Columbus Bodhi DIPA | Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by projectflam86 on 10-07-2009

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176
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1,343
Avg:
4.46
pDev:
7.85%
 
 
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Photo of Roguer
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Darker brew than I expected: we often call bright yellow colors "gold," but this is more the color of actual gold. Topped by a good size snow white head with very good retention. Tons of carbonation flying up the center and edges of the glass. Basically transparent brew.

Super fresh, citrusy, juicy aroma. I immediately think grapefruit pulp, but that is followed quickly by pineapple and mango flavors. Definitely a touch of dank grassiness. Grainy pale malts upon very close inspection.

Flavor follows, with one key qualifier: more. More dankness and more malt than in the aroma. Not quite as juicy, however. There's a bit of juicy grapefruit on the end, and just a touch of grapefruit peel.

Really tough to judge the bitterness. I initially felt that the bitterness was quite low, but the more I drink, the more it really becomes strong and clear, finishing surprisingly bitter and dry.

Very drinkable; it takes at least half the beer to really start to notice any alcohol on the palate.

This is an excellent brew that really applies new school dry hopping levels and hop varietals with an old school level of bitterness and dryness. In that way, it's very similar to many of Stone's better (D)IPAs. Profile wise, it's similar to Sip of Sunshine, albeit cleaner, dryer, and more bitter. I can't say this is my favorite (D)IPA, based on my personal hop varietal preference, but I can definitely see why so many people love it. It is a beer with few faults.

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Photo of LAp
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
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 gcamparone
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64oz growler into a pint glass. Thank you very much Matt for this generous extra. Shared with Emily.

Pours a clear golden body with a gushing foamy white head that reduces slowly after 15 min or so to leave heavy lacing and retention.

Aromas are out of this world . Fresh grapefruit and citrus, bursting tropical fruit and pine in the background.

The tongue matches the nose.. Crisp citrus and grapefruit, pineapple, followed by zesty peppery resin and pine, slight bitter aftertaste but not much. Easy drinker. Crisp and smooth. ABV is very well hidden. Medium carbonation.

I loved this beer. One of the better filtered IPAs I've ever had. Recommendable.

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Photo of MeisterSmudge
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler

A - yellow/orange body with a nice fluffy head - good retention and nice lacing

S - Tropical bomb with hints of pine and a slight sweetness

T - Similar to the nose, lots of tropical fruit, a little bit of pine, finishes beautifully

MF - Nice and dry, good carbonation, immediately want another sip

O - I don't give out perfect scores often, and I'm not particularly crazy about IPAs, but this beer is incredible. Easily the best IPA I've ever had.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden lemon color with a light haze. Great aroma of citrusy hops. Huge hop flavor. Notes of citrus. A great hop flavor all the way through. A great DIPA

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Half gallon growler from Weiland's. Great piney/resin aroma up front which pairs amazingly on the senses with the initial hop bite. Not overly malty with a smooth balanced finish. Easy one of my favorite IPA's....

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Photo of Sintech
5/5  rDev +12.1%
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 popery
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
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 dcotom
4.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Old Mohawk in German Village, Columbus. Beautiful golden color, incredible aroma of citrus and pine. Taste is pleasant, balanced, no overpowering bitterness. This was my new favorite DIPA from the first sip. Not sure how widely available this is, but definitely not to be missed if you're ever in central Ohio.

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Photo of c23118
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled at CBC and then from growler I purchased. This is spot on for me. Easily the best DIPA I've had, and what I compare all others too. Much more experienced tasters than me put it near the top of their lists as well.

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Photo of wapcap
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer. Can always find when in Columbus. Always get a growler to take home. About the best double IPA I've ever had. Smooth, perfect color, and aroma, and taste to boot!

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Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tropical and citrus fruit explosion. Bitterness is never offensive and, at least to me, drinks as easy as orange juice, with deliciousness that begs for the next taste. A must try for IPA aficionados.

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Photo of KSOZE
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best west coast DIPA I have ever had. Beautiful beer, tons of tropical fruit on the aroma, and the flavor follows the nose perfectly. 8%+ is nowhere to be found. They need to find a way to package this beer, as I hate having to wait for a trip to Columbus to get my hands on it.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a white head that turns to a light silky layer and plenty of lacing strung down the glass. Aroma is big time piney, resinous, dank hops with just a hint of tropical citrus and pineapple. The flavor highlights a veritable plethora of bright fresh citrus, dank herb, pine, floral, and resin notes. An incredibly tasty double IPA with a ton of rewarding flavor and really no hint of the alcohol. Sweet neutral slightly toasty caramel grain notes provide a base for a hop explosion. Medium to full bodied with a spot on level of carbonation and crisp finish. Simply put, an incredible imperial IPA with flavor for days. This is one I would always come back to. Thanks to Jess and Karla for bringing the growler, this pretty much stole the show and was the first beer opened.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Gallo's. Shaker.

A: pours a bright gold, 1/8 inch white head. Little to no visible carb.

S: redolent with grapefruit pith, resin, nondescript tropical goodness.

T: slightly sweet arrival, turns immediately clean, then blast of fruity, tropical astringency.

M: light, lifting, crisp. Lovely.

O: the most West-coast IPA I've had from Ohio. Bottle this, and I will have it in my fridge always.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Barley's in Columbus. I had heard great reviews about this beer, but for me this beer did not meet expectations. A very good Double IPA, but there are much better ones.

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Photo of PVMT
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
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 Kain05
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on draft in a pint!
Too many more good Beresford have here tonight, but if you are a hop head, you will love this. Only bad thing about it is that each sip leaves a mild dry bitterness that makes you absolutely want another taste. Dangerously smashable for 8.5% :)

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Photo of WhatItDoBrew32
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Awesome Beer! Certainly a fan favorite within Columbus, for obvious reasons. If hops aren't your thing stay away! Only downside to this beer is, it's not sold in stores. Great Brew!!

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Photo of tedvr
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours honey/amber color with a thin white head. Lots of grapefruit/fruit aroma. Taste of grapefruit and orange with a nice hops balance. Mild carbonation with a nice finish. Overall a really good IPA.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've had this before and I've been floored before. This is a tough style to review - my favorite (and lots of peoples) but one so competitive there are loads to compare it with. Yet this one is pretty hard to top.

It pours from my growler into a pretty IPA glass with a near perfect yellow with loads of head. The head dies quickly to leave a decent head. The aroma is strong and hoppy. Floral but not too much so. Sublime.

The taste is a perfect balance. It has loads of malt balancing a not too heavy (but judicious) hops load. The aftertaste is bitter but easy to take.

This is a great double IPA.

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Photo of tempest
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at a beer dinner where Columbus was a guest. After an excellent, but milder ESB, this blew me away. My first thought was 'damn, this tastes like Heady Topper.' But it's not a clone, this IPA is a little drier and thinner in the body — more West Coast where Heady is rich and smooth. Anyways, it's giant floral grapefruit with pine and a biting bitter that's incredibly bright and blindingly fresh. A fantastic hop bomb if you can find it.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Zaximus
4.28/5  rDev -4%
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 YodersBeerEmporium
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tried from a fresh Growler fill. Great hop aroma but taste was a little weak on the delivery compared to the smell. Still outstanding IPA with awesome finish!

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Columbus Bodhi DIPA from Columbus Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.
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