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Freshness of double/imperial IPA question

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Winkdaddy, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,420) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002 Beer Trader

    I guess my thoughts are...it depends on the beer. Something like 120 Minute, does it really matter? PTE, for me, it did. As most DIPAs do. Odell Myrcenary is certainly very drinkable at 4 months but fresh, it's the reason I place it so highly on the DIPA chain of command.
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  2. This is the best discussion on hop forward beers and aging I've ever seen. Good job beeradvocates.
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  3. DanE

    DanE Savant (440) Connecticut Feb 24, 2012

    I had 5 or so month old union jack and double and they both tasted great. Like you, I have only had them this way, which makes me want to taste them fresh all the more because...

  4. Gus_13

    Gus_13 Savant (275) Mississippi Jul 2, 2012 Beer Trader

    More hops were added to balance the increased malt/alcohol content. The higher alcohol kept it for the long voyage and the hops balanced it. But I doubt back then they were worried about hop profiles ha ha! At least that's what I figure! Same for RIS. Larger malt quantities added to increase ABV and make them last longer.
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  5. I had a six year old dipa, it was terrible.
  6. patrickcmcd

    patrickcmcd Savant (315) Massachusetts Dec 25, 2010 Beer Trader

    the 2 worst beer experiences i've had involved stale Harpoon IPA and Smuttynose Finest Kind. Since then, i make freshness a high priority when it comes to IPAs.
  7. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Advocate (635) Minnesota Feb 15, 2005

    I always think that the hallmark of a well brewed beer is that it can stand a touch of age while staying tasty. Of course, freshest is best, but a beer shouldn't be good when it's super fresh and mediocre after a few months.
  8. PuFtonLyfe

    PuFtonLyfe Savant (295) North Carolina Jun 2, 2011 Beer Trader