Columbus Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #42
Ranked #470
4.4 | pDev: 7.27%
Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
Notes: "Triple IPA"
Reviews: 82 | Ratings: 426 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - just fantastic looking. Clear golden copper color with a great lasting foamy white head and sticky lacing
Smell - pine citrus a little pineapple some biscuit malt backbone
Taste - biscuit caramel malt backbone which really balances out the pine citra hop taste and a little boozy
Feel - full body and creamy with a light carbonation
Overall - just a fantastic tradition iipa

Oct 30, 2020
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trevormajor from Ohio

4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can born on 8/26/20 poured into a CBC Pint Glass at 40-45 degrees F
L - Golden with a nice head that dissipated slowly. Kinda looks like a lager
S - Strong aromas, citrus, small scents of pine and fruit
T - Balanced with a nice hit of citrus and pine from the hops
F - Fizzy and a medium mouthfeel. Doesn't seem like a 10% beer
O - Very good IPA, balanced and delicious, one of my favorite home town breweries, these guys know IPA's!

Sep 30, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Clear amber. Inactive carbonation but head is still present.

S: The smell just jumps right out at you.

T: Rivals Lake Erie Monster, Lord Hobo's Boom Sauce, 3Floyds' Lazer Snake ect. Too strong for me. It's stupid bitter and the alcohol is way too apparent. It's slightly grapefruity and piney like the other Columbus IPAs but it tastes like moonshine on the finish.

F: Oily. And it gives me the heebie jeebies.

O: 12 ounces of sobriety blasting goodness. It's a "BeerAdvocate 9" if you know what I mean.

Sep 03, 2020
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2020-03-06 from a late 2019 12oz bottle

A - Clear gold with a 2-finger head and very nice lace.

S - Mildly dank, ripe pineapple, peach, biscuit, light pine.

T - Orange candy, tangerine, biscuit, gooey hop bud, grass, pine, pepper. Some alcohol sweetness but little heat. Moderately bitter.

M - Full body and light carbonation. Smooth and resinous. Really nice.

O - This is a really well done DIPA with flavors that appeal to me. Will have this again.

Mar 06, 2020
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Designed as an imperial stature ale, but with the drinkability of something much more manageable for the senses, Columbus Brewing has devised an IPA that's meant to sip slowly but its refreshment may not let you. With this combination, it's an Imperial IPA that creeps up on you quickly.

Light amber or deep golden in color, the finely hazed Creeper crowns with a creamy eggshell froth and a stream of inviting bubbles. Sharp and sprucy aromas fill the nose with a bevy of pine along with bold citrus notes and nuanced tropical scents. Sweeter on the tongue the middle palate is quickly awash with light caramel and honey to form a slightly toasted granola medley.

Then as the ale rolls along the middle palate, its sweetness gives way to a classic citrusy taste of pink grapefruit and the fresh zest of ripe oranges. Hints of dried pineapple accompany the citrus for a well rounded hop flavor entering the beer's finish. Verbena-like and grassy, the floral hop character develops into a sharply bitter taste late on the palate that frames a taste of muddled grasses, juniper and the long lasting grip of pine shavings.

Medium full in body, the alcohol, hop resins and fleeting malt profile suggests a beer that's lighter, drier and much ore palatable than any imperial status ale should. Quite refreshing, bitter and crisp, the beer's bubbly nature has the hops bouncing off the tongue to facilitate a high rate of digestion. If Creeper is a creeper, then it creeps quickly.

Dec 19, 2019
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got a 4pck of this beer from my local meijer. It poured a clear copper with white head that left some lace. The scent had bitter fruit hop notes. The taste was bitter leaning but easy to drink with bitter hop throughout highlighted by citrus and pine. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

Oct 06, 2019
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CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

