Columbus Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #76
Ranked #1,553
4.21 | pDev: 8.79%
Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
Notes: 50 IBU's and hopped with Simcoe
Reviews: 388 | Ratings: 1,370 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Stooven
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at CLE in a plastic cup. Amber hue, thin head retention, some sticky on the cup. Smells piney, slightly harsh. Bitterness galore, epitome of a dirty socks/soapy IPA. Attacks the tongue, but fades nicely. Really have to swish this around the mouth to get any sense of malt or balance. Surprising, having elected this after reading so many glowing reviews.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/18/19

Pours a clear deep burnt orange body with a few fingers of fluffy, almost creamy white foam; head shows decent retention and leaves an eclectic spatter of dense lacing around the glass along with a slight but frothy collar and thin island of cap centered on the surface.

Aromas open with a burly but welcoming tandem of sticky pine resin and semi-sweet red grapefruit; candied citrus and flower petals develop as fading caramel malt and tangerine zest round the bouquet out.

Taste brings consistent caramel malt and earthy pine notes shining in the forefront, with a woody incense tone and sticky orange and grapefruit featuring prominently in the background; a lightness in strength fades into the finish as the profile rounds out.

Mouthfeel shows a medium-light body with moderate carbonation; a fluffy peak along the mid-palate is both resinous and silky, while the body as a whole glides with a clean malt profile and mild bitterness; the swallow is on the drier side and imparts a sticky lingering.

Approachable and enjoyable in every respect, some big jolts of character bring an underlying sweetness to the surface without pushing this one over the edge; an extremely fitting flagship IPA for a brewery so adept at weaving this kind of nuance among the subtleties of a balanced, easily drinkable brew.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Only one hundred miles from my home, not sure I've had one of these folks beverages prior to my enjoying the Columbus Brewing IPA. Like the look, non-existent color, but (most importantly) tastes great...thumbs up.

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Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent honey color with a thumb of cream colored head. Nice head retention and lacing, some floaties and chill hazing

S: Malty, piney

T: Follows the nose, dryness up front. Bready, dry and pretty piney as this warms. Finishes with piney and woody hops and bready dryness

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation, good balance

A solid classic AIPA, pretty drinkable

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the heart of New England IPA country, here I stand singing the praises of this crisp, clean, appropriately bitter, hop-forward and citrusy gem. Classic in look and feel, bold in flavor, exceptional in execution.

Golden pour with a nice fluffy head. Looks like a classic IPA in the best sense.

Aroma is citrus, pine and a spicy earthiness. Classic but bold. Taste is there with citrus rind, grapefruit, pine, papaya and hap bitterness.

Clean on the palate and crisp down the throat. Balancing bitterness. Moderate carbonation pushes the brew over the tongue.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IPA brewed by Columbus Brewing Company, with an ABV of 6.30% This American IPA pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer. The color is a nice hazy golden amber color with a nice white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with hop bitterness, mixed with grapefruit citrus flavors. You also pick up lots of earthy grains an malts I. The smell as well. So far this looks an smells like most IPA'S on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste, it is Bold with Hop bitterness at first then the earthy grains an malts tie it all together. The grapefruit citrus is a nice touch to this American IPA. The body of this American IPA is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. It is really hard to pick up on the 6.30% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Hoppy Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I think I will give this American IPA a solid 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity. Columbus Brewing Company, did a super nice job with this American IPA.

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Photo of jprestonian
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A rather tasty (and fresh, at nine days post-bottling) IPA hinting of grapefruit. Would buy again, Ohio micros are becoming quite on-point. This one does not disappoint in the least.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very tropical like beer. Taste of papaya and grapefruit, Goes down fairly smooth and finishes smooth. Golden to hazy color. Great beer for a summer afternoon getting off of work

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Photo of BigGold
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had at The Trail Tavern, Frontier Trail, Cedar Point, Ohio, poured from 12-oz. bottle, label stamped “BOTTLED ON 052918,” into frosted white plastic beer cup. This is a classic American IPA, which (not unexpectedly) tilts a bit toward the hoppy side.

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Photo of Docscape
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. Light in color. Little skunky in smell. Good grapefruit hoppy flavor. I can drink these all night. 16oz draft. Pastimes Pub New Albany ,oh.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

Pours mostly clear amber. Pillowy white head dissipates to a sudsy lacing.

Smells of biscuit and grassy malts with piney and earthy hops.

Mild honey malt over dry biscuit, cereal, and woody notes. Piney and woody bitter hop finish.

Medium body, tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Solid English style IPA, pretty pour and good aroma. Could do with a bit more malt balance to the hops, but otherwise no complaints. Worth trying.

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Photo of TigerSweat
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This really is an exceptional IPA. There's not much I can say about the aroma and taste that others haven't already. I will say this - this beer reminds me very much of Stone IPA (the original). You can think of it as a Stone with better smell, taste and drinkability. If you enjoy IPA's, grab this one if you ever have an opportunity... You won't be disappointed

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of citrus, pine and toasted caramel. Nice sweet caramel flavor with piney bitterness and citrus.

