Kiwi Rising - Double IPL - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 136
Hads: 1,223
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 353
Gots: 148 | FT: 5
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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: 136 | Hads: 1,223
Photo of IrishColonial
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of FFreak
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into glasses and shared. Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with pure white head. Tons of dank and floral hop aroma. Awesome fruit, resin and flowers followed by slight malt sweetness all in a very dry and refreshing brew. I'd guess nearly all of the 105 stated IBUs are late additions and dry hop as there is little to no bitterness evident. Nice dry but not thin mouth feel. Overall, a really wonderful lager. (424 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
3.19/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sharp asprin bitterness mixed with a disappointing vegetal/DMS note. The new-world hops try to pop up, but somehow the effect with the lager yeast produces some inharmonious accords. Really quite surprised at the love for this one. JA makes same fine brews, but I think they're really in their wheelhouse at lower ABVs - Mass Rising, while somewhat more enjoyable than Kiwi, suffers from similar problems. (405 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Lagers get a bad reputation in our world, but this lager was done right! I am telling you this is a fantastic and very drinkable beer. This sucker is 8.5 % and you do not taste the alcohol. Be careful with this one!

Look: Hazy hay yellow. Nice head retention looks like a lager, but this one is a bit thicker and hazier than the rest.

Smell: You get some hops in there, sweet grassy nicely balanced.

Taste: This is a solid beer people, don't discount the lager, it gets no respect in the world of sours, stouts and IPA's but this one is flavorful. Its has a nice malt backbone, not too sweet, but the Kiwi hops they use up the ante on this one. Its very well balanced. Almost like a perfectly balanced ale really but with a better mouthfeel!

Overall: This is a great beer, you cannot taste the alcohol which can get you into trouble with too many of them. The hops balance it out and its got an intensity to it. Almost like an IPA and lager but too balanced to detect a difference. I have two of these and I am happy I got this on a trade from a good friend in RI. If you can get your hands on this beer buy it or trade for it! (1,132 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fresh btl pour

A: Hazy lemon with some golden glimmers. Pure white head.

S: Citrus notes of lime and grapefruit. Sharp pine. Some grass and light sulfur, grape skin.

M: About medium bodied; oily-slick feel. Great carbonation, superfine, matches bitterness well.

T: Surprisingly sweet to start, very resiny. Passionfruit and mandarin presented on kaffir lime leaf platform. Very floral and fruity. Bready malts; heavier than expected. Overall, it's like a cross between a bock and EIPA. Could have used some more alpha notes; hop bitterness is nearly non-existent, and would have provided the needed balance; pine and light wood tingle. Another slant would be that the bitterness has mellowed and taken on some cask like quality. It's unique, delicious, a must-have for anyone into hops from Down Under. (808 characters)

Photo of NinjaJesus
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

I have been waiting for this beer for quite some time and we were finally able to get some in the store. I was impressed with the earthiness and minerality in this double IPL 's hop profile. It has a wonderful citrus bouquet but not a specifically lemon, grapefruit or lime taste for me, more of just a general cirtus flavor. I would guess this may come from Kohatu variety but who can be sure. Not sure if it lived up to the hype of "best beer jacks abby has made" but it is definitely up there. Worth the purchase at under 5 for a bottle. (541 characters)

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

A: A hazy golden color with plenty of head that sticks around. Being unfiltered, there is a touch of light sediment floating that settles slowly towards the bottom.

S: Lemon, grapefruit, and pine, with a strong alcohol back.

T: This is an interesting one to say the least. It's a fruit explosion, lemon, grapefruit, mango, apricot....they all seem to be here. There is a nice bread - malt flavor, and it is all followed by a nice alcohol kick. A very complex flavor, each sip seems to play out slightly different.

F: Light in body, nice carbonation. Exactly what an IPA should be.

O: This is a great beer. Unlike many IPA's that all tend to run together, this one stands apart. It's bold, fruity and smooth, with a nice little alcohol bite. Jack's Abby has done it again. (777 characters)

Photo of predikit
2.75/5  rDev -35.6%

Pours a clouded gold, with a white head that has decent retention, leaves a fair amount of lacing behind.

Smell is muted, not picking up much, some faint strawberry.

A faint fruity flavor before my tongue is assaulted by grapefruit pungence. No flavor could possibly manage to get through that snarled mass of hoppish doom. Definitely not a brew for me.

