Originally Posted by Seabeevet35
No not a typo. It is a beer that truly needs some time to mellow. But when I bottled after the 6 month secondary. There was a significant aroma. Not so much just 3 weeks later in the bottle
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Hoppy beers are best fresh. I'd really be surprised if there was a significant hops aroma after 6 months of conditioning- maybe it seemed that way because there was so much beer in the carboy?
Even commercial beers have an 'enjoy by' date on them, and are best right after bottling. Aging a hoppy beer for 6 months, and then aging again for 3 weeks in the bottle is generally not a good idea. Aging is for "big" malty beers, like barleywines or dopplebocks and not for IPAs or IIPAs. Pale ales are generally best about 4 weeks after brewday, and start to decline shortly after that.
It sounds like this beer is at least 8 months old- very old for a pale ale, or really any beer except for a few that might age well.