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Old 08-26-2014, 09:08 AM   #11
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Speaking of that, how long can an IPA sit in your fridge before it loses significant freshness and hopiness?
I am interested to see what others say about this. I generally don't make beers that rely on the hop flavour so have limited experience. However the few hoppy beers I have made seem to lose the hop 'smack' by the time the beer has been bottled for 3 months.

The beers remain good, but the hop flavour diminishes rapidly. I don't notice any difference between beers kept in the fridge and not, but then if they are out the fridge they are kept in sub 20C temperatures.

 
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Old 08-26-2014, 10:12 AM   #12
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I usually check for dates, as everyone else is saying though its usually for things that age well..

 
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Old 08-26-2014, 02:07 PM   #13
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Speaking of that, how long can an IPA sit in your fridge before it loses significant freshness and hopiness?
I think it starts falling out of it's prime 4-5 weeks after packaging.
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Old 08-26-2014, 02:14 PM   #14
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Speaking of that, how long can an IPA sit in your fridge before it loses significant freshness and hopiness?
2-3 months is probably a good ballpark to drink it by for the freshest taste.

 
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Old 08-26-2014, 02:17 PM   #15
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I have just started checking them more often. I got a bottle of Heretic Evil Twin that was bottled over a year ago and it was very bad.

 
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Old 08-26-2014, 02:26 PM   #16
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I try to see how easy she'd be with a dinner date before I consider a bottle date. Wait, what?

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Old 08-26-2014, 03:20 PM   #17
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I do check the bottle dates on the hop forward styles when I am in the stores that have slower sales.

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I love finding old bottles of imperial malty stuff.

I guess it boils to to always. I sat in Costco today for about 5 minutes debating if 5 week old lagunitas IPA was worth it for $1/bottle. I decided it wasn't. Too old.
My Local costco has cut their craft beer section in half it was nice being able to get the big malty styles there. I think the IPA's took to long to sell and sadly had to be tossed. Hopefully they will change it back as the wine cycles out.
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Old 08-26-2014, 05:09 PM   #18
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I'm sorry to hear that fuzzy! It is interesting to see the differences in beer selection from Costco to Costco. I float between 4 or 5 locations in 2 cities.
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Old 08-26-2014, 06:03 PM   #19
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If I'm in a store I don't know, absolutely. If I'm at one of my local shops, I know that they are cycling through pretty quickly, so I don't bother.
How do they cycle? You mean they only buy stuff that sells? Do they try new stuff? Do they discount it if it doesn't sell? Do they ship it to a partner store down the road from me to sell at full retail?

 
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Old 08-26-2014, 06:39 PM   #20
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depends on what I'm buying, high gravity brews I'll check (the older the better..) and off the wall brews I haven't had before. We consume mostly Founders, Bells, Bridgeport (when it's around...) and the like, which rotate out frequently so I don't bother...

 
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