Kiwi Rising - Double IPL - Jack's Abby Brewing

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96
world-class

1,222 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,222
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 350
Gots: 147 | FT: 5
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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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Ratings: 1,222 | Reviews: 151
Photo of Chestmcn
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just behind Mass Rising on the best IPL list

Photo of PatriotsRule
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome beer! Not a kiwi-flavored brew. "No kiwifruit or kiwi birds were used"
A: Stupendously golden like a sunset. Thick, frothy head that sticks around. Unfiltered
S: Citrusy and oh so delicious hops! Pilsner malt presence is detectable in moderation
T: Hops and flowers. Bitter like a dandelion. Citrus fruit rather than kiwifruit
M: It's crisp, it's smooth, its 8.5% abv would not even register if it weren't for the heavy hopping of this beer. Every stage is hopped plentifully and it shows. The hop bite is my favorite part of this, my first perfect 5/5. From the bottle: Over four pounds of hops per BBL of New Zealand hops (Kiwi hops) in progressively larger additions. Four kettle hop additions, whole leaf hops in the hopback, and multiple dry hop additions..." The hopback really complements this brew quite nicely. Extremely hoppy aftertaste strongly lingers like fine cooking oils do. This brew transports me to a New Zealand sheep farm in the Kiwi highlands.
O: Really superlative lager. One of the best Jack's Abby brews, and they are all world class... This beer may not be for everyone at 105 IBUs, although I think you will come to enjoy it!!!

Photo of BerkshireGuerrilla
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome feel; refreshing bite; nice citrus notes. Favorite beer by Jack's Abby.

Photo of rudzud
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey. This is a double IPL (Indian pale lager). Adding this as a dortmunder as their other hoppy offering was classified as such. This was brewed exclusively with New Zealand hops (I was told Pacific Jade and a few others).

A - Poured into a standard snifter a hazy golden orange with a very creamy half a finger of off white head that leaves rich side lacing and a nice creamy blanket.

S - Wow was the first feeling that coursed through my brain upon putting my nose to the snifter. Super fresh aroma of what is New Zealand hops. Smells almost like citra hops; no pine at all lots of citrus (grapefruit, orange, and tangerine). Very light crystal like malt sweetness mixed in as well. Wow.

T - Wow again. Is this really just New Zealand hops? Loads of fresh citrus on the tongue. The grapefruit rind is much more subtle, instead I get huge orange notes. Lots of orange rind but the biggest thing for me is it tastes almost like a Clementine. Reminds me of childhood, using my teeth to start peeling a Clementine. The bitterness and slight oil from the rind followed by the sweet citrus acidic mouthful of juice that would wash over my tongue. There is a very light bitterness at the finish. That lack of a super bitter finish, truely this is a Jack's Abby larger.

M - Smooth very creamy mild carbonation. This is crazy...8.5%?! Get the hell out of here with that. I'd maybe, maybe believe 5% but 8.5% no goddamn way. This is a snifter of orange juice!

O - Overall I like this beer so much I can't stand up from the bar in fear of being arrested for indecent exposure. What the hell guys. Why...why make a beer this good, this surprising. If lagering an IPA turns it into this symphony then all breweries should play these notes. I would drink this over any nondark beet any day of the week. This is truey something magical get this while it lasts everyone because as Cinderella said: "You don't know what you've got till its gone."

Photo of twizzard
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Heard both good and not so good things about this brew so I was skeptical. Especially after loving BA Framinghammer....gotta say this is an absolutely exceptional beer. The aroma fills the room after pouring...a nice 1 inch white head....I'd never thought I'd use the description of 'grass' but that's a great descriptor....as well as a beautifully well balanced IPL...Great hop flavor with a delicious malt back bone....Thrilled that Jacks Abbey is here in NY! Well done!!

Photo of cfrances33
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle thanks to ILOVESTOUTS, served in a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Hazy golden yellow. Really vibrant and almost glowing. Big two and a have finger fluffy, snow white head. Leaves tons of clean sticky lacing. Beautiful.

Smell: Big grapefruit, melon, and pine right off the bat. Some light breadyness, but barely. Not super big on the nose but really bright.

Taste: Woah. HUGE grapefruit, melons, and clean pine, followed by a deep citrus bitterness. Just bright all around. This beer is standout. A nice bread dough sweetness just supplements This is no where close to balance, and I love it.

Mouthfeel: It drinks like a Hill Farmstead DIPA. To me, that about the highest mouthfeel praise there is. Incredibly juicy, this beer approaches S&S5 levels of drinkability. Great bitterness, but in the raw fruit sense. Amazing.

Overall: This beer is better than nearly every DIPA I've ever had. Just a stellar beer in every regard. Jack's Abbey hit a grand slam here. I don't want this again, I NEED this again.

Photo of Gatch
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm with the reviewer right before mine...this beer exceeded my already high expectations going in. Phenomenal stuff!

A: Hazy, golden-yellow with a huge, bright white head that's at first bubbly and then settling into fluffy, pillowy foam leaving behind crazy lacing and good retention.