4.81/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Clear golden color a few slow rising bubbles massive foamy head spotty lacing
Aroma: Biscuit malt, tropical fruits pineapple, mango and some apricot.
Taste: Slight sweetness on the tip of the tongue then a wonderful blend of sweet and bitter across the palate a little more sweet than bitter but not cloyingly sweet, very nice balance! This is a stroke of masterbrewing genius! Bitter on the back
Flavor: Follows the aroma, biscuit malt, pineapple, mango and some apricot, white pepper, peach,
Feel: Medium mouthfeel, soft carbonation
Overall: This is GREAT! I don’t think my review reveals how delicious this beer is. It is one of the best! I will drink it again, I will buy it again, I will buy it when ever I see it. This one is special! Balance, fruitiness balanced by bitterness wow! This is worth a try. If you see it try it If you don't like it send me the other three in your 4 pack! The 10% alcohol is way too hidden. Dangerously so! These go down E-A-S-Y, best to enjoy at home.

Jul 14, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/10/2018. Pours slightly hazy medium golden/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Nice dense spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, light peppercorn, pine, honey, cracker, white bread dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Slight booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, light peppercorn, pine, honey, cracker, white bread dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, honey, cracker, white bread dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mildly increasing warmth of 10% after the finish. Overall this is an amazing DIPA. All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and pale malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink with the modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish, not aggressive. Feels like Simcoe, Citra, Amarillo, and Columbus. Very juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hop complexity; with a great balancing bready malt backbone. Mild residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness, very well attenuated for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example as expected.

Jan 15, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled 12/10/18 (31 days ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 10% ABV. The beer pours hazy, but not opaque, in a light amber color with with golden highlights. The head is prolific, eggshell colored and slowly recedes to a thick cap. Excellent lacing. The aroma is candied orange, grapefruit and maybe a little peach. The taste is slightly danker than the nose with the semisweet citrus folded in with earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and semi dry in the finish. There is some hop stickiness and some sweetness that is expected for the style. No alcohol presence in the aroma or taste. Overall, excellent. Reminds me of a 3F product at a way better price minus the hype. Recommended.

Jan 11, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep gold/pale amber coloration with a medium, fizzy head. Smells of biscuity malt and tropical/citrus fruit, with the tropical notes dominating: pineapple, papaya, guava, grapefruit, tangerine. Taste is a great balance of biscuity, caramel malts and sweet, juicy tropical hops, with a hint of citrus fruit as well: pineapple, papaya, guava, grapefruit, tangerine. There's also a light, grassy dankness and a hint of bubble gum to this. Finishes quite bittersweet, with a light bubble gum note lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a rich body and medium carbonation.

As with Bodhi, this is the most easy-drinking high-ABV IPA I've ever had. Even though there's a light bubble gum note and perhaps slightly exaggerated sweetness to this, the total lack of booziness is incredibly impressive for a 10% ABV Triple IPA.

Jul 14, 2018
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dcotom from Iowa

4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Slightly hazy golden color, with a thick, gleaming white head that left loads of pretty lacing as it settled to a thin ring. This sample had just shy of two months on it. Still delicious, though. Prominent malt presence on the nose and palate, with lots of sweetness that does not overpower the hops. Notes of orange and grapefruit, with a touch of pine and citrus zest. Dry finish, understated bitterness. The alcohol is very well hidden, making this tasty brew very dangerous indeed. This made for an excellent pairing with extra sharp cheddar cheese. World class all the way.

Jul 06, 2018
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aleigator from Germany

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy amber-golden color with a huge, foamy, froth white head.

Offers an intense citrus leaden fruitiness, featuring mango, passion fruit, kiwi and sweeter, cakey malts. Has a blueberry pulp touch as well, together with fresh stripped strawberries, which is something I never experienced in a beer so far.

Has a fuller, still rejuvenating mouthfeel with not a hint of alcohol showing, offering a crisp, lively carbonation instead, making this actually dangerously refreshing.

Tastes of white bread dough, a pungent lemon bitterness, a little bit of mango and wet grass, soothing the powerful lemon a bit. This finds a convincing balance in sweet, but well nuanced malts, defined by a bread dough appearance with a note of sweet but prickly kiwi. Finishes utmost flavorful by simply enhancing each and every impression on the palate, with an additional old school honey malt impression, going hand in hand with an utmost well balanced lime dryness during the aftertaste.

