Storing NEIPAs in ice coolers

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by kane5250, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. kane5250

    kane5250 Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2018

    Hi all,

    Is there such a thing as too much ice to keep a NEIPA cool? Sometimes I'll make 6 hours drives and keep a bunch of fresh beers in my cooler (in my trunk) with a bunch of ice and I'm not sure if keeping something that cold for that length will kill any of the taste. I have noticed a difference, or maybe it's just in my head.
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  2. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,041) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Kill the taste? I shouldn't think so, haven't noticed that in the beers I've iced, but if it tastes a bit different to you perhaps let it warm up some.
  3. moshea

    moshea Devotee (464) Jul 16, 2007 Michigan

    It is freaking beer man. Buy it, drink it. Don't over think it.
  4. BayAreaJoe

    BayAreaJoe Defender (612) Nov 23, 2017 California

    Keeping it cold preserves the taste. As long as you're not freezing the beer, you're doing it right.
  5. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,041) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Even if 'ya freeze it 'ya can still drink it, eventually.
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  6. oldbean

    oldbean Aspirant (272) Jun 30, 2005 Massachusetts

    No freezing, no problem.
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  7. tzieser

    tzieser Savant (995) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    I could understand concerns over putting beers in the freezer or a fridge that tends to frost up, but a cooler fileld with ice? C'mon man, we all know coolers were made for storing beer. Why would this be an issue?
  8. Lahey

    Lahey Disciple (387) Nov 12, 2016 Michigan

    I had a lower abv belgian style beer freeze solid in my truck, then sit in the fridge for 6 months and it was still good. I think your beers will be fine.
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  9. readyski

    readyski Aspirant (230) Jun 4, 2005 California

    But to be sure you should go ahead and duct tape the cooler to the top of the trunk so it doesn't get too cold :wink:
  10. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Zealot (542) Mar 28, 2009 California

    Yes! Don’t do it.

    What I would do is a bunch of testing to ensure the perfect balance of ice to avoid being too cold and not too warm. It’s a delicate balance.

    I would start with say a bucket of ice. Drive around with canned soda or sparkling water to avoid any beers being damaged. Do a test drive of 6 hours. Pour the beers and check the temp. Add a bucket or half bucket for each test. Continue until the optimum temp is reached.

    Good luck friend!
  11. Daveshek28

    Daveshek28 Initiate (185) Nov 10, 2015 New York

    No there is no such thing. I've done this on multiple Vermont trips and it was NEVER an issue. Storing them in heat is the issue.
  12. Celtics76

    Celtics76 Defender (664) Sep 5, 2011 Rhode Island

    I think this falls under the "I'm bored at work, so let me start a thread on BA" category.

    All kidding aside, I find it funny how a lot of folks think NEIPAs are super delicate and need to be stored a certain way at a certain temp, and only have a 3 or 4 day window when it's "optimal", etc. etc.

    A friend of mine stores all his NEIPAs upside down. I think we're overthinking things.
  13. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,604) Sep 24, 2007 Washington

    Well, having too much ice in your cooler is probably better than storing them in the oven while you bake a cherry pie.
  14. rudiecantfail

    rudiecantfail Devotee (492) Aug 9, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Cold is good. Colder is better. That's why the expression is "crackin' open a cold one".
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  15. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (4,300) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    As has been stated, storing them cold does not affect the flavor or aroma, but drinking them "ice cold" might affect your ability to detect certain flavors/aromas.
  16. Tamarack

    Tamarack Initiate (52) Sep 22, 2016 Massachusetts

    ...I think I hate beer
  17. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Champion (878) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    One cube per ounce of beer. Any more or any less and you'll ruin your beer.
  18. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Devotee (450) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts

    errr first post on BA and it's about too much ice on a NEIPA? I smell a troll..... What's next - you've got cracked SNAPA bottles?
  19. flaskman

    flaskman Devotee (458) Aug 3, 2015 New York

    Your kidding. Right? I was always told that you need to test drive for at least ten hours with the windows down to get any meaningful results.
  20. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Zealot (542) Mar 28, 2009 California

