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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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4.44
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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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Photo of Stevedore
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32oz howler, served in a teku glass.

Pours a slightly hazy bright orange and with a caramel hue; two finger thick pulpy white head with good retention and tons of lacing. Smells of grapefruit, citrus, light danky resin, cereal grain and caramel sweetness, orange peel. Very nice balance with a fair amount of grapefruit hop aromas, and I suppose a bit of cat pissiness that detracts slightly. Flavour however contains no danky cattiness; it is full of grapefruit and orange peel with a moderate caramel sweetness that provides nice balance without being overly sweet; moderate resinous bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, substantial without being sticky or too sweet, good resinous bitterness on the finish. A classic that I've finally been able to sample and enjoy.

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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 StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

the thing thats so impressive about this beer isnt its hop profile, as good as that is (its amazing), but its the mouthfeel. there is no evidence at all that this is 8% abv, it drinks like 5%, and the body isnt even all big and sticky and filling, its just delicate stuff, very east coast, very impressive. the hop complexion does rock though, quite lemony but only mid range on the bitterness scale. there is a honey color to the beer but a definite baked malt profile under the hops, which gives balance but not much body and certainly no residual sugar. i like beers like this, that arent what i expect but are delicious anyways. some earthiness to the hops too, not grassy or piney, my familiar descriptors, but someplace in between, plant-like and mildy astringent, but with that lemon thing in there too. its got great carbonation and would be way too easy to get messed up on. my first beer from columbus is nothing short of sensational.

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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 MalarkeyMcGee
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Light crystal clear golden Amber with good head retention.

S: Resiny hops. Slightly malty.

T: Very nicely bitter with a hop profile I can't put my finger on.

F: One of my favorite qualities. Nicely dry and effervescent without being too light. Reminds me a lot of Pliny.

O: Very solid. Glad I got the chance to try it. Worth seeking out and enjoying.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy yellow orange, some carbonation with a one finger head

S-Good deal of hops, mainly citrus and floral. Tad bit of grass and pine

T-Sweet, very citrusy, some floral notes as well, has a tad bit of grass and pine as well. Some bitterness, could have more though. Nice balance though.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, hop resins.

O-Needs more bitterness, just adding a little bit more in terms of bitterness would make this a great beer.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (from the 7/16 release) into a tulip at fridge temp.

Look: light orange, not quite perfectly clear, with a nice persistent sudsy offwhite head.

Smell: mild spice, orange pith, lavender, oak.

Taste: an almost rye-like spice, with lots of floral notes, and hints of orange peel, pine, nutmeg/clove/banana. Starts off pretty delicate and subtle, but the flavor really gets robust and rich in the middle. Pretty good balance between sweet and bitter. No hint of alcohol.

Feel: medium body, fluffy, and quite dry.

Overall: a very good beer. Not especially better than the best from Stone, or Saint Archer, or Modern Times... but quite good, nonetheless.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler

Acquired via trade
Thanks, claaark13!

Very slightly hazed light golden and yellow in color. Moderately-sized white head. Nice amounts of visible carbonation rushing up through the glass. Lined lacing down the glass. Very pretty, very appropriately sticky IPA. So far, so good.

Lots of sharp grapefruit and orange aromas erupting from the glass. This reminds me of Pliny or a good batch of Sculpin in a lot of ways. Citrus, mild dank, and just a hint of pine and resin. Very nice.

The flavor follows the aroma: lots of grapefruit zest and juicy flesh, just a hint of caramel sweetness, moderate bitterness, but disappearing, crisp, marvelously drinkable flavors. This reminds me of early batches of Sculpin in many ways, which is the highest of compliments.

Lighter-medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

Fantastic. Easily my favorite Midwest (D)IPA. Finally, the Midwest brings a contender!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oh, the famed Bodhi. It's funny when you finally get to these uber-hyped beers of a specific fame. The reality of the ride seems to usually be different than what it was built up in the mind.

Nice look to it; barely hazed gold. Flavor has full, sweet hops with some clear pine that isn't overly obnoxious or abrasive. Smooth is the word here. It's really amazing (and great!) that smooth IPAs and DIPAs are the new rage. So pleasant and easy to drink.

