Kiwi Rising - Double IPL | Jack's Abby Brewing

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
95
world-class
159 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Kiwi Rising - Double IPLKiwi Rising - Double IPL
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rudzud on 11-17-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
1,362
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
Wants:
349
Gots:
197
For Trade:
5
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 159 | Ratings: 1,362
Photo of WunderLlama
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into tulip glass

Big white fluffy foam with grasping lacings. The lacings are there but are not generous. Settles into a nice , big bubble white lid. Slight carbonation in a honey amber opaque liquid.

Smells of sweet grapefruit, fruits and pine.

Smooth with gentle carbonation on the tongue. Hops explode in your mouth. Bitterness on the front of the tongue and then back of the tongue on the finish. Medium mouthfeel.

I have been wanting to try their beer for some time. If you like the bite of hoppy bitterness, this is a fine example. Has a bite from beginning to end. Very good DIPL.

 606 characters

Photo of WanderingFool
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kiwi Rising pours a hazy orange/yellow (light amber?) with a moderate creamy head on top. The foam fades away slowly leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with grapefruit citrus, tropical fruit notes (mango) and some pine.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is crisp on the palate, somewhat dry with moderate carbonation. The flavor is much like the aroma, lots of grapefruit citrus, tropical fruit (mango, pineapple) and pine. Towards the end there's some malty sweetness trying to balance out all the hops. It finishes bitter with lingering citrus and tropical notes when gone.

This is a delicious beer with a great aroma. It reminds me a lot of Hill Farmstead Edward, but with a thinner body. I hope this becomes a more than seasonal brew.

 783 characters

Photo of Dope
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A very cloudy golden pour, nice fluffy offwhite head and great lacing/retention.

S: WOW. Hop explosion in my nose not unlike a huge DIPA. Tons of grapefruit and tropical fruit like pineapple and mango. I'm not sure if this has simcoe in it but the pleasant cat urine odor is there in spades. Maybe a bit of pine too? Can't stop smelling this one.

T: More hop craziness. Lots of grapefruit and a little tropical fruit as you would expect. Not as bitter as I expected. Not to say that it's NOT bitter, I just expected a puckering wave of bitterness. Surprisingly well balanced, borderline sweet even - the hops cut it nicely though. Some pine resin is apparent in the aftertaste and carries nicely.

M: Carbonation is dead on, nice resin mouth coating action going on too.

O: This is definitely one of the most interesting beers I've had lately. I almost passed on it due to the "lager" label but I'm glad I didn't. It's 85% like a big DIPA. If I didn't know it was a lager I would have assumed it was a DIPA in fact. Doesn't beat you up too badly despite the high hoppiness, making is surprisingly drinkable. I think I could have more than one of these, which is more than I could say for a Ruination, Maharaja or a Hopsickle.

 1,232 characters

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden color with 2+ fingers of head that slowly recedes to a nice cap that leaves some good, sticky lacing

S: Very citrusy with a good floral presence as well. Some malt and fruitiness in the back, but very hop forward

T: Follows the nose. Citrus and floral hops are right up front followed by a mellowing malt presence and some lighter fruity notes. Quite bitter throughout and into the finish. Alcohol extremely well hidden behind the hop wall

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: JA knocks another one out of the park. Extremely drinkable for 8.5% even with the high amount of bitterness throughout. Definitely worth picking up

 655 characters

Photo of FFreak
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into glasses and shared. Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with pure white head. Tons of dank and floral hop aroma. Awesome fruit, resin and flowers followed by slight malt sweetness all in a very dry and refreshing brew. I'd guess nearly all of the 105 stated IBUs are late additions and dry hop as there is little to no bitterness evident. Nice dry but not thin mouth feel. Overall, a really wonderful lager.

 424 characters

Photo of SebastianOwl
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 11/2/15; drank in a teku glass on 11/8/15; recently read that Kiwi Rising changes its hop bill every year in relation to what Jack's can purchase; I have had danker versions (which I have preferred more) but this is a consistently great beer that I look forward to every year

 288 characters

Photo of jmarsh123
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale cloudy yellow with glowing orange hue. Two finger creamy head with good retention. Spotty lacing down the glass.

Smells like a cornucopia of tropical hops. A ton of pineapple with some mango, citrus and spicy grass. This smell would be amazing in a DIPA and even more amazing that a lager smells like this.

