Kiwi
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #81
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
96
Ranked #732
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 GreesyFizeek:
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3.87/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a light golden amber, slightly hazy, with a big fluffy two inch head, and a decent amount of lacing.

Smells like bitter pine, heavy duty grapefruit, bitter melon, and a sort of peppery/grassy aroma, probably from the Pacific Jade.

I expected a bit more out of this one, but I still enjoyed it. It's almost exceedingly bitter, with a big malt backbone behind it. I don't get much of the expected Nelson character- that sort of wine-like, grape character, but I do get the spicy/peppery thing I expect from Pacific Jade. There is some grapefruit too, and a hint of melon. Not enough fruity hoppiness for me here, and it tastes a bit 'dirty' to me. The bitterness is not clean.

This is medium bodied, pretty heavy for the style, with a normal level of carbonation.

Fairly good, but I expected quite a bit more.

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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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Photo of Hopheadhiker
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