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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 TheIPAHunter
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really well-made beer. Cheers, @PatrickCT! 32 ounces of 'growl' poured into a HopSlam snifter. Lorna Morgan wearing a sheer gold bra. Next. Snow white head that projects across the glass like a lie detector recipient who's telling the truth. Spotty lacing throughout the glass. In the nose I get a mixture of honeydew, orange peel, faint clove and tobacco leaf. A slight breeze blowing through fresh manicured lawns on a spring afternoon. The taste is where this beer really excels. It's an exceptional balance between citrus, herbaceous and bitter. The feel is clean, and it gives me just enough tongue smack on the finish to make me say 'larrrrrrrrrrrrrge.' Columbus Brewing has something special right here. Give me more, please.

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Photo of cowtown
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

CBC Bohdi

A Unfiltered light orange yellow appearence, nothing special to look at.

S Tropical fruit, oranges & grapefruit but still has a degree of pine , pale malt present

T Like the aroma but better, with a fair amount of bitterness on the finish but not overwhelming, pale malt present troughout.

M Very nice feel & almost too drinkable at 8.0%

O A Good balance between aroma, DIPA drinkabilty and citric hops that put CBC right up there as a close contender.

I love extreme bitterness in my IPAs, but this lighter one won me over. Looking forward to possible 4 packs from CBC

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange body with a hint of cloudiness and a sticky, soapy bone-white head. Aroma and flavor includes big citrus and huge grapefruit. Feel is medium bodied and slick, really drinkable. Really solid DIPA.

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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 PatrickCT
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler poured into a tulip.

a: Crystal clear, gold body. One finger white head stands for a bit before subsiding.

s: Huge wafts of allium and pine. Spicy, fresh chives, citrus rind, grassy compost, with modest caramel malt.

t: A sweet malt backbone holds up huge layered hop flavor. Piney, a good amount of dankness, grapefruit and spicy, green allium finish.

mf: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Slight resiny feel. Spicy, dry finish.

o: Wow. What a beer. This seems to be going in the opposite direction of the current trend with IPAs in that it is supper refined. And tastes and feels like a beer.

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

Poured from a growler into a pint glass
A: Golden yellow with a one-finger head that settles quickly
S: Pine resin, grapefruit, florals
T: Fresh, forward hops, with grapefruit/lemon/orange rind, pine, florals, a solid malt backbone, a bit of grass/earth on the finish. Very complex
M: Crisp, fresh, balanced
O: A very solid DIPA that's quite enjoyble to drink. Very well made

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

Thanks to Eric for always sharing great beer.

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow with two fingers of white head.

S: Great straight forward hop aroma.

T: Nice tropical hop flavor that is smooth, mild and not overdone. Very crisp and clean taste.

M: Medium body with nice carbonation.

O: Would drink a ton more.

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Photo of LAp
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a tulip.

From the bottle, aromas of lemon, lime, tangerine peel, and faint pine. Definitely a lighter citrus nose than many competing DIPAs. Pours a surprisingly pale and surprisingly clear yellow, with a barely 1-finger head receding to leave respectable lacing. The palate opens crisply with a more lemon-dominant note than the nose, and develops into a more pine hop background than the citrusy nose would lead one to expect. The light, dry hop profile lends an almost ginger-ale-like element to the beer. The beer is crisp and dry and the mouthfeel is a real standout.

I'm revising this beer down after trying it more thoroughly in a couple bottles. I was extremely impressed (and caught up in the hype) when I first reviewed it on tap, but a more sober (forgive the brew-pun) look places this beer lower down in my estimation of great Double IPAs. It doesn't have the savory dankness of some true titans of the style, and shoots instead for a more unique take on the west-coast double. It succeeds to some degree in this regard, particularly in its tremendously well-crafted mouthfeel, but the palate leaves a little something to be desired. There's not as much texture to the palate as I would expect from such a well-liked beer, and while it is supremely drinkable, upon more meticulous dissection, it lags behind the world-class DIPA competition.

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Photo of Damian
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 32 fl. oz. growler acquired in a trade with mps
Served in a snifter

The brilliantly clear, glowing, pale yellow-amber liquid was topped by a flimsy, bright white crown that fell to a lasting, bubbly ringlet. Hardly any lacing.

