Columbus Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #1,475
Ranked #11,388
4.01 | pDev: 5.99%
Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
Very Good
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Really dark clear amber for a 4.7%. Extremely active carbonation. The head sustains. The surface is glossy after a couple sips.

S: Mosaic like, grapefruity with a hint of pine. Doesn't smell strong like their original IPA, though it's still flavorful and reminiscent. A swirl in your glass opens it up nicely.

T: Fresh bitter hops over a pale German malt. It's quite nice. It doesn't punch your palate like a stronger IPA would.

F: Lightweight and light oil.

O: It's a moderate pick, perhaps even an introductory style. It's well crafted, while not extreme on the alcohol or the flavor. Sometimes that's a thing when you can't go to town on 6 Bodhi.

Sep 03, 2020
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grasshoppa brewed by Columbus Brewing Company, with an ABV of 4.70% This American IPA pours out a hazy golden amber color with a nice white head. There is a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of glass well. The smell is rich an strong with hop bitterness, earthy grains and malts. There is also a slight citrus flavors in the smell as well. So far Grasshoppa has the look an smell of most American IPA's on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. This is nice inviting brew, really liking the hazy color of this brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You first pick up on a lot of hop bitterness, then it smooth out with the earthy grass grains and malts. The body of Grasshoppa is a soild medium. There is nothing overpowering about this American IPA, it has a super nice balance to it. This brew goes down nice an smooth. The mouth feel is Bold, Hoppy, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give Grasshoppa a soild 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Columbus Brewing Company, did a real nice job with with this American IPA brew.

Dec 01, 2018
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SaltofOH from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 2-13-18. CBF tulip pint.

A: pours a slightly hazed copper orange with one finger of yellowish head. Streams of carb flowing up slowly through what looks like thick, viscous beer. Lacing covers the sides of the glass exquisitely.

S: I can smell the hops straight out of the fridge. That’s impressive given that the bottle is pushing five months old and bought from a store of questionable provenance.

T: it tastes pretty much how I expected it would - dry, hoppy, citrus peel flavor. Not very bitter at all. Grassy and citrusy. Bright.

M: this is where this beer shines. Lately I have encountered more and more session IPAs that have this thick, smooth texture. Long gone are the days of hopwater. This is a session IPA worthy of the name.

O: this beer really delivers. Loaded with aroma, flavor and texture, but with a low ABV. I wonder how this would have tasted fresh? Kicking myself for having overlooked it earlier this season. I like this more than Thunderlips.

Jul 01, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this off the single shelf at my local Meijer. It a slightly hazy yellow with white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of citrus peel. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with citrus peel presence. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

May 22, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent gold with a thumb+ pg ivory colored head. Stellar lacing & good head retention

S: Citrus, grass, mango, all fade as this warms

T: Orange peel, bready dryness up front.

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, good balance. Citrus, mango & bready dryness as this warms, a touch of grassyness too. Finishes crisp, dry, with orange peel

Pretty good as session IPAs go, bloody drinkable

May 03, 2018
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Nephilium from Ohio

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

Grassy and herbal hop aroma, pours a slightly hazy straw with a thin cap of white head. Light bodied, with a strong hop flavor, not much in the way of malt here. This fades to an earthy bitter finish. Overall, a solid session IPA.

May 01, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chill hazy yellow-orange with a thin, wavy white blanket.

This crisp beer features cracker, grapefruit candy, lemon biscuit, and orange-lime with a bitter dry finish. The froth is pillowy, and as the session goes on, some dank sticky cattiness develops.

Apr 03, 2018
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If this were a regular strength IPA itd be a 3.5 in my book. But for the purpose it serves, it's quite good. Haven't had founders all day in a while but I'd probably pick this over it.

Mar 30, 2018
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FLUID OZ bottle
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours amber with golden highlights. It has a slight haze. It is topped with an inch of beige head that leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is a balance of light citrus and pine with a solid malt presence.

Much like all session IPAs it tastes like a watered down IPA. It has light citrus and pine flavor. The malt is not as noticeable in the taste.

Moderate to thin mouthfeel

I'd rather drink a hoppy lager than a session IPA. I am not a fan of this substyle. This beer is high quality as is all CBC beer, but I just can't support session IPAs with the exception of Dalton. THAT was a great session IPA. Where are bottles of Dalton, CBC?

Mar 26, 2018
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2/6/18. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity and has bubbles racing upwards; fluffy eggshell white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are tropical and earthy. Some bread, crackers and malts. The aromas might not be intense, but it still smells alright. The flavors are extremely clean, sharp, crisp and refreshing. Lots of fresh grass. Some grapefruit in the mix. More hints of bread and crackers. Moderate to low bitterness. Malts are there, but seem to take a backseat. It finishes clean and dry. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light and fluffy with active carbonation. It's really easy to drink.

This is a nice "session IPA". It's just a clean and well crafted brew. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. This is something I could drink a ton of.

Feb 17, 2018
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Ryan011235 from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass on 8/16/11

Rather light in color - golden/apricot hue. There's a slight haze but it's plenty easy to see through as it's most unobstructed. Poured a 1/3rd inch head that skimmed out quickly but left a good bit of lacing - scattered strands and trails.

