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Columbus Bodhi DIPA - Columbus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 1,181
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 6.87%
Wants: 505
Gots: 157 | FT: 15
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Columbus Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: projectflam86 on 10-07-2009

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Reviews: 144 | Hads: 1,181
Reviews by CaptCleveland:
Photo of CaptCleveland
4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have been meaning to review this tasty offering from Columbus Brewing.

Growler picked up from The Wine Spot, Cleveland Heights, about 4 hours ago ($13.99).

Somewhat hazy, golden-yellow elixir, poured into DFH chalice. No precipitate. Beautiful lacing clings to the vessel during the tasting.

You really can't mistake the aroma from this one. Hophead's dream: hoppy citrus and mango predominates and pine with subtle earthtones. Delightfully complex DIPA.

Wow, smooth hop bitterness from beginning to end. Some nice dank, resinous pine, but not cloying or overstated. No way this is 8% ABV. So smooth.

Medium body, smooth, not oily or too slick.

This one is on par with the best DIPAs and really brings the hops forward without being overwhelming. Nice job Columbus Brewing. (781 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a white head that turns to a light silky layer and plenty of lacing strung down the glass. Aroma is big time piney, resinous, dank hops with just a hint of tropical citrus and pineapple. The flavor highlights a veritable plethora of bright fresh citrus, dank herb, pine, floral, and resin notes. An incredibly tasty double IPA with a ton of rewarding flavor and really no hint of the alcohol. Sweet neutral slightly toasty caramel grain notes provide a base for a hop explosion. Medium to full bodied with a spot on level of carbonation and crisp finish. Simply put, an incredible imperial IPA with flavor for days. This is one I would always come back to. Thanks to Jess and Karla for bringing the growler, this pretty much stole the show and was the first beer opened. (810 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.02/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler filled last weekend, but unopened since then, poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a light, pale golden. Two-finger head of tight, dense eggshell-white foam is topped with a small crown of really loose sudsy bubbles, all of which dissolves into a sheen across the surface and trails of broken lace around the sides. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a bright, almost neon sunshine yellow with just a trace of lime green in it, and clear. Nice legs on the glass from the malt sugars.

S - Citrus and resin hops backed by grainy, lightly toasted malts. Nose is somewhat subdued, but in an approachable way. Pleasant.

T - Toasted malts with bits of light caramel and a touch of butterscotch are nicely balanced by citrus and pine hops that match up like two sides of a coin; they compliment each other well and are tied together with just enough room for each to be noticed on its own. The citrus hops are especially good, tasting like a bowl of oranges and red grapefruit mixed together with a splash of lemon juice. The bitterness of the pine takes over in the finish and pushes out hints of lemon drops. Not a trace of the ABV, this drinks like a regular IPA.

M - Rather fizzy, almost foamy; carbonation should be tighter. Reasonable body with good, integrated construction. Solid structure. Finish is pretty dry, with almost a pucker at the end.

O - Compared to other Double / Imperial IPAs, this one is on the tame side, but that's what makes it so drinkable. Nicely balanced. While it still features the hops, there's a good foundation from the malts that makes this a solid, tasty beer that you keep reaching for across an evening. (1,662 characters)

Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tropical and citrus fruit explosion. Bitterness is never offensive and, at least to me, drinks as easy as orange juice, with deliciousness that begs for the next taste. A must try for IPA aficionados. (200 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

32 ounce growler from Blacklick Wine and Spirits. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about an inch off-white head that stays around for a while. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like citrusy (grapefruit, mango, lemon peel) and pine hops, along with some bready malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like citrusy (mango, grapefruit, oranges and orange peel) and piney hops, bready malt/grain, and a bit of floral hops too. There's a good lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink. It drinks like a lower ABV brew would. Hopefully CBC will get around to bottling Bodhi soon. I guess it's been in their plans for a while but hasn't happened quite yet. Definitely worth trying if you see this anywhere, it's always nice to have a local brewery who can make a great brew like Bodhi (and Columbus IPA too). (970 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a deeply complex IPA. Velvety and smooth with no off putting attributes. Nice golden orange amber body. Head is short and off white poured from a growler. Orange rind and flowery resin dominate the nose. The body is bright and full of citrus as it enters the mouth with first sip. The body is very vibrant for any style, especially an IPA. Crisp, sharp, and electric in character and absolutely delicious in every way. I could drink this brew every day. This beer is the real thing. I really hope they start packaging this beer for distribution. (563 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look 8/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 39/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 20/20

Overall 96/100


One of the most amazing beers I have ever had... This DIPA is crisp, dry, dank beyond belief also has a subtle sweetness that isnt overwhelming or assertive, massive pine and citrus (Tones of Lemon, Grapefruit and Orange) Also has lots green, grassy earth tones. While the taste is certainly impressive, what's really amazing is how well the ABV is hidden, It's an 8% that drinks like 5.5% or less. I have had a few big dog IPA's (Heady, Pliny, Z-Dust, Double Citra) I would easily put this up against those any day of the week. Truly world class in every regard~ (736 characters)

