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Columbus Bodhi DIPA - Columbus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 1,181
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 2.44%
Wants: 505
Gots: 156 | FT: 15
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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: 143 | Hads: 1,181
Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Huge thanks to Tony for this growler, fresh from the source.

Lacking proper glassware, I poured this into a Night Shift feku. Very attractive beer, golden color, good clarity overall with a slight haze, topped with a beautiful cap of white foamy head; excellent retention, and nice pillowy lacing. The aroma was dank and earthy, notes of body odor and marijuana, pine resin. It seems like a lot of people pick up citrus notes in this beer, but I really got nothing citrusy whatsoever, and it was certainly lacking in crispiness. The taste largely reflected the nose, very dank, wet, flavors of pine needles, pot, a little oniony, with a good dose of bready malts that I'd expect from an average DIPA. Body was about medium, clean mouthfeel, but again, not really crisp or fresh/zesty. Definitely a nice beer, and easily drinkable for the style. (845 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.76/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Justin for sharing this one.

The beer pours a nice hazy orange color with a nice creamy white head.

The smell and taste are good, but a little one dimensional to me. When I taste it I can only think it tastes like an orange cream sickle. It has a nice orange hop presence with the lactose like sweet malts, but really not much bitterness or hop bite at all. A nice feat, but really not too interesting after a while, a nice creamy feel though.

Not bad but overrated in my opinion. I agree with my friend starrdogg that it is too simple to be in the top 100. (573 characters)

Photo of HopasaurusRex
3.84/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber pour from a growler.

Dank nose of orange peel, citrus, and pine resin. Could use a bit more "oomph."

Taste follows the nose in the dank path of hops. Slightly sweet honeyish malt character. Some residual sugar. Needs more hops to be a true Double IPA.

Cheers to Johnnnniee for sharing this hoppy treat from the Midwest! (334 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.86/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Growler received in trade from Bencooper27, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a cloudy light golden color with a decent head and lice retention and lace. Aromas of citrus, pine, resin, garlic and a heavy dose of caramel and bready sweetness. The flavor follows the aroma but ends up a bit too much on the sweet malty side for my liking. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet resiny mouthfeel. Nice enough IPA but seemed a bit sweet for a dipa imho. (480 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.9/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draught at the Lincoln Tap House, Bodhi is hazy pale yellow with a thin white collar that leaves scattered, light lace. The pale, cloudy stillness is formidable.

Smell is skunky, dank hops, a little yeasty.

Taste is big tropical fruits, mango. Light resin. All hops, light bitterness, dig it!

Moutheel is a little weak, a bit flat, but with a sharp, mineral dryness.

Drinkability is solid, very much in my style, just could have used a bit more time in the bright tank. (477 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.9/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Barley's in Columbus. I had heard great reviews about this beer, but for me this beer did not meet expectations. A very good Double IPA, but there are much better ones. (178 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
3.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Winking Lizard

Aroma: Light biscuity aroma gives way to flowery and citrus-like hop aromas. Smells like liquid citric acid. I mean that in the highest of compliments. Aroma seems much more balanced between light biscuity notes and citrus American hops but we'll see.

Appearance: Cloudy straw color with a thin and wispy white head. Appears still in the glass. Seems a touch turbid.

Flavor: Strong citrus flavors up front. Fresh orange zest and lemon peel. Nice clean bitter base. Balance is definitely to the citrusy and somewhat pine resiny hops. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is lingering and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Slightly oily but the alcohol is well hidden...a velvet hammer.

Overall impression: A highly drinkable, clean, hop driven, West Coast style IPA. Not sure it hits the Double IPA category but splitting hairs here. It's a nice hoppy IPA. Will try again. (934 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Growler pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. (635 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer and respect it a lot ! However, I'm not a Bodhi fan boy though. I'll try this every so often just waiting for it to "click" but it never does. What I'm saying is it's solid in every way but not worth the hype . . . And I'm a Buckeye ! (251 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drabmuh for this one.

