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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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 16oz can to an oversized wineglass (Jester King stem, obvs you guys). There is some freshness information printed in yellow ink on the underside of the can, but I’m not entirely sure what it means: “Call me Ishmael. 256 0500111416”. It’s possible that it indicates a November 14, 2016 canning date, which is technically possible but would make it just four days old at the time of consumption. If true, that’s fantastic. If not, this is still freshy-fresh: this only just showed up on shelves in my area a day or two ago.

Appearance (4.5): Three full fingers of soft, fat and bubbly foam rise off of the pour, capping a slightly chill-hazed honey-golden body. The head dieas down at a moderate pace, leaving wide, splotchy, thick clumps of foamy lace all around the glass. This is fluffy, golden, not too hazy and not too clear to upset just about anyone. Woof.

Smell (4.5): Ugh, good lord . . . I love they way Jack’s Abby shines a lot on hops. Clear, beautiful, and polished, it smells of a well-balanced mix of pungent, funky citrus like passionfruit and papaya, with grassy undertones evincing gooseberry and crushed flower stems. A bit of southern biscuits with honey on top offer some semblance of malt, but it mostly just offers some body for the hops to take full form in the nose. From the glass, softer melon, peach and pear notes come out as the beer warms up a bit, but passionfruit and fresh cut grass (evoking a lot of sauvignon blanc notes), along with slight mineral tones, still dominate. No complaints here.

Taste (4.5): Immediately a touch of mellow, sweet melon and stone fruit (cantaloupe and nectarine) come out, but they are quickly overrun by red grapefruit tartness, green guava, strong grassy flavors (both bitter and slightly vegetal). Then, a nice wave of toasted malt comes in with a touch of toffee and some rustic multigrain bread, pulling together the sweet, fruity notes and the tart, pithy, grassy bitterness to form something resembling the funky side of passionfruit. There’s a slight alcoholic warmth that adds a little extra body to that nice, balanced maltiness, and it jives seamlessly with the confluence of hops and malt. Grassy, minerally, and slightly dank tones take shape toward the back end of the palate, giving a vinous impression that really comes to dominate the latter half of the flavor profile. It also leaves impressions of lime and lemon zest, leaving it fairly dry without sacrificing its fullness.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Carbonation is smooth, the body is velvety and on the full- side of medium-weight, and the bubbles tingle just slightly as it washes out. The carbonation offers a nice base for the pithy, drying hop profile to lift the roof of any malty richness—as if it relieves any pressure that might have come from a rich, malty body. What this means is just that it remains dry and easy to drink without sacrificing the richness and fullness that comes from a nicely balanced beer of 8.5% ABV.

Overall (4.5): A couple of years ago, I came to the conclusion that Jack’s Abby sets a pretty high bar for hoppy lagers. Add this to my box of evidence. They just know how to treat and showcase hops without sacrificing drinkability, creating a beer that’s more approachable than comparable (D)IPAs. As I’ve come to expect with Jack’s Abby’s hoppy lagers, the malt and the meeting point between malt and hops has a smoother, more well-integrated feel to it. It’s just smoother than you would expect for a comparable pale ale. I’m not about to say that this beer is a game changer in either the world of lagers or hoppy, pale beers; however, I am willing to say that this is just about as good as you’re going to get in the somewhat smaller center slice of that venn diagram. This beer is fantastic, and especially at its price point (I paid $10.99/4-pack), is very, very highly recommended.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

In a lot ways, this wonderfully big, hoppy lager leans—in terms of taste and texture—into the XPA territory: juicy, sharp, immensely grassy, with a clean, light, blonde-malt body and a dry, pointed finish. But in the juiciness, and the galloping effervescent, one sees the lager likenesses become more apparent: a substantial yeast-fruitiness, and a round, creamy sub-current—elements which are more subtle and softly announce themselves—position Kiwi Rising solidly in the province of Pilsner. And yet those New Zealand hops really set this beer apart within the "Imperial Pilsner" subset, imparting intense and floral aromas of grapefruit, papaya, and wild grasses, delivering the same—along with hemp resins, pine and spruce juices, some juniper, key lime, and even a hint of mango—to the very complex flavor-profile.

This is a really excellent effort out of Framingham: a great alchemical operation that brings the best of two burgeoning genres (New Zealand-hopped XPAs and Imperial Pilsners) and holds those qualities in elegantly coordinated concert.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

can from Beershop NYC on the UWS. Pours a semi clear gold with nice head retention and lacing, like citrus zest dusted with pine resin, taste is like eating a grapefruit with sugar sprinkled on top, hints of tangerine and candies citrus peel, finished with a solid pithy butterness, this beer is robust and sticky. I also like the can art of the flightless bird in the hot air balloon.

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Photo of djamesb
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New at rating beer ,not drinking it though. It is called an IPl but it tastes like an IPA .i would rate it as one of the best of the thousands I have tried excellent taste ,smell wish it was easier to find

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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 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 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 nychas
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

As Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan once said: "This one's got all that stuff, all that stuff and more". As other reviewers have pointed out, there is a cream aleness to it, there is a definite hint of lagerness to it and then there are soft peppery hop notes too.

A pleasure to drink and explore all these facets (and more) as I drained my glass. (16oz can into pint glass.)

