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Columbus IPAColumbus IPA
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Columbus IPAColumbus IPA

Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

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

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Amber / orange and slightly hazy. 2+ fingers of frothy light-tan head, which fades gradually to a nice cap. Excellent retention and lacing. Borderline 5.

S- Nice grapefruit/citrus/pineapple hopiness with a fair malty sweetness to give some balance.

T- Citrusy hop flavors with a moderate grapefruit/orange peel bitterness that lingers a bit without overwhelming. Well balanced with a solid malt backbone.

M- Moderate carbonation, with a medium feel. Very smooth.

D- Very good. An all around winner that is pleasing and easy to drink.

Future outlook: An excellent local offering. I already thought they made an excellent APA, and now I must add the IPA as another winner. Well done...I'll have this again, and be sure to try the rest of their lineup out sooner rather than later.

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Photo of livewire78
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Ryan011235 for this. You kick ass!

Pours a beautiful transluscent sunset amber color. Perfect looking head with plenty of wispy lacing.

Smells of a nice mix of citrus and pine. Each is just as important as the other and neither is out of porportion. Not so intense as to smell from the other room but plenty of aroma here.

Tastes amazing! Perfect mix of citrusy grapefruit, orange peel, and is that tangerine? Pine is in a small amount but I am picking up a definite pine taste. (Caramel malt?) is sort of interwoven into the flavors and doesn't carry the hops but rather flows with them.

Mouthfeel is fantastic with the perfect amount of carbonation. Just the right amount of bubbles to carry the flavor through. Alcohol burn? What alcohol burn?

Didn't see this one coming. The bottle is nothing special to look at like some are. Haven't heard too much about it like some IPA's. But WOW! This is definitely one of the best IPA's out there. This could be the "one beer for the rest of my life" beer. Outstanding.

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Photo of Fezfreak
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You've seen my score. What else can I possibly say about Columbus IPA? If you read my profile you'll discover that CIPA is my favorite.

Pours a burnt orange color with ample 1-inch head that laces right down the glass to the bottom.

I just love the hop combinations used to achieve the wonderful grapefruit and otherwise citrusy aroma which balances in nicely with the flavor.

The taste, as it should be, is a full extension of the smell. Undeniably delicious and refreshing.

I've seen various ABV listings for this brand ranging from 5% to 6.5%. Either way, it makes an excellent session beer, and a perfect refresher on hot days or even when you're just plain thirsty.

I have tasted every IPA I have come across. Some are better than others. And though most draft versions are better than their bottled counterparts, I still cannot find one better than Columbus IPA.

Before you say I'm biased, please understand that although I do live in Columbus and find it to be an enjoyable place to make my home, I have absolutely no allegiance to the capitol city. In fact, let's just say that my career would be better served by me living in Nashville.

A great beer to pair with almost any food

STRONGLY recommended!

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorites. Its all over the place here. Nearly every store, gas station and bar will have it.

A- Nice hazy burnt orange. Its actually a light copper. White head, fluffy, sticky and pretty long lasting.

S- Smells very very very nice. Lots of that "midwest style" tropical fruit. Lots of pineapple, mango, orange, peach. Simply delicious.

T- A nice even bitterness throughout. Obviously it starts sweeter with lots of tropical citrus. The bitterness kicks up slightly towards the end with a hint of pine and loads of grapefruit zest. The malts are strong enough to keep this beer from running a muck but subdued enough to let the hops shine.

M- Mild carbonation with a lot of dryness. The body is perhaps a bit to big to merit a perfect score. The finish isnt super clean either. It lingers with a sticky piney and astringent bitterness.

D- I have this all the time. I usually have no problem knocking back a few of these while shooting darts. The lingering bitterness hurts the drinkablity slightly but not too much.

This is a seriously good little local. I send this as an extra in nearly all my boxes.

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Photo of btorsdog
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this as a follow up brew after drinking an Avery Maharaja and I was just waiting to be dissapointed...WELL HELLO !!!! this bad boy had all the right things happening, what a pleasant suprise! Looked absolutely amazing in the provided
"Columbus Brewing" pint glass.
Smelled actually more assertive than the Maharaja,lots of fruitiness.
Tasted like an IPA should with an agressive hops blast and lots of complex fruitiness happening throughout.
Mouthfeel and drinkability were absolutely top shelf, wish this was available in my town but for right now looks like I'll have to make the 100 mile + trip to get this one, definetly worth it though!!!!

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Photo of joepais
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Csmiley for sending this one out to me. Bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass produced a big white fluffy head that lasts and turns to a good layer of lace. The body is a slightly hazy golden orange in color.

Really good hop aroma on this one big and citric. I like the flavor as well it has a great hop bite to it with a light sweetness. It has a medium feel to it in the mouth with good carbonation for your tongue.

