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Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
jacksabbybrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rudzud on 11-17-2011

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1,454
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
8.88%
 
 
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Photo of TheBrewo
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This brew was served on tap at The Bee Hive Brew Pub in Canandaigua, New York. It arrived in a Three Heads Brewing pint glass, showing a burnt honey coloring. It held a soapy white, full-looking head standing one and a half fingers tall that left cakey chunks of lacing around the glass following a nice retention. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be active. The nose came to full potential only when warmed, but grew to include a pleasurably robust blend of cleanly raw barley, lemon tea tannins, lightly plastic phenols, clover honey, white rice dustiness and Rice Krispies cereal graininess, warmed Saki booziness, cloyingly fruity-nectary, grapefruity, and dried grassy hoppiness, syrupy mango and peach juiciness, and aluminum. Following through the flavoring gave life to the cloy of the nose, with intense fruitiness of sticky and syrupy kiwis, mangos, red apples, and papayas that skirted the line between genuine and synthetic. Otherwise, notes included curiously fusel gin booziness, oily nectary and bitter grassy hop sweetness, mossed mustiness, bittered raw barley, amplified honey, dried spruce, pine nut creaminess, candied honeydew melon, and dusty copper. The grain bill stepped in through the end and after, itself being pale, dusty, and bittered of simple pale and pils grain. The body was medium, but heavily syrupy on the pull through the teeth, while carbonation was softly prickly. Slurp and smack were oily and coating, but left little in the way of cream and froth. Said coating dissipated into a crispness that didn’t quite cross the line to dryness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank nicely.

Overall, this was a nicely refreshing surprise. We hadn’t previouisly known Jack’s Abby had come into the greater Rochester market, so we were floored to see a heavy hitter such as Kiwi Rising on tap at an admittedly smaller establishment well outside the city’s downtown!! It stood out almost immediately on the menu, and we had to order it. We felt the interplay between the pilsner, lagery side of the brew and the cloyingly fruity hoppiness made for an interesting and well-received tasting. The ultimate balance wasn’t perfect, as both aroma and taste tended towards the sweeter side, but the feel helped to keep it even keeled. To hop a lager, and something so traditionally bitter and muted as pilsners can be, was really the most exciting thing about it. These hops were just wildly juicy and forward. What a great chance introduction this was for us; we look forward to many more meetings in the hopefully near future.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Perfectly translucent pale golden body with a light frothy head. Pretty much ideal appearance for the style

Smell: A bounty of tropical fruit: pineapple, guava, mango, floral, somewhat dank. The nose is complex, but I'm not really loving it. High ABV comes through slightly.

Taste: Pineapple, guava, citrus, floral, booze. This is good, but my goodness is it boozy!

Feel: A bit overcarboned for my preference, but fine for the style. Resinous, but way too syurpy.

Overall: I swear I don't remember it being this boozy, but I'd still recommend it.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A curious looking bottle found its way home with me yesterday. Pours a cloudy deep straw color bordering on golden with a decent white head that displays minimal retention and lace. Smell comes through with lots of citrus with grapefruit and lemon dominating. Moderate pilsner malt deep underneath. Taste is quite hoppy, lots of citrus with barely any malt to back it up. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a resinous mouthfeel. Great hoppy brew and a great price too, I may have to revisit this again.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from almost a month ago, from notes. I've had this a few times before in the bottle and on-tap but never had a chance to take notes. This review was from the November 2012 bottling.

Pours into a snifter a hazy bright orange with a healthy white head - stays at a thick half-finger at all times while leaving great lace. Hard to ask for a better appearance.

Lots of earthy and onion-y hops in the scent. Some grapefruit, dankness and malt there too.

Taste is kinda similar, but opens up and improves with warmth. Quite a complex blast of hops here. Earthy, floral, grapefruit and onion most prevalent with some pineapple and citrus there as well. Some sweet and grainy malts showing through, attempting to balance out the madness.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and full-bodied with carbonation on the higher side. It feels a bit heavy but not boozy.

There are better hoppy lagers from Jack's Abby in my opinion - the super earthy/veggie/sweet malt is not my top preference for flavors - but this is still quite good, impressive complexity.

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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 stakem
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Kegatron for the share. The brew appears a hazy golden color with a white head that fades leaving spotty lace.

It smells vinous and juicy with hops then some cheesy sulfur and cereal grains are noticed.

The taste has a vinous feel like Nelson hops and it is indeed wuite hoppy without much perceived butterness. Towards the finish its a little cheesy and sulfuric like the nose indicated.