Fruity hop notes dominated the nose. Lots of tropical fruitiness. Mango and papaya were most apparent. Quite sweet. Strong peach notes.

The beer's flavor profile was very similar to the nose. Super fruity and juicy. Lots of candied orange peel. Intense peach and apricot notes. Some tangerine as well. A semi-sweet, caramel malt backbone gave the beer balance yet did not detract from the hoppiness. Ruby red grapefruit came through on the finish. Just slightly pithy and bitter.

The mouthfeel was somewhat disappointing. It seemed that my growler had definitely lost a good amount of its carbonation in transit from Ohio. The super fine, mild effervescence nevertheless gave the liquid a slightly slick creaminess.

Columbus Bodhi is a flavorful and immensely drinkable double IPA, but it is definitely a half-step below the best offerings of the style. Someday I would love another opportunity to sample this fresh on-tap.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really clear, light golden honey color, huge frothy head.

Smells of lemon and other bright citrus, strong flower character.

Sweeter than I expected, honey, light flowers, citrus again but not as bright or bitter as expected.

Really light, fluffy mouthfeel, easy to drink, hides abv well.

8.5

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Photo of RNbeerfan
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale yellow. One finger head. Lacing lasts throughout the pour.
S: pine and citrus
T: super crisp and easy drinking. Flavor matches the nose with more layers than the nose
F: A tad thin, but easy drinking
O: Great west coast style IPA. Enough bitterness to balance the beer out. Could drink this all summer

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a cloudy orange amber with a whispy white head tha laces. The nose is a mellow sweet citrus with a touch of tangerine. Potent hops and malt sweetness dominate the hop profile and drink with a perfectly refined, floral/citrus hop profile that leaves a lingering green tea bitterness. Medium bodied, sweet, generously hopped and carbonated, and has a lingering grainy citrus. This is a highly drinkable dipa, which reminds me of rpm. Definitely hit the the brewery when your in town.

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Photo of iadler
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had tried this multiple times. Thanks to Brian for supplying this for our last couple tastings. From notes.

A- Pours a hazy orange with a two finger head that slowly dissipates leaving some nice lacing behind.

S- Honeydew, cantaloupe, peppery spice, mango, grass, pine, lemon with a bit of caramel and honey.

T- Fruit forward with mango, honeydew, lemon, lime, cantaloupe with some pine and caramel.

M- Medium carbonation with a creamy body.

O- Similar flavor profile to their IPA but much less caramel malt and more hop presence. I really wish they bottled this.

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Photo of Namabiru
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Living in Dayton, OH currently, I had the pleasure of driving over to Columbus this Saturday and thought it would be a great opportunity to fill my Howler with Columbus Brewing Company's Bodhi DIPA. This was the second time I visited the brewery, having tried their standard IPA on the first visit. I didn't chance drinking the Bodhi the first time, given it's 8.5% ABV; an hour drive back to Dayton can get a bit monotonous and didn't want to doze off. So I brought my howler with me this time and I'm glad I did, even though I had to wait until arriving home before trying...it was worth it!

As soon as I open the door to home, I hung up my jacket (cold today in OH), and reached for my pint glass...

(A)ppearance takes on a clear golden color, so clear I could read this review through the glass. Not hazy in the least. And thinking it would be a bit flat, I was pleasantly surprised by the thin head that lingered after the pour leaving a slight lace.
(M)outh feel was a bit thin, just a medium body (not to be taken as a negative...thick body beers should be more for brown ales or stouts or porters.)
(S)mell developed as a strong floral, hinting at the beer's 93 IBU's before tipping the glass for the first mouthful.
(T)aste came in strong...pine tree bitterness, leaving a good burn on the throat, but quickly dissipating the more you drink. This would go well with a nice burger or other meaty item to cut through the hoppy bitterness...or a nice piece of Winan's chocolate!
(O)verall a nice DIPA, strong hoppy taste not for those who prefer lagers or even pale ales. I would love to have some to take home in a bottle to save (had to finish the howler in one sitting, not wanting to risk losing carbonation), but respect the idea that it is only sold on tap. Draft beer is the best way to enjoy a beer and I think this one would lose some of its character if taken from bottle or can. A great DIPA, enjoy!

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Columbus Bodhi from Columbus Brewing Company
4.44 out of 5 based on 1,488 ratings.
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