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Old 02-02-2010, 03:56 AM   #1
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Default When are your ~7.0%abv IPAs at their peak?

I did my second IPA four weeks ago (my first good one) and now it really tastes great! When should I expect the hop flavor/aroma to start falling off? I plan on entering in a competition in May and I'm trying to time my next brew just right. thanks

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Old 02-02-2010, 04:25 AM   #2
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I did a 7.2% 100+IBU All Amarillo IPA. I brewed it on Nov 12th, 2 weeks primary, 2 weeks secondary with 2oz Amarillo, kegged and started tasting it every week. By New Year's Eve it was fantastic. It's the best beer I've made at this point, but there's only a few pints left

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Old 02-02-2010, 04:28 AM   #3
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I did a 7.2% 100+IBU All Amarillo IPA. only a few pints left
oooooh! tasty! i would marry amarillo if i could get them to release the rights.
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Old 02-02-2010, 05:24 AM   #4
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I had a 8.5% IIPA that was pretty good at first. 4 months later it was fantastic. Only had a few bottles left though. We'll see how this 10+% IIPA goes. Brewed it yesterday.

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Old 02-02-2010, 09:13 AM   #5
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IMHO, IPA's are at their best @ the 6 - 8 week mark and IIPA's 8 - 12 weeks. Although, I did manage to snag a 1st place in Edworts HBT IPA Competition with an IPA that was 5 months old. So go figure?

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Old 02-02-2010, 01:11 PM   #6
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4-6 weeks.

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Old 02-02-2010, 07:55 PM   #7
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4-6 weeks.
I hope so or I will never get to taste my kegged beers at their prime.
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Old 02-02-2010, 07:58 PM   #8
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I'm drinking a 7.6% ABV IIPA at 2 weeks and it is amazing. I can see the flavors mellowing together more, but not much else. See here for what it looks like (2nd or 3rd best IIPA I've ever had btw): http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/best-lacing-all-time-160477/ Maybe I'll poke in this thread in 2-4 weeks and report how it has changed.

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Old 02-02-2010, 08:42 PM   #9
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My IPAs are best around 6-10 weeks. I would say May would be pushing it. Just brew up another batch at the end of March and you'll be good to go.

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