Hop Oddysey: Double Columbus
Green Flash Brewing Co.

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,994
Ranked #22,407
3.86 | pDev: 8.55%
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

January 18th, 2014 - My best guess is that this beer is going to be a gob smack of Columbus hops, practically dripping out of the bottle with resin and pine. And that's exactly what I get. But before I get to the very succinct review (half of the word count is "resin"), I want to admire the look, which in this slightly fluted glass has a beautiful auburn color with a good finger of head, and a rich population of geysers. The aroma is sticky, fresh and resinous, and direct with it's hop profile, as expected. The flavor has one foot in the pine camp and the other in a rusty metallic taste. It is intense, and squeezes a long line of honey through the taste to give this a super sweet flavor, which gets tiring by the end of the glass. But those first few bold sips are fine to get an idea of how strong a directly and forward Columbus hops based beer can be.

Feb 05, 2020
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap poured into a snifter-esque glass.

Golden amber with 1 finger of head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Honey, caramel, and dank wet grass.

Dank wet grass and earthy, spicy hop flavors. Well balanced with a caramel and honey maltiness. Some sprinkles of candy sugar. Finishes with pine resin and onion.

Medium bodied, smooth, balanced, and subtly dry.

A perfect malt profile to compliment the Columbus hops. Really smooth and balanced with only a light bitterness. The alcohol is not noticeable. Really awesome stuff!

Apr 07, 2014
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip.

Appearance: Amber orange coming off transparent with medium bubbles. White head roughly 1/4" off the body.

Smell: Bland pine scent,could be a little deeper.

Taste: Strong floral feel absolutely addicting but nothing new that you haven't had before.

Mouth: really sticky and sweet after taste. Bready type feel, feels little chewy.

Overall: Basic but overall very good DIPA. the heavy citrus and floral feel makes you not want to share it but I definitely splits the growler with one of my closest friends on his promotion. Salud!

Apr 06, 2014
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Mellow Mushroom in Brandon. Served in a nonic pint glass.

A: Lighter copper in color. Appears nearly clear, though there is some chill haze. Forms a half-finger of white head with medium visible carbonation.

S: Disappointingly low amount of aroma for a DIPA - grassy, pine, and grapefruit rind hops with a bit of sweet bready malt is about it.

T: Grassy and herbal hops, some spicy/onion character as well. Bready malt backbone with only very mild caramel character. Hop bitterness with fading malt sweetness in the hang.

M: Medium body, modest alcohol presence for a DIPA, and good carbonation sensation.

O: Not particularly impressive. Since it was on tap, I have no way to know how old the keg was, but this really suffered from a lack of aroma, and the hop flavor profile was far from my favorite. Nothing truly offensive, but not one I'd seek out again.

Apr 05, 2014
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BMMillsy from Florida

4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at The Top in Gainesville. Pours golden copper with no head (because the bartender filled to rim). Aroma of fresh pine and grapefruit hops, lemon zest, grass. Really nice. Flavor follows with a beautifully refreshing hop character: grapefruit, pine, grass, citrus peels. Delicate flavors alongside big bitterness and a malt backbone that stays in the background. One of the best new IPAs (to me) that I have had in a while. Medium bodied, resinous, with medium plus to high carbonation. Maybe my favorite from GF. Awesome brew. No clue why this is rated so low here.

Mar 15, 2014
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Falling Rock. Dark orange color, almost cloudy, just thick looking. Aroma was subtle, I expected a lot more hoppiness, maybe Columbus don;t have a strong aroma? Flavor was good, very dank hops, resinous, pine, greenery. I liked this quite a bit and would order again despite the weak aroma. I always love a good west coast IPA.

Mar 07, 2014
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surfcaster from North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in small tulip glass with dinner

A: Brown orange and a bit murky with two finger creamy head that stayed with the pour most of the way down.

S: Earthy and sweet. Hops subdued.

