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Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
columbusbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.


Added by projectflam86 on 10-07-2009

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199
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1,475
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
7.88%
 
 
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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12/29/12 notes. Huge thanks to jslot38 for sharing a growler of this one; been wanting to try it.

a - Pours a murky medium orange-yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, citrus hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, some pine hops. Nice nose; not quite as hoppy as I was expecting but the citrus is very nice.

t - Tastes of oranges, citrus hops, pine hops, grapefruits, creamcicle, fruity malts, earthy notes. No bitterness at all in the taste, and a lot of orange again. Slight step down from the nose, but still really good.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, with absolutely no bitter bite at all. Super smooth and easy to drink, I like the mouthfeel a lot.

o - Overall I thought this was a good beer, though I was a bit disappointed given the ratings. Justin was nice enough to bring back a case of fresh Columbus IPA as well and to be honest, I liked that one a bit better. It smell and tastes good with a lot of oranges and citrus, and has a great mouthfeel, but it isn't as hoppy as I would have hoped for. I thought DC Brau's OTWOA, which we also had that night, was much better. Worth having and would like to have it again for sure, but wouldn't trade the world for it because it is in the Top 100.

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Photo of Mikus
4.16/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was extremely good, and extremely fresh (being that it was consumed in C-Bus). Nice finger and a half of head, nice translucent body, very nice. Beautiful citrus notes... lemon freshness. Not a huge nose, but nice and clean. Pine quickly invaded the taste, with clean, fresh notes absent from the nose. Surprise. Crisp mouthfeel lacking the sliminess of some DIPAs. Nice brew, even on a day when I may have been a bit inundated by DIPAs! If you are in Columbus, come and try this one!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.16/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the embrace of fruit and lupulin that Columbus has with beer, there's really no surprise with the demonstrative IPA that puts both front and center with a host of tropical, citrus and orchard fruit to entice and intimidate the senses all at once.

Tangerine, nectarine, passion-fruit, mango and even papaya join with more obvious fruity hop flavors of pink grapefruit, orange and pineapple for an early taste and vibrant aroma that steps straight out of Hawaiian Punch. Wrapped in a candied cocoon, its honey, caramel and simple syrup sweetness gives an emboldened ripeness to the fruit's character.

While the sweetness holds on in the middle, its fruity center turns bitter, resinous and pithy. An underlying estery quality of peach and marmalade reinforces the hops with seamless taste. Citrus pulls ahead late while introducing earthy flavors of fresh-cut grass, chopped chive and an exotic herbal character likened to cannabis.

A late dissolve of sweetness finally allows the hops take full control, dragging the tastebuds into a sticky and resinous dryness that's also elevated by spicy alcohols that numb the tongue lightly with the peppery prickle of acetone.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.16/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Eric (TurdFurgison) for getting this to me in time to drink before heading to Toronto. Served in a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Big white foam that has great retention, splotchy lace, and eventually settles to a thick cap. Golden transparent body with lots of visible bubbles.

S - Lots of earthy aromas, with piney, floral, and dank notes, with a bit of tropical fruit and citrus in the periphery. The malt character is bready, with a small amount of toasted sugar as well.

T - Candied citrus fruits, perfume and floral notes, largely unobtrusive malt character and medium residual bitterness. A little bit understated, but quite enjoyable.

M - Lower carbonation, medium body, sticky and chewy, with no perceptible alcohol. Could stand to be a touch drier for my tastes.

D - I wasn't blown away like some of my colleagues, but this is a solid, well-crafted DIPA in the Midwest vein. It's incredibly easy to drink (crushable, if you will) and would be an excellent go-to beer if I lived in the Columbus area.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to drabmuh for getting this out to me. Pour is golden with a good, fluffy white head. The nose carries some seriously-dank hops. Seems to be loads of Columbus. Light citrus and pine. Flavor is similarly dank, and aided by a very strong bitterness. Quite good.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler obtained through a trade. Thanks, a long time want here. At the time of this review, this is #15 on the "Top Beers - American Double / Imperial IPA" list on beeradvocate.com. Overall this was quite the nice double IPA, probably slightly over-rated from my perspective but really only slightly. I would definitely have this again if I could find it on draft. I love it. The aroma was the best part, smelled like Hill Farmstead Abner.

Beer is yellow with a slight haze to it, nice slightly off white head, small and medium bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is grapefruit, biscuit, sweet, hops.

