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Columbus Super Fresh H-O-P - Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus Super Fresh H-O-P
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89
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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MbpBugeye on 10-08-2010)
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Photo of drabmuh
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler obtained through a trade. I'm always on the lookout for draft IPAs, thanks for this opporutnity.

Beer is amber with a mild haze, nice off white head of small bubbles, moderate to low carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is nice, dank, sweet, hoppy.

Beer is a little grassy but overall a nice IPA, the biggest problem with this IPA is that this same brewery makes two far better IPAs already, this is clearly the step-child of the group. Beer is medium to light in body, moderate hop bitterness on the back end, a generally decent IPA but I doubt I'll have it again.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is slightly hazy and appears light golden with a half inch of white head. The aroma offers hops, of course, with grass, fruity malts, rubber. The flavor is not as hop forward as I would like, and the beer is too sweet. Imbalanced with lingering malty sweetness. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Overall, this was just ok. Not in the same category as the Columbus IPA.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought a growler of this to a poker game in Delaware. We had a ton of IPAs back-to-back, and this beer fit in well.

The beer is light golden colored, a little paler than some of the other fresh hop beers I've had in the last few weeks. Nice thick layer of foam, with tons of dried lace on the glass each time it emptied.

Nice fresh hoppy aroma, it smells a little more bitter than Founders Harvest or Broodoo (both of those smell sweeter). No cat piss (the defining aroma of CBC IPA), this has more citrus and tropical fruits.

It tastes really nice, a little more bitter kick to it than the other fresh hop beers I've tried, but it still has that fresh character that defines them all. A friend who doesn't like hoppy beers (his words) really went for this growler, so it's maybe a good gateway at this time of year. For my part I appreciated the upfront mango/pineapple, mid-swallow sweetness, and dry aftertaste. I could drink this all night.

Photo of prototypic
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super Fresh H-O-P, the tenth installment of the Hop Odyssey series.

This one pours a moderately dark shade of gold. It's very hazy, and has a slight orange tint when held to light. The head was modest and white in color. I don't think it even rose to a finger in depth. It fell quickly, and left very little lace in its wake.

The nose is good. It's chock full of hops. They're literally rolling out of the glass. For the most part, they're piney with just a touch of white grapefruit and mango. It smells somewhat malty and sweet. Smells like caramel or toffee, but it's not an overpowering scent. Frankly, it seems to fight through the strong hop presence just to get noticed. Alcohol is virtually buried. I'm not getting much at all. It's pretty straight forward and perhaps simple, but it works.

The flavor keeps the pace. It kicks off with a sweet, malty flavor that strongly suggests caramel or toffee. It's not overly sweet and isn't too bold. Rather, it's just a nice sturdy base. Hops kick in and quickly pummel the palate. They have a strong piney flavor primarily. To a lesser extent, they feature grapefruit, mango, and perhaps a little lemon. It is very bitter and it's even a little resiny. I'm a fan of all things bitter, so that works for me. Alcohol is never much of a factor. Finishes bitter and very dry.

Super Fresh H-O-P has a body that's on the light side of medium. Carbonation feels very light and subtle. Feels really nice and smooth. Drinkability is quite good, as well. I probably won't polish off the entire growler tonight, but I probably could. I like the flavor quite a bit, and it's easy drinking.

What other accolades can I throw at Columbus Brewing Company for this series? This time around, they take on a harvest style, wet-hop ale - and once again they succeed. While this one isn't the best of the series, it's certainly good. My only slight qualms are that it could use a little more citric hop flavor and it seems way too dry. Nothing major though. Good stuff all-around.

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of nrbw23
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden amber color that is just a bit darker than their IPA. A fairly thin white head, that becomes a layer of bubbles on top and leaves some layered lacing.

S- Smells pretty good. A ton of hops here mainly tropical fruits and pine. A hint of caramel malts pop up in there too.

T- I really like this one. So far one of my favorites of the Hop Odyssey. A strong bite from the piney hop with a good mixture of malts and tropical fruits.

M- Medium in body and lighter side of medium in carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink. I really like this one might be heading down for a refill.

Photo of MikeCactusGordon
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Ryan011235
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass at the brewpub on 10/9/10

The lighting seems to be throwing off the color a bit but it looks pretty close to pineapple juice. It's cloudy; not quite as murky as the aforementioned juicy, though. Poured a thin head, maybe 1/8th inch that left skimy bubbles pooled in the middle & some lace. Decent, if inconsistent, lace that is webbed & drippy. Lacing is better on the second glass.

Well-structured, the aroma is sharp, dry & hoppy (of course). It seems brighter than the standard CIPA. A touch of pine is appreciable in an otherwise tropical, citrus fruit blend. Mango, tangerine, peach or nectarine, subtle pineapple & a grapefruit spiciness. Malts are present but hard to distinguish, as they are no match for the hops.

The flavor doesn't crackle quite as much as I was hoping for. Nevertheless it has an admirable bitterness to hop flavor ratio & isn't wanting for spiciness (seems a tad peppery). Dry, piney bitterness with a near-perfect resiny bent. The citrus is toned down compared to the nose. While I cannot call the citrus muddled, it doesn't have great clarity; I think this may be a result of the Citra hops which I've found to have denser flavor than comparable hop varieties.

Over time I've come to appreciate the depth of citric tones; beefing up the flavor without being the sole focal point. As with the aroma the malts are an after-thought. There's just some faint, toasted bread notes in the back. However, the second glass had a more pronounced sweetness, almost bubblegum-like.

The flavor is augmented by fairly active carbonation. It makes for an attention-holding experience, causing this medium bodied brew to seem lighter than it is. Finishes very dry with some lingering notes of pine, grapefruit & sticky resin.

