Columbus IPA | Columbus Brewing Company

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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 Scotchboy
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From schwaeh. 120z bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Pours a hazy, light orange/straw color, with a smallish off-white head that fizzles out but leaves behind decent trails of lacing on the glass. Good carbonation.

N: Ripe tropical fruit notes in the hops: orange, mango, and hints of an over-ripened pineapple and a pink grapefruit. The hops shine but there is a light layer of malt backing it up, and with all the fruit and the malt this beer doesn't smell overly sweet.

T: Good amount of bitterness. The malts poke through a little with some bready sweetness, and the orange comes through well. I get a little bit of pine on the backend.

MF: Carbonation is good, as the bitterness attacks your tongue, the carbonation moves it to the back and leaves a nice IPA dryness. Light mouthfeel.

O: Its not a sweet beer, which is nice when you're talking about complex hop/fruit characteristics and a caramel malt backbone. The combination of every aspect of this beer, from presentation to mouthfeel, is great. I like this beer, and could see myself buying a sixer once a month if I had access to it.

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Photo of theghost3
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent light orange with a 2-finger white head.

The smell is strong of resinous pine hops, grass and a hint of grapefruit. The flavor is pine, but not as strong as the smell, along with citrus, and just a bit of toasty malts. The aftertaste has an herbal and pine bitterness. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky, but there's a dry finish.

This is a very drinkable IPA. A nice representation of the style that goes well with fruit and bleu cheese.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of rlmartin. Into an old NB globe.

A: Hazy orange/copper in color. An aggressive pour yields about half an inch of bone white head that recedes quickly into a thin cap and a ring of bubbles around the outside edge of the glass. Nice sticky gobs of lacing as it recedes. Nice looking beer.

S: Huge hop aroma, lots of resinous sticky pine, a lot of herbal notes and a fair amount of earthy/woody hops as well. Fairly grassy as well. Great nose if you're a hophead. Pretty one dimensional in the fact that there isn't much but hops going on, but I love the huge hop aroma.

T: Not quite as piney and resinous as the nose leads on, but still has a nice strong bit of lupulin. Quite a bit more grassy on the tongue than the nose leads on, which might knock this down a bit from a 4.5 to a 4. A bit of grainy malt profile and a long, intense, bitter soapy finish. Very nice, but a little too grassy for my taste.

M: Spot on, excellent carbonation, excellent dryness that begs for another sip. Spot on.

O: A great IPA, reminds me a fair amount of Avery IPA, which by all means is a compliment. My only real knock on this beer is the grassy flavor in the mouth. By no means is it out of place, but if that was to be toned down a little, I'd have no problems giving this a 4.5 in the taste category. Definitely lives up to the slight amount of hype this beer has received.

Thanks Ryan!

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Photo of Cottzilla
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really looking forward to trying this one because of some of the comments I've read on BA.

I poured into a pint glass and it has a nice white head with nice lacing that last a while. The appearance is a light caramel color and very cloudy with a good amount of carbonation.

It smells great and the Simcoe hops hit the tongue right away. Very smooth going across the tongue with a slightly bitter finish.

This is a really good, very drinkable IPA. I will definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to THECPJ for sliding a bottle of this my way. After reading the reviews I was anxious to see if it lived up to the hype.

A: Pours a hazy orange/ruby with a huge 2.5 finger chunky, off-white head. The head is extremely foamy up top, but you can see it is made up of lots of tiny bubbles when you look from the sode. Sticky lacing down the entire glass.

S: Lot of juicy grapefruit. A massive tropical fruit aroma and a nice grassy component. Slight malt on the back end, but very subdued.

T: Very similar to the aroma, dominate by hops. Really nice combination of citrus, grass, and a little but of pine that leaves a slight spice in the back end. The citrus flavor is the most prominent however. Nice grapefruit and tangerine flavor. Slight bitterness, but not overpowering at all.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Slightly dry, bitter finish. Overall, probably one of the best American IPAs I have had so far. Could easily be someones go to beer, very easy to drink, and I would be happy having this one all the time.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had an old review, but it was like my first ever review, and it was WAYY off.

