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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.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here! Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1061 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
4.6 / 5.042 ReviewsMy favoriteI've brewed 19 batches since I've started home brewing and this is by far my favorite.The hops character ultra citrus, with an amazingly light malt base. Great for summer, punch-your-teeth hops without the heavy malty overtones.I couldn't believe how much hops (plus multiple dry hops) go into this beer.This is my new goto beer.July 6, 2014IPA for the masses!Wonderful beer! Mild bitterness (only .5oz bittering hops and 6.5oz Aroma and dry) Strong citrus/grapefruit in the nose. As a 'hop head' I love this beer, easy to drink but full of flavor.A great IPA to win people over to hoppy beers, especially for those who don't like bitterness. A malt addicted brewer friend told me this was the best IPA he'd ever had! I dry hopped for 7 days, and found that with a little shaking, most of the hops fell to the bottom so I didn't have to worry about clogging my siphon. Used WY1056 @ 65*April 2, 2014My new favorite IPAMalt to hop balance perfect. You're not hit over the head with a northwest pine tree taste like many West coast IPAs, so if that's your style, you may not like this one. Citrusy grapefruit flavors penetrate with gentle sweet kisses of bitterness - like your first girlfriend.October 1, 2015Great beer, I'm definitely ordering this one againI waited the full length suggested in primary and secondary before kegging, this was my first IPA and it turned out great. The one thing I learned is to transfer or clear up the beer before kegging. It clogged my keg lines pretty bad the first try. Overall I'm really enjoying this one and looking forward to the next batch.February 25, 2013Holy hops hoppity hopsWhen we opened the kit I almost fell down when i saw the volume of hops this recipe called for. I love an ipa; the taste, the aroma, and it turned my brew house into an aromatic sensory hop-wonder zone. We boiled this for 120 minutes and adjusted the addition times as necessary. It's in secondary now waiting to be dry hopped. The 120 boil made the beer a little darker. My only advice is to think about the amount of hops in the kettle at the end of the boil before transferring because it was tricky to siphon all the wort off the top. After cooling, we let it sit for close to an hour. We are naming it 'misty mountains ipa' as a tie in to New Zealand and the hobbit (filmed in nz, duh). Can't wait to sample it.December 10, 2013Best beer I have ever brewed.Awesome citrus aroma and wonderful taste. Had people at a party taste test. Even non beer drinking friends asked for more. I have only brewed the same beer twice one time and this was it.November 11, 2013So Far, So Good.....Brewed on 4/13/2013. Did a three gallon boil. Followed listed directions and ingredients except for yeast, Used one vial of WL California and one packet of Safale 05. OG of 1.062. Took a FG reading after 6 days and it was 1.012. Didn't need a blowoff tube. I'll check FG again in two days. I plan on doing a two week secondary fermentation right in my bottling bucket so I can easily dry-hop in a bag. I'll follow-up later with results. So, far the beer has an awesome smell and tastes really good for a warm flat IPA. I'm getting excited.......April 19, 2013Everyone loves this oneBrewed this according to recipe. Primary 2 weeks, secondary 18 days with last 10 days dry hopping. Bottled Nov 1. Opened first one the 17th. Crisp, citrusy and refreshing. Not the usual IPA my hophead friends like, a different IPA. Not American or British. Found out that my IPA friends love it, and friends who are not IPA fans also love it! A beer snob friend of mine (who trades beers via e-bay) adored it, and is coming over next weekend to learn how to brew because of this ale! My only compaint is that this would be a wonderful summer IPA, but was introduced too late. Hopefully this kit is around in March!November 28, 2012Smells Great !!!!Brewed this one Feb.3, it sat in Primary for 3 weeks and I dry hopped in Secondary for 2 weeks. I bottled 25 Bombers on Sunday March 10 and this beer smells amazing !!! I have such high hopes for this kit.... I'm not even going to think about popping the top on one of these 22 oz bottles for at least 3 more weeks because if it's not ready I don't want to waste one !!!!March 12, 2013
Browse 2 questions Browse 2 questions and 5 answersWhat kind of hops are in this beer exactly?BEST ANSWER: You can answer this sort of question yourself for any of NB's kits. There is a tab labeled "Further Information". Under that is a link to the ingredients and recipe. Specifically for Kiwi Express, the hops are as follows:
0.5 oz New Zealand Nelson Sauvin (60 min)
- 0.5 oz New Zealand Nelson Sauvin (10 min)
- 1 oz New Zealand Motueka (10 min)
- 2 oz New Zealand Wakatu (10 min)
- 1 oz New Zealand Motueka (Dry Hop)
- 2 oz New Zealand Wakatu (Dry Hop)What is the final specific gravity supposed to be for this beer?BEST ANSWER: Thanks for contacting Northern Brewer. ABV is dependent on the strain of yeast used, amount of yeast cells pitched, and the fermentation temperature. So different yeasts will give you slightly different ABV. We specifically don't put ABV on our kits, because sometimes people are so focused on a certain number they overlook they made delicious beer, but it is roughly around 6%. Cheers! -Deanna, staff