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Columbus Creeper - Columbus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 250
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 22.12%
Wants: 69
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
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Columbus Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: prototypic on 02-06-2010

"Triple IPA"
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Photo of btorsdog
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you don't like beer, you'll like this beer,If you like beer, you'll LOVE this beer!!!!
an OUTSTANDING work of art, looks like someone painted the hazy orangeish color all through the glass snifter itwas served in,thick & cloudy in appearance, could have been passed off as "beer Syrup"!
Smell kinda reminds you of a breakfast fruit buffet bar, Oranges,Grapefruit,Pineapples for the most part with a touch of flowery hops and booze noted!
Taste is quite a spiritual experience. Fruity Flavors rush all around your mouth while a sweet candied maltholds down the fort and the right touch of carbonation keeps it all happening followed up by an ever so faint kiss of wonderful alcohol!
Mouth is pretty awesome with a soft body smoothness that hangs around for the perfect amont of time, BEAUTIFUL!
Look outbecause yuo could drink a ton of these untill they CREEPED up on you and smacked your ass! What a well balanced and greatly crafted brew!

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Photo of kgncfl
4.91/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this at Whole Foods on tap, poured into a tulip glass.

A- More golden than orange, unexpectedly lighter than most DIPAS. Had about 2 fingers of head that hung on for a while.

S-Extremely fruity and sweet, hint of honey.

T- Powerful hops upfront, hint of grapefruit but the sweetness of pineapple carries the day, very smooth, nice mix of bitterness with a clean finish.

M- I'd call it medium bodied

O- A very good offering, one of my favorite DIPAs. Less bitter, and less grapefruit than Bodhi. I would give this one the nod slightly over Bodhi, would like to try them both side by side to see which one I would pick head to head.

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Photo of sitarist
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hazy, pale orange in color. Minimal pure white head falls to a light dusting with a small ring. Spots of lacing linger. Smells like a tropical fruit smoothie, sweet & fruity...pineapple, vanilla, mango, it also has some floral notes. Complex, yet balanced flavors...tropical fruits, white & green peppercorns, herbal. Medium body, it borders on astringency, clean, and dry.
Two years ago this beer wowed me, and it has again. A fresh wonderful surprise. Creeper is a sleeper...a must have beer. Words cant explain the aroma, and flavors of this beer!

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Photo of zimm421
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a fresh growler into a tulip. Appearance is a great, hazy, orange, with a nice white head that leaves great lacing.

Nose is wonderful - full of pine and citrus, but also good malt undertones. The nose right after pouring is simply spectacular. Taste is great, it finishes very bitter, but it doesn't go overboard . There is a nice malt sweetness that helps balnace things out a bit, but the hops still dominate.

The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, and has a creamy texture. It is ridiculously drinkable, and the alcohol is so well masked, it can really sneak up on you. Overall, this beer is simply amazing, and another great brew from CBC.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From beginning to end this was an amazing beer. The hop palate was perfect. i tried it next to Gemini from southern tier and the Gemini couldn't even come close. I hope we start seein bottle of this soon. The malt stood right next to the hops so if you don't like malty DIPA's this one isn't for you. Also, barely any heat if any at all. It even tasted solid poured cold but only go better as it warmed up.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

By far the best of the Hop Odyssey series.

This is a wildly unique looking beer. Super hazy, to the point of being opaque. The color is a vibrant, glowing orange. It looks thick and smooth. The small head is sticky though the whole glass.

Big aromas of fresh sliced pineapples, the most pineappley beer out there. Some citrus blossom, mango and tangerine.

Just as the looks lead on, Creeper has a full, softer body. Alcohol will peek in and out but it really does creep up on you. Bitterness is never and issue, despite this being a 100 IBU beer. Its mostly a juicy citrus bomb.

I hate to see this one go again but I don't think the guys at CBC will let it be gone for long.

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Photo of jampics2
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Update - 2013 batch - This beer has gotten WAY better than when I had it in 2011. The malt is next to invisible save for a huge sweetness. Slamming citrus hop candy taste. Insanely well hidden ABV. Taste gets bumped from a 4 to a 5, and overall to a 4.5.

World freaking class. Reminds me a lot of (unnamed) West Coast beers than people line up for hours to try!

