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Babylon - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: beertunes on 05-29-2012

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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 31
Photo of BierJager89
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Opaque grapefruit color with a tan head.

S: Grapefruit and orange peels, orange and pine in the nose.

T: A bit sweet in general, but very sweet for a DIPA. Orange, tangerine, mango, papaya, lemon, lime and tropical fruit. Delicious!

M: Medium bodied and tingly, but not too harsh on the carbonation.

O: Underrated, and yet another excellent IPA from Ninkasi. Definitely recommended. I love the tropical flavors, tangerine and mango.

Photo of lighthabit
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

color is almost perfect deep clear amber. solid head goes to a tenacious bit in the middle, leaves good rings of lace. nose is a tad soft, citrus, grassy, hops and malt. taste - a bit sweet but i like what they did here. feel is just barely thick, but i'd like to see it increased just a smidge. would like a bit more oily presence than what is here. seems to lose its carbonation early. 100 ibu's balanced with a sweetness of malt and something almost honey-like. very drinkable, yet ya gotta be careful with the well hidden abv. nicest ninkasi brew i've had.

Photo of Spikester
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber. Clear amber with a huge off white head that lasts a good five minutes. Lacing is good but not great.
Smell is dank.
Taste is malty sweet with the big hops expected but trailing all the way.
Mouthfeel is very close to Barleywine style. Carbonation is just right.
Overall they could cut the malts or sugars back, bump up the hops a bit and have a fine DIPA with a much lower abv. I did not find the alcohol too prominent in the flavor but the sweetness of this beer was too much for me.

Photo of NWer
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into SN/DFH Collab glass.
Beautiful. Abundant head retains well.
Aroma nothing to sniff at. Literally. A little weak here. Couldn't pick up much of anything.
Taste another matter. Nice balance of fruity taste from Fuggle hops and barley? So they say.
IBU claimed at 100+ but it's way more balanced than that. Doesn't strike me as a hop bomb which in this case is a good thing. Maybe because it's lacking the bitterness.
Taste lingers in the mouthfeel adding to the enjoyment.
I think this is a home run. Enjoyed immensely.
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Photo of DrDaves49
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My Wife brought this home from the grocery store.

Poured from a 22oz. Bomber into vintage beer mug.

Nice coppery/burnt orange w/ a bit of haze. At 50 degrees it had a nice soapy head which dissipated to quickly.

Not much of a distinctive aroma , maybe a biscuit with orange marmalade

The taste reminded me of the smell, l bready, orangey with maybe some lemon, it seemed pretty balanced, maybe a bit to much. I found it a little to sweet for me, but very drinkable.

Mouthfeel was good, a medium body with a lingering flavor on the tongue. The alcohol in the brew was very well masked.

Overall, I kinda liked it. Would I buy it again? Possibly. Would I search it out? Probably not. I'm still not sure if the DIPA fits.

I enjoy Ninkasi's Tricerahops a bit more.

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
4.34/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bomber into standard american shaker pint.

A: somewhat rough pour nets small but beautiful frothy Dial hand soap colored head. Head fell to a lovley cap of tiny bubbles and a thick ring around the glass. Slightly cloudy deep golden straw hue. The cloudyness might be chill haze however.

S: a bit stuffed up but here goes nothing. Big citrusy hops and a hint of sweetness shine through most. Other than that some of the complexities are lost on my stuffy nose.

T: rich sweet double golden body with a hit of citrus hops and closing with a soft bitter note that rides for a while. The body of this brew is fantastic, like some of the better belgian strong goldens and dubbles but without the belgian yeast character. The hops come in just right to balance and don't overwhelm like Ninkasi is known for.

M: heavy and sweet up front almost like a barleywine but finishes dry becsuse of the huge hopping. Smooth too.

O: excellent brew and I am not an IPA fan. But DIPA are almost a whole different animal and this is a grest one. I would get it again and I am a stout drinker.

Photo of RJLarse
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Babylon Double IPA in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Appearance is a burnt orange color, hazy floating material, with a modest creamy off-white head.

Smell is faint, but a sweet citrus aroma.

The taste is very sweet up front, with a caramel candy flavor, giving way to a bitter pine flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not as cloying as it might be, but with a dry bitter aftertaste, and a touch of alcohol heat in the throat.

Not as drinkable as some DIPAs, but not horribly overpowering either. Just kind of run of the mill, slightly above average, for the style I guess?

Photo of Zorro
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Chill hazed orange colored ale with a very tiny white colored head. This is most certainly IPA Orange.

Scent is sweet and most decidedly citrus in aroma. Strong orange, mild mint and strong tea. Mild pine but this is a citrus scented beer.

