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Blue waxed cap... Blue - Lady Columbia IPA
Pours a coppery, slightly hazy amber color. Creamy, one finger off white head on semi-aggressive pour - fading to a thin cap and with that ever present collar. Very impressive glass- grabbing lacing.
Aroma is very much like a DIPA. Strong, earthy and robust citrus (grapefruit, orange zest), with an equally impressive and commanding caramel malt spine. Very nice.
On first taste- wow, this is a hop lovers dream. Citrus and pine, more citrus and pine. Aggressive, robust, tongue scrubbing... taking all these elements right to the edge.... and then the smooth, sweet maltyness brings you slowly back.... ooooh yeeeeaaah. Me likey.
Medium to teetering on full in body. Smooth and creamy, yet brash and bold. Think DIPA here. Nice dryness to the finish. Carbonation is subtle and balancing. Most certainly of a higher ABV, as it has that alcohol presence in warmth. I absolutely love the mouthfeel of this IPA. Excellent.
I love this. A borderline DIPA - in all areas. Brash yet balanced, tongue assaulting yet refreshing, dry yet creamy - one element may almost overwhelm you, but an opposite will bring everything back to a strikingly beautiful balance. A sipper.
Definitely worth seeking out.
A must try.
Lady Columbia IPA fills up my pint glass with a glowing apricot orange and good clarity. A few large carbonation bubbles break free and shoot to the surface every now and then along with a couple streams of tiny carbonation bubbles. The creamy white head grew to two healthy fingers on the pour and became craggy as it slowly fell, eventually settling at a thick cap with sticky lacing all over the glass. This IPA looks how an IPA should look.
The aroma is all at once resinous and herbal. The resinous qualities tickle the nose at first before the herbal qualities come along while these two qualities are the most pronounced there is a hint of tropical fruitiness. Slightly overripe pineapple is what comes to mind and adds a great depth to the already expressive hoppiness. The malt that shows itself is mildly sweet and cake like, very clean. The hops choke down the malt so its presence is barely known.
The flavor follows the aroma very closely with the hoppiness leading the way every step. The resinous hops get off to a running start as soon as the beer hits the tongue. The herbal quality is milder than the aroma suggested but the tropical, bitter fruitiness is more pronounced. The fruitiness comes across more like bitter grapefruit pith than the overripe pineapple the nose suggested. The big resin quality is what makes the most noise and at times is reminiscent of tobacco, which I get a lot from super resinous IPAs. Again, the malt stays right where it should, deep in the back and barely noticeable. What is there has a touch of sweetness with the cake like qualities. Lady Columbia is excellent!
This is my third time sampling Lady Columbia and each different day the bitterness catches me off guard the first few sips and I love every second of it. The body has a nice fullness while still remaining moderately light on the tongue. The carbonation is somewhat aggressive and leaves some prickliness on the tongue which helps to accentuate the bitterness.
Although this IPA is big and bold it goes down very easily. The bitterness does a number on the tongue and after a glass you don't quite get the full experience from the sheer numbness. While this beer has a great big bitterness the fruitiness and malt add enough perceived sweetness to keep it flowing.
This is another one of Flossmoor Stations great IPAs. I can't get enough of any that they brew. Lady Columbia is a delicious beer and it's nice to try something so good that's single hopped so I can get a real feel for Columbus. So far the Brewer's Whim Series of IPAs have been some of the best I've had the opportunity to sample.
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