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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #14
Ranked #201
4.48 | pDev: 7.59%
Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
Notes: An awakening of the senses by virtue of American hops. Pale golden in color, this double IPA showcases a unique blend of hops, highlighting the true nature of Citra.
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4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Purchased on 12/27/19 at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati. Reviewed on 1/4/20. Poured from the stubby 12 oz. bottle into an El Catador teku glass.

A: Modestly hazy nice gold, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Forms a half-finger of white head that lasts well.

S: Melon and resin and herbal. Cracker malts and citrus rind. Maybe a little stone fruits as well. Nice, but not huge for a DIPA.

T: Resin and melon, citrus pith and dank. Cracker malt sweetness. Orange rind and melon rind bitterness with some ethanol sweetness at the end.

M: Medium body, average carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable but generally well-hidden for a DIPA – thought the ABV listed isn’t big for a DIPA either.

O: A good beer, but I'm not buying the hype. Or at least not as good as I hoped, or perhaps a batch that doesn't live up to historical achievements. But I’d buy it without hesitation on a rotating basis if it was available around here. It’s not a juicy NE IPA, it's maltier than (and not as bitter as) a typical West Coast IPA.

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4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2020-02-02 near Pittsburgh, PA from a fresh 12oz bottle

A - Clear gold with a 2-finger white head and very nice lace

S - Ripe pineapple, mild-moderately dank, honey graham cracker. Aroma is pleasant but on the mild side.

T - Candied orange flesh and zest, graham cracker, lots of vegetal/herbal fresh hop flavors. Low alcohol heat. Piney bitterness that pairs with the fruit sweetness for a pleasant finish.

M - Medium-full body and light-medium carbonation. Oily and smooth.

O - Flavors are very well balanced and it is dangerously easy to drink. Good stuff.

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Tucquan from Pennsylvania, Feb 02, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic American IPA that doesn't shy away from putting Citra hops in the spot light. Equated to a boozier Zombie Dust that has traditional bitterness but approachable for people of all palates. Highly accessible in Ohio, making it an impressive go-to brew.

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Trevor11 from Illinois, Nov 09, 2019
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4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Gifted to me by @leperjim. Bottled 6/3. Clear dark bronze color, minimal head and lacing. Mildly dank sharp hop smell, little bit of pine. Taste is bitter and bold hops. Feel is crisp, clean, mouth watering and medium body. Excellent “old style” IPA.

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mschrei from Illinois, Jul 14, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: orange in color with a 1 " head that slowly falls.

Smell: citrus and a hint of peach comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, orange, peach, and a hint of pine. Bitterness is moderate. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout.

Overall: an easy to drink DIPA that is flavorful and satisfying.

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Gavage from New Jersey, Jun 09, 2019
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4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper colored with a murky complexion. There’s a fingernail of dishwater white around the rim and covering the majority of the top. Light lacing is present. The aroma is of tangerine and pine. I’m tasting tangerine and citrus fruit. The mouth is very resinous and lightly sticky.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Apr 10, 2019
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4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My buddy had been begging me to try this saying it is the best brewed beer in Ohio. We have similar tastes in IPAs so I decided to give it a try. It was a 22 ounce draft. The look is a nice dark golden color. The aroma is a nice blend of citrus and pine hops. The taste is the same. These balance of flavors mask the 8.3% alcohol content. Definitely can drink this down pretty quick and get a nice buzz. The beer is super smooth and has a nice dry finish. Definitely having it again at some point. Very, very impressed. May be Ohio's best IPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a single, twelve ounce bottle as a part of a trade almost a year ago. Looking through top-rated beers, and realized that I forgot to review. I did not trade for this, it was included as a bonus-brew. Not distributed to MA. Pleasantly surprised, very nice brew.

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brewme from Massachusetts, Feb 17, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark gold color with a good amount of off -white head. The lacing is crazy on this thing, it clings to the glass for days.
S: Getting a ton of citrus and tropical fruit scents, followed by a nice hoppy pine scent.
T: Tons of citrus in the flavor and also some pine notes.
F: Medium-bodied with a good carb and a nice dry finish.
O: This one does not disappoint, super solid DIPA.

