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Aging Hopslam and Nugget Nectar

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by russwbeck, Mar 11, 2012.

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Have you aged an IPA for a full year on purpose?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. russwbeck

    russwbeck Savant (440) Virginia Aug 3, 2010

  2. lnashsig

    lnashsig Savant (330) Texas Oct 30, 2010

    I wish I could stop this topic forever. Please for the love of pete, stop trying to age IPAs.
     
  3. pinkgrenade

    pinkgrenade Savant (270) California Aug 19, 2011

    lol why do people do this!!
     
  4. davey101

    davey101 Initiate (0) Connecticut Apr 14, 2009

    I've had a 2 year old 90 minute that I enjoyed. I'll be laying down a NN for a few years to see what happens (hopefully 5 years). Screw it, I buy the stuff by the case and its cheap enough.
     
  5. I've aged IPA's purely for the science of it all. It's interesting to see for yourself why it's such a shitty idea to ever age a beer like Nugget Nectar or Hopslam. Just don't ever do it expecting anything good to come from it.
     
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  6. bboynfuel

    bboynfuel Zealot (85) Pennsylvania May 17, 2009

    Great response. Are we not allowed to learn and grow as beer lovers?
     
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  7. I had a year old NN once but I wouldn't say it was 'aged' as it was kept refrigerated. Saw it at a bar once a year ago and it was before the release date so I asked the bartender if they got an early shipment. He said it was from last year and that the beer was made to be aged. I tried to be nice and just say that I prefer that one fresh but he insisted and even said he would pay for it if I didn't like it. Long story short, I drank it and it was less than stellar, not terrible, just not that great. I ended up paying for it anyway because I didn't want to get into the argument with the guy about why I preferred it fresh.
     
  8. BeRanger

    BeRanger Savant (485) Michigan Dec 11, 2011

    We did a Hopslam vertical about a few months ago and it was terrible - we wont be doing that again.
     
  9. I had a year old hopslam that was absolutely amazing, aging some of this years hoping that it will be better next year with a year on it at least... I have a few other IPA's that I'm aging as well, but they are bigger beers, expecting them to be more like a barleywine by the time I crack them.
     
  10. stupac2

    stupac2 Initiate (0) California Feb 22, 2011

    I think that to a large extent people fetishize aging when very few beers actually age well. To first order the answer to the question "Will this improve with age?" is "No, it won't." I think that it does the community at large a service to make this fact pretty well known.

    If you really want to experiment with aging things then go ahead, no one's going to stop you (or care that you're doing it). But you can probably save yourself some time, energy, and space in your fridge if you don't bother.
     
  11. shibby575

    shibby575 Aficionado (100) Indiana Dec 28, 2010

    I drank the last 2011 hopslam that i had in november. It was good. I wouldn't say better or worse that fresh. Just a little more mellow, but still had plenty of hop, thats why we love it.
     
  12. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (955) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    The Dogfish Head 75 minute bottle says to age it....so I am. I know it goes against the general consensus here but I'll listen to the guy that made it.
     
  13. Alilley

    Alilley Aficionado (110) Georgia Dec 23, 2010

    I have a Thomas Creek Up the Creek dipa with over a year on it. It is like barleywine fresh. Has anyone had one with some age?
     
  14. I suppose if I had money sitting around to waste, I might give this a try. But generally speaking, I don't age anything that tastes perfect fresh.

    It's kind of like crapping all over a gold coin just to see if it shines any brighter.
     
  15. Celebration with a year on it is like baby Bigfoot, really tasty. If you expect an aged IPA to taste like a fresh one, then you will be disappointed. BUT some of them do become like classic English barleywines or old ales, especially if they are higher abv.
     
  16. Alilley

    Alilley Aficionado (110) Georgia Dec 23, 2010

    Thomas Creek was not my cup of tea fresh. Why not try putting it down for awhile and see if it better. This Dipa is 12.5 percent and taste like a barleywine.
     
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  17. Sebowski

    Sebowski Savant (325) California Jan 11, 2010

    I accidentally aged a Hop Slam about 9months. When I found it in the fridge I drank it and liked it better than fresh. I didn't really like last year's Hop Slam fresh. Too much cat piss for me. That faded and I enjoyed my 12ozs.
     
  18. syu3003

    syu3003 Aficionado (205) Michigan May 4, 2011

    double crooked tree may be worth cellaring for a while. changes closer to a BW after it sits for a while. anybody else try to do this?
     
  19. Last year I put a away a mix-a-six of Nugget Nectar, Flower Power, 2XIPA, Harpoon Imperial IPA, 90min, and Burton Baton just to hold onto for a couple of years and see what happens. I have good feelings about a few, and a lets see attitude about some.
     
  20. semibaked

    semibaked Advocate (685) Kentucky Mar 27, 2007

    I aged a bottle of Hopslam for a year, it was ok, I would not do it again.
     
  21. I have not aged any IPA for very long myself nor do I care to. But I do plan on keeping around a couple NN for the next month or so as I already enjoy the malt character coming out a bit more.
     
