Kiwi Rising - Double IPL | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Kiwi Rising - Double IPLKiwi Rising - Double IPL

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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews by jondeelee:
Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kiwi Rising opens to an intensely hoppy nose, the 105 IBUs immediately apparent in the opening blast of bitter, citrusy goodness. The hops seem nicely balanced here, swerving perhaps slightly toward the more citrusy, bitter side of the scale, with pine resin, lemon, grapefruit rind, dandelion stem, and eucalyptus dominating, with smaller touches of pink grapefruit and sweet rose hips lurking in the background. There’s an equally strong layer of sugars to help counter the massive hops, with orange, apricot, and berry fruit esters joining brown sugar and an almost candi sugar-like tinge. Slight touches of toast crust and biscuit rest far beneath, difficult to locate against the hops and sugars. As a whole, the nose is excellent, bearing all of the aromas a good double IPA should have, and in balanced quantities, marking a very well-crafted beer.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a bitter hop blast that moves far beyond what the nose would lead the drinker to expect. Here the hops are quite bitter and plant-like, with dandelion stem and pine resin dominating, joined by lemon oil, grapefruit rind, eucalyptus, anise, and an almost menthol-like astringency. The effect is powerful enough that the beer almost feels like you’re simply biting into a fresh hop cone. Only touches of pink grapefruit and rose hips from the hops attempt to counter this bitterness; the rest is left up to the sugars. But here, even with the high 8.5% ABV, the sugars are largely overwhelmed. Yes, there are orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters, and touches of brown sugar, but they are easily overcome by hops, as are the faint touches of toast crust and brown sugar. The aftertaste is, unsurprisingly, more hops, searing the tongue and soft palate in a bitter, oily, citrusy coat. Mouthfeel is an oily, viscous medium to medium-high, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is most certainly a powerful double IPA, and you won’t find many more hop flavors crammed into a single bottle of beer. This does, of course, mean that many casual drinkers will find the beer utterly unpalatable. But hopheads should rejoice in what is an excellently crafted hop profile. Unfortunately, the sugars and breads aren’t quite capable of keeping up with the massive lupulin blast, making the beer seem off-balanced. Worth trying, but be aware of what you’re getting into.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
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 hail_seitan
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%

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 Rifugium
2.56/5  rDev -40.2%
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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Photo of humuloner22
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Ian_B
4.75/5  rDev +11%

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 DanGeo
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SkiBum22
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of codysjb
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass
A: Pours a golden yellow with a one knuckle head. Head doesn’t dissipate. Decently cloudy and some excellent bubbles coming up from the bottom.
S: Hope, Lemon citrus and some small wheat notes.
T: A nice overall hops profile up front pulling into a full bodies lager. Somewhat dry and stale on the end.
M: lots of carbonation and some minor hop notes combined with a dry mouthful.
O: Interesting, definitely good. I couldn’t drink a ton but very enjoyable especially with food.

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Photo of mctizzz
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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