Beer is a slightly hazy yellow with a thin white head. The smell bring a nice tropical fruit hops aroma to the table with a little bit of bready malt in the background, but I'm not overly impressed. Flavor follows the nose - it's got a nice citrus fruit hoppiness with a light malt with a slightly bitter finish. It's not really overwhelming in any one way like a great DIPA should be. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a solid DIPA that I would certainly drink regularly if available to me, but in my opinion it's VERY overrated. It just doesn't compare to a lot of the other DIPAs on the Top 100 list - too simple. (682 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 angrybabboon
4.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Bilco for sharing this

Review from notes, 6/7/14

Appearance: Lightly hazy, honey-orange in color with some nice tangerine and gold hues - pours with a small, off-white head, fades to a few wisps of a cap, leaves some lacing

Smell: Lots of citrus, definitely juicy and definitely dank - fleshy, juicy orange and grapefruit, with some grapefruit pith - very dank with some weed, grass, and piney notes - herbal and floral citrus as well - very hoppy (obviously), simply smells bitter (a good thing)

Taste: Maybe even more aggressive than the aroma - juicy, fleshy, chewy citrus - big orange and grapefruit flesh and pith - interesting blend of dank flavors, weed, grass, pine, and hop cones - very grassy, earthy, and herbal - very interesting, if not my personal favorite for a hop profile - moderately bitter, and the pithy bitterness lingers

Mouthfeel: Medium body, light carbonation, smooth and easy to drink, some earthy dryness

Overall: A growler? Sure!

This is a solid DIPA with an impressive amount of dank, weedy, grassy, and herbal notes in addition to a solid blast of citrus. I can see why people would go nuts over this. Personally, it's novel, but not the best I've had. (1,199 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4.12/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint:

A. A clean, pale orange yellow. About a finger of crisp white head. Solid retention as a quarter finger lingers throughout the session. Really good lacing, gobs of the sticky stuff are all over my half empty glass. A good looking DIPA here.

S. Mmmmm, pineapple, grapefruit, and citrus zest are coming in loud and clear. Some nice pine resin and just a hint of skunk in the background. Creamy, citrusy, and delicious.

T. Pineapple, pine resin, sweet malt. A super light drinking DIPA. Creamy up front with an assertive hop bitterness in the mid. The finish is delicious pineapple and cream, but a touch of thinness comes in and almost gives a watery impression. Slightly dings an otherwise spectacular flavor profile.

M. Good. A slightly watery finish is a bit of a negative, but for the most part, flavors are balanced and well integrated. A solid DIPA.

O. Another good IPA from CBC. If you see it on tap, don't hesitate to partake! (970 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.13/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy as hell for an ipa golden body and a big thick sudsy white head. Leaves lovely lacing dripping all over.

Pine, resin, grapefruit, tangerine, apricot with some sweetness peeking in.

Pine, resin, herbal, maybe a tad earthy and some sweet juicy citrus flavors. Aroma is fruitier to me. interesting hop flavor mix.

Smooth medium body with a medium bitterness.

Makes for easy drinking with the great taste and mouthfeel. Killed the 32 oz growler easily. (466 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: Dark golden color with a one finger cream colored head and ridiculous lacing. Near perfect.

S: Tons of citrus and pine hops with a big dose of resin thrown in. Pretty fantastic.

T: Very citrus hop forward with some pine notes coming in on the finish with a huge hit of hop resin. Lots of grapefruit and grapefruit pith throughout. Tasted more like a single than a double to me, but I really enjoyed it. (438 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a snifter glass.

A- Poured a clear golden color with bright white soapy head that left splashy lace.

S- Big tangerine, mandarin orange, orange marmalade, and peach notes. Lots of pungent hop character and sweetness in the aroma.

T- Lots of sweet and juicy tangerine, orange marmalade, peach, and tropical fruit notes. Pretty bug pungent hop presence and moderate bitterness.

M- Lots of warming, light burn, full bodied, a little sticky, and dry finish.

O- Reminds me a lot of Boneyard's Hop Venom DIPA, a really big IPA with tons of sweetness and hop character. For 8% ABV, the alcohol is definitely present and borders on a little boozy. (662 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12/29/12 notes. Huge thanks to jslot38 for sharing a growler of this one; been wanting to try it.

a - Pours a murky medium orange-yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, citrus hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, some pine hops. Nice nose; not quite as hoppy as I was expecting but the citrus is very nice.

t - Tastes of oranges, citrus hops, pine hops, grapefruits, creamcicle, fruity malts, earthy notes. No bitterness at all in the taste, and a lot of orange again. Slight step down from the nose, but still really good.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, with absolutely no bitter bite at all. Super smooth and easy to drink, I like the mouthfeel a lot.

