Kiwi Rising - Double IPL
Jack's Abby Brewing

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American Imperial Pilsner
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4.33 | pDev: 8.55%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
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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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Photo of PJKSR02
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Glider
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of ravisingh
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of Spiceepicklez
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly golden hazy look, very rich looking. Smell is a little dull compared to the taste, but its still strong with kiwi, orange, melon, and all the wonderful hops. Taste punches you in the mouth with hops and lupulin, then bleeds into a little sweetness to make your tongue happy, and then it slowly crisps out and is a wonderfully dry finish. Feel is bright and smooth and the perfect IPA mouthfeel. Amazing beer!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a snifter canned on 9/24.

A: Small Soapy white head that dissipates to a film. The body is a bright orange, gold body with fairly good clarity, but some slight haziness.

S: lots of tangerine and grapefruit. Not getting much else from the nose.

T: lots of tangerine and grapefruit fairly sweet body with hints of the alcohol on the finish. This is very juicy and has a nice lingering bitterness.

M: Nice medium bodied leaning toward fuller, good carbonation, and nice lingering bitterness and sweetness.

O: This is a great beer, super orange and tangerine forward, might be a touch sweet both otherwise quite good.

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Photo of Ronl12
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can into Sam Adams glass. Dated 9/24/18.
Look is cloudy golden yellow. Smell is citrus. Taste follows and ends with nice grapefruit bite. Feel is medium. Overall great IPL that I get every time is is around.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to HighLowJack for sending this one. Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 16 oz. can, which proudly proclaims "NO KIWI FRUIT", into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Bright gold and just mildly hazy, with a two-finger white white head with moderate retention and a fair amount of small bubble visible carbonation.

S: Tropical fruits, melons, and citrus juice. Some resin and dank over pale cracker malts. Nice, though maybe not crazy amazing.

T: Juicy melon, spicy, and dank. Tropical fruit and citrus rind. Light cracker malts. Moderate spice-hop and rind bitterness in the hang.

M: A light crisp body, average amount of carbonation sensation, and low alcohol presence.

O: A solid beer, just not my favorite hop flavors. Spicy and melon are too much rather than the more juicy-forward varietals. But still really well put-together.

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Photo of Robjm1987
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer that sets itself away from the other lagers. Taste is smooth - floral citrusy some may compare taste to that of an IPA. Feel & look draws this solid lager to the front of the line.

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Photo of SABERG
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can dated 10/23/17 into the test glass
A - Sunflower yellow backdrop, active carbonation tops aout in a fine white cap
S - Sweet malt, then a trip to the tropics, lots of pineapple, some peach skin as well
T - Follows the nose well, excellent malt base, matched with fruit
M - Heavy as lagers go, a bit oily excellent carbonation, with a pleasant dry finish
O - A big hoppy IPL lives up to the billing.

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Photo of Sideshow_Luke_Perry
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, pours a thin golden haze with medium body. Floral and bright up front, but then almost immediately metallic and bitter. I've enjoyed it fresh on tap before, so maybe not a can-friendly brew.

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Photo of tone77
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is floral, citrus, malts. Taste is citrus, herbal, some malts, a bit of alcohol is present. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is among the hoppiest lagers I have tried.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy yellow gold with thick head and sticky lacing. Nose is a blast of hops, some citrus, and floral. This sucker is a beautiful hoppy beer, mixed with a soft citrus and sweet floral undertone gives this one a great drinkability and keeps you wanting more. I could not put this beer down, it was that tasty. Fantastic stuff.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft in a 12 oz glass

hazy golden yellow in color, thick white head. aroma is very tropical fruit, and pleasant. taste is mildly bitter, with the fruity hop flavors. medium bodied.

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Photo of illpass78
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

13 oz. on draft in a snifterish thing at Hella Good in Portland.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, bright yellow with a ring of sturdy white foam.

Aroma: Hoppy, tropical. Mango, grapefruit, some pine. Maybe pineapple.

Taste: Even fruitier on the palate. Those pineapple and grapefruit notes are there. Very hoppy. Tastes more like an IPA than an IPL to me, but also sort of reminds me of a super-hopped version of their Hoponius Union.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable at 8.5. That might be the best evidence of lager-like quality.