Beer is medium in body, chewy hop resin, nice moderate bitterness from the hops on the back, decent hop flavors, could have been more forward on the palate, overall a great beer though.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Went to Columbus and got a fresh growler of this. Pours a golden orange with good sized head that leaves plenty of sticky lace. Nose is quite dank with some citrus, but is not nearly as big as you'd expect from such a highly rated beer. Taste is somewhat malty, with some sweetness, along with some solid hop flavor and balancing bitterness. Well rounded and doesn't try to just be a bitter hop bomb. Overall, very good, but would have liked to see the hops pop more on the nose.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is hazy and straw yellow with a half inch of white head that coats the glass with lacing. The aroma brings fresh hops, tangy grapefruit, biscuity malt. The flavor is very nice, though not quite as lovely as the scent. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Overall, this is solid, but not sure why this is currently on the top 100.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Classic-style resin-hopped flavor IPA/DIPA from a bottle graciously provided by BierRunner. Nose has some resin and a hint of floral, but overall a little light. Taste is a classic resin hops with some malt. Not hint whatsoever of the 8.5 ABV -- drinks more like a regular IPA. Very smooth; very drinkable.

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Photo of BeernDrum
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Believe it or not I live in columbus. This is the first time I've had this. Excellent!!
It pours a murky yellow with a two finger head. The smell to the nose was heaven. Pine, grassy, citrus. At first taste all that I smelled came to the tongue and was delicious. It was not as bitter as I thought or hoped it would be. But it was delicious and very easy to drink. I absolutely recommend this one and being 15 minutes from the brewery I will never miss out on this.

An edit after the second glass...this stuff is amazing. It has it's own character and delicious hopiness that is hard to duplicate. My favorite so far has been fathead headhunter. This is a very close second for me.

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Photo of TheAlmightyDejus
4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep hazy yellow, golden hue.
S: Solid aromas of full on fruit to the face.
T: A plethora of big tropical hop presence of mango, mandarin, grapefruit, and pineapple. Chewy hop resin and biscuit malts.
M: So delicious you almost can't sit on the mouthfeel too long, but a decent carbonation that is smooth and satisfying.
O: If you haven't had this one, you really need to find a way to. A great Columbus beer that spoils the locals a little, but the second it hits taps, this one flies away, so be quick on it.

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Photo of popery
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is a bright yellow gold color. Good clarity. Medium white head. Good retention. Mild caramel. Pretty big malt sugariness. Pineapple, grapes, orange hops. Fairly juicy. A little danker pine underneath. Taste has a lot of hoppiness. More malt flavor than I’m used to, at least for the wave of newer IPAs. Medium bitterness. Medium body. Finishes fairly dry.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1759th Review on BA
Growler to Travel bottle....=)
8oz to GI Chalice

App- When I popped this one into my chalice it was a nice medium colored orange. Maybe a touch of gold intermixed with a lighter yellow center. A small bit of bubbles was there but didnt leave much cling. A bit flat from going growler to travel bottle to glass.

Smell- When I took of a whiff of this it did have a bit of flat malts behind it, but at the same time a good balance of some strong mango and other tropical fruits. A little bit of pine as well to round out the back.

Taste- A well rounded DIPA. Had a nice balance between the thicker malts and then a stronger fruit flavor than the nose suggested. A good hop bite but still a little flat from the travel. More malty than I wouldve though with still a nice pine..

Mouth- A fairly solid medium body and due to lack of bubbles a creamy medium carbonation level. A bit buttery feeling but thats okay. I get where they were going with this. Residual tropical fruits. A touch of pine as well.

Drink- I don't normally ask for travel bottles of DIPA's but trying to tick the top 250 calls for some skill and friends to help out. Thanks again Matt. Appreciate this tasty treat while away from home.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alex through Eric for this one! Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a copper orange/gold color, frothy cream-colored head, sticky lacing, thick cap.

S - Citrus, orange peel, huge floral hoppy bitter note. Not as huge of a hop bomb as I was expecting, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Very mellow for a DIPA, which is nice for a change.

T - Pine citrus, hops, bitterness, perfume finish. Like the nose, very mellow and enjoyable. The pine/citrus is excellent and the perfume finish is unlike anything I can remember having.

M - Light to medium, frothy carbonation, oily finish.

O - Super easy to drink, even at 8%. Just goes down so easily for a DIPA and I had several pours. Would def have again, if offered.

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Photo of grover37
4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from a trade with @Gregf51, only about a week old! Split into two mini balloon tulips.