o - Overall I thought this was a good beer, though I was a bit disappointed given the ratings. Justin was nice enough to bring back a case of fresh Columbus IPA as well and to be honest, I liked that one a bit better. It smell and tastes good with a lot of oranges and citrus, and has a great mouthfeel, but it isn't as hoppy as I would have hoped for. I thought DC Brau's OTWOA, which we also had that night, was much better. Worth having and would like to have it again for sure, but wouldn't trade the world for it because it is in the Top 100. (1,290 characters)

Photo of Mikus
4.16/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was extremely good, and extremely fresh (being that it was consumed in C-Bus). Nice finger and a half of head, nice translucent body, very nice. Beautiful citrus notes... lemon freshness. Not a huge nose, but nice and clean. Pine quickly invaded the taste, with clean, fresh notes absent from the nose. Surprise. Crisp mouthfeel lacking the sliminess of some DIPAs. Nice brew, even on a day when I may have been a bit inundated by DIPAs! If you are in Columbus, come and try this one! (489 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 MasterSki
4.16/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Eric (TurdFurgison) for getting this to me in time to drink before heading to Toronto. Served in a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Big white foam that has great retention, splotchy lace, and eventually settles to a thick cap. Golden transparent body with lots of visible bubbles.

S - Lots of earthy aromas, with piney, floral, and dank notes, with a bit of tropical fruit and citrus in the periphery. The malt character is bready, with a small amount of toasted sugar as well.

T - Candied citrus fruits, perfume and floral notes, largely unobtrusive malt character and medium residual bitterness. A little bit understated, but quite enjoyable.

M - Lower carbonation, medium body, sticky and chewy, with no perceptible alcohol. Could stand to be a touch drier for my tastes.

D - I wasn't blown away like some of my colleagues, but this is a solid, well-crafted DIPA in the Midwest vein. It's incredibly easy to drink (crushable, if you will) and would be an excellent go-to beer if I lived in the Columbus area. (1,019 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to drabmuh for getting this out to me. Pour is golden with a good, fluffy white head. The nose carries some seriously-dank hops. Seems to be loads of Columbus. Light citrus and pine. Flavor is similarly dank, and aided by a very strong bitterness. Quite good. (270 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler obtained through a trade. Thanks, a long time want here. At the time of this review, this is #15 on the "Top Beers - American Double / Imperial IPA" list on beeradvocate.com. Overall this was quite the nice double IPA, probably slightly over-rated from my perspective but really only slightly. I would definitely have this again if I could find it on draft. I love it. The aroma was the best part, smelled like Hill Farmstead Abner.

Beer is yellow with a slight haze to it, nice slightly off white head, small and medium bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is grapefruit, biscuit, sweet, hops.

Beer is medium in body, chewy hop resin, nice moderate bitterness from the hops on the back, decent hop flavors, could have been more forward on the palate, overall a great beer though. (811 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.17/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is hazy and straw yellow with a half inch of white head that coats the glass with lacing. The aroma brings fresh hops, tangy grapefruit, biscuity malt. The flavor is very nice, though not quite as lovely as the scent. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Overall, this is solid, but not sure why this is currently on the top 100. (378 characters)

Photo of BeernDrum
4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Believe it or not I live in columbus. This is the first time I've had this. Excellent!!
It pours a murky yellow with a two finger head. The smell to the nose was heaven. Pine, grassy, citrus. At first taste all that I smelled came to the tongue and was delicious. It was not as bitter as I thought or hoped it would be. But it was delicious and very easy to drink. I absolutely recommend this one and being 15 minutes from the brewery I will never miss out on this.

An edit after the second glass...this stuff is amazing. It has it's own character and delicious hopiness that is hard to duplicate. My favorite so far has been fathead headhunter. This is a very close second for me. (683 characters)

Photo of TheAlmightyDejus
4.19/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep hazy yellow, golden hue.
S: Solid aromas of full on fruit to the face.
T: A plethora of big tropical hop presence of mango, mandarin, grapefruit, and pineapple. Chewy hop resin and biscuit malts.
M: So delicious you almost can't sit on the mouthfeel too long, but a decent carbonation that is smooth and satisfying.
O: If you haven't had this one, you really need to find a way to. A great Columbus beer that spoils the locals a little, but the second it hits taps, this one flies away, so be quick on it. (514 characters)

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Columbus Bodhi DIPA from Columbus Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.