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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: 349
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 MarkAvery
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap. Served in a tulip 8oz. First time having it after I read a lot of great things about it. If I could sum up this beer in one word it would be "Beautiful". The look, the feel, the taste-bursting with a citrusy/fruity start and ending with a fair bitterness. Its a very refreshing beer. I wanted to order another one But was at a bar with 105 beers on tap so I wanted to keep tasting. I will get this again.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
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 GJ40
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
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 scotorum
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
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 koutkid41
3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

S: Pine upfront with tropical fruit, melon, grapefruit, and some nuttiness.

T: Like the aroma, piney, citrus and tropical fruit, some grapefruit, a little pineapple, and again a little nutty.

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

O: Decent beer was hoping it was better fresh and it is just slightly, if I were able to regularly get this I would be inclined to drink this every so often.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip. Manufactured 11-11-2013.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light pale golden yellow with a dense white head sitting on top. Head takes its sweet time slowly retreating back into the glass. Leaves

S: Very nice bouquet of hops on this one, loads of citrusy fruit with a whole cone earthiness. Toasty and bready notes come through to add depth.

T: As anticipated from the aroma, this is a very hoppy beer. The flavor outweighs the bitterness which is nice. Lager qualities take a back seat but add a bit of spice.

M: Medium to full body with a smooth creaminess. Average carbonation with a mostly clean finish. It is a bit sticky from the hop resins giving it a nectar like quality.

Overall this is an imperial lager that could go toe to toe with any imperial IPA. Really shines in the intense hop profile yet keeps its lager roots. A must try for any hophead.

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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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Photo of WunderLlama
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into tulip glass

Big white fluffy foam with grasping lacings. The lacings are there but are not generous. Settles into a nice , big bubble white lid. Slight carbonation in a honey amber opaque liquid.

Smells of sweet grapefruit, fruits and pine.

Smooth with gentle carbonation on the tongue. Hops explode in your mouth. Bitterness on the front of the tongue and then back of the tongue on the finish. Medium mouthfeel.

I have been wanting to try their beer for some time. If you like the bite of hoppy bitterness, this is a fine example. Has a bite from beginning to end. Very good DIPL.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber with a thick, fluffy head. Minimal lacing. Lots of fruit on the nose, citrus, tropical fruit, with a hint of breadiness and fresh cut grass. Some cattiness can be detected. Not such a bitter bomb on the palate, sweet grapefruit and other fruity flavors come on the front giving way to some bready malt and tropical fruit. Nice dry finish. Medium light body with decent carbonation. Overall, an outstanding double IPL. Supremely well crafted. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of jvillefan
2.82/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: The body is a very pale yellow with a huge head. The head was way excessive measuring four-five fingers.

S: Not impressed. The smell is of wet stale grass. There is the redeming quality of biscuits on the back end but way to hop dominate and not pleasant.

T: Unbalanced is the first word that comes to mind. I enjoy hoppy beers and hop bombs but this was like chewing on grass, not good. There was very little malt to back it up but that is to be a little more expected in a lager compared to an ale but not a near absence.

M: Good body but was way overcarbonated.

O: I have had many IPLs in the past and this is among the worst I've had. Hoponus Union is a much better beer from Jack's Abby. There was no balance between the malt and hops, it was overcarbonated, and tasted stale. As a side note the bottle was picked up from the brewery about 11 days before it was consumed, I don't know when it was bottled but I have got to assume that the brewery would only release fresh IPLs. A definite miss from Jack's Abby. Very disappointing. I have no idea how this beer got onto the top 250 list.

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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 Jwale73
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a pilsner glass. MFG. 11.11.2013 printed on the label. Pours a beautiful translucent honey-gold with a dense, four-fingered bright white head. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in-solution from the base of the glass to the underside of the head. Head eventually settles into a two-finger cap with delicate, textured bands to lacing revealed in the wake. Nose expresses grains, a hint of skunk and aromas akin to white wine. Taste consistent with nose; however, the kiwi definitely expresses itself in the flavor profile (more towards the tart side of the spectrum). There's a also a slight piney/floral hops presence and a kiss of ethanol bittering towards the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation and a slightly oily texture. Overall, a great beer, but not as good as I remember. Nonetheless, well worth your time if the opportunity presents.

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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 brureview
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a light lemon color with a 4F head in a Pilsner glass.

The head quickly resolved itself.

The mouth feel is lighter than the 2nd anniversary, and the citrus is sweeter.

The finish is nicely hopped.

The beer is more well rounded than the 2nd anniversary.

Another great India pale lager from Jacks Abby.

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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 lovindahops
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A great advocate in this site challenged me about a year ago to seek this out... Told me it will take me to Greensboro Bend if I closed my eyes. You the man cfrance33!

