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Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States | website

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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159
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Avg:
4.28
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace for gifting me this beer! Thanks elliot!

Bottle is dated November 2012 on the side of the label.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden blonde bodied beer with 2 fingers of head. Lots of lacing and good head retention. Great looking lager, I honestly cant remeber the last lager that i drank that looked this good. Seriously.

Smell: bright citrus and tropical fruits. A hint of bananas and fruitiness. Bready and yeasty notes too. Hints of garlic and onion.

Taste: Its a beer that is fairly balanced, but the hops tip the scale a bit more than malt profile. The beer is somewhere between mild to moderately bitter. Tropical fruits and floral hops are pretty big here. Also a touch earthy. Pine and citrus are abundant as well. Onions, garlic, and grassy hops seem to float around. Malts are fairly bready, but also grainy and cracker like. Mild lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer. Moderately carbonated. The beer is really crisp and clean, yet it is also got a creamy and slightly resinous / oily mouthfeel. Carbonation is lively, but not prickly or ticklish. You would not think this beer is almost 9%, it drinks closer to 6% abv.

Overall: I have never had an Imperial Pilsner before. The hops dont really give this beer a chance to be a regular pilsner, but I dont care because this is a tasty beer. This is my second favorite Jack Abby's beer and they make some wonderful hoppy beers! i am impressed again by Abby Jack's. But Hoponius Union is still my favorite. You can think of Kiwi Rising as bigger version of Hoponius Union. My favorite aspect of this beer is how unique the hop profile is... its true unique.

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Photo of DrJay
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big, fluffy whitish cap from a gentle pour. Tons of clumpy lacing, good head retention. The beer was hazy, yellow gold. Fruity aroma, orange and lemon, grassy and a bit tropical. Nice flavour. Hops are in full force, tropical (mango and pineapple) up front, a bit of citrus mid-palate, then bitterness and a hint of spicy alcohol in the finish. Malt was really just there to provide some balance. Medium plus body with creamy carbonation. Really enjoyable and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle sent by dope (thanks man!) poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Beautiful, brilliant, hazy sunset orange with a big bright white head and good lacing.

S: Big citrus and pungent tropical fruits; tangerine, lots of floral notes, hints of earth as well and faint biscuit.

T: Tropical fruit again; lots of tangerine, orange, underlying pineapple and grapefruit with some hints of pale malt...there are some lingering, pungent pine flavors as well.

MF: Dryer body, lighter to medium mouthfeel thats all about the hop presence but is more dry than bitter I would say...

O: Definitely good, but I'm not sure I don't like Hoponious Union a bit better. Jack's Abby has it going when it comes to lagers and hops.

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Photo of rms3434
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
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 cbutova
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy apricot orange body poured into a tulip. Creamy white head with a frothy look forms and has decent retention. Sticky legs and few small spots of lace.

S- Fresh hops yielding apricot, peach, citrus, pineapple tea and floral notes. Not quite as strong as a IIPA but I get the picture.

T- Let it warm up some and it's quite nice. Hop forward with a balancing caramel grainy finish. Hops give white grape, peach, apricot sweets, citrus, herbal tea, pepper and floral notes.

MF- Silky creamy body with low-moderate carbonation. Slightly bitter and sweet finish on the palate.

Glad to see a very local brewery making a hoppy but unique beer. Doesn't just emulate your usual IIPA, the hops here are smooth and fruity flavorful.

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a couple of inches of foam perched on top of the clear gold-tinged amber liquid; rings of lacing coat the pint glass on the way down

Smell: Tropical fruit, wine grapes and grass

Taste: A bit of cookie dough for the malt base and then the Nelson Sauvin hops take over, bringing tropical fruit, grassy elements and a slightly vinous character to the middle; finishes rather clean as you would expect a lager would