This is a medium bodied brew with modest carbonation. A juicy, creamy and poundable offering.

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

Poured into a tulip. This brew is is hazy with a honey/wood-like color. Its white head is 1-finger in size and fades to a cap.

Nice aroma; primarily floral with lemon/lime and some extra tropical notes. Smells spicy too. Malt profile is lean and clean.

The flavor provides a quick hit of orange sweetness up front before that lemon/lime flavor kicks in. Peppery spiciness is prominent. A touch of honey is found in the middle. Some onion rears its head as this begins to warm. Grassy/earthy bitterness builds a bit on the finish the more you drink it, but doesn't overwhelm. A peppery note lingers.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but very frothy. It looks like it would carry more weight on the tongue than it does.

In the end I really enjoyed this. It's clean, direct, flavorful. However, I think I prefer Mass Rising, which has a more juicy tropical flavor to it.

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light yellow gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity kiwi & citrus, lager yeast and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of grassy hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of kiwi, citrus and caramel. Then some breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of corby112
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber courtesy of AutumnBeerLove. Thanks again man.

Pours a hazy, pale golden orange color with a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with a prominent piney and citrus hop presence along with hints of grass and pale malt. Hints of pine needle, pineapple and citrus ring followed by some light fruit, straw and biscuit.

Fuller bodied than expected with a very prominent dry hoppy presence up front that lingers over the sweeter notes into a lingering dry finish. Decently bitter with some pine needle flavor but this is countered by some sweet citrus and light fruit notes. slight earthy grass and straw presence add to the earthiness but again are balanced out by hints of apple and pear. Still, hop bitterness dominates the flavor throughout before finishing with some slight heat.

Overall this beer is really flavorful but it could use a touch more sweetness for balance. There is some subtle heat in the finish but I was shocked to see that the ABV is so high. Fuller bodied than expected for the style but still pretty quaffable. I would love to try this again in the summer.

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

bottled 11/7/15
L - very pale (i see why some may say 'imp.pils.' for style), clear yellow, medium white head, sudsy lacing
S - wow, very strong and bountiful nose of dank onions, bubblegum, banana, some other nondescript candy smells (strawberry taffy?)
T - explosion of wet onions, candied lemon sweet/sourness, undercurrent of weak malty body -- hoping for an accentuation of malty body when warm, but still dominated by hops when warm (much more woodsy-floral when warm, as opposed to aromatically oniony when colder)
M- extremely smooth, surprisingly 'heavy' for the color, but not truly heavy per se, a tiny tingle of dry zip in the aftertaste -- good feel for a dipa, yet a tad off-putting due to the clash of heavier taste with such a pale look
O - I much prefer the sometimes-oniony SHem hops as a small complement to an otherwise traditionally-hopped pale. KR obviously is meant to be all-in on these varieties, and it's done very well for that purpose. Fans of all-dank-all-onion dipas need to try fresh KR, or they haven't lived.

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Photo of DudMan
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color w a generous head and some lacing. It smells hoppy...a little pineapple but mostly floral. It tastes bitter and hoppy throughout. A nice lager.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to MSquared2 for sharing this one during one of our random Sunday tastings! Served from bottle into Sweetwater 15th Anniversary snifter. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, citrus, citrus hop, tropical fruit, and pineapple. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, tropical fruit, tropical fruit hop, citrus, and pine hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. Another brew from this brewery and another hit. Everything on this one really worked in complete harmony and unison to make it very easy to drink and refreshing. The tropical fruit profile going on was nothing short of awesome on this one. So glad that I finally found out about this brewery . I hope you get the chance to do the same.

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

22oz bottle into nonic pint. Thanks, Michael.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy citrus gold with a couple fingers of bright white head that faded into a lasting film that left a ton of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Light notes of pine needles, grass, earth and a bit of citrus. Peppery.
T: Follows the nose with a big hop flavor. Citrus shines through, lemon, along with earthy yeast, citrus pith, bready dough, and a touch of sweet fruit. A hoppy lager if there was one.
M: Thicker than expected body, thick and fluffy mouthfeel with creamy carbonation.
O: Easy to drink, thick, with a good hoppy flavor. Worth checking out if you’re into a hoppy chance of pace.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy gold. Head is massive, bright-white, and leaves sticky sheets of lacing. Drops to a small, bubbly, fluffy, creamy cap. Moderate carbonation pulls.

