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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL
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850 Ratings

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Ratings: 850
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 325
Gots: 42 | FT: 4
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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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

jrallen34, Nov 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

mtchaput, Jun 11, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

vfgccp, Jun 27, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

smcolw, Nov 24, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jack's Abby Kiwi Rising
500mL, no date

Cloudy, glowing orange with a dense white head. Great retention and lacing. (4)

Very unique hop aroma. I get some citrus, but mostly a dank/herbal/funky note that is hard to put into words. Nelson Sauvin? Not as pungent as I expected, but nice. (4)

Flavor is very hoppy, but not in the classic American way. It's softer, with notes of guava and ripe fruit. This beer is not a citrus/pine shredder, there's something else going on here. I'm getting a lot of dank, earthy hop character. It's spicy and borderline vegetal without being offensive. Malts play second fiddle. Lager smoothness is apparent, but when you're making a beer this hop-heavy it's almost irrelevant what yeast strain you ferment with, so long as it's not wild or ester-heavy. Mouthfeel is resinous but medium-light bodied. (4, 3.5)

A curious beer indeed. Are they trying to showcase New Zealand hops or lager fermentation? I think the answer is both. This beer is drinkable and very interesting. The problem is that there is absolutely nothing traditionally "lager" about this beer, and it's not a deeply satisfying hop-bomb either. (3.5)

dasenebler, Nov 30, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 6.28.13

Bottled Nov 2012, Yikes!

A - Pours a hazy, very light orange-almost yellow with a huge cream-colored soapy head with good retention.

S - Fruity, hard to place. Citrus and some lager yeast come through as well.

T - Malty, floral, and some grass.

D - Good carbonation and a light body.

O - Still a good beer, but I would love to try a fresh one.

HuskyinPDX, Jul 29, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a god beer to drink when you want that real beer umph and flavor, while still wanting to drink a lighter beer. But it is still 8.5%!

Imported hops have a very different flavour, as if you use all of the fruits off of Carmen Miranda's head!

I will drink this again.

openmind, Dec 26, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -9%
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.

johnnnniee, Dec 05, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass
A: Pours a golden yellow with a one knuckle head. Head doesn’t dissipate. Decently cloudy and some excellent bubbles coming up from the bottom.
S: Hope, Lemon citrus and some small wheat notes.
T: A nice overall hops profile up front pulling into a full bodies lager. Somewhat dry and stale on the end.
M: lots of carbonation and some minor hop notes combined with a dry mouthful.
O: Interesting, definitely good. I couldn’t drink a ton but very enjoyable especially with food.

codysjb, Jan 13, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from almost a month ago, from notes. I've had this a few times before in the bottle and on-tap but never had a chance to take notes. This review was from the November 2012 bottling.

Pours into a snifter a hazy bright orange with a healthy white head - stays at a thick half-finger at all times while leaving great lace. Hard to ask for a better appearance.

Lots of earthy and onion-y hops in the scent. Some grapefruit, dankness and malt there too.

Taste is kinda similar, but opens up and improves with warmth. Quite a complex blast of hops here. Earthy, floral, grapefruit and onion most prevalent with some pineapple and citrus there as well. Some sweet and grainy malts showing through, attempting to balance out the madness.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and full-bodied with carbonation on the higher side. It feels a bit heavy but not boozy.

There are better hoppy lagers from Jack's Abby in my opinion - the super earthy/veggie/sweet malt is not my top preference for flavors - but this is still quite good, impressive complexity.

Chico1985, Jan 01, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

PHBoiler, Nov 18, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

corby112, Dec 06, 2011
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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 850 ratings.