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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
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world-class

751 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 751
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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jtierney89

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 23:37:09 | More by jtierney89
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 00:04:45 | More by ghostwalker
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codysjb

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 23:02:47 | More by codysjb
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 23:40:54 | More by deltatauhobbit
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Keyportnick

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5ltr bottlePoured into a pint glass

A-pours a pale golden. Bright white creamy head

S- I could smell the hops as soon as I cracked this. Grassy lemon and orange mild grapefruit.

T- tangerine great bready malt character. The body for being a lager was great and to character. Very impressed

M- light body and medium carbonation make this beer very enjoyable. Not as carbonated as a typical lager. The hops finish with a nice middle bitterness

O-got this unknown bottle as an extra. Let me say wow I am impressed. I really enjoy the combination of these styles. Wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 23:40:53 | More by Keyportnick
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 04:19:21 | More by woosterbill
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace for gifting me this beer! Thanks elliot!

Bottle is dated November 2012 on the side of the label.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden blonde bodied beer with 2 fingers of head. Lots of lacing and good head retention. Great looking lager, I honestly cant remeber the last lager that i drank that looked this good. Seriously.

Smell: bright citrus and tropical fruits. A hint of bananas and fruitiness. Bready and yeasty notes too. Hints of garlic and onion.

Taste: Its a beer that is fairly balanced, but the hops tip the scale a bit more than malt profile. The beer is somewhere between mild to moderately bitter. Tropical fruits and floral hops are pretty big here. Also a touch earthy. Pine and citrus are abundant as well. Onions, garlic, and grassy hops seem to float around. Malts are fairly bready, but also grainy and cracker like. Mild lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer. Moderately carbonated. The beer is really crisp and clean, yet it is also got a creamy and slightly resinous / oily mouthfeel. Carbonation is lively, but not prickly or ticklish. You would not think this beer is almost 9%, it drinks closer to 6% abv.

Overall: I have never had an Imperial Pilsner before. The hops dont really give this beer a chance to be a regular pilsner, but I dont care because this is a tasty beer. This is my second favorite Jack Abby's beer and they make some wonderful hoppy beers! i am impressed again by Abby Jack's. But Hoponius Union is still my favorite. You can think of Kiwi Rising as bigger version of Hoponius Union. My favorite aspect of this beer is how unique the hop profile is... its true unique.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 01:08:18 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kiwi Rising opens to an intensely hoppy nose, the 105 IBUs immediately apparent in the opening blast of bitter, citrusy goodness. The hops seem nicely balanced here, swerving perhaps slightly toward the more citrusy, bitter side of the scale, with pine resin, lemon, grapefruit rind, dandelion stem, and eucalyptus dominating, with smaller touches of pink grapefruit and sweet rose hips lurking in the background. There’s an equally strong layer of sugars to help counter the massive hops, with orange, apricot, and berry fruit esters joining brown sugar and an almost candi sugar-like tinge. Slight touches of toast crust and biscuit rest far beneath, difficult to locate against the hops and sugars. As a whole, the nose is excellent, bearing all of the aromas a good double IPA should have, and in balanced quantities, marking a very well-crafted beer.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a bitter hop blast that moves far beyond what the nose would lead the drinker to expect. Here the hops are quite bitter and plant-like, with dandelion stem and pine resin dominating, joined by lemon oil, grapefruit rind, eucalyptus, anise, and an almost menthol-like astringency. The effect is powerful enough that the beer almost feels like you’re simply biting into a fresh hop cone. Only touches of pink grapefruit and rose hips from the hops attempt to counter this bitterness; the rest is left up to the sugars. But here, even with the high 8.5% ABV, the sugars are largely overwhelmed. Yes, there are orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters, and touches of brown sugar, but they are easily overcome by hops, as are the faint touches of toast crust and brown sugar. The aftertaste is, unsurprisingly, more hops, searing the tongue and soft palate in a bitter, oily, citrusy coat. Mouthfeel is an oily, viscous medium to medium-high, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is most certainly a powerful double IPA, and you won’t find many more hop flavors crammed into a single bottle of beer. This does, of course, mean that many casual drinkers will find the beer utterly unpalatable. But hopheads should rejoice in what is an excellently crafted hop profile. Unfortunately, the sugars and breads aren’t quite capable of keeping up with the massive lupulin blast, making the beer seem off-balanced. Worth trying, but be aware of what you’re getting into.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 17:08:02 | More by jondeelee
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 22:49:39 | More by Chico1985
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 13:11:57 | More by thagr81us
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flexabull

California

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of cbeer88, thanks again!

