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Babylon - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beertunes on 05-29-2012)
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Photo of snaotheus
3.81/5  rDev +5%
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.

snaotheus, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of sevenshubby
3/5  rDev -17.4%

sevenshubby, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Asics
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Asics, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.6/5  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.

HuskyinPDX, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

LiquidAmber, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of vitALEity
2.2/5  rDev -39.4%
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.

vitALEity, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of flexabull
3.74/5  rDev +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.

flexabull, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of vkv822
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
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

vkv822, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of ellswrth
3/5  rDev -17.4%

ellswrth, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

rodrigueZflyingf0x, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of Sarlacc83
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Sarlacc83, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of JoshTellez
4.5/5  rDev +24%

JoshTellez, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Jessenimmo
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Jessenimmo, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Rutager
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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?

Rutager, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Cliffster
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Cliffster, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of BESTIALEX
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

BESTIALEX, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Braz
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Braz, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

schopenhauerale, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Jameswoody
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Jameswoody, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of SanFranJake
4/5  rDev +10.2%

SanFranJake, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of powdersoldier
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

powdersoldier, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of canucklehead
4.26/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

canucklehead, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of woemad
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

woemad, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of Fossilhunter
5/5  rDev +37.7%

Fossilhunter, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

mdaschaf, Mar 18, 2013
Babylon from Ninkasi Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.