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Columbus CreeperColumbus Creeper

Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Triple IPA"

Added by prototypic on 02-06-2010

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Photo of pda22
4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a fabulous triple IPA from Ohio. This beer looks delicious. The hop flavor comes through without being overly sweet and boozy. This was a fresh bottle, drank within a week of bottling.

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Photo of Grizzarky
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle dated 3/6/17 poured into a tulip.

Pours a clear, straw color, with an inch of white head that faded fairly quickly, and left heavy lacing.

Aroma is sweet malts, and candy like tropical fruit.

Taste starts with sweet malts quickly followed by a wave of citrus and honey, with very little alcohol presence.

Feel is medium bodied, and extremely drinkable for its ABV.

Overall a great DIPA, that hides it ABV very well. I would never turn this down, but the sweetness is very prominent, and a bit much for something I would drink regularly.

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Photo of glass_house
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good, but it seems like once you get over 9% these big DIPAs start to lose their allure. Smells great--nice mix of tropical fruit, sharp citrus and sweet malts. However, the strong malt presence becomes a bit overbearing in the taste and feel. Would never turn this down, but I much prefer Bodhi, where the hops are free to shine.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy apricot color with a big white head and tons of sticky lacing. Huge citrus hop soaked aromas. Notes of grapefruit, tangerine, underripe pineapple, light pine, and honey dipped bread. Medium body toward full, creamy on the feel and lightly dry on the finish with minimal hint to the abv. I must say I haven't had many TIPA I've enjoyed because the abv usually runs over it, not this one. The gold standard for me on a high abv IPA.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I got the creeper via a beer trade. I loved this DIPA, it is extremely good.

Look: semi-clear golden hue with a thin white head.

Aroma: A wonderful aroma of tropical fruit and citrus and some sweet caramel.

Taste: Lots of Tropical fruit, mango, orange, grapefruit, and pine, a bit of sweet caramel. It is juicy and dank but not too bitter.

Feel: medium body, smooth feel, yet crisp and easy drinking.

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Photo of mschrei
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear gold with semi active carbonation and good lacing. Fruity hoppy smell with a mild metallic quality to it. Crisp and clean hop flavors, very little bitterness, mild fruity zing underneath. Alcohol is masked extremely well, as I would never have guessed this was 10 percent.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a snifter the beer is a gold color with a fairly large white head and plenty of lace.
Mostly a caramel and pine aroma. Some citrus.
Taste followed the nose and improved on it. Caramel, pine resin, late hit of grapefruit.
Very smooth. Never would guess it is 10% ABV,

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Photo of Stevedore
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, from the 2016 seasonal release. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a clear darker caramel-golden body, one finger white head, good carbonation, smooth lacing. Smells fairly sweet, lots of caramel, heavy resin, fair bit of floral and grapefruit hoppiness. Flavour follows; as a triple IPA it trends towards super sweet, with a hefty resinous bite on the backend. Heavy caramel and grassiness. Mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, a touch syrupy, good carbonation, fairly sweet with a big bitter bite on the finish. Essentially, this tastes like a very sweet, caramel heavy beer with a huge bitter grapefruit and floral bite. Just about what you'd expect from a triple IPA.

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Photo of LAp
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with an off white head. The nose is strongly citrus, with tangerine, mandarin orange, and clementine. The palate is extremely fruity, following the lead of the nose, with a respectable amount of hops, but not the dry west-coast IPA element I was hoping for. Mouthfeel is med/med-light. A very strong DIPA, but, as with its Columbus DIPA brother, not one that lives up to the hype.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 9 23 16 finally now please can love this.
Dark straw with white lacing till the end

S like I'm in a tropical paradise
T yummy pineapple mango pine star fruit little kiwi
F bubbles on my tongue with small alcohol at end
O as good as a DIPA gets

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Photo of Treyliff
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a clear golden color with a one-finger creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- plenty of tropical and citrus hop aromas up front; mango, pineapple, orange peel & grapefruit. Hints of garlic & grass, just a bit of sweet malt and alcohol on the back end

T- plenty of tropical hop notes up front; mango, guava, pineapple, orange zest & grapefruit. Mid-palate brings quite a bit of malty sweetness that continues into the finish, with more tropical hop notes and some booze on the linger

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a viscous mouthfeel that turns into a creamy finish

O- nice tropical hop notes throughout and the abv is hidden well. As with most of these "triple" IPA's, it gets a bit malty and sweet, which is it's only downfall

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Photo of Sabtos
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chill haze orange with a fluffy, dense off-white head comprised of miniature, uniform bubbles.

