Mongo IPA is immortal!

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by busternuggz, Apr 10, 2013.

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  1. busternuggz

    busternuggz Zealot (528) Mar 9, 2008 California

    So I opened a Port Mongo IPA the other day that was bottled in August 2011, just for the hell of it. I figured it would be toward barleywine territory, as aged DIPA's tend to go. It seriously tasted like it was 2 weeks old. The carbonation was still spot on, plenty of citrus/pine hops taste, light bodied. I was seriously shocked.

    I am typically a proponent of as fresh as possible IPA's/DIPA's, but I could not believe how well this one held up. Anyone else have this experience, with this or any other IPA's or DIPA's?
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  2. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (713) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    All I ever see are year old Mongo IPA's. This post will make me buy it next time I see it.
  3. busternuggz

    busternuggz Zealot (528) Mar 9, 2008 California

    It was refrigerated at least part of that year and a half, just for the record. But still.
  4. sergeantstogie

    sergeantstogie Aspirant (202) Nov 16, 2010 Washington

    Mongo is a fantastic DIPA. Had a few with a little more sediment than I cared for but overall Mongo has been my favorite.
  5. ChanChan

    ChanChan Devotee (469) Dec 12, 2009 California
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    I think this makes a huge difference!! Next time be a scientist... Here's a simple experiment, age a fresh Mongo in the fridge and a Fresh Mongo in the cellar (room=warm, closet=cool, or basement=probably cooler still) and have them side by side a few months later. It's always fun to experience the difference, hence empirical data!!:slight_smile:
  6. arfenhouse

    arfenhouse Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2012 California

    I've had a Mongo that was ~4mo. old and it was fantastic. Not much difference between a fresh one honestly. It's cool to see someone having a similar experience.
  7. xanok

    xanok Disciple (369) Aug 13, 2009 Connecticut
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    This makes me sad. LA/Port doesn't distribute to CT, so no more Mongo for me. Loved getting this while I was living in Mass. It was the only beer from them I would buy regularly.
  8. busternuggz

    busternuggz Zealot (528) Mar 9, 2008 California

    I know but still, this was over a year and a half old. Ain't no refrigerator that good.
  9. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (1,969) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    When they first started shipping to NJ it was around March, and all of the bottles of Wipeout and Mongo were from Oct/Nov. I picked one up just for the hell of it- it was fine, I guess, and I could extrapolate what a fresh one would be like, but eventually was nowhere near being worth the $8-9 I spent on it. A few more bucks gets me fresh sixers of other beers on the same level.
  10. dar482

    dar482 Poo-Bah (3,475) Mar 9, 2007 New York
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    Anyone know if it comes to NYC?
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