Kiwi Rising - Double IPL - Jack's Abby Brewing

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rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
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Massachusetts, United States

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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 GJ40
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of bum732
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a dull, hazy golden color. Bone white head stands at two inches initially, then settles after a short time. Thick rings of lacing cake the glass.

S: Soft scent of fir, slight pine resin, very earthy, slightly leafy and spicy. Tropical fruits, passion fruit, and strawberry. Muddled mint leaves. Pithy white grapefruit and fleshy exotic fruit. Doughy and biscuity malt base.

T: Gripping resin bitterness on the attack. Earthy hops divulge tastes of herbs, spices, and leaves. Cracked black pepper. Slight oily hop impression. Some tropical fruit tastes of pineapple, pithy white grapefruit, and passion fruit lie tightly tucked into the center of all the herbal and spicy hop aggression. Malt base is doughy and maybe even has a touch of coarse wheat, unless I'm imagining it. Finishes with a huge lingering spicy hop bite.

M: Creamy and fluffy with a slight firmness. A light scrubbing carbonation seems to amplify the hop aggression.

O: This is one intense beer. The nose is softly aromatic and pleasant, but it takes a little while to open up and doesn't pop as it perhaps should. This leaves the drinker completely unprepared for the no holds barred hop onslaught that awaits. This is very bitter and very spicy. Not for the faint of heart. (1,306 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (1,045 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

November 2012 bottle, forgot I had it in the basement for a couple weeks, oops.

Pours a straw yellow color with a perfect sized head, sticks around for a long long while, large amounts of lacing on the glass, pour is very hazy and kind of looks like an unfiltered hefe.

Smell hits right off the bat with lots of citrusy/piney hops, has a very tropical hop aroma likely from the "Kiwi hops" used, fairly clean on the nose with only a mild sweet malt aroma for balance.

Taste is primarily the citrus pine hop flavor, sweet malt does come to help smooth out and balance some of the bitterness in the aftertaste, body is medium for the style with a decent dryness, carbonation is crisp and sharp that adds a refreshing aspect to it.

Probably one of the best "Double India Pale Lagers" I've had, not that there's too many of them out there compared to other styles. (864 characters)

Photo of ms11781
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in November 2012. Reviewed on 12/02/2012. 16.9oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours an extremely hazy, but equally as bright golden yellow color. A huge, fluffy white head develops and reaches about 2 fingers or so. It dissipates slowly and a good half finger sits at the bottom of the glass once the liquid is gone. Huge, fluffy rings of foam stick the the glass and mark each sip. Excellent looking beer.

The nose is full of huge grapefruit notes with some nice tropical fruit coming through as well. There is some pine, especially as the beer warms. The huge, but not overpowering hop presence in the nose makes the malt pretty hard to detect, but that's not really the point here.

The taste has the same characteristics as the nose but the tropical and citrus notes are flipped. There is a huge tropical presence in each sip. Big pineapple and mango notes. Tangerine and orange as well, in addition to the grapefruit that was in the nose. Some nice pine brings a slight to moderate bitterness at the finish. As with the nose, the malt takes a backseat here.

The mouthfeel is very crisp. It's definitely not light overall but relative to an extremely hoppy beer with an ABV of 8.5% it comes off that way. There is a touch of stickiness from the slight pine finish but it lasts a split second before it really dries out.

This is an exceptional beer. It is definitely one of, if not the best Imperial pils I have had. The huge but not overwhelming hop aroma and flavor, combined with the crisp and lighter mouthfeel make this beer dangerously drinkable. Definitely had my share before it ran out this year. (1,636 characters)

Photo of Auror
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (1,518 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (990 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 coreyfmcdonald
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a very cloudy light golden color with three fingers of dense white foam. Retention is remarkable.

S: Orange, lemon, flowers, and a bit of pine are in the forefront of this beer. The hop aroma is very fruity and juicy in this beer - smells delicious.

T: Similar to aroma, but sweeter than I thought it'd be. Sweet clementines with a bit of pine are the most apparent hop flavors. The beer is moderately bitter, but balanced by a fruity sweetness. I also get a mustiness I've come to expect and learned to love from New Zealand hops.

M: On the thick side with creamy carbonation.

O: The aroma on this beer is incredible, so much fruitiness. The taste is certainly very good, but is a bit of a disappointment after the aroma. A very good beer in an odd style. (801 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy gold. Head is massive, bright-white, and leaves sticky sheets of lacing. Drops to a small, bubbly, fluffy, creamy cap. Moderate carbonation pulls.

Smell: Some tropical elements buried under a big punch of grapefruit flesh and oily pine. Nice backing malt sweetness. Pale malts are present, dropping some doughy notes and cracker. Something akin to raw honey. Touches of grass and hay as well. Some lemon rind as well. As it warms some oily grapefruit jumps out.

Taste: Bitter, slightly pithy, oily grapefruit flesh and rind. Some backing notes of tangerine, orange, and lemon. Some pine needle. Sweet pale malts help temper some of the aggressive bitterness. Whole-grain white bread. Straight up oily bitterness builds as the beer warms. Some odd cracker and dough notes, make it feel a little undercooked. Touches of mint. Snappy lager yeast. Earthy and slightly dirty.