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate but crisp carbonation

Overall: Another great lager from Jack's Abby; these guys continue to impress

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Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kiwi Rising opens to an intensely hoppy nose, the 105 IBUs immediately apparent in the opening blast of bitter, citrusy goodness. The hops seem nicely balanced here, swerving perhaps slightly toward the more citrusy, bitter side of the scale, with pine resin, lemon, grapefruit rind, dandelion stem, and eucalyptus dominating, with smaller touches of pink grapefruit and sweet rose hips lurking in the background. There’s an equally strong layer of sugars to help counter the massive hops, with orange, apricot, and berry fruit esters joining brown sugar and an almost candi sugar-like tinge. Slight touches of toast crust and biscuit rest far beneath, difficult to locate against the hops and sugars. As a whole, the nose is excellent, bearing all of the aromas a good double IPA should have, and in balanced quantities, marking a very well-crafted beer.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a bitter hop blast that moves far beyond what the nose would lead the drinker to expect. Here the hops are quite bitter and plant-like, with dandelion stem and pine resin dominating, joined by lemon oil, grapefruit rind, eucalyptus, anise, and an almost menthol-like astringency. The effect is powerful enough that the beer almost feels like you’re simply biting into a fresh hop cone. Only touches of pink grapefruit and rose hips from the hops attempt to counter this bitterness; the rest is left up to the sugars. But here, even with the high 8.5% ABV, the sugars are largely overwhelmed. Yes, there are orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters, and touches of brown sugar, but they are easily overcome by hops, as are the faint touches of toast crust and brown sugar. The aftertaste is, unsurprisingly, more hops, searing the tongue and soft palate in a bitter, oily, citrusy coat. Mouthfeel is an oily, viscous medium to medium-high, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is most certainly a powerful double IPA, and you won’t find many more hop flavors crammed into a single bottle of beer. This does, of course, mean that many casual drinkers will find the beer utterly unpalatable. But hopheads should rejoice in what is an excellently crafted hop profile. Unfortunately, the sugars and breads aren’t quite capable of keeping up with the massive lupulin blast, making the beer seem off-balanced. Worth trying, but be aware of what you’re getting into.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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 mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
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 SadMachine
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured into a pilsner glass, clear light straw color with a billowing plume of white foam and plenty of carbonation. Leaves excellent sticky lacing!

S- The aroma is clean and crisp, with biscuity/bready malt and floral hops in the forefront. These are followed up by some tropical fruits (mango and orange mostly), and hints of bitter citrus (grapefruit and lemon).

T- The flavor is actually quite malt forward, with strong biscuit and bread flavors on the front of the palate. The middle of the palate has a lot of citrus, and maybe a hint of tropical fruit. Pretty bitter, yet it remains crisp and smooth.

M- The mouthfeel is pretty heavy/thick considering the style. Quite drinkable none the less.

O- Overall I like it a lot, but would love more of the hops to be featured and a bit less malt in the flavor.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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 PicoPapa
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle with "No Fruity MFG 11/5/14" on the side of the neck. Pours a semi translucent pale yellow with a small layer of head. Lots of lacing. Big citrus hop aroma. Lime, lemon, grapefruit, and orange. Light malt. The taste is grapefruit, lemon and limes. Big bitter hop flavor. Floral hop notes as well. Some pilsner malt flavor towards the end. Finishes with more citrus hops and a slight dankness. Lime aftertaste. Lots of carbonation with a slightly heavy mouthfeel. Nice warming alcohol flavor. Overall, fantastic Imperial IPL I'm glad I bought a few of.

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Photo of brureview
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a light lemon color with a 4F head in a Pilsner glass.

The head quickly resolved itself.

The mouth feel is lighter than the 2nd anniversary, and the citrus is sweeter.

The finish is nicely hopped.

The beer is more well rounded than the 2nd anniversary.

Another great India pale lager from Jacks Abby.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Dark yellow, hazy body, two fingers of white head

S - Crisp lager scent, bready, mangoes, grapefruit

T - Tropical juice flavor and acidity, fresh hop oils and juice, big hop bitterness, white wine finish

F - Full-bodied yet crisp and refreshing. Carbonation moves the syrupy, imperial body along

O - Another great lager from Jack's Abby.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: 5/4/14
Location: DeCicco’s Pelham
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Golden to Orange in color with a massive white frothy head pour. Very nice cling as you drink the beer. The head stays a top the beer for quite some time.
Aroma: This is one floral smelling beer. The ‘kiwi’ hops, Nelson Sauvin, are very present having been added on multiple occasions in the brewing process. Get both hop and hop leaf giving the beer an almost herbal to hoppy aroma. Good fruit presence as well, scents of Tangerine Peel oranges and grapefruit come through.
Flavor: The flavors are nicely balanced and there is not as much of that tart flavor as I was expecting. The fruit is there, the hops are definitely there but there is a lot new in the flavor. A chewy, bready nearly sweet malt base really kicks in giving it a touch of that lager feel. It’s not the flavor that I was expecting from the aroma but it is nice.
Mouthfeel: Medium in body and carbonation. The beer is resinous and drying a bit. Still the beer is very smooth and hides the alcohol well. I would have never thought it was 8.5% ABV.

