Kiwi Rising - Double IPL | Jack's Abby Brewing

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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:
This is an intensely hoppy and strong lager that we refer to as a Double India Pale Lager. Over four pounds of hops per BBL of New Zealand hops (Kiwi Hops) were used in progressively larger hop additions throughout the brewing process. Four kettle hop additions, whole leaf hops in the hop back, and multiple dry hop additions infuse an intense floral and citrusy aroma. No kiwifruit or kiwi birds were used in the production of this beer.


Added by rudzud on 11-17-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#566
Reviews:
207
Ratings:
1,520
pDev:
8.82%
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Photo of BeerNacho
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Maxwell
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful pale mustard yellow, and is reminding me a lot of the color of Maine Beer Company’s Lunch. The head is rocky white and half finger-width, and lacing is super thin, but very sticky, leaving spatter lines over the sides of my glass. The beer’s body is really quite murky for a lager, with only hazy light making its way through the liquid. This beer smells perfect for what it is. Big, strong juicy citrus fruit tackles the nose. Tangerine, mango, grapefruit, passion fruit, and orange all ooze from the glass as crisp scents, while the crisp cleanly scent that I associate with lager yeast brings faint hints of light buttery bread to the back of the nose. This beer’s smell is like pulpy fruit juice. On the taste, this beer begins with sweet grapefruit and slight hints of the other fruits in the smell, before the grapefruit plows forward into big bitter middle of the taste, leaving all other flavor to haunt the sides of the mouth as ghosts. The close of the middle brings caramelly bread into the mouth to sit as the backbone of the bitter fruit juice. The beer then closes with light buttery malt bread and a continuous ringing of bitter grapefruit, orange peel, and slight mango.

On the mouth, this beer feels crisp and smooth, with a nice bitter bite on the tongue and the sides of the mouth. The mouth is left wet on the sides while the roof of the mouth and the tongue have the slight scorch of a bitter burn. Overall this beer is an excellent success, and is reminiscent of a more succulent and fruity version of Hoponius Union. Great big bitter hops from the high IBU’s, scrape the mouth but leave it begging for more, and a higher alcohol percentage that is not present in the taste at all. I was a little worried about this beer after trying it at the end of a tasting last week and having it taste bland and uninteresting, but I now can safely say that was because of all the beer before it that I had tried. This beer is a winner. Very easy to put back with terrific clean and crisp lager qualities while carrying the big juicy fruit bitters of a west coast imperial IPA. This beer is a must try, especially for its super cheap pricing.

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Gushue3
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally get to review this gem.

A Gigantic white 2 finger billows toward the top of the glass and had great retention. The body is a hazy straw yellow with a hint of orange and has active carbonation rushing to the head. as the head slowly dies down sticky lace is left down the side of the glass and a fat foam pillow is left above the beer. Looks fantastic and can already smell it.

S Sweet tropical fruits and a subtle malt are the first thing I notice. Bitter grapefruit and pineapple along with some orange zest round out the nose.

T Mirrors the nose perfectly. Nice piney bitterness upfront that carries to the finish along with some grapefruit and tropical fruits like pineapple and some sweeter fruits. Finish is tropical and bitter with a bitter linger. Galaxy comes through nicely, stuff is top notch..

M Medium to lighter feel with medium to slightly heavy carbonation. Very clean and crisp finish makes this quite enjoyable to drink.

O Really nice DIPA.. err DIPL.. Whatever you want to call this stuff it's fantastic stuff, but thats nothing new for Jack's Abby

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Photo of RKing44
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of wesley14
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of IcemanCometh
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of nquigley16
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of WanderingFool
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kiwi Rising pours a hazy orange/yellow (light amber?) with a moderate creamy head on top. The foam fades away slowly leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with grapefruit citrus, tropical fruit notes (mango) and some pine.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is crisp on the palate, somewhat dry with moderate carbonation. The flavor is much like the aroma, lots of grapefruit citrus, tropical fruit (mango, pineapple) and pine. Towards the end there's some malty sweetness trying to balance out all the hops. It finishes bitter with lingering citrus and tropical notes when gone.

This is a delicious beer with a great aroma. It reminds me a lot of Hill Farmstead Edward, but with a thinner body. I hope this becomes a more than seasonal brew.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Dools9
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh November 2012 batch, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a golden straw color, bit of haze, lots of head, three fingers worth, bone white. Very impressive lace, great retention and an overall impressive appearance. Good start here.

S: Reminiscent of Hoponious Union in some ways although less lemon. Big, clean, bright citrus hop aromas (grapefruit, overripe peaches), resinous, a bit grassy, solid sweet biscuity malt backbone, no alcohol detected.

