Columbus Nightstick IPA | Columbus Brewing Company

very good
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Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Spider889 on 01-07-2011

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 8
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of nrbw23
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a nice brown head. Head is gone in a flash, leaving behind a few bubbles and pretty much no lacing.

S- Smells a lot like their regular IPA. Smells of tropical fruits and pine with a good amount of malts. A bit of chocolate and smoke come into play.

T- Taste is pretty solid to say the least. A great mix of hops and toasted malts. I enjoyed this one. Hop forward for sure but the malts make a great showing.

M- Probably a bit on the fuller side of medium and low in carbonation.

T- Very easy to drink for sure. I hope this one keeps coming back.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BB1313
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

32oz growler filled at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio

32oz growler poured into a tulip. Pours black with a khaki head that slowly fades leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are nice and edge everything else in the category department, in my opinion. Nice mix of citrus and tropical notes. Subtle chocolate notes, but the hops shine. The flavors seem more subdued considering the vibrant nose. Pretty earthy. Dark chocolate is in the mix. Some grapefruit. A little bit of pine. Solid bitterness that isn't overwhelming. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with active carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Easy drinking.

This is a solid Black IPA, but not quite what I was expecting considering Columbus is world class with hops. Not bad at all though, I dig the aromas.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of ONUMello
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler into a pint glass
A: Black color with a two-finger head
S: Roasted malts, hops and coffee. Smells nice but lacks complexity
T: Matches the nose, adding citrus notes from the hops
M: Medium-bodied, a pleasant bitter/malt balance
O: Again, a good beer but nothing to make it stand out

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3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint glass on 1/15/11

Dark brown color with a sandy-brown cap of foam on top. The nearly three finger head dissipates slowly over several minutes to a bubbly skim, leaving some good, clumpy lace.

The aroma is full of dark malts. Tangy roasted grains & cocoa. It doesn't smell as hoppy as I hoped; there are earthy, piney aromas but is lacking much of the wonderful citrus bouquet of many CBC beers.

Moderate bitterness by way of piney hops that lasts throughout. Some citric hints buried within. Pretty nice hop profile overall but not as vibrant as it could be. Roasted malts don't seem overdone at all; they seem rather well integrated, especially as it warms.

Medium body with a very slight graininess. Reasonably low carbonation makes for a smooth drinking beer. Roasted & hoppy residuals.

Good drinkability. I know this isn't the same beer & maybe my tastes have changed, but I don't like this as much as last year's Black IPA. Regardless, I like it fine. Worth a shot.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Ryan011235. American Black Ale? Pish-aw.

The January 2011 Hop Odyssey beer. Boy, am I glad to see that this mission is extended another year. From what I can gather, this is very similar to last January's "Black IPA" with some adjustments to the recipe. All's well with me, Black IPA was the only one I missed last year. Growler brought over by Ryan011235 This beer really looks nice. Thick sheets of tan-gray lacing (if I'm honest the head is a very sickly strange color). The beer is a dark, solid black. One of the darker CDAs. The initial whiff is strong on pine. Subsequent aromas of citrus, white grapefruit and cocoa come out with warmth. There is also a big spice and floral element. Bitter pine starts the taste. Its is matched with a big spicy hopping. Things sweeten up with cocoa and the standard CBC pineapple and citrus. There is a fair level of dry roastiness. The feel is quite dry with a long, bitter finish.

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3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Spider889
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Mad Mex. This was shortly after the tapping party that night, and I walked away with a free CBC pint glass for my purchase - nice!

I found this to be a truly awesome IPA, but it failed slightly as a Black IPA in my book.

Deep ebony color with reddish brown highlights around the edges of the glass. The head was a little over a finger high, and a dark toffee color. The head was made up of many tiny bubbles and receded after the first half-dozen sips. But those first six were close to leaving a foam mustache as I tried to get at the liquid beneath. I was left with great thick speckled lacing.

This beer smells wonderfully hoppy. Tons of freshly hewn spruce and pine resin. Also some grassiness from the hops. There's also a mild fruitiness (not citrus) underneath all the pine. The darker malts do make an appearance, but when trying to fight past the near-impenetrable hop force field, they just don't get very far. Some roasted chocolate malt makes a valiant attempt nevertheless.

The taste is dry and bitter as hell - wonderful! More pine shines through bright and lip-smackingly delicious. The finish is slightly dry, but also has a creaminess to it. Long into the finish the roasted malt gains leverage on the palate. With time, and warmth, the darker flavors begin to finally show themselves, but by then it is too late - because the warmth only amplifies the hop bitterness.

I really liked this beer, but the maltiness isn't where I'd prefer it to be on a Black IPA. It is not unnoticeable, but the beer seems to be taking mostly color from the darker malts rather than real flavor. I wouldn't hesitate to buy this again.

The bartender was not given the abv so I am not sure, but I would peg this at around 7%.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Columbus Nightstick IPA from Columbus Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 41 ratings.
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