« on: November 28, 2013, 12:32:30 PM »
As to trying something new - I always say that as a kid in the candy store, I never chose just one kind of candy to buy! Why do that with beer?
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PTE very plainly says not to age it, right on the bottle. Commercial examples generally have a 6 month shelf life at most anymore. Tastes vary greatly, as does style interpretations, you can't argue with opinions. However, if you want big hop aroma and flavor, you need to enjoy them fresh- that is a fact.
Right on the money. Don't deliberately age an AIPA/IIPA on purpose ...
LOL. I routinely bulk age my IPA for 8-12 months.
The commercial example I was weaned on many years ago got a full year of aging in wood before being bottled. And it still had more clean hop character than any IPA made today
IPA was of course traditionally an aged beer.
Some current day commercial examples are quite good when consumed young, while others are vastly improved with some age. As is the case with many aspects of brewing, there are simply no hard/fast rules.
Except for one: "Drink it how you like it"!
I'm curious which IPAs you think improve after aging. I'm not much of an IPA drinker but I'd be interested in trying to figure out what attributes lend themselves to aging.