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Bum4ever from California, Oct 14, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bodhi is only my second of the Top 10 rated IIPAs. I am neither a fan of the style, nor the hype around it.
Some of that explains my low rating... and my tendency to rate extreme beers not relative to their style but relative to what I prefer (which is not extreme.)

But Bodhi starts fine, a good-looking gold and a really aromatic, hoppy/fruity/malty melange. But the bitterness caught my buds by surprise and wouldn't let go (50 IBU is usually above my pleasure threshold and I'm guessing Bodhi is 75+.)

Columbus' flagship, Bodhi is the first I've had from them. So I went on their website and saw Bodhi is a GABF award-winner. But, they seem otherwise to focus just on their beer and for that I give an OA hug.

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Beginner2 from Illinois, Oct 13, 2018
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4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber and a reasonable head, decent lacing.

Smells very fruity, orange and peach. Booze not noticeable despite the hefty ABV.

Taste is dominated by fruit, mostly peach and citrus. Bitterness is moderate but only noticed after the fruit flavor.

Feel: Medium mouthfeel, carbonation is just right and a pleasant aftertaste.

Overall: An excellent beer. If you like fruity flavors this is an amazing beer, if you prefer a traditional grainy beer or super bitter IPA, this might not be what you are looking for, but I really enjoyed it being an occasional IPA drinker.

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4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The best of the 4 beers I tried from this company. Hazy color. Tropical taste. Lots of papya and grapefruit. Finishes Crisp and juicy and overall good feeling

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4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bodhi brewed by Columbus Brewing Company, with an ABV of 8.50% This American Imperial IPA pours out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint beer glass a nice golden amber color. There is also a nice white head on top of this brew with a nice amount of lacing. The lacing sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with hop bitterness, a slight citrus flavor, with earthy grains and malts. There is a lot going on in Bodhi. So far this is a nice inviting brew, now for the taste. It is rich and bold with flavors. You first pick up on the hop bitterness with citrus flavors. The body of Bodhi is a medium to heavy but not to heavy. It is really hard to pick up on the 8.50% ABV in this brew. It goes down this smooth, the citrus flavors are a nice touch to this brew. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. If you are a fan of IPA'S you should look this brew up. The mouth feel is Hoppy, Bold ,Rich, Clean , Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give Bodhi a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Columbus Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this IPA.

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4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wonderful balance of malt and citrusy hops. Attractive on the eye with a golden color with white head that rescinds into nice lacing. Remarkable is the mouthfeel - super easy to drink and masking its DIPA qualities. Citrusy on the nose and palate. Wonderful beer.

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4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful full flavor , earthy , multi-layered beer. Pours a Beautiful deep copper with a thick off white head. Mostly a deep earthy smell with some citrus , flower undertones . Fills the mouth with flavor but is still somewhat subtle at first taste and isn’t overwhelming . Keeps you curious for the next taste . A great beer

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Trihop from Florida, Aug 16, 2018
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4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into shaker pint. Super fresh at about a week old.
Nose is citrus-ey and pine.
Taste is flowers, a tad sweet, almost pollen like. Maybe a bit of onions? Can't pinpoint it.
Great balance. I think that is why I'm enjoying this so much.

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Lazhal from Michigan, Aug 09, 2018
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4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 7/16/18

Pours a deep golden copper with a finger and a half of fluffy, off-white head; specky lacing continues to wall the glass, and a nice ring permeates the surface.

Aroma is of deep, heavy, almost mineral-like earthy elements with a touch of sweet citrus and light tropical tones; floral undertones, overripe peach, and dank, herbal hops.

Taste shows a greatly varied profile, beginning with a sudden burst of pine and peppermint that quickly retreats in favor of balanced malty biscuits; additionally, soft floral notes and citrus lead by clementine, orange peel, lemon, candied mango, and fresh grass.

