IPA | Columbus Brewing Company

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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 JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew is a surprise box from Kbeals... Thanks Kevin!

Nice foamy white head... doesn't stick around too long, but leaves nice licks of lacing... the brew is hazed lite orange.

Nose is bright juicy citrus.. even a tad floral.

Flavor is more bitter than expected, but that's okay. A bit of pale malts play mid palate then melt into a good resinous pine bite.

Body and carbonation seem about par for the course... body could stand to be a tad more full.

Thanks a bunch Kevin... Too Generous.

All 4's

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Photo of injuredreserve
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark golden with a frothy retaining head.

S: Fresh pine hop with definite citrus and fruit undertones.

T: Wow, nice hoppy punch balanced with nice bitterness giving way to a refreshing citrus zest finish.

M: Med body with nice carbonation.

D: A great example of an IPA.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to crashdavisinoh for a sixer of this. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a light apricot color with a three or so finger head before dropping down to a half finger head for quite awhile before eventually dissipating. Good deal of lace throughout as well. Nose is excellent. Right out of the bottle it smells like bitterness. Initial whiff brings some strong citrus with a bit of pine into my nose. Good citrus rind characteristics come through. No apparent malt presence.

Taste is nearly as good as the nose, but not quite. I went back and forth between 4 and 4.5, but the taste just didn't quite deliver the hop flavor that the nose promised, although it is nice and dry with a hefty dose of bitterness. Low to moderate carbonation and exceedingly drinkable. I've driven through Columbus many times on the way back to Chicago and I really wish that I had known about this sooner; I'll definitely be stopping next time to grab some of this. Thanks again, Chris!

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Photo of stewart124
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange with a nice white head that is already leaving some lace.

Tons of citrus in the nose. My mouth is watering.

Whoa! Nice and fruity with just the right amount of caramel and hop goodness. Some toasted notes from the malts but an otherwise light American grain bill. I get a sharp dose of pineapple esters and light caramel that blends very well with a big citrus hop burst.

Not overally sweet but leaves some cloying sweetness in the finish. Pine in the aftertaste with a sharpness and caramel note.

Very nicely done.

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Photo of stakem
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz standard bottle into a Columbus pint glass. Thanks to csmile for the hookup for both!

Appears a hazed light orange color with a monsterous 2+ fingers worth of lightly yellowish stained fluffy head. The cap slowly receeds leaving quite an uneven amount of foam that on one side of the glass is 2 fingers thick and just a film on the other side... interesting. The lacing is very thick and coats almost the entire glass.

The aroma of this brew is bright and fresh with the scent of citrusy hops. Very pleasant nose filled with grapefruit, pineapple and some more mellow fruitiness like a mango of sorts blended with some different character of rinds almost orange-ish.

The taste of this brew has lots of hop flavor to wrap around your tongue before the spike of bitterness. Upfront this IPA boasts the hop induced taste of grapefruit and a bit of lemony citrus twang before turning bitter like grapefruit rind blended with herbs that are almost minty. It has a backing of malt that is present but with a minimal amount of sweetness that comes across with a light bready taste, slightly toasty.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. No problems finishing this glass. I would happily grab and enjoy another one if I had one but sadly this offering is not readily available to me. For more than 6% abv there was only minor indications of the alcohol presence with a bit of warmth and slight fusel flavor that played well with the flavor of the hops.

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Photo of fear025
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MbpBugeye for this bottle!

Aroma:Smells wonderful with tons of sweet grapefruit in the nose. The sweetness is reminiscent of cotton candy.

Appearance:Pale orange in color. Tons of white fluffy head. Great retention.

Taste:Lots of hops hit in the foretaste, but not overpowering. The hops are citrusy with apricot/peach flavors that appear more in the midtaste. The nutty malt flavor lingers with the hop bitterness on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:This beer has a light body, with some hop astringency.

Drinkability:I really liked this one. It doesn't stand out as much as some IPAs out there, but it's a very enjoyable drink.

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Photo of zimm421
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a pint glass; appears a hazy orange, amber color with a tan/off-white head that sticks around for a decent amount of time.

Smells very earthy with a good amount of citrus, very hoppy. There is a small amount of malts in the background, adding a nice balance to the aroma. The taste is very well balanced, with a great malt backbone, yet still bitter and full of hop flavor. A nice flavor that really works well here.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, the right amount of carbonation, and overall just works well. This goes down pretty easily and is drinkable, something you can go back to. Just a great brew, another good offering from Columbus Brewing.

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

I was in Columbus for work and am always on the lookout for local beers. Found this one on tap at the Tip Top downtown Columbus.

Served in a standard pint, the beer is a hazy peach with a clingy beige head.

It has an inviting nose of pine resin, some caramel malts and citrus.

The taste leads with some pine, more pine and the some slightly sweet malt for balance. This hits the right bitter notes for me but remains nicely balanced.

The mouth is slightly oily and coating. It is a nice take on the style and one that I would have again.

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

11-14-2014 - Tried this on draft for the first time in a long time and it was the best IPA I've ever had. Very unique compared to what I am used to in a CIPA. Bursting with flavors of melons, tropical fruit, and citrus. Subdued bitterness compared to the bottle form. So smooth and drinkable. Wish I could've taken the keg...

A - A murky golden orange color without a lot of bubbles, but a beautiful two finger foamy white head. Definitely unfiltered. This one leaves a lacing like no other beer I've seen.

S - Strong notes of citrus hops dominate this one, very fruity with a faint faint touch of pine. A sweet maltiness is also apparent.

