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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:
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Added by rudzud on 11-17-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
177
Ratings:
1,399
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
25.17%
 
 
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Reviews: 177 | Ratings: 1,399
Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Kegatron for the share. The brew appears a hazy golden color with a white head that fades leaving spotty lace.

It smells vinous and juicy with hops then some cheesy sulfur and cereal grains are noticed.

The taste has a vinous feel like Nelson hops and it is indeed wuite hoppy without much perceived butterness. Towards the finish its a little cheesy and sulfuric like the nose indicated.

This is a medium bodied brew with modest carbonation. A juicy, creamy and poundable offering.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. Served in a pilsner glass. The beer has a clear yellow-copper appearance with thin retention but thick lacing on the sides. Aromas include pine hops with tropical fruit like pineapple, melons, orange, and grapefruit. Taste is pretty good with a hop citrus bitter-sweetness with a very light earthy aftertaste. Great medium body and smooth crispness to the drink. Overall, a pretty good drink with an attractive appearance and great mouthfeel.

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Photo of DudMan
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color w a generous head and some lacing. It smells hoppy...a little pineapple but mostly floral. It tastes bitter and hoppy throughout. A nice lager.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly hazy, orange/copper in color with a thin, white head.
S: Pineapple, grapefruit, very tropical, caramel like sweetness, bready.
T: Similar to the nose. Tropical notes popped out.
M: Medium carbonation, slight bitterness. Hops are prickly to the palate. Crisp, dry finish. Has a dank, sticky hop presence as well.
O: Very juicy IPL! Good stuff!

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Photo of BodiesLexus
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 11/7/15
L - very pale (i see why some may say 'imp.pils.' for style), clear yellow, medium white head, sudsy lacing
S - wow, very strong and bountiful nose of dank onions, bubblegum, banana, some other nondescript candy smells (strawberry taffy?)
T - explosion of wet onions, candied lemon sweet/sourness, undercurrent of weak malty body -- hoping for an accentuation of malty body when warm, but still dominated by hops when warm (much more woodsy-floral when warm, as opposed to aromatically oniony when colder)
M- extremely smooth, surprisingly 'heavy' for the color, but not truly heavy per se, a tiny tingle of dry zip in the aftertaste -- good feel for a dipa, yet a tad off-putting due to the clash of heavier taste with such a pale look
O - I much prefer the sometimes-oniony SHem hops as a small complement to an otherwise traditionally-hopped pale. KR obviously is meant to be all-in on these varieties, and it's done very well for that purpose. Fans of all-dank-all-onion dipas need to try fresh KR, or they haven't lived.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.61/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a frothy white head. Leaves some decent lacing around the glass.

The aroma is a bit disappointing here, as I'm not picking up a lot of strong notes. I get some pineapple and melon, with some faint doughy malt on the back end. Pleasant, just not very strong.

The taste has a lot of pineapple and bitter hops. Very crisp. And a bit floral. As with the nose, just the faintest hint of malt on the backbone.

Feel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit oily, but still very smooth.

Overall, a solid beer from Jack's Abby, but also a very disappointing one. The aroma is almost non-existent and the flavors are far less complex than expected. I enjoy what is there, but I expected a lot more.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a beautiful hazy golden with a huge soapy white head with excellent retentio and a ton of webbed lacing. The smell is fantastic too, citrus, piney and very dank. The taste starts off nice, very similar to the smell on the front, but the back end is just too sweet and boozy for my liking. Feel is medium, oily and super carbonated. Overall the look and smell of this beer are great, but the taste just falls short for me.

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Photo of dd43
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I had unreasonably high expectations for this beer. I actually prefer Mass Rising. In comparison, this beer was more bitter, and less fruity and juicy. It's like a west coast style imperial lager, which isn't even a thing but it could be for a beer of this clarity, ABV, and hop profile.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding beer - definitely the best lager I've ever had. It looks familiar in that it resembles any well-made lager that you've seen before but certainly departs from the mold in aroma and taste. This baby is all hops in the nose but not overly so. Floral and herbal notes complemented by a citrus body with a dry lager finish. The bitterness of a big IPA is replaced by the grainy/malty finish of a lager. Great balance that that masks the ABV. Crisp from start to finish. Awesome combo that puts this beer at the top of JA's portfolio. Hands down.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Perfectly translucent pale golden body with a light frothy head. Pretty much ideal appearance for the style

Smell: A bounty of tropical fruit: pineapple, guava, mango, floral, somewhat dank. The nose is complex, but I'm not really loving it. High ABV comes through slightly.

