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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 136
Hads: 1,229
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 351
Gots: 152 | FT: 6
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Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: rudzud on 11-17-2011

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Photo of jcipa88
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

8.5% sounds spot on, sniff this brew straight out. Hasn't been available the last 2 times I went to the brewery, but great tasting / aroma / tasting (did I already say that?) Oh geez.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my mug at Estelle's in Boston.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow orange color with no vision of anything. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Herbal, lemony, spicy, grassy, pilsner, lager yeast, toasted, and pale malts.

Taste: Hop flavor resonates through my palate. Followed by a nice malt backbone and light tingly bitterness. So e chewy notes and slight booze in the rear. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, refreshing, a bit chewy, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: This beer never fails. Bottle or draft and you can't go wrong. Looking forward to more of this in the future. This beer is so delicious. So good, I ordered another.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

In a lot ways, this wonderfully big, hoppy lager leans—in terms of taste and texture—into the XPA territory: juicy, sharp, immensely grassy, with a clean, light, blonde-malt body and a dry, pointed finish. But in the juiciness, and the galloping effervescent, one sees the lager likenesses become more apparent: a substantial yeast-fruitiness, and a round, creamy sub-current—elements which are more subtle and softly announce themselves—position Kiwi Rising solidly in the province of Pilsner. And yet those New Zealand hops really set this beer apart within the "Imperial Pilsner" subset, imparting intense and floral aromas of grapefruit, papaya, and wild grasses, delivering the same—along with hemp resins, pine and spruce juices, some juniper, key lime, and even a hint of mango—to the very complex flavor-profile.

This is a really excellent effort out of Framingham: a great alchemical operation that brings the best of two burgeoning genres (New Zealand-hopped XPAs and Imperial Pilsners) and holds those qualities in elegantly coordinated concert.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light yellow gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity kiwi & citrus, lager yeast and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of grassy hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of kiwi, citrus and caramel. Then some breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This brew was served on tap at The Bee Hive Brew Pub in Canandaigua, New York. It arrived in a Three Heads Brewing pint glass, showing a burnt honey coloring. It held a soapy white, full-looking head standing one and a half fingers tall that left cakey chunks of lacing around the glass following a nice retention. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be active. The nose came to full potential only when warmed, but grew to include a pleasurably robust blend of cleanly raw barley, lemon tea tannins, lightly plastic phenols, clover honey, white rice dustiness and Rice Krispies cereal graininess, warmed Saki booziness, cloyingly fruity-nectary, grapefruity, and dried grassy hoppiness, syrupy mango and peach juiciness, and aluminum. Following through the flavoring gave life to the cloy of the nose, with intense fruitiness of sticky and syrupy kiwis, mangos, red apples, and papayas that skirted the line between genuine and synthetic. Otherwise, notes included curiously fusel gin booziness, oily nectary and bitter grassy hop sweetness, mossed mustiness, bittered raw barley, amplified honey, dried spruce, pine nut creaminess, candied honeydew melon, and dusty copper. The grain bill stepped in through the end and after, itself being pale, dusty, and bittered of simple pale and pils grain. The body was medium, but heavily syrupy on the pull through the teeth, while carbonation was softly prickly. Slurp and smack were oily and coating, but left little in the way of cream and froth. Said coating dissipated into a crispness that didn’t quite cross the line to dryness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank nicely.

Overall, this was a nicely refreshing surprise. We hadn’t previouisly known Jack’s Abby had come into the greater Rochester market, so we were floored to see a heavy hitter such as Kiwi Rising on tap at an admittedly smaller establishment well outside the city’s downtown!! It stood out almost immediately on the menu, and we had to order it. We felt the interplay between the pilsner, lagery side of the brew and the cloyingly fruity hoppiness made for an interesting and well-received tasting. The ultimate balance wasn’t perfect, as both aroma and taste tended towards the sweeter side, but the feel helped to keep it even keeled. To hop a lager, and something so traditionally bitter and muted as pilsners can be, was really the most exciting thing about it. These hops were just wildly juicy and forward. What a great chance introduction this was for us; we look forward to many more meetings in the hopefully near future.

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Photo of MikeHBerk79
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. Had a bottle dated at the end of October 2014 in February, but it doesn't seem to have mattered much. I wonder how much more incredible this beer tastes fresh. Just awesome. A citrus punch up front that lingers. Can't tell it's 8.5 ABV, goes down easy.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/05/14

Appearance- Orange golden/amber in color and pretty hazy.

Aroma- Pungent grapefruit, mango, and tangerines. Some general malt sweetness as well.

Taste- Acidic and bitter grapefruit is most noticeable from the first sip. Middle and finish are mellowed out by a sweet cracker/caramel malt combo (more so the cracker), and softer and fruitier hops as well (mango, pineapple,etc).

Feel- Soft, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a pleasant dry/clean/crisp finish.

Overall- I've seen a ton of this sitting around and I'm pretty confused as to why as it still tastes fresh as hell and its just a really good beer. Really nice soft tropical hop flavors and great drinkabilility that jacks abby ipl's have. At 4 or 5 bucks for a pint bottle its a solid value too.

