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Columbus IPA - Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus IPAColumbus IPA

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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
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Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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!

Photo of Retsinis
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this bottle as an extra in a trade.

A: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. A full 2 inches of billowing white head rose, and very slowly settled. The beer is a pale, cloudy orange with a copper hue. Nice spotty and sticky lacing is left on the glass.

S: Some dried herbal hops and grapefruit. Can't get much else.

T: Pretty bitter up front on the initial draw. Flavor notes of grapefruit, mild orange, some sweet caramel malt. The bittering hops are the most prominent and dominate though.

M: Medium to high carbonation, and dry. A bit thin on the finish.

O: Good. A little too dry bitterness for my preference, but admittedly, one of the better Mid-west IPA's I've had. I like the fact that it was not pasteurized, since that preserves more flavor in my humble opinion. I think that gives it a longer shelf life too, since I can't tell from the bottle how fresh it is.

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

Another exceptional beer traded to me by sdsurfer217. Enjoyed on 3/31/11. Reviewed from notes:

A: Darker golden color with finger and half of head. Layer of foam remains on top.

S: Aroma of floral and citrus rushes into my nose.

T: light floral and lemony citrus. light biscuity malt in the background but still noticeable. A light astringency follows throughout

M: Mellow in the carbonation. One of the lightest feels from any IPA I've had.

O: Lots to love about this refreshing IPA. On a warm evening in San Diego, this IPA may be the perfect selection for that type of day.

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

A - Golden orange with some nice lacing which holds for a bit and dissipates.

S - Very floral bouquet with lots of citrus and pineapple aromas. This beer smells so good you almost don't want to drink it. Then you drink it and want another.

T - This IPA tastes like a high end fruity west coast IPA. One of the brewers used to work for Pizza Port I believe so this could be how this recipe came about. Strong grapefruit flavors and some pineapple. This is much more an IPA leaning towards the fruity side of hope flavors than the pine side.

M - A nice mouthfeel for a medium bodied beer. Not too much to say here, but its not thin and you aren't chewing on it.

O - This thing comes in at 6.5%, and tastes so good you will be done with a 6 pack before you even realize it. Being from Columbus, this beer makes me happy because it is my go to beer for just about any event and makes its way into most every box I put together. If you are trading with anyone from Columbus and like IPAs ask for this beer!

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

A beer that makes living in Columbus even better! Before I get to my review I'm going to devert to a quick rant about how great the beers coming out of Columus have been the last year or two. I remember back when I first started getting into good beer and was really a novice at this whole thing about a decade ago and I would try everything I could under the sun. I remember thinking Columbus Brewing was middle of the road at best. Lucky for me, things change. When I don't feel like dropping the extra cash on Two Hearted this is generally where my money goes. Pours a golden-amber color with a georgeous fluffy white head. The smell is of wonderful floral, fruity hops with just a touch of pine. Taste is much the same with a little bit of orange and lemon follow by a nicely balance bitterness. Overall not as harshly bitter as I tend to like most of my IPA's but still a beautiful beer worth seeking out.

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

Thanks to Seth for hooking me up with a six pack of this

A- Orangish-amber color with a two finger offwhite head that dissipates down to a half finger with great lacing throughout.

S- Wonderful citrus aroma of oranges and pineapple with some resinous pine in there as well

T- Grapefruit still there, orange not so much, with bitter piny goodness on the back end. This beer is all about the hops, without much malt flavoring at all.

M- Medium carbonation and body is just right for the style. A touch too bitter.

O- An excellent IPA, really glad I had it, and could enjoy a sixer of this if I had nothing to do and nowhere to go.

Photo of afksports
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Columbus IPA is the best smelling IPA in the country.

Bathroom attendants. What are they good for? Helicopter towels? Which cologne do you spray?

This beer looks like Heady Topper. Unpasteurized, unfiltered. Smooth, but hazy and cloudy. Lovely head on top though. Sits like a little ragamuffin outside the corner store. Waits for you to smell it. Smells much better than the bum begging for change. Smells like citrus pine groves with resin and malts and biscuit and evergreen and grass and flowers and oh god nature is in my nose.

The taste doesn't much live up to it though. Solid, absolutely solid. And rockin'. But just about "good", rather than "great". And just about right - hops / malt / hops - rather than exceptional. It's got a clean finish that yields to a bitter dryness, and on the right day in the right moment that'd be great.

Columbus IPA is only available in Columbus, Ohio. But that's sad. It hsould be available in lots more places for me to drink it's medium bodied goodness. And I really want to smell it. Really really. No more ragamuffins. Only this beer.

Photo of zrab11
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy orange amber color with a nice 1 finger head

S- Floral hops hit the nose right away followed by some citrus notes and sweetness. Smells very crisp and clean.

T- WOW the explosion of citrus and hops and sweetness balance so well. This beer is delightful

M-Medium to light bodied. Great Carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing

D-Overall i was flored by this beer. It has a boring label and boring name so wasn't exspecting anything from it. but this is prob. my favorite IPA right now. IT just has Great flavors that don't mask the hops but also the hops don't take over the great flavors they put in this beer. GIve this beer a try!

Photo of TMoney2591
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a clear plastic cup.

Big thanks to hannydawg for hooking us up with a bottle o' this!

A nice brew to wait to purchase some bottles of Dark Lord with, I should say. It pours a clear light sunrise amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises mandarin orange, orange zest, grapefruit, light lemon zest, and caramel. Fruity, with just a nice hint of sweet. The taste follows this formula pretty closely, with the addition of a few drops of honey. The fruitiness from the hops also branches out at the end into a mild bitterness. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a very tasty IPA, one of the better ones I've had in a long time.

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

12oz bottle received in trade from bb8189. Thanks for the opportunity, Brian!

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 3/4" eggshell head, over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Head falls ever-so slowly, with heavy lasting lace. Aroma is pine and citrus hoppiness.

Taste starts sweet, then turns into a mouthful of hops character, specifically the pine and citrus mentioned earlier. Close has a touch of chalkiness, but the other benefits well outweigh this nitpick. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is great. Another nice one from Columbus.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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!

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 :)

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of beer1018
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of nataku00
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of jsanford
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of Trilogy31
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of sendsilk
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

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!

Photo of Gfunk720
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Lunch
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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.

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.

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