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Babylon | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
ninkasibrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by beertunes on 05-29-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
95
pDev:
13.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 31
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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of billab914
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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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Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

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Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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 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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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of beertunes
3.54/5  rDev -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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3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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.

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Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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?

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of popery
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of illidurit
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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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Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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Babylon from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 95 ratings
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