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 Onenote81
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always grab some sixers of this when in OH visiting the in-laws. Noticed I never gave this a proper review. 12oz bottle into a goblet. The pour yields a dark honey-amber with a thick frothy bone-white head. Great retention, with spotty lace left behind. Pine, citrus, floral overtones. Nothing new here, but the aroma is so potent and fresh. Love it.

Medium carbonation gives this beer enough heft to hold up the flavors, but without any lasting astringency. The reason I love this beer so much is the perfect balance between the bitter hops and sweet malty backbone. I would say this even leans slightly to the sweet side, which isn't a detriment to it at all. Grapefruit, musk melon, orange give this a nice fruity quality. The hops add just a touch of oily feel as well, and they don't linger too long on the aftertaste. Just enough "burn" to satisfy the hop-head in me, but fleeting enough to keep me gulping this one. This is one of the most drinkable and approachable IPAs I have had, and it will be one I continually buy when in the area. Can't wait until Christmas when I can get some more!

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Photo of CoryJHarber
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of baklo
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of mattizmyname
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of FishPondManager
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright saturated orange jewel tone, thin layer of white foam that leaves a little irregular spotty lace. Second pour hazes it up a bit. Retention is ok.

A fairly pungent nose, big citrus rind... orange and grapefruit.

Creamy smooth feel, light carb and a moderate hop bitterness that isn't too overpowering. Bitter grapefruit rind, mellow flash of malt sweetness in the middle. Nicely melded, would be a go-to everyday IPA, the lingering hop bitterness lasts for awhile. Overall it's very drinkable and seamless in feel. Would buy this by the sixer easily.

Thanks Chris for sharing this one!

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Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of yamar68
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to inebriatedjoker for this one - poured into a sweet Columbus pint that he also sent:

Body is slightly darker than Bodhi but it's got that same haze thing going on. Thick, dense white cap of froth retains well on top of that, laces perfectly.

Smells very appetizing... sweet, smooth hop profile, far from harsh but still the dominant player, some pale malts beneath that. Inviting.

It's similar to Bodhi in the way it displays a rich hop profile without imposing an invasive level of bitterness. That said, I would guess that the IBU's here are actually a bit higher than in Bodhi. Tangerine, mango, spruce tips, and just that faint dry bitterness on the tail end - like the kind you would get from a hot black tea. Nice.

Thanks for sending this one Mike - I wish this could have a year-round spot in my fridge.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to clegolfski, poured into a tulip.

Pour: Hazy amber orange with three fingers of awesome off white head. Leaves very sticky lacing, and the head stays around forever.

Smell: A nice tangerine and pine with a light caramel backbone.

Taste: A little more malt forward than I was expecting, but still really good tangerine juiciness comes through.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than I expected as well, but nice juiciness.

Overall: A nice IPA, and better than Head Hunter in terms of Ohio offerings, IMO.

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Photo of TomPF18superhornet
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of PoolFishGolf
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Steimie
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of BT_Bobandy
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of miketd
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

pours burt orange with a foamy white head. Leaves good lacing.

Aroma is citric with pine and sweet, ripe fruit.

Flavor is pine and grapefruit, with cracker and bread. Maybe a little more malty than I like an ipa.

Nice body and pretty dry. Easy to drink, without any real flaws,

Very nice beer and another winner IPA from Ohio.

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Photo of headyhopzhead
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of cosmic-ray
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of garuda
3.11/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Golden, hazed, nice white head that retains and laces well. Looks good.

S/T - Rich, ripe grapefruit hits first, but then my super sensitivity to the simcoe hop takes over and I get a healthy dose of cat-pee-soaked carpet amongst resinous pine flavors and aromas. Biscuit malts with some honey sweetness. Gets a little too catty in the taste to actually enjoy the drink.

M - Medium body, ample carbonation, finishes dry with bitter pine.

O - If you're sensitive to the simcoe hop like me, this beer is not for you. If not, you'll probably love this one.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle brought back by Sourbatchkid

A- Golden with some small bronze hints with a bright white head. A nice cap afterwards but not much stick.

S- For a fresh IPA this seems pretty muted. Hardly any hop aroma and strong on the pale malts. Small citrus hints with a touch of grass.

T- Mimicks the smell in that the taste is for the style is muted. Im thinking str8 pale ale but the small amount of alcohol and the malt presense leads towards IPA. Faded C-hops with small citrus, light pineapple, grapefruit. Pale malts lead the pack. It's not as sweet as most East coast IPA's though so there is that.

M- A step down from medium, nice malt build, not very bitter, carbed up well, what more do you want to know?

D- I drank it quick, it was tasty but a bit muted, but I can tell that fresh, this would be one to grab a six of and just chill for the afternoon

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Photo of kbrown
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of rudzud
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MikeTD for including this in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a very nice hazy golden orange with a good two finger white head that fades to leave light side lacing with very good blanket retention.

S - Okay...pine and grapefruits really explode on the nose. Lots of deep forest pine, grapefruit meat, and light malty sweetness.

T - Taste is very solid. More of the sharp pine notes and grapefruit skin/oil this time. Would like a touch more citrus on this and there is some faint tropical notes as well. Quite nice.

M - Mouthfeel is excellent for an IPA. Crisp, clean, super drinkable. This stuff goes down way too easy.

O - Overall this was a really, really nice IPA. I keep trying different random IPAs from Ohio and each one has been solid or better! Woohoo!

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Photo of flynn1648
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Columbus IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
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