  22. urielxvi

    urielxvi Aficionado (195) Florida Mar 13, 2010

    Picked up a bottle of Smuttynose Big A IPA & Great Divide Double Hercules IPA off the shelf at a liquor store w/o looking at the dates. Turned out both were over a year old, and had zero hop flavor left, just a very boozy taste...
     
  23. ravot

    ravot Savant (460) Illinois Mar 20, 2012

    i forgot i had a 6 pack of hopslam, as soon as i found it, i said oh crap. put it in the fridge for another month before i ended up finishing them. share a couple with a buddy. it was definitely tasty. you could definitely taste the honey, it was sweet, but not too sweet. i wouldn't mind trying it again. fresh is also great of course.
     
  24. waddellc2

    waddellc2 Savant (410) Pennsylvania Aug 23, 2012

    How long can Nugget Nectar last??? I am storing away 2 cases for a special occasion in 7 months. Think it will still be okay? 65 degrees and no sunlight avg temp
     
  25. I'm sure it'll be fine if you like your Ambers on the malty side? What is the occasion if you don't mind my asking? maybe you can find something more available at that time?
     
  26. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Advocate (595) Colorado Jan 20, 2012

    I aged some heady topper for two weeks once. Even then I felt like I was pushing it.
     
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  27. waddellc2

    waddellc2 Savant (410) Pennsylvania Aug 23, 2012

    My wedding!! Trying to make an incredible beer list.heady topper, nugget nectar so far
     
  28. vthippie

    vthippie Aficionado (190) Vermont Dec 18, 2012

    I PRAY this does not mean that you have Heady Topper sitting around waiting for 7 months to be opened?!? What you must understand is that IPA and DIPAs are made to be drank as fresh as possible (experimentation related to thread topic not withstanding) and buying these beers only to sit on them for a "special occasion" will only result in everything that was special about the beer in the first place being sucked out of it.

    I would suggest you start gathering some more ageable brews now, tons of great Imperial Stouts and Barleywines around righ now and make your play for the IPAs no earlier than 2 months out from the event (and make sure they are fresh when you get them). Sure flashing cans of HT will impress the beer geeks but if it's past it's prime you are doing your guests and the brewer a disservice by serving it at all.
     
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  29. vthippie

    vthippie Aficionado (190) Vermont Dec 18, 2012

    Oh and if you are trying to extend the life of your IPA keep them fridge cold, NOT in a 65 degree cellar environment. Heard debate over fridge light, to me I think it is of little/no concern but if it makes you feel better just unscrew the damn bulb.
     
  30. waddellc2

    waddellc2 Savant (410) Pennsylvania Aug 23, 2012

    NOOO!! Heady topper will NOT be sitting around, strategically planning a pick up 2-4 weeks before to pick up. Thanks for the other advice!! I am working on acquisitions!
     
  31. ao125

    ao125 Savant (335) Virginia Dec 1, 2010

    I've aged DFH 120 for 5 years... but that's generally the exception to the rule.

    There is a place near where I work that still has DFH Squall, and I shudder to think how that tastes now.
     
  32. ArrogantB

    ArrogantB Advocate (725) Colorado Jun 9, 2006

    I wish the bros would ban these threads.
     
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  33. Bad_Trader

    Bad_Trader Initiate (0) Namibia Nov 8, 2012

    Do you commit heinous crimes (murder/rape/pedophilia/rape/incest) in order to learn that doing them will get you in trouble/arrested or do you take other people's word for it?
     
  34. russwbeck

    russwbeck Savant (440) Virginia Aug 3, 2010

    When it comes to something that's against the law, I'll take other people's word for it. When it comes to enjoying a product I paid for...quite frankly I can do whatever I want with it.
     
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  35. Bad_Trader

    Bad_Trader Initiate (0) Namibia Nov 8, 2012

    Like a prostitute in NYC.

    Gotcha.


    I live for slippery slope stuff. No win situation. I was just making light of the fact that you choose to ignore the plethora of information out there. If you want to see the results for yourself that's one thing, but to want to see the result and expect different results is another.
     
  36. ipas-for-life

    ipas-for-life Savant (400) Virginia Feb 28, 2012

    Ok to drink yes. Will it be good? Probably not
     
  37. waddellc2

    waddellc2 Savant (410) Pennsylvania Aug 23, 2012

    bummer, I will find a fridge to keep it in then, or just drink it now and scratch the whole damn idea
     
  38. Just curious about something in your article. You stated:
    And then you show a picture of Hopslam side by side:
    It appears to me like the aged 2011 looks far more clear according to your image description. I'm just curious which it is?
     
  39. ipas-for-life

    ipas-for-life Savant (400) Virginia Feb 28, 2012

    You could keep one of the cases in the fridge and open one from time to time and see how it progresses. At least you will be drinking good for a little while.
     
  40. was sent a year old hoplsam n tried it against a fresh bottle, it was nothing close to fresh,

    fresh botle was great and the aged had no hop profile whats so ever

    def would not recommend aging any my mistake or on purpose, just not a good idea
     

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