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Columbus IPA - Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus IPAColumbus IPA

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Ratings: 1,100
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 265
Gots: 143 | FT: 9
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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Ratings: 1,100 | Reviews: 340
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...

Photo of chinchill
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

A nice medium amber with a very durable off-white head.

There are plenty of hops in this one, that much is obvious from the nose. There's a mix of hops, although I can't tell which ones. The finish is markedly hoppy and long lasting, but without the strong bitterness i've come to expect in a beer this hoppy. Nice level of malts to balance the hops.

M- medium body and carbonation.

O - excellent, if otherwise not distinguished example of style.

Photo of kirok1999
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly hazy golden straw color with a nice white head.
Complex hop notes...citrus and floral up front with some deep grass and herb behind. Mildly sweet malt backbone.
Taste is much like the smell with a lingering hop aftertaste. There is a real floral note to the hops in the taste. Not as sweet as the smell but the malts are in there in quantity. There's a nice amount of carbonation.
This is a nicely balanced beer and went well with the buffalo wrap I had at the brewpub. I'd imagine this could stand up to most any food out there.

Photo of robwestcott
3.57/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks (i think) to shawnp for this one.

poured cold from the bottle a cloudy dark caramel gold to a sun king shaped pint glass with a 1/2 finger, foamy, slightly off white head leaving spotty lace.

nice, and not punching you in the face citrus hops aroma.

earthy and citrus hops up in front and bitter all over the front of the tongue and the roof of my mouth. interesting sweet / sour citrus following and fading quickly.

medium bodied, bitter bite, creamy.

a better than average IPA with a better than average malt backbone.

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

Poured into a Spaten Tumbler. Color is a cloudy orange. Lots of micro carbonation bubbles that lead to a soapy, bright white, two finger head.

Smell is sweet and citrusy. A bit of malt and yeast earthyness.

Taste is very citrus bitter and some pineapple sweetness. Some bread or biscuit flavors come late. Very enjoyable though!

The mouth is perfect for the style. Nicely carbonated and well balance to the end.

Overall I really enjoyed this extra from claaaark13 and must say that this is one of my favorite East coast IPA's.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a Hopleaf snifter. I've had these beer in foregone days when beer did not mean what it does to me now. My opinion is much changed.

A - Pours a hazy golden rod, burnt orange, sundried wheat. Large creamy 2 finger head that relaxes to form a slight ring around the glass with islands appearing intermittently. Resiny, sticky lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - Hops, sharp like a knife. Pine and resin hops fill the nose mixed with an underlying citrus, juicy sweetness.

T - Bitter, acrid pine. Warm alcohol burn. Sticky resin. Soothing citrus. Hops in multitudes. They cling to the palate.

M - Pleasantly sticky with moderate carbonation.

O - Fantastic IPA. Going to employ these brew much more often than previously done.

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

A - Pours a hazy orange tinted brown with at least two fingers of light tan head. Head has very good retention and leaves quite a trail of lacing behind.

S - Nice amount of pine hops coupled with citrus and a bit of grass. The hop presence is really excellent. Also pick up a faint amount of malt.

T - Similar to smell. A great hop profile that is predominantly pine, but rounded out wit a nice amount of citrus. Some malt comes in near the end, along with a touch of tea. Finish is a nice bite of pine hop bitterness.

M - medium/light mouhfeel that is somewhat resinous.

O - Really a fantastic IPA. Nice hop profile with just a small malt presence. Finishes clean and bitter. I will definitely pick this up whenever I am in Columbus.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dirty, cloudy orange. you can tell it is unfiltered. There is a nice off-white head with good retention and it leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of pine, citrus, mostly lemons, grass and some orange.

T - Fairly muted here at first, but then grass, pine, citrus, and it works!

D - No bitterness, good carbonation, medium body.

O - Smells and tastes great. I really enjoyed it.

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

Thanks to misterhops for the chance to try this great beer!

A - almost a dark hazy orange, beautiful iceberg like cloudy head

S - wow, lots of fruits, can't wait to taste

T - really easy drinking with loads of flavor, citrus, and a slight bitterness mixed in well

O - really loved this beer and will be sure to look out for it/request it whenever trading in the area

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

Many thanks to AlexFields for providing this gem.

A: Cloudy light orange with an off-white head. Great retention, sticks around nicely. Nice lacing too.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, mango? Distinctive simcoe cat piss smell (not in an unpleasant way). A little pine I think. Hard to tell, the citrus and simcoe combination dominates pleasantly. Nice smell, not super overpowering like some DIPAs but not subtle either.

T: Hard to describe. So many delicious tastes. Sweet grapefruit, mango, peach, apples? Very smooth combination too, it all melds together nicely. There is some pine in the aftertaste that helps break it up a little bit. The pine gets stronger as the beer warms and the bitterness starts to rise from it but never overwhelms. Surprisingly low bitterness - the sweetness helps keep it at bay. This is extremely tasty.

M: Pretty medium mouthfeel that's quite clean. No sticky hops coating the mouth, oily sensations, nada. Smooth and clean.

O: Wow, this was a surprise to me. I'd never heard of this beer and immediately it's on my radar for top 3 IPAs. It's not too strong, not too subtle, complex but not overly so. No annoying characteristics. I really don't know what I could say to improve this beer, it's just really good. I put this up there with Sculpin, Blind Pig and Lunch.