It has a hazy copper body. Almost like its unfiltered, and I like it. The initial head was a good inch and eggshell white.

The smell is amazing. The fresher this beer is, the more it smells like ripe grapefruit, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and orange peel--but its a grapefruit bomb and I love it. Right now its got more of a dank, resinousy balance from the hops. Still a grapefruit/citrus forward smell. Nice slightly sticky malt as well.

I think what really makes this beer is the malt backbone. Obviously the slightly grassy yet citrus heavy hops are first and foremost, but the malt is super clean. Its got a slight honey sweetness to it that makes the explosion of citrus fruit feel just a bit more palatable.

Its only slightly bitter, just enough to be an IPA, and that comes in as those beautiful hops fade away. The malt gets to be a bit more pronounced as well, making it nice and balanced as it fades away.

Im almost ready to put this ahead of Two-Hearted as the best IPA in the country.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:
Thanks to crashdavisinoh for sending this my way.

appearance: a golden yellow orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus / floral hops, malts

taste: hops & malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, crisp, clean

drinkability: a very well balanced IPA. Glad Crash decided to send me a whole 6 pack versus just a single.

the CPJ

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a lot to nickd717 for this beer!

A: Semi hazy brownish orange color. Unfiltered brew with off white head with very low volume, correct lacing and very low retention.

S: Smells like a true west coast IPA. Strong scents of pine resin, grapefruit, lemon peel, orange juice, mint, pineapple, mango and apricot. Very juicy and fruity smell. Not much malts in this. Sadly the smell isn't very strong.

T: Again very juicy and fruity. Strong taste of almost unripe pineapple, orange juice, mango, apricot, lemon peel, pine resin and mint. Subtle sweet malts that gives a light honey taste in this. Damn near perfect regular IPA.

M: Super smooth feel with medium body and medium carbonation.

D: Real nice tasting brew with sweet balance. It's a super nice summer brew. Could easily imagine myself drinking this all day next to the pool.

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

Poured from a fresh growler gotten from LiquidCucumber. I tasted these on consecutive nights to see how they compare. Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: A golden orange color that is slightly hazy. A two finger white fluffy head leaves nice glass lacing.

S: Same as the bottle with fresh citrus fruit, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple and some grassy tones. Sweetness seems to be poking out a bit more.

T: Hoppy citrus fresh fruits are aboud with flavors of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, mango and pineapple. The sweetness seems to be a bit more so in this growler taste than the bottle. The caramel sweetness mid taste seems to take over more of the hops and rides out the finish producing a less bitter finish. Still, this is one hoppy beer that is just fantastic. Bitterness lingers.

M: Medium mouthfeel, prickly, bitter, no alcohol and nice carbonation.

D: Really high, this is a great drinking beer with a reasonable ABV.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. Call me crazy, but I thought the bottle version was dryer with a tad more bitterness on the finish. However, one thing I learned is tastes change so I am lucky enough to have another bottle to try so I will compare again. Great beer either way you have it!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my New Belgium globe. Received in the birthday BIF from MbpBugeye; thanks Seth!

a - Pours a murky orange brown color with high carbonation evident and two fingers of off white head. Leaves some lacing on the glass and about an inch of head throughout the drink.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, oranges, tropical fruits, fruity malts, honey, and light floral notes. Smells great, lots of fresh hops.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, bready malts, caramel malts, and biscuit. Some slight bitterness but not too much. The taste is enjoyable, and a nice mix of hops and malts, though I enjoyed the smell more.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, pretty smooth body and a slight bitterness up front.

d - Overall this is a very nice IPA that is pretty easy to drink. I enjoyed the smell a lot; lots of fruit and citrus hops which were great. The taste was good too, though it had a lot more malts in it. The caramel and bready malts came out a lot in the taste. Would certainly have this one again.