Really nice lacing and small but persistent head. Slight hop haze, light orange.

Lemon, grapefruit and dank resin nose. Taste of more grapefruit, orange, and a lingering pine.

Really tasty but a touch bitter and thin for my current preferences. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Double IPA flavor and ABV that's drinks like a regular IPA. Very smooth and easy on the pallette with good aromas and great flavor. Wish we had it on shelves out here

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Photo of soze47
4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding dipa - bitterness is just right with hops balancing and restraining a bright sweetness that keeps things juicy and pleasant. Even at higher abv, it is dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler - clear golden hue, fresh hop aroma, excellent carbonation and solid mouthfeel...overall a very drinkable DIPA...would search out again.

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Photo of smanson56
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler thanks to @Eziel for allowing me to try this. Poured a nice golden color perhaps a little orange haze. The nose is full of all the wonderful hoppy aroma. The taste follows the nose lots of nice tropical fruits with a great piney finish. This is a great DIPA

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Photo of thebigredone
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured from a six-ish day old growler.

Aroma of citrus and tropical fruits jump out of the glass.

Taste is similar to the nose, citrus and tropical fruits, good malt balance, minimal bitterness. Not sure if this would be even fruitier if really fresh, but if so that would be pretty damn amazing.

Overall, a great beer. Very smooth and dangerously drinkable. Easily crushed three 12oz pours in a very short time period. Heady and Pliny have nothing on this.

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Photo of Buck89
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter from a bottle. A golden color, slightly hazy, with a medium-sized white head. Great lacing in the glass. Big aromas of citrus and some earthy, herbal notes. A little pine and faint malt. The taste followed as expected with a nice balance of citrus, resin, pine, and malt. Not boozy at all with a great feel.

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Photo of drewaha
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On draft. Very floral bouquet. Hoppy taste as would be expected but very smooth and well balanced unlike a lot of ipas. I'm not a huge ipa fan but this is a terrific beer

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle dated 8/8/16 into a "Bodhi" nonic pint. Pours clear golden yellowish with two fingers of beautiful white head, which very slowly dissipated leaving extensive lacing.

The smell hits you immediately with strong hoppy citrus. Closer examination shows pineapple, orange, grapefruit, and a piney bitterness under it all. An outstanding smell.

The taste is immediate citrus, orange, pineapple, bitter pine, and a strong lingering bitter hop finish. The west coast pine seems to dominate the flavor while the citrus dominated the nose. There is no hint of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is heavy carbonation but smooth. No oily feeling. The aftertaste sticks with you for a time.

Overall, this beer is phenomenal. The smell is just about perfect. It's very easy to drink. The only thing that brings the score down slightly for me is the overpowering aftertaste. That's more of a personal preference though. This would be a go-to DIPA for me, if I had access to it.

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Photo of portia99
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

64oz growler poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Pours a pale golden color with a slight haze. A finger of fluffy white head lingers on top for several minutes - shows good retention. Foamy lacing is left on the glass with nice rings forming as beer level descends in the glass.

S - Super piney on the nose up front with some lighter citrusy grapefruit and a nice mix of tropical pineapple and mango...a great mix of a variety of hop aromas. A low level base malt aroma manages to sneak thru yielding some light caramel and some bisuity malt aromas.
Super hoppy but still shows a good overall balance, although definitely trending towards the hoppy.

T - A touch sweet. Super fruity and tropical, lots of grapefruit here. Pine really comes on strong here giving the largest hop flavor contribution. Malt is low in the flavor profile but the caramel malt in the aroma also shows thru into the flavor nicely.

M - Body is on the lighter side with a medium carbonation level. Resiny and sticky with tons of pine.

O - A DIPA that has been on my wants list for a long time, which is always dangerous since it is set up to be a letdown. This one definitely was not a letdown. Great hop character, full of flavor and variety from tropical and citrus to the forceful pine presence, this was hoppy all the way. Body is lighter, making this a pretty easy drinker. Shared the growler with one friend and this disappeared very quickly. Alcohol is well hidden here (although making our way thru this growler in short order, we definitely were feeling it at the end).

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Photo of subemerge007
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this a couple weeks ago at Bob's.

A- A yellow/gold beer with a very sticky head.

S- I smell pineapple, apricot, lots of citrus and fresh hops.

T- Tastes great, a really easy to drink ipa, fresh hops, a bit of grapefruit.

M- Smooth.

O- A great beer I really enjoyed.

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Columbus Bodhi from Columbus Brewing Company
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