Refrigerating an IPA

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by alysmith4, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. alysmith4

    alysmith4 Feb 11, 2005 District of Columbia

    Quick question: if you refrigerate an IPA (or something that generally degrades quickly), does it stay "fresh?"

    I see a lot of people talk about certain beers (Pliny, Hopslam, Wings, Heady, Jai Alai, etc.) not tasting well after a couple of weeks/months, and I'm wondering why they just don't keep them cold until they can be enjoyed. (Semi-related: I traded some Wings recently, and kept it in the 'frige until I could send it - just in case.)
  2. GFG

    GFG Oct 24, 2012 North Dakota

    I've never really had a problem with keeping IPA's in my fridge. Granted my fridge is cold as hell. It literally turns Coors Light into a slushy.
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  3. Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky

    Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky Feb 13, 2013 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Light is usually the bigger factor for causing hop fade and skunking. Aside from that, cold does keep things fresher because it slows chemical reactions.
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  4. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew May 8, 2006 Michigan

    Refrigeration is the optimal environment for conserving beer but it will not work indefinitely. Keep it cold while before you get to it but do get to it sooner than later.
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