Kiwi Rising - Double IPL - Jack's Abby Brewing
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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."
Serving type: on-tap
11-17-2011 18:34:29 | More by rudzud
4.96/5 rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
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!
Serving type: bottle
11-15-2012 03:01:34 | More by VelvetExtract
4.9/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-22-2012 00:26:47 | More by cfrances33
Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 803 ratings.