poured into a pint glass....

Burnt orange in color, nice one finger head, plenty of sticky lacing..

Smell is damn nice, piney and citrus hops aroma, plenty of Simcoe, very clean and inviting..

Taste is fantastic, excellent hop balance,fruity piney, nice clean bitterness that follows..

Supple mouthfeel and smoothness make this a very drinkable ipa. easily on of my favorites so far...

Columbus IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,068 ratings.