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Ninkasi Babylon Double IPA

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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
Special Release Series. Babylon is an English take on an American style of the traditionally English India Pale Ale. Originated for the long voyage from England to India, and adopted as the quintessential Northwest beer style, IPA’s have a strong presence in the modern craft beer scene. This big Double IPA is influenced by its English roots, but firmly planted in the modern stylings of Northwest brewing, and enjoyable to hop enthusiasts everywhere!

Marris Otter malt from the UK was used along with Biscuit malt to create a rich, nutty backbone to this super hoppy beer. The hop aroma begins with intense earthiness from the prolific use of English- Style Fuggle hops. There is a depth that includes apricots, peaches, a hint of mango, and a fruity hop character to balance the copious malts. This is carried on to the palate with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel from the flaked barley, making for a very flavorful and very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Pours cloudy amber, big white head. No real nose, very weak. Taste is a mix of hops and malt that just doesn’t work that well for me. Finish is okay, nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 18, 2013
A- a filtered amber orange with an egg shell tan head that quickly dissipates and has weak lacing. S- aromas of grain, and valid malts, overripe apples and soap. M- medium body and a medium palate with decent but not solid carbonation. T- sharp beginning that does not have a lot of distinction or character but evolves into hop notes, grass and bitter soap. Middle to end is more malty and grainy - both muddled. Ending is brown sugar, malts and faint grapefruit that quietly recedes into a very faint bitterness that does hold on. Everything is fairly simple but enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (5686) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 16, 2013
Sampled during VCBW 2013 at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, BC pouring a golden orange color with a small white head that leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is light citrus and caramel. Taste is a citrus hop bitterness with a caramel malty sweetness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A decent brew, but not quite up there with some of the best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 9, 2013
Aroma is sweet grain, slightly boozy, and fruity. Full bodied, sweet, and boozy. Finish is on the bitter side with a lingering sweetness. Okay.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - JUN 9, 2013
amber, cloudy, slight orange color - aroma of light citrus - very malty, too sweet - lingering bitter grapefruit

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
vadie (1231) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2013
Ambrée/orange avec une petite mousse blanche. L’arôme est principalement l’houblon avec un peu d’agrumes. Difficile à boire.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ACHops (1362) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2013
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours opaque orangish amber with very thin head. Aroma is thin hops and semi-sweet caramel malt. Taste is big syrupy lightly toasted caramel malt with sharply bitter piney hops on the finish. Not enough hops to balance this malt. Then again, if this is "English-style IPA", that’s probably about right. A bit unexpected from Ninkasi, probably one of my least favorites I’ve had from them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WheatKing (1328) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - MAY 29, 2013
Pours amber, small white head (heh). Aroma does not jump out as expected, lots of crystal mixed with resin and earth, all those other hop characteristics are there but in the background. Flavour: Buttload (a real measurement, look it up) of resins mixed with caramel, some alcohol in the background. Finish is that hoppy sweetness that comes out from resins. I know hops are supposed to be bitter but this is how I describe it... am I crazy? Alcohol too.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
MrPresentati (39) - Gualala, California, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Not Good. No balance, just brutal bitterness front to back with long-lingering unpleasant bitter aftertaste. I am a fan of Double IPA’s, but this stuff is undrinkable for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2013
22oz bottle poured into my new Spiegalau ipa glass. Pours an amber color with a thick off white head that leaves decent lacing. Smells of dough, grapefruit, toffee, and caramel. Tastes of all the same things in the smell with a decent hop bite in the back end. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with good carbonation and a dry finish. Its nice to see something different on the ipa market in the northwest. You can definitely taste the malt forward English style used but then ninkasi added the extra hoppy northwest style element not traditionally used. Very nice.

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