Kiwi Rising - Double IPL - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 1,222
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.01%
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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 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.

Photo of Hendry
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

Photo of Andrew61923
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 bottle into Great Divide Yeti tulip. Have had a few of these in recent days, but never reviewed. Excited to really think about it.

A: Hazy orange-ish yellow with a half finger white head with a semi-aggressive pour. Would love to see this unfiltered, but I'm sure it doesn't really matter.

S: Tons of tropical hops, but it's not overwhelming by any means. Very well-balanced in aroma with mango and pineapple with a faint light malt backbone showing itself. Great smell.

T: Even more of the same from the nose. More balance with the hops making their presence known. There's a reason I keep coming back to this beer and brewery.

M: Very smooth and drinkable. There is no way this is 8.5%, right? Standing up after a few might remind you.

O: This is just another great hoppy beer from Jack's Abby. Glad to have gotten my hands on a few bottles, and hoping to make it to the brewery in the near future in hopes they still have it there. If not, I'll settle for Hoponius Union with no tears shed.

Photo of celticfutblclub
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - cloudy straw yellow body. thin snow white head sits on top and is quickly a thin layer. great lacing.

S - great tropical floral bouquet on this. grapefruit most prominent, bread malts linger in the back. amazing stuff.

T - grapefruit hits immediately then fades only to come back again at the end. bread malts lay in the back as in the nose with resiny hop taste throughout.

M - holy moly. light bodied with lots of carbonation. supreme astringency leaves the back of your mouth numbed and asking for more.

O - the second beer i've had from these guys and damn does it raise a bar i felt was already pretty high.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

November 2012 bottle, forgot I had it in the basement for a couple weeks, oops.

Pours a straw yellow color with a perfect sized head, sticks around for a long long while, large amounts of lacing on the glass, pour is very hazy and kind of looks like an unfiltered hefe.

Smell hits right off the bat with lots of citrusy/piney hops, has a very tropical hop aroma likely from the "Kiwi hops" used, fairly clean on the nose with only a mild sweet malt aroma for balance.

Taste is primarily the citrus pine hop flavor, sweet malt does come to help smooth out and balance some of the bitterness in the aftertaste, body is medium for the style with a decent dryness, carbonation is crisp and sharp that adds a refreshing aspect to it.

Probably one of the best "Double India Pale Lagers" I've had, not that there's too many of them out there compared to other styles.

Photo of hail_seitan
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

Photo of ghostwalker
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy, golden body with a giant fluffy marshmallow head. Nearly perfect!

Nose is clean, cut grapefruit. A bit restrained, compared to what I expected, but still very nice.

Flavor is outstanding! Once again, near perfection. Super light, almost non-existent, malt body crowned with a clean, crisp blast of citrus hops. Light sweetness, again I have to reference marshmallows. The hop flavors are mighty and intense, but not really overly bitter. I almost want to break out the advanced hop vocabulary for a technical description, but it's too cold and I'm too tired tonight. Taste is right up there with Heady Topper or Lawson's Double Kiwi.

Mouthfeel is slick, stripping, tart and zesty.

Overall, just a wonderful taste treat. Another top notch hop bomb from the East Coast. Nice work!

To think, I nearly avoided this brew because of the L word (lager) on the label. Glad I didn't let preconceptions guide me.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The last of my mixed six pack from the East coast. I can't find a bottled on date, but this smells and tastes fresh.

Pouring a light, clear yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this is a top notch IPL. The nose is singular. The kiwi hop is off the chain! Spicy with a blend of turmeric, coriander seed and a little cumin, there's a touch of cat pee, some light fruitiness, a little tropical, as well. Wild stuff. Pepper too? Wow. It's got characteristics of simcoe and Amarillo, bit is still so...unique. Malt character is nonexistent here. Awesome. Along with this is a big fruity character, citrusy, bright, refreshing, clarifying, complex and wonderful.

The palate opens with a big, juicy, fruity hop character, light, tropical, airy and surprisingly enough, like a kiwi in some respects. Really though, this is a blend of citron, mangosteen and a little pineapple. Interestingly enough, the spiciness that I picked up on the nose isn't particularly noticeable, though this is definitely on the spicier side of IPLs I've had. The mid palate brings out some bitterness, with a blend of hand of Buddha-like brilliant, clarifying brightness and a very focused citrus resin bite. Very clean, this beer finishes with flavors of honey, simple syrup and a mild bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden, there is no way I'd peg this at 8%. Malt character is nonexistent. This is one of the more memorable beers I've had this year. Outrageously good.

Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Pokal

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow with a large, eggshell white head.

S: Fresh, vibrant southern hemisphere hops: passionfruit, tangerine, mango, and fresh cut grass, with malt notes of biscuits and honey.

T: Huge hop hit up front with notes of pine, earth, and bitter citrus that fades into mellow, lasting bitterness. Hops overpower the malt flavors of pilsner malt with hints of toast and cornbread in the finish.

M: Clean lager profile on the palate, yet has a very slighty viscous quality to it. Moderate carbonation.

O: This is a beer to experience for yourself. Kiwi Rising is an intensely hoppy lager that just might replace your favorite DIPA. This beer, being a lager, gives the powerful NZ hops a clean vessel to ride on, making you wonder while all hoppy beers have to be ales. A must try for the hophead.

Photo of omniscientcause
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pint .9oz bottle poured into FFF Teku glass.

The color is initially lighter than I anticipated. Some what 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 up there with the best.

Smell is really, really good. Plenty of hoppy goodness. The Kiwi New Zeland Hops are really good, and potent. Citrus and not quite ripe tropical fruits, mango, kiwi and pineapple blended together nicely.

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. Piney and citrus zest are the big contributors, which is what I like. Smaller hints 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. In fact I had to double take and look at the bottle to see the amount. Drinks like its around 6.2% Close to full bodied and a little earthy, nice strong bitter finish. Overall it's very drinkable.

Easily the best Imperial lager/pilsner I have had to date and this is my favorite JA beer so far. I hope this is released more then it currently is scheduled for.

I have enjoyed 5 bottles over the last 2 weeks of this stuff.

Photo of Kraj30
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a great beer... hops on hops with a clean lager finish...

Photo of HopDeezy
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Gushue3
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally get to review this gem.

A Gigantic white 2 finger billows toward the top of the glass and had great retention. The body is a hazy straw yellow with a hint of orange and has active carbonation rushing to the head. as the head slowly dies down sticky lace is left down the side of the glass and a fat foam pillow is left above the beer. Looks fantastic and can already smell it.

S Sweet tropical fruits and a subtle malt are the first thing I notice. Bitter grapefruit and pineapple along with some orange zest round out the nose.

T Mirrors the nose perfectly. Nice piney bitterness upfront that carries to the finish along with some grapefruit and tropical fruits like pineapple and some sweeter fruits. Finish is tropical and bitter with a bitter linger. Galaxy comes through nicely, stuff is top notch..

M Medium to lighter feel with medium to slightly heavy carbonation. Very clean and crisp finish makes this quite enjoyable to drink.

O Really nice DIPA.. err DIPL.. Whatever you want to call this stuff it's fantastic stuff, but thats nothing new for Jack's Abby

Photo of Damian
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a snifter

The liquid poured a super hazy, glowing yellow ochre color and was topped by a bubbly, bright white, one-finger head. Similar in appearance to many hard ciders. Sheets of lacing coated the glass.

The nose was fantastic. Pure hop juice in a bottle. Super fruity and bright. Intense tropical fruits. Tons of mango and pineapple. Peach and apricot notes also came through strong. Semi-sweet with a slight caramel malt presence.

Strong, fruity hops dominated again in the unique flavor profile. Tangerine notes were immediately apparent. Lots of peach and apricot as well. The malt presence was just enough to keep the hops from becoming overwhelming. Strong grapefruit rind in the center. A smooth, crisp, lager-like quality also became detectible. Somewhat dry and a bit powdery. On the back end, the hops turned rather earthy and herbal. The beer finished piney and bitter. Near perfect. At 8.5% ABV, the alcohol was extraordinarily well hidden.

The mouthfeel was the only part of this beer that I found a bit disappointing. The liquid was much thinner than expected and it contained a crisp, bubbly effervescence.

This is my third time trying a beer by Jack's Abby Brewing and all have been outstanding. It is truly amazing how they got this lager to resemble a flavorful and dry, yet remarkably well balanced, West Coast-style double IPA. Expect to see other breweries doing something similar in the near future.

Photo of woosterbill
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Hopstoopid120 for sharing. Enjoyed fresh and reviewed from notes.

A: Hazy pale amber body beneath a finger of fine, dense white head. Good retention, very nice lace. Lovely.

S: Gigantic, juicy, tropical, and floral hops. Clean, pure hoppy goodness. Terrific.

