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Babylon - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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31 Reviews
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Reviews: 31
Hads: 95
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beertunes on 05-29-2012

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
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)

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.


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Photo of grittybrews
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Babylon from Ninkasi Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.