Isn’t long-term storage what IPAs are made for?

Keith brought a box of homebrew that he found at his house over today. Nick and I estimate that we brewed Postcolonial IPA in 1996. We cracked a bottle just to see if it was still drinkable, and you know what? It was pretty tasty. The flavor had morphed from a traditional IPA to something closer to a scotch ale. Considering it was 16 years old, I’d say that’s pretty successful.

3 comments for “Isn’t long-term storage what IPAs are made for?

  1. KAB
    November 23, 2012 at 10:14 am

    If I had known it was drinkable and tasted OK I probably would not have delivered it to Kirkland. Enjoy.

  2. Marcin Porwit
    December 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Interesting… my experience with IPAs is that they don’t age well, due to the volatile nature of the hops flavors. High alcohol % will help, but I’ve never seen one last 15+ years. Nice!

    • Carry
      December 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      The hops definitely mellowed. It didn’t taste like an IPA anymore, more like a scotch ale. It was delicious nonetheless.

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