A- a golden haze of copper orange bursts onto the stage featuring some floaties, terrific lacing on the edges, and a thin lingering layer if foam. So bold and glowing within the glass. The foam refuses to disappear and maintains some excellent properties for the beer

S- massive citrus onslaught that screams New Zealand (a la Lawson's double kiwi familiarity minus the malt). Bold, thick, resinous scent profile. Some grassiness, but moreover a strong sweet hop presence. Very inviting

T- over the top bold citrus flavor with some clean flavors that clocks in very well. Some deep caramel notes literally blast the tongue and makes for some smooth flavor. Very grassy at the end with maintaining resinous properties. Coating, hoppy clean flavor. Maybe the best lager flavor ever. Even a stinging bitter finish

M- prickly, syrupy coating flavor all over. Your entire palate is draped in New Zealand hops! So fresh

O- kiwi rising is off the charts. An absolute hop fest with an incredible clean feel. Jack's Abby is the real deal and they need to be recognized as the future of hoppy lagers. Seek this out while you can. You'll think your drinking a gal named Susan who was made with well water :)

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Photo of tkelley
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A -- Big fluffy white head. Moderate lacing. Golden straw colored body. Very clear.

N -- Big citrusy hops. Some pine and maybe some pepper or spice. Kind of boozy.

T -- Big citrusy hops again. Grapefruit mostly. Also resin/pine. KInd of grassy finish.

M -- Very nice. Fine carbonation level. A little bit tingly.

O -- Awesome. Really fantastic, hoppy lager. Cheers!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden color with 2+ fingers of head that slowly recedes to a nice cap that leaves some good, sticky lacing

S: Very citrusy with a good floral presence as well. Some malt and fruitiness in the back, but very hop forward

T: Follows the nose. Citrus and floral hops are right up front followed by a mellowing malt presence and some lighter fruity notes. Quite bitter throughout and into the finish. Alcohol extremely well hidden behind the hop wall

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: JA knocks another one out of the park. Extremely drinkable for 8.5% even with the high amount of bitterness throughout. Definitely worth picking up

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Photo of PHBoiler
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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 BradMacMullin
3.57/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Area Four. This was raved about by the waiter and so highly rated I was anticipating a lot. I like this brewery. Poured a hazy golden color with a nice head. Hoppy taste hits you right away and this had a nice smooth balance. However....I found an odd after taste. I may be kicked off Beer Advocate, but I didn't like this. Found it difficult to finish, but being a trooper I did. Maybe I need to revisit again

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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 twizzard
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Heard both good and not so good things about this brew so I was skeptical. Especially after loving BA Framinghammer....gotta say this is an absolutely exceptional beer. The aroma fills the room after pouring...a nice 1 inch white head....I'd never thought I'd use the description of 'grass' but that's a great descriptor....as well as a beautifully well balanced IPL...Great hop flavor with a delicious malt back bone....Thrilled that Jacks Abbey is here in NY! Well done!!

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Photo of bleeps
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up two bottles from Kappy's Medford and an additional bottle from Gary's Liquors in West Roxbury.

A: Poured slowly into a .5L pilsner glass - pours an attractive bright gold, moderately heavy carbonation, beer up almost to the line with a creamy white head filling the rest of the glass with a little piling over the rim.

S: Fresh, piney hops, enough to fill the room as soon as you open the bottle. A hint of citrus from the hops, as well.

T: Obviously very hoppy, but not overwhelming. Has an aftertaste that I can't quite pin down. Doesn't taste like it has more alcohol than a 'regular' beer.

M: Smooth, with a pleasant amount of carbonation.

O: This is more on the 'refreshing' side of the Double IPA/L spectrum. Easy to drink, while still maintaining a hop-forward presence and bitterness. Doesn't dry the mouth out. Overall, quite good.

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Photo of Resuin
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a pint glass. This was bottled less than 2 weeks ago.

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear amber/gold and leaves a couple fingers of white head which hangs around for a while. Plenty of carbonation can be seen flying from the bottom of the beer to the surface. Lots of lacing.

Smell: A nice balanced combination of pine and citrus hops. Quite aromatic - I can smell this from several feet away. Mainly hops in the smell, but there is a little malt in the background.

Taste: Delicious, floral hops yet with a big enough yet mild malt backbone. Pine with some mild citrus are the main players. Extremely drinkable. Alcohol is expertly masked, tastes more like 5-6% IPA.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium, slightly creamy body. Matches the style very well. Very drinkable body with a crisp finish.

Overall: Really well balanced and super high drinkability with lots of fantastic flavor. This is definitely a go-to IPA. Really refreshing and a very well crafted brew.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amazingly clear golden body, 2+ fingers head fades slowly. Beautiful thick lacing.

S - All about the citrus hops. A little spiciness. I tried but I couldn't get anything else.

T - More citrus, followed by hop bitterness. Couldn't locate any malt sweetness. It's gotta be in there to balance off the massive amount of hops, but I couldn't find it.

M - medium body, medium carbonation. Clean.

O - I like most of Jack's Abby's products and this is certainly one of them. I would recommend and seek out again.

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