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Columbus IPA - Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus IPAColumbus IPA

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944 Ratings
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Ratings: 944
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 247
Gots: 84 | 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 portia99


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz bottle received as a great extra in my latest trade with jpmclaug. Huge thanks Jason! Been wanting to try this one for a while now. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Poured vigorously into the center of the glass, this IPA pours mostly clear, marginally hazy medium amber with 2 fingers of a bit loose, but fluffy creamy white head. Staying power is good...lasting for several minutes before it slowly fades to the surface, but not without leaving behind thick spiderwebs of sticky lacing all over the glass.

S - Hops up front...quite piney and a bit floral/perfumey with some mild pineapple on the side. Smells a bit tropical overall.

T - Hoppy up front with pine being the dominant component but following the aroma with some tropical character, especially pineapple, lots of floral hops and some yeasty esters...mixed with some light caramel malt. Not intensely bitter, but certainly enough there for an IPA. Very good example of the style. Well balanced flavors...no date on the bottle, but it definitely tastes fresh.

M - For me, this is the weak point of the beer. Body is a bit thin for my tastes - seems like it should be thicker and a bit more resiny/sticky in feel. Overall it is thinner than medium bodied and tending towards watery...but not quite there. Carbonation is medium and gives a smooth but prickly sensation. Bitterness comes on after the swallow and lingers for a while.

D - I could easily see myself settling in and drinking a few of these back to back. Definitely stood up to the hype for me. Definitely not my favorite all-time IPA, but it is a solid example that I would be happy coming back to many times.

12-04-2010 01:05:32 | More by portia99
Photo of Natural510


4.43/5  rDev +5%

On tap at the Columbus airport location.

Pours a murky gold with orange hue, typical of a quality IPA. Not much head or lacing issued by bartender.
Scent is powerful, grapefruit juice with a light hop note, not much else.
Flavor is completely grapefruit. Not the "grapefruit" note we get from many American IPAs, but as close to drinking an actual grapefruit as you'll find in a beer, flesh as well as rind. Herbal hop note in the finish, more juicy than dry.

Quite a unique IPA, and easy to see why this is a cult favorite in Columbus. Grapefruit/citric IPA lovers will rejoice over this one.

12-02-2010 01:05:28 | More by Natural510
Photo of Lazerlobe


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a hazed ruddy orange with a delicate cap of egg white foam.

Wow, a real shiner! Huge fruit notes! Pulling them apart I get ruby red grapefruit, tropical mango, and an odd suggestion of banana.

The fruitiness come back together, echoing the nose. The malt is assertive as well, with a nice cracker taste and firm body. Hop bitterness is perfect, resinous but never overpowering. It is just a friendly reminder that you had an IPA. The malt character and hop balance create a lumpy partnership, resulting in an odd flavor dichotomy.

Truly a wonderful IPA and I hope to run across some more.

11-27-2010 01:04:14 | More by Lazerlobe
Photo of ne0m00re


4.63/5  rDev +9.7%

Live review of a 12 oz bottle.
A: Poured a deep amber with a nice frothy one-finger cream head that slowly setted to a nice film and collar with lacing.
S: Sweet tangerine citrus and peach hops, with cinnamon apples and a slight pine behind it. It smells slightly reminiscent of pie and is very welcoming.
T: Slight caramel cinnamon apple malts with mild walnut biterness reluctantly give way to a deep pine bitterness with a very slight gin alcohol that lingers long after the sip. The citrus from the smell turns into tangerine orange.
M: A thicker body is cut by a nice creamy frothiness.
D: Very good.

11-25-2010 03:49:19 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of levifunk


3.78/5  rDev -10.4%

a - light orange pour. white head dissipates, but slowly.

s - pine hops dominates. there is a malt sweetness behind the hops.

t - very bitter. citrus hops flavor. flavor dies off quickly which makes me think this beer lacks substance.

m - lighter body. decent carbonation.

11-21-2010 06:17:24 | More by levifunk
Photo of biggred1


4.22/5  rDev 0%

Hazy, pumpkin orange with a cream colored head of thick, dense foam that leaves sheets of pretty lace on the glass. The aroma is pure Simcoe, spicy and fruity with light toasted malt. Pure Simcoe hop flavors of grapefruit rind and pine sap with less malt backbone than I'm used to and that's not a bad thing, Columbus IPA is all about the hops. Smooth and medium bodied with creamy carbonation. This is a really good IPA, I wish I could get this in Indy.

11-17-2010 00:25:25 | More by biggred1
Photo of buschbeer


4/5  rDev -5.2%

I poured into a pint glass to two inches of off white head. It is orange/amber colored. The aroma is citrus and pine. The taste mirrors the smell. It seems to have a little more hop bite than most mid-western ipa's. It kind of has more of a west coast lean. It is a solid ipa. I just prefer some others.

