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Columbus Brewing Creeper
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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The Creeper is an American style Barleywine.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluejacket74 (1324) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2013
32 ounce growler picked up from Blacklick Wine and Spirits earlier today. They just tapped the keg yesterday so I assume this is a fresh batch. Served in a Dogfish Head IPA glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a couple inch white head. The head sticks around for a long time, and there’s also a lot of lacing. Aroma is very nice, the brew mostly smells like citrusy (tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange peel) and pine hops, and some bready malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s the addition of some peppery spice and herbalness. The tropical fruit bittersweet finish lingers for a very long time. It’s creamy and slick with a good amount of carbonation. Well, I’m very happy I picked up a growler of this on the way home from work. Definitely worth trying if you come across some! $10.99 a growler fill.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2458) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2013
On tap at the Brew Kettle. This beer is a fairly clear gold with a minimal head. Aromas if honey and resin with a boozy edge to them. Flavor has none of the resin, though. It starts out sweet (honey) heads to hoppy (apricot and fruit) and ends hot (booze). This is a pretty nice beer to have on tap in March when winter is hanging on.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
zimm421 (57) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Fresh growler from The Daily Growler. Pours a gray orange color with perfect head and lacing. This is described as a double IPA by the brewery, not a barleywine. Nose is piney, with citrus, and some malts. Taste is very similar, finishes nice and biter, but doesn?t overdo it. This is very impressive, wish it would come around more often!

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2012
This was described as a Double IPA/Blonde Barleywine. Really big juicy and hoppy beer. Definitely gets most of its flavor from hops but there is a really nice big bready backbone. Really great crossover style beer and very drinkable with no trace of alcohol for 10%. It does creep up on you

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6517) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Draft from Dirty Frank’s. Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a small white head. Aroma of citrusy hops, tropical fruits, caramel malts, and honey. Flavor of resinous hops, citrus and tropical fruits, caramel malts, pineapple, and pine resin. Medium body, fruity, sweet. Low carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Evolutionary (284) - Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2012
On tap at dirty franks. In snifter and deep gold color. Little head. Billed as double ipa. Tastes a bit strong but good sweet finish. Moderate hoppiness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
theisti (3242) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 27, 2012
12 oz draft at the brewery in Columbus, Ohio. This was sold as a "Triple IPA", though the bartender did mention it had some Barley Wine characteristics. The pour is a hazed cheddar orange with a small off white head. Thick sheeting of lace are left behind as the beer goes down. The aroma is citrus hop, floral, and then a decent amount of honey sweetness. The taste is honey floral sweet, clove yeast, then a solid shot of booze in the back. A bit overwhelming for my tastes, the honey cloyed a bit. The palate is medium bodied, soft carbonation, and a weird honey sweet clove booze finish. Pretty unrefined and over the top for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmikolich (1449) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2012
On tap at Fatheads, listed as an IIPA at 10% AbV, pour is a light orange color with big hoppy nose, taste is citruses but also some alcohol with a slight burn.. No way this is a BW, all IIPA all day

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10681) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2011 Draft. Poured cloudy orange color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy citrus, earthy and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bittersweet hop flavor with a medium to heavy bitter finish of moderate to long duration. This beer exceeded my expectations and improved as it warms to 48 degrees.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2011
On tap at CBC, the staff said it was a "triple IPA", I’m guessing it was this. Poured a dense unfiltered orange with a white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, light booze, sweet bready malt, light pine. Flavors were sweet malt and tropical fruit, bitter hop notes weaved in and out. Body was thick, mellow carbonation, sweet/malt/boozey covered up the weaving bitterness, thick sweetness finished fairly bitter. Overall, this one falll in the Double Trouble, Hop Slam, Devil Dancer category(ie, double IPA that has way too much malt backbone for it’s own good, a bit on the sweet side as well). That said, this is one is better than some of the huged hyped big IIPAs(looking at you Hopslam) but falls short of the true midwest champs(fresh Dreadnaught) and lacks the refinement of the better hoppy Barleywines(Bigfoot) or even the layers of a full bodied english style barleywine(my fav is still that Barley’s Spark of the Devine one off). Still a tasty beer that was perfect for the icy chill of a Ohio February.


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