Bottle says "November 2012" so this must be pretty fresh.

Pours a hazy light gold color with a small white head. Nice lacing down the glass.

Aromas are nice, definitely smells like an IPA. Notes of grapefruit, cream, hard candies, mineral water, and bread dough.

Taste is crisp and clean with creamy sweatiness, and very fresh hops. Light white wine notes, grass, hard candies, and a bitter finish of grapefruit, floral hops, orange peel, and light resin.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth.

Overall, wow... this is a very impressive beer. Unique, flavorful, and super drinkable. A very tasty hoppy lager that I'd be very happy to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 04:07:21 | More by flexabull
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openmind

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 17:22:55 | More by openmind
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to Lawson's sniffer

A: it is a orangey honey color that is very cloudy with a few hope floaters and a thick white head that goes away quickly

S: it smells like tropical fruit bomb there is melon and it has a sweetness that I might not go to if it wasn't in the name but kiwi it's not quite citrusy and there is no malt.

T: there is a lot of fresh hop flavors it's very crisp it's grassy and though I don't like term like a farm house ale. There is some citrusy notes that stay there all the way through the finish which is full of hop bitterness

M: it is fairly smooth, very oily and very thin. It is crisp and fairly drinkable which I like as most lagers are too flat for me this resembles an ipa in feel but staying true to a lager

O:I liked this beer a lot and I usually hate lagers but this has many ipa qualities which is a huge benefit for me. It is pretty tastey looks, smells great and had a real good mouthfeel not just standard local fair a really good beer and it reps mass well.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 01:25:04 | More by Pinknuggets
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy canary yellow with a big honkin' foam dollop head. Bulbous island of retention plasters frothy sea foam atop my glass. Cute bottle art.

Nelson Sauvin hops leap out of the bottle and glass. Bright, sun soaked grass with some tropical fruit and sweet Twinkie malt.

Hot dang this is a hoppy beer. Bright grassy citrus with sugared lemon rind in back. Light and fluffy body carries plenty of tongue sticking resin.

A very bright, very hoppy beer. Jack's Abbey continues to impress the hell outta me.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 18:39:39 | More by donkeyrunner
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ms11781

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 03:56:20 | More by ms11781
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cfrances33

Illinois

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
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 20:33:07 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle sent by dope (thanks man!) poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Beautiful, brilliant, hazy sunset orange with a big bright white head and good lacing.

S: Big citrus and pungent tropical fruits; tangerine, lots of floral notes, hints of earth as well and faint biscuit.

T: Tropical fruit again; lots of tangerine, orange, underlying pineapple and grapefruit with some hints of pale malt...there are some lingering, pungent pine flavors as well.

MF: Dryer body, lighter to medium mouthfeel thats all about the hop presence but is more dry than bitter I would say...

O: Definitely good, but I'm not sure I don't like Hoponious Union a bit better. Jack's Abby has it going when it comes to lagers and hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 14:08:07 | More by Scotchboy
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a very cloudy light golden color with three fingers of dense white foam. Retention is remarkable.

S: Orange, lemon, flowers, and a bit of pine are in the forefront of this beer. The hop aroma is very fruity and juicy in this beer - smells delicious.

T: Similar to aroma, but sweeter than I thought it'd be. Sweet clementines with a bit of pine are the most apparent hop flavors. The beer is moderately bitter, but balanced by a fruity sweetness. I also get a mustiness I've come to expect and learned to love from New Zealand hops.

M: On the thick side with creamy carbonation.

O: The aroma on this beer is incredible, so much fruitiness. The taste is certainly very good, but is a bit of a disappointment after the aroma. A very good beer in an odd style.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 23:54:28 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

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

16.9oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a dull, hazy golden color. Bone white head stands at two inches initially, then settles after a short time. Thick rings of lacing cake the glass.