11-13-2010 23:09:49 | More by buschbeer
Photo of StoneTSR


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

APPEARANCE: Poured from a growler into a standard pint glass. Cloudy and opaque orange color with a very nice, somewhat creamy, thick head resting on top. Excellent retention on the head, but only 10% coverage or so on the lacing.

SMELL: Outstanding nose, one of the best I have smelled. Floral and sweet. An absolutely delicious smell.

TASTE: Grapefruit and flowers with a nice bitter finish and aftertaste. Not nearly as sweet as the nose, but enough to balance the hops out a bit, but not too much as to overshadow them.

MOUTHFEEL: Light and pleasant. Not overpowering or heavy. Split ¾ of the growler with my girlfriend over dinner and it was the perfect amount. Even with a couple glasses a piece it did not weigh us down or get us too tipsy.

OVERALL: Between the two breweries and one other trip to a local bar during our trip, we must have sampled 20+ beers from Columbus. This was easily my favorite of them all. Columbus's finest. Whether the people of Columbus appreciate it or not, this one deserves it's A-rating from BA.

11-11-2010 19:51:25 | More by StoneTSR
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.43/5  rDev +5%

Thanks to crashdavisinoh, man I really liked this stuff (and thanks for the Bells Double Cream, I was really wanting to try that).

Good orange color with above average head, so thick. Best dry hopping. Reminiscient of Sweetwater IPA.

Taste, just great, minimal bitterness with massive hop mouthfeel and bouquet. Seemed like tons of simcoe and amarillo. Tons of pine. Extremely easy drinking, was really a pleasure. Hopefully, this stands up to time better than the Sweetwater did. I was blown away by sweetwater, but by the time I finished the 6 pack of that stuff (still 6 weeks before the drink by date) the stuff had fallen apart. I'll come back to this and adjust the rating through the next couple of weeks, tracing its trajectory (or demise). But for now, damn, tasty.

EDIT: Had some more of this last weekend (5/7/11) and the aroma wasn't as awesome. Maybe it was old, I dunno, drank it w/in 1 week of getting it though.

11-06-2010 06:40:15 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of xnicknj


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass - big thanks to TrebleStauter for hooking me up with this at the BA Blackout release.

Pours a very hazy burnt orange with a nice, one finger high head. Fades to some spotty, ringed film and patchy lacing around the glass.

Nose filled with booming floral and piny hops, citric rind, some fruit, and a bit of sweetness.

Plenty of boisterous hop juiciness with some punchy, piny, bitter tones. Citrus fruit such as grapefruit and pineapple mix in, before an understated malt base sneaks in with a hint of toasted grain. More bitter hops with floral and citrus tones ride the flavor wave for a long lasting finish.

Medium bodied, easy carbonation, some dryness in the finish. Delicious flavor and pleasant smells make this an easy one to drink, too bad you can only buy it in Columbus. Solid IPA, through and through.

11-03-2010 22:44:10 | More by xnicknj
Photo of BeerAndBourbon


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

Reviewed from blinded tasting notes.

A. Pours a pale yellow with a white head that leaves tons of lacing.

S. Very hoppy - pine and citrus.

T. Like the nose, this is very hoppy with pine and citrus flavors.

M. Medium body with medium carbonation.

D. Very drinkable.

This was one of the shockers of the night. In the playoff style of blinded IPA tasting we conducted, this finished first (ahead of Jai Alai, Alesmith, Sculpin, Furious, Two Hearted, Red Racer), but in terms of score it ended up in 4th or 5th place. Regardless, a phenomenal beer that I'll definitely be picking up again.

10-28-2010 03:24:26 | More by BeerAndBourbon
Photo of TheHoppiest


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a honey gold with a thick white head that reduces leaving a sticky cobweb of retention. Very attractive!

Has a nice pine smell, with hints of lemon and orange peel, balanced with a honey malt.

Very balanced, this starts bitter yet buttery, with a full pine nose, then hitting the mid-tongue with decent astringency complemented with a sweet honey malt, ending pleasantly bitter. It's hard to stop sipping this tasty beer!

Nice medium feel in the mouth, it has a smooth, creamy start, ending nice and dry.

Highly drinkable, I'm quite pleased to have found another good Ohio IPA to go along with Great Lakes' Commodore Perry.

10-24-2010 17:54:13 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of drabmuh


4/5  rDev -5.2%

Bottle gifted by Mike, thanks. One more top 50 American IPA. Beer is amber and hazy with a thin broken head of small white bubbles. Head leaves some lacing on the glass.

Beer smells like earthy and mildly piny hops.

Beer is medium in body and pretty bitter. Its moderately dry in the palate and finishes well with no aftertaste. Drinkability good, but this is definitely a piny and earthy hop profile. Its pretty good.