Overall: A well executed hoppy beer for fans of hoppy beer.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Interesting stuff. Pours hazy golden with lasting white cap that fades to a millimeter, clingy. Aroma is tropical with a tiny funk, slight pine. Flavor is similar and tasty with a mid-sip blast of juice and bitter, but never too bitter. Very smooth and easy drinking . Jack's definitely knows IPLs.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It is a hazy gold color with a big sticky white head.
Nice aroma. Floral, citrus, tropical fruit. Some sweet malt.
Great taste. Pineapple, grapefruit, and melon.
Light to medium bodied. Quite hoppy, but sweet hoppy, not aggressive hoppy. Great beer

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Photo of Holderness
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 8 days ago.

L — Pours a very slightly hazed pale golden body with a three-finger eggshell white head produced with moderately aerated pour. Great retention and decent lacing. The head is really nice on this one; it looks like a merengue.
S — Grapefruit, pineapple, orange, peach, cream, chalk, floral, pilsner malts, and a touch of new sneaker smell. Reminds me a lot of Julius, surprisingly enough
T — At this freshness, still quite green and hot. Starts with a wave of grassy herabecousness that is rounded about by the soft honey-bready malt character. This initial assault is tempered by a rich citrus zestiness that continues to the finish, alongside yeasty bite and bubblegum. Also I know that there isn’t any actual kiwi added to the mash, but I swear I’m getting a hint of some
F — Nice, soft mouthfeel, especially given the ABV. Higher bitterness than expected (but definitely doesn’t taste like the 105 IBUs that it is). still restrained enough and smooth drinking. Medium+ carb.
O — An excellent ‘updated’ version of Mass Rising, another one of my favorite Jack’s Abby offerings. The bitterness — some of which I think was caused by the yeast character — could be scaled back a notch, but overall great stuff.


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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a slight hazy burnt yellow to golden orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated in a messy fashion. Lacing speckled in a messy fashion. The smell had a charming sweet to bitter juicy grassy to citrus blend sliding into an underscore of floral bitterness. Hop oils start to come out as it warms. Really nice! The taste followed the smell nicely. Low dry floral to citrusy aspects burst into the aftertaste and slide into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable feel as to not wreck the palate. Carbonation seems good for a lager style - enough smoothness but also enough IBU harshness hitting my tongue. Overall, I’ve wanted this for a long time and am so glad I finally found it. One of the best IPL’s, I’ve ever had and would recommend with its respected food.

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Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the half-growler into a Duvel tulip. Body is slightly hazy golden-honey with a small, thin film of grey-ish head.

S: Not a terribly strong nose - some tropical fruits, some ripe melon, some leafy greens.

T: Bready-doughy malt foundation, followed by tropical fruits - melon, grape skins and under-ripe pineapple. Finishes with a slightly crisp cleanliness. Bite of alcohol heat at the finish.

M: Medium in heft, with a slight slickness to the feel.

O: Good, but not awe-inspiring.

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Photo of VFerrec
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells floral with a hint of orange, pours a gorgeous hazy orange hue.
Taste is dangerously drinkable. I get the citrus right off the bat, ending very smooth. With a slight pleasant bitterness that lingers. Kudos to Jacks Abby, This is an excellent example of an IPL.

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Photo of DIM
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted blind, I doubt many people would call this anything but an ipa. The body is a little lighter I guess, but aside from that...

This is a fantastic New Zealand hop showcase. Pungent fruits, pineapple and lime comes to mind with relatively little bitterness. Had two last night, what a treat!

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Photo of hreb
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a tapered glass of some description. Beer pours orange and cloudy, with lots of big bubbles, and forms a large white head. Aroma is immediate and pleasant: peaches, cut grass. Very green, very fresh smelling. Slightly tropical. Flavor is hoppy and could pass for a double IPA. But way less bitter than I'd expect at 105 IBUs. The bitterness is punchy and fruity, suggesting pineapple.

The finish has a lagery crispness, even though this beer is decidedly heavy and carries some aftertaste. There's also a chewy, dirty mouthfeel, no doubt resulting from the lack of filtering (which also benefits the fresh hop character IMO). Those are the real giveaways that this is not a DIPA. But this definitely does not taste like a pilsner.

A unique and original creation from Jack's Abby. Recommended.

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Photo of BubbleBobble
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours an orange amber with an inch of head, leaves some slight lacing. Smell of citrus, lots of pine, musk, bit of menthol. Tastes of grapefruit, resin, malt, brown bread, pepper. Very balanced malt backbone, and a smooth mouthfeel. A delicious beer.

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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 1554 ratings