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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rudzud on 11-17-2011

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1,392
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
25.17%
 
 
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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy canary yellow with a big honkin' foam dollop head. Bulbous island of retention plasters frothy sea foam atop my glass. Cute bottle art.

Nelson Sauvin hops leap out of the bottle and glass. Bright, sun soaked grass with some tropical fruit and sweet Twinkie malt.

Hot dang this is a hoppy beer. Bright grassy citrus with sugared lemon rind in back. Light and fluffy body carries plenty of tongue sticking resin.

A very bright, very hoppy beer. Jack's Abbey continues to impress the hell outta me.

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Photo of Roguer
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
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 jvillefan
2.82/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: The body is a very pale yellow with a huge head. The head was way excessive measuring four-five fingers.

S: Not impressed. The smell is of wet stale grass. There is the redeming quality of biscuits on the back end but way to hop dominate and not pleasant.

T: Unbalanced is the first word that comes to mind. I enjoy hoppy beers and hop bombs but this was like chewing on grass, not good. There was very little malt to back it up but that is to be a little more expected in a lager compared to an ale but not a near absence.

M: Good body but was way overcarbonated.

O: I have had many IPLs in the past and this is among the worst I've had. Hoponus Union is a much better beer from Jack's Abby. There was no balance between the malt and hops, it was overcarbonated, and tasted stale. As a side note the bottle was picked up from the brewery about 11 days before it was consumed, I don't know when it was bottled but I have got to assume that the brewery would only release fresh IPLs. A definite miss from Jack's Abby. Very disappointing. I have no idea how this beer got onto the top 250 list.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
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 ryan1788a5
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a dull, hazy golden color. Bone white head stands at two inches initially, then settles after a short time. Thick rings of lacing cake the glass.

S: Soft scent of fir, slight pine resin, very earthy, slightly leafy and spicy. Tropical fruits, passion fruit, and strawberry. Muddled mint leaves. Pithy white grapefruit and fleshy exotic fruit. Doughy and biscuity malt base.

T: Gripping resin bitterness on the attack. Earthy hops divulge tastes of herbs, spices, and leaves. Cracked black pepper. Slight oily hop impression. Some tropical fruit tastes of pineapple, pithy white grapefruit, and passion fruit lie tightly tucked into the center of all the herbal and spicy hop aggression. Malt base is doughy and maybe even has a touch of coarse wheat, unless I'm imagining it. Finishes with a huge lingering spicy hop bite.

M: Creamy and fluffy with a slight firmness. A light scrubbing carbonation seems to amplify the hop aggression.

O: This is one intense beer. The nose is softly aromatic and pleasant, but it takes a little while to open up and doesn't pop as it perhaps should. This leaves the drinker completely unprepared for the no holds barred hop onslaught that awaits. This is very bitter and very spicy. Not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden color that is nearly transparent with a huge billowing foamy white head. Some tropical fruit notes but mostly citrus rind on the nose. There is a bit of bright citrus and fruit on the first taste, but the bitterness overwhelms after that. The body is very clean and smooth to drink. Overall, I was taken aback by the level of bitterness on this beer. It's very clean and well-made, but the intense bitterness reminds me of some of the west coast IPAs that aren't my personal favorites.

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Photo of portia99
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
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 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 Damian
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a snifter

The liquid poured a super hazy, glowing yellow ochre color and was topped by a bubbly, bright white, one-finger head. Similar in appearance to many hard ciders. Sheets of lacing coated the glass.

The nose was fantastic. Pure hop juice in a bottle. Super fruity and bright. Intense tropical fruits. Tons of mango and pineapple. Peach and apricot notes also came through strong. Semi-sweet with a slight caramel malt presence.

Strong, fruity hops dominated again in the unique flavor profile. Tangerine notes were immediately apparent. Lots of peach and apricot as well. The malt presence was just enough to keep the hops from becoming overwhelming. Strong grapefruit rind in the center. A smooth, crisp, lager-like quality also became detectible. Somewhat dry and a bit powdery. On the back end, the hops turned rather earthy and herbal. The beer finished piney and bitter. Near perfect. At 8.5% ABV, the alcohol was extraordinarily well hidden.

The mouthfeel was the only part of this beer that I found a bit disappointing. The liquid was much thinner than expected and it contained a crisp, bubbly effervescence.

This is my third time trying a beer by Jack's Abby Brewing and all have been outstanding. It is truly amazing how they got this lager to resemble a flavorful and dry, yet remarkably well balanced, West Coast-style double IPA. Expect to see other breweries doing something similar in the near future.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Chico1985
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from almost a month ago, from notes. I've had this a few times before in the bottle and on-tap but never had a chance to take notes. This review was from the November 2012 bottling.

Pours into a snifter a hazy bright orange with a healthy white head - stays at a thick half-finger at all times while leaving great lace. Hard to ask for a better appearance.

