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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL - Jack's Abby Brewing

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751 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 751
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.47%


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

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rudzud on 11-17-2011)
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omniscientcause

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pint .9oz bottle poured into FFF Teku glass.

The color is initially lighter than I anticipated. Some what of a golden straw color with a slight amount of haze. Huge frothy head with lots of different sized bubbles. Tons of lacing on this one up there with the best.

Smell is really, really good. Plenty of hoppy goodness. The Kiwi New Zeland Hops are really good, and potent. Citrus and not quite ripe tropical fruits, mango, kiwi and pineapple blended together nicely.

Taste is on par with the smell except it's a little more balanced. A nice malt backbone provides some initial sweetness. Then the hoppiness kicks in and it's awesome. Piney and citrus zest are the big contributors, which is what I like. Smaller hints of some tropical fruits. Really well blended overall, a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is very good a nice carbonation level. 8.5% alcohol is very well hidden. In fact I had to double take and look at the bottle to see the amount. Drinks like its around 6.2% Close to full bodied and a little earthy, nice strong bitter finish. Overall it's very drinkable.

Easily the best Imperial lager/pilsner I have had to date and this is my favorite JA beer so far. I hope this is released more then it currently is scheduled for.

I have enjoyed 5 bottles over the last 2 weeks of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 19:40:30 | More by omniscientcause
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Drtfinelli

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into snifter

appearance: clear, golden liquid with an off-white head which sticks to the glass

smell: a little citrus but a musty pot-like aroma is prevalent

taste: Delicious! Hoppy bitterness with little malt which lingers

mouthfeel: thin, but that's what it should be

overall: a very good Double IPA, I mean L.
A nice aroma leads into the expected hoppy flavor. Not as citrusy as Hoponious Union,
a bit more bitter, and the alcohol is a little noticeable. A really nice beer that I will be
having again soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 01:09:28 | More by Drtfinelli
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 18:35:25 | More by jmarsh123
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a very pale straw golden color with hints of orange. Body is quite hazy and translucent with a bit of a glow to it. A finger plus of fluffy white head rises and lingers for several minutes and eventually falls to leave behind foamy webs of lacing on the glass.

S - Intensely citrus hoppy aroma. Sweet oranges, grapefruit especially. Touches of pine, and some distinctly floral aromas too. A spicy hop bitterness with good intensity can also be found in the aroma. Only a modest touch of grainy and sweet malt can be found here. Right up there with any great DIPA for hoppy aroma.

T - Yep, those New Zealand hops shine here too...the distinct herbal, piney and earthy hop flavors come thru up front quite well. Backed by a rather firm bitterness, this gives a very crisp flavored beer. Quite dry overall...really fermented out quite a bit...struggling to find any residual sugars here. I find these southern hops to be a bit harsh and far enough away from the norm to be a somewhat distracting flavor. The pineyness is a bit over the top and out of balance with the other flavors here. Still good, but I miss the citrus aspects found in the aroms...to me, if they carried over to the flavor, this could really be outstanding. Still good, but left me wanting a bit more sweet, fruitiness.

M - Medium bodied with a crisp and tingly mid-high level carbonation. Dry, herbal, floral hops dominate. Gives a strong pine oil/extract and resiny aspect and a bit of a coolness on the exhale. Finishes dry and bitter and a bit harsh.

O - Flavors are good on this beer at the start and thru the middle, but a bit lacking on the finish. The finish really doesn't feel like it is inviting me to take another sip...comes across very bitter, dry, a bit medicinal and super piney. A softer finish with some sweetness and citrusy fruit would go along way for me here. I haven't really found a strong liking in any of the beers using New Zealand hops...so maybe this one really had the chips stacked against a bit from the beginning...good beer, but still lacking that something to make it special.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 00:29:15 | More by portia99
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smooth, large, tight-bubbled head. The broth is very cloudy with a light gold color. Leaves ring lace after each sip.

Some pine hop aroma. Very little malt in the background.

Flavor wise, this is far closer to a Double IPA than a double pilsner. This is because of the strong citrus hop presence. Very bitter, even up front. Long aftertaste of black pepper. Relatively thin body with a high level of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 23:46:39 | More by smcolw
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 02:40:33 | More by mdaschaf
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful pale mustard yellow, and is reminding me a lot of the color of Maine Beer Company’s Lunch. The head is rocky white and half finger-width, and lacing is super thin, but very sticky, leaving spatter lines over the sides of my glass. The beer’s body is really quite murky for a lager, with only hazy light making its way through the liquid. This beer smells perfect for what it is. Big, strong juicy citrus fruit tackles the nose. Tangerine, mango, grapefruit, passion fruit, and orange all ooze from the glass as crisp scents, while the crisp cleanly scent that I associate with lager yeast brings faint hints of light buttery bread to the back of the nose. This beer’s smell is like pulpy fruit juice. On the taste, this beer begins with sweet grapefruit and slight hints of the other fruits in the smell, before the grapefruit plows forward into big bitter middle of the taste, leaving all other flavor to haunt the sides of the mouth as ghosts. The close of the middle brings caramelly bread into the mouth to sit as the backbone of the bitter fruit juice. The beer then closes with light buttery malt bread and a continuous ringing of bitter grapefruit, orange peel, and slight mango.

