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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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1,473
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
7.88%
 
 
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Photo of angrybabboon
4.06/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Bilco for sharing this

Review from notes, 6/7/14

Appearance: Lightly hazy, honey-orange in color with some nice tangerine and gold hues - pours with a small, off-white head, fades to a few wisps of a cap, leaves some lacing

Smell: Lots of citrus, definitely juicy and definitely dank - fleshy, juicy orange and grapefruit, with some grapefruit pith - very dank with some weed, grass, and piney notes - herbal and floral citrus as well - very hoppy (obviously), simply smells bitter (a good thing)

Taste: Maybe even more aggressive than the aroma - juicy, fleshy, chewy citrus - big orange and grapefruit flesh and pith - interesting blend of dank flavors, weed, grass, pine, and hop cones - very grassy, earthy, and herbal - very interesting, if not my personal favorite for a hop profile - moderately bitter, and the pithy bitterness lingers

Mouthfeel: Medium body, light carbonation, smooth and easy to drink, some earthy dryness

Overall: A growler? Sure!

This is a solid DIPA with an impressive amount of dank, weedy, grassy, and herbal notes in addition to a solid blast of citrus. I can see why people would go nuts over this. Personally, it's novel, but not the best I've had.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler. Pours light orange with slight haze, two finger fizzy head fades quickly, little lacing. Aroma full of big juicy hops, flowers and pine. Great balanced taste, light cracker malt with citrus coming forward, like biting into an orange with resiny notes around the edges. Thin to medium mouthfeel, soft and slippery. Excellent IPA, glad I finally got to try it.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass on 9/12/09

A - Very light & pale golden-yellow color. Slightly obscured & hazy. It was a full pour, so not much foam. Some small bubbly lace early on, but it doesn't hold.

S - Big grapefruit nose. Sweet & fruity citrus.

T - Very potent grapefruit is in the foreground & it certainly is quite bitter. Obvious hints of other light citrus fruits - orange, pineapple undertones & the like. Not getting much as far as malt characteristics.

M - Lighter side of medium-bodied. Crisp & zesty carbonation. There is a bit of lingering bitterness on the finish.

D - Almost too drinkable; it's a nicely ramped-up version of their IPA. Given my druthers, I would still take a regular Columbus IPA over this, but Bodhi is a damn close second. An excellent treat.

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Photo of gopens44
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So much happening in this yet it's very well balanced. Start with the look. Regal white lathery head sitting on top this hazy golden beer. Nose is grapefruit, bitter and a little sweet. Taste is near perfect for a DIPA as it exhibits equal parts grapefruit, maybe mango? alcohol presence and sweet malt. Pretty full bodied with a pretty quick, dry exit. Bitterness and saccharin sweetness linger on the tongue. Very much worth all the run it gets.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Tap pour into a snifter glass.

Great looking orange color with a frothy, tight bubbled head that leaves generous lacing around the rim of the glass. Smell is sweet citrus and pine. Taste follows the nose. This beer is one of the most balanced DIPAs I have ever had. Super drinkable and tasty. Goes down easily due to the light carbonation. No alcohol detected.

One of the best in a crowded field. This one stands out. Along the lines of Pliny. Built on balance, not punch. Highly recommended. Bottle this already Columbus Brewing!

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$5 tulip at Mekong in Sandusky, Ohio.

Fuck me, that's a delicious DIPA. The balance and intensity of flavors is insane. Very sweet, juicy hops, coupled with some biter, dank hops, a little bit of "Hey, this is a DIPA" alcohol warmth... so tasty, so balanced, so good. DIPA's have a tendency (in my experience) to be on the bitter side or the sweet side, and this is right in the middle. So fresh and bursting and damn good. The malt sweetness and juicier hops are just enough against the drying, bitter hops... finish is clean, a little dry, a little wet... I don't even know anymore. All I know is that this is one of the best DIPAs I've ahd in quite a long while.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmm . . . Hard pressed to find a better dipa in my opinion. Of course that'll depend on your preference. I consider myself very fortunate to have this whenever I want it. Pours a golden strawberry yellow, minimal head with some aggressive fizzies clawing to the top of glass. Aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, peach and mango. Flavors follow close behind with pineapple leading the way . . . Finishes clean and dry, juicy feel and taste. Overall, again, very fortunate to have this readily available. One of the best dipa's around

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Photo of brystmar
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Ethan, thanks!