When ultra fresh, I got a shit ton of cantaloupe and pumpkin guts--fresh, uncooked--sort of like a harvest IPA with wet hops. Otherwise, a cornucopia of fruit blasts your face at first sniff, including pineapple, mango, and peach. A slight dankness is present, but it's not as powerful as Bodhi in that regard. A slight touch of pine and bread comes in, with a random whiff of cheese drizzled broccoli, affirming that old school hops haven't been left out.

Taste is full on tangerine and triple sec, with a dash of piney bitterness. Again, though, when I had this ultra fresh, I got a lot of cantaloupe and pumpkin guts--it's not a turnoff and was actually quite refreshing.

Feel is really fluffy, very much like a nitro porter, but with an ashy dry finish.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light golden color. Aroma is big cities and pine with a hint of malty sweetness. Flavor is great. Citrus and tropical fruit with a clean balanced finish that has a touch of sweetness and a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Has a great feel and overall this is absolutely delicious.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Description: Pale gold color, slightly hazy with a white head. This a has big aroma full of grass, earthy, citrus, pine and resin. The taste profile is similarly complex with bitterness, fruit and a hoppy finish. This is very nicely balanced between sweet and bitter. For a 10% ABV beer, the alcohol is well hidden in the taste although you can certainly feel it. Feel is very smooth with low carbonation, making for an easy drinking beer.

Suggested food pairing: Grilled sea bass

If you like this beer then you should also try: Bodhi (Is that too obvious?)

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) Although the name invokes images of a shady dude hanging out in a van near the middle school soccer fields, Creeper is a complex, highly drinkable DIPA. The obvious and easy comparison is to Bodhi, which I think is a bit better. Creeper seemed a little less hop forward on the finish and had a lingering, sweeter aftertaste while Bodhi was a little cleaner; it'd be nice to try them both side to side. Overall though, a great beer that you should seek out. CBC seems a bit more reserved and low-key than some of the other craft brewers in town, and in a good way. Instead of gimmickery, they just turn out top notch beers.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very solid IPA. Bodhi gets more of the attention from Columbus but this one is really tasty. Good dry hop aroma and finish. Not too much malt character to the beer

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Photo of nonpo
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served golden with 1/4 head in a chalice style glass... Aromatics tough to pick out... But grapefruit and citrus?

Carbonation was good.... Mouthfeel was solid... Bitterness was nice... Didn't overstay it's welcome... Picked up grapefruit and citrus on flavor (similar to hop juju but not as pronounce? Had them side by side)

Nice beer overall.... def recommend

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - Slight orange-ish yellow. I can see through it. Decent amount of head.

Smell - Grapefruit. Passion Fruit. Pineapple.

Taste - Tropical fruit followed by pine and a little bitterness.

Feel - Medium. Very wet up front.

Overall - A very citrusy beverage. Do the creep. I took this to a cold, rainy Dark Lord Day 2015 and few bit.

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Photo of Ipaguy516
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured vigorously from 32oz growler into brand new spiegelau ipa glass
A- vigorous pour with only about 1/2 finger of head, about normal carb for this abv. No lacing but a subtle ring around the glass follows with each sip. Golden yellow with no haze.
S- big grapefruit and overripe pineapple with some mango notes coming through as well. Hint of malt towards the end. Not really detecting the 10% abv.
T- tropical fruit up front with grapefruit and the overripe pineapple coming back from the nose. Then a nice hop bite without being overly bitter. Very slight malt notes on the finish with a lingering hop bite and the alcohol showing itself finally but only briefly.
M- medium bodied, smooth initially and then you feel the hop resins coat your mouth and linger for quite some time after the swallow.
O- very well done TIPA, usually a style I'm not a fan of because of malt sweetness and not enough hoppiness. This nailed it on the head for me, perfect hoppiness, little to no sweetness and the alcohol is hidden almost too well.

