Former Hustle Belt writer Matt Hammond recently sent me a care package of Ohio beers that showcased some of the finest brews and breweries from the Buckeye State.
Founded all the way back in 1988, Columbus Brewing - from Columbus, Ohio - has been producing beers that are “dedicated to exploring the flavors of American hops”, so it’s no surprise that their two year-round brews are both hoppy brews.
Bodhi is one of those two year-round staples from CBC. It’s a Double IPA brewed with Citra hops. A six-pack of 12-ounce cans costs $12 but the beer is no slouch, checking in with a very solid 8.3% ABV and 80 IBU.
Bodhi poured a darker copper color with three fingers of dense eggshell white head topping it off. The foam slowly recedes, lacing the glass with a small webwork of bubbles as it disappears.
The aroma was a nice mixture of hoppy characteristics. There were notes of dank citrus - like grapefruit and pineapple - and earthy notes of resinous pine and grass. However, underneath the hops, the malt added some light breadiness that attempted to balance out the aroma.
It began with a small rush of carbonation before the hops began their assault on my taste buds. And, just like the smell, the taste was a nice blend of hops with a small dose of grains cutting into the bitterness.
The dank citrus leads the way with grapefruit rind, lemon peel, and a hint of pineapple peeking through.
Then, midway through, the hops switched gears with a mixture of earthy notes. Pinecone, grass, and a dash of tree nuts hit next with a slight twinge of hoppy bitterness. But, as that bitter sting began to appear, the grist quelled some (not all) of it with some biscuity and caramel sweetness.
As the beer began to fade away, there was one final push from the citrus; as a pop of juicy grapefruit finished off the sip.
Bodhi ended slightly dry with a pity, resinous grapefruit aftertaste that lingered for a few moments after the sip.
Despite the higher ABV and IBU, this was a surprisingly easy to drink Double IPA. It’s not one of those juicy haze bombs but, rather, a well made old fashioned DIPA. And, it’s something I haven’t had in a while, as most breweries and drinkers (including myself) have embraced the haze craze.
This was a really drinkable hop bomb and a very reliable, very tasty old fashioned Double IPA. As an avid hater of Ohio State, I don’t normally like things from Columbus...but I’ll certainly make an exception for Columbus Brewing Co.