On the mouth, this beer feels crisp and smooth, with a nice bitter bite on the tongue and the sides of the mouth. The mouth is left wet on the sides while the roof of the mouth and the tongue have the slight scorch of a bitter burn. Overall this beer is an excellent success, and is reminiscent of a more succulent and fruity version of Hoponius Union. Great big bitter hops from the high IBU’s, scrape the mouth but leave it begging for more, and a higher alcohol percentage that is not present in the taste at all. I was a little worried about this beer after trying it at the end of a tasting last week and having it taste bland and uninteresting, but I now can safely say that was because of all the beer before it that I had tried. This beer is a winner. Very easy to put back with terrific clean and crisp lager qualities while carrying the big juicy fruit bitters of a west coast imperial IPA. This beer is a must try, especially for its super cheap pricing.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 21:21:33 | More by Maxwell
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally get to review this gem.

A Gigantic white 2 finger billows toward the top of the glass and had great retention. The body is a hazy straw yellow with a hint of orange and has active carbonation rushing to the head. as the head slowly dies down sticky lace is left down the side of the glass and a fat foam pillow is left above the beer. Looks fantastic and can already smell it.

S Sweet tropical fruits and a subtle malt are the first thing I notice. Bitter grapefruit and pineapple along with some orange zest round out the nose.

T Mirrors the nose perfectly. Nice piney bitterness upfront that carries to the finish along with some grapefruit and tropical fruits like pineapple and some sweeter fruits. Finish is tropical and bitter with a bitter linger. Galaxy comes through nicely, stuff is top notch..

M Medium to lighter feel with medium to slightly heavy carbonation. Very clean and crisp finish makes this quite enjoyable to drink.

O Really nice DIPA.. err DIPL.. Whatever you want to call this stuff it's fantastic stuff, but thats nothing new for Jack's Abby

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 00:33:10 | More by Gushue3
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kiwi Rising pours a hazy orange/yellow (light amber?) with a moderate creamy head on top. The foam fades away slowly leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with grapefruit citrus, tropical fruit notes (mango) and some pine.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is crisp on the palate, somewhat dry with moderate carbonation. The flavor is much like the aroma, lots of grapefruit citrus, tropical fruit (mango, pineapple) and pine. Towards the end there's some malty sweetness trying to balance out all the hops. It finishes bitter with lingering citrus and tropical notes when gone.

This is a delicious beer with a great aroma. It reminds me a lot of Hill Farmstead Edward, but with a thinner body. I hope this becomes a more than seasonal brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 21:57:30 | More by WanderingFool
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Dools9

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh November 2012 batch, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a golden straw color, bit of haze, lots of head, three fingers worth, bone white. Very impressive lace, great retention and an overall impressive appearance. Good start here.

S: Reminiscent of Hoponious Union in some ways although less lemon. Big, clean, bright citrus hop aromas (grapefruit, overripe peaches), resinous, a bit grassy, solid sweet biscuity malt backbone, no alcohol detected.

T: Woah. Big punch of bitter tropical fruits upfront. Big mango, grapefruit and apricot presence accompanied by a pleasant biscuit malt backbone. Hops are pretty juicy and dominant, and it finishes dry and clean. Tastes similar to Hoponious, only bigger, bolder, and a bit more sweet. Slight taste of alcohol as it warms.

M: Upper end of medium in heft, smooth, very smooth. No alcohol at all. Very easy to drink for 8.5%. which can be dangerous as it sneaks up on ya a bit.

O: Awesome brew. I don't think Jack's Abby can make a bad beer. A big, mean, dry hopped, lager monster. Yes, they do exist.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 03:38:20 | More by Dools9
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RyanLigeia

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

4.5- Pours a beautiful hazy light golden color. Big, lasting, pillowy head. Leaves some incredible lacing.

4.5- Very fresh hoppiness. Grapefruit, citrus, mango, tropical. Hint of sweet malt.

4- Has a great floral hop taste upfront (usually used to describe the scent but thats just how it tastes), all the citrus and tropical fruits that i got in the nose are present, the lager yeast definitely adds a new and interesting dynamic, a touch of grain. Touch of alcohol but id never have guessed it was 8.5%.

