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Columbus Creeper - Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus Creeper
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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 28
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Triple IPA"

(Beer added by: prototypic on 02-06-2010)
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RayOhioFelton

Ohio

3/5  rDev -31.5%

04-21-2013 03:35:42 | More by RayOhioFelton
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kbrown

Ohio

3/5  rDev -31.5%

09-13-2013 23:37:58 | More by kbrown
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Nunya

Ohio

3/5  rDev -31.5%

09-20-2013 00:13:50 | More by Nunya
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WeisGuy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

03-04-2012 00:36:38 | More by WeisGuy
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donovado

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

02-17-2013 19:44:32 | More by donovado
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ne0m00re

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -17.1%

Served on-tap in a brandy snifter at Betty's in Columbus.

A: A clear blonde, golden orange, with a thin lace of a head.
S: Bright, pine-like hops with citrus. No malt or yeast smell apparent at all.
T: More of the same: spicy hops with citrus and warming alcohol with a notable sweetness. The hops linger.
M: Cleansing foam cuts through the thin-syrup sweetness.
D: This is really a brandy-snifter sipping beer, but it is definitely lighter and crisper than the usual barleywine.

Overall, this beer seems to be in the wrong style classification. DIPA, anyone?

02-12-2010 04:34:21 | More by ne0m00re
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -16.7%

Growler courtesy of Ryan011235 (who reports this is now a DIPA, so I will review it as such). Even in an oversized snifter, a nice finger+ of creamy off-white head is easily raised. It's not shy about sticking around, either. It settles down into a skim eventually, leaving a nice amount of soapy and sticky lace. The body is somewhat reminiscent of fresh apple cider, copperish orange and hazy.

Smells like something that's gonna get me in trouble (and it may very well just do that before the night's over). Fresh and yeasty, like fresh bread dough, but with a ton of citrusy goodness bursting through. Like a bowl of fresh sliced pineapple, mango and tangerine that happens to be sitting beside a bowl of rising dough. The alcohol presence is alarmingly muted.

Creeper admirably avoids the acute case of caramelitis that seems to affect most high ABV DIPAs. However, the yeasty/doughy combo is persistently potent and becomes somewhat distracting as it warms. After a text exchange with Ryan, I suspect it has suffered somewhat along it's journey. It's still pretty damned good though. Columbus is certainly a brewery that's not afraid to throw an extra bucketful of hops into the brew kettle. Tons of juicy citrus is followed up with an impressive blast of bitterness. The modest carbonation and thick body lend to a very soft feel that works well with the abundance of citric juiciness. The booze sneaks up on you in the finish.

Overall impression: Mildly frustrating in that it doesn't achieve the hoptacular heights of Big Frank or the regular Columbus IPA. Or, to put it a different way, the outrageous hoppiness is somewhat thwarted by the doughiness. Still, it's pretty tasty. I'd love to sample it fresh at the source sometime (if it makes a return).

03-04-2011 01:01:29 | More by PDXHops
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -16%

I tried this a few weeks ago - just a taste - but today I am having a couple real glasses. My first impressions were not strong and it is only slightly better in the full drink.

The brew looks and smells really great. The head is huge and it is a nearly clear yellow. The hoppy aroma is full and sweet. All hops.

The taste is disappointing. It is syrupy and sweet like many of the weaker versions of the style. The finish is balanced and not very bitter.

I waited until this was almost gone before trying it. Had I missed it I don't think I would have missed much.

03-15-2013 22:49:15 | More by schoolboy
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sendsilk

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

09-28-2013 12:28:19 | More by sendsilk
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NW2285

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

09-15-2013 01:37:27 | More by NW2285
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beernads

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

11-18-2013 04:13:58 | More by beernads
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IPAdams

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

04-10-2014 00:19:01 | More by IPAdams
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BB1313

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -13.2%

32oz growler filled at Save-On Craft Beer in Mentor, OH for $4.99

Poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent golden with a small white head that leaves decent lacing and nice retention. Nice clarity with the color. The aromas have alot of burnt rubber going on. There's also a nice combination between it being citrus and tropical. The malts take a backseat in the nose, but come alive in the flavors. I'll start off by saying that this isn't some malt bomb though. The hops really shine. Strong bitterness followed by a subtle sweetness. I'm picking up a decent amount of pineapple. It's slightly spicy. Possibly some rye or black pepper in the mix. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied, but light and extremely smooth. There's a bit of an alcoholic note, but barely. It's really not hot or boozy at all. You might catch a subtle warmth, but it's subtle and enjoyable. The alcohol goes unnoticed. This is fun to drink and it's dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice "Triple IPA". It's similar to Green Flash Green Bullet. I only say that as a reference to what this beer is like. This might not be my favorite IPA/DIPA from Columbus, but this is no slouch at all. The craftsmanship is off the hook like all of Columbus' beers, but I personally would take a Bodhi over this all day. This is good though and definitely worth checking out if given the opportunity.

03-08-2014 23:25:56 | More by BB1313
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mattcrill

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -10.3%

Aroma: Floral and citrus hop notes abound. Clean fermentation character. All hops. No malt character, alcohol, or fruity esters. Clean and hop driven.

Appearance: Cloudy light amber pour with hazy straw edging. Good white head that retains well.

Flavor: Floral and citric hop punch up front. Notes of lemon zest, orange rind, and a touch of pine all blend and assault the palate. Balance is firmly bitter with no malt character at all. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Slightly oily and no astringency.

Overall impression: I have to knock it a little just b/c it has zero malt character and lacking and ABW characteristics. That said, I love the beer but was just hoping for an ABW and not a Double IPA. Good stuff. Just having a little identity crisis.

02-19-2012 18:10:32 | More by mattcrill
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -9.8%

hazy dark, burnt ruby amber. Very intresting hue as the reddish tint was very noticeable even though the haze made it almost opaque. A one inch head formed on the top upon pour, that faded almost immediatly. What was left was a thin film of decent quality lace that circle around the glass. Smell was very sweet, caramel sugars hitting almost immediatly. The deeper smell after some warming indicated a nice bready, earthy malt back with a hint of alcohol, which at 10%abv and being a barleywine should be expected. The taste for me was just too light. I expect barleywines to make me sit down and to be a definite sipper, but this just did not have the fullness I would have expected. The finish on it was very dry, and did last a good bit though. The taste itself was very hoppy, with piney flavors the most noticeable, a slight malt back was trying to form with flavors of grain and bread, but was just too thin to really be noticed.

09-26-2011 00:35:13 | More by mikesgroove
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.7%

08-01-2013 02:00:50 | More by Cynic-ale
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resistdefy

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -8.7%

11-25-2012 01:36:15 | More by resistdefy
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.7%

09-17-2013 02:26:45 | More by Tyrawlings
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sgoro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.7%

03-19-2013 22:18:36 | More by sgoro
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.7%

02-27-2013 21:54:54 | More by pathman
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masterofsparks

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.7%

03-24-2014 19:58:53 | More by masterofsparks
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Rasheedw30

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.7%

05-19-2014 18:36:56 | More by Rasheedw30
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JayDub12

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.7%

02-08-2012 16:31:45 | More by JayDub12
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.7%

03-24-2013 21:36:10 | More by Rifugium
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.7%

10-17-2013 23:49:40 | More by WillCarrera
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Columbus Creeper from Columbus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.