Orange and translucent, light body on the pour, nice white head up top with strong retention. Smells like orange peels, fresh hops, grapefruit, citrus. Reminds me of a Hill Farmstead DIPA.

Tastes like biting into a fresh fruit. Orange and grapefruit at every turn, fresh citruy hops make me smile. Huge malt backbone. Clean, crisp, and balanced. Very good, wish I could drink this every day.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy as hell for an ipa golden body and a big thick sudsy white head. Leaves lovely lacing dripping all over.

Pine, resin, grapefruit, tangerine, apricot with some sweetness peeking in.

Pine, resin, herbal, maybe a tad earthy and some sweet juicy citrus flavors. Aroma is fruitier to me. interesting hop flavor mix.

Smooth medium body with a medium bitterness.

Makes for easy drinking with the great taste and mouthfeel. Killed the 32 oz growler easily.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, yes. I finally get to try Bodhi. For a while I feared that this one would never make a reappearance. Thank God for the Hop Odyssey redux.

Growler poured into a St Bernardus wine-style glass. I'm going to experiment with glass shapes over the course of this growler to see which one I like the most for this beer.

Appearance
Despite the wide mouth on this glass the head and it's retention are very strong. I'm getting a couple full rings of pure white lace with a smattering of foam below them. The beer has a nice color, but for whatever reason it came as a surprise to me. Its a pretty pale gold with a modest haze about it. I think my surprise came from the fact that this is lighter in color than their regular IPA. Maybe that just means there will be less malt intrusion and a lighter malt character all around. We'll see here in a second.

Aroma
Lots of the tropical hoppy aromas that make CBC beers so fantastic. This one, however, brings a lot more pine than the others in Eric's portfolio. It smells like they are going after Pliny the Elder here, and are doing a good job at it. A bright pineapple and grapefruit rind combo carries equal weight to lots of fresh evergreen and pine sap. Malts are definitely sturdy here and of the lighter order. There might be some pilsner malt, but whatever it is is giving off lots of white bread and crackery dough aromas. There is even and intermittent honey sweetness. This is certainly bursting with hops, it smells green and fresh.

Taste
Pine is very strong and sees things through to the end. At about half palate grapefruit rind and lemon zest come out and provide their tropical nuances. Unlike many IIPAs, in my experience, the malts hold off until the finish, where they impart lots of white bread crust and unsalted cracker. There is a flash of sweet pineapple juice in the middle. The finish is formidably bitter with a long lingering pine resin flavor. Once the glass warms slightly a new level of citrus awakens. Things get very floral with notes of honeysuckle and candied orange. A similar effect is applied to the aroma as well.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, this ale finishes very, very dry. It gives it a very crisp, biting conclusion and keeps you sipping. The carbonation is more fluffy than sharp but it does grip the sides and tip of the tongue.

Overall
This is exactly what I think of when I think west coast imperial IPA. A truck load of hops with a pale malt base and copious notes of pine with citrus interspersed. People from all over are finally getting to know and enjoy CIPA, but its the small batch beers like this, Creeper and Uncle Rusty that I really wish could get spread around. Soon enough people will see that CBC isn't a one trick pony. Kudos guys, I can't wait to see whats next!

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Photo of starrdogg
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drabmuh for this one.