    I like the way you think. Ten hours is probably right. That way if something happens along the way like a craigslist mule post or IP trade. Always gotta be ready for those whales if you come across them.
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  21. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Zealot (542) Mar 28, 2009 California

    Then go back to the exact same place and buy the exact same beers without checking.
  22. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,041) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Well, I ain't selling off my coolers. Wait a minute, when you finally buy those NEIPAs after waiting in line for hours do you just toss 'em in the hot trunk for the long ride home.
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  23. Troutbeerbum

    Troutbeerbum Initiate (96) Dec 5, 2016 Maine

    I remember that thread. In fairness, I was finding cracked SN bottles also. But I don’t think we ever heard from that BA after those few posts..... Too much ice? Give me a break.

    OP, go buy a $300 Yeti. It’ll keep a single ice cube frozen for eight months. Otherwise you’re just throwing your money away on a $20 cooler that will only keep a $1.50 bag of ice cold for a couple days.
  24. moshea

    moshea Devotee (464) Jul 16, 2007 Michigan

    This is OP's first pos
    I checked back in to say the same thing, OP has not logged in since posting this and this is his only post.

    Any bets we still get to at least 3 pages of comments ?
  25. hopsputin

    hopsputin Meyvn (1,324) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    Just doing my part to get us there
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  26. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Initiate (99) Nov 6, 2010 New Hampshire

    By the time you get home from your six hour drive, NEIPA have already gone bad. It's too late. They start depreciating immediately after you pull out of the lot.
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  27. Sweatshirt

    Sweatshirt Disciple (320) Jan 27, 2014 New Hampshire

    Nothing could matter less. Craft beer is really bringing the neurotic over thinkers in hoards. Same type who spend so much time researching a workout routine, they never start one.
  28. rfgetz

    rfgetz Poo-Bah (2,377) Nov 14, 2008 New Jersey

    If you just buy a craft beer flophouse at a convenient location in central New England, you could spare yourself those hot and steamy 6 hour drives
  29. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Devotee (450) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts

    Dude it’s a troll your energy for the TH thread.
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  30. larryi86

    larryi86 Poo-Bah (3,261) Apr 4, 2010 Delaware
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    If you are that concerned with keeping it that cold in a cooler for too long, don’t do it. I had 4 cases of NEIPAs I kept in my trunk for over 24 hours as I drove home from Vermont at the end of June without even chilling them. 24 hours in the trunk of a car in 75+ weather, nothing to cool them, and they all still taste fine after 3 weeks.

    Edit: If you feel it is killing the taste, maybe drink it warmer. Tired Hands always pulls their can straight from the cooler when the sell them and I feel they are too cold that day. I let them sit on my kitchen for over night and problem solved.
    #30 larryi86, Jul 11, 2018
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  31. moshea

    moshea Devotee (464) Jul 16, 2007 Michigan

    Your palette is not refined enough to appreciate the extreme hop degradation that took place in those 24 hrs. The subtle notes of unobtainium are gone in 9 and 3/4 hrs
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  32. larryi86

    larryi86 Poo-Bah (3,261) Apr 4, 2010 Delaware
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    Haha, I guess that’s true:wink:
  33. papposilenus

    papposilenus Meyvn (1,042) Jun 21, 2014 New Hampshire

  34. kane5250

    kane5250 Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2018

    Nope. Not a troll post. I'm sure I was overthinking things and...I didn't realize I needed to log back on to show I wasn't trolling? Death in the family will cause one to stay offline.

    Look, I get it. It was a stupid post in retrospect. It may have more been an issue with my fridge because I realized recently I had set it too cold and things on my top shelf were icing over a bit. I was just making sure, a "stupid check". Thanks for the warm welcomes, everyone!
  35. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Poo-Bah (1,727) Aug 29, 2012 Nebraska
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    This reference took way too long.

    Although I still argue that helicopter is the way to go. Cut down on transit time and the altitude will act as a natural refrigerant--you won't even need the cooler at all.
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  36. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Meyvn (1,397) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    LOL exactly.... Cooler = Ice + Beer

    What has the world come to. :rolling_eyes:

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