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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 plutoniumpete
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Pint Room-Dublin.
Damn good DIPA. Very light-straw colored, which made me wonder if it was going to be as good as I thought it would be. Had the look of a wheat ale. But that smell and taste immediately made me forget about that and I proceeded to have another and take home a growler of it. Im glad there is such a tasty DIPA that comes out of this state. (371 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 jjdc
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%

Lovely lemon yellow in the glass. Passion fruit and mango nose is outstanding. Bright, bright citrus hops and a greasy hop mouthfeel that feels like taking a gulp of an oil spill -- love it. (190 characters)

Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Columbus Brewing Co.

A- Surprisingly light, pale yellow color, with a slight hint of orange color. One finger head popped up with moderate retention. The suds had a good lacing characteristic.

S- Monster Grapefruit. Really big, bold citrus, with a hint of pine. The fresh citrus really stands out though, and I love the smell, especially given the light color.

T- Kinda like getting punched in the tastebuds with a bag of grapefruit. Serious citrus notes with a lot of grapefruit up-front. Solid bitterness at the end, but it isn't just bitter for the sake of being bitter; this beer utilizes it's hops really well. Very little malt profile, as they were clearly trying to highlight the hops in this beer.I love this beer.

M- Moderate mouthfeel. Just about right.

O- Really good beer. Not the most complex thing you are likely to have, but the hops are awesome. If you are a fan of citrusy-hop characteristics in a beer, this is a must-drink. (962 characters)

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

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange with a medium head.

Aroma: terrific nose with citrus notes.

Taste: Citrus and hops with a clear abscence of the usual hoppy bitterness. Very little, if any, yeast or malt notes.

Feel: a soft feel on the palate, no coating and low oils. Very nice on the palate, and a pleasure to drink.

Overall: an outstanding IPA that is so refreshing and low on bitterness that many non-IPA drinkers enjoy it. It is all the great things of a terrific IPA without some of the negatives. (514 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 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 nrbw23
4.61/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a hazy golden orange with a bright white head. Head has pretty solid retention, turning into a ring of bubbles around the edge and leaves some really nice layered lacing.

S- Getting crushed by tropical fruits, a touch of pine and maybe a bit of bready malts. I had to look really hard to find them.

D- Tons of tropical fruits and a lot more pine that I picked up in the nose. Has a nice bitter bite to it as well. I like this.

M- Medium in body and a good amount of carbonation.

O- Very nicely done. I'm really digging this. Tough choice to pick between this and their IPA. (588 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy goldenrod appearance; the massive head leaves sheets of lacing behind

Smell: Grapefruit and tropical fruit dominant

Taste: Just a hint of malt and we are off to the tropics, with huge grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors; nicely bitter, but the citrus (perhaps a hint of orange, too) really dominates the flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This has got to be one of the best DIPAs brewed today - the ratings are high but if this showed up in bottles or cans it would have a lot more visibility (576 characters)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.6/5  rDev +2%

Courtesy of SomethingClever thank you for your earnest effort for me to receive this beer! From notes..yeah I take those.
Appearance: Brilliant shade of Sunshine! Cloudy and mischievous, with a nice crown of frothy white head. The aroma is just straight Dank hops! Look, I hate to use the word Dank, but yeah, this brew is Dank and pleasant! Underlaying of citric, earthy hops with almost an herbal onion quality! The taste is just as banging! Citric, earthy and herbal. All hops with some subtle malts and alcohol on the back part of the tongue. The beer finishes as any DIPA should, dry, bitter and smooth! The mouthfeel is Medium-light and light carb.

Overall: This beer is up there with Gandhi Bot. This brew is now one of my favorite DIPAs. It isn't lacking anything when it comes to DIPAs. It's incredibly drinkable, hoppy and nice balance on the malts yet Raw! This brew is recommended! (896 characters)

Photo of Stevem68
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden lemon color with a light haze. Great aroma of citrusy hops. Huge hop flavor. Notes of citrus. A great hop flavor all the way through. A great DIPA (161 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64oz growler into a pint glass. Thank you very much Matt for this generous extra. Shared with Emily.

Pours a clear golden body with a gushing foamy white head that reduces slowly after 15 min or so to leave heavy lacing and retention.

Aromas are out of this world . Fresh grapefruit and citrus, bursting tropical fruit and pine in the background.

The tongue matches the nose.. Crisp citrus and grapefruit, pineapple, followed by zesty peppery resin and pine, slight bitter aftertaste but not much. Easy drinker. Crisp and smooth. ABV is very well hidden. Medium carbonation.

I loved this beer. One of the better filtered IPAs I've ever had. Recommendable. (674 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to Claaark13

Look: Pours a hazy straw yellow with some orange highlights. A almost 1/2 inch white head and very good retention leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass

Smell: lots of tropical fruits pineapple mango and grapefruit.

