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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): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by Osiris9588 on 10-14-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
364
Ratings:
1,254
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
16.78%
 
 
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261
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Reviews: 364 | Ratings: 1,254
Photo of Chuckletheturtle
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first impression was an underestimate. Day or two latter, I had another cold cold bottle and I had to now praise this mid-western brewery. Very well crafted malt-hop balance.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

[Re-reviewed 9-11-15. Bottle dated 21015 7-29-15. Tulip.]

A: Pours a clear light copper with 1 finger off-white head. Adequate small-bubble carbonation. Fades to a thin white skim. Decent lacing. [Somewhat dark for an IPA these days. Lacing was clearly improved over the last bottle.]

S: Resiny, citrusy aroma. Simcoe "gassy" smell, but only slightly. Firm malty backbone. Potent. [Revisited: profound cat pee and malt; resin comes out more as it warms.]

T: Taste is lighter than I remember, and less sweet. Dry, clean hoppy arrival with slightly malty mid palate. Powerful Simcoe resiny bitterness starts on the middle and lingers through the end. [All still true, but now I notice a touch of caramel malt right before the bitterness sets in on the finish, and the ending bitterness is not as bold, and a little more earthy than I remember.]

M: Mouthfeel is lighter than I recall, on the light side of medium. Lots of carb for an IPA. Clean finish.

Overall: when you want an IPA, this more than fits the bill. Very hoppy brew; hop pier than I remember on the palate, less so on the nose. Also, less sweet than I recall. Very similar to Commodore Perry, but way less sweet/malty. [Revisited: Someone associated the Simcoe taste with cat pee, and now that's what I taste with every sip. I have very fond memories of this beer when I first got seriously into craft, but I just can't take that cat pee smell anymore in this quantity.]

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

Description: Light, golden color. Cloudy with white head and lacing. Smell is pine up front, but I picked up strong notes of fruit and resin as I got into it; pretty balanced overall. The taste is not overly hoppy and you pick up the fruit here as well , but there's definitely a hop forward, bitter finish. Like the smell, taste is well balanced. Feel is medium carbonation and body, in line with what you'd expect in an IPA.

Suggested food pairing: Grilled vegetable kabobs

If you like this beer then you should also try: Truth

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I'd likely drink it again) That this IPA is sort of the no-frills, "base case" for CBC is a testament to the brewery. Is it as good as Bodhi or Creeper? No. But it's still better than most of the IPAs other breweries around town are putting out. Well balanced and checks all the boxes at a good price point, this is one to pick up.

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Photo of clh323
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my girlfriends new favorite IPA and that's OK with me. If she has to have this around I can live with that. It has excellent smell, taste and aftertaste. I like it better just chilled, not too cold. Left some out in the garage where the temp as about 35 degrees and the taste wasn't as sharp until it warmed up a bit. It joins a few other beers I'll let sit on the counter for 20 minutes until I uncap it.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More NBS BIF #1 OHIO goodness from @WesMantooth

Orange honey in color, frothy head that trails back to a thin
Hoppy nose piney, a bit “dry” .
Taste is pine meets hints of floral, maybe some lite citrus.
Malt backbone is fairly prominent for an IPA. But I like it.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.91/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer so many times and find it to be outstanding. Tonight I waited at a restaurant while they tapped a new keg and it was the best I ever had. A pint with about a two finger head which is unusual probably indicating how fresh it was. Aroma is citrus and pine. Taste is mango, tangerine and pineapple. Mouth feel and body on tap is so creamy more so than the bottle.
My favorite go to never disappoints.

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

A somewhat transparent copper orange color with a big off-white cap that leaves a film throughout.

Tons of resinous pine in the aroma. Also citrus and some sweet malts. Slightly musky.

Crisp, biting hops. Big, fresh, ripe fruits. Pineapple, apricot, mango. Very piney toward the end with a strong malt base.

Sticky, oily resin in a creamy, medium body. A little drying.

