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Columbus Bodhi DIPA - Columbus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 1,181
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 6.87%
Wants: 500
Gots: 156 | 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: 143 | Hads: 1,181
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
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! (534 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.27/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

64oz growler poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Pours a pale golden color with a slight haze. A finger of fluffy white head lingers on top for several minutes - shows good retention. Foamy lacing is left on the glass with nice rings forming as beer level descends in the glass.

S - Super piney on the nose up front with some lighter citrusy grapefruit and a nice mix of tropical pineapple and mango...a great mix of a variety of hop aromas. A low level base malt aroma manages to sneak thru yielding some light caramel and some bisuity malt aromas.
Super hoppy but still shows a good overall balance, although definitely trending towards the hoppy.

T - A touch sweet. Super fruity and tropical, lots of grapefruit here. Pine really comes on strong here giving the largest hop flavor contribution. Malt is low in the flavor profile but the caramel malt in the aroma also shows thru into the flavor nicely.

M - Body is on the lighter side with a medium carbonation level. Resiny and sticky with tons of pine.

O - A DIPA that has been on my wants list for a long time, which is always dangerous since it is set up to be a letdown. This one definitely was not a letdown. Great hop character, full of flavor and variety from tropical and citrus to the forceful pine presence, this was hoppy all the way. Body is lighter, making this a pretty easy drinker. Shared the growler with one friend and this disappeared very quickly. Alcohol is well hidden here (although making our way thru this growler in short order, we definitely were feeling it at the end). (1,558 characters)

Photo of david131
4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass on 9/12/09

A - Very light & pale golden-yellow color. Slightly obscured & hazy. It was a full pour, so not much foam. Some small bubbly lace early on, but it doesn't hold.

S - Big grapefruit nose. Sweet & fruity citrus.

T - Very potent grapefruit is in the foreground & it certainly is quite bitter. Obvious hints of other light citrus fruits - orange, pineapple undertones & the like. Not getting much as far as malt characteristics.

M - Lighter side of medium-bodied. Crisp & zesty carbonation. There is a bit of lingering bitterness on the finish.

D - Almost too drinkable; it's a nicely ramped-up version of their IPA. Given my druthers, I would still take a regular Columbus IPA over this, but Bodhi is a damn close second. An excellent treat. (779 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've had this before and I've been floored before. This is a tough style to review - my favorite (and lots of peoples) but one so competitive there are loads to compare it with. Yet this one is pretty hard to top.

It pours from my growler into a pretty IPA glass with a near perfect yellow with loads of head. The head dies quickly to leave a decent head. The aroma is strong and hoppy. Floral but not too much so. Sublime.

The taste is a perfect balance. It has loads of malt balancing a not too heavy (but judicious) hops load. The aftertaste is bitter but easy to take.

This is a great double IPA. (603 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 32 fl. oz. growler acquired in a trade with mps
Served in a snifter

The brilliantly clear, glowing, pale yellow-amber liquid was topped by a flimsy, bright white crown that fell to a lasting, bubbly ringlet. Hardly any lacing.

Fruity hop notes dominated the nose. Lots of tropical fruitiness. Mango and papaya were most apparent. Quite sweet. Strong peach notes.

The beer's flavor profile was very similar to the nose. Super fruity and juicy. Lots of candied orange peel. Intense peach and apricot notes. Some tangerine as well. A semi-sweet, caramel malt backbone gave the beer balance yet did not detract from the hoppiness. Ruby red grapefruit came through on the finish. Just slightly pithy and bitter.

The mouthfeel was somewhat disappointing. It seemed that my growler had definitely lost a good amount of its carbonation in transit from Ohio. The super fine, mild effervescence nevertheless gave the liquid a slightly slick creaminess.

Columbus Bodhi is a flavorful and immensely drinkable double IPA, but it is definitely a half-step below the best offerings of the style. Someday I would love another opportunity to sample this fresh on-tap. (1,168 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Ethan, thanks!

Orange and translucent, light body on the pour, nice white head up top with strong retention. Smells like orange peels, fresh hops, grapefruit, citrus. Reminds me of a Hill Farmstead DIPA.

Tastes like biting into a fresh fruit. Orange and grapefruit at every turn, fresh citruy hops make me smile. Huge malt backbone. Clean, crisp, and balanced. Very good, wish I could drink this every day. (426 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, yes. I finally get to try Bodhi. For a while I feared that this one would never make a reappearance. Thank God for the Hop Odyssey redux.

Growler poured into a St Bernardus wine-style glass. I'm going to experiment with glass shapes over the course of this growler to see which one I like the most for this beer.

Appearance
Despite the wide mouth on this glass the head and it's retention are very strong. I'm getting a couple full rings of pure white lace with a smattering of foam below them. The beer has a nice color, but for whatever reason it came as a surprise to me. Its a pretty pale gold with a modest haze about it. I think my surprise came from the fact that this is lighter in color than their regular IPA. Maybe that just means there will be less malt intrusion and a lighter malt character all around. We'll see here in a second.

Aroma
Lots of the tropical hoppy aromas that make CBC beers so fantastic. This one, however, brings a lot more pine than the others in Eric's portfolio. It smells like they are going after Pliny the Elder here, and are doing a good job at it. A bright pineapple and grapefruit rind combo carries equal weight to lots of fresh evergreen and pine sap. Malts are definitely sturdy here and of the lighter order. There might be some pilsner malt, but whatever it is is giving off lots of white bread and crackery dough aromas. There is even and intermittent honey sweetness. This is certainly bursting with hops, it smells green and fresh.

