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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
177
Ratings:
1,399
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
25.17%
 
 
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218
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Photo of WesMantooth
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can with an illegible date stamped on the bottom because it runs off the side.

It pours a predominately clear, copper gold with a 2-3 finger width, thick, egg shell white foamy head.

It smells very flowery with some citrus. Fairly dank/pungent fruit too. The leafy green and flower petals aroma dominates with some sharp grapefruit and a subtle background of toasted white bread grains.

I like the flavors immensely. It is a complex mix. It opens up very grainy, and then hits you with some spicy, biting dankness of hops and fruit. Very ripe grapefruit, mango, and some peach. Then there is a lot of grass, bitter pine, and what I would describe as flower petals (though I have yet to eat any). Then it comes back around to the malt grains again. Not exactly crisp, but pilsner like with cracker to light bread. There is also a lot of sugar on the back end. A candied orange flavor with a hint of bubble gum even. Solid lingering bitterness.

A solid medium body. More of a soft, creamy feel than crisp or dry.

An outstanding beer, which is no surprise from these folks. I would actually score the taste and overall higher if the sugar and bitterness were dialed back a hair at the end.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
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 justintcoons
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of Beardie
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. For $10.99, there is no better value. Right up there with the big boys. Only problem is at that price, you dont tend to savor them as much as you would a TH or a Trillium. It doesnt have that nice turbid, cloudy orange juice appearance, but one sip and no one will care. And theyre readily available. So glad I found them. Hopefully its not seasonal, which is what I heard.

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

16oz can with unreadable canning date.

Pours clear gold with a fluffy, white head. Very nice lacing and good retention. Aromatics lead off with perfume-like tropical hops. Mango, apricot, peach, and candied orange. Light to medium bodied and a bit tacky. Juicy hops on the palate with some sweet malt following through. Low bitterness and easy drinking. Finishes with lingering fruit and faintly sweet.

Tasty and fresh. So happy to find a beer of this caliber on the shelves here in NH.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow gold in color with a finger of rapidly disappearing white head. Aroma has both tropical and herbal hops with a touch of clean malt, there is also a peppery note that seems a bit out of place to me. Taste mirrors the aroma with tropical fruits upfront followed by something of a green or herbal hop note that just doesn't do it for me. Decent mouthfeel, medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Overall I just didn't really enjoy this beer; the tropical notes are on point but the green/herbal notes significantly detract from my enjoyment of this beer.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass canned on 11/14/16. Pours a very attractive dark yellow with a fluffy 2 finger sticky white head that clings to the sides of the glass leaving a thick layer of foam.

Smell is apricot, guava, pine, peppery hops, and some grapefruit.

Taste follows loads of tropical fruit upfront, with a spicy aggressive earthy hops, and a healthy shot of piny grapefruit in the lip smacking finish.

Mouthfeel is a little bigger than medium, a nice amount of life, a little dry, and very drinkable at 8.5% ABV.

Overall this one really surprised and impressed me. Drinks like a DIPA, but a little lighter.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of thebeers
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, lively look and big fluffy all-white cap.

A major pineapple, tropical, pine tree hop aroma, very intense. An earthy, spicey effect is also present, surprisingly present is a bit of chili pepper too.

The hop flavor is very unique and intense. The Pils yeast adds to the Very peppery and spicey,effects. These hops are incredibly interesting. Dry fruit, pine and citrus are also in there but more subtle than the spicey. The malt is very mild and crisp , classicly pils and provides a decent balance.

The feel is very light and crisp for a 2xIPl, the malt is only crisp not at all slick or heavy. The hops give a long, dry finish.

Interesting and Unique. Easily the best Imperial pils i've had.

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Photo of bigdaddymick
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Trust me when I say that I am not typically a hoppy type of guy when it comes to beers. I much rather prefer my darker beers - but this Jack's Abby Kiwi Rising is on point. Incredible drinkability with big sour notes that only get better and better as you get more drunk. Complex marriage of citrus notes with a tart aftertaste. Fantastic beer. Great price too.