Beer is a slightly hazy yellow with a thin white head. The smell bring a nice tropical fruit hops aroma to the table with a little bit of bready malt in the background, but I'm not overly impressed. Flavor follows the nose - it's got a nice citrus fruit hoppiness with a light malt with a slightly bitter finish. It's not really overwhelming in any one way like a great DIPA should be. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a solid DIPA that I would certainly drink regularly if available to me, but in my opinion it's VERY overrated. It just doesn't compare to a lot of the other DIPAs on the Top 100 list - too simple.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice crisp clear golden yellow. Lots of white frothy head. Very pretty.
Smells super hoppy. Lots of pine and citrus. Not as hoppy as a dip a typically would be i think but smells great
Tastes solidly hoppy. A touch of bitter but very smooth. I like this quite a bit.
Slid mouthfeel. Not too thick... Not too thin. Well carbonated. Overall very solid

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

64oz Growler shipped to Nebraska!

Appearance - Golden orange hue.

Smell - Tropical, dank pine and citrus.

Taste - Tropical, citrus and pine. Super delicious.

Feel - Perfect carbonation. High attenuation. Very drinkable.

Overall - One of the very best IPA's I've ever had. Highly recommended!

Grade (A+)

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bagby’s Brewing in Oceanside, CA
Full pint(s) served in a tulip glass – 05/17/2015

A: Like some mystical golden elixir. Pure, clear, and burnished. Half finger of foamy paper white suds over top. Nice retention efforts noted along with a few solid streaks and patches of sticky lace left clinging to the glass.

S: A virtual Citra assault on the olfactory. Pink grapefruit with a pungent pine and herb note and spikes of gooseberry jam. Smells super fresh and brightly hopped with loads of sugary citrus fruit to this one. Some sweet caramel malts underneath but this is most all about the hops. Real solid with the aromatics.

T: Big zesty blast of Citra flavor conveying an aggressive hop bitter approach. This really has some truly awesome Citra zing to it and quite possibly a little catty Simcoe thrown in. I get a heavy emphasis on the Citrus zest, mainly grapefruit, with some fresh gooseberry and sticky evergreens. Super resinous with some constricting linger and a touch of alcohol warmth in the finish. Something mildly herbal and spiced as a little caramel malt surfaces to an otherwise unobtrusive malt bill. Outstanding brew, well balanced for such a hop monster and it’s just super crush.

M: Moderate to light moderate body with an upper amount of perceived bitterness. Draws into a dryer finish with a light alcohol warmth and great resinous coating on the palate.

D: A truly great DIPA. What a magical find here in SoCal. I think I liked this a tad better than Kern River’s Citra which is speaking volumes. Has a touch lighter mouthfeel however they are very similar to one another.

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Photo of Zaximus
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 day old growler acquired via trade. Was trying to hold out til the Super Bowl but...

Light golden hue. Moderate pour produces a one finger head.

Admittedly I get very little off the nose. Some sweet fruit. Little pine. I'm a little concerned.

Taste allays my worry. Bold taste. Nice balance of tropical fruit and pine followed but big hop bitterness mid palette. The finish however has plenty of malt and just enough sweet to balance this off perfectly. This is extremely drinkable and at 8% it's almost scary.

This was worth seeking out. Well done.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a snifter glass.

A- Poured a clear golden color with bright white soapy head that left splashy lace.

S- Big tangerine, mandarin orange, orange marmalade, and peach notes. Lots of pungent hop character and sweetness in the aroma.

T- Lots of sweet and juicy tangerine, orange marmalade, peach, and tropical fruit notes. Pretty bug pungent hop presence and moderate bitterness.

M- Lots of warming, light burn, full bodied, a little sticky, and dry finish.

O- Reminds me a lot of Boneyard's Hop Venom DIPA, a really big IPA with tons of sweetness and hop character. For 8% ABV, the alcohol is definitely present and borders on a little boozy.

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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 Josholson666
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice slightly hazy golden color, decent sized inch-ish white head, thins down into a small layer of head. Nice lacing and retention.
Smell is potent hops! Citrus and pine, some nice caramel malts.
Taste follows, not surprisingly, to a beautiful combination of piney and fruity hops and nice caramel malt.
Mouthfeel is quite nice, light but substantial.

