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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

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Added by rudzud on 11-17-2011

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1,463
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
8.88%
 
 
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Photo of thebeers
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazed orange-gold color, highly effervescent, with three fingers of dense and lasting merengue-like white head that leaves heavy rings of lacing.

Zesty aroma of peppered water crackers and light tropical fruits, including pineapple and papaya.

This carries over to the taste, very peppery up front with the addition of honeydew and orange juice mid-palate and a mix of malt sweetness and hop bitterness on the backend.

Medium bodied with a lightly syrupy and lightly prickly mouthfeel. Pretty solid.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/05/14

Appearance- Orange golden/amber in color and pretty hazy.

Aroma- Pungent grapefruit, mango, and tangerines. Some general malt sweetness as well.

Taste- Acidic and bitter grapefruit is most noticeable from the first sip. Middle and finish are mellowed out by a sweet cracker/caramel malt combo (more so the cracker), and softer and fruitier hops as well (mango, pineapple,etc).

Feel- Soft, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a pleasant dry/clean/crisp finish.

Overall- I've seen a ton of this sitting around and I'm pretty confused as to why as it still tastes fresh as hell and its just a really good beer. Really nice soft tropical hop flavors and great drinkabilility that jacks abby ipl's have. At 4 or 5 bucks for a pint bottle its a solid value too.

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Photo of RyanLigeia
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

4.5- Pours a beautiful hazy light golden color. Big, lasting, pillowy head. Leaves some incredible lacing.

4.5- Very fresh hoppiness. Grapefruit, citrus, mango, tropical. Hint of sweet malt.

4- Has a great floral hop taste upfront (usually used to describe the scent but thats just how it tastes), all the citrus and tropical fruits that i got in the nose are present, the lager yeast definitely adds a new and interesting dynamic, a touch of grain. Touch of alcohol but id never have guessed it was 8.5%.

3.5- Has a sort of drying/bitter quality like grapefruit juice (which isnt a bad thing), higher end of medium carbonation level that works great for this beer. My only wish would be for a heavier body to it. Its very very drinkable which is awesome but for a "double IPA" (or IPL I should say) I think the body should be a little bigger and heavier.

4- Overall this is an awesome beer. Very glad my girlfriend picked this one out at the store. Brewing this as a lager opposed to an ale was a great idea. Pretty unique and it worked out well! Definitely one of the best beers I've had to date thats come out of my home state of MA.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a dull, hazy golden color. Bone white head stands at two inches initially, then settles after a short time. Thick rings of lacing cake the glass.

S: Soft scent of fir, slight pine resin, very earthy, slightly leafy and spicy. Tropical fruits, passion fruit, and strawberry. Muddled mint leaves. Pithy white grapefruit and fleshy exotic fruit. Doughy and biscuity malt base.

T: Gripping resin bitterness on the attack. Earthy hops divulge tastes of herbs, spices, and leaves. Cracked black pepper. Slight oily hop impression. Some tropical fruit tastes of pineapple, pithy white grapefruit, and passion fruit lie tightly tucked into the center of all the herbal and spicy hop aggression. Malt base is doughy and maybe even has a touch of coarse wheat, unless I'm imagining it. Finishes with a huge lingering spicy hop bite.

M: Creamy and fluffy with a slight firmness. A light scrubbing carbonation seems to amplify the hop aggression.

O: This is one intense beer. The nose is softly aromatic and pleasant, but it takes a little while to open up and doesn't pop as it perhaps should. This leaves the drinker completely unprepared for the no holds barred hop onslaught that awaits. This is very bitter and very spicy. Not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of jhavs
4.11/5  rDev -4%
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 tobelerone
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A lovely looking beer; burnished gold, lightly hazed body, a big eggshell colored head that has great retention. Aroma pops those New Zealand hops; lots of tropical fruit flavors, and the subtle oniony aroma that lurks underneath. A very dry maltiness is detected with continues to be the case in the flavor; it's a cracker dry underpinning that really stays out of the way and puts these southern hemisphere hops on full display. There is the full assortment of tropical fruit flavors they provide, with not a little of the sharp onion/shallot thing that I get from some of these varieties but many apparently do not. Good but I think after drinking many beers hopped with these varietals that they aren't my personal favorite.

There is a modest and lingering bitterness here I'd say is just about average. The body is light-ish medium and the carbonation is right down the middle; has a lively but smooth, creamy and not at all overcarbonated feel.

This is definitely a strong beer and i can see why so many love it. It's just very good for me but that is more because of my own taste preferences than any flaw, whatsoever, in this brew. Jack's Abby continues to impress me.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle. November 2012
Hotel room rocks glass

A: Hazy pale yellow orange color. Full finger of fluffy off white head. Beautifully carbonated. Lacing sheeting.

S: Smells fabulous. Lots of floral and citrus fruity notes. Grapefruit. Mango. Pithy orange. Papaya. Maybe some pineapple.

