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Review by joe1510 on 11/03/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 2 11 18 4 9 0
64oz Growler
$14.95
Flossmoor Station

Blue Wax

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.


Price: $14.95 Served In: Bottle