Lots of pine hops and earthy bitterness. Very little malt character in this. Perhaps a touch of the typical grainy "lager flavor". Since it's a lager, it finishes incredibly crisp and bitter on the back end. The hops near the end get a bit medicinal and I wish there were more of the pineapple and citrus from the aroma, but otherwise this is spot on delicious.

Medium to light bodied with a very crisp dry finish featuring plenty of carbonation. A bit oily as well.

The finish is all preventing this beer from being about as perfect as possible. I love what Jack's Abby is doing with lagers and this is their best one yet. It's like a DIPA bred with a German pils. Amazing.

 990 characters

Photo of taez555
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at th Horseshoe Pub in Hudson MA.

Pours a hazy opaque bright tan/orange body with a bright white head.

Nose is bright citric resin hops, grapefruit nose.

Taste is medium bodied in your face hop/resin monster, but perfectly balanced. Rich creamy fresh grain with a big citric and grapefruit favor. Bitterness is strong but well balanced. Ends with a nice resin aftertaste.

Holy crap, Jack's Abbey is the real deal. This beer easily holds its own with the resin hop monsters out there. Its only a matter of time till this local brewery is nationally known.

 565 characters

Photo of Auror
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at the 2012 "release". Notes taken on my phone, reviewed same night.

Appearance- Cloudy golden with a medium head. Nice lingering ring of retention. Essentially looks like a nice IPA should.

Smell- A pleasing blast of grapefruit and apricot. Some pine needles evident after a bit. Brewers spoke of extensive dry hopping and it is evident here.

Taste- The taste starts light and sweet. Some grapefruit and citrus notes. Very smooth. As you drink more, the bitter notes begin to appear. Hoppiness is evident, leaving a dry and bitter finish. Hop resin + crisp lager finish = yes. Zero alcohol present.

Mouthfeel- Medium to high carbonation. Pretty assertive on the palate, and the carbonation dominates any other mouthfeel consideration. Dry finish leaves you wanting more.

Overall- Great drinkability. Everyone with me drank several. Had it last year on draft and was excited for it's return (and soon in bottles). Thankfully, it lived up to my expectations. This is my favorite Jack's Abby beer by a good margin. Highly doubt there is a better lager out there.

 1,074 characters

Photo of bum732
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Lots of lychee, passion fruit, some peach, resiny, tangerine

L: Slightly hazy burnt yellow, big creamy white head with solid retention and lacing.

T: Peach and passion fruit up front with a clean malt backbone. Resiny, medium high bitterness with loads of resiny, tropical fruit flavor. Malt present, but light and clean throughout. Finishes quite dry and resiny.

M: Medium full body, medium high carbonation.

Solid stuff, love the hops in this , very juicy. I actually prefer a little lighter body, got a little heavy in the stomach in the end.

 552 characters

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at deccicos Pelham for $6. Bottled November 11, 2013.
Its a little old for ipa standards. Nice pour into my pfriem tulip. Golden color with thick sticky lacing. Huge fruity hop aroma..with a hint of pine. Really nice. Great fruity hop flavor...its got a definite kiwi flavor with a sweet yet piney finish. Im not a huge fan of the piney hop flavor so maybe its good its a few months old. Great smooth and crisp mouthfeel. This is excellent.

 457 characters

Photo of jbaker67
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright straw/golden color with a thick lacing white head of foam. Hops hit big up front with a nice white wine and orange blossom note. Taste has that lager crispness with a touch of bread and cereal grain. Hops are present in the flavor, but with a subtle bitterness. Carbonation level is high and the mouth feel is very clean and just the right weight on the tongue. Finished with a touch of grain and some lingering slightly vegetal hops.

 441 characters

Photo of gabedivision
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml to a tulip glass

A- bright hazy orange with a pillowy tight bubbled 1 finger head

S- mango, pineapple, sweet grain, ripe pear, fresh squeezed orange juice.

T- Pineapple, grapefruit rind, some resin and bubblegum mid mouth, some sweet malt coming through, mango, orange peel, a hint of booze thats met with some peaches. more bitter grapefruit on the finish

M- Medium- light bodied, sweet, tingly carbonation, bitter and dry.

O- wow, move over whales! this is a epic beer. tons of citrus, perfectly blended hops, just outstanding. still having trouble believing this is a lager

 589 characters

Photo of Flounder57
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my mug at Estelle's in Boston.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow orange color with no vision of anything. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Herbal, lemony, spicy, grassy, pilsner, lager yeast, toasted, and pale malts.

