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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:
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Photo of ehammond1
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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 siege06nd
4.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint:

A. A clean, pale orange yellow. About a finger of crisp white head. Solid retention as a quarter finger lingers throughout the session. Really good lacing, gobs of the sticky stuff are all over my half empty glass. A good looking DIPA here.

S. Mmmmm, pineapple, grapefruit, and citrus zest are coming in loud and clear. Some nice pine resin and just a hint of skunk in the background. Creamy, citrusy, and delicious.

T. Pineapple, pine resin, sweet malt. A super light drinking DIPA. Creamy up front with an assertive hop bitterness in the mid. The finish is delicious pineapple and cream, but a touch of thinness comes in and almost gives a watery impression. Slightly dings an otherwise spectacular flavor profile.

M. Good. A slightly watery finish is a bit of a negative, but for the most part, flavors are balanced and well integrated. A solid DIPA.

O. Another good IPA from CBC. If you see it on tap, don't hesitate to partake!

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to Claaark13

Look: Pours a hazy straw yellow with some orange highlights. A almost 1/2 inch white head and very good retention leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass

Smell: lots of tropical fruits pineapple mango and grapefruit.

Taste: very similar to the nose. The beer is just an assault of tropical fruits on the palate with a very welcoming bitterness to clean up the back end

Mouthfeel: medium body and carbonation the carbonation and the bitterness tickle the back if your throat but in a good way

Overall: a very good dipa and maybe the best that I have had from the Midwest.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.61/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a hazy golden orange with a bright white head. Head has pretty solid retention, turning into a ring of bubbles around the edge and leaves some really nice layered lacing.

S- Getting crushed by tropical fruits, a touch of pine and maybe a bit of bready malts. I had to look really hard to find them.

D- Tons of tropical fruits and a lot more pine that I picked up in the nose. Has a nice bitter bite to it as well. I like this.

M- Medium in body and a good amount of carbonation.

O- Very nicely done. I'm really digging this. Tough choice to pick between this and their IPA.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.84/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow with moderate bright white head and sticky lacing.

Floral aromas of dank, sticky green, slightly skunky cannabic hops abound. This stoner bouquet is enhanced with the accompaniment of a fruity, munchie-inducing aroma of Trix cereal.

Flavors are really very close to the smell, but a little more piney and citrusy.

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Photo of MikeCactusGordon
4.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A truly original masterpiece in the DIPA category. This one stacks up to the best DIPA's in the country. Seek this one out. For me, it's up there with Heady Topper and the Pliny's.

Light in color, but the smell, taste and mouthfeel are exceptional. Pine, citrus, biscuit and just a great flow to this beer. I'll say it again, very original in the category. Great stuff.

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Photo of thebigredone
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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 ThePorterSorter
4.36/5  rDev -2%
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 CuriousMonk
4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful hazy golden color along with a big white head. Sticky lacing lasted well throughout. A sweet malty, hoppy and citrus fruits comes through very nicely in the aroma. The citrus and malty flavors were amazing – fresh hops, tangy grapefruit, and piney. Medium bodied and decent carbonation throughout. Overall, this was a fine example of a DIPA and one that closely resembled a Three Floyds Dreadnaught / AleSmith IPA meets Three Floyds Zombie Dust type of beer. I would love to get my hands on some more of this beer!

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Photo of Roguer
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
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 schoolboy
4.63/5  rDev +4%
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 SDRedDevil
4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
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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4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a deeply complex IPA. Velvety and smooth with no off putting attributes. Nice golden orange amber body. Head is short and off white poured from a growler. Orange rind and flowery resin dominate the nose. The body is bright and full of citrus as it enters the mouth with first sip. The body is very vibrant for any style, especially an IPA. Crisp, sharp, and electric in character and absolutely delicious in every way. I could drink this brew every day. This beer is the real thing. I really hope they start packaging this beer for distribution.

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Photo of portia99
4.27/5  rDev -4%
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 BB1313
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio -- $8.99

I've had this one numerous times in the past, so I figured it's time to give this one a review. Pours a light golden; extremely clear and transparent; beautiful fluffy eggshell white head with solid lacing and retention. The aromas are extremely tropical. Tons of mango and pineapple. There's also a good amount of grapefruit in the nose as well. It as a west-coast vibe to it. The flavors match the nose. It never becomes overwhelming or overly bitter. There's a great balance between the bitterness and sweetness. Malts take a backseat. Very sharp, clean and flavors. There's a subtle touch of pine needles going on. There's a subtle dash of garlic, but nothing to be concerened about for the garlic/onion hater. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's medium-bodied and feels light for a DIPA. The carbonation is there, but far from overboard. It's also extremely fluffy and creamy. The alcohol goes completely unnoticed. This is dangerously drinkable!

Bodhi has those GOOD characteristics that alot of hopheads look for. It's not aggressive and in your face. It's more balanced and it doesn't have much to complain about. It's always been one of my favorite "local" DIPAs and is worthy of the acclaim it receives. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Damian
4.36/5  rDev -2%
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 david131
4.82/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to warnerry for sharing!

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange liquid with a few streams of rising carbonation. The white head is thin but creamy.

S- Passion fruit, mango, pineapple, pine, caramel, and a bit of citrus. Absolutely astounding.

T- The fruit really jumps out at first followed by the biscuity malt. Really fruity and delicious. The malt backing is definitely a but on the lighter side which works really well for this beer.

M- The carbonation is nice and the lingering bitterness is spot on.

O- An outstanding beer for the style. Seems like an extreme Zombie Dust.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a few years of drinking this, I am finally getting around to a formal review. This one is from a growler, as this is the only way to enjoy it at home. For now...

Pours a mainly clear golden yellow, with a bright white fluffy head. Decent amout of lacing.

Smells pretty hoppy. Lots of floral and pine, with a touch of citrus and medicinal aromas. Not much malt noticeable.

An initial sweet, sticky toasted malt provides a very light base for the hops to explode out of. The citrus punches you in the mouth right of the bat. Pineapple and a passion fruit. A lot more tropical fruit flavor then you would guess from the aroma. It is followed up with a wave of pine and floral bouquet flavors. Fairly green and dank, without being too medicinal, and very crisp and clean in the finish. This is a hop bomb under control if that makes sense.

A moderate amount of resin feel. It is medium bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation.

While the midwest usually offers up tropical juice bombs, or a mix of east and west coast IPAs, this one is definitely a more traditional west coast version to me, and it absolutely nails it. This is Pliny the Elder good whether you want to believe it or not. Probably a little less balanced - if you are looking for a hoppier version. Still one of my top handful of DIPAs.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Ryan011235
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
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 angrybabboon
4.06/5  rDev -8.8%
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 zimm421
4.98/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a tulip. Appears an extremely hazy orange, with nice head that leaves pretty nice lacing.

Nose is absolutely perfect. Tons of citrus hops, and some good floral notes. Almost all hops, but there is a very small hint of sweetness that makes this combination amazing. The taste is similar, as expected. The upfront flavor is good malt that is immediately washed away with hopiness. Lots of floral and citrus, but the pine flavors finally make their presence known.

The mouthfeel is very smooth at first, but has a little bite on the tip of the tongue. There is a lot of stickiness, but it goes down nicely. Overall, this is an incredible beer. Very satisfying, refreshing and so flavorful. Another great beer from CBC!

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.54/5  rDev +2%
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 gopens44
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
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 grover37
4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Columbus Bodhi DIPA from Columbus Brewing Company
4.45 out of 5 based on 1,383 ratings.
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