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Columbus Creeper - Columbus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 254
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 71
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 254
Photo of Keananmichael5
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very solid IPA. Bodhi gets more of the attention from Columbus but this one is really tasty. Good dry hop aroma and finish. Not too much malt character to the beer

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Photo of nonpo
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served golden with 1/4 head in a chalice style glass... Aromatics tough to pick out... But grapefruit and citrus?

Carbonation was good.... Mouthfeel was solid... Bitterness was nice... Didn't overstay it's welcome... Picked up grapefruit and citrus on flavor (similar to hop juju but not as pronounce? Had them side by side)

Nice beer overall.... def recommend

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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 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 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 WesMantooth
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, golden yellow color with a white foamy/frothy head combo that left a very nice ring and lacing in the fat tulip glass.

Tons of hops on the nose. Mostly citrus.

Taste is almost all hops. More pine than I would have guessed, and way less malt as well based on appearance. Grapefruit, orange, and lemon rinds to me. Very, very bitter during and after. Noticeable alcohol and a little bit of a peppery note. Almost like a farmhouse. A nice dankness though.

Medium bodied. Average carbonation.

I am kind of confused by the amount of people noting it is a Triple IPA. Everything I have seen has it listed as a DIPA. I know we get hung up on the styles/definitions too much, but I would score it lower if comparing to other triples I have had. This really just came across kind of harsh to me. Not nearly as balanced and smooth as Bodhi (or Hop Ju Ju for that matter). This is a seriously hoppy brew. I like it a lot, but I have had several better. I would take Bodhi alll day and its not even close.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Like bodhi on steroids smells great drinks great and I'm a stout guy so an ipa has to be very solid for me to speak highly of it and this one is a very well done ipa

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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 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 StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

where the bodhi was super subtle in showing its alcohol strength, this big boy is anything but. its in your face in bitterness and booze, and while it all seems real well put together, its just an enormous beer. aromas of sliced overripe mangoes and dried grassy hops, its quite the explosion. the flavor has a lot less tropical fruit to it, and a lot more vegetal hops. malt seems pretty basic, two row and a touch of maybe 60 crystal for color. there is a ton of bitterness here but its isnt unpleasant, and as it ramps up, some of that mango thing comes back, balancing it out and giving it just a boost of sweetness. full body, honey texture on the palate, sharply bitter in the finish, active carbonation, and one heck of a buzz coming on. i see why they call it creeper...

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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 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 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 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 BB1313
3.82/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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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 schoolboy
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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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 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 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 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 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 mattcrill
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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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Columbus Creeper from Columbus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.