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Columbus Bodhi DIPA - Columbus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 150
Hads: 1,220
Avg: 4.48
pDev: 22.32%
Wants: 528
Gots: 168 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
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: 150 | Hads: 1,220
Photo of markrwolfe
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Maybe because I live in Columbus, but this beer is top three of all time. I travel every month on business, try local beer everywhere. This is so choice, if you have the means I highly suggest picking some up. That's all I have to say but it's making me add more words to submit the review. Peace, love, and hairgrease.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.84/5  rDev +8%
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~

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Photo of david131
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to warnerry for sharing!

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange liquid with a few streams of rising carbonation. The white head is thin but creamy.

S- Passion fruit, mango, pineapple, pine, caramel, and a bit of citrus. Absolutely astounding.

T- The fruit really jumps out at first followed by the biscuity malt. Really fruity and delicious. The malt backing is definitely a but on the lighter side which works really well for this beer.

M- The carbonation is nice and the lingering bitterness is spot on.

O- An outstanding beer for the style. Seems like an extreme Zombie Dust.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a growler from Save-On Craft Beer in Mentor, OH. There is not much to say about this beer other than WOW!!! From start to finish this is an homage to sweet juicy, sticky tropical hops with lots of fresh ripe fruit and balancing hints of pine and grapefruit rind. Easy drinking considering the ABV and just enjoyable. I cannot wait till it is bottled or canned!

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Photo of equincel
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On tap at Brew's Cafe

Pours a frothy, hazy burnt orange with a pillowy white cream head. Above average lacing for an imperial IPA. First smell...hmm...nirvana? Not exactly, but the closest experience I've had in the world of beers. Faint malt sweetness mingles with a whirlwind of citrus(grapefruit and clementine) and tropical(light mango with pear) flavors followed by a hop slap to the dome. Pure dankness. The intensity of the hops never lets up, but at no point do you feel overwhelmed(or underwhelmed.) Medium-full mouthfeel has just enough carbonation to please the tongue while allowing the subtle dryness to leave you wanting another sip. and another sip.

Notes: On this occasion, Bodhi was consumed multiple times through out the Ohio brews vs Michigan brews beer tasting at Brews Cafe(Granville, Ohio). With beers like Founders Breakfast Stout and Bells Expedition Stout many beers can get lost on the palate and become forgettable at best by nights end. Not Bodhi, not even close. Best beer of the night? yes. of the year? more than likely. But definitely the first and only keg to be completely emptied at this tasting and that's saying quite a bit about this amazing beer.

Edit. Inconsistencies are the only thing that have taken this brew down a notch, from 5 to 4.75. It;s never been bad or average but never has it been as good as it was at a particular beer festival.

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Photo of brewtus
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap a few days ago but review is from my growler fill. Pours hazy orange/yellow, with a lacy white head, healthy head for a growler. The nose on this is amazing, piney, tropical citrus, lemon, bready, juicy, crisp, clean, need I say more? Tastes as its smells, great citrus fruit, not bitter like some DIPAs, so refreshing . It's got a great texture, without being "thick". The finish is so smooth for a DIPA, and doesn't leave you with a bitter finish, just enjoyable. This beer is not over rated, one of the best I've had. They've been talking about bottling this for a while, hopefully it's sooner than later!

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Photo of SadMachine
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Kane tulip from a growler acquired in a trade with bencooper27. Thanks again man!

A- It pours a very pale straw color with a decent sized white head that recedes somewhat quickly, leaving spotty, but distinct lacing.

S- The aroma is a straight grapefruit and tropical fruit bomb! Some other citrus comes through with fresh squeezed orange, tangerine, and loads of lemon verbena. A hint of caramel and pale malt balance it perfectly! Amazing nose!

T- The flavor matches the nose almost perfectly. Definitely more grassy/lemony flavors coming through, but this is balanced with sweet citrus and caramel malt. There is also a good bit of mango and pineapple, with a touch of passion fruit.

M- The mouthfeel has medium thickness, moderate carbonation, and goes down smooth. Another dangerously drinkable DIPA at 8%!

O- I am so happy to have had the opportunity to try this, and I will need to get this again! One of the best DIPAs I've had!!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at The Daily Growler in Upper Arlington, OH.

Pours a hazy yellow, with a one inch head and sheets of lacing down the glass.

Smells include citrus zest, tangy grapefruit, sweet and juicy orange, pineapple, apricot, and peach. Just outstanding smell, jumps out of the glass with fervor.

The taste is just incredible as well. Went down way too quick, despite all the flavor jam packed into this DIPA. Strong orange pineapple and grapefruit flavors, keeping it a little bit sweet, then the resinous pine slaps you across the face, makes it presence, and holds you in. Quite bitter, even more so as the beer warms up. The bitterness mixed with the juicy hop flavor is perfect, prototypical dry pine/citrus style IPA. Pretty dank flavor here, methinks.

