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

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Added by rudzud on 11-17-2011

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191
Ratings:
1,456
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
8.88%
 
 
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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 DIM
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted blind, I doubt many people would call this anything but an ipa. The body is a little lighter I guess, but aside from that...

This is a fantastic New Zealand hop showcase. Pungent fruits, pineapple and lime comes to mind with relatively little bitterness. Had two last night, what a treat!

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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 OrangeMen
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 release
~ 1 month from canning date

Appearance- Pours a pale golden color, transparent. Finger thick, fluffy white head. Tons of spotty head lacing.

Aroma- Earthy, dank hops. Oniony, grassy, herbal. Melon, white grape, pear.

Taste- Grassy, floral, piney, earthy bitterness. Creamy sweet malts complimented by a host of juicy fruits, candied orange, melon, white grape, pineapple, and bright berries.

Feel- Medium bodied, very creamy and smooth. Moderate carbonation, crisp yet fluffy.

Overall- Great combination of bitter earthiness and creamy juiciness. Definitely aggressively hoppy, but the sweetness of the malts and juiciness cuts right through. The beer doesn't come across as malty by any means, but there is a discernible light sweetness from the malts that holds up the beer so well.

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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 WesMantooth
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can with an illegible date stamped on the bottom because it runs off the side.

It pours a predominately clear, copper gold with a 2-3 finger width, thick, egg shell white foamy head.

It smells very flowery with some citrus. Fairly dank/pungent fruit too. The leafy green and flower petals aroma dominates with some sharp grapefruit and a subtle background of toasted white bread grains.

I like the flavors immensely. It is a complex mix. It opens up very grainy, and then hits you with some spicy, biting dankness of hops and fruit. Very ripe grapefruit, mango, and some peach. Then there is a lot of grass, bitter pine, and what I would describe as flower petals (though I have yet to eat any). Then it comes back around to the malt grains again. Not exactly crisp, but pilsner like with cracker to light bread. There is also a lot of sugar on the back end. A candied orange flavor with a hint of bubble gum even. Solid lingering bitterness.

A solid medium body. More of a soft, creamy feel than crisp or dry.

An outstanding beer, which is no surprise from these folks. I would actually score the taste and overall higher if the sugar and bitterness were dialed back a hair at the end.

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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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Photo of cpetrone84
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

Pour is lightly hazed pale golden orange with a ton of tight white head. Nose is strong, presents a nice balance of assertive grains, lightly toasty with notes of bread and a touch of dough. Very strong hops behind, grassy and strong citrus and tart grapefruit. Taste is even more juicy hops, still has a solid grain bill, bread crust mixed with dough. Hops are juicy and bright, tropical fruits and some tart grapefruit, assertive bitterness through the finish. Clean airy body with strong carbonation, great stuff.

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Photo of Roguer
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful transparent orange-gold. Good head production and retention, and very nice lacing.

Brew is hoppy and juicy on the nose: pine, pineapple, starfruit, grass, dankness, sugar, pale biscuit, lighter notes of peach and mandarin orange, honey. Not quite as complex as it sounds; it leans strongly toward tropical juice, with resinous notes and touches of citrus, all atop a pale malt body.

A touch sweeter (and more syrupy) on the palate. I wouldn't say kiwi, exactly; it certainly leans toward sweeter fruit flavors and away from (but not completely devoid of) tangier qualities. Like the aroma, it's tough to really identify exactly what the flavor profile most reminds me of: muted tones of candied orange and peaches; occasional notes of berries; tropical notes (pineapple, papaya) that blend together but never quite come out cleanly.

Long wet finish leaves me smacking my lips, with an aftertaste of bubblegum, nectarines, and that ever present (but never dominant) dank undercurrent. Not surprising for this hop, it reminds me of tons of flavors, without ever really presenting one obvious parallel or facet.

Clean feel, a touch syrupy. Extremely easy to drink for the high ABV.

This is a really darn good DIPL, with a profile different enough from Mass Rising to make it a completely separate - and equally good, possibly better - beer.