Taste: Pineapple, guava, citrus, floral, booze. This is good, but my goodness is it boozy!

Feel: A bit overcarboned for my preference, but fine for the style. Resinous, but way too syurpy.

Overall: I swear I don't remember it being this boozy, but I'd still recommend it.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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 CayseyW
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy gold, full creamy head
S: For lack of a better word, this beer is dank. Skunky herbal notes, with hints of tropical fruit, white wine and grapefruit peel
T: Tropical fruit, subtle citrus notes, white grapes. Impeccably well balanced
F: Incredibly smooth. Just soft enough to be unique, but is backed by a prickly carb. No booziness
O: This beer really lives up to the hype for me. I really like JA, but this one blows the rest of their portfolio away in my opinion.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 11/2/15; drank in a teku glass on 11/8/15; recently read that Kiwi Rising changes its hop bill every year in relation to what Jack's can purchase; I have had danker versions (which I have preferred more) but this is a consistently great beer that I look forward to every year

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Photo of Sheppard
4.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful golden hue with slight haze and lecherous off white head. Intoxicating aroma of banana, guava, and citrus. If it was any stronger, I would literally be in heaven. Tastes of dank bitterness, some citrus, and a little bit of banana/guava. The finish is tongue smacking resin. The mouthfeel on Kiwi is absolutely incredible. I wish this was a year round beer and it is my favorite lager.

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Photo of jcipa88
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

8.5% sounds spot on, sniff this brew straight out. Hasn't been available the last 2 times I went to the brewery, but great tasting / aroma / tasting (did I already say that?) Oh geez.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my mug at Estelle's in Boston.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow orange color with no vision of anything. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Herbal, lemony, spicy, grassy, pilsner, lager yeast, toasted, and pale malts.

Taste: Hop flavor resonates through my palate. Followed by a nice malt backbone and light tingly bitterness. So e chewy notes and slight booze in the rear. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, refreshing, a bit chewy, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: This beer never fails. Bottle or draft and you can't go wrong. Looking forward to more of this in the future. This beer is so delicious. So good, I ordered another.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

In a lot ways, this wonderfully big, hoppy lager leans—in terms of taste and texture—into the XPA territory: juicy, sharp, immensely grassy, with a clean, light, blonde-malt body and a dry, pointed finish. But in the juiciness, and the galloping effervescent, one sees the lager likenesses become more apparent: a substantial yeast-fruitiness, and a round, creamy sub-current—elements which are more subtle and softly announce themselves—position Kiwi Rising solidly in the province of Pilsner. And yet those New Zealand hops really set this beer apart within the "Imperial Pilsner" subset, imparting intense and floral aromas of grapefruit, papaya, and wild grasses, delivering the same—along with hemp resins, pine and spruce juices, some juniper, key lime, and even a hint of mango—to the very complex flavor-profile.