An outstanding IPA that drinks a bit more like a hoppy pale. I think it is a more balanced beer than Head Hunter or White Rajah if that is what you are looking for. This is a more old school - Two Hearted take on an ipa. I still like White Rajah and Head Hunter a little more in this in state category, but don't pass this one up.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on: 12.4.14. Drank 12.27.14. Poured from a 12ox bottle into an Imperial Pint. Purchased while driving through Columbus from the Dublin Giant Eagle @ 8.99/6

A: Pours a clear pale golden orange. Plenty of visible carbonation, two fingers of dusty off white head after a hard pour. Good retention, slow sliding lacing.

S: Tart and alive. Strong floral aromas with matching pine hops. A few traces of tropical fruits here and there, but this is most assuredly a floral first IPA.

T: Piney hops with a light amount of bitterness, in no way a palate wrecker. Some pineapple and ruby grapefruit, with a hefty amount of dandelions. Finishes with a touch of pepper, and sweet malt to keep itself well balanced.

M: Relatively light for a 6.5% IPA. Easy drinking, light carbonation, finishes with just a touch of bitterness, and a soft linger of florals.

O: An excellent everyday IPA. Does everything well, is tame enough to enjoy over and over, but big enough to savor. I can't wait to get my hands on CBC's Bodhi next time I pass through.

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Photo of Treyliff
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear golden yellow color with a small fizzy white head that retains for a while, before disappearing completely

S- flowery and piney hop aroma, with a hint of citrus. Biscuit malt backbone

T- piney hop bitterness up front with some floral notes kicking in mid-palate, also some fresh grassy notes as well. Toasted biscuit malt before a dry finish

M- medium body and medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel with a smooth crisp finish

O- a nice showcase of the Simcoe hop, and easy to drink

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Photo of mr-jj
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle. Brought back from Ohio in a friend's luggage. 14297 stamped on bottle - maybe 2014, 29 July?

Color is hazy orange with a two finger white head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is floral and piney. Flavor starts off with a mild piney bitterness followed by some caramel-coated orange. Finish is short and mildly bitter. Body is pretty light - almost watery.

Overall, it's a good beer. Nothing special, but no major flaws. I'd like a bit more body and more complex hop aromas.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber color with a thin off white head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of strong bitter hops, citrus, and pine notes.

Overall: Outstanding IPA! I would have this on again.

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Photo of RobbDogg
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Hazy orange pour with a thin head. An original fresh scent, haven't smelled this before and now I'm intrigued. The flavors are of a nice array or fruits and hops. Light and drinkable but with an excellent bitter finish. Some pepperiness creeps in as it warms. I wish I could get this beer locally. Thanks for the taste Bob.

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Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Probably my favorite ipa. Supreme drinkability. Almost perfect hop flavors and aromas. Price point can't be beat. I'm not sure i can praise this beer much more. Seriously. If u live in ohio, or anywhere this beer is available and haven't tried it, you are really missing out.

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Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Thanks to WCW for this one.

Thin head but probably because i poured it into a mug. Nice dirty orange color, aroma of pungent melon and orange. Flavor is one thing for me: bitter pineapple....and i like it. Good stuff!

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Photo of jsidonis7
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Been drinking this side by side with zombie dust for about a week now, and have been drinking cbc ipa for yeeaaarrrrssss now. These beers are pretty damn close in taste, the cbc has a little extra funk (which I like) to it from the additional hops. But, damn, this beer is great.

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Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +4%

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy amber color capped by a meringue of a head that leaves plenty of splashy lacing

Smell: Floral and fruity, with sugary citrus and tropical fruit aromatics

Taste: A hint of sugary malt and then the hops dominate, bringing pineapple and ruby red grapefruit tones; there is a hint of melon but this is all about the lively hop flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A great West Coast style IPA; this brewery knows their way around the hop farm

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Bottle shared in two snifters.
Fantastic hoppy nose with fruity and pine notes. Golden color. Head could be a bit larger but the lacing left is nice. Great carbonation. Light mouthfeel that is sticky sweet and then dries out to resinous pine. Fantatic beer overall. Would love to access to this on a regular basis. Better than Hop Drop and Roll but no Pliny or Heady.