3.5- Has a sort of drying/bitter quality like grapefruit juice (which isnt a bad thing), higher end of medium carbonation level that works great for this beer. My only wish would be for a heavier body to it. Its very very drinkable which is awesome but for a "double IPA" (or IPL I should say) I think the body should be a little bigger and heavier.

4- Overall this is an awesome beer. Very glad my girlfriend picked this one out at the store. Brewing this as a lager opposed to an ale was a great idea. Pretty unique and it worked out well! Definitely one of the best beers I've had to date thats come out of my home state of MA.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 04:41:44 | More by RyanLigeia
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 pint .9oz bottle poured into large Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid was initially lighter than I expected, but then I remembered, it's about the same color as every other double "IPL" type beer. Sort of a golden straw color with a slight amount of haze. Huge frothy head with lots of different sized bubbles. Tons of lacing on this one, stays on the glass the whole time.

Smell is really, really good. Plenty of hoppy goodness. According to the label it's got New Zealand Kiwi Hops. Really good, a potent, yet gentle hoppiness tickles your nose as you smell. Citrus and not quite ripe tropical fruits, mango, kiwi, pineapple, maybe peaches. A really nice blend.

Taste is on par with the smell except it's a little more balanced. A nice malt backbone provides some initial sweetness. Then the hoppiness kicks in and it's awesome. Sort of earthy, piney and citrus zest are the big components. After that there's some flavors of some tropical fruits. Really well blended overall, a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is very good a nice carbonation level. 8.5% alcohol is very well hidden. Well balanced between sweet an bitter. Close to full bodied and a little earthy, nice strong bitter finish. Overall it's very drinkable.

I've only had a few "Imperial Lagers" most are called Imperial Pinslers, but hey, a pilsner is a lager. This is one of the better ones. It's delicate, well balanced, yet at the same time strong. I like it a lot, and wish it was more available, but I can imagine it's not an easy one to brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 04:32:49 | More by AndyAvalanche
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

FINALLY.

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 03:01:34 | More by VelvetExtract
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5lt bottle into a duvel glass... This was the first brew I had from jacks Abby on draft, probably at least a year ago, and I loved it!!! It's what got me hooked on jacks Abby and I am so excited they decided to bottle it.

A: pours a nice hazy golden with two finger if puffy white head, excellent retention as this head dissapates slowly and leavs a Ton of beautiful lacing.

S: citrus, grapefruit, pine, loads of hop aroma with a touch of grain... Smells hoppy and delicious.

T: delicious. Beautfiful citrus hop notes, I get grapefruit and pinneapple mostly, with a tropical fruit like quality... And also pleanty of resinous pine as well, there is a touch of grain, but mainly just a delicious hop showcase, awesome.

M: nice creamy with crisp moderate carbonation, very drinkable... Dry on the finish and leavs a bitter coating of tropical hops in your mouth.

O: I love this beer, my fav this far from jacks Abby, and deffinatly up there with my favorite dipas... Nice... Dry.... And loads of tropical fruit/piney hops, if you love hops this beer is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 01:46:55 | More by PeterIngemi
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tendermorsel

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 batch. Growler straight from the source.

I am going to preface this review by recognizing my love/obsession of Kiwi hops...

That being said this beer is freaking awesome stuff.

Bright orange colored nice long lasting head. Clear not cloudy. You could read a newspaper through the glass.

Wonderful citrus aromas. Did some cut up grapefruits in the room?

Extremely bitter but non by any means over barring. Oranges Pineapples Limes Kiwi's and Grapefruits are present. Very drinkable for the high ABV. I took down a growler no problem. Quite the quaff.

Absolute homerun for JA. Better than the bottles last year which is saying a lot cause I liked last years batch a ton.

World class beer. No joke. Do this year round! PLEASE.

Serving type: growler

11-12-2012 20:14:37 | More by tendermorsel
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Auror

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 03:15:14 | More by Auror
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy apricot orange body poured into a tulip. Creamy white head with a frothy look forms and has decent retention. Sticky legs and few small spots of lace.

S- Fresh hops yielding apricot, peach, citrus, pineapple tea and floral notes. Not quite as strong as a IIPA but I get the picture.

T- Let it warm up some and it's quite nice. Hop forward with a balancing caramel grainy finish. Hops give white grape, peach, apricot sweets, citrus, herbal tea, pepper and floral notes.

MF- Silky creamy body with low-moderate carbonation. Slightly bitter and sweet finish on the palate.

Glad to see a very local brewery making a hoppy but unique beer. Doesn't just emulate your usual IIPA, the hops here are smooth and fruity flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 01:48:08 | More by cbutova
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nate for sharing - I can always count on Nate to dig up obscure and excellent lagers. Unknown freshness, but can't be older than three weeks. Served in a Surly Darkness glass.