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Photo of DeFaz
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consider this Bodhi's brother, this DIPA is a bit stronger and with more fruit flavor rather than pine. The smell and taste feature orange, mango, and grapefruit. Not overly sweet and with alcohol that is fairly well concealed, this does "creep" up on you. A bit more carbonation may have been better, but overall this is up there with the best DIPAs. Super flavorful.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, golden yellow color with a white foamy/frothy head combo that left a very nice ring and lacing in the fat tulip glass.

Tons of hops on the nose. Mostly citrus.

Taste is almost all hops. More pine than I would have guessed, and way less malt as well based on appearance. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and lemon rinds to me. Very bitter during and after. Noticeable alcohol and a little bit of a peppery note. Almost like a farmhouse. A nice dankness though.

Medium bodied. Average carbonation.

This really just came across a little harsh to me. Still an excellent beer, just not nearly as balanced and smooth as Bodhi (or Hop Ju Ju for that matter). This is a seriously hoppy brew.

Edit: Drinking it from the bottle for the first time from the initial release party. Bottled 9/23, consumed 9/24. It seems like an almost entirely different beer than what I had on tap before. The first thing that I noticed was it is distinctly less bitter and it has a shitload of pineapple. In fact, they had a pineapple varient which was surprising given the amount of pineapple in this. Very raw and authentic flavor though. I would bet money that fresh pineapple was added. I also feel like it has a heavier/more creamy body and the alcohol is better hidden. Otherwise it is still a hazy gold color with a sticky off white head. Not sure if it is me, or they made some changes to the recipe, but I know they have with the IPA.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Like bodhi on steroids smells great drinks great and I'm a stout guy so an ipa has to be very solid for me to speak highly of it and this one is a very well done ipa

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Photo of Bisco42
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious DIPA bursting with flavors and notes of citrus rind, mango, and grapefruit. The balance was incredible, nothing was overpowering and yet the alcohol was quite pleasant. Not piney at all, but just fruity in the best way. Reminded me of Hop JuJu with a better after taste.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5


Pours out a golden orange color.

Aroma starts with sweet orange, pineapple and mango and goes into some dankness, slight resin and pine.

Taste is also very tropical and citrus forward with tangerine, mango, pineapple, orange and orange juice. Candied grapefruit, pine, resin, some earthy dank notes. Bit of a sweeter malt backbone is present too.

Fuller side of medium bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Decently balanced and not too bitter. Alcohol well hidden.

Another awesome Columbus DIPA!

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Photo of buschbeer
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32 ounce growler
Served in an oversized wine glass

L - I'm going to call this a golden color. It is hazy. I cannot see through it. It is topped with two inches of off-white head.

S - The smell is amazing. I get citrus and tropical fruit. Pineapple and mango are the first that come to mind. There is some grapefruit as well.

T - The taste starts out fairly balanced. I taste a malt backbone. Then the citrus tastes over. Grapefruit grows on my palate with each drink. The grapefruit eventually begins to drown out the other citrus and tropical fruit flavors. The bitterness increases as well. The alcohol is well hidden.

F - It has a medium feel.

O - At first this beer reminded me a lot of Bodhi. Then the grapefruit asserted itself. This beer is more bitter. I loved how it smells. The bitterness satiates the hop heads. This is a very good beer, but I think I prefer Bodhi by a hair. Columbus Brewing seems to do no wrong when it comes to IPA's.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

where the bodhi was super subtle in showing its alcohol strength, this big boy is anything but. its in your face in bitterness and booze, and while it all seems real well put together, its just an enormous beer. aromas of sliced overripe mangoes and dried grassy hops, its quite the explosion. the flavor has a lot less tropical fruit to it, and a lot more vegetal hops. malt seems pretty basic, two row and a touch of maybe 60 crystal for color. there is a ton of bitterness here but its isnt unpleasant, and as it ramps up, some of that mango thing comes back, balancing it out and giving it just a boost of sweetness. full body, honey texture on the palate, sharply bitter in the finish, active carbonation, and one heck of a buzz coming on. i see why they call it creeper...

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