On tap at Fat Head's Brewer's Brawl. I drank this first and boy did it take a few glasses of water and crackers to get my palate straightened. But it was SO worth it!

Not as dark as I expected. A golden color with orange highlights. Small head. Doesn't look like a barleywine. More like a barelywine ;)

Smell is citrus hops with pineapple and guava taking the lead. Peachy as well. Some serious sugared candy malt backs it up. Very tropical and sweet, with a touch of spiciness, maybe some grains of paradise? Or just peppery spice from the hops. But nice nose going on here, I have to keep telling myself it's not a DIPA.

Nice barelywine taste, though. Caramel, toffee, raisins, and some nice fig are the base for the hops to build on. Citrus and pine hops. Not too resinous up front, but a bitterness that lingers. But the sweet malt makes it acceptable. I like this, very much an American take on one of my favorite beer styles. This is huge, unapologetic, and kick-ass.

Sticky and chewy mouthfeel. Not too heavy, but seems right for the style.

Not the most drinkable as it's a bruiser, but a good beer and one I'd try again in a heartbeat! Nice one CBC!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32 ounce growler picked up from Blacklick Wine and Spirits earlier today. They just tapped the keg yesterday so I assume this is a fresh batch. Served in a Dogfish Head IPA glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a couple inch white head. The head sticks around for a long time, and there's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is very nice, the brew mostly smells like citrusy (tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange peel) and pine hops, and some bready malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some peppery spice and herbalness. The tropical fruit bittersweet finish lingers for a very long time. It's creamy and slick with a good amount of carbonation. Well, I'm very happy I picked up a growler of this on the way home from work. Definitely worth trying if you come across some! $10.99 a growler fill.

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Photo of DeFaz
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consider this Bodhi's brother, this DIPA is a bit stronger and with more fruit flavor rather than pine. The smell and taste feature orange, mango, and grapefruit. Not overly sweet and with alcohol that is fairly well concealed, this does "creep" up on you. A bit more carbonation may have been better, but overall this is up there with the best DIPAs. Super flavorful.

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy blend of light oranges and pale yellows. Absolutely radiant in the glass. Looks a lot like Bodhi.

S: Thick aromas of fresh-cut grass, citrus peel, white peaches (?), and light pine. Love it.

T: Sticky, sweet, dank, dry, bitter, fruity, resiny, and delicious. Goes down so easy, and hides the 10% ABV well, like the best high-ABV DIPAs.

M: Feels deceptively light, but coats the mouth with a noticeable film of sweet, dry bitterness.

O: Another gem from Columbus Brewing Co. Thanks, Joel!

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The haziest amber color I've ever seen, this stuff just looks thick. Also has a nice meringue-like head which likes to stick around. I love it!

S - Grapefruit and pineapple with a touch of boozy astringency. Also some thick fruity malts. And a bit o the classic cat piss!

T - Brimming with citric and piney hops up front. This brew has a touch of spice and a large fruit bouquet that goes right along with it. A sip tastes like you might be biting into a pineapple, mango, melon, banana, or any sort of citrus among other flavors. A large amount of the fruit flavor comes not only from the huge hops but also the huge malts (hence the wide array of fruits). Rounds out with a touch of booze.

M - Fairly light and bubbly for the style, I am super surprised that this sucker is 10%, although the flavor of alcohol is definitely there.

D - The only other 10% abv brew that is as drinkable as this is Hopslam, and given the fact that beer has actual distribution it's kind of disappointing that hardly anyone outside of the C-bus will get to try this beer. A real win for CBC.

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Photo of Mcgruff
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap fresh...only 3 days old. Nice hoppy hit and it sticks with you. Beautiful appearance. ..a lot lighter color than you would expect from the flavor. A bit more potent than the regular Columbus IPA or the Bodhie. Awesome beer overall but yet to be available in bottles.