S: Explosion of NZ hops bringing aromas of bright, ripe citrus, pine, resin, a bit of booze, and overall a deluge of fresh, juicy, sticky hops straight to your nasal cavity.

T: Absolutely spot-on for the style. Massive, fresh, juicy hops bursting with flavor and a balance of sweet, sugary malt and booze to make every drop of this incredible. Seriously. Divine. I love the finish.

M: So incredibly smooth, sweet and delicious. Every sip is savored. Perfect carbonation. The lager backbone makes this beer a dream.

O: Top class Double IPA/L. The lager and NZ hop qualities put this beer over the top. Such a pleasure to drink. Thank you Jack's Abby!

Photo of MikeHBerk79
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of TWStandley
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I will come right out and say it - this beer blew me away. I had pretty high expectations going in - and this surpassed them.

Poured a beautiful hazy golden color. Very bright and refreshing looking. Some sediment visible but barely.

Smells of delicious fresh hops, some alcohol, and citrus fruit. Very pungent and flowery. Almost a sweet-tartish smell to it as well.

Taste is incredible. Wow. Super fresh tasting - definitely a presence of pine and grapefruit. I pick up some bitter tea tastes as well. Truly complex and delicious. Awesome.

Mouth-feel is spot on for the style. Alcohol burn can be slightly detected but is pleasant.

Wow. I love this beer. This is up there with some of the more mainstream favorites such as Heady Topper and Pliny the Elder. Incredible beer. The fact that it is fermented as a lager adds a level of crispness that I find amazing.

Well done. Well, well done.

Photo of tendermorsel
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 batch. Growler straight from the source.

I am going to preface this review by recognizing my love/obsession of Kiwi hops...

That being said this beer is freaking awesome stuff.

Bright orange colored nice long lasting head. Clear not cloudy. You could read a newspaper through the glass.

Wonderful citrus aromas. Did some cut up grapefruits in the room?

Extremely bitter but non by any means over barring. Oranges Pineapples Limes Kiwi's and Grapefruits are present. Very drinkable for the high ABV. I took down a growler no problem. Quite the quaff.

Absolute homerun for JA. Better than the bottles last year which is saying a lot cause I liked last years batch a ton.

World class beer. No joke. Do this year round! PLEASE.

Photo of standardcherry
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled November 2012 (doesn't say exact date). Poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy yellow/orange color. Small white head. Beautiful lacing as I'm drinking it.
S: Citrus, grapefruit, mango, grassy smell.
T: Wow! Explosion of hops! Well balanced, fruity, bitter hops. Fresh and juicy tropical hops flavors (those New Zealand hops are magical, I swear). Sweet malts with a crisp, semi-dry finish.
M: Smooth mouthfeel. Never would've guessed this was a lager apart from the nice crisp finish.
O: World-class DIPL. Doubt I'll ever have one as tasty as this! In love with this beer and with Jack's Abby.

Photo of tkelley
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A -- Big fluffy white head. Moderate lacing. Golden straw colored body. Very clear.

N -- Big citrusy hops. Some pine and maybe some pepper or spice. Kind of boozy.

T -- Big citrusy hops again. Grapefruit mostly. Also resin/pine. KInd of grassy finish.

M -- Very nice. Fine carbonation level. A little bit tingly.

O -- Awesome. Really fantastic, hoppy lager. Cheers!

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

FINALLY.

A-Pours a hazy brilliant golden color. Head is thick and doughy. Head retains with intimidating stature. This puppy laces all over the place. Looks excellent, and I can even smell it from about 2 feet away...

S-This one is exquisite. Lager yeast lends a rich and buttery aroma. Just like buttered buns from a restaurant. Then, the (I think I am right) Nelson Sauvin hops just floor my senses. Nelson Sauvin may be the easiest hop aroma to detect. Unbelievably detailed tropical hoppiness. Pineapple, apricot, canteloupe and honeydew. Light mango and sweet citrus. Awesome.

T-Flavor matches the aroma in many aspects but It is a bit more vegetal and grassy. Just a tropical fruit cornucopia. Piña Colada. Light cookie malt and Lager yeastiness. The New Zealand hops are so damn exotic and fruity but it also has this crazy earthy and veggie aspect to it. Back to the point; this lager is phenomenal.

M-Booze hidden excellently. Moderate to high bitterness. Flavor lasts forever. Zipping carbonation. Lightly resinous.

O/D-The "Double India Pale Lager" is better than 90-95% of the DIPAs I have had. I love the Nelson Sauvin hop (still pretty certain this is the correct varietal) and I love how they utilized its flavors in this beer. Jack's Abby is the best brewery in MA and is up there with the best in the country in my opinion. Don't let their specific niche-brewing deter you; these lagers are unequivocally world class!

Photo of Guess2814
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Certainly!!! One of my favorite beers!! Love this beer.. Nice Double IPL.. I bought a growler .. It was gone within one hour of me opening the growler and NO I wasn't sharing it.. Greedy Dude I was that day..Jack Abby's produces some great beers.. CHEERS!!!

Second year in a row this beer amazed me!!

Photo of Ian_B
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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!