T: Nice sip. Your get those mildly bitter hops on the tip of the tongue. They are really fruity though. Different than I have ever tasted. The malt bill, like most lagers, is minimal. Some grassy malts. Crisp finish. Dry but lingering fruitiness.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace for gifting me this beer! Thanks elliot!

Bottle is dated November 2012 on the side of the label.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden blonde bodied beer with 2 fingers of head. Lots of lacing and good head retention. Great looking lager, I honestly cant remeber the last lager that i drank that looked this good. Seriously.

Smell: bright citrus and tropical fruits. A hint of bananas and fruitiness. Bready and yeasty notes too. Hints of garlic and onion.

Taste: Its a beer that is fairly balanced, but the hops tip the scale a bit more than malt profile. The beer is somewhere between mild to moderately bitter. Tropical fruits and floral hops are pretty big here. Also a touch earthy. Pine and citrus are abundant as well. Onions, garlic, and grassy hops seem to float around. Malts are fairly bready, but also grainy and cracker like. Mild lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer. Moderately carbonated. The beer is really crisp and clean, yet it is also got a creamy and slightly resinous / oily mouthfeel. Carbonation is lively, but not prickly or ticklish. You would not think this beer is almost 9%, it drinks closer to 6% abv.

Overall: I have never had an Imperial Pilsner before. The hops dont really give this beer a chance to be a regular pilsner, but I dont care because this is a tasty beer. This is my second favorite Jack Abby's beer and they make some wonderful hoppy beers! i am impressed again by Abby Jack's. But Hoponius Union is still my favorite. You can think of Kiwi Rising as bigger version of Hoponius Union. My favorite aspect of this beer is how unique the hop profile is... its true unique.

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Photo of DrJay
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big, fluffy whitish cap from a gentle pour. Tons of clumpy lacing, good head retention. The beer was hazy, yellow gold. Fruity aroma, orange and lemon, grassy and a bit tropical. Nice flavour. Hops are in full force, tropical (mango and pineapple) up front, a bit of citrus mid-palate, then bitterness and a hint of spicy alcohol in the finish. Malt was really just there to provide some balance. Medium plus body with creamy carbonation. Really enjoyable and quite drinkable.

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Photo of HankSingle
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Man, remember when Jack's used to be a hop house?

This is a great beer, but like every other great hoppy beer they used to make, the juice is gone. Rich, enchanting mango on the nose never shows up on the tongue - has a clinging, sticky, unbalanced bitterness on the back that dominates; it looks and smells new New England hops, but drinks like a balanced, classic west coast DIPA. It's a very good beer, but much worse than the titan it replaced.

Dear Jack's Abby, I miss your musk.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

you would never know this is a lager, save for the bready crispness of the finish, but even than is covered up by an aggressive hopping that finishes longer than the yeast tries to let it. pale in color with a little haze, an inch of white head. it smells well hoppy, but this is meant (as far as i know) to be a showcase of new zealand varietals. i get a lot of nice juicy hops, but i dont get the nelson or the other tropical ones, but its still nice and bright without bitterness. the taste is good, clean, refreshing, hoppy, impressively flavorful for a lager as most people know them, but its lacking distinction a little bit for me. its not quite as unique or different (on the hop side) as i was hoping and it expecting it to be. its tasty and fresh enough, but i dont get the new zealand spark of fruity flavors, this could easily be done with american C varietals for how it tastes great feel though, well carbonated and light on the palate, refreshing and quicker finishing because of the lager yeast. good beer, not standout, but thanks to drlovemd87 for opening this one with me, it had been high on my list for awhile now.

edit: an absolutely far superior offering on draft, and least in my experience. the hops shine in a way that dont in the bottle (maybe some freshness issues in my packaged experiences), but on tap, they burst with lime and pineapple and they come on strong at the end, excited and juicy, but still somehow light, and only moderately bitter. boosting a couple of scores here to reflect the draft quality, which has this as one of the best ipl types out there!

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle sent by dope (thanks man!) poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Beautiful, brilliant, hazy sunset orange with a big bright white head and good lacing.

S: Big citrus and pungent tropical fruits; tangerine, lots of floral notes, hints of earth as well and faint biscuit.

T: Tropical fruit again; lots of tangerine, orange, underlying pineapple and grapefruit with some hints of pale malt...there are some lingering, pungent pine flavors as well.

MF: Dryer body, lighter to medium mouthfeel thats all about the hop presence but is more dry than bitter I would say...

O: Definitely good, but I'm not sure I don't like Hoponious Union a bit better. Jack's Abby has it going when it comes to lagers and hops.

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Photo of hreb
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
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 rms3434
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look is your classic lager look, but nice and misty due to the sediment in the bottle.

Smell is easily the least impressive thing about this beer, it almost smells fruity which is very misleading.