Taste: very similar to the nose. The beer is just an assault of tropical fruits on the palate with a very welcoming bitterness to clean up the back end

Mouthfeel: medium body and carbonation the carbonation and the bitterness tickle the back if your throat but in a good way

Overall: a very good dipa and maybe the best that I have had from the Midwest. (606 characters)

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 Beerandraiderfan
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour(s) courtesy of largadeer at the Solar Eclipse party. Cool mild orange pour, some noticeable haze that is far from a detraction in this beer. Amazing aroma, heavy on the tropical fruit, the lushness of the aroma is so enjoyable, this ain't one of those shitty dipas that just slams you with copper penny bitterness, this is like a lush rain forest of pine tree, citrus and tropical fruit hop medley.

Same aroma mimicked in the taste, damn this is good stuff, low bitterness, high hop mouthfeel, the body is relatively light, doesn't get resiny or sticky. Really lots of citra, amarillo and columbus seem to be in play here. They produce plenty of tangerine, pine and mango flavors. The beer doesn't even approach being challenging to drink, the alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Columbus is just a fantastic brewery for making hoppy stuff. Best brewery for multiple hoppy beers outside of California? I wouldn't argue with the contention. Nor would I argue with the contention that its better than 95% of the breweries in California's stuff either. (1,054 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 Swettenham_Shire
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | 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. (405 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 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 oline73
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with delicate bubbles and a two finger off white head. There is good retention and some nice lacing left on the glass.

Smell: This beer smells incredibly fresh. I'm getting some malt sweetness with a lot of citrus and pine hops. Very nice.

Taste: The taste definitely isn't a let down compared to the smell. There is a very nice malt sweetness with a mild alcohol warmth, but the hops are the star. Hops all over the place with citrus peel and pine cone bitterness. The finish is bitter, but some of the grain shows up as well.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick, syrupy side of medium with very delicate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a great double IPA. I love the fact that you can pick up the malt even though your tongue is being assaulted by hops. I feel very fortunate to have gotten to try this treat and would love to have more in the future. (947 characters)

Photo of tipfortap
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5 words to describe it: Hazy, Citrus Peel, Resin, Floral, Creamsicle

Paired it with: n/a

Should have paired it with: Pulled pork tacos, Eggs Benedict

Drink it if you like: Characteristics of a wheat beer with a major hop and booze punch; Tequila Sunrises, Tripels

A few other thoughts: This guy was excellent because it packed a major hop punch, but was lighter bodied than a lot of the IPAs and DIPAs I have been drinking. It also had a little more sweetness and creaminess than is usual for the style, and masked its relatively high ABV (8%) well. (553 characters)

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz Growler from Savor Growl.

A: Pours a crystal clear, golden orange colored body. Huge, pillowy, bright white head. Leaves awesome residue on the sides of the glass as the head slowly dissipates.

S: Exploding with hop character out of the glass - smells strongly like Galaxy hops, which happen to be one of my favs. Tons of orange, lemon, tangerine, and grapefruit citrus. A bit of bready, biscuit malts. This smells like a hop-head's dream.

T: Tons of sweet citrus hops upfront finishing with orange peel bitterness. Very little malt character, which is perfect, as it lets the hops steal the show. Virtually no booziness. If I didn't know better, I'd think I was throwing back a session IPA - dangerous. Some pineapple and mango sweetness, with even small hints of apple.

M: Surprisingly light. Moderate carbonation - though this could be a little carb loss due to some air space left in the top of the growler fill. A bit oily and creamy.

O: I'm always a bit leery when I engage in a beer with this much hype behind it. That being said, I'll jump right on this hype train.. You can never be fully certain of any blemishes when your first try is from a growler after a long commute home, but this one still delivered. I can't wait to try this on tap sometime - hopefully at the brewery one day. The juicy fruit sweetness balanced by incredible hoppiness is awesome in this one. The hops steal the show, but there isn't a ton of bitterness. (1,450 characters)

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler into a Bell's tulip.

A- Golden Straw color. Minimal white head from growler, light lacing lingers through the glass.

S- Sweet pine and citrus smell. Very tasty smell, maybe a slight malt aroma in the sweetness but mainly bright citrus. A little light but really nice.

T- A very Nice balance between pine & citrus. Some resin qualities with the bitterness. Alcohol is hidden nicely, wouldn't know its 8.5%. Very reserved but big flavors at the same time. You could really taste a lot without it overpowering your senses, which was really nice.

M- Light mouthfeel, lower carbonation. Light bitterness that follows through with a light lingering bitterness. A nice crispness with the bitterness. A little sticky and coats the mouth nicely.

O- A very good beer. Excellent example of a DIPA. Perfect balance of big hop juiciness with just enough malt to support and bring out the hop flavors. (915 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)

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

Thanks, Eric!

Appearance: Slightly hazy pale ambe body with two fingers of lingering foam.

Smell: Tangerine, orange and pine. A hint of tropical fruit. Malt is barely perceptible. Hops are vibrant and intense.

Palate: A ton of citrus - orange, grapefruit and pineapple, with a resinous kick beneath. There's a light bready malt backbone, a touch of caramel and bitter orange peel. The finish is clean but firmly bitter, body is medium-light. This is fantastic stuff. (470 characters)

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