Columbus Thunderlips

My last selection when leaving Ohio was this one. I believe that they used this beer to replace their regular Pale Ale offering. It also looks like they did a major rebranding as well, which made the bottles more attractive. This beer seems to be updated through the hops they chose to use. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 5.3%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This deep golden Pale Ale is brewed with Simpsons Golden Promise malt to create a backbone for thunderous additions of Mosaic® and Equinox® hops.”

Random: I’m not into this season of “Empire.” I think the whole Lucious being crazy evil thing is getting a little bit old. Cookie also makes the show. I could watch the entire thing of just her.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left almost no lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and light yellow in color with moderate carbonation. The nose was really hoppy with a lot of pineapple and grapefruit segments. It had a touch of earthiness too. The taste was good. It had a lot of pineapple and mango and transitioned rather awkwardly into whit bread malt. The body was on the medium side with light carbonation. It needed to have a little bit more. The finish was quick and filled with Mosaic. This was a solid beer to leave Ohio on. If you get distribution of this beer, grab a bottle.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Columbus Bodhi DIPA

For my last dinner in Ohio, two of my friends took me to Columbus Brewing Company. They have a brew pub on the outskirts of the city and I arrived about a half hour before my friends. The bar was packed, but I managed to find a seat and they had this beer on tap, which I was super excited to try.


ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: This is now available in bottles as well as on draft.

Random: This was the only time that I saw this beer on tap during the month and a half I was in Ohio.

The beer poured with a finger of slightly off white head. It took awhile to dissipated and left a crown and some lacing on the glass. The body was a bright yellow and slightly cloudy. There was some carbonation visible. The nose was super hoppy. It had a lot of pine resin with some floral hop notes as well. It quickly followed up with some grapefruit pith. I didn’t pick up any malt on the nose. The taste was filled with floral hops up front. It quickly went into dank pine resin and some green vegetal notes. It also had tangerine juice and peel. The malt came through slightly at the end to balance it. The ABV was well-hidden. It had a thick and chewy body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky. This is one of the few beers that was worth the hype. I’m so glad that I got to try this one.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Columbus Pale Ale

I flew back from Columbus the day before my birthday. I had a bunch of time to kill and ended up at one of the bars in my terminal. For those of you who haven’t been to Columbus Airport, it is relatively small compared to any airport in the New Jersey area. This flight also marked the many times I got pulled at security for a groin check. Since I didn’t fly much before this, I didn’t think it made sense to ask for a private room, but man, did they get personal. At least buy me a beer first?


ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: The brewery website no longer has information about this beer on the website. I’m not sure if they stopped making it or what, but I’m glad I got to try it.

Random: This was the only other local brew they had when I flew out. Luckily, this changed since I ended up spending so much time going through this airport.

This beer poured with less than half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and orange in color. There was light carbonation visible, which was surprising for a pale ale. The nose was light and grassy and immediately went into sweet malt. The taste had notes of wet grass and bitter hops, but was quickly balanced out by caramel malt. I also picked up some orange rind after a few sips. The body was medium thickness with just enough carbonation. It had a quick, slightly sweet finish from the malt. This was a solid pale ale and one that I had no problem throwing back. It wasn’t bad for an airport beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Columbus IPA

A day after we came back from vacation in South Carolina, I was back at the airport to head to Ohio for a multi-day business meeting. I had very limited experience with Ohio, having only driven through it once to go to Chicago, but little did I know that this would be the start of many trips that I would be making to Ohio in the very near future.


ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pale orange, with grapefruit, pine, and tropical fruit aromas. India Pale Ales were originally brewed to withstand long ocean voyages by increasing the quantity of hops and malt used in their Pale Ale predecessors. Our take on IPA pours pale orange with a balanced malt presence and finishes with a combination of grapefruit, pine, and tropical fruit notes from Pacific Northwest grown hops.”

Random: This was one of the only craft beers available at the hotel bar.

This beer poured a half a finger of cream-colored head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, amber color with moderate carbonation visible. On the nose, I picked up a lot of grass, grapefruit pith, and very light malt with honey. The nose was just filled with juicy hops. The taste was bright up front with a lot of citrus hops. Initially, I got orange rind, grapefruit pith and tangelo. After a few sips, I picked up some apricot too. It transitioned into pine sap and then light grainy malt. The body was on the lighter side of medium with pleasant carbonation. The finish was lengthy with pine sap. I loved this beer, even though I overpaid for it at the hotel bar. I would highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Columbus Winter Warmer

My home office is located in Ohio. I’ve been lucky enough to make some great friends with people who work there. One of them sent me and the lawyer a care package for Christmas that included a six-pack of this beer, which is local to them and honestly, I’ve never heard of. I was excited to give this one a try.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: Winter Warmer

Trivia: According to the brewery, “England’s soggy, gray winters inspired brewers to make ales known as winter warmers. Ours is a blend of English Maris Otter malts, special caramel malts accented with hints of ginger and cinnamon. Best enjoyed in the company of family and friends.”

Random: The brewery only offers two-year round offerings, an IPA and a pale ale.

This brew poured with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a very cloudy amber color with lots of visible floaties in it. There was light carbonation visible as well. The nose was mild with some caramel notes and winter spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste had a more marked spice presence. Lots of cinnamon was present with nutmeg and clove. There was also a bit of malt with some peppercorn as well. There wasn’t any booze warming. The body was on the thick side with heavy carbonation. The finish was long and spicy. Although this brew didn’t pull any punches, it was a solid holiday offering that I would definitely have again. If you’re in Ohio around the holidays, give this one a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0