Excess IPL | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Average: 4.23 | pDev: 6.62%

Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 470

American Lager | 7.20% ABV

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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Notes: Year-round availibility. We’re celebrating hop-mania with our outrageously hoppy lager, Excess IPL. Various methods of hopping throughout the brewing and lagering process maximize the aromas. With bold hop aromatics and flavors, this India Pale Lager is packed to the brim with intense hop goodness.

80 IBUs
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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale amber with slight reddish hue and a frothy white head that leaves a trail of lace.

Smells of tropical fruit, floral bouquet, and bread malt.

In the mouth is tropical fruit up front - peach and mango - followed by earthy undertones and a bread malt backbone with slight toffee notes. Finishes dry and a little nutty.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from the 16 oz. can into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass. The can, excitingly, was purchased locally (one-time shipment at Total Wine). Purchased on 9/15/17, consumed a couple weeks later (exact date was not recorded).

A: Mildly hazy medium gold - nowhere close to turbid, but not the crystal-clear I rather expected. Lots of visible carbonation. Forms a two-finger big-bubble white head that lasts very well.

S: A pleasant nose. Tropical fruits, kiwi, tangerine, and mild resin. Melon, lychee and a mild dank. The lightest of two-row and cracker malts. Maybe even a little more absence of maltiness than a typical West Coast IPA - which definitely lets the hop aromas shine here.

T: A punch of hop flavors everywhere. Tropical fruits, melon, dank. Citrusy orange rind. Lychee and kiwi and pineapple. Light cracker malts. Then more melon and citrus pith bitterness in the hang.

M: A light body with good carbonation sensation – but not as “crisp” as some IPLs I've had. The alcohol presence is quite well-hidden.

O: Really tasty. Unlike some IPLs, there’s not much here to suggest its status as a lager rather than an ale. Maybe there's just a little less yeasty presence, but it’s subtle and not likely something I’d have picked up on if it wasn’t for the label on the can. But regardless, this was quite enjoyable albeit nothing amazing. But good enough that I’ll likely go pick up a few more to drink my way through while Jack’s Abby stuff is available here in FL.

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Photo of HighOnHoppyPils
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy and golden with a good head. Aroma and flavor is pleasantly hoppy and bitter with strong notes of honey upfront with melon undertones. Faint aroma of mango. Honestly it’s s delicious beer to drink and one I don’t get tired of. The hop flavor is perfect and pronounced but also very balanced.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 16 oz can at Portland grocery store on the recommendation of the beer dude.
I am not keen on hazy beers....they have become an abomination of brewing. But that turns out to be the end of my complaints.
A very pleasant tasting hoppy beer ---- not in the current citrusy/fruity bent, but just old school resiny/piney/grassy...nice!
Sticky, dry aftertaste.
Very nice beer. IPL is an interesting style (I also enjoyed Gulpener's Ur Hop IPL from the Netherlands).

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Photo of Hhops
3.22/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz can. Couldn’t find any date stamp on can - disappointing. For a beer touted with 3x dry hop, there was barely perceptible hop nose. Mouth feel was spot on with a nicely balanced strong malt body and hop bitterness. My biggest letdown was the lack of strong hop nose and hop forward flavor. Perhaps it wasn’t really fresh? But with no date on the cans it’s hard to tell

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Photo of Wasatch
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to colby600 for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 11 08 17

Poured into a DFH glass a pretty nice hazy golden yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy two-finger white head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple), with a nice pineyness. The taste is pretty nice, malty, hoppy, with a really nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple), very nice pineyness. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this one really surprised me. Glad to have gotten a chance to try it. Nice Job JAB! Thanks Bill!

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Photo of ryanm3850
3.1/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

They've attempted to create something an IPA drinker would enjoy but it comes off as half finished. I cant find what about this beer earns the name "excess". Not great, not terrible.

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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a Czech style becher beer glass a slightly chill hazed orange tinged medium golden with a half finger white head that's gone pretty fast.Floral and sweet onion aromas really stand out,moderate citrus fruits show thru as well.Almost like an NE IPA with juicy fruitiness and lack of bitterness,like a DIPA in it's sugary finish.I find it gets a bit sweet in that finish,as I drink more I get a bit more resin but it stays quite sweet.I like it but it has no lager qualities to me really,again I like it but it's alot different than most of the style.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange tinged dark golden brew with a nice white head. It looks real nice. I'm in like with this beer already. Very fruity and sweet smell from this brew. This one has a really nice range of flavor and depth with sweetness and bitterness both playing a part. Very IPA like with some citrus and fruit flavors coming through. Well carbonated...this is one good beer. Give it a try for sure.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a can.