Drinks truly great, smooth, sweet and dry with a long lasting bitterness. Incredibly well nuanced and yet uncompromisingly intense as for the beer‘s flavors - this might be the greatest triple ipa I‘ve had so far.

May 21, 2018
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azazyl420 from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Well.. I found this at giant eagle in new albany ohio on may 17th 2018 and I thought to myself.. damn this shit looks interesting.. so I bought a 4 pack for 10 bucks and headed over to my cousins house for some fun. We joked around while I drank 2 of these bad boys, had a great time and the beer is pretty damn tasty if I do say so myself. A very sharp note with the first sip and it isn't too sour of an aftertaste very nice! I got good and pasty on two, any more and you'll be out like a light switch. This is by far the best beer I've had from CBC. Keep up the good work!

May 21, 2018
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SaltofOH from Ohio

4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 4/2/18. 19 days fresh! DFH tulip.

A: pours an almost totally clear gold with a slightly coppery tint; 1 ginger of muted white head fades to a thick skim of foam and streams of tiny bubbles. Excellent lacing.

S: mango, pineapple, hop resin, crisp malt sweetness. This is not as full-on tropical and fruity as Bodhi, but is damned tropical and dripping with pure hop essence and sweetness. I am not a huge IPA person, but I sure love DIPAs; go figure!

M: lighter end of mid weight and super clean. Mildly carbonated, slightly fluffy texture.

O: a very traditional fruitier IPA profile with relatively high sweetness, off-the-charts drinkability, and 10% ABV very dangerously hidden. I could do grievous bodily harm with this beer. CBC does not make many beers, but every single one they make is a masterpiece of execution. This is no exception. If you can find this beer, buy it and drink it at least once. I like Bodhi better, but will certainly be buying this again.

Apr 22, 2018
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jwilcox767 from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - slight head, cloudy orange appearance, very fine sediment
S - hops! then more hops, followed by a sweet dankness and light malty character.
T - just like the nose for sure but very intense. Pine is there the whole time in the background. I get some type of grassiness, tropical notes too.
M - actually on the light side of medium bodied. Nice carb, not sticky.
O - very very good. I like how intense all of the flavors are, but I imagine that could put some people of. Get more of it whenever it's out. This first round I got 3 packs and hope to find out that it's still really good (or better) in 6 months.

Apr 10, 2018
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BergBeer from Virginia

4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: Crystal clear caramel with a thick white head. Very active.

Smell: Massive. Resinous on the nose. Sticky pine and bitter citrus. Moderate alcohol.

Taste: Juicy and bitter. Notes of fresh pine resin, citrus pith, fresh cut grass, white pepper, and a mild caramel malt that attempts to balance it out.

Feel: Big and sticky on the palate. Moderate smooth alcohol. Good carbonation. Semi dry finish.

Overall: An outrageous double IPA that Is not unlike chewing on a hop pellet. Awesome.

Feb 23, 2018
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BelgiumYeast from West Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L Clear, orangish, tons of carbonation
S Mostly an incredible mix of citrus and tropical fruit
T An explosion of balanced citrus and tropical hops, amazing, like the first Stone Enjoy by, I have never tasted anything like it (and this week I have had Hop JuJu, Sculpin, Mystic Mama, etc). Columbus Brewing Bodhi, is the incredibly balanced tropical Citra loaded easy drinker, as good as it gets for that style. Columbus Brewing Creeper is the jump up and shout hop celebration, while still being 'balanced' (at 10% ABV and 100 IBUS, with rotating hop profile each year). Very hard to find, if you can get it, get it.
F Smooth and drinkable even with the high ABV and high IBUs
O One of the best DIPAs (or is this a triple) period.

Feb 18, 2018
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12 11 17
Deep saturated orange with a light haze, intricate collar of lacing around the edges. Lasting surface skim.
Resiny, floral, citrus aroma, lightly bittersweet.
Intensely resiny with a candied orange, tangerine, and grapefruit peel taste.
Lingering dry bitterness, sticky on the lips, medium bodied. Pretty good overall.
Thanks to Tom for this one!

