How long would you say an IPA is good for?

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  1. diesel59

    diesel59 Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2012 New York

    til its gone..................
     
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  2. slangtruth

    slangtruth Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 Kentucky

    I think bottling is more important in this than is usually considered. I read something from Sierra Nevada once about how thorough (to the point of paranoia) they were in keeping oxygen out of their bottles, and that extra care might have something to do with how people claim good experiences with Celebration, etc. I had the last bottle I could find of a one-off IPA I really liked from a good local brewery six months after bottling (kept cold throughout) and the problem wasn't hop fall-off so much as oxidation (evidenced by a cardboardy taste).
     
  3. raffels

    raffels Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2009 West Virginia

    Maybe I'm in the minority, but some IPA's balance out with a bit of age. Two month old Loose Cannon can meld into a dangerously drinkable smoothness.
     
  4. OTB

    OTB Pooh-Bah (1,779) Sep 2, 2011 California
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    I think your pretty spot on. Up to 90 days and your still in the freshness window. After that I think things begin to fall off pretty quick, however that does not mean the beer is over the hill, it just takes on a different flavor profile. Like you I am a IPA/DIPA drinker, this drain pour bull shit if anything is a month out is total trolling crap.

    Cheers......
     
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  5. Bnoise11

    Bnoise11 Initiate (0) Dec 25, 2012 California

    i can't wait to hear your results. should be interesting.
     
  6. Phacoman

    Phacoman Initiate (0) Jun 26, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Totally depends on the beer. I've had 90 min, burton, double trouble, devil dancer several months old and still pretty good.
    I recently got a sixtel of flower power kegged in October and it has fallen way off.

    I'm sure bottles age differently then kegs also.
     
  7. acevenom

    acevenom Initiate (0) Oct 7, 2011 Louisiana

    As a general rule of thumb, if the brewery saw fit to release it, it's ready to drink. Aging beer is a fun experiment, but that's all it is. I enjoy an older barleywine or an older imperial stout sometimes, but I also enjoy consuming said styles fresh to get the sort of intent the brewer had when brewing and releasing the beer.
     
  8. 510a

    510a Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2013 Washington
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    Drinking a one off Ipa now . Almost 5months old. Alpine lips collab , still excel Lent, but fresh was better, I think if itd good it will always be good, but even better fresh.
     
  9. BigCheese

    BigCheese Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    People wont buy an IPA because its 6+ weeks old, but wont hesitate to purchase Hefs or Brown ales that are pushing a year old, silly.
     
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  10. 5thOhio

    5thOhio Initiate (0) May 13, 2007 South Carolina

    As someone said to me, today's IPAs are so loaded with hops that they can still taste good long after the freshness date. I bought some Harpoon Rye IPA that had an expired date and it was still tasty.

    Ideally an IPA should be consumed ASAP, but I really don't worry about the age any more because they still taste pretty damn good. Worrying about the bottling or freshness date is beer geekdom/snobbery IMO.
     
  11. robboyd

    robboyd Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2011 Indiana

    Only if that day was before the bottle date. Hour 23 is 23 hours too long.
     
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  12. FosterJM

    FosterJM Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2009 California

    For my taste.. 1 month. About it.

    Cheers!
     
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  13. FosterJM

    FosterJM Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2009 California

    I am so confused by this....:stuck_out_tongue:

    Cheers!
     
  14. Thirstygoat

    Thirstygoat Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2012 Illinois
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    Double Crooked Tree needs a year, 120 probably longer
     
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  15. beastmammoth

    beastmammoth Initiate (0) Oct 16, 2010 New York

    dry hopping reduces the lifespan of a beer significantly- dry hop character tends to oxidize and degrade within 2-3 months, becoming first reminiscent of tropical fruit and then arriving at a tea-like quality that sucks. (paraphrase of Oxford guide). I've had some old IPAs that were all lightly sweetened musty tea. Awful. Besides that, I couldn't bring myself to rush through my stash of Heady and the last 4 pack was not the same beer. Though still good
     
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  16. mscott1975

    mscott1975 Zealot (674) Feb 19, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I agree. I like Ruination with 6-8 weeks on it. I usually won't buy an ipa older than 3 months unless I know I'm drinking it that week. After 3 months its just not the beer the brewers intended it to be , not that it can't be consumed and enjoyed.
     
  17. Schmuck82

    Schmuck82 Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2008 Texas

    I prefer to suck on raw hop buds.
     
  18. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma
    In Memoriam

    Two days after it's bottled. After that, throw the shit out. Right? C'mon man, I've drank year old IPAs and they wuz still alright. The stuff was originally brewed to survive a long boat's journey to India.
     
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  19. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Initiate (0) Apr 16, 2012 Wisconsin

    Hops oxidize rapidly; so I've found that the more hops, the quicker it falls off. So with that logic not having the best stomach, I find DIPAs fall of the fastest within a week or 2, AIPA, within 2 or 3 and English IPA 3 or 4.
     
  20. Ish1

    Ish1 Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2010 Minnesota

    Gone in 60 seconds
     
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