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Columbus Bodhi DIPA - Columbus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 1,251
Avg: 4.48
pDev: 7.81%
Wants: 547
Gots: 179 | FT: 15
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Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States | website

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: 158 | Hads: 1,251
Photo of PVMT
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a growler purchased @ Rozi's in Cleveland on 5/1/15. Was really looking forward to trying this and it did not disappoint by any means. Wish I had access to this regularly.

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Photo of Kain05
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on draft in a pint!
Too many more good Beresford have here tonight, but if you are a hop head, you will love this. Only bad thing about it is that each sip leaves a mild dry bitterness that makes you absolutely want another taste. Dangerously smashable for 8.5% :)

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Photo of WhatItDoBrew32
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Awesome Beer! Certainly a fan favorite within Columbus, for obvious reasons. If hops aren't your thing stay away! Only downside to this beer is, it's not sold in stores. Great Brew!!

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Photo of tedvr
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours honey/amber color with a thin white head. Lots of grapefruit/fruit aroma. Taste of grapefruit and orange with a nice hops balance. Mild carbonation with a nice finish. Overall a really good IPA.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of tempest
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at a beer dinner where Columbus was a guest. After an excellent, but milder ESB, this blew me away. My first thought was 'damn, this tastes like Heady Topper.' But it's not a clone, this IPA is a little drier and thinner in the body — more West Coast where Heady is rich and smooth. Anyways, it's giant floral grapefruit with pine and a biting bitter that's incredibly bright and blindingly fresh. A fantastic hop bomb if you can find it.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oh, the famed Bodhi. It's funny when you finally get to these uber-hyped beers of a specific fame. The reality of the ride seems to usually be different than what it was built up in the mind.

Nice look to it; barely hazed gold. Flavor has full, sweet hops with some clear pine that isn't overly obnoxious or abrasive. Smooth is the word here. It's really amazing (and great!) that smooth IPAs and DIPAs are the new rage. So pleasant and easy to drink.

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Photo of Zaximus
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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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 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 mabermud
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
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

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Photo of drewaha
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On draft. Very floral bouquet. Hoppy taste as would be expected but very smooth and well balanced unlike a lot of ipas. I'm not a huge ipa fan but this is a terrific beer

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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 SHDoyle
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Description: Bright, clear pale gold in color, almost like apple juice. A lot going on with the aroma: dank/resin, mango, pineapple, mandarin orange and some pine for good measure. The taste is not as fruity as might be expected from the smell but it's still fruity/East Coast up front, followed by bitter, hoppy, PUNCH! to the tastebuds as it goes down. The alcohol is not very apparent and the aftertaste is smooth and clean. Mouthfeel is fine if unremarkable: smooth, medium bodied and medium carbonation.

Suggested food pairing: New York style pepperoni pizza

If you like this beer then you should also try: Let's keep it in C-bus and say Howling Moon

Overall: 4.5 (This beer is very good and I would definitely drink it again) My biggest gripe with this beer is that they don't put it in cans. If this were in cans and could get some distribution via the normal channels or just beer trading, Bodhi would be regarded right up there with the most highly sought IPAs. Plus, I think that design would make for a cool looking can...but I digress. Great, big, complex flavors and great balance. Super drinkable. May be tough to get a hold of if you're not in Columbus, but if you can get some it's worth the effort.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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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 CityofWind_brew
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%

Had on draft at WOB in Columbus, OH. Super dank and resinous both in the smell and taste. I don't think this is the best beer brewed in OH, but it is great and worth seeking out if you are in the area(available draft only).

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Photo of Beef_Curtains
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Fantastic. Found it at a tap house near Cleveland and ordered a pint. I was skeptical about the "best beer in Ohio" but damn if it isn't at least a strong contender for that title. A beautiful golden yellow with a little head, the nose and taste are very citrusy. Extremely easy to drink, I almost forgot I had a beer in my hand and not a smoothie.

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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 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 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 StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

the thing thats so impressive about this beer isnt its hop profile, as good as that is (its amazing), but its the mouthfeel. there is no evidence at all that this is 8% abv, it drinks like 5%, and the body isnt even all big and sticky and filling, its just delicate stuff, very east coast, very impressive. the hop complexion does rock though, quite lemony but only mid range on the bitterness scale. there is a honey color to the beer but a definite baked malt profile under the hops, which gives balance but not much body and certainly no residual sugar. i like beers like this, that arent what i expect but are delicious anyways. some earthiness to the hops too, not grassy or piney, my familiar descriptors, but someplace in between, plant-like and mildy astringent, but with that lemon thing in there too. its got great carbonation and would be way too easy to get messed up on. my first beer from columbus is nothing short of sensational.

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Photo of nixage
5/5  rDev +11.6%

This is my first review and I don't think I'm very good at explaining and describing a beer. All I know is that this beer is absolutely phenomenal. I've had a lot of Pliny (the Elder). I've had Heady Topper and I've had quite a few Three Floyds. I know these are some of the greatest IPAs (or double IPAs). And they really are! I love them all (in their own way). But I really do have to say, if there was one beer that towers over them all, then it's this one. From the nose to the taste, it's just brilliant. I could never tire of drinking Bodhi. Columbus and their brewmaster have really done something phenomenal with this beer. I really don't even want to compare it to other beers. I don't feel like it should be a competition. But at the same time, I do have to say that this is absolutely the one I would favor over all of them. For the simple reason that it never gets old. Not too sweet. Not too bitter. Not too malty. It's just right. Glass after glass. With every sip, you'll taste a little bit of heaven. ;)

PS: I live in VA and drive up to OH just to drink this brilliant brew.

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Photo of jjdc
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

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Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +11.6%

The beer comes in a hazy golden yellow color.

The aroma offers big tangerine, passionfruit, ripe apricot, peaches. A bright Citra aroma with no malt to speak of.

The flavor follows tasting of pure grapefruit zest. A smack of spicy floral of lavender and hints of eucalyptus and grass hit on the middle as the beer dries out towards a slight herbacious note.

A hugely floral DIPA that could be mistaken for a treat from Shaun Hill of Hill Farmstead. A large hop presence that sticks to the teeth, leaving hop residue and flavors lingering.

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Columbus Bodhi DIPA from Columbus Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.