T: The Columbus hops imparted an almost dry vegetal character. Strong malt backbone--an "East Coast" offering from the home of West Coast IPA

M: Medium carbonation and good finish. Not syrupy

O: Pleasing but not my favorite from GF. Worthy of a glass here or there. I think the Columbus only may not be my bill.

Feb 23, 2014
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Nugganooch from California

3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery – 01/22/14
Served in a tulip glass

A: Dark orange-amber body. Near copper in color with some very minimal clarity. Thick brim of khaki whip settles on top. Has a nice creamy consistency to it leaving behind sheets of chunky lace sticking to the glass.

S: Firm botanical nose distinctive with Columbus flowers and some accompanying barley malt spice. Has a soft caramel candy sweetness to it overall. Hops are mostly floral and spice. A fair aroma but nothing too stand out for me.

T: Caramel malt spice and flower blooms up front with a light herbal earthiness present. There is a moderate level of bitterness to this one overall with some mild alcohol presence. Well masked and slightly warming. Dash of tangerine zest in there with the Columbus hops finishing out with more spice and florals. Pretty smooth and tasty but nothing mind blowing. A touch rich on the malt bill for me.

M: Light frothy consistency with a nice creamy feel across the palate. Moderate heftiness and a touch filling even. Touch warming with some light residuals but not incredibly resinous. Bit dry and clean at the finish.

D: A pretty decent DIPA overall but far from a fav at Green Flash. A bit stronger malt backbone here than what I prefer. And although nice to experience the Columbus hops here it lacks a bit of depth in flavor.

Feb 03, 2014
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DeFaz from Ohio

3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a great golden color with a large sticky head. There is a flood of bubbles racing to the top making for an excellent appearance. There are plenty of hops in the smell and taste, but the flavors don't mix well, and there is an unpleasant aftertaste. The beer struggles with that odd taste, and this does not compare at all in quality to palate wrecker, the latter of which is far superior. The ABV is hidden very well here, but the overall experience did not meet my expectations.

Jan 27, 2014
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pint glass
A: Light orange color with a one-finger head
S: Earthy, some citrus and pine resin but fairly muted
T: Very earthy, some herbs/spices then pine/citrus notes towards the finish
M: Medium-bodied, bitter
O: Worth a try and I appreciate the endeavor but Palate Wrecker is better

Jan 26, 2014
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Uberk from California

3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought this on tap at the Yard House Costa Mesa. Typical amber appearance, persistent head with tiny bubbles, strong fresh hoppy citrus nose, medium body, tons of tasty hops, WAY too bitter on the palate. It took a half glass for me to get past the overpowering grapefruit zest. It's the Adolf Hitler of adjuncts, goose stepping on everything else. Why make an undrinkable monster for what can only be an itty bitty market segment? Green Flash needs to go back to the drawing board and use something more approachable like tangelo zest. Anyway, kudos to the Yard House for carrying a wider selection of local brews, however wacky they may be.

Jan 19, 2014
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Thads324 from Connecticut

3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely dark yellow. Thin white head dissipates slowly with ample lacing. Really fresh looking
Aromas of citrus and zest of lime. Bright and vibrant hop aromas.

Taste follows the nose. Watery at first then hits with a bomb of citrus hops. Lime and grapefruit with mild pine bitterness to polish it off. Malt background is honey and bread. Oddly sweet for such a hop forward brew.

Light to medium bodied and hides abv well. Very quaffable

A nice beer that showcases Columbus very well. Great hop flavors

Jan 16, 2014
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a stemmed 12 ounce glass. Good bar-pour head. Leaves a blanket of lace with a distinct concentration of the level prior to the sip. Deep amber color. Crystal clear. Close to the most beautiful looking beer I've ever seen.

Mild aroma for a DIPA. Far more malty than I would expect with none of the in-your-face hop.

The taste is more true to form although the bitterness is just that--all bitter with no spice notes. Long aftertaste of astringent hop pellet flavor. Neutral body with an elevated carbonation.

Jan 12, 2014
Hop Oddysey: Double Columbus from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 139 ratings