A good drinking IPA that I would be proud of if I was a local

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz into tulip.

A- Caramel base, orange highlights. A nice head that is just off-white settles to a thin layer after a while. Pour leaves lacing that is thick, like a snowblower or fire extinguisher. Great pour.

S- Piny, a splash of citrus, and some medicinal/herbal qualities. Simcoe for sure, and as simcoe is one of my favorite hops, I can't complain.

T- Hoppy! Mildly peppery, in the same way that Bell's 'The Oracle' was. Piny, grapefruit pith, a bit of a caramel base provided by the malt goes a long way to rounding out the flavors.

M- Crisp, hoppy, unforgiving.. just how I like 'em.

D- High... really surprised by this one. A truly great beer. Had right after a Two-Hearted and this one won by leaps and bounds. Way more aggressive, a beer that is not to be missed. I will seek this out in the future, one of the best midwest IPAs I've had.

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Photo of OhioHopDevil
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Ernie's Carryout on Broadway in Grove City, Ohio.

Music for this review is "Grey Cell Green" by Ned's Atomic Dustbin. They had two bass players.

This unfiltered and unpasteurized local beer is one of my all-time favorites, and is my "go to" IPA.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: A two-finger persistent foamy head, off-white in color. The beer is hazy, and leaning towards burnt orange. Looks like a sunset over the Mekong River in 'Nam. (Not that I served in Vietnam, but I have seen "Apocalypse Now" about a dozen times).

S: Big, strong aroma of sweet citrus fruit(s). I really don't get any malt, perhaps a hint of caramel. Smells amazing. The fact that this ale is brewed locally and (almost) always home-brew fresh makes the aroma all that much stronger.

T: Fresh hop bitterness is what hits you first, then the malt (which was non-existent in the nose) kicks in nicely in the middle. This is one fruity IPA. Some pine notes are present. I pick up some fruit that I can't quite put my finger on. Tangerine? Orange? Delicious. I do get some grapefruit at the finish.

M: Creamy.

D: Very high. This is the perfect session IPA. It goes down so easy and smooth. The bottle lists itself at just 5% ABV, which is different than the 6.5% listed here at BA. Weird.

This is a truly great IPA from Columbus Brewing very worthy of it's "A" review status. I am not sure of the distribution outside Ohio, but if you love you some IPAs and you happen to see it, get it. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this via Csmiley in the Review This! BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a deep hazy copper/amber color with a one finger of off white head. Head recedes somewhat leaving nice wispy lacing along the glass.

S: Nose is very fruity - tangerine, mango, guava, definite citrus hop presence, and a touch of malt.

T: Taste starts off fruity as hell! Mango and guava up front and then moves to a caramel malt flavoring. Finish is a strong tangerine and citrus hops. Further in to the beer, there is a real piney hop flavoring in the finishthat just sits on your tongue.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slick, oily feel that coats the tongue especially through the finish.

D: More fruity than hoppy but a nice offering from a new to me brewery.

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Photo of timmlimestone
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Balnace is Key. Like a tight rope artist, this beer straddles the direction of hoppiness and taste beautifully. I love the clean crispness, and the strong hop profile along with a very light mouthfeel. Very wonderful to drink and take in slowly. Or very quickly if you please.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy copper/orange, with a fluffy 2-finger off-white head and some nice lacing.

Huge tropical fruit bouquet, with sweet pineapple, orange, and tangerine, and, to a lesser degree, tangy lemon and grapefruit. Tastes just as good as it smells, quite possibly better. Great hop profile that incorporates the tropical elements, but also has a pungent leafy character and some green apple tartness. There's a fairly hefty malty presence, but as opposed to the thick caramel, hop-choking sweetness of an "east coast IPA", CIPA brings a heavy bready character with a touch of turbinado sugar. A lighter, drier malt profile and this jumps into the top tier of IPAs. In it's current state, though, it's still an excellent beer. Highly recommend this one to anybody who loves a citrusy IPA. This would occupy real estate in my DBF constantly if I had regular access to it.

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Photo of Freethyhops
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint. no sign of freshness date.

thanks goes out to Ryan011235 opportunity to try this local IPA.

A- pours a hazy, near opaque, light orange/amber color. produced a 2 finger head with great head retention and heavy lacing. looks like a tasty one.

S- not an extremely complex or pungent aroma, but it smells like it's packed full of floral citrusy hops.

