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Columbus Nightstick IPA - Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus Nightstick IPA
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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Spider889 on 01-07-2011)
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Poured into a nonic pint glass on 1/15/11

Dark brown color with a sandy-brown cap of foam on top. The nearly three finger head dissipates slowly over several minutes to a bubbly skim, leaving some good, clumpy lace.

The aroma is full of dark malts. Tangy roasted grains & cocoa. It doesn't smell as hoppy as I hoped; there are earthy, piney aromas but is lacking much of the wonderful citrus bouquet of many CBC beers.

Moderate bitterness by way of piney hops that lasts throughout. Some citric hints buried within. Pretty nice hop profile overall but not as vibrant as it could be. Roasted malts don't seem overdone at all; they seem rather well integrated, especially as it warms.

Medium body with a very slight graininess. Reasonably low carbonation makes for a smooth drinking beer. Roasted & hoppy residuals.

Good drinkability. I know this isn't the same beer & maybe my tastes have changed, but I don't like this as much as last year's Black IPA. Regardless, I like it fine. Worth a shot.

Ryan011235, Jan 19, 2011
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Had on tap at Mad Mex. This was shortly after the tapping party that night, and I walked away with a free CBC pint glass for my purchase - nice!

I found this to be a truly awesome IPA, but it failed slightly as a Black IPA in my book.

Deep ebony color with reddish brown highlights around the edges of the glass. The head was a little over a finger high, and a dark toffee color. The head was made up of many tiny bubbles and receded after the first half-dozen sips. But those first six were close to leaving a foam mustache as I tried to get at the liquid beneath. I was left with great thick speckled lacing.

This beer smells wonderfully hoppy. Tons of freshly hewn spruce and pine resin. Also some grassiness from the hops. There's also a mild fruitiness (not citrus) underneath all the pine. The darker malts do make an appearance, but when trying to fight past the near-impenetrable hop force field, they just don't get very far. Some roasted chocolate malt makes a valiant attempt nevertheless.

The taste is dry and bitter as hell - wonderful! More pine shines through bright and lip-smackingly delicious. The finish is slightly dry, but also has a creaminess to it. Long into the finish the roasted malt gains leverage on the palate. With time, and warmth, the darker flavors begin to finally show themselves, but by then it is too late - because the warmth only amplifies the hop bitterness.

I really liked this beer, but the maltiness isn't where I'd prefer it to be on a Black IPA. It is not unnoticeable, but the beer seems to be taking mostly color from the darker malts rather than real flavor. I wouldn't hesitate to buy this again.

The bartender was not given the abv so I am not sure, but I would peg this at around 7%.

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A - I would mistake this for a stout if I didn't know better. Dark as night with a light fluffy head that sticks all over the glass.

S - One of the first indications that this brew is no stout or porter is the powerful smell. CBC's tropical citrus lineup wafts out of the glass and makes me crave the days of summer, even though I love their IPAs year round. The kick here is the chalky malts that come into play. The roast is apparent in the nose and leads to obvious expectations in the flavor.

T - Wow, tastes like an awesome IPA/Stout black and tan. Chalky, yet sweet malts combine with not only powerful citric hops, but also tangos with the earthy, piney, and resiny hop flavors. There is a strange balance here of extreme flavors. I am curious to try regular IPA mixed with their new oatmeal stout now...

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D - Seems to be a good compromise between tropical hops and roasted malt. A much more preferable flavor than many beers in this category (IMHO). I'd go for it again... maybe next year if they continue the Hop Odyssey.

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Columbus Nightstick IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.