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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 ReviewsGreat beer but..I've brewed this 3 times and each time I have received great feedback from friends and family. I recently ordered this kit for a fourth time and noticed that the wrong hops were sent. I improvised on the spot and I'm sure this batch will still turn out just fine but I'm concerned that this will happen again in the future. Quality Control, NB.September 19, 2017Purchased
7 months agoExcelllent intro to iPAsI will admit that I didn't like IPAs until recently and this was one of ones that got me hooked! Not bitter and just delicious. In fact I planned on getting it again but gotta wait cause it's out of stock.May 25, 2017Purchased
1 year agoSuper fruit brewI hope we didn't ruin anything by adding 9 pounds of fresh kiwis
during the cool down process. Its bubbling away in the bucket and smells great. Will have to get back to you sometime in June.April 5, 2017Noble-derived hops make for clean and pleasent IPAAbout the only IPAs I enjoy fit the UK style but Kiwi Express is an exception. It's far removed from the resinous IPAs that have become the standard in the US. Motueka is 1/3 Saaz and has a subdued lime flavor. Wakatu is derived from Hallertau Miitlefrüh. Both of these work well with the Nelson Sauvin used for bittering and flavor. The bitterness ration is a tame .5. The overall impression for me is light-spicy, light-lime. I haven't come across a commercial comparison; the closest I can think of is No-Li's Big Juicy.
If you have grown weary of gnawing through the super bitter Cascade-Simcoe-etc resin bombs try Kiwi Express.November 27, 2016June 13, 2016Never got cupon off last purchaseI suppose to get some beer bucks off my last purchase. I think it was like $20 brew buck for every $50 spent or something like that. I spent $150 and got nothing, I even called once and was told they were emailing them but a month later here I am.February 4, 2016Nice light bodied IPABrewed the extract kit as a send off for IPAs until warm weather returns. The result was lovely. Nice pale color with a light body. Somewhat familiar, yet distinctive tastes from the blend of New Zealand hop varieties. A lot of citrus notes with an additional subtle layer of flavor that I can't quite define. I will brew this kit again.October 30, 2015delicious but disappointing total yieldI'm a huge fan of New Zealand hops, so I was psyched to see this extract kit with its focus there. The aromas and flavors are fantastic -- even better than expected. I did have two gripes though. (1) I was a bit disappointed in the yield. The target batch size is five gallons, and while I'm used to "5 gallons" being more like a "4.5 gallon" packaged amount, this wound up being closer to 3.5 gallons. I'm not really sure why, but I think it was (in large part) because there seemed to be a lot of unsiphonable material, esp. in the carboy, esp. after the dry-hopping. (2) There seems to be a lot of "junk" in the beer, even after packaging. It's not like I need a crystal-clear beer (and frankly, mildly cloudy IPAs are totally a thing) but it just seems like I wind up with a last sip in the glass that's got a bunch of... "stuff" left over -- no matter how carefully I decant during the pour. ANYWAY/OVERALL: great flavor, but bear in mind that you may wind up with a smaller yield of a slightly-more-than-cloudy IPA.October 5, 2015My 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, 2015Fruity tasteThis was fruity tasting beer had a nice texture and went down smooth. Lot's of hops from dry hopping to watch out for when transferring the beer. I will most likely get this again at some point in the future.January 1, 2015
- Browse 4 questions Browse 4 questions and 13 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)How many gallons per kit?BEST ANSWER: After following the kit instructions I ended up with 2 cases of bottled beer. That's around 4.5 gallons. Also, this kit yields very good IPA, well worth the effort & $.I have an extra 2oz of citra hops that I'm thinking about adding to the dry hop. Is this a good idea or should I use them in another batch?BEST ANSWER: The kiwi express IPA primarily utilizes southern hemisphere hops (6 oz in total. (Wakatu, motueka and Sauvin) all originating in NZ. Bieng that these hops are primarily citric in taste, i don't think adding Citra to the mix would hurt, it will raise the ibu's though. Should make for a great IPA.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