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Columbus Creeper - Columbus Brewing Company

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150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 28
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

mikesgroove, Sep 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Rifugium, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

beernads, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

orangesol, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

stakem, Mar 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

billab914, Mar 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

TurdFurgison, Oct 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Rhettroactive, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

bluejacket74, Sep 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

pathman, Feb 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

eawolff99, Mar 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

EgadBananas, Oct 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

outoffocus, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of prototypic
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

February brings us the second installment of the 2010 Hop Odyssey series. Let's get to it.

Creeper pours a gold, straw looking color. It's very hazy and has a slight orange tint with backlighting. I'm surprised there's not more copper, amber, or red, but alas, there is not. An off-white head caps it off. It stands over a finger tall and is very slow to dissipate. Lacing was very sticky, but moderate in volume. Not bad, but seems a little off in color for the style.

Hops are very strong in the nose. They're responsible for a nice mix of grapefruit, pineapple, and orange scents, as well as a healthy dose of pine. Smells delicious. The hops are countered by a sweet, malty smell. Caramel and toffee notes are very much in the mix. I'm not getting much in terms of dark fruit, which also is a little surprising. Perhaps it's just buried in the avalanche of sweet malt and hops scents. Alcohol is noted, but doesn't seem all that strong.

The flavor is very good. It's better than the nose, but I'm wrestling with how much. I'll ponder that point. It's sweet and malty up front. Caramel and toffee flavors are tasty and anchor things down nicely. Hops waste little time getting into the mix. I don't know the profile that was used, but they feature citric grapefruit, pineapple, and orange flavors. Pine comes through loud and clear. Perhaps stronger than the citrus flavors. It's nice and bitter, but that bitterness is countered nicely by the malt presence. I'm getting a little raisin-esque flavor. It's secondary, but it adds nice depth and complements the other flavors well. Alcohol is blended very well. I'd never guess this has a double digit abv. It finishes bitter and a little dry.

Creeper has a medium body, but not by much. It feels a tad thin, but gets better with a little warming. It is smooth, but doesn't feel quite creamy. Drinkability is good. The flavor here is impressive and it goes down easy. Too easy for a beer this big. I'll have another glass, but an entire growler is a little much to handle solo.

I'm really impressed with the Hop Odyssey series thus far. Creeper is a really tasty American Barleywine. The color seems a tad off and the nose would benefit from a stronger dark fruit presence, but the flavor delivers. This is good stuff. I've long thought Barley's brewed the best beer in Columbus. I haven't changed my mind yet, but Columbus Brewing Company is giving me a lot to think about. Creeper is impressive. Keep it up, guys.

prototypic, Feb 06, 2010
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4.56/5  rDev +3.6%

Gatordaddy, Sunday at 10:48 PM
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Tyrawlings, Sep 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

Stinger80OH, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of nrbw23
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

nrbw23, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

jampics2, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of Adamostella
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

Adamostella, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of mklisz
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

mklisz, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Ryan011235
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Ryan011235, Feb 07, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

WeisGuy, Mar 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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Columbus Creeper from Columbus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.