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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 136
Hads: 1,227
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 3.28%
Wants: 350
Gots: 149 | FT: 5
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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 Rifugium
2.56/5  rDev -40%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of predikit
2.75/5  rDev -35.6%

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. (428 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
2.82/5  rDev -34%
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. (1,099 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
3.19/5  rDev -25.3%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of CTFalcon
3.33/5  rDev -22%
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. (245 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
3.49/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. This brew is is hazy with a honey/wood-like color. Its white head is 1-finger in size and fades to a cap.

Nice aroma; primarily lemon/lime. Malt profile is lean and clean.

The flavor provides a quick hit of orange sweetness up front before that lemon/lime flavor kicks in. A touch of honey is found in the middle. Some onion rears its head as this begins to warm. Grassy/earthy bitterness builds a bit on the finish the more you drink it, but doesn't overwhelm.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but very frothy. It looks like it would carry more weight on the tongue than it does. I have no problem with this, however.

In the end I really enjoyed this. It's clean, direct, flavorful. However, I think I prefer Mass Rising, which has a more juicy tropical flavor to it. (797 characters)

Photo of Drtfinelli
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into snifter

appearance: clear, golden liquid with an off-white head which sticks to the glass

smell: a little citrus but a musty pot-like aroma is prevalent

taste: Delicious! Hoppy bitterness with little malt which lingers

mouthfeel: thin, but that's what it should be

overall: a very good Double IPA, I mean L.
A nice aroma leads into the expected hoppy flavor. Not as citrusy as Hoponious Union,
a bit more bitter, and the alcohol is a little noticeable. A really nice beer that I will be
having again soon. (544 characters)

Photo of koutkid41
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy yellow/golden color with a strong white/foamy head with nice retention and sticky lacing down the sides.

S: Pine upfront with tropical fruit, melon, grapefruit, and some nuttiness.

T: Like the aroma, piney, citrus and tropical fruit, some grapefruit, a little pineapple, and again a little nutty.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking. Kind of chalky.

O: Decent beer was hoping it was better fresh and it is just slightly, if I were able to regularly get this I would be inclined to drink this every so often. (568 characters)

Photo of BradMacMullin
3.57/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Area Four. This was raved about by the waiter and so highly rated I was anticipating a lot. I like this brewery. Poured a hazy golden color with a nice head. Hoppy taste hits you right away and this had a nice smooth balance. However....I found an odd after taste. I may be kicked off Beer Advocate, but I didn't like this. Found it difficult to finish, but being a trooper I did. Maybe I need to revisit again (424 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.72/5  rDev -12.9%
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; (442 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed golden lager color with yellow hues with the orangey blush of a peach on it. Pastel eye candy. It had a 3 finger head of soft creamy bone white foam that sat like cloud over the top of the beer fo the longest time before it fell. left Grand splotchy thick lace. Oh so pretty.

Nose is righteous! This one has soft ripe peach for a nose with tropical back notes and a little bit of cat pee as it warms. Grass, lemon grass a white grape sweetness that seem to keep each other in check. The kiwi hops remind me of the nelson sauvin hops int heir grapey sweetness and powdery perfumey lightness. The malt is a pinch of sugar.

Taste is well done. My compunction with this style beer is because of the high abv it often feels like these beers are trying to put themselves together with pieces that don't fit. This one is a bit different. It has a light lager type smoothness to the drink that is not undone by the higher abv. There is a touch of warmth from alcohol on the palate and the mouthfeel is medium and smooth. The fruit is ripe and juicy, peach tropical backnotes and lemon grass. There is a wine like sweetness to the drink. The cat pee/dank is scent only and in the drink there is a moderate bitter that takes the back end . Light sugary malt. Crisp but has sweet scents from alcohol that I do not think belong in the lagerbier.

