Review: Excess IPL by Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers

Excess IPL by Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers

Brewery: Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers
Beer Style:  3X Dry Hopped India Pale Lager
ABV:  7.2%
IBUs: 80

Beer God’s Notes

Original Tasting Notes: wow this is hoppy and I love it. You could have told me it was an IPA and I would’ve believed you

Sometimes less is more.  And sometimes more is more.  I don’t have a lot to say about this beer other than that as a hophead I absolutely loved it.  Jack’s Abby makes some really unique lagers and this is easily my favorite one to date.

As I said in my original tasting notes you could have told me this was an IPA and I would have believed you. I’m not normally a lager fan, but I will always try one from Jack’s Abby (especially if it’s 3x dry hopped).


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.

Exciting things have been brewing here at Jack’s Abby, including a brand new outrageously hoppy lager – Excess IPL.

The craft beer world has seen hoppier and hoppier brews popping up one after another for years now. If you’ve visited our taproom in Framingham recently, you may have noticed that we’ve released some of our already hoppy India Pale Lagers with extra dry hop additions, resulting in bolder hop aromatics and flavors. These beers have been a major hit and to celebrate hop-mania we’ve undertaken the task of brewing the ultimate hoppy beer. Taking advantage of some of the most exciting hops in our portfolio, added in startling quantities throughout the process, Excess IPL is sure to satisfy even your strongest hop craving.

Excess IPL combines two special early brewhouse hop addition techniques with heavy dry hopping to maximize hop aroma and ensure a unique fusion of multiple hop flavors. First we added whole leaf Calypso to the mash tun, a process called ‘mash hopping’, then added even more hops to the kettle than we normally do. These early hop additions remain in the mash and kettle for extended periods of time, yielding enticingly floral notes.

Additional hops are next introduced both in the whirlpool and hopback before the heftiest additions late in the process, the dry hop charges. During fermentation, Excess IPL is hopped several times over with our proprietary dry hopping system. These late hop additions preserve more of the volatile hop oils responsible for the intense aromatics and flavors in our hoppy lagers.

These repeated additions throughout the brew and fermentation processes carefully layer and blend aromatic profiles, packing Excess IPL to the brim with intense hop goodness. It’s the next best thing to a mouthful of hops!


Citra: Passion Fruit, Guava, Citrus
Chinook: Grapefruit, Floral, Pine
Equinox: Lime, Papaya, Bell Pepper
Calypso: Melon, Apple, Sweet Mint
Simcoe: Blackberry, Peach, Pine

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