Photo of chugalug06
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice murky/cloudy orange color pours from this long-neck bottle. Pours very nice! Awesome head retention. Head is slightly yellow foamy goodness.

S - Yum! Lots of intense fruits. Apple, grape, banana, ect...

T - Much more watery than I was expecting... Lots of great citrusy flavor though. Wonderful hop balance too. Slightly minty...

M - Very thin and light bodied. Wonderful carbonation.

O - A slight disappointment, but whose counting? Super glad i got to try this one. Cheers Beerhan, thanks for the trade!

Photo of inlimbo77
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Stone pint glass. Thanks to exitmusic00 for this extra!

A: Pours a hazy orange color. One finger, slightly off white head. Some carbonation rolling off the bottom of the glass. Definitely unfiltered. Some lacing on the glass.

S: It smells delicious! Really fruity. Grapefruit, citrus, with some pine. I do get a little malts so not a complete HOP bomb.

T: Nice bitterness on the front of the tongue. Smooth malts in the middle. Crisp bite at the back of the throat. Very balanced, solid little IPA.

M: Medium bodied IPA. Very, easy drinking. This one is definitely sessionable.

O: Nice little beer from a smaller brewing operation. I'd definitely sample again, or others from them. Good job!

Photo of AlexFields
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review edited slightly 3/2/2013.

I always try to get some bottles of this when I go up to Ohio for Jackie O's releases. The last one was no exception.

Dark toffee color, and it's nice and cloudy/murky. This beer is definitely not filtered. Large head to begin with, and a small one sticks around indefinitely.

Smells awesome. Huge juicy citrus hop aroma, dank oranges and pineapples and grapefruit. With a nose like this, the beer cannot possibly taste bad.

And it definitely doesn't taste bad. It's just as hoppy as the nose suggests, but also sweeter. The citrus in this is huge, though it doesn't stand out as tasting like any particular citrus fruit that I can think of. There's some pine too, but it's subordinate to the citrus. The hop profile is amazing and so is the malt backbone, this is everything I want from an IPA.

Very nice mouthfeel, great carbonation as suggested by the lingering head, but it's also really smooth underneath the carbonation, and the feel develops over the time in the mouth.

This is one of my favorite IPAs and I have nothing bad to say about it. My fridge would never be without this beer if I could get it in TN.


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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Columbus IPA pours a golden orange caramel color, mostly transparent with a few yeast flecks. A full head of off-white head rests on top and retains nicely, leaving some lace down the side of the glass.

Smell: The hop presence is impressive. Very dank. Some tropical fruits and a bit of citrus as well.

Taste: Some soft caramel sweetness to start, but it really does not get in the way of the hops. Very dank, with grapefruit citrus, pine, and mango/pineapple/passion fruit tropical fruit adding some further hop flavor. Finishes wet, juicy, and bitter.

Mouthfeel: This is a little bit grainy, with a fairly light body, and carbonation that seems to be compressed and held in check.

Overall: I found this to be a little bit off the beaten path, as far as IPA's are concerned, and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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

Got this as an extra in a trade. Thanks man.

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a hazy almost apricot color. Nice white head dissapated to a pretty thin one. Great lacing.

Aroma has a nice citric hop aroma with a nice malt character. Wish it had a bit more hop aroma though.

Taste is great. Smooth almost rye character. Nice hop flavor although it could use a bit more and a nice hop bite.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than I usually like. But not bad. Nice carb.

Overall a solid IPA. Wish I had 6 packs of this available to me. Would probably buy it often.

Photo of ridglens
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Bruery snifter. Just had it for the first time about 3 weeks ago, first time i've had a chance to rate it. (Post HOTD ADAM and DFH WorldWide Stout)

A- Pretty beer, right straw-yellow collor, a little cloudy, and a thin layer of head that leaves a pretty amount of lacing. Pretty beer, sometimes i like to see a cloudy IPA.

S- Damn...The hops you hope you smell (thinking in your head "i hope this is like Pliny...or Hopslam....) you smell.... not quite as intense, but the profile is amazing. great fresh fruity hopiness, some grapefruit, some pine, floral and wonderful. damn i love finding (or being told to find ;) ) a beer like this!

T- Taste is similar, a VERY fresh bouquet of piny and floral hops, with grapefruit definitely making its presence. A tasty and very mild maltiness comes through lightly in the background.

M- Really the only place i can knock this beer, if even just a little bit. it is, IMO, a hair thin. It is refreshing as hell and goes down really easy because of it, but i think a beer that tastes like this should feel just a little bit more robust. maybe not, just my opinion.

O- An absolutely Fine beer, truly a gem from Ohio (a state lacking a lot of gems until the last couple of years)...
This is truly one to seek out, its few faults are not off-putting.

Photo of JayS2629
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An awesome IPA I recieved in a trade. Simple but full of flavor. It pours an orange/amber with nice clarity, a creamy white head that fades slowly and leaves little rings of cream behind.

The aroma is full of bright fruit. Grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, and spicy pine.

The taste has a stable biscuity malt backbone loaded down with citrus and pine. Some floral notes in their as well mixed with orange, grapefruit, and resiny dank.

An awesome IPA full of flavor, well balanced, smooth and creamy and easy to drink with a crisp, refreshing bite.

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.

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Columbus IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
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