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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 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 mpmcguire11
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer, among others from Jacks Abby, puts lagers back on the map. Such a smooth beer. Looks and tastes incredible. The name might throw some people off, but don't let it. Love that it is in 4 packs of tall boys now

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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 larryi86
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a pilsner glass

A- A slightly hazy golden amber with a two finger white head.

S- Biscuity/bready malts, citrus, faint tropical fruits, piney, hints of wet grass.

T- Citrus, some melons, wet grass, slightly sweet bready malts, floral/herbal, bitterness is a nice piney/earthy combo.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- This is my first beer from Jack's Abby and it is a solid lager. Not the biggest fan of the wet grass the hops are giving it, but everything else is great.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Lagers get a bad reputation in our world, but this lager was done right! I am telling you this is a fantastic and very drinkable beer. This sucker is 8.5 % and you do not taste the alcohol. Be careful with this one!

Look: Hazy hay yellow. Nice head retention looks like a lager, but this one is a bit thicker and hazier than the rest.

Smell: You get some hops in there, sweet grassy nicely balanced.

Taste: This is a solid beer people, don't discount the lager, it gets no respect in the world of sours, stouts and IPA's but this one is flavorful. Its has a nice malt backbone, not too sweet, but the Kiwi hops they use up the ante on this one. Its very well balanced. Almost like a perfectly balanced ale really but with a better mouthfeel!

Overall: This is a great beer, you cannot taste the alcohol which can get you into trouble with too many of them. The hops balance it out and its got an intensity to it. Almost like an IPA and lager but too balanced to detect a difference. I have two of these and I am happy I got this on a trade from a good friend in RI. If you can get your hands on this beer buy it or trade for it!

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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 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 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 citizencane
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appears marginally cloudy gold. Smells of delicious crisp malts and fruity tropical fruit hops. Tastes of bitter citrus hops with no malt balance to speak of. Hoppier than many IPAs but with none of the bready crisp malt backbone I'm used to with IPLs. A good solid beer from Jacks Abby, and kind of true to the style, but I honestly expected a bit more delivery (and balance) on the taste.

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Photo of jhavs
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into fluted snifter.

Golden pour, mostly clear, thick foamy big bubbled head, settles and rings the glass.

Herbal, vegetal, and biscuit aroma. Subtle citrus zest and a bit of earthy resins.

The flavor is headed by spicy herbal hops, bit of grapefruit bitterness and the lager aspects take control. Biscuit, yeasty, raw dough. Grassy notes floral hops play their part too.

Moderate carbonation and a medium body.

Heavy flavored lager, bold hops in the earthy/herbal/floral nature.

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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 porter_collie
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from 16 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass

A - A pale dandelion body supports a hefty, foamy white head.

S - A tropical mix of kefir lime, lemmongrass, ripe mango, and fresh-cut flowers.

T - Very fresh tasting, with lime, cantaloupe, kumquats, and a healthy dose of savory onion and garlic from the hops. The malt is super smooth and unobtrusive, while lending a cracker crispness and sugar cookie sweetness. Just a hint of bitterness on the finish, with lingering musky tropical flavor.

M - Has a bit of body to it, reminding you this is in fact a high-ABV beer. The moderate carbonation is just right.

O - A seasonal favorite, especially when enjoyed fresh. The piquant flavor from the hops is not for everyone, but the balance on this beer is superb. Worth getting at least one of each November, especially when your fridge runs dry of Heady Topper.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Cannot stress how good this beer is if you like hops. If you think a lager-ed DIPA sounds contradictory, prepare to see the very fabric of space and time.

The nose of this beer will send you rocketing into the stratosphere through a billow of lager-yeast effervescence and citrusy-sweet tropical paradise. Notes of everything from kiwi, mango, pineapple, orange, and just enough a touch of pine and grass to categorize this an abundantly hopped, dank DIPA.

The taste follows the nose very closely, though exhibits more piney/dank bitterness toward the finish that balances the tropical juice bomb. This beer could almost fool one into thinking it doesn't contain any Nelson hops with the lack of usual vinous flavours, though I find it may be noticeable in the dryness at the end.

Overall, a wonderful mosaic-showcase of hops. According to the brewery's bartender, it has about 5-6 hops, and manages to capture an array of fantastic flavours that any hop-lover should enjoy and seek out!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can dated 11/09/16

Pours foggy hazy gold with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like nutty biscuity caramel malt, kiwi fruit, gooseberries, grape, papaya, melon, passionfruit, guava, pear, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, orange, peach nectar, with resinous earthy herbal grass and peppery floral pine. Tastes like nutty biscuity caramel malt, kiwi fruit, gooseberries, grape, papaya, melon, passionfruit, guava, pears, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, orange, peach nectar, with dank resinous earthy herbal grass and peppery floral pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and crisp with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice and intense DIPL.

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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 Rifugium
2.56/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazy, pale yellow pour, with a thin cap of bubbly white head that retained as a ringlet; light lacing. Grassy aroma, pine needles, distant biscuity malts, pretty stale overall. Major vegetal hop bitterness in the taste, the bitterness nearly blasting out all flavor and complexity in the brew; grass and pine-scented cleaner, ammonia, herbal tea. Body was light and watery, like lagery, but not fleshed out enough with malts to compensate for the overblown hop profile, and the higher almost soda-like carbonation wasn't helping either. "Messy" I guess is a good way to describe the beer. Between the people fawning over this when it was shared, and the high ratings it seems to get...I'm simply confused.

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