cfrances33 (35) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to ILOVESTOUTS, served in a Hill Farmstead stem.
Pour: Hazy golden yellow. Really vibrant and almost glowing. Big two and a have finger fluffy, snow white head. Leaves tons of clean sticky lacing. Beautiful.
Smell: Big grapefruit, melon, and pine right off the bat. Some light breadyness, but barely. Not super big on the nose but really bright.
Taste: Woah. HUGE grapefruit, melons, and clean pine, followed by a deep citrus bitterness. Just bright all around. This beer is standout. A nice bread dough sweetness just supplements This is no where close to balance, and I love it.
Mouthfeel: It drinks like a Hill Farmstead DIPA. To me, that about the highest mouthfeel praise there is. Incredibly juicy, this beer approaches S&S5 levels of drinkability. Great bitterness, but in the raw fruit sense. Amazing.
Overall: This beer is better than nearly every DIPA I’ve ever had. Just a stellar beer in every regard. Jack’s Abbey hit a grand slam here. I don’t want this again, I NEED this again.
mrhopsbeertalk (185) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 7, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2013 Another masterpiece DIPL from Jack’s Abby. The Kiwi hops add an absolutely delicious spicy pepper flavor. The aroma is good but not great and the palate and body are solid despite the beer looking very pale in the glass.
xav_lefridge (32) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
À l’oeil : belle opacité et assez trouble pour une lager (non-filtrée il faut noter)
Au nez : Belle odeur dense de fruits exotiques (pamplemousse, ananas, papaye)
Au goût : Le nez suit à l’entrée avec les agrumes en majorité. L’amertume se faufile ensuite pour rendre la finale très consistante et houblonnée.
Dans ma jeune histoire avec les bières, la meilleure que j’ai bu ! Très équilibrée, intense et rafraîchissante !
PhillyCraft (3782) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 Growler from frank, with him and Allen. Pours a hazy murky orange juice pour. Aromas and taste of amazing nz hops, cheese, kiwi, garlic, marmelade any other funky grains. Little bit of coconut, pineapple, mango, and other dank citrus and cheese. Light sugar, fulll flavored. Absolutely insane
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ya this stuff is stupid good. A frigging big bad hoppy lager. If you don’t believe me give it a try.
jbertsch (10) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 citrusy aroma; primarily grapefruit. Some bready malt is found in there.
The flavor provides a quick hit of orange sweetness up front before grapefruit quickly returns. Some honey is found in the middle providing a faintly sweet malt backbone. Bittersweet grapefruit returns in the end and leaves tart citrus notes lingering on the back of your tongue.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side. In fact this is when I’m reminded that this is still a lager...not for any technical reason, though. It looks like it would carry more weight on the tongue than it does. I have no problem with this, however.
In the end I really enjoyed this. It’s clean, direct, flavorful, and I enjoyed it more near the end. My only complaint with this beer is that it doesn’t taste all that much bigger or bolder than Hoponius Union. I’m not sure if that speaks to Hoponius Union’s greatness or a possible downfall in Kiwi Rising. I’m thinking the former, as it’s hard to say anything bad about K.R.
Reynolds314 (2755) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong Pale Lagers you got served!.... Well this beer is fantastic. Pours a copper/honey golden pour with nice 1 finger foamy head. Aroma is grapefruit, melon, light cracker and dough. Taste is grassy herbal hops with tons of citrus flavor. Juicy and drinkable.. this is actually 8.5%???
CamdenD (1113) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
World class. Nothing more nothing less. Intense hop aroma with citrus and pine. Unfiltered. Taste is very bitter but long and not cloying. Drink.
Marheb (2899) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Un bouquet assez unique, je sais que j’ai à faire à qqch de spécial, ananas, kiwi, banane, orange. Belle texture juteuse, j’aime de plus en plus le côté lager dans une bombe houblonnée.
MacBoost (1468) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2013 So, apparently this is the #1 rated Imperial Pils In the world. Let’s see how it stacks up.
Pours a clear gold color with a nice white head. Big, powerful aromas of juicy tropical fruits in the nose. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit with sugar, your senses just run wild when you smell this beer. Very deep and complex aromas. I could smell this for hours.
Taste is a slight letdown from what the aroma promised. No, it’s still pretty damn good, but not up there with the best of the best ipa’s/dipas I’ve ever tasted. Probably the best lager I’ve ever had though. Some of the tropical fruit juice is lost in translation from the nose. Some unwelcomed bitterness is present, detracting from the overall experience. Very thin body for a 8.5% beer. The finish is drying, Tylenol like bitterness with only a shadow of the tropical fruit hop expression promised in the nose.
It’s good, but not a world beater.