Photo of c23118
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled at CBC and then from growler I purchased. This is spot on for me. Easily the best DIPA I've had, and what I compare all others too. Much more experienced tasters than me put it near the top of their lists as well. (224 characters)

Photo of BB1313
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio -- $8.99

I've had this one numerous times in the past, so I figured it's time to give this one a review. Pours a light golden; extremely clear and transparent; beautiful fluffy eggshell white head with solid lacing and retention. The aromas are extremely tropical. Tons of mango and pineapple. There's also a good amount of grapefruit in the nose as well. It as a west-coast vibe to it. The flavors match the nose. It never becomes overwhelming or overly bitter. There's a great balance between the bitterness and sweetness. Malts take a backseat. Very sharp, clean and flavors. There's a subtle touch of pine needles going on. There's a subtle dash of garlic, but nothing to be concerened about for the garlic/onion hater. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's medium-bodied and feels light for a DIPA. The carbonation is there, but far from overboard. It's also extremely fluffy and creamy. The alcohol goes completely unnoticed. This is dangerously drinkable!

Bodhi has those GOOD characteristics that alot of hopheads look for. It's not aggressive and in your face. It's more balanced and it doesn't have much to complain about. It's always been one of my favorite "local" DIPAs and is worthy of the acclaim it receives. Highly recommended. (1,298 characters)

Photo of blankenhoney
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled with Bodhi on 7.26.14 and consumed hours later, out of a teku. Thanks Joel!

A: The color is a lovely shade of pale yellow straw. The beer looks hazy, crisp, and refreshing. Just a beautiful beer.

S: Intense aromas of grapefruit peel, juicy pineapple, and candied orange. Also some tangerine notes and plenty of dank, pine-laden hops. Delightful

T: Lots of citrus fruit (pink grapefruit, orange, and tangerine) and bits of mango. Nice backbone of pine and resin. Incredibly juicy and refreshing, with a great dry finish.

M: Somewhere on the lighter side of medium-bodied: it goes down easily and is endlessly drinkable. Light, juicy, creamy, and refreshing.

O: So glad I got to try this one…a fantastic DIPA that rivals some of the better DIPAs I've had (774 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
4.37/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Gallo's. Shaker.

A: pours a bright gold, 1/8 inch white head. Little to no visible carb.

S: redolent with grapefruit pith, resin, nondescript tropical goodness.

T: slightly sweet arrival, turns immediately clean, then blast of fruity, tropical astringency.

M: light, lifting, crisp. Lovely.

O: the most West-coast IPA I've had from Ohio. Bottle this, and I will have it in my fridge always. (404 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.16/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the embrace of fruit and lupulin that Columbus has with beer, there's really no surprise with the demonstrative IPA that puts both front and center with a host of tropical, citrus and orchard fruit to entice and intimidate the senses all at once.

Tangerine, nectarine, passion-fruit, mango and even papaya join with more obvious fruity hop flavors of pink grapefruit, orange and pineapple for an early taste and vibrant aroma that steps straight out of Hawaiian Punch. Wrapped in a candied cocoon, its honey, caramel and simple syrup sweetness gives an emboldened ripeness to the fruit's character.

While the sweetness holds on in the middle, its fruity center turns bitter, resinous and pithy. An underlying estery quality of peach and marmalade reinforces the hops with seamless taste. Citrus pulls ahead late while introducing earthy flavors of fresh-cut grass, chopped chive and an exotic herbal character likened to cannabis.

A late dissolve of sweetness finally allows the hops take full control, dragging the tastebuds into a sticky and resinous dryness that's also elevated by spicy alcohols that numb the tongue lightly with the peppery prickle of acetone. (1,173 characters)

Photo of Durisek
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

favorite beer ever. five words (30 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Oh yeah! This is good stuff!

Dark yellow/orange body. Burnt orange. Sugar, pine, and resin aroma. Sweet/rich/bitter pineapple taste with a sweet, subdued, peachy, background. Way in the back. Candied, subdued fruit, flowery, in that order. Sharp finish. Dense carbonation in the mouth. Chewy. Smooth, no aftertaste, clean.

Overall...I would put this up there against many of the great DIPAs, such as Pliny the Elder (PtE), Abrasive, Hopslam, and Heady Topper. I think it is PtE's half-brother. This DIPA is great!

Compliments of Katharlis-4040 (562 characters)

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Half gallon growler from Weiland's. Great piney/resin aroma up front which pairs amazingly on the senses with the initial hop bite. Not overly malty with a smooth balanced finish. Easy one of my favorite IPA's.... (213 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Schlais
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of cjn40277
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SkiBum22
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Anstuart5
5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of RebeccaMB
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of lateralundertow
4.09/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of markmo
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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Columbus Bodhi DIPA from Columbus Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.