This is a really excellent effort out of Framingham: a great alchemical operation that brings the best of two burgeoning genres (New Zealand-hopped XPAs and Imperial Pilsners) and holds those qualities in elegantly coordinated concert.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light yellow gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity kiwi & citrus, lager yeast and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of grassy hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of kiwi, citrus and caramel. Then some breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This brew was served on tap at The Bee Hive Brew Pub in Canandaigua, New York. It arrived in a Three Heads Brewing pint glass, showing a burnt honey coloring. It held a soapy white, full-looking head standing one and a half fingers tall that left cakey chunks of lacing around the glass following a nice retention. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be active. The nose came to full potential only when warmed, but grew to include a pleasurably robust blend of cleanly raw barley, lemon tea tannins, lightly plastic phenols, clover honey, white rice dustiness and Rice Krispies cereal graininess, warmed Saki booziness, cloyingly fruity-nectary, grapefruity, and dried grassy hoppiness, syrupy mango and peach juiciness, and aluminum. Following through the flavoring gave life to the cloy of the nose, with intense fruitiness of sticky and syrupy kiwis, mangos, red apples, and papayas that skirted the line between genuine and synthetic. Otherwise, notes included curiously fusel gin booziness, oily nectary and bitter grassy hop sweetness, mossed mustiness, bittered raw barley, amplified honey, dried spruce, pine nut creaminess, candied honeydew melon, and dusty copper. The grain bill stepped in through the end and after, itself being pale, dusty, and bittered of simple pale and pils grain. The body was medium, but heavily syrupy on the pull through the teeth, while carbonation was softly prickly. Slurp and smack were oily and coating, but left little in the way of cream and froth. Said coating dissipated into a crispness that didn’t quite cross the line to dryness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank nicely.

Overall, this was a nicely refreshing surprise. We hadn’t previouisly known Jack’s Abby had come into the greater Rochester market, so we were floored to see a heavy hitter such as Kiwi Rising on tap at an admittedly smaller establishment well outside the city’s downtown!! It stood out almost immediately on the menu, and we had to order it. We felt the interplay between the pilsner, lagery side of the brew and the cloyingly fruity hoppiness made for an interesting and well-received tasting. The ultimate balance wasn’t perfect, as both aroma and taste tended towards the sweeter side, but the feel helped to keep it even keeled. To hop a lager, and something so traditionally bitter and muted as pilsners can be, was really the most exciting thing about it. These hops were just wildly juicy and forward. What a great chance introduction this was for us; we look forward to many more meetings in the hopefully near future.

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Photo of MikeHBerk79
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. Had a bottle dated at the end of October 2014 in February, but it doesn't seem to have mattered much. I wonder how much more incredible this beer tastes fresh. Just awesome. A citrus punch up front that lingers. Can't tell it's 8.5 ABV, goes down easy.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/05/14

Appearance- Orange golden/amber in color and pretty hazy.

Aroma- Pungent grapefruit, mango, and tangerines. Some general malt sweetness as well.

Taste- Acidic and bitter grapefruit is most noticeable from the first sip. Middle and finish are mellowed out by a sweet cracker/caramel malt combo (more so the cracker), and softer and fruitier hops as well (mango, pineapple,etc).

Feel- Soft, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a pleasant dry/clean/crisp finish.

Overall- I've seen a ton of this sitting around and I'm pretty confused as to why as it still tastes fresh as hell and its just a really good beer. Really nice soft tropical hop flavors and great drinkabilility that jacks abby ipl's have. At 4 or 5 bucks for a pint bottle its a solid value too.

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Photo of mabermud
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
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 alexbutler
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - A thin white head rests on a murky, light orange body. There is a nice, subtle lacing that follows the beer but, for the most part, is a very unassuming beer.

S - After one whiff, you know this is a substantial DIPL... A big kick of citrus and mango hit you right off the bat. The sweetness doesn't taper off, though, instead it finds a deeper root, almost like a syrup.

T - Very complex palette, as the smell implies. It's very sweet but there is a vanilla and nuttiness here, as well. Very well balanced... I've had this beer all season and never have had a bad batch. Lingering aftertaste that reminds you of the 8.5%

F - The lingering effect isn't everyone's cup of tea - but with DIPLs, this is part of the game. The beer is very full without being too much. Anyone could sip at this and enjoy it thoroughly.

O - Exceptional lager here. No surprise coming from Jack's Abbey, one of the most consistent breweries in MA. I'd recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of CTFalcon
3.33/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very off tasting brew, a strange funk that was not expected. Bottle has been stored properly and appeared fine. Mouthfeel was quite thin and color was quite unappealing. Bitterness was mild for such a high ibu, just an overpowering off taste.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
4.29 out of 5 based on 1,399 ratings.
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