cfrances33 (35) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle thanks to ILOVESTOUTS, served in a Hill Farmstead stem.
xav_lefridge (32) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2013
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.
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 ! Quick3Beers (1204) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2016
Pours a light amber from a bottle. While I like some hoppy beers, I usually roll my eyes at the over-hopped behemoths that many breweries put out. This is not one of those. This is a well-balanced, fruity IPL, lots of bitterness, some nice mellow malt backbone, and an all-around great beer. krumbum (1109) - truckee, California, USA - DEC 28, 2016
Super big frothy head clear straw Amber color. Big vegetative green slight piny aromas. Nice bitter sappy pine flavors that blends and mellows in to a sweet sap base slight syrup consistency. satagajr (19) - Virum, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2016
My first Double IPL...let’s see where the bar is set.
Poured from a large can. Golden colour- on the lighter side. Big fluffy white head. The aroma...dear lord the aroma. Very fresh, very clean. Citrusy and fruity. Taste is nice, very well balanced. Those fruity hops (tropical) come to play but there is a malty sweetness that is there as well. It’s really, really good. I had no heads up going into this and WOW how pleasantly surprised I am. This is freaking good.
dagimp (1008) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2017
Best IPL ever! No really, it was that good. And I’m a big fan of the Mass Rising, but this was better. All about the hops with mild to moderate bitterness. Will grab even more of this next year. PhillyCraft (7114) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2012
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
Ya this stuff is stupid good. A frigging big bad hoppy lager. If you don’t believe me give it a try. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JAN 7, 2016
This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a slight hazy burnt yellow to golden orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated in a messy fashion. Lacing speckled in a messy fashion.
The smell had a charming sweet to bitter juicy grassy to citrus blend sliding into an underscore of floral bitterness. Hop oils start to come out as it warms. Really nice!
The taste followed the smell nicely. Low dry floral to citrusy aspects burst into the aftertaste and slide into the finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable feel as to not wreck the palate. Carbonation seems good for a lager style - enough smoothness but also enough IBU harshness hitting my tongue.
Overall, I’ve wanted this for a long time and am so glad I finally found it. One of the best IPL’s, I’ve ever had and would recommend with its respected food. But for me, I might like to try with some bleu cheese crusted New York strip steak. jbertsch (10) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2011
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.