Mouthfeel: A bit dry. Body runs on the lighter side of medium with a backing creaminess. Lingering bitterness.

Overall: This beer is made from New Zealand zombies.

A good take all around. Drinks like a burly APA, but that lager yeast keeps your tongue rooted to the base style. A solid hop profile, but the malts seem a little weak in comparison. Definitely worth checking out, but I have a hard time believing this is a Pliny/Heady killer. (1,333 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
3.49/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. This brew is is hazy with a honey/wood-like color. Its white head is 1-finger in size and fades to a cap.

Nice aroma; primarily lemon/lime. Malt profile is lean and clean.

The flavor provides a quick hit of orange sweetness up front before that lemon/lime flavor kicks in. A touch of honey is found in the middle. Some onion rears its head as this begins to warm. Grassy/earthy bitterness builds a bit on the finish the more you drink it, but doesn't overwhelm.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but very frothy. It looks like it would carry more weight on the tongue than it does. I have no problem with this, however.

In the end I really enjoyed this. It's clean, direct, flavorful. However, I think I prefer Mass Rising, which has a more juicy tropical flavor to it. (797 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,479 characters)

Photo of taez555
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle thanks to ILOVESTOUTS, served in a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Hazy golden yellow. Really vibrant and almost glowing. Big two and a have finger fluffy, snow white head. Leaves tons of clean sticky lacing. Beautiful.

Smell: Big grapefruit, melon, and pine right off the bat. Some light breadyness, but barely. Not super big on the nose but really bright.

Taste: Woah. HUGE grapefruit, melons, and clean pine, followed by a deep citrus bitterness. Just bright all around. This beer is standout. A nice bread dough sweetness just supplements This is no where close to balance, and I love it.

Mouthfeel: It drinks like a Hill Farmstead DIPA. To me, that about the highest mouthfeel praise there is. Incredibly juicy, this beer approaches S&S5 levels of drinkability. Great bitterness, but in the raw fruit sense. Amazing.

Overall: This beer is better than nearly every DIPA I've ever had. Just a stellar beer in every regard. Jack's Abbey hit a grand slam here. I don't want this again, I NEED this again. (1,013 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (1,753 characters)

Photo of TWStandley
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I will come right out and say it - this beer blew me away. I had pretty high expectations going in - and this surpassed them.

Poured a beautiful hazy golden color. Very bright and refreshing looking. Some sediment visible but barely.

Smells of delicious fresh hops, some alcohol, and citrus fruit. Very pungent and flowery. Almost a sweet-tartish smell to it as well.

Taste is incredible. Wow. Super fresh tasting - definitely a presence of pine and grapefruit. I pick up some bitter tea tastes as well. Truly complex and delicious. Awesome.

Mouth-feel is spot on for the style. Alcohol burn can be slightly detected but is pleasant.

Wow. I love this beer. This is up there with some of the more mainstream favorites such as Heady Topper and Pliny the Elder. Incredible beer. The fact that it is fermented as a lager adds a level of crispness that I find amazing.

Well done. Well, well done. (902 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
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 :) (1,369 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle sent by dope (thanks man!) poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Beautiful, brilliant, hazy sunset orange with a big bright white head and good lacing.

S: Big citrus and pungent tropical fruits; tangerine, lots of floral notes, hints of earth as well and faint biscuit.

T: Tropical fruit again; lots of tangerine, orange, underlying pineapple and grapefruit with some hints of pale malt...there are some lingering, pungent pine flavors as well.

MF: Dryer body, lighter to medium mouthfeel thats all about the hop presence but is more dry than bitter I would say...

O: Definitely good, but I'm not sure I don't like Hoponious Union a bit better. Jack's Abby has it going when it comes to lagers and hops. (719 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
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! (1,065 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm with the reviewer right before mine...this beer exceeded my already high expectations going in. Phenomenal stuff!

A: Hazy, golden-yellow with a huge, bright white head that's at first bubbly and then settling into fluffy, pillowy foam leaving behind crazy lacing and good retention.

S: Explosion of NZ hops bringing aromas of bright, ripe citrus, pine, resin, a bit of booze, and overall a deluge of fresh, juicy, sticky hops straight to your nasal cavity.

T: Absolutely spot-on for the style. Massive, fresh, juicy hops bursting with flavor and a balance of sweet, sugary malt and booze to make every drop of this incredible. Seriously. Divine. I love the finish.

M: So incredibly smooth, sweet and delicious. Every sip is savored. Perfect carbonation. The lager backbone makes this beer a dream.

O: Top class Double IPA/L. The lager and NZ hop qualities put this beer over the top. Such a pleasure to drink. Thank you Jack's Abby! (941 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pale golden color with some haze and a bright white sticky 3 finger head. Nice and hoppy nose. Super floral with lots of grapefruit notes and other citrus fruits.

Extremely clean. On the lighter side of medium bodied. Bright orange like acidity with other tropical fruits up front. Brisk carbonation. Lots of citrus like acidity flavor wise. Bitterness is very low but theres just enough to feel it. Almost like orange juice with a beer taste. One of the smoothest beers over 8% i've ever had. I love this. (508 characters)

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