Friday, March 2, 2018

Jack's Abby Excess IPL

Fill date: ?

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 21B Specialty IPA

AROMA: Fairly strong hop presence with notes of stone, citrus and tropical fruits (class West Coast style). Surprisingly strong malty presence with noticeable caramel and toffee sweetness. Can is likely old as there is a noticeable lemon sherry character due to oxidation. Clean lager fermentation. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Very hazy flame orange/honey color (7-9 SRM). White soapy foam mostly dissipates and leaves little lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: High hop bitterness immediately along with moderately-high hop flavor (citrus and tropical fruits, especially). Malt base is quite strong with a sweet caramel flavor (could be due to under-attenuation or just the age of the can). Hops and malts both linger in the aftertaste, albeit briefly. Oxidation is noticeable, but not distracting. No obnoxious alcohol character. Clean lager fermentation. Does not taste like a lager (should it?). 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full mouthfeel; moderate carbonation. Smooth, but a bit thick and almost syrupy. No alcohol warmth or taste at 7.2% ABV. A bit thick and tepid for a lager. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Walks a fine line between single and double IPA. Hops are nice, but are hindered by the can's age. I'll bet this is excellent when fresh. 7/10


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