Feb 05, 2018
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Bum4ever from California

4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Nice dark gold color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that fades quickly. Decent lacing throughout.
Smell: Bitter citrus notes with a ton of dank hop notes. Also getting a good amount of sweet malt smell and some pine.
Taste: This is a good old fashion hop bomb. Getting some light malty sweetness and a very light hint of alcohol, but the hops are covering it well. Definitely some citrus tons in there as well, possibly a tangerine taste.
Feel: Medium to full bodied feel with a great dry finish.
Overall: Really solid triple IPA here. I like that it hides the sweetness and alcohol well, and that it's hop forward.

Jan 03, 2018
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Muss42 from Michigan

4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice fresh bottle from 12/11 drank on 12/24. Excellent smell of dankness. Love the tongue bite on this bad boy. Very. Ice hop presence and something I would seek out again.

Dec 24, 2017
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woemad from Washington

4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from one of WesMantooth's BIF boxes. According to the stamp on the label, this was bottled on September 18, 2017.

Poured into a Selkirk Abbey shaker pint glass, this was a coppery shade of amber,with about an inch or so of off-white head that dropped to a thin collar after 3-4 minutes, leaving streaky and spotty lace.

Dank in the Cannabis sense. Very weed-like when first opened. There's also a somewhat restrained, bitter citrus aroma

The hoppiness is reminiscent of grapefruit and a tiny bit of pine, but it's rather subdued. There is also a subtle but noticeable warming alcohol in the middle of the taste that increases as things warm up. There's a big malt backbone to this that makes this a lot more balanced than it might otherwise be. I feel like I could easily be led into having another if one were handy, despite it's 10% abv booziness.

Fairly full bodied. Carbonation seems slightly low. Resiny, oily mouthfeel.

This is a big beer, but a fairly restrained one. I suppose this would be a hop monster if brewed in my part of the country, but it's got that thicker malt backbone I've come to associate with midwest IPAs. Probably a good thing too.

Oct 19, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to MastaaaGrillaaa for this brew, from NBS BIF#6

12 oz. Bottle
Bottled On: 091817

Poured into a Tired Hands glass a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which leaves a pretty nice medium size island and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, some malts, a nice citrus complex (oranges, tangerines, grapefruit), with some pineyness. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, kinda malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (oranges, tangerines, grapefruit), piney. Full Body, ABV could be hidden better, hot/spicey, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this one is pretty tasty.

Oct 15, 2017
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not really loving this beer something to do with the hop profile reminds me of garlic or onions. Color and carbonation is good a good body and an easy going finish make this beer pretty easy to crush but the flavors are not desirable at least for me. A decent DIPA with a fair 3 dollars a single price tag.

Oct 04, 2017
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look – I know a lot of other reviews said the beer was golden colored and clear, but mine is quite cloudy. Possibly because it is 10 months old.

Smell - sweet Caramell and honey.

Taste - fairly full bodied, loads of honey sweetness, gentle hop bite at the finish.

Feel - moderate carbonation, this beer coats the tongue with the honey-like sweetness. Just delicious.

Overall - this beer reminds me of one of my all-time favorites, Great Lakes Brewing's Lake Erie Monster. I drank this fresh and remembered the hops being very explosive. This review is on a beer that was 10 months old, and I enjoy it more after aging. It was a bit more mellow and well-rounded. Definitely worth seeking out. I look forward to its next release.
Bottle date: 9/23/16
4.5 rating

Jul 27, 2017
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gopens44 from Virginia

4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice billowing off white foamy head that rests beneath a nice even ring of sticky lacing. Kind of a pale gold, crystal clear body.

Nose is a little malty up front with some sweet hoppy spiciness kicking in with a few more aromas, like a hint of corn, sweet tangerine and like a soapy lemony pine.

Taste is a really aggressive, immediately hot tangerine that takes on bitterness a few seconds in. This really is a pretty hot beer, which is only exasperated by the thick, menacing, syrup like body. Finish has a touch of sweetness on a bone dry tongue.

Jun 11, 2017
Creeper from Columbus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 426 ratings