Columbus Black IPA | Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by prototypic on 01-16-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of prototypic
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black IPA is the first of the 2010 Hop Odyssey series. Each month will supposedly bring a new release in the series.

Black IPA is a very dark mahogany color. It's damn near opaque. There are a few burgundy highlights at the outer edges of the glass. It's capped with a tan head that rises to about a finger and a half. It's fairly quick to recede and leaves an attractive, sticky coat of lace in its wake. Good lookin' stuff.

The nose is pretty impressive. There's no question that it's chock full of hops. I have no clue what the hop bill is, but it does smell similar to Columbus IPA in the hop department. Perhaps it's the same. Not sure on that point. There are hints of dark malts. It's a little cocoa-esque and has a light roasted malt scent. Interesting. Nonetheless, hops rule the day here and that's a great thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. I understand the abv is 7.5%. Black IPA carries it well.

Black IPA is very good beer. I was a little skeptical, but I might just prefer this to Columbus IPA. Seriously. Hops are front and center. They have a nice citric quality that produces grapefruit and pineapple flavors. It's VERY bitter and dry. You might want to grab a glass of water to keep handy. The dark malt flavors seem mostly roasted and slightly acrid. They don't exactly provide much balance, but they do complement the hop flavor well. Did I mention this was very bitter? Alcohol is blended well and doesn't come through in flavor much at all. It finishes bitter and extremely dry.

Black IPA has a medium body that is smooth. Carbonation doesn't seem too high, but it's so bitter that it's tough to accurately gauge it. Suffice it to say it's smooth and goes down easy. Drinkability is good. I really like the flavor a lot and it goes down smooth and easy. The only drawback is that it's very dry. I don't know that I'll polish off the growler tonight, but a glass or two more is in order.

Columbus Brewing Company did a really nice job with Black IPA. I didn't know exactly what to expect, but I'm now very excited to see what the rest of the Hop Odyssey series will bring. I don't know if the Columbus IPA recipe was used with dark malts or not. I wish I did. The hop flavor (and bitterness) seems familiar. I honestly prefer Black IPA. The malt character here adds an element that's not present in Columbus IPA. If you want my opinion, CBC should scrap Apricot Ale and make this a regular release. Very impressive stuff. Check it out while you have the chance.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, in a pint glass at the brewpub on 1/12/10

A - Pours dark brown, near black, with one finger of toasted-brown foam on top. The head recedes to a thin wisp after a few minutes, leaving little in the way of retention. Lacing is ok.

S - The hop profile smells nearly identical to their regular IPA, which is not a bad thing at all. Bold citrus & pine are immediately appreciable. Most notable are grapefruit, tangerine & orange; maybe a spot of lemon peel as well. The twist here is the malt bill, which offers toasted dark malts & dark sugars. Smells enticing to say the least.

T - The taste is even better; reasonable pine bitterness leads off & is interwoven throughout. There are citrus undertones as well, though the grapefruit & orange seem masked to a slight degree by the malts. This isn't to say the beer wants for hops; they most certainly are in abundance & it would be noticeable, were they absent. Toasted dark malts are prominent also; which compete with the hops for recognition. Caramel & dark sugars. Modest, yet distinctive note of bittersweet chocolate that comes across as slightly roasted. The result is a collection of potent flavors that command attention.

M - Leaning toward full-bodied with just enough frisky carbonation; it's a perfect balance for the weight of the beer. Bitter & roasted residuals linger on the finish.

D - Solid all around; this is an impressive beer. I can't exactly say that this trumps the Columbus IPA in my book, but it comes awfully close. I agree with the below reviewer - this would do well to be a year-round release. Hopefully it makes its way around again.

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Photo of jharkins07
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Hacksaw99
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Markwas
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Columbus Black IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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