A mildly hazy orange with a dense, off white head with good retention and lacing this looks solid. The nose is clean with a juicy and fruity hop character, with orange ,peach, mango and a little passionfruit. A light honey and mild caramel nite is present. The palate opens mostly hoppy with a blend of fruit, a mild bitterness and a touch of dough. Quite juicy, with a clean lager base, alcohol is well hidden. Mildly sweet and juicy on the finish, this beer is decent. The hop profile almost feels like it would be better in an IPA, though

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy golden orange with a big fluffy white head. Excellent retention, and lacing comes in sheets.

S: Big sweet orange and grapefruit, but also a prominent earthy dankness with lots of pine. A firm biscuity malt backbone helps accentuate the sweetness of the blood orange and yellow grapefruit notes. There's also a hint of more subtle pineapple, mango, and honeydew melon, with that almost chemical dankness.

T: Bittersweet citrus upfront, like biting into a citrus fruit. You get the peel, pith, and flesh of orange, red grapefruit, and even lemon. The dankness and pine provides a welcome balance. The biscuit malt backbone is big and leans somewhat sweet, but the citrus and pine hoppiness keep it in balance. There are subtle mango, pineapple, and honeydew melon notes dancing throughout. Near the finishes the malt character tastes somewhat buttery. Finishes slightly sweet but slightly dry with a bit of dank, piney bitterness.

F: Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation, well-rounded.

O: An excellent IPL that could beat many of the best West Coast IPAs.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Head is bright white with the beer pouring golden. The nose isn't very hoppy, but more grainy in smell. The taste echoes the smell with heavy grains and very little hop flavors that I expected to jump out at me. The beer is very crisp and the finish is quickly gone.

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Photo of Kayakguy
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out of 16oz can to unfiltered golden haze. Very drinkable for the ABV with a nice hop finish. A great vaule for the 4 pack price of $10.98. jack's Abby does not disappoint with this offering.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16oz can served in my Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a dull burnished orange with a hazy clarity and a tight, fluffy one inch, bright white head. Nose expresses earthy/herbal notes and candied citrus with a suggestion of caramel malt. Taste consistent with nose; however, citrus and caramel malt are reveals towards the back and are not particularly prominent. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (closer to light) with a crisp carbonation. Overall, a solid IPL. Nice balance reminiscent of an old school east coast IPA.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. Can
I must admit, I'm a big advocate of the IPL.

A very active look, jazzy bubbles through a hazy golden color with slight amber highlights.

The aroma has an unreal level hop scent. Massive, tropical>citrus>pine and earthy notes. Very dominant. However, there is a classic "bread and butter" style malty aroma from the lager side. A sour, earthy lager yeast smell rounds it out. Overall, a very impressive nose.

The hop dominated complexity is very high grade. Tons of tropical fruits, bitter, earthy tones with citrus and pine sap. MultI layered hop flavor's are very impressive, but the base flavor, the skeleton of this IPL is certainly some impressive malty lager tones, both bread and buttery, but very crisp. The lager yeast brings more sour ish earthy tones and balances everything out perfectly. All flavor's seem to be very high grade. The hops are a rather intense, bitter-pine bomb. Dry and grassy finish.

The mouthfeel is pretty amazing, super crispy, juicy with a rather full and lush middle, finishes dry and slightly bitter.

This might be the current king of the IPL.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange-golden pour with creamy off-white cap that persists and sticks. Aroma is juicy tropical fruits and a bit of citrus. Flavor follows with fruity hops that pack a small bite, but balanced perfectly by an excellent malty backbone. I'm not sure if this is as well-rounded as Mass Rising, but darn close, and the flavor an maltiness are on point. Another delicious one from this brewer.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Traded for this a while ago, as evidenced by the date on the bottom of the can which read "8/26" of last year. This was the first beer that I had from Jack's Abby and aside from the intentional lack of aroma, this was quite enjoyable and clean-finishing...as one would expect from a nicely-crafted IPL!

Nice pour to this as the beer was a hazy orange with a fluffy head that settled down relatively easily and didn't cling much to the side of my pint glass once I started to work my way through this. Not a lot of hops in the nose but there was some dank pine and melon to go with stone stone fruit pith, all in muted tones. More of them came out in the taste as the hops were strong but subtle at the same time. Citrus juice formed the backbone of this beer as this was invitingly slick and easygoing, with a clean finish that had an accompanying dank aftertaste as part of the mix. A hint of white peach kept this light while the easygoing carbonation ensured that the flavors held on for the endurance.