Photo of Rideguy64
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy canary yellow with a big honkin' foam dollop head. Bulbous island of retention plasters frothy sea foam atop my glass. Cute bottle art.

Nelson Sauvin hops leap out of the bottle and glass. Bright, sun soaked grass with some tropical fruit and sweet Twinkie malt.

Hot dang this is a hoppy beer. Bright grassy citrus with sugared lemon rind in back. Light and fluffy body carries plenty of tongue sticking resin.

A very bright, very hoppy beer. Jack's Abbey continues to impress the hell outta me.

Photo of lovindahops
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A great advocate in this site challenged me about a year ago to seek this out... Told me it will take me to Greensboro Bend if I closed my eyes. You the man cfrance33!

A- a golden haze of copper orange bursts onto the stage featuring some floaties, terrific lacing on the edges, and a thin lingering layer if foam. So bold and glowing within the glass. The foam refuses to disappear and maintains some excellent properties for the beer

S- massive citrus onslaught that screams New Zealand (a la Lawson's double kiwi familiarity minus the malt). Bold, thick, resinous scent profile. Some grassiness, but moreover a strong sweet hop presence. Very inviting

T- over the top bold citrus flavor with some clean flavors that clocks in very well. Some deep caramel notes literally blast the tongue and makes for some smooth flavor. Very grassy at the end with maintaining resinous properties. Coating, hoppy clean flavor. Maybe the best lager flavor ever. Even a stinging bitter finish

M- prickly, syrupy coating flavor all over. Your entire palate is draped in New Zealand hops! So fresh

O- kiwi rising is off the charts. An absolute hop fest with an incredible clean feel. Jack's Abby is the real deal and they need to be recognized as the future of hoppy lagers. Seek this out while you can. You'll think your drinking a gal named Susan who was made with well water :)

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Shumania
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

.5 liter bottle picked up when in MA. Poured into standard pint glass

A: hazy, golden yellow, lots of little bubbles, large fluffy head even after an easy pour

T: HUGE floral smell, citrus, orange rind, tangerine

T: Follows the nose with the citrus kick, tangerine goodness that is very juicy, finished with lots of bitter and clean breadiness

M: medium body that leans on the sweeter side

If I tasted this without knowing what it was I would have said it was a double IPA (and that is a very good thing!) It is like biting into fresh citrus fruit.

Photo of JohnG190
4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber with a thick, fluffy head. Minimal lacing. Lots of fruit on the nose, citrus, tropical fruit, with a hint of breadiness and fresh cut grass. Some cattiness can be detected. Not such a bitter bomb on the palate, sweet grapefruit and other fruity flavors come on the front giving way to some bready malt and tropical fruit. Nice dry finish. Medium light body with decent carbonation. Overall, an outstanding double IPL. Supremely well crafted. Well worth seeking out.

Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pale golden color with some haze and a bright white sticky 3 finger head. Nice and hoppy nose. Super floral with lots of grapefruit notes and other citrus fruits.

Extremely clean. On the lighter side of medium bodied. Bright orange like acidity with other tropical fruits up front. Brisk carbonation. Lots of citrus like acidity flavor wise. Bitterness is very low but theres just enough to feel it. Almost like orange juice with a beer taste. One of the smoothest beers over 8% i've ever had. I love this.

Photo of humuloner22
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 4.99 (!) pint bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store into my Hill Farmstead stemware.

Pours a golden yellow, shimmering. Well carbonated and crisp looking.

Smells incredible- pine, peach, mango.

Tastes even better- the aforementioned flavors shine, especially the peach and mango. Not much malt, slightly crackery if anything. Very crisp, bitter finish keeps the pure hop flavors clean and refreshing. Doesn't taste at all like the 8.5% ABV.

Light body, great carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Probably my favorite Jack's Abby offering. Well worth the bargain price it goes for.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 pint .9oz bottle poured into large Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid was initially lighter than I expected, but then I remembered, it's about the same color as every other double "IPL" type beer. Sort of a golden straw color with a slight amount of haze. Huge frothy head with lots of different sized bubbles. Tons of lacing on this one, stays on the glass the whole time.

Smell is really, really good. Plenty of hoppy goodness. According to the label it's got New Zealand Kiwi Hops. Really good, a potent, yet gentle hoppiness tickles your nose as you smell. Citrus and not quite ripe tropical fruits, mango, kiwi, pineapple, maybe peaches. A really nice blend.

Taste is on par with the smell except it's a little more balanced. A nice malt backbone provides some initial sweetness. Then the hoppiness kicks in and it's awesome. Sort of earthy, piney and citrus zest are the big components. After that there's some flavors of some tropical fruits. Really well blended overall, a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is very good a nice carbonation level. 8.5% alcohol is very well hidden. Well balanced between sweet an bitter. Close to full bodied and a little earthy, nice strong bitter finish. Overall it's very drinkable.

I've only had a few "Imperial Lagers" most are called Imperial Pinslers, but hey, a pilsner is a lager. This is one of the better ones. It's delicate, well balanced, yet at the same time strong. I like it a lot, and wish it was more available, but I can imagine it's not an easy one to brew.

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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
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