The aroma is seriously hoppy, laden with sticky green hops, resinous pine, a layer of grassiness and subtle tones of orange peel and grapefruit pith. Clean, unobtrusive malt profile is perfect to let the hops shine; notions of cracker and biscuit with a lightly toasted grain note. But the hops, oh the hops!

Ah, Grasshoppa has a snarly, hoppy bite from the first sip. Though not particularly bitter (save for the back end and finish) the beer boasts straight up crackling hop flavor. Grass gives way to pine; some spicy citrus hints are strewn in for good measure. The malt profile is about as mild as they come; just faint cracker in the back. Finishes with a lingering hoppiness.

Light, crisp and lively feel. Carbonation is quite high; though more than what I usually care for, this is an instance where it helps push the snappy aspect of the hops. It does go down easy, for sure.

Drinkability? Check. I could drink this all day. And all night.

Jan 05, 2012
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nrbw23 from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy lighter golden orange color with a very thin white head. Head is gone pretty quick and leaves no lacing at all.

S- A pretty solid amount of hops pop up at me. A lot of grassy hops for sure, touch of pine and maybe a bit of lemon. Some bready malts too.

T- Pretty solid here. Hops are fairly strong here with grassy and floral leading the way. A touch of a malt back bone as well.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and good amount of carbonation.

O- Pretty damn good. I'm not surprised by that at all coming from these guys.

Aug 12, 2011
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MbpBugeye from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler into a Perfect Pint.

Grasshoppa is a very light colored beer. Its a bright lemon-gold. There is a half-haze that could be chill haze. The head is tall and thick, but easy to contain, even from a sloppy pour from a full growler. A few good partial rings of lace are thrown. The head retention is very nice, due to the constant stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

This aroma is awesome, especially keeping the style in mind. Its strong enough that I could smell the beer as I was pouring. But it's not so overdone that it screams IPA; this beer elegantly remains a pale ale. The malt base keeps it grounded with soft, white bread and pretzel dough. There is a huge level of hop notes that seem to be a blend of fresh pine and grassy Noble stuff. The aroma gets very herbal at times. This stuff smells like this girl I used to know, Mary Jane. I'm not sure of the hop bill, but it is surely a departure from a lot of the other CBC beers.

The taste is quite in line with the aroma. There is a sturdy, malty middle with notes of plain crackers. The hops grow around the malt base giving off a lot of bittering pine and very dry, herbal stuff. It tastes like a mouthful of spice rub. Now I want ribs...

Superbly dry and clean. Like, really, really dry. I love a well done, bone dry beer, and this is one of them. The body is low, but not at thin as I expected. Carbonation is tame, more airy than prickly.

A killer pale ale. This is super hoppy, but not so much that I get all annoyed and fly off into a rant about styles. As I said before, this hop bill is quite different than other CBC beers, but it works very well. It goes to show that the guys at CBC know how to work all sorts of hops. This growler is 86'ed.

Aug 06, 2011
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prototypic from Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grasshoppa pours a light gold color. Looks slightly hazy. Backlighting definitely gives it a bright gold look. A white head covers the top. It stands a modest one finger tall and recedes pretty quickly. Lacing was light and spotty. Not bad.

The nose is pretty. Honestly, it’s a little weak in terms of aromatics, but isn’t bad. It definitely lives up to its name. It’s full of hops that smell quite grassy. They have some ancillary floral and light citric qualities. Definitely smells like noble hops to me. There are some light malty notes. There might be a little caramel in there, but not much. Smells like a hop forward American Pale. Alcohol is buried.

The flavor is very consistent with the nose. It kicks off with some light, malty flavors. Tastes like a mix of pale and caramel malts. The pale variety definitely has a stronger presence. Hops are quite flavorful and strong. I’m sticking with noble hops. They have a very grassy, earthy flavor primarily. Floral and very light citric flavors are also noted. They definitely have a nice, bitter edge. It’s not very balanced. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. Finishes a little sweet, grassy, and quite dry.

Grasshoppa has a light-medium body that feels nice and smooth. Carbonation is mid-range, and the bubbles feel soft. This stuff definitely goes down easy. The flavor is pretty good, and the 4.5% abv definitely lends itself to easy consumption. Finishing this growler tonight wouldn’t be out of the question.

Grasshoppa is an interesting release from Columbus Brewing Company. It’s styled an “extra pale ale.” I was expecting a higher abv American Pale, but this is definitely one of the lighter abv beers that Columbus Brewing produces. If it’s referencing extra hops, well…that makes sense. The hops are certainly flavorful and aggressive. I think I’d prefer more of a citric hop flavor, rather than grassy, noble hops. It’s still pretty good stuff. Definitely interesting…and worth checking out.

Aug 06, 2011
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is the latest Hop Odyssey brew from CBC. proper category according to CBC is Extra Pale Ale.

It looks much like a standard macro-brewers lager but the similarity ends there. The aroma reveals a clear hop presence. A noticeable lemony aroma becomes pronounced in tasting - probably Simcoe hops.

A VERY crisp and quite dry mouthfeel. Light-medium body.

O - an excellent offering, particularly if you like a moderately hoppy, dry and crisp ale. No need to add lemon to this one.

Aug 05, 2011
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