Taste
Pine is very strong and sees things through to the end. At about half palate grapefruit rind and lemon zest come out and provide their tropical nuances. Unlike many IIPAs, in my experience, the malts hold off until the finish, where they impart lots of white bread crust and unsalted cracker. There is a flash of sweet pineapple juice in the middle. The finish is formidably bitter with a long lingering pine resin flavor. Once the glass warms slightly a new level of citrus awakens. Things get very floral with notes of honeysuckle and candied orange. A similar effect is applied to the aroma as well.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, this ale finishes very, very dry. It gives it a very crisp, biting conclusion and keeps you sipping. The carbonation is more fluffy than sharp but it does grip the sides and tip of the tongue.

Overall
This is exactly what I think of when I think west coast imperial IPA. A truck load of hops with a pale malt base and copious notes of pine with citrus interspersed. People from all over are finally getting to know and enjoy CIPA, but its the small batch beers like this, Creeper and Uncle Rusty that I really wish could get spread around. Soon enough people will see that CBC isn't a one trick pony. Kudos guys, I can't wait to see whats next! (2,774 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 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 Urbancaver
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice crisp clear golden yellow. Lots of white frothy head. Very pretty.
Smells super hoppy. Lots of pine and citrus. Not as hoppy as a dip a typically would be i think but smells great
Tastes solidly hoppy. A touch of bitter but very smooth. I like this quite a bit.
Slid mouthfeel. Not too thick... Not too thin. Well carbonated. Overall very solid (358 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 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 ONUMello
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass
A: Golden yellow with a one-finger head that settles quickly
S: Pine resin, grapefruit, florals
T: Fresh, forward hops, with grapefruit/lemon/orange rind, pine, florals, a solid malt backbone, a bit of grass/earth on the finish. Very complex
M: Crisp, fresh, balanced
O: A very solid DIPA that's quite enjoyble to drink. Very well made (375 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 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 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 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 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 zimm421
4.98/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a tulip. Appears an extremely hazy orange, with nice head that leaves pretty nice lacing.

Nose is absolutely perfect. Tons of citrus hops, and some good floral notes. Almost all hops, but there is a very small hint of sweetness that makes this combination amazing. The taste is similar, as expected. The upfront flavor is good malt that is immediately washed away with hopiness. Lots of floral and citrus, but the pine flavors finally make their presence known.

The mouthfeel is very smooth at first, but has a little bite on the tip of the tongue. There is a lot of stickiness, but it goes down nicely. Overall, this is an incredible beer. Very satisfying, refreshing and so flavorful. Another great beer from CBC! (745 characters)

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

thanks, seth! 64oz growler into imperial pint glass.

A- Way paler then the single IPA from Columbus, this one is bright and light gold. Nice 2-finger snow-white head. Great streaky lacing.

S- Pineapple, ripe grapefruit, very intense. A buttload of pineapple.

T- Big hot assault, very bitter with the strong grapefruit pith coming through. Mango and pineapple, as well as some new-growth pine. Very bitter. Dries out and finishes nicely. Has 'west coast' written all over it.

M- Great carbonation, mouthfeel, ample body, great drying finish. Highly drinkable.

O- High hopes were met and then some. Columbus Brewing Company is putting out some of the best IPAs in the US, no question. A must for any hop-head. (714 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 Zaximus
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 day old growler acquired via trade. Was trying to hold out til the Super Bowl but...

Light golden hue. Moderate pour produces a one finger head.

Admittedly I get very little off the nose. Some sweet fruit. Little pine. I'm a little concerned.

Taste allays my worry. Bold taste. Nice balance of tropical fruit and pine followed but big hop bitterness mid palette. The finish however has plenty of malt and just enough sweet to balance this off perfectly. This is extremely drinkable and at 8% it's almost scary.

This was worth seeking out. Well done. (556 characters)

Photo of ChrisPro
4.62/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mobile review.

Draft at Bob's Bar.

A - light straw, and a little haze. Frothy white head and great lace.

S.- tons of fruit: peach, mango and pineapple. Lots of biscuit as it warms.

T - touch of sweetness then great bitterness to balance. Not astringent at all but a punch of hops. More biscuit as it warms.

M - great carb. Medium body. Biscuit leaves mouth a bit dry which lingers. After a full pint, could start to feel a bit of heat.

O - this is an exceptional DIPA. Easily one of the best I've ever had and confirms that CBC knows how to use hops. (556 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to inebriatedjoker for this one - poured into a badass Columbus pint that he also sent:

Pours a hazy honey gold with constant beading - the body is like that of a good hefe, topped with a finger of paper white fluff that thins out to a cap after a minute or two... great lacing.

Bittersweet mango fruit twisted with dense conifer qualities, syrupy bright hop aromas of every kind, some mellow citrus, the floral and herbal/earthy bits are appropriately mellow I think.

Love the easy drinking level of bitterness that this beer displays... massive hop presence that isn't muddied up by an overly bitter mouthfeel. Nice. Sweet citrus and tropical bits, smooth... great stuff.

Thanks Mike! (702 characters)

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