For my second beer I decided I might as well try something from their year round line up.
COLUMBUS IPA is an India Pale Ale with a 7% ABV and 77 IBUs.
Bitter and bold. This single hop american style IPA features 100 percent Columbus Hops for an intense citrus, floral and spicy aroma and flavor. Five different malts form the rich backbone that balances the hops’ 77 IBUs. The resinous mouthfeel is followed by a clean, dry hopped finish that refreshes and satisfies.
Just like Essence before it, Columbus IPA pours a deep orange with no light penetration. The head is an inch of white foam that slowly fades to a slim film.
I was surprised when I picked up some Belgian scents in the nose of this beer. It starts with some cloves and a fruity spice. After that some pine and floral hops appear and balance out the sweetness.
It’s funny that this beer ended up having more fruity qualities than the beer before it that was actually brewed with fruit. The flavor is a 60/40 balance of piney hops and citrus notes. A touch of sweetness appears and then disappears just as quickly.
The mouthfeel was surprisingly bitey for how mellow the beer was. It starts with an abrasive alcohol bite, but the liquid is light and goes down easy enough. A burning dryness is left behind when all is said and done.
This beer is more of a session IPA (and yet seems bigger than their Double IPA). I could probably put a couple of these down in one sitting.
Overall: 6.5 out of 10
As an INDIA PALE ALE: 6.5 out of 10