Columbus IPA | Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus IPAColumbus IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
columbusbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
50 IBU's and hopped with Simcoe

Added by Osiris9588 on 10-14-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
368
Ratings:
1,286
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
8.98%
 
 
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Reviews: 368 | Ratings: 1,286
Photo of Dragginballs76
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
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 +14.7%
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%
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 +1.7%
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 +0.2%
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 -4%
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 -5.4%
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 +10.2%
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 -15.8%
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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Photo of Irbycp
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good tropical fruit starts followed by an intense bitterness that lingers just the right amount of time. Good hoppy backbone - probably simcoe and citra hops. Surprisingly good. Had in Cleveland while on business from tap.

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Photo of glass_house
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, deep gold with two fingers of off-white head that maintains a solid collar with substantial lacing. Aroma is mostly bright, bitter citrus with a healthy dose of pine and hints of tropical fruit.

Taste is slightly less dynamic than the nose, but there is a nice duo of citrus and pine resin working in perfect harmony. A touch of dank grass. Big hop flavor with a medium bitterness. The carbonation is crisp and lively and is a perfect match for the medium-light body and drying finish. Leaves a pleasant trace of hop flavors on the palate.

It took me way too long to revisit this, and I regret that. My six pack was less than 3 weeks old, and the combination of hop flavor and drinkability was incredible. There will be a lot of this in the fridge all summer.

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Photo of LAp
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours an almost-clear gold with a one finger almost-white head which recedes to leave good lacing. Nose is citrus and pine - very hop dominated. The palate opens with a sharp bite, not entirely from the hops. The citrus fruits take on an almost tangy quality that intermingles well with the pine of the hop base. Mouthfeel is medium and appropriately carbonated. Overall, a very good IPA. Worthy of the extreme amounts of hype that it and its brother receive? No. But a very good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I loved this IPA.

(L) The color is clear golden with a two inch thick white head.

(A) The aroma is pine and citrus.

(T) The taste is fruit, citrus, pine, and dankness. It is not too bitter and overall very tasty.

(F) There’s significant carbonation, it is dry and it has a lingering but pleasant moderate bitterness.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Mike. Thanks d00d. Bottled 2/4 and poured 4/3.

This is a great looking beer, with a finger of a creamy head, and a hazy orange copper color. There's a slight hop haze to it with bits of yeast. The smell is intense pine needles/pine sap with underlying citrus rind, typical of Simcoe hops. The smell of this beer leads me to believe this will be on the bitter side of the IPA spectrum.

And so it is. The carbonation is quite high which really has me feeling the bitterness. Like the aroma, lots of pine with a fair amount of citrus rind, but there's also a malt flavor -- though it doesn't add a whole lot of sweetness. Finish is sticky and dry with a lingering bitterness.

This is a really nice IPA for those who 1.) like 'em bitter and 2.) like 'em dank. The resinous, hoppy pine is all over the place in this beer. I really enjoy this, but I feel like it could use just a little more balance. Give it a go.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found a lot more character on the nose than the palate but this is delicious and refreshing. Good combination of fruit and herbal notes. Grapefruit, oranges, citrus pulp mixes with pine, chives, cannibis and herb. Underlining of caramel malt.

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Photo of AlienSwineFlu
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Translucent, mildly light amber in color. Mouthfeel is a crisp hop bite, complemented by a taste that's mostly just fresh simcoe with some light fruit notes in the back. Really a great IPA for how consistently well-done it is. Cheers

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Photo of pkalix
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

nice dark amber color.... sweet aroma, luscious flavors of fruits and hops. very nice! a little bread-y, some bisquit, very nice balance. more midwestern good stuff!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours deep hazy amber, finger white head with good retention, leaves coating rings of lace. Sweet aroma of mild citrus, dark fruit, bread. Bold tasting IPA with caramel bready malt met by powerful pine and citrus peel hops. Lasting bitterness. Clean creamy mouthfeel. Very solid IPA, drinks bigger than the abv.

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Photo of beergoot
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep gold colored body; thick, dirty white head. Spicy hop aroma; pepper; some citrus notes; bready, caramel malt notes. Citrus flavors; lime and orange; bread crust; fairly intense hop bitterness. Medium body; coarse on the palate; dry finish.

An excellent IPA, I'm guessing created with Columbus hops. It has great eye-appeal and leaves a nice, sticky layer of rings down the glass. The flavors come across well-rounded and balanced between the hops and grains. I didn't see any bottling date information although the number "15245" was printed on the label. I picked this bottle up in mid-October while visiting family and friends and after two months since the purchase, this is still a most satisfying IPA regardless of the brewing or bottling time frame. Highly recommended...

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gotta like that vibrant orange color that comes gleaming out of the bottle. Solid 1/3" white head on it. Hey, guess what hop comes out in the aroma?

Taste crushes your buds with loads of hop fruitness and minimal hop bitterness. This is a hoppy beer that mass quantities can be consumed. Still hits with some feeling of proprietary hops, simcoe possibly. Anyways, this is a great ipa made in the midwest.

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Photo of Namabiru
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance rather clear, good head retention with some lace, consumed from an English Imperial pint glass.
Smell rather strong floral especially after swallowing; aroma permeated through the nasal passage.
Taste had a strong pine flavor and an upfront bitter taste.
Feel was smooth and easily swallowed. In addition beer was consumed at around 55 degrees which may have made the bitterness pop a bit, but made for smoother finish.
Overall, an alright IPA, not the best I've had personally. It did go rather well with the fried calamari, salad, and sweet balsamic reduction we were eating at home. I am close to the brewery if anyone wants to give it a try.

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Photo of W_Des
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow orange. Aroma is very resinous and dank. Definitely getting Simcoe hops. The body was piney with some malt sweetness and finished with a medium bitterness.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the Columbus IPA. The beer poured a hazy orangish with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent is leans toward pine with spice and floral tones. The taste is a decent balance between malt and bitter hops. The pine is present with potpourri like flare....I'm guessing Columbus hops were used. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall.....oh yeah....daddy likey.

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Photo of tedvr
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours very clear , light amber with a small white head. Citrus hops smell, very fresh smell. Hop forward taste and is very balanced. Mild carbonation, with a great finish. Overall a nice IPA.

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Photo of breardon1776
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think Simcoe hops just jumped into my top 5!!! Wow!! What flavor!!

Great yellow/gold color. Smell is natural pine forest. Not s beer. I just get nature (close your eyes and your at a mountain lake) ...for real.

Ok lacing. Head dissipates quickly, but who cares....tastes so good. Nice bitterness and not too heavy.

Just finished a Deuschutes Pine Hop and I'm ranking this one almost a point higher.

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Columbus IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
4.23 out of 5 based on 1,286 ratings.
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