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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL - Jack's Abby Brewing

Kiwi Rising - Double IPLKiwi Rising - Double IPL

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

749 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 749
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.47%


Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rudzud on 11-17-2011)
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tendermorsel

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-12-2012 20:14:37 | More by tendermorsel
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geoffpm

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

i try to support my local brewers and have enjoyed the Hoponious lager from Jack's but I was a bit disappointed with Kiwi.

Yes, the color, head and nose were exciting and the taste is spot on. What wasn't right for me was the carbonation. Thin almost flat even though I got it right form the brewery. After pouring a second glass it was totally flat.

Carbonation is an easy fix so I will still Give Kiwi Rising a Big Thumb's up

Serving type: growler

11-18-2011 16:33:04 | More by geoffpm
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FosterJM

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1776th Review on BA
Bottle to Jack's Abby Pint
500ml

Thanks to Jlindros and Rudzud for this one

App- A solid orange with some mixed golds and yellows. For some reason the head on this one was huge. A giant 3 finger puffy white long lasting head. Generous cling down the glass.

Smell- A solid mix of lager and IPA. A bit of tropical notes with a generous lager yeast aroma came wofting up to greet the noise. Slightly grainular as well.

Taste- I thought this was a good beer. I wanted to like it more, but I think the New Zealand hops arent my favorite variety. I thought the mix of IPA and lager was subtle and the grainular nose followed the beer in the taste department. Good but wanted more.

Mouth- A wet drinking beer but this was a bit of a softer medium body with a light feel behind. Residual grain and some tropical fruits.

Drink- Its a solid beer and I like jacks abbys, I just wanted to like this one more.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 18:10:17 | More by FosterJM
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cosmicevan

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 01:12:46 | More by cosmicevan
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

you would never know this is a lager, save for the bready crispness of the finish, but even than is covered up by an aggressive hopping that finishes longer than the yeast tries to let it. pale in color with a little haze, an inch of white head. it smells well hoppy, but this is meant (as far as i know) to be a showcase of new zealand varietals. i get a lot of nice juicy hops, but i dont get the nelson or the other tropical ones, but its still nice and bright without bitterness. the taste is good, clean, refreshing, hoppy, impressively flavorful for a lager as most people know them, but its lacking distinction a little bit for me. its not quite as unique or different (on the hop side) as i was hoping and it expecting it to be. its tasty and fresh enough, but i dont get the new zealand spark of fruity flavors, this could easily be done with american C varietals for how it tastes great feel though, well carbonated and light on the palate, refreshing and quicker finishing because of the lager yeast. good beer, not standout, but thanks to drlovemd87 for opening this one with me, it had been high on my list for awhile now.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 19:12:11 | More by StonedTrippin
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at deccicos Pelham for $6. Bottled November 11, 2013.
Its a little old for ipa standards. Nice pour into my pfriem tulip. Golden color with thick sticky lacing. Huge fruity hop aroma..with a hint of pine. Really nice. Great fruity hop flavor...its got a definite kiwi flavor with a sweet yet piney finish. Im not a huge fan of the piney hop flavor so maybe its good its a few months old. Great smooth and crisp mouthfeel. This is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 00:03:22 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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
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gabedivision

New York

4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml to a tulip glass

A- bright hazy orange with a pillowy tight bubbled 1 finger head

S- mango, pineapple, sweet grain, ripe pear, fresh squeezed orange juice.

T- Pineapple, grapefruit rind, some resin and bubblegum mid mouth, some sweet malt coming through, mango, orange peel, a hint of booze thats met with some peaches. more bitter grapefruit on the finish

M- Medium- light bodied, sweet, tingly carbonation, bitter and dry.

