Is 6 months too old for a wet hopped IPA?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Claude-Irishman, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. Claude-Irishman

    Claude-Irishman Aspirant (267) Jun 4, 2015 New Jersey

    I accidentally purchased a 4 pack of founders Harvest Ale. To my dismay it was almost 6 months old. It didn't taste funky, yet it still was not good.I could not give it a fair rating I believe.
  2. BeerseAnyone

    BeerseAnyone Initiate (40) Oct 5, 2017 Ohio

    Absolutely, if you're looking for the experience the brewer intended.
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  3. Claude-Irishman

    Claude-Irishman Aspirant (267) Jun 4, 2015 New Jersey

    I thought so. I remember reading somewhere that "IPA's" were produced for long voyages to India. I was thinking the high hop content would act as some kind of preservative. Oh well-
  4. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,489) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    I agree, you could not give it a fair rating.

    The shelf life on almost every IPA I've ever seen dated is either 3 mos. or 5 mos. (apparently depending in part on the bottling line used by the brewery).
  5. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,569) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    That was the case circa 1800. In 2018 that is not the case.

    Drink your contemporary IPAs fresh (the fresher the better).

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  6. ovaltine

    ovaltine Poo-Bah (2,106) Apr 6, 2010 Indiana

    Sounds like you bought yourself an expensive blonde ale.

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  7. laketang

    laketang Savant (930) Mar 22, 2015 Illinois

    You are right in not rating a 6 month. Old ipa, that isn't fair like rating an 80 year old woman for miss america
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  8. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,509) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    We've all purchased older IPAs, it's just more of a reminder to check bottling dates, but seasonal beers should stick out like a sore thumb.
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  9. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,509) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    Also in 1800 guys wore buckles on their shoes and wore funny hats and ruffled shirts.

    Kinda cool at Routine Culture Brewing in Charlotte maybe 4 beers are tapped right from the tank, can't get it fresher than that. And they make the best IPAs in the state right now IMO.
    #9 nc41, Feb 13, 2018
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  10. Relik

    Relik Initiate (152) Apr 20, 2011 Nova Scotia (Canada)

    Wet hop beers, id even go so far in saying cut your usual 3ish months "freshness cut off" in half.
    Soak up all that fresh green chlorophyll laced goodness.
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  11. papposilenus

    papposilenus Champion (861) Jun 21, 2014 New Hampshire

    Drink it anyway. It will be a different beer than it was at a month old but you may actually enjoy it, especially if you like the maltier styles, too.

    My wife won't drink any IPA unless it's at least six months old and I've scraped the label off so she can't see what it was.
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  12. AandNBrewing

    AandNBrewing Initiate (38) Jun 14, 2016 Virginia

    You said it wasn't good so you answered your own question.
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  13. ShawnoftheD3ad

    ShawnoftheD3ad Initiate (125) Mar 20, 2016 Illinois

    Add some Drain-o to it and clean your pipes!
  14. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (2,159) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    It is perfectly safe to drink. It is not going to go bad. However that beer is designed to show case freshly picked hops At this point the hops have faded and it is a very different beer.
    I would suggest making some detailed tasting notes and comparing them to a fresh bottle next fall.
    If I have anything left, i try and finish off any wet hop beers Thanksgiving weekend
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  15. timmy2b

    timmy2b Defender (687) Jan 24, 2007 New York

    Simple answer Yes.

    It will be drinkable, but will have lost most of what it would have tasted like fresh.
  16. Claude-Irishman

    Claude-Irishman Aspirant (267) Jun 4, 2015 New Jersey

    You sound like you inhale drano, jerk.
  17. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,489) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    No need for name calling. He's suggesting that you drain pour the beer but add some draino to it so that your drain pipes get clean.
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  18. ShawnoftheD3ad

    ShawnoftheD3ad Initiate (125) Mar 20, 2016 Illinois

    Man, tough crowd.
  19. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,489) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

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  20. Txex06

    Txex06 Initiate (115) Dec 28, 2016 Texas

    Some BA's in the current WBAYDN thread say the Harvest Ale is holding up fine. But, of course it's not the same as fresh.
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  21. Raime

    Raime Meyvn (1,249) Jun 4, 2012 Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

    Old wet hop IPA's tend to take on a " catty " flavor with age in my experience. However everybody's experience may vary.
  22. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (3,961) Aug 25, 2010 New York

    6 months is too old for any IPA...
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  23. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (1,896) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota

    I agree, kids usually won't drink it once they hit six months old. :wink:
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