Medium bodied, incredibly, there is no alcohol flavors. Drinks like a pale ale, hits you with flavor like a DIPA. Dry finish, warming, crisp mouthfeel.

Amazing stuff here.

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Photo of Scipio3
4.75/5  rDev +6%

This beer is simply fantastic. Beautiful color and excellent smell. The hops explode on the tongue and there is little alcohol aftertaste that many DIPS's seem to have.

I am moving this into my upper tier of Brews with no reservation. Best beer brewed in Ohio in my opinion.

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Photo of chrisbues
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Holds it's own against other top Ohio IPAs/DIPAs (Head Hunter/White Rajah).
Growler fill ($14) from my local bottle shop (Bottles 101 in Kent,OH).

L - Fantastic, golden hue. Soapy lacing.

S - Piney, not overpowering.

T - Smooth and not too heavy.

F - Resin, but again not over the top.

O - Just a fantastic DIPA that doesn't feel or taste like a DIPA. Clean & smooth, not bitter, not too heavy.

It's absolutely criminal that Columbus doesn't bottle this. I know they're planning to do so. It will fly off the shelves in Ohio. I could live the rest of my days drinking this, Head Hunter and White Rajah.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

After a few years of drinking this, I am finally getting around to a formal review. This one is from a growler, as this is the only way to enjoy it at home. For now...

Pours a mainly clear golden yellow, with a bright white fluffy head.

Smells very pungent. Lots of floral and piney hops with a touch of citrus and medicinal aromas. Not much malt noticeable.

An initial sweet, sticky toasted malt provides a very light base for the hops to explode out of. The citrus punches you in the mouth right of the bat. Pineapple and a passion fruit. A lot more tropical fruit flavor then you would guess from the aroma. It is followed up with a wave of pine and floral bouquet flavors. Fairly green and dank, without being too medicinal, and very crisp and clean in the finish. A moderate amount of resin feel. It is medium bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation.

While the midwest usually offers up tropical juice bombs, or a mix of east and west coast IPAs, this one is definitely a more traditional west coast version to me, and it absolutely nails it. This is Pliny the Elder good whether you want to believe it or not. Probably a little less balanced - if you are looking for a hoppier version. Still one of my top 3 DIPAs.

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Photo of jkoch7
4.75/5  rDev +6%

On tap at World of Beer Easton, Columbus Ohio. Look is a golden color, not indicative of the massive flavor profile to come Nose of citrus and pine. Lots of hops but a slight note of malt. First taste is a barrage of hop dominance. Tapering to a malt finish, never losing the strong hop bitterness. Hop heads will basque in this beer. Holds its own amongst the happiest. Full of flavor and a medium resinous mouthfeel. Complexity throughout. Great beer that if you have the chance to try, DO NOT PASS IT UP! Could drink this every day.

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Photo of ReTag
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Aroma - amazing, very pungent dankness, strong notes of pine
Color - nice hazy golden color
Taste - very piney citrus forward, leaves with a dry finish that makes you want to drink again and again.

Thank you Team Ohio for this taste. Will seek out again.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Honey yellow color glows from the glass, not much head, lacing on each sip but not strong enough to cling. The smell is ridiculous, I smelled it the instant I popped the growler like it was caged and waiting to bust free. Amazing citrus aroma with strong orange, grapefruit and lemon. None of the grassy or piney notes hops usually bring. Very clean focused aroma. Taste is maybe the best of any beer I've had to date. So delicate with big citrus flavors. Orange, grapefruit and lemon; yeah it's all in there. Light sweetness in the background from the malt that accentuates and just let's the hops shine. Soft mouthfeel, low end of medium mouthfeel and none of the stickiness you'd expect from a beer with 8% ABV. Finish leaves great hop flavor, refreshing and crisp and then in a flash it dries out. This beer is dangerous. Overall this is one of the best beers I've ever had and I hope I get to have it again.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful hazy golden color along with a big white head. Sticky lacing lasted well throughout. A sweet malty, hoppy and citrus fruits comes through very nicely in the aroma. The citrus and malty flavors were amazing – fresh hops, tangy grapefruit, and piney. Medium bodied and decent carbonation throughout. Overall, this was a fine example of a DIPA and one that closely resembled a Three Floyds Dreadnaught / AleSmith IPA meets Three Floyds Zombie Dust type of beer. I would love to get my hands on some more of this beer!