O- wow, move over whales! this is a epic beer. tons of citrus, perfectly blended hops, just outstanding. still having trouble believing this is a lager

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 01:36:51 | More by gabedivision
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utopiajane

New York

3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 16:19:17 | More by utopiajane
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A lovely looking beer; burnished gold, lightly hazed body, a big eggshell colored head that has great retention. Aroma pops those New Zealand hops; lots of tropical fruit flavors, and the subtle oniony aroma that lurks underneath. A very dry maltiness is detected with continues to be the case in the flavor; it's a cracker dry underpinning that really stays out of the way and puts these southern hemisphere hops on full display. There is the full assortment of tropical fruit flavors they provide, with not a little of the sharp onion/shallot thing that I get from some of these varieties but many apparently do not. Good but I think after drinking many beers hopped with these varietals that they aren't my personal favorite.

There is a modest and lingering bitterness here I'd say is just about average. The body is light-ish medium and the carbonation is right down the middle; has a lively but smooth, creamy and not at all overcarbonated feel.

This is definitely a strong beer and i can see why so many love it. It's just very good for me but that is more because of my own taste preferences than any flaw, whatsoever, in this brew. Jack's Abby continues to impress me.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 22:22:49 | More by tobelerone
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to mjord23 for picking this up.

A: Pours a light golden/pale color with a finger of nice-looking, foamy egg white head which leaves rings of lacing. Very good retention, champagne-like effervescence.

S: Pale malt mixes with grapefruit, hay, clementine. Nice balance, with no one flavor stands out.

T: Juicy citrus hops up front, yum. Grapefruit pith, kind of a floral honey thing going on, and finishing with a mild bitterness and touch of a lager-y metallic taste which detracts a bit.

M: Medium-high, sharpish carbonation, with medium body. Fairly smooth.

O: Tasty and pretty drinkable IPL, with nice hoppy flavor. Not substantively different from a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 00:41:47 | More by pmarlowe
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bum732

Maryland

4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Lots of lychee, passion fruit, some peach, resiny, tangerine

L: Slightly hazy burnt yellow, big creamy white head with solid retention and lacing.

T: Peach and passion fruit up front with a clean malt backbone. Resiny, medium high bitterness with loads of resiny, tropical fruit flavor. Malt present, but light and clean throughout. Finishes quite dry and resiny.

M: Medium full body, medium high carbonation.

Solid stuff, love the hops in this , very juicy. I actually prefer a little lighter body, got a little heavy in the stomach in the end.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 04:25:55 | More by bum732
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big, fluffy whitish cap from a gentle pour. Tons of clumpy lacing, good head retention. The beer was hazy, yellow gold. Fruity aroma, orange and lemon, grassy and a bit tropical. Nice flavour. Hops are in full force, tropical (mango and pineapple) up front, a bit of citrus mid-palate, then bitterness and a hint of spicy alcohol in the finish. Malt was really just there to provide some balance. Medium plus body with creamy carbonation. Really enjoyable and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 00:17:23 | More by DrJay
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largadeer

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 09:49:38 | More by largadeer
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dar482

New York

4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a very slightly hazy light orange color with a huge huge egg white head with little bubbles. A very frothy head, not something I've seen before.

The aroma has a powdery sweet tropical aroma of mango, pineapple, tons of citrus peel, a bit of white bread malt.

The flavor follows of that tropical note, then onto an aggressive citrus peel and pith and grassiness (maybe Motueka in there). There' s a bit of white bread maltiness. The finish is a bit bitter, but extremely dry of hop juiciness. The beer is very hoppy, but without a distinct hop note that stands out. Instead, it balances the malt, the hop juice, and lager very well. There's a bit of that metallic lager note on the back. Alcohol extremely well hidden and drinks like a 6-7% beer.

The beer is very crisp and hoppy.

A really interesting brew. Great that it stands out as an DIPL instead of trying to replicate some other DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 03:31:18 | More by dar482
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11-11-13. Poured in to tulip.

A - Translucent medium orange with a yellow glow around the edges.

S - Pine, peach, mango, dankness and a touch of sweet caramel.

T - A sharp bitterness up front that is bursting with pineapple, mango, peach, papaya and guava flavours. A touch of sweet caramel to provide some balance. A fantastic bouquet of flavour.

M - Medium body; creamy. Sticky and oily. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 18:52:49 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear yellow, three finger head that leaves nice lacing.

