Yesterday, I visited my friend that I don’t see very often. While sitting around, he brought up that 2 of my beers that I brought to his summer BBQ last June were still in his fridge. So obviously I tried one. Very, very disappointed. It was the Grapefruit Pulpin’ IPA. I expected the fresh hop aroma to be gone but the carbonation was very low and the overall taste was stale. I bottled the beer in April 2016 and drank/shared them in May and June. All of them were well carbonated at that point.
This made me start wondering a few things… Maybe it got oxidized during dry hop or bottling? Maybe I didn’t do a good enough job capping with the basic wing capper? Or do IPA’s just not age well?