10-21-2010 17:40:55 | More by drabmuh
Photo of JohnGalt1


4/5  rDev -5.2%

Another brew is a surprise box from Kbeals... Thanks Kevin!

Nice foamy white head... doesn't stick around too long, but leaves nice licks of lacing... the brew is hazed lite orange.

Nose is bright juicy citrus.. even a tad floral.

Flavor is more bitter than expected, but that's okay. A bit of pale malts play mid palate then melt into a good resinous pine bite.

Body and carbonation seem about par for the course... body could stand to be a tad more full.

Thanks a bunch Kevin... Too Generous.

All 4's

10-19-2010 04:24:19 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of injuredreserve


4.65/5  rDev +10.2%

A: Dark golden with a frothy retaining head.

S: Fresh pine hop with definite citrus and fruit undertones.

T: Wow, nice hoppy punch balanced with nice bitterness giving way to a refreshing citrus zest finish.

M: Med body with nice carbonation.

D: A great example of an IPA.

10-18-2010 22:17:39 | More by injuredreserve
Photo of Thorpe429


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Huge thanks to crashdavisinoh for a sixer of this. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a light apricot color with a three or so finger head before dropping down to a half finger head for quite awhile before eventually dissipating. Good deal of lace throughout as well. Nose is excellent. Right out of the bottle it smells like bitterness. Initial whiff brings some strong citrus with a bit of pine into my nose. Good citrus rind characteristics come through. No apparent malt presence.

Taste is nearly as good as the nose, but not quite. I went back and forth between 4 and 4.5, but the taste just didn't quite deliver the hop flavor that the nose promised, although it is nice and dry with a hefty dose of bitterness. Low to moderate carbonation and exceedingly drinkable. I've driven through Columbus many times on the way back to Chicago and I really wish that I had known about this sooner; I'll definitely be stopping next time to grab some of this. Thanks again, Chris!

10-14-2010 23:27:37 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of stewart124


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours a hazy dark orange with a nice white head that is already leaving some lace.

Tons of citrus in the nose. My mouth is watering.

Whoa! Nice and fruity with just the right amount of caramel and hop goodness. Some toasted notes from the malts but an otherwise light American grain bill. I get a sharp dose of pineapple esters and light caramel that blends very well with a big citrus hop burst.

Not overally sweet but leaves some cloying sweetness in the finish. Pine in the aftertaste with a sharpness and caramel note.

Very nicely done.

10-05-2010 00:20:25 | More by stewart124
Photo of stakem


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12oz standard bottle into a Columbus pint glass. Thanks to csmile for the hookup for both!

Appears a hazed light orange color with a monsterous 2+ fingers worth of lightly yellowish stained fluffy head. The cap slowly receeds leaving quite an uneven amount of foam that on one side of the glass is 2 fingers thick and just a film on the other side... interesting. The lacing is very thick and coats almost the entire glass.

The aroma of this brew is bright and fresh with the scent of citrusy hops. Very pleasant nose filled with grapefruit, pineapple and some more mellow fruitiness like a mango of sorts blended with some different character of rinds almost orange-ish.

The taste of this brew has lots of hop flavor to wrap around your tongue before the spike of bitterness. Upfront this IPA boasts the hop induced taste of grapefruit and a bit of lemony citrus twang before turning bitter like grapefruit rind blended with herbs that are almost minty. It has a backing of malt that is present but with a minimal amount of sweetness that comes across with a light bready taste, slightly toasty.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. No problems finishing this glass. I would happily grab and enjoy another one if I had one but sadly this offering is not readily available to me. For more than 6% abv there was only minor indications of the alcohol presence with a bit of warmth and slight fusel flavor that played well with the flavor of the hops.

09-29-2010 22:27:18 | More by stakem
Photo of fear025


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Thanks to MbpBugeye for this bottle!

Aroma:Smells wonderful with tons of sweet grapefruit in the nose. The sweetness is reminiscent of cotton candy.

Appearance:Pale orange in color. Tons of white fluffy head. Great retention.

Taste:Lots of hops hit in the foretaste, but not overpowering. The hops are citrusy with apricot/peach flavors that appear more in the midtaste. The nutty malt flavor lingers with the hop bitterness on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:This beer has a light body, with some hop astringency.

Drinkability:I really liked this one. It doesn't stand out as much as some IPAs out there, but it's a very enjoyable drink.

09-29-2010 00:10:35 | More by fear025
Photo of zimm421


4.7/5  rDev +11.4%

Served in a pint glass; appears a hazy orange, amber color with a tan/off-white head that sticks around for a decent amount of time.