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Photo of mabermud
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For me, this beer is unique. The body of this beer is a cloudy straw color. The head is white and fluffy, and the lacing is pretty sticky. Sweet earthy aroma...like sweet hay or corn...unique. The taste is of watered down citrus, over light creamed corn and wheat bread...interesting. The feel and carbonation is medium, nothing more, nothing less. Pretty standard feel for a nice beer, it fits.

Overall, I am impressed. Very unique look, smell, and taste. Refreshingly uncommon beer.

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Photo of alexbutler
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - A thin white head rests on a murky, light orange body. There is a nice, subtle lacing that follows the beer but, for the most part, is a very unassuming beer.

S - After one whiff, you know this is a substantial DIPL... A big kick of citrus and mango hit you right off the bat. The sweetness doesn't taper off, though, instead it finds a deeper root, almost like a syrup.

T - Very complex palette, as the smell implies. It's very sweet but there is a vanilla and nuttiness here, as well. Very well balanced... I've had this beer all season and never have had a bad batch. Lingering aftertaste that reminds you of the 8.5%

F - The lingering effect isn't everyone's cup of tea - but with DIPLs, this is part of the game. The beer is very full without being too much. Anyone could sip at this and enjoy it thoroughly.

O - Exceptional lager here. No surprise coming from Jack's Abbey, one of the most consistent breweries in MA. I'd recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of CTFalcon
3.33/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very off tasting brew, a strange funk that was not expected. Bottle has been stored properly and appeared fine. Mouthfeel was quite thin and color was quite unappealing. Bitterness was mild for such a high ibu, just an overpowering off taste.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good lagers are my simple pleasure and this is a great hoppy lager with Southern Hemi hops, which are some of my favorite. I am drinking the bottle 1.5 months after bottling but I believe hoppy lagers fall off slower than certain IPA/DIPA culprits. Would I rather have a fresh IPA w Nelson, Galaxy, or other Southern Hemi hop? Yes. Is this a good, enjoyable hoppy lager? Most definitely.

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Photo of FFreak
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into glasses and shared. Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with pure white head. Tons of dank and floral hop aroma. Awesome fruit, resin and flowers followed by slight malt sweetness all in a very dry and refreshing brew. I'd guess nearly all of the 105 stated IBUs are late additions and dry hop as there is little to no bitterness evident. Nice dry but not thin mouth feel. Overall, a really wonderful lager.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.19/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sharp asprin bitterness mixed with a disappointing vegetal/DMS note. The new-world hops try to pop up, but somehow the effect with the lager yeast produces some inharmonious accords. Really quite surprised at the love for this one. JA makes same fine brews, but I think they're really in their wheelhouse at lower ABVs - Mass Rising, while somewhat more enjoyable than Kiwi, suffers from similar problems.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Lagers get a bad reputation in our world, but this lager was done right! I am telling you this is a fantastic and very drinkable beer. This sucker is 8.5 % and you do not taste the alcohol. Be careful with this one!

Look: Hazy hay yellow. Nice head retention looks like a lager, but this one is a bit thicker and hazier than the rest.

Smell: You get some hops in there, sweet grassy nicely balanced.

Taste: This is a solid beer people, don't discount the lager, it gets no respect in the world of sours, stouts and IPA's but this one is flavorful. Its has a nice malt backbone, not too sweet, but the Kiwi hops they use up the ante on this one. Its very well balanced. Almost like a perfectly balanced ale really but with a better mouthfeel!

Overall: This is a great beer, you cannot taste the alcohol which can get you into trouble with too many of them. The hops balance it out and its got an intensity to it. Almost like an IPA and lager but too balanced to detect a difference. I have two of these and I am happy I got this on a trade from a good friend in RI. If you can get your hands on this beer buy it or trade for it!

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fresh btl pour

A: Hazy lemon with some golden glimmers. Pure white head.

S: Citrus notes of lime and grapefruit. Sharp pine. Some grass and light sulfur, grape skin.

M: About medium bodied; oily-slick feel. Great carbonation, superfine, matches bitterness well.

T: Surprisingly sweet to start, very resiny. Passionfruit and mandarin presented on kaffir lime leaf platform. Very floral and fruity. Bready malts; heavier than expected. Overall, it's like a cross between a bock and EIPA. Could have used some more alpha notes; hop bitterness is nearly non-existent, and would have provided the needed balance; pine and light wood tingle. Another slant would be that the bitterness has mellowed and taken on some cask like quality. It's unique, delicious, a must-have for anyone into hops from Down Under.

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Photo of NinjaJesus
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

I have been waiting for this beer for quite some time and we were finally able to get some in the store. I was impressed with the earthiness and minerality in this double IPL 's hop profile. It has a wonderful citrus bouquet but not a specifically lemon, grapefruit or lime taste for me, more of just a general cirtus flavor. I would guess this may come from Kohatu variety but who can be sure. Not sure if it lived up to the hype of "best beer jacks abby has made" but it is definitely up there. Worth the purchase at under 5 for a bottle.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

A: A hazy golden color with plenty of head that sticks around. Being unfiltered, there is a touch of light sediment floating that settles slowly towards the bottom.

