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Columbus IPA - Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus IPAColumbus IPA

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Ratings: 1,077
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 263
Gots: 135 | 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 orourkebr
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is such a fantastic IPA. I pushes the limits of a IPA and almost reaches the IIPA level, but holds back just enough.

It pours gorgeously dark/burnt orange and a little brown tint in there with a lovely off white head.

Aroma is an extremely pleasant citrus and grapefruit, with just a little malt to back it up.

Taste is what I want from an American IPA. Citrusy hops with a nice caramel malt flavor to support it.

I can drink this beer everyday and would put it up against any other American IPA.

Photo of subemerge007
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my go to off-the-shelf beer in the area.

A- This beer is a really nice clear peach, a huge head that sticks around forever.
S- Cat piss and dank could never be so nice, such a great combination here.
T- The taste is bitter hops, dank, but so smooth to drink.
M-Nice body.
O- About as solid of an IPA you can get.

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

12oz bottle, courtesy of Puddintane, into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Clear amber body with a finger of frothy white foam. Great retention and lacing. Very nice indeed.

S: Huge fruity hops, and that's it. Orange, mango, grapefruit, papaya. Wow.

T: Tropical fruit, lightly bready malt, and clean hoppy bitterness. Very, very tasty.

M: Soft medium body, high carbonation - very frothy, very smooth.

O: If you like fruity hops (and I do), then this is about as quintessentially delicious as an IPA can be. Always hop-forward without letting the bitterness run amok, this is definitely one of the best single IPAs I've had this year. If you're looking for dry, biting, resinous pininess, then look elsewhere; if you want juicy tropical fruits and sweet/bitter balance stemming as much from hops as from malt, then drink this beer. If I had regular access to this beer, it would always be in my fridge.


Photo of Rbald42
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from Projectflam86. Much thanks Kyle, as I was very interested to try this one.

Appearance is a hazy coppered hue.
Smell is of fresh citrus and pine. It smells very delicious and the hops definitely stand out...a west coast aroma to this beer for sure. Taste is not brutally bitter, some bready malts with a strong herbal blast of hops. Nicely done with the hops without being overly aggressive. Green herb, lemon zest with pine and tangerine flavor. Mouthfeel is full but not overwhelming. This is a beer I wish I definitely had more of.

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

This beer was courtesty of smchenry75, who graciously gave me this three day old growler just to continue positive beer karma.

This beer pours a bright gold in color with slight cloudiness. The gold is both rich and vibrant. Right off the bat it has a hop profile that makes me think of Three Floyds. I smell citra, citra, citra with a light resinous pine. The nose is fantastic! The flavors are of citrusy and sweet pine cones. The hop/malt balance is exceptional. It drinks very well and is a tad dry. I kind of wish it wasn't this dry but it's still a very, very good IPA. I'm definitely grateful for the fresh growler. It's an oustanding brew.

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

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No date. The beer was a bright butterscotch color and had a slight haze due to the lack of filtering. The eggshell white head left sticky lace on the glass.

The smell was Simcoe cattiness. Leafy, crisp hops aroma - yum.

The taste was like diluted orange juice. Short on sweetness - long on grassy bitterness. Pretty drying. A very solid IPA, well constructed.

The mouthfeel was medium to thin with moderate carbonation.

Photo of ChrisPro
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mobile review.

Draft at Bob's Bar.

A - crystal clear copper, couple fingers of off-white head.

S - nostrils pounded by piney hops and some dankness. Touch of caramel.

T - great sweet malt then a balanced bitter. Incredible hop flavor without an over powering bitter finish.

M - a bit light on the body but that's my only complaint.

O - a world class IPA no doubt. This is phenomenal and would easily be my go to IPA if I had access to it.

Photo of BigDRS
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle has no visible brewed/freshness date.

Appearance - Slightly hazy apricot color. Very little carbonation is visible. Standard pour provides a 2-2.5 finger head that leaves a TON of lace on my glass. Head retention is very nice.

Smell - A very sharp grassy quality comes through with some fruit and pine notes.

Taste - Slightly sweet then you're hit with a really strong hop taste. The pine notes from the nose really come through. This beer has a nice bite to it and finishes pretty dry.

Mouthfeel - Light to mid bodied ... a bit light for the style.

Overall - This beer goes down really easy. I could easily polish off 3 - 4 of these without blinking an eye. Of all the brews I've had from Columbus Brewing Company this has been the best.

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Le Cheval Blanc pint glass. Pours a hazy deep gold, with a big, rocky, beige colored head. Head is slow to drop, but leaves tons of lacing.

I could smell the citrus hops on the pour. Aromas of huge grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. There is probably some malt in there, but you can't tell from the aroma.

Flavors of grassy hop bitterness, huge grapefruit, orange, honey. But there are so many hops put in the boil that a vegetal flavor comes through. Finish is actually fairly short, with a burst of grapefruit and orange bitterness, as it fades away to a "pure" bitterness.

Mouthfeel is nearly puckering. Mouthcoating to the point I can feel it between my teeth. Medium bodied.

Overall a good AIPA, but they over did it with the hops, when the grassy flavors start to peak out.

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.

Columbus IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,077 ratings.