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How Long Does Hopslam Last?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by wtkphoto, Feb 22, 2013.

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  1. wtkphoto

    wtkphoto Devotee (488) Apr 3, 2009 Michigan
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    I know this beer isn't supposed to be aged. My father in law lives in Grand Rapids and I had him buy me four of them. I won't be back up in there until very end of June. The bottles are in paper bag and in the fridge. Should I get him to ship them to me or wait until I get back up there in June/July?
  2. podunkparte

    podunkparte Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2009 Washington

    If you have to ask....

    Seriously though, I would have him ship them to you. If he's not a beer shipping master I would walk him carefully through the important steps:

    - Pack them very very well. Once they're packed well enough, add more bubble wrap and start again. Individually wrap each bottle, etc...
    -Lots of room in the box. I can't tell you how easy it is for noobies to find boxes that are way too small to adequately ship glass bottles of beer.
    -Set up a fedex account and send him a return label. That's just nice of you.

    That beer will be way passed by June
  3. wtkphoto

    wtkphoto Devotee (488) Apr 3, 2009 Michigan
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    That's what I thought and I am worried about him packing them correctly. Guess I'll have to take the chance. Thanks!
  4. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Yeah, I'd have him ship them. To take the guess work out of shipping I'd order a six bottle styro shipper and have it sent to his house so he can just wrap the bottles in bubble wrap, drop the bottles in, tape up the box and ship.
  5. Jwiss22

    Jwiss22 Initiate (141) Feb 10, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    As everyone else said, ship them if he's able. That beer you definitely want to drink fresh as possible to get the nice juicy hop flavor. After a few months, the honey takes over and it tastes boozy
  6. jmccullough108

    jmccullough108 Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 Missouri

    The batch I have was bottled 1/9 and is already fading :/
  7. gustogasmic

    gustogasmic Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2012 Michigan
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    it's a pretty interesting beer when oldish. My boss bought too many bottles and we still have ~3 cases of 2012 Hopslam in the basement. Not as good OF COURSE, but the honey flavor comes through way more, and the alcohol preserves it.
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  8. Steimie

    Steimie Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2012 Michigan

    This is what you should do. Do this. Really.
  9. Jeffo

    Jeffo Poo-Bah (2,704) Sep 7, 2008 Netherlands

    The beer is still fine after 6 months. It is not as aggressive as when fresh, but it's certainly flavorful and enjoyable.

    Also, ask yourself if you really want to put this on your father-in-law. Will this be a headache for him?

    If I were in your shoes, I wouldn't worry at all, and I especially wouldn't worry enough to actually ask him to package up beer and ship it to me by mail. The beer will be fine in June, and in the meantime, consider asking him to get you things that you can leave sit for long periods without worrying about. As for Hopslam, get a BA to send you some in trade next release.

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  10. wtkphoto

    wtkphoto Devotee (488) Apr 3, 2009 Michigan
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    Thanks everyone. I walked him through packaging the beer on skype and the beer should make it to me in one piece. Thankfully my father in law is awesome and he likes connecting with me through beer so he doesn't mind doing this. He's not a beer snob, but he's on his way.

    From now on I'll only ask for beers that last. It's nice going up there and having a good supply of releases throughout the year.
  11. justyouraveragebeerguy

    justyouraveragebeerguy Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2013 Illinois

    As long as you can hold off drinking it :wink:
  12. zieglemt

    zieglemt Initiate (43) Apr 25, 2011 Illinois
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    has anyone had this with a ton of age on it? Was looking for something else in my cellar a couple weeks ago when I came across a bottle from December 2009. Wondering if I should crack it or just let it keep going at this point.
  13. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poo-Bah (1,657) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    I agree with this. My friend brought over a 2011 Hopslam earlier this month, and I was shocked there was still some hoppiness left. It drank quite well for a year-old Hopslam.
  14. whiskey

    whiskey Aspirant (273) Feb 25, 2012 California
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    I had one that was about 5 months old. It yasyed different, but it was still tasty as hell.
  15. forrestbetts

    forrestbetts Initiate (67) Nov 29, 2007 Illinois

    Drinking batch 11681 bottled 1/10/13 now and will attest to said fading.
  16. VikingsFan1215

    VikingsFan1215 Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2013 Minnesota

    mine was bottled on 01/10/13, its fading. I'm kinda disappointed in myself. I wish i would've drank it faster I still have 2 six packs of it left
  17. COBeerBuff

    COBeerBuff Disciple (364) Jan 4, 2009 Kansas
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    Echo the shipment advice you've received earlier in this column. I just finished my last bottle, and wish I had done so about 2 weeks sooner. It's still a very good DIPA; it's just not the POSSUMSAUCE beer it was when it first came out.
  18. wtkphoto

    wtkphoto Devotee (488) Apr 3, 2009 Michigan
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    Got the beers today and they were all in one piece. He also included two Black Notes which was an awesome surprise!
  19. claaark13

    claaark13 Zealot (504) Nov 29, 2007 Indiana
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    That sucks. I bet he's going to remember that you owe him a favor the next time you're there and his lawn needs cut or he needs his gutters cleaned.
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