S: Lemon, grapefruit, and pine, with a strong alcohol back.

T: This is an interesting one to say the least. It's a fruit explosion, lemon, grapefruit, mango, apricot....they all seem to be here. There is a nice bread - malt flavor, and it is all followed by a nice alcohol kick. A very complex flavor, each sip seems to play out slightly different.

F: Light in body, nice carbonation. Exactly what an IPA should be.

O: This is a great beer. Unlike many IPA's that all tend to run together, this one stands apart. It's bold, fruity and smooth, with a nice little alcohol bite. Jack's Abby has done it again.

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Photo of predikit
2.75/5  rDev -35.9%

Pours a clouded gold, with a white head that has decent retention, leaves a fair amount of lacing behind.

Smell is muted, not picking up much, some faint strawberry.

A faint fruity flavor before my tongue is assaulted by grapefruit pungence. No flavor could possibly manage to get through that snarled mass of hoppish doom. Definitely not a brew for me.

Medium body and medium carbonation, has a noticeable warmth of alcohol.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Cannot stress how good this beer is if you like hops. If you think a lager-ed DIPA sounds contradictory, prepare to see the very fabric of space and time.

The nose of this beer will send you rocketing into the stratosphere through a billow of lager-yeast effervescence and citrusy-sweet tropical paradise. Notes of everything from kiwi, mango, pineapple, orange, and just enough a touch of pine and grass to categorize this an abundantly hopped, dank DIPA.

The taste follows the nose very closely, though exhibits more piney/dank bitterness toward the finish that balances the tropical juice bomb. This beer could almost fool one into thinking it doesn't contain any Nelson hops with the lack of usual vinous flavours, though I find it may be noticeable in the dryness at the end.

Overall, a wonderful mosaic-showcase of hops. According to the brewery's bartender, it has about 5-6 hops, and manages to capture an array of fantastic flavours that any hop-lover should enjoy and seek out!

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Photo of SteveB24
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Look-color is a light, mildly cloudy gold. Pours a finger of white head. nice spotted lacing on the beer and big spots stick to the side of the glass.
Smell- bright, floral aroma. mild pine, with some cites in there.
Taste- lots of bright citrus. tangerines, lemon zest, Toasty lager notes in the background providing balance. slightest touch of hop bitterness on the tongue.
light body but juicy, quite carbonated and creamy on the finish.
overall. delicious, unique beer. very drinkable

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.72/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; medium yellow in color; less than a 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; light lacing;

S: light malts; citrus and tropical fruit;

T: follows the nose up front, then the combo of citrus and tropical fruit takes over; moderate, astringent bitterness from mid-palate through the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: very interesting; the astringency of the bitterness is a bit much for me;

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Photo of Hendry
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%

Hazy yellowish pour, a stark white soapy slight head remains on the edges of the tulip, even sheet of lacing all the way down.Nice looking brew,nothing like unfiltered beauty.

Grassy and bready all at once with some citrus squarely in the mix, slightly pungent.

The lager component is prominent though it has very similar characteristics of a well hopped IIPA, and the taste follows the aroma. There is a notable bitterness that follows each sip, but the type of bitterness that is agreeable with my palate. Masterfully hidden 8.5% abv coupled with easy drinkability.

Well carbonated and medium bodied, slightly oily.

I waited until my 3rd bottle to review Kiwi Rising,dated 11/4/14 and consumed 11/23/14. This is a quality beer that is an interesting and flavorful offering featuring citrusy/grassy flavors of New Zealand hops in an interesting lager base.Highly recommended.

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Photo of HopDeezy
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear golden yellow, lingering white head that laces well

S - Not as much on the nose as I would've thought, "lageresque" bready malts present for sure, hints of grass and citrus

T - Citrus explosion! smooth "lageresque" bread, light malts, bursting citrus fruit with light but lingering bitter finish.

M - Heavy, buttery, strong carbonation, bursting hops.

O - Great beer! I'm an IPA drinker for the most part but this is one exceptional lager. One of my new favorites. I would certainly get it again and it is the best lager I've ever had for sure. It's better than Hoponius Union.

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Photo of Rideguy64
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

105 IBU's.....I am still looking for them and so are my taste buds. This beer rocks. Smooth as silk going down. So light in color, you would not think you are drinking a double anything.

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Photo of hail_seitan
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from 16 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass

A - A pale dandelion body supports a hefty, foamy white head.

S - A tropical mix of kefir lime, lemmongrass, ripe mango, and fresh-cut flowers.

T - Very fresh tasting, with lime, cantaloupe, kumquats, and a healthy dose of savory onion and garlic from the hops. The malt is super smooth and unobtrusive, while lending a cracker crispness and sugar cookie sweetness. Just a hint of bitterness on the finish, with lingering musky tropical flavor.

M - Has a bit of body to it, reminding you this is in fact a high-ABV beer. The moderate carbonation is just right.

O - A seasonal favorite, especially when enjoyed fresh. The piquant flavor from the hops is not for everyone, but the balance on this beer is superb. Worth getting at least one of each November, especially when your fridge runs dry of Heady Topper.

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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
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