T: Juicy hops up front, with mango, citrus, and resinous flavors filling in behind. Clean, bitter, and spicy finish with a distant lager-yeast bite on the aftertaste. A trifle harsh on the back end, but still amazing.

M: Lively, ultra-fine carbonation in a fairly light body. A little less body than I'd like, but not bad at all.

O: Terrific beer, with an aroma that puts 90% (at least) of DIPAs to shame, and is simply unparalleled for a lager. I absolutely love what Jack's Abby is doing here.

Cheers!

Photo of CloudStrife
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip. Manufactured 11-11-2013.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light pale golden yellow with a dense white head sitting on top. Head takes its sweet time slowly retreating back into the glass. Leaves

S: Very nice bouquet of hops on this one, loads of citrusy fruit with a whole cone earthiness. Toasty and bready notes come through to add depth.

T: As anticipated from the aroma, this is a very hoppy beer. The flavor outweighs the bitterness which is nice. Lager qualities take a back seat but add a bit of spice.

M: Medium to full body with a smooth creaminess. Average carbonation with a mostly clean finish. It is a bit sticky from the hop resins giving it a nectar like quality.

Overall this is an imperial lager that could go toe to toe with any imperial IPA. Really shines in the intense hop profile yet keeps its lager roots. A must try for any hophead.

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle from WeisGuy. Thanks!

Hazy pale golden pour with a tall and lasting layer of foam. Nose is great, loaded with fruity and grassy NZ hops, clean and crackery pils malt, and a touch of sulfury lager yeast. Clean and crisp on the palate, loaded with NZ hop goodness but remarkably light-bodied and dry for an 8.5%er. Mildly bitter finish that doesn't linger too long. Outstanding stuff.

Photo of Seanniek91
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 16.9oz bottle into a Woodcock Brothers imperial pint. This most recent batch.

Appearance- Golden color with huge two finger off-white foamy head that shows no sign of leaving. Great lacing.

Smell- Heady topper. Big juicy floral hops, piney/earthy hops, no booze, light malt backbone, peachy and peary. Real pleasant.

Taste- Fruity (pear, peach, nectarine, light pineapple ) hops, floral and earthy note, nice malt background, grapefruit finish. Super light hint of booze at finish, but mostly pine/grapefruit finish. There's also something going on that I cant quite figure out? Maybe the lager characteristics?

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, medium-low viscosity, smooth finish with super light heat. Bitter.

Overall- I've waited to try this beer since last year and I'm glad I got to. Definantly a beer I'll look forward to getting again.

Photo of ms11781
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in November 2012. Reviewed on 12/02/2012. 16.9oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours an extremely hazy, but equally as bright golden yellow color. A huge, fluffy white head develops and reaches about 2 fingers or so. It dissipates slowly and a good half finger sits at the bottom of the glass once the liquid is gone. Huge, fluffy rings of foam stick the the glass and mark each sip. Excellent looking beer.

The nose is full of huge grapefruit notes with some nice tropical fruit coming through as well. There is some pine, especially as the beer warms. The huge, but not overpowering hop presence in the nose makes the malt pretty hard to detect, but that's not really the point here.

The taste has the same characteristics as the nose but the tropical and citrus notes are flipped. There is a huge tropical presence in each sip. Big pineapple and mango notes. Tangerine and orange as well, in addition to the grapefruit that was in the nose. Some nice pine brings a slight to moderate bitterness at the finish. As with the nose, the malt takes a backseat here.

The mouthfeel is very crisp. It's definitely not light overall but relative to an extremely hoppy beer with an ABV of 8.5% it comes off that way. There is a touch of stickiness from the slight pine finish but it lasts a split second before it really dries out.

This is an exceptional beer. It is definitely one of, if not the best Imperial pils I have had. The huge but not overwhelming hop aroma and flavor, combined with the crisp and lighter mouthfeel make this beer dangerously drinkable. Definitely had my share before it ran out this year.

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have definitely had this one before, but the review must be lost in a note book somewhere...nonetheless, this is now available locally! HUZZAH! Enjoyed from a jacks abby snifter.

Brew pours a lush transparent orange yellow with a generous frothy ipa like head.

Nose is fruity hops. Tropical and citric. Lager you say?

Taste is more of the same, fantastic tropical fruit over a soft lager. No grain in the taste, just fresh hop. Feels like a grainy ipa.

Smooth and super drinkable. Could drink this all day and all night.

Overall, jacks abby doesnt disappoint. Great brewery making lagers formthe craft beer drinker. Mfloral, hoppy, wonderful.

Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 1,222 ratings.