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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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California breweries are known for their distinctively American take on the classic English style: India Pale Ale. Heavily hopped, Excel Eastside IPA brings to the forefront notes of lemon zest, grapefruit and pine with a dry finish. Here at Excel, weíre brewing up some West Coast flavors on the East Side.


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3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crash_the_dog (163) - Fairway, Kansas, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Nice copper color out of a bottle. Soapy head with moderate lacing. Faint hoppy aroma. Mouthfeel is at once sticky and crisp. Flavor has some citrus notes, though leaning more towards lemon rind than lemon zest. Would like to try on tap. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (9182) - Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2015
355ml bottle. Keep thinking of the band Excel when I see the logo, not close but close enough. Pours a golden color, repetitively clear, big foamy white head. It does have a classic west-coast aroma which is appreciated. Lemon and grapefruit, some sweet malt but just that: sweet malt, no malt complexity getting in the way of the hops. The flavor isnít as intriguing as the aroma. Not offensive but lacking the punch. Basic citrus and pine, not much malt so it ends up with a watery character, though it has decent body. It has nice acidity and bitterness and overall is not bad but not exciting like the aroma.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (3333) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2015
This is a serviceable IPA but itís not knocking my socks off or anything. Itís clear orange with a foamy head and lacing in big patches. This has a ton of woody pine in the nose and not much else. A touch of sweetness brings out some lemon zest citrus once tasted though and bracing bitterness in the finish lends a satisfying punch. Iíd say this is a solid beer overall but it really doesnít stand out in a crowded field.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
arsenal1973 (3) - - JUN 24, 2015 does not count
Nicely balanced IPA I can only assume the lower ratings are for people who donít apprieciate an IPA that is balanced and not just a hop bomb. This is an OLD SCHOOL IPA that has the grapefruit and bitterness you look for but isnít like chewing on a hop pellet

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3407) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle. Color was a dull Amber with a large frothy head. Aroma of lemon, orange,grapefruit, and vanilla. Nice aroma. Smooth and balanced flavor. Citrus hops with a solid caramel and slightly sweet backbone. Good stuff

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kdm1984 (813) - Missouri, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Classic IPA aroma of grapefruit and pine. Appearance-wise, it has a very nice, pillowy head with good retention, sporadic lacing, and a slightly cloudy, golden-orange hue. Taste: sweet citrus followed by a nice hit of bitterness in the finish that lasts and lasts. Pretty dry. Medium-bodied; somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Very well-balanced IPA that can fit a variety of occasions: savoring, sessioning, post-workout. Really like this one!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a cloudy dark gold with a half finger of quickly dissapating white head. Aroma of citrus and pine. Taste is medium bitter, heavily pine. Medium bodied with a somewhat slick texture. Lively carbonation and a super long, bitter finish. Pretty darn good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bif (1693) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2014
On tap at Shamrocks. Served a copper color with a fair head and some lacing. Aroma of Pine and citrus with bit of malt and grain in the background. Taste of pine and bit of grapefruit with light malt sweetness and grain. Nice bitterness and a clean finish. Medium body, crisp with a nice feel. Enjoyable beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MacBoost (1518) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2014
12oz bottle via trade. Pours a hazed light amber color with a white head. Aromas of caramel malts and pine sap. Taste is bitter and semi dry. Flavors of wet cardboard, Tylenol, some assortment of spruce trees and or bushes. Perhaps an evergreen pinecone in there as well. Oxidized. Iím guessing this May have been better if it were a bit fresher, but probably not by much. This is a pine forward IPA with no tropical hop expression/low bitterness that the next generation of IPAs possess. Itís average at best. Finishes bitter, soapy with an old school mindset in the vein of two hearted.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 26, 2014
(Wolpertinger 2014) gold/amber with white head. Citrus hops aroma. Flavor is citrus hops and decent malt backbone.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Finhead (1350) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Hazy, copper-brown pour with a rocky, white head. The aroma has grapefruit along with pine and some mild herbal notes. It has a medium body with oily texture and lively carbonation. The taste is sweet on the tip of the tongue while still bitter in the back of the mouth. The finish remains bitter and dry.


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