Starts out sweet with a melon and sweet tea taste. On the sweet side there is and edge of bitterness about it but caramel and melon are the major flavors. Bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall an OK beer, but not a great beer.

Photo of Chris-MOC9
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this in there seasonal 4 pack, I wanted to try their two spring seasonal and get pin. It had a good dark color to it and just the right amount of hops. I liked this one better then their triceahops not that one was bad or anything, just this one is just right.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a nice copper amber color supporting a nice head that sticks around awhile leaving spotty lace. Smell is rich in caramel malt with balance floral hop aroma. Tasting the sweetness of the malt that may overbalance the grapefruit bitterness of the hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Overall it's not a bad DIPA, But personally I'm not into sweet beers and this is one of those.

Photo of smekermann
2.87/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

You know what pisses me off about Ninkasi? It's that they obviously have the hype. Their state of residence is one filled with a lot of good breweries, making good to great to amazing IPAs. They could brew a great IPA if they wanted to, they obviously have the capacity, finances and manpower to create a good beer. They just choose not to.

This beer... I just don't understand it. Who's the target audience? Hopheads? It has a decent (not great, but decent) hop profile, followed by the most sickly sweet, sugary, malty aftertaste I've ever experienced in an IPA. I've had two sips and I'm already paranoid about the awesome hangover I'll have tomorrow due to the extra sugars in this. Seriously, though, I don't know who this beer is made for. Hopheads obviously have better choices in Boneyard, Deschutes, and a million other local Oregon breweries, fans of English IPAs will hate the hops used in this... I just don't understand the point of this beer. Maybe Ninkasi just hates everyone and hopes they all get diabetes by drinking this.

It's really frustrating for me because they obviously have the advertising side down pat. They know how to make a name for themselves. I just wish they'd finally create some beer worthy of all this goddamn hype. Literally every beer I've had from them has been either decent (Total Domination) to mediocre (Tricerahops) to kinda shit (this) to what the fuck were they thinking (Spring Reign -- I don't think I've ever, in my life, wanted to trade DOWN to a Heineken or a Grolsch, but this was that rare instance when I would have). I haven't had one single beer of theirs that has been worthy of this huge hype they've been receiving. It's absolutely mind-boggling. Anyway, whatever, this beer was the final straw for me. I've completely written off this brewery; they're obviously more interested in creating hype for themselves than the actual art of craft beer so there's absolutely no point in even trying anything else of theirs. I know exactly what I'll get: a lot of buzzwords and a shit beer. No, thanks.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber.

A: Pours a clear tangerine with one-inch off-white head which fades to the rim leaving splotchy lace.

N: Initially some floral and citrus notes. On warming mostly malts with trace fruits.

T: Balanced citrus and noble malts with some wheat, biscuits and nutty flavors. Alchohol is notable.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth and bitter finish.

O: Follows the English style with olde malts in front followed by basic hops. Don't expect a West-Coast hop bomb or you will be disappointed, like I was.

Photo of Murrhey
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber into a conic pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Finger and a half thick cream-colored head. Retention last for about a minute before shrinking to slumping froth near the edges. Lacing is thick but spotty. Hazy orange-red color. Low clarity. Just a smidge above average.

S- Floral and spicy notes, alcoholic undertones. Not a complex aroma but certainly appealing. Subdued with the hops which is the way I prefer it.

T- Alcoholic mellowness here, hits hard. The hops form a nice bitter backbone with a sweet honeyed amber malt forefront.

M- Creamy with a touch of alcoholic smoothness. Thin and mellow with a sticky wet finish.

O- The feel was the best part of this beer for me. Enjoyable, but falls prey to over-alcoholic tendencies. Honestly, I prefer that to a hop bomb, but still, not a superb beer.

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a rich orangey-yellow colour. There are really inviting notes of caramel, pine, pineapple and marmalade on the nose. Taste-wise these distinct notes don't carry through as much. It's big and sweet and fruity and hoppy, though in more of an earthy way. This drinks more like an imperial English IPA. Very different from Ninkasi's Tricerahops in nearly every way.

Photo of snaotheus
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a big mug

Pours a golden amber with a nice light tan head, clear, lots of carbonation. Smell is smooth, slightly spicy, mostly fresh wood and cut grass (hopefully not related to the lawnmowing I just completed).

Taste is bitter without being sharp. Bitterness is mostly grapefruit in nature. A little bit of spicy character, some sweetness is detectable behind the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is soft and round, and quite nice. Overall, I think this is a good beer, but not great.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 4.18.13

A - Pours a cloudy darker orange with a two inch foamy tan head with good retention.