T: Woah. Big punch of bitter tropical fruits upfront. Big mango, grapefruit and apricot presence accompanied by a pleasant biscuit malt backbone. Hops are pretty juicy and dominant, and it finishes dry and clean. Tastes similar to Hoponious, only bigger, bolder, and a bit more sweet. Slight taste of alcohol as it warms.

M: Upper end of medium in heft, smooth, very smooth. No alcohol at all. Very easy to drink for 8.5%. which can be dangerous as it sneaks up on ya a bit.

O: Awesome brew. I don't think Jack's Abby can make a bad beer. A big, mean, dry hopped, lager monster. Yes, they do exist.

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Photo of Horbar
4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of RyanLigeia
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
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 AndyAvalanche
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 pint .9oz bottle poured into large Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid was initially lighter than I expected, but then I remembered, it's about the same color as every other double "IPL" type beer. Sort of a golden straw color with a slight amount of haze. Huge frothy head with lots of different sized bubbles. Tons of lacing on this one, stays on the glass the whole time.

Smell is really, really good. Plenty of hoppy goodness. According to the label it's got New Zealand Kiwi Hops. Really good, a potent, yet gentle hoppiness tickles your nose as you smell. Citrus and not quite ripe tropical fruits, mango, kiwi, pineapple, maybe peaches. A really nice blend.

Taste is on par with the smell except it's a little more balanced. A nice malt backbone provides some initial sweetness. Then the hoppiness kicks in and it's awesome. Sort of earthy, piney and citrus zest are the big components. After that there's some flavors of some tropical fruits. Really well blended overall, a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is very good a nice carbonation level. 8.5% alcohol is very well hidden. Well balanced between sweet an bitter. Close to full bodied and a little earthy, nice strong bitter finish. Overall it's very drinkable.

I've only had a few "Imperial Lagers" most are called Imperial Pinslers, but hey, a pilsner is a lager. This is one of the better ones. It's delicate, well balanced, yet at the same time strong. I like it a lot, and wish it was more available, but I can imagine it's not an easy one to brew.

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Photo of AdamP
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of trevorpost
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of OtisCampbell
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

FINALLY.

A-Pours a hazy brilliant golden color. Head is thick and doughy. Head retains with intimidating stature. This puppy laces all over the place. Looks excellent, and I can even smell it from about 2 feet away...

S-This one is exquisite. Lager yeast lends a rich and buttery aroma. Just like buttered buns from a restaurant. Then, the (I think I am right) Nelson Sauvin hops just floor my senses. Nelson Sauvin may be the easiest hop aroma to detect. Unbelievably detailed tropical hoppiness. Pineapple, apricot, canteloupe and honeydew. Light mango and sweet citrus. Awesome.

T-Flavor matches the aroma in many aspects but It is a bit more vegetal and grassy. Just a tropical fruit cornucopia. Piña Colada. Light cookie malt and Lager yeastiness. The New Zealand hops are so damn exotic and fruity but it also has this crazy earthy and veggie aspect to it. Back to the point; this lager is phenomenal.

M-Booze hidden excellently. Moderate to high bitterness. Flavor lasts forever. Zipping carbonation. Lightly resinous.

O/D-Tasty.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5lt bottle into a duvel glass... This was the first brew I had from jacks Abby on draft, probably at least a year ago, and I loved it!!! It's what got me hooked on jacks Abby and I am so excited they decided to bottle it.

A: pours a nice hazy golden with two finger if puffy white head, excellent retention as this head dissapates slowly and leavs a Ton of beautiful lacing.

S: citrus, grapefruit, pine, loads of hop aroma with a touch of grain... Smells hoppy and delicious.

T: delicious. Beautfiful citrus hop notes, I get grapefruit and pinneapple mostly, with a tropical fruit like quality... And also pleanty of resinous pine as well, there is a touch of grain, but mainly just a delicious hop showcase, awesome.

M: nice creamy with crisp moderate carbonation, very drinkable... Dry on the finish and leavs a bitter coating of tropical hops in your mouth.

O: I love this beer, my fav this far from jacks Abby, and deffinatly up there with my favorite dipas... Nice... Dry.... And loads of tropical fruit/piney hops, if you love hops this beer is a must try.

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 batch. Growler straight from the source.

I am going to preface this review by recognizing my love/obsession of Kiwi hops...

That being said this beer is freaking awesome stuff.

Bright orange colored nice long lasting head. Clear not cloudy. You could read a newspaper through the glass.

Wonderful citrus aromas. Did some cut up grapefruits in the room?

Extremely bitter but non by any means over barring. Oranges Pineapples Limes Kiwi's and Grapefruits are present. Very drinkable for the high ABV. I took down a growler no problem. Quite the quaff.

Absolute homerun for JA. Better than the bottles last year which is saying a lot cause I liked last years batch a ton.

World class beer. No joke. Do this year round! PLEASE.

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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 1,520 ratings