Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #67
Ranked #587
4.39 | pDev: 7.52%
Mar 08, 2023
Feb 06, 2010
Notes: "Triple IPA"
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Rated: 4.75 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Mar 08, 2023
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz can. Poured out a clear golden amber color with a good-sized, khaki-colored head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass. It smelled of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, resin and toasted caramel. Bold, piney bitterness with toasted caramel and a punch of tropical fruit sweetness.
Jun 30, 2022
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Creeper from Columbus Brewing. Received from @ovaltine in a NBS BIF #15 ninja strike. Stored at 40 degrees after receiving. Reviewed 01/06/22. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Bottom of can stamped “4/13/22”. Served at 43.3 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 54.8 degrees.
Appearance – 3.75
First pour – Straw (SRM 3), clear.
Body – Pale gold (SRM 4), hazy. When rear-lite, same, and clear.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.6 cm, aggressive center pour), light floral white, low-density froth, average retention, diminishing to a one cm crown and cap, with irregular three-dimensional narrow bands of lacing and multifarious tiny foam islands remaining as the head retracts.
Lacing – Very good! Wide, three-dimensional band of tiny to medium bubbles. See also above.
Aroma – 3.5 – Weak hops. No yeast, no malt.
Flavor – 3.75 – Begins mildly bitter and dank with a hint of malt. No yeast. Gives an impression of being slightly oily. No ethanol (10 % ABV as marked on label) taste or aroma. Mild gastric warming eventually occurs. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, watery, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.75 A nice impy IPA from Columbus. Thanks Mike!
Jun 01, 2022
Rated: 4.41 by Curt3 from New Jersey

May 21, 2022
Rated: 4.37 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

May 15, 2022
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Another crystal clear beautiful beer from Columbus, dense white head slowly recedes with substantial lacing.

Nose is floral combined with citrus rind; grainy sweetness.

Resiny tangerine like taste with some nice rind like qualities. Malt presence is noticeable, a touch of grainy sweetness.

This is a big beer, but it drinks very smooth. The hint of big beer comes in a warming sensation in the throat. Such a pleasant carbonation; nice big bitter finish, dry and clean. A 10% beer this drinkable is dangerous.
May 13, 2022
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12oz can served in a tulip. No date on the can. Received from @ovaltine in NBS BIF #14 chaos. I had Columbus' Bodhi and IPA earlier.

Pours clear brassy gold with a maybe one-and-a-half finger head that collapses into a thick blanket with a lot of lacing. Smell is screaming resin. Kind of one-note, but very nice. I might get a bit of the booze, which would make sense at 10% abv.

Taste is boozy, grainy/honey sweetness, almost a tangerine citrus sweetness. Lots of grapefruit zest and pine resin.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth, maybe leaning a bit in the direction of heavy. This is a very good beer.
May 09, 2022
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I’ve gotta admit, I hate this beer. I mean, first off, lookit how ugly it is? All clear and stuff with a big head that frankly sticks around WAAAAAY too long - and actually accentuates the golden color - it’s so clear I can see Joy flipping me off through the glass!!! C’mon, who wants to see that? If this was a hazy, I’d be completely in a state of Bolivian.

And it smells, too - like all citrusy and piney and what the old folks call “dank” (I read lots of books about old people beer history), and all I can think is, “this ol’ beer is gonna be really bitter.”

And (of course) I’m right!!! It’s really bitter, with that resiny pine closing after that “dank” citrus flavor - and there’s even some malt, for corn’s sake. I want juicy fruit, doggone it, not some dank, bitter balanced beer.

And what’s with this dry mouthfeel??? I DON’T WANT TO DRINK THIS, BUT IT KEEPS PULLING ME BACK IN!!!!! And it’s sneaky, too - it completely hides the 10% ABV. THIS IS A BEER THAT IS UP TO SKULLDUGGERY!!!

I honestly feel like the Zombie Apocalypse is upon us if this is the kinda beer that’s considered “good beer,” so I’m willing to sacrifice myself for all of humanity and suggest that anyone that has this beer to send me this beer so I can dispose of it.

It’s the least I can do.
May 08, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

Mar 05, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.81/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I might need more offerings of this one. It's definitely really good but...boring. Not a lot standing out to me other than any astringent tastes from the booziness are gone which is great but kinda bare minimum. I gotta have this again
Feb 10, 2022
Rated: 4.46 by DavidHume from Virginia

Nov 25, 2021
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Arrives a slightly hazy light amber color, the head is perched with two fingers, clumps of lacing linger

Smell: Pine and citrus aromatics with hints of tropical fruit

Taste: Hints of pineapple forward along with a light caramel malt backbone; through the middle, the citrus and pine take over bringing pink grapefruit and orange zest tones; rather bitter, after the swallow, with the piney element emerging

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Bolder and boozier than Bodhi, this brings more of the classic IPA bitterness to the fray
Oct 30, 2021
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Rated by MIkeHavener

4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
This is a really nice Imperial. Not overly hoppy, but very smooth. Great mouth feel and great taste from beginning to end.
Oct 01, 2021
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Canned on 06-28-21.

A - Dark medium gold color with light carbonation with an even layer of white cream resting on top.

S - Resiny pine, light floral, citrus, and blueberry.

T - Resiny pine, citrus, blueberry, orange, with a resiny pine finish and a lingering red grapefruit and orange.

M - Big viscous body that's silky and lightly sticky on the lips.

O - This is a rock solid beer and the resin slowly builds towards the end of this 12 oz can.
Aug 07, 2021
Rated: 4.88 by Lukass from Ohio

May 17, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by rare_bird from Michigan

Apr 09, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by JamesLeung from Florida

Apr 03, 2021
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Raul is going to be honest: he doesn’t know a damn thing about Ohio. I guess they like the game of football and stuff, but that’s pretty much all I got - until now. Because what I know now is that they brew some beautiful West Coast beers. And with Creeper, we are talking the top of the totem pole. This bad boi speaks to me like Johnny to June, or June to Johnny - we are talking once in a lifetime love. Oh baby, it just creeps right down my gullet so soft and smooth at 10%, it’s like listening to Hedy Lamar talk about Bluetooth.

Ok, that’s enough for now.

Mar 25, 2021
Rated: 4.73 by MJSFS from Florida

Mar 22, 2021
Rated: 4.29 by Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

Jan 12, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Zanico from Ohio

Jan 03, 2021
Rated: 4 by CopperMtnPlowboy from Ohio

Nov 03, 2020
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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
Rated: 4.25 by aasher from Indiana

Oct 28, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Oct 11, 2020
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Reviewed by DrBeergood from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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
Rated: 4.43 by Danzifer from Ohio

Aug 17, 2020
Rated: 4.49 by Pchop18 from Kentucky

Jul 27, 2020
Rated: 4.84 by a_silva_016 from Arizona

May 14, 2020
Rated: 4.43 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Mar 14, 2020
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Reviewed by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
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
Rated: 4 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Feb 23, 2020
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
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
Rated: 4.46 by Thorfinn960 from Ohio

Oct 07, 2019
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
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
Rated: 4.39 by nhirsch04 from Ohio

Aug 20, 2019
Rated: 4.03 by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

Aug 11, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Aug 05, 2019
Creeper from Columbus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 446 ratings