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Photo of Ipaguy516
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured vigorously from 32oz growler into brand new spiegelau ipa glass
A- vigorous pour with only about 1/2 finger of head, about normal carb for this abv. No lacing but a subtle ring around the glass follows with each sip. Golden yellow with no haze.
S- big grapefruit and overripe pineapple with some mango notes coming through as well. Hint of malt towards the end. Not really detecting the 10% abv.
T- tropical fruit up front with grapefruit and the overripe pineapple coming back from the nose. Then a nice hop bite without being overly bitter. Very slight malt notes on the finish with a lingering hop bite and the alcohol showing itself finally but only briefly.
M- medium bodied, smooth initially and then you feel the hop resins coat your mouth and linger for quite some time after the swallow.
O- very well done TIPA, usually a style I'm not a fan of because of malt sweetness and not enough hoppiness. This nailed it on the head for me, perfect hoppiness, little to no sweetness and the alcohol is hidden almost too well.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Buckeye Beer Engine into a snifter

A-Poured a semi-clear bright golden color with a frothy head that leaves lots of chunky lace

S- Big grapefruit, pine, mango, and bready aroma. Pungent and aromatic

T- Big juicy grapefruit hop flavors, some pine, little bit of a tropical hop notes, big breadiness, and some caramel

M- Soft and fuller bodied, but not quite syrupy

O- This was described as a Double IPA/Blonde Barleywine. Really big juicy and hoppy beer. Definitely gets most of its flavor from hops but there is a really nice big bready backbone. Really great crossover style beer and very drinkable with no trace of alcohol for 10%. It does creep up on you.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%

Another amazing beer from CBC. Currently on tap at the Pint Room and other various places around Columbus. Similar to Bodhi, but I think it's a step down; not as flavorful or smooth.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32 ounce growler
Served in an oversized wine glass

L - I'm going to call this a golden color. It is hazy. I cannot see through it. It is topped with two inches of off-white head.

S - The smell is amazing. I get citrus and tropical fruit. Pineapple and mango are the first that come to mind. There is some grapefruit as well.

T - The taste starts out fairly balanced. I taste a malt backbone. Then the citrus tastes over. Grapefruit grows on my palate with each drink. The grapefruit eventually begins to drown out the other citrus and tropical fruit flavors. The bitterness increases as well. The alcohol is well hidden.

F - It has a medium feel.

O - At first this beer reminded me a lot of Bodhi. Then the grapefruit asserted itself. This beer is more bitter. I loved how it smells. The bitterness satiates the hop heads. This is a very good beer, but I think I prefer Bodhi by a hair. Columbus Brewing seems to do no wrong when it comes to IPA's.

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Photo of Bisco42
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious DIPA bursting with flavors and notes of citrus rind, mango, and grapefruit. The balance was incredible, nothing was overpowering and yet the alcohol was quite pleasant. Not piney at all, but just fruity in the best way. Reminded me of Hop JuJu with a better after taste.

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Photo of Spider889
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this a few times last month, both at Bodega and at the CBC restaurant.

The beer is very cloudy, a golden orange color with visible yeasty particulate floating about. Low rising head with spotted lacing.

The smell is just fantastic though. My first tasting revealed an aroma built upon pineapple and finished with a huge onslaught of tangerine. At the brewery all I could smell was pineapple - juicy, wet, fresh-cut pineapple. And it was goood! Mild hints of wet orange rind lend a mild pithy bitterness on the finish.

The taste is pretty damn hoptastic. It's not an outright hop bomb like some DIPA's, though a grenade? Maybe.

Bitter, just shy of proving to be too much, the hops provide a bite that will knock you over if you think this is a mere barleywine. Last I heard CBC was calling it a Triple IPA this year. Citrusy orange and grapefruit mingle with resinous pine. This is all backed up by light doughy malts. The alcohol is sweet and slightly acidic.

Creeper is a very creamy, smooth beer that has a nice hop/alcohol bite on the finish. Relatively dry. Very drinkable for the style and abv. Find it fresh, and find it early, and you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a tulip
A: Pure, clear orange with a 1.5-finger head
S: Lots of hops- a mix of citrus, floral and pine along with sweet dried stone fruits and some caramel notes
T: I agree this is fairly sweet- caramel up front followed by tropical fruit and grapefruit rind
M: Medium to full-bodied, a bit sweet & bitter though fairly balanced given its 11% abv
O: I would prefer it a touch less sweet but overall this is a fantastic DIPA, well balanced and certainly worth a try

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Photo of HopHead29
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at the brewery in a goblet

Color is a very dense yellowish orange. Not at all what I was expecting

Smell is of banana, pineapple, grape fruit, and orange. Pretty much like a smoothie

Taste is of the same, but with a more bitter hop bit, and a hint of carmelnyness that I would expect in a barleywine.

overall, really good beer, but really strange barleywine.