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Photo of mabermud
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Rich, golden body. White pillowy head. Slick lacing.
S: Hop, grapefruit, and pine.
T: Medium bitterness. Balanced hop, grapefruit, pine and sweetness.
M: Crisp, medium carbonation, and dry. No mouthful of dense carbonation which I have learned to love.
O: A nice tasting IPA for those hot summer days. Balanced flavor, nothing overpowering, everything is in harmony. For me, this is an excellent session IPA.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: cloudy gold ale, a couple of fingers of foam - some lace trailing down the glass...

S: flower and pine, biscuit and bread; something grassy and reminiscent of fields

T: bready biscuit and pale malt, lots of floral hop action; suggestions of fresh grains and juicy flowers; pine assertiveness rising throughout the drink

M: light-medium, medium carbonation, mild bitterness up front builds up over time

O: a real nice IPA, plenty of hops, nice wholesome unfiltered stuff; ample grain to balance the hops

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Photo of puboflyons
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle received in trade from a non-BA member. Sampled on August 1, 2014.

The pour is a slightly foggy yellow-medium amber color with a small head that fades fast.

The aroma has all the perfumed floral and pine loveliness one might expect from an IPA. It has some punch in the nose I will say.

The body is medium and a bit better. Chewy.

Like the aroma those floral, grassy, and piney hops become the flavor. A quick dip into toasted biscuits and then hops flourish to the bitter end. Very nice.

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Photo of SebD
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, floral hops, piney undertones and sweet toasty malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, light mango, bitter pine resins, floral hops and sweet toasty malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle received in trade with mtomlins - thanks!

Appearance - Light copper colour with a large size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some nice lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, apricots, malts, melon, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste apricot, grapefruit, and pineapple. There is also some malts, melon and lot of dry hoppy notes.

Overall - Lots of hoppy flavour and some malt to back up the rest of the fruity notes. This is my first beer from this brewer and it's very solid. Reminds me a bit of a better version of the flying monkeys smashbomb ipa available to me locally.

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Photo of KushBreakfast
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap from a 22oz pilsner glass. Honestly was not too impressed my first time having it but had much higher regards the second time around and here is the review..

A - Pours a dark orange/reddish-gold, 1 finger head, leaves white lacing around the glass with a slowly dissipating head that remains until the end.

S - Fresh hops, piney, citrusy. Very appeasing.

T - Taste follows the smell with fresh hops that are not as powering as the smell leads to believe. Very balanced for an IPA, not incredibly hoppy in the mouth but leaves a lingering hoppy after taste.

M - Feel is medium, not too heavy in the mouth, good mix of flavors and overall very drinkable.

O - Very enjoyable beer, I liked it much more the second, third, and fourth go around. Fairly unique for an IPA in its balance and drinkability. This one is easy to have a few of.

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Photo of toppoop
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer starts off looking great poured into a tulip. Dark gold with a two finger head which clung to the sides for the whole ride. On the nose we have great citrus notes with a hint of flora and pine. Taste follows suit. Great forward pine and malt with a solid citrus finish. Great balance of bitterness. Mouthfeel is very good for the style. A lot of IPAs go for the hop bomb these days which can overpower the palate but this one does quite well. Smooth carb and very smooth bitter notes. Overall a great IPA. As opposed to others of the style, you could definitely take down a 6 of these without being overwhelmed. Can't wait for them to bottle Bodhi!

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

Been wanting to try this one for several years now. And as luck would have it, today is the day I finally get to do so.

Lots of pine resin on the nose and the flavor profile. Somewhat salty too, but thankfully it doesn't hijack things. Great level of hop influence here. Nice drinker. More a punch of hops than anything graceful, but I like it.

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