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Columbus Bodhi DIPA - Columbus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 150
Hads: 1,219
Avg: 4.48
pDev: 22.32%
Wants: 529
Gots: 167 | FT: 14
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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: 150 | Hads: 1,219
Photo of bluejacket74
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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).

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky to find this on cask at Bob's Bar. Glad to see it available again. This beer is light golden color with a very fine haze, and a thick frothy layer of white stuff. Huge lacing too, thick sheets of bubbles dried onto the glass.

The aroma is fairly awesome, the crew at CBC knows how to make a good IPA/DIPA. Tropical citrus like mango and pineapple, some toasted malt is barely perceptable too. Mainly hops though, with no noticable alcohol. Same with the taste, what an excellent beer. The hops shine through, not abrasive or burning in any way, more just aromatic and flavorful. This is a DIPA done very well.

The body is ideal, just a wonderful light and velvety cask character, this goes down like water. Delicious hoppy water. I'm ordering another right now.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange in color with thin white head. Aroma is pine and orange citrus. Taste is citrus bitter hops with some pine at the finish. Very smooth and well balanced. Good body, really sits on palate. Body is a little thin but it doesn't distract. Could drink this everyday.

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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 ccrida
3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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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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Photo of popery
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is a bright yellow gold color. Good clarity. Medium white head. Good retention. Mild caramel. Pretty big malt sugariness. Pineapple, grapes, orange hops. Fairly juicy. A little danker pine underneath. Taste has a lot of hoppiness. More malt flavor than I’m used to, at least for the wave of newer IPAs. Medium bitterness. Medium body. Finishes fairly dry.

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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 jzeilinger
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light orange color with a thin layer of white frothy goodness.

S - The nose jumps out of the glass with a ridiculous amount of resiny tropical fruit, mainly mangoes, sweet red grapefruit, and oranges along with some pine resin.

T - Intense and dank tropical fruit rind, pepper spice, sweet tropical bitterness, and lingering piney grapefruit bitterness.

M - Medium body.

O - An intense IPA that will satisfy any hop head, hands down, this should be a must try.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1759th Review on BA
Growler to Travel bottle....=)
8oz to GI Chalice

App- When I popped this one into my chalice it was a nice medium colored orange. Maybe a touch of gold intermixed with a lighter yellow center. A small bit of bubbles was there but didnt leave much cling. A bit flat from going growler to travel bottle to glass.

Smell- When I took of a whiff of this it did have a bit of flat malts behind it, but at the same time a good balance of some strong mango and other tropical fruits. A little bit of pine as well to round out the back.

Taste- A well rounded DIPA. Had a nice balance between the thicker malts and then a stronger fruit flavor than the nose suggested. A good hop bite but still a little flat from the travel. More malty than I wouldve though with still a nice pine..

Mouth- A fairly solid medium body and due to lack of bubbles a creamy medium carbonation level. A bit buttery feeling but thats okay. I get where they were going with this. Residual tropical fruits. A touch of pine as well.

Drink- I don't normally ask for travel bottles of DIPA's but trying to tick the top 250 calls for some skill and friends to help out. Thanks again Matt. Appreciate this tasty treat while away from home.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy yellow orange, some carbonation with a one finger head

S-Good deal of hops, mainly citrus and floral. Tad bit of grass and pine

T-Sweet, very citrusy, some floral notes as well, has a tad bit of grass and pine as well. Some bitterness, could have more though. Nice balance though.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, hop resins.

O-Needs more bitterness, just adding a little bit more in terms of bitterness would make this a great beer.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of prototypic
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh Bodhi reappears for the 2nd Round of Hop Odyssey. I didn’t have a chance to try this the first time around, so I’m pleased to see it.

Bodhi’s an interesting pale gold color. Much lighter than you’d ordinarily expect for a DIPA. One glance tells me this beast is very short on caramel malt. Works for me. Slightly off-white head covers it and stands just shy of a finger tall. It recedes rather quickly, and leaves a moderate web of sticky lace in its wake.

The nose is fantastic! I’m unsure of the exact hop profile, but citric and pine notes are abundant. Grapefruit, pineapple, and light mango are the most prevalent. I don’t know the exact hop profile, but Citra is definitely in the mix. In that respect, it is somewhat reminiscent of 12 Hops of Christmas. It smells sweet and perhaps a tad sugary. The malt base is sturdy, but subtle. I’m not getting any caramel malt at all. Maybe a little pale. Whatever it is, it gives the hops plenty of room to shine. Alcohol is blended well.

The flavor is easily on-par with the nose. It really does have an interesting, restrained malt profile. I suspect it is mostly pale. I’m not getting any overly sweet caramel notes, and I love that about it. It really enables the hops to take charge and deliver bold, tasty citric and pine flavors. Citrus grapefruit, mango, and pineapple flavors are strong and delicious. It is bitter, but isn’t palate wrecking by any stretch. Don’t get me wrong, the hops have an aggressive, intense impact, but it’s apparent in flavor rather than bitterness. Alcohol is masked extremely well and isn’t all that strong. Finishes with a ton of hop flavor and just a touch of bitterness.