S-Rather tropical, some wheat, nice hop presence. Some spice and lemon.

T-Starts with lots of tropical/citrus note via the NZ hops. Nice bitterness but the finish is bland and lacing. There is some spice and wheat in there.

M-Lighter in body, crisp finish with nice carbonation.

O-The hops start out great but then nothing. The finish is bland.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 17:22:01 | More by rlee1390
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Shumania

Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 20:09:59 | More by Shumania
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KelsoSaaz

Connecticut

4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 02:12:54 | More by KelsoSaaz
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MarkAvery

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap. Served in a tulip 8oz. First time having it after I read a lot of great things about it. If I could sum up this beer in one word it would be "Beautiful". The look, the feel, the taste-bursting with a citrusy/fruity start and ending with a fair bitterness. Its a very refreshing beer. I wanted to order another one But was at a bar with 105 beers on tap so I wanted to keep tasting. I will get this again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2013 15:29:11 | More by MarkAvery
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 12/23/13

Appearance: Pours with a big, dense, creamy, foamy, off-white head that seriously sticks around - eventually fades to a thick cap, leaves great lacing - lightly hazy - medium copper with some gold and some orange

Smell: So much New Zealand, it's like I'm in the Lord of the Rings - extremely hoppy with a distinct aroma - tropical and juicy - oranges, tangerines, grapefruits - some pineapple, peach, and mango - some spiciness as well - lightly grassy and dank, with some pine - malts are decidedly dominated by the hops, but they provide some pale and caramel malts, with some light sweetness

Taste: Extremely fruity with some nice bitterness - big, ripe orange, tangerine, and grapefruit - flesh, some bitter pith, and a touch of citrus oil - big, big tropical notes, with some mango and pineapple - very bitter, but it definitely works - some grass, some earth - vaguely spicy - some pale malts and some sweetness, with some dry biscuits in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, finishes lightly oily but mostly clean

Overall: I vote Mass Kiwi Rising

This is pretty absurd. I'm not sure why or how I can still be surprised by Jack's Abby, but this was unexpectedly good. It's kind of like Mass Rising, except the hop profile is all about the Nelson Sauvin hops. I must say that it not only reminds me of Mass Rising, but also of Alpine Nelson. And unlike Nelson, I don't have to trade away vital organs to get a bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 08:34:01 | More by angrybabboon
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 500ml bottle. Thanks surge1311!

A - Golden with good clarity and a big white head. A steady rise of fine bubbles that give it a lively look.

S - Spicy hops with hints of tropical fruit.

T - A moderate but assertive bitterness throughout that's joined by fruity, floral, citrusy and spicy hop flavors. Good depth. A gradual warming effect from the alcohol that's perfect for a cold winter night.

M - A moderate consistency with a high carbonation.

O - An interesting and unique beer. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 11:14:52 | More by GJ40
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/11/13.

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

a: Clear gold with a three inch white head, requiring multiple pours to fill the glass. The head receded slowly to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Intense citrus and pine.

t: Strong oily citrusy/resiny hops forward over a light malt base. Burning sensation in the back of the mouth, throat and sides of the tongue lessens somewhat as more is consumed.

m: Light to moderate.

o: A powerful and tasty double IPL, but then at 105 IBUs it should be. Hops above Hoponius Union and perhaps even jumps past 2nd Anniversary/Mass Rising in bitterness.

The oily tinge is reminiscent of DirtWolf, but not as offensive as when I first tried DirtWolf, and as an Imperial Lager, Kiwi Rising does taste a bit lighter in color and taste than DirtWolf. When price point is considered, DW beats KR. Even if DW is around $11/4 when you can find it now, that's 23 cents an ounce, as opposed to 28 cents for KR. Oh not so much difference after all. But dayum they taste so darned similar!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 05:53:28 | More by scotorum
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koutkid41

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 14:11:24 | More by koutkid41
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CloudStrife

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 01:41:50 | More by CloudStrife
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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 749 ratings.