Kiwi Rising - Double IPL | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Kiwi Rising - Double IPLKiwi Rising - Double IPL

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

A: Poured from the half-growler into a Duvel tulip. Body is slightly hazy golden-honey with a small, thin film of grey-ish head.

S: Not a terribly strong nose - some tropical fruits, some ripe melon, some leafy greens.

T: Bready-doughy malt foundation, followed by tropical fruits - melon, grape skins and under-ripe pineapple. Finishes with a slightly crisp cleanliness. Bite of alcohol heat at the finish.

M: Medium in heft, with a slight slickness to the feel.

O: Good, but not awe-inspiring.

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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 DIM
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted blind, I doubt many people would call this anything but an ipa. The body is a little lighter I guess, but aside from that...

This is a fantastic New Zealand hop showcase. Pungent fruits, pineapple and lime comes to mind with relatively little bitterness. Had two last night, what a treat!

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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 BubbleBobble
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours an orange amber with an inch of head, leaves some slight lacing. Smell of citrus, lots of pine, musk, bit of menthol. Tastes of grapefruit, resin, malt, brown bread, pepper. Very balanced malt backbone, and a smooth mouthfeel. A delicious beer.

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Photo of djamesb
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New at rating beer ,not drinking it though. It is called an IPl but it tastes like an IPA .i would rate it as one of the best of the thousands I have tried excellent taste ,smell wish it was easier to find

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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 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 mpmcguire11
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer, among others from Jacks Abby, puts lagers back on the map. Such a smooth beer. Looks and tastes incredible. The name might throw some people off, but don't let it. Love that it is in 4 packs of tall boys now

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Photo of citizencane
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appears marginally cloudy gold. Smells of delicious crisp malts and fruity tropical fruit hops. Tastes of bitter citrus hops with no malt balance to speak of. Hoppier than many IPAs but with none of the bready crisp malt backbone I'm used to with IPLs. A good solid beer from Jacks Abby, and kind of true to the style, but I honestly expected a bit more delivery (and balance) on the taste.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can dated 11/09/16

Pours foggy hazy gold with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like nutty biscuity caramel malt, kiwi fruit, gooseberries, grape, papaya, melon, passionfruit, guava, pear, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, orange, peach nectar, with resinous earthy herbal grass and peppery floral pine. Tastes like nutty biscuity caramel malt, kiwi fruit, gooseberries, grape, papaya, melon, passionfruit, guava, pears, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, orange, peach nectar, with dank resinous earthy herbal grass and peppery floral pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and crisp with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice and intense DIPL.

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Photo of nychas
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

As Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan once said: "This one's got all that stuff, all that stuff and more". As other reviewers have pointed out, there is a cream aleness to it, there is a definite hint of lagerness to it and then there are soft peppery hop notes too.

A pleasure to drink and explore all these facets (and more) as I drained my glass. (16oz can into pint glass.)

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Photo of Dukies222001
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16 oz can into pint glass. The kiwi scared me but the guy at the beer store convinced me kiwi was more in the name than the taste, he was right. First double IPL i have had and no surprise jacks nailed it. Really smooth citrus offering. Great job

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 release
~ 1 month from canning date

Appearance- Pours a pale golden color, transparent. Finger thick, fluffy white head. Tons of spotty head lacing.

Aroma- Earthy, dank hops. Oniony, grassy, herbal. Melon, white grape, pear.

Taste- Grassy, floral, piney, earthy bitterness. Creamy sweet malts complimented by a host of juicy fruits, candied orange, melon, white grape, pineapple, and bright berries.

Feel- Medium bodied, very creamy and smooth. Moderate carbonation, crisp yet fluffy.

Overall- Great combination of bitter earthiness and creamy juiciness. Definitely aggressively hoppy, but the sweetness of the malts and juiciness cuts right through. The beer doesn't come across as malty by any means, but there is a discernible light sweetness from the malts that holds up the beer so well.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
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 -5.6%
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 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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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Photo of Beardie
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +0.7%
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 -18.2%
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 +5.1%
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 -4.7%
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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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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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 +3.7%
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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