Bodhi has a medium body that is definitely nice and smooth. Carbonation is dialed down nicely. It’s going down really easy. In terms of its abv, it’s definitely deceptive and inviting. Proceed with caution.

Several years ago, the first elephant born in the Columbus Zoo was named Bodhi. Bodhi was also synonymous with ‘nirvana’ according to ancient Buddhism. Irrespective of what prompted the name here, it is a tremendous elephant of a beer. I would also buy into the argument that drinking it is close to nirvana. It really is excellent. Grab a growler and see for yourself.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alex through Eric for this one! Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a copper orange/gold color, frothy cream-colored head, sticky lacing, thick cap.

S - Citrus, orange peel, huge floral hoppy bitter note. Not as huge of a hop bomb as I was expecting, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Very mellow for a DIPA, which is nice for a change.

T - Pine citrus, hops, bitterness, perfume finish. Like the nose, very mellow and enjoyable. The pine/citrus is excellent and the perfume finish is unlike anything I can remember having.

M - Light to medium, frothy carbonation, oily finish.

O - Super easy to drink, even at 8%. Just goes down so easily for a DIPA and I had several pours. Would def have again, if offered.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Acquired via trade
Thanks, claaark13!

Very slightly hazed light golden and yellow in color. Moderately-sized white head. Nice amounts of visible carbonation rushing up through the glass. Lined lacing down the glass. Very pretty, very appropriately sticky IPA. So far, so good.

Lots of sharp grapefruit and orange aromas erupting from the glass. This reminds me of Pliny or a good batch of Sculpin in a lot of ways. Citrus, mild dank, and just a hint of pine and resin. Very nice.

The flavor follows the aroma: lots of grapefruit zest and juicy flesh, just a hint of caramel sweetness, moderate bitterness, but disappearing, crisp, marvelously drinkable flavors. This reminds me of early batches of Sculpin in many ways, which is the highest of compliments.

Lighter-medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

Fantastic. Easily my favorite Midwest (D)IPA. Finally, the Midwest brings a contender!

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Photo of KYGunner
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured with a very light complexion of copper or Apple cider like hues. Nice carbonation that fed to a fluffy foam.

Big hop presence in the nose with pineapple, grapefruit, lemons and than a dank herbalness.

At first sip I taste honey and then Pow, I'm hit with intense pineapple. The pineapple is sweet and tangy before it melds with grapefruit, lemon and mango. Herbal, earthy tones are woven throughout the mid palate before it ends with a caramel malt sweetness.

The is drinks so smooth and easy it's like water but with a nice full carbonated heft.

A beer that lived up to its hype and fulfilled expectation.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

64 OZ. growler
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is a hazy yellow color with a couple inches of white head.

S - The aroma is sweet tropical fruit. There is also some juniper and pine in there.

T - The taste is full of tropical goodness. I get mango, pineapple, peach, nectarine, and just enough pine on the finish to cleanse the sweetness from my palate. It tastes like fruit cocktail with a pine finish.

M - Medium with biting carbonation.

O - This is probably the easiest drinking DIPA I have had. It has all the flavors that I love in an IPA, citrus and tropical fruit with just the right amount of pine. I have been fortunate to try this on multiple occasions and finally was smart enough to take a growler home. This just goes down too easy.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.57/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a cloudy orange amber with a whispy white head tha laces. The nose is a mellow sweet citrus with a touch of tangerine. Potent hops and malt sweetness dominate the hop profile and drink with a perfectly refined, floral/citrus hop profile that leaves a lingering green tea bitterness. Medium bodied, sweet, generously hopped and carbonated, and has a lingering grainy citrus. This is a highly drinkable dipa, which reminds me of rpm. Definitely hit the the brewery when your in town.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.12/5  rDev -8%
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!

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Photo of thebigredone
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured from a six-ish day old growler.

Aroma of citrus and tropical fruits jump out of the glass.

Taste is similar to the nose, citrus and tropical fruits, good malt balance, minimal bitterness. Not sure if this would be even fruitier if really fresh, but if so that would be pretty damn amazing.

Overall, a great beer. Very smooth and dangerously drinkable. Easily crushed three 12oz pours in a very short time period. Heady and Pliny have nothing on this.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of MikeCactusGordon
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A truly original masterpiece in the DIPA category. This one stacks up to the best DIPA's in the country. Seek this one out. For me, it's up there with Heady Topper and the Pliny's.

Light in color, but the smell, taste and mouthfeel are exceptional. Pine, citrus, biscuit and just a great flow to this beer. I'll say it again, very original in the category. Great stuff.

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