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Photo of crashdavisinoh
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Orangish, Amber...dark. Nice medium head....fades but some lacing

S-Hops and citrus...very pleasant. Orange, Grapefruit.

T-Hops...hops...hops...very citrusy. Orange, grapefruit...maybe lemon...tangerine. Piney as well. Very good example of what an IPA should taste like. Nice bitterness.

M-Good level of carbonation...very pleasant. Light to medium/light bodied. A nice level of bitterness toward the end.

D-High...I can and sometimes do go to CBC and have 3-4 of these.

A fine of my favorite examples of what an IPA should be. It is different enough to be distinguishable from many others.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle came to ms in yet another great box from the always awesome beerbeerbeerbeer. Thanks Kevin!

Pours a hazy orange color with a finger of white foam on top. Decent lacing. The nose is floral and citrus with a bit of biscuty malt. Nice. The taste is everything the nose promises and more. Initial bitterness is followed by a very pleasant citrus presence. Orange, tangerine, and mango are standouts. A minimal malt profile gives way to the bitter flavor of the hop this beer is named after. The finish is dry with a wonderful lingering bitterness. This is a very enjoyable IPA from Columbus Brewing. If it was available locally I'd have this in regular rotation.

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Photo of Portertime
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A transient gentleman came into my store and we talked beer a while. He explained he was staying at a hotel and wanted to know where he could get some local brews. I wrote a map showing where a great resturant featured Gainesville's own Swamp Head beers served only on tap and also a great little bar called Stubbies and Steins where you can get just about any beer under the sun in a bottle. He was so greatful he gave me "a real beer" and it was this Columbus IPA. I am sorry everybody! I did not have a chance to poor this one into a glass because I went to a wedding reception right after work and I wanted to keep it chilled as long as possible because the label stated to because it was not pastuerized. So I can only assume this beer had as wonderful appearance as it did smell and taste. I did take a good whiff before imbibing and smelled some nice pine, citrus, and floral tones. The first swig was heavenly, exactly what an IPA should taste like. Smooth as butter with an oily slickness and side of the tongue and big hop goodness. Thank you no named stranger for offering me a real beer to try!

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to brew3crew and urbancaver for the bottle. No bottle dating information available.

Poured into Stone IPA glass. The beer required 2 pours, even with a careful pour a huge 4 finger head is set atop. Retention is fairly impressive. Bone white head recedes leaving thick lacing clinging to the glass. Golden yellow body with slight haze, overall a good looking IPA.

Bright and juicy citrus hops overflow from the glass. Big tangerine aroma upfront with slight tropical fruit behind. Hints of pine layered between the juicy fruit aromas provide some depth. The malt character is very subdued in this nose, I am not complaining however.

The nose gives an excellent indication of what is to come. Soft malt and strong hop profile. The hop flavor is a bit less citrusy than the aroma but a bit more balanced. The citrus, pine and grassy flavors compete amongst each other though ultimately the citrus wins out. The bitterness level is moderate but pleasant. Soft pale malt flavor is very subtle and buried. The lack of malt to hop balance is not an issue.

Medium bodied IPA with moderate but appropriate carbonation. The finish is dry though a bit of pithy bitterness clings to the tongue.

Columbus IPA has been talked up by the Ohio BAs quite a bit in the forums lately. I wanted to taste this one for myself before I passed any judgement, this one is deserving of the chatter. Very enjoyable beer in every aspect. You would be lucky if you could make this your everyday IPA.

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Photo of nhindian
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a globe. Bottle provided as a generous extra by normyk, thanks Rob!

A - Pours a dark golden color, almost brownish until held up to a light, after which is appears a nice, burnt orange color. Muddy and hard to see through with a bit of sediment floating in the glass. Builds about 2 finger's worth of head with okay retention. Thick lacing covers almost the entirety of the glass.

