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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larryLSB (508) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - APR 7, 2013
Poured from bomber, into a tulip glass. Hazy orange with a medium off white head. Nose is more on the citrus side, a little bready. Taste is somewhat balanced, nice long bitter finish. Not bad, but not up there with the real good ones.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sarlacc83 (1932) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7579) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2013
22. Pours a cloudy burnished bright medium amber with a dense and sudsy tan head that sticks around. Loose drippy lace. Mild biscuity nose with soft floral notes. Creamy medium body with soft water and soft carb. Biscuits and soft lavender on the mid palate. Mild finish. Not bad, but a little too restrained, really.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (14362) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2013
22 oz. bottle, pours an opaque dark orangey amber with a small beige head. Aroma is big on grapefruit, loads of caramel malt, sugary fruity, and resinous hops. Flavour is more on the malty side for a double IPA, with big resinous hops, some tropical fruits, grapefruit and a big whopping caramel malt backbone. Although it’s not cloying, the maltiness is too prominent for my taste, leaving a bit of residual sugars. Big meaty body and even a mildly enjoyable flavour profile, but not really to my taste. Decent effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3820) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2013
Hazy amber,small beige head.Hiny of pine in nose.Big bodied grapefruit profile, lots of malt in back. Lasting bitter hop end.Fatty overtones

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (4920) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 1, 2013
Courtesy of my brother Rick. Pours a cloudy amber with an off-white head and a lot of lacing. Nose of floral hops. Full body. Flavor is floral hops. Bitter finish. Quite easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gerbeer (3130) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
650 ml bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy amber with little head. Light aromas of malt and grapefruit. Fruity grapefruit flavor with brown sugar and malts. Not much for a DIPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2013
On tap at alibi. Phone dying. Hazy golden orange. High malt with citrus aroma. Superb malty citrus bitter taste. long dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle... Poured amber/orange with a moderate white head. Nose was a little skunky with cereal gains too. Resinous sliced hops. A little green earthiness. Bitter and nothing to balance it. Noticeable skunk tone with cereal grain and breadiness. Also a vegetal note mixed with an alcohol burn. Some yeast in the finish combined with bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14077) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours hazy amber with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel/toffee with some floral hop. Near full bodied. Flavor is quite unusual. There’s a caramel backbone, but the hop is floral, even herbal. There’s so much hop that it seems to have its own body. But the flavor intensity, while large, has very little "burn". Just a touch. So the NW aspect is way, way muted. It finishes bitter, and very hoppy. Pliny fans may not like this. But to an extent, hop is hop - and there’s a lot in this.

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