T- first thing the came to mind when thinking of how to describe the tastes is Lemon Pinesol, but in a good way. A nice lemon-like citrus flavor is accompanied by a piney resinous backbone. Not a huge amount of bitterness to qualify as a hop bomb, but it's not lacking by any means. A little sweeter than your average IPA. This is a surprisingly nice brew

M/D- noticeably creamy for an IPA. the carbonation level blends very well with the beer as well. This beer seems a little more than 6.5 ABV, I was a little suprised it wasn't 7-7.5ish. A fairly robust IPA. My quaffing rate was above average on this one.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a nice hazy orange color with a thick white foam head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Nice citrus hop aroma with a touch of alcohol.

T- Tangerine and passion fruit flavors with a snappy hop bite. A touch of floral and pine with a super easy finish. The hop flavors are all tropical citrus (grapefruit, pineapple, orange, passion fruit) with the slightest bit of sweet malt.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden.

D- Great citrus IPA flavor. I really wish that these guys had a larger distribution area. I would pick this up regularly.

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Photo of armock
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to csmiley for sending this one my way.

A - Poured a copper color with a big off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Its liked getting smacked in the face by a bunch of fresh citrus and pine hops

T - Not as aggressive as the nose but theres plenty of good citrus and pine flavors

M - This beer has a very smooth medium body with lighter carbonation to it

D - After drinking many different IPAs I've gotten a little burned out with the style but this one is an excellent example of the style that I could drink all the time great taste worth getting your hands on to try

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gift from my buddy RustyDiamond. Thanks, Lance for the tasty brew! I'd never even heard of this brewery, and I have to say, this is one fine beer. Pours a very hazy amber with a fine head that fades somewhat quickly to a swirl and ring but leaves some nice lacing. Stinks of hops! Nice earthy and somewhat citrusy hops with biscuity malt. Tastes even better with a long eearthy bitterness with a citrus and pine tinge and very firm biscuit-like, almost cookie-like malt. Really nicely balanced and as the flavors develop the earthiness is so profound that it almost takes on a cocoa note. Really very good and quite a different approach to an IPA. The layers of flavor make it the mouthfeel a bit darker feeling than the usual IPA. Quite a nice surprise.

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.44/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently tried this for the first time on a trip into Columbus, OH area.

A- Amber, red hue, caramel notes in the color/ nice head and quality retention with some mild lacing down glass.

S- Slight sweet hop aroma, mild character, odd inconsistent staleness to the smell...tried to figure out if the glass had some residual odor in it (don't believe it did)...smell of beer did not mesh with the taste.

T- Moderate hop bitterness, fresh, seemingly basic and standard IPA taste...has more of an EPA character than the traditional American big hop IPA bitterness. Good quality, nice balance with the hops and malt.

M- Good carbonation, which I have heard may have been an issue in the past...nice feel to this beer.

D- Surely this is a very drinkable offering, light and fresh...but nothing to unique or impressive. I do think it is a great addition to the craft beer arena in a really underdeveloped emerging market in the Columbus, OH area.

I would like to get this one on tap...and compare the difference, have heard great things about the draft product...for it's superior freshness and balance.

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Photo of 2Stout4u
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

O..H..I..O!!! This is the best Ohio has to offer, and it kicks ass. This has to be the most balanced, most aromatic IPA on site. The smell is enough to make you fall in love, as a matter of fact it's so floral give a sixer to the wife for valentines!! Rumer has it that CBC is going regional, so for those of you have not been lucky enough to have this on store shelves there is hope for you.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5% ABV on bottle, no best by/bottled on date.
Hazy copper pour with a solid 2 fingers of near-white head. Very frothy and thick with lots of bubbles.
Sweet aroma of citrus and sourdough bread, with a dash of pine needle
Bright and hoppy on the nose. A little thin at first, then a nice warm pretzel taste enters the picture. Pine bitterness in the middle. Finishes very clean, somewhat bitter yet very refreshing. Lingering bitter trail left on the palate.
Ringed lacing in the glass with white film floating on head throughout. Very nice.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a growler of this at the Columbus Brewing Company restaurant in the Brewery District of Columbus. Poured into a pint glass. Color is cloudy and yeasty. Light golden in color with a small head. Smell is tremendously floral. Very nice for an IPA. Hints of melon, blueberry, pine. Very complex flavor. All sorts of hop flavors bloom on the tongue and trail off nicely. I don't know how to describe the beer as anything other than hoppy, but there are so many layers to them. Really good stuff. Mouthfeel is a tad watery with low carbonation, but overall the hops are complex and refreshing. An excellent example of an IPA.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Summit hops anyone? Fresh tangerine, lemon rind, all things fresh and citric. No malt aromatics and clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Hazy copper colored pour with a sticky, lacy, white head.

Flavor: More tangerine, more lemon rind/zest, a bit of onion which I do get. It's not unpleasant but I definitely see the onion character that some describe as classic Summit flavor. Crazy enough it does fit in well with the tangerine and it's not overpowering. But I definitely get it. Not much of a malt backbone but I get a little bit of crusty wheat bread notes. Finish is clean, crisp, bitter, and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly prickly, and moderately oily.