Smells very earthy with a good amount of citrus, very hoppy. There is a small amount of malts in the background, adding a nice balance to the aroma. The taste is very well balanced, with a great malt backbone, yet still bitter and full of hop flavor. A nice flavor that really works well here.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, the right amount of carbonation, and overall just works well. This goes down pretty easily and is drinkable, something you can go back to. Just a great brew, another good offering from Columbus Brewing.

08-28-2010 15:38:14 | More by zimm421
Photo of Redrover


4/5  rDev -5.2%

I was in Columbus for work and am always on the lookout for local beers. Found this one on tap at the Tip Top downtown Columbus.

Served in a standard pint, the beer is a hazy peach with a clingy beige head.

It has an inviting nose of pine resin, some caramel malts and citrus.

The taste leads with some pine, more pine and the some slightly sweet malt for balance. This hits the right bitter notes for me but remains nicely balanced.

The mouth is slightly oily and coating. It is a nice take on the style and one that I would have again.

08-24-2010 01:00:22 | More by Redrover
Photo of Bonis


4.85/5  rDev +14.9%

A - A murky golden orange color without a lot of bubbles, but a beautiful two finger foamy white head. Definitely unfiltered. This one leaves a lacing like no other beer I've seen.

S - Strong notes of citrus hops dominate this one, very fruity with a faint faint touch of pine. A sweet maltiness is also apparent.

T - Wow, this tastes like grapefruit, only 20 times better. Fruity, citrusy, sweet, and slightly bitter. The sweet malts come through on the back end of this one. Not much alcohol apparent. A finely balanced beer and one of the most delicious I've tasted.

M - It feels a little more carbonated than I suspected, but as smooth as I've ever tasted. Goes down easy and not as big as some IPAs. This is very nice.

D - I feel sorry for the IPA lovers that haven't had a chance to try this one. This is a beer you can ride on all night and never get tired of it. An easy drink and extremely refreshing at that.

08-21-2010 03:29:46 | More by Bonis
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

This is one of the first local beers I got into when I moved to Columbus, and is still a frequent guest in my belly. I recently noticed that I haven't reviewed it, so a fresh bottle is now on deck.

The beer is a little hazy and light copper colored with about 2 fingers of white foam and some wet looking lacing. This beer smells so strong with citrusy cat piss, intended as a compliment but I know there are those who will not drink such a strong smelling IPA. Simcoe if I'm not mistaken, this has very little balance from the malty side of the beer. It tastes abrasively hoppy, huge pineapple and astringent pine, it seems to get stronger with each successive sip. Long burning aftertaste that has nothing to do with ABV.

One of the most aggressive American IPAs I've ever tried, and one I'm lucky to be able to get often.

08-18-2010 23:42:39 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of Keffa


4.68/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured into my Hennepin glass.

A: Hazy orange, nice 2 finger white head that settles to a nice cap of tiny bubbles. Leaves sticky lace with each drink.

Edit: Massive lacing on this bottle. Nice.

S: Pineapple, orange marmalade, mango, piney hop, a little bit of a toasted/caramel malt combo. Very nice aroma here.

Edit: Some sweetness, some amazing hop aromas here.

T: A little sweetness from the malt, then bitter piney hop takes over with a little bit of an orange and tropical hop as well. Malt holds up far better than the initial bitterness indicates. Finishes quite clean, with just a hint of the bitterness and the sweet, citrus notes, which leaves you wanting more.

Edit: Just fantastic hop flavor here, pine, mango, citrus, cracker, caramel, bitterness, herbal. Just so good.

M: Slick and oily, with nice carbonation. Nice body. Makes the beer drink smaller than it is. Good.

D: VERY. Nicely balanced, with several very strong flavor components that cannot be ignored. The hops and malt are well balanced, and one of these isn't enough. Ever.

One of my favorites, and for sure one of the best IPA's I've had. Might just be one of the best IPA's in America. It's a shame more people can't try this. I think the West Coasters would be at home drinking this one.

Edit: If you haven't tried this one yet, get a couple. Trust, one isn't enough. Glad I revisited this one. Going to be a staple from now on.

08-11-2010 00:04:08 | More by Keffa
Photo of LiquidCucumber


5/5  rDev +18.5%

A - A deep cloudy orange that borders on amber. Pours with a finger high head and moderate effervescence.

S - The hops dominate with grapefruit and mango, a subtle touch of malt.

T - Tropical fruits through and through, mainly grapefruit but also mango and pineapple with a resiny aftertaste. There is a definite malt backbone. Nice balance.

M - The hop bitterness lingers with a pleasant tingle on the tongue, leaves a caramel flavor on the back end.

D - My all-time favorite BEER. I love the outstanding sweetness and tropical fruit smorgasbord this brew provides.

08-04-2010 05:37:06 | More by LiquidCucumber
Columbus IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
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