Excellent DIPA that hides its abv quite nice.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.76/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Justin for sharing this one.

The beer pours a nice hazy orange color with a nice creamy white head.

The smell and taste are good, but a little one dimensional to me. When I taste it I can only think it tastes like an orange cream sickle. It has a nice orange hop presence with the lactose like sweet malts, but really not much bitterness or hop bite at all. A nice feat, but really not too interesting after a while, a nice creamy feel though.

Not bad but overrated in my opinion. I agree with my friend starrdogg that it is too simple to be in the top 100.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To my friend #mps, thanks for the howler. I loved this stuff.

Appearance - The beer was a coppery golden color. Since I was carrying the howler in a backpack, the beer was a little foamy when I opened it.

Smell - Sweet citrus is the initial impression in the smell with a mild maltiness in the background.

Taste - My first impression is the strong pineapple with orange and grapefruit lingering in the background. This is a sweet DIPA with the bitterness largely staying in the background. I had difficulty detecting the alcohol despite the high ABV. On might detect the resin a little more in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - For a DIPA, I thought this was fairly light. It coated the tongue nicely, but I did not think it was very thick.

Overall - This is probably one of my favorite DIPAs.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.92/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Winking Lizard

Aroma: Light biscuity aroma gives way to flowery and citrus-like hop aromas. Smells like liquid citric acid. I mean that in the highest of compliments. Aroma seems much more balanced between light biscuity notes and citrus American hops but we'll see.

Appearance: Cloudy straw color with a thin and wispy white head. Appears still in the glass. Seems a touch turbid.

Flavor: Strong citrus flavors up front. Fresh orange zest and lemon peel. Nice clean bitter base. Balance is definitely to the citrusy and somewhat pine resiny hops. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is lingering and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Slightly oily but the alcohol is well hidden...a velvet hammer.

Overall impression: A highly drinkable, clean, hop driven, West Coast style IPA. Not sure it hits the Double IPA category but splitting hairs here. It's a nice hoppy IPA. Will try again.

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Photo of CityofWind_brew
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%

Had on draft at WOB in Columbus, OH. Super dank and resinous both in the smell and taste. I don't think this is the best beer brewed in OH, but it is great and worth seeking out if you are in the area(available draft only).

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Photo of kemoarps
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a beautiful honey amber. Head of fluffy white foam piling ontop itself. Eventually settles to a subtle haze over the top but daaaamn that lacing.

Nose is sweet and juicy and inviting. Honey sweet and floral and... I don't even know I can't even completely corner all of it, but it is professional and lush and engaging and incredible.

Flavour follows much of the same notes: sweet floral hops juicy citrus and tropical honey dipped deliciousness. A light bitterness to finish, but damn

A little thinner than I would prefer/expect but overall... man this has an impeccable reputation for a reason.
So much love to @WesMantooth for sending this one along as partof the NBS BIF #3!

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Photo of PVMT
4.92/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a growler purchased @ Rozi's in Cleveland on 5/1/15. Was really looking forward to trying this and it did not disappoint by any means. Wish I had access to this regularly.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thanks, seth! 64oz growler into imperial pint glass.

A- Way paler then the single IPA from Columbus, this one is bright and light gold. Nice 2-finger snow-white head. Great streaky lacing.

S- Pineapple, ripe grapefruit, very intense. A buttload of pineapple.

T- Big hot assault, very bitter with the strong grapefruit pith coming through. Mango and pineapple, as well as some new-growth pine. Very bitter. Dries out and finishes nicely. Has 'west coast' written all over it.

M- Great carbonation, mouthfeel, ample body, great drying finish. Highly drinkable.

O- High hopes were met and then some. Columbus Brewing Company is putting out some of the best IPAs in the US, no question. A must for any hop-head.

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