Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by SerialTicker, Jan 26, 2013.
til its gone..................
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).
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.
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.
i can't wait to hear your results. should be interesting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Only if that day was before the bottle date. Hour 23 is 23 hours too long.
For my taste.. 1 month. About it.
I am so confused by this....
Double Crooked Tree needs a year, 120 probably longer
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
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.
I prefer to suck on raw hop buds.
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.
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.
Gone in 60 seconds