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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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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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?

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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5/5  rDev +37%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

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