Columbus Creeper - Columbus Brewing Company
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Ratings: 134 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
4.47/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
02-09-2011 03:24:38 | More by LiquidCucumber
4.33/5 rDev -1.1%
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!
02-05-2011 02:42:27 | More by Adamostella
4.65/5 rDev +6.2%
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!
06-01-2010 22:31:33 | More by jampics2
4.28/5 rDev -2.3%
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!!
05-13-2010 19:49:16 | More by 2Stout4u
4.3/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
02-24-2010 08:27:29 | More by nrbw23
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
4.35/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
02-09-2010 00:02:23 | More by HopHead29
4.3/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
02-07-2010 03:49:51 | More by Ryan011235
4.2/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
02-06-2010 03:50:08 | More by prototypic
Columbus Creeper from Columbus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.