Medium body and medium carbonation, has a noticeable warmth of alcohol. (428 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Cannot stress how good this beer is if you like hops. If you think a lager-ed DIPA sounds contradictory, prepare to see the very fabric of space and time.

The nose of this beer will send you rocketing into the stratosphere through a billow of lager-yeast effervescence and citrusy-sweet tropical paradise. Notes of everything from kiwi, mango, pineapple, orange, and just enough a touch of pine and grass to categorize this an abundantly hopped, dank DIPA.

The taste follows the nose very closely, though exhibits more piney/dank bitterness toward the finish that balances the tropical juice bomb. This beer could almost fool one into thinking it doesn't contain any Nelson hops with the lack of usual vinous flavours, though I find it may be noticeable in the dryness at the end.

Overall, a wonderful mosaic-showcase of hops. According to the brewery's bartender, it has about 5-6 hops, and manages to capture an array of fantastic flavours that any hop-lover should enjoy and seek out! (990 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Look-color is a light, mildly cloudy gold. Pours a finger of white head. nice spotted lacing on the beer and big spots stick to the side of the glass.
Smell- bright, floral aroma. mild pine, with some cites in there.
Taste- lots of bright citrus. tangerines, lemon zest, Toasty lager notes in the background providing balance. slightest touch of hop bitterness on the tongue.
Feel-
light body but juicy, quite carbonated and creamy on the finish.
overall. delicious, unique beer. very drinkable (495 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.72/5  rDev -12.9%
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; (442 characters)

Photo of Hendry
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Hazy yellowish pour, a stark white soapy slight head remains on the edges of the tulip, even sheet of lacing all the way down.Nice looking brew,nothing like unfiltered beauty.

Grassy and bready all at once with some citrus squarely in the mix, slightly pungent.

The lager component is prominent though it has very similar characteristics of a well hopped IIPA, and the taste follows the aroma. There is a notable bitterness that follows each sip, but the type of bitterness that is agreeable with my palate. Masterfully hidden 8.5% abv coupled with easy drinkability.

Well carbonated and medium bodied, slightly oily.

I waited until my 3rd bottle to review Kiwi Rising,dated 11/4/14 and consumed 11/23/14. This is a quality beer that is an interesting and flavorful offering featuring citrusy/grassy flavors of New Zealand hops in an interesting lager base.Highly recommended. (880 characters)

Photo of HopDeezy
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear golden yellow, lingering white head that laces well

S - Not as much on the nose as I would've thought, "lageresque" bready malts present for sure, hints of grass and citrus

T - Citrus explosion! smooth "lageresque" bread, light malts, bursting citrus fruit with light but lingering bitter finish.

M - Heavy, buttery, strong carbonation, bursting hops.

O - Great beer! I'm an IPA drinker for the most part but this is one exceptional lager. One of my new favorites. I would certainly get it again and it is the best lager I've ever had for sure. It's better than Hoponius Union. (594 characters)

Photo of Rideguy64
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

105 IBU's.....I am still looking for them and so are my taste buds. This beer rocks. Smooth as silk going down. So light in color, you would not think you are drinking a double anything. (186 characters)

Photo of hail_seitan
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured from 16 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass

A - A pale dandelion body supports a hefty, foamy white head.

S - A tropical mix of kefir lime, lemmongrass, ripe mango, and fresh-cut flowers.

T - Very fresh tasting, with lime, cantaloupe, kumquats, and a healthy dose of savory onion and garlic from the hops. The malt is super smooth and unobtrusive, while lending a cracker crispness and sugar cookie sweetness. Just a hint of bitterness on the finish, with lingering musky tropical flavor.

M - Has a bit of body to it, reminding you this is in fact a high-ABV beer. The moderate carbonation is just right.

O - A seasonal favorite, especially when enjoyed fresh. The piquant flavor from the hops is not for everyone, but the balance on this beer is superb. Worth getting at least one of each November, especially when your fridge runs dry of Heady Topper. (863 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of Guess2814
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Certainly!!! One of my favorite beers!! Love this beer.. Nice Double IPL.. I bought a growler .. It was gone within one hour of me opening the growler and NO I wasn't sharing it.. Greedy Dude I was that day..Jack Abby's produces some great beers.. CHEERS!!!

Second year in a row this beer amazed me!! (301 characters)

Photo of argock
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap in a clear glass willi at Stoddard's (Boston, MA).

A: Very slightly hazy golden with 1-finger of tightly bubbled off-white head. Good retention and a nice layering of lacing.

