Kiwi
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #81
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
96
Ranked #731
Avg:
4.37 | pDev: 7.55%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
248
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Vermont, United States
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 248
Reviews by Brew33:
Photo of Brew33
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I was very excited to try this one, received via trade with brikelly.

It pours a darker than I expected light caramel color with an odd soapy head. So soapy I wondered if my glass was dirty so I poured the rest of the beer into another glass, it was just the beer.

The aroma was caramel malt, citric hops, some tropical notes. Fairly muted considering the style and hop varieties. Sweet orange and candy aromas are faint.

The flavor is very good. Zesty hop character. Bitter but never over the top. Drying alcohol and a bitter finish are excellent. A unique beer. The malt provides a solid showcase for the herbal, spicy, tropical hop profile but provide little sweetness. The aroma had me worried that this would be a maltier beer. It's a DIPA experience like I've never had before. I keep coming back to the word zesty. Tickles the tongue. Really unique.

The mouthfeel was thinner than I usually like and the carbonation was lower than I like but hey, the flavor is excellent and it makes this beer insanely drinkable. Good stuff.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Hendry
4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Golden pour, nice and clear, super fluffy two finger Navajo white head, tons of chunky lacing in the glassware.

Aroma is hop forward, redolent of apples and grapes, malt hidden quite well.

Fruity and complex flavors that remind me again of fresh apples and white grapes, nice bitterness at the end. Seems there are a few stages to the flavors as it dances gracefully on the palate right through to the swallow.

Wonderful mouthfeel, slight touch of booziness in the throat, beautifully carbonated, masterful job. Very smooth drinking.

Another fabulous LFL double IPA that I have been waiting to try, and it did not disappoint.
Alpine Bad Boy remains my favorite IIPA that features New Zealand hops, but Kiwi is also a world class beer that is complex, and highly recommended.

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Photo of jbeervt
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fusebuddy
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Sheppard
4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden hue, hazy but not in the Tree House/Trillium fashion. Not horribly aromatic. May be a touch of mango, if that. The mouthfeel is soft with a gentle cascade of peppercorny, resiny earthiness. It's substantial but dry. There's a little bit of heat. I wish it had a little more sweetness to play off of the peppery hops, but it's still good overall.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of earljones199
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MichaelAllenVT
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of MRVermont
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bferber
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of twizzard
3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade a week or so ago. Not sure how old it is but everything about it seemed muted. Very faint nose and hardly any sense of the Nelson Sauvin hops(my absolute favorite). I think I'll need to revisit this one when I can guaranty a fresh bottle.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of N1Nkasi
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerasaurusrex
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of JKV96
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of mjstacker
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Sean802
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of DrewGingras
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of Stum-pub
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bomber into a stemmed tulip.
Pours a hazy, medium amber with a finger of head with nice lacing and retention.
Smells nice but not overly aromatic. Good hoppiness and stickiness present.
Taste is remarkable. Lots of hop flavor from hop varietals I am not used to tasting. Hard to find descriptors. Zingy and certainly elements of citrus zest on the front end with mellowness and then some bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel is chewy and really nice.
Overall this beer is balanced and very well crafted. Distinct NZ hops are quite interesting to this taster used to pacific northwest varietals. Great beer.

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Photo of VTBeerTrade
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of JMFP
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Kiwi from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 248 ratings