When I first heard about Kiwi Rising I thought it was a beer that used kiwi in the process however the name comes from the New Zealand hops and has nothing to do with the kiwi fruit. I picked this up at Julio’s in Mass, this store has an excellent selection of beer and lots of stuff that we cannot get in Maine. This bottle was about $6 which is not terrible but it is only 16.9 oz not a full 22 oz bomber.
The color a pale orange with a very thick white head with large bubbles. Aroma has lots of fruity hops; grapefruit, pineapple and a bit of grass. Really appealing beer both in looks and smell. Taste is also excellent with the hops front and center. Finish is slightly bitter and the alcohol is not apparent at all. This drinks like a 5% beer so it could be dangerous.
Overall very impressed with Kiwi Rising and the Double IPL style. You don’t see too many Double IPLs out there but the few that I have had I really enjoyed. Much more so than some of the other styles I try to like; black IPA, white IPA, etc.
Pros: Lots of hops
Alcohol Content: 8.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 105
Brewers Website: Jack’s Abby
Brewers Description: This is an intensely hoppy and strong lager that we refer to as a Double India Pale Lager. Over four pounds of hops per BBL of New Zealand hops (Kiwi Hops) were used in progressively larger hop additions throughout the brewing process. Four kettle hop additions, whole leaf hops in the hop back, and multiple dry hop additions infuse an intense floral and citrusy aroma. No kiwifruit or kiwi birds were used in the production of this beer.