Lots of earthy and onion-y hops in the scent. Some grapefruit, dankness and malt there too.

Taste is kinda similar, but opens up and improves with warmth. Quite a complex blast of hops here. Earthy, floral, grapefruit and onion most prevalent with some pineapple and citrus there as well. Some sweet and grainy malts showing through, attempting to balance out the madness.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and full-bodied with carbonation on the higher side. It feels a bit heavy but not boozy.

There are better hoppy lagers from Jack's Abby in my opinion - the super earthy/veggie/sweet malt is not my top preference for flavors - but this is still quite good, impressive complexity.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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 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 inlimbo77
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle. November 2012
Hotel room rocks glass

A: Hazy pale yellow orange color. Full finger of fluffy off white head. Beautifully carbonated. Lacing sheeting.

S: Smells fabulous. Lots of floral and citrus fruity notes. Grapefruit. Mango. Pithy orange. Papaya. Maybe some pineapple.

T: Nice sip. Your get those mildly bitter hops on the tip of the tongue. They are really fruity though. Different than I have ever tasted. The malt bill, like most lagers, is minimal. Some grassy malts. Crisp finish. Dry but lingering fruitiness.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 12/23/13

Appearance: Pours with a big, dense, creamy, foamy, off-white head that seriously sticks around - eventually fades to a thick cap, leaves great lacing - lightly hazy - medium copper with some gold and some orange

Smell: So much New Zealand, it's like I'm in the Lord of the Rings - extremely hoppy with a distinct aroma - tropical and juicy - oranges, tangerines, grapefruits - some pineapple, peach, and mango - some spiciness as well - lightly grassy and dank, with some pine - malts are decidedly dominated by the hops, but they provide some pale and caramel malts, with some light sweetness

Taste: Extremely fruity with some nice bitterness - big, ripe orange, tangerine, and grapefruit - flesh, some bitter pith, and a touch of citrus oil - big, big tropical notes, with some mango and pineapple - very bitter, but it definitely works - some grass, some earth - vaguely spicy - some pale malts and some sweetness, with some dry biscuits in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, finishes lightly oily but mostly clean

Overall: I vote Mass Kiwi Rising

This is pretty absurd. I'm not sure why or how I can still be surprised by Jack's Abby, but this was unexpectedly good. It's kind of like Mass Rising, except the hop profile is all about New Zealand hops, with some Nelson Sauvin. I must say that it not only reminds me of Mass Rising, but also of Alpine Nelson. And unlike Nelson, I don't have to trade away vital organs to get a bottle of this.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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 deltatauhobbit
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

November 2012 bottle, forgot I had it in the basement for a couple weeks, oops.

Pours a straw yellow color with a perfect sized head, sticks around for a long long while, large amounts of lacing on the glass, pour is very hazy and kind of looks like an unfiltered hefe.

Smell hits right off the bat with lots of citrusy/piney hops, has a very tropical hop aroma likely from the "Kiwi hops" used, fairly clean on the nose with only a mild sweet malt aroma for balance.

Taste is primarily the citrus pine hop flavor, sweet malt does come to help smooth out and balance some of the bitterness in the aftertaste, body is medium for the style with a decent dryness, carbonation is crisp and sharp that adds a refreshing aspect to it.

Probably one of the best "Double India Pale Lagers" I've had, not that there's too many of them out there compared to other styles.

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Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 500ml bottle. Thanks surge1311!

A - Golden with good clarity and a big white head. A steady rise of fine bubbles that give it a lively look.

S - Spicy hops with hints of tropical fruit.

T - A moderate but assertive bitterness throughout that's joined by fruity, floral, citrusy and spicy hop flavors. Good depth. A gradual warming effect from the alcohol that's perfect for a cold winter night.

M - A moderate consistency with a high carbonation.

O - An interesting and unique beer. Well worth a try.

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Photo of bum732
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Lots of lychee, passion fruit, some peach, resiny, tangerine

L: Slightly hazy burnt yellow, big creamy white head with solid retention and lacing.

T: Peach and passion fruit up front with a clean malt backbone. Resiny, medium high bitterness with loads of resiny, tropical fruit flavor. Malt present, but light and clean throughout. Finishes quite dry and resiny.

M: Medium full body, medium high carbonation.

Solid stuff, love the hops in this , very juicy. I actually prefer a little lighter body, got a little heavy in the stomach in the end.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
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 HamdenHector
3.72/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; medium yellow in color; less than a 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; light lacing;

S: light malts; citrus and tropical fruit;

T: follows the nose up front, then the combo of citrus and tropical fruit takes over; moderate, astringent bitterness from mid-palate through the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: very interesting; the astringency of the bitterness is a bit much for me;

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Photo of jbertsch
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. This brew is is hazy with a honey/wood-like color. Its white head is 1-finger in size and fades to a cap.

