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Do hops preserve the beer??

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by imhoudinibitch, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. So I've been drinking beer for awhile and always thought that they made IPA's in the first place to preserve the beer for longer periods of time, so that way, after they exported the beer to the soldiers, they would still have unskunked beer.....

    My question is, if that is actually true then why is it that some IPA's say on the label "Drink Fresh"
  2. drtth

    drtth Poobah (1,205) Pennsylvania Nov 25, 2007

    They do preserve the beer undercertain circumstances, but some people much prefer the taste of hops when the beer is freshly brewed and preservation of beer is less of a problem with refrigeratiion, etc.. The flavor of the hops changes over time and the result is not something that some people like. So the brewer is telling you that if you want fresh hop taste...

    Edit: Most beer is best consumed fresh.
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  3. It is true that hops have traditionally been used as a preservative in beer as well as to provide bitter flavors that balance the sweetness of the malt. Many BAs (myself included) happen to really enjoy that bitter flavor and it is most intense when the beer is fresh.
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  4. Stigs

    Stigs Champion (835) Pennsylvania Jun 3, 2005 Beer Trader

    Hops preserve beer by acting as an anti-microbial, keeping the beer from spoiling due to bacterial infections (souring).

    Beer typically "skunks" via exposure to light, not the aging of hops...which would be oxidation.
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  5. Yeah, I had a feeling that was why it said it, but I just wanted to make sure.

    Just had heady topper for the first time a few weeks ago and noticed that was on the can.
  6. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Champion (800) California Mar 28, 2009 Beer Trader

    Phew, glad we got that cleared up.

    That sir is incorrect and the origins of the IPA isn't so their pale ale would last during voyage over the Indian Ocean.
  7. Do you have any information you can share about this??
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