Kiwi Rising - Double IPL - Jack's Abby Brewing
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2.55/5 rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Slightly hazy, pale yellow pour, with a thin cap of bubbly white head that retained as a ringlet; light lacing. Grassy aroma, pine needles, distant biscuity malts, pretty stale overall. Major vegetal hop bitterness in the taste, the bitterness nearly blasting out all flavor and complexity in the brew; grass and pine-scented cleaner, ammonia, herbal tea. Body was light and watery, like lagery, but not fleshed out enough with malts to compensate for the overblown hop profile, and the higher almost soda-like carbonation wasn't helping either. "Messy" I guess is a good way to describe the beer. Between the people fawning over this when it was shared, and the high ratings it seems to get...I'm simply confused.
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2014 00:26:57 | More by Rifugium
2.81/5 rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
A: The body is a very pale yellow with a huge head. The head was way excessive measuring four-five fingers.
S: Not impressed. The smell is of wet stale grass. There is the redeming quality of biscuits on the back end but way to hop dominate and not pleasant.
T: Unbalanced is the first word that comes to mind. I enjoy hoppy beers and hop bombs but this was like chewing on grass, not good. There was very little malt to back it up but that is to be a little more expected in a lager compared to an ale but not a near absence.
M: Good body but was way overcarbonated.
O: I have had many IPLs in the past and this is among the worst I've had. Hoponus Union is a much better beer from Jack's Abby. There was no balance between the malt and hops, it was overcarbonated, and tasted stale. As a side note the bottle was picked up from the brewery about 11 days before it was consumed, I don't know when it was bottled but I have got to assume that the brewery would only release fresh IPLs. A definite miss from Jack's Abby. Very disappointing. I have no idea how this beer got onto the top 250 list.
Serving type: bottle
12-04-2013 04:42:35 | More by jvillefan
Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.