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Photo of 2Stout4u
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one stole the show at the 2009 Micro Brew Festival. This is my number 1 DIPA it has it all. The smell is like your in the middle of a pine forest. The taste is what a hop head would expect from a double, grapefruity citrus heaven bomb, yet it still holds a balance. It's in no way over the top like Ruination it's just a thing of beauty. I'm so lucky to live so close to CBC if only the rest of the country could enjoy this brewery... On second thought that might mean less for us locals, scratch that!! My only beef with this beer and a few of the other CBC offerings is that we never know if they will be back in circulation again. Long live CBC!!

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Photo of Daehpoh
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to try this before it runs out. Growler sampled on the date it was filled.

Hazy, burnt yellow-orange color. On the pale side for a DIPA. This beer has a summery look to it.

Huge citrusy, floral aroma. Tropical fruit, a bit of pine. This mix of hops is reminiscent of Columbus IPA, just stronger. Mouthwatering would be a good way to describe it.

Taste is big on hops. Tangy grapefruit leads into a mild sweetness, some cherry and mango notes, and ends with a nice piney hop bite. Great hop:malt balance in this one. Malt sweetness does make a brief appearance, but the hops dominate.

Medium bodied. Slick with a dry finish. Super easy drinking.

Overall a great DIPA. The aroma pulls you in and the taste and smooth mouthfeel just make you want to keep drinking. If you like the CBC IPA, this is a beer you will enjoy.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tried from a fresh Growler fill. Great hop aroma but taste was a little weak on the delivery compared to the smell. Still outstanding IPA with awesome finish!

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours an incredibly hazy golden orange/yellow color with a small, 1 finger, off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S - Big wallops of orange, grapefruit, mango, and even a touch of pine with a bready malt base.

T - An in-your-face amount of hops present. Incredibly citrusy, but also has touches of flowery hops, piney, and resin. Finishes with bitter citrus bite. Incredibly good.

M - Very full, excellent amount of carbonation present. Holds the ABV well.

Overall - A superb DIPA. Obviously shows that this beer is worth the hype it's getting. Seriously a perfectly balanced DIPA, it actually reminds me of the excellent balance of a PtE.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Also took home a 64oz growler from the CBC brewpub... ~$15/refill. Currently not available in bottles/cans.

If you live anywhere near Columbus and haven't tried this beer yet, you're missing out on one of if not the best brews in the midwest. This beer goes quickly though. If you're lucky enough to see it on tap, snatch it up. By comparison, it's smoother than the regular CBC IPA. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of usofar
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to claaark13!

Pours a hazy golden color with a finger of white head with decent retention and a fine sticky lacing. The citrus shines through with an orange/tangerine dominance among several citrus flavors. It's like Sculpin used to be, but better. It's not punch you in the face grapefruit citrus (although it's there) it's a little more mellow and well balanced. Medium mouth feel perfect for the style, easily the best Double IPA I can recall not from CA or VT. If this was available locally this would work into my IPA rotation and would likely dominate it during warm weather.

Thanks again!

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Photo of billsherry
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fantastic. Heavy tones of citrus and grapefruit, I thought I died and went to heaven. This is the beer that everyone should be making. Boy, you sure want us to write a lot. A good beer is a good beer. And it doesn't take me 200 characters to say that.

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Photo of warnerry
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A -pours a hazy orange with one finger of white head. Decent retention with great lacing.

S - Big citrus hop nose with some pine as well. Grapefruit and some tangerine. Slight biscuit malt presence. Very good.

T - This tastes fantastic. The hop presence is big, but not harsh or abrasive. Very little malt, but just enough to give a little body. Similar to smell there is mostly a citrus hop presence, but I get some pine and grass as well. A bit resinous. Fantastic.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice bitterness throughout. Lingering bitterness, but very pleasant, not overwhelming or insanely dry.

O - This is one of the best DIPAs I've had. Definitely a hop showcase, but also somehow restrained in a really excellent way. Wish this was available near me.

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Photo of lurpy1
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at CBC first as part of a flight, then in a tulip. Because as it turns out, a 2-3 oz pour of this baby is not enough.

Pour isn't terribly impressive, especially when measured next to IPA and Super Flesh H.O.P in the flight. A cloudy, flattish pour, evocative of chicken broth. Nice lacing though. Amusingly looks like the fat that rises to the top of broth.

Smell. Picking up on American hops, and a palette of citrus and tropical fruits. Something special happening here.

Taste is just a carpet bombing of hops (simcoe?) and fruity notes, orange, mango, grapefruit, pineapple(?) all vying for attention. There is not a single false or unpleasant to this beer. The deeper I get in the glass, the better it gets.

Tremendous, medium body. Again, everything is right with the consistency of Bodhi.

Overall, a must try. If you don't like it you don't like beer, or at least you don't know hoppy beer . As of this writing, this is the #15 DIPA on BA. And look at who's ahead of Bodhi. Nothing but legendary beers and revered breweries. In this instance, CBC has earned it's place among the greats.

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Columbus Bodhi DIPA from Columbus Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.