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Babylon - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.64%


Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: beertunes on 05-29-2012)
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NWer

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
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.
re: http://untappd.com/user/NWER/checkin/34291120

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 19:19:12 | More by NWer
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N3rdM3t4l

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +21%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 03:30:20 | More by N3rdM3t4l
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 21:40:29 | More by canucklehead
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BierJager89

California

4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 00:50:58 | More by BierJager89
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vkv822

Oregon

3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 07:44:40 | More by vkv822
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Red Hot the other night.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. Really don't pick up much on the nose... just some light malt, imparting something of a cherry, apple and light fresh bread aroma. As the beer warms I pick up some orange citrus as well. On the palate, I was surprised by how sweet this beer is. Normally, that's not really my thing in an IPA or DIPA, but this beer was pretty tasty. There was enough hoppy bitterness to counter and balance the sweetness pretty well (barely), and I was impressed by the finish on this beer (no heat or noticeable alcohol at all, though I kept on expecting to encounter some with each sip I took). In any event, I picked up considerable cherry, orange and apple in the moderately sweet flavor profile, but with the hoppy finish drying this beer out at the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, lightly bitter finish. Alcohol, I'm guessing, is probably in the 8% to 9% range, though it was hard to tell.

A decent beer, and one I enjoyed, but am just not sure if I'm interested in revisiting this any time soon.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2012 16:55:34 | More by johnmichaelsen
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grittybrews

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured reddish-amber with a finger of off-white head. Mild aroma with some grainy caramel and pine.

Moderate carbonation and a nice full mouthfeel. Quite sweet with lots of caramel balancing some very nice pine and light citrus hops. Somewhat bready on the finish.

A little sweet but plenty tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2012 16:24:26 | More by grittybrews
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 02:53:54 | More by LiquidAmber
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a mason jar

A- Poured a dark hazy orange color with a small head that dissipated instantly and left no lace

S- Grape must, citrus, pungent pungent grapefruit, and olive juice in the aroma

T- Big pungent grape must and grapefruit flavors, some olive juice, citrus, and big caramel backbone. Moderate bitterness and prominent sweetness

M- Medium body, prickly carbonation, dry finish

O- A lot of sweetness in this DIPA. Overall a nice beer, with some pungent hop flavor and some strangely pleasant olive juice flavor (fyi i can't stand olives, but it works on this beer)

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2013 06:20:05 | More by Hoptometrist
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Braz

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 02:42:07 | More by Braz
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snaotheus

Washington

3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 00:04:33 | More by snaotheus
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 20:46:01 | More by CookstLiquor
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lighthabit

Oregon

3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 07:18:50 | More by lighthabit
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DrDaves49

Oregon

3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 02:41:50 | More by DrDaves49
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice amber/ruby color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap and some bubbles, a good amount of lacing

S: Pretty hard to distinguish but mainly a breadiness with with bitterings hops

T: As I am getting my growler filled the Ninkasi reps from Eugene walk in right behind so I immediately begin flinging questions. First off, I know this beer has a ig dose of Fuggles. It has a breadiness imparting a good dose of bitterness, dryness with some floral and citrus hints.

M: Medium bodied but it felt pretty heavy, dry, a bonifide Imperial English IPA. It was carbonated well and had no major issues

O: Pretty nice, different and easy to drink

Serving type: growler

06-24-2012 14:53:42 | More by barleywinefiend
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flexabull

California

3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2013 20:42:17 | More by flexabull
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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?

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 02:24:16 | More by Rutager
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up as part of the Ninkasi 4x 22oz mix pack... Poured into my HotD goblet... long lasting light khaki head.. the brew is clear orange.

Hops on the nose show as earthy and grassy.. some sorta peachy fruitiness... pale malts are heavier than a standard PNW DIPA.

Malts on the palate have a definite English influence.. hops are more fruity, but there is still an earthy/grassy element... bitterness balances the malts nearly perfectly.. Very rich across the board.

Body is bigger than the standard drier PNW DIPA.. sorta creamy yet has a good carbonation.

This is a very interesting brew.. Unique in the DIPA land for sure (English malts and hops with a heavy PNW hand.... I like :-) I wish Ninkasi would make this at least a seasonal or take it out of the 4-packs.... I would buy it often.

3.5/3.5/3.75/3.5/3.75

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 04:57:09 | More by JohnGalt1
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 04:31:02 | More by HuskyinPDX
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wethorseblanket

California

3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 22:23:09 | More by wethorseblanket
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Chris-MOC9

Oregon

3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 04:10:02 | More by Chris-MOC9
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Spikester

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 07:27:40 | More by Spikester
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beertunes

Washington

3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear coppery amber color with 3/4 of an inch of off-white head that had very good retention and a moderate amount of lacing.

The aroma started out with some musty (in a good way) pine and citrus hops, and under that was just enough malt to give solid support to those hops. The flavors had the citrus and grapefruit flavors more forward than the pine notes and the malt again provided a basic foundation.

The body was good and full, much more so than is typical for the style, but the finish was a touch too sticky for my tastes. Drinkability was pretty good, I would have a couple of these in a row, and I'm not the biggest IPA guy in the world. Overall, a nice beer that is on the above average side of typical for the style. worth trying when you see it.

Edit 5/18/13: I tried this brew again last night and found the beer to pretty similar, but with enough differences to post an update. The hops were a bit brighter and more notable, and the beer wasn't as sticky-sweet as the previous one. Still a very nice brew and worth a shot if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2012 20:04:27 | More by beertunes
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RJLarse

Washington

3.51/5  rDev -3%
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?

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 22:31:02 | More by RJLarse
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Zorro

California

3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 01:26:27 | More by Zorro
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Babylon from Ninkasi Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.