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Columbus Creeper - Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus Creeper
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132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 26
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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donovado

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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

Ohio

5/5  rDev +14.2%

10-19-2012 15:15:18 | More by itsthepleats
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Ohiovania

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 20:39:19 | More by Ohiovania
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Hoptometrist

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 00:34:13 | More by Hoptometrist
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Arcane

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-16-2012 16:31:30 | More by Arcane
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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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mattcrill

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 18:10:32 | More by mattcrill
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jharkins07

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.7%

02-17-2012 21:35:44 | More by jharkins07
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jaidenjb

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.7%

02-17-2012 17:46:30 | More by jaidenjb
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ninner00

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-14-2012 10:54:47 | More by ninner00
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JayDub12

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.7%

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.7%

01-17-2012 13:38:03 | More by MuscleConfusion
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pest

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.7%

12-14-2011 11:46:05 | More by pest
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AuroraTheWhite

Ohio

5/5  rDev +14.2%

12-10-2011 10:10:08 | More by AuroraTheWhite
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recall1242

Ohio

5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-15-2011 13:32:54 | More by recall1242
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Geno78

Ohio

5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-14-2011 06:57:56 | More by Geno78
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-26-2011 00:35:13 | More by mikesgroove
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Spider889

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2011 18:17:15 | More by Spider889
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

Serving type: growler

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

Ohio

5/5  rDev +14.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 21:10:14 | More by btorsdog
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Franz4

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Gallo's on 2/22, review from notes

A- poured a hazy golden color, didn't let much light through at all, seemed to be the most opaque light colored beer I've seen.

S- wow, lots of tropical fruit, floral pieces come together here

T- I was expecting this to be a little boozy but that wasn't there at all, this could really sneak up on you. Citrus and tropical fruit are again dominant, nice balance of tart and sweet, pineapple-like.

M- smooth and creamy, I thought a little more carbonation could bring out some other flavors.

D- I was happy to get to try this one, it's a shame it's not around more often, as it's a really good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 20:29:43 | More by Franz4
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2011 14:50:00 | More by MbpBugeye
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LiquidCucumber

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-09-2011 03:24:38 | More by LiquidCucumber
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Adamostella

Washington

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 02:42:27 | More by Adamostella
Columbus Creeper from Columbus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.