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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 03-19-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Goblet
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Big off-white head showing excellent retention and good lace, on a golden-orange beer that is clear on the first pour and then cloudy on the second, owing to the unfiltered nature.

S: Very nice aromas start with floral hop notes, and then have citrus/grapefruit smells and some sweet maltiness in the background.

T: Taste has a bite of hop bitterness and flavorful fruity/citrus presence. The grapefruit-like taste provides tanginess along with the bitterness.

M: Crisp and clean mouthfeel, with prickly carbonation on a medium body. The finish features more hop bitterness

O: Very good IPA; maybe less balanced and more one dimensional than others I've enjoyed.

Thanks to buschbeer for this!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to cneville for this nice, local extra. Pours and orange sunburst color - completely unfiltered and opaque - with a super heavy and foamy off-white head. Even minutes later, a huge chunk of foam is just chilling on top of the beer. Nice lacing all the way down, too.

Aroma starts off with a quick left jab of citrus fruits - and it's almost more of a fruit-juice type aroma rather than the hoppy-citrus aroma. Red grapefruit is big, along with mild pineapple and mango. The fruits are heavy, juicy, and sweet on the nostrils. Light yeast aromas float around as well. The hops give off a bit of an earthy and leafy aroma, but it's far more regressed than I would have expected - not necessarily a bad thing, though.

I take my first swig of Columbus IPA and it feels like I just took a bite out of an extremely ripe, tropical fruit. Big-time juiciness, mainly in the form of grapefruit. Other tropical fruits are surely there, though a bit harder to pick out. I'll go with my hunch from the aroma - pineapples and mangoes. Just as I start to wonder if I'm drinking a juice instead of a beer - the bitterness shows up to the party, about halfway through. The hop profile is leafy and a touch ashy, and the bitterness is pretty damn strong. It hits hard on the back of the tongue and overall, feels heavier than 50 IBU.

There's a nice contrast with this beer - it has the delicate juicy sweetness that seems to crowd the front of your mouth that coincides with the leafy hop bitterness that stings that back of the mouth and tongue. A very interesting profile, that's for sure. The aftertaste errs more towards the bitter side, with the fruit flavors even developing into more of a pith-like stature, bitter and mildly abrasive. Malt is mild overall, with a hint of sweetness through and through. Your mouth gets coated with some yeasty flavors and faint caramel malt in the end, still battling the bitterness wounds. Surprisingly thin and under-carbonated, giving a wet, slick mouth feel.

Didn't know what to expect out of this, hasn't really been on my radar. But it was pretty tasty. Huge tropical fruitiness that comes paired with a heavy bitterness that work quite well together. Good drinkability at 6.5% ABV.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a deep murky amber/orange color. A fingers worth of tightly packed frothy white foam sits atop the opaque liquid. The foam quickly dissipates but covers the glass with little spots of lacing with each sip.

S - the nose is very intense with lots of complexity. Notes of citrus, flowers and pine just jumps from the glass. citrus notes of sweet orange pulp and candied grapefruit zest. hints of tropical fruit come out more as it warms like pineapple and passion fruit. hints of pine needles and flowers round out the nose.

T - sweet grainy bread malt profile up front. citrus flavors perk up mid palate with notes of sweet orange peel, grapefruit rind, and lemon pith. snappy bitterness. hints of pine needles. crisp slightly sweet finish.

M - smooth and creamy texture with a medium body. medium carbonation close to high.

O - Great IPA. Wish I had easy access to this, it would be something I would consistently come back to.

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