This is one of the beers in this style that actually drinks well. It's not a lager in that you cannot have tow, three or even four. It drinks a bit sweet and with an alcohol presence BUT the fruit and the choice of hops on this have made it work. The pale malt is at it's best to smooth everything out an leave the palate dry and even a bit refreshed with plenty of carbonation to excite the tongue. (1,753 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Strong haze on a bright apricot wheat body. Pure white, fine bubbled head has nice retention and awesome lace.

S - Light nose, but what's there is really nice. Lemon pith, parsley, white bread, and old wood tables.

T - Bread crust forward flavor profile with lemon zest and light parsley highlights. Touch of tangerine in the center.

M - Super smooth, slightly slick, medium frame.

O - Nice, smooth, well integrated, and easy drinking. Not sure if it's quite top 250 material though. (491 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smooth, large, tight-bubbled head. The broth is very cloudy with a light gold color. Leaves ring lace after each sip.

Some pine hop aroma. Very little malt in the background.

Flavor wise, this is far closer to a Double IPA than a double pilsner. This is because of the strong citrus hop presence. Very bitter, even up front. Long aftertaste of black pepper. Relatively thin body with a high level of carbonation. (414 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jack's Abby Kiwi Rising
11/30/12
500mL, no date

Cloudy, glowing orange with a dense white head. Great retention and lacing. (4)

Very unique hop aroma. I get some citrus, but mostly a dank/herbal/funky note that is hard to put into words. Nelson Sauvin? Not as pungent as I expected, but nice. (4)

Flavor is very hoppy, but not in the classic American way. It's softer, with notes of guava and ripe fruit. This beer is not a citrus/pine shredder, there's something else going on here. I'm getting a lot of dank, earthy hop character. It's spicy and borderline vegetal without being offensive. Malts play second fiddle. Lager smoothness is apparent, but when you're making a beer this hop-heavy it's almost irrelevant what yeast strain you ferment with, so long as it's not wild or ester-heavy. Mouthfeel is resinous but medium-light bodied. (4, 3.5)

A curious beer indeed. Are they trying to showcase New Zealand hops or lager fermentation? I think the answer is both. This beer is drinkable and very interesting. The problem is that there is absolutely nothing traditionally "lager" about this beer, and it's not a deeply satisfying hop-bomb either. (3.5) (1,159 characters)

Photo of openmind
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a god beer to drink when you want that real beer umph and flavor, while still wanting to drink a lighter beer. But it is still 8.5%!

Imported hops have a very different flavour, as if you use all of the fruits off of Carmen Miranda's head!

I will drink this again. (274 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 6.28.13

Bottled Nov 2012, Yikes!

A - Pours a hazy, very light orange-almost yellow with a huge cream-colored soapy head with good retention.

S - Fruity, hard to place. Citrus and some lager yeast come through as well.

T - Malty, floral, and some grass.

D - Good carbonation and a light body.

O - Still a good beer, but I would love to try a fresh one. (374 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (2,611 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A curious looking bottle found its way home with me yesterday. Pours a cloudy deep straw color bordering on golden with a decent white head that displays minimal retention and lace. Smell comes through with lots of citrus with grapefruit and lemon dominating. Moderate pilsner malt deep underneath. Taste is quite hoppy, lots of citrus with barely any malt to back it up. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a resinous mouthfeel. Great hoppy brew and a great price too, I may have to revisit this again. (520 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from almost a month ago, from notes. I've had this a few times before in the bottle and on-tap but never had a chance to take notes. This review was from the November 2012 bottling.

Pours into a snifter a hazy bright orange with a healthy white head - stays at a thick half-finger at all times while leaving great lace. Hard to ask for a better appearance.

Lots of earthy and onion-y hops in the scent. Some grapefruit, dankness and malt there too.

Taste is kinda similar, but opens up and improves with warmth. Quite a complex blast of hops here. Earthy, floral, grapefruit and onion most prevalent with some pineapple and citrus there as well. Some sweet and grainy malts showing through, attempting to balance out the madness.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and full-bodied with carbonation on the higher side. It feels a bit heavy but not boozy.

