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 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:
#874
Reviews:
211
Ratings:
1,528
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
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343
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253
Trade:
5
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Photo of jmarsh123
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale cloudy yellow with glowing orange hue. Two finger creamy head with good retention. Spotty lacing down the glass.

Smells like a cornucopia of tropical hops. A ton of pineapple with some mango, citrus and spicy grass. This smell would be amazing in a DIPA and even more amazing that a lager smells like this.

Lots of pine hops and earthy bitterness. Very little malt character in this. Perhaps a touch of the typical grainy "lager flavor". Since it's a lager, it finishes incredibly crisp and bitter on the back end. The hops near the end get a bit medicinal and I wish there were more of the pineapple and citrus from the aroma, but otherwise this is spot on delicious.

Medium to light bodied with a very crisp dry finish featuring plenty of carbonation. A bit oily as well.

The finish is all preventing this beer from being about as perfect as possible. I love what Jack's Abby is doing with lagers and this is their best one yet. It's like a DIPA bred with a German pils. Amazing.

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Photo of ferrettman687
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of portia99
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a very pale straw golden color with hints of orange. Body is quite hazy and translucent with a bit of a glow to it. A finger plus of fluffy white head rises and lingers for several minutes and eventually falls to leave behind foamy webs of lacing on the glass.

S - Intensely citrus hoppy aroma. Sweet oranges, grapefruit especially. Touches of pine, and some distinctly floral aromas too. A spicy hop bitterness with good intensity can also be found in the aroma. Only a modest touch of grainy and sweet malt can be found here. Right up there with any great DIPA for hoppy aroma.

T - Yep, those New Zealand hops shine here too...the distinct herbal, piney and earthy hop flavors come thru up front quite well. Backed by a rather firm bitterness, this gives a very crisp flavored beer. Quite dry overall...really fermented out quite a bit...struggling to find any residual sugars here. I find these southern hops to be a bit harsh and far enough away from the norm to be a somewhat distracting flavor. The pineyness is a bit over the top and out of balance with the other flavors here. Still good, but I miss the citrus aspects found in the aroms...to me, if they carried over to the flavor, this could really be outstanding. Still good, but left me wanting a bit more sweet, fruitiness.

M - Medium bodied with a crisp and tingly mid-high level carbonation. Dry, herbal, floral hops dominate. Gives a strong pine oil/extract and resiny aspect and a bit of a coolness on the exhale. Finishes dry and bitter and a bit harsh.

O - Flavors are good on this beer at the start and thru the middle, but a bit lacking on the finish. The finish really doesn't feel like it is inviting me to take another sip...comes across very bitter, dry, a bit medicinal and super piney. A softer finish with some sweetness and citrusy fruit would go along way for me here. I haven't really found a strong liking in any of the beers using New Zealand hops...so maybe this one really had the chips stacked against a bit from the beginning...good beer, but still lacking that something to make it special.

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smooth, large, tight-bubbled head. The broth is very cloudy with a light gold color. Leaves ring lace after each sip.

Some pine hop aroma. Very little malt in the background.

Flavor wise, this is far closer to a Double IPA than a double pilsner. This is because of the strong citrus hop presence. Very bitter, even up front. Long aftertaste of black pepper. Relatively thin body with a high level of carbonation.

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Photo of dancaplette
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of rosschive
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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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Photo of dphillips
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%

Photo of polishkaz
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

Photo of Archemedies
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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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 1,528 ratings