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Photo of 420WasAnInsideJob
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

4-pack of 16oz cans bought at Brooklyn Harvest in Brooklyn NY. Canned 11/14/16 drank on 11/22/16.

We are not worthy.

When I saw on their instagram that JA was releasing a new batch of Kiwi Rising in cans I was absolutely elated- I don't remember the last time I had Kiwi Rising but it's been a while and I think of it fondly. This beer does not disappoint. The aroma is so incredibly dank- to such an extent that there's almost a rotting lilac aroma that lingers after a few whiffs. This may sound odd but it's quite delightful- the way all perfumes contain trace amounts of foul odors to serve as counterweights. Lots of papaya and grass as well. This beer feels like nectar on the palate! Lots and lots of overripe pineapple and piney mango, along with cannabis and lemon peel, and a beautiful light but affirmative malty structure. This beer reminds me a lot of Trillium's Melcher Street beer and that's high praise! This is a wonderful big New England DIPA and a great value (11.99/4-pk in NY)

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Photo of raysat
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Double IPL...let's see where the bar is set.

Poured from a large can. Golden colour- on the lighter side. Big fluffy white head. The aroma...dear lord the aroma. Very fresh, very clean. Citrusy and fruity. Taste is nice, very well balanced. Those fruity hops (tropical) come to play but there is a malty sweetness that is there as well. It's really, really good. I had no heads up going into this and WOW how pleasantly surprised I am. This is freaking good.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of HankSingle
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
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 barsonthetrak
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just found cans of Kiwi Rising at my local... someone pinch me. One of my favorite beers of all time and now I remember why. Unbelievably crisp and floral while still being super big, will be in my fridge a lot moving forward.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow body with a soapy white cap. Aromas of sourdough bread, lager yeast, citrus hops. A balanced beer, with sufficient hop character atop a robust malt bill. Light to medium bitterness. Tasty!

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great India pale lager form Jack's abby. This is one of my favorites from them. Fast becoming one of my favorite style of beers. A gem to drink

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Photo of rms3434
4.16/5  rDev -3%
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 zshaft
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured into snifter. creamy head w good retention and lacing that clings to glass as beer diminishes. awsome color. looks like clear tropical juice. smells of kiwi hops all the way. not overwhelming but nice. mouthfeel is medium body. tastes great w not much front end but as the beer warms and you get to the finish the flavor smacks you with typical nelson flavors. very good beer. very well done. prob my favorite lager. jacks abby kills it. seek out and stash some this stuff is awsome

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Photo of Dopen993
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass from 16 oz bottle.

L. Light haze, with a dark copper color. 2 finger head with nice hazing.
S. Nice hop forward with some pine and grapefruit, blends nicely with some tropical fruits.
T. Very similar to the nose, definitely a nice blend of hop and tropical taste.
F. Medium mouth feel no nice carbonation.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from bottle into saranac tulip. appears slightly hazy gold, fat 2 finger head leaves gorgeous lacing.

nose is pretty strong, big big floral and some pineyness and bread. a bit of citrus and maybe some pineapple/ other fruit but that definitely takes a back seat to the big perfumey bouquet. between the look and smell, very eager to give this a try!

taste is a bit different from the scent, getting more of those tropical fruits, maybe pineapple, melon, grapefruit? some sweetness from the malts as well - wicked balanced. mouthfeel is right on, medium carbonation with a nice prickle on the tongue, finishes with an assertive but nowhere near overpowerinng bitterness.

overall i was pleasantly surprised by this beer. im not an experienced ipl drinker, but this brought many of the characteristics i look for in an ipa. big nose, big flavor, drinkable, refreshing. nice job on this one!!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
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 smanson56
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 32oz growler into my tulip glass. It pours a pale golden color. There is a fair amount of hops in the nose along with a bready earthy type aroma. The taste is smooth with a good amount of hoppy bitterness with some bready malts also in the profile. A nice smooth drinking beer that surely hides the 8.5% abv well.

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