T - Wow, this tastes like grapefruit, only 20 times better. Fruity, citrusy, sweet, and slightly bitter. The sweet malts come through on the back end of this one. Not much alcohol apparent. A finely balanced beer and one of the most delicious I've tasted.

M - It feels a little more carbonated than I suspected, but as smooth as I've ever tasted. Goes down easy and not as big as some IPAs. This is very nice.

D - I feel sorry for the IPA lovers that haven't had a chance to try this one. This is a beer you can ride on all night and never get tired of it. An easy drink and extremely refreshing at that.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the first local beers I got into when I moved to Columbus, and is still a frequent guest in my belly. I recently noticed that I haven't reviewed it, so a fresh bottle is now on deck.

The beer is a little hazy and light copper colored with about 2 fingers of white foam and some wet looking lacing. This beer smells so strong with citrusy cat piss, intended as a compliment but I know there are those who will not drink such a strong smelling IPA. Simcoe if I'm not mistaken, this has very little balance from the malty side of the beer. It tastes abrasively hoppy, huge pineapple and astringent pine, it seems to get stronger with each successive sip. Long burning aftertaste that has nothing to do with ABV.

One of the most aggressive American IPAs I've ever tried, and one I'm lucky to be able to get often.

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Photo of Keffa
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Hennepin glass.

A: Hazy orange, nice 2 finger white head that settles to a nice cap of tiny bubbles. Leaves sticky lace with each drink.

Edit: Massive lacing on this bottle. Nice.

S: Pineapple, orange marmalade, mango, piney hop, a little bit of a toasted/caramel malt combo. Very nice aroma here.

Edit: Some sweetness, some amazing hop aromas here.

T: A little sweetness from the malt, then bitter piney hop takes over with a little bit of an orange and tropical hop as well. Malt holds up far better than the initial bitterness indicates. Finishes quite clean, with just a hint of the bitterness and the sweet, citrus notes, which leaves you wanting more.

Edit: Just fantastic hop flavor here, pine, mango, citrus, cracker, caramel, bitterness, herbal. Just so good.

M: Slick and oily, with nice carbonation. Nice body. Makes the beer drink smaller than it is. Good.

D: VERY. Nicely balanced, with several very strong flavor components that cannot be ignored. The hops and malt are well balanced, and one of these isn't enough. Ever.

One of my favorites, and for sure one of the best IPA's I've had. Might just be one of the best IPA's in America. It's a shame more people can't try this. I think the West Coasters would be at home drinking this one.

Edit: If you haven't tried this one yet, get a couple. Trust, one isn't enough. Glad I revisited this one. Going to be a staple from now on.

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

A - A deep cloudy orange that borders on amber. Pours with a finger high head and moderate effervescence.

S - The hops dominate with grapefruit and mango, a subtle touch of malt.

T - Tropical fruits through and through, mainly grapefruit but also mango and pineapple with a resiny aftertaste. There is a definite malt backbone. Nice balance.

M - The hop bitterness lingers with a pleasant tingle on the tongue, leaves a caramel flavor on the back end.

D - My all-time favorite BEER. I love the outstanding sweetness and tropical fruit smorgasbord this brew provides.

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Photo of kbeals
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm pretty certain this was given to me by Socekim12 at DLD, but I'm not positive.

A- Pours a bright copper color with two solid fingers of fluffy white head. Great lacing and head retention.

S- Good earthy and citrusy tones of hops, no real sign of a malt backbone can be detected.

T- Good doses of bitter hops, very floral. A touch of sweetness rounds it out pretty nicely.

M- Light-medium body with good amounts of carbonation. About right for the style.

D- Pretty drinkable. As an IPA this stacks up pretty well against the competition. A good, solid example of one.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best straight up Ohio brewed IPA I've come across hands down. Golden copper slightly hazed. Creammy off white head poured at Bodega. Aroma is full of floral and citrus tones flowing ample malts to balance things out as well. I will track down more of this stuff for sure, next time in Columbus I have to visit the brewery. Flavor is sugar coated grapefruit hops nicely balanced but aggressively hopped. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slighly resinous texture, carbonation was dead on. Drinkability is solid all around, best Ohio brewed IPA damn tasty and hella drinkable.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, big thanks to Ryan011235 for this extra in our trade!

A: Pours a hop-hazed (semi-transparent) gold/copper color with a huge/fluffy/billowy, etc. head. Retention is excellent, lasting the entire drink.

S: Ohhh yea! The nose is very similar to Sweetwater IPA; orchard fruit, tropical fruit, citrus fruit, and pine! Awesome IPA nose, and exactly what I look for in the better ones. Malts lend a bready side to balance the hops, and an underlying sweetness.

T: Awesomely balanced, almost too balanced, but nicely done. Lots of ripe fruit up front; pineapple, mango, grapefruit, then a wave of malts, giving some caramel, toffee, and bready flavors to balance. Bitterness is pretty damn close to perfect.

MF/D: Medium in body, smooth carbonation, and a lingering tropical fruity, bitter finish.

Notes: This beer is scary close to Sweetwater IPA...The hop profile is very well pronounced in the nose, but fades a little in the flavor. The malt/hop balance may be a little too close, but very delicious and easy to drink.

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

Looks good. A hazy pale orange color.

The smell is good and "powerful". If you like hoppy beers, you'll love this smell. Citrus hops with mixed with some other fruity notes.

The taste is great. It's sweet, hoppy, citrusy, and fruity. Slightly bitter but nothing overwhelming. A very well balanced IPA.

The body is what you would expect from a good IPA.

This is an excellent beer. Y'all should get this as soon as possible because it is that good.

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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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IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 1,331 ratings