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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Kiwi Rising - Double IPLKiwi Rising - Double IPL

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

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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Reviews: 159 | Ratings: 1,362
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 Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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 +7.5%
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 -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 zshaft
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +0.2%
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%
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 -1.6%
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 smanson56
3.85/5  rDev -10%
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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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 fitzy84
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. Served in a pilsner glass. The beer has a clear yellow-copper appearance with thin retention but thick lacing on the sides. Aromas include pine hops with tropical fruit like pineapple, melons, orange, and grapefruit. Taste is pretty good with a hop citrus bitter-sweetness with a very light earthy aftertaste. Great medium body and smooth crispness to the drink. Overall, a pretty good drink with an attractive appearance and great mouthfeel.

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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 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!

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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 ScaryEd
3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a frothy white head. Leaves some decent lacing around the glass.

The aroma is a bit disappointing here, as I'm not picking up a lot of strong notes. I get some pineapple and melon, with some faint doughy malt on the back end. Pleasant, just not very strong.

The taste has a lot of pineapple and bitter hops. Very crisp. And a bit floral. As with the nose, just the faintest hint of malt on the backbone.

Feel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit oily, but still very smooth.

Overall, a solid beer from Jack's Abby, but also a very disappointing one. The aroma is almost non-existent and the flavors are far less complex than expected. I enjoy what is there, but I expected a lot more.

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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 dd43
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I had unreasonably high expectations for this beer. I actually prefer Mass Rising. In comparison, this beer was more bitter, and less fruity and juicy. It's like a west coast style imperial lager, which isn't even a thing but it could be for a beer of this clarity, ABV, and hop profile.

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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.

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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 ThrewRedButter
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Dark yellow, hazy body, two fingers of white head

S - Crisp lager scent, bready, mangoes, grapefruit

T - Tropical juice flavor and acidity, fresh hop oils and juice, big hop bitterness, white wine finish

F - Full-bodied yet crisp and refreshing. Carbonation moves the syrupy, imperial body along

O - Another great lager from Jack's Abby.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy gold, full creamy head
S: For lack of a better word, this beer is dank. Skunky herbal notes, with hints of tropical fruit, white wine and grapefruit peel
T: Tropical fruit, subtle citrus notes, white grapes. Impeccably well balanced
F: Incredibly smooth. Just soft enough to be unique, but is backed by a prickly carb. No booziness
O: This beer really lives up to the hype for me. I really like JA, but this one blows the rest of their portfolio away in my opinion.

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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

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Photo of Sheppard
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful golden hue with slight haze and lecherous off white head. Intoxicating aroma of banana, guava, and citrus. If it was any stronger, I would literally be in heaven. Tastes of dank bitterness, some citrus, and a little bit of banana/guava. The finish is tongue smacking resin. The mouthfeel on Kiwi is absolutely incredible. I wish this was a year round beer and it is my favorite lager.

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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.

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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.

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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
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