Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Columbus Bodhi DIPA | Columbus Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
183 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Columbus Bodhi DIPAColumbus Bodhi DIPA

Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by projectflam86 on 10-07-2009

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 183 | Ratings: 1,380
Photo of PatrickCT
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

 615 characters

Photo of Josh012012
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured out of a growler this was a light golden/amber color... was not very cloudy and had a thin white head.

At first whiff I could tell this was going to be a petty good brew.. reminded me a lot of the way TG brews smell... kind of a light malt that I anticipate to be dry.. along with a pretty strong and floral hop odor.. now I am thirsty!

Tastes very loyal to the nose. Dry, hoppy, and mildly sweet. A very mild brew for the ABV and very mild for a double IPA IMO.

overall a really good beer .. polished off the growler easily in one sitting.

 551 characters

Photo of Nugganooch
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

 1,653 characters

Photo of ragnar3
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

 158 characters

Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

By far, hands down, the best Double IPA that Columbus Ohio has to offer. The best characteristic is that the sweet malt backbone is not lost under the intense barrage of American hops. It's a balance unmatched in this region.

 227 characters

Photo of BIll_Currie
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another hard to find one for me but luckily found it at great american beer fest. columbus brewing is all but impossible to find here in wyoming. great beer!

 158 characters

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.

 1,464 characters

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.

 1,387 characters

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.

 674 characters

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.

 475 characters

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

 161 characters

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....

 213 characters

Photo of SinjaminBentek
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+)

 311 characters

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.

 366 characters

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.

 324 characters

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.

 224 characters

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!

 178 characters

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.

 200 characters

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.

 291 characters

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.

 810 characters

Photo of SaltofOH
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Gallo's. Shaker. [re-reviewed, bottle 9-26-16 on 9-30-16! DFH Tulip.]

A: pours a bright gold, 1/8 inch white head. Little to no visible carb. [a few steady streams, slightly hazy, excellent lacing.]

S: redolent with grapefruit pith, resin, nondescript tropical goodness. [Decidedly tropical and Resiny; strong mango, papaya, something floral - like lilies perhaps.]

T: slightly sweet arrival, turns immediately clean, then blast of fruity, tropical astringency. [Stoll true, but the astringency is not overpowering; I wouldn't put this past 60 IBUs, tops]. Some lingering grapefruit pith on the finish.

M: light, lifting, crisp. Lovely. [Really just excellent; lighter side of midweight, low to moderate carb, extremely clean finish.]

O: the most West-coast IPA I've had from Ohio. Bottle this, and I will have it in my fridge always. [Promise will be kept, if I can find it! Managed to snag a single; 4-pack next time!]

 934 characters

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.

 178 characters

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.

 178 characters

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% :)

 268 characters

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!!

 182 characters

Columbus Bodhi DIPA from Columbus Brewing Company
4.46 out of 5 based on 1,380 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!