Mind you, I would only try this with an over the top IPA, where as we all know (except Denny, most probably) that fresher is better. Somebody has to have the courage to experiment seriously with the freshest possible IPAIn a local newspaper recently there was an article describing this very thing. Three people, a respected pro brewer, a bjcp certified judge and the beer writer were given 6 Jai Alai IPAs from a week old to six months old and asked to put them in order by age. None of them were even close, one even picking the oldest as the second freshest. Of course Cigar City spends a lot of money on equipment to eliminate oxygen.
Another thing to note about entering fresh beers is that bottle conditioned beers will keep longer because the yeast will scavenge the oxygen, so it doesn't need to be as fresh as an entry bottled from a keg.