Taste: Hop flavor resonates through my palate. Followed by a nice malt backbone and light tingly bitterness. So e chewy notes and slight booze in the rear. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, refreshing, a bit chewy, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: This beer never fails. Bottle or draft and you can't go wrong. Looking forward to more of this in the future. This beer is so delicious. So good, I ordered another.

 761 characters

Photo of jcipa88
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

8.5% sounds spot on, sniff this brew straight out. Hasn't been available the last 2 times I went to the brewery, but great tasting / aroma / tasting (did I already say that?) Oh geez.

 183 characters

Photo of dar482
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a very slightly hazy light orange color with a huge huge egg white head with little bubbles. A very frothy head, not something I've seen before.

The aroma has a powdery sweet tropical aroma of mango, pineapple, tons of citrus peel, a bit of white bread malt.

The flavor follows of that tropical note, then onto an aggressive citrus peel and pith and grassiness (maybe Motueka in there). There' s a bit of white bread maltiness. The finish is a bit bitter, but extremely dry of hop juiciness. The beer is very hoppy, but without a distinct hop note that stands out. Instead, it balances the malt, the hop juice, and lager very well. There's a bit of that metallic lager note on the back. Alcohol extremely well hidden and drinks like a 6-7% beer.

The beer is very crisp and hoppy.

A really interesting brew. Great that it stands out as an DIPL instead of trying to replicate some other DIPAs.

 914 characters

Photo of alexbutler
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - A thin white head rests on a murky, light orange body. There is a nice, subtle lacing that follows the beer but, for the most part, is a very unassuming beer.

S - After one whiff, you know this is a substantial DIPL... A big kick of citrus and mango hit you right off the bat. The sweetness doesn't taper off, though, instead it finds a deeper root, almost like a syrup.

T - Very complex palette, as the smell implies. It's very sweet but there is a vanilla and nuttiness here, as well. Very well balanced... I've had this beer all season and never have had a bad batch. Lingering aftertaste that reminds you of the 8.5%

F - The lingering effect isn't everyone's cup of tea - but with DIPLs, this is part of the game. The beer is very full without being too much. Anyone could sip at this and enjoy it thoroughly.

O - Exceptional lager here. No surprise coming from Jack's Abbey, one of the most consistent breweries in MA. I'd recommend it to anyone.

 961 characters

Photo of angrybabboon
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 12/23/13

Appearance: Pours with a big, dense, creamy, foamy, off-white head that seriously sticks around - eventually fades to a thick cap, leaves great lacing - lightly hazy - medium copper with some gold and some orange

Smell: So much New Zealand, it's like I'm in the Lord of the Rings - extremely hoppy with a distinct aroma - tropical and juicy - oranges, tangerines, grapefruits - some pineapple, peach, and mango - some spiciness as well - lightly grassy and dank, with some pine - malts are decidedly dominated by the hops, but they provide some pale and caramel malts, with some light sweetness

Taste: Extremely fruity with some nice bitterness - big, ripe orange, tangerine, and grapefruit - flesh, some bitter pith, and a touch of citrus oil - big, big tropical notes, with some mango and pineapple - very bitter, but it definitely works - some grass, some earth - vaguely spicy - some pale malts and some sweetness, with some dry biscuits in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, finishes lightly oily but mostly clean

Overall: I vote Mass Kiwi Rising

This is pretty absurd. I'm not sure why or how I can still be surprised by Jack's Abby, but this was unexpectedly good. It's kind of like Mass Rising, except the hop profile is all about the Nelson Sauvin hops. I must say that it not only reminds me of Mass Rising, but also of Alpine Nelson. And unlike Nelson, I don't have to trade away vital organs to get a bottle of this.

 1,479 characters

Photo of argock
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap in a clear glass willi at Stoddard's (Boston, MA).

A: Very slightly hazy golden with 1-finger of tightly bubbled off-white head. Good retention and a nice layering of lacing.

S: CItrus aromas abound with grapefruit and orange with lemon-lime and herbal-floral honeysuckle layered on a clear pilsner malt base. No esters and the alcohol is not detectable.

T: Just a great beer all-around -- drinkable, approachable, but still full of flavor. Big blasts of tropical fruit join the grapefruit-orange-lime citrus and floral flavors. The maltbill is clean and simple with some bready light pilsner malt with no off-flavors. Alcohol is undetectable and there are no off-flavors or esters. Bitterness is medium to medium-high but works well with the lush, crisp fruitness of the hopping.