S - Oranges and sweet malts.

T - Orange with sweet bready malts and a bitter finish.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body. Bitter finish.

O - More malty, but still tons of hoppy orange citrus.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a nice two finger white head with good retention and tons of lacing. Mild aroma of citrus hops and bready malt. Flavor starts fairly subdued, biscuit malt, mild stone fruits and light hops, but the hops slowly build to a pleasant earthy, lightly citrus and herbal hop bitterness with a nice balance of bittering hops. Nice malt body. Medium, slightly creamy body. A nice change from intense NW imperial IPAs, the basic ale is very British to start, but some of the more herbal fresh hops flavor shows up in the finish. Pleasant and different.

Photo of vitALEity
2.21/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A: Copper, no lacing/legs.

N: Sweet dried pineapple, no hops at all.

T: sweet and bready and sweet...this is an IPA?

M: Fine

O: This is hardly a DIPA. Its definitely pale malts but I dont get much hops for teh aroma or the taste. Its all sugars.

Photo of flexabull
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright and hazy gold color with a small white head.

Aromas are of hard candies, sugar, and some floral hops.

Taste starts out sweet, light caramel, creamy, with hard candy sweetness. Finish is crisp and dry, with citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with snappy carbonation, good body.

Overall, a pretty solid DIPA, I like the driness, but it's a bit too sweet for my liking though.

Photo of vkv822
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz : SN IPA Glass

Pours an amber orange with a foamy off white head.

Fruity hops, blend with a slightly earthy character and a full, malty backbone.

Full, creamy body with mild, foamy carbonation.

An interesting example of an English-style take of a DIPA. Still plenty of hops but they are fairly well balanced

Photo of Sarlacc83
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Belmont Station.

A: Cloudy light copper color with a very thin lacing. No legs. It doesn't look too bad, but it doesn't have anything to recommend it.

N: Subtle grassy nose with a fair amount of dried pineapple. There's a little bit of marijuana and something akin to...glue?Lots of pine floor. Where's the dry hopping?

T: Very bready with a lot of bitterness throughout the middle. There's hints of malt and a lot of straw. Peppercorns and spiciness. Some residual sugars add sweetness to the back of the palate.

M: Not too bad. Very dry and moderately resinous.

O: A subpar DIPA. I don't expect a ton from Ninkasi, but it seems to me they can do better than this. I would not buy this again unless the recipe was changed.

Photo of Rutager
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance. Pours a hazy orange-gold with a finger of off-white head.

Smell. Sweet grapes and tropical fruits, floral hops, slightly metallic, a little citrus and grainy sweet malt. Different and interesting.

Taste. Dark fruits and grapes, grassy hops with a little citrus, bitter earthy finish. Interesting again.

Mouthfeel. Pretty full body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Very interesting hops in this one. More of the English varieties I'm guessing, maybe with some west coast style as well. I hate to analyze a beer more than the flavours, so nevermind what type of hops they are, it's just an interesting brew. Would probably really appeal to some, but for me it was just interesting and not amazing. Interesting. ...interesting. Should I say it again?

Photo of Cliffster
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber haze, white head, dissipating quickly. Very little lacing.

S: Light, boozy smell. Caramel malts and olives predominate. Slightly oxidized?

T: Very boozy upfront--I've had 11.5% beers that hide the ABV better than this. Dank, dirty taste; there's no crispness here. Malty, and a bit sweet for my taste. The olive flavor does add some interest.

M: Low to moderate carbonation. There is a bit of hop resin stickiness on the palate, which is nice.

O: Not really my style; I like the uber-hoppy American-style IPAs. If you tend towards English IPAs, you will probably like this one. I bought 4 bombers on the recommendation of a friend--oh well...Gotta hand it to Ninkasi for trying something different, though.

Photo of Braz
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at Tacoma Boys. Foggy amber gold in color, some chill haze. Bubbly frothy white head that doesn't sustain long. Smells of the woods and pine or spruce. Very nice aromatics. Taste is smooth and almost creamy. Slight lean toward bitter end of spectrum. Nice hop flavor. Mild sweetness but close to balanced. Not overpowering and actually pretty easy drinking. Body is smooth, creamy with mild carbonation. Very nice beer.

Photo of canucklehead
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A different take on the DIPA with the English slant of using Fuggles. This is still a huge DIPA with a 100 IBUs and over 9% ABV. It takes a few minutes to notice the subtle smoother mouthfeel and finish that separates it from the pure PNW style DIPAs. I really like the drink ability of this beer but also appreciated the Over the top notes that this style deserves.

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Babylon from Ninkasi Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.