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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 1,277
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 27.27%
Wants: 348
Gots: 168 | FT: 5
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Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
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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Reviews: 144 | Hads: 1,277
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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%.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.56/5  rDev -40.3%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

S: Nice tropical fruit, some melon, and grapefruit with a bit of citrus zest as well.

T: A continuation of the aroma, plenty of citrus and tropical fruit, some grapefruit, a little pineapple, some orange, and orange zest.

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

O: Another great beer from Jack's Abby. Glad to have finally tried this one, and fruitier version of Hoponius.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.12/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured into a pilsner glass, clear light straw color with a billowing plume of white foam and plenty of carbonation. Leaves excellent sticky lacing!

S- The aroma is clean and crisp, with biscuity/bready malt and floral hops in the forefront. These are followed up by some tropical fruits (mango and orange mostly), and hints of bitter citrus (grapefruit and lemon).

T- The flavor is actually quite malt forward, with strong biscuit and bread flavors on the front of the palate. The middle of the palate has a lot of citrus, and maybe a hint of tropical fruit. Pretty bitter, yet it remains crisp and smooth.

M- The mouthfeel is pretty heavy/thick considering the style. Quite drinkable none the less.

O- Overall I like it a lot, but would love more of the hops to be featured and a bit less malt in the flavor.

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Photo of DrJay
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey. This is a double IPL (Indian pale lager). Adding this as a dortmunder as their other hoppy offering was classified as such. This was brewed exclusively with New Zealand hops (I was told Pacific Jade and a few others).

A - Poured into a standard snifter a hazy golden orange with a very creamy half a finger of off white head that leaves rich side lacing and a nice creamy blanket.

S - Wow was the first feeling that coursed through my brain upon putting my nose to the snifter. Super fresh aroma of what is New Zealand hops. Smells almost like citra hops; no pine at all lots of citrus (grapefruit, orange, and tangerine). Very light crystal like malt sweetness mixed in as well. Wow.

T - Wow again. Is this really just New Zealand hops? Loads of fresh citrus on the tongue. The grapefruit rind is much more subtle, instead I get huge orange notes. Lots of orange rind but the biggest thing for me is it tastes almost like a Clementine. Reminds me of childhood, using my teeth to start peeling a Clementine. The bitterness and slight oil from the rind followed by the sweet citrus acidic mouthful of juice that would wash over my tongue. There is a very light bitterness at the finish. That lack of a super bitter finish, truely this is a Jack's Abby larger.

M - Smooth very creamy mild carbonation. This is crazy...8.5%?! Get the hell out of here with that. I'd maybe, maybe believe 5% but 8.5% no goddamn way. This is a snifter of orange juice!

O - Overall I like this beer so much I can't stand up from the bar in fear of being arrested for indecent exposure. What the hell guys. Why...why make a beer this good, this surprising. If lagering an IPA turns it into this symphony then all breweries should play these notes. I would drink this over any nondark beet any day of the week. This is truey something magical get this while it lasts everyone because as Cinderella said: "You don't know what you've got till its gone."

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good lagers are my simple pleasure and this is a great hoppy lager with Southern Hemi hops, which are some of my favorite. I am drinking the bottle 1.5 months after bottling but I believe hoppy lagers fall off slower than certain IPA/DIPA culprits. Would I rather have a fresh IPA w Nelson, Galaxy, or other Southern Hemi hop? Yes. Is this a good, enjoyable hoppy lager? Most definitely.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright straw/golden color with a thick lacing white head of foam. Hops hit big up front with a nice white wine and orange blossom note. Taste has that lager crispness with a touch of bread and cereal grain. Hops are present in the flavor, but with a subtle bitterness. Carbonation level is high and the mouth feel is very clean and just the right weight on the tongue. Finished with a touch of grain and some lingering slightly vegetal hops.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 4.99 (!) pint bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store into my Hill Farmstead stemware.

Pours a golden yellow, shimmering. Well carbonated and crisp looking.

Smells incredible- pine, peach, mango.

Tastes even better- the aforementioned flavors shine, especially the peach and mango. Not much malt, slightly crackery if anything. Very crisp, bitter finish keeps the pure hop flavors clean and refreshing. Doesn't taste at all like the 8.5% ABV.

Light body, great carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Probably my favorite Jack's Abby offering. Well worth the bargain price it goes for.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5


A-Pours a hazy brilliant golden color. Head is thick and doughy. Head retains with intimidating stature. This puppy laces all over the place. Looks excellent, and I can even smell it from about 2 feet away...

S-This one is exquisite. Lager yeast lends a rich and buttery aroma. Just like buttered buns from a restaurant. Then, the (I think I am right) Nelson Sauvin hops just floor my senses. Nelson Sauvin may be the easiest hop aroma to detect. Unbelievably detailed tropical hoppiness. Pineapple, apricot, canteloupe and honeydew. Light mango and sweet citrus. Awesome.

T-Flavor matches the aroma in many aspects but It is a bit more vegetal and grassy. Just a tropical fruit cornucopia. Piña Colada. Light cookie malt and Lager yeastiness. The New Zealand hops are so damn exotic and fruity but it also has this crazy earthy and veggie aspect to it. Back to the point; this lager is phenomenal.

M-Booze hidden excellently. Moderate to high bitterness. Flavor lasts forever. Zipping carbonation. Lightly resinous.

O/D-The "Double India Pale Lager" is better than 90-95% of the DIPAs I have had. I love the Nelson Sauvin hop (still pretty certain this is the correct varietal) and I love how they utilized its flavors in this beer. Jack's Abby is the best brewery in MA and is up there with the best in the country in my opinion. Don't let their specific niche-brewing deter you; these lagers are unequivocally world class!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The last of my mixed six pack from the East coast. I can't find a bottled on date, but this smells and tastes fresh.

Pouring a light, clear yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this is a top notch IPL. The nose is singular. The kiwi hop is off the chain! Spicy with a blend of turmeric, coriander seed and a little cumin, there's a touch of cat pee, some light fruitiness, a little tropical, as well. Wild stuff. Pepper too? Wow. It's got characteristics of simcoe and Amarillo, bit is still so...unique. Malt character is nonexistent here. Awesome. Along with this is a big fruity character, citrusy, bright, refreshing, clarifying, complex and wonderful.

The palate opens with a big, juicy, fruity hop character, light, tropical, airy and surprisingly enough, like a kiwi in some respects. Really though, this is a blend of citron, mangosteen and a little pineapple. Interestingly enough, the spiciness that I picked up on the nose isn't particularly noticeable, though this is definitely on the spicier side of IPLs I've had. The mid palate brings out some bitterness, with a blend of hand of Buddha-like brilliant, clarifying brightness and a very focused citrus resin bite. Very clean, this beer finishes with flavors of honey, simple syrup and a mild bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden, there is no way I'd peg this at 8%. Malt character is nonexistent. This is one of the more memorable beers I've had this year. Outrageously good.

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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.