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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL | Jack's Abby Brewing

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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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178
Ratings:
1,403
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
25.17%
 
 
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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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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
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 -9.8%
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 -7%
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 +1.4%
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 -7.7%
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 -15.9%
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 -6.1%
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 -4.9%
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 +1.4%
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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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
4.29 out of 5 based on 1,403 ratings.
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