Kiwi Rising - Double IPL
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Lager - India Pale Lager (IPL)
Ranked #1
Ranked #1,183
4.31 | pDev: 8.58%
Feb 22, 2021
Nov 17, 2011
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Notes: This is an intensely hoppy and strong lager that we refer to as a Double India Pale Lager. Over four pounds of hops per BBL of New Zealand hops (Kiwi Hops) were used in progressively larger hop additions throughout the brewing process. Four kettle hop additions, whole leaf hops in the hop back, and multiple dry hop additions infuse an intense floral and citrusy aroma. No kiwifruit or kiwi birds were used in the production of this beer.
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4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by Rug from Massachusetts

Canned 12/2/20

We've arrived! The top rated IPL on this site, unsurprising for one of the pioneers of the style, and crafters of incredible lagers all around. I've been looking around for this one for a while but seldom saw it on the shelf, except for a few times I saw it in passing before actively seeking out. Let's jump into it

Pours a semi-cloudy orange gold with 2 fingers of soapy white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves minimal lacing

The nose presents a nice sweetness, just as I suspected for an 8.5% IPL, pushing into imperial territory. I'm picking up on aromas of floral hops, bready malt, caramel, orange marmalade, peach, piney hops, and a touch of lemon

A nice balance between the hops and malt keeps this beer constantly shifting flavor palates to keep things exciting. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting bready malt, white pepper, resinous oily hops, and sweet citrus. The swallow shows more of a sweetness, bringing notes of caramel malt, papaya, floral hops, and crisp bready malt to finish

A medium body pairs with moderate carbonation, resulting in an astonishingly smooth beer, feeling nothing like 8.5%. Finishes dry and crisp, but with a nice sweetness that lingers a bit

While I enjoyed this quite a bit, it did really blow me away like I expected to. I'd love to try it a bit fresher, as this can was almost 3 months old. If I find some fresher I'll be sure to update this, but it was good for what it is and damn drinkable

Feb 22, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by SmashAdams from New Jersey

I recently had fresh Mass Rising and though it was just absolutely incredible. I grabbed this version and wow it's every bit as good if not even a hair better. The Nelson and New Zealand hops add a great earthy, winey, almost funkiness to the beer. Excellent. yb

Feb 16, 2021
4 by cryptichead from Illinois on Jan 24, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Mugman8 from New York

Canned 12.02.20. Slightly cloudy gold on the pour with slight, disappearing head and almost no lace. Aroma is hoppy resin and melon. Taste is interesting; starts aggressively hoppy, with a peppery spice middle, and finish stays bitter with lingering resins and tropical fruit hops. Mouthfeel is crisp and creamy, and 8.5% ABV comes on as it warms. This beer is heaven for hop-heads, which I am not. This is a well-crafted brew, but I prefer something slightly smoother and fruitier.

Jan 15, 2021
4.5 by Juggerr from New York on Jan 01, 2021
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3.44/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by tigg924 from Massachusetts

Pours clear, gold in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is floral and wet hops, melon with a good does of peppery spice. High carbonation, slightly biter with moderate carbonation. A lot spicier than I thought it would be. Very clean like most Jack's beers. That said I do prefer some of their other ipas. I am fine with just the one.

Dec 31, 2020
4.35 by AD17 from New Jersey on Dec 25, 2020
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4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by dele from Massachusetts

16 ounce can dated 12/2/20, poured into a Willi Becher and consumed 12/23/20.

This IPL - or Double IPL as the brewery calls it - is incredible. The Nelson and Motueka hops are presented without the distractions that often turn muddy in a NEIPA, and the result is magnificent. Pure hop flavor with no distractions - all the flavor of the best NEIPAs in a package that brings out the best in the hops.

The look, smell, and feel of the beer are all good, but not exceptional. The flavor, though - wow. Just remarkable concentration of hops. As punchy a hop flavor as any beer I've had, including plenty that cost twice as much.

Buy this beer if you see it. You will not regret it.