The alcohol was quite recessed here which also helped this beer shine. I'm not a huge fan of IPA's but this was a welcome change from the heavier offerings that tend to come from the Bay State. For something crisp, hoppy, and unique, this was easily worth ago. Would be great to try the other IPL's from Jack's Abby to see if they measure up to this!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy golden color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves some good lacing

S: Lots of hop goodness up front, with waves of citrus and tropical fruits in there as well as light herbal notes and a solid malt sweetness to hold everything down

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the citrus and herbal hops and goes into some bitterness before the malt picks up the slack. More fruitiness emerges along with some maltiness. Finishes with lingering light bitterness and herbal notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A very hop-centric IPL with hops bursting at the seam. The dry-hopping just adds to this. Remains incredibly easy to drink and never gets too bitter. Excess indeed. Enjoy!

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Photo of Holderness
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 14 days ago.

L -- Hazy golden orange body with a two-finger off-white head produced with moderate pour. Some retention and minimal lacing
S -- DIPA aroma profile. Rubbery hops, piney dankness, grapefruit rind, and some orange pulp
T -- Quite dry. Crackery malts, pine, bitter citrus
F -- Medium mouthfeel with a fairly good balance of flavors. Moderate carb
O -- Another great offering from Jack's Abby. The triple dry hopping is a little bit of overkill: although the aromas benefit, the flavors are somewhat muddled and bitter. Still, if you like Mass Rising, you'll probably like this -- and only ~$10/4-pack of 16oz cans.


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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a hazy burnt yellow to orange color with a thin white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Clingy white lacing glosses around the glass nicely. The smell starts off with a thick citrus bittersweet rind over a bitter piney background. The flavor embraces the thickness of the citrus rind-like hops and blends with the bitterness of the piney hops. Light dry biscuits underneath. Comes together in the aftertaste, really quick. And light and quick in the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly smooth with a sharp contrast to the texture, still feels great. Overall, damn nice India pale lager that I would have again.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudy straw color with white head

Smell - grapefruit, melon, mango

Taste - grapefruit, mango, melon

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, citrus upfront, hop bitterness in the backend

Overall - decent IPA here, worth a shot

Price Point - $10.99/ 4 pk 16 oz cans

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Other Half, Trillium, and Grimm - among others - have got me hooked on double dry hopping and lupulin powder - so this had to be had, y'know? And goddman if it ain't good...

Pale gold body, lightly hazed with a tall head in my pilsener glass... Aromas of pine edged with grasses and hints of floral citrus... Tastes great: the bitter hops are clean and crisp, bringing that herbal pine again, in addition to sweeter notes of lemon, melon, and grapefruit... Medium-light feel, moderate carbonation, smooth and quick-drinking, with a clean, drying finish that left me smacking my lips for more. 4/7/17 canning...

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Photo of scotorum
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25


No evident canned on date. Assuming it's not very old since it's an in-state brewery and quite popular. Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a: Cloudy orange with an inch thick white head which receded slowly to uneven surface foam and mainly dense lacing.

s: Dank pine and citrus,

t: Follows the nose with a moderate hop bite over a medium biscuit malt base. Slight bitterness and sourness lingering on the dry finish.

m: Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o; A substantial IPL showcasing the mainly resiny bitterness. Not a fan of the initial occasional sour note but that fades and the rest is fine.

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Photo of Lonborgski
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In a pint glass at a restaurant.
Deep rust color. Darker than I expected. Creamy head that fades but leaves lacing.
The hop smell comes through, but not overpowering.
A balanced taste of hops and lager sourness.
Overall, an interesting beer experience, but I can't think of when I'd like this more than a good IPA.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into an Orrefors IPA glass.

Nice golden color, a little bit hazy, but not all that much.

The smell starts tropical and fruity and gets some nice piney notes at the end.

Very balanced beer, withloadsof flavor. Piney notes carry along some tropical fruits. Sweetness and bitterness works beauitifully together to create a great palate that finisheswih a great, lingering hoppy bitterness. Super drinkable.

Liquid is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated.

I really digged this one. Great to just pound down, but with a great detail to the flavors. If I had access to it, this would be one of my standards.

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Excess IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 470 ratings