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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Kiwi Rising - Double IPLKiwi Rising - Double IPL
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rudzud on 11-17-2011

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle with "No Fruity MFG 11/5/14" on the side of the neck. Pours a semi translucent pale yellow with a small layer of head. Lots of lacing. Big citrus hop aroma. Lime, lemon, grapefruit, and orange. Light malt. The taste is grapefruit, lemon and limes. Big bitter hop flavor. Floral hop notes as well. Some pilsner malt flavor towards the end. Finishes with more citrus hops and a slight dankness. Lime aftertaste. Lots of carbonation with a slightly heavy mouthfeel. Nice warming alcohol flavor. Overall, fantastic Imperial IPL I'm glad I bought a few of.

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Photo of Damian
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a snifter

The liquid poured a super hazy, glowing yellow ochre color and was topped by a bubbly, bright white, one-finger head. Similar in appearance to many hard ciders. Sheets of lacing coated the glass.

The nose was fantastic. Pure hop juice in a bottle. Super fruity and bright. Intense tropical fruits. Tons of mango and pineapple. Peach and apricot notes also came through strong. Semi-sweet with a slight caramel malt presence.

Strong, fruity hops dominated again in the unique flavor profile. Tangerine notes were immediately apparent. Lots of peach and apricot as well. The malt presence was just enough to keep the hops from becoming overwhelming. Strong grapefruit rind in the center. A smooth, crisp, lager-like quality also became detectible. Somewhat dry and a bit powdery. On the back end, the hops turned rather earthy and herbal. The beer finished piney and bitter. Near perfect. At 8.5% ABV, the alcohol was extraordinarily well hidden.

The mouthfeel was the only part of this beer that I found a bit disappointing. The liquid was much thinner than expected and it contained a crisp, bubbly effervescence.

This is my third time trying a beer by Jack's Abby Brewing and all have been outstanding. It is truly amazing how they got this lager to resemble a flavorful and dry, yet remarkably well balanced, West Coast-style double IPA. Expect to see other breweries doing something similar in the near future.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of bum732
4.41/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden color that is nearly transparent with a huge billowing foamy white head. Some tropical fruit notes but mostly citrus rind on the nose. There is a bit of bright citrus and fruit on the first taste, but the bitterness overwhelms after that. The body is very clean and smooth to drink. Overall, I was taken aback by the level of bitterness on this beer. It's very clean and well-made, but the intense bitterness reminds me of some of the west coast IPAs that aren't my personal favorites.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a frothy white head. Leaves some decent lacing around the glass.

The aroma is a bit disappointing here, as I'm not picking up a lot of strong notes. I get some pineapple and melon, with some faint doughy malt on the back end. Pleasant, just not very strong.

The taste has a lot of pineapple and bitter hops. Very crisp. And a bit floral. As with the nose, just the faintest hint of malt on the backbone.

Feel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit oily, but still very smooth.

Overall, a solid beer from Jack's Abby, but also a very disappointing one. The aroma is almost non-existent and the flavors are far less complex than expected. I enjoy what is there, but I expected a lot more.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | 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.

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Photo of ms11781
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Auror
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at the 2012 "release". Notes taken on my phone, reviewed same night.

Appearance- Cloudy golden with a medium head. Nice lingering ring of retention. Essentially looks like a nice IPA should.

Smell- A pleasing blast of grapefruit and apricot. Some pine needles evident after a bit. Brewers spoke of extensive dry hopping and it is evident here.

Taste- The taste starts light and sweet. Some grapefruit and citrus notes. Very smooth. As you drink more, the bitter notes begin to appear. Hoppiness is evident, leaving a dry and bitter finish. Hop resin + crisp lager finish = yes. Zero alcohol present.

Mouthfeel- Medium to high carbonation. Pretty assertive on the palate, and the carbonation dominates any other mouthfeel consideration. Dry finish leaves you wanting more.

Overall- Great drinkability. Everyone with me drank several. Had it last year on draft and was excited for it's return (and soon in bottles). Thankfully, it lived up to my expectations. This is my favorite Jack's Abby beer by a good margin. Highly doubt there is a better lager out there.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale cloudy yellow with glowing orange hue. Two finger creamy head with good retention. Spotty lacing down the glass.

Smells like a cornucopia of tropical hops. A ton of pineapple with some mango, citrus and spicy grass. This smell would be amazing in a DIPA and even more amazing that a lager smells like this.

Lots of pine hops and earthy bitterness. Very little malt character in this. Perhaps a touch of the typical grainy "lager flavor". Since it's a lager, it finishes incredibly crisp and bitter on the back end. The hops near the end get a bit medicinal and I wish there were more of the pineapple and citrus from the aroma, but otherwise this is spot on delicious.

Medium to light bodied with a very crisp dry finish featuring plenty of carbonation. A bit oily as well.

The finish is all preventing this beer from being about as perfect as possible. I love what Jack's Abby is doing with lagers and this is their best one yet. It's like a DIPA bred with a German pils. Amazing.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
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;

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Photo of utopiajane
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of scotorum
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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Photo of taez555
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at th Horseshoe Pub in Hudson MA.

Pours a hazy opaque bright tan/orange body with a bright white head.

Nose is bright citric resin hops, grapefruit nose.

Taste is medium bodied in your face hop/resin monster, but perfectly balanced. Rich creamy fresh grain with a big citric and grapefruit favor. Bitterness is strong but well balanced. Ends with a nice resin aftertaste.

Holy crap, Jack's Abbey is the real deal. This beer easily holds its own with the resin hop monsters out there. Its only a matter of time till this local brewery is nationally known.

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Photo of TWStandley
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of Gatch
4.88/5  rDev +14%
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!

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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.