Taste on this beer is absolutely amazing, it comes in at something like 105 IBU but the bitterness is really not overpowering. You do get a little bit of a fruity taste right at the beginning, not sure what that's from, but it quickly turns into a light, yet very bitter taste. Great if you enjoy beer like this

Edit: I should add that I really do not like lagers much, but this almost has an IPA feel to it. Even if you're not big on lagers or IPLs give this one a shot, its relatively cheap too..

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Photo of cbutova
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy apricot orange body poured into a tulip. Creamy white head with a frothy look forms and has decent retention. Sticky legs and few small spots of lace.

S- Fresh hops yielding apricot, peach, citrus, pineapple tea and floral notes. Not quite as strong as a IIPA but I get the picture.

T- Let it warm up some and it's quite nice. Hop forward with a balancing caramel grainy finish. Hops give white grape, peach, apricot sweets, citrus, herbal tea, pepper and floral notes.

MF- Silky creamy body with low-moderate carbonation. Slightly bitter and sweet finish on the palate.

Glad to see a very local brewery making a hoppy but unique beer. Doesn't just emulate your usual IIPA, the hops here are smooth and fruity flavorful.

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a couple of inches of foam perched on top of the clear gold-tinged amber liquid; rings of lacing coat the pint glass on the way down

Smell: Tropical fruit, wine grapes and grass

Taste: A bit of cookie dough for the malt base and then the Nelson Sauvin hops take over, bringing tropical fruit, grassy elements and a slightly vinous character to the middle; finishes rather clean as you would expect a lager would

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate but crisp carbonation

Overall: Another great lager from Jack's Abby; these guys continue to impress

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Photo of larryi86
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
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 VFerrec
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
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 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 NolaHopHead
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32 oz Crowler. Pours medium gold with a slight haze, thin white head disappears. Fruity aroma, melon and pineapple, bread. Some fruit carries over into the taste, but very floral mostly, a little piney earthiness in that crisp lager finish. Very tasty IPL, liked it.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy yellow/golden color with a billowy white/foamy head with nice retention and sticky lacing down the sides.

S: Nice tropical fruit, some melon, and grapefruit with a bit of citrus zest as well.

T: A continuation of the aroma, plenty of citrus and tropical fruit, some grapefruit, a little pineapple, some orange, and orange zest.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking.

O: Another great beer from Jack's Abby. Glad to have finally tried this one, and fruitier version of Hoponius.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured into a pilsner glass, clear light straw color with a billowing plume of white foam and plenty of carbonation. Leaves excellent sticky lacing!

S- The aroma is clean and crisp, with biscuity/bready malt and floral hops in the forefront. These are followed up by some tropical fruits (mango and orange mostly), and hints of bitter citrus (grapefruit and lemon).

T- The flavor is actually quite malt forward, with strong biscuit and bread flavors on the front of the palate. The middle of the palate has a lot of citrus, and maybe a hint of tropical fruit. Pretty bitter, yet it remains crisp and smooth.

M- The mouthfeel is pretty heavy/thick considering the style. Quite drinkable none the less.

O- Overall I like it a lot, but would love more of the hops to be featured and a bit less malt in the flavor.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into the snifter, this beer comes out a lovely cloudy golden color with a dense white head, quite an attractive beer.

Smell is hoppy right off the bat, big citrus and tropical aroma, backed by an ever present sweetness and fruitiness. Flavor starts a bit bready and chewy, caramel and fruit from the malt. Halfway through it's got very fresh and bright flavors of tropical fruit from the hops. Oily resins linger, but overall pretty clean taste in the ending like a lager.

Feel is a bit heavier than expected, but I would put this at the top of my list for Jack's Abbey. For a lager brewery this is very well put together.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle with "No Fruity MFG 11/5/14" on the side of the neck. Pours a semi translucent pale yellow with a small layer of head. Lots of lacing. Big citrus hop aroma. Lime, lemon, grapefruit, and orange. Light malt. The taste is grapefruit, lemon and limes. Big bitter hop flavor. Floral hop notes as well. Some pilsner malt flavor towards the end. Finishes with more citrus hops and a slight dankness. Lime aftertaste. Lots of carbonation with a slightly heavy mouthfeel. Nice warming alcohol flavor. Overall, fantastic Imperial IPL I'm glad I bought a few of.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a stemmed tulip.

Appearance
Apricot blonde with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Extra hazy/cloudy with light carbonation. Very NE Haze IPA looking.

Nose
Peach, passion fruit, candied citrus, gooseberry, dank, Juicy Fruit gum, bright florals, and candy sugar.

Taste
Bright florals, pine needles, dank, and wintergreen. Peach, passion fruit, candied orange, Juicy Fruit gum, and gooseberry. Light bready maltiness with residual candy sugar. Finishes with pine resin and white grape.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, juicy, semi-dry, and moderately bitter.

Overall
An awesome DIPL featuring New Zealand hops. Jack's Abby never disappoints!

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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
4.28 out of 5 based on 1,463 ratings.
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