S: Soft scent of fir, slight pine resin, very earthy, slightly leafy and spicy. Tropical fruits, passion fruit, and strawberry. Muddled mint leaves. Pithy white grapefruit and fleshy exotic fruit. Doughy and biscuity malt base.

T: Gripping resin bitterness on the attack. Earthy hops divulge tastes of herbs, spices, and leaves. Cracked black pepper. Slight oily hop impression. Some tropical fruit tastes of pineapple, pithy white grapefruit, and passion fruit lie tightly tucked into the center of all the herbal and spicy hop aggression. Malt base is doughy and maybe even has a touch of coarse wheat, unless I'm imagining it. Finishes with a huge lingering spicy hop bite.

M: Creamy and fluffy with a slight firmness. A light scrubbing carbonation seems to amplify the hop aggression.

O: This is one intense beer. The nose is softly aromatic and pleasant, but it takes a little while to open up and doesn't pop as it perhaps should. This leaves the drinker completely unprepared for the no holds barred hop onslaught that awaits. This is very bitter and very spicy. Not for the faint of heart.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 00:18:35 | More by ryan1788a5
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled November 2012 (doesn't say exact date). Poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy yellow/orange color. Small white head. Beautiful lacing as I'm drinking it.
S: Citrus, grapefruit, mango, grassy smell.
T: Wow! Explosion of hops! Well balanced, fruity, bitter hops. Fresh and juicy tropical hops flavors (those New Zealand hops are magical, I swear). Sweet malts with a crisp, semi-dry finish.
M: Smooth mouthfeel. Never would've guessed this was a lager apart from the nice crisp finish.
O: World-class DIPL. Doubt I'll ever have one as tasty as this! In love with this beer and with Jack's Abby.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 02:03:10 | More by standardcherry
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inlimbo77

Delaware

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

16oz bottle. November 2012
Hotel room rocks glass

A: Hazy pale yellow orange color. Full finger of fluffy off white head. Beautifully carbonated. Lacing sheeting.

S: Smells fabulous. Lots of floral and citrus fruity notes. Grapefruit. Mango. Pithy orange. Papaya. Maybe some pineapple.

T: Nice sip. Your get those mildly bitter hops on the tip of the tongue. They are really fruity though. Different than I have ever tasted. The malt bill, like most lagers, is minimal. Some grassy malts. Crisp finish. Dry but lingering fruitiness.

M: Medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 19:06:30 | More by inlimbo77
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm with the reviewer right before mine...this beer exceeded my already high expectations going in. Phenomenal stuff!

A: Hazy, golden-yellow with a huge, bright white head that's at first bubbly and then settling into fluffy, pillowy foam leaving behind crazy lacing and good retention.

S: Explosion of NZ hops bringing aromas of bright, ripe citrus, pine, resin, a bit of booze, and overall a deluge of fresh, juicy, sticky hops straight to your nasal cavity.

T: Absolutely spot-on for the style. Massive, fresh, juicy hops bursting with flavor and a balance of sweet, sugary malt and booze to make every drop of this incredible. Seriously. Divine. I love the finish.

M: So incredibly smooth, sweet and delicious. Every sip is savored. Perfect carbonation. The lager backbone makes this beer a dream.

O: Top class Double IPA/L. The lager and NZ hop qualities put this beer over the top. Such a pleasure to drink. Thank you Jack's Abby!

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 23:26:42 | More by Gatch
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TWStandley

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I will come right out and say it - this beer blew me away. I had pretty high expectations going in - and this surpassed them.

Poured a beautiful hazy golden color. Very bright and refreshing looking. Some sediment visible but barely.

Smells of delicious fresh hops, some alcohol, and citrus fruit. Very pungent and flowery. Almost a sweet-tartish smell to it as well.

Taste is incredible. Wow. Super fresh tasting - definitely a presence of pine and grapefruit. I pick up some bitter tea tastes as well. Truly complex and delicious. Awesome.

Mouth-feel is spot on for the style. Alcohol burn can be slightly detected but is pleasant.

Wow. I love this beer. This is up there with some of the more mainstream favorites such as Heady Topper and Pliny the Elder. Incredible beer. The fact that it is fermented as a lager adds a level of crispness that I find amazing.

Well done. Well, well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 03:24:00 | More by TWStandley
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Andrew61923

California

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 02:20:16 | More by Andrew61923
Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
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