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Photo of claminat420
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

grabbed a six pack during my Cleveland trip with the misses. 12oz bottled on 06/02/17

Appearance- hardy pour it's a hazy (very slight transparency) golden/straw color. super frothy off white/cream colored head that leaves decent lacing.

Aroma- biscuit mixed with orange juice. nothing crazy but I dig it.

Taste- like the smell. a slight biscuit malt action mixed with a fruity orange/ grapefruit juice taste. bitterness isn't much but kind of lingers in the background after the sip.

Mouthfeel- medium/ light bodied. good carbonation even with the super frothy head from the pour.

Drinkability- super crushable.

Overall- this brew is pretty good. I was hoping for some pine action with the hop lineup but nope. easily a nice session brew. I don't know if i'll leave the state to pick up this up but when i'm ever back in ohio and this is available i'll gladly drink it.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traditional optics, nice barm & carbonation. Aroma is very zesty and bright - perhaps a little faint - with some typical citrus hop wafts. Taste is good, unadventurous but good. Just a normal PNW style with grapefruit, citrus etc. Not super bitter.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 3/29:
With just over a month on it, I feel this holds up pretty well. It's a classic grapefruit leaning pithy bitter IPA.

Golden, maybe a shade to the dark side, with a foamy white head that creates a blizzard of lacing.

Nose perhaps shows a little age, with a grassy copper note along with a fresh pine, light spice backbone.

The taste brings the grapefruit on a crisp, crackery malt opening. A little toasted note gets a citrusy (not juicy) dose of grapefruit, orange zest, and pith. The bitterness doesn't grow, but the malt seems to fade just a little quicker.

Light prickly carbonation plays with a very light spice accent in the flavor to produce a tingly, medium or so beer.

Enjoyed this beer for its classic nature and solid construction. Wonder if the nose pops just a little more fresh.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours slightly clear copper color with thick white head

Aroma - Seems to be malt forward with hints of orange peel and grapefruit just a hint of spiciness

Taste - Pretty balanced flavors, grapefruit orange peel malts sweet caramel

Feel - Medium bodied well carbonated slightly bitter and dry finish.

Overall - Pretty tasty beer, well balanced a little malt forward.

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Photo of JayRock10678
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2 things I love in life during the winter/early spring... IPAs and local brews. Columbus is an overall awesome brewery. Not exactly a Great Lakes or Rhinegeist/Moerlein.... but their limited selection is pretty great. The IPA is delicious.. a nice, hoppy kick without the alcohol aftertaste. Like I said, I love the IPAs. Hops are my biggest vice. This is kinda my version of a session IPA, but I'm an Imperial/Double fan. VERY drinkable brew with a great finish. I love it!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Acquired from Swettenham_Shire so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of fruity citrus and caramel that are quickly followed by a strong burst of floral hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/3/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/grassy/citrus peel bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, melon, lemon/orange rind, pine, honey, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.3%. Overall this is a fantastic IPA! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the balanced bitterness. Very bright and pretty juicy/dank on hop flavors. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Transparent copper with a thick eggshell colored head. Moderate activity.

Nose: Big juicy floral hops with notes of citrus rind and slight honey malt. All fresh vibrant hops.

Taste: Juicy hops. Lychee, peach, and grapefruit pith. This fades to a lightly sweet cereal malt that fades to a prickly bitter pine finish.

Feel: Medium body. Sticky and mildly resinous. Finish is bone dry. No alcohol.

Overall: A fresh vibrant IPA. Just a solid interpretation of the classic American IPA. It doesn't reinvent the wheel. Just a well built IPA

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Deep orange color, medium white head and tons of lacing. Big citrus hop stink. Notes of fresh baked bread, washed fresh grain, citrus peels, herbal hop, and a pine underpin. Lighter end of medium body, up front punch of carbonation, highly drinkable and clean. Just a solid IPA, was happy with this but far from the best I've had.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle dated 9/2/16 into a nonic pint. Pours medium amber color with a two-inch dark white head which dissipated quickly leaving excellent lacing. The smell is light citrus, orange, lemon, and some bitter hoppiness. The taste is very light lemon, orange, and pine. There is some lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium carbonation and clean. Overall a very light, easy to drink IPA. Excellent.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light to medium caramel color. Nose is heavy citrus hoppy smell that reminds you why IPAs rule craft beer. Little to no head that dispersed quickly. Hopefully this beer begins distribution locally.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.56/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow with a large, khaki foam head.

Very bright citrus aromas of tangelo and lemon, with a little kick in the background of pine tar.

Crackery taste up front, with piney spice and earth. The citrus takes a back seat, and is mostly orange.

Light and crisp, a very refreshing IPA.

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