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Columbus Nightstick IPA - Columbus Brewing Company

Columbus Nightstick IPA
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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.16%

Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Spider889 on 01-07-2011)
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Photo of ONUMello


3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler into a pint glass
A: Black color with a two-finger head
S: Roasted malts, hops and coffee. Smells nice but lacks complexity
T: Matches the nose, adding citrus notes from the hops
M: Medium-bodied, a pleasant bitter/malt balance
O: Again, a good beer but nothing to make it stand out

Serving type: growler

03-07-2014 03:09:11 | More by ONUMello
Photo of LiquidCucumber


4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised to see this still on tap over a month after release, and I am a bit apprehensive about the freshness of the hops. In my experience over a month old C-bus IPA is great, but not nearly as tasty as week old. I guess I might be wrong in this case...

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...

M - Medium body and fairly carbonated. Doesn't seem to stick around the mouth as much as beers with lots of specialty malts tend to do.

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.

Serving type: growler

02-21-2011 19:48:53 | More by LiquidCucumber
Photo of MbpBugeye


4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Ryan011235. American Black Ale? Pish-aw.

The January 2011 Hop Odyssey beer. Boy, am I glad to see that this mission is extended another year. From what I can gather, this is very similar to last January's "Black IPA" with some adjustments to the recipe. All's well with me, Black IPA was the only one I missed last year. Growler brought over by Ryan011235 This beer really looks nice. Thick sheets of tan-gray lacing (if I'm honest the head is a very sickly strange color). The beer is a dark, solid black. One of the darker CDAs. The initial whiff is strong on pine. Subsequent aromas of citrus, white grapefruit and cocoa come out with warmth. There is also a big spice and floral element. Bitter pine starts the taste. Its is matched with a big spicy hopping. Things sweeten up with cocoa and the standard CBC pineapple and citrus. There is a fair level of dry roastiness. The feel is quite dry with a long, bitter finish.

Serving type: growler

01-20-2011 04:18:51 | More by MbpBugeye
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3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

01-19-2011 00:48:43 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of NittanyLion1


3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap at World of Beers in Columbus on 2/20/13. Pours like a porter, very dark with minimal lacing. Not much aroma, but mouthfeel is of pine trees. Not oily like a typical IPA. Very stout like. Pine esters really overpower this beer, but the taste doesn't linger.

Unique dark IPA, buy the pine taste overpowers. Didn't finish as I couldn't overcome the Christmas tree-like taste.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2013 01:35:55 | More by NittanyLion1
Photo of nrbw23


4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a nice brown head. Head is gone in a flash, leaving behind a few bubbles and pretty much no lacing.

S- Smells a lot like their regular IPA. Smells of tropical fruits and pine with a good amount of malts. A bit of chocolate and smoke come into play.

T- Taste is pretty solid to say the least. A great mix of hops and toasted malts. I enjoyed this one. Hop forward for sure but the malts make a great showing.

M- Probably a bit on the fuller side of medium and low in carbonation.

T- Very easy to drink for sure. I hope this one keeps coming back.

Serving type: cask

01-15-2011 08:49:41 | More by nrbw23
Photo of Spider889


4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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%.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2011 04:30:16 | More by Spider889
Columbus Nightstick IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.