A - Thin white foam settles to some wisps, a thin collar, and minimal lace. Hazy peach body.

S - An intense blast of distinctive Nelson Sauvin hops - peaches and tropical fruits, grass, light cat pee and dankness. Malt backbone is unobtrusive, providing some light sugary notes.

T - Taste is largely the same as the aroma, with a massive Nelson Sauvin hop presence - lemons, grass, white grapes, tropical fruits, and so on - over top of vanilla and sugar cookie pale malts. Bitterness is mild at first, but grows a bit as the glass is consumed. Otherwise the finish is quite clean. A 4.25, so I bumped up the smell score a bit.

M - Smooth medium body, soft and pleasant carbonation, and none of the listed 8.5% ABV present. Clean and crisp, like a good lager should be.

D - It's the Alpine Nelson of lagers. I think I liked Hoponius Union a *tiny* bit more, but this is excellent as well. I hope they make this year round, as it's a beer I'd drink often. It's really nice to see brewers pushing the lager boundaries too.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 16:43:43 | More by MasterSki
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scottfrie

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into nonic pint. Thanks, Michael.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy citrus gold with a couple fingers of bright white head that faded into a lasting film that left a ton of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Light notes of pine needles, grass, earth and a bit of citrus. Peppery.
T: Follows the nose with a big hop flavor. Citrus shines through, lemon, along with earthy yeast, citrus pith, bready dough, and a touch of sweet fruit. A hoppy lager if there was one.
M: Thicker than expected body, thick and fluffy mouthfeel with creamy carbonation.
O: Easy to drink, thick, with a good hoppy flavor. Worth checking out if you’re into a hoppy chance of pace.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 01:07:11 | More by scottfrie
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 20:19:54 | More by taez555
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber courtesy of AutumnBeerLove. Thanks again man.

Pours a hazy, pale golden orange color with a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with a prominent piney and citrus hop presence along with hints of grass and pale malt. Hints of pine needle, pineapple and citrus ring followed by some light fruit, straw and biscuit.

Fuller bodied than expected with a very prominent dry hoppy presence up front that lingers over the sweeter notes into a lingering dry finish. Decently bitter with some pine needle flavor but this is countered by some sweet citrus and light fruit notes. slight earthy grass and straw presence add to the earthiness but again are balanced out by hints of apple and pear. Still, hop bitterness dominates the flavor throughout before finishing with some slight heat.

Overall this beer is really flavorful but it could use a touch more sweetness for balance. There is some subtle heat in the finish but I was shocked to see that the ABV is so high. Fuller bodied than expected for the style but still pretty quaffable. I would love to try this again in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 05:07:32 | More by corby112
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oline73

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the bottle share during the beer release at Jackie O's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber with a ring of off white head.

Smell: Citrus hops with some pine in there as well. I'm picking up some pineapple. There is some sweet malt to balance the nose a bit.

Taste: Juicy, sweet citrus hops. I'm tasting tangerine and pineapple. The finish is bitter from the citrus peel hops. Really good.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good hoppy beer. I was very surprised when I found out the style. I would definitely have another.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 05:01:23 | More by oline73
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A curious looking bottle found its way home with me yesterday. Pours a cloudy deep straw color bordering on golden with a decent white head that displays minimal retention and lace. Smell comes through with lots of citrus with grapefruit and lemon dominating. Moderate pilsner malt deep underneath. Taste is quite hoppy, lots of citrus with barely any malt to back it up. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a resinous mouthfeel. Great hoppy brew and a great price too, I may have to revisit this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 01:09:59 | More by johnnnniee
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 03:46:39 | More by Damian
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A very cloudy golden pour, nice fluffy offwhite head and great lacing/retention.

S: WOW. Hop explosion in my nose not unlike a huge DIPA. Tons of grapefruit and tropical fruit like pineapple and mango. I'm not sure if this has simcoe in it but the pleasant cat urine odor is there in spades. Maybe a bit of pine too? Can't stop smelling this one.

T: More hop craziness. Lots of grapefruit and a little tropical fruit as you would expect. Not as bitter as I expected. Not to say that it's NOT bitter, I just expected a puckering wave of bitterness. Surprisingly well balanced, borderline sweet even - the hops cut it nicely though. Some pine resin is apparent in the aftertaste and carries nicely.

M: Carbonation is dead on, nice resin mouth coating action going on too.

O: This is definitely one of the most interesting beers I've had lately. I almost passed on it due to the "lager" label but I'm glad I didn't. It's 85% like a big DIPA. If I didn't know it was a lager I would have assumed it was a DIPA in fact. Doesn't beat you up too badly despite the high hoppiness, making is surprisingly drinkable. I think I could have more than one of these, which is more than I could say for a Ruination, Maharaja or a Hopsickle.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 00:59:10 | More by Dope
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