Dec 23, 2020
4.73 by juicebox from Kentucky on Jul 17, 2020
4.24 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on May 06, 2020
5 by doctorgary from New York on Apr 13, 2020
4.35 by Hangryginger from Connecticut on Apr 06, 2020
4.15 by VTbrewfan from Massachusetts on Dec 06, 2019
4.25 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on Oct 07, 2019
3.9 by WormGod from New York on Jul 31, 2019
4.46 by jheimbigner from Washington on Jul 22, 2019
3.78 by ajdemma from New York on May 07, 2019
4.21 by Hurl4bru from Massachusetts on Apr 07, 2019
4.31 by deereless from Colorado on Jan 31, 2019
4.37 by Manthon from Pennsylvania on Jan 26, 2019
5 by Kwright from North Carolina on Jan 21, 2019
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3.56/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by kw_pip from Vermont

draught. tastes like a generic double ipa. very earthy. not my kinda beer

Jan 06, 2019
4.19 by dannycohen62 from Illinois on Dec 28, 2018
4 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania on Dec 22, 2018
4.22 by Pinkylives from Massachusetts on Dec 16, 2018
3.76 by Branlott42 from Missouri on Dec 06, 2018
3.75 by Mattias from Sweden on Dec 04, 2018
4.46 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Nov 27, 2018
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3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by PJKSR02 from Connecticut

I hopped this would convince me lagers were tasty. Not. There's a nice hoppy aroma but the pilsner, yeasty carbonation invariably comes across as stale. Have to finish a 4-pack, and maybe will edit this review if the second taste is a charm. Stick with Sierra N. Hoppy Lager.

Nov 23, 2018
4.43 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania on Nov 16, 2018
4.29 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado on Nov 09, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

16oz can into a pint glass. lengthy code on the bottom is difficult to figure out, but may indicate this beer is over a year old.

Cloudy orange/yellow body. Big white head with large bubbles leaving good lacing.

Kind of a floral, perfume-like aroma, with mild citrus notes

Lightly bitter, some citrus. One of those drinks that gets better the more you drink it.

Mouth closing in on full, finish a slightly sour citrus bitterness.

Overall, if it is indeed over a year old, this is still a pretty tasty beer. A fair amount going on, and as mentioned above, is more pleasing a the drink goes on.

Nov 02, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Glider from Massachusetts

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice white head. Smell is citrus, tropical fruit, and resin. Taste starts with citrus, then gets quite resinous with some savory or spicy notes that border on scallion. Nicely balanced light bitterness, without too much sweetness. The hops here are packing a lot of flavor, and definitely different from many hoppy beers I've tried. I like this one a lot.

Oct 31, 2018
4.44 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON) on Oct 28, 2018
4.28 by reebtaerG from Maryland on Oct 25, 2018
4.25 by strengthdoc from Connecticut on Oct 24, 2018
4.25 by soundaurora from Pennsylvania on Oct 22, 2018
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4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by ravisingh from Connecticut

Tried this at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Came in a pint glass with a little bit of head and hardly any lacing. Aroma is resinous and citrus peel forward. The taste is very citrus forward and very refreshing. Nice dipa.

Oct 21, 2018
4.1 by smithj4 from New York on Oct 19, 2018
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4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

Hazy golden-orange with a creamy white head. Good retention. Streaky lacing is left behind.
The aroma offers ripe orange, honeydew melon, mango, gooseberry, cantaloupe, and a touch of green onion.
The palate hits with tart tropical fruits upfront. Gooseberry, passion fruit, cantaloupe, mango, and orange in spades, with a hint of white grape, honeydew melon, and grapefruit. Very punchy with a light creepy bitterness, yet extremely balanced. Firm creamy malt offers just a touch of biscuit sweetness. Finishes lightly dry with a faint lingering bitterness.
The feel is smooth, silky, moderately carbonated, filling, and lightly sticky.
Overall, an incredibly flavorful, pungent, and drinkable DIPL showcasing unique hopppy flavors!

Oct 17, 2018
Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
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