Nice aroma; primarily floral with lemon/lime and some extra tropical notes. Smells spicy too. Malt profile is lean and clean.

The flavor provides a quick hit of orange sweetness up front before that lemon/lime flavor kicks in. Peppery spiciness is prominent. A touch of honey is found in the middle. Some onion rears its head as this begins to warm. Grassy/earthy bitterness builds a bit on the finish the more you drink it, but doesn't overwhelm. A peppery note lingers.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but very frothy. It looks like it would carry more weight on the tongue than it does.

In the end I really enjoyed this. It's clean, direct, flavorful. However, I think I prefer Mass Rising, which has a more juicy tropical flavor to it.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed golden lager color with yellow hues with the orangey blush of a peach on it. Pastel eye candy. It had a 3 finger head of soft creamy bone white foam that sat like cloud over the top of the beer fo the longest time before it fell. left Grand splotchy thick lace. Oh so pretty.

Nose is righteous! This one has soft ripe peach for a nose with tropical back notes and a little bit of cat pee as it warms. Grass, lemon grass a white grape sweetness that seem to keep each other in check. The kiwi hops remind me of the nelson sauvin hops int heir grapey sweetness and powdery perfumey lightness. The malt is a pinch of sugar.

Taste is well done. My compunction with this style beer is because of the high abv it often feels like these beers are trying to put themselves together with pieces that don't fit. This one is a bit different. It has a light lager type smoothness to the drink that is not undone by the higher abv. There is a touch of warmth from alcohol on the palate and the mouthfeel is medium and smooth. The fruit is ripe and juicy, peach tropical backnotes and lemon grass. There is a wine like sweetness to the drink. The cat pee/dank is scent only and in the drink there is a moderate bitter that takes the back end . Light sugary malt. Crisp but has sweet scents from alcohol that I do not think belong in the lagerbier.

This is one of the beers in this style that actually drinks well. It's not a lager in that you cannot have tow, three or even four. It drinks a bit sweet and with an alcohol presence BUT the fruit and the choice of hops on this have made it work. The pale malt is at it's best to smooth everything out an leave the palate dry and even a bit refreshed with plenty of carbonation to excite the tongue.

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Photo of ms11781
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in November 2012. Reviewed on 12/02/2012. 16.9oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours an extremely hazy, but equally as bright golden yellow color. A huge, fluffy white head develops and reaches about 2 fingers or so. It dissipates slowly and a good half finger sits at the bottom of the glass once the liquid is gone. Huge, fluffy rings of foam stick the the glass and mark each sip. Excellent looking beer.

The nose is full of huge grapefruit notes with some nice tropical fruit coming through as well. There is some pine, especially as the beer warms. The huge, but not overpowering hop presence in the nose makes the malt pretty hard to detect, but that's not really the point here.

The taste has the same characteristics as the nose but the tropical and citrus notes are flipped. There is a huge tropical presence in each sip. Big pineapple and mango notes. Tangerine and orange as well, in addition to the grapefruit that was in the nose. Some nice pine brings a slight to moderate bitterness at the finish. As with the nose, the malt takes a backseat here.

The mouthfeel is very crisp. It's definitely not light overall but relative to an extremely hoppy beer with an ABV of 8.5% it comes off that way. There is a touch of stickiness from the slight pine finish but it lasts a split second before it really dries out.

This is an exceptional beer. It is definitely one of, if not the best Imperial pils I have had. The huge but not overwhelming hop aroma and flavor, combined with the crisp and lighter mouthfeel make this beer dangerously drinkable. Definitely had my share before it ran out this year.

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Photo of Auror
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at the 2012 "release". Notes taken on my phone, reviewed same night.

Appearance- Cloudy golden with a medium head. Nice lingering ring of retention. Essentially looks like a nice IPA should.

Smell- A pleasing blast of grapefruit and apricot. Some pine needles evident after a bit. Brewers spoke of extensive dry hopping and it is evident here.

Taste- The taste starts light and sweet. Some grapefruit and citrus notes. Very smooth. As you drink more, the bitter notes begin to appear. Hoppiness is evident, leaving a dry and bitter finish. Hop resin + crisp lager finish = yes. Zero alcohol present.

Mouthfeel- Medium to high carbonation. Pretty assertive on the palate, and the carbonation dominates any other mouthfeel consideration. Dry finish leaves you wanting more.

Overall- Great drinkability. Everyone with me drank several. Had it last year on draft and was excited for it's return (and soon in bottles). Thankfully, it lived up to my expectations. This is my favorite Jack's Abby beer by a good margin. Highly doubt there is a better lager out there.

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Kiwi Rising - Double IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
4.29 out of 5 based on 1,392 ratings.
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