What can I say about Columbus IPA? As far as the background of the beer goes, I can tell you this: Columbus IPA is not sold in my area, for starters. I received the beer in a trade with beer legend Dave Coulter some months ago. One of the things that I noticed on the label is that the beer states in no uncertain terms: This special beer is not pasteurized, keep refrigerated until serving. So that’s exactly what I did.
Columbus IPA is a product of Columbus Brewing of Columbus, Ohio, a brewpub-brewery operation. Details on their IPA from their website:
An American IPA
Our IPA pours a slightly hazy, pale orange with a balanced malt flavor and finishes with a wonderful flavor and aroma only American hops can provide. This beer is served unfiltered to retain the bouquet from the hops. Brewed with Amarillo and Simcoe hops.
6.5% ABV 60 IBU
I would have thought perhaps Columbus hops would be a natural for this one, but there you go. Anyway, let’s kick the tires on this one, shall we?
Columbus IPA pours to a bright orange color with a medium sized rocky head and vibrant citrusy hop nose. This beer is bottle conditioned; I pour the sediment into the bottle at the very last. Taking a sip reveals a real hop monster, some chewy caramel malt struggles to start things off but it’s quickly overwhelmed by citrusy grapefruit hop flavor, some resiny pine aroma and then at the last a truly massive long lingering dry bitterness that just does not want to quit. It seems to linger on the tongue forever, just as the pine does too. I think this might be one of the best straight up IPAs I’ve tasted in a long time.
I love beers like this that don’t try to go overboard, although I suppose one could say that the American IPA style is nothing if not a British IPA gone overboard, even by the standards of the original IPAs of the 19th century. It’s definitely hop forward but keeps things balanced with just the right amount of malt. Balance may seem a strange descriptor for such a hoppy brew, but I think it’s there up front and in the way it transitions from malt to hop.
What can I say about Columbus IPA? Columbus IPA is not sold in my area, for starters. But if it were, I’d be all over it like a cheap suit.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.