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Photo of Adamostella
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's back baby!

Definitely have to say I am on the side of those thinking it's a DIPA, moreso than a barleywine. If you are expecting Bigfoot, this wouldn't be for you.

Big nose up front, beautiful whiff of Summit and who doesn't love the 10.5% abv. One of the standouts of the monthly hop odyssey 2010 they've brought back for 2011, damn February for being so short!

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - Slight orange-ish yellow. I can see through it. Decent amount of head.

Smell - Grapefruit. Passion Fruit. Pineapple.

Taste - Tropical fruit followed by pine and a little bitterness.

Feel - Medium. Very wet up front.

Overall - A very citrusy beverage. Do the creep. I took this to a cold, rainy Dark Lord Day 2015 and few bit.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours what I thought was really odd and not at all what I was expecting a light murky golden orange. I thought I was looking at an IPA instead of a Barleywine. Head was really nice, had great retention and left some great lacing.

S- Oh yeah, tons of hops here. At 10% I couldn't pick up any alcohol. I could smell tropical fruits, grapefruit, a peppery spice and just a bit of caramel malts.

T- Not bitter at all. A good balance between the hops and the malts. Again almost everything here says IPA. Again the ABV is hidden very well.

M- Full body for sure on this one. Carbonation maybe a tad on the high side.

D- Super easy to drink and it will sneak up on you...trust me. I drank a couple at a sitting and started to feel this one. A great brew for sure.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, in a chalice at the brewpub on 2/4/10

At a glance, this seems rather light in color for a barleywine. Moderately hazy, it is apricot-hued with pale golden highlights a la pineapple juice around the bottom of the glass. I had two glasses; the first poured essentially no head with only a minute ring of foam clinging to the inside perimeter of the glass. The second poured a thin layer of bubbly foam. This time around retention was thin but mostly consistent & lacing was rather good.

Not surprisingly, the nose is very hop-forward. Immediately noticeable are potent citrus aromas which definitely showcase their acidity. I'm picking out grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel & maybe a hint or two of pineapple. The hop profile comes across as mostly tropical & slightly floral with a tendency toward juiciness. There's a subtle spiciness in there that makes me think white pepper or some such. This doesn't seem particularly malty so far; just a few notes of medium-light toasted sugars - namely a spot of caramel. Even at 10.5% abv (what the barkeep told me), the alcohol isn't very appreciable in the nose.

At first taste the whole "barleywine" thing becomes apparent. Creeper offers a lot of dry bitterness upfront courtesy of grapefruit pith & a healthy dose of pine. There is some lemon zest & orange peel too, though the high acidity found in the nose is a bit restrained here. Just a bit, though; no doubt this is a hoppy barleywine - it doesn't hide its intentions. Catering to style there is a sturdy malt profile that, while on the lighter spectrum, is still appropriate. There are plenty of toasted malts that at times give a faint notion of near-burnt bread, which is fine by me. I get the impression of caramelized sugars - sweet, but not cloyingly so. It has a quality that calls to mind sugar cookies. All of which is accentuated by a pervasive spiciness.

Creeper is medium-full bodied that has a decent amount of density & chewiness. Moderate carbonation adds a touch of prickliness though the beer generally moves slowly & with purpose. Alcohol is apparent immediately, providing a notable warming sensation. However, this becomes less pronounced as the beer warms & with acclimation. Lingering are a few hints of bitterness & toasted malt.

I must admit this seems an interesting take on the style. I get the impression that at times Creeper wants to be a DIPA. If I recall correctly, this has many similarities to their Bodhi DIPA from last year. In any case, the purpose of the Hop Odyssey is "an exploration of the relationship between malt & hops" while "celebrating" the latter (quotations from 2010 Hop Odyssey promotional material). To this end, Columbus Brewing Co. has succeeded indeed. This is a very tasty beer, albeit one that should probably be sipped. Recommended.

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Photo of 2Stout4u
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this second installment of the Hop Odessy at CBC. This was a great barlywine and is my third all time next to Bigfoot and Old Guardian. The one advantage Creeper has over Bigfoot is that it doesn't need to age. Creeper was awsome straight out the box, which is a good thing because this stuff was gone in flash. Long live CBC!!

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Columbus Creeper from Columbus Brewing Company
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