S - The smell is mainly citrus and fruity notes with a slight pine underneath. Grapefruits dominate the aroma, but hints of mangos, oranges, and banana are no strangers as well. Slight malt breadiness helps balance everything out but its still heavily focused on the hops.

T - After my first taste I can see why this beer is so highly acclaimed. The tropical flavors of the hops really pop even moreso than in the smell without being overly bitter at all. It's easy to get the flavors of the citrus and mangos without the scathing bitter bite of other hop-bomb IPAs. The malts go a long way in balancing the beer to keep it from getting to hoppy, yet the focus still shines on the hops. So easy to drink and the alcohol is only slightly there.

M - Mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation. Finish is long but not overly bitter at all. The balance continues and keeps you coming back for more.

D - Drinkability is high. This is a great example of a beer exploding with flavor without being incredibly big or alcoholic. Each sip was as good as the first and I was genuinely disappointed when this beer was gone.

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Photo of billyshears
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: nice cloudy golden hue with great head retention of white fluffy head. terrific lacing too.

s: floral and citrus hops with a bit of dankness.

t: solid hop profile with the aforementioned smell and a bit of pine in there too. finishes slightly bitter; its tasty, but its a bit toned down for me. not sure how old this bottle is, though i just think this one doesn't go over the top like most. malt starts sweet and ends a bit bready.

m: solid medium mouthfeel and very smooth and resiny. very well made. not getting as dry a finish as others have mentioned.

d: you could probably drink a lot of these relatively easily.

This is a very well made brew, and I could see this being a favorite of some. I don't know how fresh my bottle was but I like the hops dialed up a bit more. Certainly worth trying though.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into cervoise. From notes

A - Pours a nice clean muted yellow. White head, with good lacing

S - Mostly the piney bitterness with grass and grains. Some orange zest

T - Straightforward IPA. Grassy bitterness with a hint of grapefruit, orange and lemon in the back palate.

M - Dry, semi-biting/sharp. I would prefer it if it was a bit smoother.

D - I think I could definitely use this as an 'outdoor' beer. Very good and easy to drink.

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to OhioHopDevil for the opportunity to try this.

A: Murky orangish copper. Amazing head on this one. Two to three fingers of fluffy white head. Lots of depth and craters...looks like the surface of the moon. When the head finally recedes, it leaves a soapy cap and tons of splotchy lacing. Can't imagine it getting better than this so it gets a 5.

S: Big hops scent. Pine, citrus and maybe a little bit of tropical/mango. Has that juicy hops smell that I love.

T: Pine, grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit(can't decide if I'm picking up mango or not). To be as hoppy as Columbus is, it's not all that bitter. Malt sweetness rounds out the taste. it.

M: Full for an IPA. Dry finish.

D: Doesn't get better than this. Goes down extremely well and is true pleasure to drink. Unfortunately, I've already blew through 3 bottles of the 6 pack..don't want this one to end.

If you have a chance to try this, don't's fantastic. Thanks Donnie!

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Photo of FosterJM
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

254th review on BA
bottle to pint

Thanks to Beerhan for this one!!! Very good!!

App- Looks like a mix of orange/grapefruit juice with a solid 1 finger head. This was some impressive lacing for an IPA.

Smell- It's more like a west coast IPA to me. Piney, resin, grapefruit and hops.

Taste- Huge grapefruit and hops. Very tasty. Its bold, flavorful and a bit spicy on the backend.

Mouth- Its crisp but has a medium body. The carbonation is a bit thicker and fuller. Its a nice feeling beer. Feels like your drinking something besides some water with flavoring.

Drink- 1 was not enough. I need to find a long lost family member in OH to send me more. A great american IPA from east of the Mississippi river. Damn good beer.

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Photo of kevinv
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. No evident dating on the bottle. Huge thanks to MasterSki for sending this one my way.

A - Pours a hazy orange-golden color with a 2.5-3 finger huge, fluffy, foamy, white head. Great retention. A perplexing lacing coats the glass.

