Kiwi Express All-Grain IPA Kit


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Forget what you thought you knew about the flavors of IPA and travel with us to the south seas on the Kiwi Express! This exotic IPA recipe kit uses only New Zealand hops to celebrate the southern hemisphere harvest!

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Forget what you thought you knew about the flavors of IPA and travel with us to the south seas on the Kiwi Express! This exotic IPA beer kit uses only New Zealand hops to celebrate the southern hemisphere harvest!

If you like Simcoe and Citra but are looking for the next resiny thing; if you like in-your-face hopbursted tastebud-erasers; if you’re not among those who thinks the world doesn’t need another IPA; then you should definitely just stop reading and brew this kit.

The setup is old (West Coast-style) but the punchline is new. A big but uncomplicated malt bill plus Wyeast 1056 set the stage and then stay out of the way of the ensuing lupulin circus. Via a blend of New Zealand hop varieties, exotic flavors and aromas permeate your sinuses - sticky tropical fruit, lime oil, equatorial flowers, Tellicherry peppercorns - underpinned with an undeniable earthy funk. All senses saturated with hoppy hues of green and yellow. Massive late and dry hop additions leave nothing to your tongue’s imagination and prove absolutely ruinous to your palate should any other ale or lager be foolish enough to try to follow Kiwi Express in a tasting session.

The next frontier is the Southern Hemisphere; welcome to the candy store, kid, here’s the keys.

Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick here for Kiwi Express All-Grain IPA Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1061
Total Time to Make6 weeks
4.7 / 5.0
31 Reviews
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Really really good kit
Second time making this kit. First time had a 1/2 oz left over hops, this time recipe called for all. Pitched mason jar of about 28oz of 3 month old harvested wlp01 California from previous IPA. Ninety minute mash netted OG of 1.064 somehow. Yeast Cranked through in 10 days down to 1.011 for abv of just under 7%. Hop combo really creates a great nose/aroma. Medium alpha hops but really make a great beer! You won't be disappointed with this kit. Feels like a solid malt base that can be used for single hop recipes/ various yeast-that's the plan at least.
October 8, 2015
This has become one of my favorite beers to brew. It has a permanent home on one of my tap handles. The New Zealand hops give it a unique flavor, which is a nice detour from the more typical IPAs I tend to brew. I add an oz of citra to the 3 oz of hops it calls for in the dry hop stage because, well, it's citra. And citra makes everything better.
December 15, 2014
Great variation on standard IPA
This is a very light bodied, very hoppy, delicious concoction. I was looking for something a bit different than your standard American IPA and this absolutely delivered. It got stellar reviews from friends as well. I've never tried any of these hop varieties before but they give great results in the finished product. If you're looking for something good and hoppy but a bit different than the normal, I highly recommend trying this beer.
December 1, 2015
Outstanding Unique IPA
I brewed this a few months ago and had too much beer around so I invited a number of friends over for a tasting. This beer was served along with the Caribou Slobber. The Caribou Slobber was barely touched and the Kiwi Express was mostly gone after one evening. It was an absolute crowd pleaser. Subtle fruit notes while exhibiting a true IPA aroma and flavor. Very very drinkable. I cannot say enough good about this.
June 27, 2016
Truly unique
This recipe is utterly incredible. The brew is so refreshing and delicious. Conventional hops create a spicy bitterness. These Kiwi hops create not bitterness but herbal-ness, a tangy fruitiness but the brew is not sweet or ester-based. I did a secondary fermentation in a conical, and the result was quite cloudy. If you go that route, consider filtering. My only note would be that the color is not appealing to me, but the delicious-ness more than makes up for that. Just awesome, thank you again, NB, for a very rewarding kit.
June 4, 2015
Pleasant Surprise
A nice change from traditional IPA's, with excellent fruit flavor and aroma from the NZ hops.
November 18, 2013
Easy to brew. Great flavorful hops. A lightweight for an IPA but that's what I got it for. *** This was one of the fastest emptied kegs ever - everyone loves this beer ***. I will be making this again.
July 22, 2013
Major problem...the keg was kicked too soon!
Fantastic beer so it didn't last long. A lot lighter in body, color, and bitterness than a typical IPA. I'd say it's closer to an APA myself. Very floral nose and fruity palate but still unique thanks to the NZ hops. Great summer beer. Will definitely brew this one again.
September 20, 2013
great beer
I added an extra 1/2 pound of honey malt to the mix as well as an ounce of amarillo to the dry hops. Turned out great. Definitely gets better with age. Nice spicy notes, tropical, perfectly balance with the extra honey malt.
November 15, 2012
Great IPA
I am am pretty picky when it comes to IPAs. This is a Great IPA, the bitterness is quickly replaced by lime and tropical fruit flavors. Everyone that has tried it says it the one of the best IPAs they have had. Order another one to brew before this one is gone!
July 14, 2013
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My directions for the all grain kit do not give the time frame for the dry hopping. Please advise.
Doug G on Dec 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hello Doug,

Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! That dry hop addition should take place about 5 days prior to bottling. The time is somewhat lenient on dry hopping but 5 days prior to bottling on most beers that have a dry addition is a pretty good rule of thumb to have the optimal amount of flavor/aroma added to the beer. I hope that this helps!

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