Smell: Some tropical elements buried under a big punch of grapefruit flesh and oily pine. Nice backing malt sweetness. Pale malts are present, dropping some doughy notes and cracker. Something akin to raw honey. Touches of grass and hay as well. Some lemon rind as well. As it warms some oily grapefruit jumps out.

Taste: Bitter, slightly pithy, oily grapefruit flesh and rind. Some backing notes of tangerine, orange, and lemon. Some pine needle. Sweet pale malts help temper some of the aggressive bitterness. Whole-grain white bread. Straight up oily bitterness builds as the beer warms. Some odd cracker and dough notes, make it feel a little undercooked. Touches of mint. Snappy lager yeast. Earthy and slightly dirty.

Mouthfeel: A bit dry. Body runs on the lighter side of medium with a backing creaminess. Lingering bitterness.

Overall: This beer is made from New Zealand zombies.

A good take all around. Drinks like a burly APA, but that lager yeast keeps your tongue rooted to the base style. A solid hop profile, but the malts seem a little weak in comparison. Definitely worth checking out, but I have a hard time believing this is a Pliny/Heady killer.

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Photo of AirBob
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Notes from 11/1/14

A - Three fingers of dense white head. Excellent lacing and retention. Hazy straw colored body. Visible carbonation.

S - Citrus and fresh cut grass or hay. Some grain/breadiness to back it all up.

T - Follows the nose with a lot of sharp citrus (grapefruit, lemon/lemon zest) and hay.

M - Medium-full bodied. Sipper.

O - Reminds me of a intense version of Peak's Fresh Cut, i.e. way more intense citrus and grass notes.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden color that is nearly transparent with a huge billowing foamy white head. Some tropical fruit notes but mostly citrus rind on the nose. There is a bit of bright citrus and fruit on the first taste, but the bitterness overwhelms after that. The body is very clean and smooth to drink. Overall, I was taken aback by the level of bitterness on this beer. It's very clean and well-made, but the intense bitterness reminds me of some of the west coast IPAs that aren't my personal favorites.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1776th Review on BA
Bottle to Jack's Abby Pint
500ml

Thanks to Jlindros and Rudzud for this one

App- A solid orange with some mixed golds and yellows. For some reason the head on this one was huge. A giant 3 finger puffy white long lasting head. Generous cling down the glass.

Smell- A solid mix of lager and IPA. A bit of tropical notes with a generous lager yeast aroma came wofting up to greet the noise. Slightly grainular as well.

Taste- I thought this was a good beer. I wanted to like it more, but I think the New Zealand hops arent my favorite variety. I thought the mix of IPA and lager was subtle and the grainular nose followed the beer in the taste department. Good but wanted more.

Mouth- A wet drinking beer but this was a bit of a softer medium body with a light feel behind. Residual grain and some tropical fruits.

Drink- Its a solid beer and I like jacks abbys, I just wanted to like this one more.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a pilsner glass. MFG. 11.11.2013 printed on the label. Pours a beautiful translucent honey-gold with a dense, four-fingered bright white head. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in-solution from the base of the glass to the underside of the head. Head eventually settles into a two-finger cap with delicate, textured bands to lacing revealed in the wake. Nose expresses grains, a hint of skunk and aromas akin to white wine. Taste consistent with nose; however, the kiwi definitely expresses itself in the flavor profile (more towards the tart side of the spectrum). There's a also a slight piney/floral hops presence and a kiss of ethanol bittering towards the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation and a slightly oily texture. Overall, a great beer, but not as good as I remember. Nonetheless, well worth your time if the opportunity presents.

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Photo of bleeps
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up two bottles from Kappy's Medford and an additional bottle from Gary's Liquors in West Roxbury.

A: Poured slowly into a .5L pilsner glass - pours an attractive bright gold, moderately heavy carbonation, beer up almost to the line with a creamy white head filling the rest of the glass with a little piling over the rim.

S: Fresh, piney hops, enough to fill the room as soon as you open the bottle. A hint of citrus from the hops, as well.

T: Obviously very hoppy, but not overwhelming. Has an aftertaste that I can't quite pin down. Doesn't taste like it has more alcohol than a 'regular' beer.

M: Smooth, with a pleasant amount of carbonation.

O: This is more on the 'refreshing' side of the Double IPA/L spectrum. Easy to drink, while still maintaining a hop-forward presence and bitterness. Doesn't dry the mouth out. Overall, quite good.

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Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 500ml bottle. Thanks surge1311!

