I saw the note about drinking the IPA very soon after brewing to preserve all of that good hoppiness. I find a 3 month wait improves my IPA's. In fact the a history of IPA says it was thought not to be as good as the brittish ales it was inspired by. After the long trek to India the unusaully large for the style hops, (used to preserve it for the travel) mellowed and gave it its unique flavor. I have IPA's that are 5 months old and they are better than ever. So hopefully you will have awesome beer for the party. My standard IPA is over 85 IBU's, with a Ruination clone in at 136. By the way the sales operations manager for Alaska Brewing Company (John Blakley) tells me the human palate is good up to about 105 IBU's after that it is overkill. I am not sure but I do like hops!!!!!