S: CItrus aromas abound with grapefruit and orange with lemon-lime and herbal-floral honeysuckle layered on a clear pilsner malt base. No esters and the alcohol is not detectable.

T: Just a great beer all-around -- drinkable, approachable, but still full of flavor. Big blasts of tropical fruit join the grapefruit-orange-lime citrus and floral flavors. The maltbill is clean and simple with some bready light pilsner malt with no off-flavors. Alcohol is undetectable and there are no off-flavors or esters. Bitterness is medium to medium-high but works well with the lush, crisp fruitness of the hopping.

M: Feel suffers for the ABV a little bit, but it still is pretty drinkable. The body is medium with some crispness but a tad creamy and heavy for a lager, albeit an imperial lager. All of the hop oils give this a bit more of an ale-y quality. Carbonation is medium.

O: Kiwi Rising is an impressive beer, one of the best I've had this year -- it combines drinkability with a big ABV somehow. If you're expecting lager-like feel, that is probably not realistic with the big load of hop oils, but this beer is delicious, aromatic, flavorful, and a must-try. (1,357 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours light and filtered, like all of JA's other brews. This one is yellow-orange with a small white head.

Smells of aggressive Nelson Sauvin hops, the aroma of which could easily be mistaken for west coast American varieties. The hops dominate, but are balanced nicely by a bready grain profile.

Tastes great. Hops start out with more typical grapefruit and citrus nodes but there's a distinct white-white flavor that becomes more present as the beer warms. Very nice, and combines excellently with the crisp grain profile. (530 characters)

Photo of AirBob
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Notes from 11/1/14

A - Three fingers of dense white head. Excellent lacing and retention. Hazy straw colored body. Visible carbonation.

S - Citrus and fresh cut grass or hay. Some grain/breadiness to back it all up.

T - Follows the nose with a lot of sharp citrus (grapefruit, lemon/lemon zest) and hay.

M - Medium-full bodied. Sipper.

O - Reminds me of a intense version of Peak's Fresh Cut, i.e. way more intense citrus and grass notes. (450 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

Pour is lightly hazed pale golden orange with a ton of tight white head. Nose is strong, presents a nice balance of assertive grains, lightly toasty with notes of bread and a touch of dough. Very strong hops behind, grassy and strong citrus and tart grapefruit. Taste is even more juicy hops, still has a solid grain bill, bread crust mixed with dough. Hops are juicy and bright, tropical fruits and some tart grapefruit, assertive bitterness through the finish. Clean airy body with strong carbonation, great stuff. (520 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: 5/4/14
Location: DeCicco’s Pelham
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Golden to Orange in color with a massive white frothy head pour. Very nice cling as you drink the beer. The head stays a top the beer for quite some time.
Aroma: This is one floral smelling beer. The ‘kiwi’ hops, Nelson Sauvin, are very present having been added on multiple occasions in the brewing process. Get both hop and hop leaf giving the beer an almost herbal to hoppy aroma. Good fruit presence as well, scents of Tangerine Peel oranges and grapefruit come through.
Flavor: The flavors are nicely balanced and there is not as much of that tart flavor as I was expecting. The fruit is there, the hops are definitely there but there is a lot new in the flavor. A chewy, bready nearly sweet malt base really kicks in giving it a touch of that lager feel. It’s not the flavor that I was expecting from the aroma but it is nice.
Mouthfeel: Medium in body and carbonation. The beer is resinous and drying a bit. Still the beer is very smooth and hides the alcohol well. I would have never thought it was 8.5% ABV.

Notes: Bottled 11.11.2013 (1,122 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Thanks to Jlindros and Rudzud for this one

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

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

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

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

Drink- Its a solid beer and I like jacks abbys, I just wanted to like this one more. (922 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have definitely had this one before, but the review must be lost in a note book somewhere...nonetheless, this is now available locally! HUZZAH! Enjoyed from a jacks abby snifter.

Brew pours a lush transparent orange yellow with a generous frothy ipa like head.

Nose is fruity hops. Tropical and citric. Lager you say?

Taste is more of the same, fantastic tropical fruit over a soft lager. No grain in the taste, just fresh hop. Feels like a grainy ipa.

Smooth and super drinkable. Could drink this all day and all night.

Overall, jacks abby doesnt disappoint. Great brewery making lagers formthe craft beer drinker. Mfloral, hoppy, wonderful. (647 characters)

Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.