S - Wonderful aromas of tropical and floral hops. Slight malt sweetness. Amazing notes of oranges.

T - Tastes similar to the smell. Huge tropical tastes of oranges and mangos with a nice bitterness. No presence of alcohol at all.

M - Light-to-medium mouthfeel. Only a small amount of carbonation. Oily, resiny, feel.

D - Amazingly drinkable. I was done with it before I noticed.

I'll definitely be seeking out a 6 pack of this one.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into SA Perfect Pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange, looks thick in the bottle, nice, creamy, two finger head that leaves a lot of lacing. It has a head retention that goes ALL the way until the very last sip. The perfect looking beer.

S - Very strong smell. The first things that hits is an abundance of floral hops, before fading into a citrusy/grapefruit smell. Delicious smell, almost want to dab it on my neck. Perhaps the best smelling IPA I've ever had. You can actually "taste" this beers smell as you draw the first sip.

T - Very, very floral taste, lots of hops right up front. The back end of the taste is a bit sweet even, a little bit of grapefruit but a good amount of orange in there too. Just a great amount of balance present.

M - I was impressed. I thought with the smell of the hops, this was going to be a bit dry, but it wasn't. It was a good consistency, not so thick as to coat your throat, but not a lot of carbonation so it keep the thinness very well.

D - Extremely drinkable, it's a good beer for gulping even.

Overall - Wow. I've been "legal" living in Columbus for five years and this is the first time I've ever had this beer. It's delectable. In base, American IPAs, Columbus may be one of the very best.

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Photo of Brez07
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Courtesy of normyk

A: Pours slightly cloudy, which is inline with the bottle note that it is unfiltered. Pale orange in color. Nice 1/2 finger white frothy head which is retained throughout the glass. Very little lacing midway down the glass

S: Mmmm, hops. And lots of them. A blend of pine and fresh citrus fruit (orange, grapefruit). One of the better smelling IPAs out there. There is small presence of bread crust

T: Hop flavor initially attacks the palate with piney flavor. The fruit follows in after. Good bready malt base, smoothing this one out at the end. Touch of bitter hop in the finish

M: Medium bodied with great carbonation. Crisp to start, but smooths out in the mouth. Slight bitter and dry residual feeling

D: Such a great IPA. Extremely easy to drink, with no hint of it being 6.5%. Looks like I need to setup a trade for a 6 pack

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid orange yellow. Good amount of head and a nice clear look. Smells hoppy but nothing too crazy. Sme nice pine and grapefruit on the nose. Tastes hoppy, grapefruit and pine mostly. Maybe some flowery hints. Slid carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall a solid beer but nothing too crazy.would definitely drink often!

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Photo of brew3crew
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy orangish yellow with nice head.
S-very hopy. Mixture of piney and citrus hops
T-fantastic taste. Hops upfront but not overpowering. Very well balanced
M-medium bodied and smooth. Nice bitterness in aftertaste
D-very drinkable. Solid brew with 4.5s across the board

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

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Thanks to OhioHopDevil for sending the sixer my way.

A: Pours a hazy light orange color with a nice, pillowy white head that leaves lacing all over the glass. The beer has a very refreshing look.

S: Nice tropical fruit smell off the bat. I get pineapple, mango, and papaya with a slight over-ripeness to all of them. Not a whole lot of balance from any malt, but there is a little bit of sugary sweetness that I pick up as well.

T: Big tropical flavor upfront. A huge sweet burst of mango and passion fruit, followed quickly by a bitter punch from the strength of the hops. The malt manages to sneak through ever so slightly on the finish, but the aftertaste remains remarkably bitter. Very nice.

M: The mouth is silky smooth with the perfect level of carbonation. This finish is very dry and helps to carry the bitterness through.

Overall this is a fantastic IPA that I wish I could get my hands on more frequently. I came in with pretty high expectations after reading some other reviews, and they were most certainly met by this tasty brew.

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Columbus IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
4.23 out of 5 based on 1,285 ratings.
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