Mouthfeel is juicy and holds moderate carbonation; reduces its heft beautifully as it goes down, and leaves an almost soothing, delicate stickiness in its wake.

Stellar stuff here. So much flavor in such an effortless drink; this is a beer that's relentless in its balance, and it's top-notch because of it.

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jrc1093 from Connecticut, Aug 05, 2018
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4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L- poor as a slightly hazy golden orange color with a very thin, white head that just collects on the ring outside the glass. Has a little bit of carbonation.
S- smell is not very big. Probably mostly grapefruit rinds and some slight malt and Spice.
T- this one tastes amazing. Grapefruit and mango Citrus hop with definite garlic and onion backing. Finishes with a slight sweet candy mango that really finishes it off well. Just a slight Pine resin in the end as well that resinates up the nose.
O- Perfect Balance. No wonder this one's in the top 250.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear deep gold/pale amber coloration with a medium, fizzy head. Smells of biscuity malt with hoppy accents of citrus and light tropical fruit: grapefruit, tangerine, mango, and a hint of grass. Taste is a great balance of biscuity, lightly sweet malt and bright, hoppy, slightly zesty citrus and tropical fruit notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lime, mango and and papaya. There is a light resinous quality to this as well, with a hint of grass and pine. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some pine lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and medium/lively carbonation.

This seems like somewhere inbetween an Old School and West Coast IPA, but in a really good way. Great balance of malts and hops, sweetness and bitterness. Not a hint of booze or bubble gum to this, which is impressive given the 8.5% ABV. This actually drinks surpringly easy.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had a 4 ounce pour of this in a bar in downtown Columbus. Like so many imperial IPAs, I loved the hop taste, but found the overall quality to be marred by a boozy taste. It's a good beer, but many other IPAs pack as much taste with less alcohol.

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rapayn01 from Kentucky, Jul 04, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a nice big white foamy head that lingers for quite a while. Aroma is a bit off - faint pine, citrus, I think the off smell is actually a big grapefruit pith aroma. Big beer here - loads of hops: piney, lots of citrus - orange, lemon, grapefruit. Great balance of hops and malt, nice amount of bitterness the whole way through. Classic west coast style DIPA, definitely a go to beer.

12 oz bottle dated 4/9/18
4.25 rating

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Tony210 from New Jersey, Jun 14, 2018
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4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very nice light amber color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has abundant hoppy hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a resonating hoppy flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A well balanced beer

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VABA from Virginia, Jun 10, 2018
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4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing amber-golden color with a spongy, big head.

Smells of a pungent interplay of ripe oranges and spritzy lime zest, together with a light, crackery maltiness to back up the hops.

Has an oily, medium mouthfeel with a perfectly nuanced, lively carbonation and a long lasting lime finish.

Tastes of fresh peeled apricots, ripe oranges and a herbal grassiness. Turns a little softer, due to a lively effervescence and an accompanying, bready to sweeter maltiness, which gets entangled into a dry lime quality. Finishes with a sudden, scratchy hop burst, featuring passion fruit, more lime and sweet papaya, balanced by olive stones and cakey malts.

A great, old school double Ipa, which almost drinks a little too dangerously easy, as it features an astonishing balance between fruity, bitter and sweet. It develops a very satisfying flavor intensity early on, and keeps it till the end, surpassed by the classic ipaesque lemon bitterness during at the end.

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aleigator from Germany, May 13, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent amber with a thumb of cream colored head. Pretty good head retention & lacing

S: Piney with a little grapefruit

T: Follows the nose, breadyness as well, plus a little dryness. Dryness with grapefruit, a little orange as well. Finishes orangey, bready & a little dry with grapefruit

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, good balance

Nice DIPA, wish I had found this fresher

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russpowell from Arkansas, Apr 25, 2018
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4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. Similar to thier standard IPA, but more hoppy and much stronger. Can only have a couple and you must go down in abv. Color is deeper yellow. Smell is very skunky. Flavor is fantastic. 12oz bottle Columbus, oh. 16oz draft at Pastimes Pub New Albany Oh.

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