Overall impression: A classic, Summit forward, IPA. Very well done and glad it's local.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to prototypic for this awesome extra!

A- Hazy light amber, one finger head.

S- Big pleasant burst of citrusy and piney hops. There's also an underlying toasty caramel note.

T- Not quite the hops in your face experience that I was expecting. However the overall balance is superb. The rich, smooth, malty backbone is as big as it can get without taking away from the hops. The american hops still shine just not with a blinding brightness.

M- Medium bodied and smooth.

D- One drinkable IPA

Hmm.. It's like an IPA to appeal to malt heads.

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Photo of prototypic
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's very hazy and an attractive light brown color with an abundance of orange highlights. It's topped with a vanilla colored head that reached a finger and a half deep. It receded pretty quickly and left a light, sticky lacing on the glass. Very nice look for the style.

Smell: The nose is full of citrus grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. It's very sweet smelling. There's some pale malt here, but I'm not picking up any caramel. Very good sign. Hops are very citric with a touch of pine. It smells pretty standard for a well-done American IPA. My only complaint is that it's a little weak here. A little more strength might just drive it to the next level.

Taste: It kicks off with a very nice citrus blast of grapefruit, pineapple, and light mango. Hops are strong and bitter. They have a nice citric flavor with a bit of pine mixed in. No doubt this is a hop assault. It's very bitter and dry. There's a touch of pale malt that's noted, but not much. Balanced is not a word you'd use to describe this beer. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. It has a very dry and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It has a body that's on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is very active and crisp. It's smooth, but carbonation is a little too high to be better than that. It's very drinkable. This is an easy drinking, tasty IPA that really satisfies. Gotta love the abv at 6.5% too. It certainly doesn't deter you in any way.

Columbus IPA is a really nice beer. I find myself drinking quite a bit of this stuff and never tire of it. It needs only two minor modifications. The nose needs a little more strength and it's a little too dry. Those two tweaks would improve it. It's very good beer nonetheless. Very proud to say this is brewed in this little place I call home.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Radiant pumpkin orange with (very) light flurries of yeast. No more than a handful of lazy bubble streams can be seen contributing to a three finger crown of sawdust colored foam that is quality from top to bottom. The head is also impressive when it comes to decorating the glass. A classic look.

Oh boy, I love me some Simcoe hops. The tropical fruitiness (that is thankfully unsullied by caramel malt) is bold and bright and juicy and makes me want to dive right into the glass. If the flavor follows suit, we have ourselves a winner.

IPA is top-notch beer, there's no doubt about it. Now the only question is whether it gets a good score or a great one. Too bad I don't have the last five bottles of a sixer to help the decision along. 50 IBUs seems about right. At least these guys didn't wimp out on the little green cones.

Most people will probably want a little more malt, but I think it's fine as is. The relative lack of sugars keeps the alpha acids in buzzsaw mode and gives the tongue a pretty thorough scrubbing. If you want balance, buy a different beer. Top notes include juicy white and pink grapefruit, bitter lemon, passionfruit and pine. Simcoe was a great choice.

The mouthfeel might be a fraction light for the style, but it's close enough and it's certainly no hindrance to rapid consumption. This stuff is dangerously drinkable. Especially if you're a quart low on hops (like I am right now).

Columbus IPA is damn good beer and is CBC's finest creation. I'll be loading up on my thrice yearly trips back to Ohio, that much is certain. If IPA is your favorite style, you owe it to yourself to give this one a whirl. You'll be glad you did.

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Photo of MCfunkyJ
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed in my hometown Columbus, Ohio but not being bias when I say this is my favorite IPA.

Those who give this a low rating shouldn't be rating beer at all.

Pours: gold/orange with a nice thick head that diminishes and good carbonation

Aroma: sweet fruit & hoppy smell

Taste: citrus, bursting taste of different types of Hops

Mouthfeel: medium, sweet, excellent carbonation as you can see if you pour into a glass

Drinkability: the aftertaste leaves you wanting more. I am smuggling some home to Cali

Serving type: 12oz bottle

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Photo of selecter70
3.02/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been slightly off the pale ales of late, as I have felt overwhelmed by their ubiquity. Nevertheless, I won't turn down one that I've never tried, and the folks from Columbus certainly helped my willingness. The pour was a cloudy medium to dark honey which I did not expect, and the white head was decent & full. The aroma, however, threw me for a loop, as it was an astringent cat pee aroma with hints of Concord grapes. Very off-putting. The flavor, however, was not of urine, thank God! Rather, it was light but full, with good hops, not too sharp or sour, and with mild citrus tones. Weird but good.

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Columbus IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 1,315 ratings