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Old 06-04-2014, 02:24 PM   #681 (permalink)
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6 months shouldn't ruin an IPA unless it's a fresh hop or already old when you get it. The only thing that would really kill a traditional IPA, or even most craft IPA's, is refrigeration. Once they get cold, they only last so long (like a week or two). Keep your craft brews at room temp until you're ready to drink them and you should be fine (Unless it's a fresh hop. Drink those right away). Born on dates are for domestics that are pasteurized and intended to have a short shelf life.

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6 months won't "ruin" most IPAs, but it will ruin a lot of the bigger IPAs. They start fading pretty hard after a month and are completely different beers two months out. 6 months out and a lot of them turn into just a boozy mess.

I'm not sure where you heard to store your beers at room temp, but that info is off. Keeping your IPAs cold will delay the hops fading process. And pasteurization will extend the shelf life of a beer, not shorten it - that's the whole point of pasteurization. Most of the bigger craft brewers are putting bottling/canning dates on their beers for a reason.
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Old 06-04-2014, 04:03 PM   #682 (permalink)
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I always thought IPAs were supposed to last a long time because they were invented to survive the journey from England to India and the extra hops were added to help preserve them on their journey. Hence the name "India" Pale Ale.

And as for sours... sweet baby jesus I'm addicted to those. I'm going to Crooked Stave as soon as I'm done with work to get some Nightmare on Brett. That stuff is quite possibly some of the most delicious beer known to man.
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Last for a long time does not necessarily equal good for a long time. Hops is a natural preservative, but the oils, aroma, and flavor fade quickly - which is the modern reason for big hop additions.
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Old 06-12-2014, 11:11 PM   #684 (permalink)
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Call me weird, but I feel like the New Belgium Fat Tire was marginally more palatable after sitting around for 6 months...
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im sure someone has said it but i can always go for a bottle of harpoon
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I need to stop being so lazy about drinking beer. I bought this back in February when I went to Marmot Basin, brought it home, and just let it sit for almost four months. I finally made the time to open it up today, and, no surprise, it tastes like crap. Le sigh.
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I need to stop being so lazy about drinking beer. I bought this back in February when I went to Marmot Basin, brought it home, and just let it sit for almost four months. I finally made the time to open it up today, and, no surprise, it tastes like crap. Le sigh.
Growlers generally only last a week tops because the beer is already exposed to oxygen when it's poured. Oxygen ruins beer. I'm surprised it was even drinkable after 4 months. Hopefully you don't get sick lol.
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Growlers generally only last a week tops because the beer is already exposed to oxygen when it's poured. Oxygen ruins beer. I'm surprised it was even drinkable after 4 months. Hopefully you don't get sick lol.
Apparently this was packaged right at the brewers. *shrug*
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Apparently this was packaged right at the brewers. *shrug*
Maybe it's just a crappy beer?!?
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Apparently this was packaged right at the brewers. *shrug*
Ah if it's factory sealed then you should be okay. The problem is when you get get a growler filled. They just pour it right out of the tap into the growler and then screw a lid on trapping oxygen inside and beginning the contamination process. When they seal bottles at the factory they purge all of the oxygen out of the bottles to ensure they are not contaminated. I think you're good. But still most craft beer only has a shelf life of 3 months, unless it is designed to be aged (like most belgian beers are).
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