A - Golden with good clarity and a big white head. A steady rise of fine bubbles that give it a lively look.

S - Spicy hops with hints of tropical fruit.

T - A moderate but assertive bitterness throughout that's joined by fruity, floral, citrusy and spicy hop flavors. Good depth. A gradual warming effect from the alcohol that's perfect for a cold winter night.

M - A moderate consistency with a high carbonation.

O - An interesting and unique beer. Well worth a try.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a beautiful hazy golden with a huge soapy white head with excellent retentio and a ton of webbed lacing. The smell is fantastic too, citrus, piney and very dank. The taste starts off nice, very similar to the smell on the front, but the back end is just too sweet and boozy for my liking. Feel is medium, oily and super carbonated. Overall the look and smell of this beer are great, but the taste just falls short for me.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz. can dated 11/14/16 poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Hazy orange leaning to amber color. Big white soapy head with good retention leaving sheets of lacing and a cap and ring.

S: Pretty much agree with the can that it's "floral and citrusy," accompanied by a snootful of Pilsner and German malts.

T: A lot of floral and citrus character up front, backed with the sweet German malts. That makes the entire experience fairly non-bitter, despite the intense hopping.

F: Light to medium body, medium to fairly strong carbonation, good drying which helps limit the bitterness. Decent balance. Good drinker despite decent ABV.

O: Definitely on board if lagers are improving to this extent. Very good drinker.

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Photo of portia99
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a very pale straw golden color with hints of orange. Body is quite hazy and translucent with a bit of a glow to it. A finger plus of fluffy white head rises and lingers for several minutes and eventually falls to leave behind foamy webs of lacing on the glass.

S - Intensely citrus hoppy aroma. Sweet oranges, grapefruit especially. Touches of pine, and some distinctly floral aromas too. A spicy hop bitterness with good intensity can also be found in the aroma. Only a modest touch of grainy and sweet malt can be found here. Right up there with any great DIPA for hoppy aroma.

T - Yep, those New Zealand hops shine here too...the distinct herbal, piney and earthy hop flavors come thru up front quite well. Backed by a rather firm bitterness, this gives a very crisp flavored beer. Quite dry overall...really fermented out quite a bit...struggling to find any residual sugars here. I find these southern hops to be a bit harsh and far enough away from the norm to be a somewhat distracting flavor. The pineyness is a bit over the top and out of balance with the other flavors here. Still good, but I miss the citrus aspects found in the aroms...to me, if they carried over to the flavor, this could really be outstanding. Still good, but left me wanting a bit more sweet, fruitiness.

M - Medium bodied with a crisp and tingly mid-high level carbonation. Dry, herbal, floral hops dominate. Gives a strong pine oil/extract and resiny aspect and a bit of a coolness on the exhale. Finishes dry and bitter and a bit harsh.

O - Flavors are good on this beer at the start and thru the middle, but a bit lacking on the finish. The finish really doesn't feel like it is inviting me to take another sip...comes across very bitter, dry, a bit medicinal and super piney. A softer finish with some sweetness and citrusy fruit would go along way for me here. I haven't really found a strong liking in any of the beers using New Zealand hops...so maybe this one really had the chips stacked against a bit from the beginning...good beer, but still lacking that something to make it special.

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Photo of geoffpm
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

i try to support my local brewers and have enjoyed the Hoponious lager from Jack's but I was a bit disappointed with Kiwi.

Yes, the color, head and nose were exciting and the taste is spot on. What wasn't right for me was the carbonation. Thin almost flat even though I got it right form the brewery. After pouring a second glass it was totally flat.

Carbonation is an easy fix so I will still Give Kiwi Rising a Big Thumb's up

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Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a tulip glass.

Pale bronze body color, with a touch of cloudy appearance. Minimal amounts of carbonation, that reach to a sudsy off white three finger even bubbled head. Scattered pill like lacing while drinking.

Earthy hop aroma, with an airy dank must quality. Juicy sensing tropical qualities, but also a large wood sensing smoke and herbal like spice component. Quite a mix and desirable.

Palate takes some chances. Peppery hot blast on first sip. Clean sensin mid palate but also more bitter hop heat hits with an aftertaste that gets woody hot and nearly astringent. Dry. Mouth feel is supportive and solid. Tropical slight mid palate but touches of herbal and green heat take over.

A pleasurable hop forward lager, but a bit out there in the hop profile.

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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
4.28 out of 5 based on 1,454 ratings.
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