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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 mdfb79
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to jslot38 for grabbing me a bottle of this one; thanks Justin. Been a big fan of Jack's Abbey since visiting the brewery last year, and this has been a big want of mine since they first brewed it. 16.9 oz. bottle poured into my Bell's tulip, picked up in MA last week for $5.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent golden-bright yellow color with two fingers plus of fluff white head and high carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Looks like a great pilsner.

s - Smells of pint hops, citrus hops, peanuts, grains, wheat, toasted malts, wheat, and light yeast. The hops are definitely up front, though I'm getting a lot of peanut that I wasn't expecting. Pretty nice, though a bit different than I was expecting.

t - The taste is great and exactly what I was hoping for. Tastes of a ton of dank pine hops and citrus hops, as well as grapefruit juice, floral hops, lightly tropical fruits, wheat, grains, and bready malts. Awesome taste; tons of hops and super fresh. Love it.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and crisp, and very easy to drink for 8.5% ABV. Was expecting more carbonation after looking at it but glad it isn't overcarbonated.

o - Overall I thought this was a great imperial pilsner. It looks great and has a great mouthfeel, and is very drinkable. The nose was good, though a little different than I was expecting due to some nuts in the smell, but the taste was fantastic and spot on. Tons of pine and citrus hops, would love to have this one again. Another winner from JA.

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Photo of Keyportnick
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5ltr bottlePoured into a pint glass

A-pours a pale golden. Bright white creamy head

S- I could smell the hops as soon as I cracked this. Grassy lemon and orange mild grapefruit.

T- tangerine great bready malt character. The body for being a lager was great and to character. Very impressed

M- light body and medium carbonation make this beer very enjoyable. Not as carbonated as a typical lager. The hops finish with a nice middle bitterness

O-got this unknown bottle as an extra. Let me say wow I am impressed. I really enjoy the combination of these styles. Wish I had more.

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Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Big creamy 1+ finger head fades slowly with some lacing, very hazy nectar peach orange color.

Nose is loaded with fresh hops, a bit resinous and musty, then fresh tropical fruits, pineapple, peach, bit of grapefruit, hint of mango, light citrus with tangerine, and even a bit of pine. Also a hint of sweet malts.

Taste is loaded with more tropical fruit hops, again super fresh hops, a bit musty and resinous, light pine, then citrus fruits, light orange rind, tangerine, nectarine, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, etc. bitterness is there but not heavy at first, until it builds up. A light sweet malt base adds a good balance, with a nice soft base. After the big hop kick fades a bit I get a little lager crispness and soft flavors. Finish stays bitter with lots of lingering resins and tropical fruit hops, a bit more soft malt feel, and a bit crisp, more pineapple and guava even.

Mouth is med bodied, soft malts and almost creamy, good carb, no real alcohol kick.

Overall delicious, hard to get and lager flavors but got a little as I really tried, great tropical fruit hops, citrus, a bit resinous, nice soft malt balance. Very drinkable esp for 8.5%.

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Photo of MarkAvery
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap. Served in a tulip 8oz. First time having it after I read a lot of great things about it. If I could sum up this beer in one word it would be "Beautiful". The look, the feel, the taste-bursting with a citrusy/fruity start and ending with a fair bitterness. Its a very refreshing beer. I wanted to order another one But was at a bar with 105 beers on tap so I wanted to keep tasting. I will get this again.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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 Pinknuggets
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to Lawson's sniffer

A: it is a orangey honey color that is very cloudy with a few hope floaters and a thick white head that goes away quickly

S: it smells like tropical fruit bomb there is melon and it has a sweetness that I might not go to if it wasn't in the name but kiwi it's not quite citrusy and there is no malt.

T: there is a lot of fresh hop flavors it's very crisp it's grassy and though I don't like term like a farm house ale. There is some citrusy notes that stay there all the way through the finish which is full of hop bitterness

M: it is fairly smooth, very oily and very thin. It is crisp and fairly drinkable which I like as most lagers are too flat for me this resembles an ipa in feel but staying true to a lager

O:I liked this beer a lot and I usually hate lagers but this has many ipa qualities which is a huge benefit for me. It is pretty tastey looks, smells great and had a real good mouthfeel not just standard local fair a really good beer and it reps mass well.

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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
4.28 out of 5 based on 1,456 ratings.
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