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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Ratings: 1,466 |  Reviews: 192
Photo of Jeromedepot
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ben1313
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 Ardeer
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.81/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 ConorGolden
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 trubeernick
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great fruity, hoppy aroma. Very bitter bite, but nice citrus taste. Good beer for sure

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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 cmccrae21
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of Casey3236
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Y2kWasAnInsideJob
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
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 ncelauro
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brbrocc
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PatrickKellyCT
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gphelps70
3.46/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of raysat
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +5.1%
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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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
4.28 out of 5 based on 1,466 ratings.
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