Opinions on Cellaring Hopslam

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by wiscokid920, Jan 22, 2013.

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  1. wiscokid920

    wiscokid920 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2011 Wisconsin

    Hopslam is hitting the shelves in my area at some point today!

    I was contemplating about cellaring a few bottles to see what they might become. Perhaps a white barleywine?

    In alll honesty, I'm probably not going to have the will power to keep them in the cellar...so I guess I'll have to stick with enjoying them fresh
  2. BeerBuckeye

    BeerBuckeye Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2009 Ohio
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    In a word...don't.
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  3. standardcherry

    standardcherry Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2011 Massachusetts

    First time I had Hopslam it was 6 months old. Nowhere near as good as a fresh one. Don't cellar is my opinion.
  4. Bad_Trader

    Bad_Trader Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2012 Namibia

    Opinions are like assholes.

    So, if you age Hopslam, it'll probably taste like asshole pennies.
  5. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    I would never take a beer that is world class in its category while fresh and not drink it just to see what it becomes after what makes it so great fades.....
  6. thereal

    thereal Initiate (144) Apr 20, 2010 Illinois

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  7. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Disciple (331) Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    AVOID. There is no need. Trust me, it comes back every year. No need to hang on. Enjoy it as fresh as possible.
  8. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,175) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    If you like uncomplex malt bills, and hops that have lost all their sweet fruity goodness and kept nothing but root beer and pine tar, then you are likely to enjoy aged Hopslam, as that is generally what happens to aged IIPA's. Hopslam is too good fresh to experiment with aging.
  9. coachdicarlo

    coachdicarlo Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2012 Missouri

    That's like suggesting eating shit just to see what it would taste like
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  10. Hoptologist

    Hoptologist Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2012 Michigan
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    I'll let you know. I actually had one slip through the cracks last year and by time I got to it it was well past it's prime-decided to save for this year and do a side by side. My expectations are very low.
  11. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,404) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Why anyone would intentionally cellar DIPA's amazes me, they're made to drink as fresh as possible. You want to cellar one to experiment, fine, but don't ruin a whole lot more and be disappointed.
  12. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    I am sitting on a bottle that is coming up on a year old, I am going to keep one of this years batch for a year and do a nice three year vertical with a fresh one included when complete. It will probably be a train wreck, but we'll see.
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  13. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,404) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    One bottle is fine to experiment, but cellaring 4 Pk would seem like a waste of money.
  14. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    It's not like Hopslam is hard to come by when it's released, so why not just set one aside for yourself and see? You'll never know if you don't try it. Hopslam doesn't have a complex or robust malt bill, mostly pale malts with maybe a few specialty malts for nothing but color, so you probably shouldn't expect much out of it, but again - why not give it a shot?
  15. MCImes

    MCImes Disciple (353) Dec 31, 2010 Connecticut

    I tried this when I first turned 21. I tried it after 6 months and a year. Both junk.

    Dont do it.

    It does NOT improve at all. it does not turn into a good barley wine like you may think. just drink the crap out of it while its fresh.
  16. Icarus

    Icarus Initiate (175) Oct 6, 2012 Minnesota

    I will find out what a year old Hopslam tastes like soon, I had 1 bottle slip through the cracks last 'Hopslam season' and will try it when I get a fresh 6 'er. I'm sure it will be crappy.
  17. PlethoraOfPalette

    PlethoraOfPalette Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2013

    Yeah as others have said it's not nearly as good and really falls off. Some IPAs surprisingly taste amazing with some age on them, Central Waters Illumination being one of them, but saving Hopslam is just a waste.
  18. pmoney

    pmoney Crusader (709) Apr 15, 2011 Illinois
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    IPAs don't turn into barleywine. IPAs turn into IPAs that you should have consumed earlier.
  19. atone315

    atone315 Savant (933) Oct 8, 2008 Wisconsin
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    And they dont turn into white barleywines either...
  20. wiscokid920

    wiscokid920 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2011 Wisconsin

    Well I appreciate all the responses! I picked up my sixer and after my first sip, I concluded...I'm enjoying them all FRESH!
  21. ImperialSnout

    ImperialSnout Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2012 Illinois

    Just had a year old hopslam that a friend brought over. I was amazed that ALL of the hop presence was compeltely gone. Side by side with fresh, I wouldn't even guess they were the same style, much less the same beer.
  22. jbeezification

    jbeezification Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2012 Texas

    A year is not long enough to turn into anything.
  23. COBeerBuff

    COBeerBuff Disciple (364) Jan 4, 2009 Kansas
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    2.5 years is though. I accidentally lost a bottle of this in my cellar and found it a lot later. It was absolute garbage.
  24. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,012) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    I want to find the guy who started this myth about IIPAs turning into barleywines when you age them, and force him to drink all the beer he helped ruin.
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