Though the description given to me was "golden ale" this is definitely a full-on American IPA. I'm really happy with the way this one turned out since it's so different from CIPA. Is H-O-P better than its year-round counterpart? No, but it's very solid & I think the fleeting freshness plays a big part in it. Definitely recommended. I hope CBC makes yearly habit out of it.

Photo of Spider889
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like this is the first review of the 2011 batch. I think it is slightly different this year.

Some cool pictures of the process/hops used:
http://tinyurl.com/Brewing-H-O-P
http://tinyurl.com/Hopback
http://tinyurl.com/Dry-Hop-Nugget

This year's is brewed with: Citra, simcoe, nugget, and cascade. Dry hopped with 70lbs of Ohio-grown Nugget Hops.

One post also mentions that this beer is brewed with 7lbs of hops per barrel, where regular CIPA is only brewed with 1lb.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A tall dense white head immediately overtakes this beer; really nice retention on it as well. The lace is sticky and clings in wide sheaths across most of the glass. The brew beneath all that foam is fairly clear, and is a brilliant shining true gold color.

The aroma is heavenly... this is the reason I love fresh hop beers - the aroma of fresh wet hops is unbeatable. Sweet pine resin and deep floral accents beg for consumption. Lighter notes of pineapple and cantaloupe only add to the depth.

I think the first prominent feature of the flavor on Super Fresh H-O-P is the sweetness. It's not an over-malted, sugary sweetness, but rather a floral, honeyed sweetness. It's different, but something I am really enjoying. Earthy clover and herbal chamomile type notes play well off of the honey flavor I kept getting. The residual flavor showcases pine nettles and sticky bitterness.

The hops are surely powerful, but never out of control, nor bitter enough to pull this out of an IPA categorization (which I prefer, I think). By the second glass I was getting some pretty deep grassy flavors as well.

The mouthfeel is full of sticky, juicy hop oils and a long-lasting sweet crackery malt flavor. Then it all ends with bold bitterness.

Overall this is one of the best fresh hop/wet hop beers I have ever had. Both unique and a hop-head's wet dream, the wet hops in this beer make it one to revisit as often as the season permits.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

October brings us Super Fresh H-O-P from CBC.

Per the brewer:
Super Fresh H-O-P is a golden ale with a freshm fruity aroma due to the fresh hops. The fresh hops were picked in the Yakima Valley and overnighted to the brewery. The beer was brewed as per usual but after the boil we dumped 70 pounds of fresh Citra and Simcoe whole leaf hops into the mash tun. The boiled wort was then pumped back into the mash tun to let the fresh hops soak for about half an hour. The result is a bitter golden ale but with a fruity aroma and aftertaste. 7.0%abv.

A- Not much of a head, whats there is white and soapy. It doesnt leave much lacing at all, just sporadic globs. The beer is indeed golden and hazy in nature.

S- It smells like photosynthesis and fermentation had a bastard child. Very leafy and botanical. Lots of pineapple, lime and grapefruit. A little bit of a peppery aspect is there as well. Some light malts come out in the form of a crackery smell.

T- Very herbal. Lots of grassy, leafy, fleshy hop cones at the start. It then moves into a sweet fruity citrus realm, ruled by limes and pineapples. Malts are some what knocked back as compaired to the smell, but they impart some graham cracker flavors. Then it gets very spicy with black pepper and a bark/plant stem flavor. The finish has a flash of bitterness that braces the tongue.

M- This beer looses carbonation very quickly. By the end of a small, half full glass it feels totally different. I'll admit I was swirling this quite a bit which could contribute to this but still... Its medium bodied, dry and clean.

D- Quite refreshing. I could enjoy a few of these in a row without any problem. Maybe a glass of water between pours, its fairly dry and resinous.

Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of vrbulldog22
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BB1313
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler filled at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio

Poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden-yellow; small white head that fades and leaves nice retention and lacing. Smells like pineapple juice. Lots of orange with even some subtle hints of mint in the nose. Mango is in the mix. Some bready caramel notes, but they're very subtle. The flavors are very juicy and refreshing. They don't pop and aren't as crisp and bitter as I recall, but they're still enjoyable nonetheless. Tons of citrus. Lots of pineapple, which is what I really get alot of. Tons of pineapple. More mango and orange zest. Hints of pine. Malts are there. It's sweet, but very clean. The mouthfeel is great. It's soft on the palate; medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Extremely smooth and dangerously drinkable. Once again, this isn't really bitter and the flavors feel watered down at some moments, but it still manages to taste really good despite lacking bite.

This is like drinking fresh pineapple juice, literally. Very nice IPA from Columbus. It gets extra credit for being so smooth and drinkable. It doesn't have that sharp/crisp bitterness alot of wet-hop/fresh-hop IPAs have, but it's still very tasty. It's worth checking out if given the opportunity.

Photo of ttylicki
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of zimm421
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Only my 4th beer from Columbus! Glad they are becoming easier to find around Cleveland.

Pours a really nice, slightly hazy deep orange with a one finger off-white head.

The aroma has a lot of sweeter tropical and citrus notes along with fresh hop notes and a hint of malt.

Taste is pretty similar to the aroma. There is a good deal of sweet tropical fruit notes and citrus notes and there is a decent amount of malt in there too.

Finishes pretty dry, but this isn't particularly bitter. It's got a medium body with a smooth mouthfeel.

This is a really nice freshly hopped IPA, but it's not bitter enough and the hop notes could be a little more intense.

Photo of xdefeatsy
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of jminch
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of claaark13
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Envelopes
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of sitarist
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Eastside151
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of TheBronze
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BuckeyeFaninMI
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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Columbus Super Fresh H-O-P from Columbus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.