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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 136
Hads: 1,229
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 351
Gots: 152 | FT: 6
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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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Photo of PicoPapa
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Guess2814
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
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!!

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Photo of argock
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of AirBob
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

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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 KornWallace
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of FosterJM
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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

Bottle purchased at deccicos Pelham for $6. Bottled November 11, 2013.
Its a little old for ipa standards. Nice pour into my pfriem tulip. Golden color with thick sticky lacing. Huge fruity hop aroma..with a hint of pine. Really nice. Great fruity hop flavor...its got a definite kiwi flavor with a sweet yet piney finish. Im not a huge fan of the piney hop flavor so maybe its good its a few months old. Great smooth and crisp mouthfeel. This is excellent.

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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 gabedivision
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml to a tulip glass

A- bright hazy orange with a pillowy tight bubbled 1 finger head

S- mango, pineapple, sweet grain, ripe pear, fresh squeezed orange juice.

T- Pineapple, grapefruit rind, some resin and bubblegum mid mouth, some sweet malt coming through, mango, orange peel, a hint of booze thats met with some peaches. more bitter grapefruit on the finish

M- Medium- light bodied, sweet, tingly carbonation, bitter and dry.

O- wow, move over whales! this is a epic beer. tons of citrus, perfectly blended hops, just outstanding. still having trouble believing this is a lager

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Photo of utopiajane
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
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 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 pmarlowe
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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 bum732
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
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 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 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 dar482
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a very slightly hazy light orange color with a huge huge egg white head with little bubbles. A very frothy head, not something I've seen before.

The aroma has a powdery sweet tropical aroma of mango, pineapple, tons of citrus peel, a bit of white bread malt.

The flavor follows of that tropical note, then onto an aggressive citrus peel and pith and grassiness (maybe Motueka in there). There' s a bit of white bread maltiness. The finish is a bit bitter, but extremely dry of hop juiciness. The beer is very hoppy, but without a distinct hop note that stands out. Instead, it balances the malt, the hop juice, and lager very well. There's a bit of that metallic lager note on the back. Alcohol extremely well hidden and drinks like a 6-7% beer.

The beer is very crisp and hoppy.

A really interesting brew. Great that it stands out as an DIPL instead of trying to replicate some other DIPAs.

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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 rlee1390
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear yellow, three finger head that leaves nice lacing.

S-Rather tropical, some wheat, nice hop presence. Some spice and lemon.

T-Starts with lots of tropical/citrus note via the NZ hops. Nice bitterness but the finish is bland and lacing. There is some spice and wheat in there.

M-Lighter in body, crisp finish with nice carbonation.

O-The hops start out great but then nothing. The finish is bland.

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Photo of Shumania
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

.5 liter bottle picked up when in MA. Poured into standard pint glass

A: hazy, golden yellow, lots of little bubbles, large fluffy head even after an easy pour

T: HUGE floral smell, citrus, orange rind, tangerine

T: Follows the nose with the citrus kick, tangerine goodness that is very juicy, finished with lots of bitter and clean breadiness

M: medium body that leans on the sweeter side

If I tasted this without knowing what it was I would have said it was a double IPA (and that is a very good thing!) It is like biting into fresh citrus fruit.

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

Poured into Pokal

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow with a large, eggshell white head.

S: Fresh, vibrant southern hemisphere hops: passionfruit, tangerine, mango, and fresh cut grass, with malt notes of biscuits and honey.

T: Huge hop hit up front with notes of pine, earth, and bitter citrus that fades into mellow, lasting bitterness. Hops overpower the malt flavors of pilsner malt with hints of toast and cornbread in the finish.

M: Clean lager profile on the palate, yet has a very slighty viscous quality to it. Moderate carbonation.

O: This is a beer to experience for yourself. Kiwi Rising is an intensely hoppy lager that just might replace your favorite DIPA. This beer, being a lager, gives the powerful NZ hops a clean vessel to ride on, making you wonder while all hoppy beers have to be ales. A must try for the hophead.

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