There are better hoppy lagers from Jack's Abby in my opinion - the super earthy/veggie/sweet malt is not my top preference for flavors - but this is still quite good, impressive complexity. (1,045 characters)

Photo of codysjb
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass
A: Pours a golden yellow with a one knuckle head. Head doesn’t dissipate. Decently cloudy and some excellent bubbles coming up from the bottom.
S: Hope, Lemon citrus and some small wheat notes.
T: A nice overall hops profile up front pulling into a full bodies lager. Somewhat dry and stale on the end.
M: lots of carbonation and some minor hop notes combined with a dry mouthful.
O: Interesting, definitely good. I couldn’t drink a ton but very enjoyable especially with food. (505 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber courtesy of AutumnBeerLove. Thanks again man.

Pours a hazy, pale golden orange color with a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with a prominent piney and citrus hop presence along with hints of grass and pale malt. Hints of pine needle, pineapple and citrus ring followed by some light fruit, straw and biscuit.

Fuller bodied than expected with a very prominent dry hoppy presence up front that lingers over the sweeter notes into a lingering dry finish. Decently bitter with some pine needle flavor but this is countered by some sweet citrus and light fruit notes. slight earthy grass and straw presence add to the earthiness but again are balanced out by hints of apple and pear. Still, hop bitterness dominates the flavor throughout before finishing with some slight heat.

Overall this beer is really flavorful but it could use a touch more sweetness for balance. There is some subtle heat in the finish but I was shocked to see that the ABV is so high. Fuller bodied than expected for the style but still pretty quaffable. I would love to try this again in the summer. (1,189 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to MSquared2 for sharing this one during one of our random Sunday tastings! Served from bottle into Sweetwater 15th Anniversary snifter. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, citrus, citrus hop, tropical fruit, and pineapple. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, tropical fruit, tropical fruit hop, citrus, and pine hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. Another brew from this brewery and another hit. Everything on this one really worked in complete harmony and unison to make it very easy to drink and refreshing. The tropical fruit profile going on was nothing short of awesome on this one. So glad that I finally found out about this brewery . I hope you get the chance to do the same. (921 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into nonic pint. Thanks, Michael.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy citrus gold with a couple fingers of bright white head that faded into a lasting film that left a ton of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Light notes of pine needles, grass, earth and a bit of citrus. Peppery.
T: Follows the nose with a big hop flavor. Citrus shines through, lemon, along with earthy yeast, citrus pith, bready dough, and a touch of sweet fruit. A hoppy lager if there was one.
M: Thicker than expected body, thick and fluffy mouthfeel with creamy carbonation.
O: Easy to drink, thick, with a good hoppy flavor. Worth checking out if you’re into a hoppy chance of pace. (667 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy gold. Head is massive, bright-white, and leaves sticky sheets of lacing. Drops to a small, bubbly, fluffy, creamy cap. Moderate carbonation pulls.

Smell: Some tropical elements buried under a big punch of grapefruit flesh and oily pine. Nice backing malt sweetness. Pale malts are present, dropping some doughy notes and cracker. Something akin to raw honey. Touches of grass and hay as well. Some lemon rind as well. As it warms some oily grapefruit jumps out.

Taste: Bitter, slightly pithy, oily grapefruit flesh and rind. Some backing notes of tangerine, orange, and lemon. Some pine needle. Sweet pale malts help temper some of the aggressive bitterness. Whole-grain white bread. Straight up oily bitterness builds as the beer warms. Some odd cracker and dough notes, make it feel a little undercooked. Touches of mint. Snappy lager yeast. Earthy and slightly dirty.

Mouthfeel: A bit dry. Body runs on the lighter side of medium with a backing creaminess. Lingering bitterness.

Overall: This beer is made from New Zealand zombies.

A good take all around. Drinks like a burly APA, but that lager yeast keeps your tongue rooted to the base style. A solid hop profile, but the malts seem a little weak in comparison. Definitely worth checking out, but I have a hard time believing this is a Pliny/Heady killer. (1,333 characters)

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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.