Kiwi Rising - Double IPL - Jack's Abby Brewing
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Ratings: 844 | Reviews: 108 | Display Reviews Only:
4.19/5 rDev -3%
Appearance: Arrives at the table with a couple of inches of foam perched on top of the clear gold-tinged amber liquid; rings of lacing coat the pint glass on the way down
Smell: Tropical fruit, wine grapes and grass
Taste: A bit of cookie dough for the malt base and then the Nelson Sauvin hops take over, bringing tropical fruit, grassy elements and a slightly vinous character to the middle; finishes rather clean as you would expect a lager would
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate but crisp carbonation
Overall: Another great lager from Jack's Abby; these guys continue to impress
12-03-2013 02:40:17 | More by brentk56
4.5/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
01-04-2014 09:49:38 | More by largadeer
4.33/5 rDev +0.2%
Thanks to Nate for sharing - I can always count on Nate to dig up obscure and excellent lagers. Unknown freshness, but can't be older than three weeks. Served in a Surly Darkness glass.
A - Thin white foam settles to some wisps, a thin collar, and minimal lace. Hazy peach body.
S - An intense blast of distinctive Nelson Sauvin hops - peaches and tropical fruits, grass, light cat pee and dankness. Malt backbone is unobtrusive, providing some light sugary notes.
T - Taste is largely the same as the aroma, with a massive Nelson Sauvin hop presence - lemons, grass, white grapes, tropical fruits, and so on - over top of vanilla and sugar cookie pale malts. Bitterness is mild at first, but grows a bit as the glass is consumed. Otherwise the finish is quite clean. A 4.25, so I bumped up the smell score a bit.
M - Smooth medium body, soft and pleasant carbonation, and none of the listed 8.5% ABV present. Clean and crisp, like a good lager should be.
D - It's the Alpine Nelson of lagers. I think I liked Hoponius Union a *tiny* bit more, but this is excellent as well. I hope they make this year round, as it's a beer I'd drink often. It's really nice to see brewers pushing the lager boundaries too.
12-15-2011 16:43:43 | More by MasterSki
4.3/5 rDev -0.5%
Tap at Armsby Abbey
Big creamy 1+ finger head fades slowly with some lacing, very hazy nectar peach orange color.
Nose is loaded with fresh hops, a bit resinous and musty, then fresh tropical fruits, pineapple, peach, bit of grapefruit, hint of mango, light citrus with tangerine, and even a bit of pine. Also a hint of sweet malts.
Taste is loaded with more tropical fruit hops, again super fresh hops, a bit musty and resinous, light pine, then citrus fruits, light orange rind, tangerine, nectarine, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, etc. bitterness is there but not heavy at first, until it builds up. A light sweet malt base adds a good balance, with a nice soft base. After the big hop kick fades a bit I get a little lager crispness and soft flavors. Finish stays bitter with lots of lingering resins and tropical fruit hops, a bit more soft malt feel, and a bit crisp, more pineapple and guava even.
Mouth is med bodied, soft malts and almost creamy, good carb, no real alcohol kick.
Overall delicious, hard to get and lager flavors but got a little as I really tried, great tropical fruit hops, citrus, a bit resinous, nice soft malt balance. Very drinkable esp for 8.5%.
11-19-2011 02:58:03 | More by jlindros
4/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
02-28-2014 19:12:11 | More by StonedTrippin
2.55/5 rDev -41%
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.
01-26-2014 00:26:57 | More by Rifugium
4.35/5 rDev +0.7%
I had this at the bottle share during the beer release at Jackie O's. Poured into a sample glass.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber with a ring of off white head.
Smell: Citrus hops with some pine in there as well. I'm picking up some pineapple. There is some sweet malt to balance the nose a bit.
Taste: Juicy, sweet citrus hops. I'm tasting tangerine and pineapple. The finish is bitter from the citrus peel hops. Really good.
Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: This is a really good hoppy beer. I was very surprised when I found out the style. I would definitely have another.
12-05-2011 05:01:23 | More by oline73
4.33/5 rDev +0.2%
Huge thanks to jslot38 for grabbing me a bottle of this one; thanks Justin. Been a big fan of Jack's Abbey since visiting the brewery last year, and this has been a big want of mine since they first brewed it. 16.9 oz. bottle poured into my Bell's tulip, picked up in MA last week for $5.
a - Pours a somewhat transparent golden-bright yellow color with two fingers plus of fluff white head and high carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Looks like a great pilsner.
s - Smells of pint hops, citrus hops, peanuts, grains, wheat, toasted malts, wheat, and light yeast. The hops are definitely up front, though I'm getting a lot of peanut that I wasn't expecting. Pretty nice, though a bit different than I was expecting.
t - The taste is great and exactly what I was hoping for. Tastes of a ton of dank pine hops and citrus hops, as well as grapefruit juice, floral hops, lightly tropical fruits, wheat, grains, and bready malts. Awesome taste; tons of hops and super fresh. Love it.
m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and crisp, and very easy to drink for 8.5% ABV. Was expecting more carbonation after looking at it but glad it isn't overcarbonated.
o - Overall I thought this was a great imperial pilsner. It looks great and has a great mouthfeel, and is very drinkable. The nose was good, though a little different than I was expecting due to some nuts in the smell, but the taste was fantastic and spot on. Tons of pine and citrus hops, would love to have this one again. Another winner from JA.
11-15-2013 22:52:08 | More by mdfb79
3.85/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
11-24-2012 23:46:39 | More by smcolw
Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.