M: Feel suffers for the ABV a little bit, but it still is pretty drinkable. The body is medium with some crispness but a tad creamy and heavy for a lager, albeit an imperial lager. All of the hop oils give this a bit more of an ale-y quality. Carbonation is medium.

O: Kiwi Rising is an impressive beer, one of the best I've had this year -- it combines drinkability with a big ABV somehow. If you're expecting lager-like feel, that is probably not realistic with the big load of hop oils, but this beer is delicious, aromatic, flavorful, and a must-try.

 1,357 characters

Photo of MasterSki
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nate for sharing - I can always count on Nate to dig up obscure and excellent lagers. Unknown freshness, but can't be older than three weeks. Served in a Surly Darkness glass.

A - Thin white foam settles to some wisps, a thin collar, and minimal lace. Hazy peach body.

S - An intense blast of distinctive Nelson Sauvin hops - peaches and tropical fruits, grass, light cat pee and dankness. Malt backbone is unobtrusive, providing some light sugary notes.

T - Taste is largely the same as the aroma, with a massive Nelson Sauvin hop presence - lemons, grass, white grapes, tropical fruits, and so on - over top of vanilla and sugar cookie pale malts. Bitterness is mild at first, but grows a bit as the glass is consumed. Otherwise the finish is quite clean. A 4.25, so I bumped up the smell score a bit.

M - Smooth medium body, soft and pleasant carbonation, and none of the listed 8.5% ABV present. Clean and crisp, like a good lager should be.

D - It's the Alpine Nelson of lagers. I think I liked Hoponius Union a *tiny* bit more, but this is excellent as well. I hope they make this year round, as it's a beer I'd drink often. It's really nice to see brewers pushing the lager boundaries too.

 1,211 characters

Photo of MA_hops
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly hazy, orange/copper in color with a thin, white head.
S: Pineapple, grapefruit, very tropical, caramel like sweetness, bready.
T: Similar to the nose. Tropical notes popped out.
M: Medium carbonation, slight bitterness. Hops are prickly to the palate. Crisp, dry finish. Has a dank, sticky hop presence as well.
O: Very juicy IPL! Good stuff!

 355 characters

Photo of flexabull
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of cbeer88, thanks again!

Bottle says "November 2012" so this must be pretty fresh.

Pours a hazy light gold color with a small white head. Nice lacing down the glass.

Aromas are nice, definitely smells like an IPA. Notes of grapefruit, cream, hard candies, mineral water, and bread dough.

Taste is crisp and clean with creamy sweatiness, and very fresh hops. Light white wine notes, grass, hard candies, and a bitter finish of grapefruit, floral hops, orange peel, and light resin.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth.

Overall, wow... this is a very impressive beer. Unique, flavorful, and super drinkable. A very tasty hoppy lager that I'd be very happy to drink again.

 685 characters

Photo of rorykanderson
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding beer - definitely the best lager I've ever had. It looks familiar in that it resembles any well-made lager that you've seen before but certainly departs from the mold in aroma and taste. This baby is all hops in the nose but not overly so. Floral and herbal notes complemented by a citrus body with a dry lager finish. The bitterness of a big IPA is replaced by the grainy/malty finish of a lager. Great balance that that masks the ABV. Crisp from start to finish. Awesome combo that puts this beer at the top of JA's portfolio. Hands down.

 552 characters

Photo of oline73
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the bottle share during the beer release at Jackie O's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber with a ring of off white head.

Smell: Citrus hops with some pine in there as well. I'm picking up some pineapple. There is some sweet malt to balance the nose a bit.

Taste: Juicy, sweet citrus hops. I'm tasting tangerine and pineapple. The finish is bitter from the citrus peel hops. Really good.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good hoppy beer. I was very surprised when I found out the style. I would definitely have another.

 658 characters

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a very cloudy light golden color with three fingers of dense white foam. Retention is remarkable.

S: Orange, lemon, flowers, and a bit of pine are in the forefront of this beer. The hop aroma is very fruity and juicy in this beer - smells delicious.

T: Similar to aroma, but sweeter than I thought it'd be. Sweet clementines with a bit of pine are the most apparent hop flavors. The beer is moderately bitter, but balanced by a fruity sweetness. I also get a mustiness I've come to expect and learned to love from New Zealand hops.

M: On the thick side with creamy carbonation.

O: The aroma on this beer is incredible, so much fruitiness. The taste is certainly very good, but is a bit of a disappointment after the aroma. A very good beer in an odd style.

 801 characters

Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
4.28 out of 5 based on 1,362 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!