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Old 05-11-2010, 10:13 PM   #1
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Default Does anyone still have a stash of Hopslam?

Like I do? I purchased two cases this winter and have a 12 pack plus left over. Had one last night and I noticed a considerable change in flavor which left me a bit concerned. Is this to be expected with double IPA's? Its sitting in a dark place at about 72 degrees.

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Old 05-11-2010, 10:15 PM   #2
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How old is it now? IPAs are meant to be drank fresh. That's not a beer you want to hold on to. Hops die out over time, sometimes pretty fast.

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Old 05-11-2010, 10:21 PM   #3
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It was issued in Jan, in fact the bottle stamp is 1/18/10. I had one about 4 weeks ago and it still had that wonderful grapefruit taste and aroma. the one Last night, not as much.

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I have two bottles left. Might drink them this weekend.

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Yeah. That's not surprising at all to me. IPAs just don't last. They are really not meant for aging.

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You should drink hoppy beers as fresh as possible. And it's always been my understanding that hoppy beers should be stored cold to slow the fading of the hops. Also, Hopslam supposedly fades relatively fast, so it's not surprising.

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Old 05-12-2010, 01:40 PM   #7
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The party store in town has at least 4-5 6ers. I grabbed another one on pay day last week and have it in the fridge. The party store has all of their beer in cold storage too, so they're probably not that bad. I'd have a few more 6ers if they weren't nearly $18 apiece.

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The hops will fall out considerable in an IPA over time. The stores around here that still have hopslam all have it on sale. I've thought about grabbing some. I bought a bottle for a friend who is expanding his beer tastes, and he just drank it this past week and loved it. I bought that bottle out of a refrigerator and he promptly put it into his refrigerator as soon as I gave it to him, so it probably held up better. I put a couple of my homebrew IPAs in my fridge as soon as they were carbonated (~2 months ago now), but I can't fit them all, and I recently compared one of the long term refrigerated ones to one that I had put in the fridge just a few days before and there was a huge difference.


Some people like the taste of an aged IIPA, but if you don't like it so much then now you know not to get more than you can drink fresh.

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Old 05-12-2010, 01:54 PM   #9
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It's still on tap around here... I tend to have one every few days.

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Storing it in the 70s won't do it any good! Either drink it, or store it at cellar temperatures or lower. In the fridge would be best. Beer still ages at cold temperatures, but it ages rapidly at room temperature.

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