Notes: Bottled 11.11.2013

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fresh btl pour

A: Hazy lemon with some golden glimmers. Pure white head.

S: Citrus notes of lime and grapefruit. Sharp pine. Some grass and light sulfur, grape skin.

M: About medium bodied; oily-slick feel. Great carbonation, superfine, matches bitterness well.

T: Surprisingly sweet to start, very resiny. Passionfruit and mandarin presented on kaffir lime leaf platform. Very floral and fruity. Bready malts; heavier than expected. Overall, it's like a cross between a bock and EIPA. Could have used some more alpha notes; hop bitterness is nearly non-existent, and would have provided the needed balance; pine and light wood tingle. Another slant would be that the bitterness has mellowed and taken on some cask like quality. It's unique, delicious, a must-have for anyone into hops from Down Under.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to mjord23 for picking this up.

A: Pours a light golden/pale color with a finger of nice-looking, foamy egg white head which leaves rings of lacing. Very good retention, champagne-like effervescence.

S: Pale malt mixes with grapefruit, hay, clementine. Nice balance, with no one flavor stands out.

T: Juicy citrus hops up front, yum. Grapefruit pith, kind of a floral honey thing going on, and finishing with a mild bitterness and touch of a lager-y metallic taste which detracts a bit.

M: Medium-high, sharpish carbonation, with medium body. Fairly smooth.

O: Tasty and pretty drinkable IPL, with nice hoppy flavor. Not substantively different from a DIPA.

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Photo of NinjaJesus
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

I have been waiting for this beer for quite some time and we were finally able to get some in the store. I was impressed with the earthiness and minerality in this double IPL 's hop profile. It has a wonderful citrus bouquet but not a specifically lemon, grapefruit or lime taste for me, more of just a general cirtus flavor. I would guess this may come from Kohatu variety but who can be sure. Not sure if it lived up to the hype of "best beer jacks abby has made" but it is definitely up there. Worth the purchase at under 5 for a bottle.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Look-color is a light, mildly cloudy gold. Pours a finger of white head. nice spotted lacing on the beer and big spots stick to the side of the glass.
Smell- bright, floral aroma. mild pine, with some cites in there.
Taste- lots of bright citrus. tangerines, lemon zest, Toasty lager notes in the background providing balance. slightest touch of hop bitterness on the tongue.
Feel-
light body but juicy, quite carbonated and creamy on the finish.
overall. delicious, unique beer. very drinkable

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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 IrishColonial
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good lagers are my simple pleasure and this is a great hoppy lager with Southern Hemi hops, which are some of my favorite. I am drinking the bottle 1.5 months after bottling but I believe hoppy lagers fall off slower than certain IPA/DIPA culprits. Would I rather have a fresh IPA w Nelson, Galaxy, or other Southern Hemi hop? Yes. Is this a good, enjoyable hoppy lager? Most definitely.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.28/5  rDev 0%
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 mabermud
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For me, this beer is unique. The body of this beer is a cloudy straw color. The head is white and fluffy, and the lacing is pretty sticky. Sweet earthy aroma...like sweet hay or corn...unique. The taste is of watered down citrus, over light creamed corn and wheat bread...interesting. The feel and carbonation is medium, nothing more, nothing less. Pretty standard feel for a nice beer, it fits.

Overall, I am impressed. Very unique look, smell, and taste. Refreshingly uncommon beer.

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Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours light and filtered, like all of JA's other brews. This one is yellow-orange with a small white head.

Smells of aggressive Nelson Sauvin hops, the aroma of which could easily be mistaken for west coast American varieties. The hops dominate, but are balanced nicely by a bready grain profile.

Tastes great. Hops start out with more typical grapefruit and citrus nodes but there's a distinct white-white flavor that becomes more present as the beer warms. Very nice, and combines excellently with the crisp grain profile.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
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